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Getting Into Character: Robert Downey Jr. as Sherlock Holmes

Robert Downey Jr. as Sherlock Holmes

For ‘s next role, the actor will be getting about as far away as he probably could from his popular Iron Man role.

In Sherlock Holmes, Downey will be taking on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous literary detective. The Columbia Pictures film - also starring (Dr. John Watson) and Rachel McAdams (Irene Alder) - will be directed by RocknRolla‘s Guy Ritchie.

You can see more pictures of Robert from the Holmes set after the jump.

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Casting Corner: Michael Douglas, Katherine Heigl, Sam Rockwell and More

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

Michael Douglas: Douglas - who hasn’t been in a hit in quite some time - has had his name attached to two different projects in the past few weeks. For Solitary Man, the Oscar-winner will return to a subject he is quite familiar with: infidelity. Michael is set to play a car magnate whose life is affected by business and marital problems. Production on Solitary begins in November. Meanwhile, Douglas is also planning to reteam with his Traffic director (Steven Soderbergh) for a biopic on Liberace. Michael will tackle the role of the flamboyant character while Matt Damon is in discussions to play Scott Thorson, a man who sued the pianist for palimony.

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Actors Donate Paychecks to Heath Ledger’s Daughter

Heath Ledger and MatildaBack in February, it was announced that Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell would all be chipping in to complete Heath Ledger’s final project. Now we’re learning the trio had more than their fellow thespian in mind when they agreed to help. They were also thinking of Ledger’s daughter, Matilda.

Heath, who died of an accidental overdose back in January, had been working on at the time of his passing. Although it was feared the magical movie would have to be scrapped, director Terry Gilliam was able to have other actors play different versions of Tim, Ledger’s character.

According to Gilliam, the generosity of the fill-ins extended beyond the film’s set. Out of concern for 2-year-old Matilda, the three fathers donated their paychecks to young girl.

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In Theaters This Weekend (4/4)

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Colin Farrell Comments on Heath Ledger Role

Collin FarrellJust last week we told you about the interesting plan devised for The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, the movie Heath Ledger was working on when he died.

A trio of A-list actors - Jude Law, and Johnny Depp - will be combining their efforts to fill the void left behind.  Given the magical nature of the film, the substitutes would be able to appear as different versions of Ledger’s character.

In an interview with Australia’s Herald Sun, Farrell commented on his invitation and the unusual circumstances:

“It makes me feel uncomfortable to think about it too much and to get into it really here but it’s an incredibly painful honour to have, you know, and an honour I wish wasn’t bestowed but an honour nonetheless.


It’s about getting Heath’s work out there, get his work out there, he’s too good for any of his work not to be seen, you know, and I’m really keen and looking forward to doing it and just doing the best job I can do.”


Farrell’s recent project, In Bruges, is still currently in theaters.

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Will Depp, Farrell and Law Fill in for Ledger?

Heath LedgerA few weeks ago, we said there was a chance Heath Ledger’s last project might still go forward.  Director - who also worked with Ledger on 2005’s The Brothers Grimm - was doing his best to rework the uncompleted film.

Now a new report claims that Heath (and Terry) may be getting a little help from a group of friends.  According to Ain’t It Cool News, Jude Law, Colin Farrell and Johnny Depp will all be helping to fill the gaps in .

Parnassus revolves around a theater troupe and their magical mirror.  Audiences members are magically taken through the mirror to have their imaginations explored.

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In Theaters This Weekend (10/12)

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FilmCrunch 052: The Holiday DVD Review

Veronica Santiago and Neil Estep review The Holiday in this episode of FilmCrunch:

Iris is in love with a man who is about to marry another woman. Across the globe, Amanda realizes the man she lives with has been unfaithful. Two women who have never met and live 6,000 miles apart, find themselves in the exact same place. They meet online at a home exchange website, and impulsively switch homes for the holiday. Iris moves into Amanda’s L.A. house in sunny California as Amanda arrives in the snow covered English countryside. Shortly after arriving at their destinations, both women find the last thing either wants or expects: a new romance.


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FilmCrunch 044: 300, The Holiday, Confetti

Veronica Santiago and Neil Estep are back with the latest full episode of FilmCrunch. The pair bring you reviews for 300, The Holiday, and a look at Confetti on DVD. As a bonus, they also take a look at their top five movies that have a number in their title.


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The Holiday DVD Review

The Holiday

In the newly released DVD, The Holiday, women all over the world are unlucky in love (shocker!).  In LA, Amanda (Cameron Diaz) discovers that her boyfriend is cheating on her.  Meanwhile in England, Iris (Kate Winslet) learns that her pseudo-boyfriend is actually marrying someone else.  Both in desperate need of a getaway, they exchange homes via the internet for the Christmas holiday.  But whether they can successfully detox during their man-sabbatical remains to be seen.

The Holiday is directed by Nancy Meyers (Something’s Gotta Give) and stars Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law, Jack Black and Rufus Sewell.  Rated PG-13.

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