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Searchlight Loves He Loves Me, Little Miss Sunshine Team's Next Project with Dano, Kazan

Little Miss Sunshine directors Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton's He Loves Me has been picked up by Fox Searchlight. Real life couple Zoe Kazan and Sunshine's Paul Dano will star: Crazy Heart star Jeff Bridges is being wooed to join them. Kazan also wrote the script. Here are more project details and the synopsis. Production is slated for a July start.
  • By Sophia Savage and Anne Thompson
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  • May 25, 2011 6:51 AM
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Legend Watch: Onassis Biopic, Bridges Wisdom & Music, Hoffman's HBO Luck

- Fernando Meirelles (The Constant Gardener, City of God, 360 in the works) plans to direct a biopic of Aristotle Onassis, adapted for the screen by his City of God scripter Bráulio Mantovani, based on Peter Evans’s best-selling book Nemesis: The True Story of Aristotle Onassis, Jackie O, and the Love Triangle That Brought Down the Kennedys.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 19, 2011 5:22 AM
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Director Watch: Jackson on The Hobbit's 48 FPS, Cooper's Out of the Furnace, Jones Eyes Wolverine

- Crazy Heart writer-producer-director Scott Cooper (pictured in Vanity Fair with his film's Oscar-winning star, Jeff Bridges) will write and direct Out of the Furnace for Relativity. The film will be based on Brad Ingelsby's script, The Low Dweller, in which an ex-con -- just out of prison -- seeks revenge for his brother's death. Relativity production president Tucker Tooley states: "Scott Cooper drew raw emotion from the story and inspired amazing performances from his actors in Crazy Heart. We are excited for him to shepherd this project." Relativity will share producing credits with Appian Way and Scott Free with Energy Entertainment.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 12, 2011 5:23 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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Things I Learned On the Awards Party Circuit

Things I Learned On the Awards Party Circuit
On Oscar night I started on the red carpet --taking pictures, grabbing video interviews and tweeting madly--and then repaired to the interview room to listen to the show and backstage Q and As (transcripts here). After the best picture winners for The King's Speech had wrapped up, I walked over to the Governor's Ball just as Nicole Kidman and husband Keith Urban were leaving, heading down the escalator; the trio of winning producers, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin, posed for me with their Oscars.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 1, 2011 2:10 AM
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Oscar Predicts Chart 2010

Here's my list of predictions for Oscar wins (in italics) in all categories including shorts. (My nominations predictions are here.) Until February 27th!
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 26, 2011 12:51 AM
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Old School Action Stars: Few Replacements, Not Expendable

Action heroes come in two categories: New School and Old School. Just last weekend, Liam Neeson, 58, led the box office pack with Unknown, showing 16-year old Justin Bieber and I Am Number Four's 20-year old Alex Pettyfer who's Daddy. Neeson isn't the first, nor will he be the last, older man showing the world how a Hollywood action star should perform, both on screen and in the charts.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 22, 2011 8:39 AM
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Academy Nominees Luncheon: 2011 Class Photo, Meeting the Coens, Keeping It Short

Academy Nominees Luncheon: 2011 Class Photo, Meeting the Coens, Keeping It Short
What becomes a legend most? A diminutive best actress nominee sitting at the center of a group photo on last year's best actor winner's lap. At last year's nominees luncheon, Jeff Bridges was hanging with genuine affection with old pal Sandra Bullock.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 7, 2011 11:52 AM
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Oscar Watch: Nominees Meet Press, Talk Awards Season, Dressing in Tutus, Butch Cassidy and Bells

Oscar Watch: Nominees Meet Press, Talk Awards Season, Dressing in Tutus, Butch Cassidy and Bells
This year's Academy Award-nominated actors took to the podium moments before today's annual Nominees Luncheon to answer media questions. Judging by applause and laughter, the interview room crowd favorites were Annette Bening, Helena Bonham Carter, Nicole Kidman, James Franco, Jesse Eisenberg and Javier Bardem, who kicked it all off.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 7, 2011 10:11 AM
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Oscar Watch: True Grit vs. Social Network, Bening vs. Portman

Oscar Watch: True Grit vs. Social Network, Bening vs. Portman
How quickly momentum shifts in the Oscar race after nominations reveal the lay of the land. Every single one of the Gurus 'O Gold who was voting for The Social Network to win best picture switched to The King's Speech. Wow.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 28, 2011 5:50 AM
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