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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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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), and Keith Bunin pegged to write the script.

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    Sundance Institute Announces Recipients of Indian Paintbrush Fellowship; New Frontier Story Lab

    The Sundance Institute is partnering with Indian Paintbrush on a new fellowship program that offers grants to filmmakers supported by the Institute’s Feature Film Program. The first recipients of the fellowships--including Natural Selection and a project co-written by Lena Dunham--are listed below. In addition to the grants, one filmmaker will be given a Producer's Award and $10,000, as well as have their film premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. The winner will be named at the fest's Producers Lunch.

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  • The Playlist
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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 was when Joe Pesci sued the producers this summer claiming that not only did they change the role he was going to play, they were giving him a reduced salary as well. Money problems? It appears that was the case.

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  • Shadow and Act
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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 Playlist
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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, and only a few performances have really planted a flag in the category, with some initially strong contenders already starting to slip away.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Promo #2 For Don Cheadles' New Showtime Drama Series "House Of Lies" (Reveals More)

    Don Cheadle's new dark comedy TV series for the Showtime network, titled House Of Lies (based on the book House of Lies: How Management Consultants Steal Your Watch and Tell You the Time by Martin Kihn) debuts on Sunday, January 8th, 2012, at 10PM.

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  • The Playlist
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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 twisted their arm to get into the theaters a little bit sooner. Like next month.

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  • The Playlist
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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 director takes the reins of such a film, one that actually remembers and respects what it was like to be a kid, the result can be so refreshing. In the best examples of the genre from recent memory -- "Where the Wild Things Are" and "Super 8" (which, this writer only found to be half a great movie, the great half being the portion involving kids being kids, making movies; it's impossible to deny the skill of those actors and their characterizations) -- the filmmakers decided from the outset to make a proper film first and foremost. The fact that the story is played out with children as our main characters is almost a moot point. Almost.

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    Le Shana Tova

    Loyal readers, I've been laid low by the flu. I've been slow to blog and yet I see my reader numbers are up. I am so grateful to all who come up and tell me they read my blog. I have so many subjects I want to blog about and have promised folks to write about. I hope in the coming New Year to blog more often. I also hope that in the coming year, by building up a soon-to-launch (fingers crossed!) website and putting into action other long gestating plans, to make more money so I can afford to keep on blogging.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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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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