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Two years and one day ago, Peter told you about Warner Bros. intention to bring a new version of The Wizard of Oz to the big screen. The studio had licensed Todd McFarlane‘s Twisted Land of Oz action figure series, which portrays Dorothy as something of a bondage fanatic and the Tin Woodsman as the frightening man-chine at the head of this post, and set Josh Olson about writing a screenplay. At that time Olson was quoted as saying:

I want this to be Harry Potter dark, not Se7en dark.

Since then… nothing. Today, though, the story has resurfaced in a British newspaper. Does this mean that we’re on the verge of seeing this project come into the light?

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Right now, geeks are having difficulty formulating their conflicted emotions about pics of a 15-year-old Dakota Fanning on the set of The Runaways, the 2010 girl-punker biopic. At times like this, I think the guttural proclamation, “Um, that’s racist like a robot!” will suffice. But yeah, Just Jared via Chud has posted a bevy of publicity-stunt pics of Fanning, as jail-bait lead-singer Cherie Currie, tangling around with Kristen Stewart, as leather-clad guitarist Joan Jett. Like a bearded Michael Musto, writer Devin Faraci predicts the movie could spark a fashion revolution amongst teen girls. I could see that happening. Maybe. I mean, the cover of Nylon magazine and exposure in Urban Outfitters is prob a lock. And Warped Tour would definitely be up for a lame “interactive” meet and greet. A new, recommended pic of Stewart, in a Stooges tee no less, after the jump…

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Michael Shannon In Talks To Join The Runaways

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Michael Shannon is negotiating a role in The Runaways, the bio-pic about the all-girl band of the same name that introduced Joan Jett and Lita Ford to the world. He joins Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning in the film by award-winning music video director Floria Sigismondi. The question is, who will Shannon play? Read More »

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Scott Pilgrim vs. The World has finally entered principal photography today and, true to form, the long lens brigade have cracked off a few snapshots of the cast. Canadian Tabloids have pictures of Michael Cera as Pilgrim, Kieran Culkin as Wallace Wells, Chris Evans as Lucas Lee and Alison Pill as Kim Pine. None of them are actually in character in any of the shots (well, I’m guessing not – does Cera strike you as being method?) but they are in costume, with hair and makeup done and that’s the best we’ve been given yet. (Editor’s Note: The photos have been removed)

There’s a little look at each of them below the break (and I do mean little) as well as details of Dakota Fanning‘s apparent casting in the movie.

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Dakota Fanning Cast in New Moon

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Dakota Fanning has been cast in The Twilight Saga’s New Moon. Rumors first began to circulate in January, but it was finally confirmed over the weekend. The 14-year-old actress will play the role of Jane, a member of the Volturi, an Italian group of vampires who maintain vampire order and ensure that humans don’t find out about vampires’ existence.

In New Moon, Edward flees to see the Volturi following a grave misunderstanding about the state of Bella’s well-being, and asks them to end his life. According to E!, Jane was described in the casting notice as “a petite blonde with a ‘Botticelli angel-like face…[and] crimson irises.’ While fellow Volturi guards Demetri & Felix ‘are three times the size of her, they are terrified of her.” Filming begins later this month and the movie is set for a November 20th 2009 release (if you’re thinking that they might be rushing things a bit, you might be right..).

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Remember the movie Hounddog? In the words of Tae Kwon Do instructor Fred Simmons: “I can’t even believe that’s something that’s real.” Well, America’s favorite lil’ overachiever, Dakota Fanning, has finally outgrown any chance of a not-rumored JonBenét Ramsey biopic and will now co-star in one about proto-gal-rockers The Runaways instead. Fanning will play Cherie Currie, the white blond lead singer who joined the influential ’70s group at the tender age of 15, and faced the pressures of fame and the sociopathic ways of band mastermind Kim Fowley. Back in December we reported that Kristen Stewart, the lead in the Twilight franchise, will star as Runaways guitarist and breakout solo star Joan Jett. Her biggest qualification besides box office draw? Owning a $60 Clash t-shirt.

Floria Sigismondi, best known for Marilyn Manson’s “The Beautiful People” video, will direct from her own script and the film begins shooting in the much-anticipated spring. Two classic punk films that I hope Sigismondi has considered for the tone and look of The Runaways would be 1980′s Foxes, which co-starred CuRrie alongside an insanely talented young Jodie Foster and Laura Dern—recently screened at the New Bev in L.A.; and 1981′s Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains which captured a similarly fizzy riot-girl heatwave and starred youths like Diane Lane (wowzer), teen Brit idol Ray Winstone, and Dern again.

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Movie Review: Push

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Some critics thought that Paul McGuigan’s last film, Lucky Number Slevin (2006), was too much style over substance, and while they might have had a point, I found myself energized by the promise that that small, Tarantino-esque film showed of its director. With Push, a thriller/action(?) film about people with special abilities, McGuigan is really branching out into new territory that his filmography hasn’t really hinted at before. Does he make the transition successfully? Or should you give Push a wide berth?
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Dakota Fanning Offered Role of Jane in New Moon

Summit Entertainment has to be blazing full speed ahead to get New Moon out by the end of the year, as is their current goal. To that end, we’ve now heard from E! Online that 14-year old Dakota Fanning has been offered the role of Jane in the Twilight sequel. According to a source familiar with the situation, “There were no auditions. They just offered it to her outright, and now they’re in negotiations. They’ve been going back and forth.”
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