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    David Yates Takes 'The Stand' With 'Harry Potter' Writer Steve Kloves Penning The Screenplay

    What happens when you're behind some of the most beloved and successful 'Harry Potter' films in the massively successful franchise? When it's over, you get your pick of the litter. With "Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" now the highest grossing film of 2011 -- $1.1 billion in ticket sales worldwide and counting -- Warner Bros. is anxious to stay in the David Yates business. A couple of weeks ago it was reported that Yates was having a sit down with the studio and would be presented with four projects to consider: "Cicero," a mooted trilogy that would potentially star Tom Hardy as Al Capone; another potential trilogy in an adaptation of Stephen King's "The Stand" which has the WB teaming with CBS Films produce; "Fables," an adaptation of the Vertigo graphic novel centered around revamped fairy tale characters; and a big screen version of “This Is Where I Leave You” by Jonathan Tropper. Well, it looks like Yates has no problem returning to a sprawling franchise, only this time with a slightly older audience in mind.

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    Which Documentary Should Get a Sequel?

    As I noted in my latest Doc Talk column at Movies.com, we will have seen at least seven documentary sequels bow in 2011 (see the titles profiled in my column). That's still well short of the record number of fiction follow-ups we're experiencing this year, but it still seems nonfiction cinema has contracted a case of sequelitis. On the horizon are sequels to major titles like "GasLand," "The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters" (in dramatized form), "Cosmos" and "Becoming Chaz," as well as the latest entry in Michael Apted's "Up" series.

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    New Looks At Rachel Weisz, Jude Law, Anthony Hopkins & Ben Foster In Fernando Meirelles’ '360'

    It has been a few years since we last heard from "City Of God" director Fernando Meirelles. After his excellent 2005 thriller "The Constant Gardner," the director brought an adaptation of Jose Saramago's "Blindness" to the big screen that failed to quite capture the terror of the novel, but his latest should find him back on firm footing. Rachel Weisz, Jude Law, Anthony Hopkins, Ben Foster, Jarnel Debouze, Karl Markovic, Maria Flor and Juliano Cazarr have come together for the erotic/dramatic thriller "360" and with the film set to premiere is few short weeks, a batch of new photos have arrived.

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    Gbenga Akinnagbe to Star in Psychological Horror Thriller "The Somnambulist"

    Gbenga Akinnagbe, best known for his roles in TV's The Wire, The Good Wife and Nurse Jackie and from supporting roles in Lottery Ticket and The Taking of Pelham 123, will star in the indie horror thriller The Somnambulist.

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    New Looks At Matt Damon & Anna Paquin In 'Margaret' And Liam Hemsworth In 'Hunger Games'

    The story of "Margaret" is long, complicated and kind of tragic, but here's the short version. Riding high off the success of "You Can Count On Me," Kenneth Lonergan set to work on his sophomore effort "Margaret," beginning shooting in September 2005. The film wrapped a few months later, but that's where everything started to go wrong. For reasons that are still not clear, Lonergan, who had final cut, was unable to get an edit together that he liked, causing the film to keep getting pushed further and further back. Scott Rudin and Sydney Pollack were brought in to try and help Lonergan over the finish line, but those efforts proved futile. Meanwhile, a row was growing between Fox Searchlight and the producers and after lawsuits started being filed, and this film wound up in limbo for years. Well, six years later, the film is complete -- with Martin Scorsese and Thelma Schoonmaker arbitrating a final edit with Lonergan's approval -- and after all that drama, the film is being given a quiet release on September 30th. A shame for the project to end on such an anti-climatic note but we're still curious to see how this all eventually turned out.

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    Watch: Santa Gets Shot In The Face In Trailer For 'A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas'

    When "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle" first arrived it was a blast of fresh air. It was an R-rated comedy with two non-white leads with the entire plot centered around two very stoned guys who get the munchies and go on a quest for some sliders. Simple, stupid and very successful. But whatever unique flavor that film had was immediately traded in for just being another run-of-the-mill raunch fest, as the unfunny, nearly unwatchable sequel "Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay" just tried to go for extreme gross-out gags with one as unfunny as the last. Which brings us to the latest effort, "A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas," which pretty much plays as yet another sub-"The Hangover" stab at being provocatively funny.

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    How Racist is "The Help"?

    How Racist is "The Help"?

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    'Harry Brown' Helmer Daniel Barber To Direct 'Strangers On A Train'-Esque Thriller 'Substitution'

    As far as Hollywood calling cards go for British directors, Daniel Barber has a pretty good one. Not only did he pick up an Oscar nomination for his short "The Tonto Woman," but he then made his feature debut with the Michael Caine vehicle "Harry Brown," a slick, violent vigilante thriller that, if you overlook its questionable "Death Wish"-esque politics, had much to recommend it -- from a technical standpoint at least. So far, however, Barber hasn't had the same overnight success that, say, "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" director Rupert Wyatt managed -- he's attached to direct the Russian mafia thriller "Devotchka," which made last year's Brit List, but hasn't had much activity otherwise.

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    Kathryn Bigelow's Untitled Seal 6 Film Is Not A Nefarious Plot To Get President Obama Re-Elected

    Kathryn Bigelow & Mark Boal Refute Charges Made Against ThemKathryn Bigelow's upcoming project about the takedown of Osama bin Laden has been the subject of much speculation. Originally set to be based on a true story about an unspecified military black ops mission, the film was shaken up by the surprise news of Osama bin Laden's death this spring, with reports quickly following that the Bigelow film would include the 40-minute firefight that killed bin Laden, with screenwriter Mark Boal -- a former investigative journalist -- using his research and resources to build out that portion of the film. And apparently, his sourcing is making folks in high places uncomfortable.

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    Jim Sturgess Talks About "One Day," But Will He Sing a Bit From "Spider-Man"?

    Jim Sturgess has been terrific in small, underrated movies, like 21 and - as we talk about in this video chat – Julie Taylor’s Beatles-inspired musical Across the Universe. But One Day arrives as his career-making moment. Anne Hathaway may be the name-y star of the romance, but Sturgess is its big discovery.

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