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David Cronenberg Opts Out Of Adaptation Of Dennis Lehane's 'Animal Rescue'; Alexander Payne & George Clooney Sought To Direct

12 December 2011 11:35 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

As far as book-to-movie adaptations go, Dennis Lehane has had an enviable track record. While he's only had three novels brought to the big screen, they've resulted in both critical acclaim and box office success, with "Mystic River," "Gone Baby Gone" and "Shutter Island" all originating from the pages of his books. You might remember way back at the beginning of 2010, it was reported that Lehane was set to adapt this own short story (until then, he had let other writers to do the job) of his short story "Animal Rescue" featured in the anthology book he edited "Boston Noir." That was the last we heard of it, but over the summer, David Cronenberg quietly became attached to direct but it appears that didn't last very long. Twitch reports that Cronenberg is now off the project, with Fox looking at both Alexander Payne and George Clooney as possible replacements. The »

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George Clooney Plans Smothers Brothers Feature; Circling Ex-Cronenberg Project ‘Animal Rescue’ With Alexander Payne

12 December 2011 10:15 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Everyone on the planet knows George Clooney as an actor and, to a smaller extent, director, but he’s also been in the producing game for some time now. (Call him a renaissance man, if it makes you comfortable.) Things are really taking off on that lattermost front, too; both he and his creative partner, Grant Heslov, have recently been launching new projects under their company, Smoke House — some of which involve Aaron Sorkin and Christopher McQuarrie.

Now, Deadline says that the duo are getting behind an adaptation of David Bianculli‘s Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Story Of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour for Sony Pictures. Though it hasn’t been said if Clooney will star or direct, Brian Hecker and Craig Sherman have been hired to shape the non-fiction book into a screenplay. As an audience, we’ll be presented with their transition “from squeaky clean comics to counterculture troublemakers, »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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David Cronenberg Off Animal Rescue

10 December 2011 10:18 AM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

It was reported back in August that David Cronenberg had been attached to direct Animal Rescue, a Fox backed project from Chernin Entertainment based on a script by Mystic River writer Dennis Lehane. That attachment has proven to be short lived.Twitch has learned that Cronenberg is now off the project and that Fox are targeting George Clooney and Alexander Payne as possible replacements.The reasons for Cronenberg's departure are not exactly clear. As of his three known directing attachments outside of this only The Matarese Circle has a proposed start date - 2013 - while Eastern Promises 2 and As She Climbed Across The Table both remain too early in the process to call. Unless there has been a sudden development with one of those »

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Ice Cube's 'Eye for an Eye' lands on FX

7 December 2011 3:37 PM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Actor, producer and rapper Ice Cube has made a script development deal with the network FX. Ice Cube will star in and produce a new drama "Eye for an Eye." Cube will portray a paramedic who avenges crimes after years of working with crime victims. Home of "It' Always Sunny in Philadelphia," "Archer" and "Sons of Anarchy", FX is devloping a new pilot with Graham Yost (Justified), Dennis Lehane and Red Hot Chili Peppers' frontman Anthony Kiedis. Ice Cube.s also produces TBS' comedy "Are We There Yet?" »

- April MacIntyre

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TV Review: The Travel Channel’s ‘Hidden City’ Takes a Deeper Look

6 December 2011 7:37 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Crime novelist Marcus Sakey takes his witty voice as an author to another medium tonight with the debut of The Travel Channel’s “Hidden City.” The first episode focuses on three of the most notable stories of the past of our fair windy city and the series displays potential to become the next breakout cable hit a la the network’s “No Reservations” with Anthony Bourdain.

Television Rating: 4.0/5.0

Chicagoan Sakey has developed quite a following, along with comparisons to Dennis Lehane & Elmore Leonard, with the hit books — “The Blade Itself,” “Good People,” “At the City’s Edge,” “The Amateurs,” and “The Two Deaths of Daniel Hayes.” His books have been chosen among the best of the year by Esquire and The New York Times. He has a distinct authorial voice and that makes him a perfect for the personality-driven era of TV, in which more and more programs seem »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Close Up – Ben Affleck’s Irresolute Career

2 December 2011 5:00 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

We take time for granted and it’s odd how a year can completely change your life.

