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Reese Witherspoon-Starring ‘Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus’ Signs Director

22 June 2012 9:00 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

It would’ve made sense for Lionsgate, after underperforming on What to Expect When You’re Expecting, to go right ahead and halt two-year-old plans of adapting Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus. No, really.

Instead, Deadline reports that the film — which, I guess, grabbed Reese Witherspoon as its star twixt then and now — will be helmed by Bryan Buckley, a shorts and commercial director with only one prior feature to his credit, that being a 1999 outing named New Jersey Turnpikes. (Lately, however, his efforts have been on every major channel; this is the guy behind, for one thing, those “celebrity Siri” commercials.) It’s expected that he and his team will get down to filming this coming January.

Harry Elfont and Deborah Kaplan have scripted the film, which, like What to Expect, is basically pre-determined to follow the original book’s outline and fill in all story blanks with various, »

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Gridiron Great Jim Brown In Huddle For Feature Biopic

15 February 2012 4:34 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Jim Brown, who traded his status as football’s greatest running back to become a movie star and eventually an activist to steer kids away from a gang lifestyle, is ready for his feature film close-up. Brown has pledged his life rights to producer Hal Lieberman for a feature film that will be written by Bob Eisele (The Great Debaters) and directed by Jonathan Hock, helmer of such documentaries as The Lost Son Of Havana and Michael Jordan To The Max. Lieberman is about to shop the package. Lieberman said he first met Brown on the set of New Jersey Turnpikes, a basketball comedy he produced and Brown starred in. Though that film never got released, they kept talking and remained friendly until finally Brown was ready. “I’ve been a fan and follower of his career over my lifetime, and there is 50 years of history under his belt, »


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