Angelina Jolie’s ‘Cleopatra’ Gets a New Director; ‘Dark Knight’ Director Christopher Nolan Finds His Next Film

Angelina Jolie‘s long-gestating movie about Cleopatra is saying goodbye to director David Fincher and hello to Ang Lee. The Life of Pi director is circling the epic biopic, which the filmmaker acknowledged in a recent interview is something outside his wheelhouse. “I’m about to read the script. It just feels right to me after all the other types of films I’ve done,” Lee told The Hollywood Reporter. “What does it have in common with any of them? They’re all totally different! That’s what makes this perfect.” Lee is expected to enter pre-production on the film once Awards season wraps. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Speaking of Life of Pi, the American Society of Cinematographers recently nominated Director of Photography Claudio Miranda for outstanding achievement in cinematography.

The DPs behind Anna Karenina, Les Miserables, Lincoln and Skyfall were also nominated. Expect many from this line-up to get a nod from Oscar. For the complete list of nominees, click here.

Ellen Page is going to get her Road Warrior on. The Juno actress is set to star in the small-scale post-apocalyptic drama Into the Forest. Based on the novel by Jean Hegland, the story focuses on two teenage sisters, living alone and way off the grid, struggling to go on in the wake of an off-screen collapse of society. Forest is still out to directors.  [Variety]

Another one of Spielberg’s projects is in the news, and it involves director Christopher Nolan. The man behind Warner Bros. successful Batman films will make Interstellar his next film. The film, written by Jonathan Nolan, centers on a team of astronauts who travel through a wormhole and must deal with complications stemming from time travel and alternate realities – which sounds perfect for the Inception director. Spielberg was previously attached to the film; no word yet if he will remain involved with the project in another capacity. Bottom line: Nolan going to space for his next film is not a bad thing. [The Hollywood Reporter]

And in more directors-leaving-movies news, talks have broken down with Drive helmer Nicolas Winding Refn to direct Denzel Washington in the action thriller The Equilizer. Refn was circling the adaptation of 1980s hit TV show in December, and it looked like a done deal, but the deal fell apart at the eleventh hour for unknown reasons. Sony Pictures is currently racing to find a replacement in time to shoot the film in May. Hey Equilizer? May we suggest Spielberg? He’s recently become free, just sayin’… [Deadline]

Which news story has you all excited – tell Celebuzz all about it on the comments. And watch our interview with director Ang Lee for Oscar-contender, Life of Pi!

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Jennifer Lawrence Leads SAG Nominations; Johnny Depp’s ‘Transcendence’ Leaks Plot Details (VIDEO)

The Silver Linings Playbook and Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln lead the SAG Award Nominations, which were announced Wednesday in Los Angeles. Each film garnered 4 nominations each, including Best Ensemble. Playbook’s Jennifer Lawrence was nominated for Best Actress, and Daniel Day-Lewis snagged a Best Actor nom. For the complete list of nominees, click here!

Wally Pfister, the guy who shot Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, has enlisted Johnny Depp to star in his top-secret directorial debut, Transcendence. Plot details have been kept insanely close to the vest on the project, until now…

In a recent interview, Transcendence producer Andrew Kosove revealed that the story “involves a scientist (Depp) whose brain gets uploaded into a supercomputer with the aim of creating the world’s first machine that can think for itself.” Nanotechnology and artificial intelligence is also involved. Kosove also provided an update on the film’s casting: Noomi Rapace (Prometheus) is no longer in the running for the film’s lead female role, and Ewan McGregor passed on an early draft of the script. Depp’s casting is expected to attract an impressive ensemble, so Celebuzz will keep you posted. [The Wrap]

Fans of Community’s Gillian Jacobs are about to get their fix of the TV star on the big screen. The actress has signed on to join The Hunger GamesElizabeth Banks in the comedy Walk of Shame. The film, written and directed by Steve Brill, centers on a local news anchor (Banks) who, after a drunk one-night stand, wakes up broke and without her I.D. She must trek across Los Angeles to make it to a life-changing job interview. Jacobs will play Banks’ best friend, naturally. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is getting a sequel?! Tinker, Tailor is getting a sequel. Producer Eric Fellner, while doing press rounds for his current film Les Miserables, revealed that director Tomas Alfredson and writer Peter Straughan are actively working on the screenplay for Smiley’s People, which once again centers on Gary Oldman’s retired spy, Smiley. [Collider]

Zero Dark Thirty’s Joel Edgerton is trading in assault rifles for six shooters for a role opposite Natalie Portman in the Western Jane Got a Gun. The film centers on Jane (Portman), a wife who must defend her homestead when her bad guy of a husband (Edgerton) goes on the run from his former gang of outlaws. Jane also stars Michael Fassbender as a gunslinger Jane hires to help her out. Production is set to start in February. [Deadline]

Which piece of movie news has you the most excited? Discuss in the comments below!

