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Nick Hornby To Adapt Memoir 'Wild' For Reese Witherspoon

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 29, 2012 5:53 PM
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We'll say this -- Reese Witherspoon sure knows how to choose 'em. Earlier this year writer/director Lisa Cholodenko ("The Kids Are All Right") told us that she would be writing and directing an adaptation of Cheryl Strayed's "Wild: From Lost To Found On The Pacific Crest Trail" for producer Reese Witherspoon. Well, it seems the Cholodenko is no longer involved, but another strong writer is now set to tackle the material.

Joss Whedon's 'Much Ado About Nothing' & Ethan Hawke's 'Purge' Get Summer Release Dates

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 29, 2012 5:24 PM
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With the unbelievable success of "The Avengers," Joss Whedon is the new king of summer. Want proof? His arty, I-made-it-in-my-backyard-for-real Shakespeare adaptation is going to go in the deep end with the blockbusters in 2013.

Sundance Adds 'S-VHS,' James Franco's Porn Documentary & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 29, 2012 4:51 PM
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Let's face it -- until James Franco shows up, it's not a film festival, and Sundance, after announcing their inital slate yesterday, just got real. The folks in Park City have lifted the curtain on the Spotlight, New Frontier and Park City At Midnight offerings and there are a couple of curiosities worth noting.

Atticus Ross Out, Javier Navarette In To Score '47 Ronin'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 29, 2012 4:26 PM
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If things had gone according to plan, Keanu Reeves' "47 Ronin" would already be in theaters. But a troubled production has seen the movie's release date get bumped twice, as reshoots took place and the studio got involved with the editing process. Not always a good sign. And there are still more changes to come.

Watch: Megan Fox Is In A Bikini In New Clip From Judd Apatow's 'This Is 40'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 29, 2012 3:49 PM
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Turning forty (or even passing through your mid-thirties) means seeing your once youthful body morph into a lumpy, misshapen thing that is no longer as tolerant of the excess of years past. And so, for Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann), when Desi (Megan Fox) walks into their lives, it's easy to see why they both pay attention.

Watch: 2 Clips From Thomas Vinterberg's Tense 'The Hunt'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 29, 2012 3:36 PM
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The Hunt
Though it won't be hitting screens on this side of the ocean until next year, we can say with certainty there will probably be few films in 2013 that will get under your skin as deeply as Thomas Vinterberg's "The Hunt." The director's lauded return to form won Mads Mikkelsen an award at the Cannes Film Festival for his performance, and indeed, he's great. But the raw drama is one that is definitely a tough watch.
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First Quasi-Review Of 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' Warns Of Jar Jar Binks-Esque Character

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 29, 2012 2:43 PM
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There is probably no film more heavily embargoed this fall than Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." Even though it premiered on Tuesday in New Zealand, reviews have been under lock and key, but the New York Daily News has decided to risk the wrath of Sauron and posted the first quasi-review/opinion piece about the film. And actually, it's quite positive, though one particular sentence caught our eye.

Are Noah Baumbach & Greta Gerwig Shooting A Film At Barnard?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 29, 2012 2:27 PM
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This is The Playlist equivalent of a geek rumor, so just bear with us. Granted, the pieces of evidence are a bit flimsy and who knows if it's all just a misunderstanding, but it's also too compelling to ignore. The short version is: Noah Baumbach and possibly Greta Gerwig may be shooting something on the campus at Barnard College. The long version is: they might not be.

‘Safety Not Guaranteed’ Writer Derek Connolly Writing A Pixar Film; Jennifer Lee To Co-Direct Disney's 'Frozen'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • November 29, 2012 2:11 PM
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Who would have thought that “Safety Not Guaranteed,” the low budget sci-fi-ish Sundance hit, would produce some of the most sought after creative talent in the business right now? It was a cute movie and there was certainly some artistry at work, but anyone who thought that the film’s director, Colin Trevorrow, would soon be mentioned in the same breath as the upcoming “Star Wars” sequels (and become attached to a highly touted “Flight of the Navigator” remake) is either lying or psychic. Now comes word that Trevorrow’s “Safety Not Guaranteed” collaborator Derek Connolly (who is also working on ‘Navigator’) has a job almost as vaulted as guiding the future adventures of the Skywalker clan – he’s writing a new movie for Pixar.

Christopher Nolan Says Heath Ledger Initially Didn’t Want To Be In Superhero Or Batman Movies: 6 Things Learned From The FSLC Talk

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • November 29, 2012 1:28 PM
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Last night at the Walter Reade theater in New York, Christopher Nolan and Film Comment contributing editor Scott Foundas sat down for an hour plus chat about the 'Dark Knight' trilogy, Nolan's career and the traditionalist's love of cinema, the virtues of IMAX cameras and shooting on 65mm, and the importance of keeping the photochemical process alive in a digital age.

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