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George Clooney's Smokehouse Pictures Plotting Film About '60's Comedians The Smothers Brothers

  • By Simon Dang
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  • December 10, 2011 9:46 AM
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Through their production shingle Smokehouse Pictures, George Clooney and Grant Heslov have been developing and producing interesting, intelligent fare over the last five years.

‘War Horse’ Screenwriter Richard Curtis Talks About ‘Trash,’ A Project For ‘Extremely Loud’ Director Stephen Daldry

  • By Jen Vineyard
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  • December 10, 2011 8:53 AM
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Richard Curtis -- who wrote "Four Weddings and a Funeral, "Bridget Jones's Diary" and directed "Love Actually" and "Pirate Radio" -- has much to celebrate with his adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's "War Horse" hitting theaters later this month, but he's not taking any time off. He's already hard at work on his next adaptation of another children's book by a British author, this time to be directed by Stephen Daldry for Working Title. Andy Mulligan's second novel is called "Trash," but to Curtis, it's pure gold.

Marvel Continue Low-Rent 'Thor 2' Director Hunt, Consider TV Helmers Alan Taylor & Daniel Minahan

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 9, 2011 8:54 PM
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As essentially a self-financing entity, Marvel has, perhaps understandably, been careful to look after the bottom line on their self-produced movies since "Iron Man." The movies have, without exception, cost north of $100 million, but the studio has been careful to keep the money on the screen, signing relative unknowns like Chris Hemsworth, character actors like Mark Ruffalo, or rising stars like Jeremy Renner. People who won't break the bank, exactly. And those actors are kept to restrictive multiple film contracts, to the extent that Chris Evans nearly backed out of "Captain America: The First Avenger."

Newcomer Chadwick Boseman and Harrison Ford Lock Lead Roles In Brian Helgeland's Jackie Robinson Biopic '42'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 9, 2011 8:19 PM
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Oh, Harrison Ford. As we documented in our Essentials feature in the summer, it's a long time since the actor, once one of the most reliable stars in Hollywood, has been on form. And it seems that every potential comeback, from "Hollywood Homicide" and "Crossing Over" to last year's "Morning Glory" and this year's "Cowboys & Aliens" has fallen short, even when, as in the last two cases, the actor's seemed to made more of an effort not to sleepwalk through the picture. 

Andrew Garfield Is Climbing Up The Walls In New Poster For 'The Amazing Spider-Man'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 9, 2011 6:26 PM
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Batman isn't the only hero in tights coming next summer. Spider-Man is starting over, putting Sam Raimi's trilogy in the rearview and trusting the franchise to the hands of "(500) Days Of Summer" director Marc Webb. And while its not as sexy as a six minute prologue at your local IMAX, it is a brand new poster, which is something.

Cameron Crowe Clarifies “Kids-Casted” Project; Says It’s Actually A Preston Sturges-Influenced Comedy & He Wants To Work With Thomas Haden Church Again

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • December 9, 2011 5:35 PM
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After “Elizabethtown” received a lukewarm reception from critics and audiences when it was released in 2005, it took writer-director Cameron Crowe almost six years to put together another project. But Crowe had less trouble conceiving a follow-up to his forthcoming film, “We Bought a Zoo,” even if reports thus far about it have been less than accurate. “I read [stories about the film] and thought, ‘that’s good misinformation,’ ” Crowe said Friday in an interview with The Playlist. “But it is misinformation.”

Marrakech Film Festival '11: Jessica Chastain Doubts She'll End Up In The Final Cut Of Terrence Malick's Next Film

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 9, 2011 5:01 PM
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It's kind of remarkable to think that, almost a year ago, Jessica Chastain was barely known. Sure, geekier film folks (like us) might have known us as her as the girl who Terrence Malick had cast in "The Tree of Life"...

David Gordon Green Talks The Failure of 'Your Highness,' The Comfort of 'The Sitter,' & His Career Choices

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 9, 2011 4:40 PM
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David Gordon Green’s “The Sitter,” opening nationwide today, seems like the natural conclusion of a movement in the director’s career.

In Theaters: If You Want To See 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy' You'll Need To Call 'The Sitter' For Your 'Young Adult' (Just Don't Stay Out Until 'New Year's Eve')

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • December 9, 2011 4:28 PM
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This is what I'm talking about! This is the kind of weekend we deserve in December. Some buzzed about prestige pieces, comedies for adults of the slapstick and dark variety, and one giant overstuffed blimp of star exploitation for people who don't actually like movies.

'The Blue Lagoon' Getting A Remake On Lifetime

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 9, 2011 3:39 PM
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"A story of natural love," the poster for the 1980 film "The Blue Lagoon" proclaimed, hoping to deflect from the fact that the movie was essentially an excuse to get a teenage Brooke Shields to take off her clothes (though yes, body doubles were used too). That sensual story was told again in "Return To The Blue Lagoon" a PG-13 movie that still managed to get a 15 year old Milla Jovovich to disrobe. We'll pause while you pervs go to Netflix.

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