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    Variety Ditches Leo Wolinsky: Littleton Next Up?

    Perception often becomes reality. When Variety Group Editor Tim Gray hired ex-LA Times editor Leo Wolinsky last December as the new editor of Daily Variety, it sent a message that Gray may not have intended. Veteran. Old-fashioned. Newspaper man. During these trying times for trade publications, Gra...

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    Leonardo DiCaprio To Play Serial Killer In 'The Devil In The White City'

    Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way shingle has teamed with Double Features and acquired the rights to Erik Larson's "The Devil In The White City," a fascinating, thrilling account of Dr. HH Holmes, a serial killer who murdered up to 200 people during the Chicago World's Fair.

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    Director Kenny Ortega Puts The Brakes On Talks About MJ 'Thriller' Adaptation

    Sam Elliott Says He Knows Nothing About J. Jonah Jameson Talk, Katherine Heigl's 'Adaline' Goes To Summit & MoreThey're going to make a feature-length film out of Michael Jackson's music video "Thriller" (directed by John Landis) and Kenny Ortega -- who directed "Michael Jackson's This Is It" tour d...

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    John Carpenter To Direct Comic Adaptation 'Darkchylde'

    First Look At 'Trespass'; New Films From Jennifer Lynch, Dennis Iliadis & Niels Arden OplevEven though "Fangland" with Hilary Swank seems to have fallen apart, John Carpenter seems well on his way with a new project, an adaptation of the comic "Darkchylde." Created by Randy Queen, the comics follow "a young girl named Ariel Chylde who regularly sheds her skin and turns into her deepest, darkest nightmares." Richard Taylor of WETA recently dropped some test footage from the film (which you can watch below) and indicated they hope to get things going on the film within the year. We've never really paid much attention to the comic, and consideri...

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    Filmmakers Finally Close The Books On A Proposed 'Goonies' Sequel

    "Goonies Never Say Die" Motto Now Destroyed For The Ages, But Broadway Could Beckon1985 is a good year. It gave us "Back To The Future," "The Breakfast Club" and another mainstream '80s pop film classic, Richard Donner's "The Goonies." Much like Robert Zemeckis' picture (the number one domestic gros...

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    'Blue Valentine' Producer "Dumbfounded" By NC-17 Rating, Says They Won't Change Film For Appeal

    In case you forgot, "Blue Valentine," the prickly relationship drama starring Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling, was recently slapped with an NC-17 rating by the MPAA much to the confusion of, well, everyone. While the MPAA keeps the reasons for their decisions secret, most believe it is due to a s...

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    Noomi Rapace Takes Lead In Swedish Boxing Biopic Opposite Ex-Husband

    Drama Will Center On Troubled Swedish Prizefighter, Bo "Boss" HögbergOriginal "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" star Noomi Rapace is obviously on many lips in Hollywood. We won't recount too much her recent casting exploits, but she's a hot Swedish export because of the aforementioned drama (which D...

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    Keira Knightley, Natalie Portman, Michelle Williams, Scarlett Johansson In Mix For 'Great Gatsby'

    Amanda Seyfried, Blake Lively & Abbie Cornish Also In ContentionDo these names seem familiar? Yep, its the go-to crop of actresses that seem to circle every major project and you've probably seen them crop up as potential leads for Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity" and Ridley Scott's "Alien" prequel. So no...

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    BBC Earth, Reliance Big Entertainment Partner Up For Trio of Releases

    BBC Earth, the global natural history division of BBC Worldwide, and India's Reliance Big Entertainment have agreed to a three-film partnership that will bring "Walking With Dinosaurs 3D," "Africa 3D," and the new documentary, "Life," to screens around the world. Distribution for the films will be t...

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    Feist Documentary 'Look At What The Light Did Now' Hits DVD In December With Bonus CD

    It's a testament to how quickly the music world moves that 2007 and 2008 seem like it was decades ago, but if you remember, Canada's Feist shot to the top of the pop music charts thanks to a very clever iPod ad that made a smash hit out of her song "1234." It certainly didn't hurt that the rest of h...

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