Mark Wahlberg Falls Out With ‘Fighter’ Director and Friend David O. Russell

One of the most enduring friendships in Hollywood -- and one that led to the Oscars this year -- has dissolved in acrimony.

Hollywood heavyweight Mark Wahlberg has fallen out with his buddy director David O. Russell over the director’s decision to cast someone else in the lead of his new film, “The Silver Linings Playbook,” according to two individuals with knowledge of the relationship.

“They went with Brad Cooper because they felt he was hungrier and would work for cheaper,” Matt Muzio, Russell’s cousin and frequent collaborator, told TheWrap.

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Sony acquires rights to Steve Jobs movie biography

Coming just two days after the death of Apple co-founder and chairman Steve Jobs, Sony Pictures is reportedly ironing out a deal for the feature rights for the upcoming biography of the innovator, the simply-titled Steve Jobs. The authorized look at Jobs’ life has been penned by Time managing editor (and former CNN chairman) Walter Isaacson. Mark Gordon (Source Code, Saving Private Ryan, Speed) will produce the project. The film will hopefully only further Sony’s recent track record of spinning real-life business-based bios into massive popular and critical hits (a la The Social Network and Moneyball).'

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What Did Christian Bale and Terrence Malick Shoot in Austin This Weekend?

Not long ago, we heard that Terrence Malick has a new film brewing with Christian Bale. Almost nothing else was known about the project — no real story, no timeline, no other cast details. Over the weekend, we got what seems to be the best possible confirmation of this project as Malick and Bale were spotted all over the Austin City Limits music fest. A camera crew was following the two and actress Haley Bennett,recently said to be the frontrunner for the female lead. Malick was also photographed with camera in hand.

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Jewish Leaders Slam Mel Gibson, Warner Bros. for Judah Maccabee Movie

Prominent Jewish leaders are beginning to speak out against Mel Gibson and Warner Bros. over their planned movie based on the life of religious icon Judah Maccabee.

Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti Defamation League, who criticized Gibson’s controversial 2004 film The Passion of the Christ, issued a statement to The Hollywood Reporter in response to the news.

“Judah Maccabee deserves better. He is a hero of the Jewish people and a universal hero in the struggle for religious liberty. It would be a travesty to have his story told by one who has no respect and sensitivity for other people’s religious views,” Foxman tells THR of the project, which is being co-developed by Basic Instinct writer Joe Eszterhas.

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‘Sin City’ sequel gets Oscar winner William Monahan to work on script

Director Robert Rodriguez has has brought on The Departed screenwriter to put the finishing touches on the script for his much anticipated comic book based follow-up.

Earlier this year Rodriguez confirmed that Sin City creator Frank Miller had completed a script for Sin City 2. The director later revealed that financing was finally place for the long anticipated sequel but that he's waiting on script touch-ups to begin work. Now it appears the production team won't have long to wait for a shooting screenplay.

William Monahan, who won an Academy Award for his screenwriting work on Martin Scorsese's The Departed, has been brought on board to finalize the Sin City 2 script in hopes to have filming geared up by late this year or early next.

Although no casting announcements have been made, in the source material major characters that make up most of the 'A Dame to Kill For' storyline would likely involve bringing back actors Mickey Rourke, Clive Owen and Jessica Alba.

Source:  The Hollywood Reporter

Javier Bardem and Ralph Fiennes possible casting for new Bond 23rd film

Bond 23 casting

The NYT reports, from an original story in London tabloid the Daily Mail, that Ralph Fiennes and Javier Bardem are joining Sam Mendes' Bond 23 (when will they give us a real title?), starring Daniel Craig as Agent 007, Naomie Harris as Miss Moneypenny and Judi Dench as M. A Sony spokesman has "no comment on rumors," and offers no expectation of a forthcoming or imminent official announcement. The movie is set to open November 9, 2012.

James Cameron to Generate Hundreds of Jobs By Filming ‘Avatar’ Sequels in U.S.

Famed director James Cameron’s groundbreaking hits like “Titanic” and “Avatar” have grossed millions worldwide, but he tells Pop Tarts that the films' global appeal will not stop him from filming “Avatar” sequels here in the U.S. in a move that will create hundreds of jobs for Americans.

“We’re shooting two films back-to-back, so I’m writing two scripts, not one, which will complete a free-film story arc – not really a trilogy, but just an overall character arc so I’m pretty excited about that,” Cameron told FOX411’s Pop Tarts ahead of he and his wife Suzy Amis being honored for their philanthropic work in helping homeless youth at the recent Covenant House Gala in Los Angeles. “We’re doing a lot of preliminary work right now on new software and new animation techniques and so on. We’re creating a new facility in Manhattan Beach so everybody that’s not already dead is coming back.”
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James Cameron to produce next two “Avatar” films at Manhattan Beach studio

Producer Jon Landau Avatar 1, 2, and 3

Over the din of buzz saws and beeping forklifts, producer Jon Landau can barely contain his excitement as he strides into a 45-foot-tall sound stage that is barren except for workers building sets for a commercial shoot.

“We’re taking over these two buildings here. We'll have 200-plus people working down here. This is going to be the heart of the next two `Avatars’,” he beams, referring to the planned sequels to the highest grossing film of all time.

MBS Media Campus, formerly known as Manhattan Beach Studios, has just landed A-list tenant Lightstorm Entertainment, the production company headed by “Avatar” director James Cameron and his longtime business partner Landau.

The duo had considered building their own facility or even moving to Vancouver, Canada, or New Zealand to take advantage of lucrative tax breaks. Instead, they opted to remain in Los Angeles –- a boost for a region that has lost many major film productions to other locales -- because of the range of services at the sprawling complex near Los Angeles International Airport.

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‘Leatherface 3D’ details released, film to be shot in Shreveport

Every once in awhile, a film comes along that is so well-known and loved that it changes the face of movies forever. You could easily make an argument for The Texas Chainsaw Massacre being one of these movies. The movie spawned three sequels and a remake in 2003 (which also spawned a prequel, Texas Chainsaw Massacre; The Beginning). The upcoming Leatherface 3D is yet another sequel to the original film and will be shot in Shreveport, Louisiana.

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Will Smith in talks to star in new Quentin Tarantino film

Will Smith has emerged as the frontrunner to star in Quentin Tarantino’s next film, Django Unchained, a spaghetti Western about a slave in the Old South who teams with a German bounty hunter to search for his wife.

Tarantino stalwarts Samuel L. Jackson and Christoph Waltz also are circling key parts.

The film, Tarantino’s follow-up to his worldwide blockbuster Inglourious Basterds, will be distributed domestically by the Weinstein Co., but Tarantino is in the process of selecting a studio partner to release the film internationally. Sources say he was meeting with Universal executives Friday, and similar meetings with Sony, Paramount, Warner Bros. and possibly others have been scheduled.

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