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Meryl Streep to Play Margaret Thatcher in New Biopic

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Biopics, Drama, Casting, Upcoming Releases,

Let the Oscar buzz begin.

Meryl Streep will go to work next month to film The Iron Lady, a biopic focusing on Britain’s former prime minister Margaret Thatcher, who served from 1979 to 1990.

“She’s perfect casting in many ways,” Jim Broadbent, who plays Thatcher’s husband Denis, said of Streep. “She’ll absolutely do it in a brilliant way.”

Margaret Thatcher was Britian’s first female prime minister, and her gender will be a central thesis of the film.

Meryl Streep is an American by birth and citizenship, and her costar says she’ll bring a unique point of view to the script.

“She can bring an outsider’s view of the story, so that it won’t become a lazy, parochial piece that Brits understand but where nobody else really knows what’s going on.”

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Megan Fox Shot Jonah Hex in 5 Days

Megan Fox on Jonah Hex setAction starlet shot her scenes for Jonah Hex in five days.

The 24-year-old star - who plays love interest Lilah in the western movie - only spent five days on the set of the film and confesses it was one of the hardest she has worked on.

“It’s the toughest movie I’ve ever done. The stunts and the make-up… a lot of pain… f**king horrible. I don’t know if I’d do it again. I only worked on this for five days in Louisiana. And we would shoot all day. So we worked really hard for those five days, and then they wrapped me.”

However, the screen beauty did admit she has worked on more “difficult” projects in the past: “It was an intense process, to cram all of that into such a short amount of time. It was difficult. It’s not the most difficult thing I’ve done or survived.”

Megan recently confessed she had problems on the set of the movie as her small hands prevented her from being able to hold a gun correctly. “Actually there was one gunfight scene that the stunt team had been choreographing for, I think, a couple of weeks, and I showed up and I had a minute to get it down and rehearse it and it was really difficult for me to shoot the old-style gunslinger guns because I have tiny little baby hands. The guns are really large and really heavy, so just the physicality of actually having to pull that off was really difficult. This was more action-heavy for me.”

MGM Indefinitely Suspends Next Bond Film

James Bond actor Daniel Craig

Production on the 23rd movie has been suspended.

Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli - producers on the movie - claim the future of film studio MGM is halting suspension on the project, which will be ‘s third outing as the British spy. In a statement, the pair told Variety, “Due to the continuing uncertainty surrounding the future of MGM and the failure to close a sale of the studio, we have suspended development on Bond 23 indefinitely. We do not know when development will resume and do not have a date for the release of Bond 23.

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Angelina Jolie Project Gets Production Date

Angelina JolieAngelina Jolie turned down several other offers, including the Wanted sequel, to participate in . Now, the flick finally has a production date.

Jolie did attach some strings to her involvement with the film - she wouldn’t do it unless a proper director was involved with the project. Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck has been selected, and everyone seems to be happy. Though negotiations are not quite finalized, the film is expected to enjoy a 2011 release date. Donnersmarck won an Academy Award (Best Foreign-Language Film, 2006) for The Lives of Others.

In the flick, will portray an Interpol agent. Filming is expected to begin in February.

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Diego Luna Prepares for Directorial Debut

Diego Luna moves behind the camera in his next projectMilk actor Diego Luna is set to make his directorial debut with Abel.

The family drama will be produced by Canana Films (company Luna started with best friend and fellow thespian Gael García Bernal) and co-produced by John Malkovich‘s Mr. Mudd production company.

Luna’s Just Walking co-star Jose Maria Yazpik is set to star in the film, which is told from a child’s perspective.

No word yet on a release date.

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Rogue Pictures Seeking Strangers Sequel

Studio heads try to get Liv Tyler for Strangers sequel

Having domestically grossed $54 with a modest $9 million budget, The Strangers was a tremendous hit for Rogue Pictures. Of course, we all unfortunately know what follows any amount of success in Hollywood these days: sequels.

Hoping that they have a new horror franchise on their hands, producers over at the Universal Pictures subsidary have their greedy hearts set on Liv Tyler‘s return, as well as the rest of the original villains (just admit how much you loved seeing Gemma Ward as the creepy psycho girl).

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Tim Burton’s Alice Is Off to England

Tim Burton starts filming 'Alice' in Plymouth this month

Disney’s favorite eccentric director Tim Burton is at it again, and this time he’s digging a bit older and traveling a bit further for his latest classic remake: Alice in Wonderland.

Burton is taking the cast and crew across the pond to Plymouth, where they will be holding auditions this week for the film’s extras. Casting director Ilenka Jelowicki explains why the locale is perfect for production:

“It’s a period movie, set in Victorian England, so we’re very specific about the look we need. In an ideal world, out of the 125 women we need, they would all have long, naturally coloured hair. We’d love men with beards or facial hair – lamb chops or big sideburns, that sort of thing.”

The only confirmed cast member is HBO‘s Australian actress Mia Wasikowska (In Treatment), who is set to play Alice. Take a wild guess who might be casted as one of the crazy Wonderland characters—I dare you!

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Zack Snyder Releases Watchmen Journal #3

The sixth of each month has continuously marked the release of Watchmen video journals, chronicling production on Zack Snyder‘s latest comic-to-screen film.

This month he gives us a peek at the infamous prison escape scene, revealing how stunt actors are lit on fire! I was a bit disappointed that we don’t clearly see Rorschach, though. In case you missed it on here, you can check out the photos of the Watchmen characters as well as the action figure prototypes. Enjoy.

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