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Kenneth Branagh Working On A '60s Belfast-Set Semi-Autobiographical Drama

  • By Simon Dang
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  • June 20, 2012 1:38 PM
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While "Thor" will move on without him, Brit multi-hyphenate Sir Kenneth Branagh (yep, he was knighted this week) has certainly been kicking around plenty of other directorial efforts, including an adaptation of Henning Mankell's "Italian Shoes" with Anthony Hopkins and Dame Judi Dench, "The Guernsey Liteary And Potato Peel Pie Society" with Kate Winslet and an adaptation of Shakespeare's "Macbeth" as well as recently boarding the long-gestating Jack Ryan reboot with Chris Pine.

New Set Of Character Posters From 'Frankenweenie' Premiere; Pixar Debuts New 'Cars Toon' Short

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • June 20, 2012 1:24 PM
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Disney has unveiled a series of character for this Halloween's "Frankenweenie," a black-and-white stop motion feature from Tim Burton and Disney that was based on a short film of his that got him fired from the studio back in the mid-eighties (seriously). The posters and characters look appropriately Tim Burton-y (maybe a little too much – some of the characters seem like slightly redressed designs from "The Corpse Bride" and the dog looks very "Family Dog"-esque). In other Disney animation news, the studio has quietly slipped a new "Cars Toon" short film onto iTunes and Amazon, which ties in directly to the new Carsland section of Disney California Adventure.

Review: 'The Invisible War' A Powerful Look At The Epidemic Of Sexual Assault In The Armed Forces

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 20, 2012 12:59 PM
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Be all that you can be. The few, the proud...the marines. Always prepared. Aim High. Those are just some of the slogans used over the years for the various branches of the United States armed forces, and they capture the combination of courage, selflessness and pride of the men and women serving their country. And while we can never doubt their service, there is an ugly problem underneath the surface that has nothing to do with military operations, but rather, with a culture that has fostered and failed to address abuse. Sexual assault is as epidemic in the U.S. military, and Kirby Dick's eye-opening and powerful "The Invisible War" shines a harsh light on the issue, one that reveals that the slow progressive attitude of the armed forces, still has a long, long way to go.

Antoine Fuqua Will Apparently Direct Don Cheadle's Miles Davis Biopic; Hip-Hop Remix Album To Be Unveiled With Film's Release

  • By Simon Dang
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  • June 20, 2012 12:38 PM
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It seems like we've been talking about this film for years now, but it looks like there may have been some significant progression of the Don Cheadle-shepherded film about jazz icon Miles Davis. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal (via ShadowAndAct), Davis Estate heirs Erin Davis and Vince Wilburn Jr. have revealed that project will no longer see Cheadle at the helm -- as has been the plan for as long as we remember -- and that Antoine Fuqua is now slated to direct the picture that has previously been described as a '70's cubist gangster pic.

Roger Avary To Write Paul Verhoeven's 'Jesus Of Nazareth' As Financing Comes Together

  • By Ryan Gowland
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  • June 20, 2012 11:17 AM
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Biblical movies are all the rage in Hollywood right now, with Darren Aronofsky currently casting his "Noah" for a summer shoot,  Ridley Scott looking to tackle Moses for Fox while Steven Spielberg also has a Moses movie brewing for Warner Bros. Meanwhile, "Robocop" and "Showgirls" director Paul Verhoeven wants in on the Biblical epic movement too, specifically with the controversial take on Jesus Christ that he's been trying to get off the ground since last year. And Verhoeven has taken a couple significant steps forward with his Jesus movie with Muse Productions’ Chris Hanley stepping up to finance the project and screenwriter Roger Avary ("Beowulf," "Killing Zoe") hired to write the screenplay.

Jonathan Demme Says ‘Zeitoun’ Still Need Financing, Talks Adapting Stephen King's ’11/22/63’

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • June 20, 2012 11:01 AM
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While it might appear that director Jonathan Demme has retreated from the mainstream in recent years, directing a string of documentaries including “Jimmy Carter Man From Plains” and a trio of Neil Young concert films, the director says he’s just been following the projects he finds himself drawn to. “It all depends on what I’m enthusiastic about at the moment, what presents itself,” Demme told The Playlist in an exclusive interview this week. “I love doing fiction. I love doing performance films and I love doing documentaries that don’t have music. I love to shoot and I love to shoot things I’m enthusiastic about.”

Jim Carrey Drops Out Of The 'Dumb & Dumber' Sequel Because The Studio Isn't As Excited To Make It As He Is

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 20, 2012 10:43 AM
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Talked about fro almost as long as the Farrelly Brothers' "The Three Stooges," a sequel to "Dumb & Dumber" seems to have been kicking around as an idea/rumor for a while now and for fans of the awesomely low-brow comedy, it looked like those dreams were coming true. This spring, Peter Farrelly confidently stated he had Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels set to return with a September shoot all lined up. But those plans appear to have been canceled.

You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet: New Trailer For 'The Watch' With Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn & Jonah Hill

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 20, 2012 10:21 AM
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It was just yesterday that we were wondering when 20th Century Fox was going to get the marketing ball rolling on "The Watch," the comedy starring Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and Richard Ayoade. The tragic killing of Trayvon Martin made selling a movie about a rogue neighborhood watch crew a bit difficult for the studio, but this healthy, lengthy international trailer for the movie shows they could have a comic hit on their hands.

Director Lorene Scafaria Reveals How 'Life Is Beautiful' Influenced 'Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World' & More About The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 20, 2012 9:58 AM
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There won't be any comedy arriving in theaters this summer boasting a higher concept than "Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World." The story begins with a few weeks left to go before life on planet Earth is wiped out by an asteroid, and follows an unlikely pair -- Dodge and Penny -- as they head out on a road trip, so he can reunite with his high school sweetheart. And while comedies generally don't come in this kind of packaging, writer and director Lorene Scafaria rounded up one helluva cast to help her tell the tale.

'Sesame Street' Movie In The Works Courtesy Of Producer Shawn Levy & Fox

  • By Ryan Gowland
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  • June 20, 2012 9:37 AM
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"Sesame Street" celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2009, so, in many ways, the fact that a movie version of the popular kids program is in the works probably shouldn't be much of a surprise. Of course, there've been individual character movies like 1985’s "Follow That Bird" and 1999’s "The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland," but director Shawn Levy ("Real Steel") and his 21 Laps banner, along with fellow producers Michael Aguilar, Mark Gordon and Film 360's Guymon Casady, want to produce an adaptation of the entire show.

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