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Casting Net: Liev Schreiber in talks to play Boris Spassky in Bobby Fischer pic. Plus: Common, more

Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan) and Peter Sarsgaard (Blue Jasmine) are in talks to star in the Bobby Fischer film Pawn Sacrifice, starring Tobey Maguire as the chess genius. Ed Zwick (Love & Other Drugs, Blood Diamond) is set to direct the movie about Fischer’s historic match against Russian chess champion Boris Spassky (Schreiber). Sarsgaard would take on the role of a priest who helps Fischer get through the trying time. [THR]

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Cannes: Directors Fortnight lineup announced

The Directors Fortnight announced its full lineup on Tuesday, including nine short films and 21 features which will run parallel to the Cannes Film Festival in May. Notable selections include the Ruairi Robinson’s sci-fi film Last Days on Mars, starring Liev Schreiber (X-Men Origins: Wolverine), Romola Garai (The Hour), and Olivia Williams (Rushmore), and Sebastian Silva’s thriller Magic Magic, about a tourist in Chile who starts to experience a metal breakdown, with Juno Temple (Killer Joe) and Michael Cera (Arrested Development).

Avant-garde Chilean director Alejandro Jodorowsky (The Holy Mountain) will return to the Festival with a film about his life, and Lynne Ramsay (We Need to Talk About Kevin) will show her short Swimmer. Jodorowsky is also the subject of a documentary in the lineup, about his aborted version of the film Dune, which would go on to be directed by David Lynch.

Running from May 16 to May 26, the Directors Fortnight is now in its 45th year. It was started in 1969 by the French Directors Guild, who continues to manage the selections to this day. A handful of films presented in this category are even eligible to compete for the Camera d’Or prize, denoted on the list with an asterisk. Ari Folman’s (Waltz with Bashir) hybrid live action and animated feature The Congress, based on Stanislaw Lem’s The Futurological Congress and starring Robin Wright and Jon Hamm, will open the sidebar.

Check out the full selection below.

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Liev Schreiber to host Tropfest short film festival

Liev Schreiber is set to host Tropfest, the world’s largest short film festival, when it returns to New York City this summer. The event will be held June 22 at Brooklyn’s Prospect Park.

Tropfest began 21 years ago in Sydney, Australia, and now attracts more than 150,000 people annually. It has since expanded into a worldwide event with screenings held in Asia, Europe, and the U.S. Last year’s debut U.S. event brought more than 10,000 film fans to New York’s Bryant Park.
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Hugh Jackman: Anne Hathaway, Liev Schreiber salute 'modern-day Renaissance Man'

In his introduction to the Museum of the Moving Image’s Salute to Hugh Jackman, MOMI’s Chairman Herbert S. Schlosser called the Aussie actor one of the “most talented and well-liked stars today.” The honor, which has been awarded to both stars (Julia Roberts, Tom Hanks) and savants (Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg), was just a preambular feather in Jackman’s cap — he would go on to score SAG and Golden Globe nominations this week. Hugh Jackman, it turns out, is something we can all agree on: We like him, we really like him.

Of course, Jackman couldn’t resist poking a little fun at himself in his acceptance speech. He quipped that this holiday season brought “pretty much what I want every year — a movie, starring me, to open Christmas day and be promoted on massive billboards… maybe an award to top it off. I’m a simple, low-key kind of guy.” Jackman’s own speech came after toasts from several of his Hollywood colleagues, including Les Misérables co-stars Anne Hathaway and Eddie Redmayne, his director on The Prestige Christopher Nolan, and X-Men Origins: Wolverine co-star Liev Schreiber, among others. Below, the night’s top five soundbites… READ FULL STORY

Liev Schreiber on 'Movie 43,' training for the ring, and the world's largest short-film festival

Liev Schreiber is calling from the gym. It’s clearly not a New York Sports Club, judging from the background noise. In fact, it’s a boxing gym. The actor was training to portray a boxer in a movie — more on that below — and he’s since adopted those sessions into his regular workout routine. On Friday, though, the Tony-winning actor and star of such films as The Manchurian Candidate and Defiance will be at New York’s Lincoln Center to participate in a film symposium called Roughcut, a special spin-off of TropFest, the Australian short-film festival that’s become the world’s largest of its kind. Filmmakers and journalists — including EW’s critic Lisa Schwarzbaum — will spend the day discussing and dissecting the art of storytelling, something Schreiber knows a little about.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Why are you at a boxing gym?
LIEV SCHREIBER: I was getting ready to do this movie about… Did you ever hear of a Philly fighter named Chuck Wepner? READ FULL STORY

New 'Movie 43' poster as saucy as the celeb-filled movie -- EXCLUSIVE

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What’s curvaceous and a bit naughty, with a greenish palor? This exclusive poster, below, for the upcoming mega celebrity-filled ensemble comedy Movie 43!

