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'Gnomeo & Julet' Director Kelly Asbury Talks the Narrative Quality of Elton John Songs

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 10, 2011 4:33 AM
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Plus: His Take on the Nearly Endless Development Process & Why Everyone Gets Uptight About the Movie's EnglishnessDisney and Rocket Films' "Gnomeo & Juliet," opening nationwide this Friday, has had a storied production history that could be its own compelling film. The story of star-crossed lawn ornaments was set up as a joint Disney/Rocket Films production in the first part of the aughts, under the supervision of "Beauty and the Beast" co-director Gary Trousdale, with Kate Winslet and Ewan McGregor attached (they're now replaced by Emily Blunt and James McAvoy). The project fell apart, only to regain steam and be cut down again when Pixar's John Lasseter was installed, as the head of Disney's animation division (this was around the time he axed Chris Sanders' "American Dog," before neutering it and turning it into the toneless "Bolt"). The project was finally rescued by executive Dick Cook, who set it up not at Disney Animation proper, but with Miramax instead. Of course, with Miramax since being sold, Walt Disney are now taking on distribution duties for the film. At the end of all the back and forth, this take on the Shakespearean classic, thankfully, did not end in tragedy.

Trailer: Ewan McGregor & Christopher Plummer Charm Completely In Mike Mills' 'Beginners'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 27, 2011 8:33 AM
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Why hello, favorite indie trailer of the year so far, how are you?

Trailer For 'Perfect Sense': A Chef & An Epidemiologist Fall In Love Until They Can't Feel Love

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 18, 2011 10:52 AM
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Meet Susan. An epidemiologist who thinks all men are assholes. Now meet Michael, a sweetheart of a chef who sweeps Susan off her feet. Sounds like the beginnings of a romcom right? Not so.

David MacKenzie's Sci-Fi Romancer Starring Ewan McGregor & Eva Green Now Titled 'Perfect Sense'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • December 13, 2010 1:57 AM
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We briefly touched on the name change earlier this year but it looks like David MacKenzie's sci-fi-tinged romancer starring Ewan McGregor and Eva Green now has the confirmed title of "Perfect Sense" as it approaches its premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, (whose website also provides this first official look).

Review: 'I Love You Phillip Morris' Starts Sweet But Turns Sour

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 1, 2010 3:20 AM
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After being delayed for nearly a year thanks to distributor woes and legal wrangling, the directorial debut of Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (the writers behind "Bad Santa" and directors of the upcoming "Crazy Stupid Love") finally arrives on North American shores. And though the film is not as outrageous as it premise teases, "I Love You Phillip Morris" is mostly a pleasantly diverting comedy that goes very far south in its go-for-broke final act.

Rival Princess Diana Biopics In The Works With Charlize Theron & Keira Knightley As Leads?

  • By Simon Dang
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  • October 27, 2010 4:49 AM
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Ewan McGregor, Helen Mirren And Scarlett Johansson Also LinkedIf British tabloid The Daily Mail is to be believed, two biopics on the controversial life of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, are reportedly in the works with high-profile actresses linked to the lead roles.

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