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Emily Blunt To Wield an Axe in Time Travelling Killers Film Looper

22 December 2010 | The Daily BLAM! | See recent The Daily BLAM! news »

While out promoting Gulliver’s Travels, actress Emily Blunt dropped some details on the violent time travelling film Looper, also starring Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon Levitt. Not much is known at this time about Looper other than the plot synopsis from IMDb states that it's "Set in a near future, a group of killers (called Loopers) work for a crime syndicate in the future. Director Rian Johnson (Brick, The Brothers Bloom) is helming the project from a screenplay that he also wrote and the film appears to have a very well rounded cast including the likes of Emily Blunt, Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon Levitt and Paul Dano. “It’s sort of post-apocalypto time travel, time-traveling world where it’s a dog-eat-dog world, [...] And it’s set in sort of 2050 or 2060, that sort of time, when the »

- Keven Skinner

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Emily Blunt to Play an Axe-Wielding Farm Girl in ‘Looper’

22 December 2010 4:01 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

While doing the press rounds for new movie, Gulliver’s Travels, Emily Blunt spoke to MTV about another production she’s been working on, the time-traveling flick, Looper. Directed by Rian Johnson (Brick) it co-stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, and Paul Dano.

No stranger to diverse film roles (she’s played everything from a hard-nosed personal assistant in The Devil Wears Prada, to a Queen in The Young Victoria), Blunt‘s next role involves working closely with an axe and getting her hands dirty.

“It’s sort of post-apocalypto time travel, time-traveling world where it’s a dog-eat-dog world, [...] And it’s set in sort of 2050 or 2060, that sort of time, when the world has gone to s***.”

No further plot details were revealed (although rumour is it revolves around a group of time-travelling killers aptly named ‘loopers’) but she did mention that the majority of her scenes are shared with Inception star, »

- Laura Stackhouse

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Video: Emily Blunt Discussing Her Role In Looper

21 December 2010 6:12 PM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Emily Blunt is very excited about her upcoming sci-fi film Looper written and directed by Rian Johnson. The film also stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis, who play the same person in different time periods.  The story reportedly revolves around a group of time-hopping killers known as Loopers.  

Blunt had the following to say when she sat down with MTV News to do press for Gulliver's Travels

"It's sort of post-apocalypto time travel, time-traveling world where it's a dog-eat-dog world. And it's set in sort of 2050 or 2060, that sort of time, when the world has gone to s***."

She did not go into detail about the plot of the film, but went on to say,

"I have one [scene] with Bruce and the rest is with Joe. It's really a very cool high-concept movie that I probably will take all day if I try to explain it. But I think Rian Johnson »

- Tiberius

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Emily Blunt says she will “wield an ax and shoot a gun” in Looper

21 December 2010 1:55 PM, PST | Filmonic.com | See recent Filmonic news »

One project to keep on your radar is Looper from Brick and The Brothers Bloom director Rian Johnson. The movie, which will begin filming early next year, is set in a post-apocalyptic time traveling world and will star Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, and Emily Blunt. While on the rounds promoting Gulliver’s Travels Blunt spoke about [...] »

- Liam

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Emily Blunt Talks Time-Travel Flick 'Looper,' Co-Starring Bruce Willis And Joseph Gordon-Levitt

21 December 2010 8:18 AM, PST | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

Emily Blunt has played a lot of wildly different parts in her career -- a cutthroat magazine assistant in "The Devil Wears Prada," a crime-scene spiffer-upper in "Sunshine Cleaning," the queen of England in "The Young Victoria" and now, in "Gulliver's Travels" (in theaters December 25), the thimble-sized princess of Liliput. But she's never before -- to our knowledge at least-- played an ax-wielding, time-traveling, futuristic farm girl.

As the sassy actress told MTV News at the press junket for "Gulliver's Travels," she'll do exactly that in the upcoming sci-fi time-travel thriller "Looper." Written and directed by visionary "Brick" filmmaker Rian Johnson, "Looper" also stars Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, with both actors playing the same man in different time periods.

"It's sort of post-apocalypto time travel, time-traveling world where it's a dog-eat-dog world," Blunt said of the film. "And it's set in sort of 2050 or 2060, that sort of time, when »

- Tom DiChiara

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Eric Bana is Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter?

