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'Maria Full Of Grace' Helmer Joshua Marston To Write & Direct Remake Of 'The Double Hour'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • November 10, 2011 10:24 AM
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Joshua Marston made waves back in 2004 with his drug-mule drama "Maria Full Grace" starring Catalina Sandino Moreno but only managed to return to the scene this year with the Albanian-set family drama "The Forgiveness Of Blood." Unfortunately for the director, the biggest headline maker wasn't the film itself but rather the fact it was disqualified from the Foreign Film Oscar race due to eligibility rules. 

The Playlist Delves Into The 2011 Brit List, The Best Unmade Screenplays From The U.K.

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 10, 2011 10:02 AM
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It's been something of a banner year, both critically and commercially, for British film, with the likes of "The Inbetweeners Movie" and "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" tearing it up at the box office at home, while pictures like "Kill List," "Attack the Block," "We Need To Talk About Kevin" and "Shame" have won acclaim from critics at home and abroad. But with the changes in the industry coming from the scrapping of national funding body the UK Film Council last summer starting to take effect, we're at something of a pivot point -- the last of the Film Council-funded features are starting to roll out, and it remains to be seen what kind of effect the move of funding to the British Film Institute will have.

'Notorious' & 'Faster' Director George Tillman Jr. To Helm 'Miles' Biopic About Miles Davis

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 10, 2011 9:43 AM
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Bad news for Don Cheadle? Last we heard the actor had a script completed for his own long developing dream project, a biopic on the legendary jazz artist Miles Davis. With support from the Davis estate and from the music labels that control the rights to his work, and with Herbie Hancock lined up to score the project, all Cheadle needed was financing for the movie that would see him direct and take on the role of the jazz icon. But almost a year has passed since that last update and word has gone disappointingly quiet. And now, another project, also backed by the Davis family may take the pole position in the race to bring the musician's life to the big screen.

Watch: Trailer For 'Journey 2: The Mysterious Island' A Reminder That Michael Caine Still Likes Money

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 10, 2011 9:20 AM
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Of his starring role in the legendarily awful "Jaws: The Revenge," the great Michael Caine famously saidr for the veteran actor's next film, "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island," the sequel to the 2008 surprise hit "Journey To The Center Of The Earth 3D," is that we hope he's happy with his new summer home.

Newcomer Jake Abel Is The Frontrunner For Lead In Andrew Niccol's 'The Host' Starring Saoirse Ronan

  • By Simon Dang
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  • November 10, 2011 9:05 AM
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After being considered as a contender amongst a whole host of other substitutable young actors, newcomer Jake Abel has reportedly leaped out as the front-runner for one of two male leads in Andrew Niccol's adaptation of "Twilight" author Stephenie Meyer's "The Host."

Tom Wopat, James Remar, James Russo & Todd Allen Join 'Django Unchained'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 9, 2011 11:32 PM
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Hey! It's those guys! A bunch of faces you probably recognize but names you don't remember have joined Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" all in pretty small roles. But hey, it's something, right?

Brian Grazer Replaces Brett Ratner As Oscar Producer

  • By Ryan Sartor
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  • November 9, 2011 11:13 PM
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Academy President Tom Sherak wasted no time in announcing the replacement for Brett Ratner at this year’s Oscars. It will be super-producer Brian Grazer. This is a very polite solution to the problem that is Ratner. Grazer has a similar taste for mainstream fare (producing “The Nutty Professor,” “Nutty Professor II: The Klumps,” that dreadful live-action 'Grinch' movie), but unlike Ratner, Grazer is actually of Oscar-caliber (at least some of the time), having won Best Picture in 2002 for “A Beautiful Mind.” This writer can say with certainly that Ratner never would have won an Oscar before his string of controversial statements last week (even with his dream “Wicked” project, he would have been Rob Marshall-status), but now that he is persona non grata with the Academy, he's got an even steeper hill to climb.

‘W.E.’ Release Date Pushed Back To February 3, 2012 After Oscar-Qualifying Run In December

  • By Ryan Sartor
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  • November 9, 2011 10:56 PM
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When you’re a studio executive who has his eye on that Oscar prize, your schedule tends to move around this time of year. For Harvey Weinstein, Oscar gold is that metaphorical paint he needs to huff every 12 months or else he loses it and starts putting New York Observer film critics in headlocks.
More: W.E.

Elizabeth Olsen & Glenn Close To Star In Period Drama 'Therese Raquin'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 9, 2011 5:33 PM
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Even though they migth be battling each other for Best Actress in a few short months at the Oscars for their performances in "Albert Nobbs" and "Martha Marcy May Marlene," Elizabeth Olsen and Glenn Close won't let that spoil any chance of the fresh faced next generation new wave actress and the respected old guard veteran from working together on a movie.

Woody Harrelson Replaces Mickey Rourke In 'Seven Psychopaths'; Tom Waits & Olga Kurylenko Also Join

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 9, 2011 5:06 PM
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When it was reported recently that Mickey Rourke bailed on "Seven Psychopaths" from "In Bruges" director Martin McDonagh, calling him a "jerkoff" as a parting show, a couple commenters on the site suggested Woody Harrelson as a replacement. Seems like somebody has been listening.

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