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Watch: Trailer For 'Star Trek' Writer Alex Kurtzman's Directorial Debut 'People Like Us,' With Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks & Michelle Pfieffer

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 29, 2012 8:29 AM
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We're only about a month away from the start of the summer movie season, and the onslaught of noisy effects-heavy pictures that come with it. As such, more dramatic films, movies about human beings rather than robots or aliens, are about to get a little thin on the ground, but with the right placement, such a picture can prove to be an antidote to blockbusters and make a quiet killing, as "The Help" did last year. This year, one of the films attempting to fill that gap is "People Like Us," the directorial debut of Alex Kurtzman, a man who's been used to far bigger-budget fare thanks to his co-writing work on films like "Mission Impossible 3." "Transformers," "Star Trek" and "Cowboys & Aliens."

'Welcome To People' Is Now 'People Like Us'; Eric Bana & Olivia Wilde-Led Thriller Retitled 'Deadfall'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • March 16, 2012 2:25 PM
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Alex Kurtzman is best known as one half of the blockbuster-scripting duo with Roberto Orci ("Transformers," "Star Trek"), but last year, he ventured out solo making his directorial debut with a family dramedy known as "Welcome To People." Starring Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks, Olivia Wilde and Michelle Pfeiffer, the project is one we're keen to check out, but we'll now have to look for a different title on box office screens with the DreamWorks pic now going by "People Like Us."

'Welcome To People' Lands On June 29th; 'Hick' Hits VOD & Theaters In May & 'For A Good Time Call' Dials Up On September 14th

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 29, 2012 5:29 PM
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Get out your marker and dry erase board of upcoming movies, because you'll have to add a few more dates to the calendar.

Are Disney Trying To Bail On Distributing Alex Kurtzman's 'Welcome To People'?

  • By Simon Dang
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  • February 27, 2012 9:22 AM
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Producing and writing giants Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci were starting to look like one trick ponies with a steady slate of tentpole fare including the 'Transformers' and 'Star Trek' series as well as "Cowboys & Aliens." But last year saw the duo delve into adult drama with "Welcome To People," a film co-written by Kurtzman, Orci and Jody Lambert, that also marks Kurtzmann's directorial debut. Shot early last year, we had even named it as a potential awards season dark horse contender, however, that never came to pass.

The Amazing Race: 10 Dark Horses That Could Shake Up The Awards Season

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 29, 2011 4:27 AM
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Last time we talked about the awards race, we were halfway through the year, and it was anyone's game, with only a handful of even vaguely serious contenders emerging both from wide releases, and from the festivals up to Cannes. Our conclusion was that only "Midnight in Paris," "The Artist" and "The Tree of Life" were real contenders, with a handful of other films looking like they might pick up nominations here and there, but unlikely to be in the final ten.

A.R. Rahman To Score Alex Kurtzman's 'Welcome To People' Starring Chris Pine & Olivia Wilde

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 14, 2011 9:28 AM
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For screenwriter Alex Kurtzman—best known for penning blockbusters like “Star Trek,” “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” and “Mission: Impossible III”--he couldn't ask for a better batch of talent as he readies his directorial debut, "Welcome to People." The film stars Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks, Olivia Wilde, Michelle Pfeiffer and Mark Duplass, and it will also feature a little cameo by Jon Favreau. But it appears the quality list of collaborators doesn't end there as Kurtzman has enlisted one of the best known and celebrated film composers in the world to tune up his movie.

Jon Favreau To Make A Cameo In 'Welcome To People'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 22, 2011 3:42 AM
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It looks like screenwriter Alex Kurtzman -- best known for penning blockbusters like "Star Trek," "Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen" and "Mission: Impossible III" -- is getting a nice favor called in as he shoots his directorial debut, the drama “Welcome To People.” The film already boasts a strong cast including Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks, Olivia Wilde, Michelle Pfeiffer and Mark Duplass and has now lined up a nice cameo. Jon Favreau -- who is currently readying "Cowboys & Aliens," a film Kurtzman co-wrote -- hit Twitter yesterday to reveal he's making an appearance in 'Welcome' saying, "Did a cameo role today in Welcome To People. Fun to act again, even if it was only for a day."

Mark Duplass Joins Alex Kurtzman's Directorial Debut 'Welcome To People'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • January 17, 2011 2:36 AM
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The prospects for screenwriter Alex Kurtzman's directorial debut, the drama "Welcome To People," continue to rise with actor-writer-director Mark Duplass now joining a cast which already excitingly boasts Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks, Olivia Wilde and Michelle Pfeiffer.

Michelle Pfeiffer To Play Chris Pine's Mother In 'Welcome To People'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 11, 2011 2:16 AM
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The DreamWorks drama "Welcome To People" goes before cameras imminently, and it should prove to be interesting, marking a move into more serious fare for a whole group of actors who, until now, have been more recognized for their involvement in tentpoles and comedies. Following a young businessman who returns home after the death of his father, the film marks the directorial debut of Alex Kurtzman, who co-wrote the script with Roberto Orci and newcomer Jody Lambert; Kurtzman and Orci being best known so far for writing the likes of "Transformers" and "Star Trek."

Olivia Wilde Joins 'Welcome To People' With Chris Pine & Elizabeth Banks

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 3, 2011 8:41 AM
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After carving a successful screenwriting career penning blockbusters for such directors as Michael Bay (”Transformers”), J.J. Abrams (”Star Trek,” “Mission: Impossible 3”) and Jon Favreau (”Cowboys & Aliens”) as well as producing television shows like “Fringe” and “Alias,” one half of the renowned writing duo of Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci is set to venture solo into the world of directing with Kurtzman gearing up his directorial debut.

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