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Review: 'Morning Glory' Not Ready For Prime Time

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 9, 2010 4:02 AM
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All you need to know about "Morning Glory" is that it was written by "The Devil Wears Prada" scribe Aline Brosh McKenna. While the mega-success of that film propelled her towards becoming a very in-demand writer, like her male equivalent Allan Loeb, we're still waiting to see what all the fuss is about. 'Prada' was never a terribly brilliant piece of writing and that film's success was due more to Meryl Streep (and to a lesser extent Emily Blunt and Anne Hathaway) than anything on the page. But if it worked once, might as well try it again, as McKenna essentially reworks the formula in "Morning Glory" transplanting the fashion industry for network television in a film that is watery facsimile of its predecessor.

Original 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo' Director Sounds Off Against Remake

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • November 9, 2010 3:48 AM
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We Can't Wait To Hear David Fincher's "I Don't Care" ResponseNiels Arden Oplev is not too happy with Hollywood, for entirely predictable reasons. The director behind "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" doesn't think much of the bean counters in Hollywood doing their own version of the story, and he candidly revealed as much to Word & Film recently.

Ladies And Gentlemen... Rubik's Cube: The Movie

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • November 9, 2010 3:35 AM
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Nine out of ten major blockbusters (maybe more?) of the last few years were based on pre-established names and brands. While the usual suspects produced completely awful movies, you'd be forgiven for hoping that Hollywood would learn some lessons from the more entertaining and satisfying successes. But when studios see something like "Pirates of the Caribbean" succeed, they don't think, "Oh, the audience craves high adventure and witty humorous comic interplay." They think, "We don't even need backstories to get saps to buy tickets to a name they recognize." 'Pirates' was certainly somewhat enjoyable, but would it have made $300 million domestic had it been titled, "The Pirates of the High Seas"?

'The King's Speech' Director Tom Hooper Hates The Poster Too; Replacement Forthcoming

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 9, 2010 3:13 AM
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There've been a fair few sub-par posters this year, but none quite as flabbergasting as the one revealed for Oscar front-runner "The King's Speech" last week. Apparently designed by a first-time Photoshop user during Bring Your Child To Work Day at the marketing wing of the Weinstein Company, it made the poster for "The Switch" look like it was designed by Saul Bass.

Rumor: Javier Bardem & James Franco In 'Wrath of the Titans'?

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • November 9, 2010 3:01 AM
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That's The Clever Title For 'Clash Of The Titans 2' In Case You're Not CleverThere have been a lot of rumors of actors being "considered" for roles lately, and usually it's a result of one intrepid producer making a highly optimistic wish list. Every movie has these wish lists - no one ever comes out and says, "I want to cast Patrick Dempsey," but someone's got to end up with him. And so we have names being thrown around for the megabudgeted sci-fi pic "All You Need Is Kill" and the anticipated-by-no-one sequel "Wrath of the Titans."

Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman, Lizzy Caplan & Chris O'Dowd Team For 'Frankie Goes Boom'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • November 9, 2010 2:45 AM
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Stars of FX motorcycle-gang drama "Sons Of Anarchy," the on-the-rise Charlie Hunnam and the revitalized Ron Perlman are set to unite on the silver screen alongside comedy thespians Lizzy Caplan and Chris O'Dowd for "Frankie Goes Boom," a project written and to be directed by Jordan Roberts.

Pierre Morel Leaves 'Dune'; Paramount To Put Project In Turnaround By Spring 2011 Unless...

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 9, 2010 2:43 AM
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... The Project Is Put Into Production By Then; Studio Is Reaching Out To Directors NowFrom hotly anticipated project to a potentially stalled one in limbo; things are not going too well for Paramount's planned adaptation of Frank Herbert's heady sci-fi novel, "Dune" — you know the one, the picture David Lynch inexplicably made in 1984 (ironically he passed up "Return Of The Jedi" the year before).

Kelly Reichardt's Period Western 'Meek's Cutoff' Scores April 8 Theatrical Release

  • By Simon Dang
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  • November 9, 2010 2:29 AM
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Michelle Williams Taking One Year Hiatus After 'My Week With Marilyn'After premiering at the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals, Kelly Reichardt's period western "Meek's Cutoff" has now excitingly been handed an April 8th theatrical release through Oscilloscope Pictures, the distribution shingle founded by Beastie Boy Adam Yauch.

'The Disappearance Of Alice Creed' Helmer To Direct Great Chicago Fire Romance 'Hell and Gone'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 9, 2010 2:08 AM
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Jonathan Nolan Writing The ScriptOne of the most pleasant surprises of the year turned out to be the British thriller "The Disappearance Of Alice Creed," about the twists and turns following the kidnapping of an heiress. While the plot reversals occasionally got a little far-fetched, it was enjoyably nasty, featured three strong performances from Gemma Arterton, Eddie Marsan and Martin Compston, and first-time helmer J Blakeson displayed a sure directorial hand, despite only having one letter as a first name.

Watch: Yet Another Trailer For 'The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 9, 2010 1:59 AM
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A Title So Long, We Couldn't Fit A Joke In The HeadlineWe've quite enjoyed some of the "Harry Potter" films. And yet, we're still fairly apathetic every time one rolls around -- maybe it's the sheer volume of the series. So you can imagine the giant collective shrug that comes from The Playlist team in the run-up to the release of a new film in "The Chronicles of Narnia" franchise.

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