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'Steel Magnolias' Getting An All Black Remake On Lifetime

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 11, 2011 9:47 AM
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Today seems to be a good one for random sequel/remake news. In case you missed it "The Best Man," a 1999 comedy you forgot about starring Taye Diggs, is now getting a sequel more than a decade after the fact, but that's not all. Deadline reports that the 1989 dramedy "Steel Magnolias" is now getting a remake -- with an all black cast.
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Bong Joon-ho's 'The Host' Gets Converted Into 3D, Sequel Still In The Works

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 11, 2011 8:33 AM
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While it's never been a better time for the crossover of Asian cinema to audiences on this side of the ocean, none have been quite as big as Bong Joon-ho's "The Host." The 2006 film became a sensation, not only smashing box office records at home in South Korea, but becoming a must see film stateside, breaking out of its genre niche and finding a larger audience than this kind of flick normally would. It seems that producers around the world all share the common trait of milking a hit movie for all it's worth, as not only is there a long gestating sequel to the movie still on the table, until that arrives, "The Host" has gotten a brand new 3D makeover.

James Cameron Says Non-Linear Storytelling Will Let Sigourney Weaver Return For 'Avatar' Sequels

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 11, 2011 8:10 AM
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Remember that little movie from a couple of years ago called "Avatar"? If you don't, you're probably one of the five people who didn't buy one of the tickets that helped push the movie to over $2.7 billion in worldwide sales. Given that figure, it was inevitable that sequels were put in the works, and while Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana are no brainers to return, fans were a little confused when Sigourney Weaver revealed she would be returning as well. "Don't worry, I will be back," she told ComingSoon last month. "Jim [Cameron] says no one ever dies in science fiction. He's told me the stories for the next two movies and I have to say that they're absolutely wonderful and there's a real treat in store. Now we just have to make them." Hey, but wait, didn't Grace die in the first movie?

'Primer' Director Shane Carruth Prepping New Film ' Upstream Color' To Shoot In 2012

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 11, 2011 7:09 AM
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It has been seven years since Shane Carruth's low budget "Primer" arrived and blew the minds of hard sci-fi nuts. The twisty brain bender put Carruth on the map as one of the most promising voices in the genre, but he hasn't a made a film since. Last year, fresh buzz surrounded the helmer when a website popped up for a project entitled "A Topiary," which Carruth was trying to get off the ground. At the time his pal Rian Johnson tweeted, "[Carruth] has a mind-blowing sci-fi script. Let's all pray to the movie-gods that he gets it made soon." Unfortunately that was the last we heard about it and while Carruth got a gig doing effects work on "Looper," word on his sophomore effort quieted. But get excited, because it looks like Carruth has something else brewing.

Michael Fassbender & Steve McQueen Reteam For '12 Years A Slave' With Chiwetel Ejiofor

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 11, 2011 6:49 AM
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Look out Quentin Tarantino, there's a new slavery movie in town...

Scott Cooper Takes Over Director's Chair On 'The Emperor's Children' From Noah Baumbach

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 11, 2011 6:01 AM
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It's coming on two years since Scott Cooper's country music drama "Crazy Heart" got Jeff Bridges an Oscar and launched the director into the stratosphere. He's certainly not been lacking in projects to move to next: he was developing the western crime picture “The Hatfields and the McCoys”; was shortlisted for "Gangster Squad"; signed on to direct a remake of the Argentinian thriller "Carancho"; he's also attached to the Comanche drama "Empire Of The Summer" and this spring, he came on to re-write and direct the Black List-approved "The Low Dweller." Phew. While none of those projects seem to have achieved any forward momentum, Cooper has reportedly latched onto something new, a movie that was brewing for none other than writer/director Noah Baumbach.

HBO Films Backs Steven Soderbergh's Liberace Pic 'Behind The Candelabra'; Set For Summer 2012 Shoot

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 11, 2011 5:26 AM
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While Steven Soderbergh has never been busier -- "Contagion" hit theaters last month, "Magic Mike" is now shooting and "Haywire" will hit theaters in early 2012 -- he's gained even more attention since reports of his impending hiatus/retirement. But don't worry, he's not going anywhere anytime soon, as the man still has lots to do. Of course, there is the Warner Bros. tentpole "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." in development, but while that one is still looking for a leading man after George Clooney had to bow out, Soderbergh's long-gestating Liberace pic "Behind The Candelabra" is moving forward.

Sandra Bullock Reportedly In Talks To Co-Star With Clint Eastwood In 'Trouble With The Curve'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • October 11, 2011 4:54 AM
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"Gran Torino" was allegedly supposed to be Clint Eastwood's last acting job. At the time, the 81-year-old filmmaker, who directed, produced, and partly scored the film with his son Kyle, said the role would most likely be the last time he acted in a movie. But never say never, especially when friends are involved.

Martin Scorsese's Unfinished 'Hugo' Is An Enchanting Fairytale & Affectionate Loveletter To Cinema

  • By The Playlist
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  • October 11, 2011 3:51 AM
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Filmmaker Introduces Work-In-Progress 3D Film At Surprise New York Film Festival ScreeningWhat else could it have been? When Monday's New York Film Festival "secret" screening was announced last week, speculation went into overdrive. Most missed the fact that the picture would be a 2011 release which greatly narrowed down the field. Clint Eastwood's "J.Edgar"? The NYFF/Eastwood relationship is a close one, but the picture is already promised to the AFI festival in early November. David Fincher's "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" was another big theory, but that film's still in the editing room. That left either Martin Scorsese's "Hugo" or one of Steven Spielberg's fall pictures, but considering Scorsese already debuted his George Harrison doc this month, it seemed rather obvious, even before the secret was unveiled this afternoon.

'Precious' Filmmaker Lee Daniels To Direct Untitled LGBT Showtime Drama

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 11, 2011 3:49 AM
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Director Lee Daniels continues to spend his post-"Precious" time stacking up projects. He's finally at work on his next full length picture, "The Paperboy" after his MLK project couldn't get off the ground due to financing and a lack of support from the civil rights leader's estate. As it goes for many high profile directors these days, television is proving to be a new and fertile creative ground, and for Daniels that's no less true.

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