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Nora Ephron Directing Sam Mendes-Produced Time Travel TV Adaptation 'Lost In Austen'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 11, 2011 1:14 AM
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Yes, It's Another Version Of 'Pride & Prejudice'It's easy to dump on Nora Ephron. And in many ways, justified, certainly to anyone who's had to sit through "Mixed Nuts," or "Michael," or "Lucky Numbers" or "Bewitched." But she did, of course, write the stone-cold classic "When Harry Met Sally," and, maybe it only feels that way because so many of those who've been influenced by her have botched the rom-com genre so badly, but when she gets it even half-right, as in "Sleepless in Seattle," "You've Got Mail" or "Julie and Julia," there are few who can do what she does as well as she does it.

Robert Downey Jr. To Get Lawyerly As 'Perry Mason' In Big Screen Adaptation

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 5, 2011 4:01 AM
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'Mr. Ed' Also Headed To The Multiplex, Of CourseSome actors use their newfound fame and clout to try and get more adventurous, ambitious stories movies made. And then there's Robert Downey Jr. If you had said in the late 1990s that the actor would become the star of two major tentpoles and one of the biggest actors in the world, you would have been laughed at. But the actor has not only rebounded, but been given the kind of second chance that pretty much never happens and he's not gonna screw it up with some indie flick. He's already done enough of those those. While he's got the "Sherlock Holmes" and "Iron Man" movies bringing home the bacon, he's now got another franchise ready vehicle lined up to keep the green stuff rolling in.

Disney Gets Back On The Horse For 'The Lone Ranger,' 2012 Start Expected

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 23, 2011 6:14 AM
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It's been a long, it's been kind of ugly and very public, but it looks like Disney, Johnny Depp, Jerry Bruckheimer and Gore Verbiniski are now all on the same page as Deadline reports that "The Lone Ranger" is back in the saddle and eyeing a 2012 start date.

Who Could Be The Men In Steven Soderbergh’s ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E’?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 20, 2011 4:29 AM
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'The Killing' Star Joel Kinnaman, Michael Fassbender & Ewan McGregor Among Names Being Considered By The DirectorSteven Soderbergh's latest picture "Contagion" is in its second week of release with a healthy tally thus far of over $45 million, and his next feature, the independent male stripper film "Magic Mike," is currently shooting. And now the director is already mapping out -- at least if he sticks to the current plan -- his penultimate film, "The Man from U.N.C.L.E."

'Baywatch' Writer Says Movie Has New Roles For David Hasselhoff & Pamela Anderson

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 16, 2011 6:21 AM
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We sort of totally forgot about this, but a "Baywatch" movie has been brewing for a few years now. Way back in 2009 Jeremy Garelick -- who did an uncredited rewrite on Todd Phillips' "The Hangover" and also has a story credit on "The Break-Up" -- was hired to write and direct a big screen adaptation of the hit '90s TV show. About a year later, Garelick left and Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka — the 2009 Black List writers behind the upcoming David Gordon Green/Jonah Hill adventure comedy "The Sitter" -- were brought on pen the script. And then we sort of stopped paying attention, but at some point Peter Tolan ("Rescue Me," "Analyze That") was hired and lo and behold he's even turned in a script.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ryan Gosling & Alexander Skarsgård Reportedly Wishlisted For 'Man From UNCLE'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 16, 2011 1:50 AM
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Plus Our Five Suggestions For Potential Replacements For George Clooney In The FilmWith his virus thriller "Contagion" riding on top of the box office (and causing an epidemic of O.C.D. hand-washing from anyone who's seen it), Steven Soderbergh's about to shoot his next film, the male-stripper drama "Magic Mike." But talk has already turned to his next, next film, "The Man From U.N.C.L.E," the second of three he plans to shoot before taking a sabbatical. That film, slated to go in front of cameras in February, hit something of a roadblock a few weeks back when Soderbergh's regular collaborator George Clooney was forced to drop out of the lead role.

'Inbetweeners' Writers Iain Morris And Damon Beesley Working On New Film 'Mortal'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 14, 2011 5:30 AM
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Even if you're someone who follows the box office closely, there's one phenomenon that's likely to have escaped you. "The Inbetweeners Movie," the relatively-inexpensive big-screen adaptation of the cult British teen sitcom, opened four weeks ago in the U.K, and has become an absolute box office monster, taking a bigger opening than any film this year other than "Harry Potter," and has currently taken £39 million at the U.K. box office, and looks likely to overtake "The King's Speech" for a place in the all-time top 20 grossers.

Scott Z. Burns Talks Researching 'Contagion' & Working With Matt Damon & Steven Soderbergh

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  • September 10, 2011 2:00 AM
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Six Things We Learned From The 'Bourne Ultimatum' WriterWhile perhaps best known for writing the blockbuster smash, "The Bourne Ultimatum," which grossed a healthy $442 million worldwide, screenwriter Scott Z. Burns is possibly better known within the film industry for his collaborations with Academy Award-winning filmmaker Steven Soderbergh. An Oscar winner himself (as producer of "The Inconvenient Truth"), Burns has collaborated with the "Erin Brokovich" director several times, including the writer's directorial debut "PU-239" and scripts for "Ocean's 12" (uncredited work), "The Informant!" and this weekend's virus thriller, "Contagion."

Lower Budget Turned In For 'The Lone Ranger'; Johnny Depp Sticking By Gore Verbinski

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 1, 2011 2:41 AM
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Ah, the saga of "The Lone Ranger" continues to ride on and in case you've been away here's the short version. Seeing "Cowboys & Aliens" tank, contrasted with the extraordinary $250-75 million budget that was in play for "The Lone Ranger," Disney panicked and yanked the cord on the film, sending the filmmakers scrambling to try and get the budget down to somewhere between $200-220 million while still retaining the eye-popping sequences people are going to be paying for. The result? Well, it's not back up and running but producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski are trying their damndest.

George Clooney Won't Be Steven Soderbergh's 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 29, 2011 8:52 AM
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As Steven Soderbergh gets ready to unveil "Contagion" in Venice, and shoot "Magic Mike" next month, his slate of projects before he retires is dwindling with only "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." and "Liberace" left. As we reported last fall, longtime Soderbergh pal and collaborator Clooney was lined up to lead 'U.N.C.L.E.' but it appears that is no longer in the cards.

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