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19 items from 2011


Jay Mohr to Work Magic In ‘Burt Wonderstone’

21 December 2011 1:30 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Just when you suspect he’s completely vanished from the face of the Earth, TheWrap reports that Jay Mohr will be appearing in Steve Carell‘s Burt Wonderstone. As they report, he’ll play “Rick the Implausible, a magician,” a role that puts him in the company of Jim Carrey, Olivia Wilde, Steve Buscemi, James Gandolfini, and Brad Garrett; Don Scardino will direct

Written by John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein — along with a little polish from Jason Reitman — the film centers on “a more traditional magic man (Carell) who is dethroned by a hipper illusionist (Carrey) doing dangerous tricks and breaks up with his partner then must find a way to rediscover his love for magic.” TheWrap goes against the grain by saying that he actually “dies in a risky stunt,” but nobody’s losing sleep over the specifics.

Although Mohr‘s appeared in several high-profile films — among them Jerry Maguire, »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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Tim Burton’s Batman vs Chris Nolan’s The Dark Knight

4 November 2011 10:49 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

With the upcoming The Dark Knight Rises, the third in a trilogy of highly successful Batman movies by Christopher Nolan, and the recent release of the hotly anticipated video game Arkham City, its really never been a better time to be a Batman fan. The past few years have seen a gigantic leap in popularity for DC Comic’s surly, brooding poster boy, a character that has always held a large amount of public affection in its near 80 year history.

With this in mind, WhatCulture has decided to do an article comparing the two most beloved Batman movies: Tim Burton’s Batman from 1989, the iconic and most endearing interpretation of Batman, and The Dark Knight, Christopher Nolan’s second take on the World’s Greatest Detective from 2008, the highest grossing and critically revered Batman film to date. As soon as I heard of this, I practically pleaded for the opportunity to write it. »

- Alex McKay

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“Thor 2″ is supposedly going to be directed by Patty Jenkins

22 September 2011 3:45 PM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

HollywoodNews.com: Variety has apparently confirmed that Marvel Studios is indeed in talks with Patty Jenkins to replace departing Kenneth Branagh in directing Thor 2, which is due for release on July 26th, 2013. I generally don’t comment on news about who is ‘in talks’ or who is ‘on the wish-list’, but Patty Jenkins inclusion on this specific wishlist is worth commenting on. Jenkins is best known for having helmed Monster, which won Charlize Theron a Best Actress Oscar in 2003 for her portrayal of serial killer Aileen Wuornos. Since that triumph, she has unfortunately been relegated to directing occasional episodes of television, most recently helming the pilot for the AMC series The Killing.

This is a pleasantly out-of-left field choice that plays to Marvel’s greatest strength as a studio, picking talented filmmakers who aren’t necessarily known for comic book spectacle and/or aren’t ‘the hip new flavor »

- Scott Mendelson

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Worst Movies Ever – The 00′s Edition

10 August 2011 12:35 PM, PDT | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

If you've been following me for any length of time, you probably know that I'm not a fan of lists. The best of the year lists are something of a mandatory enterprise at this point, and I have several other efforts at best of something lists (mostly as a result of dares), but I don't like them. They don't make a lot of sense, especially where numbering is concerned, and they don't actually deliver any great value. Of course, they do deliver in the one sense that they are a good way to get a feel for a critic's tastes, but beyond that, they are a kind of industry in-group nonsense.

Worst lists, are even worse. They also have more baggage built into them. For one thing, to be included in the list, you have to admit you've watched the thing. Thus, there are clearly worse movies than any on this list, »

- Marc Eastman

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Mimi Leder to Direct All Quiet on the Western Front Remake

26 July 2011 8:19 PM, PDT | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

Mimi Leder has built a name for herself as one of the more successful female directors working today, helming such high-profile films as Deep Impact and Pay It Forward. Now she's settled on her next project: a remake of All Quiet on the Western Front. Based on the novel by Erich Maria Remarque, the story concerns the terrifying trench warfare of Wwi that "traumatizes a young and idealistic German soldier on the Western front." The 1930 film version of the story is widely considered a classic, having won Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Director. Leder was drawn to the project for its brutal depiction of war, commenting, "There is an opportunity to make a great film about war, but it is also an anti-war film, an un-romanticized version of war and its consequences." Leder has been out of the movie business for a while now, instead focusing on TV »

