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Jacki Weaver To Star Opposite Shirley MacLaine In Indie-Comedy 'Wild Oats'; Alan Arkin In Talks To Join

  • By Simon Dang
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  • November 16, 2011 12:40 PM
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After being initially announced early last year with an eclectic ensemble cast, it looks like Shirley MacLaine is the sole survivor for the new iteration of indie-comedy "Wild Oats." Joining her now, however, looks to be the late-blooming Jackie Weaver who'll play MacLaine's best friend and Alan Arkin, whose also set to join in an unknown role.

Watch: New Trailer For Pixar's 'Brave' Arrives & Delivers A Sprawling Adventure

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 16, 2011 12:13 PM
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It's been a bit of a disappointing 2011 for Pixar fans. The famed animation studio spent the year spinning its wheels both creatively and figuratively "Cars 2," the second straight sequel from the studio built around orginal ideas, with two "Toy Story" shorts making their way to theaters as well. But don't worry, 2012 finds the company not only returning with their first original film since "Up," it will also the first picture from Pixar to feature a female protoganist. And in case you doubted that Pixar still had the goods, the newest trailer for the film that just hit Facebook is as dazzling and exciting as you might expect.
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Review: 'Eames: The Architect And The Painter' Is As Well Made & Streamlined As A Piece Of Eames Furniture

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • November 16, 2011 12:01 PM
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John Singleton Out Of The Running As Helmer For Tupac Biopic

  • By Simon Dang
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  • November 16, 2011 11:39 AM
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This long-gestating biopic of rapper Tupac Shakur backed by production shingle Morgan Creek just can't catch a break, can it? After seeing Antoine Fuqua come on board only to leave, return and then seemingly step aside for John Singleton, it looks like negotiations for the latter to officially take over have now fallen apart as well.

Michael Jackson Biopic Moonwalking Towards the Big Screen

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • November 16, 2011 11:20 AM
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Hot on the heels of Dr. Conrad Murray's involuntary manslaughter conviction, Variety is reporting that John Branca, the executor of the Michael Jackson estate, has begun shopping around a biopic of the beloved singer. Apparently discussions have begun with Ivan Reitman and Tom Pollock's Montecito Picture Company about acquiring the rights, because if there's anyone you want to tell the complex, multifaceted story of the greatest pop entertainer of the century, it's certainly the guys who brought us "Road Trip" and "Hotel for Dogs." Talk about Bad.

Listen: Jónsi's “Gathering Stories” (Co-Written By Cameron Crowe) From 'We Bought A Zoo'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 16, 2011 11:01 AM
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Bill Nighy Zeroes In On Villain Role In 'I, Frankenstein'

  • By Ben Shearn
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  • November 16, 2011 10:41 AM
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First Look At Gerard Butler, Judy Greer & Catherine Zeta-Jones In Soccer Mom Comedy 'Playing The Field'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 16, 2011 10:21 AM
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A soccer mom comedy doesn't exactly scream out "Must See" to us, but in this case, we're keeping our minds open. Granted, the Gerard Butler comedy filmography isn't exactly the most compelling argument in this movie's favor, but with a cast featuring a bevy of beautiful women -- Uma Thurman, Jessica Biel, Judy Greer, Catherine Zeta-Jones -- and a draft of the script penned by "The Kids Are All Right" writer Stuart Blumberg, our interest is piqued.

George Miller Says He Approached 'Happy Feet 2' With The Same Respect As Classic Fairy Tales

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • November 16, 2011 10:01 AM
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Looking at the billboards and advertising for “Happy Feet 2,” there’s no mistaking those vivid images of DayGlo, tap-dancing penguins for anything other than entertainment aimed at, well, everyone. But writer-director George Miller is interested in more than making another mainstream blockbuster, even if it does feature animated animals whose voices are provided by movie and pop stars. “The last thing you want is for your film to be like every other film,” Miller told The Playlist in an interview last week. “So I try to find what’s interesting out there in the world. Clearly they’re anthropomorphic fables which are basically metaphors for the way we are in the world, and you try to make them as interesting as you can.”

David O. Russell's 'The Silver Linings Playbook' Gets November 21, 2012 Release Date

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 16, 2011 9:40 AM
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With David O. Russell landing his first Oscar nomination thanks to "The Fighter," it looks like the director is going to take another swing at the awards season as The Weinstein Company have scheduled his next effort, "The Silver Linings Playbook," with a November 21, 2012 release.

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