Bradley Cooper Leaves McG's "This Means War!" 


EW.com tells us that Bradley Cooper has exited the long-gestating spy comedy "This Means War" leaving co-star Reese Witherspoon, director McG ("Terminator Salvation"), and Twentieth Century Fox.

His reason? Scheduling conflicts with "The Hangover 2!"

But I thought the "Hangover" sequel was not shooting until the fall and "This Means War" was slated to go in production in July? Is it really scheduling conflict Mister Bradley?

Well, EW.com is exclusively reporting that, it's really about the creative direction of the film.

But a source close to Cooper says that the actor had creative concerns regarding the project, which centers on two spying best friends whose relationship falls apart when they both fall for the same woman (Witherspoon). The source says Cooper had some issues with the script, which has been through numerous iterations since Fox originally purchased it back in 1998. The most recent draft is from Role Models scribe Timothy Dowling. Cooper’s reps declined to comment.
It isn’t clear what Fox will do now. The script was a priority project, and there is no word on who the studio will reach out to first as a replacement for Cooper.


So lesson learned, when a star says "scheduling conflicts," there's more drama behind that!

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Anthony Hopkins to Star in Supernatural Thriller "The Rite" 


Anthony Hopkins is set to star in a supernatural thriller from New Line called "The Rite." Swedish director Mikael Hafstrom, the guy who gave us "1408," is helming from a script by Michael Petroni ("Queen of the Damned," "Possession," "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader").

Based on the book by Matt Baglio which was based on true events, the story focuses on an American seminary student who finds his faith while attending exorcism school at the Vatican. His encounters with demonic forces realigns him with God.

Hopkins will play a priest who's an expert in exorcism with non-traditional methods.

This sounds like a reboot of "The Exorcist!"

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Who Should Play "Captain America?" Meet the Wannabes! 


The Hollywood Reporter shared with us that Marvel is conducting screen tests this week in its search for the actor to play Steve Rogers, the alter ego of Captain America in the big-screen adaptation!

Joe Johnston ("The Wolfman" director) has been hired since November of 2008 (Check our original story right here) and it's taking them long to find their hero!

This new film will see Captain America's World War II roots and his eventual membership with Marvel's superhero team the Avengers. (Check out "Captain America's" plot breakdown right here)

So here's the list of the actors hoping to play Steve Rogers aka Captain America. These actors have either tested or are expected to screen test this week and next at Marvel's Manhattan Beach headquarters.

Who do you think should play the part? Let me tell 'ya, all these actors have the good, old American boy look!

First, we have JOHN KRASINSKI -- a possibility! A fine actor who's already popular from his role in "The Office." He also possesses such an incredible aw shucks charm!



Then, we have MICHAEL CASSIDY from "Smallville"



PATRICK FLUEGER from the show "The 4400," he also appeared in "Brothers" with Natalie Portman, Tobey Maguire, and Jake Gyllenhaal



WILSON BETHEL who starred in "Generation Kill"



MIKE VOGEL from "Cloverfield"



"Gossip Girl's" CHACE CRAWFORD is also in talks to screen test -- he's flaunting his body already!



GARRET HEDLUND, star of the upcoming "Tron," was set to test but backed out because of scheduling conflicts. Oh, he will return to test, you wanna bet?



Also having scheduling conflicts is "Supernatural's" JENSEN ACKLES



Marvel had the same dilemma when the studio was looking for its "Thor." The role eventually went to Chris Hemsworth after testing many actors.

So, the criteria for the role?

*** youngish
*** rugged
*** oh yeah, American, since it's, um, Captain America


But THR is saying that the search could widen to include British or Australian actors if the studio could not find American candidates.

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Mickey Rourke to Play Conan's Father? 


Mickey Rourke is in talks to star as Conan's father in the upcoming "Conan" flick from Lionsgate.

Our friends at LatinoReview.com first broke this back in January, and now, it's confirmed! Rourke may soon utter the line "Conan, I'm your father."

Marcus Nispel is still set to direct the "Conan the Barbarian" reboot and actor Jason Momoa is playing the starring role that made Arnold Schwarzenegger famous.

Shooting is set to start in Bulgaria in March.

The Hollywood Reporter tells us that "the story sees Conan embark on a quest to avenge the slaughter of his people including his father, Corin."

Oh darn it, Rourke is gonna die!!!

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Filipino Film Wins Big at Soho International Film Festival 


Yay! "Walang Hanggang Paalam," a film from the Philippines, my home country, won the Best World Showcase at the inaugural Soho International Film Festival! The festival "encourages new and seasoned filmmakers to create innovative and thought-provoking pieces."

Directed by Paulo Villaluna and Ellen Ramos, The gay-themed independent film has layers of love, betrayal, and forgiveness. The film stars Jacky Woo, Jake Roxas, Joem Bascon, and Lovi Poe.

Congratulations to everyone! For more on the Soho International Film Festival, click here to visit their official website.

Here's the rest of the press release announcing other winners:

"A Kiss of Chaos" nabbed the Best Showcase Feature Film Award for U.S. Director Ricardo Sean Thompson, with "The Godmother" taking Best Showcase Short Film Award for Director Lior Chefetz. The Best Documentary Award went to the gripping expose, "Burma: An Indictment" by Jeremy Taylor.

Director Fred Carpenter's "Just Like Joe" won the feature film audience award, with Turkish Director Tolga Karacelik's "Rapunzel" taking the audience award for short.

Keeping in the spirit of the festival, Australian Director' Zdenka Simandlova's "Defect" captured the Best Work In Progress Award.

Filmmakers from many other films including "One In The Gun's" Steven Man (lead actor/ executive producer), Rolfe Kanefsky (director/writer), Esther Goodstein (producer); "Throws of Passion's" Todd M. Jones (director), Jeremy Linden (writer/producer) Jonah Cooperman (producer); "Ice Grill, U.S.A.s" Greg Santarsiero, Mark Bernardi (co-director), "Non Con Un Bang's" Mariano Lamberti (director), Roberta Calandra (writer), Carlo Giuliano (actor); "Pastor's Kid" Dale Adriatico (writer/director); "Big League Chew", "A Cry Within's" Frances Lozada (lead actress/producer), Franky G (lead actor/director); "The Lesson Plan's" Eddie Duran (director), "Sunday Morning" John D. Roberts (writer/director) and "Pitik Bulag's" Arnold Vegafria.

Festival founders Jorge Ballos, Luis Pedron and Noli Parumog spoke emotionally at the conclusion of their first year. "To say we are proud of this inaugural group of filmmakers, is an understatement. In our eyes, every film which was selected to participate is a winning film. We are thankful to the filmmakers for trusting us to honor their creative expressions - from the features, to documentaries to shorts... each one brought something outstanding and unique to the festival. We look forward to many returning with their next projects in years to come."

The Festival also announced it's 2011 dates: April 20 - 24, 2011. "We are already open for submissions" say the founders.


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