Ben Affleck was struggling to get his acting career off the ground with only bit parts in relatively ignored films bar, in what would become a recurring role with Kevin Smith, Mallrats and Chasing Amy. It has been said that it all it takes is a good idea and that’s where Ben Affleck and Matt Damon come in with their Oscar-winning film, Good Will Hunting.

It may have been the film that started their careers, that accelerated them to stardom but it doesn’t mean it was all simple and handed to them on a platter. In fact, their script was rejected multiple times especially from one studio who kept suggesting that they change things without reading it. In fact, they knew it wasn’t being read because they unnecessarily added a »

- Ashley Norris

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Shoe Box Classics #1 – Gone Baby Gone

9 November 2011 4:23 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Retrospective; a word which means looking to the past. I recently dug out a few old film reviews, and then decided to re-watch those specific films. In time, some films grow or change with us, but these films seem to have maintained the same level of awe and appreciation that I got when I first saw them – neither improving or lessening.

So over the coming weeks, I will be re-releasing a series of film reviews entitled, ‘Shoe Box Classics’. These will be films which I loved, and still do, but which seem to be forgotten by most people – the type of films that sit in the DVD wall of a minority, sparingly loaned out and shared with close friends. But films none the less, which deserve true recognition. Some are reasonably current, others slightly older, but each and every one, in my view, a modern classic.

Shoe Box Classics – #1 – Gone Baby Gone »

- Brad Williams

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Top Ten Tuesday: Our Man Clint!

8 November 2011 8:18 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

J. Edgar opens in theaters this Friday and it is the 33rd film directed by Clint Eastwood. Beginning with the thriller Play Misty For Me in 1971, Eastwood has directed  westerns, action films, comedies, and dramas. From the very early days of his career, Eastwood had been frustrated by directors insisting that scenes be re-shot multiple times and perfected, and when he began as a director in 1971, he made a conscious attempt to avoid any aspects of directing he had been indifferent to as an actor. As a result, Eastwood is renowned for his efficient film directing and to reduce filming time and to keep budgets under control.

As seen through the eyes of Hoover himself, J. Edgar explores the personal and public life and relationships of a man who could distort the truth as easily as he upheld it during a life devoted to his own idea of justice, often »

- Movie Geeks

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Amy Ryan: the Isabelle Huppert of Hollywood

28 October 2011 4:06 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Whether Jack Goes Boating star Amy Ryan is playing a shy lover, a goofy sitcom girlfriend or a junkie mother, she always steals the show

Every so often a supporting actor takes such a huge bite out of a movie that afterwards you can only remember the silhouette of the bite-mark, and nothing of the film that got bit. That's how Amy Ryan first caught our attention, when she showed up in minute 30 of Ben Affleck's otherwise only so-so Dennis Lehane adaptation Gone Baby Gone, and just owned that movie for the next seven minutes.

Playing the malevolent, abrasive junkie single mother of a missing kidnap victim, a slatternly, slack-jawed racist, Ryan adopted a drunkard's waxen pallor, honked up the full braying working-class Boston accent and, in those seven minutes, ran a gamut of emotions, from sullen resentment to inappropriate levity and a final descent into abject sobbing – a magnificent shipwreck of a performance. »

- John Patterson

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‘The Town’ Screenwriter Aaron Stockard To ‘Strip’ For New Crime Drama

28 October 2011 11:53 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Screenwriter Aaron Stockard has drawn praise and accolades for his skills in adapting harrowing crime novels into gritty thrillers. He and actor/director/screenwriter Ben Affleck collaborated to create the 2007 kidnapping drama Gone Baby Gone, based on Dennis Lehane’s Boston-based detective novel, and the 2010 heist thriller The Town, inspired by Chuck Hogan’s Prince of Thieves. Both films were a hit with critics, and the latter, a bank robbery narrative, fittingly made bank. So it’s little wonder Stockard’s being brought on to adapt more tales of crime and betrayal.