17 December 2010 2:30 PM, PST | newsinfilm.com | See recent newsinfilm news »

Australian actor Eric Bana may be picking up a top hat and wooden stake for the title role in Fox’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.

The Wrap reports Bana is “circling” the role and scheduled to meet with the director, Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted), soon to discuss the role. The outlet also cites meaningless stats like the actor’s height compared to that of the 16th U.S. President. In that case, it’s important to note that Bana looks good as a bearded gentleman.

Fox’s 3D, supernatural take, based on the novel and subsequent screenplay by Seth Grahame-Smith, centers on the President’s secret vampire slaying profession, even claiming Lincoln became an abolitionist after witnessing a slave trader feeding on his newly-purchased victims and that his assassinator, John Wilkes Booth, was really a vampire. Tim Burton is producing.

Their movie will hit roughly six months before Steven Spielberg’s »

- Jeff Leins

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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Contraband, Piranha 3Dd, and More Prepare to Shoot in New Orleans

17 December 2010 1:42 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

New Orleans is one of the major U.S. cities that offers enticing tax incentives to Hollywood productions.  Some of the biggest movies make their home, or at least part of their home, in the Louisiana city and 2011 is going to be no exception.  Nola.com reports that production on Timur Bekmambetov's Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is slated to begin on January 24th, although the length of the shoot and where exactly they'll be filming is currently unknown. Hit the jump for a list of films that are currently shooting in New Orleans and which movies are headed to the Big Easy. Nola.com reports that the Miley Cyrus action-comedy So Undercover is in town and that William Friedkin's dark indie comedy Killer Joe (starring Matthew McConaughey and Emile Hirsch) plans to wrap this weekend.  Other films currently shooting in New Orleans are both parts of The Twilight »

- Matt Goldberg

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2010: The Truffles – The HeyUGuys Awards Part 1

17 December 2010 5:00 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

As 2010 draws to a close and the year’s films are placed into Top Tens and Best Of lists, it’s always good to take an alternative perspective on a year in cinema.

To this end HeyUGuys presents for your edification our movie awards – The Truffles.  We asked our writers to sift through the movie mayhem of the past twelve months and come up with the awards they would want to see handed out.

We will be posting Part 1 of The Truffles today and we’ll be saving Part 2 for next Monday, so check back then for more awards.

Drum roll…

Craig Skinner

Best ‘difficult second album’ of 2010: The Brothers Bloom

Released in the UK this year, far too long after its initial Us release, Rian Johnson’s The Brothers Bloom provided me with two of the most enjoyable hours I spent at the cinema this year with its »

- Jon Lyus

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The Black List of 2010 - Part 1

15 December 2010 12:20 AM, PST | Corona's Coming Attractions | See recent Corona's Coming Attractions news »

With the publication of the 2010 Black List another compilation of the year's best unproduced screenplays has arrived. This is the fifth year that The Black List has been in existence, and its purpose is to shine a spotlight on what 290 film executives think are some of the best creative executions of ideas worthy for the big screen.

To be nominated and included on The Black List a screenplay can't have been released in 2010. As well, the minimum number of votes that a screenplay needed to have to warrant inclusion on the list is five. Several of the projects listed on Tbl are in development and will be released in the next twelve months. Others might have heat but take years to reach theaters, and there are also many that will never be greenlighted.

In the words of the creators of The Black List, don't take this assembly of screenplays to »

- Patrick Sauriol

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Full 2010 Black List of Best Unproduced Screenplays

13 December 2010 5:20 PM, PST | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

Every year, film executive Franklin Leonard releases his list, called The Black List, of most-liked unproduced screenplays in Hollywood. This year's list was compiled from the suggestions of 290 film executives, each of whom picked up to ten of their favorite scripts. Since the list started in 2004, many screenplays ended up being turned into films. In 2005, two of the top three scripts were "Lars and the Real Girl" which was nominated for Best Original Screenplay Oscar, and "Juno" which actually won the Oscar. See The 2010 Black List below, broken up by how many votes each screenplay received. Keep in mind, some of the projects are already in the works. 49 Votes: * College Republicans (by Wes Jones): Based on true events. Aspiring politician Karl Rove runs a dirty campaign for national College Republican Chairman under the guidance of Lee Atwater, his campaign manager. 47 Votes: * Jackie (by Noah Oppenheim): Jackie Kennedy fights »

