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'Gotti' has got a new name

Gotti: Three Generations has undergone a slight makeover: The film, which stars John Travolta and is set to be directed by Barry Levinson, will now be titled Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father, a rep for the movie confirms to EW. Gotti centers on three generations of the infamous Gotti crime family, and boasts a big-name cast. Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Lindsay Lohan, and Travolta’s wife Kelly Preston join the Pulp Fiction actor in the film, which will be written by Levinson and James Toback (Bugsy).

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Al Pacino joins ‘Gotti: Three Generations’
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New details on the ‘Gotti’ picture

Cannes Film Festival: Meryl Streep's 'The Iron Lady' biopic gets pickup


The Iron Lady has gotten some weighty support.

The Meryl Streep biopic about British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was picked up for distribution in the United States by The Weinstein Co., which has a good track record with British biopics. Last year, Harvey and Bob Weinstein steered The King’s Speech through a contentious award season to an ultimate Best Picture win at the Academy Awards.

They are likely to push for a repeat of that recent history with this film, which focuses on the 1982 Falklands War and co-stars fellow Oscar-winner Jim Broadbent as Thatcher’s husband, Denis. Phyllida Lloyd, who worked with Streep on Mamma Mia!, is directing. READ FULL STORY

Lindsay Lohan role in 'Gotti' mob movie back on

Finally, some good news for Lindsay Lohan. Barry Levinson said today he didn’t mean to suggest the troubled starlet was “definitively” out of a major new role in his upcoming mob film Gotti: Three Generations.

Though her involvement in the film — in which she plays “The Teflon Don’s” daughter-in-law — has been on-and-off as the project has evolved, Levinson tells EW he was misrepresented in a recent article by “I guess maybe sometimes when you’re trying to be discreet, it doesn’t get reported that way.” Now he’s speaking out to clarify.


Steven Spielberg's 'Lincoln' adds team of rivals: Tommy Lee Jones, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, John Hawkes

Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, based on the Doris Kearns Goodwin book Team of Rivals, already has Daniel Day-Lewis and Sally Field as the Civil War president and his First Lady.

Now it’s adding the team.

Tommy Lee Jones, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Hal Holbrook, James Spader and John Hawkes are in talks to co-star in the movie, which focuses on the disparate group of political figures Lincoln chose to sit in his cabinet, drawing strength from the candor and differences of opinion. READ FULL STORY

Steven Spielberg's 'Lincoln' gets its Mary Todd: Sally Field

President Abraham Lincoln’s troubled First Lady will be played by Sally Field in Steven Spielberg’s upcoming historical drama Lincoln, DreamWorks has announced.

“I’m excited to be working with Sally for the first time,” Spielberg said in a statement. “I’ve admired her films, and she has always been my first choice to portray all the fragility and complexity that was Mary Todd Lincoln.” In addition to suffering the assassination of her husband, Mrs. Lincoln also lost two of their four sons in childhood, including one during her husband’s time in the White House, and another died at age 18 while she was still alive. She was also a Kentuckian, and many of her relatives were part of the Confederacy during the war, leading to family members fighting against other family members, which weighed heavily on her. She was said to struggle with depression, or possibly bi-polar disorder, according to some historical theories, and occasionally suffered breakdowns and public outbursts.  READ FULL STORY

John Travolta, Lindsay Lohan, and John Gotti Jr. walk into a room... New details on 'Gotti' biopic

John Travolta sat at the center of the table looking dapper and cracking jokes. If he seemed like a mafia don, that’s because he was there to announce he would be playing one. Travolta was the headliner at a press conference Tuesday morning at a hotel conference room in midtown Manhattan to announce his next starring role in Gotti: Three Generations. The independently-financed film will star Travolta as John Gotti Sr.

Also on hand were director Nick Cassavetes (The Notebook), producer Marc Fiore, and John Gotti Jr. But perhaps the biggest head-turner for the assembled press corps was a platinum-blonde sitting near the front of the room, Lindsay Lohan. The actress has been rumored to be up for the part of the late mob kingpin’s daughter, Victoria Gotti. When asked about her odd presence at the press conference, Fiore said, “Lindsay is a terrific actress. I’m glad to have her here today. We’re in talks. Nothing’s finalized.” READ FULL STORY

Lindsay Lohan offered role as Sharon Tate in Manson movie, says director

Four months after she was let go from the Linda Lovelace biopic after violating her probation and checking into the Betty Ford Center, Lindsay Lohan has been offered a role as another iconic actress: Sharon Tate. Photographer Tyler Shields tells EW that the actress is in talks to star as the Valley of the Dolls actress in his upcoming film Eyes of a Dreamer, a film about murderer Charles Manson, who famously killed a pregnant Tate in August 1969. (Tate was married to filmmaker Roman Polanski at the time.) Though Lohan is not yet locked in for the role, Shields — a friend of Lohan’s who is set to play Manson in the film — says if “the timing is right, it will happen.”

“We’ve worked together many, many times,” Shields tells EW. “She asked me about [Eyes] … And I said, ‘Oh you should be Sharon Tate.’ And she was like, ‘That would be amazing.'” READ FULL STORY

Paul Greengrass' Martin Luther King biopic gets 'Memphis' blues

Paul Greengrass’ proposed film about the last days of Martin Luther King has been shelved by Universal. According to Deadline, Memphis was tentatively set to start shooting in June with hopes for a February 2012 release, but Universal withdrew financing based on that tight schedule. “We are not moving forward with the film now because we could not make the film on the timeline it required,” says a spokesperson from the studio. Greengrass did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Is ‘Bourne’ director Paul Greengrass making a Martin Luther King assassination thriller?

Clint Eastwood's 'J. Edgar': CinemaCon premieres clip starring Leonardo DiCaprio

It’s hard to look at Leonardo DiCaprio and see the bulldog FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, but in one short clip of the Clint Eastwood movie that premiered at CinemaCon, the actor shows his chops.

And in this case, I mean that literally. There seems to be something different about his face. It’s jowlier, even though the scene is from the early ’30s, when Hoover was still relatively young. It doesn’t look like exterior makeup, but perhaps some dental addition that adjusts the shape of his cheeks. In any case, DiCaprio acquits himself well as the camera slowly inches in on that slightly different, yet very familiar face. READ FULL STORY

Tom Hanks could take on Somali pirates for Sony Pictures

Sony Pictures has confirmed to EW that Tom Hanks is attatched to play Richard Phillips, the cargo ship Captain who was kidnapped by Somali priates in 2009, in a feature film based on Phillips’ memoirs, A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea. (Deadline first reported the story.) Phillips offered himself up as a hostage in order to save his crew, and was ultimately freed by SEAL snipers in a daring high-seas rescue. Sony has not yet announced a director for the film, and a final deal is not yet in place for Hanks.

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