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‘Man of Steel’ Trailer: Henry Cavill’s Superman Takes Flight (VIDEO)

If the original trailer for 1978′s Superman made you believe a man could fly, the new trailer for Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel will make you believe that that man can fly and kick lots of ass.

A new trailer for Warner Bros. new Superman reboot, produced by The Dark Knight‘s Christopher Nolan and starring Henry Cavill, has arrived, complete with death rays, burning cities, caped figures and soaring superheroes. Also: Kevin Costner. How good is it? Read on to find out…

In addition to the film’s epic scope, the trailer definitely drives home Snyder’s grounded and gritty take on Superman, seemingly going a very Batman Begins route – especially in terms of exploring young Clark Kent’s relationship with his parents, Jonathan (Costner) and Martha (Diane Lane).

Unlike previous Superman movies, the Kents seem to play a more prominent role than usual, one that casts them in a darker-than-expected light when dealing with their adopted son and his powers. Case in point: Following a scene in the trailer where Clark uses his powers to save a school bus full of kids from drowning, Jonathan confronts Clark about the young passenger who witnessed Clark’s heroics.

“Should I have just let him die?!” Young Clark asks.

“…Maybe,” Jonathan grimly replies.

How much darker will Superman get? We’ll find out when Man of Steel lands in theaters June 14, 2013. The trailer arrives on December 14, attached to prints of The Hobbit. Watch footage of Cavill in action as Superman below!

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‘The Dark Knight Rises,’ ‘Finding Nemo 3D’ and ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’ Come Home to HD (VIDEO)

After two weeks of relatively lackluster releases – or perhaps more accurately, just too few truly good ones – the movie studios and home video distributors are accelerating their release schedules in advance of the Christmas holiday.

But while that may mean a hit to your wallet, it’s a boon to your Blu-ray collection: there are choices for the whole family, from comedy to drama to action, which will certainly keep you captivated through the end of 2012.

Beasts of the Southern Wild (Fox Home Entertainment)

The One-Liner: Benh Zeitlin’s feature debut is a wonderful slice of magic realism, as a scrappy young girl struggles to keep her family together in the wake of a Katrina-style storm.

Picture Perfect? The movie’s cinematography was glorious on the big screen, and it looks equally beautiful in high definition at home, offering a saturated and vivid picture that completely immerses the audience in its waterlogged world.

What Else Is There? A collection of deleted scenes with commentary by Zeitlin offers the filmmaker’s perspective on what did and didn’t make it into the movie, but a featurette called “The Aurochs” fascinatingly chronicles the process of bringing its magical creatures to life.

How Badly Do I Want It? A wonderful movie that also plays like a case study in independent filmmaking, Beasts is as informative as it is entertaining, making it at least worth a rental.

Butter (Starz/ Anchor Bay)

The One-Liner: Political campaigning gets melted down to its essence in this comedy about a butter-carving competition that brings out the best in a little girl (Yara Shahidi) and the worst in her grown-up competition (especially a ruthlessly ambitious Jennifer Garner).

Picture Perfect? Although the audio presentation is nothing to shatter your home theater system, the picture quality is solid, cleanly and simply preserving the cinematography by virtually any viewer’s standards.

What Else Is There? A gag reel and a collection of extended/ deleted scenes offer a few additional moments of entertainment.

How Badly Do I Want It? The movie’s not for everybody – some will find it hilariously incisive, others interminable – but the lack of extras render it a rental at best.

Catch Me if You Can (Paramount Home Entertainment)

The One-Liner: One of Steven Spielberg’s best movies (at least recently) arrives in high-definition, offering fans of the filmmaker another chance to appreciate this brisk but engaging story about a teenage con artist (Leonardo DiCaprio) and the FBI agent (Tom Hanks) he’s trying to evade.

Picture Perfect? The film’s 1080p upgrade looks glorious, carefully preserving Spielberg’s gorgeous, period-era photography, which gives everything a magical glow.

What Else Is There? A collection of featurettes dutifully explores the real-life origins of the story, but the majority of them are carryovers from the SD version, so beware if you’re looking for new material about the movie.

