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Jeff Bridges To Produce & Star In Young Adult Novel Adaptation 'The Giver'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 28, 2011 12:58 PM
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'House of Sand and Fog' Writer-Director Vadim Perelman Writing ScriptThis year marks 40 years since Jeff Bridges broke through in "The Last Picture Show," and what's truly remarkable is that the actor is probably now a bigger star than ever before. His long-awaited Oscar win came with "Crazy Heart" in 2009, and last year he headlined the tentpole "Tron: Legacy" and took the western "True Grit" to a massive box office, picking up another Oscar nomination for his trouble. And at 61, there's no sign of stopping any time soon: he's about to shoot two blockbusters back-to-back, with potential Harry Potter successor "The Seventh Son" swiftly following the effects-heavy cop flick "R.I.P.D" with Ryan Reynolds.

Paul Greengrass & David Yates Sought By Fox For Yet Another 'Frankenstein' Project

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 23, 2011 1:19 AM
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Rising Writer Max Landis Will Pen The Script Once again, the 'Creature of the Moment' wheel has spun in Hollywood. We've seen spates of vampire, alien and zombie movies in recent years, so it was anyone's guess as to what monster would become in vogue next, but we've got bad news to any writers with hip reboots of yetis or gill-men sitting on their hard drives: Frankenstein is in. Danny Boyle tackled Mary Shelley's myth on stage earlier in the year, and there's four different projects in the works focusing on a creature made from reanimated body parts: Guillermo Del Toro has a take, one of his 3,649 dream projects; "Limitless" helmer Neil Burger has a remake of "Bride of Frankenstein" at Universal; "Tomorrow, When The War Began" director Stuart Beattie is attached to comic book adaptation "I, Frankenstein"; and Summit have "This Dark Endeavor," a collaboration between "Mean Creek" writer Jacob Estes and "Let Me In" director Matt Reeves.

Tim Burton Won't Direct Disney's 'Maleficent' Starring Angelina Jolie, David Yates Could Replace

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 17, 2011 3:20 AM
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"Maleficent," the revisionist and live/action take on the "Sleeping Beauty" tale has lost its director.

Gangster Flicks Are The New Fairy Tale Movies, Apparently: Duelling Capone Films In Development

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 28, 2011 3:18 AM
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Once every six months or so, the Hollywood Elders, the shadowy collection of media moguls, Freemasons, Jewish lizardmen and Warren Beatty that control the film industry, don their robes, gather in their secret chamber under the Hollywood sign and plot out their agenda. Sometimes, it's elevating a particular actor or actress for no apparent reason -- Alex Pettyfer was a homeless 37-year-old drifter until they surgically re-sculpted him into the hottest young actor in Hollywood (though he's on his way to torpedoing that all by himself). Sometimes it's pushing technological breakthroughs -- 48 FPS cameras? Developed in their lair. And sometimes it's just deciding what sub-genre of films will suddenly be everywhere.

David Yates Eyed For Al Capone Pic 'Cicero'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 30, 2011 8:08 AM
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Warner Bros. has a thing for crime pics and it's easy to see why. They got Oscar gold for "The Departed" and Ben Affleck's "The Town" was a surprising smash hit at the box office so no wonder they want to feed audience hunger for pics focusing on the seedy criminal underbelly. Ruben Fleischer's "Tales From The Gangster Squad" is already heating up with offers out to Sean Penn and Ryan Gosling and now another gangland pic is building steam.

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