Thunder Road Pictures, which co-produced The Town, has joined with Brazillian company Rt Features to produce an adaptation of Thomas Perry’s Strip. And they’ve hired Stockard to turn what Publisher’s Weekly calls a “rambunctiously entertaining L.A. crime novel” into a sultry (and surely action-packed) thriller. According to Deadline, Strip centers on “A strip club »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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The Town Screenwriter Adapting Crime Novel Strip

28 October 2011 11:14 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Writing crime screenplays seems to be working out pretty well for Aaron Stockard. After serving as an assistant on flicks such as Good Will Hunting and The Talented Mr. Ripley, Stockard broke big by adapting Dennis Lehane's Gone Baby Gone with Ben Affleck. That movie helped establish a new phase of Affleck's career as a director, so it's not surprising that Stockard reteamed with Ben on The Town. While Affleck is nowhere to be seen on Stockard's new project, he is sticking with the genre that's cemented his career: Deadline reports that he will adapt Thomas Perry's crime novel Strip for Rt Features and Thunder Road Pictures. Published in 2010, Strip centers around a series of crimes and confrontations beginning with the robbery -- appropriately enough -- of a strip club owner. After Claudio "Manco" Kapak is held up by a masked robber who swipes the day's earnings, »

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Quick Shooter: A Clint Eastwood Profile (Part 5)

22 October 2011 9:52 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Trevor Hogg profiles the career of Hollywood icon Clint Eastwood in the fifth of a five part feature (read parts one, two, three and four)...

“Maybe the title of Space Cowboys [2000] is a bit misleading because it is mostly about the pioneers of space,” stated Clint Eastwood when discussing the story about four former test pilots from the 1950s who decades later get an opportunity to go into outer space. “We were not really cowboys, but these men who did all the pioneering in the 1950s were going to the frontier of space in planes they were not sure could make it. They were being rocketed along on the ground faster than the speed of sound to see if the human body could take it, so I would say that the film is something of a homage to those gentlemen.” The action thriller with a production budget of $65 million stars Clint Eastwood, »

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FX Developing New Series with Bunker and Laredo

17 October 2011 11:39 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

At the end of last week we learned FX was developing Scar Tissue and The Americans, but now THR has brief word on two more series being developed at the cable network. First on the docket is Bunker, a series from Chernin Entertainment and Fox Television Studios which follows a female cop psychologist from Boston. Writer Dennis Lehane, who penned the books behind films like Shutter Island, Mystic River and Gone Baby Gone is writing and executive producing the series. Considering the great stories Lehane has penned and their successful film adaptations, this should be yet another series to look forward to next season. Next comes Laredo, another crime drama from Flags of Our Fathers writer William Broyles who will also executive produce the new series which is set at the Texas/Mexico border, and should be much more dramatic than the recent border showdown on South Park. There's yet »

- Ethan Anderton

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[Now Streaming] Your ‘Dream House,’ ‘Take Shelter’ & ‘Tucker & Dale vs. Evil’ Alternatives

29 September 2011 5:51 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Each week within this column we strive to pair the latest in theatrical releases to the worthwhile titles currently available on Netflix Instant Watch. This week we look at alternatives to Dream House, Take Shelter and Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil.

On the brink of October, haunting tales are lurking in theaters across the country. As two different dads face their fears to protect their families from threats that may be imagined, a pair of kind-hearted hillbillies are mistaken for clichéd maniacs. Want more horror and gore? We’ve got you covered with some ghastly ghosts, freaky thrillers and hilarious horror flicks.

Daniel Craig stars as a husband and father who moves his family from the urban jungle to a lovely home in rural New England only to discover their dream house has a dark past. Rachel Weisz and Naomi Watts co-star.

For more haunting tales, try this trippy trio:

House on Haunted Hill »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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ICM Adds The Atlantic To Newspaper And Magazine Clientele

10 August 2011 9:42 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

ICM, which has set up dozens of option deals for its client The New York Times and which just recently started making deals for New York Magazine, this week has signed The Atlantic. The agency will package the magazine's articles for film, TV and online. Founded in 1857, the magazine has over the years published works by Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, Charles Portis, Philip Roth and Dennis Lehane. They've had articles optioned for film and TV, but now they have an agency proactively shopping present and past content to Hollywood. ICM will rep all Atlantic Media Group properties, including National Journal Group and Government Executive. »

- MIKE FLEMING

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ICM Adds The Atlantic To Newspaper And Magazine Clientele

