James McAvoy rumored for ‘The Crow’

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By Amanda Ack, Film Critic James McAvoy is reportedly in talks to play the title role in Relativity Media’s upcoming remake of “The Crow.”  The film is a new adaptation of James O’Barr’s 1989 comic. For more information on the project, click here.

Paul Bettany joins ‘Transcendence’

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By Amanda Ack, Film Critic Paul Bettany is in talks to join Johnny Depp in “Inception” cinematographer Wally Pfister’s upcoming “Transcendence.”  The film marks Pfister’s directorial debut. For more information on the project, click here.

Joe Wright set to direct adaptation of new Neil Gaiman novel

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By Amanda Ack, Film Critic “Anna Karenina” director Joe Wright is slated to direct Focus Features and Playtone’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s upcoming novel “The Ocean at the End of the Lane.”  Gaiman’s book will be published in June. Fore more information on the project, click here.

‘Let Me In’ actor cast in new ‘Planet of the Apes’ movie

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By Amanda Ack, Film Critic Kodi Smit-McPhee has been cast in Matt Reeves’ upcoming “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.”  The film is slated for a May 2014 release. For more information on the project, click here.

‘Downton Abbey’ director to helm ‘The Blunderer

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By Amanda Ack, Film Critic Andy Goddard, director of the Season 3 finale of “Downton Abbey,” is slated to direct “The Blunderer,” an adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s 1954 novel of the same name.  Sierra Pictures will finance the project. For more information on the film, click here.  

‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’ star cast in ‘Annie’

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By Amanda Ack, Film Critic Quvenzhané Wallis, star of “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” has been cast as the titular character in Will Gluck’s upcoming “Annie,” a new version of the popular Broadway musical.  The film is slated for a 2014 release. For more information on the project, click here.

‘Rio’ sequel in the works

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By Amanda Ack, Film Critic 20th Century Fox is planning a sequel to Rio, starring Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathaway, both of whom are returning for the new film.  will.i.a.m, Tracy Morgan, George Lopez, Leslie Mann and Jaime Foxx will also be reprising their roles. For more information on the project, click here.

Megan Fox joins ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ film

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By Amanda Ack, Film Critic Megan Fox has been cast in producer Michael Bay’s upcoming reimagining of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”  Her role in the film has not yet been announced. For more information on the project, click here.

Fox 2000 acquires Nicholas Sparks novel for $5 million

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By Amanda Ack, Film Critic Fox 2000 has acquired the film rights to Nicholas Sparks’ upcoming novel “The Longest Ride.”  The film is slated for a February 2015 release. For more information on the project, click here.

Weinstein Co. acquires Mandela biopic

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By Amanda Ack, Film Critic The Weinstein Company has acquired the distribution rights to “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” a film based on the life of Nelson Mandela.  The film stars Idris Elba as Mandela and Naomie Harris as his wife, Winnie. For more information on the project, click here.

Bill to ban texting while driving stalled in committee

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A bill that would ban texting while driving has been stalled in committee.

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