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March 2010

Eastwood wants DiCaprio as J. Edgar Hoover

Eastwood wants DiCaprio as J. Edgar Hoover

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Tasty biopic bait. Kevin Klawitter tips us to details at Deadline: Leonardo DiCaprio is in early talks to play FBI director J. Edgar Hoover in Hoover, an epic drama that Clint Eastwood will direct and that he and Brian Grazer will produce with Rob Lorenz through Imagine and Malpaso. Talks with Leo are just getting underway, but I’m told that DiCaprio will play the lead role in the film written…

Life During Wartime, trailer & poster

Life During Wartime, trailer & poster

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The Independent asks, “Why is director Todd Solondz returning to the film that nearly destroyed his career?” Happiness won the critics’ prize in Cannes and earnt a Golden Globe nomination for Best Screenplay ‚Äì remarkable when you consider its main talking-point was Solondz’s sympathetic portrait of a paedophile (Dylan Baker). And if you ever wondered what happened to him and the film’s roster of screwed-up characters, Life During Wartime catches…

TCM Classic Film Festival Posters

TCM Classic Film Festival Posters

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From IMPAwards via Craig Kennedy at Living in Cinema, iconic moments on screen distilled to their Rorschach essence in silhouettes. The festival begins April 22nd at the Chinese and Egyptian theaters on Hollywood Blvd with special screenings with freshly restored prints of A Star is Born, Breathless and the recently reconstructed Metropolis. Full program details (pdf). Three more posters after the cut.

Micmacs, happythankyoumoreplease at SF Fest

Micmacs, happythankyoumoreplease at SF Fest

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Jean-Pierre Jeunet‚Äôs Micmacs will open the San Francisco Film Festival on and IndieWIRE reports happythankyoumoreplease will be a centerpiece of the 2-week event (April 22 – May 6). Robert Duvall and Walter Salles are set to receive special awards. Brazilian director Salles will receive the Founder‚Äôs Directing Award, and will additionally appear at the Sundance Kabuki Theatres Wednesday, April 28, at 6:45 pm for ‚ÄúAn Evening with Walter Salles,‚Äù where…

Godzilla reemerges for WB and Legendary

Godzilla reemerges for WB and Legendary

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HR reports sightings of a reckless scaly beast on the horizon, as Warner Brothers and Legendary Pictures team with Japan’s Toho Co. to reanimate the durable reptile. “Godzilla is one of the world’s most powerful pop culture icons, and we at Legendary are thrilled to be able to create a modern epic based on this long-loved Toho franchise,” said Thomas Tull, chairman and CEO of Legendary. “Our plans are to…

The Best of Times, The Worst of Times

The Best of Times, The Worst of Times

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What can one say about Sandra Bullock’s high point and low point in her career? People call it the Oscar curse, but what it really is is schadenfreude – or the desire to see someone successful take a major tumble. We can’t all pretend like we are watching a marriage fall apart so much as we are seeing the vultures flying in and pecking at the exposed meat. Bullock’s success…

The Bizarre Loss of Reitman’s Screenplay Oscar

The Bizarre Loss of Reitman’s Screenplay Oscar

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One of the strangest developments of last year’s Oscar, probably the thing that was most difficult to predict, was Jason Reitman’s loss for Adapted Screenplay. I have to say that this kind of thing rarely happens. I haven’t actually looked at the history closely enough, but I can say that in the past when someone has won as many awards as Jason Reitman did – Golden Globe, WGA, Critics Choice,…

Madonna Casts Lourdes, Upates Wallis Simpson

Madonna Casts Lourdes, Upates Wallis Simpson

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According to The Playlist, the Madonna-directed movie about the Wallis Simpson scandal. It will share time with a destined-to-be unbearable story of “Wally Winthrop, with romantic problems of her own in addition to an obsession with the life of the Duchess of Windsor.” The film stars Vera Farmiga, Abbie Cornish, Ewan McGregor and Lourdes, Madonna’s already famous 13 year-old. So is Abbie Wally Winthrop? I am hoping Madonna will consider…

Cannes Debuts Poster, Tree of Life and Other Rumblings

Cannes Debuts Poster, Tree of Life and Other Rumblings

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I first saw this on Variety’s site, but it was the smaller version. The HR has posted the larger version of the new poster for the Cannes Film Fest: Meanwhile, there is lots of chatter about potential titles for the 63rd fest, including Terrence Malick’s eagerly anticipated Tree of Life, Woody Allen’s latest, and Wall Street 2. The fest opens on May 12 with Robin Hood. Awards Daily is planning…

Ebert Continues Plans for Movie Review Show

Ebert Continues Plans for Movie Review Show

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It really takes a special combination of skills to draw in a TV audience to watch critics review movies. It’s been an odd development over the past decade watching the critics recede. I’m one of the hold-outs who believes that critics, educated ones who can write well, have never been more necessary than they are now. Mine is not the popular opinion among those I know in this insular world…