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    'Fifth Beatle' Biopic On Manager Brian Epstein Gets Financing & Secures Rights To Songs

    Competing biopics about famed Beatles manager Brian Epstein? It sure looks like it, but at least one production has taken a decisive step forward. As you might remember, way back in 2009, a film called "A Life In The Day" was said to be in the works. Producer David Permut ("Youth In Revolt") had acquired a Tony Gittelson-penned script about the life of Beatles manager Brian Epstein who discovered the band, went around to every A&R man in the U.K. to get them signed, eventually landing them a deal with Parlophone (at the time largely a comedy label) with their longtime producer George Martin and notoriously signed away Beatles likeness and merchandising rights in terrible deals that lost the band millions. He was also their rock, one of the few people the Beatles would listen to, and his death in 1967 of a drug overdose was a huge factor that directly lead to the band's break-up in 1969. But little did we know about "The Fifth Beatle."

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    Watch Trailer For "The Magic City" Directed By Music Video Director R. Malcolm Jones

    Paul Hunter, McG, Tamara Davis, F.Gary Gray, Spike Jonze, Anton Corbijn, Mark Romanek, Floria Sigismondi, Anton Fuqua, Michel Gondry...if you haven't connected the dots already these are all feature film directors who honed their skills directing music videos. If things go his way, R. Malcolm Jones hopes to be added to that list.

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    "Bobby Fischer Against the World" is Too Much Against Having a Point

    "Good at chess, bad at life"

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  • The Playlist
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    Harvey Weinstein Keeps Hope Alive, Says He Still Wants To Do A 'Rounders' Sequel

    Talk about a sequel for "Rounders" seems to have been around forever, and while movement hasn't really happened at all on a followup to the 1998 film, the prospect of one is still very real. The last time we heard about the possibility of a sequel was late last year when the Weinsteins made a deal with the new owners of their old label, Miramax, to help develop new movies based on a big portion of their back catalog (other films mentioned included “Shakespeare in Love,” “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” “Copland,” “From Dusk Till Dawn,” “Swingers,” “Clerks,” “Shall We Dance” and “The Amityville Horror”). And really, we didn't expect to hear anything else but Harvey Weinstein has tossed it back in the ring.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Columbia, Moritz to Remake Japanese Hit Big Man Japan

    Columbia Pictures and Original Film producer Neal H. Moritz (Fast Five) plan to develop a remake to potential franchise Big Man Japan, a 2007 hit in Japan that was released stateside in 2009. Columbia optioned both remake and sequel rights of the Hitoshi Matsumoto bumbling monster comedy from Yoshimoto Kogyo Co, Ltd, and their affiliate Yoshimoto Creative Agency, Ltd. Screenwriters Phil Hay & Matt Manfredi (Clash of the Titans) are doing the adaptation.

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  • The Playlist
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    Dwayne Johnson Circles Role Of Roadblock In 'G.I. Joe: Cobra Strikes'

    Dwayne Johnson has been an actor divided between making paydays with terrible family movies while trying to build up a more respectable career as an action star. Case in point: while he starred in "Fast Five" this year, his next film to hit theaters will be "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island." But it looks like another big sequel in 2012 will find the former wrestler taking a big role.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Dwayne Johnson In Talks To Play "Roadblock" In GI Joe Sequel

    Dwayne Johnson (does he still go by The Rock?) is reportedly "in talks" to join G.I. Joe 2, aka GI Joe: Cobra Strikes.

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    'X-Men: First Class': The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

    By this point, it's more than likely that you've checked out "X-Men: First Class" (although its underwhelming box office suggests that there were fewer of you than we thought). And, if the film's strong exit scores are anything to go by, you, like most of The Playlist team, found it as entertaining a superhero movie as any in the last few years: fresh, exciting and well-directed, with a brace of star-making performances, it's certainly given a much-needed kick up the ass to a franchise that's had two awful entries in a row.

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    And The Winner Of Round 1 Of The Inaugural Shadow & Act Black Filmmaker Showcase Is...?

    Voting is over, the ballots have been counter, and an official winner for Round 1 of the inaugural Shadow And Act Black Filmmaker Showcase has been selected.

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    Is Naomie Harris Headed To 'James Bond 23'?

    After breaking through in 2002 in Danny Boyle‘s “28 Days Later," Naomie Harris seems poised for big things. She's landed roles in a number of Hollywood movies including a couple "Pirates Of The Caribbean" films, “Miami Vice,” “Street Kings,” "Ninja Assassin" and most recently (and notably), had a role in the critically acclaimed "The First Grader." Earlier this year, she was briefly rumored for a part in the currently delayed "The Dark Tower" mega franchise but another blockbuster series appears to be interested in the actress.

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