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Will Smith Wants Emma Thompson To Write The 'Annie' Remake For Willow Smith

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 24, 2011 1:35 AM
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Oh hey, remember that "Annie" remake everyone was talking about at the beginning of the year? Looks like it's still an actual thing.

Hugh Jackman In Talks For Tom Hooper's 'Les Miserables'

  • By Catherine Scott
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  • June 16, 2011 2:04 AM
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After beating the odds and winning the Oscar for Achievement in Directing last year, Tom Hooper has set his sights on quite a gigantic project. Hooper has never shied away from complicated, big-budget projects including HBO's "John Adams" miniseries and last year's Oscar triumph "The King's Speech," so the fact that he's moving forward with a film adaptation of "Les Miserables" for Universal is no surprise. We were surprised, however at just how fast the project is steaming ahead with Variety reporting today that Hugh Jackman is in talks for what we presume to be the lead role of Jean Valjean.

Paul Bettany May Escape From Screen Gems Purgatory To Play Inspector Javert In 'Les Miserables'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 16, 2011 1:19 AM
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So, you might not be aware of this, but even with the awards buzz around his role in "A Single Man," Colin Firth wasn't the first choice to star in "The King's Speech," the film that became a phenomenon, and won the British veteran his first Oscar. In fact, the part was originally offered to Paul Bettany, star of, among others, "A Beautiful Mind," "Master and Commander" and "Dogville." Unfortunately, for Bettany, he was coming off a lengthy shoot for vampire actioner "Priest" (yes, it shot that long ago), and the actor turned the role down to spend time with his young family: an admirable decision, but one that the actor must view with some regret, considering his once-promising career has been stricken with bad action movies like the aforementioned "Priest" and "Legion," or sub-par dramas like "Creation" in recent years.

Jack White To Contribute To Soundtrack Of Bobcat Goldthwait's Kinks Musical 'Schoolboys In Disgrace'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 12, 2011 5:40 AM
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Update: A representative from William Morris Endeavor has told us that Screen Daily's report was incorrect, and that Jack White is in no way involved with the project. Well, there we go.

Opera Tenor Alfie Boe Being Eyed For The Role Of Jean Valjean In Tom Hooper's 'Les Misérables'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • April 2, 2011 4:00 AM
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A Plethora Of Names Being Considered For Film Including Robert Downey Jr., Anne Hathaway & Marion CotillardEven though director Tom Hooper isn't yet totally committed to directing the film adaptation of Victor Hugo's iconic musical "Les Misérables," it seems like the producers are already eyeing talent for the potential project.

Ryan Murphy Not Directing Will Smith-Produced 'Annie' Remake

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 28, 2011 12:54 PM
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Creative Differences Spawned From Not Having Any Hair To Whip Back And ForthIn Hollywood, the saying goes, you fail upwards. Enter Ryan Murphy, who received his big break in movies by helming the star-studded adaptation of "Running With Scissors." The fact that it was borderline-unwatchable dross didn't seem to affect his next job, the high-profile "Eat Pray Love," which somehow endeared itself to $200 million worth of undemanding Julia Roberts fans, despite being nearly as intolerable as its predecessor. So it goes for Murphy, a "mastermind" between two facile television entertainments ("Nip/Tuck," "Glee") that further remind us of a distinct chasm separating the big and small screens.

Tom Hooper In Negotiations To Direct Musical 'Les Miserables'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 25, 2011 1:17 AM
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In the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, the grand-scale movie musical was the equivalent of today's big-budget 3D sci-fi actioners -- star-packed blockbusters, often based on Broadway hits that were guaranteed to bring in hefty box office hauls. 1965's "The Sound of Music," one of the last whoppers of the genre, for instance, became the biggest film of all time on its release, and remains the third highest grosser of all time when adjusted for inflation. But a series of expensive flops, from "Doctor Dolittle" to "At Long Last Love" and "New York, New York," saw the genre fall out of favor, and the movie musicals nearly disappeared altogether in the 1980s and 1990s, outside of Disney animations and the occasional exception like "Evita."

'Gypsy' With Barbra Streisand Not Dead, Universal Nearing A Deal

  • By Catherine Scott
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  • March 21, 2011 9:55 AM
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Just last week, writer Arthur Laurents nixed the idea that Barbra Streisand would star in a new film adaptation of his play "Gypsy." He stated that only the theater could be the place for his play after, according to him, the 1962 version starring Rosalind Russell botched his story about an overbearing stage mother and her talented daughter, Gypsy Rose Lee. Either Laurents recently changed his mind, or Deadline knows something he doesn't as they are reporting that not only is the movie is forging ahead, but that Universal Pictures will close the deal any day now.

Arthur Laurents Says 'Gypsy' With Barbra Streisand No Longer Happening; Tom Hooper Eyed Directing

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 14, 2011 1:37 AM
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Barbra Streisand doesn't get in front of movie cameras very often, but when she does, it always creates a bit of a stir, so no surprise that back in January when news dropped that a film version of the musical "Gypsy" was in development with the actress/singer to star, buzz started building. But alas, it's all for naught as Arthur Laurents, the aging writer of the musical, has changed his mind and kiboshed the idea.

'The King's Speech' Helmer Tom Hooper Turned Down 'Iron Man 3,' Now Circling 'Les Miserables'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 24, 2011 2:10 AM
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Fans Of Off-Center Close Ups Of Robert Downey Jr Reportedly DisappointedIn terms of catapulting yourself onto the A-list, there are few better ways of doing it than by directing a huge commercial success that's nominated for more Oscars than any other film this year. Two years ago, 38-year-old British director Tom Hooper was, for the most part, a well-regarded TV director; one mostly forgotten feature credit to his name (the South African drama "Red Dust," with Hilary Swank and Chiwetel Ejiofor), but mostly acclaimed TV dramas like "Longford," "John Adams," "Prime Suspect" and the Helen Mirren vehicle "Elizabeth I," for which he won an Emmy.

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