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Matt Damon Gets Tender With Keira Knightley

Matt DamonMatt Damon is set to star in a new period drama alongside Keira Knightley.

The star - who already has three movies in the pipeline this year - has reportedly been offered a role in the movie adaptation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic Tender Is the Night, even though no director has been chosen yet by 20th Century Fox. 

The 39-year-old actor would play a talented young doctor called Dick Diver who lives on the French Riviera in the 1920s with his wife Nicole. The movie, which so far has only a script written by David Nicchols, tells the tale of Dick as he goes through life, weighing up different issues in his mind such as his wife’s wealth.

The female lead has been offered to British actress Keira, who is said to be keen to star with the American star. Matt recently admitted he has such a busy schedule this year he doesn’t plan on taking any time off:

“I want to direct someday and I can’t really pass up the chance to work with the people I’m getting to work with. I’ve worked with Paul Greengrass three times now, and Clint Eastwood twice, and five or six times, and the Cohen Brothers this month. As long as that keeps happening, I can’t see myself taking time off, unless the work dried up.”

Tender Is the Night does not yet have a release date.


First Look: Watch Julia Roberts Eat, Pray, Love in New Trailer

Most women would probably say that if they ever met Billy Crudup, James Franco or Javier Bardem, they would feel pretty content. But in ’ case, it takes all three.

In , an adaptation of Elizabeth Gilbert’s popular memoir, a discontented Roberts (Gilbert) sets off on a global adventure in hopes of discovering herself.

Get caught up in the journey when the movie unfolds on August 13.

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Angelina Jolie to Play Kay Scarpetta on the Big Screen

Angelina Jolie

If you don’t recognize both the headlining names, you haven’t been reading Patricia Cornwell. The extremely popular, death-themed books that make up the Kay Scarpetta series (which totals a staggering 17 novels over a span of 20 years) could finally be coming to the big screen after numerous attempts to make it happen. The actress who’s making it all possible? Possibly, the last one you would ever expect to play the doctor-lawyer-heroine that is Kay Scarpetta: .

The statuesque actress does not at all fit Cornwell’s description of Scarpetta, who is a petite ash-blonde. A medical examiner, Kay is a workaholic, oft-unattached female who uses her death investigation skills to track dangerous serial killers. Commonly, Scarpetta herself becomes a target for the very killers she’s determined to catch. The books originally debuted in pre-CSI ages when crime scene and death investigation felt fresh again (memories of Quincey, ME had long since faded).

Jolie’s interest has breathed new life into the flick, which has been an on-again, off-again project since the books were first published. The movie will not be based upon a specific Cornwell novel. Instead, it will feature a younger Dr. Scarpetta in the years before she becomes the Chief Medical Examiner of Virginia - though, oddly, the film will be set in the present day instead of the 1980s (which would fit the chronological order of the books).

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New Frankenstein Movie Coming to Life

Dean Koontz's Frankenstein

A modern version of Frankenstein is in the works.

X-Men producer Ralph Winter and former Vanguard Films president Terry Botwick are working on the project after acquiring the rights to Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein. Instead of the traditional setting for the horror character, the movie - which could be turned into a franchise - will be set in modern day New Orleans.

“These books have enough twists and turns to keep the public coming back to the theaters for many years to come,” Ralph told Variety.

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Robert Pattinson Fears Non-Twilight Films

Robert PattinsonDespite already landing roles outside of the vampire series, Robert Pattinson finds taking on work outside of the Twilight franchise “scary.”

The actor, who plays vampire Edward Cullen in the hit movie series, says that it is more difficult to take on new roles now that he is so famous because there are so many things to consider.

“You get offered stuff that you would never dream of getting offered before, but that’s also scary. You don’t have to audition for anything. But I don’t want to do a movie just so it gets made. You have to question yourself a lot more. Before Twilight, I did any movie that I got offered, and you’d try and make the best of it afterwards. But now, you’re expected to come into the movie and provide not only economic viability, but also a performance as well. You can’t just mess around. People are like, ‘We’re employing you to be here, as a star and an actor.’ It’s difficult, and it’s scary.”

