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    Adam McKay Wants Jeremy Renner & Rob Riggle For Football Movie, Maybe Now Called 'Three Mississippi'

    Memorial Day weekend is right around the corner and by the looks of it out there, agents, PR folks and news leakers have already left for the weekend so let's rewind to something we missed earlier in the week while we're all lamenting the fact that a horrible sequel is set to gross over a $100 million this weekend, sadly.

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  • The Playlist
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    Albert Hughes Sees The Writing On The Wall, Bails On 'Akira'

    Studio Keeping Film On The Fast Track, Going Back To Young Actors To Fill The Roles Of Kaneda & TetsuoSometimes a pipe is a pipe, and in the case of Warner Bros. "Akira," a messy production is just that. After failing to land Keanu Reeves and with the top shelf blockbuster still sputtering to get started, Deadline reports that Albert Hughes has left "Akira" with the good ol' vague catchall of "creative differences" being cited as the reason.

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    Producer Gary Gilbert Hopes To Get Kenneth Lonergan's 'Margaret' In Theaters By The End Of The Year

    2011 seems to be year of new films from director's who've been making us wait, with new efforts from Terrence Malick, Lynne Ramsay and Alexander Payne all on the way, but the story of Kenneth Lonergan -- whose "Margaret" is still unreleased -- is perhaps the most heartbreaking of them all. His followup to the critically acclaimed “You Can Count On Me,” has been sitting in limbo for the past few years—it wrapped way back in 2005—for a variety of reasons. Foremost, a legal battle erupted, with suits and countersuits filed, as Lonergan simply could not find the picture in the editing bay. Lonergan apparently requested further time in the editing room, while multiple editors apparently also took control of the film at various points both with and without Lonergan’s ok. Even late producer Sydney Pollack became infuriated with Lonergan’s “unprofessional and irrational behavior,” and we pretty much had figured the movie would end up as an historical curiosity rather than an actual finished film. At one point, it was rumored that 300 pages of script were shot, so no wonder he had trouble wrangling this thing into a manageable size. The sticking point seems to be length of the film: Lonergan's cut runs about three hours, but this contract with Fox Searchlight states he needs to bring it in at two hours.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    SIFF Day Four: Must-See Submarine, Four More Years, Jess + Moss, Beginners' McGregor and Plummer

    SIFF Day Four: Must-See Submarine, Four More Years, Jess + Moss, Beginners' McGregor and Plummer

    Meredith Brody continues her movie trawling from the great Northwest's Seattle International Film Festival:Part of the pleasure in attending a film festival in an unfamiliar city is in exploring the city by varying your venues. So I decide this morning to trek to the Neptune, in the northern part of the city, to see the highly-recommended Submarine, a quirky-looking English coming-of-age story that Weinstein Co. is releasing in a couple of weeks. Google Maps offers me both walking (an hour-and-a-half) and bus option (20 minutes), but I lazily grab a cab.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival Announces Full Lineup

    This just in... one of the most respected and revered documentary film festivals in the world, the AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival, has announced its full slate of films for this year's Festival, which will take place June 20-26, Washington, DC area.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Silverdocs Fest 2011 Slate Opener is Swell Season, Closes with Revenge of Electric Car

    Running June 20-26 in Washington, DC, the AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival (in its ninth year) announces its complete lineup of 108 films from 52 countries. The Swell Season will open the festival, and Revenge of the Electric Car will close. The lineup across the fest's five sections (Sterling US Feature Competition, Sterling World Feature Competition, Sterling Short Film Competition, Silver Spectrum and Spotlight Programs) includes films from directors Chris Hegedus, D. A. Pennebaker, Marshall Curry, Whitney Dow, Alex Gibney, Steve James, James Marsh, Chris Paine, Michael Rapaport and Jim Whitaker.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Episode 3 Of Chiwetel Ejiofor's New BBC Crime Series "The Shadow Line"

    A little late in posting last week's episode, but here it is...

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Entertainment Weekly's Best of Summer: Bateman, Galifianakis, Aniston, Carell, Gosling, Abrams, More

    EW's Best of Summer edition is on newstands May 27. As for the Best of Summer Movies, they've culled some soundbites from the stars. A selection is below.

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  • The Bin
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    Friendly Fires Bring the Boogie to Webster Hall

    British indie group brought the boogie last night to Webster Hall. Photo by Nigel M. Smith.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    The Last Remaining Seats

    What could be better than watching a classic movie in a great theater, surrounded by like-minded people? Last night I was proud to introduce the opening night of the Los Angeles Conservancy’s 25th annual festival known as The Last Remaining Seats. Once a year, vintage films are screened in a handful of our city’s remaining movie palaces on Broadway downtown. These theaters—which truly deserve to be called palaces—generally seat about 2,000 people, and they’re usually full, as tickets sell like hotcakes the minute the series is announced every year. Opening night spotlighted Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window at the Orpheum; upcoming Wednesday evening programs feature The Music Man, Captain Blood, King Kong, Zoot Suit, Sunset Blvd, and Safety Last, at the Los Angeles Theatre, the Palace, the aforementioned Orpheum, and Sid Grauman’s original Million Dollar Theatre, all on Broadway.

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