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Featured Video: Commercials Before They Were Stars. I thought it was pretty funny. 

Movies Opening This Week (August 10th)

Celeste and Jesse Forever
Hope Springs
The Campaign
2 Days in New York
The Bourne Legacy


The Great Gatsby Release Gets Pushed From Christmas to Summer 2013

The year-end prestige movie season was looking especially thick this year, with Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Tom Hooper’s Les Misérables, Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty, and Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained all clamoring for a piece of the box office. As of today, however, one filmmaker who’ll be sitting out that bloodthirsty competition is Baz Luhrmann.
Warner Bros. has just moved Lurhmann’s F. Scott Fitzgerald adaptation The Great Gatsby from December 25 into Summer 2013 in a surprising but understandable move. The Great Gatsby looked at one point like it’d be one of the most formidable contenders in this winter’s awards season, but it seems execs are hoping that a summer release will translate to a wider reach.

The studio announced the release date shift today, via a press release from execs Dan Fellman and Veronika Kwan Vandenberg. “Based on what we’ve seen, Baz Luhrmann’s incredible work is all we anticipated and so much more. It truly brings Fitzgerald’s American classic to life in a completely immersive, visually stunning and exciting way,” said Fellman. “We think moviegoers of all ages are going to embrace it, and it makes sense to ensure this unique film reaches the largest audience possible.” Kwan Vandenberg added, “The responses we’ve had to some of the early sneak peeks have been phenomenal, and we think The Great Gatsby will be the perfect summer movie around the world.”

With its literary pedigree and its award-winning cast (including Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire, and Leonardo DiCaprio), The Great Gatsby seems a more natural fit for winter than summer. On the other hand, it could work as a nice bit of counter-programming against the usual glut of action sequels. Other Warner Bros. pictures set to open next summer include The Hangover Part III (May 24), Man of Steel (June 14),Pacific Rim (July 12), and the 300 sequel (August 2).
In the meantime, those who were eager to see The Great Gatsby should have some suitable substitutes to look forward to. DiCaprio fans can check out his villainous turn in Django Unchained, while those hankering for a big-screen literary adaptation can turn their attentions to Les Misérables and Anna Karenina (in November).
Lynn Cohen Set to Play Mags in 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'

Actress Lynn Cohen isn't exactly a household name, but she's been steadily working in the industry since the early 1980s. I know her from supporting roles in films like Munich, Across the Universe,Invincible, and Eagle Eye, but she might be better known for her portrayal of Magda on "Sex in the City" and its two film adaptations. Strangely, she's about to take on a character with a very similar name as Lionsgate has just announced that Cohen has been cast as Mags in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, taking over the part that Melissa Leo almost took and joining Amanda Plummer as the most recent addition to the cast. Click here to read more.

Christian Bale Takes Lead in Todd Field's Western 'Creed of Violence'

If you've seen 2006's Little Children, you know that director Todd Field is a deliberate and patient man behind the camera. These qualities seem very well-suited for a western, and he signed onto one back in 2009, but we haven't heard a peep about it since then. After a six year wait between movies, it seems things are back on track and this project is coming to fruition with an A-list star to boot. (Get it? Boot? Western? Sorry.) The Playlist first reported (and Variety later confirmed) that Christian Bale is trading Tumbler for a horse and heading off to the old west in an adaptation of Boston Teran's novel The Creed of Violence. Click Here to read more.

Lee Daniels and Hugh Jackman Team for MLK Film 'Orders to Kill'?
Though director Lee Daniels and Hugh Jackman were looking to team for the civil rights film Selma, the project fell apart a couple years ago. However, the duo haven't given up on setting a movie in that time period as the LA Times has word that they two will team up for Orders to Kill, a very unique approach to chronicling the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968. While everyone knows that James Earl Ray has been credited with the iconic civil rights leader's untimely death, attorney and activist William Pepper has said for decades that Ray recanted his confession and died arguing his innocence. Click Here to Read More.

B.J. Novak 'Saving Mr. Banks' & Vanessa Hudgens Did 'Machete Kills'

An impressive cast has already been assembled for the Disney centric film Saving Mr. Banks, a film following Tom Hanks as Walt Disney and Emma Thompson as Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers, and as the House of Mouse creator strives to convince Travers into giving him the rights to her famous character in order to make the classic movie musical. Colin Farrell, Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman and more are already starring in the film from The Blind Side director John Lee Hancock, and now THRhas word that "The Office" star B.J. Novak is taking the role of Robert Sherman, a Disney songwriter for the musical. Click here  to read the rest of the story.

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