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    'Up In The Air' Scribe Sheldon Turner To Pen Gangster Pic 'Big Tuna' For Michael Mann

    Though Michael Mann is currently working on the upcoming HBO horse racing drama "Luck" with Dustin Hoffman, don't be fooled into thinking he's been seduced completely into the world of cable television. Just a couple of months ago, Mann confirmed he has added two more projects to his plate of potential followups to 2009's disappointing "Public Enemies." In addition to the biopic/romance tale of war photographer Robert Capa with Eva Green attached and a long gestating adaptation of Ernest Hemingway‘s “For Whom The Bell Tolls,” Mann has added the medieval tale “Agincourt” based on the novel by Bernard Cromwell, as well as the gangster pic "Big Tuna." Well, the latter pic has now received a considerable boost.

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    Hans Zimmer Not Scoring Zack Snyder's 'Superman: Man Of Steel'

    "It’s A Little Bit Like Guilty By Association," The Composer Says Of False ReportLast week when it was reported that Hans Zimmer was tapped to score Zack Snyder's "Superman: Man of Steel," we knew something was off (hence the fact we didn't report it; it just smelled hinkey).

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  • Eric Kohn
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    My Top Ten for '10.

    Winter is upon it, and with the blistering cold comes the inevitable avalanche of top ten lists. I always regret putting something on there or missing something else, and I'm sure I'll try to correct the record before the year is done. But since I just submitted my favorites to the indieWIRE and Village Voice/L.A. Weekly polls, I figured I'd post the main list here, too, with some links to elaborations on my choices when I've had the opportunity to write about them. Titles -- and photos shamelessly culled from Google Images -- follow after the jump.

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    Watch: Trailer For Peter Mullan's Acclaimed 'NEDS'

    Scottish actor Peter Mullan's recently been exposed to a wider audience than ever before by stealing the show in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," but the savvy have been fans of Mullan for years thanks to his outstanding performances in the likes of "Trainspotting," "My Name Is Joe," "Children Of Men," "Boy A" and the "Red Riding" trilogy. But even fans of his acting may not be aware that Mullan was responsible for a couple of very strong directorial efforts, the dark comedy "Orphans" in 1997, and the punishing, but thoroughly excellent "The Magdalene Sisters" in 2002.

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    'Cloudy With Chance Of Meatballs' Directing Team In Talks To Helm 'Bob The Musical' For Disney

    We've brought it up a few times now, in an attempt to atone for ignoring the film on its original release, but we'll mention it one more time -- when we finally caught up with Sony's "Cloudy With Chance of Meatballs," it turned out to be one of the most delightful surprises of 2009, a genuinely charming animation which managed to be inventive, funny, exciting and moving in equal measure. It came from writer-director team Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who were behind the MTV animation "Clone High," and it seemed to promise big things for the pair.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Paul Giamatti Talks Barney's Version, Win Win, Too Big to Fail, Hangover II and Gibson

    Paul Giamatti Talks Barney's Version, Win Win, Too Big to Fail, Hangover II and Gibson

    Paul Giamatti is one of those actors who has enough of a global following, thanks to Sideways and HBO mini-series John Adams, to help get certain movies made. Barney's Version is one of them. You can see why he'd want to dive into the best Mordecai Richler character since Duddy Kravitz. The movie is worth seeing for how the actors run with their roles--from doting Dad Dustin Hoffman to Jewish princess Minnie Driver, hippie girlfriend Rachelle Lefevre and dream wife Rosamund Pike. Sony Pictures Classics is giving the film a qualifying run this week in New York and L.A. before a January 11 release.

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    Ugh: 'Precious' Director Lee Daniels To Remake Fellini's 'Nights of Cabiria'

    It's no secret that we weren't big fans of Lee Daniels' "Hard To Watch: Based On The Book 'Stone Cold Bummer' By Manipulate" "Precious: Based On The Book 'Push' By Sapphire" here. The film was admittedly chock-full of excellent performances, particularly the Oscar-winning Mo'nique and lead Gabourey Sidibe, but the movie was irredeemably manipulative, and showed, in Daniel's work, perhaps the directorial effort least deserving of an Oscar nomination in history -- unfocused, garish and showy.

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    Review: 'Voyage Of The Dawn Treader' Is A Cruise Ship To Inanity

    In “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader,” we return to the Pevensie siblings and their adventures across the mystic lands. However, because the last film, “Prince Caspian,” didn’t exactly set the world on fire, we get everything at a discount: hence, instead of four Pevensies, we get two. Sea serpents don’t just pay for themselves. What a world that would be.

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    Aaron Johnson Joins 'Albert Nobbs' With Mia Wasikowska & Glenn Close

    Originally slated to begin shooting this summer, the Glenn Close passion project "Albert Nobbs" -- in which she is starring, producing and has co-written -- is finally gearing up to go in front of cameras in the next week or so, and it appears the delay has caused some minor shifts in casting.

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    Chris Tucker Attached To Sale Of Spec Script 'The Rabbit'

    Cinemas have been free of Chris Tucker's glass shattering screech since 2007's "Rush Hour 3," but it looks like that may soon change.

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