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2010's Black List Includes College Republicans And Looper

13 December 2010 1:45 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

The 2010 "Black List," voted on by nearly 300 Hollywood studio executives to pick the best-liked unproduced scripts in the industry, was announced today, with College Republicans--already set to star Shia Labeouf-- topping the list at 49 votes. Right behind it was Jackie the Jacqueline Kennedy-focused drama that Darren Aronofsky was planning to make earlier this year but will probably be put on hold, both because it was set to star his estranged wife Rachel Weisz and he's, uh, got other things to focus on. You can find the entire Black List here, and you'll find plenty of other familiar names and titles, even some movies going into production soon, including Rian Johnson's Looper (with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Wilis, and Emily Blunt), Alex Kurtzman's Welcome to People (with Elizabeth Banks and Chris Pine), Will Beall Gangster Squad (with Ruben Fleischer directing) and Snow White and the Huntsman (with both »

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The Black List - 2010's Best Unproduced Screenplays

13 December 2010 10:01 AM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Back in 2004, a list was compiled of the best unproduced screenplays in Hollywood of that year. This came to be known as The Black List.  It was all started by a young executive at Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company Appian Way, who polled 90+ peers to send him their 10 favorite, new, unproduced screenplays to read over the holidays. It has since become a tradition at the end of every year, in December, to release this list, which is voted on by a group of individuals in the entertainment industry from producer assistants, talent agency individuals, and many people involved with film development all the way up to VP's.

The 2010 Black List is here, and thanks to Deadline we have the list of best unproduced screenplays. Most of the scripts we've heard of, many of them are in production, some have already wrapped filming, they just wont be released until next year. »

- Venkman

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2010 The Black List: The Year’s Best Unproduced Screenplays

13 December 2010 8:19 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

The Black List has been released. The annual list is compiled with a poll of 300 (up from last year's 250) development executives and high-level assistants, and contains a ranking of the hot screenplays making the rounds in Hollywoodland, which were written in, or are somehow uniquely associated with, 2010 and will not be released in theaters during this calendar year. Basically, the black list contains the hottest projects in Hollywood that you haven't heard of yet. Note: The headline is a slightly inaccurate, because a lot of these screenplays have already been acquired (six of the top ten listed), a bunch are in production now, and some have even finished production. One of this year's top ten screenplays, J.C. Chandor's Margin Call, about the last 24 hours at now-defunct investment bank Lehman Brothers is already in the can and set to premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival with Chandor at the helm »

- Peter Sciretta

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The 2010 Black List Screenplays Unveiled

13 December 2010 7:56 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Frank Leonard is the most popular man in Hollywood today. This fine December day marks the release of the 6th annual Black List, a ranked collection of the top un-produced screenplays in the town, compiled by Leonard. Last year the top script was The Muppet Man from Christopher Weekes about “the life and times of the late Jim Henson.” Coming in second was Aaron Sorkin‘s The Social Network script, which is a current frontrunner to sweep the Oscars. The year before was The Beaver, now starring Mel Gibson and set for a release in 2011.

The top one this year, College Republicans, has Shia Labeouf and Paul Dano attached. As for the rest of the list, I’ll be seeing Margin Call (pictured above) at Sundance 2011 and Safe House goes into production next year. We also reported on Oldboy director Park Chan-wook‘s English language debut with Carey Mulligan attached, »

- Jordan Raup

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Die Hard 5 to Shoot in Puerto Rico in 2011? [Updated]

8 December 2010 9:31 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

File this one in the rumor pile for now, but Die Hard 5 may be going in front of cameras next year.  According to Puerto Rico’s second-largest newspaper, Primera Hora [via Latino Review], the next chapter in John McClane’s endless saga of getting the shit kicked out of him will start shooting in Puerto Rico in 2011.  The report also says that Die Hard 5 (which is just a working title) will also shoot in Los Angeles, New York, and Vancouver.

Die Hard 5 shooting next year wouldn’t be out of the blue.  Back in May, we reported that Fox had brought on screenwriter Skip Woods (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) to write the script and in July, Bruce Willis said a greenlight on the film was imminent.  Hit the jump for a recap on Willis’ other projects. [Update: We've spoken to 20th Century Fox and they have informed us that this rumor is false.]

