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Doug Liman Says He Wouldn't Have Entrusted The 'Fair Game' Valerie Plame Story With Doug Liman

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  • November 17, 2010 10:29 AM
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Self-Described "Difficult" Director Says You Probably Won't Ever See Tom Hanks In One Of His FilmsIt was arguably one of the biggest political stories/fall out scandals of the Iraq War, so it wasn't a total surprise when CIA Agent Valerie Plame Wilson's true life story was made into a motion picture. Her husband, Joseph Wilson, wrote a 2003 New York Times op-ed piece saying the Bush administration had manipulated intelligence about weapons of mass destruction to justify the invasion of Iraq and her life was never the same again.

Exclusive: Doug Liman Says Jake Gyllenhaal Still On 'Moon' Project; Says 'Attica' Will Take Time

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 10, 2010 7:12 AM
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Last week, we were relieved to hear that Doug Liman's long-gestating Untitled Moon project was still on track since there hadn't been a peep in what seemed like years. Liman himself recently told us and others that the film is one of two films he is currently "aggressively pursuing" (the other is "All You Need Is Kill," which no, hasn't gone out with an offer to Ryan Gosling because it's still in development).

Box-Office: R-Rated 'Due Date' Can't Outwit The Animated 'Megamind'

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  • November 7, 2010 7:29 AM
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It had all the ingredients of a big winner. "Due Date" was widely known as Todd Phillips' R-rated follow-up to the massively successful R-rated "The Hangover," and he had that film's biggest breakout comedian Zach Galifianakis onboard, plus one of the world's biggest stars Robert Downey Jr. But perhaps seasonal timing is everything. "The Hangover" was a surprised hit in the early summer of 2009, and perhaps R-rated comedy that's occasionally nasty doesn't work quite as well in the fall. It's also possibly one of those instances when audiences actually listened to critics for once. "Due Date" was met with mixed reviews and currently holds a rather pitiful 39% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, far worse than any of us would have anticipated. So while we drubbed the film in one review and then said in another, "hey, it wasn't that bad," clearly its caustic notes -- which some of us actually appreciated -- didn't work with audiences or critics so much. That said, its 2nd place $33.5 million opening wasn't dreadful by any means and is nothing to be ashamed of, but in terms of box office punditry, well, it slightly underperformed. Conversely "The Hangover" made $44 million on its opening weekend, but positive word of mouth meant the following weekend drop-offs were remarkably low (only 28% in its 2nd weekend and a remarkable 18% in its third weekend when the film started picking up steam as the runaway hit of the summer). So yeah, not a disaster for Phillips by any means, but he'll want to top this with "The Hangover 2" to keep his comedy cachet up there and frankly, with a well-known sequel like that, doing double what "Due Date" took in is conceivable.

Revew: Doug Liman's 'Fair Game' Is A Fair Real-Life Thriller

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • November 4, 2010 5:53 AM
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We reviewed this film earlier this year at the Cannes Film Festival, but here's another take.

Doug Liman Says His 'Moon' Project Is Still Alive, *Could* Come Before 'All You Need Is Kill'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 1, 2010 5:38 AM
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Director Says He Wants To Continue Vacillating Between Tentpoles & More "Serious Films"Doug Liman's "Fair Game" starring Sean Penn and Naomi Watts is about to enter theaters this weekend. Some of us liked it, others of us disliked it, but the consensus on The Playlist team seems to be that no one quite loves it. You'll get another review this week and here's our original take on the film from a review penned at Cannes earlier this year. Regardless, we're glad that films like "Fair Game" are being made instead of pictures like say, uhh, "Jumper" (a 2008 Liman sci-fi teleportation film that just doesn't work at all).

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