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It’s fun to see the development of the careers of Robert Pattinson and Daniel Radcliffe to have similar careers after their respective tween franchises ended. Radcliffe has been canny with his post-Potter gigs, choosing projects that better straddle art and mainstream.

Pattinson has gone more for the weird when it comes to gigs outside Twilight. (Both the intentionally weird, and the unwittingly so.) And he’s got another gig with Cronenberg in the works now, a job with Werner Herzog, and a role in The Rover, from Animal Kingdom director David Michôd. That’s good company to be in.

Now add The Lost City of Z, to be directed by James Gray based on the book by David Grann about doomed Amazon explorer Colonel Percy Harrison Fawcett. Read More »

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Matt Damon won’t play Robin for Zack Snyder, but he will work with the last Batman director, Christopher Nolan. The director’s next film, Interstellar, is shooting now with Matthew McConaughey in the lead role. A new report says that Matt Damon has joined the cast in a small role. The Playlist has the casting info, and says that Damon will only have to commit to the movie for a couple weeks.

The actor has also chosen a new film to direct, and details of that are below.

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I’ve said it before: if you get a chance to option an article written by David Grann, do it. The guy’s got a masterful nose for story, or one hell of an editor at the New Yorker), and his articles are almost universally being used as the basis for films.

(Other Grann work in development includes The Old Man and the GunThe Lost City of Z, The Yankee Comandante and The Brand; his article The Chameleon inspired The Imposter.)

One piece, True Crime, was optioned by producers Brett Ratner and David Gerson, who once had the project set up at Focus. That situation didn’t work out, but now they’ve landed Christoph Waltz to star. The story tells of a Polish writer who was targeted as the prime suspect in a cold case murder thanks to his novel in which the details of one character’s murder lined up surprisingly well with those of the real case.

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Damn, how David Lowery‘s career has rocketed forward this year. After a few years in which he crafted a string of shorts and the feature St. Nick, Lowery had three films at Sundance this past January. They were Pit Stop (which he co-wrote), Upstream Color (which he edited), and the great modern-ish western Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, which he wrote and directed. Saints is, as far as I’m concerned, among the best films of 2013 so far; it will be released by IFC later this year.

Lowery was recently set to write a remake of Pete’s Dragon for Disney, and now he’ll direct Robert Redford in a film called The Old Man and the Gun. The story is centered on Forrest Tucker, a lifelong bankrobber who spent much of his life in jail, whose story came to light after he was arrested for a Florida bank robbery at the age of 78.

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George Clooney is known first and foremost an A-list movie star, but in the past decade he’s been earning praise for his work behind the camera as well. Clooney made his feature directing debut with 2002′s Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, and most recently helmed the well-received The Ides of March. Now he’s heading back to the director’s chair for The Yankee Comandante, based on an in-depth article from a recent edition of The New Yorker. More details after the jump.

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