Source: Variety

Robert De Niro is close to working out a deal that will allow him to join the cast of Manual of Love 3, the latest installment in an Italian franchise. Giovanni Veronesi is directing, Aurelio De Laurentiis is producing. Part of the role would be spoken in Italian.

The Oscar-winning actor is certainly no stranger to playing a part in a foreign language. He won his first Oscar for playing a young Vito Corleone in The Godfather Part II.

De Niro has a handful of films set to open this fall. He'll be seen in Machete, Stone and Little Fockers.

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Source: Deadline.com

Veteran character actor Oliver Platt has now signed on to star in X-Men: First Class. Platt will play The Man in Black, a non-mutant role.

Source: THR

Rose Byrne is reportedly in negotiations to play scientist Moira MacTaggert in director Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class.

Vaughn has already gathered quite an ensemble. James McAvoy, Matthew Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence (Winter's Bone) have all signed on to key roles.

Byrne played opposite Russell Brand in Get Him to the Greek this Summer, and she'll soon be seen alongside Kristen Wiig in Bridesmaids.

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LOS ANGELES, CA -- Relativity Media's Rogue and AMC Theatres® announce today the launch of the "Big Break Movie Contest," which will provide filmmakers with previously undistributed feature-length films the opportunity to obtain exclusive on-screen distribution. Submissions will be accepted Aug. 16 through Oct. 15, 2010. Five finalists will be selected, professional trailers will be created for them by the Rogue team and debuted online at iamrogue.com where the general public can vote. The winning film will be released across the country in 50 AMC theatres for at least one week as part of the AMC independent (AMCi) program. The winning movie will be announced Dec 20, 2010 and will tentatively be released in spring 2011.

The esteemed panel of judges includes actress Kate Bosworth, Relativity's CEO Ryan Kavanaugh, AMC Theatres' Vice President of Specialty and Alternative Content Nikkole Denson-Randolph, Relativity President of Worldwide Production Tucker Tooley, iamrogue.com's Editor-In-Chief Jimmy O, and Youtube's "Beyond the Trailer" creator, Grace Randolph.

"Rogue has always stood for doing it your way, breaking the mold" said Kavanaugh. "We are always looking for ways to support and embrace new and inspired talent, who dare to do it their way. That's exactly what this contest is about."

"AMC Theatres is proud to bring together a talented and diverse judging panel for this contest," said Denson-Randolph. "Through our AMCi program, we exhibit our passion for bringing independent movies to the big screen and we are anxiously awaiting the opportunity to bring a great film to our guests."

"I am thrilled to be a part of the Rogue/AMCi Big Break Movie contest and look forward to seeing the films," said Bosworth. "It is always exciting to witness and support fresh and original talent."

The contest will be hosted at iamrogue.com/bigbreak. Contestants must first submit a DVD with the finished film and a short trailer, or a 2-minute excerpt from the film. Filmmakers should then visit iamrogue.com beginning Aug. 16 to create a User Profile and upload trailers or excerpts.

Rogue will support the finalists with further editing and production, creating a professional trailer, as well as handling the marketing and logistics of the release for the winning title.

Entries are to be submitted to:
Big Break Movie Contest
c/o Rogue Life
PO Box 46247
Los Angeles, CA 90046

Contest Steps:
Step 1.
MAIL in a DVD containing your finished movie and a short trailer or 2 minute excerpt from the movie, to:
Big Break Movie Contest
c/o Rogue Life
PO Box 46247
Los Angeles, CA 90046

Step 2.
GO to iamrogue.com from August 16, create a USER PROFILE and UPLOAD your trailer or excerpt from your movie.
Key dates
Submissions: Aug. 16th through Oct. 15th

5 finalists will be chosen. Relativity's team will create professional trailers for each finalist. . These will be posted online at iamrogue.com/big break for movie fans to review and give comments.

The judges will announce the winner on December 20, with release occurring sometime in spring 2011.

 

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Source: Deadline.com

Rooney Mara has edged her way past a ton of young actresses in order to land the role of Lisbeth Salander in David Fincher's remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Mara's deal includes involvement in two sequels: The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest. She joins Daniel Craig and Robin Wright on the project.

The young actress has a supporting role in Fincher's The Social Network, which hits theaters on October 1.

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