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    Joe Carnahan's 'The Grey' Hits On January 27, 2012 Though Oscar Run Considered For Liam Neeson

    So, a few adjustments to the release plans for Joe Carnahan's upcoming thriller "The Grey." When the film was picked up last month by Open Road for a cool $8 million -- in addition to a $25 million commitment for marketing -- it was expected to do a fall festival run before arriving in theaters by the end of the year. Well, both Venice and TIFF have unveiled their slates and "The Grey" is nowhere to be seen and the film won't arrive this year either with a January 27, 2012 now pegged. So what's up?

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Esther Rolle Flashback : "They Never Got Beyond Me As A Maid... In The Mainstream"

    Fitting and timely recognition of the late Esther Rolle posted today on The Hollywood Reporter, considering today's release of the polarizing Viola Davis feature film, The Help.

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    Dolen Perkins-Valdez Debut Novel "Wench" Optioned for Film Adaptation

    "Yes it's true, it has been optioned!" Those were the exact words from author Dolen Perkins-Valdez in a very brief exchange through Facebook, when I asked her if her compelling debut novel Wench had indeed been optioned for a movie adaptation.

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    Max Winkler & Jake Johnson Write & Create Mayoral Comedy For Fox TV

    EXCLUSIVE: Earlier this year, during an interview with David Gordon Green, we asked about his Rough House Pictures production shingle, the company he formed with filmmaking pals Jody Hill, Danny McBride and Matt Reilly. He told us it's a place where the "strange ideas and concepts" they cook up or come across have a home to grow and develop. And it looks like those plans are starting to bear some fruit, particularly on television. Last spring, MTV picked up the animated series "Good Vibes" and this summer Rough House signed a one-year development deal with 20th Century Fox. Well, they certainly haven't wasted any time in getting things rolling.

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    Mark Wahlberg In, David O. Russell & Vince Vaughn Out Of Action Comedy '2 Guns'

    Even though Mark Wahlberg and David O. Russell can't seem to get on the same page these days -- the actor had to drop out of "The Silver Linings Playbook" recently due to scheduling woes -- it still seems the pair are looking over each others' shoulders. At the beginning of the year, you might remember that Russell was attached to rewrite and direct "2 Guns" with Vince Vaughn attached to star. Well, Russell and Wahlberg have swapped the project and Vaughn looks to have moved on.

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    Ruben Fleischer Initially Thought '30 Minutes Or Less' Would Have A Darker, 'Fargo'-Esque Vibe

    Filmmaker Talks Killing Off Characters & The Surprising Survivors Of This Action Comedy & MoreExclusive: Dwayne and Travis (Danny McBride and Nick Swardson), two lazy, but conniving white-trash layabouts, want to open up a tanning salon, but they're broke and Travis' dad (Fred Ward) is a millionaire who refuses to give his indolent son any money. A crazy and circuitous scheme is hatched: kill dad. Where will they get the money to hire an assassin? It's elementary: just force some nobody pizza boy (Jesse Eisenberg) to rob a bank by knocking him out and strapping a bomb to his chest.

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    The Searchers

    Even if you don’t like Westerns, there are at least four or five that must be seen by any civilized person, and since John Ford indisputably made the finest of them all in that most profoundly American genre, one of his would have to be at the top. Which to choose of the 20-odd Western features surviving from the approximately 60 he made between 1917 and 1964, when he directed his last of them? My Darling Clementine (1946)? Fort Apache (1947)? Rio Grande (1950)? The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)? Well, certainly high among the contenders for the crown would be Mr. Ford’s deeply ambiguous, disturbing post-Civil War domestic tragedy set in Texas during the Indian Wars of the late 1860’s, filmed in Technicolor and VistaVision less than a hundred years later, in 1956, starring America’s most enduringly popular Western star, John Wayne, and based on Alan LeMay’s excellent novel, THE SEARCHERS (available on DVD).

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Screening Premiere Tonight Of Indie Comedy Feature "CornerStore"

    Joe Doughrity's CornerStore premieres TONIGHT, Wednesday, August 10th, 7:30pm, at AMC Southfield in Detroit, MI, where the film was also shot.

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    Watch: Senior Year Is A Beautiful Drag In Trailer For 'Tanner Hall' With Rooney Mara & Brie Larson

    Oh, senior year. So much heartbreak, so much drama, and if you're in an all girls boarding school, we can only imagine those sensations are heightened. Certainly that's the case for the students at "Tanner Hall." Vulture unveiled the trailer and as we mentioned just a couple of days ago, the film is notable for featuring on-the-rise and soon-to-breakout stars Rooney Mara and Brie Larson and is finally hitting screens after premiering at TIFF two years ago.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Paul Rudd: Your Least Helpful Marketing Intern

    Paul Rudd pitches his most innovative and creative marketing ideas to Harvey Weinstein to promote his film Our Idiot Brother, or as he would like to call it, Paul Rudd Presents Our Idiot Brother: The Hangover, Borat, My Big Fat Greek Porno.

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