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Texas Forever! Peter Berg Wants To Bring 'Friday Night Lights' Back To The Big Screen

  • By Cory Everett
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  • July 17, 2011 11:43 AM
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It was a big week for football fans in Dillon, Texas, with Coach Eric Taylor leading the underdog East Dillon Lions to an emotional championship victory. Actually, it's been a big week for fans of one of TV's best dramas, "Friday Night Lights," as it just concluded its fifth and final season on NBC (that is, for anyone without DirecTV or a decent Internet connection where the show wrapped up a few months ago). But with the show coming to a close for the second time it's given fans and news outlets alike a chance to start memorializing the show. Grantland has a must-read oral history of the show by its cast and creators and a few days ago the series received Emmy nominations for Best Drama (its first) and Lead Actor and Actress in a Drama for Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton (their second).

Exclusive: Ruben Fleischer Says 'Zombieland 2' Script Is Done, But Casts Some Doubts

  • By The Playlist
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  • July 17, 2011 5:42 AM
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Director Ruben Fleischer made a splash with his debut feature, the satirical genre film, "Zombieland." The surprise hit of summer 2009, the film grossed $102 million worldwide off a relatively low $23 million dollar budget. Not gangbusters numbers, but enough to jumpstart a career for Fleischer and screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick who would go on to score coveted (or high-paying) writing assignments like "Deadpool" and "G.I. Joe 2."

Weekend Box Office: Boy Wizard Trumps Batman As 'Deathly Hallows Pt. 2' Has All-Time Biggest Opening

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • July 17, 2011 5:19 AM
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And so we have box office history.

Exclusive: ‘Captain America’ Screenwriters Discuss The Sequel & Possible Flashback Structure

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • July 17, 2011 2:03 AM
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Paramount and Marvel clearly have high hopes and strong confidence in their forthcoming release of “Captain America: The First Avenger,” which hits screens July 22nd. They’ve already deployed screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely to begin work on a sequel, which will most likely follow the release of Joss Whedon’s ambitious “The Avengers” movie in 2012.

Aline Brosh McKenna To Adapt Graphic Novel 'Rust' For 20th Century Fox

  • By Catherine Scott
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  • July 16, 2011 5:23 AM
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There are quite a few screenwriters that we here at The Playlist think are incredibly overrated. Someone like Allan Loeb ("21," "The Switch") comes to mind, but Aline Brosh McKenna wouldn't be far behind him. She's a rom-com writing star, penning films like "27 Dresses" and "Morning Glory," though she hasn't had much critical success since "The Devil Wears Prada" in 2006. It's possible that she's moving away from her roots, as Deadline reported yesterday that she's signed on to adapt graphic novel "Rust: Visitor in the Field" for 20th Century Fox.

Noam Murro To Direct '300: Battle Of Artemisia'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • July 16, 2011 4:32 AM
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Celebrate, ye lovers of bald naked chests and heaving male crotches! A spinoff to "300" awaits, and Warner Bros. has selected a man to captain this sweaty, homoerotic ship. Mr. Noam Murro, who previously helmed an indie called "Smart People" that few saw but all confirmed featured no shirtless men, has jumped aboard "300: Battle of Artemisia." While the film is set to focus on the villainous Dhalsim-like Xerxes of "300," Murro is being hired to mimic Zack Snyder's style from that picture -- that was really all that film had going for it. Oh, and glistening naked chests.

Christina Hendricks Joins Indie Flick 'Struck By Lightning' Penned By Chris Colfer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 16, 2011 4:25 AM
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Dermot Mulroney & Sarah Hyland Also Come AboardRed-haired bombshell Christina Hendricks is best known for her twice Emmy-nominated portrayal of voluptuous secretary Joan Harris on AMC’s critically acclaimed series “Mad Men.” Her curves and talent are definitely popular as she is set to star in quite a few upcoming films, including The Weinstein Company’s comedy, “I Don’t Know How She Does It” starring opposite Sarah Jessica Parker and Pierce Brosnan, and “Drive,” directed by Cannes Film Festival 2011 Best Director winner Nicolas Winding Refn and featuring Ryan Gosling in the driver's seat. Now she will pair up with fellow Emmy nominee Chris Colfer of “Glee” fame in his screenwriting debut, “Struck by Lightning.”

Booked: Tom Cruise Will Reteam With Christopher McQuarrie For Jack Reacher Thriller ‘One Shot’

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 16, 2011 4:05 AM
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One month ago, reports surfaced that one of the many projects Tom Cruise had on his desk was an adaptation of one of author Lee Child's Jack Reacher thrillers, "One Shot," with Christopher McQuarrie attached to write and direct. Well, it's now all signed, sealed and delivered.

Sean Bean To Bring Awesomeness To Untitled 'Snow White' Project

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • July 16, 2011 2:05 AM
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"Snow White and the Huntsmen" seems to have all the buzz, adding multiple actors as the dwarves in separate announcements over the past few days. By increasing the film's pre-production profile, the picture vaulted over the surprisingly buzzless untitled "Snow White" film currently shooting under director Tarsem Singh, and slated for a release almost three months earlier. While the film boasts Julia Roberts as the wicked queen menacing Lily Collins as our heroine, Armie Hammer as the dashing Prince Alcott and Nathan Lane as the oh god stop right there you're sold on Lane. Fortunately, it does appear that the Singh project will have that extra shot of awesomeness that 'Huntsman' cannot boast.

Sam Rockwell Negotiating To Star In 'Better Living Through Chemistry'

  • By The Playlist
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  • July 15, 2011 12:13 PM
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Well, you knew something had to break. After his Best Acting Oscar nomination for "The Hurt Locker," Jeremy Renner's stock in the star market rose astronomically and he attached himself to several tentpoles ("Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" being the biggest) and even flirted with the first iteration of Paul Thomas Anderson's Scientology project. But something in his schedule had to give and that's become an indie called “Better Living Through Chemistry.”

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