- Aaron

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Mimi Leder Gets Her Hands On 'All Quiet On The Western Front'

26 July 2011 6:41 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Another version of "All Quiet on the Western Front" is finally gearing up in the pre-production sector as Mimi Leder ("Deep Impact," "Pay It Forward") signs on to direct the film. This will be the second movie that she's directed for the big screen within the past couple of years, the last one before these two being the 2000 feature "Pay It Forward." She's been working behind the scenes in television, directing several shows including "Luck," "ER" and "Vanished.""All Quiet on the Western Front" is based off the novel written by Erich Maria Remarque. Previously it's been turned into the widely popular 1930 film that ended up winning the Academy Award for Best Picture. Principal photography for this version of "All Quiet" will begin in late 2012.Leder talks more about taking on this film:"Even though the original film was made in 1930 at the advent of the talkies, I was moved »

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Leder Goes Quiet On The Western Front

26 July 2011 5:02 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Director Mimi Leder learned her craft on t’ telly before graduating to the big screen with a bang thanks to the likes of The Peacemaker and Deep Impact. Since then, things have been a little quieter following Pay it Forward and her last cinematic effort, Thick as Thieves, which bypassed theatres and went straight to DVD. But she hasn’t been sitting around – she’s switched back to TV for some meaty assignments, including the Us version of Shameless, and has now picked an ambitious project to try her movie luck again, signing on to craft a new adaptation of World War One novel All Quiet on the Western Front.We use the term ambitious because the first attempt to translate Enrique Remarque’s book to the screen resulted in 1930’s eponymous film, which won the Best Picture Oscar and a gong for director Lewis Milestone. No pressure, then…"Even »

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All Quiet On The Western Front Remake Gets a Director

26 July 2011 1:01 PM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Yes, Enrique Remarque’s Wwi novel All Quite on the Western Front is going to get a new adaptation and remake of the classic Academy Award winning 1930's film from director Lewis Milestone. This newest version of the story will be directed by Pay it Forward and Deep Impact director Mimi Leder. I love the original film and I love the book even more. It's such a powerful story, and I'm not opposed to the book getting a new adaptation. I'm just not sure if Leder is the right director for the job. She has mostly been working in TV over the last few years, and her films have all been mediocre. 

The novel tells the the story about the intense and terrifying action of 1918 trench warfare that traumatizes a young and idealistic German soldier on the Western front. It will be interesting to see how Leder tackles the material »

- Venkman

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Mimi Leder to Direct New Adaptation of All Quiet On The Western Front

26 July 2011 12:51 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Erich Maria Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front is an incredibly powerful and harrowing book about World War I and the 1930 film adaptation (which won Best Picture) nails the heart of the novel despite the inability to show the graphic violence Remarque describes.  Seventy-one years later, director Mimi Leder (Pay It Forward) will helm a new adaptation from a script by Ian Stokell and Lesley Paterson.  "With this version, most of it takes place in the last 24 hours of the war. Wwi fighting was brutal, hand-to-hand and ugly, and it practically wiped out a generation of young men," Leder tells Deadline, adding "What is so compelling is the catastrophic levels of violence, this mind-numbing savagery, and what happens to a boy who in the journey to becoming a man has to become an animal." Hit the jump for Leder's additional comments on her plans for the adaptation and »

- Matt Goldberg

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Mimi Leder Directing New Version Of ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’; Daniel Radcliffe Possibly Still Starring

26 July 2011 12:50 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Erich Maria Remarque‘s classic World War I novel All Quiet on the Western Front is no stranger to adaptations, with the most famous very likely being the 1930 film directed by Lewis Milestone. This is a story that has lived on for over eighty years — with it still attracting readers to this day — so one shouldn’t be too shocked to hear that it’s getting the screen treatment once more.

