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Hamm & McCarthy for Feig/Apatow Comedy, Thornton Casts Jayne Mansfield's Car, Casting Misfires

- With Universal's Bridesmaids sitting at $126.8 million worldwide, the studio is wasting little time inking their next project with director Paul Feig and producer Judd Apatow. While the story is yet to be named, reportedly the film will follow a man who is obsessed with a woman. The leads would be Bridesmaids' comedic standouts Jon Hamm and Melissa McCarthy. While their respective TV shows, Mad Men and Mike & Molly, couldn't be more tonally different, their opposing senses of humor could be a recipe for success.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 16, 2011 7:15 AM
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Fox Searchlight Uses Director Cred to Sell The Tree of Life

In the old days, testimonial spots were shot outside movie theaters, with moviegoers saying how much they like a picture, and put on TV. This is the first time I've seen two top Hollywood directors with huge film fan cred lend their support via online video for a movie. Fox Searchlight got David Fincher and Christopher Nolan--two directors at the top of the Hollywood food chain--to explain why they admire Terrence Malick and his The Tree of Life. The movie has to be a must-see for any film buff, but Searchlight is pushing to get smart cinephile fans of Inception and The Social Network to give it a whirl.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 16, 2011 5:36 AM
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News Wrap: Fincher, Aronofsky In Creative 50, Vudu Adds Mad Men, WB Demands China

Power lists are always a must-read: Ad Age has published The Creative 50, which includes Hollywood directors Darren Aronofsky and David Fincher. Comedians dominate the list this year, including: Tina Fey, the Lonely Island boys (Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone), Kristen Wiig, DumbDumb creators (backed by Will Arnett and Jason Bateman), and Tony-winner Book of Mormon writers Robert Lopez, Trey Parker and Matt Stone.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • June 16, 2011 5:21 AM
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Elvis Mitchell is New Film Independent/LACMA Film Curator

Elvis Mitchell is New Film Independent/LACMA Film Curator
Elvis Mitchell lands on his feet yet again. One thing about having been a film critic at the New York Times, visiting professor at Harvard, documentary filmmaker, and KCRW host of The Treatment: you get plenty of cred.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 16, 2011 4:32 AM
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Relativity Will Release Soderbergh's Haywire After All; First Look at Gina Carano (UPDATE)

Relativity Media, Ryan Kavanaugh's new production and distribution company, will release Steven Soderbergh's espionage thriller Haywire (pictured above, star Gina Carano) after all, on January 20, 2012.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 15, 2011 12:23 PM
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Video Watch: Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill Star in Bennett Miller's Baseball Drama Moneyball

Brad Pitt stars as Billy Beane in Moneyball (September 23), a baseball drama about the Oakland A's. Robin Wright, Jonah Hill and Philip Seymour Hoffman co-star in the drama adapted by Steven Zaillian (Schindler's List) from Michael Lewis's nonfiction bestseller. Bennett Miller (Capote) took over the directing reins after Steven Soderbergh fell out of Sony's Scott Rudin production.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 15, 2011 9:25 AM
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Brando vs. Crowe as Superman Franchise's Jor-El

Brando vs. Crowe as Superman Franchise's Jor-El
I find disturbing the idea of Russell Crowe playing the role originated by Marlon Brando at age 54 in 1978's Superman. Crowe, 47, is in talks to play opposite Superman Henry Cavill as his beloved father Jor-El in Man of Steel, reports Variety. Of course this will give Crowe a handsome payday. Maybe it's the similarities between the troubled Brando and Crowe that worry me. Both are fine actors with inflated egos and a weight problem who have walked dangerously close to identifying with their leading roles. Keeping track of who you are as a human being and who you are as a movie star is half the battle in maintaining career longevity.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 15, 2011 9:18 AM
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Ben Affleck To Direct Tell No One Remake, Holds Actors Hostage for Argo

In mid-career, Ben Affleck, who has always been one of the smarter actors around, has opted to chase his potential as a writer and director. It's a lot more work, of course.
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • June 15, 2011 8:27 AM
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David O. Russell Loves Jolie, Eyes her for Silver Lining, in the Running to Direct Maleficent

Angelina Jolie, who remains attached to star in Maleficent, still lacks a director. Tim Burton bowed out in May, making room for David O. Russell and others to be considered by Disney. Russell was available for consideration after parting ways with Columbia Pictures over creative differences on the video game adaptation Unchartered Drake's Fortune (for which the director also drafted a script).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 15, 2011 7:57 AM
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LAFF Jury: Lynn Shelton, Daniel Waters, Jeff Malmberg, Lisa Gay Hamilton

The Los Angeles Film Festival's 2011 narrative competition jurors include director Lynn Shelton (Humpday, My Effortless Brilliance; pictured), Eric Nakamura (Head/Founder of Giant Robot), and screenwriter Daniel Waters (Heathers, Batman Returns).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 15, 2011 7:50 AM
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