Though there’s very little real, legitimate information out there on The Dark Knight Rises, it’s not for lack of trying. Tons of journalists lucky enough to attend the Oscars this past weekend spoke to cast members Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway and even director Christopher Nolan and got little to nothing in terms of news. Hathaway told Oprah she be playing Catwoman, but that’s about it.

Still, the film is slowly coming together and as production ramps up, more and more information will leak out. Case in point, Badass Digest has what they think is legitimate information regarding how all of the official (Tom Hardy as Bane, Hathaway as Catwoman) and unofficial (Joseph Gordon-Levitt possibly as several people, Marion Cotillard possibly as Talia Al’Ghul) actors and characters fit into the story. Check it out and speculate after the break. Read More »

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For the past few months, Steven Soderbergh has been all over the place with the cast and crew of Contagion. They’ve been shooting in San Francisco over the past week or so, and will close out work in that city with a massive scene at Candlestick Park that involves over 1000 extras. (The production manager for the film described the scene at the 49ers home field as “like a large vaccination center.”)

Before that happens, we’ve got some set pics showing at least one urban setting for the film, which follows the outbreak and effects of a global pandemic. Read More »

UPDATE: THR Confirms that Marion Cotillard is in talks for the film, though nothing is set yet. Christopher Nolan is looking for the film’s love interest, also meeting with Kate Winslet, Rachel Weisz and Naomi Watts in recent weeks. Scheduling is the issue, and THR says “The plan is for Cotillard to start shooting mid-June in London, film all summer in L.A. and Pittsburgh and wrap mid-November in New York.” More details as we get them; original article follows.

One of the largest newspapers in France, Le Figaro, is the latest source of The Dark Knight Rises speculation. They’re reporting that Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard, who previously worked with director Christopher Nolan in Inception, will be starring in the final Batman film. Being as Nolan has already cast two other actors from Inception in The Dark Knight Rises, Tom Hardy and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, this story feels more solid than most other rumors. Read the translated article and more after the jump. Read More »

Briefly: Here’s the first news of the official lineup for what could well be a very impressive Cannes Film Festival. Woody Allen‘s Midnight in Paris will open the 64th incarnation of the festival on May 11. It’s an easy choice — the director is a French favorite, and the film is packed with actors that will look great on the opening night red carpet, including a handful of French stars. Sure, Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life might have been a more impressive opening, but hopefully it will spool out within a couple days of the festival’s opening.

The film, packed with a cast that includes Owen Wilson, Marion Cotillard, Rachel McAdams, Kathy Bates, Michael Sheen, Adrien Brody, Nina Arianda, Corey Stoll, Mimi Kennedy, Kurt Fullerby, Carla Bruni, and Léa Seydoux. The plot sounds like classic Woody Allen: “A romantic comedy about a family traveling to the French capital for business. The party includes a young engaged couple forced to confront the illusion that a life different from their own is better.” Sony PIcutres Classics has picked up the film already, and will release it later in 2011, most likely in the fall.

David Cronenberg‘s adaptation of the Don DeLillo novel Cosmopolis seems to be undergoing some big changes. Originally announced with Colin Farrell and Marion Cotillard as the primary cast members, we recently saw the first change when Mr. Farrell signed on for a remake of Total Recall instead. His replacement in Cosmopolis is Robert Pattinson.

That leaves something of a potential mis-match when it comes to the film’s leading lady, and a fansite noticed that the production company behind the film now lists Keira Knightley as the sole female cast member. Read More »

What’s better than having one new David Cronenberg film to look forward to? (The Dangerous Method, now in post-production.) How about another David Cronenberg film that seems to be coming together fast?

We’ve known that the director had lined up Colin Farrell and Marion Cotillard for an adaptation of Don DeLillo‘s novel Cosmopolis. Now he reportedly has Paul Giamatti in talks to appear, as well. Read More »

Gravity

After Angelina Jolie exited Alfonso Cuarón‘s 3D sci-fi thriller Gravity, the search for a replacement began. Last week, Latino Review learned that the producers behind the project were “interest[ed] in meeting Rachel Weisz for the role.” However, Deadline found out that Weisz was just one of the many names on the producer’s list of actresses they’ve talked to or screen tested: Sandra Bullock, Natalie Portman, Naomi Watts, Marion Cotillard, Carey Mulligan, Sienna Miller, Abbie Cornish, Rebecca Hall, Olivia Wilde, Scarlett Johansson and Blake Lively.

Now Risky Business has learned that Natalie Portman has been offered the role, as the studio approved the actress without requiring a screen test in the wake of the early Black Swan reviews. According to the report, Portman is expected to read the latest version of the script this week and make her decision shortly.

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Woody Allen announced today the full cast for his upcoming film production Midnight in Paris. The film stars, in alphabetical order: Kathy Bates, Adrien Brody, Carla Bruni, Marion Cotillard, Rachel McAdams, Michael Sheen, Owen Wilson, and co-stars Nina Arianda, Kurt Fuller, Tom Hiddleston, Mimi Kennedy, Alison Pill and Corey Stoll. The film is gearing up to shoot in Paris this Summer. Check out the full press release after the jump.
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