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Exclusive: Jonathan Demme Exits Stephen King Adaptation '11/22/63'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 6, 2012 8:59 AM
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Moving easily and often between documentaries and feature film projects, Jonathan Demme has always got a few things on the go at any given time. This year alone has seen him direct theater legends Wallace Shawn and André Gregory in their re-teaming in "Wally And André Shoot Ibsen," hit the festival circuit with "Enzo Avitabile Music Life," get involved as a producer on "Song One" with Anne Hathaway set to star, and pick up a directing credit on "Old Fires." But it looks like one project has fallen off his slate.

'Super 8' Star Joel Courtney Lines Up 'Tom Sawyer' & Indie Flick 'The Healer'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 23, 2011 7:37 AM
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For all the whizz-bang wonder of J.J. Abrams' "Super 8," none of it would have worked as well as it did if he didn't have a great core of young actors to work with. And while Elle Fanning was predictably great, newcomer Joel Courtney matched her note for note and emerged as a major young talent to keep an eye on. And it appears lots of folks are sitting up and taking notice.

Interview: 'Super 8' Star Joel Courtney Was Just Looking For A Commercial Gig And $100

  • By Leah Zak
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  • June 11, 2011 6:00 AM
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  • 12 Comments
Instead The Newcomer Landed the Lead Role In An Abrams/Spielberg Summer BlockbusterOf the varied critical reactions to "Super 8," everyone does seem to concur on one thing: that the film's young leads give some strong performances. But, with the exception of Elle Fanning -- who at the age of just 13 has already built herself a solid resume -- most of the group are new faces, most notably "Super 8"’s lead, Joel Courtney.

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