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'National Treasure' Writers Tackling 'Uncharted: Drake's Fortune'; Director Neil Burger Exits

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • August 24, 2012 8:58 AM
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Video games have always had trouble making it to the big screen: for every “Resident Evil” there’s a “Halo”-like project stalling. The big-screen adaptation of “Uncharted: Drake's Fortune” video game series was first announced during in the run up to “The Fighter” with David O. Russell potentially re-teaming with Mark Wahlberg. However, the studio, not wanting to deviate too far from the source material, replaced the director with “Limitless” helmer Neil Burger last summer. But now it looks like the production has hit another speed bump as Burger has bowed out of the director’s chair and a pair of new writers have joined the adaptation.

Lisa Cholodenko To Direct D.C. Set Mystery 'November Criminals'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 23, 2012 8:48 PM
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With Lisa Cholodenko's "The Kids Are All Right" now a couple of years in the rearview, she has yet to get behind the camera of her next feature. But it's not as if she's short of options. Among the projects she has been linked to in the past little while are the family film "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" with Steve Carell, the indie dramedy "The Abistence Teacher," and the outdoors drama "Wild." While those continue to percolate, she's lined up another pic that looks like a bit of a gear shift.

John Williams' Tracklist For Soundtrack To Steven Spielberg's 'Lincoln' Is Suitably Important & Historical

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 23, 2012 6:53 PM
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Yep, another Stephen Spielberg movie means another John Williams score, and the upcoming Oscar contender "Lincoln" will mark their 26th collaboration ("Duel" and "The Color Purple" being the only films in Spielberg's oeuvre the composer hasn't scored). And with the marketing campaign beginning to build up since the first official look at Daniel Day-Lewis in the lead role earlier this month, with a poster yesterday, now comes the full tracklist to the movie, which may serve as some kind of mild spoiler about just what moments in the president's life the movie will cover.

David Fincher Exits 'Cleopatra' With Angelina Jolie; Sony Searches For New Director With Eye On Ang Lee

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 23, 2012 6:19 PM
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So, is David Fincher's relationship with Sony in trouble, or does Scott Rudin simply want to get moving on "Cleopatra" starring Angelina Jolie? It remains to be seen where the truth lies, but one thing is certain: David Fincher won't be involved with the film.

Brad Pitt & Denzel Washington Might Walk Into Stephen Gaghan's 'Candy Store'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 23, 2012 5:57 PM
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It has been seven years since writer Stephen Gaghan got behind the camera and delivered "Syriana," and while he has kicked around a variety of projects since, lined up various producing and writing gigs (including doing a polish on M. Night Shymalan's upcoming "After Earth"), there hasn't been much word on a directorial outing. But now comes news of a project bubbling forth, with two heavyweight names eyeing the lead roles.

'Limitless' Helmer Neil Burger To Direct First Installment Of New Young Adult Trilogy 'Divergent'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 23, 2012 5:08 PM
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Earlier this year, we dipped into the world of young adult fiction and drummed up a list of 15 properties could be the next "The Hunger Games" or "Twilight." And among the titles mentioned, just at the end, was "Divergent." We noted work started on it a couple years ago, but there didn't seem to be much movement, but lo and behold, it's now moving full steam ahead.

New 'Killing Them Softly' Poster Blandly Reminds You That Brad Pitt Stars In The Picture

  • By Edward Davis
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  • August 23, 2012 4:35 PM
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Ok, the creative marketing gurus over at The Weinstein Company were not working overtime when they created this new poster for "Killing Them Softly." Then again, maybe they were going for a much-less-is-more approach and making sure -- in case you were unaware -- that good ol' A-lister Brad Pitt stars.

Gus Van Sant's 'Promised Land' With Matt Damon & John Krasinski Gets December 28th Release Date

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 23, 2012 4:14 PM
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Just when you thought the Venice and TIFF lineups had solidified what we could expect in theaters through the end of year (and into 2013), and what the Oscar race would look like, here comes Gus Van Sant's "Promised Land" to shake things up.

Academy Picks Guys Behind 'The Bucket List' & 'Hairspray' To Produce Oscars, Ensuring Another Dull Awards Show

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 23, 2012 3:26 PM
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So after producer Lorne Michaels and host Jimmy Fallon were courted and before it all fell apart largely it seems over network rivalries between Oscar broadcaster ABC and NBC, it seems the folks at the Academy has chosen the safe and dull route for next year's ceremonies. Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have been selected to produce the show. Wait...who?
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Comic Prologue To 'The Dark Knight Rises' Arrives Via Mobile App; Matthew Modine Says Foley's Fate Was A Surprise

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • August 23, 2012 3:01 PM
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One of the pleasant surprises in Christopher Nolan’s comic book opus “The Dark Knight Rises” was the return to the big screen for actor Matthew Modine, someone who certainly hasn’t been out of the public consciousness, but hasn’t exactly scaled the heights of films like “Short Cuts,” “Full Metal Jacket,” and “Vision Quest” – all movies that secured him a comfortable spot on the A-list in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s.

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