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Warner Bros. Aiming For February/March 2012 Start On 'Akira,' Garrett Hedlund Frontrunner To Star

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 20, 2011 3:04 AM
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After some minor drama, which saw long-attached helmer Albert Hughes bail on the gestating "Akira" remake this spring, the project came back to the life in the middle of the summer when "Unknown" and "Orphan" director Jaume Collet-Serra came aboard. Things then went quiet on the project, but once again, it has come roaring back to life as Variety reports that a late February/early March 2012 production start is being eyed, and moreover, the leading man may have been found.

Matt Damon's Directorial Debut With John Krasinksi Moves Ahead, But It's Not 'Father Daughter Time'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 20, 2011 2:36 AM
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Building up for much of the first half of 2011, Matt Damon is gearing up to step behind the camera for his directorial debut. During the summer, the actor let slip that "The Office" star John Krasinski would be taking a role in the upcoming film that many assumed was “Father Daughter Time: A Tale of Armed Robbery and Eskimo Kisses.” Warner Bros. had picked up that spec script -- about a man who goes on the lam with his daughter, who is an accomplice in a three-state crime spree -- as a vehicle for Damon to direct. But as it turns out, it's not that project at all, and in fact, Krasinski is a much bigger collaborator on the forthcoming movie that we had thought.

Stephen Gaghan Lines Up 'The Snakehead' & Untitled Drug Trafficking Movie To Direct

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 19, 2011 8:04 AM
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It has been a while since we've heard anything from "Traffic" writer and "Syriana" writer/director Stephen Gaghan. Ever since his sophomore film, Gaghan was attached to a few projects that never quite got moving. He was set to adapt Malcolm Gladwell's nonfiction bestseller "Blink" for Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way shingle but that seems to have stalled out; he wrote a "Speed"-like thriller called "Dead Spy Running" that McG was eyeing to direct and he also had an untitled action pic set up over at Lionsgate. Late this summer, he signed up to adapt a popular series of books by a Swedish criminologist, psychological profiler and author G.W. Perrson and he's also completed work on a pilot for NBC. But he's still angling to get back behind the camera and he's making sure he's got options, setting up two brand new projects.

Warner Bros. Swings Around The Pole For Steven Soderbergh's 'Magic Mike'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 19, 2011 7:13 AM
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Joe Manganiello Reveals Character Costumes For Some Of The Strippers In The MovieSteven Soderbergh and Warner Bros. have had a long and mostly fruitful relationship for much of the director's career. Of course, right now they are doing very well with "Contagion," which as taken in over $75 million so far, and that's with international territories only starting to open now. And over the years WB has housed variety of Soderbergh's films both big and small, including the "Ocean's Eleven" trilogy, "The Good German" and "The Informant!" and they are also behind the developing "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." And with lensing well underway on the indie-financed, low-budget male stripper pic "Magic Mike," it looks like the suits over at the studio are willing to roll the dice on the movie that was initially perceived as a hard sell for major shingles.

NYCC: Mark Neveldine & Brian Taylor Diss First Film, Say 'Ghost Rider' "Re-quel" Has Huge Body Count

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • October 16, 2011 2:58 AM
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Directors Say They've Thought About Direct-To-DVD Character Spinoffs For The 'Crank' SeriesSony had a superhero franchise on their hands in “Ghost Rider.” Curiously, though first film that turned a solid profit, but no one particularly fell in love with it, leaving them in a position to experiment with a second film about Johnny Blaze. So it only makes sense that they would turn to Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, the architects of the gonzo, hard R-rated “Crank” series to recapture the magic of a beloved Marvel Comics’ “superhero.” We sat down and talked with Mark and Brian at the New York Comic Con to talk about the approach to “Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance,” their thoughts on their first movie, and how a PG-13 rating wasn't a hurdle to their usually risky brand of filmmaking.

WB Picks Up Script About Math Wiz Alan Turing For Leonardo DiCaprio; Ron Howard Eyes Directing

  • By Simon Dang
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  • October 12, 2011 1:52 AM
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Alan Turing isn't a name many (if anyone) would recognize, but it's often the low-key biopics like this one that make the more interesting films.

Watch: Charming 'Arthur Christmas' Trailer Courts Hipsters With Use Of Vampire Weekend

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 5, 2011 9:20 AM
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Hey, there Ivy League student. Going home for the holidays and have to do something with your younger brother or sister? If you like Vampire Weekend, then "Arthur Christmas" might be the movie you can both enjoy! Jokes.

Warner Bros. Picks Up Assassin Tale 'Satori' As Vehicle For Leonardo DiCaprio

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 3, 2011 7:59 AM
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Leonardo DiCaprio has a problem most actors would kill to have -- a plethora of potential projects to choose from. To say that the actor is in demand is an understatement, but needless to say, over the past little while he's seen his name linked to a number of films including: a Martin Scorsese directed remake of "The Gambler"; Todd Field's Mexican revolution project "Creed Of Violence"; the financial world drama "The Wolf Of Wall Street"; the JFK assassination pic "Legacy Of Secrecy" and the true story serial killer tale "The Devil In The White City." And this is all stuff that happened in the past twelve months. Well, Leo can add one more to his plate of options as Deadline reports Warner Bros. has acquired Don Winslow's "Satori" with DiCaprio to produce and star.

Weekend Box Office: 'Dolphin Tale' Flips Over Another Batch Of Weak New Releases To Score #1

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • October 2, 2011 4:38 AM
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Break it down however you want, but its simple economics. The last month has been absolutely saturated with product, so few of it appealing to mainstream America. These movies aren’t bad. And, in most cases, the marketing isn’t all that faulty. It’s pure numbers. The market can’t withstand this over-saturation. In September, eighteen films entered wide release of 1500 or more theaters, and only six crossed $30 million domestic, two of them benefiting from inflated 3D prices. That’s a poor record of success, even as we keep the bar exactly that low.

'Warrior' Director Gavin O'Connor Wants To Go Full-On 'Samurai' For Warner Bros.

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 30, 2011 4:31 AM
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Update: Deadline adds that "The Samurai" will center on "a rogue assassin named Townes Joyce, who breaks out of a Texas jail that puts him on the run from an international manhunt. Along the way, he gets involved with a woman and her child, and they go along for a ride that spans Costa Rica, Colombia, Paris and back to the U.S." O'Connor is also working with Tambakis on a stage version of the classic "The Hustler."

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