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The combined demands of promoting David Fincher’s Gone Girl (above) and acting in Zack Synder’s Batman vs. Superman have served to push back Ben Affleck’s next movie as director. For months Affleck has planned to make Live By Night, based on the book by Gone Baby Gone and Mystic River author Dennis Lehane. Affleck will still make the film, but it is now third in line behind the two aforementioned projects. Live By Night will have to cool its heels waiting for an evening in 2016. Info on that, and a few other Warner date changes, is below.   Read More »

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Briefly: Ridley Scott is prepping Exodus, his film about Moses, at Fox. Christian Bale is set to play Moses, and now Scott is looking to Joel Edgerton to play Ramses (or Ramesses II). The actor is in early talks now for the role. Adam Cooper and Bill Collage scripted the film, and Steven Zaillian did a rewrite. This is one of two high-profile Moses films that have been in development in the past year. The other is Gods and Kings, which Steven Spielberg was set to make for a while. He ultimately dropped out, and the film doesn’t have a director at this point.

Edgerton, as you can see thanks to the pic above, isn’t the first guy that comes to mind for an Egyptian ruler who is contemporary to Moses. Perhaps there’s some unexpected element in the script that makes Edgerton suited for the role in a way that isn’t obvious from afar. He’s a fine actor, no argument, but this choice will kickstart arguments about whitewashed casting.

A more obviously great placement for Edgerton is in Jeff Nichols‘ new film Midnight Special, which will feature him alongside Michael ShannonDeadline announces that Kirsten Dunst has also signed on for the sci-fi tinged chase film. [THR]

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Actor Joel Edgerton and director Jeff Nichols have both been coming up through the ranks over the past decade, so it makes a certain sense that they’d end up doing a studio project together. Nichols is the director of such films as Shotgun Stories, Take Shelter, and Mud. Now he’s set to make his first studio film for Warner Bros. While the nature of the script has not been detailed to a great degree, we know it to be a chase film with a science fiction bent.

In his three previous features Nichols has employed Michael Shannon, and has already tapped the actor for this Warner Bros. project. Now he is also reportedly looking to Joel Edgerton to fill out another role. Read More »

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With a stretch of ever more-impressive films that includes Shotgun Stories, Take Shelter, and the excellent recent release Mud, director Jeff Nichols has been a sort of indie king. But he’s just made the jump to studio pictures, by selling a movie pitch to Warner Bros. Or he’s in the process of making the jump at least, as Deadline reports that Nichols has sold his next movie, which shoots early next year, to the studio.

Update: A new report says that Michael Shannon will star, and calls the film a “sci-fi chase film,” which pegs it as Midnight Special. More below.
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(Note: This is a reprint of our Mud review from Sundance 2013. The film opens in a limited run today.)

For his follow-up to Take Shelter, director Jeff Nichols smartly casts Matthew McConaughey as a violent drifter who slides into the lives of two young boys whose families eke out a bare existence on the Mississippi River. Using the gift for gab that any character played by McConaughey must automatically possess, this outlaw wraps the boys up in his plan to achieve true freedom.

While Take Shelter trafficked in heavy ambiguity, Mud does away with uncertainty, at least with respect to the story. This is a straightforward tale that rides on the shoulders of McConaughey and two excellent young actors, Tye Sheridan (The Tree of Life) and newcomer Jacob Lofland.

Mud is a riff on Mark Twain, and an exploration of the relationships between generations of men. It could be a Tom Waits song, perhaps a long-lost cut from Swordfishtrombones, revolving as it does around a man with a dark past who seeks to build an escape engine out of cast-off parts, with love as his fuel. The film casts a keen eye on people living a mostly bygone lifestyle, and wraps those observations in a rollicking little adventure that you might find in the yellowing pages of an old pulp novel.

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With the releases of Bernie, Magic Mike, and Killer Joe, 2012 may very well have been the best year of Matthew McConaughey‘s career. And don’t expect to see that momentum flag in 2013. McConaughey is starting the year off with Mud, a coming-of-age tale directed by Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter).

The Tree of Life actor Tye Sheridan and newcomer Jacob Lofland play a pair of friends who come across a mysterious man named Mud (McConaughey) hiding out in the woods along the Mississippi. While he soon admits that he’s on the run for killing a man, they’re charmed by his romantic tales and agree to help him out. Their boyish adventure takes a sour turn, however, when Mud’s real problems entangle them in some very adult complications. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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As 2012 comes to an end, it’s time to look ahead to the cool stuff in store for 2013. A few new release dates have just been announced, promising a new year just as exciting on the cinematic front as the old one was. Hit the jump to read more about scheduling for George Clooney‘s The Monuments Men, Terence Malick‘s To the Wonder, and more.

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For about a year now, Let Me In and Cloverfield director Matt Reeves has been attached to a new theatrical film based on The Twilight Zone. It was just one of several projects on the director’s plate and certainly the most high profile. In that time, multiple writers had been tasked with writing a screenplay but, with nare a greenlight in sight after a year, it seems Reeves has decided to move on. He will no longer direct Warner Bros. new Twilight Zone movie.

Instead, he’s now become the frontrunner to replace Rupert Wyatt as the director of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Also on the short list behind Reeves: J Blakeson (The Disappearance of Alice Creed)Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later), Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter), Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy), Juan Antonio Bayona (The Impossible) and Rian Johnson (Looper). Read more after the jump.

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