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Casting Net: Ewan McGregor to star in heist thriller 'Son of a Gun.' Plus: Penelope Cruz, Ryan Reynolds, Jason Schwartzman, James Franco

Ewan McGregor is set to star in the Australian heist thriller Son of a Gun, playing Australia’s public enemy no. 1, who takes on a protege. Up-and-coming director Julius Avery is helming the project from his own original screenplay. The movie is being touted as a cross between gritty Australian crime drama Animal Kingdom and Michael Mann’s bank robbery opus Heat. McGregor has already been reaping critical accolades for his role as a father and husband in the upcoming tsunami drama The Impossible with Naomi Watts. [THR]

Penelope Cruz is in talks to star in a film titled Gucci, about the Italian family at the core of the iconic fashion brand. The movie is being directed by Ridley Scott’s daughter Jordan Scott, and has apparently gone through several iterations already, with Ridley Scott himself at first on board as director in 2006, with a script by Andrea Berloff, and other writers brought in since then. The brand’s founder’s grandson, Maurizio Gucci, was shot to death in 1995, and his ex-wife Patrizia Reggiani was later imprisoned for the murder. [TheWrap.com]

Ryan Reynolds is attached to headline Battle for Bonneville, with Jon Favreau set to direct. The film, written by Dan Gilroy, who co-wrote The Bourne Legacy, is about real-life half-brothers and race-track rivals Art and Walt Arfons, who joined forces to set world speed records. The ever-busy Favreau is also currently in pre-production on a film adaptation of the musical Jersey Boys, about the Four Seasons. [Deadline]

• Jason Schwartzman has confirmed he will indeed be in Wes Anderson‘s The Grand Budapest Hotel. No big surprise there, considering Schwartzman has starred in several of Anderson films, including Rushmore and The Darjeeling Limited, plus this year’s Moonrise Kingdom. Details have been murky about Hotel, but we do know that it’s set in Europe, and that Bill Murray, Ralph Fiennes, Owen Wilson, and Jude Law are also attached. Anderson is directing from his own script. [Movies.com]

• James Franco, Glenn Close, and Brit Marling are set to star in The Grace that Keeps This World, an adaptation of Tom Bailey’s novel about a father and his sons prepping for hunting season, and a young cop’s investigation into hunting violations that unearths family differences. Azazel Jacobs will direct from a screenplay by Matthew Aldrich. [Deadline]

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Harris Savides, cinematographer for 'Milk' and 'Zodiac,' dies at 55

Harris Savides, the cinematographer behind some of the most visually striking films and music videos of the last 20 years, passed away today. He was 55.

A native New Yorker, Savides started out his career as a fashion photographer. Moving into music videos, he collaborated with director Mark Romanek on his iconic videos for Madonna’s “Rain” (for which Savides won a Video Music Award), Nine Inch Nails’ “Closer,” Michael and Janet Jackson’s “Scream,” and Fiona Apple’s “Criminal” — giving each video its own sleek, burnished cinematic bearing.

Harris also worked on music videos and commercials with David Fincher and Gus Van Sant, a partnership that would continue into feature films, including Fincher’s The Game and Zodiac, and six movies with Van Sant: Finding ForresterGerryElephantLast DaysMilk, and Restless. READ FULL STORY

'Prometheus': The secret of the ooze... and a sequel tease?

The mysteries of Prometheus are legion and legendary. Released in June in the wake of a solid year of anticipation, the Alien semi-prequel turned out to be a stealth kickstarter for a new franchise — a sequel is being extremely vaguely planned for 2014 or so. Perhaps because of those sequel plans, Prometheus never provided direct answers for some of the most intriguing plot elements in the movie. A new infographic at the film’s Facebook page, however, appears to provide some insight into the nature of the Black Ooze (or “Black Goo,” if you’re a classicist) — the dark viscous substance which provided most of the central plot twists of the movie. It may also provide a hint about the direction of the movie, which for the sake of argument let’s call Prometheus 2: Rise of Epimetheus. READ FULL STORY

'Prometheus' Blu-ray trailer promises to reveal the meaning of life (or at least the meaning of 'Prometheus')

“How far would you go to get your answers?” Michael Fassbender’s self-seeking robo-Aryan asks at the start of this new trailer for Prometheus on Blu-ray. Would you put your life at risk? Would you travel beyond the stars? Would you buy Prometheus on Blu-ray?

While audiences tended to like Fassbender’s performance as Peter O’Toolbox, the big-budget Alien prequel was notorious for its inability to definitively reveal the true meaning of the universe and the teleological purpose of humanity. This new release — which boasts seven hours of special features — promises to rectify that.

