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Harvey Weinstein‘s name is synonymous with the Academy Awards. The producer has had films famously dominate the awards ceremony before. This year he’s pushing Lion and The Founder as serious contenders, and hopefully Sing Street will get more attention come awards season. Another Oscar hopeful for Weinstein’s is Stephen Gaghan‘s new film Gold, which based on the trailers, also has a chance of finding an audience when it goes wide at the end of January.

Below, learn the new Gold release date.

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gold trailer

If the new trailer is an indication, Gold looks like the head-on collision between The Treasure of the Sierra Madre and The Wolf of Wall Street, somehow finding a way to combine men going mad in pursuit of riches in the wilderness and tales of corporate excess into one package. And of course it stars Matthew McConaughey as the eccentric, balding lead character, because he’s reached the point in his career where he’ll take on any job that allows him to run his good looks through a meat grinder. And you know what? All power to him.

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Gold trailer

Gold has attracted no shortage of talent over the years. What was once a Michael Mann and Christian Bale project is now the second directorial effort from Stephen Gaghan, who won an Academy Award for writing Traffic and years later made his directorial debut with Syriana. It’s been 11 years since that intense drama came out, so after over a decade of waiting to make another feature for theaters — he did direct for television — Gaghan is back with Gold, which stars Matthew McConaughey, Edgar Ramirez, and Bryce Dallas Howard.

Below, watch the Gold trailer.

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gold first look

Stephen Gaghan (above, center) doesn’t direct as many movies as we’d like to see him make. The Academy Award-winning writer behind Traffic hasn’t directed a movie for the big screen since 2006’s Syriana. Gaghan is known for writing more adult material than your typical studio movie, and because of that, he probably struggles to get his movies made. Thankfully, the writer and director is back behind the camera again, with Matthew McConaughey and Edgar Ramirez headlining his newest picture. We now have our Gold first look. Behold the film’s bald and sweaty McConaughey after the jump.

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Disney Plots Charles Darwin Adventure Movie

Disney Charles Darwin

For many, the image of Charles Darwin, naturalist, geologist, and author of On the Origin of Species, is etched in stone as the visage of a heavily bearded old man, thanks to images like the one above. The idea of that guy becoming the central figure of an action/adventure film is pretty laughable.

But what about the younger Darwin, who took part in a five-year ocean voyage, making observations which eventually led to his most prominent writing? That guy could easily be the center of an adventure film, such as the one Disney is now developing based on a story pitch. Read More »

McConaughey the stand

Writer/director Josh Boone is down with the McConaissance, for obvious reasons, and he wants the actor to play a lead role in The Stand. Depending on which of Matthew McConaughey‘s roles are most prominent in your mind, however, the role choice might surprise you. And the choice is great, so read more below.

Update: Sadly, Boone said via Twitter that this is not true.

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Jason Clarke / Omar Sy

Stephen Gaghan‘s Candy Store has been linked to several established A-listers in the past year, including Brad Pitt and Denzel Washington. But the first stars to close their deals for the movie are a pair of fast-rising stars.

Jason Clarke and Omar Sy have just boarded the ensemble thriller, which follows several different plot threads through the criminal underbelly of Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. Gaghan and Shannon Burke co-wrote the script. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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Briefly: Yesterday we told you about Candy Store, the crime thriller script that Syriana writer/director Stepen Gaghan is set to make as his next feature. Brad Pitt and Denzel Washington may end up in the film’s two lead roles, and now we know that the production wants Christoph Waltz, too. Even better, in the same report that tags Watlz as a hopeful (an offer is out to the actor) The Wrap details some of he plot, so we’ve got a better idea of what to exect from the film.

The film follows “an elite, highly trained deep-cover operative who loses everything, ultimately disappearing into Brooklyn, where he must start again. He washes up as a beat cop, only to discover the global organization he was dedicated to fighting is also operating in his new backyard.” That’s gotta sting. The role for which Pitt is sought is Mark Swain, and in the event he doesn’t bite there is a long list of popular actors that producers are ready to approach: Christian Bale, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, and Bradley Cooper.

Waltz would play a guy named Black Zenga, which sounds like a villain role if I’ve ever heard one.

Stephen Gaghan, who wrote Traffic and directed Syriana, is now set to direct the thriller Candy Store for LionsGate. The film is a crime thriller for which we have few details, but the names might be all you need to know: Brad Pitt and Denzel Washington have started to circle the two lead roles. Read More »

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Spy films, especially ones that might turn into series, are like crack for studios. Few efforts actually pay off in regular franchises — if duplicating Bond’s success was easy, every studio would have its own Bond — but that doesn’t stop many from trying.

In 2008, Warner Bros. bought the rights to Jon Stock‘s novel Dead Spy Running, which follows suspended MI6 agent Daniel Marchant and opens with a setpiece in which a bomb is attached to a marathon runner. At the time the novel was unpublished, though it was planned as the first of a trilogy of novels. (The second book, Games Traitors Play, was published in 2011.) McG was attached to direct, and Stephen Gaghan (Traffic, Syriana) was set to write, which is a big step above McG.

There was a point last year when McG stepped away from directing and was hoping to get Gaghan to take the job. But the screenwriter has other directorial prospects, and now the team is in talks with Jonathan Levine (50/50, The Wackness) to direct. Read More »