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Producers Of 'Blade Runner' Prequel & Sequel Haven't Met With Ridley Scott (But Would Like To)

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 3, 2011 3:37 AM
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Prequel Would Be Set In An "Alternate Universe"By now, you've probably heard that in Hollywood's never ending quest to sequelize, franchise and exploit any popular title they can, Alcon Entertainment has snagged the screen rights to "Blade Runner" from producer Bud Yorkin for future sequel/prequel projects. Ugh. Many questions loomed following the news yesterday but the biggest one of the all is: will Ridley Scott be involved in any capacity? It will be interesting to see the director's response and attitude toward the news (and we're sure he's not exactly thrilled that his baby has been put in somebody else's hands) but speaking with the LA Times, Alcon co-founder Andrew Kosove said the door is open.

Review: 'The Adjustment Bureau' Is A Heady Sci-fi Romance

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 3, 2011 3:19 AM
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An air of mystery has permeated writer-director George Nolfi's "The Adjustment Bureau," the new science fiction political thriller love story starring Matt Damon and Emily Blunt (and based on a typically paranoid 1954 short story by visionary crackpot Philip K. Dick). This is partially due to the elliptical nature of the movie's marketing, which seemed to emphasize the retro-cool costumes more than the story itself, and because, since its completion in 2009, it has both scheduled and missed a handful of release dates.

Barry Levinson To Direct Oklahoma City Bombing Movie 'O.K.C.'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 3, 2011 3:16 AM
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You gotta give up it up for Barry Levinson. While the track record has been mixed, it's certainly been interesting, as the famed director has mixed it up quite a bit with his last few films, moving from comedy in "Man Of The Year" to pointed satire in "What Just Happened," tossing in a documentary with the political flick "Poliwood" and last year, his true story pic "You Don't Know Jack" scored a staggering fifteen Emmy nominations, with Al Pacino pocketing a win. Not too bad. Now the director is set to shift gears again, for another true life tale on a much grander scale.

Watch: Second 'Arthur' Trailer Adds Greta Gerwig, Still Not All That

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 3, 2011 2:56 AM
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It's possibly just because the rest of the ceremony was such a painful, dull slog, but the presentation of Best Foreign Language Film by Helen Mirren and Russell Brand was one of the few lively points of this year's Oscars, with some suggesting on the night that the duo would make better hosts next year than James Franco and Anne Hathaway, although it could also be argued that the Pixar lamp and the rotting corpse of David Niven would have more chemistry as hosts than Franco & Hathaway.

'Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie' Pulls Together An All-Star Cast

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 3, 2011 2:41 AM
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Zach Galifianakis, Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Robert Loggia, Jeff Goldblum, Will Forte & William Atherton Will All FeatureTo go over the multiple six degrees of comedy connections between Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim would take us all night but here's the short version: these are two funny dudes whose success and cult status of their recently ended "Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!" sketch comedy show on Adult Swim brought them to the attention of comedy's biggest stars and made them a team clearly headed onto bigger and better things. Word around their feature debut has been bubbling for the past few weeks, but it looks like things are finally getting locked into place.

Listen: Clip From Underworld's "Dawn Of Eden" From The Soundtrack To Danny Boyle's 'Frankenstein'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 3, 2011 2:36 AM
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Filmmakers taking time outs from the movie world to try their hand at directing for the stage is a pretty common practice, but there is absolutely nothing ordinary about Danny Boyle's "Frankenstein," an adventurous take on the familiar story in nearly every facet of its production.

Jennifer Lawrence Frontrunner For 'Hunger Games'? Hailee Steinfeld & Abigail Breslin Also In The Mix

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 3, 2011 2:25 AM
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We're getting older, and we're no longer afraid to admit that. However, it does come with certain disadvantages. Our ears have aged to that point that we're now unable to hear Justin Bieber's voice, for instance. We were offered a role in a Neal Moritz-produced remake of "Cocoon" the other day. And, perhaps most importantly for this profession, we can no longer distinguish the various young-adult-novel properties that are vying to replace "Twilight" as the teen-franchise-du-jour.

Jake Gyllenhaal To Star In David Ayer's Cop Thriller 'End of Watch'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 3, 2011 2:18 AM
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There's nothing wrong with having a niche, as long as you're good at what you do, and it's fair to say that David Ayer has found his. The ex-navy submariner broke through with the script for the WW2 actioner "U-571" (as well as another, autobiographical submarine-themed script, "Squids," which David Fincher was considering making a decade ago), but ever since then, he's planted his flag firmly in the cop drama camp.

Do 'The Hobbit' Films Now Have Two (Totally Boring) Titles?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 3, 2011 1:56 AM
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After suffering bankruptcy, a director exiting the film due to production delays and a sidelining ulcer, Peter Jackson's long gestating "The Hobbit" films are set to begin this month and we're only at the tip of the iceberg of rumors and news that will continue to trickle out in the coming months. My precious indeed.

'Community' and 'Mad Men' Star Alison Brie Joins Nicholas Stoller's 'Five-Year Engagement'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 3, 2011 1:37 AM
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Emily Blunt Confirmed As Female Lead Opposite Jason SegelAMC's "Mad Men" is pretty much the best drama series on television; "Breaking Bad" might give it a run for its money, but we reckon the period piece has the edge. While it's more divisive (including within the staff of The Playlist) NBC's "Community" is, for this writer, the best comedy on television -- with an ambition and, generally speaking, a level of execution (the show can be patchy occasionally) above even the excellent "Parks and Recreation" and "30 Rock." And there's one person that links the two: 27-year-old actress Alison Brie.

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