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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    BBC Hires Harry Potter Director David Yates to Develop Doctor Who Film Franchise

    Well, it took them long enough. But at long last the successor to the mighty "Harry Potter" franchise might just be venerable sci-fi BBC series "Doctor Who," which is finally getting its big-screen launch with four-time "Potter" director David Yates at the helm. Yates told Variety that he is developing the first film--which will introduce the space-traveling Time Lord and his iconic red telephone booth blue police box time machine to those not already familiar with the global hit TV series--with the BBC's Jane Tranter, who worked with Yates on "State of Play." The question is, which of the many doctors will play the role? My favorite is not current doctor Matt Smith but the last one, the sexy and resourceful David Tennant. But will they go for a major movie star? This is a serious franchise opportunity for the right actor with a working British accent. Doctor Who is ageless, light-on-his-feet, athletic, witty, wise, admirable while not perfect, and always replaceable. Colin Firth, Ewan McGregor, Hugh Grant and Hugh Jackman could all fit the profile. Any suggestions? UPDATE: I like one idea a lot: Benedict Cumberbatch ("Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"). Casting is a ways off. Yates told Variety he is starting from scratch on the movie adaptation with new writers who could come from anywhere: "We're looking at writers now. We're going to spend two to three years to get it right," he said. "It needs quite a radical transformation to take it into the bigger arena…The notion of the time-traveling Time Lord is such a strong one, because you can express story and drama in any dimension or time."

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Trailer For 'Catch .44' With Bruce Willis Looks Like A Leftover Movie From The 1990s Indie Crime Wave

    Get it!? It's like catch-22 but like, with a gun! It's a pun! Yep, "Catch .44" is the name of this (pretty much) straight-to-DVD effort starring Bruce Willis and for those of you who are bowing at the altar of Megan Ellison, let it be known that this is an Annapurna Production. Nobody is perfect.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Now! Lanre Olabisi's Award-Winning Drama "August The First"

    If you haven't had a chance to check out filmmaker Lanre Olabisi's award-winning drama August The First, here's your chance!

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  • ReelPolitik
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    Are Big Marketing Pushes A Good Model for Arthouse film?

    Are aggressive film distributors like Relativity, FilmDistrict, Fox Searchlight and others doing a disservice to independent films, making them seem bigger than they are in promotional materials, or are they indie filmmakers' most valuable supporters, helping small films compete in an increasingly competitive marketplace?

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  • The Playlist
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    This Is What Bradley Cooper Would Have Looked Like In 'The Crow'

    Things for "The Crow" reboot haven't gone well. Though it came out of the gate strong with Bradley Cooper set to star and "28 Weeks Later" helmer Juan Carlos Fresnadillo set to direct, the movie was hit by a lawsuit and then saw both the actor and director bounce from the movie. There hasn't been any movement from the project since, as it needs to start over, but if you're wondering just what could have been, well there is an answer.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Now and Then: Growing Up is Hard to Do: How Harry Potter Won a Generation of Fans

    Now and Then: Growing Up is Hard to Do: How Harry Potter Won a Generation of Fans

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  • The Playlist
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    This Is Really Going To Hurt: New Footage In 1 Minute 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo' TV Spot

    Christmas trees are going up, shopping lists are being made and travel plans are getting locked down for the forthcoming holiday season, but David Fincher will paint it black this Christmas with "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo." And as we eagerly await the film, a brand new, one minute TV spot for the film offers yet another peek at the film with a healthy amount of new footage.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    10 Questions With Leila Djansi ("Sinking Sands," "Ties That Bind")

    And the beat goes on... Installment number 6 of the S&A "10 Questions With A Black Filmmaker" series... catch up with the first 5 if you need to: Barry Jenkins HERE, Seith Mann HERE, Victoria Mahoney HERE, Rodney Evans HERE, and Ava DuVernay HERE.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Weekend Media Watch: CNN Cuts Dozens of Jobs, Kindle Fire vs. Nook, Romensko Saga Continues

    Weekend Media Watch: CNN Cuts Dozens of Jobs, Kindle Fire vs. Nook, Romensko Saga Continues

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: 2 New Clips From 'The Sitter' With Jonah Hill

    While he's taken a stride into more dramatic fare with "Cyrus" and "Moneyball," make no mistake, Jonah Hill isn't leaving the funny stuff behind. He's currently voicing the Fox animated show "Allen Gregory," he's got the action comedy "21 Jump Street" hitting next spring and next month he'll lead a bunch of kids on a night they'll never forget in "The Sitter."

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