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Brett Ratner acquires rights to Yasiel Puig biopic

Jesse Katz’s Los Angeles magazine story about breakout L.A. Dodgers star Yasiel Puig’s journey from Cuba to California is getting the movie treatment: Brett Ratner and his RatPac Entertainment nabbed the rights to turn the story — published only weeks ago — into a film.

Katz’s article chronicles Puig’s attempts to leave his home country of Cuba, including getting caught up in a Mexican drug cartel and being held captive by them for nearly three weeks. Now, Puig is a wildly successful Dodger with a seven-year contract. READ FULL STORY

'Jurassic World': Vincent D'Onofrio cast as the villain in new dinosaur flick

Jurassic World, Universal’s highly anticipated new installment in the Jurassic Park franchise, has just added a new castmember: Vincent D’Onofrio (Men in Black) will play the villain in the film.

Directed by Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) and due June 12, 2015, World also stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard. Park and The Lost World director Steven Spielberg is also on board as a producer.

'Zombeavers' director Jordan Rubin on his dammed horror-comedy -- EXCLUSIVE NSFW IMAGES

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What do you get when you cross chemical waste with beavers? The answer is the horror-comedy Zombeavers — and Hollywood’s latest viral phenomenon. The trailer for this film about (you guessed it!) zombified beavers has racked up almost 2 million views since it debuted a couple of weeks back. “It’s cool to get the validation,” says first-time director Jordan Rubin, who co-penned the film with regular writing partners Al and Jon Kaplan. “Once something starts getting up in the hits it’s interesting to see how people go, ‘Oh, we might have something here.”

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'The Room' star Greg Sestero says James Franco 'ideal guy' to adapt memoir

Can the making of a bad film make for a good one? That is the question raised by the news — reported by Deadline — that James Franco is to direct an adaptation of The Disaster Artist, actor Greg Sestero’s memoir about his time spent starring in the so-bad-it’s-awesome cult movie The Room.

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Steve Carell drama 'Foxcatcher' postpones opening date to 2014

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We’re going to gave to wait a little longer to see Steve Carell’s eerie turn as a millionaire chemical heir who turns homicidal in the drama Foxcatcher.

The movie, directed by Moneyball and Capote filmmaker Bennett Miller, was originally set to open Dec. 20, but tonight distributor Sony Pictures Classics announced it would be pushed back to an unspecified date in 2014.

The studio said it supported “the decision of the filmmakers to allow for more time to finish the film,” but there can’t be much enthusiasm for the movie over at the America Film Institute, which had announced plans to feature Foxcatcher as the opening weekend gala at its November film festival. READ FULL STORY

David Arquette and Troian Bellisario join cast of action movie 'Chuck Hank and the San Diego Twins' -- EXCLUSIVE IMAGE

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EW can exclusively reveal that David Arquette and Pretty Little Liars star Troian Bellisario have joined the cast of the action movie Chuck Hank and the San Diego Twins. Arquette will play the role of lead villain “Lordy P” and you can exclusively see a shot of the Scream star in-(gloriously freakish)character above. Other newly-announced Chuck Hank cast members include Paz de la Huerta (Boardwalk Empire), Noah Segan (Looper), Michael Paré (Streets of Fire), and Andrew Bryniarski, who played Leatherface in the 2003 remake of Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

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'40 Days of Dating' film: Warner Bros. buys rights to viral website

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One duo’s dating experiment is on track to become a date-night movie.

EW has confirmed that Warner Bros. recently acquired the screen rights to 40 Days of Dating, the popular blog in which good friends Jessica Walsh and Timothy Goodman give dating a try for 40 days and document the entire process. The “couple” told their story through videos and blogs, and now, their story is headed to the big screen. The Vow‘s Michael Sucsy will direct the film, which will be written by Lorene Scafaria (Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist).

Toronto 2013 Deal Report Update: A24 grabs Jake Gyllenhaal's 'Enemy,' and more

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As the Toronto Film Festival winds down this weekend, we’ve rounded up a list of the deals coming out of the annual fest. For a complete look at all the deals, combine this list with our first deal report of the week. Here’s what’s happened since:

A24 is close to gaining the U.S. distribution rights to Jake Gyllenhaal’s Enemy, which also stars Melanie Laurent and Sarah Gadon and tells the story of a history professor who sees his double in a film and decides to track him down. It’s based on an adaptation of ose Saramago’s novel The Double. [Variety]

Roadside Attractions has acquired U.S. rights to Fred Schepisi’s romance, Words and Pictures, which stars Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche as a writer struggling with losing his talent and an artist struggling with her body’s abilities (or lack thereof).
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Toronto 2013 Deal Report: Magnolia Pictures snags 'The Right Kind of Wrong,' and more

The Toronto Film Festival is off and running, which means deals are being made. Here’s a look at what’s happened so far [Updated]:

The Weinstein Company has picked up the Nicole Kidman-Colin Firth pic The Railway Man, about a British officer still traumatized by his time as a POW at a Japanese camp. The true story is based on the autobiography of Eric Lomax. In the press release announcing the news Harvey Weinstein said: “After watching people jump to their feet applauding when the credits rolled with tears in their eyes, we knew this was a film we wanted to help take to audiences across America.” [Deadline]

Harvey Weinstein and co will also likely take The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, starring Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy as a struggling married couple, told across two films His and Hers, from their different perspectives. [Deadline]

Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions will likely release the Jennifer Aniston-starrer Life of Crime, an adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s The Switch, directed by Daniel Schecter and co-starring Mos Def, Tim Robbins, John Hawkes, and Isla Fisher. In the story, a pair of criminals kidnap the wife of a Detroit real estate developer hoping to secure a hefty ransom. Things get complicated when her husband refuses to pay. [Deadline]

Open Road Films will distribute Eli Roth’s horror pic The Green Inferno, about a group of student activists who go to Peru and happen upon some unwelcoming (or, welcoming) cannibals. [Deadline]

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'Avengers: Age of Ultron': James Spader to play maniacal robot in Marvel sequel

Avengers: Age of Ultron has its psycho robot.

James Spader has signed on to play the villain in writer-director Joss Whedon’s upcoming superhero sequel, Marvel announced today. READ FULL STORY

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