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Steve Carell & Toni Collette Join 'The Way, Way Back,' The Directorial Debut for 'The Descendants' Writers Jim Rash and Nat Faxon

  • By Ryan Gowland
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  • April 18, 2012 8:19 AM
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It's funny what a gold statue can do. "The Descendants" screenwriters Jim Rash and Nat Faxon have had their screenplay "The Way, Way Back" stuck in development for years, finally surfacing late last year. After winning the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar, "The Way, Way Back" is moving forward quickly with Steve Carell and Toni Collette cast as the leads.

Nicolas Winding Refn Producing A Prequel To '80s Cult Horror Flick 'Maniac Cop'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • April 18, 2012 8:04 AM
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On top of a directorial career that's going from strength to strength, Nicolas Winding Refn has been getting into the producing game of late backing the remake of his original pic "Pusher" and an Icelandic crime-drama titled "Black's Game" -- both of which will be unveiled this year. The Dane has now set up a teaming with horror-specialist duo William Lustig and Larry Cohen, and will be producing a prequel to their 1988 high-concept horror-actioner, "Maniac Cop."

Darren Aronofsky To Direct 'Unforgiven' Style Pic About George Washington

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 17, 2012 10:28 PM
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Well, he's already set to put his own spin on a famed Bible story with "Noah," so why not American history? That's right, Darren Aronofsky is about get presidential in a movie that won't be your standard biopic.

James Van Der Beek Joins Jason Reitman's 'Labor Day'; Gattlin Griffith Lands Role Of Young Child

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 17, 2012 7:57 PM
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Could this mark the final stage of a comeback for James Van Der Beek? The "Dawson's Creek" star hasn't quite matched the post-show success of Michelle Williams, Joshua Jackson or even Katie Holmes, but 2012 seems to be a bit of a turning point. He's a regular on the new ABC series "Don't Trust The B---- In Apt. 23" and despite roles in a string of less than notable movies over the past few years (and that's not counting his infamous deleted scenes from Todd Solodnz's "Storytelling"), he's now notched a role that will find him acting opposite Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin. Not bad.

Exclusive: Bennett Miller & Francis Lawrence In The Mix To Direct 'Catching Fire'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 17, 2012 7:07 PM
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Well, the hunt is now on for a director to take the helm of "The Hunger Games" sequel "Catching Fire," and before the end of last week a crop of names on Lionsgate's wishlist appeared that included David Cronenberg, Alfonso Cuaron and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. Well, you can now add two more directors who are also in the mix for the job and some conversations with them have already begun.

Ralph Macchio To Play Screenwriter Joe Stefano In 'Alfred Hitchcock And The Making Of Psycho'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 17, 2012 6:22 PM
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It's not easy being a child star of the '80s. Few have made it into adulthood without drugs, audience disinterest or mismanagement sidelining their careers or halting any momentum they might've had. And in some cases, you turn into the pod person that was formerly Kirk Cameron. But for Ralph Macchio, he's avoided the tabloid headlines of some of his contemporaries, and fallen largely into a path that sees him riffing on his former celebrity. But he's lined up a role that could be a nice entry into more serious roles, or just a reminder that he's around, willing to work and that he's not the Karate Kid anymore.

Disney Plans Feature Length Adaptation Of Beloved Theme Park Attraction 'Mr. Toad's Wild Ride'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 17, 2012 6:07 PM
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Disney, always on the look out for a synergistic property that uses cross promotion to advance sales in multiple platforms, is planning an adaptation of the beloved theme park attraction Mr. Toad's Wild Ride. The ride, which currently resides in Fantasyland in Disneyland (the Walt Disney World counterpart was sadly shuttered in 1998 and replaced by a cutesy Winnie the Pooh ride), utilizes characters from Disney's 1949 adaptation of Kenneth Grahame's fantastical "The Wind in the Willows," a children's novel about animals that wear pants and speak with English accents. "Mr. Toad's Wild Ride" is currently looking for writers to adapt the property.

January Jones & Ed Harris Will Drink The Revenge Flavored 'Sweetwater'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 17, 2012 5:38 PM
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The big screen career of "Mad Men" star January Jones has been a bit of a mixed bag. She earned acclaim and attention for her turn in Tommy Lee Jones' "The Three Burials Of Melquiades Estrada" but has otherwise floundered. The less said about "Seeking Justice" the better. And do you remember anything about her role in "X-Men: First Class" besides the lingerie she wore? Oh yeah, she was in "Unknown" too, but again, in such a throwaway, forgettable role it's not a shock it hasn't stuck in the memory. But perhaps this next endeavor will set things right.

Sony Pictures Classics Picks Up Michael Haneke's 'Amour'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 17, 2012 4:52 PM
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While nearly every major film rumored for Cannes has had stills or info of some kind hit the web, Michael Haneke has managed to keep pretty much everything about his next endeavor "Amour" under wraps, but it looks like we're going to soon see a lot more from the movie.

Sorry Garry Marshall, 'Taken' Director Pierre Morel Has Dibs On 'Bastille Day'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 17, 2012 4:32 PM
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It looks like Garry Marshall, in his grand plan to turn every notable day on the calendar into a tedious star-studded rom-com, will have to do without "Bastille Day." That's because the French national holiday is getting the generic action movie treatment, hooray!

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