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'Lone Ranger' Starts Filming In February, But Jerry Bruckheimer Has To Pay If It Goes Over Budget

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 13, 2011 1:02 AM
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Film Now Set For May 31, 2013 Release DateUpdate: THR reports that "The Lone Ranger" is now set for a May 31, 2013 release date. The spring date is no random place on the calendar, it's the frame Disney has utilized with tremendous success for the "Pirates Of The Caribbean" movies, so no surprise, they are following that template with this film.

Arcade Fire Video Director Chris Milk & Megan Ellison To Turn Danger Mouse Album 'Rome' Into Movie

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 5, 2011 1:45 AM
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With music videos being the background of filmmakers as disparate as Spike Jonze and Michael Bay, it's always worth keeping an eye on who's coming up in that world, and a few months ago, we picked five who seemed the most likely to break out. One was Chris Milk, an artist who's combined more traditional clips for people like Kanye West and Modest Mouse with boundary-pushing interactive videos. That Arcade Fire clip from last year, the Google Chrome one for "We Used To Wait," where it showed your childhood home on Google Maps? That was him.

Joel & Ethan Coen Team With 'Cedar Rapids' Writer Phil Johnston For Fox TV Show 'HarveKarbo'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 5, 2011 1:26 AM
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No, We Don't Understand What's Going On Either The Coen Brothers have always delighted in evading expectations. Enjoy our dark film noir debut "Blood Simple?" Why not try our live-action Looney Tunes follow-up "Raising Arizona." Impressed by our multi-Oscar-nominated "Fargo?" Here's a stoner detective movie about bowling and German porn stars! We've finally reached mainstream success after the Best Picture-winning "No Country For Old Men" and the star-studded "Burn After Reading?" Let's make a dense, oblique Jewish period piece without a single recognizable face, and follow that with a curiously old-fashioned Western that turns out to be a massive box office hit!

British Helmer Julian Gilbey To Direct Sci-Fi 'Offworld' For 'Watchmen' Producer Lloyd Levin

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 14, 2011 3:00 AM
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We were, to put it politely, less than enamored of British director Julian Gilbey's first two films, the thuggish, seen-it-all-before gangster pictures "Rise of the Footsoldier" and "Rollin' With The Nines." But the helmer's third film, the Melissa George-starring, mountaineering genre tale "A Lonely Place To Die," has been relatively well received since its release in the U.K. on Friday (although we confess to enjoying Ultra Culture's take down of the film; the review read, simply, and in full "Five c***s go up a mountain. Far too many come down").

'Bourne' Producer Developing Adaptation Of Jeffrey Archer Thriller 'A Matter Of Honor'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 13, 2011 8:36 AM
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We imagine that Jeffrey Archer is not particularly well known outside the U.K. Which is a shame, because he's a fascinating figure; elected to Parliament aged only 29, before giving it up after five years, he went on to become both a millionaire and a successful writer of potboiler thrillers (perhaps most notably the "Kane and Abel" series, which CBS turned into a TV miniseries starring Sam Neill in the 80s). He returned to politics in the 1980s, becoming deputy chairman of the Conservative Party, but was swiftly unseated by a sex scandal, with tabloid the Daily Star alleging that he'd paid a prostitute for sex.

Trey Parker & Matt Stone Confirm A 'Book Of Mormon' Movie Is On The Way, But Not Just Yet

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 13, 2011 1:30 AM
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Of all the creative types working today, one would imagine that possibly the least likely to threaten to pick up an EGOT (managing to win an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony, a feat managed by only ten people in history) are the gleefully puerile "South Park" and "Team America" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. But somehow, they're heading in that direction. Already the holder of several Emmys for "South Park," their widely acclaimed smash-hit Broadway musical "The Book of Mormon" picked up a record haul of Tonys earlier in the summer, and the cast recording already looks a virtual lock to win in its category at the Grammys next year.

New Coen Brothers Movie About '60s Folk Legend Gets Financing, Is Titled 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 31, 2011 12:43 PM
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It looks like the Coens are a little closer to getting their next film mounted, and with producer Scott Rudin -- who paired with duo previously on "No Country For Old Men" and "True Grit" -- now behind the film, it looks like the trio are gearing up for another run at the Oscars.

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.

Ron Howard & Brian Grazer Looking For Financing For 'The Dark Tower'; Javier Bardem Still Attached

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 17, 2011 1:54 AM
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Is has not been a good time at Hollywood studios for ambitious projects. "At The Mountains Of Madness," "The Dark Tower" and more recently, "The Lone Ranger," have all been squashed as execs have been very reluctant to risk hundreds of millions of studio dollars (and possibly their jobs) to bring these epic visions to the big screen, but at least one of those films hasn't given up just yet. It was just last month that author Stephen King expressed his faith that director Ron Howard would still get the film made, and indeed, he's still trying to.

Watch: Paul Rudd Presents 'Our Idiot Brother: The Hangover, Borat'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 10, 2011 2:04 AM
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There is probably no better (or controversial) marketer or movie hustler in the business than Harvey Weinstein. The man is capable of spinning almost anything into buzz about his movies (see last year's NC-17 rating of "Blue Valentine" which he promptly turned into a rallying point around the film), and putting Harvey into the awards season with a project to shill is like putting together peanut butter and chocolate. It's a no-brainer. And while movies that come out during the rest of the year may not get the full Harvey Weinstein treatment, if they can turn a modest profit and live a long life on DVD and digital, the honcho is more than happy. But that said, we don't think we've ever seen him personally get involved in promoting a film like has here.

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