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Martin Scorsese To Edit Kenneth Lonergan's 'Margaret' In Hopes Of Creating A Releasable Cut

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 9, 2011 9:22 AM
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Where do we start with Kenneth Lonergan's "Margaret," his followup to the critically acclaimed "You Can Count On Me." Well, here goes. The film 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 between Fox Searchlight and the film's producer Dan Gilbert, 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 become 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.

Watch: Trailer For 'The Future' Won't Change Your Opinion On Miranda July

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 9, 2011 8:43 AM
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Either you thought that "Me And You And Everyone You Know" was insufferably twee or it was the arrival of a new cinematic voice, but there seems to be very little in of a middle ground when it comes to Miranda July and the trailer for her latest effort will do little sway your opinion no matter which side of the fence you're on.

Nicole Kidman Circles James Wan's Low Budget Horror Pic 'Spectre'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 9, 2011 8:20 AM
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While we may not be huge fans of his oeuvre, it's easy to see why Hollywood loves director James Wan. He delivers big scares and big box office on tiny budgets. In fact, "Insidious" is already past $50 million domestic with worldwide numbers still to come in all on a tiny cost of $1.5 million. Not bad. So it's no wonder talent around Hollywood is paying attention, and for his next film, the director may be working with one of the respected actresses in the game.

Stanley Tucci Is Caesar Flickerman In 'Hunger Games'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 9, 2011 7:43 AM
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Now that we got news about Quentin Tarantino, Paul Thomas Anderson and the Cannes Film Festival out of the way, here's a "Hunger Games" update. Yawn.

Rob Marshall Makes It Official, Signs On To Direct 'The Thin Man' With Johnny Depp

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 9, 2011 7:17 AM
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Considering that these days Johnny Depp rarely strays too far from his comfort zone and seems content to keep working with the same folks over and over, this news is hardly that surprising.

Paul Thomas Anderson To Shoot 'The Master' In June With Philip Seymour Hoffman & Joaquin Phoenix

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 9, 2011 6:55 AM
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Madisen Beaty, Amy Adams, Lena Endre & Laura Dern Contenders For Supporting RolesExcuse us a second, our brains just exploded. Not only does Paul Thomas Anderson's brewing untitled quasi-Scientology flick, formerly known as "The Master," now have a distributor in The Weinstein Company, but Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix are set to star, according to Deadline, with a June start now scheduled.

Watch: 3 Bone-Chilling Clips From Lynne Ramsay's 'We Need To Talk About Kevin'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 9, 2011 6:18 AM
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Lynne Ramsay's "We Need To Talk About Kevin," with Tilda Swinton and John C. Reilly is undoubtedly one of our most anticipated films of the Cannes Film Festival and these snippets from the film are even better than we could have expected.

Sony Lands Foreign Rights To 'Django Unchained' In Bid To Court Will Smith For Lead Role

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 9, 2011 5:50 AM
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How badly does Quentin Tarantino want Will Smith? He's willing to give him the world to make it happen.

Jessica Chastain Has A Smart Part In Terrence Malick's Next, Still Untitled Romantic Drama

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 9, 2011 5:34 AM
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Terrence Malick's long awaited "The Tree Of Life" will unspool a week from today at the Cannes Film Festival, and the picture that had remained hidden for so long, will finally be revealed and talked about. In the past, we'd just have to wait patiently until the director decided what he would do next. However, Malick seems to have a fire lit under him as before "The Tree Of Life" was done, last fall, he got started on another film.

F. Gary Gray Headed To 'The Last Days Of American Crime' With Sam Worthington

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 9, 2011 5:01 AM
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F. Gary Gray has had a bit of a bumpy ride in finding his next film after "Law Abiding Citizen." Last year he was on board to direct the video game adaptation "Kane & Lynch" with Bruce Willis and Jamie Foxx before that project ran into development hell, and earlier this year he was shortlisted for "G.I. Joe: Cobra Strikes" (with that job going to Jon Chu) but it looks like he's landed on something new.

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