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Morning 5: First Look at '12 Years a Slave', 'Raging Bull 2' Legal Drama Over and Barrymore's 'End'

2 August 2012 9:00 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

1.) A photo from the set of Shame helmer Steve McQueen's latest film, Twelve Years a Slave, reveals Beasts of the Southern Wild star Quvenzhane Wallis has joined the already-loaded cast. The film tells the true story of a New York citizen (Chiwetel Ejiofor), who was kidnapped and sold into slavery in the mid-1800s. It also features the talents of Michael Fassbender, Paul Giamatti, Paul Dano and some guy named Brad Pitt, who is also producing through his Plan B banner. [Lester Zeigler, via Shadow and Act] 2.) The legal drama surrounding Raging Bull 2 seems to be resolved. MGM had previously filed a lawsuit against the makers of the low-budget sequel, which would be based on boxer Jake Lamotta's life both before and after the events in Martin Scorsese's 1980 classic. The studio has now dropped the case with the stipulation that the low-budget follow-up changes its name from Raging Bull 2 to The Bronx Bull »

- Kevin Blumeyer

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The Hey U Guys Cinema Release Round-up : 8th June

8 June 2012 7:23 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

It came, it saw, it massively underwhelmed. Nevertheless, despite lukewarm critical reviews, Prometheus shot to the top of the UK Box Office this week, comfortably ahead of Snow White and the Huntsman in second. I imagine Prometheus will have plenty of legs and should be at the top for another week or so yet as people flock to see what all the fuss is about.

The major release this week is Lucasfilm production Red Tails which tells the story of the first African-American airmen to serve in the American army during World War 2. It’s a project George Lucas has had gestating for some time now but he has wisely handed over directorial duties to Anthony Hemingway, an experienced TV director making his first foray into feature films. I can’t see Red Tails challenging the big hitters at the top of the Box Office pile, but it should do »

- Rob Keeling

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