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Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close Set with Daldry, Bullock, Hanks

Paramount and Warner Bros. are set to partner on Jonathan Safran Foer's 2005 Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close: A Novel, with Stephen Daldry to direct two Oscar-winners, Sandra Bullock and Tom Hanks.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 22, 2010 5:45 AM
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Academy Selects Scientific Achievement Short List

Academy Selects Scientific Achievement Short List
The Motion Picture Academy's scientific and technical awards committee has selected 15 achievements for further awards consideration. Now anyone else with similar devices or prior claims can offer their achievements to the committee, by August 31.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 20, 2010 5:36 AM
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Taymor's Tempest and Spider-Man Musical Both Open in December

Taymor's Tempest and Spider-Man Musical Both Open in December
Julie Taymor is cheering up these days. Her movie of Shakespeare's The Tempest--which had been in limbo at Miramax-- is now closing night at the Venice Film Fest (here's the new poster) and a centerpiece gala at New York, and is set to open December 10. Meanwhile her long-in-the-works Broadway musical Spider-Man finally has an opening date: December 21.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 11, 2010 12:54 PM
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Mid-Summer Box Office Wrap: Top Ten Chart, Studio Report Card

At mid-summer, the box office is lagging just behind last year's pace and ticket sales are flat, reports Anthony D'Alessandro, who charts the season's winners, losers and studio market shares so far (as of last weekend). Will red-hot Inception take the number one box office crown from Toy Story 3? Stay tuned, as numbers and rankings will change by Labor Day.
  • By Anthony D'Allessandro
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  • August 5, 2010 5:37 AM
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3-D Resistance, Teen Stars Disappoint at Box Office, Justin Bieber Biopic, New Idol Judges

- The ultimate Hollywood truism these days: if you can't make it good, make it 3-D. The NYT considers the pull for and push against 3-D domination. At Comic-Con, several directors played to anti-3-D sentiment in the cavernous Hall H. J. J. Abrams believes that “when you put the glasses on, everything gets dim." Joss Whedon loves 3-D, but at the same time was against MGM turning his production of The Cabin in the Woods 3-D: now Whedon hopes being the only non-3-D horror flick could make it special. With almost 60 3-D films set for release in the next two years across some 5,000 digital screens, now 2-D is old-school-cool. Some filmmakers are resisting 3-D; it complicates shooting and, according to both Whedon and Abrams, typically does little or nothing to improve cinematic storytelling. Christopher Nolan resisted making Inception 3-D, while tech-savvy Michael Bay has admitted to making Transformers 3 only partially 3-D.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 3, 2010 5:40 AM
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Unraveling Inception: Zimmer's Piaf Riff, Clothing Clues, Nolan's Anxiety

One of the great pastimes of summer 2010 is unravelling, explaining and debating Inception. Which is the main reason it is such a big hit: repeat business. (The movie's so good that the Chinese government is allowing it to play there, a rare honor for a Hollywood picture.) Here are some recent popular memes:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 3, 2010 5:27 AM
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Sony Attaches Barry Levinson to Direct Brother Jack

Veteran director Barry Levinson (Rain Man and HBO's You Don't Know Jack, nominated for 15 Emmys) is to direct Columbia Pictures' Jack Healey biopic Brother Jack. The coming-of-age story is based on Healey's life as he leaves the priesthood and arrives on the streets, where he fought for and pioneered human rights issues and activism.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 8, 2010 5:13 AM
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Media Watch: Media Moguls Head for Sun Valley Summer Camp, Relativity Pics on Netflix

- It's known as the summer camp for moguls, writes THR, and Apple God Steve Jobs is probably not coming to the party (he's only attended twice). In it's 28th year, Allen & Co.'s event in Sun Valley, Idaho hosts a range of key media and tech players. They park their private jets and spend their time talking business, dodging media reporters and riding bikes in the high altitude. While their families play in the resort, the moguls will likely discuss such pressing issues as growth strategies post-recession, mergers and acquisitions like the Comcast/NBC Universal deal, and the future of 3-D on film and elsewhere.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 6, 2010 3:47 AM
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Law & Order Spin-Off, Czech Tax Breaks, Hulu Seeks Subscribers, Akira Goes PG-13

The Czech Republic recently unveiled a brand new tax break. If you're developing content with a budget over $700,000 and are willing to team up with a Czech producer, get thee to Czechoslovakia. Deadline reports that the new 20% break is aimed at foreign filmmakers. Having shot such films as G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Wanted, Casino Royale, and The Chronicles of Narnia in the Czech Republic, Hollywood has long taken the Eastern European nation seriously as a shooting location. Now there will be even greater reason to cross the pond and taste the original Budweiser (not the American hallmark now owned by Belgians). Speaking of which, could Europe be trying to undermine American Business? Could be if New Jersey (see Law and Order, above) or California are any indication of how the nation treats the entertainment industry.
  • By Cameron Carlson
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  • June 25, 2010 8:29 AM
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Starz Seeks Next Sopranos, Shyamalan Circulates New Script, 3-D Decline, Jonah Hex Misfire

- In a bid to compete with HBO and Showtime, Starz has acquired the U.S. rights to remake the successful and critically acclaimed Aussie drama Underbelly, based on a real life '70s crime family. Former HBO chief Chris Albrecht (who launched The Sopranos) took over as Starz CEO last December. Vulture reports that Underbelly, along with UK show Torchwood and a planned Camelot saga, spearhead Starz's latest programming push. While the crime theme underlines both The Sopranos and Underbelly, it is new for Albrecht to look outside for inspiration. During his twenty-plus years at HBO, he tended to create original programming in-house. Things have changed; old content finds sizable viewership on channels like AMC, and audiences' appeal can be targeted more globally than locally.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 22, 2010 3:32 AM
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