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Exclusive: Bennett Miller & Francis Lawrence In The Mix To Direct 'Catching Fire'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 17, 2012 7:07 PM
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Well, the hunt is now on for a director to take the helm of "The Hunger Games" sequel "Catching Fire," and before the end of last week a crop of names on Lionsgate's wishlist appeared that included David Cronenberg, Alfonso Cuaron and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. Well, you can now add two more directors who are also in the mix for the job and some conversations with them have already begun.

Ralph Macchio To Play Screenwriter Joe Stefano In 'Alfred Hitchcock And The Making Of Psycho'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 17, 2012 6:22 PM
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It's not easy being a child star of the '80s. Few have made it into adulthood without drugs, audience disinterest or mismanagement sidelining their careers or halting any momentum they might've had. And in some cases, you turn into the pod person that was formerly Kirk Cameron. But for Ralph Macchio, he's avoided the tabloid headlines of some of his contemporaries, and fallen largely into a path that sees him riffing on his former celebrity. But he's lined up a role that could be a nice entry into more serious roles, or just a reminder that he's around, willing to work and that he's not the Karate Kid anymore.

Disney Plans Feature Length Adaptation Of Beloved Theme Park Attraction 'Mr. Toad's Wild Ride'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 17, 2012 6:07 PM
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Disney, always on the look out for a synergistic property that uses cross promotion to advance sales in multiple platforms, is planning an adaptation of the beloved theme park attraction Mr. Toad's Wild Ride. The ride, which currently resides in Fantasyland in Disneyland (the Walt Disney World counterpart was sadly shuttered in 1998 and replaced by a cutesy Winnie the Pooh ride), utilizes characters from Disney's 1949 adaptation of Kenneth Grahame's fantastical "The Wind in the Willows," a children's novel about animals that wear pants and speak with English accents. "Mr. Toad's Wild Ride" is currently looking for writers to adapt the property.

January Jones & Ed Harris Will Drink The Revenge Flavored 'Sweetwater'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 17, 2012 5:38 PM
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The big screen career of "Mad Men" star January Jones has been a bit of a mixed bag. She earned acclaim and attention for her turn in Tommy Lee Jones' "The Three Burials Of Melquiades Estrada" but has otherwise floundered. The less said about "Seeking Justice" the better. And do you remember anything about her role in "X-Men: First Class" besides the lingerie she wore? Oh yeah, she was in "Unknown" too, but again, in such a throwaway, forgettable role it's not a shock it hasn't stuck in the memory. But perhaps this next endeavor will set things right.

Sony Pictures Classics Picks Up Michael Haneke's 'Amour'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 17, 2012 4:52 PM
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While nearly every major film rumored for Cannes has had stills or info of some kind hit the web, Michael Haneke has managed to keep pretty much everything about his next endeavor "Amour" under wraps, but it looks like we're going to soon see a lot more from the movie.

Sorry Garry Marshall, 'Taken' Director Pierre Morel Has Dibs On 'Bastille Day'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 17, 2012 4:32 PM
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It looks like Garry Marshall, in his grand plan to turn every notable day on the calendar into a tedious star-studded rom-com, will have to do without "Bastille Day." That's because the French national holiday is getting the generic action movie treatment, hooray!

Michael Douglas Is Taking A Trip To 'Last Vegas'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 17, 2012 4:05 PM
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If there has been one emerging trend in the past year or so, it's that audiences like seeing old people do stuff normally associated with young people. So far, it's mostly be relegated to action fare like "Red" and "The Expendables" (which are both getting sequels) but now a bunch of geriatrics are gonna bust loose Vegas style in an upcoming comedy, with an award winning celebrated star leading the way.

Jason Segel Says No ‘Muppets’ Sequel Cameo; Discusses Slate Of Future Projects

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • April 17, 2012 3:39 PM
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The past six months have been a whirlwind for Jason Segel. In November he successfully revived a long-dormant franchise with “The Muppets." Last month, his semi-dramatic turn in the Duplass Brothers’ “Jeff, Who Lives at Home” was released to strong critical praise. And now he’s on the verge of releasing a third team-up with co-writer/director Nicholas Stoller, “The Five-Year Engagement.” All the while continuing to work on his long-running sitcom “How I Met Your Mother.”

Review: 'Goodbye First Love' Looks At Young Romance Without Affection

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • April 17, 2012 3:07 PM
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Television and movies love to indulge us in pre-adulthood nostalgia. Whether the bait is loose (young hooligans causing a ruckus) or more specific and event-oriented (prom, which we've seen less of lately because, well, prom sucks), the powers that be tug at our heartstrings and force us to look back at a time free of major responsibilities and full of fresh experiences. The glazed schmaltz can be off-putting for some, but occasionally sincerity shines through, and we get something that captures the emotions extraordinarily well (for this writer's money, "The Virgin Suicides" and "The Girl" are uneven but nail certain feelings on the head). But if we look back without this fondness, what are these stories? Are they merely happenings that somehow affected the person we become, or are they just the product of naive children that didn't know better? Mia Hansen-Løve's "Goodbye First Love" attempts a critical look at a teenager's first relationship without wooing us first with their blithe beginnings, but has very little to say about the topic.

First Look: Edward Norton In 'The Bourne Legacy'; Tony Gilroy Hints At No Shaky Cam & A Distinctly Different Tone

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 17, 2012 2:59 PM
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In many ways, Universal has taken great pains to explain to audiences that "The Bourne Legacy" starring Jeremy Renner is well-connected to the 'Bourne' series they know and love (and grossed $945 million worlwide). All the while, they're trying to explain that Jeremy Renner is not taking over for Matt Damon. It's a brand new series, yet it's connected to the same universe, got that?

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