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DreamWorks Picks Up 'Lincoln' Writer Doris Kearn Goodwin's 'Bully Pulpit' About Roosevelt/Taft Rivalry

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • October 31, 2013 10:40 AM
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Playwright and screenwriter Tony Kushner added a dash of backroom intrigue and punchy exchanges to his script for Steven Spielberg's “Lincoln” last year, and while the film brought us a typically excellent performance from Daniel Day Lewis and a sort of genius, odd turn from James Spader as a political operative, it also garnered appropriate rewards—12 Oscar nominations (winning a second for DDL and Production Design) and more than $275 million at the box office. Obviously that's a result that begs for follow-up considerations, and now, DreamWorks are turning to the source that wrote of Lincoln's political tactics once more for another historical drama, this time on the 26th and 27th Presidents of the United States.

DreamWorks To Remake Hirokazu Kore-eda's Cannes Prize Winning 'Like Father, Like Son'

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • August 29, 2013 8:22 PM
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Hirokazu Kore-eda, Like Father, Like Son
One of our favorites coming out of Cannes this year was Hirokazu Kore-eda's "Like Father, Like Son," with our very own Kevin Jagernauth giving it an "A" and describing as "a warm and lovely film that suggests the easiest thing about raising a child is embracing how complicated it can be." Looks like weren't alone as the film won the Jury Prize along with a Special Mention from the Ecumenical Jury Prize, and will be making its North American premiere at this year's TIFF. Well, it also turns out that the film piqued the particular interest and possible investment of one of Cannes' jurors — the president, Steven Spielberg to be exact.

DreamWorks Picks Up Tom McCarthy's 'All The President's Men' Style Catholic Church Sex Scandal Drama

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 2, 2013 3:14 PM
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With Pope Francis now installed and working to give the institution and church as a whole an overhaul and a bit of a friendly face, Hollywood is coming around and promising to let them off so easy. Alex Gibney's recent documentary Mea "Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God" has spurred all kinds of debate, Ridley Scott is currently gearing up to shoot the pilot for the Showtime series "The Vatican," but perhaps most of all, "The Visitor" and "Win Win" helmer Tom McCarthy is ready to bring one of the worst chapters in the faith's history to the mulitplex.

Julian Assange Says 'The Fifth Estate' Is "Mass Propaganda" And The Script "A Lie Built On a Lie"

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • January 28, 2013 9:25 AM
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While “Lincoln” hovers in DreamWorks' awards season spotlight mainly for Daniel Day Lewis' towering performance, the studio is wisely also glancing ahead to its other doppelganger drama, WikiLeaks biopic “The Fifth Estate,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange. They've certainly put in a vote of confidence with a locked winter 2013 release date, but one party remain less than thrilled simply on the entire prospect: the famed whistleblower himself.

Watch: 12 Minute 'Silver Linings Playbook' Featurette, DreamWorks Nabs Matthew Quick's New Book 'The Good Luck Of Right Now'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 18, 2013 11:21 AM
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"Silver Linings Playbook" finally goes properly wide this weekend, hitting just under 3000 screens today, but it's already a fairly unqualified success. Boasting rave reviews, $43 million already in the bank without having gone over 810 screens, and most importantly, eight Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director and being the first film since "Reds" to pick up nods in all four acting categories. And to help get the word out, The Weinstein Company have just dropped a brand new, lengthy 12 minute featurette on the movie which is worth a look whether you've seen a movie or not.

Benedict Cumberbatch & Joel Kinnaman To Possibly Topline DreamWorks' Julian Assange Pic Directed By Bill Condon

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 2, 2012 5:20 PM
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"The studio would not confirm this, but it seemed intriguing and dishy enough to discuss," says Deadline who we guess are feeling a bit saucy this afternoon, and hell we'll play along with that. Benedict Cumberbatch as the one of the most infamous men and political figures on the planet right now? Yeah, we'd like to see that.

DreamWorks Remaking Steve Martin & Lily Tomlin Body Switching Comedy 'All Of Me'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 14, 2012 4:57 PM
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Ah, the body switch comedy. The genre tends to be unpredictable at the box office, and usually doesn't lead to blockbuster sized success, but these movies can bring in decent coin if made on the right budget, and they're the kind of material that's an easy sell for future play on endless TV reruns. And if you've got a property you can remake, why not, right?

Chris Hemsworth To Topline Maritime Adventure 'In The Heart Of The Sea,' DreamWorks Circling

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 11, 2012 5:34 PM
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Can Chris Hemsworth graduate from franchise star to leading man in dramatic fare? The question is wide open right now, but whether audiences warm to him without the hammer of Thor or riding shotgun with Kristen Stewart through fairy tales remains to be seen. His first test via the excellent meta-horror flick "The Cabin In The Woods" didn't really work, and he'll get another shot later this year when the "Red Dawn" remake finally hits theaters. But his first real test will be in Ron Howard's racing drama "Rush" and should that go well, this will likely follow.

Original Director Of Quebec Hit 'Starbuck' To Write & Direct Remake For DreamWorks

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • April 25, 2012 11:45 AM
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You know what's awesome? Hollywood remakes of foreign language films! Not only are they entirely necessary, but they are also always better than the original film -- so it’s with great delight that we are able to report on another one of said Hollywood remakes.

Are Disney Trying To Bail On Distributing Alex Kurtzman's 'Welcome To People'?

  • By Simon Dang
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  • February 27, 2012 9:22 AM
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Producing and writing giants Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci were starting to look like one trick ponies with a steady slate of tentpole fare including the 'Transformers' and 'Star Trek' series as well as "Cowboys & Aliens." But last year saw the duo delve into adult drama with "Welcome To People," a film co-written by Kurtzman, Orci and Jody Lambert, that also marks Kurtzmann's directorial debut. Shot early last year, we had even named it as a potential awards season dark horse contender, however, that never came to pass.

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