How Badly Do I Want It? As a huge fan of the film, it’s a must-buy for us, but it’s certainly worth a rental if only to revisit a criminally underrated entry in Spielberg’s filmography.

The Dark Knight Rises (Warner Home Video)

The One-Liner: Christopher Nolan’s epic finale to his series of Batman films comes home, offering fans an opportunity to watch the entire saga in the comfort of their homes, and uninterrupted.

Picture Perfect? Thanks to the fact that many sequences were shot in part or whole in IMAX, the picture quality is crystal clear, giving the viewer the sense they’re gazing through a window watching the action rather than peering at a picture on a screen.

What Else Is There? A collection of featurettes require more work than necessary to negotiate, but explorations of the technical and conceptual challenges the film presents – such as how to stage an aerial prison break with parts of a real plane – are consistently engaging and remarkably fascinating whether you’re a cinephile or just an interested fan.

How Badly Do I Want It? WHV promises a deluxe set in the year to come which may include other extras, but this set isn’t short on bonus content, making it a worthwhile purchase even if you’re not a diehard Bat-fanatic.

Finding Nemo 3D/ Up (3D Combo Pack) (Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment)

The One-Liner: Sold separately, Pixar continues its series of 3D re-releases with an old title and a new one – both of which are great – as 3D TV owners get a chance to check out these animated classics in a whole new dimension.

Picture Perfect? As always, Pixar and WDSHE spare no effort making sure these films look absolutely as beautiful as possible – stunningly gorgeous, with a clear and detailed picture that gives viewers a better chance than ever to pore over every pixel.

What Else Is There? Thankfully, both include virtually all of the extras from their 2D counterparts, so there’s no sacrifice if you want to use this to replace your previous copy, but that also means there’s nothing new or exclusive to either release.

How Badly Do I Want It? If you’re the owner of a 3D TV, these are must-haves, but even as a rental, they’re terrific movies that look great in a dimensionalized format.

Watch Celebuzz‘ video review of The Dark Knight Rises on Blu-ray above, and the trailer for Beasts of the Southern Wild below.

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Anne Hathaway Plays a Purr-fect Catwoman in ‘Dark Knight Rises’ (PHOTOS)

It’s been months since The Dark Knight Rises was released in theaters, and moviegoers are still talking about the epic conclusion to Christopher Nolan‘s Batman trilogy – with Anne Hathaway‘s turn as Catwoman being a popular topic in that conversation.

As the movie arrives on Blu-ray Tuesday, Celebuzz looks back at the actress’ role with exclusive stills and behind-the-scenes images from the film. Because that’s how we roll.

Equal parts sexy and badass, Hathaway gave audiences a new take on Selina Kyle, a cat burglar in skin-tight everything and permanent thorn in Batman’s side. Check out our gallery of Catwoman pics and trivia!

 Watch the trailer for The Dark Knight Rises, which is available on Blu-ray now.

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New York Film Critics Honor ‘Magic Mike’, New ‘Man of Steel’ Poster Debuts

Superman in handcuffs? Superman in handcuffs. That’s the stark, “not your father’s Superman” image that graced Monday’s new poster for Man of Steel. Zack Snyder’s Superman reboot, produced by Christopher Nolan, is gunning for a very Dark Knight feel and the new poster only supports that. Click here to see the poster on the film’s Facebook page. [Facebook]

Awards season is officially in full swing. The New York Film Critics named Zero Dark Thirty Best Film of the year and Kathryn Bigelow as Best Director. Lincoln’s Daniel Day-Lewis and Sally Field walked home with awards fro Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress, respectively. And Matthew McConaughey won Best Supporting Actor for his work in Magic Mike and Bernie. [NYFCC]

Pacific Rim director Guillermo Del Toro has settled on his next film, months before his current one is released. Del Toro will make the haunted house horror film Crimson Peak for Legendary Pictures, and Lucinda Coxon has been hired to rewrite the screenplay co-written by Del Toro and Matthew Robbins. Plot details are being kept under wraps. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Yes, Jack Reacher and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol producer David Ellison is attached to produce and finance the next Terminator movie. But no, that doesn’t mean his frequent collaborator Tom Cruise will appear in the film. Ellison’s Skydance Pictures will partner with his sister, Megan Ellison (Zero Dark Thirty) to bring the long-gestating fifth chapter in the Terminator series to the big screen. [Deadline]

Ted writer-director Seth MacFarlane has set western comedy A Million Ways to Die in the West as his next film. The Family Guy creator will direct and star in the film, co-written by Ted scribes Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild. Million Ways is said to be in the vein of Mel Brooks’ comedy, Blazing Saddles. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Which bit of movie news are you most excited about? Discuss below in the comments. And when you’re done checking out the Man of Steel poster, watch Celebuzz‘ behind-the-scenes footage of Superman in action!

