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Millennium Entertainment picks up Al Pacino-starring 'The Humbling' with plans for awards season

Al Pacino is entering the Oscar race. Millennium Entertainment announced that it acquired the U.S. rights to Pacino-starring The Humbling, Barry Levinson’s Philip Roth adaptation, and will be releasing it this year and giving it an awards campaign.  READ FULL STORY

The real reason director Barry Levinson quit the Writers Guild

Among many other things, director Barry Levinson (Diner, Rain Man) has been a screenwriter for 40 years. And for the first time in those four decades, he requested writing credit for his work on the low-budget film The Humbling, which he directed with Al Pacino starring.

He lost.

Then he quit the Writers Guild.

“In the end I realized that there was nothing I could do that would make any difference in terms of the WGA’s attitude towards their system of evaluating scripts,” Levinson told EW in a recent telephone interview. “You either cooperate or you can show your frustration in this method.”

But Levinson is clear that he didn’t drop out of the organization he was a member of for 40 years because he lost. (Deadline first reported the news of his exit.) He dropped out because he believes the process is flawed. READ FULL STORY

Shia LaBeouf backs out of 'Rock the Kasbah'

The latest move in Shia LeBeouf’s quest to stop being famous appears to be pulling out of the all-star comedy Rock the Kasbah.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the 27-year-old has amicably parted from the film, which is set to star Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Danny McBride, Zooey Deschanel, and Kate Hudson. Representatives for LaBeouf did not respond to EW’s requests for comment.

The Barry Levinson movie centers on an aging rock manager who travels to Afghanistan for a USO tour and winds up representing a young girl competing on a Middle Eastern version of American Idol. LaBeouf was to have a supporting role. READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Johnny Depp commits to 'Black Mass' and Pfister's 'Transcendence'; Plus, Tom Hardy in PTSD film, and Bradley Cooper

Johnny Depp fans, get excited. The actor has committed to his next two projects: Wally Pfister’s sci-fi thriller Transcendence, and Barry Levinson’s Whitey Bulger biopic Black Mass, both of which he’d been circling for a while. Transcendence will be the directorial debut for Pfister, an Oscar-winning cinematographer (for Inception in 2011), who has been Christopher Nolan’s go-to since Memento. The details of the project remain sparse, but the logline teases that the film is about a scientist who has his brain uploaded into a computer. Depp will go straight from Transcendence to Black Mass, based on the true crime book Black Mass: The Irish Mob, The FBI and A Devil’s Deal by Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill. Depp will portray the real-life former Boston mob boss and FBI informant, Whitey Bulger, who is still very much alive. [Variety]

• Tom Hardy is set to develop and star in the post traumatic stress disorder drama Samarkand, about a British soldier attempting to readjust to society after serving in the Middle East. Photographer Greg Williams wrote the script with his brother Olly, and will make his feature debut directing the project. Williams directed Hardy in the short film Sergeant Slaughter, My Big Brother (available here) about a man (Hardy) who decides to run away to join the French Foreign League. [Deadline]

Best Actor nominee Bradley Cooper has committed to producing and starring in an English-language remake of the 2011 German film Kokowääh. He’s also reportedly considering whether or not to direct the project. The original film was directed by and starred Til Schweiger (Hugo Stiglitz in Inglorious Basterds) as a writer who discovers that he has an 8-year-old daughter. The film follows his work, his burgeoning relationship with his daughter (and her foster father), and his attempts to reconcile with his ex-girlfriend and writing partner. The script is currently undergoing a re-write. [Deadline]

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Johnny Depp to play Whitey Bulger in 'Black Mass'

Johnny Depp is attached to play notorious Boston gangster Whitey Bulger in director Barry Levinson’s Black Mass. Bulger — South Boston’s most violent criminal who used his political connections and became an FBI informant to protect his turf — was the inspiration for Jack Nicholson’s character in The Departed, and he was captured in June 2011 after 16 years of being on the Fed’s Most Wanted List. READ FULL STORY

Baseball legend Hank Aaron getting biopic treatment with 'The Natural' director Barry Levinson

EW has confirmed that producers Mike Tollin (Varsity Blues, Coach Carter) and Glenn Rigberg (Struck By Lightning) have obtained the rights to make a feature film biopic about Henry “Hank” Aaron, the baseball legend who broke Babe Ruth’s decades-long career home-run record on April 8, 1974. This project has instantly become one of the hottest sports movie projects in Hollywood.

Barry Levinson (The Natural) is attached to direct, working with screenwriter Adam Mazer, who wrote Levinson’s HBO biopic on Jack Kevorkian, You Don’t Know Jack, which Rigberg exec produced. Based on Howard Bryant’s book The Last Hero: The Life Story of Henry Aaron, the film will trace the two years from 1972 to 1974 during which Aaron chased, and bested, Babe Ruth’s record — an accomplishment that was met with both breathless media coverage as well as death threats.  READ FULL STORY

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