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Jay Roach To Direct Ben Affleck & Matt Damon's Yankees Wife Swap Drama 'The Trade'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 8, 2014 5:50 PM
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"The Trade" has been one of the more intriguing projects on the pile for Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. Brewing for years, and at one point threatened with a lawsuit, the project would've reteamed Affleck and Damon on the big screen, with Casey Affleck also involved as a co-writer on the script, working his brother to punch up the 2009 Black List draft by Dave Mandel. And it looks like the film is once again moving, however, with some major changes.

Doug Liman To Direct Tom Cruise In Comedy 'El Presidente', Jack Nicholson Courted To Co-Star

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • November 19, 2013 8:15 PM
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When we last reported on "El Presidente," the high concept buddy movie about a clean cut Secret Service agent and the disheveled, alcoholic schlub of an ex-president he's assigned to protect, Tom Cruise was loosely attached, as was directed "Recount" director Jay Roach, with Robert Downey, Jr. being eyed for the pivotal role of the ex-prez. Well, it looks like Cruise held onto the project and has brought aboard his "Edge of Tomorrow" director Doug Liman to helm the project. And what's more, the two are making a bid to get an even bigger name for the role of the former commander-in-chief: Jack Nicholson.

'The Killing' Lives One Last Time For Final Season On Netflix

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 15, 2013 8:27 PM
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Oh, "The Killing." The U.S. import of the hit Scandinavian show has not gone well. First arriving in 2011, the show served up two frustrating seasons that stretched out a murder mystery, losing the interest and patience of critics and audiences, which lead to its cancellation. But it was soon revived again, with AMC and Netflix teaming up this past summer and delivering a third season that barely played to a bigger audience than the second. And once again AMC canned the show. But it seems you can't keep "The Killing" down for it has lived for yet another day.

Bradley Cooper Might Play Lance Armstrong After All, Just Not In The J.J. Abrams-Produced Movie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 16, 2013 1:02 PM
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Okay, let's do the background stuff on this first. You might remember that at the beginning of the year, rumors swirled that Bradley Cooper would be taking the role of Lance Armstrong in a movie slated to be produced by J.J. Abrams. Cooper said he had "no idea" that such a project existed, though he did say he was interested in playing the disgraced cyclist. And well, that's certainly true as Cooper is now pedalling toward a rival project over at Warner Bros., though he isn't committed to play Armstrong just yet.

TV Dial: Danny McBride, Jody Hill & Annette Bening Line Up HBO Gigs; 'Under The Dome' Gets Second Season & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • July 30, 2013 11:04 AM
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Big-screen success has been elusive for the comedic duo, but that hasn’t kept Danny McBride and Jody Hill from creating one of the most iconic comedic characters in Kenny Powers on the HBO series “Eastbound & Down.” Though that show is winding down with its final season airing later this year, McBride and Hill are sticking around on the famed cable network. Deadline reports that the two creative partners are developing another comedy series for the network, described as their “look at high school.” The final season of “Eastbound & Down” arrives in September, just in time for the MLB playoffs.

Watch: Complete Tribeca Talks With Darren Aronofsky & Clint Eastwood And Ben Stiller & Jay Roach

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 30, 2013 2:18 PM
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Well, the sun has set on another Tribeca Film Festival, but with a packed schedule, we weren't going to have time for everything. That being said, it was a great year for the festival, with more than a handful of surprising films and performances which we broke down in our Best And Brightest Of The 2013 Tribeca Film Festival. But festivals aren't just an opportunity for movies to find an audience, but it's a place for talent to talk, mingle and share anecdotes and while we could find space in our schedule, thank the digital age for preserving these convos.

'Side Effects' Writer Scott Z. Burns & 'Game Change' Director Jay Roach Team For Lance Armstrong Movie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 8, 2013 2:34 PM
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While it remains to be seen when J.J. Abrams will get to his Lance Armstrong movie that he's producing, now that he's involved in the world of "Star Wars," a rival project is brewing and it's already boasting some great talent.

DGA Award TV Nominees Include Rian Johnson, Lena Dunham, Louis C.K., Philip Kaufman & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 9, 2013 3:19 PM
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Perhaps as further evidence that great storytelling is happening just as often on the small screen as it is in the multiplex, this year's DGA nominees for televison feature more than a few names who are seasoned in the feature film world, so let's get right to it.

Review: 'The Campaign' Is A Laughless And Cowardly Political Comedy

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • August 8, 2012 10:59 AM
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There’s always been something insidious about the MPAA ratings system. It has allowed filmmakers to more directly label films as if they were products off the supermarket shelf -- “The Dark Knight Rises” is going to be PG-13, because it’s about a character kids wear on their jammies. “American Pie” is going to be R-rated, because they’re going to talk about sex a whole lot. But sometimes, you wonder if the PG-13 and lower ratings are designed to rescue filmmakers from themselves, forcing them to find creative ways to tell certain stories without the benefits of explicit content. Unfortunately, that train of thought is absent from “The Campaign,” a proudly vulgar idiot festival that wears its sophomoric R-rating on its sleeve, infusing a ripe satirical comedic idea with nonsensical foul content in lieu of character, story and comedic resonance.

'Game Change' & 'The Campaign' Director Jay Roach Stays Political, Will Direct HBO's 'K Blows Top' Starring Paul Giamatti

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 10, 2012 2:31 PM
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Does the idea of Paul Giamatti playing Nikita Khrushchev sound vaguely familiar? Then you might have a very good memory. First announced way back in 2010, this Cold War drama has been brewing over at HBO and now it looks like it's finally building some steam.

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