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A Smart Note to Twilight Fans from Bill Condon

Writer-director Bill Condon is a smart cookie. On Saturday afternoon, he posted a note to Twilight fans on Facebook, beginning an engagement with them, letting them know he gets their world as he approached getting started on the final installment(s), Breaking Dawn. One of his tasks is going to be figuring out if he's going forward with one or two movies. Summit has not officially yet made that decision, they tell me. Word is, it's two--Condon turned down another movie for scheduling reasons.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 2, 2010 5:36 AM
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Dreamgirls Condon Strong Choice to Direct Twilight: Breaking Dawn

Finally, Summit Entertainment is confirming what we already had heard: that Dreamgirls director and last year's Oscar co-producer Bill Condon will direct the fourth film in the series, Breaking Dawn. This is by far the trickiest--and thickest-- of the four Stephenie Meyer novels, and the film world has been watching with bated breath for any news, posting stories on directors who were under consideration, much less hired. Summit is not confirming whether or not the novel will be adapted into two films or one, or Condon's rumored involvement in a fifth installment.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 28, 2010 5:39 AM
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Summer Movies: What Can Top Iron Man 2?

Summer Movies: What Can Top Iron Man 2?
It's starting to look a lot like summer.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 20, 2010 4:01 AM
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Summit Talks Eclipse Reshoots, Sony Denies Bad Hornet Rumors

Pity the studio corporate flacks who have to keep straightening out the rumors that hit the internet--especially big-name movies that will build traffic as they spread like kudzu. For example, IESB reported that Sony Pictures is apparently "displeased with the results" they've seen so far of Michel Gondry's The Green Hornet film adaptation, citing claims that the "tone is too campy, they're not happy with the work from director Michel Gondry and Seth Rogen does not look the part. At all. In fact, the feeling at Sony is the movie is a disaster."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 14, 2010 12:43 PM
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Girl with Dragon Tattoo: Will Fincher Cast Stewart? Or Unknown?

David Fincher's next directing gig will be Sony and producer Scott Rudin's English-language version of Stieg Larsson's global bestseller, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Playlist confirms. The movie is on the fast track with Steve Zaillian writing.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 31, 2010 9:14 AM
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#SXSW Wrap, Hits and Misses

#SXSW Wrap, Hits and Misses
Continuing to build its rep as a balmy spring destination for genre fans and cinephiles alike, the 17th South by Southwest Film Festival saw a strong turnout at films and panels appealing to young males and indie filmgoers, from opener Kick-Ass and stoner-comedy Leaves of Grass to the more finely calibrated critics' faves Tiny Furniture (which won the dramatic jury prize) and Cold Weather. Clearly, the fest hasn’t lost its indie cred, although a hardcore midnight screening of A Serbian Film tested the limits of many filmgoers.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 23, 2010 2:04 AM
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Girl with Dragon Tattoo: Who Should Play Salander?

As the Swedish global hit opens stateside and the English-language version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo gets under way, screenwriter Steve Zaillian plans to place tough, bisexual hacker/sleuth Lisbeth Salander front and center, recognizing that she's the star of Stieg Larsson's Millenium Trilogy. So who should play her?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 18, 2010 3:59 AM
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Twilight Stars Hit Media with Remember Me, Yellow Handkerchief, Runaways, Oscars

Twilight Stars Hit Media with Remember Me, Yellow Handkerchief, Runaways, Oscars
One of the dangers of hitting big in a franchise like Twilight is that that every blessed indie movie that can't get arrested suddenly gets a release. And everyone wants you to do press. Poor Kristen Stewart! After opening Twilight: New Moon last November, she hit Sundance like a freight train in January with the hard-edged drama Welcome to the Rileys and The Runaways, in which she stars as rocker Joan Jett opposite Dakota Fanning as Cherie Currie.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 2, 2010 11:54 AM
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Vanity Fair's Latest Young Actresses Cover: Stewart, Cornish, Mulligan

Vanity Fair's Latest Young Actresses Cover: Stewart, Cornish, Mulligan
A swatch of pale loveliness, here are this year's Vanity Fair photos of Hollywood ingenues. I believe the mag has done Kristen Stewart (Twilight) and Amanda Seyfried (Mamma Mia!), at least, before. Last week, Stewart was in Sundance supporting The Runaways and Welcome to the Rileys; Rebecca Hall stole Nicole Holefcener's Please Give at Sundance; Mia Wasikowska was also there, starring as one of the Kids Are All Right. She plays the title role in Tim Burton's upcoming Alice in Wonderland, which should break her out even more.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 1, 2010 5:46 AM
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#Sundance: Jett, Currie, Stewart, Fanning Talk Runaways

#Sundance: Jett, Currie, Stewart, Fanning Talk Runaways
The Runaways hit Sundance like a freight train, thanks to the combined star power of Twilight stars Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning and the characters they play in the musical biopic, "wild and braless" Joan Jett and Cherie Currie, who toured as teenagers with the first all-girl rock band in the 70s.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 26, 2010 7:47 AM
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