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The Jane Got a Gun story keeps getting more complicated.

The outline of the story, as we know it, is that the indie western produced by and starring Natalie Portman was set to begin shooting this past Monday, but that Ramsay didn’t turn up to direct on the day. Producer/financier Scott Steindorff spoke out via Deadline, saying he was “shocked” at the director’s behavior. He quickly hired Gavin O’Connor (of Warrior, which also starred Jane Got a Gun cast member Joel Edgerton) as a replacement director. Now Steindorff is looking for an actor to replace Jude Law, who had recently been hired for the film, but dropped out following Ramsay’s departure.

But the bigger story about the film is still in between the lines. Suggestions are emerging that Ramsay had actually quit the weekend prior to production start; if that is the case, then the big statements and assumptions made this week have to be re-evaluated. In the meantime, however, there is a new casting effort to report. Read More »

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Baz Luhrmann‘s adaptation of The Great Gatsby was once set to be released right about now, but the film was pushed off the December 2012 calendar and into a new date in May 2013. By the time the film hits, the first trailer for the film will be a year old.

But now we’ve got a new look at the movie, thanks to a trailer that arrived today. This gives us a much better look at the film, with Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) telling us his history, and further voiceover from Gatsby’s new friend Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) helping to ease us into the story as the circle of characters around the wealthy Gatsby are introduced. All along the way, Luhrmann’s vision of the Roaring Twenties is gloriously huge and dazzling; whether that will work for the story remains to be seen. Read More »

Only time will tell how Baz Luhrmann‘s ostentatious modern sensibilities will mesh with F. Scott Fitzgerald‘s Jazz Age classic The Great Gatsby, but if nothing else, the film seems to have the characters down pat.

Yesterday, we got posters for two key figures from The Great Gatsby: Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton) and Myrtle Wilson (Isla Fisher). Today, Warner Bros. has revealed two more, of narrator Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) and Jordan Baker (Elizabeth Debicki). Check them out after the jump.

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As Christopher Nolan‘s longtime cinematographer Wally Pfister prepares his directorial debut, he’s looking to join forces with another Nolan favorite. Christian Bale is said to be on Pfister’s radar for Transcendence, potentially joining rumored stars Johnny Depp, Noomi Rapace, Christoph Waltz, and others. If those names actually pan out, Pfister could end up with a star-studded ensemble to rival any of Nolan’s. Read more after the jump.

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For a few months we’ve known that Wally Pfister, the cinematographer who has shot all of Christopher Nolan‘s major work from Memento on, would be making his directorial debut with a top-secret film. We’ve known that Nolan and Emma Thomas are producing, and Pfister said not long ago that “it’s a present-day science fiction film, a fairly big concept. It’s bigger budget — not as big as “Batman,” but not independent.”

Other than those tidbits we’ve known nothing, not even a title. Now we know the film is called Transcendence, and that Johhny Depp is in talks to star.

Edit: While the original news break called the film “Transendence,” as originally spelled here, it appears that was wrong, and the title uses the standard spelling Transcendence.

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When Hollywood has two similarly themed projects brewing at the same time, it’s often a case of two studios competing to see which one comes out on top. In the case of two upcoming animal poaching movies, however, it’s actually a single studio joining forces with the same starry team for multiple projects centered around a single topic.

Warner Bros. is planning two films about the illegal poaching of endangered creatures in Africa, both of which will be produced by Leonardo DiCaprio‘s Appian Way, Tobey Maguire‘s Material Pictures, and Tom Hardy‘s Executive Options. One is said to be a star vehicle for Hardy, while the other could star all three. Read more after the jump.

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The Details is a dark comedy about a snowball of suburban drama set off by worm-hungry raccoons. Written and directed by Jacob Aaron Estes (Mean Creek), the incredible cast includes Tobey Maguire, Elizabeth Banks, Laura Linney, Ray Liotta, Kerry Washington and Dennis Haysbert. It premiered at Sundance 2011 to solid reviews (/Film included) and was quickly picked up by The Weinstein Company. But, as as you can tell from that description, the movie isn’t exactly an easy sell, so onto the shelf it went.

The Details has finally been dusted off and is now scheduled for limited release November 2. After the jump, you can watch the first trailer which sells two things: 1. This movie is insane. 2. The movie is really good. Read More »

At a time when some studio projects (ahem, New Year’s Eve) seem less about telling a good story than about cramming together as many celebs as possible, it’s surprising to hear of an actor getting cut because he was too famous for a film. But that’s what exactly happened to Tobey Maguire, if recent reports are to be believed.

Last year, Maguire nabbed the role of a writer in Ang Lee‘s literary adaptation Life of Pi. However, sources now indicate that Maguire’s performance simply wasn’t “working,” and that he’s since been replaced by the lower-profile Rafe Spall. Read more after the jump.

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