Personally I thought the movie was a big, wonderful mess, as opposed to a big, terrible mess, and its atmospherics and thematic density overrode any narrative nonsense. But if you’re not like me and you actually dislike plot holes so big you can drive a space-ATV through, then you might be interested in getting a glimpse at the film’s alternate beginning, alternate ending, and alternate middle. And, hey, everyone knows art only gets better the more you have to explain it! READ FULL STORY

Report: Tony Scott had inoperable brain cancer

UPDATE: Tony Scott’s family is denying media reports that the director had inoperable brain cancer. ABC News, which first reported the story, has now backed off its initial claim, updating its web site with a post headlined, “Tony Scott Brain Cancer Report Appears in Doubt.”

Details are emerging about why ‘Top Gun’ director Tony Scott may have taken his own life Sunday. According to ABC News, an unnamed source claims that the Hollywood veteran was suffering from inoperable brain cancer. No further explanation about his alleged illness has been provided yet.

The 68-year-old Scott jumped off San Pedro’s Vincent Thomas Bridge on Sunday afternoon. The Associated Press reports that police discovered notes to loved ones in Scott’s car, as well as a suicide note in his office.

A representative for Scott has not yet responded to EW’s request for comment on this story. Last night, the director’s rep issued the following statement to EW: “I can confirm that Mr. Scott has indeed passed away. I have no further details and ask that the family’s privacy be respected at this time.”

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'Top Gun' director Tony Scott dies at age 68 in apparent suicide

Tony Scott, the director of Hollywood hits such as Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop II, and Unstoppable, died Sunday at age 68, his publicist has confirmed to EW. According to the Los Angeles Police Department’s harbor division, the British-born filmmaker jumped to his death from the Vincent Thomas bridge near Long Beach, Calif.

According to officials, the director climbed a fence on the south side of the bridge and leapt off around 12:30 p.m. Police reportedly found a suicide note inside Scott’s black Toyota Prius, which was parked on the bridge. His identity was confirmed around 7 p.m. by the Los Angeles County coroner’s office.

Scott and his older brother Ridley (the Oscar-nominated director of films like Alien, Gladiator, and Prometheus) were partners in Scott Free Productions, the company behind the CBS drama The Good Wife as well as A&E’s four-hour medical thriller Coma, due to air next month. Tony Scott, whose last film was the 2010 runaway-train thriller Unstoppable with Denzel Washington and Chris Pine, had been developing a sequel to his 1986 Tom Cruise blockbuster Top GunREAD FULL STORY

What did Michael Fassbender say at the end of 'Prometheus'? Language consultant reveals all

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WARNING: This post contains Prometheus spoilers.

Ridley Scott’s Prometheus prompted a lot of questions from cinemagoers, like “What the f—?” and “No, seriously: What the f—?” We can’t provide answers for either of those queries. But we can resolve the question of what Michael Fassbender’s android David said to the Engineer just prior to the alien going ape and trying to kill everyone in sight.
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Box office report: 'Madagascar 3' earns $35.5M, more than 'Rock of Ages' and 'That's My Boy' combined

A couple of high-profile openers couldn’t force the animals of Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted into their cages. The animated comedy topped the box office once again this weekend, while Rock of Ages and That’s My Boy delivered majorly disappointing debuts.

Dreamworks’ $145 million effort Madagascar 3 roared a second time following its $60.3 million start. The CG-animated film dipped 41 percent to $35.5 million this frame. That’s better than the second weekend decline of its predecessor, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, which fell by 45 percent and had earned a slightly softer $116.9 million at the same point in its run. Madagascar 3 has grossed $120.5 million over ten days, and is headed to a $180 million finish domestically. Worldwide, the 3-D film has grossed a robust $278 million, and will likely finish near $600 million. READ FULL STORY

Cool 'Prometheus' clip: Charlize Theron vs. Michael Fassbender

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Here at EW.com, we’ve been going a little bit bananas over the impending release of Ridley Scott’s Prometheus — possibly because we’re intrigued by the mysterious trailers, possibly because we’re excited for anything that’s not a superhero sequel or Madagascar, possibly because we’re all just members of the Idris Elba fan club. If you’re somebody who wants to know just a little bit about the actual plot of the Alien pseudo-prequel, then you’ll love this clip that debuted on the Tonight Show, featuring Charlize Theron getting all up in the grill of Robo-Fassbender. We have no clue what they’re talking about. But boy, look at all that blue! Watch the clip below: READ FULL STORY

Ridley Scott working on 'Blade Runner' sequel with original film's screenwriter

Thirty years ago, Ridley Scott kickstarted his career with Alien and Blade Runner, a dark pair of weird-future genre flicks that redefined the whole visual grammar of big-screen science-fiction. This summer, Scott is releasing Prometheus, the mysterious semi-prequel to Alien. Now, after many months of rumor-mongering, it looks like the director will be making a return trip to his other sci-fi classic. In a press release, Alcon Entertainment announced that Hampton Fancher, one of the two credited writers on the original Blade Runner, is planning to reunite with Scott to work on a sequel to the movie. READ FULL STORY

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