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    Additional Shooting On 'The Thing' The Reason For The Film's Delay

    Yesterday when we reported that Universal had pulled "The Thing" from their schedule we said that we smelled reshoots, and it turns out we were half right.

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    Video: Ghostbusters Return

    I can't believe that nobody has ever done this before, a "Ghostbusters" parody in which the boys zap and trap "good" apparitions that weren't haunting or terrorizes anyone. In this case, a man's dead wife and little daughter. The concept seems too obvious. But I like that this Funny or Die exclusive, directed by "Wet Hot American Summer" cinematographer Ben Weinstein and starring the comedy group Chubby Skinny Kids, doesn't go for the easy movie mash-up route. This isn't "Ghostbusters" meets "Ghost Dad." They don't go after Sam Wheat from "Ghost" or -- oh yeah, "Family Guy" already did that gag.

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    Joe Strummer Biopic 'Joe Public' In The Works From 'Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll' Writer

    We've written at length about our love for seminal punk band The Clash, but to reiterate: if they weren't the greatest rock and roll band in history, they're in the top five. Burning relatively briefly, but utterly gloriously, they show up other British punk bands of the period, like The Sex Pistols, as the charlatans they were. Frontman Joe Strummer was one of the greats too, going on to a terrific solo career, as well as consistently interesting film work with the likes of Jim Jarmusch, Alex Cox and Aki Kaurismaki.

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    Carey Mulligan Will Play Daisy In Baz Luhrmann's 'The Great Gatsby'

    Project Still Not Officially Baz Luhrmann's Next FilmUpdate: Deadline have now unveiled an early look at Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan with a photo taken during auditioning in early November.

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    Scott Cooper Attached To Direct Remake Of Pablo Trapero's Argentinian Thriller 'Carancho'

    Scott Cooper, director of last year's Jeff Bridges-led musical tale of redemption "Crazy Heart," is reportedly attached to direct a remake of Pablo Trapero's 2010 thriller "Carancho," which debuted at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year in the Un Certain Regard category and has been submitted as Argentina's representative for the Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars.

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    Alexander Payne's 'The Descendants' Starring George Clooney Bound For Cannes?

    Is Alexander Payne's fifth feature film, an adaptation of Kaui Hart Hemmings' 2008 novel "The Descendants" starring George Clooney, bound for the Cannes Film Festival next May?

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    Gerard Butler & Antoine Fuqua Teaming For Sci-Fi Actioner 'Afterburn'

    Project Sounds Suspiciously Like Film-Within-A-Film From 'Tropic Thunder' Gerard Butler and Antoine Fuqua may not have much in common on the surface, but there's one thing that links them inextricably right now: they're both former flavors-of-the-months who've had a series of recent disappointments. Butler looked like he could be the next big action star after "300," but a series of flops, from "Nim's Island" and "RocknRolla" to "Gamer" and the unfeasibly awful "Law Abiding Citizen," has seen his stock fall in a big way.

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    Final Thoughts on the Amazonas Film Festival.

    In case you missed my somewhat lengthy dispatch for indieWIRE on Friday, I spent the past week in Brazil, attending a film festival in the middle of the Amazon rainforest. Of course, the Amazonas Film Festival loves to play up the exoticism of its locale, which isn't actually engulfed by trees and wild animals. The city of Manaus, two million strong, has been a pretty civilized place for decades. But the logline and the truth were always pitted against each other at this impressive gathering, which I attended thanks to a generous invitation from the state of Amazonas. Some people think that letting a festival cover your expenses immediately compromises one's ability to report the facts and speak publicly about the event in question. For a lot of festival coverage, this is probably some truth to this, but I try to work around it and carve my own path.

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    Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Seth Rogen Are In The Spotlight As Poster For 'Paul' Debuts

    The early months of the year are typically fairly barren, cinematically. For the most part, this looks to hold true in 2011, but there are a few big releases that will hopefully prove worthwhile: Kevin Macdonald's "The Eagle," Michel Gondry's "The Green Hornet" and Cary Fukunaga's "Jane Eyre" among them.

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    Guillermo Del Toro & 'Battlestar Galactica' Exec David Eick To Create 'The Hulk' TV Series

    Del Toro Will Direct The Pilot EpisodeAs in his comic book incarnation, you just can't kill the Hulk. In Marvel's first venture into live action television since being purchased by Disney, they are relaunching the jolly green giant for a primetime ABC series under the aegis of "Battlestar Galactica" producer David Eick and beloved monster fan Guillermo Del Toro.

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