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Stephen Frears Goes 'Slumdog Millionaire,' Takes On 'The Bengali Detective'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 17, 2011 11:36 PM
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It seems after the mammoth, Oscar-winning, box-office-breaking smash "Slumdog Millionaire," Fox Searchlight is doing everything they can to replicate that success. Next spring, the studio will release the elderly fish out of water tale, "The Best Marigold Hotel" with Dev Patel once again in the lead; and that's not the only Indian-flavored movie they have coming down the pipeline. Back in January, at Sundance, the studio picked up the rights to the hotly buzzed documentary "The Bengali Detective" but instead of releasing the movie, they're just gonna remake it instead (and maybe make it a meaty DVD extra down the line).

'Se7en' Writer Andrew Kevin Walker To Reteam With David Fincher Penning '20,000 Leagues Under The Sea'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 17, 2011 11:03 PM
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By the time we got to the scene where Brad Pitt was agonizing over what was in the box, it was clear that writer Andrew Kevin Walker and director David Fincher had created something powerful in "Se7en." The duo haven't worked on a project together since, but not for a lack of trying. A couple of years ago they tried to get an adaptation of Max Erlich's "The Reincarnation Of Peter Proud" off the ground. Like a handful of other Fincher projects over the years, it fell to the wayside. Now, the helmer has enlisted his old friend for what may be his biggest movie yet.

Scarlett Johansson To Make Directorial Debut With Adaptation Of Truman Capote's 'Summer Crossing'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 17, 2011 10:28 PM
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Ridley Scott Finds Another Film He'll Never Direct, Teaming With Gerard Butler For African Coup Drama

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 17, 2011 8:52 PM
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Natalie Portman Now Linked To Director's 'Gucci' Project Next year, Ridley Scott's twentieth film as director, "Alien" semi-prequel "Prometheus," will be released. The British helmer will also turn 75, and he has more films in development than most Hollywood studios; the director is attached to everything from political drama "Reykjavik" to board game adaptation "Monopoly" and, only announced a few hours ago, a biopic of turn-of-the-century explorer Gertrude Bell with Angelina Jolie. Just for good measure, another one found its way onto his dance card this evening.

Gavin Hood Picks 'Hugo' Star Asa Butterfield To Headline Adaptation Of 'Ender's Game'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 17, 2011 7:51 PM
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Casting is always a difficult proposition, but doubly so when it comes to finding an actor or actress on the younger end of the scale; picking a fledgling young star who doesn't come across as being too precious, while still being able to sell potentially difficult material. And it's triply difficult when you're working from well-established material, with all the preconceived notions that might be in place for an audience. These are the difficulties that director Gavin Hood has been faced with for his new film, "Ender's Game."

'Immortals' Helmer Tarsem Singh To Direct Ex-Guillermo Del Toro Project 'Killing On Carnival Row'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 17, 2011 6:48 PM
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Tarsem, or to give him his full name (the director seems to have abandoned his mononame pretensions of late), Tarsem Singh, has had a mixed week. On the plus side, his latest film, swords & sorcery actioner "Immortals," opened to a healthy box office haul of $32 million -- despite some poisonous reviews -- exceeding most expectations, and likely planting the director firmly on the A-list. On the minus, the trailer for his next film, Snow White tale "Mirror Mirror," debuted to almost universal derision, seeming to immediately undo any suggestion that the commercials veteran, who won acclaim with passion project "The Fall," might become the next Zack Snyder. Or even the next Dominic Sena.

Review: The Suburban Horror Of Unhappiness In 'Rid Of Me'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • November 17, 2011 6:02 PM
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'Gotti: In The Shadow Of My Father' Gets New Producer, But January Start Delayed

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 17, 2011 5:24 PM
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There is probably a cautionary tale in here somewhere, but since the story is still playing out the lessons will have to be learned at a later date. Needless to say, however, when producer Marc Fiore organized a big showy press conference this spring (pictured above) to announce "Gotti: In The Shadow Of My Father" (aka "Gotti: Three Generations" aka "Gotti"), he put the cart in front of the horse to a certain degree. Lindsay Lohan, despite making an appearance without a bra and being extensively rumored, isn't in the film. Meanwhile, a few months later, Joe Pesci would sue the producers over the film and just last month, money problems looked to put the production on ice.
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Angelina Jolie To Play 'Gertrude Bell' In Upcoming Biopic, Ridley Scott Eyes Director's Chair

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 17, 2011 4:44 PM
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'Get Low' Director Aaron Schneider To Helm 'The Conscientious Objector' About Desmond Doss

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 17, 2011 4:11 PM
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There are a lot things you can do on the upcoming Thanksgiving long weekend: get some Christmas shopping done, crash out with a "Law & Order" marathon, eat unfamothable amounts of food, sleep, or use the time to catch up with some movies from last year you maybe have missed. If you're doing the latter, we urge to pop "Get Low" into the DVD player. A charming little film stars the pretty great trio of Bill Murray, Robert Duvall and Sissy Spacek, and carries with it a laid back charm that is genuine and fun to hang with. Director Aaron Schneider seems to have been laying low for the past little while, but he's got a promising new project in the works.

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