Touted as “The biggest cast every assembled, for the most outrageous comedy ever made,” the poster boasts a bada-boom outline of a greenish woman’s body with the movie’s title as the, er, crotch clincher. Helmed by several directors, including Peter Farrelly (There’s Something About Mary, Dumb and Dumber), the film stars a serious litany of A-list names, including — take a long breath — Halle Berry, Naomi Watts, Kate Winslet, Elizabeth Banks, Kate Bosworth, Gerard Butler, Kieran Culkin, Josh Duhamel, Anna Faris, Chris Pratt, Richard Gere, Terrence Howard, Hugh Jackman, Johnny Knoxville, Chloe Moretz, Justin Long, Leslie Bibb, Liev Schreiber, Seann William Scott, Emma Stone, Jason Sudeikis, and Uma Thurman.

“Never before have such huge actors pushed the envelope so much,” Farrelly told EW last month, giving us the lowdown on scenes ranging from Winslet on a crazy blind date with Jackman to a potty-mouthed Watts and her real-life love Schreiber playing parents home-schooling their son by totally demeaning him. The movie’s set for release in theaters Jan. 25, 2013.

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'Movie 43' trailer: Kate Winslet, Naomi Watts, and Emma Stone get their NSFW on

There are few things more gratifying than watching A-list celebrities break type and act really, offensively stupid. Brace yourselves, then, for Movie 43, a star-studded raunchy comedy that took 12 directors and four years to make. The new red-band trailer is an orgy of R-rated shenanigans, though it’s hard to tell exactly what’s going on, as the clip is basically a hodgepodge of seemingly unrelated vignettes, Robot Chicken-style. But honestly, who cares about plot or coherence when you’ve got Oscar-nominee Naomi Watts telling her son, “You dropped your books, f–kface”?

In fact the pedigree of talent in Movie 43 is remarkable. Of course there are plenty of comedy staples: Anna Faris, Chris Pratt, Johnny Knoxville, Seann William Scott, Emma Stone. But the remainder of the cast reads like an awards-season epic: Hugh Jackman, Terrence Howard, Kate Winslet, Richard Gere, Liev Schreiber, Uma Thurman, Halle Berry.

So if you’ve been waiting your whole life to hear Terrence Howard say, “The Lord did his part already. He made you black! He gave you a foot-and-a-half–” I’m sorry, I’m sorry. You’ll have to watch the extremely inappropriate trailer yourself.

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'Movie 43' co-director Peter Farrelly praises comedic Kate Winslet, Naomi Watts -- EXCLUSIVE

Peter Farrelly has never turned up his nose at total silliness, directing such raunchy comedies such as There’s Something About Mary and Dumb and Dumber with his brother Bobby. But collaborating as one of a dozen directors on the upcoming ensemble comedy Movie 43 had its own unique perks, not the least of which was getting to see a slew of A-list stars such as Naomi Watts and Kate Winslet let loose.

The movie, set to release Jan. 25, 2013, has a cast and story as celebrity-steeped and plot-twisty as a Robert Altman film crossed with the shameless spunkiness of Jackass. In addition to Watts and Winslet, it includes appearances by: Elizabeth Banks, Halle Berry, Kate Bosworth, Gerard Butler, Kieran Culkin, Josh Duhamel, Anna Faris, Chris Pratt, Richard Gere, Terrence Howard, Hugh Jackman, Johnny Knoxville, Chloe Moretz, Justin Long, Leslie Bibb, Liev Schreiber, Seann William Scott, Emma Stone, Jason Sudeikis, and Uma Thurman. Whoosh, that’s a mouthful. With all those actors, more than 15 writers, and several directors, including Farrelly and actress Banks herself, the movie took several years to make.

“It’s the brainchild of Charlie Wessler, who produced most of our movies. Never before have such huge actors pushed the envelope so much,” said Farrelly by phone. “Charlie knows all these people. He went to them, huge stars, like Kate Winslet, and she said, ‘I’m shooting this movie, I’m not free for a year and a half.’ This movie was made over four years, and they just had to wait for a year or two years for different actors. They would shoot for a week, and shut down for several months. Same thing with the directors. It was the type of movie you could come back to.”

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