Deadline reports on the forthcoming adaptation, which is set to be directed by Mimi Leder, who’s working from a script by Ian Stokell and Lesley Paterson; the two are also producing through their company, Sliding Down Rainbows Entertainment. Leder hasn’t had a movie open in U.S. theaters in some time, with her last theatrical stateside release being 2000′s Pay It Forward. She did have a bigger career in the 90′s, though, which included movies like The Peacemaker and Deep Impact, »

- Nick Newman

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Mimi Leder Directing All Quiet on the Western Front Remake

26 July 2011 12:12 PM, PDT | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

Back in “the day”, Mimi Leder was one of the few female directors doing action movies in Hollywood. In case the name doesn’t sound familiar, she directed both “Deep Impact” and “The Peacekeeper” with a then-fledgling movie star George Clooney. Whatever happened to her? Well, since 2000′s drama “Pay It Forward”, Leder has kept mostly busy with an extensive collection of TV work, and her last feature film was 2009′s direct-to-video heist flick “Thick as Thieves”. According to Deadline, Leder is making her big screen comeback with a remake of the 1930 war movie “All Quiet on the Western Front” for Sliding Down Rainbows Entertainment and producers/screenwriters Ian Stokell and Lesley Paterson. Like Lewis Milestone’s Oscar-winning 1930 original, Leder’s “Western Front” will be based on the novel by Erich Maria Remarque, which dives into the horrors of trench warfare during World War I as seen through the eyes of a German soldier. »

- Nix

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Mimi Leder Takes All Quiet on the Western Front

26 July 2011 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

Mimi Leder, best known for directing Deep Impact and Pay It Forward , has signed on to direct All Quiet on the Western Front , says a story at The Hollywood Reporter . Originally published as a novel by Erich Maria Remarque in 1929, the World War I drama was subsequently filmed by Lewis Milestone in 1930 and adapted as a telefilm in 1979. Last year it was announced that "Harry Potter" franchise star Daniel Radcliffe was attached to headline the current iteration, but it is uncertain whether the young actors is still involved with the project. Ian Stokell and Lesley Paterson wrote the script and will produce through their Sliding Down Rainbows Entertainment production company. »

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Haley Joel Osment sees more dead people: So where has he been, anyway?

29 June 2011 8:23 PM, PDT | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

Everyone's favorite creepy kid, "The Sixth Sense" star Haley Joel Osment, is back, and this time, he's a creepy grown up! Osment, now 23 (yes, you're old), has signed on to star in "Wake the Dead," an adaptation of Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" based on a series of graphic novels by Steven Niles.

CNN reports that Osment, who has grown up to vaguely resemble Dawson Leery, will play "Victor Franklin, a college student morbidly experimenting with the limits of human death." Sounds gruesome.

But where has our favorite I-see-dead-people kid been since we last saw him in films like "Pay It Forward" and "Secondhand Lions"? He's been growing up.

Osment made the news in 2006 when he was charged with a DUI when he flipped his car and had to be rushed to the hospital for a shoulder injury and a broken rib. Just 18, with a blood alcohol level over twice the legal limit for the 21+ crowd, »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Haley Joel Osment Boards Frankenstein Project Wake The Dead Produced By Slash

29 June 2011 11:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Haley Joel Osment, the young actor everyone remembers from The Sixth Sense, is set to star in upcoming Frankenstein-themed project, Wake The Dead, Variety report.

Now 23 years of age, Osment has been very much off the radar since his lead role in Steven Spielberg’s A.I. Artificial Intelligence back in 2001, and Wake The Dead could have the potential to resuscitate his once very promising career.

Wake The Dead is to be directed by Jay Russell (My Dog Skip, Tuck Everlasting), in what will be quite a change from the director’s ordinarily family-targeted films. It is being scripted by Russell and James V. Hart (Hook, August Rush), and will be produced by former Guns N’ Roses guitarist and current solo artist, Slash, under his Slasher Films banner, the horror film production outfit that he formed last year.

The film will see Osment star as Victor Franklin, a college student »

- Kenji Lloyd

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Ben Browder Joins Judd Nelson On Live Action Adaptation of Bad Kids Go To Hell

16 June 2011 6:00 AM, PDT | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

There’s nothing I like more than seeing an indie comic book series become an indie film. Exciting casting news comes from the live-action adaptation of Matt Spradlin and Barry Wernick’s hit comic book series, Bad Kids Go to Hell (2009), that has been described as The Breakfast Club meets The Grudge.

