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‘Project Greenlight’ Returns, and They Want Your Work

Some nine years after going off the air, HBO, Ben Affleck, and Matt Damon have revived “Project Greenlight" in a new day and age for discovery. As introduced in a very quick video, the project, in Damon’s words, remains an exercise in “documenting what’s actually happening when people try to make a movie together.”
  • By Nick Newman
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  • July 18, 2014 3:41 PM
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Will Mark Romanek Follow Kubrick Into the 'Overlook Hotel'? Plus, Read Stephen King's Prequel to 'The Shining'

Variety reports that Warner Bros. has tapped Mark Romanek to helm their prequel to Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining," entitled “Overlook Hotel.” Given the namesake, that's quite a leap of faith.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio and Nick Newman
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  • July 18, 2014 2:26 PM
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Could a Twitter Hashtag Campaign to Cast Ruffalo as Columbo Yield Results?

Early casting rumors should be taken with a grain of salt. When they’re coming directly from Twitter? Buy yourself a mine. It's just possible, this time, that speculation that Mark Ruffalo was perfect casting for a revival of one of classic TV’s greatest characters on the big screen could yield results.
  • By Nick Newman
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  • July 17, 2014 4:50 PM
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Attention, Documentary Filmmakers: New York Times Op-Docs Set to Host First Live Pitch Competition (EXCLUSIVE)

The New York Times' Op-Docs -- the publication's Emmy-nominated video channel for independently minded filmmakers and artists -- is set to host its first-ever live pitch competition at a private event held at The Times' headquarters. Five filmmakers will pitch their Op-Doc ideas to an exclusive audience of industry professionals, and to a jury of Times staff and veteran Op-Docs contributors.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • July 17, 2014 12:00 PM
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Fincher's 'Gone Girl' Will Open New York Film Festival

David Fincher's thriller "Gone Girl," starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike and based on the bestselling page-turner by Gillian Flynn, will open this year's 52nd annual New York Film Festival on September 26.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • July 16, 2014 7:52 PM
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Lena Dunham's 'Not That Kind of Tour' Attracts Big Talent

Fasten your seat belts. Lena Dunham’s first book is just two-and-a-half months away. Before and after the release of her essay collection, “Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's ‘Learned,’” the writer-director-actress will take a cross-country promo tour. But she's making it more fun by pulling in some promo partners.
  • By Nick Newman
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  • July 16, 2014 12:57 PM
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Ron Howard Rocks Beatles Concert Tour Doc (TRAILERS)

If The Beatles have never been anything less than ubiquitous, their role in the film world still seems to be growing larger with each passing month. Variety report that Ron Howard, under a partnership between Imagine Entertainment, Apple Corps. Ltd., and White Horse Pictures, will direct a currently untitled documentary.
  • By Anne Thompson and Nick Newman
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  • July 16, 2014 12:48 PM
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Nathan Rabin Is Sorry He Coined the Phrase "Manic Pixie Dream Girl"

In a new editorial for Salon.com, Dissolve critic, former AV Club staffer and pro pop culture writer Nathan Rabin takes an "opportunity to apologize to pop culture."
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • July 15, 2014 3:57 PM
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Martin Scorsese Stays Busy as Paramount Targets Awards-Friendly 'Silence' Date

At 71, no one keeps up with the relentlessly energetic Martin Scorsese. Seven months after "The Wolf of Wall Street" opened before earning a Best Picture nomination — and just after his latest documentary, "The New York Review of Books: A 50 Year Argument" premiered at a small festival ahead of HBO's planned fall theatrical release, his next feature film "Silence" is prepping to start production.
  • By Nick Newman
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  • July 15, 2014 3:11 PM
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First Image from Herzog’s ‘Queen of the Desert’ Arrives as Director’s Films Stream on Fandor

Ubiquitous as always, there’s a whole lot more of Werner Herzog coming our way over the next few months. The upcoming 16-film Blu-ray set, arriving at the end of this month, would normally be plenty, but there's also his first narrative feature since 2009: "Queen of the Desert."
  • By Nick Newman
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  • July 15, 2014 2:36 PM
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