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Monday, 2 March 2009

The Random - Downsizing, Never Let Me Go, Up in the Air, Tree of Life, Terminator Salvation, Rape: A Love Story,

Paul Giamatti, Meryl Streep, Sacha Baron Cohen and Reese Witherspoon are rumored to be circling a project called Downsizing to be directed by Alexander Payne ("About Schmidt") says Hollywood Elsewhere.

Keira Knightley will star in the sci-fi thriller Never Let Me Go for Fox Searchlight and DNA Films says Variety. Mark Romanek ("One Hour Photo") will direct the cloning-themed film that also stars Andrew Garfield and Carey Mulligan.

Jason Bateman has signed on for Up in the Air for DreamWorks and the Montecito Picture Co. says Variety. An adaptation of the Walter Kirn novel, Jason Reitman ("Juno") helms the film in which George Clooney stars as a corporate downsizer who is obsessed with collecting frequent flyer miles at the expense of having a life.

Terrence Malick's upcoming film Tree of Life starring Brad Pitt and Sean Penn which has this description “...a family with three boys in the 1950s. The eldest son witnesses the loss of innocence.” apparantly also features dinosaurs according to Hollywood Elsewhere.

As previously mentioned Moon Bloodgood is going topless in Terminator Salvation. The story comes from SciFi Wire who heard McG and Moon Bloodgood talking at WonderCon about the scene in Terminator Salvation and saying that the topless shot would be in if they got the rating, and he asked the crowd about that who said they wanted the R rated version. Moon had this to say about it. “It's a really pretty shot. ... I'm actually being really serious…I wouldn't have done it first of all, ... if I felt uncomfortable. Secondly, it wasn't a sexual thing. I mean, obviously, it's a sexual thing. But it was like a silhouette, and there's rain, and it's a moment where I'm just like, I'm drawn to this man and I just don't care anymore. Like, if you see me, see me naked, see my vulnerablities, see my emotions, see my body. ... I just want him to see me…It just depends on if it's PG-13 or rated R”

Maria Bello, Abigail Breslin and Samuel L. Jackson have joined the indie drama Rape: A Love Story for Patriot Pictures reports Variety. Based on Joyce Carol Oates' 2003 novella, the story centers on a mother (Bello) recovering from a brutal gang rape who is stalked by the perpetrators but is protected by a sympathetic cop (Jackson). Breslin will play the woman's 12-year-old daughter, who witnesses the attack.

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