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    Women Are Just Not Fundamentally Funny: John Belushi

    Since I am traveling I haven't been able to watch the Oprah from yesterday which was a SNL reunion that included Chevy Chase, Jane Curtin, Tracy Morgan, Tina Fey and Dana Carvey.

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    'Battlestar Galactica' Veteran Mark Verheiden To Co-Write & Exec Produce 'Dark Tower' TV Series

    Considering the lack of adventurous spirit shown across his entire directing career to date, it's still kind of staggering to think about the ambition of Ron Howard's next project. An adaptation of the seven books in Stephen King's dense, meta-textual, sometimes-just-plain-weird "The Dark Tower" series, planned to stretch across three films and two separate TV series, mostly using the same cast, it's truly something of a scope that's never really been attempted before. And somehow, despite our gut telling us that Howard would find it tricky to land an A-lister considering the scope of the project, he looks to have signed up the much-in-demand...

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    Michael Mann Hopes To Spin 'Gold' With 'Treasure Of The Sierra Madre'-Esque Tale By Paul Haggis

    It has been a couple of years since Michael Mann's period gangster pic "Public Enemies" which, depending on who you ask, was either an underrated gem or (in this writer's opinion) a moody misfire. That's not to say Mann hasn't been busy. He's got the HBO horse racing drama led by Dustin Hoffman coming around the track and he's got more than a couple options for his next feature including the medieval tale "Agincourt" and another gangster pic in "Big Tuna" which "Up In The Air" writer Sheldon Turner was brought on to write last fall. In addition he's got the war photog biopic on Robert Capa in the works, and now, Mann has added another pic to ...

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    Oscar Winning 'Milk' Scribe Dustin Lance Black To Adapt Green Day Musical 'American Idiot'

    The Broadway hit is no longer the dead cert for a transfer to a big-screen that it once was, but as ever, if studio executives see the queues forming on the Great White Way, they smell the kind of built-in audience that makes their lives easier, even if the path to the big-screen proves trickier than it used to be. The new management at Universal, in particular, having made a pretty penny with "Mamma Mia" a few years back, seem convinced that the stage musical is as fruitful a subject for adaptation as it was in its 1960s heyday: the company has hired recently-minted Oscar winner Tom Hooper for the long-running musical "Les Miserables," and h...

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    Gus Van Sant's 'Restless' To Open Un Certain Regard; 'Kung Fu Panda 2' Headed For Cannes

    Just one day to go until Thierry Fremaux reveals the full lineup of films set to unspool at this year's Cannes Film Festival and a couple more titles have been announced in advance of the fest. Joining "The Tree Of Life" and "Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" -- both of which are set to s...

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    What's Your Favorite Civil War Movie?

    150 years ago today, the American Civil War began with the Confederate Army's bombardment of Fort Sumter. Turner Classic Movies has already begun celebrating the anniversary with films set during the war aired on Monday and Wednesdays all month (the controversial "Birth of a Nation" was on last nigh...

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    Bradley Cooper To Play 'The Crow'?

    You sure know how to fuck with us Hollywood. Just a few days after “28 Weeks Later” helmer Juan Carlos Fresnadillo came aboard to direct the long in the works reboot or whatever of "The Crow" -- that looks like it will be dropping the Nick Cave script (what the hell) -- an actor is now ready to get ...

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    Universal Looking To Pick Up Joseph Kosinski's PG-13 'Oblivion' & Want Tom Cruise To Star

    Oh irony of ironies. Just over a month after Universal officially killed Guillermo Del Toro's $150 million, R-rated "At The Mountains Of Madness," it looks like the studio has not only found a cheaper, PG-13 replacement tentpole, they want Tom Cruise to star in it too.

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    2011 Tribeca Film Institute Sloan Filmmaker Fund Goes to Six Projects

    The Tribeca Film Institute and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation announced six recipients of the 2011 TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund, which totals $140,000. Each project dramatizes themes of science and technology, and in addition to the financial grants they will receive creative support from both science and f...

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    Would You Really Want James Cameron and Peter Jackson Focusing on Writing Over Effects?

    Having been sufficiently entertained by "Avatar" and "TRON: Legacy," I'm growing out of the need to take issue with movies that put technical spectacle above screenwriting craft. Would I like to see James Cameron do a low-budget film with brilliant dialogue? If I had to choose that over the "Avatar" sequels, no. Seriously. Plenty of people are making well-written films, but very few make movies as impressive, effects-wise, as Cameron. So I'd prefer he do what he does best. And it's not like he's a terrible director that can't hold it together with otherwise great visuals (such as Lucas and many, many others). Honestly, if you disregard much o...

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