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Will Joseph Gordon-Levitt Play Batman in ‘Justice League’ — AND ‘Man of Steel’?

[Spoiler Alert! Seriously – Stop reading now if you haven’t seen The Dark Knight Rises.]

Christopher Nolan‘s final Batman film ended with a new Dark Knight – Joseph Gordon-Levitt – possibly taking over the cowl. (He finds himself inside the Batcave at the end of the film.) Now, it looks like Gordon-Levitt will soon get another chance to play Batman.

According to HitFix.com‘s sources, The Dark Knight Rises star “absolutely will be appearing” as the Caped Crusader in Warner Bros.’ Justice League movie.

HitFix‘s Drew McWeeney claims that “over the last couple of weeks,” talks regarding the actor’s involvement in the 2015 release “solidified into a plan.”

“The more insistent the drumbeat has become,” McWeeny wrote, “the more poking around I’ve been doing, and it’s looking like we may see Gordon-Levitt in the suit earlier than that.” McWeeny goes on further to imply that we’ll see JGL don the Batsuit before Justice League, most likely in an end-credits tag for Zack Snyder‘s upcoming Superman reboot, Man of Steel – a move similar to what Marvel did for its films building up to its team-up movie, The Avengers.

HitFix also speculates that at least one more actor from Nolan’s Batman trilogy will roll over into Justice League ”to do…something.”

Until Warner Bros. releases an official statement, consider the above to be rumor for now. Fans will see how this all pans out when Man of Steel lands in theaters June 14, 2013. Justice League is scheduled for release sometime in 2015.

Do you think this rumor is true? Is Gordon-Levitt the Batman Justice League needs and deserves? Sound off in the comments section and watch Celebuzz’ behind-the-scenes footage from Man of Steel now!

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Must-See-O-M-G: ‘Atlas Shrugged Part II,’ ‘Christmas Story’ Sequel Trailers Debut (VIDEO)

It’s not every day moviegoers get introduced to both objectivist propaganda and the shameless exploitation of a beloved childhood property. But on Thursday, trailers premiered for Atlas Shrugged: Part II and A Christmas Story 2, two highly-not-anticipated sequels set for release in 2012.

Mind you, sequels and spin-offs are seldom cause for being awestruck – the reason they exist is because you already liked their ideas once. But we’ve seldom seen movies that are as completely out-there crazy as these two, and their trailers must be seen to be believed. (If also to be studiously avoided when they’re released in theaters and home video.)

Which one will offer a worse time at the movies?

Atlas Shrugged: Part II claims to be based on the novel of the same name by author Ayn Rand. But judging by the trailer, it was created in a lab using remnants of a Roland Emmerich disaster movie and Christopher Nolan’s Inception. Starring Samantha Mathis, Esai Morales and D.B. Sweeney, the film takes place in the near future and follows a woman who faces opposition from an totalitarian government after discovering a solution to a global economic crisis.

Watch the trailer below:

A Christmas Story 2, meanwhile, is based on the works of A Christmas Story author Jean Shepherd, but transformed into a day-glo copy of the first film by screenwriter Nat Mauldin (Doctor Dolittle). Following his acquisition of a Red Ryder BB gun in the original, Ralphie (Braeden Lemasters), now 16, sets his sights on a car, only to find his Christmas wish stymied by the interference of his parents, little brother and friends.

Watch the trailer, now up on Yahoo Movies:

There really aren’t enough words to express exactly how unwanted a sequel is to A Christmas Story. The original is such a famous holiday classic that it’s broadcast literally 24 hours in a row on cable every year, and even if it weren’t, its astute and hilarious portrayal of childhood urges doesn’t need to be revisited.

But Atlas Shrugged: Part II is a passion project: the original film bombed hardcore at the box office, and the filmmakers persisted with a sequel anyway. That doesn’t mean it has more integrity or it’s any better, but at least it can be said that the people who made it weren’t just trying to make money.

Regardless, these are two films whose marketing we will be watching closely as their release date nears. It’s possible that both of them could be completely incredible, but on these films it’s as hard to be objective as it is to believe either will deliver the kind of joy you only get on Christmas morning.

On the other hand, there are some sequels we’re really looking forward to — so watch Zoe Saldana talk about just two of them:

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