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It is sort of poetic justice that lady killer Idris Elba has landed a juicy film role intended for another long-established matinee idol, Tom Cruise. Elba played the lead in Guillermo del Toro’s sci-fi tentpole Pacific Rim, a part that had been offered to Mission Impossible franchise star Cruise. Elba had been earmarked by the…

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The Family Stars: Robert De Niro, Tommy Lee Jones, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dianna Agron Fred and Maggie Blake née Manzoni (Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer) move to bucolic Normandy, France, courtesy of the witness protection program, taking along their smart-aleck and larcenous kids. The former Brooklynites find it difficult to keep a low profile, in…

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  It is most fascinating to learn about a legendary, blockbuster film, but to also learn of the actors who turned down the roles, which someone else accepted and subsequently became rich, famous and immortal icons. Below are just a few examples of superstar actors who passed on blockbuster movie roles, and some regretted it.…

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Johnny Depp and Tim Burton have teamed up for cinematic magic multiple times in the past, beginning with seminal Edward Scissorhands, and their celebrated collaborations rival De Niro-Scorcese and Denzel Washington-Spike Lee. And there were plenty of fireworks popping off in the spooky horror comedy Dark Shadows. Depp packaged his usual charismatic self into an…

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