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    Antoine Fuqua To Helm Chinese-Language Historical Love Story Epic

    We've written about Antoine Fuqua a fair amount in recent times, only for it to amount to very little in the way of a follow-up to 2007's "Shooter." Among other things, the "Training Day" director has been plotting a biopic of rapper Tupac (which recently began an open casting call), an adaptation of comic book "Afterburn" starring Gerard Butler, a pilot at FOX starring Ethan Hawke from a script by David Guggenheim and superteam Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, and he previously flirted with a reunion with Bruce Willis on prison-escape drama "The Tomb," as well as having the buzzed-about actioner "Prisoners" with Hugh Jackman and a spy-thrille...

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    Walter Salles' 'On The Road' Unlikely To Debut At Cannes; Michael Haneke's 'Love' May Be Ready

    Beat Generation Tale Not In Black & White As First Envisioned?Put simply, Waltes Salles' adaptation of Jack Kerouac's "On The Road" is a film we're anticipating this year with as much excitement as any other. Unfortunately it looks like that wait will have to be a tad longer as any surprise appearan...

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    Good Advice on Changing from Print to Digital Model

    It's tough for newspaper owners and execs to recognize that the days of large staffs and high exec pay are gone. That's why so many publications hang onto print for dear life, because the ads are worth so much more than online advertising. But I have never forgotten what Marc Andreessen once said to...

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    Duncan Jones Explains Why His Sci-Fi Film 'Mute' Is Such A Difficult Movie To Make

    Lead Character Won't Speak At All In Film -- Hence The TitleWith his sophomore effort "Source Code" set to open Friday, director Duncan Jones is in the midst of some serious press promotion rounds. The filmmaker is currently traveling around the country to introduce advanced screenings of the sci-fi actioneer everywhere from SXSW (where we first caught the film) to last Friday at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens. After the screening, Jones was asked about the status of his long gestating film "Mute," which was recently announced to be made into a graphic novel. Jones gave a variation on the same answer he's been giving recently, but e...

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    Amy Adams Is The New Lois Lane In 'Superman'

    After shacking up with Batman's brother in "The Fighter," Amy Adams is set to become Superman's dame. According to the L.A. Times, Zack Snyder has found his Lois Lane for the upcoming "Superman" project slated for a late 2012 release, and it's Oscar nominee Adams, who will step into the iconic workaholic high heels. If the rumors are to be believed (and not all of them are), Adams beat out less-pedigreed competition in Kristen Stewart, Jessica Biel, Rachel McAdams, Malin Ackerman, Dianna Agron, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Amanda Seyfried, Olivia Wilde, Mila Kunis, Lindsay Lohan, Natalie Portman, Anne Hathaway, Abe Vigoda, Bristol Palin, Justin B...

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    Superman News: Amy Adams Lands Lois Lane Opposite Henry Cavill's Man of Steel

    Zack Snyder, whose Sucker Punch disappointed at the weekend box office, called Amy Adams Sunday from Paris with the news that she has landed the role of Metropolis newspaper reporter Lois Lane in the latest reboot of Superman, reports the LAT's Hero Complex. While Adams, 36, earned her third Oscar nomination for The Fighter (TOH interview here), this marks her first major studio franchise. She will star opposite Henry Cavill as fellow reporter Clark Kent and love interest the Man of Steel; Diane Lane and Kevin Costner will play the Krypton superhero's adoptive parents. Snyder told the LAT:“There was a big, giant search for Lois,” Snyder said...

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    Weekend Box Office: Zack Snyder & Warners Get 'Sucker Punch' From 'Wimpy Kid'

    Demographics matter. You want to say, well, screw the numbers, let’s just make a movie for everyone! But considering the multiple sources of entertainment in our multimedia worlds, whatever doesn’t automatically turn us on will turn us off. Because of this, Zack Snyder’s “Sucker Punch” turned people off. It was an action fantasia, a genre normally attractive to teenage boys, but it featured only girls, an immediate turnoff for that demographic. And it didn’t appeal to women, who noticed the marketing campaign centered around cacophonous violence and mayhem, not usually a drawing point for females. It wasn’t made for kids, but the heavily-CGI’...

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    Weekend Box Office: Wimpy Kid Steals Sucker Punch's Lunch

    The weekend started out strong for Zack Snyder's much-anticipated Sucker Punch, but ended better for family sequel Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Roderick Rules, reports Anthony D'Alessandro:Talk about the boys stealing the girls’ lunch: Fox’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules was the big man at the box of...

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    My Personal Apologies For Falling Off The Grid

    I am thrilled to be the only active filmmaker with a regular column on one of the film industry trades -- well, not really thrilled, more disappointed, but if there is only going to be one, I am glad I can belong to the club. You know what I mean, right?

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    Outsourced: The Film and now the TV Series

    We were lucky to have worked with producers David Skinner and Tom Gorai on the film Outsourced and thrilled when it was turned into a TV series by NBC. Below the jump is a recent article from the editorial secton of the L.A. Times which is worth reading. Outsourced Episode 17 NBC

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