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    James Franco Says He's Going To Direct Cormac McCarthy's 'Child of God'; 'Blood Meridian' On Hold

    James Franco -- man of many talents -- says a lot of things and puts his name to a lot of projects. Like any artist worth his salt, or any person with good taste in literature, Franco has begun to circle the works of Cormac McCarthy with the hopes of bringing them to the big screen. Earlier this year, it was reported that Franco was attached to direct "Blood Meridian" -- a forever in the works feature adaptation that has seen high profile names like Ridley Scott, John Hillcoat, Michael Haneke and Todd Field attempt to take it on in the past -- but little was heard about it since. Well, taking a jaunt up to Toronto this week to help promote his ambitious installation/documentary piece "Memories of Idaho," created out of the dailies for Gus Van Sant's "My Own Private Idaho," Franco stopped by the TIFF Bell Lightbox for a Q&A and We Got This Covered were there to catch his update on "Blood Meridian" and the new McCarthy adaptation he's working on.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Toronto: 50/50 Debuts to Upbeat Reviews; Can It Beat the B.O. Odds or Land an Oscar Nod?

    Toronto: 50/50 Debuts to Upbeat Reviews; Can It Beat the B.O. Odds or Land an Oscar Nod?

    One of the big winners out of Toronto is Jonathan Levine's 50/50 (September 30), which succeeds by hewing close to its true story. Joseph Gordon-Levitt gives an awards-worthy performance in Will Reiser's semi-autobiographical script about his battle with cancer (see video below), and less successfully, Seth Rogen, basically playing himself, tries to keep his best chum laughing as he undergoes chemo and an operation, losing his girlfriend (Bryce Dallas Howard) as well as his hair. Anjelica Huston is the mother he does not want to share his illness with, and Anna Kendrick his neophyte shrink. Applause all around.

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    Review: Rod Lurie Delivers 'Straw Dogs' For Dummies

    Damned if you do, damned if you don’t: it’s probably a matter of time before every movie is remade, and as such, it was likely the appropriate moment for “Straw Dogs.” There’s no rhyme or reason to any of these remakes other than, "We have a catalog title, let’s just make sure it doesn’t go to waste rotting in our vaults." Ideally, each remake has its own deviation, a separate reason for existing. To Rod Lurie, who clearly has affection for the original movie, the task was simple: how to honor the spirit of the original film but make it an intellectually crippling affair, an ugly, irredeemable black hole of stupid contrivances, inconsistent characterizations, and melodramatic bullshit?

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  • Press Play
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    REELING AND SPINNING: Would you please please please please please please please stop talking?

    EDITOR'S NOTE: Press Play contributor Craig would like to dedicate this column to all those long-suffering people who have ever had to sit through a preview screening with loud people. By Craig D Lindsey

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Xosha Roquemore ("Precious") Cast Among Leads In New MTV Series "Dumb Girls"

    Xosha Roquemore has been cast as one of 4 leads in an upcoming new MTV series pilot titled Dumb Girls - an ensemble show that "revolves around a group of twentysomethings. It centers on Michelle, who is uber-competent at her job but foolish when it comes to guys. Supported by her stalwart friends Alex, Danny, who admits her likes her more than a friend, and Ian, she mounts a plan to get the guy she likes."

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  • Jared Moshé's Blog
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    TAP Module 2 (Minus Me)

    Trans Atlantic Partners (TAP) kicks off its second module today in Halifax, and I'm not there to take part as I'm en route to New Mexico to launch production of my new film (details coming soon!)

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    Watch: Clip From ‘George Harrison: Living In The Material World’ Gives A Taste Of Beatlemania

    Update: Video removed by request of the filmmakers.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Sophie Okonedo Returns To The Stage For "Haunted Child"

    Oscar-nominated actress Sophie Okonedo will be returning to the stage soon. She's set to star in Haunted Child, a new psychological thriller penned by Joe Penhall.

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    Watch: Christopher Plummer Dominates In Trailer For One Man Show 'Barrymore'

    Eighty-three minutes of a one-man stage production adapted into a feature film doesn't exactly sound like exciting stuff, but when it's Christopher Plummer playing the late, great John Barrymore in a Tony-winning role? Count us in.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Oprah Winfrey's OWN Orders Episodes Of New Talent Scout Series

    Oprah Winfrey's OWN network has reportedly ordered 6 episodes of a new original series called Secret Talent Scout, which will "center on a group of talent scouts who go undercover in search of untapped talent across the U.S. In keeping with the net's "live your best life" theme, the scouts will give the deserving performers with great stories their big break, and then reveal themselves."

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