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Harvey Weinstein Says Matt Damon To Return For 'Rounders 2,' Robert De Niro Eyed For Villain

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 16, 2013 11:48 AM
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Rounders 2
Ready for some new old news? Here we go: Way back in 2010, The Weinstein Company and Miramax announced a deal that would find TWC putting into production sequels for some of the biggest movies from the studio they once started, as well as developing television offshoots too. Nothing happened. But thanks to new money and investors, these are now back on the docket.

New Images From 'The Wolf Of Wall Street' Plus Martin Scorsese's Rock 'N' Roll HBO Show Gets Showrunners

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 29, 2013 12:01 PM
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When we're 70, we hope we're half as busy as Martin Scorsese. The ever-moving filmmaker is currently busy prepping his forthcoming "The Wolf Of Wall Street"—with some new images from the movie, about one debauchery drive financial mogul, landing today—and as always, he already has his eye on what's coming next.

James Franco Will Teach You How To Pick Up Women In Brian Koppelman & David Levien's 'The Game'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 6, 2012 4:25 PM
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It turns out not everything James Franco does in 2012 will be some kind of elaborate performance piece. The actor and artist has landed a pretty interesting new film, one that will find him in full command of his skills with the ladies.

Leonardo DiCaprio-Produced Adaptation Of Acclaimed Novel 'Beat The Reaper' Heading To HBO

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 14, 2011 7:01 PM
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Not that we don't love the thing, but we're a little dispirited by the extent to which top-flight filmmakers are ready to jump ship to HBO. Increasingly the home to A-list directors like Martin Scorsese, Michael Mann and Darren Aronofsky, it's becoming one of the few places that smart, prestigious adult projects are treated as if the people who paid for them aren't ashamed of them (witness the push given to, say, "Boardwalk Empire" versus Fox Searchlight's burying of "Margaret"). But furthermore, it seems to be becoming the answer to what happens when a big-screen project hits the rocks.

'Solitary Man' Team Brian Koppelman & David Levien To Rewrite & Direct Neil Strauss' 'The Game'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 8, 2011 10:19 AM
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No book or author/personality has been as sleazy in recent memory as Neil Strauss. His breakout bestseller "The Game" is part memoir and part expose, chronicling Strauss’ own adventures in the guys club world of pick-up artists and his experiences and successes with the techniques he learned from these guys that more or less involves reducing women to a bunch of base stereotypes. Basically, it’s kind of total douchebag stuff that at the same time is repulsively fascinating. So while we're a little bummed that "Solitary Man" team Brian Koppelman and David Levien have made this their next film, we're hopeful they'll be able to find some depth to the material.

Brian Koppelman & David Levien Writing 'National Treasure 3'; Finish Script For 'City Of The Sun'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 22, 2011 11:13 AM
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You probably forgot, likely because you don't care, but last spring mega-producer Jerry Bruckheimer confirmed that a "National Treasure 3" was in the works and then we didn't really hear anything since. But it appears that work is now underway.

Exclusive: 'I Am Number Four' Director D.J. Caruso Hoping To 'Beat The Reaper' At Fox

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 9, 2011 11:52 AM
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Updated: Well, it looks as per Mr. Caruso's own comments below, that he spoke out of turn. We've spoke to management and agents for the actor and while management confirms that Caruso has met with Appian Way and Leonardo DiCaprio and management has spoken to Fox about the project, no directorial deal or even development deal is in place yet. Let's place this under something that everyone hopes will happen in the future if all parties see eye to eye.

Brian Koppelman & David Levien Talk About The Hard Indie Road Traveled To Make 'Solitary Man'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 29, 2010 7:29 AM
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Premiering strongly at TIFF at in 2009 and released into theaters earlier this year, Brian Koppelman and David Levien's sophomore directorial effort, "Solitary Man" has quietly been building steam. The film earned strong reviews from critics and saw its initial two screen opening weekend eventually expanded into over one hundred and fifty theaters across the country. The picture stars Michael Douglas as a former used car sales magnate who slowly watches his life self-destruct due to his ill-conceived and misguided romantic and business indiscretions. It all begins with a routine heart check-up that seems irregular that leads the main character Ben down a brutally selfish path of self-immolation. It's also funny, mature and intelligent look at an irredeemable man trying to find some redemption in his life with few easy answers.

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