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    Depp Developing Live Action Dr. Seuss, Thin Man Remake Finds New Scribe in Billy Ray

    It was only a matter of time. Dr. Seuss will be brought to live-action life, and as long as Johnny Depp is accepting the stupid money, he'll likely be in the title role. The project is in development at Illumination Entertainment and Depp's Infinium Nihil, with Depp producing (and possibly starring)...

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    Despite Starry Cast, ‘Gotti: In The Shadow Of My Father’ Now On Hold Due To Lack Of Cash

    Look at that picture above, so full of hope and promise, but also a good indication early on of a project that always seemed too good to be true. That snap was taken at a press conference this spring formally announcing "Gotti: Three Generations" (later retitled to "Gotti: In The Shadow Of My Father") and yes, that's Lindsay Lohan. And surprise, surprise she didn't end up getting a role in the picture, but it was a pretty good way to drum up publicity for the movie. But that wasn't the only hurdle the film faced. Original director Nick Cassavetes bailed only to be replaced by Barry Levinson. But the real indication something must have been up...

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    "Soulja Boy: The Movie" Headed For DVD Release

    I suppose there are those for whom this is of importance... I assume. So for the record Image Entertainment will release Soulja Boy: The Movie on DVD on October 18.

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    The Amazing Race: Will Veterans Or Newcomers Win Out In The Supporting Categories?

    In contrast to the Best Actor & Actress race, which we've examined in the last few weeks, the supporting categories are looking much more open. A-list movie stars like Christian Bale, Matt Damon, Penelope Cruz and Cate Blanchett, who've all figured in recent years, are mostly absent from contention,...

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    Werner Herzog Convinces Sundance Selects To Release 'Into The Abyss' Next Month Instead Of Next Year

    'Salmon Fishing In Yemen' Baits Spring Release DateWerner Herzog is having one helluva 2011. His 3D documentary "Cave Of Forgotten Dreams" has been an arthouse smash hit, still playing theaters (in Montreal where this writer is from, it was brought back for as second run due to popular demand -- that pretty much never happens) and in the best casting news of the year, Herzog landed the villain role opposite Tom Cruise in the thriller "One Shot." Just typing that out still makes our mind reel. He hit TIFF last month with his new documentary "Into The Abyss," and while Sundance Selects were going to wait until 2012 to release it, Herzog has twi...

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    VIFF '11 Review: 'I Wish' The Rare Example Of A Great Kids Film That Actually Understands Kids

    The frustrating thing about most modern "kids films" is that many filmmakers seem like lost balls in tall grass when it comes to portraying what makes children tick. Perhaps it's tougher than we imagine to capture the youth/kid experience, but is it just us or does it seem like nearly all child characters in movies exist in some bizarro world where they're smarter than the all the adults, know just the right thing to say at every moment and hardly ever act like, you know, kids? (See every American indie and Hollywood rom-com from the last 10 years for examples of this annoying, ridiculous trend). That's why, when a thoughtful, intelligent dir...

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    Trailer Watch: The Raven Lands on Anniversary of Poe's Death; Film Claims Edginess, But Is It?

    Fittingly, Relativity Media is debuting the first trailer (below) for The Raven (March 9, 2012) on October 7, the 162nd anniversary of Edgar Allan Poe’s mysterious death. Relativity celebrates the date--and their upcoming film--with rare facts about Poe facts (a sampling is below).

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    Oscar Talk: Clooney Leads Best Actor Field, Davis Leads Best Actress, Carnage Non-Contender

    In this week's Oscar Talk podcast, In Contention's Kris Tapley and I debate Roman Polanski's NYFF-opener Carnage, which fails to improve on the play and is not going to be an Oscar contender, we agree, although I think it's an upscale crowd-pleaser. (My updated Oscar Chart is here.)

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    EW Reunites Ten Casts: Weaver on Aliens, Allen on Home Improvement, Elwes on Princess Bride

    EW gathered ten classic film and TV casts for the "Ultimate Pop Culture Get-Together." From The Princess Bride to Aliens to Home Improvement, here is just a taste of the goodies from the reunions. The EW issue is on newsstands today.  THE PRINCESS BRIDECary Elwes on the film’s legacy:“The movie has ...

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