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Japan Aftershocks May Stall Cameron's Avatar Deep-Sea Dive

In the wake of Japan's 9.0 earthquake, underwater maven James Cameron may have to wait a while before he executes his planned 6.5 mile submersible dive to the bottom of the Mariana Trench off the coast of Japan for the Avatar sequel, reports Slate (via Coming Attractions). Aftershocks are the issue.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 22, 2011 11:36 AM
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Directors Go to the Opera

For those who missed Sky Opera Shorts, celebrating six years of Sky Arts' collaboration with the English National Opera, here are three videos whose directors used a popular aria from the 2008/2009 season. The films were aired on Sky Arts in February 2009 in the documentary Opera Shorts: Behind The Scenes, complete with interviews with the directors.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 22, 2011 10:43 AM
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Tom McCarthy and Jeffrey Tambor Talk Win Win and How to Wrestle Comedy Out of Drama

Tom McCarthy and Jeffrey Tambor Talk Win Win and How to Wrestle Comedy Out of Drama
Win Win is rare for several reasons: it's an original script backed by a studio, it concerns everyday people in everyday life, and it's a dead-serious relationship drama of the sort that most people refuse to make anymore. It's also an R-rated movie (for realistic locker room language) that parents can take their kids to see that critics rate at 92% on Rotten Tomatoes.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 22, 2011 8:11 AM
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In Development: Akira Remake, Fincher for Jolie's Cleopatra, Agatha Christie and The Fighter 2

- Warner Bros./Legendary Pictures is eyeing several actors for a reworked script of Katsuhiro Ôtomo’s six-volume graphic novel Akira, reports Deadline. Harry Potter franchise screenwriter Steve Kloves (also writer-director of The Fabulous Baker Boys) is working on the rewrite and Albert Hughes (The Book of Eli) is signed on to direct in August. In contention for role #1 ("Tetsuo") are Robert Pattinson, Andrew Garfield and James McAvoy; for role #2 ("Kaneda"), there's Garrett Hedlund, Michael Fassbender, Chris Pine, Justin Timberlake and Joaquin Phoenix. Our picks would be McAvoy and Fassbender, who will likely pass on this retelling.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 22, 2011 5:30 AM
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Trailer Watch: Morgan Spurlock's Greatest Movie Ever Sold

After Morgan Spurlock's fast-food expose Super Size Me turned into an Oscar-nominated Sundance doc hit (and SnagFilms' best ever performer), he followed with Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden? His latest, product-placement investigation The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, was bought by Sony before it played well at both Sundance and SXSW. I'll catch up with it and Spurlock at the Ashland Film Festival on April 8 before Sony Pictures Classics releases it April 22. Check out the trailer below:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 22, 2011 4:22 AM
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Peter Jackson is Back in Middle Earth as The Hobbit Starts Production

Am I crazy, or doesn't writer-director-producer Peter Jackson look happy again? In the years since he completed The Lord of the Rings trilogy (which grossed a total $3 billion worldwide; extended DVD due June 28), he shot the gargantuan budget King Kong (which would have been hugely successful if it had cost less) and the smaller-scale The Lovely Bones, which cost more than the literary delicacy should have. He produced protege Neill Blomkamp's District 9 as well as collaborating closely with director Steven Spielberg on the Tintin trilogy; the first is due this December.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 21, 2011 11:45 AM
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Valerie Plame Wilson Writes Female Centered Suspense Novels with Female Action Star Potential

Seeking a female action hero? A new one may come from an unlikely source: memoirist and ex-spy Valerie Plame Wilson, whose CIA debacle was brought to the screen by Doug Liman in last year's Fair Game, which starred Naomi Watts as the glamorous, fierce yet tender operative (opposite Sean Penn as husband Joe Wilson).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 21, 2011 8:28 AM
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James Cameron and Vince Pace to Deliver NAB Keynote

James Cameron and his Titanic and Avatar camera inventor Vince Pace will deliver the 2011 NAB shows keynote address on April 11. The NAB show is the biggest media show for filmed entertainment and its development across various platforms. Approximately 90,000 people come to Las Vegas for the event each year. In their address, current King of the 3-D world Cameron, and visual effects and 3-D innovator Pace will cover new developments in 3-D technology and their affect in the industry and storytelling. The full release in below:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 21, 2011 7:38 AM
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Keira Knightley Rides Motorcycle, Strips and Seduces in Joe Wright-Directed Chanel Ad

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  • March 21, 2011 7:34 AM
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In Development: Julianne Moore and Jeff Bridges For Seventh Son; Pablo Ferro's "Genius" Titles

Julianne Moore and Jeff Bridges are pairing up for Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures's exorcist flick The Seventh Son. The project started out as an adaptation of Joseph Delaney's young adult trilogy, The Last Apprentice. The story takes place in the 1700s, about a young man training to be an exorcists who is tricked to use his abilities to unleash Mother Malkin (Moore), the most evil witch in the world. The young man's exorcist teacher is Master Gregory ("Spooks"), to be played by Bridges. Roles were offered to Alex Pettyfer and Jennifer Lawrence, but both are out--Lawrence's schedule just became dominated by her own franchise, The Hunger Games. Sergei Bodrov (Mongel) is directing The Seventh Son from Max Borenstein's screenplay. Production kicks off September in Vancouver.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 21, 2011 7:32 AM
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