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'Romancing The Stone' Remake Headed To TV, Shawn Levy To Direct Pilot

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 31, 2011 9:19 AM
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Just last week, the long gestating "Romancing the Stone" remake got new life when rumors kicked around that Gerard Butler and Katherine Heigl were being eyed as the potential leads in the new film. Needless to say, the general reaction from everybody was a resounding thumbs down. But as it turns out, while the remake/reboot is indeed still happening there have been some significant changes to the game plan.

'Walk The Line' Producer James Keach Developing Glen Campbell Biopic

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 31, 2011 8:54 AM
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Update: Variety reveal today that James Keach is also working a documentary about Glen Campbell chronicling his career and battle with Alzheimer's. He is currently on the road with the musician on his final tour, conducting interviews and capturing the star's final travels around the world.
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Yes, The World Needs A 'Captain Planet' Movie Starring Don Cheadle & It HAS To Be Just Like This

  • By Edward Davis
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  • August 31, 2011 8:47 AM
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Last month it was announced that "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" and "Real Steel" producers Don Murphy and Susan Montford had inked a contract with Cartoon Network to develop a live action movie of the animated cartoon, "Captain Planet." Now, if you ever happened to be babysitting a four- to eight-year-old during its early '90s run, you're aware that "Captain Planet" was irony-free and/or perhaps earnest in a way that no longer exists in children's cartoons. Even in the early '90s before slacker culture had set in, "Captain Planet" was the fey, milquetoast hero of children's cartoons especially in comparison to the reference-heavy and very self-aware "Tiny Toons" and "Animaniacs" (the former would begin in 1990, the same year as 'Planet').

Watch: Trailer For Fred Schepisi's TIFF Entry 'Eye Of The Storm' With Geoffrey Rush

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 31, 2011 7:28 AM
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It has been a long time since Australian director Fred Schepisi has been behind camera. His last effort was the acclaimed HBO mini-series "Empire Falls" and before that his last feature film was 2003's forgettable "It Runs In The Family." But the director is back, and we'll soon see if he still has his mojo and he heads to TIFF with the acerbic looking drama "Eye Of The Storm" and the first trailer certainly shows some promise.

Watch: Tom Hardy Goes All Bane On Some Guy In Clip From 'Warrior'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 31, 2011 6:55 AM
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With summer behind us and Oscar buzz in full swing, there is one film that could potentially get itself into the ring, Gavin O'Connor's "Warrior." As we noted in our review from Empire Big Screen, conceptually, the movie brings nothing new to the table. This writer recently caught the film as well, and it's essentially two "Rocky" movies rolled into one. However, it is an enormously affecting, truly rousing crowd-pleaser, that if given the right push by Lionsgate could sneak in as a much higher quality "The Blind Side" sort of candidate. It's a longshot, but we will say this -- we seriously hope at the very least the studio gets behind Nick Nolte and puts in a campaign for him, because it's the most memorable and moving performance he's given in years.
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'I Don’t Know How She Does It' Soundtrack Features Bill Withers & Sarah Jessica Parker Singing

  • By Edward Davis
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  • August 31, 2011 6:15 AM
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If the upcoming female-centric comedy. "I Don't Know How She Does It," isn't on your radar at all, don't worry, you're not alone out there. The picture is currently battling "Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star," for the coveted 2011: Audiences Have Zero Awareness About This Film Award, so you shouldn't feel bad if you've barely heard of it.

Oscilloscope Pulls A Criterion, Pick Up Rights To Nicholas Ray's Final Film 'We Can't Go Home Again'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 31, 2011 5:50 AM
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Also Release New Documentary Don't Expect Too Much'We gotta hand it to Oscilloscope Laboratories. Founded by Beastie Boys member Adam Yauch, it could so easily have become a vanity DVD label without much influence or clout, but it has quickly risen to be strong independent player both theatrically and on home video. Their roster has accomodated a wide variety of strong films from "Bellflower," "Meek's Cutoff," "The Messenger," "Exit Through The Giftshop," "Dear Zachary" and much more. They have accommodated the arthouse and foreign films equally, and now are making a big stride into tackling classic films and directors.

Review: 'Detective Dee' Underwhelms As A Boilerplate Wuxia/Noir Mix

  • By Mark Zhuravsky
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  • August 31, 2011 5:20 AM
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The press notes for “Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame" refer to the prolific director Tsui Hark as a “genre master”. Complimentary at first glance, the phrase takes on shades of damning praise when it comes to 'Detective Dee,' an overstuffed period mystery with all the trappings of a wuxia epic. Wuxia, originally a literary tradition that came to silver screen prominence in the early 20th century, blossomed in the 80s and 90s, with celebrated directors like Zhang Yimou delivering films that captivated a world audience. It’s fair to say Ang Lee is responsible for awakening mainstream American interest in the genre with 2000’s “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.” “Detective Dee” has none of the pedigree that elevates “Hero” or even 'Crouching Tiger,' but it does feature a compelling performance by superstar Andy Lau (who American viewers may best remember from Andrew Lau and Alan Mak’s “Infernal Affairs”, later remade by Martin Scorsese into "The Departed").
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Olivia Munn Joins Steven Soderbergh's 'Magic Mike'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 31, 2011 4:31 AM
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With all the hunky slabs of man meat set to appear in Steven Soderbergh's male stripper pic "Magic Mike," it looks like the dudes will get some eye candy of their own. Sort of.

So, Shia LaBeouf & Marilyn Manson Collaborated On A Book & Short Film Titled 'Born Villain'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 31, 2011 3:55 AM
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When Shia LaBeouf isn't dodging Transformers, he's likes to exercise his artistic muse. Earlier this year, he directed a video for Kid Cudi and as he gears up to team with Robert Redford in "The Company You Keep," the young actor has taken another surprising detour, collaborating with former shock-rocker Marilyn Manson on a forthcoming book and short film entitled "Born Villain." Huh. The project will feature a book of photographs taken by LaBeouf and his girlfriend Karolyn Pho, accompanied by a short film starring Manson and directed by the LaBeouf. Any more details seem to be held up pretty tight, but here's LaBeouf's statement about the project:

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