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Casting Net: Jamie Foxx to play Mike Tyson

• Jamie Foxx will reportedly play Mike Tyson in an untitled biopic. Terence Winter is set to write. Rick Yorn, Foxx’s manager, will produce. The project is still in the works and is currently without a studio. Though HBO released 1995’s Tyson, this is the first feature film to follow the controversial boxer. [Variety]

• Dakota Johnson will star in the Luca Guadagnino-directed A Bigger Splash. Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes have signed on as well, and Michael Costigan will produce. The film, based on the 1969 French crime drama La Piscine, follows a triangle that develops between a couple and a younger woman on the couple’s vacation; it doesn’t end well. David Kajganich is writing the script. Shooting begins in Italy next month. [Variety] READ FULL STORY

'Blood Meridian' deserves a director who understands the Western genre

With James Franco’s recent test footage for his not-to-be Blood Meridian film adaptation now online, it’s time to think about what we want from a movie version of the landmark novel. Franco shot that test footage a few years ago and showed it to Scott Rudin, who owns the rights to the novel, but Rudin seems to have turned him down—and should continue to do so.

So Franco, instead, directed another movie adaptation of a Cormac McCarthy novel: Child of God. The movie comes out this week, and Franco wrote a piece for The Daily Beast explaining why he loves McCarthy’s work and why he wanted to bring it to the screen. It’s a heartfelt essay that shows a sincere appreciation for McCarthy’s vision, and an understanding of his signature poetic ugliness. READ FULL STORY

Our dream cast for the 'Goldfinch' movie

Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer-Prize winning novel The Goldfinch was picked up for a movie adaptation by Warner Bros. on Tuesday. The book tells the story of Theo Decker, whose mother is killed in a museum bombing and whose father wants little to do with him. During the bombing, Decker stole The Goldfinch, the 1654 painting by Carel Fabritius, which he keeps hidden from the world. The book is 800 pages long and spans decades, so compressing it all into one movie will be a challenge. The cast of characters is small but memorable, and since it’s so high-profile, could attract a lot of A-listers in a movie adaptation. Here’s who we think should play each role. READ FULL STORY

Nat Wolff on how 'Paper Towns' is sort of like 'The Godfather'

The first time Nat Wolff heard about John Green’s Paper Towns, he was on the set of another John Green adaptation, The Fault In Our Stars. It was then that producer Wyck Godfrey suggested that Wolff give Paper Towns a read. As Wolff puts it, Godfrey didn’t quite wink at him, but “there was something behind” the suggestion. So Wolff quickly read the book, loved it, and four months later, picked up his phone just in time to be offered the lead role of Quentin “Q” Jacobsen in a Paper Towns film adaptation. According to Wolff, he said yes before they could even finish making the offer.

“It’s just such a soulful character and a funny book. I’m excited,” Wolff says. And yet what might be most exciting is the fact that screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber knew about Wolff before they started writing the script, which allowed them, for the first time in their careers, to write for a specific actor. “First of all, that is like the most exciting compliment I’ve ever gotten because those guys are such good writers. The fact that I’m the first actor that they’re writing for is really just unbelievable,” Wolff says. READ FULL STORY

Quentin Tarantino, J.J. Abrams, and other directors are trying to save Kodak

In just a few years, digital video has overtaken film-based shooting by an overwhelming margin. But in the interest of staving off premature extinction, a group of directors have banded together to keep the Eastman Kodak Co. making movie film.

The Wall Street Journal reports that a group of directors, led by the likes of Quentin Tarantino, Christopher Nolan, Judd Apatow, and J.J. Abrams (who is filming Star Wars VII on film) pushed studio heads into negotiations with the film company. These discussions, which the WSJ broke the lid on, revolve around promises to buy a set quantity of film for the next several years, regardless of whether they plan to use all of it.

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Director Brian Trenchard-Smith talks John Cusack thriller 'Drive Hard'

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Brian Trenchard-Smith has been a director for 40 years and has made around the same amount of movies, from 1975’s George Lazenby-featuring action film The Man from Hong Kong through 1986’s cult film Dead End Drive-In to last year’s straight-to-DVD thriller Absolute Deception, which starred Cuba Gooding Jr. “I’ve never met a green-light I didn’t like,” chuckles the urbane auteur.

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Here's a deleted scene that was too gross for 'Divergent'

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If you’re a fan of Veronica Roth’s Divergent—as well as the film series it’s spawned—you know that the book is markedly more violent than Summit’s first adaptation. How much more violent? Well, in volume 1, a Dauntless initiate named Edward ends up leaving his new faction after a pair of his rivals stabs him in the eye with a butter knife. The sequence was left out of the first Divergent movie entirely… though evidently, not until after it had been filmed.

Want to see the movie’s Edward writhe in pain, clutching his bloody eye socket as he groans like an animal? If, for some reason, the answer is “yes,” you’re in luck: a deleted scene showing just that has been released on YouTube.

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New 'Interstellar' trailer shows off film's amazing visuals

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Christopher Nolan made his first-ever appearance at Comic-Con this year, promoting his new film, Interstellar. The Dark Knight director took the opportunity to present a trailer for the Paramount/Warner Bros. film, and now that clip has been released online.

Set to music presumably by the film’s composer Hans Zimmer, the new trailer showcases Interstellar‘s stunning visuals and focuses on the relationship of Matthew McConaughey’s character with his children. In the film, McConaughey plays an engineer who, along with several other scientists and astronauts, journeys through a newly discovered wormhole to save the world.

The film also stars Michael Caine, Jessica Chastain, and Anne Hathaway. Interstellar hits theaters November 7.


Hogwarts comes alive in trailer for Quidditch documentary 'Mudbloods'

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This is not your mother’s college sports team. Your cool aunt’s, though, maybe.

Whether there’s one on your current campus, at your alma mater, or maybe at your dream school, student Quidditch clubs are popping up all around the country, and there’s nothing imaginary about the competition. The broom-borne game—created by J.K. Rowling in the Harry Potter series—is now a full-fledged co-ed contact sport, and the new documentary Mudbloods looks at how the once-fictional game became a phenomenon.

Directed by former UCLA film student Farzad Sangari, Mudbloods follows a team of Quidditch players at UCLA as they compete in the Quidditch World Cup held in New York City. The doc takes a close look at the pioneers of the sport, the athletes who ensure it’s no joke, and the skeptics and fans who have their own opinions about the real-life proliferation of Harry Potter’s fictional pastime.

Sangari’s film made its world premiere at the AFI DOCS festival in June and will be available on demand and in limited theatrical release via Bond/360 this October.

Below, watch EW’s exclusive trailer for Mudbloods: READ FULL STORY

Disney's 'Into the Woods' drops 10 new production photos

The trailer for Disney’s forthcoming adaptation of the beloved Stephen Sondheim musical Into the Woods is on the horizon—but before the trailer debuts, the studio has released ten new production photos from the film exclusively to People.

Previously, fans have only seen a glimpse of Meryl Streep’s Witch. Now, though, they can take a good look at (almost) every major character in the movie, in which a handful of fairy tale characters—including Cinderella, Rapunzel, Red Riding Hood, and Jack (of beanstalk fame)—weaving an interconnected story as they each journey into the forest to find their dreams and make their wishes come true.

In addition to Streep as the rapping Witch and Johnny Depp as the Wolf (whose face has been kept hidden in the shots), Into the Woods stars a huge ensemble of both established film stars and relative newcomers from New York theater. Before the film hits cinemas on December 25, check out the production shots below: READ FULL STORY

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