After a failed appeal to overturn the MPAA’s R rating based on language, The Weinstein Company yesterday opted to take the unconventional step of releasing their new documentary Bully without a rating at all. The idea is that the film’s target audience of teenagers will be able to see the film this way. On the (read…)

Paramount says their new take on Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer called “Huck” will have supernatural elements and be “in the vein of Snow White and the Huntsman.” Ugh. via: THR Meanwhile. Imagine is cooking up another film version of George Orwell’s dystopian classic 1984. That’s potentially not a terrible idea as long (read…)

This is the one that used to be a Joel Schumacher film, but then turned into something someone might actually want to pay to see when The Machinist director Brad Anderson took over. Halle Berry plays a 911 operator who must save a young girl from a serial killer. Abigail Breslin will of course be (read…)

Robert DeNiro is involved, but there’s no word if Charles Grodin will come back. Even less promising than the fact that Brett Ratner is the director is the fact the screenplay is being re-written by David Elliot and Paul Lovett who are the geniuses behind G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. If I wanted to (read…)

The 2012 Black Listed script recalls the Abscam scandal of the early ’80s when the FBI netted several political officials including US Senator Pete Williams in a sting operation utilizing a phony Shiek pretending to be looking to buy US citizenship. After several years in movie jail, David O. Russell bounced back in 2010 with (read…)

Jessica Brown Findlay

No, not the play by Shakespeare, the 1983 novel by Mark Helprin which takes place in a mythical New York City around the turn of the 20th Century and the present day. Findlay will play a dying woman who falls in love with the thief who breaks into her swank West Side mansion. Well that (read…)

Jessica Biel

Anthony Hopkins is Hitchcock, Scarlett Johansson is Janet Leigh, James D’Arcy is Anthony Perkins, Helen Mirren is Hitchcock’s wife Alma Reville and they’ve been joined by Jessica Biel as Vera Miles who played Lila Crane, the sister of Leigh’s Marion Crane. Sacha Gervasi (Anvil! The Story of Anvil) directs. via: Deadline Also according to Variety, (read…)

Playmobile's Noah's Ark

I wasn’t aware that we needed an “edgy” $130 million retelling of the Noah’s Ark story, but it’s no longer just a rumor, it’s actually happening. Russell Crowe will star as faithful Noah, the Old Testament hero who built a big boat to save the world’s animals in the face of the Great Flood sent (read…)

Jake Gyllenhaal

Denis Villeneuve (Incendies) is set to direct An Enemy based on the novel The Double by Jose Saramango (Blindness) while Jake Gyllenhaal is in talks to star as a man who sees his double on a DVD, or at least a double of who he was 5 years earlier. Probably unwisely, he sets out to (read…)

Rupert Grint and Chloe Moretz

Ron Weasely, meet Hit Girl. Rupert Grint will play Stan Shapiro, the Beach Boy drummer’s confidante while Chloe Moretz will play his daughter Jennifer Wilson. As previously announced Aaron Eckhart will play Dennis Wilson and Vera Farmiga will play his girlfriend at the time Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie. The film to begin shooting June 15 (read…)

The Rolling Stones

The Greatest Rock and Roll Band in the World is turning 50. Of course the individual members are a good bit older than that. While there have been a number of documentaries about the band and several concert films, a truly comprehensive look at their history full of their music still needs to be done. (read…)

Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese

Leonardo DiCaprio has long been attached as a producer of the adaptation of Jordan Belfort’s memoir about Wall Street badinage in the 1990s and Scorsese has been frequently reported as one of the directors interested in climbing aboard, but you just never know with those two guys until you know. Well, now apparently we know. (read…)

Recent news stories involving Michael Fassbender, The Artist, Netflix, Orlando Bloom, Djimon Hounsou, Peter Greenaway, Antonio Banderas, Irish Myths, Elmore Leonard, Gael Garcia Bernal, Jennifer Aniston and Dennis Quaid. Michael Fassbender Confirmed for Ridley Scott/Cormac McCarthy’s The Counselor (Deadline) (2/21) The Artist and other Weinstein titles to hit Netflix before HBO Suck on that HBO, (read…)

Sunset Song

British arthouse favorite Terence Davies (Distant Voices Still Lives, Of Time and the City) is set to adapt the novel considered among the most important Scottish novels of the 20th century by people who consider such things. Written by Lewis Grassic Gibbon 1n 1932, it’s the first part of the A Scots Quair trilogy (along (read…)

The two leading ladies were rumored to be “in talks” way back in 2010 and yesterday a press release went out from The Weinstein Company that everything was official. Behold: NEW YORK – February 15, 2012 – The Weinstein Company (TWC) announced today that Academy Award®-winning actresses Julia Roberts (EAT PRAY LOVE) and Meryl Streep (read…)

