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Phil Claydon Director of ‘Lesbian Vampire Killers’ Hired For 'Miserable Excuse For a Hero'

  • By Sam Price
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  • June 30, 2011 2:56 AM
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Director jail – the purgatorial netherworld that keeps a good filmmaker trapped in paralysis for years at a time after their last film loudly flopped -- is a funny thing. Some end up there literally: Iranian filmmakers Jafar Panahi and Mohammad Rasoulof were famously imprisoned last year, while John McTiernan and Roger Avary haven’t seen their careers exactly set alight thanks to real-life brushes with the law. Most of the time, though, you wait years for a misunderstood British ‘auteur’ to resurface – Lynne Ramsay finally re-emerged at this year’s Cannes Film Festival with “We Need to Talk About Kevin” – and several come along at once. No, we’re not talking about a new project from the talented Jonathan Glazer. It’s one from Phil Claydon, who Deadline reports has been tapped to helm a new project, “Miserable Excuse For a Hero,” an adaptation of the book by Bob Powers with the longer title, “You Are a Miserable Excuse For a Hero”. While usually the news that a smaller British director who hasn’t landed a gig in two years has finally got a project off the ground would be news for celebration, Claydon’s last film was called “Lesbian Vampire Killers,” a cinematic abomination that still makes this writer wake up screaming in the middle of the night in a cold flop sweat and pining for his blanky. The director hasn't made a film since.

Bryan Cranston Has The Best Agent In Hollywood, Now Joins 'Gangster Squad'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 30, 2011 2:47 AM
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Come Christmas time, we hope Bryan Cranston gets something really nice for his agent because the actor has been lining up one solid film after another. Just yesterday, Cranston boarded Ben Affleck's "Argo" and barely twenty-four hours have passed and now he's on another high-profile project.

Disney Get The (Matter)Horn For Another Theme Park Movie 'The Hill'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 30, 2011 2:36 AM
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Plus We Pitch Five More Disney Ride MoviesWhen your much-mocked idea to turn a 40-year-old theme park ride into a movie turns out to be the start of a franchise that's grossed $3 billion worldwide, it becomes tempting to repeat the success. So, despite the underwhelming early attempts like "The Haunted Mansion" and "The Country Bears," "Pirates of the Caribbean" being Disney's new crown jewel has caused them to put all kinds of ride-based pictures in development.

‘Party Down’ Movie Might, Possibly, Maybe Sort Of Become A Reality Next Spring Or Something

  • By Sam Price
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  • June 30, 2011 2:15 AM
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“Party Down”, comedy fans may remember, was the superlative, achingly brilliant Starz original series that got shitcanned by former HBO head honco Chris Albrecht so the network could focus on, er, attractive naked people wrestling in ancient times (“Spartacus: Blood and Sand”) and attractive naked people wrestling in medieval times (“Camelot”). It was also one of the best-observed ensemble comedies in recent memory and boasted a cast (Adam Scott, Lizzy Caplan, Jane Lynch, Ryan Hansen, Martin Starr, Ken Marino and Megan Mullally) that launched a thousand fan letters after the series was unjustly wrenched screens a couple of years ago. Since its cancellation, though, we’ve been teased with piecemeal announcements from the show’s creative team that “Party Down” could rise again, phoenix-like, from the ashes as a feature-length movie. This latest one comes from co-creator Rob Thomas who, speaking to a crowd at a marathon viewing session of the show’s entire run at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, had a lot to say about the show’s afterlife:
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Warner Bros. Get Ready For Oscar, Date 'J. Edgar' & 'Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close'

  • By Matthew Newlin
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  • June 30, 2011 2:00 AM
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In Case You Care, 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D' Also Gets A Release DateWith The Weinstein Company busy over the last few weeks getting their Oscar season in order, Warner Bros. is following suit, setting (vague) dates for two of their big prestige films of the year.

FilmDistrict Stay In The Nicolas Winding Refn/Ryan Gosling Business, Acquire 'Only God Forgives'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 30, 2011 1:43 AM
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You may not immediately recognize the name Graham King, but he's quietly established himself as one of the most successful producers out there, executive-producing the likes of "Traffic" and "Ali" as the head of financiers Initial Entertainment Group, before making his full-blown producing debut on "The Aviator." He re-teamed with Scorsese to win an Oscar for "The Departed," and has also produced films like "Blood Diamond," "The Town" and "Rango," the latter two through his new company, GK Films.

Watch: New 'Cowboys & Aliens' Trailer Takes Us Inside The Alien Lair

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 30, 2011 1:23 AM
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When you think about it, the fact that the guy who rolled with Vince Vaughn in "Swingers" has become of one of the biggest tentpole directors in Hollywood is kind of amazing. The fact that he knows how to bring the steak with the sizzle is even better, and "Cowboys & Aliens" looks to be Jon Favreau's meatiest offering yet.

Martin Scorsese's 'Hugo' Drops The 'Cabret'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 30, 2011 1:01 AM
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Official Trailer Coming SoonIt seems the prevailing sentiment in Hollywood right now is that shorter is better. "John Carter of Mars" recently became just "John Carter" and now Martin Scorsese's "Hugo Cabret" is simply "Hugo." Variety's Jeff Sneider has confirmed the title adjustment which frankly leaves us scratching our head a bit.

New Look At Ian McKellen As Gandalf & Martin Freeman As Bilbo Baggins In ‘The Hobbit’

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 29, 2011 12:59 PM
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Yes, we're still eighteen months away from "The Hobbit" hitting theaters but the fever for the films directed by Peter Jackson is already running very high. Last week, fans got a very early treat when the first official stills from the film hit the web and it looks like the filmmakers aren't being shy about showing off a little bit more.

Diablo Cody Will Make Her Directorial Debut With Religious Comedy, 'Lamb Of God'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 29, 2011 11:23 AM
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She must have been playing her cards close to the chest. Just a week after teasing her filmmaking ambitions, screenwriter Diablo Cody ("Juno," "Jennifer's Body") has unveiled what will become her debut directorial effort. A self-penned comedy called, "Lamb Of God," the picture will follow a young conservative religious woman who loses her faith after a plane crash, decides to go to Las Vegas to live the life of a sinner, and on her journey finds her way back to her faith according to a press release.

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