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Disney Lines Up Black List Script 'Saving Mr. Banks' About Making Of 'Mary Poppins'; Tom Hanks & Meryl Streep Eyed To Star

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 8, 2012 1:23 PM
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There's been a trend of late on the Black List, of scripts that, due to various rights issues, stand little chance of ever being made. Two years ago, it was topped by "The Muppet Man," a biopic of Jim Henson, which was bought by The Henson Company in order to essentially bury it, while last year "In the Loop" scribe Jesse Armstrong penned "The Murdochs," a fictional comedy drama about Rupert Murdoch's family jockey for succession when he's diagnosed with a terminal illness -- despite the mogul's recent troubles, it's unlikely it'll ever make it before cameras. Similarly, this year saw "Chewie," a take on the making of "Star Wars" seen through the eyes of Peter Mayhew who played Chewbacca, which placed highly, but has yet to be picked up by anyone.

5 Songs That Should've Been Nominated For An Oscar & Would Have Made The Live Show More Fun

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 8, 2012 12:57 PM
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Never exactly the finest hour of the Oscars, the Best Original Song category of the Academy Awards this year has been something of a fiasco. First it was nominations with only two tracks -- "Man or Muppet" from "The Muppets" and "Real In Rio" from the animated film "Rio" -- making the cut. Then, at the start of this week, Deadline broke the news that neither song would be performed as part of the Oscar telecast, seemingly in the ever-vain hope of keeping the running time of the ceremony under three hours, despite protestations from those behind the two films, and many others.

Brief Bits Of New Stuff In International Trailer For 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' & TV Spot For 'John Carter'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 8, 2012 12:38 PM
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If you still want more after a blitzkrieg of movie trailers this week thanks to the Gisele Bundchen M.I.A. Bowl and Sony's big unspooling of the latest "The Amazing Spider-Man" trailer, well, there's even more to satisfy your fix. Sort of.

Watch: Jeremy Renner Becomes The Perfect Assassin In First Trailer For 'The Bourne Legacy'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 8, 2012 12:21 PM
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Jeremy Renner has a big year coming up. He's already sat on the sidelines for "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol," he's one of "The Avengers," but the real test will be when he steps into the shoes of Matt Damon as the lead of Universal's big spy franchise, "The Bourne Legacy." The lid's been pretty tight on the film so far, but a trailer's arrived via Apple, and it's given us our first real look at Renner in action. And it's not quite what we were expecting.

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."

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