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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Production & Development Watch: Hall's Awakening, Greengrass's King Biopic, Russell's 2 Guns

    - Rebecca Hall is a total scene stealer. Think Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Please Give, and The Town. She's a rising star; here's a first look at her first leading role in The Awakening, from Brit director Nick Murphy and screenwriter Stephen Volk. Dominic West (The Wire) and Mike Leigh regular Imelda Staunton (Vera Drake) co-star. Set in 1921, a bereaved woman (Hall) deploys rational arguments to debunk supernatural myths. A countryside boarding school asks her to come to ease panic caused by a boy's death (and rumors of a ghost). Her beliefs are challenged when she faces her own ghostly encounter. The Studio Canal and BBC films collaboration is in post-production with no release date. - Forget Bourne. Brit writer-director Paul Greengrass is writing Memphis, a Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic that focuses on the events--both personal and professional--that lead to his assassination on April 4, 1968. There are plenty of assassination reports and conspiracy theories to work with. Greengrass's studio relationship is with Universal; Scott Rudin is in discussions to produce the film with Greengrass at the studio's specialty arm, Focus Features.

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  • The Playlist
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    Shane Black To Direct Live Action Manga 'Death Note'

    Shane Black, who rose to fame penning films like "Lethal Weapon," "The Last Boy Scout" and "The Monster Squad," made his return to Hollywood after a long absence with the witty action comedy "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang." It didn't exactly light up the box office -- it made back its $15 million budget in worldwide gross -- but it did help relaunch the career of Robert Downey Jr. and it proved that Black's sharp pen hadn't diminished.

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  • Matt Dentler's Blog
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    Geldof at SXSW

    Geldof at SXSW

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  • Caryn James
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    A Major French Film Festival, Online

    One of the best little thrillers I’ve seen lately is Espion(s) (translated with bizarre spelling as a Spy(ies) ) with charismatic Guillaume Canet as a baggage handler blackmailed into working for MI-5 in London, helping them trap a businessman smuggling explosives from Damascus. It’s a highlight among a promising group of French films, none shown in the U.S. before, available online as part of My French Film Festival.

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  • Spout
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    "The Green Hornet" is Appropriately the Anti-"The Dark Knight"

    Regardless of whether you like Christopher Nolan's take on the Batman franchise (and there are only a few I know who don't), you'll find that Michel Gondry, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's version of "The Green Hornet" is quite the opposite of "The Dark Knight." This doesn't mean that if you do like "The Dark Knight" that you'll necessarily dislike "The Green Hornet," or vice versa. And there are certainly some similarities between the two, including some very badly directed action scenes and an over-the-top villain portrayed by an actor who is too good for the movie he's in.

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  • The Playlist
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    First Look: Jim Carrey In 'Mr. Popper's Penguins'

    Jim Carrey is everywhere....at least this week. Last weekend he hosted a surprisingly not completely awful episode of "Saturday Night Live" (he does mean impressions of Billie Holiday and Alan Thicke) and his stint on "Inside the Actor's Studio" aired a few days ago as well. And while we're not quite sure what he's out there pimping right now ("I Love You Phillip Morris" after agonizing distribution headaches seems to have died on arrival), he does have a movie coming out this summer.

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  • The Playlist
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    Updated: Kathryn Bigelow To Hunt Osama Bin Laden In Her Black Ops Thriller? Nope

    Updated: Reps for Mark Boal have told The Playlist that the plot details regarding Osama Bin Laden are untrue and IM Global does not have worldwide rights to the film.

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  • The Playlist
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    First Look At 'The Conquest,' The Biopic Of French President Nicolas Sarkozy

    Who says Oliver Stone is the only one who can make a biopic of a political leader still in office?

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  • Spout
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    "Twilight" Rubber Duckies, Best Movie Posters of 2010, Doc and Marty Visit 2010 and Other Links

    - What it would be like if "Back to the Future"'s Marty and Doc traveled 25 years into the future (to now)? Click here to find out.

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  • The Playlist
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    Believe It Or Not, Paramount To Revive 'Ripley's' With Eric Roth Rewriting, Jim Carrey Still Onboard

    One film that has been through the ringer time and time again in the past few years is trying its luck once again. Paramount is attempting to give “Ripley's Believe It Or Not” one more shot this time with Academy Award winning screenwriter Eric Roth ("Forrest Gump," "The Insider," "The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button") behind the pen. Word is Roth is being brought in to do a complete rewrite of the entire script in hopes of finally getting the film off the ground.

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