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Rooney Mara Joins Side Effects

Rooney MaraRooney Mara has replaced Blake Lively in Steven Soderbergh's Side Effects.

The 26-year-old actress - who recently won an Oscar-nomination for her performance in Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - will now play the leading role of Emily Hawkins in the movie about a woman with a prescription drug addiction, Deadline.com reports. Her problems increase when she is forced to come to terms with her husband being released from prison after three years, and she begins an affair with her doctor.

Jude Law, Channing Tatum and Catherine Zeta-Jones are also set to star in the movie, which has been written by Scott Z. Burns. Greg Jacobs and Lorenzo di Bonaventura are producing the film, and shooting begins in April.

The role will be Rooney's first major signing since appearing in the English language version of Girl with the Dragon Tattoo alongside Daniel Craig.


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Blake Lively Expects to Be in Future Green Lantern Films

Blake Lively in The Green LanternGossip Girl Blake Lively is "confident" she will appear in more Green Lantern movies.

The 23-year-old actress portrays Carol Ferris in the forthcoming comic book film and is hopeful to get the chance to play the character, and her villainous alter ego Star Sapphire again in the future.

"Carol is a very strong woman. I really appreciated not being the damsel in distress. She has this relationship with Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds), they're each other's first love. "If we did a few more films, I'm pretty confident Star Sapphire would show up."

Blake was asked to audition for the movie after impressing studio bosses with her performance in The Town and she was pleased to be recognized for her acting abilities rather than her appearance. "I made The Town with Warner Bros. and they said to me, 'We want you to look at Green Lantern.' It was really nice that this was a studio that wasn't looking for some girl to have her legs greased up and her boobs out and that's all that mattered."


Green Lantern Trailer: Heavy on Ryan Reynolds, Not Plot

We have no idea who the bad guy is, which city was used for the setting or who the hell else is in the cast -- but we do know this: Ryan Reynolds is the central theme of this Green Lantern trailer.

Actually, scratch the third part. We also know that Blake Lively is in the flick. Her face is seen for a brief moment (don’t blink) somewhere in the middle of this Reynolds showcase. We’re hearing that Lively plays the love interest to Reynold’s non-superhero persona.

Watch the entire trailer to learn more about rings of power and Ryan Reynold’s abs.

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: February 2, 2010

Zombieland DVDHere are some of the options available this Tuesday:

  • Adam: DVD
  • Amadeus (Director’s Cut): Blu-ray
  • Amelia: DVD, Blu-ray
  • An American in Paris: Blu-ray
  • Casablanca: Blu-ray
  • The Departed: Blu-ray
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: Blu-ray
  • Gangs of New York (Remastered): Blu-ray
  • Gigi: Blu-ray
  • The Godfather (Coppola Restoration): Blu-ray
  • The Godfather Part II (Coppola Restoration): Blu-ray
  • The Last King of Scotland: Blu-ray
  • Love Happens: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Maid in Manhattan: Blu-ray

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Quote of the Day: Ben Affleck Wowed by Blake Lively’s Acting

Blake Lively and Ben Affleck

“The whole movie kind of hinges in a lot of ways on her performance, and I knew it was going to be the hardest part to cast… This girl came in, and no one had said to me beforehand, ‘Hey, look for this person.’ And obviously she was really attractive, and so I thought, Oh, here comes some blond girl. She came in, did one reading, and just crushed it. Like, Boston accent — really good. I was sort of stunned. I said, ‘Jeez, you know, that was really f——-g good. Who are you?’ She didn’t mention that she was on a television show… I want to be on the record because I think she’s really going to blow up, and I want to look like the smart guy. I didn’t quite discover her, but at least I want to say I bought the stock when it wasn’t $500 a share.”

-Director Ben Affleck on hiring actress Gossip Girl‘s - an actress he wasn’t familiar with - for his upcoming movie The Town.

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Blake Lively Competing for Green Lantern Role

Blake LivelyGossip Girl actress is hoping to star in the comic book adaptation of Green Lantern.

The 22-year-old is vying to play the love interest of character Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds). However, Blake reportedly faces stiff competition for the part as Jennifer Garner, Diane Kruger and are also in the running.

“Blake would be amazing in this role. She has a busy 2010 promoting , but she would love to play a part in a superhero film,” a source said.

, who previously worked on Casino Royale, is to direct the movie, leading some to speculate that former Bond girl Green may be his choice for the role.

tells the story of an ordinary man chosen by an alien to receive an energy ring that can be used to protect the planet. Filming is due to begin in 2010, in time for a June 17, 2011 release date.


Box Office Breakdown: Dark Knight Struck Down by Tropic Thunder

Tropic Thunder

Despite a somewhat disappointing opening last Wednesday ($6.5 million), actually managed to surpass the four-time box office winner. The comedy grossed $25.8 million over the past three days, nearly $10 million more than its caped competitor.

And while Ben Stiller should be happy by his movie’s accomplishment, the Dreamworks/Paramount film still left a lot to be desired. Recent comedies such as Get Smart ($38.6 million) and Step Brothers ($30.9 million) debuted to better numbers. But then those two films didn’t have a distraction like Michael Phelps to contend with.

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Box Office Breakdown: Batman Smokes Pineapple Express

Pineapple Express

’ strong open last week made number crunchers wonder: Would this be the week Batman was finally taken down? Unfortunately, breaking the record for ‘Any Wednesday in August’ doesn’t necessarily mean a movie will succeed on Friday or Saturday or Sunday. And despite Pineapple‘s promising start (the movie grossed $12.1 million on its first day), the comedy found itself smoked by the Caped Crusader.

‘s recent $26 million take has now pushed the film past $441 million. When the sequel passes Star Wars’ $461 million (which should happen shortly), it will become the #2 film of all time. By staying on top for the fourth weekend in a row, Knight has also accomplished something that hasn’t been done since 2003’s Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.

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In Theaters This Week: August 6, 2008

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2

Although Labor Day is still about a month away, several studios have opted to open their movies on Wednesday this week:

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