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Alexandre Desplat Scoring Ben Affleck's 'Argo' & Animated 'Rise Of The Guardians'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • February 11, 2012 10:38 AM
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Rarely a year has gone by over the past decade where composer Alexandre Desplat hasn’t delivered a memorable score for a film. 2011 was an especially strong year with “The Ides of March,” “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” and Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life.” As expected, Desplat’s workload isn’t going to slow down anytime soon, as he’s already set to score Wes Anderson’s much anticipated “Moonrise Kingdom” along with two recently announced projects.

Lou Taylor Pucci Is One Of 'The Evil Dead'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 11, 2012 10:25 AM
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The Sam Raimi-produced, Diablo Cody-polished, Fede Alvarez-directed "The Evil Dead" remake continues to line up some young victims and the latest is a name who has been working steadily the past few years, but hasn't quite matched his breakout film.

Jon Brion Scoring Judd Apatow's 'This Is 40'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 11, 2012 10:08 AM
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What is there to say about Jon Brion that you don't already know (or should know)? A whipsmart songwriter, a dazzling musician (his live shows are legendary), an encyclopedia of music knowledge and history, and a producer extraordinaire who has worked with everyone from Kanye West to Brad Mehldau to Fiona Apple (his unreleased version of her Extraordinary Machine album is worth tracking down). But of course, movie fans know him best for his scoring gigs, memorably tuning up Paul Thomas Anderson's first four films, but he's also done far more mainstream gigs, leaning on comedies like "The Break-Up," "The Other Guys" and "Step Brothers." Well, Judd Apatow, who served as a producer on the latter film, is re-upping Brion for his next effort behind the camera.
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'Rambo 5' Is Apparently Happening, Will Be Either Like 'Unforgiven' Or A "Passing Of The Torch"

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • February 11, 2012 9:35 AM
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Even though David Morrell was the original author of "First Blood," star Sylvester Stallone has co-opted the popular character of John Rambo to the point where 2008's "Rambo," co-written and directed by Stallone, was near-autobiographical. Retiring the violent soldier hero made sense, as Stallone is now 65 years old. But legally speaking, the onscreen John Rambo doesn't belong to Morrell or Stallone, but rather Lionsgate, who released the last 'Rambo' film to a $113 million worldwide gross. In other words, a new 'Rambo' movie will happen with or without Stallone.

Universal Revives ‘Dracula Year Zero’ Without Sam Worthington & Alex Proyas; Gary Shore To Direct

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • February 11, 2012 9:15 AM
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With movie projects dying out left and right, it only makes sense that some aborted ideas would be resurrected. Hence, "Dracula Year Zero," a dopily titled period piece about Prince Vlad, the noble-but-doomed hero who later became known as Vlad the Impaler, and later Blacula Dracula. Originally, Sam Worthington was set to star for director Alex Proyas. However, the "Dark City" helmer abandoned the film to take on the now-dead "Paradise Lost," ostensibly taking Worthington with him, and setting the stage for newbie director Gary Shore to adopt the project from a new script by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless.

Blood Everywhere! Sony Kills Development On Adam McKay's 'The Boys' And Screen Gems Cans YA Novel Adaptation 'The Mortal Instruments'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • February 11, 2012 8:56 AM
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If you only looked at the box office numbers, it would appear business is booming in Hollywood. And yet, left and right, projects are being postponed or outright canceled by the studios. Just this week, Legendary Pictures put the kibosh on the latest ill-advised blockbuster, a nine-figure adaptation of "Paradise Lost." And now Sony is pulling an Old Yeller on two more projects, with Columbia Pictures halting an adaptation of the violent comic, "The Boys," and genre shingle Screen Gems passing on kid-lit adaptation "The Mortal Instruments."

Will Ferrell Is 'The Flamingo Thief'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 10, 2012 10:57 PM
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When Will Ferrell goes the dramedy route, wives have not always done him well. In last year's "Everything Must Go," an impending divorce found his character fully embracing his alcoholism while in Woody Allen's "Melinda & Melinda" (an underrated movie and performance) a new downstairs neighbor becomes a temptation. Well once again, a woman will cause Ferrell to do something quirky in his latest detour from balls out comedy, "The Flamingo Thief."

Saoirse Ronan Will Lead 'Order Of Seven' Formerly Known As 'Snow And The Seven' (But No Longer Has Any Fairy Tale Connections)

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 10, 2012 6:28 PM
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There's development and then there's the journey that Disney's "Order Of Seven" (as it's now called) has taken. Originally envisioned as a kung-fu take on "Snow White and the Seven Dwarves," the film has been in the works for years with names like Michael Chabon, Natalie Portman, Francis Lawrence and "The Matrix" fight choreographer Yuen Woo-ping coming and going at various points. But the project had to change gears when rival studios mounted their own revisionist fairy tales, with Tarsem's "Mirror Mirror" and Universal's "Snow White and the Huntsman," ramping up and getting in front of cameras first. But that didn't stop the mouse house. "Toy Story 3" writer Michael Arndt was hired to polish the script in early 2011, and over the summer Australian commercial director Michael Gracey, a former animator, was tagged to direct. And now it looks like they're ready to roll as they've got someone to lead the film.

Spike Lee Says 'Red Hook Summer' Will Arrive In August; Apparently Still Would Love To Make His Trio Of Biopics

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 10, 2012 5:44 PM
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While this writer hasn't seen it yet and therefore perhaps shouldn't speak out of turn, it still seems that one of the most depressing things about the most recent 2012 Sundance Film Festival is that after all the sales and several dozen films purchased by myriad distributors, no one has stepped up to buy Spike Lee's "Red Hook Summer."

Emmanuel Lubezki Says "A Whole Other Movie" About Sean Penn Could Be Made From Cut 'Tree Of Life' Footage

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 10, 2012 5:16 PM
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One of the enduring legacies thus far for Terrence Malick's "The Tree Of Life" has been chatter about his plans to prepare an extended version of the movie. Word of it first cropped up last summer when Oscar-nominated cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki revealed, "The first cut was 8 hours long. Terry is working on/preparing a 6 hours long version of the movie." The phantom longer version gained more steam when longtime Malick editor Billy Weber said last fall, "I know Terry is doing a longer cut of 'Tree,' but we had so many scenes that were cut out that it wouldn't be that hard to put together a longer version." And well, this mysterious longer version of "The Tree Of Life" continues to crop up in conversations about the film.

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