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    Warner Bros. Revives Harper Franchise Made Famous By Paul Newman With 'The Galton Case'

    While 7,772 petitioners are still waiting for that “Veronica Mars” movie (Warner Bros. is apparently just going to ignore $80,000 in potential box office receipts), Joel Silver is moving on with his life by producing “The Galton Case,” a Ross Macdonald mystery novel about private detective Lew Archer. 'Galton' is the eighth book in a series of novels about Archer. Why not start with any of the first seven tomes? It’s either that one through seven are really bad, or the eighth one is just that good. Regardless, Warner Bros. has acquired rights to the entire series (maybe they’ll work their way backwards), and they’re hoping to adapt the novels...

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    Could 'The Scorpio Races' Be The Next 'Twilight' Or 'Hunger Games'? Warner Bros. Developing

    Let's face it, Summit Entertainment continues to make films because of the insane profits from the "Twilight" franchise. The three films already released from the franchise have grossed a combined $1.8 billion worldwide from theatrical releases alone, and that doesn't include DVD and all the film licensing the company also has a meaty stake in. The success of the series showed a massive untapped potential in teenagers and the young adult audience (that wasn't the "Harry Potter" crowd) and studios took notice immediately. While, in the three years that have passed (the first film was released in 2008), not one studio has released a viable comp...

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    Warner Bros. Pulls A Disney, Waves Wand To Make All 'Harry Potter' DVDs Disappear On Dec. 29th

    For a while now, Disney has employed a home video strategy that has paid off in spades. The studio's "vault" system makes titles available for a short window of time on home video, before they are pulled from stores and kept locked up for years until Disney decides to re-release it to great fanfare and even greater sales. This fall the studio tried a new tactic, a 3D converted theatrical re-release before the home video bow. The result? A nearly $100 million domestic haul for "The Lion King (in 3D)" before it's latest BluRay bow and a huge wake-up call to the rest of the industry who suddenly realized there is all kinds of money to be made fr...

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    Matt Damon & Ben Affleck Team For Whitey Bulger Biopic By 'Boardwalk Empire' Writer Terence Winter

    Casey Affleck To Co-StarGranted, they've got some competition for this one, but you can bet Matt Damon and Ben Affleck have taken the lead on getting a biopic on famed Boston mobster Whitey Bulger onto the big screen.

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    ‘Jupiter Ascending’ Will Be The Wachowskis Next Film, Shooting To Start Spring 2012

    First cropping up in the middle of the summer, the mysterious "Jupiter Rising" (now being called "Jupiter Ascending") was added to the already lengthy list of movies being eyed by The Wachowskis. And since 2008's eyeball-melting "Speed Racer," they've certainly had no shortage of movies to choose from. While "Cloud Atlas" is now in front of cameras, “Hood,” an “urban retelling” of the Robin Hood mythology with Will Smith sought to star, and the R-rated Iraq War gay romance picture “CN-9” (aka “Cobalt Neutral 9”) were also tossed around as possibilities. But the former sounds, frankly, pretty terrible and latter is not going to get financing f...

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    Warner Bros. Aiming For February/March 2012 Start On 'Akira,' Garrett Hedlund Frontrunner To Star

    After some minor drama, which saw long-attached helmer Albert Hughes bail on the gestating "Akira" remake this spring, the project came back to the life in the middle of the summer when "Unknown" and "Orphan" director Jaume Collet-Serra came aboard. Things then went quiet on the project, but once ag...

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    Matt Damon's Directorial Debut With John Krasinksi Moves Ahead, But It's Not 'Father Daughter Time'

    Building up for much of the first half of 2011, Matt Damon is gearing up to step behind the camera for his directorial debut. During the summer, the actor let slip that "The Office" star John Krasinski would be taking a role in the upcoming film that many assumed was “Father Daughter Time: A Tale of Armed Robbery and Eskimo Kisses.” Warner Bros. had picked up that spec script -- about a man who goes on the lam with his daughter, who is an accomplice in a three-state crime spree -- as a vehicle for Damon to direct. But as it turns out, it's not that project at all, and in fact, Krasinski is a much bigger collaborator on the forthcoming movie t...

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    Stephen Gaghan Lines Up 'The Snakehead' & Untitled Drug Trafficking Movie To Direct

    It has been a while since we've heard anything from "Traffic" writer and "Syriana" writer/director Stephen Gaghan. Ever since his sophomore film, Gaghan was attached to a few projects that never quite got moving. He was set to adapt Malcolm Gladwell's nonfiction bestseller "Blink" for Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way shingle but that seems to have stalled out; he wrote a "Speed"-like thriller called "Dead Spy Running" that McG was eyeing to direct and he also had an untitled action pic set up over at Lionsgate. Late this summer, he signed up to adapt a popular series of books by a Swedish criminologist, psychological profiler and author G.W. Pe...

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    Warner Bros. Swings Around The Pole For Steven Soderbergh's 'Magic Mike'

    Joe Manganiello Reveals Character Costumes For Some Of The Strippers In The MovieSteven Soderbergh and Warner Bros. have had a long and mostly fruitful relationship for much of the director's career. Of course, right now they are doing very well with "Contagion," which as taken in over $75 million so far, and that's with international territories only starting to open now. And over the years WB has housed variety of Soderbergh's films both big and small, including the "Ocean's Eleven" trilogy, "The Good German" and "The Informant!" and they are also behind the developing "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." And with lensing well underway on the indie-fi...

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    NYCC: Mark Neveldine & Brian Taylor Diss First Film, Say 'Ghost Rider' "Re-quel" Has Huge Body Count

    Directors Say They've Thought About Direct-To-DVD Character Spinoffs For The 'Crank' SeriesSony had a superhero franchise on their hands in “Ghost Rider.” Curiously, though first film that turned a solid profit, but no one particularly fell in love with it, leaving them in a position to experiment with a second film about Johnny Blaze. So it only makes sense that they would turn to Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, the architects of the gonzo, hard R-rated “Crank” series to recapture the magic of a beloved Marvel Comics’ “superhero.” We sat down and talked with Mark and Brian at the New York Comic Con to talk about the approach to “Ghost Rider...

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