10 August 2011 9:42 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

ICM, which has set up dozens of option deals for its client The New York Times and which just recently started making deals for New York Magazine, this week has signed The Atlantic. The agency will package the magazine's articles for film, TV and online. Founded in 1857, the magazine has over the years published works by Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, Charles Portis, Philip Roth and Dennis Lehane. They've had articles optioned for film and TV, but now they have an agency proactively shopping present and past content to Hollywood. ICM will rep all Atlantic Media Group properties, including National Journal Group and Government Executive. »

- MIKE FLEMING

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Paramount Moves Tom Cruise's 'Mission: Impossible' To December 21 And Sets 'One Shot' For Early 2013

27 July 2011 2:10 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Paramount Pictures will move Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol from its Dec. 16, 2011 release date to Wednesday, Dec. 21, putting the picture smack into the holiday corridor. That moves the film back from opening against Warner Bros' Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows and Fox's Alvin and the Chipmunks sequel. It will now open against the David Fincher-directed Sony drama The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, and be released two days before Paramount's The Adventures of Tintin, Summit's The Darkest Hour, Fox's We Bought A Zoo, and FilmDistrict's release of the Angelina Jolie-directed In The Land Of Blood And Honey. At the same time, Paramount will soon formalize a Feb. 8, 2013 release date for One Shot, the Christopher McQuarrie-directed adaptation of the Lee Child mystery novel series that the studio hopes will launch another Cruise franchise. Cruise committed earlier this month to play Jack Reacher, a retired military policeman »

- MIKE FLEMING

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Adapt This: Ben Affleck’s ‘The Town’ vs. Chuck Hogan’s ‘Prince of Thieves’

27 June 2011 2:35 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a new feature series titled Adapt This, an in-depth look at a specific film adaptation and its original source novel. If you like this one and have any future ideas, please send them our way at editors (at) thefilmstage.com. Read on!

We all love movies. I know Dane Cook pointed it out more recently than, say, Luis Buñuel, but we all love cinematic adventures. Movies are, in the words of Susan Sarandon, the keepers of our dreams. We go to sporting events or political rallies and have a shared experience, but only movies can crowd a herd of us noisy, smelly humans into a dark room, sit us down, and shut us up by projecting someone else’s dreams for two hours.

What we tend to forgot is how often these movies are based on these things called books. Hold on, »

- Anthony Vieira

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Top 10 paranoia-filled movies

13 June 2011 2:27 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Fear. Anxiety. Quiet conspiracies. We provide a run-down of 10 of the most paranoia-filled movies of all time...

Sometimes, they really are out to get you. Who ‘they’ are of course, varies from movie to movie, but in every instance in this list, their protagonists have every reason to feel paranoid and anxious. Whether it’s the feeling that they’re being watched by government agencies, or the sudden realisation that reality as they know it is a complete sham, cinematic paranoia can take many forms.

From sci-fi flicks to thrillers, here’s our pick of 10 favourite paranoia-filled movies...

10. The Matrix

In their hyperactive, pre-millennial sci-fi movie, The Matrix, the brothers Wachowski borrowed freely from numerous literary and cinematic sources, and not just from the realms of science fiction – there are allusions here to Alice In Wonderland, the Bible, and the works of philosopher René Descartes.

Keanu Reeves stars as Neo, »

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Chris Columbus to Adapt ‘The Cypress House’

3 June 2011 12:36 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Chris Columbus really deserves some credit. Despite being a terribly unimaginative filmmaker, he’s managed to forge a successful career for over twenty years, with Home Alone and the first two Harry Potter movies likely to thank for that. His production company 1492 (I hope that name doesn’t have to be explained) is also part of this strange occurrence, which produces his own films as well as hits like the Night at the Museum movies.

Now, Deadline reports that 1942 will be taking on the adaptation of Michael Koryta‘s novel The Cypress House. Columbus will pen the script and he’ll also be producing with 1492 partners Michael Barnathan and Mark Radcliffe.

Here’s a synopsis of the book’s plot, thanks to Amazon:

“Battle-hardened Wwi veteran Arlen Wagner can foretell others’ deaths. With the Great Depression crippling the country, he works in the Civilian Conservation Corps and keeps his demons »

- Nick Newman

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