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Eddie Murphy Says He Was Really "Never Involved" With A Richard Pryor Biopic

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • October 28, 2011 4:08 AM
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"I only want to do what I really want to do, otherwise I'm content to sit here and play my guitar all day. I always tell people now that I'm a semi-retired gentleman of leisure, and occasionally I'll go do some work to break the boredom up."

John Oritz Joins David O. Russell's 'The Silver Linings Playbook'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 28, 2011 3:49 AM
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Are David O. Russell & Mark Wahlberg No Longer BFFs After Splitting On The Film?As David O. Russell's long developing "The Silver Linings Playbook" now rolls in front of cameras, he's added one more to the cast. Variety reports that respected theater actor John Ortiz -- who has made appearances in "Fast & Furious," "Jack Goes Boating" and "Public Enemies" among others -- has joined the film playing lead Bradley Cooper's best buddy.

'Beetlejuice' Sequel Writer Says It Will Be "A True Continuation" & Star "Has To Be" Michael Keaton

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 28, 2011 3:20 AM
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When it was first announced that a "Beetlejuice" sequel was in the works last month there was concern. Not only is Tim Burton's 1988 film an unassailable classic (of sorts) there is only one person to play the role and his name is Michael Keaton. But with vague word that the movie would be “advancing the storyline of the original” we worried about the direction this thing was going in and whether or not some ambitious young actor would try and take over the lead. But rest assured fans, as writers David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith are promising that if everything goes according to plan this will be a real deal sequel that will see Keaton himself reprise one of his most beloved characters.

Review: 'Urbanized' An Educational & Enjoyable Look At City Design

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • October 28, 2011 2:58 AM
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For those unacquainted with documentarian Gary Hustwit, his small body of work may seem like bland pills that are hard to swallow. To date he has made a movie about a font ("Helvetica"), our relationship with manufactured objects ("Objectified"), and now urban design ("Urbanized"). These aren't the most enticing subjects -- they all have a vague stench of "homework" or "PBS" -- but no one is more aware of these pre-judgements better than the filmmaker, who has managed to confound expectations and instead compose films that are enjoyable and, at times, very fascinating. He continues in this mode with "Urbanized," the final entry in his "design trilogy."

Watch: Trailer For Werner Herzog's Death Row Documentary 'Into The Abyss'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 28, 2011 2:41 AM
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“Michael Perry, we would like to offer our condolences.” These are the first words of the “Into the Abyss” trailer, spoken by Werner Herzog to a young man about to be executed. Few things seem less comforting than the sound of Werner Herzog’s voice before death. But he can’t help it. That’s just how he sounds.

Universal Wants More Robert Ludlum, Hire John Hlavin To Pen 'The Janson Directive'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 28, 2011 2:25 AM
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Every few years, a hot new screenwriter comes along who makes studio execs forget that they hate hot new screenwriters. A Charlie Kaufman-type phenom will sometimes arise from such excitement, but more often than not, the love affairs ends with a “Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium” greenlight and subsequent parting of the ways.

Craig Gillespie Now The Third Director To Leave ‘Pride and Prejudice And Zombies’

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 28, 2011 2:23 AM
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Try as they might, Lionsgate just can't seem to get "Pride And Prejudice And Zombies" off the ground. The project started in the hands of David O. Russell, for a brief moment had Mike White attached, and then seemed to be ready to go with "Lars And The Real Girl" and "Fright Night" director Craig Gillespie. Gillespie, as recently as this summer, talked excitedly about shooting the film next year. But this zombie flick just added one more body to the count as Deadline reveals that Gillespie has amicably split from the movie.

Review: 'Silver Bullets' Is The Half-Assed Mumblecore/Horror Mash-Up Nobody Wanted

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 28, 2011 2:05 AM
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"Silver Bullets," the new movie by one man band Joe Swanberg (who writes, directs, stars in and edits all of his micro-budgeted features), is fairly ambitious, especially since Swanberg is a godhead in the mumblecore film genre, a movement largely defined by its lackluster commitment to, well, anything. He's attempting to wed the mumblecore aesthetic (or is it lack-of-aesthetic?) -- low-fi camerawork, naturalistic performances, unflattering nudity -- with the psychological intensity of conventional horror films (although, as you'd expect, Swanberg's definition of horror is more neurotic and introspective).
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'Captain America' Star Hayley Atwell Joins Ray Winstone & Plan B In TV Cop Remake 'The Sweeney'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 28, 2011 1:37 AM
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'Homeland' Lead Damian Lewis & Steven Mackintosh Also In Cast"Captain America: The First Avenger" was a funny one, wasn't it? The first half was the best superhero of the year, the second, a plotless, uneven mess. But it had many pleasures, and first among them was Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter. Given an unusually well-drawn female character for a comic book movie to get her teeth into, the British actress, a relative unknown in the U.S. who took the role after it was turned down by the likes of Keira Knightley and Emily Blunt, knocked it out of the park, proving feisty, kick-ass, and vulnerable, often within the same scene, showing wider audiences what many have known since her debut in BBC drama "The Line of Beauty" -- she's going to be a massive star.

Acclaimed Music Video Director Chris Milk To Helm 'Bitterroot' Produced By Gore Verbinski

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 28, 2011 1:17 AM
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Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures To FinanceIt seems acclaimed music video director Chris Milk has found a new best bud in everyone's favorite young, billionaire movie producer/financier Megan Ellison. Earlier in the month it was announced the pair were teaming on an ambitious film adaptation of the album Rome, a record that teamed Gnarls Barkley/Beck producer Danger Mouse and Italian composer Daniele Luppi on an album of spaghetti Western homages. But it looks like he's going to get something a bit less high concept for his first crack at a feature film.

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