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Michael Apted Will Replace Ailing Curtis Hanson For Last Few Weeks Of Surfing Drama 'Of Men And Mavericks'

  • By Ryan Sartor
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  • November 28, 2011 12:05 PM
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It’s hard to tell if a filmmaker is in 'Director Jail' or if he just doesn’t feel like working. After the critical and commercial misfire “Lucky You,” Curtis Hanson (“L.A. Confidential,” “Wonder Boys,” “8 Mile”) didn’t have much going on. Then 2011 came around, and he made the well-received HBO Wall Street docudrama “Too Big To Fail,” and began filming, only a few weeks ago, the Gerard Butler surfer movie, “Of Men and Mavericks.”

John Lithgow Joins Will Ferrell & Zach Galifianakis In Political Comedy 'Dog Fight'

  • By Ryan Sartor
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  • November 28, 2011 11:34 AM
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Contest Giveaway: 'Our Idiot Brother' DVD & Signed Soundtrack

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 28, 2011 11:04 AM
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Creating a sensation in January at Sundance, the star studded ensemble comedy "Our Idiot Brother" found a fan in Harvey Weinstein who quickly snatched up the film, marking one of the highest profile buys at the festival. The Weinstein Company didn't waste a moment in getting it to theaters this summer, and in case you weren't able to catch it near you, we're giving you the chance to experience the movie.

Watch: Bruce McDonald Directed Video For "Brutal Hearts" By Bedouin Soundclash Ft. Coeur De Pirate

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 28, 2011 10:42 AM
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There are few other directors -- Canadian or otherwise -- to whom music plays such a key ingredient in their work than Bruce McDonald. Joining the select ranks of folks like Cameron Crowe, Wes Anderson and Quentin Tarantino (though with an much more mixed output) McDonald's films are as identifiable by their musical milieu as they are by anything else. And lately, he's been rocking it pretty hard. In 2010, the ever prolific director delivered three movies: the prison centered documentary "Music From The Big House"; the Broken Social Scene powered concert film/romance "This Movie Is Broken" and the rock 'n roll reunion tale "Trigger." Heading into this year, McDonald didn't stop, with "Hard Core Logo 2" a sequel of sorts to his cult classic hitting theaters as well as the short film "A Love Supreme" whose title should be famililar to any music fan. But that's not all.

Listen: Scarlett Johansson Teams With A Dead Dean Martin For "I'll Be Home Christmas"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 28, 2011 10:19 AM
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Triple threat Scarlett Johansson has a Christmas present for you. The actress, soon to be feature filmmaker and singer has now joined the ranks of Bono and Natalie Cole in teaming up with dead legends to give an old classic a new spin.

Imagine That: Todd Solondz Was Called By Drew Barrymore For 'Charlie's Angels'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 28, 2011 10:00 AM
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Independent filmmakers dipping their toes and/or being lured by the bigger budgets and better catering tables of studio productions is nothing new. But if there is any director out there who we could never see navigating those waters (without seriously compromising their vision) would be Todd Solodnz, but it seems the bait was dangled at one point.

Robert Schwentke Heads To HBO To Direct Pilot Episode Of 'The Lobotomist'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 28, 2011 9:45 AM
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With "R.I.P.D." not slated to hit theaters until 2013, director Robert Schwentke will have a some time to kill until then. Late this summer, he lined up what is expected to be his next feature film, "The Poison Kitchen," a film set in the early days of the Nazi's rise to power, marking a change of pace for the director. With that film set lens to sometime next year, it looks like he'll make a quick detour to television first.

More Creatures & Vehicles Revealed In New Pics From 'John Carter'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 28, 2011 9:23 AM
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In development for years, Disney has finally managed to visit Mars with "John Carter" but with a rumored price tag of $300 million this thing is going to have been a massive blockbuster hit if it wants to make any money. And so far, the studio is probably wishing for better buzz. The first trailer was a dazzling looking puzzle while the recent official still didn't do much to make the movie stand out as anything more than your average space epic. Now a handful of new pics have popped up over at SFX and it seems Mars looks like a lot of other places in the galaxy.

Martin Scorsese Suggests 'The Irishman' Could Be His Next Film, Confirms He Wants Leonardo DiCaprio To Play 'Sinatra'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 28, 2011 9:02 AM
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The film's not out of the woods just yet, but things are looking up for "Hugo." After a somewhat tepid initial reaction at the NYFF, the film's release last Wednesday was greeted with rave reviews, and the box-office, while not tremendous, was decent for a film playing on a third of the screens of its competition, and strong word of mouth suggest that it's likely to have legs through Christmas, particularly if the Oscars deliver nominations, as is suddenly looking more likely.

R.I.P. 'Women In Love' & 'Tommy' Director Ken Russell (1927-2011)

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 28, 2011 8:17 AM
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Sad news to start off the post-Thanksgiving week, with reports emerging this morning that Ken Russell, the Oscar-nominated director of "Women In Love," "Tommy," and "Altered States," among many others, and one of the true mavericks of British cinema, has passed at the age of 84. Russell was known for his big, bold, brash, and freqently controversial pictures, including a number of classics of horror cinema, and while the last few decades saw him fall out of favor, he remained a totally unique filmmaker.

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