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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Production Exec Watch: Disney Adds To, FilmNation Hires Lunder

    Sean Bailey, president of production for The Walt Disney Studios, has hired Tony To as executive vp of production. To will oversee physical production for the studios’ live-action features.

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  • The Playlist
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    David Ellison's Skydance May Help Save Brad Pitt & Marc Forster's 'World War Z'

    Film Might Shoot As Early As JuneLast we heard on the long-gestating zombie pic "World War Z" -- set to star Brad Pitt and directed by Marc Forster -- word wasn't good. The $125 million film was said to be in danger of getting folded as Paramount was having difficulty in getting backers for the very expensive genre film. And certainly, after the financial underperformers of films like "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" and more recently "Sucker Punch" around Hollywood, studios are getting more wary of footing the bill themselves for roll-of-the-dice fare that has niche appeal. But it looks like the film may have found a saviour in a name that is quickly rising as one of the eminent producers around Hollywood.

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  • The Playlist
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    WB Admits First 'Green Lantern' Trailer Was Terrible; Michael Clarke Duncan In Talks For Kilowog

    It's going to be a spandex-filled summer. There are four superhero movies on the way -- "Thor," "X-Men: First Class," "Captain America: The First Avenger" and "Green Lantern" -- and most everybody can agree that out of all of them, the latter has received the worst buzz so far. A trailer dropped last fall and it wasn't promising. Sporting a dorky tone, cheesy special effects and nothing in the way of a hook, it was met with a collective shrug and then quickly forgotten and there has been little in the way of marketing since. However, Warner Bros. admits they got it wrong, are licking their wounds and are planning an assault of marketing in the run up to the film's release in June.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Fun Facts About The Upcoming Canadian Federal Election

    In just over a month, Canada will once again elect a Prime Minister and House of Commons thanks to last week's vote of non-confidence - the first time in Westminster parliamentary democracy that a government lost the confidence of parliament by being found in contempt of parliament. The election should likely result in a frighteningly similar situation as to what's gone down in the past two elections, both of which allowed for a Conservative minority government led by borderline fascist Stephen Harper.

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  • Spout
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    Watch This: Suzi Yoonessi's "Futurestates" Episode "Spring of Sorrow"

    Having recently championed filmmaker Suzi Yoonessi for her recently released feature, "Dear Lemon Lima," I looked forward to her contribution to the "Futurestates" web series (which I also showcased in my recent Cinematical SXSW shorts roundup). Titled, "Spring of Sorrow," it features another minor appearance by Beth Grant, a favorite underrated character actress of mine, and like "Lima" incorporates a lot of doodle type drawings. I'll admit that the narrative, about a little girl searching for water in a parched near-future, doesn't grab me as much as Yoonessi's feature did, and I'm not completely down for the global warming angle (I see it more related specifically to the global drinking water crisis than a general environmental concern), but once again I applaud the director's ability to create young-adult-geared stories that aren't adapted from other material and are age-appropriate without being age-limiting or exclusively appealing.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Writer-Director Update: Sheldon Turner and Jason Reitman; Adam McKay Likes Crowe for The Boys

    Eric Bana hopes his next film is Sheldon Turner's By Virtue Fall. Turner, who co-wrote the Oscar-nominated Up in the Air with director Jason Reitman (from Walter Kirn's novel) plans to both write and direct this drama-thriller, which tracks the downfall of two ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, Explosives) agents.

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  • The Playlist
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    Danny McBride Looking To Direct; Could Helm Any Number Of The Rough House Projects In Development

    Comedian Calls The 'L.A.P.I.' Detective Project A Mix Of 'Chinatown & 'The Long Goodbye'Exclusive: Danny McBride is first and foremost known as a comic actor, and these days he's perhaps best known as Kenny Powers, the shameless and insufferable former professional baseball pitcher on HBO's "Eastbound & Down." But McBride is also a writer, penning "The Foot Fist Way," which essentially was his calling card into Hollywood; many episodes for "Eastbound & Down," which he is a creator on; and "Your Highness," his upcoming medieval stoner comedy co-starring James Franco, Natalie Portman and Zooey Deschanel and directed by David Gordon Green ("Pineaaple Express") that hits theaters April 8.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    FilmDistrict Finally Dates Rum Diary, Starring Johnny Depp

    It was just a matter of time before FilmDistrict would pick a date for The Rum Diary, starring Johnny Depp. It's going out during the prime fall season, October 28. The film, which has long been on the shelf, marks Depp's second flirtation with the work of Hunter S. Thompson, who became close with the actor during the filming of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and showed Depp the unpublished manuscript, says producer and FilmDistrict co-founder Graham King. “I am extremely proud to bring this novel to film and to honor Hunter’s legacy.”

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Tribeca Premiere Titles on VOD: Last Night, Bleeding House, Neds, Bang Bang Club

    The Tribeca Film Festival will simultaneously share several of its 2011 premiere titles on video-on-demand, including The Bang Bang Club, The Bleeding House, Last Night (pictured) and Neds on April 20 (available through June 23). Other festival films will also be available on VOD, including Dax Shepard's Brother's Justice and Zach Braff starrer The High Cost of Living.

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    Greta Gerwig Stars in Violet Wister's Damsels in Distress for Whit Stillman, Sony Pictures Classics

    Greta Gerwig fans rejoice. She's starring in Whit Stillman's Violet Wister's DAMSELS IN DISTRESS, which will be released worldwide by Sony Pictures Classics. A release date is yet to be set. 

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