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Family Film Time: 'Stretch Armstrong' & 'Ringling Brothers' Get Writers

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • April 25, 2012 11:22 AM
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Ever wonder what happened to that “Stretch Armstrong” movie that was tossed from Universal in their great purge of 2011? Well, Relativity picked it up, dropped the long attached Taylor Lautner and set it up with an April 11, 2014 release date. And now it's time to get a script.

SFIFF: Richard Linklater Talks Making 'Bernie,' Bringing True Stories To Life & The Films He Has Brewing In The Background

  • By Sean Gillane
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  • April 25, 2012 10:57 AM
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Richard Linklater’s “Bernie” is hitting New York and Los Angeles theaters later this week and we caught up with him at the San Francisco International Film Festival to talk about the film.

Justin Lin To Direct Big-Screen Adaptation Of David Henry Hwang's Play 'Chinglish'

  • By Ryan Gowland
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  • April 25, 2012 10:41 AM
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Whether or not you're a fan of the "Fast and the Furious" franchise, director Justin Lin has been becoming more and more steadied and confident since taking the keys to the franchise with 2006's "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift." Still, opportunities outside of said franchise have ultimately fallen apart due to Lin's commitment to the "Fast and the Furious" films, with Lin dropping out from "The Highlander" remake and basically stepping away from the next "Terminator" sequel (though Lin might be able to go back should the scheduling work out). Lin had to drop both projects because of "Fast Six," but Lin is setting up several possible projects to follow, one of which could be the big screen adaptation of David Henry Hwang's play "Chinglish."

'The Help' Director Tate Taylor To Helm Big Screen Redo Of Brit Miniseries 'The Jury'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • April 25, 2012 10:22 AM
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Typically when your most recent film racks up a couple of Oscar nominations and an outstanding box office take, studios have their hands out practically begging you to bring your dream project to their doorsteps. Helmer Tate Taylor hasn’t exactly followed that path after his success with 2011’s “The Help,” even after the multiple awards which included Octavia Spencer’s win at the Oscars for Best Supporting Actress. Taylor has been slow to line up his next directorial effort, passing on longtime friend and actress Melissa McCarthy’s R-rated road trip comedy “Tammy,” with brief word back in August that Taylor was in early talks to direct an adaptation of the 2002 novel "Peace Like A River" for DreamWorks and Warner Brothers.

5 Things You May Not Know About 'The Third Man'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 25, 2012 10:03 AM
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Thirty-six years ago today, on April 25th, 1976, filmmaker Carol Reed passed away. One of the greatest directors ever to come out of the U.K, Reed started out as an actor, but gained fame as a writer-director in the late 1930s and 1940s, thanks to films like "Night Train To Munich," and the outstanding "Odd Man Out" and "The Fallen Idol." Later, he'd also find success with films like "Trapeze," "Our Man In Havana," "The Agony and the Ecstasy" and "Oliver!," for which he won the Academy Award for Best Director, beating out Stanley Kubrick for "2001" and Gillo Pontecorvo for "The Battle of Algiers."

Seth Rogen & Jay Baruchel's Apocalypse Film Now Known As 'The End Of The World'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • April 25, 2012 9:38 AM
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Its been nearly five years in the making but things are finally coming together for the full-length feature adaptation of Jay Baruchel and Seth Rogen's viral comedy short "Jay And Seth Vs. The Apocalypse," which featured the two as degenerate roommates living in squalor during an apocalypse.

Watch: Isabelle Huppert Gets Serenaded In First Teaser For Hong Sang-Soo's 'In Another Country'; Plus New Images & Poster

  • By Simon Dang
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  • April 25, 2012 9:24 AM
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We've had glimpses here and there of Isabelle Huppert and co. in Hong Sang-soo's latest dramedy "In Another Country" but with its recent addition to the Cannes Film Festival competition line up, the first teaser trailer has been unveiled which shows... well, a signature quirky Hong film.

Robert Rodriguez Lines Up 'Fire and Ice' To Follow 'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For'

  • By Ryan Gowland
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  • April 25, 2012 8:59 AM
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Multi-hyphenate Robert Rodriguez hasn't been sitting idle since he directed "Planet Terror," his half of "Grindhouse." Rodriguez followed with the kids-movie "Shorts;" produced "Predators" (which was based on a old script Rodriguez had written 15 years prior); finally turned his fake "Grindhouse" trailer "Machete" into a feature-length film; and then rebooted himself with last year's "Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World." Typically prolific, Rodriguez has set himself up for an extremely busy sequel summer, first by shooting "Machete Kills," then immediately (or, perhaps, concurrently) starting to shoot "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For." Since shooting two films back-to-back wasn't enough of a feat, Rodriguez has added a third film to his slate, a remake of the 1983 animated film "Fire and Ice."

First Look At Michel Gondry's 'The We And The I'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 25, 2012 8:39 AM
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For the most part, Michel Gondry's "The We And The I" has been working under a bit of secrecy, intentionally or not. Borne out of meetings with the publishers of the "You'll Like This Film Because You're In It: The Be Kind Rewind Protocol" book which is about community filmmaking, the project is one that Gondry has been developing for a while now, working with a cast of unknown kids, in a story that's very loosely about a bunch of high school stundents on the bus home on the last day of school, and how relationships change and evolve. There have been some hints at time-travel or sci-fi elements, but how those come into play is not yet known.

First Images Of Joaquin Phoenix, Jeremy Renner & Marion Cotillard In James Gray's 'Low Life'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 25, 2012 8:24 AM
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The French adore James Gray. And we don't blame them one bit. With only four films to his name, he has already inspired a book dedicated his works, published by the France based Syecdoche Books (limited to 1000 copies, but it's bilingual and features interviews with Gray and the various actors he's worked with over the years). Thus, we're not entirely surprised that the first look for his upcoming "Low Life" would arrive not on a website, or in an American trade publication, but instead courtesy of Liberation, who also have the first profile on the film.

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