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Julianne Hough To Star In Pre-'Juno' Diablo Cody Penned 'Time And A Half'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • August 8, 2012 11:23 AM
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“Juno” may have been the film that announced Diablo Cody as a screenwriter to be reckoned with, but by then she’d already penned a bunch of scripts that she believed would probably never see the light of day. One of those scripts, “Time and a Half,” a Gen X inspired satire of modern day hipsters which Cody described as “a generational, working stiffs kind of comedy” now looks dead certain to make it to the big screen. Cody sold the script some time ago and hasn't touched it since, telling us last year "they hired somebody to rewrite it at some point and, I didn't really want to work on it anymore" but it’s unlikely that will stop the film, which has just secured its lead actress, from being marketed as a Diablo Cody flick.

Original 'Brave' Director Brenda Chapman Leaves Pixar For Mystery LucasFilm Project

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 8, 2012 10:40 AM
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Well, this isn't exactly going to be shocking news to anyone who followed the long, sad history of Disney and Pixar's "Brave," but it looks like Brenda Chapman, the film's original director (she still wound up with a co-director credit even though she was removed from the film 18 months before the movie opened), has left Pixar for good. It seems LucasFilm Animation has hired her for an as-yet-unannounced project. Oooo mysterious!

Jonathan Rhys Meyers Is A Shadowhunter In 'Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • August 8, 2012 10:22 AM
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Since the successful debut of the “Twilight” franchise, and especially in the aftermath of “The Hunger Games,” studios have been rushing to find the next big thing in the young adult genre, and Screen Gems is betting big on Cassandra Clare’s “The Mortal Instruments” saga. Set to begin shooting in Toronto in a few weeks, the film has found its lead villain in Jonathan Rhys Meyers.

Mary Elizabeth Winstead Will Apparently Be In 'Die Hard 5' After All; 'Smashed' Gets An October 12th Release Date

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 8, 2012 9:41 AM
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It would seem that for extra/actor Ted Cross, his love of Mary Elizabeth Winstead has superseded his commitment to the non-disclosure agreement he signed. Either that, or someone didn't tell him this was probably meant as a surprise. But the cat is out of the bag, and while the actress herself, when asked last fall, didn't think she would reprising her role as John McClane's daughter in "A Good Day To Die Hard," well, it looks like she's making a cameo appearance of some kind.

48fps Version Of 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' Will Only Play In Limited Release

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • August 8, 2012 9:23 AM
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With all the talk of the recently announced third film (“The Hobbit: Tokyo Drift,” anyone?), the earlier hoopla over intended framerate of Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit" films has fallen to the wayside. In case you forgot, the director showcased some footage from “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” in the intended 48fps 3D format in the spring at CinemaCon, and the reaction was less than enthusiastic. Despite Jackson’s defense of the format, it looks like the response from CinemaCon has cooled Warner Bros. on their push for the format.

Marvel Puts The Future Of Phase Two In The Hands Of Joss Whedon In Deal That Extends To June 2015

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 8, 2012 9:02 AM
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“We’re in preproduction on a movie called ’Iron Man 3’ right now. We've got a great director called Shane Black who's taking the reins. It’s the first of what we refer to Phase Two of this Avengers Assemble talk, which will lead to an ‘Avengers 2.’ Those movies will be a part of that,” Kevin Feige said at the New York Comic-Con last fall. But a lot has changed since then, most importantly, the billion dollar success of "The Avengers," which basically no one saw coming. It was a game-changer not only at the box office, but critically with the Marvel movie earning some of the best notices of any picture they've done. But it also proved the value of a writer/director making the most of the opportunity to flex their muscle within the Marvel universe, and deliver the kind of results that pleased both hardcore fanboys and general audiences alike. And Marvel, wisely, want to continue to do that.

Watch: It's 'Gran Torino' Meets 'Moneyball' In Trailer For 'Trouble With The Curve'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 7, 2012 7:59 PM
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Ingredients: grizzled, growly Clint Eastwood + a sports movie + new fangled tech vs. old school know how + father/daughter story = one treacly movie.

Reese Witherspoon Will Be 'The Beard'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 7, 2012 7:47 PM
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Yes, Reese Witherspoon is an Academy Award winner, but when it comes to picking comedies, good lord, she needs to fire her agent or get a second opinion. Her last four? "This Means War," "How Do You Know," "Four Christmases" and "Penelope." And now she's signing up to do a movie whose premise was fodder for a "Seinfeld" episode thirteen years ago.

Watch: Gerard Butler Tries To Score With Jessica Biel In Trailer For 'Playing For Keeps'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 7, 2012 7:18 PM
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On the one hand, this is directed by Gabriele Muccino, who helmed the underrated "The Pursuit of Happyness" which earned Will Smith his second Oscar nomination after "Ali." On the other hand this is directed by Gabriele Muccino who helmed the sort of ridiculous "Seven Pounds," also with Will Smith. And thirdly, this is a soccer dramedy.

Watch: New Errol Morris Short Documentary For ESPN 'Team Spirit'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • August 7, 2012 5:51 PM
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ESPN has a long history of working with talent that hasn’t necessarily set foot on a sports field, but never perhaps a filmmaker as renowned as Academy Award-winning “The Fog of War” and “Tabloid” documentarian Errol Morris. In typical Morris fashion, his ESPN short documentary “Team Spirit” explores the obsessive nature of sports fans that carry their team spirit until they are quite literally a plot and a grave stone.

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