Screen Daily says the project is tentatively titled The Archbishop and The Antichrist which is the name of the Michael Ashton play up0n which the film is based. The story involves a hypothetical meeting between Archbishop Desmond Tutu and an imprisoned mass murderer. After a string of excellent performances including The Crying Game, Good Morning (read…)

Gina Carano and Channing Tatum in Haywire

Gina Carano does what a lot of people would like to do to Channing Tatum in Haywire Barely anyone saw Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire, but those who didn’t missed one of the more promising action star debuts in a while. Gina Carano is no Meryl Streep, but she mops the floor with the likes of previous (read…)

As it is with the previously announced with the remake of Rebecca, the party line on this one will be that they’re not really remaking Hitchcock’s film, but going back to the orginal source novel Before the Fact by Anthony Berkeley. If we’re honest with ourselves, we’ll admit that there’s room for a new version (read…)

Evan Rachel Wood

The full title of what is described as a “gritty pulp romancer” is The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman. In it, Shia LaBeouf will play a man who falls in love with the daughter (Evan Rachel Wood) of a man who dies next to him on a plane. Mads Mikkelsen will play Wood’s abusive ex-husband. (read…)

Tahar Rahim in The Prophet

The Cut will be the third film in art house favorite Fatih Akin’s Love, Death and the Devil trilogy following Head-On (Love) and Edge of Heaven (Death). Tajar Rahim was most recently seen along with Mark Strong (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) and Antonio Banderas in Jean-Jacques Annaud’s tale of Middle Eastern oil Black Gold, though (read…)

Besides Jennifer Jason Leigh and Ben Foster, Michael C. Hall (Dexter) and Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer) have signed on to the already sizable cast of Kill Your Darlings, the story of Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan) who was friends with the likes of Allen Ginsberg (Radcliffe), Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston) and William S. Burroughs (Ben Foster) (read…)

Black Wings Has My Angel by Elliott Chaze

The adaptation of Elliot Chaze’s 3rd novel (written in 1953) has attracted Anna Paquin and Tom Hiddleston while Elijah Wood has already been on board for some time as a producer and an actor. The hard boiled story follows an escaped con and a call-girl as they plan to knock off an armored car. True (read…)

Will Ferrell

Adapted from the comic novel by Susan Trott, Will Ferrell will play a lawyer who develops an obsession for stealing flamingo figurines after he’s dumped by his wife. The script by Michael LeSieur (You, Me and Dupree) turned up on the 2011 Black List. via: Variety

Saoirse Ronan

Hanna was one of last year’s most egregiously overlooked action pictures, but you can’t keep a good actress down for long. As previously reported, she’s lined up for Kevin Macdonald’s World War II drama How I Live Now and now she’s in talks to star in Order of the Seven. Apparently originally conceived of as (read…)

Ty Burrell

An adaptation of a novel which introduced characters who would appear in a later novel that was subsequently adapted by Quentin Tarantino as Jackie Brown does not a prequel to Jackie Brown make no matter how much the internet wants it to be so. As previously reported, this is a straight up adaptation of Elmore (read…)

Hailee Steinfeld

John Carney (Once) is writing and directing the “music-themed feel-good romance” that will star Scarlett Johansson as a woman who moves to New York to fulfill her singing dreams when she is promptly dumped by her boyfriend. Mark Ruffalo plays a less-than-successful music producer whom she meets in a bar and the two team up (read…)

Jessica Brown-Findlay

Jessica Brown-Findlay who plays youngest sister Sybil in the hit UK show Downton Abbey has signed on to Shoplifters of the World, based on the true story of an American fan of The Smiths who, devastated by the band’s breakup, storms a heavy metal radio station, takes the DJ hostage and forces him to play (read…)

Vincent Cassel

Writer/director Christophe Gans (Silent Hill, Brotherhood of the Wolf) has reportedly gone back to the earliest published variant of the fairy tale wherein the beast is actually quite savage.  According to Gans, he’s aiming for a film fit both for children and adults. “It talks, among other things, about the power of dreams and love (read…)

None of it has been earth shattering, but there’s been a lot of news in the last couple of days and I quickly fell behind. Here’s a survey of the most interesting of it with links to the full story. Naomi Watts to play Princess Di in Caught in Flight I guess that’s better than (read…)

Joseph Gordon-Levitt will co-star opposite Scarlett Johansson in his feature directorial debut, an as-yet untitled film (which he also wrote) described by Deadline as “a sexy comedy about about a modern-day Don Juan, and his quest to become less of a ‘selfish dick.’” via: Deadline

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