After recently working on the third Twilight movie, Eclipse, Robert is looking forward to taking on some radically different projects before getting to work on fourth installment Breaking Dawn.

“I think the tentative time for Breaking Dawn is fall next year. Depending on how things go, I’m doing a movie called Bel Ami in February, an adaptation to a Guy de Maupassant novel. And I’m doing - I hope - a Western with Rachel Weisz and Hugh Jackman called Unbound Captives sometime around there as well. They’ve got to try and juggle things around until everybody’s schedules work.”

Joshua Jackson Takes On UFO

Joshua Jackson as Peter Bishop on FringeJoshua Jackson has signed up to take the lead in UFO.

The Fringe actor will take the lead in the big screen adaptation of the cult 70s TV show by Gerry Anderson in a story which follows test pilot Paul Foster join a secret alien-fighting organization hidden between a film studio.

The movie will be directed by special effects expert Matthew Gratzner, who has previously worked on The Aviator, The Good Shepherd, Pitch Black and Alien Resurrection, and is based on the hit TV series of the same name.

The show followed the pilot’s discovery of the secret group - named SHADO - and his discovery of alien life forms after his plane was severely damaged when the two fought in the sky. Matthew plans to start filming early next year with a script penned by Ryan Gaudet and Joseph Kanarek.

First Look: 30 Days of Night Sequel

Kiele Sanchez as Stella Oleson

The first image from the 30 Days of Night sequel, Dark Days, is out and fails to make an impression on me.

Kiele Sanchez replaces Melissa George as our heroine, Stella Oleson, wielding a particularly large knife. While the movie may be a direct adaptation of its graphic novel origin, this photograph recalls the typical Friday the 13th cinematography.

A fan of the novel, I’m hoping that more images say otherwise. I’m still not buying Sanchez’s portrayal, either.

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Casting Corner: Jake Gyllenhaal, Gwyneth Paltrow and More

Jake GyllenhaalGwyneth Paltrow

Here’s a quick look at some of the casting announcements made recently:

Jake Gyllenhaal: The Jarhead star may be prepping to play another military man in Source Code, a sci-fi thriller. The movie, which will be directed by Duncan Jones (Moon), centers on a soldier who wakes up as a commuter on a train. The passenger is forced to relive the experience again and again until the mystery behind a bombing is determined. Shooting should start in early 2010.

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Remake News: Predator, Highlander and More

Predator: Who better to play the new Arnold Schwarzenegger…than Adrien Brody? The Oscar winner (The Pianist) was recently announced as the star of Predators, a reboot of the 1987 sci-fi thriller. The movie, which is being produced and co-written by Robert Rodriguez, will have Brody leading the group being hunted down by alien trackers. Others cast in the Nimrod Antal film include Topher Grace, Alice Braga, Walt Goggins and Danny Trejo. The production will debut on July 9, 2010.

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Keira Knightley Aims For Fair Lady Role

Keira Knightley has her eyes set for the Fair Lady roleA fan of period pieces, Keira Knightley has been tipped to star in a new version of My Fair Lady.

The Pirates of the Caribbean actress is reportedly in negotiations to play Eliza Doolittle in Emma Thompson’s adaptation of the classic rags-to-riches tale.

Anne Hathaway and Scarlett Johansson are also being considered for the role, which was originally played by Audrey Hepburn. An insider said, “Keira and Scarlett are the only two real contenders, and Keira’s the favorite. She’s the most natural Eliza people have seen. She has worked on her singing voice for a year and will get better and better.”

The film’s director Danny Boyle, who won an Academy Award for Slumdog Millionaire earlier this year, is also believed to want Keira to get the part.

The 24-year-old actress is said to be “scared” about taking on such an iconic role, but excited about the challenge it would present. Filming is expected to start late next year.