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    'Grey Gardens' & 'The Vow' Helmer Michael Sucsy To Direct 'Romeo & Juliet' Spinoff 'Rosaline'

    William Shakespeare’s iconic tale “Romeo and Juliet” has probably been brought to screen more than any other story. There is George Cukor’s 1936 production that won four Academy Awards, Franco Zeffirelli’s adaptation which earned two Academy Awards, Renato Castellani’s 1954 version and Baz Luhrmann’s 1996 “Romeo+Juliet” (starring Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio) with its MTV Generation-targeting soundtrack. Of course, let's not forget the Hailee Steinfeld vehicle that will begin filming this summer. The premise of the story has also been successfully and widely adapted for other television and film productions such as Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins’ 1961 film “West Side Story” about New York gangs, John Madden’s 1998 critically acclaimed “Shakespeare in Love” and Disney’s television soap “High School Musical” to name but a few. So it's high time that another production joined the club, this time with a fresh outlook, and now Emmy-winning film director, screenwriter, and producer Michael Sucsy has signed a deal to direct Fox 2000’s “Rosaline,” an updated version of William Shakespeare’s classic tragedy.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Today's Birthdays - 7/08/11 (Lance Gross, Rocky Carroll and Jaden Smith)

    Lance Gross says "hello" to 30 today. The California native has appeared in a number of film and television shows including Eve, Meet the Browns, Our Family Wedding and House of Payne. His next upcoming film will be a starring role in director Matthew Cherry's film The Last Fall which you can read about under our "Filmmaker Diary Series."

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Trailer Watch: Ironclad Violence, Compressed

    Repetition can have a numbing effect. A dramatic scene viewed on repeat loses its power; repeating a joke kills its humor. But this violent Ironclad trailer (below) definitely tests one's gore quotient. Hack! Maim! Plunge! Repeat! Incoming!

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje Will Play Main Villain Against Sylvester Stallone In Walter Hill Thriller

    British Nigerian actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje has joined the cast of Walter Hill's upcoming adaptation of a graphic novel titled Bullet to the Head.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Viola Davis On Her Role In "The Help": "Of Course I Had Trepidations" + More...

    "Of course I had trepidations. Why do I have to play the mammy? But what do you do as an actor if one of the most multifaceted and rich roles you've ever been given is a maid in 1962 Mississippi? Do you not take the role because you feel like in some ways it's not a good message to send to Black people? No. The message is the quality of the work. That is the greater message... As Black women, we're always given these seemingly devastating experiences - experiences that could absolutely break us. But what the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls the butterfly. What we do as Black women is take the worst situations and create from that point."

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'Rapt' Succumbs To Derivative Plotlines & Insubstantial Moments

    Where do we start with Stanislas Graff? Played with quiet confidence by Yvan Attal, the man is the chairman of a seriously lucrative business, well-respected by his peers. A loving family surround him, fit with two admiring teenage daughters and a wife that doesn't think sleeping in a separate room is a red flag of any sort. In secret, Graff is a heavy gambler and we're treated to a brief snippet of the showboat at a grimy poker game. And, just like any wealthy male in a film like this, he's got a separate flat where he sees whatever mistress he's currently shagging. Director Lucas Belvaux establishes the whole of this guy efficiently, moving along quickly and displaying the character's ability to keep everything separate while also making it feel very routine -- he's a busy man, but he's a comfortable one.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Grant Helped to Push Murdoch's News of the World's Demise by Bugging Reporter

    Bravo to Hugh Grant for not only being righteous, but articulate and smart in his crusade against the Murdoch tabloid News of the World and its egregious bugging practices.

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  • The Playlist
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    Jason Sudeikis Is In Everything Now, Joins 'Eastbound & Down'

    By the time the clock runs out on 2011, one thing will be clear, Jason Sudeikis will be the comedy equivalent of Jude Law circa 2004. Hell, barely six months are out and Sudeikis has already been in "Hall Pass," "Horrible Bosses" (opening this weekend) and he even put on a suit and hosted the MTV Movie Awards last month. And coming up, he's got two more raunchy comedies on the way, with "A Good Old Fashioned Orgy" and if we're going to cheat a little, he's got an appearance in the next year's omnibus comedy "Movie 43" already in the can. And if returning for another year on "Saturday Night Live" this fall isn't enough, he's going to get in one more gig before he has to go back to pitching sketches to Lorne Michaels.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    movie review: Project Nim

    If movies about talking cars or warlike robots don’t interest you, Project Nim is the latest documentary (following Buck) to offer a satisfying, adult alternative. It tells a story that is both stranger and more thought-provoking than most Hollywood fare.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Summer in Sun Valley: Moguls Convene at Herb Allen's, Murdoch Ducks

    It's been hard for NewsCorp. chairman Rupert Murdoch to relax this week at investment banker Herb Allen's 29th annual Sun Valley mogul retreat, which launched July 5 and lasts for five days. Murdoch is under too much fire with the News of the World bugging scandal threatening to derail his long-planned BSkyB takeover bid--even after he opted to kill the tabloid.

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