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Mike Ehrmantraut Will Return On 'Better Call Saul,' Bryan Cranston Open To Returning Plus More TV Updates

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 28, 2014 1:50 PM
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Breaking Bad
While the rumor machine remains high on "Better Call Saul," and actual details low, this much we do know: some of the "Breaking Bad" writers are back for this spinoff, Bob Odenkirk is reprising his role in the lead (obviously), and now his regular fixer is back.

Interview: Lee Daniels Talks 'The Butler,' Wanting Oprah Winfrey For 'Prisoners,' His Hip-Hop TV Drama & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 26, 2013 12:03 PM
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Named by The Hollywood Reporter as one of the top 25 film schools in the country, the Savannah College Of Art & Design grows in stature year by year. The annual Savannah Film Festival—which we attended last month—is the rare event that almost seamlessly marries the glitz of the red carpet with the serious aspirations of the student body. Attending filmmakers and actors often provide masterclasses to students, while the intimacy of Savannah's festivities provide accessibility that larger festivals in bigger cities don't often provide. It's against that backdrop that organizers and officials at SCAD once again brought Hollywood flavor to Georgia.

Watch: 'Making A Story' Short Films With Cate Blancett, Greta Gerwig, Bradley Cooper & More Directed By Janusz Kaminski

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • November 26, 2013 9:02 AM
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Making A Scene Cate Blanchett
When Janusz Kaminski isn’t lensing his often Oscar-nominated work on a batch of Steven Spielberg’s finest films, including “Schindler’s List," “Saving Private Ryan," and most recently “Lincoln," the cinematographer also occasionally settles into the director’s chair. Three films (including the underwhelming Winona Ryder horror “Lost Souls”) and a TV episode of “The Event” have allowed Kaminski full cinematic reign so far, and just as Canon performed with their own short film campaign this month that found actors at the helm, the NY Times have created their own — and allowed Kaminski 11 unique vignettes within which to work.

Watch: 50-Minute Writers Roundtable Talk With George Clooney, Julie Delpy, Jonas Cuaron & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 6, 2013 3:05 PM
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We're in the thick of the awards season, which means long gone are the conversations about how long it took to set up a big VFX shot or what it was like playing [insert superhero]. Instead, movie lovers can now actually have substantive talks about, well, movies, and more importantly, so to can filmmakers. Which means for the next little while, as we get closer to the Oscars, we're going to be getting some fascinating talks with some great talent, and here's one of them.

Lee Daniels, Jordan Vogt-Roberts & More Line Up TV Projects

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • September 20, 2013 9:41 AM
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With “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” crossing the $100 million mark and awards sure to come, Lee Daniels and screenwriter Danny Strong have decided to stick together for their next project. Deadline reports the duo will take their talents to the small screen through the guidance of Brian Grazer for “a unique family drama set in the world of a hip hop empire.” The untitled project, set to be developed for Fox under “a put pilot commitment,” will see Daniels make his first foray into television as he is set to helm the Strong-scripted pilot.

Emmy Winning 'Game Change' Writer Danny Strong To Pen Two-Part 'Hunger Games' Finale 'Mockingjay'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 1, 2012 5:03 PM
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Until now, Danny Strong's writing resume has been heavy on true life sagas. He's collaborated twice with Jay Roach, penning the director's political drama "Recount" and this year's "Game Change." He's also the scribe behind Lee Daniels' currently filming historical White House ensemble piece "The Butler." But lately, Strong has been showing a taste for bigger canvases. In the spring he was tapped to adapt "The Lost Symbol" for Mark Romanek, and now he's entering his first bonafide franchise.

'Game Change' Writer Danny Strong To Adapt 'The Lost Symbol' For Director Mark Romanek

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • March 2, 2012 9:40 AM
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While we’d be lying if we clamored on about the supposed artistic merits to the work of author Dan Brown, there’s little denying that both his books and their film adaptations are big business, especially after being turned into two successful blockbusters in “The Da Vinci Code” and “Angels & Demons.” While it was director Ron Howard who kick started the chronicles of symbologist Robert Langdon with “Da Vinci Code” in 2006, after the creative and financial drop-off of the second installment “Angels & Demons,” Howard recently opted out of directing the third Brown novel in the Langdon series. This left studio Sony looking for a replacement director for “The Lost Symbol,” and they put “Never Let Me Go” helmer Mark Romenek at the top of their list.

Ed Harris To Play John McCain To Julianne Moore's Sarah Palin In HBO's 'Game Change'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 24, 2011 2:14 AM
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For politics buffs, or really anyone, the 2008 election campaign provided an enormous amount of drama. The twists and turns, from Barack Obama's surprise victory at the Iowa caucuses and the tanking of Rudolph Guiliani's campaign to the death of Obama's grandmother on the eve of his election, gripped the world across the year like it was the best ever season of "The West Wing," so it's no surprise that it would receive big-screen treatment sooner rather than later.

'Recount' Director & Writer Jay Roach & Danny Strong Reteaming For Political Drama 'Game Change'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 14, 2011 2:14 AM
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Perhaps the least well-known script ever to top the Black List and still get made, "Recount," from former "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" actor Danny Strong (who most recently penned "The Butler," which is set to team Lee Daniels and Denzel Washington), went behind the scenes of the drama of the 2000 election, and the controversial series of recounts in Florida that (eventually) saw George W. Bush defeat Al Gore for the Presidency.

Exclusive: Danny Strong To Rewrite Sam Raimi-Produced 'Earth Defense Force'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 6, 2011 10:28 AM
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Earlier last fall, heat began building around a new Sam Raimi-produced project, "Earth Defense Force" (aka "EDF"). With a script from from "Air Force One" screenwriter and "Castle" executive producer Andrew Marlowe, the project drew the attention of Warner Bros. who entered negotiations for the rights and later, Pierre Morel, leaving the stalled "Dune" project, circled the director's chair.

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