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Brian DePalma, Jason Statham And William Goldman Team Up To Remake Burt Reynolds Vehicle 'Heat'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 8, 2012 12:04 PM
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There's something curiously old-fashioned about Jason Statham as a movie star. He rarely, if ever, toplines tentpoles or mega-hits, plenty of his films tank badly, and he basically plays the same role every time. But he knocks out two, three, even four movies a year, bringing in a steady, reliable audience, and that's more than most movie stars can say in this day and age. The Stath is heading for a particularly busy year with "Safe," "The Expendables 2" and "Parker" all on the way, but he's just signed on for a new project, one that sees him working with a pair of Hollywood greats who haven't been heard of much lately.

Natalie Portman Joins Terrence Malick's 'Lawless' & 'Knight Of Cups'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 8, 2012 11:44 AM
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Nope, still no plot details or anything really about Terrence Malick's upcoming back-to-back films "Lawless" and "Knight Of Cups," but as if we couldn't be any more stoked about what the elusive filmmaker will bring to us next, here comes this little bombshell. Natalie Portman will be joining both films. Damn.

Sundance Films 'Bachelorette,' 'Goats,' 'Excision' & 'Mosquita y Mari' Get Post-Fest Pickups

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 8, 2012 11:38 AM
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Even though Park City is back to the sleepy town it is for the most of the year, where snow bunnies and Robert Redford's friends go to play, the ripple effect of the Sundance Film Festival is still being felt as deals continue to be made for a handful of films that premiered there. So let's get started.

Rising Stars Jack O'Connell & Alice Englert Join 'Beautiful Creatures'; Kit Harington Added To 'The Seventh Son'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 8, 2012 11:20 AM
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With "Harry Potter" wrapped up, and the final "Twilight" film only nine months away, Hollywood's search for a new teen-friendly franchise is starting to become a matter of urgency. So far attempts to mine other young adult novels have been unsatisfactory both commercially and creatively (see: "I Am Number Four"), and many of the films launched into development, projects like potential Taylor Lautner vehicle "Incarceron," Screen Gems' "The Mortal Instruments," Jonathan Levine's "Legend" and Warner Bros' "The Scorpio Races," have thus far failed to get off the ground.

Oren Moverman Says His Brian Wilson Biopic Script Is Done, Takes "Unconventional Storytelling" Approach

  • By Jen Vineyard
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  • February 8, 2012 11:05 AM
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By the time Oren Moverman was releasing "The Messenger," he knew his next film out would be "Rampart" and was on message about that -- but now that "Rampart" is upon us, things are a little less clear for the writer/director, who is still figuring out what's on his slate.

Robbie Pickering Takes Over Director's Chair From Jonah Hill On Zombie/Monster/Alien Mashup 'Kitchen Sink'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • February 8, 2012 10:39 AM
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Who would’ve thought that Jonah Hill, who started his career off with bit parts in David O. Russell’s “I Heart Huckabees” and “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” would someday be an Academy Award-nominated actor? Fresh off some Oscar clout for his superb dramatic turn in “Moneyball,” he’s continuing with his ambitious ventures in writing and producing, along with earning roles in highly touted upcoming comedies like “21 Jump Street” and “Neighborhood Watch.” Though it was back in September we showed you Hill’s directing debut, with the charming Sara Bareilles-crooned video for “Gonna Get Over You,” there was another project that caught Hill’s eye for his feature debut: "The Kitchen Sink."

Zak Penn To Write 'The Karate Kid' Sequel & 'The Jetsons' Getting A Rewrite (Not By Kanye West, Unfortunately)

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • February 8, 2012 10:18 AM
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It's time for some script news, and there's a lot of new word on scripts about established properties being lined up. Let's dive right into it.

Michael Shannon Compares Zack Snyder To Martin Scorsese; Says 'Mud' Will Be Like A "Fairy-Tale"

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • February 8, 2012 9:58 AM
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It's a statement that's thrown around a lot, but there aren't many better working actors today than Michael Shannon. He's consistently proven to be a mesmerizing fixture in any film he's a part of, whether in a lead role ("Take Shelter") or just playing support to bigger names ("Revolutionary Road").

Anne Rice's 'Tale Of The Body Thief' Getting The Big Screen Treatment By Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • February 8, 2012 9:38 AM
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Audiences can’t seem to get enough of their tawdry vampire love sagas nowadays, and while more than enough has been said about “The Twilight Saga,” there’s also “True Blood,” "Vampire Diaries," the “Underworld” movies, and about a dozen upcoming projects chronicling these creatures of the night. Though long before Stephenie Meyers or Alan Ball sunk their teeth into vampire lore, author Anne Rice pretty much had the monopoly on all things fanged in popular culture throughout the late-‘80s and ‘90s.

Dance Act Orbital Scoring British Remake Of Nicolas Winding Refn's 'Pusher,' First Poster For Film Arrives

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 8, 2012 9:17 AM
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The cult success of "Drive" appears to have landed Nicolas Winding Refn the rare status of being a brand name director. Previously beloved by only a few arthouse types, the film's neon cool looks to make him a reference point for all kinds of filmmakers in the near future. And ironically, one of the first movies hoping to cash in on "Drive" is a remake of Winding Refn's debut, executive produced by the director himself.
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