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Ryan Gosling's 'How to Catch a Monster' and other pre-Cannes deals -- UPDATED

The Cannes Film Festival doesn’t begin in earnest until tomorrow, when The Great Gatsby opens the prestigious 12-day cinematic showcase and the shiniest of celebrities descend on the luxurious Mediterranean resort, but the Cannes film market is already revving on all cylinders. Warner Bros. is reportedly on the verge of acquiring the U.S. rights to How to Catch a Monster, Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut that he’ll also star in, along with Eva Mendes, Saoirse Ronan, and Christina Hendricks. The fantasy film is still in production, but as Deadline originally reported, the weight of Warner Bros. will likely boost interest in the film’s international rights when buyers convene at Cannes next week.

UPDATE: Click below for other high-profile deals from Cannes.

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Ken Marino and wife to adapt 'Go the F-k to Sleep'

Once upon a time a cutely illustrated, explicitly written “children’s book for adults” burst onto the scene. Adam Mansbach’s ode to parents who can’t get their children to, well, go the f–k to sleep, was a bestseller before it was even available (under the “advice” category on the New York Times list).

We’ve heard Samuel L. Jackson read it. Werner Herzog, too. People complained. We responded. And now, the book that started as a funny Facebook post is going to be a feature film for Fox.

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'Avengers' cast, including Robert Downey Jr. and Samuel L. Jackson, to present at Oscars

Does this mean onstage shawarma?

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that Avengers stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Renner, and Mark Ruffalo will present together at this year’s Oscars ceremony Feb. 24. The group has garnered six Academy Award nominations cumulatively; only Captain America Evans has yet to earn a nod. Fellow Avengers Scarlett Johansson and Chris Hemsworth will apparently be absent from this cast reunion; perhaps coincidentally, they’ve also never been nominated for Oscars (though Johansson has earned four Golden Globe nods).

Marvel’s The Avengers was by far the top grossing movie of 2012, setting a record with its $207.4 million opening weekend and earning $623 million domestically in total. The movie’s cast joins a slate of Oscar presenters that already includes last year’s acting winners, Mark Wahlberg, and host Seth MacFarlane’s CGI creation Ted.

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'Snakes on a Plane' director David R. Ellis, 60, dies

Director David R. Ellis — who helmed mass entertainment like Snakes on a PlaneCellular, and The Final Destination — died today, EW has confirmed. He was 60 years old. No cause of death has been released.

Ellis got his start as an actor and stuntman, transitioning into directing the second units on action-based productions like WaterworldThe Perfect StormThe Matrix Reloaded, and Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. READ FULL STORY

'Django Unchained': Samuel L. Jackson on playing 'the most hateful negro in cinematic history'

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Psychopathic killer …? Here’s your trophy, Javier Bardem.

Sadistic cannibalism …? No problem, Anthony Hopkins.

Chatty Nazi …? You’re welcome, Christoph Waltz.

Oscar voters have a long history of recognizing actors who play unrepentant monsters, but Samuel L. Jackson’s twisted house slave Stephen in Django Unchained may test their fortitude for putting pure evil on their ballots. READ FULL STORY

'Django Unchained' Los Angeles premiere canceled post Connecticut school shooting

In the widened wake of Friday’s horrific shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, The Weinstein Company has canceled Tuesday’s planned Los Angeles premiere of Django Unchained.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the tragedy in Newtown, CT and in this time of national mourning we have decided to forgo our scheduled event,” said a Weinstein spokesperson in a statement. “However, we will be holding a private screening for the cast and crew and their friends and families.”

The bloody exploitation homage to Italian westerns directed by Quentin Tarantino and starring Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson and Kerry Washington is set to open in theaters Christmas Day.

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In Sandy Hook shooting's wake, stars discuss movie violence

Friday’s devastating shooting in Newtown, Conn. has prompted several actors and filmmakers to speak out about whether violence in films inspires violence in real life. The team behind Django Unchained – a bullet-studded revenge fantasy from violent virtuoso Quentin Tarantino — has been especially forthcoming.

Naturally, the shooting came up during Django‘s press junket in New York City on Saturday. According to the BBC, Tarantino dismissed the idea that the movie will lead to real-world gun violence. “I just think, you know, there’s violence in the world, tragedies happen, blame the playmakers,” he told the crowd. “It’s a western. Give me a break.”

Django star Christoph Waltz agreed with the director’s general sentiment, arguing that “the media’s responsibility is greater than the story teller’s is.” Waltz also said that while he “find[s] violence…to that degree [in Django] repulsive,” he also believes “Django is violent, but it’s not inspiring violence.” His cast mate Kerry Washington pointed out that the film uses violence as the means to an end, including it in order to depict “the wrongs, the injustices, the social ills” of slavery.

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'Django Unchained': Three new clips include Jamie Foxx facing off against Globe-nominated Leonardo DiCaprio -- VIDEO

With Leonardo DiCaprio snagging a best supporting actor Golden Globe nod this week for his villainous role in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, out in theaters Christmas Day, the lens has narrowed on the normally hero-prone actor embodying a cackling, cruel plantation owner.

Turn your eyes, then, to these three clips from the exploitation spaghetti western homage, below. In this first clip, DiCaprio showcases sleazy, blue-eyed charm as Calvin Candie, facing off against Jamie Foxx as freed slave Django. READ FULL STORY

Best of 2012 (Behind the Scenes): The Avengers assemble for an EW roundtable -- VIDEO

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After the credits roll on a movie, it’s always good to sit around with friends and talk about your favorite moments.

When Entertainment Weekly got a conversation going about The Avengers last spring, the friends just happened to be Iron Man, Nick Fury, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye, Black Widow, and the Hulk, or at least the stars who played them — who swear a lot more.

Miniature versions of the heroes as Hasbro playthings were scattered around the table, but they stayed mostly quiet, unless their buttons were pushed. (The stars were more focused on pushing each other’s buttons.)

The Avengers writer-director Joss Whedon says his biggest challenge with the actors was getting them to stop goofing around on set, but now that the film is finished, you can see him here dropping the vice principal act and joining forces with the troublemakers.

Check out our exclusive video with Whedon and his cast below. Their far-ranging discussion included such matters as: Who has the most serious battle scar, who blew the most takes by forgetting lines, and … did Whedon really cry while discussing Black Widow’s origin story? 

For more stories behind this year’s top TV and movie moments, click here for EW.com’s Best of 2012: Behind the Scenes coverage.

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Spike Lee's 'Oldboy' remake set for release October 2013

Spike Lee’s English language remake of South Korean director Park Chan-wook’s 2003 classic revenge thriller Oldboy is set for wide release on Oct. 11, 2013, announced FilmDistrict, the independent film company distributing the movie, on Friday.

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