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    And a Great Review for Silver Tongues

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    'The Sitter' Scribes Gatewood & Tanaka Want Director James Bobin To 'Meet The New Boss'

    With David Gordon Green turning from indie auteur to something of a comedy savant, it seems like it's creating a ripple effect on those around him. While "Your Highness" is due in theaters this Friday with "The Sitter" following later this year, on December 9th, it looks like the writers of that flim are getting an early Christmas gift.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Mad Men Tug-of-War Delays Show to 2012: Who Should Give In?

    Last week Jon Hamm warned ominously that we probably won't see another Mad Men until 2012. AMC confirmed that Tuesday, although it has ordered more episodes from Lionsgate. That's way too long: the show has run over the past four summers.

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    Hailee Steinfeld Eyes Role As Sleeping Beauty In Yet Another Revisionist Fable

    The big question surrounding Hailee Steinfeld right now is: what next? The actress broke out in a huge way with "True Grit," snagging an Oscar nomination, but more importantly kicking open doors of opportunity in Hollywood. She was briefly mentioned as a possible contender for a role in "The Hunger Games" and got attached to the tween "Memento"-like film "Forgotten." But it looks like the team around the actress want to parlay her success into tentpole fare.

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    'Fraggle Rock' Director Cory Edwards Says Project Is In A "Deep Coma," Has Moved On

    Well, the writing on the wall for this was there last summer. A big screen take on "Fraggle Rock" has been in the works for a long time now, but the production hit a bump last summer when writer/director Cory Edwards revealed that he was "struggling to stay in control of my own movie" and that The Weinstein Company wanted a new writer to take on the project to make it, uh, "edgier." And things have not gotten better.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    CinemaCon: New MPAA Chief Chris Dodd Makes First State of the Industry Speech

    Not that former Senator Chris Dodd, with his impressive shock of white hair, can be considered an expert on Hollywood after just nine days on the job as the new CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America. But the chief lobbyist in Washington for the six Hollywood studios went ahead and delivered the annual speech at CinemaCon (formerly ShoWest), the exhibitor convention in Las Vegas. (MPAA members include Walt Disney Studios, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox, Universal City Studios and Warner Bros.)

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    Gauzy Strip: Julian Schnabel's "Miral"

    “He starts with the image,” Jean-Luc Godard once said of Brian De Palma. Replace “image” with “sensation,” and you have Julian Schnabel. A rapacious, mercurial stylist, the painter-cum-filmmaker has over the years rarely hesitated to sacrifice storytelling coherence in favor of soaking in his characters’ vertiginous emotional states. Consider the plot of his 1996 debut, Basquiat, coming to a halt as the eponymous artist bicycles around the Lower East Side to the Psychedelic Furs’ “India,” as if floating on a cloud of marijuana smoke. Or the soundtrack switching from diegetic nightclub music to the lyrical orchestra swelling inside Reinaldos Arenas’s head as the Cuban poet loses himself in dance with a lover in Before Night Falls. Or the thoughts and emotions rushing through paralyzed Elle editor Jean-Dominique Bauby, made palpable as glimpses of calving glaciers and throbs of old Georges Delerue scores in The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. In Miral, Schnabel’s fourth feature film, this pursuit of tangible sensory flashes leads the director to blur the edges of the screen in order to visualize a character’s intoxication as she steps out of a tavern. When the effect arbitrarily reappears a few scenes later to evoke not much of anything as the same character is sent to jail, however, we come to the grim realization that the haziness may be emanating less from the people on screen than from the self-besotted auteur behind the camera. Read Fernando F. Croce's review of Miral.

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    The 'Madagascar' Penguins To Get Their Own Spin-Off Movie

    DreamWorks Animation recently announced their slate of films through 2014 and it was a pretty balanced blend of sequels/spinoffs and original content. Simply put, established franchises pay the bills while original content are things that the studio hopes catches on in a big enough way so it can be turned into a franchise. We're living in a spinoff world these days so it's no surprise that another film is being added to the DreamWorks slate and yep, it features characters you've seen before.

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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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    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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