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Tommy Lee Jones joins 'Emperor'

EW has confirmed that Tommy Lee Jones has signed on to play General Douglas MacArthur in Emperor. The film takes place August 1945 after the United States bombed Hiroshima and forced the Japanese surrender that effectively ended World War II. Jones’s MacArthur must lean on a Japanese expert from his staff (Matthew Fox) to help him lead the devastated country out of the rubble and decide the fate of Emperor Hirohito. “Tommy will bring strength, intelligence, and gravitas to the portrayal of General Douglas MacArthur, a legendary American hero,” said producer Gary Foster. Peter Webber (Hannibal Rising, Girl with a Pearl Earring) will direct the film, which is expected to be released in 2013.

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Angelina Jolie responds to 'Blood and Honey' lawsuit

Two days after Croatian journalist James J. Braddock filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Angelina Jolie over her directorial debut In the Land of Blood and Honey, the actress has responded. According to the L.A. Times, Jolie said in a recent interview, “It’s par for the course. It happens on almost every film.” Though Braddock claims he met several times with Jolie’s producer Eden Sarkic (also named in the suit), Jolie (who also co-wrote Honey‘s script) insisted she’s never read A Soul Shattering, Braddock’s 2007 account of the Bosnian War. “There are many books and documentaries that I did pull from. It’s a combination of many people’s stories,” she said. “But that particular book I’ve never seen.” Braddock is seeking an emergency injunction against the film’s Dec. 23 release.

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'Battle of Britain' movie in the works from 'The Departed' producer

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“The battle of France is over. The battle of Britain is about to begin.”

With those words, spoken in June 1940, newly elected Prime Minister Winston Churchill prepared his country for the Nazi air assault aimed at decimating the flying forces of the United Kingdom. Now two Oscar winners are joining forces to announce the battle is beginning again.

Producer Graham King, who won the Best Picture Academy Award for The Departed, has hired Robert Towne, who claimed the original screenplay prize for Chinatown, to pen a new script about the attacks.

The battled lasted from July until October of 1940, with spectacular aerial battles unfolding over the cities, and later citizens huddled in basements and subway tunnels (as seen in the photo) during The Blitz. British resilience ultimately gave Hitler one of his first major losses.

Had he succeeded in decimating the British military and populace, the Nazis might have launched a land invasion of England, occupying the country as they did France. It would have later deprived the United States and Soviet Union of an important base of operations and a key ally in the war.

King (The Town, The Aviator) described the film as a kind of personal passion project. READ FULL STORY

Clooney for Prez? Does his 'Ides of March' co-star Ryan Gosling think George has what is takes?

At last night’s Ides of March premiere, EW asked the film’s stars, “Which actor could you actually get behind running for president? Who would get your vote?” While you’ll have to wait until the print edition to find out who George Clooney would mark an ‘X’ next to on the ballot, several of his co-stars had interesting feedback on Clooney’s chances at a run for the White House. See what they said about their outspoken colleague — and which of them got a surprise nomination — after the jump.

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Toronto: Jennifer Garner 'a little over' playing nice, gets nasty in 'Butter'

Jennifer Garner isn’t necessarily a political junkie, but she’s spending a lot of time fielding questions about the politics behind her new comedy, Butter, which is teeming with satirical references to the Clintons, Sarah Palin, and Michele Bachmann — it even features a butter carving of Newt Gingrich on a horse! Then again, Laura Pickler, the conniving wife of Iowa’s outgoing butter sculpture champion (Ty Burrell) is a side of Garner we’ve never seen before. Foul-mouthed and ruthless, she terrifies anyone — even adorable 10-year-old orphans — who deigns threaten her grip on power.

Garner shared Butter — which she produced and also stars Olivia Wilde, Alicia Silverstone, Rob Corddry, Ashley Greene, and Yara Shahidi as her upstart rival — with an enthusiastic crowd last night at the Toronto Film Festival. When she thanked her crew before the screening at the Roy Thomson Hall, she slipped in a little Hillary-ism, saying “It took a big village” to make her movie. Harvey Weinstein wasn’t as subtle, making headlines by publicly inviting Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann to co-host and debate issues at the film’s premiere in early 2012.

