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Bill Hader Says Script For Les Grossman-Centric 'Tropic Thunder' Spin-Off Is Done

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 12, 2011 1:28 AM
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Considering that it was both a reasonable box office success -- it took in close to $200 million worldwide -- and fairly warmly received (even picking up an Oscar nomination for Robert Downey Jr), it's surprising the extent to which the 2008 all-star comedy "Tropic Thunder" has slipped from memory -- we enjoyed it, but it's certainly not a film we find ourselves ever rewatching. But there's one aspect of the film that backers at Paramount are certainly keen to keep alive: Les Grossman, the vulgar, hirsute studio executive played by Tom Cruise in an against-type, near-career-reviving cameo in Ben Stiller's film.

From The Department Of Obvious Casting: Jesse Eisenberg Wooed For New Woody Allen Film

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 12, 2011 1:06 AM
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The following is a missive from The Department Of Obvious Casting -- a branch of the Department of Labor.

Jamaican Crime Classic 'The Harder They Come' Headed For A Remake

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 11, 2011 12:59 PM
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Some films are inextricably tied to their soundtracks. It's hard to think of, say, "The Graduate," without Simon & Garfunkel coming to mind, or "Harold & Maude" without Cat Stevens. Fan-favorite directors from Quentin Tarantino to Wes Anderson are known as much for their skills at compiling mixtapes as they are for their filmmaking. But few soundtracks have had such gigantic impact as the one to the 1972 Jamaican crime movie "The Harder They Come," written and directed by Perry Henzell.

Alec Baldwin Joins Woody Allen's Next Rome Based Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 11, 2011 11:53 AM
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Alec Baldwin is certainly not wasting any time in filling up his calendar now that the debacle that is "Men In Black 3" is behind him, and "30 Rock" will be wrapping up soon for the season. He's already signed on for the indie "Lucky Them" with Marisa Tomei, Thomas Haden Church and Allison Janney (that will shoot later this year), not to mention the mega-musical "Rock Of Ages," and it looks like once he's done singing and dancing this spring, he'll take a trip over to Italy.

Stage Review: Danny Boyle's 'Frankenstein' Is A Haunting Horror Show

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 11, 2011 11:37 AM
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When we interviewed Danny Boyle a few months back, around the time that his humanist survival tale "127 Hours" was hitting screens, we overheard him talking to someone about his upcoming "Frankenstein" play. "Would it play on the West End?" the person asked, referring to the London version of Broadway. "No, no, no," the typically exuberant Boyle said. "It's a little too extreme for that crowd."

First Official Photo From J.J. Abrams' 'Super 8' Lands; What's In The Camera Lens?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 11, 2011 11:15 AM
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While J.J. Abrams wants to keep a tight lid on the surprises he has in store for his Amblin Entertainment homage "Super 8," Paramount is bit more concerned about dropping a summer movie with no big stars that isn't a sequel and is not based on any pre-existing property. They've already presented twenty-odd minutes film to a handful of movie types and industry folks to positive buzz and as the film builds towards it's release in June, you can bet the marketing campaign will be built up to a fever pitch to at least get moviegoers curious while still (hopefully) holding back the secrets.
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'Crazy Heart' Director Scott Cooper To Re-Write & Direct Black List Script 'The Low Dweller'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 11, 2011 10:58 AM
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Update: A press release from Relativity confirms the report and reveals the new title to be "Out Of The Furnace."

Duncan Jones Confirms He's Meeting With Fox To Discuss Directing 'The Wolverine'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 11, 2011 9:30 AM
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With "The Wolverine" now defanged a bit thanks to Darren Aronofsky leaving the director's chair and the tragic earthquake and tsunami in Japan where the film was supposed to shoot, Fox has put the brakes on the highly anticipated sequel which apparently boasts a strong script from Christopher McQuarrie. While Hugh Jackman and the studio are eager to right the many wrongs of "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" they are wisely not rushing to get the film moving again. However, last week, intel burbled up that Fox was beginning to look at directors to take on the film with David Slade -- who pretty much had the gig prior to Aronofsky's arrival -- and Duncan Jones being mentioned as contenders and it now it looks like meetings will be taking place.

Image Entertainment Accidentally Calls Mickey Rourke An Oscar Winner In 'Passion Play' Trailer

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 11, 2011 8:46 AM
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Plus Dozens Of New Photos From Fairy Tale FilmWhoops. Thanks to the eagle-eyed reader for this one, we're obviously going way too fast. So Image Entertainment, the studio that bought the North American distribution rights to "Passion Play," the directorial debut of Mitch Glazer, the writer behind "Scrooged" and the Alfonso Cuaron-directed version of "Great Expectations" in 1998, messed up in their recently released trailer. The film stars Mickey Rourke, Megan Fox, Bill Murray, Rhys Ifans and Kelly Lynch (with appearances by Bud Cort, Rory Cochrane and Murray's older brother Brian Doyle-Murray -- "Get a Life" fans, anyone?), but within the trailer -- as we've photoshopped nicely for you here -- Rourke is called an "Academy Award Winner."

'Eastern Promises' & 'Dirty Pretty Things' Writer Steven Knight Preps Directing Debut 'Hummingbird'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 11, 2011 8:05 AM
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It didn't take long for writer Steven Knight to make a big splash in Hollywood, penning scripts that wound up being directed by Stephen Frears ("Dirty Pretty Things"), Michael Apted ("Amazing Grace") and David Cronenberg ("Eastern Promises"). And from there, he quickly found himself writing some very buzzworth projects recently, including the next Dan Brown flick "The Lost Symbol," a Robert Kennedy biopic with Matt Damon attached, a remake of the classic "Le Cercle Rouge" and an "Eastern Promises" sequel (he's also scribed, less promisingly, the sequel to "Clash Of The Titans"). But rather than await around for any of those get made, Knight is pressing forward on his own directorial debut.

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