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  • In a casting move that is now tough to imagine, Daniel Day-Lewis could have played Vincent Vega in 'Pulp Fiction'.

    A new article on the making of the movie in Vanity Fair magazine has now lifted the lid on the iconic Tarantino picture.

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    Pulp Fiction... Travolta and Jackson could have been Day-Lewis and Jackson (Copyright: Rex)

    But the hitman with a heroin problem also had another suitor, alongside the inimitable star of 'Lincoln' and 'There Will Be Blood'.

    “Daniel Day-Lewis and Bruce Willis, who was the biggest star in Hollywood, had both gotten their hands on the script and wanted to play Vincent Vega,” said director Quentin Tarantino's agent Mike Simpson.

    Meanwhile producer Harvey Weinstein was lobbying for Sean Penn or William Hurt for the role, and was said to be 'dead-set' against Travolta.

    In other bombshells from the lengthy exploration of Tarantino's finest film, Uma Thurman says that she nearly walked away from her part as Mia Wallace over the infamous 'gimp' scene, saying that she found it 'pretty

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  • New pictures have emerged online of Nicolas Cage as Superman, snapped from the development of Tim Burton's ill-fated take on the man of steel.

    The shots, which show Cage in a rippled muscle suit, were tweeted by the DCU (that's DC Universe) Movie Page, and though the origins of the pictures is not stated, they are the latest to emerge since director and producer Jon Schnepp launched a 'Kickstarter' campaign online to get a documentary about Burton's movie made.

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    Cage... ripped in muscle suit as Superman (Copyright: DCU Movie Page)

    Another more lo-fi image has also been unleashed, feature Cage with flowing locks and a somewhat ill-fitting Superman outfit.

    Riiiiight... Cage less convincing as the Man of Steel (Copyright: IGN)

    Schnepp wants to bring the story of Burton's take on Superman, which was to be called 'Superman Lives' and has been dubbed 'the weirdest Superman film never made', to the screen, in all its peculiar glory.

    'Clerks' and 'Dogma' director Kevin Smith wrote a script for the film in the mid-90s, featuring a wealth of other comic book characters –

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  • It's among the most famous legs in cinema history... but it doesn't belong to who you think.

    'Dallas' star Linda Gray has revealed that she was the 'leg double' for Anne Bancroft in the iconic scene from 'The Graduate' in which Dustin Hoffman eyes up her stocking-clad leg.

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    Mrs. Robinson... leg was actually Linda Gray's (Copyright: Rex)

    Gray was a model before she turned to acting, but then went on to find fame as Sue Ellen Ewing in the Texan soap opera.

    The 72-year-old, who is currently reprising her role in the rebooted 'Dallas', told talk show host Anderson Cooper: “'I think [Anne Bancroft] was absent that day... I don't know. I got paid $25, one leg.”

    Gray... reveals all to Anderson Cooper (Copyright: Anderson Live)

    Co-star Patrick Duffy, who was also appearing on 'Anderson Live', then chipped in: “I'll give you 50 for that leg right now,” while Cooper added: “It's worth a heck of a lot more than that.”

    'The Graduate', directed by Mike Nichols, was Hoffman's breakthrough role, playing college graduate Ben Braddock who is seduced by Bancroft's Mrs.

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  • The fate of the forthcoming 'Justice League' film may depend on the box office success of 'Man of Steel', according to reports.

    The film is already slated for a 2015 release, with 'Gangster Squad' writer Will Beall working on a script, but it's thought if 'Man of Steel' goes the way of Warner's recent flop 'Green Lantern', the likelihood of the DC Comic superhero supergroup taking on The Avengers is slim.

    [Related story: Five members of Justice League revealed?]

    Justice League... could be in the hands of the Man of Steel (Copyright: DC Comics)

    Hollywood industry magazine Variety says that 'Warner's top brass has indicated that they are awaiting the results of 'Man of Steel', which opens June 14, before moving further ahead'.

    Rumours emerged last week that Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman and The Flash would be the five key members of the group, with possible roles for Aquaman and Martian Manhunter.

    However, judging by the trailers and the pedigree behind 'Man of Steel' - including director Zack Snyder and producer Christopher Nolan - it's unlikely that

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  • In one of the most vivid cases of a great cast not making a great movie, the latest film from (among others) the Farrelly brothers' Peter Farrelly has received one of the worst critical maulings in recent years.

    'Movie 43', a series of comic vignettes directed by a number of different directors, boasts an astonishing line-up of Hollywood talent.

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    Leprechaun... Butler defends his pot of gold (Copyright: Relativity)

    Among the cast are the likes of Dennis Quaid, Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet, Emma Stone, Uma Thurman, Gerard Butler, Terrence Howard, Naomi Watts, Halle Berry, Josh Duhamel, Liev Schreiber, Seth MacFarlane, Richard Gere, Anna Faris and Chloe Grace Moretz, with directors including James Gunn and Bob Odenkirk joining Farrelly behind the camera.

    But despite the glut of stars, it has received a legendarily poor 5% 'fresh' rating on reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, with critics virtually unanimous in their hatred.

    Based around a washed up screenwriter (Quaid)

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