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GM Looks To Back Guy Ritchie's 'Cannonball Run' Remake; Brad Pitt Wishlisted To Star

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 18, 2011 10:12 AM
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Shawn Levy Second-In-Line To Direct, Wants Ben Stiller To StarSo, you may remember near the beginning of the year, word floated around the interwebs that Guy Ritchie was going to direct a remake of "Cannonball Run." At the time we put in some inquiries and were told by insiders at Warner Bros. that the project is “just an idea." Well, that idea is now germinating into something very real as Vulture reports that Ritchie is now in talks with the studio to direct the film.

John Lasseter Says 'Cars 2' Not About Selling Toys By Making Comparison To Lightning McQueen Luggage

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 18, 2011 9:20 AM
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"Cars 2" was misery. Not only was it a pretty lousy movie, but it showed that Pixar, a studio that has had a nearly peerless streak of hit movies that were smart, entertaining and deeply thoughtful, was creatively fallible. At the time of its release, a handful of critics got behind the film but most found it to be loud, excessive, and driven only by the massive merchandising opportunities (since "Cars"-related junk brings in billions of dollars for the Walt Disney Company annually).

Gaspar Noé Wants To Remake Larry Cohen's Cult Movie 'God Told Me To'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 18, 2011 9:03 AM
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The last time we heard from Gaspar Noé he was taking us on a demented POV view through the seamy underbelly of Tokyo in "Enter The Void" and crying over "Avatar." And while he's currently contributing to the forthcoming omnibus "7 Days In Havana," been eyeing Bret Easton Ellis' "The Golden Suicides" and talking about a "sentimental, erotic" movie he wants to make, the unpredictable helmer may have something else completely different in store for us.

Wim Wenders Says 3D Has "Amazing Consequences," Still Waiting For Film That Cracks The 3D Code

  • By Edward Davis
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  • October 18, 2011 8:10 AM
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Venerable Filmmaker Praises ‘Avatar,’ Talks 'Pina' & Speaks Candidly About Hollywood’s Current 3D DilemmaWhile it might not seem apparent at first, given his films haven't made much of a commercial dent in recent years, Wim Wenders, is still ahead of the curve. In 1997, over a decade before its use became prevalent, he shot sequences of his "The End of Violence" film in HD, he cast Michelle Williams as his lead in the little seen "Land Of Plenty" before she became fully noticed in "Brokeback Mountain," and for his latest trick he's shot "Pina," a documentary about the medium of dance in 3D.

Review: 'Retreat' Piles On The Twists, But Doesn't Deliver The Thrills

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 18, 2011 8:03 AM
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The following is a reprint of our review from Fantasia.

Alexander Payne Calls 'Downsizing' His "Epic Masterpiece"; Says 'Nebraska' Could Be In Color For TV

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 18, 2011 7:26 AM
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But Says 'Downsizing' May Have To Wait Two More FilmsNot only is Alexander Payne back with his first feature film in seven years, "The Descendants," he's once again going to be one of the major players of the awards season. Moreover, he doesn't intend for there be another lengthy gap between pictures. He's already putting the pieces together for his low budget, father/son road trip drama "Nebraska." Granted, his aim to deliver the film to theaters in black-and-white means that Paramount is only giving him $10 million to play with, and greenlighting the film will be contingent upon getting a major star to sign on (Gene Hackman, Robert Forster, Jack Nicholson and Robert Duvall are some of the candidates being tossed around). However, as he begins to navigate the press gauntlet in the run up to "The Descendants," Payne spoke with Thompson On Hollywood and revealed that his long absence from movie screens was due to the "time suck" of his long gestating project "Downsizing" -- something he still hopes to make -- and that he's willing to play ball with the studio and deliver a color cut of "Nebraska," if required, for television.

LFF '11 Review: Nasty Nordic Thriller 'Headhunters' Doesn't Have The Courage Of Its Convictions

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 18, 2011 7:07 AM
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For fans of the crime genre, both on the page and on the screen, Scandinavia has been the hottest source of new material in recent years (although obviously not literally). Steig Larsson's Millennium trilogy was a huge bestseller worldwide, and has already provided three Swedish films and David Fincher's upcoming remake "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo," while Kenneth Branagh has had great success on TV as Henning Mankell's "Wallander," and Danish series "The Killing" proved a huge hit at home and in the U.K, and was remade on AMC under the same name.

LFF '11: 'The Queen' Scribe Peter Morgan Says He's Not Necessarily Done With Tony Blair Yet

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 18, 2011 7:03 AM
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'360' Writer Tells Us Freddie Mercury Biopic Is Waiting For Sacha Baron Cohen, Motor Racing Won't Be Focus Of Ron Howard's 'Rush'Exclusive: Getting two Oscar nominations in two years tends to make your inbox a little fuller than it was before, so it's no surprise that picking up nods in 2007 for "The Queen" and 2009 for "Frost/Nixon" has made Peter Morgan one of the busiest screenwriters around. The British director has since worked with Tom Hooper and Clint Eastwood, as well as penning Fernando Meirelles' latest, "360," which opened the BFI London Film Festival last week.

Watch: Not Everyone In Hawaii Is Relaxed In New Trailer For 'The Descendants'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 18, 2011 6:01 AM
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For anyone who has been to Hawaii, you know that the laid back attitude of the locals, while at first disarming, quickly becomes infectious. Falling into the rhythms of the island is pretty easy, but for Matt King, our hero of Alexander Payne's "The Descendants," that Hawaiian charm doesn't come easy.

VIFF '11: Paddy Considine's Directorial Debut 'Tyrannosaur' An Uneven Portrait Of A Damaged Man

  • By Erik McClanahan
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  • October 18, 2011 5:59 AM
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The opening scene of “Tyrannosaur” is a real belter. Through near whiplash-inducing cross cuts, we are introduced to a night in the life of Joseph (Peter Mullan) as he drinks heavily and stews with unfettered rage on a barstool (and back at home with a sawed-off wood baseball bat that looks like a leftover from the “Gangs of New York” props department). Then he does something really awful: he kills his dog. He doesn’t necessarily try to do this; it’s more the product of his excessive drinking, nasty temper and hateful, cynical outlook on the world. But he still did it, and the audience will never forget this for the remainder of the film.

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