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In The Works: Nolan Helps Snyder with Superman; Working Title's Trash; Flight of Conchords's Hobbit

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood April 5, 2011 at 5:09AM

- Zack Snyder is under pressure. Empire talks with the Sucker Punch and Superman: Man Of Steel director, who is confronting skepticism following Punch's critical beating. Producer Christopher Nolan, thankfully, is offering plenty of help for the Superman reboot. No surprise, with people asking questions like, "Does Sucker Punch Spell Doom For Superman: Man of Steel?" Says Snyder, "Chris has been amazingly generous with me [with the Superman storyline]…He's making [The Dark Knight Rises] but he takes time if we're knocking around ideas for the script." And why wouldn't he? "Honestly," adds Snyder, "he wants us to make the best movie we can and he's just interested in helping with that without messing up the process. I think it's amazingly generous of him."
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- Zack Snyder is under pressure. Empire talks with the Sucker Punch and Superman: Man Of Steel director, who is confronting skepticism following Punch's critical beating. Producer Christopher Nolan, thankfully, is offering plenty of help for the Superman reboot. No surprise, with people asking questions like, "Does Sucker Punch Spell Doom For Superman: Man of Steel?" Says Snyder, "Chris has been amazingly generous with me [with the Superman storyline]…He's making [The Dark Knight Rises] but he takes time if we're knocking around ideas for the script." And why wouldn't he? "Honestly," adds Snyder, "he wants us to make the best movie we can and he's just interested in helping with that without messing up the process. I think it's amazingly generous of him."

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- Screenwriter Richard Curtis (Bridget Jones's Diary, Love, Actually) and director Stephen Daldry (The Hours, The Reader) are teaming for Working Title/Peapie Films's adaptation of Andy Mulligan's contemporary young adult thriller Trash. Fittingly, the story is about three boys who pick through trash to get by. When they stumble upon a leather bag, the contents set off an adventure in which they use their wits to fight against authority and corruption. Peapie Film's Kris Thykier tells Variety: "I am truly excited at the prospect of bringing Andy Mulligan's joyful story to the screen and am honored to be working with Working Title, whom I consider to be the best production company in the world and Richard, one of my favorite screenwriters, and Stephen, who is justly considered one of the greatest directors of his generation." The plan is to shoot the film in 2012. Daldry is currently directing Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close with Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock. Curtis's War Horse is also in production with Steven Spielberg directing. Here is our profile on Working Title's exciting slate.

- The Hobbit's latest addition is Flight of the Conchords star Bret McKenzie. The New Zealander is playing an elf, of course - but an elf with great sugar lumps (see below) - in Peter Jackson's film, which is shooting in McKenzie's homeland. Below, we share some of his and his co-star Jemaine Clement's best Conchords moments.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.