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Jean-Pierre Jeunet May Return To English-Language Film With 'The Selected Works Of T.S. Spivet'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 29, 2011 1:34 AM
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'Amelie' Helmer Also Developing Drama 'Red Leaves'"Micmacs" may have been a minor disappointment from director Jean-Pierre Jeunet -- it's an enjoyable, but very slight piece of work -- but as the man behind "Delicatessen," "The City of Lost Children," "Amelie" and the under-rated "A Very Long Engagement," we're always excited to hear that the French helmer is working on something new. Never the most prolific of directors, word's been fairly quiet in the last two years, other than the director briefly being courted for the "Snow White" project now being made by Tarsem, but now news has come in that the director is developing two novel adaptations concurrently, at least one of which will see him work in the English language for the first time since 1997's misfire "Alien: Resurrection."

Will Smith Eyes Denzel Washington To Star In His Hurricane Katrina Drama 'The American Can'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 29, 2011 1:16 AM
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When you think about it, it's pretty amazing that no one has paired up Will Smith and Denzel Washington. Certainly you would think that two of the biggest stars in Hollywood would have been brought together in something by now, and while they are being tossed around as the possible leads for a remake of Sidney Poitier's comedy "Uptown Saturday Night" another project may pair them up sooner, but with only one of the stars in front of the camera.

Bryan Cranston Headed To Ben Affleck's 'Argo'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 29, 2011 1:10 AM
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While starring in a hit television sitcom provides a lucrative steady income (thank you syndication) as well as regular gig which for actors is a dream come true, the downside is that the lengthy schedule in which you can branch out to do plays or movies is tremendously small. And while Bryan Cranston doesn't regret the six season and 151 episodes he churned out on "Malcolm In The Middle" he used his time following the show like a man who's got about one hour left to live. He lined up "Breaking Bad," the hit and critically acclaimed AMC show that opened even more doors for the actor who hit the big screen earlier this year in "The Lincoln Lawyer" and has his CV stacked with a number of fantastic forthcoming projects including "Drive," "Contagion," "Red Tails, "John Carter," "Total Recall," "Rock Of Ages" and now, one more high profile gig.

Jeff Bridges To Produce & Star In Young Adult Novel Adaptation 'The Giver'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 28, 2011 12:58 PM
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'House of Sand and Fog' Writer-Director Vadim Perelman Writing ScriptThis year marks 40 years since Jeff Bridges broke through in "The Last Picture Show," and what's truly remarkable is that the actor is probably now a bigger star than ever before. His long-awaited Oscar win came with "Crazy Heart" in 2009, and last year he headlined the tentpole "Tron: Legacy" and took the western "True Grit" to a massive box office, picking up another Oscar nomination for his trouble. And at 61, there's no sign of stopping any time soon: he's about to shoot two blockbusters back-to-back, with potential Harry Potter successor "The Seventh Son" swiftly following the effects-heavy cop flick "R.I.P.D" with Ryan Reynolds.

Watch: Official Trailer For 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol' Asks You To Accept (We Do)

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 28, 2011 12:20 PM
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As we expected, after a bootleg copy of the French version leaked over the weekend, a fresh official version has now landed and yes, "Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol" looks like a supercharged blast.

So Is 'Prometheus' Just A Rewrite of Jon Spaihts 'Alien' Script Made Like A Less Direct Prequel?

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 28, 2011 11:00 AM
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Writer Damon Lindelof Explains Why Ridley Scott's 'Prometheus' Isn't & Is An 'Alien' PrequelIn case you've been living under a rock, you're aware that director Ridley Scott is returning to the world of sci-fi after a nearly 30-year absence. Yes, it's been that long since "Blade Runner" in 1982 ("Legend" is fantasy, leave it at that). He making "Prometheus," a project that started out as a "Alien" prequel written by Jon Spaihts and then morphed into something new when "Lost" writer Damon Lindelof pitched a new direction which Scott loved. 20th Century Fox and Scott, pivoted and "Prometheus" was born -- though considering how fast they changed everything, found a cast, a green light and a release date, one has to wonder if the changes weren't that radical.

Scarlett Johansson Joins Judd Apatow-Produced John Carney Film 'Can A Song Save Your Life?'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 28, 2011 10:40 AM
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Mark Ruffalo & Jim Carrey Rumored As Possible LeadsWriter/Producer/Director Judd Apatow has a lot on his plate at any given moment and we'll forgive you if you forgot that way back in the summer of 2009 he revealed that among the many projects he was juggling, was a collaboration with a director who was making major waves with his indie musical at the time. "...we have a movie with John Carney, the guy who made 'Once' writing and directing, so hopefully, as soon as I'm done and have a little break, I can help people with their scripts and help to kick things around."

Watch: New Trailer For 'The Three Musketeers' Still Claims It's Based On The Novel

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 28, 2011 9:59 AM
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With flying airships, Alice from "Resident Evil" and Navy SEALS (or their 17th century equivalent) appearing in this newest trailer for "The Three Musketeers," we find it pretty amazing that the filmmakers are still holding to the idea that this is actually based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas.

Universal Wants To Go On An FBI Wedding With Steve Carell

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 28, 2011 9:43 AM
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There is probably no comic leading man in Hollywood right now hotter than Steve Carell. It seems each week there is another project announced with the actor/comedian attached and this week is no different.

Kevin Smith's 'Red State' Goes VOD On Labor Day Weekend Via Lionsgate

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 28, 2011 8:55 AM
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Theatrical Release Still Planned For OctoberWatching Kevin Smith backpedal and rationalize is both amusing and exhausting and we have better things to do with our day, so here's the short version. Back in January, Smith made a big dog and pony show about how he was going to auction the rights to his indie horror film "Red State" right after the screening in Sundance, before surprising (and angering) everyone by selling the movie to himself for $20 in a big grand statement of rebelliousness. “We’re starting over,” Smith told the audience after his announcement. “It’s not just about making the movie, it’s about releasing the movie. True independence is not about handing your work over to some jackass.” Unless those jackasses happened to be named Lionsgate.

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