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    Book Review: 'Tales From Development Hell' An Uneven Look Behind The Curtain At Getting A Film Made

    Hollywood churns out roughly 400 movies per year, which is already a mind boggling figure, but becomes even more impressive when you think about the many hoops that need to jumped through just get a camera rolling. The vagaries of financing, locking down a cast, getting a script approved, protecting the film's creative integrity versus the business expectations of executives, balancing the egos of producers -- it's a minor miracle that as many movies get completed as they do. But for every movie that does get made, there are a handful more that don't for a variety of reasons, with some projects lingering around for years passing through multiple hands and directors without moving an inch. A recent example would be "Prisoners" which has been attached to directors Bryan Singer, Antoine Fuqua and Daniel Espinona at various points, with Christian Bale, Mark Wahblerg, Leondardo DiCaprio, Michael Fassbender all rumored to star along the way; the project is currently in the hands of "Incendies" director Denis Villeneuve. These what-could-have-been scenarios are always fascinating to explore and serve as the central concept of "Tales From Development Hell" by David Hughes, a book that unfortuantely is never quite compelling as you might hope.

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    'Route Irish' Star Trevor William Planning New Short 'Plenty More Fish In The Sea', Will Feature New Song By The Rainband

    Whenever there's word of a new project from legendary British director Ken Loach, we sit up and take notice. If that project is connected in some way to the Cannes Film Festival, our ears prick up even more in regards to the Palme d'Or winner. Before you get too excited though we should point out that this is related to Loach's latest short film, not a new feature, although we'll take anything we can get.

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    Oprah Visits Kimmel: "Book Club Fight Club" And Other New Series (Video)

    When Oprah was Jimmy Kimmel’s guest on his Post-Oscar show, she didn’t just turn up to promote her network, OWN. She got advice from Kimmel, who in this short film suggests several new shows to boost OWN’s ratings, including Book Club Fight Club. In their interview, Oprah said she wants to act more, and this is a pretty good start if she wants to do comedy.

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    Kenneth Lonergan Talks The Themes, Inspiration & Ideas Behind 'Margaret' At The Film Comment Selects Series At Lincoln Center

    To refer to the Film Comment Selects screening of Kenneth Longeran's "Margaret" as anything less than magical would be doing the film the same disservice that Fox Searchlight initially did when it failed to market the film nearly ten years in the making. From Gavin Smith's impassioned introduction to the guests hidden in the front rows of Lincoln Center (Michael Cera! Former Village Voice critic J. Hoberman! Alex Karpovsky quietly filming the Q&A on a DSLR!) the message was simple: cinephiles demanded a second chance at this quiet-yet-overwhelming missive on a post-9/11 New York.

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    James Franco & Jonah Hill Team Up To Tell A 'True Story' With Producer Brad Pitt

    "Starring Oscar nominee Jonah Hill" That's a bit of marketing play you better start getting used to because with Oscar recognition now under his belt, and having show off his range in both "Cyrus" and the awards season horse "Moneyball," there are going to be plenty more opportunities outside of comic roles for Jonah Hill and it looks like he's striking while the iron is hot.

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    Writer Tony Grisoni Says 'The Man Who Killed Don Quixote' Back On; Terry Gilliam Commissions New Logo For The Film

    The saga of "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote" is long and complicated, with numerous starts on stop on Terry Gilliam's long mooted projected that has become something of an albatross around his neck. But it seems there is some light appearing at the end of what has been a very long, and often times dark tunnel. Last fall, Gilliam teased that he was hoping to make the film this spring with Robert Duvall and when we caught up with him at the Marrakech Film Festival in December, he provided another small update saying that the long attached Ewan McGregor was no longer involved. Well, it appears there are some signs of hope.

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    Tomas Alfredson Says There Is "Something Dishonest" About Matt Reeves' 'Let Me In' Remake

    Last we heard from Tomas Alfredson, he was relatively cool with Matt Reeves' "Let Me In," a remake of the director's cult hit "Let The Right One In." “I haven’t seen it,” Alfredson told us in December. “It was a little disturbing when I first heard about it because I think I was still working on marketing my own version. So it was a little quick. It’s a very personal thing to be working with a book for several years. You think it’s your own and you fight for it a lot and then to be hearing about someone else dancing with your girlfriend, it’s strange. But I heard that it’s a good film and that they did a great job, so it’s no hard feelings. I will see it." But it seems his feelings on the matter may have hardened a bit.

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    6 Out of 9 Best Picture Nominees Were Based On Novels (Where's My Octavia Butler Adaptation?)

    Last Friday, February 24th, 2012 marked the 6th year since Hugo and Nebula award winner, Octavia Butler, died from a stroke at just 58 years old (she died February 24th, 2006).

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    Beau Willimon Talks Working With David Fincher On The "Dark And Nasty" Netflix Series 'House Of Cards'

    Screenwriter Beau Willimon couldn't have asked for better journey in seeing his first feature film made. As he explained to us last week, his play "Farragut North" was having a hard time making it to the stage, but a couple of years later his agent decided to give it another shot, and send it out again. And good thing he did. This time, not only did the play draw interest from theaters around the country, but Hollywood came calling with George Clooney and Leonardo DiCaprio wanting to get involved in producing it for a feature film. The resulting "Ides Of March" found Clooney co-writing (with Willimon and Grant Heslov), producing, starring and directing the film, a lean and mean political thriller that earned Willimon his first Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay his first time up to bat. Not too bad. Thanks to a boosted profile, it wasn't long before he was drafted for another promising project, the Netflix seriers "House Of Cards" produced by David Fincher and Kevin Spacey (who will also star). And when we talked to Willimon last week, he already had high praise for Fincher.

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    VIDEO - THREE REASONS: King Vidor's THE CROWD

    [EDITOR'S NOTE: Contributor Robert Nishimura's video series Three Reasons continues with King Vidor's The Crowd. He feels this film deserves attention in light of the Best Picture Oscar for The Artist and is a perfect candidate for restoration and release on the Criterion label.]

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