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'Fantastic Four,' Mark Millar's 'Kindergarten Heroes,' Ang Lee's 3D Boxing Movie & More Get Writers

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 2, 2013 10:46 AM
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The past week or so has seen quite a few writers land some gigs, ranging from big blockbusters to gritty thrillers, so let's get right into the mix.

TIFF Review: ‘Rush’ Starring Chris Hemsworth & Daniel Brühl Finds Ron Howard In Top Gear

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 6, 2013 5:52 PM
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Rush, Chris Hemsworth
It's only "rebels, lunatics and dreamers" that decide to get behind the wheel and race for a living, so quips Austrian driver Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl) in the early moments of Ron Howard's "Rush," and there's an undeniable logic to his observation. For who else would willingly strap themselves into a fiberglass frame, powered by a 500-horsepower engine to drive at unimaginable speeds around a racetrack, where even the faintest hint of a wrong move could end your life? And who else would embrace the odds where at the beginning of each race year, it's known that an average of two drivers will die out of a field of twenty-five? Well, Lauda is one of those people, as is Englishman James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth), and together they made worldwide headlines for their intense rivalry and passion for the sport. Howard's film matches that fuel-injected devotion in a film that goes beyond mere sports biopic to tale of two men forged by gasoline, jumpsuits and ambition.

Peter Morgan Apparently Working With Hugh Hefner On A Biopic Of The Playboy Founder

  • By Simon Dang
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  • July 18, 2012 9:16 AM
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The life of Hugh Hefner is certainly one tailor-made for a salacious silver-screen adaptation but, up until this point, we've not seen it put under the microscope in any significant way. Brett Ratner had been attached to helm a biopic a few years back for Universal but, with things never coming together, Warner Bros. recently took over the now helmer-less project. It's unclear if that project is the one in question here but it looks like the Playboy founder himself is currently working with a royalty-approved scribe, with Hefner tweeting that he "had a good meeting today with screen writer Peter Morgan discussing a film about my life." 

Antoine Fuqua To Direct Heist Flick 'Chicagoland,' Eminem Boxing Pic 'Southpaw' Goes On The Backburner

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 9, 2012 4:25 PM
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We're not sure how or why a thoroughly average director like Antoine Fuqua can keep stacking up projects, but dude keeps stacking up the movies on his schedule, and good thing too since another one has fallen to the wayside for a moment.

LFF '11: 'The Queen' Scribe Peter Morgan Says He's Not Necessarily Done With Tony Blair Yet

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 18, 2011 7:03 AM
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'360' Writer Tells Us Freddie Mercury Biopic Is Waiting For Sacha Baron Cohen, Motor Racing Won't Be Focus Of Ron Howard's 'Rush'Exclusive: Getting two Oscar nominations in two years tends to make your inbox a little fuller than it was before, so it's no surprise that picking up nods in 2007 for "The Queen" and 2009 for "Frost/Nixon" has made Peter Morgan one of the busiest screenwriters around. The British director has since worked with Tom Hooper and Clint Eastwood, as well as penning Fernando Meirelles' latest, "360," which opened the BFI London Film Festival last week.

'The Queen' Scribe Peter Morgan Says He's Writing A Heist Flick With The Scale Of 'Heat'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 12, 2011 7:53 AM
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'360' Pensmith Wrote The Story For Next Bond Film, But Never Got To Do A ScriptExclusive: Screenwriters can be typecast in the same way as actors, and if someone was to stereotype Peter Morgan at this point, it would be as "the biopic guy." He's picked up two Oscar nominations for films based on real people -- namely "The Queen" and "Frost/Nixon" -- and along the way has tackled figures as varied as Tony Blair (three times), Bill Clinton, Lord Longford, Idi Amin, Brian Clough and, not once but twice, King Henry VIII. But he's been keen to stretch his wings for some time, with his two most recent films both being original scripts: firstly Clint Eastwood's "Hereafter," and now, Fernando Mereilles' "360," with Rachel Weisz, Jude Law and Anthony Hopkins, which is, as we speak, opening the BFI London Film Festival.

TIFF '11 Review: Fernando Meirelles' International Love Story '360' May Leave His Fans Heartbroken

  • By Cory Everett
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  • September 13, 2011 3:00 AM
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In a photo studio in Vienna, a sleazy photographer (Johannes Krisch) is coaxing a young Slovakian woman Mirkha (Lucia Siposová) into posing for her first nude pictures. We soon find out this man is also a pimp and the pictures are for luring clients on the internet. Her younger sister Anna (Gabriela Marcinkova) tries to persuade her to reconsider but she has her mind made up. She needs the money and wants to change her life. Her sister intones through darkly humorous voiceover “If there’s a fork in the road, take it.” It’s a highly provocative opening for what ends up being just a so-so anthology of interweaving tales, even though director Fernando Meirelles ("City Of God," “The Constant Gardener”) assembles an international cast with interwoven stories spanning Vienna, Paris, London, Bratislava, Rio, Denver and Phoenix.

Sam Mendes To Direct 'Bond 23' Next Year, Says Kate Winslet

  • By Simon Dang
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  • December 3, 2010 3:27 AM
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Theater Veteran Simon Russell Beale Eyed For Role?Earlier today, it was reported that composer David Arnold revealed that the 23rd installment of the 'Bond' franchise was apparently now "back on" after being put on hold by EON Productions earlier this year -- news which we took as a positive sign of things to come more so than any concrete revelation.

Composer David Arnold Says 'Bond 23' Is "Back On"

  • By Simon Dang
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  • December 2, 2010 1:54 AM
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It remains to be seen whether reports regarding MGM's post-bankruptcy plans to have the next 'Bond' film out as early as November 2012 will bear out but it certainly sounds like things are picking up.

'Bond 23' May Not Be Quite Ready For A November 2012 Release

  • By Simon Dang
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  • November 7, 2010 3:55 AM
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Financing Issues Remain, As Well As Potential Scheduling Issues For Daniel Craig & Director Sam MendesWhile it was recently suggested that the upcoming merger between MGM and Spyglass Entertainment could bring iconic spy James Bond back to the big screen by 2012, updated reports are now asserting that the bold prediction may be slightly premature.

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