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John Singleton May Take The Director's Seat For 'Tupac'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 12, 2011 4:31 AM
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It has been a long time since John Singleton has made a film that lived up to his early work like "Boyz N The Hood" or "Higher Learning." His last effort was the dismal and lamebrained Taylor Lautner vehicle "Abduction," and while for a brief moment it seemed he would be taking on "Straight Outta Compton," the biopic of N.W.A., he was quickly pushed out with a different trio of filmmakers in the running for the gig (apparently Craig Brewer is favored though it will depend on how well (or not) "Footloose" does this weekend). But the director has rebounded and is now circling another hip hop story that he is just as well suited for as the N.W.A. flick and one that should hopefully be a return to his former glory.

NYFF: Pedro Almodóvar Told Antonio Banderas To Watch Cary Grant Movies To Prep For 'Skin I Live In'

  • By Jen Vineyard
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  • October 12, 2011 3:26 AM
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The Director Reveals He's Not Doing A Biopic On Mina; Tension, Twists & More From The Team Behind The FilmPedro Almodóvar crafts a creepy Frankenstein-esque tale of rape, revenge, and survival in "The Skin I Live In" – a polarizing film which is one of his most ambitious yet. Because the movie features an unexpected twist halfway through the film, discussing it becomes difficult – how do you debate the themes, the issues and the meaning without giving it all away? We leave that task to the esteemed director and his cast that includes Antonio Banderas and Elena Anaya, who hit NYFF this week to present this latest concoction, a tale unlike anything Almodóvar has put on the big screen before. Covering everything from the twist in the movie (don't worry, we won't reveal it here), the reason why Antonio Banderas had to watch Cary Grant movies to prepare for the film, and the themes of identity that run through the story, the trio were happy to discuss in detail the quirky, provocative and unforgettable film.

'John Carter' Had A Lengthy 18 Day Reshoot To Improve & Correct Story Issues

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 12, 2011 2:19 AM
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Movie Will Need To Make At Least $700 Million To Green Light A Sequel"Reshoots should be mandatory," director Andrew Stanton recently told the New Yorker in an extensive profile. He said this while on the set of his first live action movie "John Carter" during an extensive 18 day reshoot this past April. While the term "reshoot" is generally shorthand used to denote a troubled production, for Stanton, who comes from the world of Pixar where films are storyboarded in full, critiqued, broken down and retooled numerous times before animation even begins, it's a luxury that he feels every production should take advantage of. In the case of Pixar, it may mean a movie takes three or four years to develop, but it also ensures the high quality standard of the studio is maintained. As the profile's writer Tad Friend notes, it's a bit like the old Hollywood studio system where many hands were involved in putting a movie together, and Stanton agrees.

Review: 'Footloose' Is An Expressive Old School Ode To Youthful Abandon

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • October 12, 2011 2:07 AM
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Once upon a time, there was an outsider who came to a small town of limited imagination. He looked upon the town’s ignorant forces of authority and challenged them, fighting for the oppressed and changing the social order. It’s a story that’s been told countless times in various forms of media, to the point where we take these archetypes pretty seriously. “Footloose” is the latest picture to utilize this familiar framework, and a novice might smirk at the main concept’s compelling hook: a town that has outlawed dance.

WB Picks Up Script About Math Wiz Alan Turing For Leonardo DiCaprio; Ron Howard Eyes Directing

  • By Simon Dang
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  • October 12, 2011 1:52 AM
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Alan Turing isn't a name many (if anyone) would recognize, but it's often the low-key biopics like this one that make the more interesting films.

Alexander Payne Trying To Lure Gene Hackman Out Of Retirement For 'Nebraska'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • October 12, 2011 1:30 AM
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Robert Forster, Jack Nicholson, Robert Duvall All Rumored Candidates; Film Will Be Shot In 'Black & White'Earlier this year, we revealed that Alexander Payne would be following up "The Descendants," which was only in post-production at the time, with his gestating father-son road-trip story "Nebraska," with Casey Affleck and Robert Forster loosely being eyed for the leading roles (wishlist stage essentially). Little had been heard about the project since then, but now that the George Clooney-led 'Descendants' gears up to hit theaters after impressing audiences and critics during recent festival appearances, it appears that Payne is getting "Nebraska" into motion.

Jim Carrey Joins 'Burt Wonderstone' With Steve Carell

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 12, 2011 1:28 AM
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Carell's 'Imagine' With Al Pacino Put Into Turnaround At Warner Bros.Up until now, the on screen pairings between Steve Carell and Jim Carrey have been fairly limited. Of course, Carell featured in "Bruce Almighty" where he was the unfortunate victim of Carrey's God-powered tomfoolery (and of course, his character was spun off into "Evan Almighty" which the less said, the better). They also both took voice roles in the animated "Horton Hears a Who!" a couple years back and irony of ironies, Carrey made a (pretty lacklustre) cameo appearance on the season finale of "The Office" last spring, of course, by this point Carell had exited the show. But it now appears that the duo are both going to finally co-star together as Deadline reports that Carrey has taken a role in the long developing "Burt Wonderstone."

Metric To Team With Howard Shore To Score David Cronenberg's Robert Pattinson-Starring 'Cosmopolis'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 12, 2011 1:03 AM
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With top composers like Danny Elfman, Clint Mansell and Cliff Martinez all having graduated from the rock'n'roll world (Oingo Boingo, Pop Will Eat Itself and Red Hot Chili Peppers respectively), the idea of having bands tuning up a movie is becoming more and more and common these days, with Yo La Tengo, Mogwai, Daft Punk, The Chemical Brothers and Basement Jaxx among the many acts who've written film scores in recent years. The latest to join them; Canadian indie rock band Metric.

Don Johnson Joins Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 11, 2011 10:14 AM
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Update: Deadline reveals that Johnson is lining up to play slave owner Spencer “Big Daddy” Bennett who employs the men that sold Django and Broomhilda into slavery.

'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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