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Mark Romanek In Talks To Eventually Drop Out Of Directing Warner Bros.' 'The Shining' Prequel

18 July 2014 10:39 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Mark Romanek might be one of our most talented, and yet undersung, filmmakers. A music video legend who came up alongside figures like Spike Jonze, he's only made three feature films in thirty years—1985's little-seen debut "Static," 2002's acclaimed "One Hour Photo" and 2010's "Never Let Me Go." But it's not for lack of trying: in recent years in particular, Romanek has been attached to a number of big-budget projects that never came to pass. Alongside the Tom Hanks-starring mystery "A Cold Case," Romanek's been attached to an adaptation of James Frey's controversial memoir "A Million Little Pieces. He was also involved in "The Wolfman," Disney's "Cinderella" and "Da Vinci Code" threequel "The Last Symbol," but dropped out of the first two late in the game ("The Wolfman" at the eleventh hour), and the third was replaced by an adaptation of the fourth book in the series, »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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Film Review: ‘Make Your Move’

19 April 2014 4:41 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“East-Meets-West Side Story” might have made a clunkier but more interesting title for “Make Your Move,” a slick, disposable soap opera about a poor white boy and a spirited Korean girl who fall in love despite hailing from rival corners of Brooklyn’s club scene. Wringing yet another variation on the boy-hoofer-meets-girl-hoofer formula that fueled his screenplays for “Save the Last Dance” and “Step Up,” writer-director Duane Adler weaves an overly tangled web of resentment, betrayal and thuggish violence around his attractive two leads (“Dancing With the Stars” champ Derek Hough and pop star BoA), both of whom display almost enough fancy footwork to overcome the cliches they’ve been saddled with. Theatrical biz will be limited, but this amiable time-filler could have ancillary legs, particularly among the Asian-American audiences being targeted.

A genial, tap-dancing ex-con from New Orleans, Donny (Hough) decides to skip out on his parole and hightail it to Brooklyn, »

- Justin Chang

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Michael Davis: Milestone Raising 2.1

9 April 2014 1:29 PM, PDT | | See recent Comicmix news »

A couple of weeks ago Paul Smith asked rather or not Milestone would be better off away from DC.

Last week I addressed his question—but must now admit I did so in a drugged out haze. The drugs (some legal) affected my thought process and I’m afraid what I wrote was a result of such.

Or, it was an April Fool’s gag.

Either way here’s the non-drugged (much) and/or non-gag answer.

Paul, every partner in any partnership be it personal or professional will at some time or from time to time ask if they would be better off with someone else. Its human nature at it’s most pure.

I’ve asked that question, many times.

Regardless if business or personal relationship after I ask that, I ask the following, what’s my goal?

What would the goal be in leaving DC?

Better distribution?

Yeah, »

- Michael Davis

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Mark Romanek Will Direct Casey Affleck in Boston Strangler

8 January 2014 4:29 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Over a year after Casey Affleck was attached to star in Warner Bros.' Boston Strangler, the project has found a director, with Mark Romanek in negotiations.

Casey Affleck will play a Boston detective trying to figure out who this elusive killer is in the early 1960s for over a year and a half. Beantown native Chuck MacLean wrote the script after pitching the project to Warner Bros. Insiders claim that the writer's initial pitch was in the same vein as Seven and Zodiac, which fits the director's penchant for darker material.

The project is based on the true story of Albert De Salvo, who was arrested and eventually confessed to the killings. There are some who still believe there was more than one killer, and that Albert De Salvo was just a part of a larger operation. His story was previously adapted into the 1968 film The Boston Strangler, which »

- MovieWeb

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