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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.

Sylvester Stallone Will Get In 'The Tomb' For Summit But Antoine Fuqua Is No Longer Directing

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 28, 2011 1:05 AM
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Originally positioned as a star vehicle for Bruce Willis before Arnold Schwarzenegger took a look at it this spring as one of his possible comeback movies, Summit has now landed another aging action star to take on the lead role in "The Tomb."

Anne Hathaway To Produce & Star In Paranoid-Thriller 'Puzzler'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • October 27, 2011 12:56 PM
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Hollywood darling Anne Hathaway is certainly doing her best to shed the idea of her as a rom-com queen. With lensing almost complete on Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises" where she'll take on the action-packed role of Selina Kyle/Catwoman, the actress is now set to follow that up with a starring role in paranoid-thriller "Puzzler."

Nicole Kidman Pairs Up With 'Rabbit Hole' Producing Team For 'The Family Fang'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 27, 2011 12:45 PM
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And No, It Has Nothing To Do With VampiresLike most A-list talent in Hollywood, Nicole Kidman generally has more than a few movie options cooking at any given time (though we'll never understand why she did "Trespass"). In addition, she's got her own production shingle which is there to develop projects that have special appeal for her. It was Kidman's Blossom Films that developed last year's excellent "Rabbit Hole" in conjunction with Olympus Films, marking the first project out of the gate with the actress as the star (the company was also behind the Leighton Meester thing "Monte Carlo" but we'll politely ignore that).

Watch: Guess Who Dies In The Excellent New Trailer For ‘Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol’

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 27, 2011 11:37 AM
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Yes, it starts off a little hammy with some pretty boilerplate dialogue -- "We're live." "Abort!" "It was a set up.." -- and an unnecessary plug for the iPhone, but it's not long before the new trailer for "Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol" settles right in and delivers the big, badass set pieces you expect when you plunk down your $12 at the multiplex.

Michelle Williams Once Again Looking Fabulous On New Poster For 'My Week With Marilyn'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 27, 2011 10:14 AM
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While we weren't too jazzed with the movie when we saw it at the New York Film Festival, there's no denying that Michelle Williams looks positively radiant in the batch of stills, magazine spreads and promo material for the film and this latest poster debuted at Moviefone is yet another in a string of artwork that finds the actress channeling Marilyn Monroe with ease.

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