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'The Artist' Helmer Michel Hazanavicius & Wife Berenice Bejo Reteaming For Movie Inspired By Fred Zinneman's 'The Search'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 9, 2012 9:17 AM
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When you're the helmer and star of a near-universally beloved sleeper hit, with Oscars virtually in the bag, it's one of the few scenarios (bar a billion dollar hit) which means your next project can be pretty much whatever you like. The offers roll in, of course, but you have enough kudos that you could ask for $50 million to film a biopic of Shirley Temple, starring Edward James Olmos, and someone would step up to fund it.

WB Eyeing 'The Dark Knight Rises' Scribe Jonah Nolan & 'Green Lantern' Writer Michael Green To Rewrite 'Akira'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 9, 2012 9:01 AM
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It was mere days ago when Warner Bros. shut down the production offices on "Akira," citing a need to retool the entire project. The order was for a "high-end" re-write, and the WB is looking no further than their superhero stable. While no one has yet received the offer to re-do the work of Steve Kloves and David James Kelly, Variety suggests the two most likely candidates are Jonah Nolan and Michael Green.

Weekend Box Office: Audiences Hate 'The Devil Inside' All The Way To The Top Of The Box Office

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 8, 2012 12:04 PM
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The smash-and-grab -- who needs a fourth or fifth weekend, when you can nail down a profit after your first day? Paramount dipped into the kitty and spent a million producing “The Devil Inside” (through their low budget shingle Insurge) and a little bit of marketing later, we have our first big winner of the new year. Final estimates have the studio looking at a big $30 million+ weekend for the latest in a wave of cheap found-footage horror films.

Walter Salles Says Editing & Mixing For 'On The Road' Complete; Film Looks Potentially Primed For Cannes With May 23rd French Theatrical Release

  • By Simon Dang
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  • January 8, 2012 11:37 AM
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In development for decades by Francis Ford Coppola, who remains a key producer on the film, the eagerly anticipated big screen adaptation of Jack Kerouac's "On The Road" has been a long time coming. But the project's lengthy journey might finally be seeing the light of day, as the post-production is wrapping up and European theatrical dates are slowly coming into focus. "The Motorcycles Diaries" director Walter Salles is at the helm, joined by a promising young cast in Sam Riley, Garrett Hedlund, Tom Sturridge and Kristen Stewart, as well as veterans like Viggo Mortensen, Amy Adams, Steve Buscemi, Kirsten Dunst and Terrence Howard.

George Clooney To Write, Direct & Star In Adaptation Of WWII-Set Heist Film 'Monuments Men'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • January 8, 2012 11:05 AM
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Even though "The Ides Of March" is on the awards season comeback trail, it didn't make the initial waves we anticipated. Another strong directorial effort from George Clooney after the misstep that was "Leatherheads," the return to form looks to have revitalized the filmmaking bug in Clooney, as the actor/director is now attached to co-write, direct and star in an adaptation of WWII-set heist film "The Monuments Men."

'24' Actress Nazneen Contractor Will Play Noel Clarke's Wife In J.J. Abrams 'Star Trek' Sequel

  • By Simon Dang
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  • January 8, 2012 10:18 AM
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Merely days after British multi-hyphenate Noel Clarke joined J.J. Abrams' "Star Trek" sequel as a mysterious "family man," Canadian actress Nazneen Contractor has now come on board the film, filling the role of Clarke's wife and the mother of his young daughter, with the exact background of their characters still unknown.

Sam Worthington Confesses He Gave A "Bland Performance" In 'Clash Of The Titans,' Promises An Improvement For Sequel

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • January 7, 2012 5:08 PM
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Sam Worthington, star of the new thriller “Man On A Ledge,” told The Playlist that the most important thing to improve upon in “Wrath Of The Titans,” the sequel to 2010’s “Clash Of The Titans,” was his own performance. “I wasn’t personally happy with my performance,” Worthington said Friday in an exclusive interview. “I didn’t think that I made a character. If you look at it, the way I play it, Perseus is a conduit for action – that’s all he was. He was a wrecking ball, he didn’t really have any personality, and it was a bland performance.”

"It's Really Hard To Be Sexy": Channing Tatum Talks Returning To His Male Stripper Days For Steven Soderbergh's 'Magic Mike'

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • January 7, 2012 4:25 PM
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Channing Tatum, co-star of Steven Soderbergh’s “Haywire,” told reporters that there was considerably more competition on the set of his next film with the director, the male stripper tale “Magic Mike,” than there was on their current collaboration.

Listen: 8 Min. Preview Of David Holmes' 'Haywire' Score Plus 2 New Clips & Fistful Of Pics

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 7, 2012 1:59 PM
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Steven Soderbergh generally keeps a pretty regular crew of behind-the-scenes folks and on-camera stars from film to film. Sure, he may switch things up from time to time, but familiar faces are never too far away from whatever project he's currently working on. Thus, with his upcoming "Haywire," while it mostly features a number of folks working with him for the first time – Gina Carano, Ewan McGregor, Antonio Banderas, Michael Fassbender, Bill Paxton – it's based on a script from Lem Dobbs ("Kafka," "The Limey") and powering the whole thing along is a score by David Holmes.

Tom Hardy Preparing To Play Al Capone In David Yates' Trilogy 'Cicero'; Film(s) Aiming For 2013 Start

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 6, 2012 11:53 PM
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Everyone is banking on Tom Hardy becoming a big, big star. Harvey Weinstein has already moved "The Wettest County" to the end of the summer, hoping to ride the wave of the actor's post-"The Dark Knight Rises" fame and Warner Bros. is anxious to keep the actor in house. He's already set to spend the a good chunk of 2012 filming George Miller's long awaited "Fury Road" for the studio, and they are already getting the actor started on another role, one that he won't tackle until next year.

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