So Long Quentin Tarantino! Sacha Baron Cohen, Kurt Russell Leave "Django Unchained!" 


Time is ticking for Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" and still, the production is experiencing last-minute cast changes. According to The Huffington Post, Sacha Baron Cohen and Kurt Russell have left the film and its fantastic cast which includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson and Don Johnson.

Previously, Joseph Gordon-Levitt departed production citing his very busy schedule.

Cohen, whose "The Dictator" is set to open on May 16 (I have great interviews with the cast of "The Dictator" coming up), was unable to appear in "Django Unchained" because of his prior commitments regarding "The Dictator."

Russell's exit is far more mysterious. No one knows why!

But Ain't It Cool News writer Mr. Beaks reports that Russell will not get replaced in the film but his role will get "absored" by Walton Goggins who stars in "Django Unchained" as Billy Crash.

All these musical chairs are making me more curious to see "Django Unchained" on Christmas Day (that's Dec. 25 for you heathens!) this year!

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Soon, You Too Can Be Part of "The Avengers!" 


Want to move like "Captain America?" Fly like "Iron Man?" Wield your powerful hammer like "Thor?" How about smashing things like "The Incredible Hulk?" You too can spank your inner "Avenger," at least in the world of videogames!

Marvel's "The Avengers" made a gazillion dollars in its short run that it's a no-brainer to know that there's now a videogame currently in the works. (Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed sequel plans, read here)

This new videogame from Ubisoft Entertainment will be called "Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth" and will be available for both the upcoming Wii U console and Kinect for the Xbox 360. This one's not based on the current Joss Whedon film but on the "Secret Invasion" comic book series. (Click here to read more on "Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth" and here for your chance to win exclusive prizes for "The Avengers" movie courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures, deadline is fast approaching!!!)

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Watch "Gangster Squad" Trailer! It's Gosling vs Penn vs Brolin! 
Director Ruben Fleischer bent the notions of the zombie genre with "Zombieland," so I'm looking forward to seeing his next film, "Gangster Squad" starring Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Josh Brolin, and Sean Penn from a script written by Will Beall and William Finkelstein (previous draft).

From Warner Bros. Pictures, "Gangster Squad" tells the true-life tale of the underground battle between the LAPD and East Coast gangsters in the 40s.

The trailer looks explosive, and of course, this is an Oscar-bait to be released during awards season, Oct. 19.



Here's more on "Gangster Squad" from Yahoo:

Production Details

MPAA Rating -- Not Rated
Genres -- Drama, Crime, Adaptation
Distributors -- Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution
Also Known As -- Tales From the Gangster Squad
Production Status -- Awaiting Release
Filming Locations -- Griffith Park Observatory, Los Angeles, California, USA
Produced In -- United States

Director: Ruben Fleischer

CAST

Josh Brolin -- John O Mara
Sean Penn -- Mickey Cohen
Ryan Gosling -- Sgt. Jerry Wooters
Emma Stone -- Grace Faraday
Michael Pena -- Navidad Ramirez
Anthony Mackie -- Coleman Harris

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Marion Cotillard Insists She's Not "Dark Knight Rises" Villain, Explains Role! 


Once upon a time, we all thought that Marion Cotillard would play Talia Al Ghul, the vengeful daughter of Liam Neeson's Ra's Al Ghul, in the third and final "Batman" flick, "The Dark Knight Rises," from director Christopher Nolan.

But in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter (via The Huffington Post), Cotillard admits she's one of the good guys. Should we believe her?

According to Warner Bros' press release on Cotillard's character named Miranda Tate, she's "a Wayne Enterprises board member eager to help a still-grieving Bruce Wayne resume his father's philanthropic endeavors for Gotham."

So she's fascinated with the Wayne Enterprises, and she's an agent of change? Sounds like a morally dark character to me. But, we all have to wait until July 20 when "The Dark Knight Rises" arrives in theaters to find out if Cotillard's Miranda is a villain or not. For now, don't call her a baddie!

For more on Cotillard's juicy interview, click here.

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"Dark Shadows" Movie Review -- How Many Kisses Do Johnny Depp and Tim Burton Get? 


If you are to believe the marketing campaign behind “Dark Shadows,” you would be led into thinking that the film is campy in the grand tradition of “The Addams Family.” But that’s not the case. “Dark Shadows,” while it has some semblance of camp, is not silly and treats its supernatural plotline with equal parts fun and thrills.


Based on the ABC television show from the 1960s created by Dan Curtis, the film version is an old-school gothic thriller with a twist. And no one can effectively mix gothic and camp together better than director Tim Burton and his muse, Johnny Depp. Read More...

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