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Bill Hader Working On A Secret Project For Scott Rudin With 'Jackass' Writer Vernon Chatman

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 10, 2011 8:38 AM
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Comedian Also Says Judd Apatow Slasher Comedy Is Probably Not Called 'House Of Joel' AnymoreYes, it's turning out to be Bill Hader month on The Playlist, sue us (could be worse, Michael Bay month could start April 1).

Producer Scott Rudin Gets Behind Martin Scorsese's Frank Sinatra Biopic; Writer Being Sought

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 7, 2011 7:29 AM
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'Silence' Will Shoot Next, Followed By 'The Wolf Of Wall Street'It seems there is a small flurry of activity regarding a few brewing Martin Scorsese projects recently. This morning we reported that Robert De Niro revealed that "The Irishman" was still very much on the docket, though not a certainty just yet, and recently, the director's publicist told us that he was fully committed to shooting his long-gestating passion project "Silence" next (more on this in a second). But yet another project is now gained a little more traction.

Oscarbation: The Road To The Oscars 2011 & Predictions

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • February 26, 2011 7:52 AM
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Last year, the Academy Awards expanded the field of Best Picture nominees to ten, ostensibly to give the public the feeling of having influence on what awards committees deemed the finest films of the year. Some argued the move was intended to level the populist playing field in 2008 when "The Dark Knight" was not nominated for a Best Picture award, and the public seemed to be outraged over this move. But one could say the strategy backfired, as the winner was Kathryn Bigelow’s tense war picture “The Hurt Locker,” one of the lowest grossing Best Picture winners in the last few decades. And of course it lost out to the MOR-player "Avatar," now the highest grossing film of all time.

'The Social Network' Producers Reteam To Have 'Sex On The Moon'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 19, 2011 3:23 AM
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We’re not sure anyone saw the success of “The Social Network” coming. A year ago the Aaron Sorkin-written, David Fincher-directed film was still being skeptically referred to as “the Facebook movie”, even by fans of its filmmakers. A year later the film has topped over $200 million in worldwide grosses and has become an unstoppable awards magnet. Producers Scott Rudin, Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti are clearing space on their mantel for their forthcoming Oscars but are already hoping for lightning to strike twice with their next outing.

Paul Greengrass May Direct 'Memphis,' A Martin Luther King Jr. Assassination Thriller

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 13, 2011 7:08 AM
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Well, so much for "Cleopatra." Vulture reports that director Paul Greengrass is eying, for his next directorial effort, a script he's penned titled "Memphis." The story centers on the final days of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the springtime of 1968, when he was trying to help the city's sanitation workers find common ground. As Vulture notes, this was a tumultuous time for the former preacher: he was facing heat from the President over his opposition to the Vietnam War while fighting marginalization due to his insistence on focusing his efforts on the poor working class.

Paul Greengrass To Direct 3D 'Cleopatra' With Angelina Jolie?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 5, 2011 4:11 AM
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Producer Scott Rudin Always Figured Fox Would Lock In James Cameron For 'Avatar' SequelsEarly last fall, talk began heating up around a potential, mega-blockbuster "Cleopatra" with preliminary word putting James Cameron in the director's chair and Angelina Jolie in the titular role (she has long been eyed for it). Of course, as we all know, while Cameron thought the idea of directing Jolie would be "hot," he's since signed on for "Avatar 2" and "Avatar 3." But to hear it from producer Scott Rudin, he always sort of figured that might happen. Speaking to Deadline about "Cleopatra" he says, "I’ve been a good friend of Jim Cameron’s since I was the executive on 'Aliens.' I got promoted because of my relationship with Jim Cameron and the guy’s been a seminal figure in my career. I never for one second thought we were being leveraged. I fully expected Fox to make the play they did, to make sure he didn’t do Cleopatra. I wasn’t surprised when they did." But it looks like another very exciting name is circling the project.

James Franco Talks Potential Adaptations Of 'As I Lay Dying' And 'Blood Meridian'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • January 4, 2011 12:30 AM
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Actor Went To Scott Rudin With Test Sequence Of 'Meridian' Starring Mark Pellegrino, Scott Glenn, Luke Perry & Brother DaveAnother turn in the tale of James Franco's very ambitious directorial hopes. After a story broke yesterday revealing the actor's plans to adapt two classic novels -- William Faulkner's "As I Lay Dying" for Fox Searchlight and Cormac McCarthy's "Blood Meridian"-- word from producer Scott Rudin (reported to be teaming with Franco on the latter) put a dent in the story by alluding, in an email, to the story being inaccurate.

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