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TV News: Jonathan Demme To Direct CBS Pilot & Jonah Hill Sells Comedy Spec Script To Fox

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 2, 2011 4:29 AM
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While it's been a couple years now since Jonathan Demme's last film, "Rachel Getting Married," the director has been busy with a handful of projects, though a number of them seem to have stalled out in various stages of development. While he's directed two episodes of the forthcoming HBO show "Enlightened," he's got a completed Bob Marley documentary sitting on the shelf, was set to make a music-drive documentary in Haiti with Arcade Fire before the massive earthquake struck the nation last year, has lined up an HBO show based on Walter Mosely's "The Long Fall," and was attached to helm the drama "Honeymoon With Harry" last fall with Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro to star, though movement on that project seems to have cooled. So what's next?

Zach Galifianakis In Talks To Join Ryan Reynolds in 'R.I.P.D.'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 2, 2011 4:29 AM
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So, does this mean Ryan Reynolds won't be starring in "Deadpool"? Let's back up for a second. Comedian Zach Galifianakis is in talks to join Reynolds in "R.I.P.D.," an adaptation of the Dark Horse comic book about a pair of deceased detectives, one a recently murdered cop, the other a gunslinger from the Old West. Robert Schwentke ("Red," "The Time Traveler's Wife," "Flightplan") has been attached to direct since last fall.

Rooney Mara Auditioned For Gregg Araki's 'Kaboom'; Director Shares Shoegazey Soundtrack

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 2, 2011 4:11 AM
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However, It Girl & Upcoming 'Dragon Tattoo' Star Didn't Get The PartDepending on how much of a premium you put on absurdist irony, you probably either love or loathe Gregg Araki's latest sci-fi-ish mystery drama "Kaboom." In a recent review, we called it, " 'Saved By The Bell' meets David Lynch on ecstasy," but before you declare that as awesome-sounding and enticing, you might want to spend some quality time with that write-up.

Sundance ‘11 Review: ‘Terri’ Is Another Enjoyable But Slight Coming-Of-Age Indie

  • By Cory Everett
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  • February 2, 2011 3:50 AM
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Coming of age stories are as popular at Sundance as superhero films are at the multiplex, and though “Terri” doesn’t bring anything new to the genre, it does have its charms. Terri (newcomer Jacob Wysocki) is an outsider, a lonely overweight teen who lives in a small town and takes care of his Uncle James (Creed Bratton from “The Office”) who is suffering from some form of dementia. After Uncle James orders him to put mousetraps in the attic, he develops an unexpected fondness for killing mice and it becomes his daily joy. Outside of this private pleasure, Terri has completely given up on himself, resorting to wearing his pajamas to school because they’re comfortable. Anyone in high school willing to put a target like that on their back implies that things probably can’t get any worse. After an outburst in class, following some routine bullying, he’s sent to see the Vice Principal, Mr. Fitzgerald (John C. Reilly) who decides in order to help Terri that they should meet weekly to discuss what’s going on in his life.

Baz Luhrmann Potentially Wavering On Making 'The Great Gatsby'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 2, 2011 3:23 AM
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Aussie Filmmaker Says Decision Should Land This Week About What's NextAustralian visual sensualist and sybarite Baz Luhrmann is a perfectionist. We know this because he generally takes around five years between movies and toiled on an "Alexander The Great" biopic for so excessively that Oliver Stone and a blonde-eyebrow dyed Colin Farrell beat him to the punch in 2004 and the project withered on the vine. He's also only made four films in sixteen years which is basically the same pace as molasses.

Woody Allen's 'Midnight In Paris' To Open The Cannes Film Festival

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 2, 2011 3:02 AM
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While there were rumblings that some other high profile films might open this year's Cannes Film Festival including Terrence Malick's "The Tree Of Life" and "Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," the organizers have resisted the allure of the tentpole and have gone with a still relatively safe choice, selecting Woody Allen's "Midnight In Paris" to kick off festivities.

Following An Infamous Screening At Sundance, Anchor Bay Picks Up 'Son Of No One'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 2, 2011 2:51 AM
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Depending on who you ask, the Sundance screening of "Son Of No One" was either an epic disaster or simply a poor movie met with the reception it deserved from the press and industry folk in attendance. While there were some early reports of an "exodus" of people throughout the screening, The Film Stage delivered what appears to be the most honest account of what happened, saying "There were intermittent walkouts leading up to this moment, but no “exodus.” In what was to be believed the ‘final’ scene of the film, Montiel employed some odd (i.e. flabbergasting) editing choices which caused laughing, head-shaking, and groaning from a variety of audience members including myself. After the scene ended the title card came up “Based on the book: Story of Milk,” but no lights were raised. This slight confusion caused some audience members to gather their things and start to get up, but soon after we saw additional scenes wrapping up the plot. Many sat back down to finish the film, and this caused more groans since most already gathered their belongings to exit. Once those additional scenes ended, the lights came up and many exited as quickly as possible. With many needing to get to another screening, or do writing, this ended in a similar fashion, as with all press and industry screenings."

Joseph Gordon-Levitt In Talks To Join Christopher Nolan's 'The Dark Knight Rises'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 2, 2011 2:50 AM
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"Inception" star Joseph Gordon-Levitt is set to reunite with Christopher Nolan in the director's upcoming superhero film, "The Dark Knight Rises." While his role is currently unknown (he was rumored to be playing The Riddler for much of last year but Nolan put the kibosh on that villain making an appearance), Deadline reports that the 29-year-old actor is in talks to take a part in the last installment of Nolan's Batman trilogy.

'Women Are Very Much Underserved By Modern Comedy:' Director Paul Feig Talks 'Bridesmaids'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 2, 2011 2:31 AM
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Fingers crossed, it's looking like the summer of 2011 will be incredibly strong for comedy. Not only have we got the return of the biggest grossing R-rated comedy of all time with "The Hangover 2," but there's also Cameron Diaz and Jason Segal in Jake Kasdan's "Bad Teacher"; Will Gluck's follow-up to the excellent "Easy A," "Friends With Benefits"; Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in "Crazy Stupid Love"; Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman swapping bodies in "The Change-Up"; David Gordon Green and Jonah Hill teaming on "The Sitter" and Ruben Fleischer's "30 Minutes or Less," with Jesse Eisenberg, Aziz Ansari and Danny McBride.

Akiva Goldsman Gets Greenlight For Directorial Debut 'Winter's Tale,' Will Lens In Spring 2012

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 2, 2011 2:18 AM
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Screenwriter Akiva Goldsman is probably still most infamous for penning "Batman Forever" and "Batman And Robin," two of the worst entries in the franchise. And while his talents seem to fail him with projects that involve any kind of fantastical bent, give Goldsman something straightforward to work with like "A Beautiful Mind" or "Cinderella Man" and he churns out a decent, if not particularly mind-blowing, script (he won an Oscar for the former). Well, he's been looking to make the leap from writer to director for a while now, and Warner Bros. has finally given him a shot.

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