Pregnant with her third child, the kinder, gentler Garner you know from movies like 13 Going on 30 and Juno sat down to talk about her film, her career, and, of course, Harvey. READ FULL STORY

'The Double' trailer: Starring Richard Gere, Topher Grace, and... Richard Gere?

In a new trailer for the Richard Gere-Topher Grace thriller The Double, it appears Gere is #tWinning! The Double follows retired CIA operative Paul Shepherdson (Gere) as he teams up with FBI newbie Ben Geary (Grace) to solve a case that bears the signature of Cassius, Shepherdson’s presumed dead Soviet assassin nemesis. (Say that five times fast!) The trailer, which also features Martin Sheen and True Blood‘s Stephen Moyer as a Russian baddie, chugs along predictably until about a minute and a half in when there’s a seriously SPOILER-y twist. Check it out after the jump. READ FULL STORY

'The Conspirator' star Evan Rachel Wood talks working with legends, karaoke, and conspiracy theories

Evan Rachel Wood is a force of nature. Since dazzling audiences — and unsettling parents — as the provocative and precocious teen in 2003’s Thirteen, she’s made one bold career move after another. Last March, she played another difficult daughter in HBO’s Mildred Pierce, in which she appeared completely naked. But in director Robert Redford’s The Conspirator, which arrives on DVD and Blu-ray today, she gets to play nice — as the loyal daughter of Mary Surratt, the Confederate woman executed for her role in the plot to assassinate Abraham Lincoln. But lurking beneath her character’s polished veneer is the hint of something more, something wild, something uniquely Wood. The 24-year-old actress talks about her career, her ode to Butch Cassidy, and the pressure to star in a blockbuster franchise.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: There are some IMDb.com resumes that are just fun to read, and yours is very eclectic. I’m sure every project is different but what’s most important to you when you choose a project?
EVAN RACHEL WOOD: I just go off of instinct, and whatever I read that I would want to see. I really loved this part. I thought she was strong, and I wanted to do a period piece, and I’m a huge fan of Robert Redford. So it all screamed, “Please do it.” READ FULL STORY

Jonathan Demme to adapt Stephen King's time-travel saga '11/22/63'

The Oscar-winning director of The Silence of the Lambs has picked up the film rights to Stephen King’s as-yet-unpublished novel about a rip in time that leads a small-town teacher back to JFK’s assassination.

11/22/63 is due on shelves Nov. 8, but Jonathan Demme has gotten the jump on the title, a kind of odyssey story in which Jack Epping, a school teacher from Maine, ends up going back to 1958, falling in love with a librarian, and encountering assorted historical figures from Elvis Presley to Lee Harvey Oswald as he ventures closer to the political murder that changed history. (Smart money says he’ll change things around even more.) READ FULL STORY

'Ides of March' poster: George Clooney and Ryan Gosling share their primary colors

A day after the Toronto Film Festival announced that it would host the North American premiere of The Ides of March, Columbia Pictures released a mesmerizing poster for director George Clooney’s political drama, starring Clooney, Ryan Gosling, and Philip Seymour Hoffman. “Is This Man Our Next President?” asks the cover of TIME magazine that Gosling’s campaign press secretary holds up in the poster. His face perfectly mirrors that of his boss, Clooney’s ambitious presidential candidate. Take a look. (UPDATE: So did TIME give its blessing to have the magazine featured in the poster? Says a spokesperson, “We gave the studio permission to use the TIME image. TIME is an iconic brand, we get many of these requests, as you’d imagine, and we turn many of them down. But, in this case, the use of the image is consistent with our brand, and it’s so visually compelling that we were delighted to allow them to use it.”) READ FULL STORY

First clip of Meryl Streep as 'The Iron Lady': Watch it here!

There’s a story about Fred Astaire during one of his first auditions for studio execs. Their terse comments went as follows: “Can’t act. Slightly bald. Also dances.” The first glimpses of Margaret Thatcher in the biopic The Iron Lady have a similar feeling.

We don’t see the indomitable Thatcher for a full 34 seconds of the minute-long trailer as advisers dissect her, demand she abandon her hat and signature pearls, and tell her she needs to lower her voice because it lacks authority. The message is simple: To pull apart someone like Thatcher and treat her like any other politician — a problem to be fixed — is a fool’s errand. And the minute Streep, as Thatcher, comes on the screen, it’s apparent who the fools are. READ FULL STORY

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