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Chris Weitz Rewriting 'Heck' For MGM, 'Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson' Director Alex Timbers Lined Up To Direct

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 4, 2012 5:13 PM
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EXCLUSIVE: In case you missed the memo, MGM is back from the brink, and heading into the New Year, they are very busy. With major productions "The Hobbit" and "Skyfall" underway, the studio is now focusing on a number of other projects they have in the works, and putting particular attention on a movie that could spawn a new franchise.

If Someone Has To Remake 'Carrie,' It Might As Well Be Kimberly Peirce

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • January 4, 2012 4:51 PM
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Well, as far as decisions regarding beloved films being callously remade, it could be a lot worse than MGM and Screen Gems tapping "Boys Don't Cry" director Kimberly Peirce for their big screen redux of Stephen King's telekenetic horror show "Carrie." The 1976 original film, as we all know, was directed by Brian De Palma and is, more or less (the "less" is that sped-up scene where the guys are trying on the tuxes), a masterpiece.

'Horrible Bosses' To Get A Sequel, Hopefully With Jokes This Time

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 4, 2012 4:07 PM
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While everyone likes to trumpet the summer success stories of "The Hangover Part II" and "Bridesmaids," one other R-rated comedy fared quite well also, though it hasn't been mentioned as often. "Horrible Bosses" was also a super-sized smash, with the workplace comedy scoring over $200 million worldwide, all on a minimal budget of $35 million. It seems people really like to see bosses getting their commeupance. Well, fans will be happy to know, the trio of Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis will once again face unruly employers as New Line is moving ahead with a sequel.

Thomas Newman Replaces David Arnold As Composer For Bond Film 'Skyfall'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • January 4, 2012 3:44 PM
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Well, he had a good run but longtime James Bond composer David Arnold, who has scored every 007 outing since 1997's "Tomorrow Never Dies," is being switched out for this year's "Skyfall," according to James Bond news site MI-6. Director Sam Mendes has swapped him for his longtime collaborator Thomas Newman, who has scored all of Mendes' films except 2009's regrettable "Away We Go."

Paul Rudd, Owen Wilson, Kirsten Wiig & Christopher Walken Will Get Frozen In Errol Morris' 'Freezing People Is Easy'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 4, 2012 3:37 PM
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Errol Morris? Cryogenics? Sound familiar? Over the summer, the documentarian Morris let it drop that Paul Rudd would lead his adaptation of the memoir “We Froze The First Man.” Well, it looks like it's now beginning to take shape with a new title and one helluva cast coming together.

Lily Collins Is The First One Into The Cabin For 'Evil Dead' Remake

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 4, 2012 3:12 PM
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Lily Collins has had a bit of a bumpy Hollywood ride. Breaking out in "The Blind Side," her followup efforts have been disappointing with "Priest" and "Abduction" hitting theaters in 2011 with a dull thud. It probably doesn't bode well that her first major starring turn in "Mirror Mirror" will likely be in service of a candy colored disaster, but perhaps another franchise will catch her fall.

Natalie Portman Plans Documentary Based On Jonathan Safran Foer's 'Eating Animals'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 4, 2012 2:55 PM
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Natalie Portman: Actress, Oscar winner, mother and vegan. That's right, in case you weren't aware, Portman is part of a select group of actresses that also includes Jessica Chastain and Bryce Dallas Howard, that abstain of any food or product that comes from an animal. For the most part, she's kept her dietary preferences to herself (though there was that stint on "Top Chef" a couple of years ago) but it looks like she'll stay silent no longer.

Writer/Director/'Doctor Who' Star Noel Clarke Is Latest Recruit To Cast Of 'Star Trek 2'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 4, 2012 2:18 PM
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British actor/writer/director Noel Clarke has ascended to the big leagues the old-fashioned way; by working his ass off. Having started off in the cast of long-running sitcom "Auf Wiedersehen, Pet," he broke out on-camera as Mickey Smith, boyfriend of companion Rose Tyler in the 2005 revival of "Doctor Who," dropping in and out of the show and its spin-offs across the next five years. But simultaneously, he was also carving out a screen career, penning and starring in the gritty drama "Kidulthood" in 2006, and then directing its follow-up, "Adulthood," in 2008, after the film became a surprise hit.

Universal Thinking About 'Bridesmaids' Sequel Without Kristen Wiig

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 4, 2012 2:04 PM
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Universal had a pretty bumpy 2011, but one very bright spot on their balance sheet was the modestly budegeted, Judd Apatow produced, R-rated hit "Bridesmaids." The film was nothing short of a sensation, powering its way to $288 million worldwide, but before word could even begin to get knocked around about a sequel, the film's co-writer, co-producer and star Kristen Wiig pretty much put the kibosh on returning. She's played coy whenever asked about the prospects of a "Bridesmaids 2," but this fall her co-star in the film (and in the upcoming "Friends With Kids") Jon Hamm stated bluntly, "I don't think Kristen is going to do it."

Patricia Arquette Will Play Jeff Buckley’s Mom In Upcoming Biopic From Jake Scott

  • By Ryan Sartor
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  • January 4, 2012 1:39 PM
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In addition to the long line of competing tent pole films (from “Dante’s Peak” vs. “Volcano” up to “Mirror, Mirror” vs. “Snow White and the Huntsman”), there has in recent years been a growing number of biopics going head-to-head. First there was “Capote” vs. “Infamous,” as well as the upcoming “Lovelace” vs. “Inferno,” and next a pair of Jeff Buckley films: Daniel Algrant's

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