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Depp Developing Live Action Dr. Seuss, Thin Man Remake Finds New Scribe in Billy Ray

It was only a matter of time. Dr. Seuss will be brought to live-action life, and as long as Johnny Depp is accepting the stupid money, he'll likely be in the title role. The project is in development at Illumination Entertainment and Depp's Infinium Nihil, with Depp producing (and possibly starring), and Keith Bunin pegged to write the script.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 7, 2011 7:38 AM
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Sundance Institute Announces Recipients of Indian Paintbrush Fellowship; New Frontier Story Lab

The Sundance Institute is partnering with Indian Paintbrush on a new fellowship program that offers grants to filmmakers supported by the Institute’s Feature Film Program. The first recipients of the fellowships--including Natural Selection and a project co-written by Lena Dunham--are listed below. In addition to the grants, one filmmaker will be given a Producer's Award and $10,000, as well as have their film premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. The winner will be named at the fest's Producers Lunch.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 7, 2011 7:27 AM
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Trailer Watch: The Raven Lands on Anniversary of Poe's Death; Film Claims Edginess, But Is It?

Fittingly, Relativity Media is debuting the first trailer (below) for The Raven (March 9, 2012) on October 7, the 162nd anniversary of Edgar Allan Poe’s mysterious death. Relativity celebrates the date--and their upcoming film--with rare facts about Poe facts (a sampling is below).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 7, 2011 5:44 AM
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Oscar Talk: Clooney Leads Best Actor Field, Davis Leads Best Actress, Carnage Non-Contender

Oscar Talk: Clooney Leads Best Actor Field, Davis Leads Best Actress, Carnage Non-Contender
In this week's Oscar Talk podcast, In Contention's Kris Tapley and I debate Roman Polanski's NYFF-opener Carnage, which fails to improve on the play and is not going to be an Oscar contender, we agree, although I think it's an upscale crowd-pleaser. (My updated Oscar Chart is here.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 7, 2011 5:44 AM
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EW Reunites Ten Casts: Weaver on Aliens, Allen on Home Improvement, Elwes on Princess Bride

EW gathered ten classic film and TV casts for the "Ultimate Pop Culture Get-Together." From The Princess Bride to Aliens to Home Improvement, here is just a taste of the goodies from the reunions. The EW issue is on newsstands today.  THE PRINCESS BRIDECary Elwes on the film’s legacy:“The movie has an incredible life from generation to generation. I guess it’s because it’s so sweet and has a really good heart. People have told me they’ve named their kids Westley and Buttercup, that they were married dressed as Westley and Buttercup. I met a girl just a few weeks ago who has “As You Wish” tattooed on her neck.”
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 7, 2011 5:26 AM
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New Stills from My Week With Marilyn: Seduction of the Media Begins with Gorgeous Michelle Williams

New Stills from My Week With Marilyn: Seduction of the Media Begins with Gorgeous Michelle Williams
We just got a peek at the trailer, and now Moviefone has a few new stills from My Week with Marilyn. Star Michelle Williams may not be a dead ringer for Marilyn Monroe, but she's channeling something that rings true. The synopsis and more photos of Williams' co-stars Eddie Redmayne and Kenneth Branagh are below. The film premieres October 9.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 7, 2011 4:22 AM
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Poster Watch: Eastwood's J. Edgar Features Angry Multi-Colored DiCaprio

New word on Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar from someone who has seen it: Leonardo DiCaprio is even better as the old J. Edgar Hoover than he is as the young one. The movie, written by Milk Oscar-winner Dustin Lance Black, cuts back and forth between the beginning and the end of Hoover's stellar five-decade FBI career, and suggests the tragedy of a hidden romance between the FBI chief and his longtime assistant Clyde Tolson (Armie Hammer). And yes, DiCaprio gives an Oscar-worthy performance. "To me, it's really a story of how absolute power corrupts absolutely," the star told EW. "He was always an outsider."
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • October 7, 2011 4:19 AM
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Forbes Top Earning Women In Entertainment 2011: Oprah, Lady Gaga, Gisele, Frankel, Swift, DeGeneres

Oprah Winfrey and Lady Gaga are Forbes' two highest-earning women in entertainment, with $290 million $90 million, respectively. The rest of the top ten is varied but reminds that TV makes fortunes: Bethenny Frankel (reality star and Skinny Girl owner) - $55 million, supermodel Gisele Bundchen - $45 million, pop star Taylor Swift - $45 million, Ellen DeGeneres - $45 million, Judge Judy Sheindlin - $45 million, pop star Katy Perry - $44 million, pop star and new Academy member Beyonce Knowles - $35 million, and author Danielle Steel - $35 million.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 6, 2011 10:03 AM
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Oscar Doc Race Does Not Favor Lookalikes

In the Oscar documentary feature race, usually 80-90 films qualify for a shot at landing on the doc short list of 15. And when several films tackle similar themes and subjects, doc branch voters tend to pick one favorite. Take director/producer Michael King's Oscar-qualified The Rescuers, which I saw at the Ashland Film Festival, which was just acquired by Neil Friedman's Menemsha Films, which often reps doc award contenders, for North American release in theaters in early 2012.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 6, 2011 9:03 AM
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West Memphis Three Will Attend NYFF Premiere of Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory

West Memphis Three Will Attend NYFF Premiere of Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory
The West Memphis Three (Jason Baldwin, Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley Jr. - just released from death row) will make their first public appearance at the New York Film Festival's premiere of Joe Berlinger’s and Bruce Sinofsky’s updated Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 6, 2011 7:53 AM
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