Johnny Depp May Team Up With Tom Hanks for "Hurt Locker" Director Kathryn Bigelow 


Kathryn Bigelow wants Johnny Depp to star with Tom Hanks in the Paramount drama "Triple Frontier." According to Deadline:

The picture, set in the organized crime haven that exists in the border zone between Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil, has five main roles, but I’m told there are two major leads in the drama scripted by Mark Boal, Bigelow’s accomplice on the Oscar-winning The Hurt Locker.


This is promising and intriguing and having the "Hurt Locker" creative team of Bigelow and Boal must be a great attraction for Depp. But the actor is busy busy busy -- he's attached to play Barnabas Collins in "Dark Shadows" for Warner Bros. which will beging shooting in February, and this one is with his BFF Tim Burton so it will be a priority.

But if all parties can come to an agreement, both projects are sure-fire box-office draws for Depp.

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Goodbye Natalie Portman, Hello Sandra Bullock? Actress in Talks to Defy "Gravity" 


Hiring an actress for Alfonso Cuaron's sci-fi film "Gravity" will make a good movie itself. The musical chair dance started with Angelina Jolie attached for Universal's version of the film.

Then, the project moved to Warner Bros., and the studio did not want to pay Jolie's $20 million asking price. So WB talked to Marion Cotillard, then tested Scarlett Johansoon and Blake Lively, then courted Jolie again. Recently, Natalie Portman, fresh from her fantastic performance in "Black Swan," seemed to be a go. But now, her participation is officially off.

Now, The Hollywood Reporter is saying Sandra Bullock is in negotiations with the studio, and all's well that ends well. This is what we said about "Gravity" when it was reported that Portman was set to star:

"Gravity" is being described as an epic outer-space survival story and will be directed by Alfonso Cuaron. The director co-wrote the script with his son Jonas. This $80 million 3D survival story has the "no man is an island" theme similar to "Cast Away" with Tom Hanks. So, majority of the screen time will showcase Portman Bullock, although Robert Downey Jr. signed up for a supporting role.


I think this will make a great follow-up for Bullock fresh from her double-dose of success with her Oscar-winning "The Blind Side" and super-hit "The Proposal."

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Sam Raimi Confirmed to Direct Disney's "Wizard of Oz" 


Sam Raimi is confirmed to direct Disney's "Wizard of Oz" film according to Deadline. The film version is going to be called "Oz: The Great and Powerful" with Robert Downey Jr. currently mulling the opportunity to star.

Disney has also hired playwright David Lindsay-Abaire to rewrite the script. The screenwriter recently adapted his Pulitzer Prize-winning play "Rabbit Hole" starring Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart which Lionsgate purchased and hoped to turn into an Oscar-winning flick.

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"Hangover" Fans Rejoice! Sequel Started Shooting! 


"The Hangover 2" has started filming! Our friends at Collider exclusively reported that, "shooting began on September 29th and production will continue here until the end of October. At that point, the cast and crew will move to Thailand, and they’ll continue shooting till they wrap."

The "Citizen Kane" of comedy and the No. 1 R-rated comedy of all time has a super-secret plot. The only thing we know is that all the shenanigans will happen in Thailand.

"The Hangover 2" is being released May 26 of next year and Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, and Zach Galifianakis are set to return. Ken Jeong and Justin Bartha are expected to return.

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Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson to Reunite? 


Who can forget the memorable scene between Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson in the 1992 hit "A Few Good Men?" Get ready for some more truth you can't handle as LA Times exclusively reported that Cruise and Nicholson are set to team up again!

The film is an action comedy called "El Presidente" and it's about a dedicated secret service agent assigned to protect a bumbling and degenerate ex-president. According to the LA Times:

In "El Presidente," the Cruise and Nicholson characters, while opposites in temperament, wouldn't be antagonists — they'd actually be on the run together when a threat is made on the life of the ex-president. But Nicholson would get to play a colorful, flawed older man against Cruise's devoted idealist. Now that's a truth we've handled before.


Nicholson already received an offer from Warner Bros. to play the presidential part, while Cruise will star as the agent.

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