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Coen Brothers Join TV Migration with Detective Comedy

Everybody's going to TV. Even Joel and Ethan Coen have sold an hour-long private detective comedy to Fox, HarveKarbo. With Cedar Rapids writer Phil Johnston on the script, the brothers' single-camera show will trace the life of P.I. Harve Karbo and his noir-like investigations into the seedy underbelly of Hollywood high society. The Coens, along with Johnston, Imagine co-founder Brian Grazer and president Francie Calfo, will executive produce, reports Deadline.
  • By Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange
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  • October 5, 2011 4:16 AM
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Boardwalk Empire 2/2 - Ourselves Alone – The Good Parts Version

Boardwalk Empire 2/2 - Ourselves Alone – The Good Parts Version
Although not an ardent fan, David Chute nevertheless finds quite a few things to like in the second episode of the second season of Boardwalk Empire.Both my editor and I, here at TOH, are fans of the episode-by-episode commentary that critic Tim Appelo wrote for indieWIRE last year, during the first season of Terence Winter’s sprawling, ambitious period gangster chronicle Boardwalk Empire. Not myself a fan quite as deep-dyed as Tim, I’ve elected to try a variation on his dive-right-in approach to covering the series week by week. Leaving aside overarching issues of theme and character, I’ll be writing simply and only about the scenes and lines and encounters and details in each episode that I’ve actually really liked.
  • By David Chute
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  • October 4, 2011 12:22 PM
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More Super-Star Celebrity Auctions: Taylor's Diamonds, Wayne's Patch, Reynolds II, Ruby Slippers

First it was Debbie Reynolds' Marilyn Monroe dress and ruby slippers, now Hollywood celebrity auctions are lining up for take-off like planes at La Guardia. Cari Beauchamp reports.Auctions of all kinds seem to be proliferating--which may say more about the economy than we want to know--but three super-star auctions are on the immediate horizon from the collections of John Wayne, Elizabeth Taylor and Debbie Reynolds.
  • By Cari Beauchamp
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  • October 4, 2011 12:10 PM
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Obit: Rob Remley Dies of Cancer

I am sad to report the death of Rob Remley, a long-time international marketing executive, most recently at Warner Bros. and Lionsgate, who changed careers after a stint as a lead dancer for Merce Cunningham. He died September 27 after a battle with cancer.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 4, 2011 11:56 AM
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Inspired Casting: Werner Herzog will Play Villain Across Tom Cruise in McQuarrie's One Shot

German auteur director Werner Herzog (Into the Abyss, Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Grizzly Man) has been cast as the villain in Christopher McQuarries's One Shot (which he adapted from Lee Child's book series), starring Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins and Robert Duvall. Here are more details on the project, in which diminutive Cruise will play strapping military cop-turned-drifter Jack Reacher, with Herzog as The Zec, a former P.O.W. and head of the conspiracy Reacher is investigating.
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • October 4, 2011 8:23 AM
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Stephen Frears Gets EFA's Lifetime Achievement Award: "It’s Nice to be Complimented by Europe"

Stephen Frears Gets EFA's Lifetime Achievement Award: "It’s Nice to be Complimented by Europe"
The European Film Academy is presenting Stephen Frears with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the December 3 event in Berlin. "They're always nice -- if you get them," said the director of Dangerous Liaisons, High Fidelity and The Queen (trailers below). The esteemed Brit has already received a Spanish Goya, a French César and a British BAFTA. “But I’m very grateful, it’s very nice to be complimented by Europe.”
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • October 4, 2011 7:03 AM
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Aronofsky's Noah Goes Ahead with Paramount & New Regency: Will It Sail With Bale?

Paramount is on board to co-finance Darren Aronofsky's Noah with New Regency, and shooting is set to kick off in Spring 2012. This means no more wondering how Aronofsky will follow up his Black Swan success.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 4, 2011 6:52 AM
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Tribeca Film Institute Names Non-Fiction Recipients of New Media Fund: Interrupters, Tillman Story

Tribeca Film Institute Names Non-Fiction Recipients of New Media Fund: Interrupters, Tillman Story
The Tribeca Film Institute announces the first-ever grant recipients of the new Tribeca Film Institute New Media Fund. Six projects have each been awarded between $50-$100,000, and will participate in a three-day workshop run by Crossover Labs, to help their projects find their audiences. Recipients include The Interrupters' web campaign and The Tillman Story Interactive Edition.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 4, 2011 6:08 AM
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Spielberg and Jackson Talk Tintin, Trailer on Real Steel, Opens in Europe First, Plays Rome Festival

Spielberg and Jackson Talk Tintin, Trailer on Real Steel, Opens in Europe First, Plays Rome Festival
The trailer for Steven Spielberg and producer Peter Jackson's 3-D The Adventures of Tintin: the Secret of the Unicorn (Paramount, December 21, 2011) will go out on Friday, attached to Disney/DreamWorks' Real Steel. The performance capture film will play The Rome International Film Festival with Jamie Bell on hand on October 27; Sony will open The Adventures of Tintin in many European countries, where Herge's comic books are better known than they are stateside, on October 26 (Italy is October 28). The film will screen in the Official Selection (out of competition) and in the Alice section of the festival.  “I discovered The Adventures of Tintin in 1981, after the presentation of the film The Raiders of the Lost Ark," says Spielberg. "One of the reviews seemed to believe that my Indiana Jones character had been inspired by Hergé. When I later went out and bought the illustrator's books and read them, I was completely taken by them and immediately thought Tintin's adventures would make great films."
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • October 4, 2011 5:57 AM
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Trailer Watch: Second War Horse Trailer is More Oscar Bait, "Be Brave, Be Brave, Be Brave"

Of the first trailer, we said that Steven Spielberg's PG-13 film version of the heart-tugging Word War I drama War Horse "looks like an Academy-friendly no-brainer." We called it a "four-hankie."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 4, 2011 5:33 AM
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