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Oren Moverman Attached To Direct Turn Of The Century Pic 'The Big Blow'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 7, 2012 11:23 AM
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Working in Hollywood requires skill, luck and sometimes, a helluva lot of patience. First picked up by Ridley and Tony Scott's Scott Free banner nearly a decade ago, Joe Lansdale's novella "The Big Blow" has been taking a slow and steady path to the big screen. Millard Kaufman ("Gun Crazy," "Bad Day At Black Rock") was first hired to adapt the story (sadly, he passed away in 2009) and a few years down the line, writer/director Oren Moverman was brought on to do further work. And while he's been busy on a plethora of other projects (as he usually is) bringing "The Messenger" and "Rampart" to the big screen, and writing "I'm Not There" for Todd Haynes, it seems "The Big Blow" is in the mix for his next effort behind the camera.

Review: Oscar-Nominated 'Chico & Rita' Is A Fresh Yet Flawed Animated & Musical Tale

  • By Erik McClanahan
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  • February 7, 2012 10:56 AM
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“Chico & Rita,” a now Oscar-nominated animated co-production from Spain and the U.K., is a film for which “thumbs up” or “thumbs down” simply doesn’t suffice. We certainly endorse its nomination in the often drab, studio-laden Best Animated Feature category, where Pixar often deservedly runs away with the statue, and has the last four years in a row (but not this year as “Cars 2” was thankfully snubbed). But we can’t in good conscience admit to outright loving the film, much as it seems to be tailor-made for The Playlist, with music – Cuban jazz, specifically – being its crux.

Magnolia Announces Acquisition Of Kevin MacDonald's 'Marley' On The Birthday Of The Reggae Legend; Film Will Hit On 4/20

  • By Simon Dang
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  • February 7, 2012 10:45 AM
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Well done, Magnolia marketing team. On the birthday of legendary artist Bob Marley, the distribution shingle has announced the acquisition of Kevin MacDonald's documentary "Marley" which will now premiere in theaters and on VOD and digital platforms on April 20th. Yep, that's right, a 4/20 release for the Marley doc.

Russell Crowe Takes To Twitter To Confirm He's Eyeing Darren Aronofsky's 'Noah'; Denies Involvement With 'RoboCop'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • February 7, 2012 10:16 AM
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Just last week, it was revealed that veterans Russell Crowe and Liam Neeson were in fact circling Darren Aronofsky's bibical epic "Noah" as the titular character and a villain, respectively. This was exciting enough, however, Variety writer Jeff Sneider soon tweeted that this wasn't the only big role Crowe was up for and that he may be starring in Jose Padilha's upcoming "RoboCop" reboot. Now, it looks like Crowe himself has taken to Twitter to respond to the news, single-handedly confirming his potential involvement with "Noah" and, at the same time, denying anything to do with "RoboCop."

Ben Drew (AKA Plan B) Talks About His Feature Directorial Debut 'Ill Manors' & Starring Alongside Ray Winstone In 'The Sweeney'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 7, 2012 10:01 AM
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'Polymath' is a word that describes Ben Drew pretty well. The 29 year old East London native first came to fame back in 2005 under the name Plan B, where his work on influential mixtape "Run The Road" landed him a contract with 679 Records, and his album "Who Needs Action When You Got Words," landed the following year too all kinds of acclaim.

'The King's Speech' Writer David Seidler Adapting Pushkin's 'Queen Of Spades'; Pavel Lungin To Direct

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • February 7, 2012 9:42 AM
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Despite taking home the Academy Award last year for Best Original Screenplay, David Seidler's writing credits are nowhere near as impressive as you'd imagine for an Oscar-winning writer of his age. The oldest ever winner of the Original Screenplay Oscar had found himself mostly writing TV movies in recent years, and his most notable credit came back in 1988 with Francis Ford Coppola's "Tucker: The Man and His Dream." But winning such a big award for "The King's Speech" opens a lot of doors, and it makes sites like this one pay attention to what the writer's next project might be.

Mel Gibson Says His "Real And Visceral" Viking Epic 'Berserker' Is Still Alive; New Draft Co-Written With Randall Wallace

  • By Simon Dang
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  • February 7, 2012 9:22 AM
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When it was announced that Mel Gibson was teaming with writer Joe Eszterhas for a biblical epic about Jewish historical figure Judah Maccabee, we more or less assumed that it would mean the death of his long-gestating Viking epic, which was originally supposed to team Gibson with William Monahan, Graham King and Leonardo DiCaprio. Monahan even confirmed late last year that he never wrote a word for the project and that, as far as he knew, it never went past the announcement. Well, it looks like throughout all his recent struggles, Gibson never gave up on his Viking dreams.

First Images From Disney's Videogame-Themed 'Wreck-It Ralph' Debut

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 7, 2012 8:58 AM
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One Disney project we've heard is shaping up to be really special is this Thanksgiving's animated feature "Wreck-It Ralph." Originally entitled "Reboot Ralph," it's the tale of an 80s videogame villain named Wreck-It Ralph (John C. Reilly) who is tired of being the bad-guy against the squeaky clean Fix-It Felix (Jack McBrayer), so he decides to try his hand at being the hero of another game in the arcade. He hops from game to game trying his hand at heroics, until he unintentionally unleashes a larger threat that could destroy all of the games. An intriguing premise, for sure, and with the film directed by longtime "Simpsons" and "Futurama" director Rich Moore, has the potential to be really zany and fun. And the first glimpse at art from the movie, courtesy of French site CineHeroes, seems to confirm this.

Watch: New Trailer For 'The Amazing Spider-Man' Suggests Reasons For Optimism Without Sealing The Deal

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 7, 2012 3:10 AM
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Last year, we had four summer superhero films, of which two turned out to be fairly unqualified successes -- the Marvel pictures, "Thor" and "Captain America: The First Avenger" -- one a moderate success -- "X-Men First Class" -- and one that tanked like Lori Petty -- "Green Lantern." As we said sometime last week, this summer is less complicated when it comes to comic book fare, with two of the three films based on graphic novels being solid gold hits regardless of anything, namely "The Dark Knight Rises" and "The Avengers."

Producer Says It's "Patently False" That Harrison Ford Is In Talks For 'Blade Runner' Sequel, Say 'Prometheus' Is The Template

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 6, 2012 11:20 PM
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Over the weekend, reports surfaced that Harrison Ford was in talks to return as Deckard in Ridley Scott's brewing "Blade Runner" sequel. The news came as a major shock, notably because when the project was first announced, it was said it would be "a total reinvention." Well, for those who were confused and concerned over Ford returning, rest easy, because it turns out those reports were erroneous.

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