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Looks like Maggie Gyllenhaal will play alongside her husband Peter Sarsgaard in a biopic of bluegrass pioneer Bill Munroe. She told ScreenCrave she’d been in the film about “Bill Monroe, who invented Blue Grass music had a kind of Sid and Nancy style affair with this woman Bessie Lee Mauldin throughout his life… T-Bone Burnett’s going to do the music and Callie Khouri who wrote Thelma & Louise wrote the script so we’re going to do that together.”

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Green Lantern

Warner Bros just sent over a set of Comic-Con exclusive character teaser posters for the big screen adaptation of Green Lantern, giving us out first official look at Blake Lively as Carol Ferris, Mark Strong as Sinestro, Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan, and Peter Sarsgaard as Hector Hammond. Hit the jump to see them now.

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Six More Green Lantern Photos Arrive

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Update: Two more images have been added to this post bringing the total up to six photos. New images include Hector Hammond before his alien encounter and Hector in a bunker with the corpse of alien Abin Sur.

Earlier today we had the first look at Ryan Reynolds in costume as Green Lantern, thanks to the cover of Entertainment Weekly. Now some pics from the mag’s coverage have been scanned, and while there isn’t another big image of the character in costume, we see Reynolds, Blake Lively, Tim Robbins and Angela Bassett as they’ll appear in the film. In addition, one shot has a sideways look at Peter Sarsgaard, which seems to confirm the makeup from spy shots we saw months ago.

Finally, a better scan of the cover reveals more detail about the wonky-looking Green Lantern mask. In this shot at least, the thing is indeed painted on, as many realized when looking at the first image. Let’s hope that’s just for this photo, because while I can accept that a test pilot might gain possession of a willpower-channeling ring from space, with which he creates and maintains his own costume, the idea that he’d paint on a harlequin mask as an afterthought just seems absurd. (Looking at the close-up, blurring around the mask edges suggests this is a photoshop job.)

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Spy pics rarely do a makeup job justice. But a makeup design that takes a very literal approach to recreating a comic character’s look can also be dangerous. Take the photo above, which is reportedly of Peter Sarsgaard in makeup (but not full costume) as Hector Hammond, one of the villains of Green Lantern. He looks a hell of a lot like the character as he’s always been drawn. (A bit younger.) Will that work on film? Read More »

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The other day when Peter Sarsgaard was cast as Hector Hammond, the primary villain in Green Lantern, a few evidently took this as implicit confirmation that classic Green Lantern baddie Sinestro is not in the film. That isn’t the case, and HitFix has a great rundown on what role the eventually villainous Sinestro plays in the film, and in the series overall should the first film be successful enough to warrant another. Read More »

Peter Sarsgaard May Fight Green Lantern

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If you want to take a character like Green Lantern, who in the public eye is decidedly second-string, and make a giant Iron Man-sized success out of him, you’ve got to have a cast that can make the material sing. So far Warner Bros. is doing well by hiring Ryan Reynolds to play Hal Jordan / Green Lantern and Blake Lively to play Carol Ferris, but that doesn’t quite stack up against nabbing Robert Downey, Jr. for Iron Man.

But WB and director Martin Campbell may have made the perfect move here by grabbing Peter Sarsgaard to play the film’s villain. And no, he’s not been cast as Sinestro. Read More »

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This just in: Tom Cruise still does his own stunts and Mary Hart still thinks it’s goddamn amazing. Ever since Cruise’s romantic action comedy changed its title from the serious-sounding Wichita to the jump-out-a-castle-windowish, Knight & Day, I don’t think any of our readers have wondered, “How is that film going?” And even though the current title befits a high concept Matt LeBlanc comeback vehicle, the lack of awareness is odd since Knight is due next summer and directed by James Mangold, who can aptly do the macho-thing (3:10 to Yuma), the girl-thing (Girl, Interrupted), and in between (Walk the Line). In a Vanilla Sky reunion, Cameron Diaz co-stars with Cruise as the romantic interest. She has plenty of happy things to say about him (and the flick’s dangerous stunts with footage!) after the jump…

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Even though the presence of talented actors Vera Farmiga and Peter Sarsgaard was quizzical, the trailers for Orphan did little to convince that the movie was anything but a derivative, un-PC rip-off of The Bad Seed and Mac Culkin’s The Good Son. Producer Joel Silver (as well as Leonardo DiCaprio) seemed to be aiming for a quiet ground-double between pricey blockbusters. Pay no mind. Business as usual. But over the last two weeks, the oft-profane buzz around Orphan on Twitter and elsewhere, alongside a surprising 7.1 rating on IMDB, and enthusiastic genre reviews, now suggest the makings of a cult horror flick. Word-of-mouth about the ending and my kooky, inexplicable obsession with the movie’s titular character, Esther, finally lead me to check it out. It was worth it.

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