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David O. Russell Vacates The Director's Chair For 'Uncharted'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 26, 2011 8:40 AM
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What is going on today? Is it the upcoming Memorial Day weekend that has director's wanting to clear out the projects they no longer want to do? After all, how fun is it to enjoy a BBQ with some nagging movie project in the back of your mind. Just moments after it was revealed that Albert Hughes bounced from "Akira," Deadline reports that David O. Russell has left the director's chair for "Uncharted: Drake's Fortune."

Exclusive: Clip Of Mahalia Jackson's Great Performance On 'Ed Sullivan Show' From 'Rejoice & Shout'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 26, 2011 8:04 AM
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Spanning 200 years, there is probably no other form of music more rooted in America's social, political and religious history than gospel music. Having a strong influence on blues and rock 'n' roll, no form of music has been as important either, and the upcoming documentary "Rejoice & Shout" will take viewers on a journey from where gospel came from, to where it is today.

Adam McKay Wants Jeremy Renner & Rob Riggle For Football Movie, Maybe Now Called 'Three Mississippi'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 26, 2011 7:56 AM
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Memorial Day weekend is right around the corner and by the looks of it out there, agents, PR folks and news leakers have already left for the weekend so let's rewind to something we missed earlier in the week while we're all lamenting the fact that a horrible sequel is set to gross over a $100 million this weekend, sadly.

Albert Hughes Sees The Writing On The Wall, Bails On 'Akira'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 26, 2011 7:39 AM
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Studio Keeping Film On The Fast Track, Going Back To Young Actors To Fill The Roles Of Kaneda & TetsuoSometimes a pipe is a pipe, and in the case of Warner Bros. "Akira," a messy production is just that. After failing to land Keanu Reeves and with the top shelf blockbuster still sputtering to get started, Deadline reports that Albert Hughes has left "Akira" with the good ol' vague catchall of "creative differences" being cited as the reason.

Producer Gary Gilbert Hopes To Get Kenneth Lonergan's 'Margaret' In Theaters By The End Of The Year

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 26, 2011 7:09 AM
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2011 seems to be year of new films from director's who've been making us wait, with new efforts from Terrence Malick, Lynne Ramsay and Alexander Payne all on the way, but the story of Kenneth Lonergan -- whose "Margaret" is still unreleased -- is perhaps the most heartbreaking of them all. His followup to the critically acclaimed “You Can Count On Me,” has been sitting in limbo for the past few years—it wrapped way back in 2005—for a variety of reasons. Foremost, a legal battle erupted, with suits and countersuits filed, as Lonergan simply could not find the picture in the editing bay. Lonergan apparently requested further time in the editing room, while multiple editors apparently also took control of the film at various points both with and without Lonergan’s ok. Even late producer Sydney Pollack became infuriated with Lonergan’s “unprofessional and irrational behavior,” and we pretty much had figured the movie would end up as an historical curiosity rather than an actual finished film. At one point, it was rumored that 300 pages of script were shot, so no wonder he had trouble wrangling this thing into a manageable size. The sticking point seems to be length of the film: Lonergan's cut runs about three hours, but this contract with Fox Searchlight states he needs to bring it in at two hours.
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Disney Sets 'The Lion King' For 3D Release On Sept. 16; 'John Carter' Is No Longer 'Of Mars'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 26, 2011 5:44 AM
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So, after the slightly lower than expected domestic opening (but still massive overall haul) for "Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" reports surfaced that perhaps audiences were fatiguing on paying out extra dollars on top of already high movie ticket prices for the 3D experience, especially families. Well, apparently, Disney doesn't feel that's the case.

Kim Basinger, Heather Graham, Catherine O'Hara & Jason Patric Find 'Fortune'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 26, 2011 5:21 AM
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As the saying goes, "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas" and it has served the foundation for many movies fromt the successful ("The Hangover") to the dreadful ("Saint John Of Las Vegas") and yet another is on the way.

Watch: Say Hello To The Fuzzy Pack In Awesome New 'The Muppets' Teaser

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 26, 2011 5:17 AM
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Can we just say that if the marketing for "The Muppets" continues to be this clever and fun, we won't mind the onslaught for one second.

Alexandre Desplat's 'A Better Life' Score Detailed; David Wingo & Jeff McIlwain Tune Up 'The Sitter'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 26, 2011 4:45 AM
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A couple bits of soundtrack news this afternoon.

IFC Picks Up Olivier Assayas' 'Something In The Air,' Filming Begins In June

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 26, 2011 3:55 AM
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'Le Conquest,' 'Sex and Zen 3D: Extreme Ecstasy' & 'A Bag Of Hammers' Also Find Distribution With Indie OutletsDirector Olivier Assayas may be riding the biggest peak of his career right now. Coming off two critically acclaimed films -- the family drama "Summer Hours" and the epic terrorist thriller "Carlos" -- his next effort marks another gear change for the director who refuses to be pinned down to any one genre or style. The social change and political drama "Something In The Air" has been in the works for a while now and IFC -- who experienced success with the aforementioned films -- picked up the rights to his next effort at Cannes reports Cineurope, and filming is set to begin next month.

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