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Exclusive: Joe Carnahan Says Long-Gestating ‘Killing Pablo’ Likely Next, Hopes ‘White Jazz' Will Follow

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • January 9, 2012 6:38 PM
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It seems as though we’ve been waiting forever (a decade to be exact) for Joe Carnahan to deliver on the promise set forth with 2002’s “Narc.” It’s not that the two films he’s directed since (“Smokin’ Aces,” “The A-Team”) were necessarily bad, but rather that Carnahan seemed to demonstrate with “Narc” that he was capable of much, much more. Of course, the director also spent a fair amount of time developing “Mission: Impossible III,” which was later flipped to J.J. Abrams. It was an unpleasant learning experience Carnahan openly tells Playlist he quit before he could be fired. Although he says learned a lot from the ordeal and has no regrets, though it has possibly compelled the director to play things a little safer since.

'24' & 'Battlestar Galactica' Star Katee Sackhoff Lands Female Lead In New 'Riddick' Sequel

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 9, 2012 6:37 PM
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Oh, so we guess that new "Chronicles Of Riddick" movie is happening after all. After pre-production was abruptly shut down in Montreal late last fall, and then started up again before the end of the year, it appears it's all systems go at Universal for Vin Diesel and David Twohy as the project, which last we heard was waiting a greenlight, now appears to be on the move. 

TV Director Beth McCarthy-Miller To Direct Melissa McCarthy's 'Tammy'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 9, 2012 6:13 PM
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Geez, today seems to be the day for Melissa McCarthy news. She's already made her feelings known about a "Bridesmaids" sequel without Kristen Wiig, and it seems is putting the massive comedy hit in the rear-view as her first major project after the blockbuster movie is now beginning to take shape.

'La Vie En Rose' Director Olivier Dahan To Helm Grace Kelly Biopic... About Tax Havens

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 9, 2012 5:37 PM
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You would think that a movie about screen legend Grace Kelly might be centered around any one of her famous films, or perhaps her trifecta with Alfred Hitchcock that included “Dial M for Murder,” “Rear Window,” and “To Catch a Thief.” But no, it's going to be about uh, tax havens. We're not kidding.

Universal Sets 'Bridesmaids' Director Paul Feig For 'The Better Woman'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 9, 2012 4:53 PM
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Well, they may not get Melissa McCarthy or Kristen Wiig for their "Bridesmaids" sequel, but Universal is at least hanging on to director Paul Feig, and tasked him with another female centered comedy.

Kim Novak Upset About Use Of 'Vertigo' Score In 'The Artist,' Dramatically Calling It "Rape"

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • January 9, 2012 4:18 PM
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Well, we guess not everyone is going to love "The Artist," the black-and-white Oscar contender that has been rapturously received, but this is a little ridiculous. There is a sequence when "The Artist" borrows some of Bernard Herrmann's immortal "Vertigo" score. Back when we saw it at the New York Film Festival, it made us smile, but one of the stars of the Alfred Hitchcock film, Kim Novak, is incensed. "I want to report a rape," Novak dramatically said in a press release. "My body of work has been violated by 'The Artist.'" While we really can't get behind her use of the word "rape," what makes this whole thing funnier is that "American Horror Story," FX's outre genre show from this fall, also appropriated some "Vertigo" cues but in much, much trashier scenarios. Stand back from Novak on the day she finds that out.

Summit Veep Confirms Terrence Malick Had Final Cut On 'The Tree Of Life'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 9, 2012 4:05 PM
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It seems we can't stop talking about "The Tree Of Life." Terrence Malick's film continues to unfold with each viewing, and with the passing of more time, as his work tends to do. The director is known for shooting lots of footage, and leaving much on the cutting room floor, and so it was no surprise to learn recently he had storyboarded a sequence that would have included Adam and Eve and their sons, Cain, Abel and Seth that was never used. Nor was it particularly shocking when cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezski revealed earlier this year that Malick -- always editing, ever the perfectionist -- was working on a six hour version of the movie. But over the weekend, came a curious report that suggested that Malick somehow didn't have final cut over "The Tree Of Life."

Melissa McCarthy Says 'Bridesmaids' Sequel Without Kristen Wiig "A Terrible Idea"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 9, 2012 3:23 PM
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It has been no secret that Universal wants to sequelize "Bridesmaids," but they've found a roadblock in form of its creator, co-writer and star Kristen Wiig. Demurring from any talk of a sequel, Wiig has done everything except sign on to another followup to the breakout comedy hit of 2011. She's lined up a slate of projects -- "Imogene," "The Comedian," and the recently announced "Freezing People Is Easy" -- but Universal isn't going to wait around. The studio has every intention of going forward with "Bridesmaids" sequel whether it's with Wiig or without, but it seems they may miss out on another integral ingredient to film's success.

Watch: 'Moon' Director Duncan Jones Heads Back To Outer Space With Virgin Money Ad Scored By Daft Punk

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 9, 2012 2:43 PM
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While we wait to see what the next feature helmed by "Moon" and "Source Code" director Duncan Jones will be, his latest gig has found him heading back in outer space. Richard Branson is now moving into banking with Virgin Money and Jones has directed by the first ad, and it finds him taking a brief trip back in time.

'The Devil Inside' Director William Brent Bell Cashes In, Will Helm 'The Vatican' Another Found Footage Style Movie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 9, 2012 2:14 PM
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William Brent Bell just might be the most hated director by moviegoers right now, but studio execs love the dude. Even though it earned a rare "F" CinemaScore, thanks to some clever marketing on behalf of Paramount's cheapie Insurge label, "The Devil Inside" screamed its way to the top spot over the weekend, obliterating all expectations with over $30 million at the box office. So why is everybody up in arms?

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