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    Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh Talk The Lovely Bones

    The Lovely Bones presented a fascinating challenge for a movie adaptation of a book. But finally, the realities of commercial filmmaking may have been unmanageable in this case---much as they were with John Hillcoat's film version of Cormac McCarthy's The Road. What works on the page and in our imag...

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    Ten Questions for Bright Star's Jane Campion: "I've Never Made a Crap Film"

    Bright Star was brilliantly reviewed on the film fest circuit from Cannes to Toronto. But some critics praise its undeniable visual style and directorial panache (the film won a special cinematography prize from the National Board of Review) but find the 19th-century period drama lacking in deep emo...

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    20 Questions for Up in the Air's Jason Reitman

    It's hard to believe that a filmmaker as assured as Jason Reitman is 32 and has made just three feature films, including Up in the Air, which is about to open limited December 4 after earning raves from audiences and critics on the international film fest circuit. Here he talks about his airline obs...

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    Brothers vs. Brothers

    Beware the cross-cultural remake.

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    Bendinger Launches Screenwriting Contest

    Screenwriter Jessica Bendinger (Bring it On) is going interactive to promote the November 24 release of her Simon & Schuster novel The Seven Rays. She's inviting aspiring screenwriters to adapt any portion of the book into a 2-5 page screenplay in order to win an in-depth consultation with her.

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    Oscar Watch: Crazy Heart's Bridges Joins Actors Fray

    Back in July, Fox Searchlight paid low seven figures for worldwide rights to Crazy Heart, a movie the distrib felt needed a little work in the editing room. (Here's my announcement story.) It was one of the first buys by new co-presidents Nancy Utley and Steve Gilula after Peter Rice left to run Fox...

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    #LFF: Schamus Delivers Lessons in Redacted Storytelling

    James Schamus is not your ordinary Hollywood player.

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    Amelia: When Biopics Go Bad

    What went wrong with Amelia?

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    Trailer Watch: Will Amelia Biopic Play?

    I'll be showing Mira Nair's Amelia at Sneak Previews this week. I've seen the biopic of the vanished aviatrix Amelia Earhart, which stars Oscar magnet Hilary Swank and Richard Gere, and look forward to grilling the screenwriters, Ron Bass (Rain Man) and Anna Hamilton Phelan (Gorillas in the Mist). T...

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    TIFF#: Leaves of Grass Director Nelson Directs Two Nortons

    Like many indie films these days, Leaves of Grass (like Men Who Stare at Goats, a stoner comedy) rose like a Phoenix from the ashes of another project. Back in 2006, actor-writer-director Tim Blake Nelson (The Grey Zone), who is the kind of talented, responsible guy who tries to do the right thing a...

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