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Chandor, Cuesta, Faxon Set Next Directing Efforts

21 January 2016 7:24 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

J.C. Chandor ("A Most Violent Year," "All Is Lost") has become attached to direct the action thriller "The Robber," a remake of the German-Austrian film and Martin Prinz's novella "Der Rauber," for FilmNation Entertainment.

The true story tale follows an elite marathon runner who uses major races as a cover to perpetrate bank heists. Chase Palmer is adapting the screenplay while Neal Dodson, Anna Gerb and Chandor producing

Meanwhile Michael Cuesta ("Kill the Messenger," "Homeland") has signed on to direct the film adaptation of the Vince Flynn novel "American Assassin" at CBS Films.

The story follows counterterrorism agent Mitch Rapp who is recruited by the CIA after his girlfriend is killed in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103. Stephen Schiff ("The Americans") has been hired to adapt the script.

Finally, 20th Century Fox has acquired a pitch by "The Descendants" and "The Way Way Back" scribes Nat Faxon and »

- Garth Franklin

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Oscar Winners Nat Faxon and Jim Rash to Make Dead Mall for Fox

20 January 2016 1:58 PM, PST | | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

Oscar-winning The Descendants writers Nat Faxon and Jim Rash to make Dead Mall for Fox. You might know them best from hit TV shows like “Community” and “Married,” respectively, so it’s easy to forget that Jim Rash and Nat Faxon are also the Academy Award-winning co-writers of 2011’s The Descendants and co-directors of 2013’s critically-acclaimed The…

The post Oscar Winners Nat Faxon and Jim Rash to Make Dead Mall for Fox appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »

- Max Evry

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The Descendants Scribes Nat Faxon And Jim Rash To Shepherd Dead Mall At Fox

20 January 2016 1:43 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Across Community and Married along with their award-winning work on The DescendantsJim Rash and Nat Faxon have built up quite the catalog of projects over the past two-to-three years. It’s a streak that hasn’t gone without recognition either, with Deadline reporting that the creative duo are now poised to take point for Fox’s all-new slasher movie, Dead Mall.

Billed as an atypical coming-of-age story, Rash and Faxon’s pitch revolves around the titular, abandoned mall that’s fallen into disrepair following a steep drop-off in the number shoppers venturing into its cavernous halls. Now teetering on the edge of ruin, a group of bumbling 40-somethings decide to throw caution and common sense to the wind and explore its dark and uninviting corridors.

Indeed, the core concept balancing the comedy with the horror in Dead Mall is that this group, sleepwalking through life in something of a collective mid-life crisis, »

- Michael Briers

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Nat Faxon, Jim Rash Set ‘Dead Mall’ Slasher Comedy At Fox

20 January 2016 7:53 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Fox has acquired Dead Mall, a pitch that will be written and directed by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, the duo that shared the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay with Alexander Payne for The Descendants and wrote and directed the Sundance sensation The Way Way Back. Several studios bid on it. The pitch is a comedy-horror movie set in a dead mall. The title comes from a growing national phenomenon, these second tier malls that are scattered about the country, skeletal… »

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First Look: Alexander Payne, Janus Films Present Restored Italian Classic 'I Knew Her Well' (Exclusive Poster)

19 January 2016 11:18 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Oscar-winning filmmaker Alexander Payne ("Sideways," "The Descendants") will receive a presentation credit on Antonio Pietrangeli's newly restored 1965 standout "I Knew Her Well" ("lo la conoscevo bene"), opening February 5 at New York's Film Forum thanks to Janus Films and the Criterion Collection. (Their recent re-release of another restored masterwork from that year, Orson Welles' "Chimes at Midnight," proved to be something of a smash.) The distributors have planned a national release of "I Knew Her Well" to follow; check out the exclusive (and awfully seductive) new poster below.   Read More: "Orson Welles' 'Chimes at Midnight' Returns to Cinemas For the First Time in Decades This New Year's Day."  Pietrangeli's final completed film—he died in an accident on the set of "Come, quando, perché" in 1968, at the age of 49—"I Knew Her Well" follows Adriana (Stefania »

- Matt Brennan

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Why I Decided to Break My Golden Globes Boycott (Opinion)

11 January 2016 11:59 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

I have a confession to make: I have never watched the Golden Globes — or rather, until last night, I had never been witness to that bizarre spectacle where movie stars get plastered while receiving awards from the chummy cabal of foreign journos who help promote their films year round. But this year, while visiting Los Angeles for the month, I was intrigued to attend a couple of the afterparties at the Beverly Hilton and felt it was only right to watch the show first.

Friends have always insisted that the Globes are more fun than the Oscars. For one, there’s the open bar (this year, returning host Ricky Gervais made his roast-like remarks with a beer glass on hand all night). Better still, there’s the fact that the Globes don’t mean anything — or at least, nothing more than the quasi-consensus of the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn., a »

- Peter Debruge

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