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10 items from 2009


Mamet Pens Depression-Era "Sorrento"

16 December 2009 10:59 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Firefly and Bla Bla Bla Productions are teaming on the $10 million Depression-era romantic drama "Come Back To Sorrento" says The Hollywood Reporter.

David Mamet ("Wag the Dog," "State and Main") adapted the script from Dawn Powell's novel about a music teacher with a mysterious past. The teacher finds more than he expected when he travels to a small town in Ohio to teach music and comes to love a housewife seeking a long-forgotten dream.

Felicity Huffman, William H. Macy and Rebecca Pidgeon are all in negotiations to star. Michael Worth ("God's Ears") directs the project while Mamet, Worth, Matthew Hobbs and Kristin Holt will produce. »

- Garth Franklin

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Mamet Pens Depression-Era "Sorrento"

16 December 2009 10:59 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Firefly and Bla Bla Bla Productions are teaming on the $10 million Depression-era romantic drama "Come Back To Sorrento" says The Hollywood Reporter.

David Mamet ("Wag the Dog," "State and Main") adapted the script from Dawn Powell's novel about a music teacher with a mysterious past. The teacher finds more than he expected when he travels to a small town in Ohio to teach music and comes to love a housewife seeking a long-forgotten dream.

Felicity Huffman, William H. Macy and Rebecca Pidgeon are all in negotiations to star. Michael Worth ("God's Ears") directs the project while Mamet, Worth, Matthew Hobbs and Kristin Holt will produce. »

- Garth Franklin

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Barry Levinson

10 November 2009 5:30 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Barry Levinson is an Oscar-winning director, screenwriter and producer. His film credits include "Diner," "Rain Man," "Good Morning, Vietnam," "Bugsy," "Wag the Dog" and recent documentary "Poliwood." He was executive producer of TV series "Homicide: Life on the Street" and "Oz." Known for his devotion to his native Baltimore, he is a minority owner of the Baltimore Orioles baseball team. »

- Lisa Horowitz

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Halfway House: Oh Suzanne-ah

3 November 2009 9:00 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Halfway through the day we freeze a movie halfway through. What do we see?

Doris Mann: Have you known Suzanne long?

Jack Faulkner: Ah, lets see. we've known each other about a month. It seems like longer, though.

Doris: Oh, I know what you mean. I'm her mother and it seems like longer.Fifty minutes into Postcards From the Edge (1990), Jack (Dennis Quaid) has dropped by to pick up Suzanne Vale (Meryl Streep) for a date. Her mother (Shirley Maclaine) intercepts the man with the bedroom eyes ('and the living room nose and the kitchen forehead'). The performers are deliciously insynch with Carrie Fisher's rapid fire witticisms.

One of the reasons people get so invested in the Oscars is the joy that comes from arguing about whether or not the octogenarian institution got it right in any given year / category. When it comes to Postcards From the Edge, they got it very very wrong. »

- NATHANIEL R

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Disney Pulls Chair Out From Beneath Mamet’s Remake of Anne Frank

25 September 2009 12:43 PM, PDT | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

Sometimes there is a project that seems so incongruent with the predilections of a director or writer that the entire concept conjugally fits together like the left side and right side of the brain. That seems like the best way to describe David Mamet, who is known for the circuitous, urban, and vulgar dialogue in movies such as “Glengarry Glen Ross” and “Wag the Dog”, and his interest in “The Diary of Anne Frank”. Rather than creating a kind of Mobius strip, in which parts of the movie twist into each other, his intentions seemed straightforward. The movie is described as “a pro-Israel exploration of anti-Semitism movie set in contemporary times”. Unfortunately, Sharon Waxman of The Wrap reports that, with the current state Disney is in after the departure of Dick Cook, the project has been put in turnaround.  An executive is quoted as saying: “It’s very intense, and dark and scary. »

- Jacob

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Disney Rejects David Mamet's Version of Anne Frank

25 September 2009 5:46 AM, PDT | Reelzchannel.com | See recent ReelzChannel news »

About six weeks ago, Disney announced that it was considering a new movie based on The Diary of Anne Frank, with David Mamet to direct. Like most people, we had only one thought: David Mamet and Disney?!

The acclaimed director and playwright — who earned a Pulitzer Prize for Glengarry Glen Ross and a Best Screenplay Oscar nomination for Wag the Dog — is famous for his poetic use of vile language and his unsparing examination of racial and sexual politics, hardly family-friendly stuff. It seemed like a match made in hell, and yesterday, Disney finally seemed to realize it.

The Wrap reports that the studio officially announced that they are abandoning the project. One executive made a statement to the press:

It's very intense, and dark and scary. It's not a film version of The Diary of Anne Frank. The story evolved into something more intense.

Apparently, what Mamet had in mind was a complete reimagining. »

- Rich Z Zwelling

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Zombieland TV Spots

16 September 2009 10:41 PM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

     Don't you just love Woody Harrelson in crazy-ass mode? With only a 5-minute appearance he stole Wag The Dog from under Robert DeNiro and Dustin Hoffman as a psycho ex-marine, and this one looks like one more golden Woody moment at the movies. Zombieland is only a few weeks away from release, so TV spots have started to appear and of course we bring them to you right here. They don't offer anything new but reinforce the buzz that it just looks like »

- Tony Lang

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Review: ‘In the Loop’

7 August 2009 5:00 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

In The Loop, a British political farce written and directed by Armando Iannucci, is a spin-off of the BBC series ‘The Thick Of It’ which satirizes the modern British government. The new film, which moves part of the action to Washington D.C., has been a big hit in the U.K. where it opened in April. It’s a fast-paced hit-and-miss (but mostly hit) comedy in the vein of Dr. Strangelove or Wag The Dog, full of rapid-fire dialogue and screwball situations. In the film, the British Prime Minister and the U.S. President are looking to start a war in the Middle East. Neither of these leaders is shown and the details of the war never mentioned, but it seems obviously based on events that led up to the Iraq war. In The Loop follows an ensemble of mid-level government officials and advisers in their comical behind-the-scenes efforts »

- Tom

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"In the Loop" - New clips from the IFC Films release.

6 July 2009 1:34 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Check out these new clips from IFC's "In the Loop," starring James Gandolfini, Steve Coogan, Tom Hollander, Chris Addison, Peter Capaldi and Gina McKee. Filmed in England, UK, New York and Washington, D.C., U.S.A., the Armando Iannucci-helmed and written comedy is produced by Aramid Entertainment Fund, BBC Films and the UK Film Council. The film is drawing instant comparisons to some of the great political and absurdist comedies such as Doctor Strangelove, Wag The Dog, Thank You For Smoking and Monty Python »

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"In the Loop" to be sent to cable via IFC

5 July 2009 10:23 PM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

IFC Films will also premiere on video-on-demand this month. The Sundance Film Festival release will find theatres on July 24th. Other IFC films also showing on VOD this month are "The Girl by the Lake," "Before the Fall" and "The Uninvited." In The Loop is a smart comedy and Sundance Film Festival hit from the acclaimed team who created the award-winning BBC TV comedy series Alan Partridge and The Thick Of It. The film is drawing instant comparisons to some of the great political and absurdist comedies such as Doctor Strangelove, Wag The Dog, Thank You For Smoking and Monty Python. With razor-sharp, truly laugh-out-loud dialogue the film pokes fun »

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