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Paul Haggis Quietly Working On Global Romantic Drama 'Third Person'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 5, 2010 5:21 AM
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With his prison escape drama "The Next Three Days" set to hit theaters in a couple of weeks, writer/director Paul Haggis has seen his name linked to a couple of gestating projects. More recently, he's been tapped to adapt and possibly direct the Spanish sensation "Celda 211" and earlier in the year he was linked with Russell Crowe to a big screen version of the 1980s TV series "The Equalizer." However, one project that hasn't been mentioned is one that he's keeping to himself for now.

In Theaters: 'Due Date,' 'Megamind,' 'For Colored Girls,' '127 Hours'

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • November 5, 2010 4:54 AM
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With Halloween and all its customary horror movies behind us and long forgotten, this weekend seems to herald open season for awards contenders. Buzzed about awards-seeking films such as Danny Boyle's James Franco starring survival drama "127 Hours" opens in limited release against Tyler Perry's first possible award contender, the star-laden "For Colored Girls." Going head to head in the box office dollars race, lovable funny men Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifiankis tackle the road movie in "Due Date," while equally funny people Will Ferrell and Tina Fey lend their vocal talents to the animated "Megamind," for which children and their parents will turn out in droves, undoubtedly. Some interesting docs and smaller indies are also out there for anyone looking to stray off the popcorn-strewn beaten path.

Ben Chaplin, David Paymer, Alden Ehrenreich & More Cast In Francis Coppola's 'Twixt Now And Sunrise'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 5, 2010 3:50 AM
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Says Film Was Inspired By A NightmareShooting has already quietly begun on Francis Ford Coppola's next film, an horror/thriller entry titled "Twixt Now And Sunrise." Not much was known about the project that stars Val Kilmer, Elle Fanning and Bruce Dern but speaking with the New York Times, Coppola has revealed more members of the cast and has revealed some minor plot details around the film.

Exclusive: Danny Boyle Talks City Rhythms, And The Cinema Of Sustaining Hope In '127 Hours'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • November 5, 2010 3:50 AM
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Oscar-Winning Filmmaker Discusses The Lessons 'The Beach' Taught Him & How They Applied To The Beat Of His New Survival DramaA couple of weeks ago we sat down with Danny Boyle, one of our favorite directors, to talk about his upcoming thrilling survival drama "127 Hours" (out today). After rummaging through the hotel room's mini-bar looking for some decent chocolate, when we finally sat down with the starved director, we discussed the self-imposed challenges of making the film, what it meant for a self-described "city director" to tackle a movie set largely in the middle-of-nowhere, and how the editorial rhythm of the movie was there from the get-go. (For other bits from our interview check here.)

Watch: Kevin James Makes His 'Dr. Doolittle' With 'The Zookeeper'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 5, 2010 3:30 AM
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Kevin James. Talking animals. A fat guy yelling seemingly non-stop. It looks like our cinematic prayers have been answered.

Stephen Sommers To Direct Adaptation Of Dean Koontz's 'Odd Thomas'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 5, 2010 3:15 AM
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As the world not so eagerly anticipates the sequel to 2009's action-figure-to-big screen extravaganza "G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra," here is a bit of Stephen Sommers news to help make that wait a little more bearable. Screen Daily (via ComingSoon) has confirmed that Sommers is set to direct an adaptation of Dean Koontz's "Odd Thomas".

Review: Aussie Neo-Western 'Red Hill' Fails To Live Up To Its Promising Trailer

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • November 5, 2010 3:10 AM
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If there was one movie this year that this writer wanted to be fantastic, it was "Red Hill." The trailer focused on the strikingly beautiful cinematography, but gave little detail on the plot. For that, it seemed fishy, but those misgivings were swiftly buried by piles and piles of awe. It basically looked like "No Country For Old Men" set in Australia, and while there was no shot in it being anywhere near as brilliant as that, it still held the possibility of being a strong film. Reading the director's statement was even more promising, as Patrick Hughes seemed passionate not only about his movie, but about movies in general. Seemingly down-to-earth, there was a connection made after reading, maybe even an unspoken friendship, as weird as that sounds. Alas, all this did was instill a vague guilty feeling after the movie, as despite Hughes's enthusiasm and the fine visual aesthetic, "Red Hill" is a blatantly amateur work.

Watch: Trailer For Adam Sandler's 'Just Go With It' Is Yet Another Convoluted Romcom

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 5, 2010 2:52 AM
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"From The Producers Of Grown Ups" should really be the only thing you need to know about this before you decide not to go see it.

Review: Audacious 'Four Lions' Has A Good Comedy Roar, But Never Moves In For The Kill

  • By The Playlist
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  • November 5, 2010 2:35 AM
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Black humor that tracks potentially offensive or controversial subjects such as substance abuse and pedophilia, incest, rape, etc. are the bread and butter of satirist, actor, writer and director Christopher Morris, so it's really no surprise that his feature-film debut, "Four Lions" lampoons suicide bombers and focuses on a group of inept British Islamic terrorists.

Watch: Trailer For 'Hall Pass' Needs To Go Straight To The Principal's Office

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 5, 2010 2:34 AM
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We have to admit, we did have some hopes for this one. Directed by the Farrelly Brothers, who are still chasing the early trifecta of funny "Dumb & Dumber," "Kingpin" and "There's Something About Mary," we kept our optimism slightly raised with the likes of Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis, Jenna Fischer, Christina Applegate, J.B. Smoove and Stephen Merchant among the cast.

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