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Emma Stone In Talks To Star In Will Ferrell/Adam McKay Produced Comedy 'He's Fuckin' Perfect'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 3, 2011 6:06 AM
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Last month, Fox 2000 (a sibling of 20th Century Fox) purchased the spec script "He's Fucking Perfect" from Will Ferrell and Adam McKay production company shingle Gary Sanchez. Penned by newbie scribe Lauryn Kahn, THR reported the story to be about a pessimistic woman in love who uses the Internet to research her friends’ dates, report back and weed out the losers. However, her role gets turned on its head when she encourages a friend to dump a date only so she can steal him for herself, and then uses her social media savvy to transform herself into his ideal girl.

The Team Who Brought You ‘Left Behind’ Rebooting The Series With A Christian Disaster Movie

  • By Ryan Sartor
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  • November 2, 2011 4:35 AM
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It’s easy to imagine the filmmakers of faith-based pictures like “Courageous” and “Left Behind” dismissing mainstream critics’ self-perpetuating jeer machine as “secular propaganda,” but anyone who’s read a David Mamet book or watched David O. Russell lose his mind can tell you that becoming a successful artist involves selfishly pursuing one’s goals for years on end, destroying lives and dreams in the process. These faith-based guys are just too nice to do this well.

Could 'The Scorpio Races' Be The Next 'Twilight' Or 'Hunger Games'? Warner Bros. Developing

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 1, 2011 1:35 AM
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Let's face it, Summit Entertainment continues to make films because of the insane profits from the "Twilight" franchise. The three films already released from the franchise have grossed a combined $1.8 billion worldwide from theatrical releases alone, and that doesn't include DVD and all the film licensing the company also has a meaty stake in. The success of the series showed a massive untapped potential in teenagers and the young adult audience (that wasn't the "Harry Potter" crowd) and studios took notice immediately. While, in the three years that have passed (the first film was released in 2008), not one studio has released a viable competitor or contender to usurp the "Twilight" throne, but it's not for a lack of trying.

David Gordon Green Says He Re-Envisioned 'Suspiria' Remake After Natalie Portman Did 'Black Swan'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 8, 2011 4:15 AM
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Eclectic Director Talks Horror Remakes That Got It RightFew horror films are as critically revered and fanatically adored as Italian director Dario Argento’s operatic 1977 shocker “Suspiria.” Centered on the witchy goings-on at a prestigious ballet school, it is largely considered one of the scariest movies of all time and served as the chief inspiration for Darren Aronofsky’s Oscar-nominated (and similarly nightmarish) “Black Swan.” The idea of remaking “Suspiria” is a daunting one, but that hasn’t deterred David Gordon Green -- the versatile director behind such disparate films as “All the Real Girls,” “Pineapple Express” and "Your Highness" -- from doggedly pursuing an updated version.

Paul Dano Will Play A Young Karl Rove In Richard Linklater's 'College Republicans'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 31, 2011 3:53 AM
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Last fall, a project burbled up to the surface entitled "College Republicans." Penned by Wes Jones -- and making the 2010 Black List of best unproduced screenplays -- the project was gaining some heat with Richard Linklater rumored for the director's chair and Shia LaBeouf apparently sniffing around the lead role. Well, nearly a year has passed and the film is coming together with a few changes to the lineup.

Bill Hader Calls The 'To-Do List' A Raunchy 'Sixteen Candles' & Talks 'Men In Black 3'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • August 19, 2011 3:41 AM
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Comedian Says 'House Of Joel' Might Be Dead; Says Josh Brolin Is "Scary Good" In 'MIB3'Among the sea of comedic actors currently working in Hollywood, one of our favorites is Bill Hader, if not for his uncanny talent and savvy mimicry skills, then for his desire to strike out as a multi-hyphenate comic talent. Logging big time minutes in “Superbad,” “Knocked Up,” "Paul" and even “A Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian,” Hader’s developed a solid rep as a guy who can bring the funny in some of the biggest blockbusters around.

Ralph Fiennes Directing Charles Dickens Biopic 'The Invisible Woman'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 18, 2011 1:20 AM
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Carey Mulligan, Felicity Jones, Abbie Cornish & Imogen Poots In Contention For Female LeadHis Lord Voldemort might *spoiler* have finally met his end this weekend in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two," but Ralph Fiennes isn't hanging about: he's playing an unknown role in Sam Mendes' "Bond 23," and he's in rehearsal to play Prospero in "The Tempest" on stage in London. But the thespian isn't just sticking to acting: his directorial debut, "Coriolanus," picked up strong reviews at the Berlin Film Festival at the start of the year, and will hit theaters in the fall, and the actor's now planning another venture behind the camera that will shoot next year.

'Harry Potter' Producer David Heyman Eyes ‘The Night Circus’; Boards the Gravy Train

  • By Sam Price
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  • July 14, 2011 2:44 AM
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Producer David Heyman is fond of telling the story of how in the late '90s he spearheaded the production of a small children’s title from a relatively inexperienced publisher and a completely unknown author, and it ended up becoming the megaton juggernaut film franchise we all know and love today as “Harry Potter”. Though his production company, Heyday Films, presumably had more than a little help at the time from Warner Bros., a decade and kajillion dollars later, it’s a gambit that’s not so much paid off as exploded through the stratosphere into blanket cultural ubiquity. With the franchise bowing out in spectacular fashion this weekend – and typically looking to do stellar box-office – Heyman’s stock has never been higher and, as such, Variety is reporting that the producer is in negotiations to snaffle a producing role on an adaptation of Erin Morgenstern’s debut novel “The Night Circus,” a project set up by Summit Entertainment back in January after the book was the toast of the Frankfurt Book Fair.

Biopic Of 'Twilight Zone' Creator Rod Serling In The Works

  • By Matthew Newlin
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  • July 1, 2011 4:30 AM
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One of the most recognizable classic TV figures is finally getting a biopic made about his strange and interesting life. Deadline reports that "The Twilight Zone" creator/producer/host Rod Serling will have his life story brought to the big screen. The iconic personality, who took sci-fi and fantasy to the mainstream, has had his life rights purchased by a company called the Bureau of Moving Pictures (seriously, that's what it's called), headed by out-of-nowhere writer/director/real estate investor Andrew Meieran. The film will be written by Stanley Weiser, who co-wrote "Wall Street" with Oliver Stone.

Yet Again Simon Pegg Promises Work Will Begin on 'The World's End'

  • By Sam Price
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  • June 14, 2011 1:59 AM
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Yet another press interview for Simon Pegg, and yet another question about the third part of his "Three Flavours Cornetto" trilogy --"The World's End" -- that his pal Nick Frost and their director Edgar Wright, have been working on for what feels like seventeen years. While in the past the actor has enjoyed playing possum over when he'll get the damn thing written -- it was announced as a working title some years ago, but nothing since -- we can take some solace in the fact that at least he's setting some time aside to work on the script. Aside from demonstrating that he's now a seasoned veteran at doling out meaningless buzz phrases (he wants this film to be "ahead of the curve"... no kidding) in an interview with Ain't It Cool News, he also insisted that the scripting would hopefully be happening "very, very soon,” before the actor has to go off and get even more famous in “Star Trek 2.”

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