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Steven Spielberg's Next Could Be 'Montezuma' With Javier Bardem, Based On Script By 'Spartacus' Writer Dalton Trumbo

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 6, 2014 10:58 AM
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For a guy as prolific as Steven Spielberg tends to be, 2013 was a curious year for the filmmaker. Following "Lincoln," the director had long been planning to make "Robopocalypse," but he shelved the project in January, citing that the script needed more work. He then lined up "American Sniper" with Bradley Cooper slated to star, only to drop out of that too, with Clint Eastwood taking over the director's chair. And while Spielberg as plethora of producing projects on the go (including Stanley Kubrick's vision of "Napoleon" with Baz Luhrmann to helm), it's not certain what he'll direct next. But another option has come to the table.

Timor Bekmambetov Out, Ben Stiller Circling Director's Chair For 'The Current War'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 30, 2013 4:54 PM
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Perhaps the biggest surprise and news story of the day was the arrival of the trailer for Ben Stiller's "The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty." The film, which Stiller both stars in and directs, was unveiled as something much more than your everyday remake, promising something that could possibly be the subject of Oscar talk a few months from now. It's certainly one of the more ambitious directorial efforts we've seen from Stiller, and it seems he's keen to keep testing himself with interesting material.

12 Great & Not-So-Great Debuts From Screenwriters-Turned-Directors

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • June 6, 2013 4:03 PM
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Screenwriters Turned Directors, Best/Worst
“...but what I really want to do is direct,” goes the hoary old Hollywood refrain. Actors, key grips, wardrobe assistants, the odd ambitious caterer -- sometimes it feels like everyone who’s ever stepped on to a movie set dreams, idly or with calculation, of one day calling the shots. Even the clapper loaders, who technically are the ones who call shots. But of all those jealously eyeing the director’s megaphone (metaphorical sadly, they seem to have gone the way of the plus-four as part of the director’s standard kit) perhaps those with the most reason to be covetous are the screenwriters, the hardy souls who turn in 120-page draft after draft, only to have their baby wrested from their grasp and dressed up, maybe brilliantly but often not, in clothes they might not have chosen themselves.

Christian Bale Courted To Part The Red Sea As Moses In Ridley Scott's 'Exodus'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 15, 2013 2:05 PM
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With Steven Spielberg leaving "Gods And Kings," the developing Moses movie over at Warner Bros (they're now keen on getting Ang Lee to take over), Fox isn't wasting a minute to try and beat them to the punch. You may have forgotten, but among the many, many, many, many, many, many, many projects Ridley Scott has on his plate is a Moses movie of his own. Apparently, this one is gaining fresh heat thanks to Steve Zaillian's rewrite, and Fox has their eye on a leading man.

TV Dial: Ari Graynor Is The New 'Bad Teacher,' HBO Passes On 'Criminal Justice' With James Gandolfini & More

  • By India Ross
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  • February 20, 2013 1:49 PM
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Consider this a round-up; a platter of micro-updates in the field of on-again-off-again new shows and their various stars. A TV digest for the water cooler, if you will.

James Gandolfini Returns To HBO To Star With Riz Ahmed In 'Criminal Justice' Pilot, Steve Zaillian To Direct

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 19, 2012 2:01 PM
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It seems that HBO and James Gandolfini are just the kind of couple that are meant to be together. Of course, the network and star both mutually benefited with the rousing success of "The Sopranos," but even after the show was over they kept each other's phone numbers. Gandolfini's been attached to a number of brewing projects for his old employers, and a few years later the actor co-starred in the HBO movie "Cinema Verite" with Diane Lane and Tim Robbins. And it looks like they're set to work together again as the cable channel has greenlit a pilot that will put Tony Soprano back in the fold.

Martin Scorsese & 'Hoop Dreams' Helmer Steve James Team For Documentary Based On Roger Ebert's Memoirs

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 7, 2012 12:45 PM
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As probably the most celebrated and beloved film critic around, a man whose work has appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times for 45 years, who co-hosted "At The Movies" with Gene Siskel for almost 25, and who was the first film critic to win the Pulitzer Prize, it's almost surprising that Roger Ebert has never been the subject of a movie himself. He's had some limited involvement behind the scenes of other films -- he wrote scripts for exploitations maestro Russ Meyer in the 1970s, but no one's ever made a major film about Ebert.

Watch: Full 'The Day Britain Stopped' Mock Doc Drama That Ridley Scott & Steve Zaillian Are Remaking

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 26, 2012 3:10 PM
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With the Olympics gearing up to kick off tomorrow, London's public transit service has been under some serious strain and scrutiny in the past week as the world descends on the city for the games. Numerous delays have already been reported, with traffic in the city only due to increase in the coming days and weeks. So it's a bit ironic to think that nearly a decade ago, this was (sort of) the foundation of a disaster flick.

'Stranger Than Fiction' Writer Zach Helm To Pen Steve Zaillian Produced Patricia Highsmith Adaptation 'Deep Water'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 10, 2012 4:57 PM
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Steve Zaillian is a busy, busy man. With two scripts in the running for awards season honors in "Moneyball" and "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" and a plethora of other projects crowding his plate including sequels to the David Fincher film, it's a small miracle that the man also has time to produce. But via his Film Rites shingle, Zaillian has been quietly working on projects like the Philip K. Dick adaptation "Ubik" witih Michel Gondry attached, the David Cronenberg flick "As She Climbed Across The Table" as well as the remake of "Timecrimes" (which he may just direct himself). Well, one other project we haven't heard from in a while continues to move forward, albeit in bit of a brand new shape.

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