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'Bridget Jones' Baby' In Trouble? Working Title Says Script Still Being Worked On, But Hugh Grant Will Star

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • February 3, 2012 8:56 AM
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You're probably asking yourself, "Who asked for a third "Bridget Jones" movie? I don't know anyone who saw the second!" Well, you're probably a filthy, dirty American. "Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason" overcame it's clunky title to gross $222 million outside of America, a whopping 85% of its global total. It's taken awhile for the wheels to begin turning on a third film, but "Bridget Jones' Baby" overcame scheduling setbacks and the defection of director Paul Feig ("Bridesmaids") to set a coming start date under Peter Cattaneo ("The Full Monty"). However, several people behind the scenes were whispering that the film would be shutdown entirely in the face of script problems.

Review: 'Splinters' Is A Compelling Surfing Doc With More On Its Mind Than Just Hanging Ten

  • By Ryan Sartor
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  • February 3, 2012 7:22 AM
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By focusing on cultural barriers rather than killer waves, director Adam Pesce has created a compelling surfing documentary in “Splinters.” The film explores life in the remote Papua New Guinea island of Vanimo, where surfing is considered not just the most important of sports, but the only real means by which young men and women can get off the island and see the world. The film climaxes in Papua New Guinea’s first national surfing competition, the winner of which will get to compete against world-renowned surfers in Australia.

Review: 'Love Etc.' Is A Sweet Valentine To Love In NYC

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • February 2, 2012 6:33 PM
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Consider "Love, Etc." to be an antidote to the cloying saccharine taste of cynical big-studio cash grabs like "Valentine's Day." Yes, both films chronicle love in different forms and at different times in life, but "Love Etc." does so with a sense of both gravity and sweetness. The film opens with a 79 year old Al Mazur singing his original composition "Everyday's a Holiday in Brooklyn," and chatting with his 89 year old wife, Marion, setting the tone for this gem of a doc from Jill Andresevic. After this introduction to a lasting love, and a credits sequence capturing the everyday moments of affection between couples and families in New York City, a hand-drawn animated map takes us (via subway) to our first stop: Jamaica Hills, Queens, where engaged couple Chitra and Mehendra are just waking up. This intimate morning scene is punctuated by the sweetest of nothings from Mehendra: "I have to move the car." A fitting metaphor for a film that celebrates the quotidian moments of love and relationships in all stages and walks of life.
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'Miss Bala' Director Gerardo Naranjo In Talks For Fox Romantic Drama 'The Mountain Between Us'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 2, 2012 6:06 PM
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According to Deadline, Gerardo Naranjo, who recently directed the outrageously tense drug world thriller "Miss Bala" (Mexico's Best Foreign Language Film entry), is being tapped for a big Fox romantic drama "The Mountain Between Us," making it his studio (and English language) debut.

Viola Davis Joins 'Ender's Game' & Is One Of Warner Bros. 'Beautiful Creatures'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 2, 2012 6:04 PM
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Things are looking good for Viola Davis. Having snagged the SAG Award for her turn in "The Help," barring a late arrival from the Meryl Streep Train, in a few weeks, the actress will land her first Oscar win. At least that's what we hope. But while we wait to see how that plays out, Davis is using her awards season bank a couple of movies and they are both as different as it gets.

Catherine Keener Will Be Married To Tom Hanks In Paul Greengrass' 'Captain Phillips'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 2, 2012 5:20 PM
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Catherine Keener makes anything she stars in better, and even an A-list star like Tom Hanks can benefit by having her hang off his arm.

Awesome Explosion: Michael Sheen & Lizzy Caplan To Star In Showtime Series 'Masters Of Sex'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 2, 2012 5:00 PM
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Is this going to be another case of Paul Bettany missing the boat? The actor famously passed on "The King's Speech" (to spend time with his family), and of course, the movie won a bunch of Oscars and became a box office hit. At the beginning of the year, Bettany exited from the developing Showtime series "Masters Of Sex"-- could this be another decision that will bite him in the ass?

Jessica Chastain & Joel Edgerton To Star In 'The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: His' & 'The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Hers'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 2, 2012 4:30 PM
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It looks like the hunt for Osama Bin Laden won't be the only place where Jessica Chastain and Joel Edgerton will hang together. The two rising actors will be reteaming for another project, one that as you might guess from the titles, has a rather ambitious concept.

Bloodbath: Which Films Risk Being The Blockbuster Casualties Of 2012?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 2, 2012 4:09 PM
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Almost eighteen months ago, actor-turned-filmmaker Jon Favreau predicted that the summer of 2011 was "...going to be a bloodbath. There's never been a summer like this next summer. It's going to be bloody...There's not a weekend where there won't be teeth on the floor. The audience wins, but it's going to be rough for people making these movies. Then there was the big rush to 3D, so you have all of these people fighting for a limited number of screens and to get the 3D done, since most of these are hybrids or conversions, so this is a technology that is still in the relatively early stages and there's going to be a lot of blood pressures going up in the months ahead."

It Keeps Getting Better: Oscar Nominee Octavia Spencer Joins Bong Joon-Ho's 'Snow Piercer'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 2, 2012 3:34 PM
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For his English language debut, Bong Joon-Ho is certainly stacking the deck to make sure he doesn't fuck it up. With a cast that already includes Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, John Hurt and Song Kang-Ho, he's gone ahead and added to the already fantastic ensemble by signing on an actress who might just be walking away with an Oscar in the coming weeks.

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