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Development Watch: Will Smith A Modern Robin Hood, Wahlberg Fights Robots, Hardy and LaBeouf Bootleg

- The Wachowskis (The Matrix) are jumping on Warner Bros.' remake wagon with Hood, less than a year after Universal brought the story of the legendary thief back to life with Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett in Ridley Scott's Robin Hood. Rest assured the Wachowski's version (which they wrote) will be different: a modern, urban retelling with Will Smith rumored to be involved. They have also been working on CN-9, said to include an archeological investigation of two US soldiers falling in love in Iraq and an assassination plot against George W. Bush. No word on when either will start shooting.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 8, 2010 4:31 AM
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Sony's Pascal Extends Employment Deal

Amy Pascal is sticking with her gig as co-chairman at Sony Pictures Entertainment for the moment.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 7, 2010 11:47 AM
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Michael Arndt Digs Into Toy Story 3 and the Genius of the Pixar System

Michael Arndt Digs Into Toy Story 3 and the Genius of the Pixar System
After studying writing as an assistant to Matthew Broderick, among other gigs, Michael Arndt finally wrote Little Miss Sunshine, which impressed quite a few people, screenwriter Robert Towne among them. (He gave Arndt an adaptation to do, which never got made.) Arndt won the original screenplay Oscar for that first produced screenplay. From there he went on to earn a rare solo credit on what many consider to be one of the year's best films, Pixar's Toy Story 3. We sat down for a long dig into the details of how to write a sequel to a beloved franchise at Pixar, which consistently turns out smart blockbusters, year after year: no mean feat.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 7, 2010 8:29 AM
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Actress Watch: Multi-Talented Vanessa Paradis, Halle Berry Talks Career Extremes

Vanessa Paradis is multi-talented. She's been a pop singer since the age of 14, muse to Chanel's Karl Lagerfeld, partner of and parent with Johnny Depp, and recent co-star with Romain Duris in this year's charming French rom-com Heartbreaker (L'Amacoeur) - a must-see for Dirty Dancing fans. Interview Magazine has her chatting with interviewer Patti Smith. They talk music, playing dress-up, Gene Kelly, Paradis' version of "Hallelujah" (video below) and why having children make it seem "that half your brain doesn't belong to you anymore."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 7, 2010 4:47 AM
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Paul Giamatti Talks Barney's Version, Win Win, Too Big to Fail, Hangover II and Gibson

Paul Giamatti Talks Barney's Version, Win Win, Too Big to Fail, Hangover II and Gibson
Paul Giamatti is one of those actors who has enough of a global following, thanks to Sideways and HBO mini-series John Adams, to help get certain movies made. Barney's Version is one of them. You can see why he'd want to dive into the best Mordecai Richler character since Duddy Kravitz. The movie is worth seeing for how the actors run with their roles--from doting Dad Dustin Hoffman to Jewish princess Minnie Driver, hippie girlfriend Rachelle Lefevre and dream wife Rosamund Pike. Sony Pictures Classics is giving the film a qualifying run this week in New York and L.A. before a January 11 release.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 7, 2010 2:00 AM
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Oscar Buff Alert: Academy Countdown Begins Tuesday at Oscar.org

Oscar Buff Alert: Academy Countdown Begins Tuesday at Oscar.org
Oscar buffs can revel in the material the Academy is putting up in honor of the upcoming 83rd Academy Awards. Tuesday Oscar.org will begin counting down to the show on February 27 by revisiting each of the award ceremonies that precede it. Each day the official Academy Award site will highlight photos, audio and video clips and trivia.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 6, 2010 9:42 AM
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Economist Film Project Selects Docs for PBS

The Economist Magazine is launching a collaboration with PBS News Hour called The Economist Film Project. The year-long initiative, which starts in January, seeks to showcase thoughtful and provocative documentary films from around the world. The Economist will select short and feature length films from established and emerging filmmakers on subjects that are in line with the mag's interest in economics, the environment, social and human rights, government and politics, religion, media and culture. Selected film segments will air on PBS NewsHour and online for the following year, and will be put in context with related Economist articles. The magazine's deputy editor, Gideon Lichfield, says the project:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 6, 2010 7:46 AM
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Jane Austen Fight Club

We've seen Valley Girls and Pride & Prejudice and Zombies. Here's a new twist on the Jane Austen genre: Jane Austen Fight Club:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 6, 2010 7:05 AM
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Jeremy Renner Talks 'The Town,''Mission Impossible,' 'The Avengers'

The Hurt Locker not only gave Jeremy Renner the role of his career--which earned him an Oscar nomination--but it opened up a raft of career possibilities. Renner is young, gifted and masculine: he can play a charismatic hero or a dangerous villain, a leading man or a character role. He's versatile. This is what casting directors want. There aren't enough guys like him.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 6, 2010 6:26 AM
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Sex Rating Watch: Blue Valentine vs. Black Swan vs. Love & Other Drugs

- Directors of two potential Oscar nominees are attacking the MPAA's rating system. Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine) and Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan) state their cases in the LAT against the questionable standards that land a film with a NC-17 rating (whichBlue Valentine and the Weinstein Co. are currently fighting.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 6, 2010 5:26 AM
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