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Terry Gilliam To Shoot Short Film 'The Wholly Family' In Italy In January

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 30, 2010 6:16 AM
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While he spent most of the year struggling to mount his cursed project "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote," Terry Gilliam certainly hasn't been sitting idle, rocking a webcast for Arcade Fire in August, directing an energy drink mini-movie thing “The Legend Of Hallowdega,” and he’s currently gearing up for a production of Berlioz’s “The Damnation of Faust” at the English National Opera in London. But it looks like he's going to squeeze in one more film project before he focuses on the stage.

2010 In Reverse: 7 What-Could-Have-Been Films

  • By Edward Davis
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  • December 30, 2010 5:40 AM
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Projects come and projects go. Actors and directors join or spearhead them and then sometimes they leave. Sometimes it's not personal, sometimes it's downright acrimonious. We're not crying over spilled milk or anything, but there were a handful of high profile films in 2010 that started one way, then headed in an entirely different direction. In some cases it was for the better, in some cases for the worse, in some cases it just doesn't make much difference to anyone, but as we were thinking of the bigger news items of 2010, we thought it would be fun to look back on the history of some of the films that finally made their way to the big screen this year. So here's seven projects that began -- or reportedly began in some cases -- with certain talent and filmmakers and then, for whatever reason, took a different turn.

First Look At Tomar-Re In 'Green Lantern'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 30, 2010 3:14 AM
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Next year will be superhero movie heaven for fans of the genre with "Thor," "Captain America: The First Avenger" and "Green Lantern" all swooping into theaters next spring or summer. But with three big budget franchise films all gunning for the same audience within a few months of each other, we figure at least one of them will underperform, and if we were betting men, we'd put our money on "Green Lantern." The first trailer for the film was shockingly dull with some questionable CGI and overall tone that we couldn't quite get with. And, for this writer who is not totally familiar with the Green Lantern, it seems that the entire universe is a bit absurd even for a comic. Enter Tomar-Re.

Watch: Trailer For 'Chalet Girl' Is Cinematic Equivalent Of Skiing Into A Tree

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 30, 2010 2:15 AM
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We've been fans of rising star Felicity Jones ever since seeing her on stage in Polly Stenham's "That Face" a few years back, and she's only gone from strength to strength since -- she made our list of 2010 Breakthrough Performances for being the sole high point of Ricky Gervais' "Cemetery Junction." 2011 looks like it could be her year, with sought-after roles in "Trap for Cinderella," "This Beautiful Fantastic," "Hysteria" and the highly promising Sundance entry "Like Crazy," as well as being on the shortlist for the lead in the tentpole "Snow White and the Huntsman."

New Images From Zack Snyder's 'Sucker Punch'; Will The Film Be Released In 3D After All?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 30, 2010 1:52 AM
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We're right on the verge of hitting 2011 (look out for our mammoth preview pieces next week), and one of the highest profile pictures in the early part of the year is Zack Snyder's passion project "Sucker Punch." Warner Bros. are hoping that by giving one of their key directors (who is, after all, next set to tackle the crown jewel of "Superman") a huge budget to indulge his own interests, they'll be able to match the success they had with the same approach on Christopher Nolan's "Inception."

'Uncharted 3' Video Game Director Says David O. Russell & Mark Wahlberg's Details On The Film Untrue

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 29, 2010 10:03 AM
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Well, this is a weird one. In the run up to the release of "The Fighter," director David O. Russell and star Mark Wahlberg openly and gladly talked about what appeared to be their forthcoming collaboration on the big screen version of the popular video game "Uncharted." But now, according to "Uncharted 3" video game director Justin Richmond, none of the things Russell actually said were true and Wahlberg is not signed on to the film. Huh?

Tomislav Božović & Dado Džihan Contributing Music To Angelina Jolie's Directorial Debut

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 29, 2010 8:56 AM
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Forgive us as our Croatian is non-existent and Google Translate isn't much help, but according to the Serbian edition of Hello!, Angelina Jolie has started putting together the music for her upcoming directorial debut and just as she did with the talent in front of camera, she is sticking to people from the region to assist in the off-camera work as well.
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Will Oliver Stone Resurrect 'Pinkville' With Shia LaBeouf?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 29, 2010 8:16 AM
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One of the films we lamented falling apart in our Ten Dead Projects We'd Like To See Resurrected feature was Oliver Stone's My Lai massacre pic "Pinkville." Originally set to star Bruce Willis, Woody Harrelson, Channing Tatum, Michael Peña and Cam Gigandet, the 2007 writer's strike put a huge snag into updates and touch-ups so United Artists shut down the production at almost the last minute. It was a picture that would've found Stone working with some very comfortable subject matter and the cast he had set to go was certainly enticing. Well, as it turns out, it may come back to life.

Marvel Casting Another Female Role In 'The Avengers'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 29, 2010 7:38 AM
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OK, so while Demi Lovato won't make her post-rehab career resurgence in Marvel's mega-comic movie "The Avengers," THR has revealed Marvel is going to be casting somebody in another female role that is apparently up for grabs.

The Most Disappointing & Overrated Films Of 2010

  • By The Playlist
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  • December 29, 2010 7:36 AM
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Contrary to popular belief, we're optimists here at The Playlist. Just as almost every filmmaker goes into a project genuinely wanting it to be the best it can be (“Grown Ups" being a major exception, it would seem), we genuinely hope that every movie released will be worthwhile. Unfortunately, movies are difficult things to make, with any number of things that are liable to go wrong, and more often than not, we come away disappointed. So, if we come across as being cynical when compared to other, more cheerleader-type sites, it's really more a kind of self-preservational realism at work. After all, you can only be disappointed so many times before you grow up about it and learn to manage your expectations.

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