Bruce Willis keeps busy and it will be interesting to see where he fits a »

- Matt Goldberg

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Bruce Willis filming fifth “Die Hard” in Puerto Rico?

8 December 2010 7:45 AM, PST | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

By Sean O’Connell

Hollywoodnews.com: Yippee kai yay, mother … well, you get the idea.

A fifth “Die Hard” film has been rumored for some time now, with Bruce Willis going so far as to admit during interviews for “Red” that he’s excited about jumping back into the role of super-cop John McClane for what should be the final installment in the action franchise. After eliminating “exceptional” thieves, military conspirators, revenge-seeking thugs, and cyber-terrorists, Willis has suggested that the next “Die Hard” would have to step up its game and take the threat to a global level. Because McClane has saved buildings, airports and cities. The evolution of the game has to put the planet at stake, right?

Well, a story breaking today at Latino Review suggests that they’ll be filming “Die Hard 5” in an exotic international locale, at the very least.

The Puerto Rican newspaper Primera »

- Sean O'Connell

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Paul Dano Joins the Cast of Rian Johnson’s Looper

6 December 2010 12:00 PM, PST | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

Paul Dano (For Ellen, Cowboys & Aliens) has joined the cast of writer/director Rian Johnson‘s (Breaking Bad, Terriers) upcoming film, Looper. Dano joins a cast which already includes Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Emily Blunt. Johnson will direct the film from his original script.

Looper is set to begin production in Louisiana early next year. The movie is a sci-fi/time-travel thriller that follows a group of killers who send their victims’ dead bodies back in time. Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Inception) and Bruce Willis (Surrogates) have both signed on to play the same character, in different time frames. Emily Blunt (The Adjustment Bureau) will portray a single mother whose son becomes a target, and she goes to great lengths to protect him.

Looper is slated to hit theaters in 2011. »

- Jason Moore

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[Casting] - Paul Dano Joining Johnson's "Looper"

5 December 2010 5:08 PM, PST | www.ohmygore.com/ | See recent OhMyGore news »

"Brick" and "The Brothers Bloom" writer/director Rian Johnson is readying his third feature "Looper" for a shoot early next year and has signed Paul Dano ("Little Miss Sunshine", "There Will Be Blood") for a role reports The Playlist. The story follows a group of assassins (Loopers) working for a crime syndicate who eliminate and dispose of captive targets that are sent to them. The genius however is that the syndicate exists three decades into the future. Thus the Loopers dispose of a corpse that doesn't technically exist, while in the future the targets have truly vanished without a trace. The main thrust of the plot has a man (Bruce Willis) sent back to kill the younger version of himself (Joseph Gordon-Levitt). Dano will play Seth, a fellow looper and a role that's brief and »

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Paul Dano to Sign On For Rian Johnson’s Sci-Fi ‘Looper’

4 December 2010 5:20 PM, PST | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Paul Dano (There Will Be Blood, Little Miss Sunshine) is in the final stages of negotiations for a role in Rian Johnson’s latest genre exploration Looper.

Dano would round out an already impressive cast which includes: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis and Emily Blunt. Gordon-Levitt also starred in Johnson’s first film Brick, a noir homage in the vein of a Dashiell Hammett novel.

In a conversation with Moviefone earlier this year, Johnson described Looper:

Looper is a time travel movie, set in a near future where time travel doesn’t exist but will be invented in a few decades. It’s pretty dark in tone, much different from Bloom, and involves a group of killers (called Loopers) who work for a crime syndicate in the future. Their bosses send their targets hogtied and blindfolded back in time…

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- Roth Cornet

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Men of a Certain Age Season 2 Preview: The Best Show You’re Not Watching

3 December 2010 7:50 PM, PST | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

TNT has released a preview for the first episode of Men of a Certain Age‘s sophomore season titled, “If I Could, I Surely Would.”

The show was created by series star Ray Romano and writing partner Mike Royce. Men of a Certain Age showed up on many critics’ Best Shows of the Year lists – and even garnered a Best Actor in a Drama Emmy nomination for Andre Braugher.

Yet, whenever the show comes up in conversation, even with fellow TV addicts like myself, very few people are watching. What gives? Perhaps there is just too much television to watch and only so much time one can devote to the tube. Regardless of your excuse for not watching the program, it’s never too late…

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- Mark Stone

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