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Michel Gondry Still Working On 'Ubik' & John Lee Hancock To Direct Lenny Dykstra Baseball Flick

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 5, 2014 10:03 AM
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Michel Gondry
So, remember back at the beginning of May when it was reported that Michel Gondry had dropped an adaptation of Philip K. Dick's "Ubik"? Well, you can scratch that. It turns out that no long after that, he spoke with Den Of Geek and said the movie was still in play, though adapting it was proving to be a challenge.

Watch: 1-Hour Roundtable With Spike Jonze, Steve McQueen, Paul Greengrass, Nicole Holofcener & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 3, 2014 1:02 PM
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LA Times Director's Roundtable
With the awards season now in the final stretch before the nominees turn into winners, there's still some campaigning to do and talks to be had and the latest comes from the LA Times as part of their Envelope Screening Series.

'Magnificent Seven' Remake Continues With New Writer, But Loses Tom Cruise

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 26, 2013 10:00 AM
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MGM are leaving no stone unturned in their catalogue when it comes to remakes. With "Robocop" and "Poltergeist" on the way for 2014, and "Road House," "Death Wish," "WarGames," "The Idolmaker," "Ben-Hur" and more all in development, the name of game seems to reboots over original material. And that brings us to the classic western "The Magnificent Seven." In the works for a couple years now, the project gained some serious steam when Tom Cruise put his name to it in 2012, with a writer added over this past summer. But heading into 2014, the redo will need to find another star as a screenplay gets more work.

Review: Decent & Well-Acted 'Saving Mr. Banks' With Tom Hanks & Emma Thompson

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 10, 2013 7:07 PM
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Saving Mr. Banks
Though the general public doesn't always share their enthusiasm, Hollywood loves making movies about itself. Whether fictional or based in reality, it's rare for a year to pass without some kind of film about filmmaking, from classics like "Sunset Boulevard" and "Mulholland Drive" to, uh, not-classics like "Hitchcock." In recent years, "The Artist" and "Argo" have both been critical and commercial successes (and not coincidentally, Best Picture Oscar winners), and Disney are clearly hoping that the same kind of success follows for "Saving Mr. Banks," which examines one of the family friendly company's most beloved films, 1964's "Mary Poppins," and their own founder and figurehead, Walt Disney, here played by megastar Tom Hanks.

BFI London Film Festival Review: 'Saving Mr. Banks' With Tom Hanks & Emma Thompson

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 20, 2013 6:00 PM
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Saving Mr. Banks
Though the general public doesn't always share their enthusiasm, Hollywood loves making movies about itself. Whether fictional or based in reality, it's rare for a year to pass without some kind of film about filmmaking, from classics like "Sunset Boulevard" and "Mulholland Drive" to, uh, not-classics like "Hitchcock." In recent years, "The Artist" and "Argo" have both been critical and commercial successes (and not coincidentally, Best Picture Oscar winners), and Disney are clearly hoping that the same kind of success follows for "Saving Mr. Banks," which examines one of the family friendly company's most beloved films, 1964's "Mary Poppins," and their own founder and figurehead, Walt Disney, here played by megastar Tom Hanks.

'World War Z' Again? John Lee Hancock To Oversee Reshoots Of 'Maleficent' To Fix Opening

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 10, 2013 2:38 PM
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As Marc Forster of "World War Z" fame and Carl Rinsch, of the upcoming and frequently delayed "47 Ronin" know, sometimes a blockbuster movie can escape your grasp. Whether it's the sheer scale of the production or not all the parts being the in the right place at the right time, a tentpole can quickly turn into a nightmare. And while Disney's "Maleficent" probably doesn't qualify as a disaster, there are some problems that need some serious fixing with less than a year to go until its release.

Liam Neeson & Woody Harrelson May Be The 'Highwaymen' Who Kill Bonnie & Clyde

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 10, 2013 2:43 PM
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Liam Neeson is 60 years old, and it seems as far as he's concerned, he's gonna kick and punch his way until he settles into grandpa roles. Dude is gonna crack skulls in "Non-Stop," hunt people down in "A Walk Among The Tombstones" and run all night in "Run All Night." And now he's facing his greatest foes yet -- Bonnie and Clyde.

'The Blind Side' Director John Lee Hancock In Talks To Direct Disney's 'Mary Poppins' Making-Of 'Saving Mr. Banks'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 28, 2012 10:40 AM
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It's now over two years since since "The Blind Side" came from nowhere to not only become a surprise box-office smash, but also earn a Best Picture nomination at the Academy Awards, and a Best Actress statuette for Sandra Bullock. As such, it's somewhat surprising that it's taken so long for its writer-director, John Lee Hancock, to get another project going.

'The Blind Side' Director John Lee Hancock To Direct John Grisham's 'The Partner'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 27, 2012 7:04 PM
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There was a time (the early '90s) when adapting a John Grisham novel for the big screen was essentially like printing money. The run of "The Firm," "The Pelican Brief," "The Client" and "A Time To Kill" arguably marked the high point of those years, while nowadays, NBC is struggling to get anyone to care about their TV take on that Tom Cruise movie. But New Regency, whose honcho Arnon Milchan was behind 'Kill,' 'Client' and "Runaway Jury," is going to give it another go with "The Partner."

Will Smith Eyes Denzel Washington To Star In His Hurricane Katrina Drama 'The American Can'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 29, 2011 1:16 AM
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When you think about it, it's pretty amazing that no one has paired up Will Smith and Denzel Washington. Certainly you would think that two of the biggest stars in Hollywood would have been brought together in something by now, and while they are being tossed around as the possible leads for a remake of Sidney Poitier's comedy "Uptown Saturday Night" another project may pair them up sooner, but with only one of the stars in front of the camera.

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