According to BigFanBoy, Farscape’s Ben Browder has joined the cast along with Judd Nelson. Browder will play Max, “the mysterious janitor of the school.” Fans of the comic will know how important this role is in the storyline. Nelson has been cast as Headmaster Nash. Check out the synopsis for Bad Kids Go To Hell below:

The Breakfast Club meets The Grudge in this sexy, dark comedy-thriller! Six prep school kids from Crestview Academy, home to the spoiled offspring of society’s elite, find themselves stuck in detention on a frightfully dark and stormy Saturday afternoon. During their 8 hour incarceration, »

- Lillian 'zenbitch' Standefer

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Religious and frugal, Extreme Couponing goes to the Lawd tonight, (Video)

4 May 2011 1:28 PM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

TLC has an all-new episode of Extreme Couponing airing tonight, Wednesday, May 4 at 9:30/8:30c. In spirit of the recent International Pay It Forward Day, this episode introduces you to Chris, a ministry student and Dad, who refuses to pay retail price for anything. His definition of extreme couponing is using his ability and resources to give back through donating to the troops overseas and the city mission. Later in the episode, Antoinette, a single mother whose need to save, leads her young daughter to collecting coupons at school. A special sneak peek clip is available for your viewing/publishing: .Blessing with Coupons.Chris primarily focuses on purchasing another 700 items for charity with a $1000 order for hopefully free »

- April MacIntyre

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Top Ten Tuesday: Man/Woman Vs. Nature

1 February 2011 1:58 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

In the wake of, what the Midwest has dubbed the Snowpocalypse, and with the upcoming release of Sanctum, it seems only fitting to pay mother nature a tribute…

Nature is a powerful force with the ability to change at any given time. Hurricanes, blizzards, earthquakes, and freezing temperatures are just some of the many ways that mother nature can put us in our places! So, without further adieu…

Top Ten Man/Woman Vs. Nature Films 10. Waterworld

If ever there was a film that exemplifies the whole Man vs Nature scenario, it.s Waterworld. Set in an apocalyptic future, after global warming has melted the polar ice caps and flooded civilization, the movie.s hero, The Mariner (Kevin Costner), is a man who has adapted by growing gills and a survivalist living on a boat on which he is growing a precious tomato plant. When he tries to sell the plant »

- Movie Geeks

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Haley Joel Osment to star in coming-of-age comedy. But can the child star come of age himself?

31 January 2011 3:55 PM, PST | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

I see… a career resurgence? EW has confirmed that Haley Joel Osment — a.k.a. the kid from The Sixth Sense with the worst imaginary friends ever — has joined the cast of Sassy Pants, a comedy about a homeschooler (Ashley Rickards) with an overbearing mother. And for any fan of Osment’s early work, it’s hard not to say: It’s about time! Though Osment was the promising young child star of films like Forrest Gump, Pay It Forward, and A.I. Artificial Intelligence, he’s spent the majority of the 2000s providing voiceovers for video games or cartoons. But »

- Kate Ward

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Jon Bon Jovi Makes a Memory with New Year's Eve

25 January 2011 9:39 AM, PST | kidspickflicks | See recent kidspickflicks news »

Jon Bon Jovi is the musical guest for New Year's Eve, a follow-up to Valentine's Day. The ensemble cast of Valentine's Day featured Taylor Swift in her debut feature film role which also featured a song she wrote for the film, "Today was a Fairy Tale." No word if Bon Jovi will contribute a song for the soundtrack.

Bon Jovi, who has acted in other films like Pay It Forward, will be joining Sienna Miller (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra), Zac Efron (High School Musical), Sarah Jessica Parker (Did You Hear About the Morgans?), Halle Berry (X-Men), Robert DeNiro (Little Fockers), "Glee" star Lea Michelle, Abigail Breslin (Nim's Island), Michelle Pfeiffer (Stardust) and Hilary Swank (Amelia), Jessical Biel (The A-Team) and Ashton Kutcher (Killers) (some actors haven't officially signed on yet).

Just as Valentine's Day told the stories of various, loosely connected people in Los Angeles on Feb. 14, New Year's Eve »

- tara@kidspickflicks.com (Tara the Mom)

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