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Real Steel wins Friday box office with strong $8.55M; The Ides of March 2nd with $3.45M

Disney’s Real Steel opened in first place at the box office Friday with an estimated $8.55M from 3,440 theaters. The Shawn Levy-directed film, starring Hugh Jackman and Evangeline Lilly, is expected to close its first weekend at $25M+.

The George Clooney / Ryan Gosling political thriller The Ides of March opened in a respectable […]

Mark Bomback re-writing The Wolverine

Mark Bomback (“Jack the Giant Killer”, “Total Recall (2012)”) has been hired by 20th Century Fox to rewrite Christopher McQuarrie’s script for the sequel The Wolverine:

Story will find Wolverine suffering from amnesia and searching for answers about his past in the Japanese criminal underworld where he finds both love and […]

Fox may push back Wolverine 2 start date to spring 2012

Although never given an official start date, many expected Fox to begin production on Wolverine 2 sequel this fall. Deadline reports that the film’s start date could be pushed to spring 2012. Additionally, the sequel, whose screenplay is set mostly in Japan, may no longer be shot there:

But studio insiders tell […]

Comic-Con 2011: Hugh Jackman confirms villain in Wolverine 2

In San Diego promoting his upcoming futuristic robot movie Real Steel, Hugh Jackman told the audience during the Q&A session that…SPOILERS–highlight to view–Silver Samurai will be the villain in Wolverine 2:

“I’m filming Les Miserables in February, but before that I will be filming Wolverine 2 in October. Chris McQuarrie […]

Hugh Jackman says The Wolverine will shoot this October

In an interview with the Toronto radio station CHFI (via The Playlist | indieWIRE), Hugh Jackman revealed that shooting on The Wolverine will begin this October and speculated the film would be released “a year after that”:

“We shoot in October, so it will probably come out a year after that. That’s […]

James Mangold to direct The Wolverine

Deadline is reporting that 20th Century Fox and Hugh Jackman have chosen James Mangold to direct The Wolverine, replacing Darren Aronofsky who dropped out of the film this past March. Negotiations are expected to get underway shortly.

More details at Deadline.

Real Steel movie poster

DreamWorks Pictures has released a poster for Shawn Levy’s futuristic robot boxing film real Steel, starring Hugh Jackman and Evangeline Lilly. Click the image above to head on over to where you can see the poster in full and high resolution.

Real Steel is scheduled to be released into conventional and Imax theaters on […]

New trailer for Real Steel

has released a new trailer for Shawn Levy’s futuristic boxing film Real Steel, starring Hugh Jackman. Watch the trailer after the jump.

Real Steel is scheduled to hit conventional and IMAX theaters on October 7, 2011.

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Hugh Jackman frontrunner for Fantastic Voyage

Hugh Jackman is reportedly director Shawn Levy’s first choice to star in the James Cameron-produced 3D remake Fantastic Voyage. Levy recently directed Jackman in the upcoming futuristic robot boxing film Real Steel.

Source: Deadline

Darren Aronofsky won’t direct The Wolverine

Darren Aronfksy has exited as director of 20th Century Fox’s The Wolverine. Aronofsky cited his unwillingness to be out of the country for such an extended period of time (up to 1 year). Fox and Aronfsky both confirmed the news, issuing the following statements from both parties:

Aronofsky: “As I talked more […]

Shawn Levy to direct Hugh Jackman in untitled action adventure film to be written by Carlton Cuse

Hugh Jackman is re-teaming with “Real Steel” director Shawn Levy for an upcoming untitled action adventure film from 20th Century Fox scripted by Carlton Cuse (“Lost”), Deadline reports. This is Cuse’s first feature film script he’ll write since “Lost” went off the air last year.

Casting Bites: Three Join Date Night, Casting for Two Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Projects, Monica Bellucci in The Sorcerers Apprentice + more

  • monicabellucci-051509Monica Bellucci has joined the cast of Disney’s The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.  The actress will play Veronica, a sorceress and the long-lost love of Nicolas Cage’s character, Balthazar Blake.  [Variety]
  • Christopher Lloyd has joined the cast of Alex Aja’s Piranha 3D.  The actor will star as Goodman, an expert on piranha. [Bloody-Disgusting]
  • Ray Liotta, Mila Kunis and Mark Ruffalo are joining Tina Fey and Steven Carell on the 20th Century Fox comedy Date Night. The three will be among the characters Fey and Carell encounter as a couple on a date. [THR]
  • Universal Picture is developing a modern retelling of the classic The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and they’ve tapped Keanu Reeves to star and Justin Haythe to pen the script. [THR]
  • Meanwhile, there’s another ‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’ project in Hollywood, and this one’s quite different.  Abel Ferrara is going for a contemporary take on the Robert Louis Stevenson original with a new film titled Jekyll and HydeForest Whitaker and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson are attached to play the lead roles. [Variety]

Seven more casting bites after the jump. Continue reading Casting Bites: Three Join Date Night, Casting for Two Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Projects, Monica Bellucci in The Sorcerers Apprentice + more