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Mae Whitman Joins Emma Watson & Logan Lerman In 'The Perks Of Being A Wallflower'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 5, 2011 8:05 AM
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Summit knows the tween market better than anybody else these days and with their mad money franchise "Twilight" drawing to a close, they're trying to find other ways to lure that all-important dollar from young moviegoers. They picked up the adaptation of "The Perks of Being a Wallfower" during Sundance earlier this year, and now it's gearing up to shoot and has added another cast member to Emma Watson and Logan Lerman who were first attached last spring.

Catherine Zeta-Jones & Judy Greer Are 'Playing The Field' With Gerard Butler

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 5, 2011 7:39 AM
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'The Kids Are All Right' Writer Stuart Blumberg Penned Newest Draft Of ScriptThe field is getting crowded (terrible pun, fully intentional) for Gerard Butler's upcoming soccer comedy "Playing the Field" as 24 Frames reports that Catherine Zeta-Jones and Judy Greer have also joined the film that also includes Uma Thurman, Jessica Biel and Dennis Quaid.

Keanu Reeves Says 'Bill & Ted's 3' Script 6 Weeks Away, Reveals Small Plot Details

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 5, 2011 6:53 AM
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It seems that people looking for a nostalgia-fueled sequel have found something else to focus their attention on since "Ghostbusters 3" is dead for now until Bill Murray decides to get around to giving the script a read and maybe throwing his old pals a bone by agreeing to show up and do what he's asked. So instead, we have "Bill & Ted's 3," another sequel that everybody wants to talk about but does anybody actually want to see it?

Keepin It Real: Kelly Reichardt Called Bullshit On Modern Equipment For Anti-Western 'Meek's Cutoff'

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • April 5, 2011 6:50 AM
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And 7 Other Things We Learned From Michelle Williams, Zoe Kazan & The Director Who Kept Her Actors In The Dark Back in September of 2009, we heard the quiet rumblings of a new Kelly Reichardt film, thanks to an interview with confidante/sometimes-producer Larry Fessenden with the A.V. Club. The film sounded like a micro-budgeted, anti-Western and we set it high on our anticipated list, waiting patiently for more inklings of news.

Allegations Of Infidelity In Paul Greengrass' 'Memphis' Script Troubled Martin Luther King Estate

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 5, 2011 5:52 AM
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Lee Daniels' 'Selma' Also Ran Afoul Of MLK FamilyWe wished it was some kind of cruel April Fool's Day joke, but last Friday it was revealed that Universal was bailing on "Memphis," the Martin Luther King Jr. pic that was written and set to be directed by Paul Greengrass. The project was a big one. It was being prepped to start shooting in June with a release date already targeted for MLK weekend in February 2012. Universal pulled funding and claimed tight scheduling as an issue, however Deadline revealed that the estate of the late civil rights leader was "highly critical" of the film and threatened to openly and publicly condemn the project if it ever went in front of cameras. And now, more details have come to the fore.

Review: 'Your Highness' Is Fantasy That's Gloriously Absurd, Hilarious & Balls-Out Irreverent

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 5, 2011 5:41 AM
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The potential failure of something calling itself "Your Highness" and being marketed, in the most blatant of terms, as a medieval stoner movie, is fairly, er, high. These are untapped waters, and a fairly ballsy decision for Universal, after several big-budgeted near-bombs, to make a big budget, very-R-rated comedy that riffs on the esoteric spate of sword-and-sorcery movies from the 1980s (like Playlist favorite "Krull"). In short: it could have been truly, eye-rollingly awful.

Joe Wright Says He Tried To Call Paul Greengrass For Advice On How To Shoot Action For 'Hanna'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 5, 2011 4:42 AM
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At first glance, it's hard to believe that the upcoming teenage assassin flick "Hanna" is from the same director who brought you "Atonement," "Pride & Prejudice" and "The Soloist." Brimming with beautifully choreographed set pieces, you might think it was directed by a seasoned action director, not a helmer giving it a whirl on his first time out. We caught up with director Joe Wright at WonderCon over the weekend and he admitted that he tried to reach out to one of the most influential action directors for the past few years for some tips, but couldn't get past his voicemail.

Lena Dunham's 'Tiny Furniture' Headed To The Criterion Collection In 2012

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 5, 2011 4:18 AM
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'Certified Copy' Considered "Minor Kiarostami," Errol Morris Docs & Wim Wenders' 3D Dance Pic 'Pina' RumoredLena Dunham arrived in a huge way when her debut feature film -- which she wrote, directed and starred in -- premiered at SXSW last year to strong buzz and reviews. While not everyone was head over heels for the film -- our man on the ground at IFFBoston sort of hated it -- Dunham quickly got the attention of Hollywood. She's teaming with comedy producer extraordinaire Judd Apatow on a comedy series for HBO, while Scott Rudin has tasked her with adapting "Dash and Lily's Book of Dares." So huge things are on the horizon for Dunham, who now appears to be a force to be reckoned with in Hollywood, and The Criterion Collection seem to agree.

Time To Put Away Childish Things: Is 2011 The Year Grown-Ups Started Buying Movie Tickets Again?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 5, 2011 3:47 AM
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For some time now, the received wisdom has been that the kind of mid-budget, star-driven serious films that once dominated Hollywood were on their way out. Dan Jinks, the producer of "Milk," told Mark Harris at GQ a couple of months back that, "Everyone has cut back on not just 'Oscar-worthy' movies, but on dramas, period. Caution has made them pull away. It's infected the entire business." Indeed, the new regime at Disney announced their intention back in 2010 to focus entirely on tentpoles, even canceling a proposed sequel to the $200 million-grossing hit "The Proposal," a film that cost a relatively meager $40 million, because it didn't fit with the company's new remit.

Saoirse Ronan Stays Coy On 'Hobbit' Casting, Says 'Violet & Daisy' A "Black Comedy" Unlike 'Hanna'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 5, 2011 3:19 AM
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Irish Actress Seems To Agree With Joe Wright About 'Sucker Punch's Empowerment StanceWith the film set to hit theaters this weekend, Focus Features brought “Hanna” director Joe Wright and star Saoirse Ronan to WonderCon in San Francisco over the weekend to talk about their wild-child adventure. We caught up with the actress as she did rounds with press talking about their kinetic action thriller.

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