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Uma Thurman Exits CAA

31 October 2011 2:09 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Uma Thurman has discharged CAA as her agency. No specific reason was given. I’d heard that she would be in Los Angeles next week working in some agency meetings, but am told this was a business trip long in the planning stage, and that choosing another agency isn’t on the itinerary. No meetings are lined up at present. Thurman continues to be managed by Jason Weinberg at Untitled Entertainment. Thurman recently wrapped a role in the Oliver Stone-directed Savages. »

- MIKE FLEMING

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Oliver Stone to Direct The Power Broker for HBO, a Biopic About Robert “Master Builder” Moses

26 October 2011 8:04 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Oliver Stone has signed on to produce and direct The Power Broker for HBO, based on the 1974 Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Robert Caro.  The book tells the story of Robert Moses, the man who designed New York: "At one time was dubbed the city's 'master builder,' [Moses] was among the most powerful men in 20th century urban planning and politics, having influenced New York's infrastructure as much as any other individual."  Nicholas Meyer will adapt the screenplay; THR lists James Gandolfini, Nancy Sanders, Mark Armstrong, and Peter Gruber as fellow producers.  Gandolfini now has a number of projects in development at his former Sopranos home, including Taxi 0-22, Eating with the Enemy, and Big Dead Place. I'll confess that I learned Moses' name tonight, but he sounds like a fascinating subject.  Stone has struggled in the last decade to earn the critical acclaim that marked the first half of his career. »

- Brendan Bettinger

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Oliver Stone To Direct 'The Power Broker' For HBO

26 October 2011 7:34 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

While he's taking a rare detour into straight up genre territory with the thriller "Savages," Oliver Stone is making a return to the familiar world of power and intrigue that has dominated the bulk of his work. From "Wall Street" (x2), "W.," "Nixon," "JFK" and "Alexander" to documentaries "Commandante" and "South of the Border," the director has never found a shortage of material with which to engage in his fascination of men, corruption, politics and power, and once again, he's found another film to exercise those themes. Stone's target this time is Robert Moses, and THR reports he'll produce and… »

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Taylor Kitsch Teases 'Friday Night Lights' Movie... Without Tim Riggins?

7 October 2011 11:44 AM, PDT | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

He may have cut off his hair. He might be in a movie with Rihanna now. And perhaps he'll become the next big action star. But ask anyone who watched "Friday Night Lights" until the very end and they'll tell you Taylor Kitsch will always be #33, big Tim Riggins.

So when he took some time to sit with MTV News, Josh Horowitz just had to ask about Kyle Chandler's incredibly cathartic Emmys win and talk of a big screen adaptation from Peter Berg.

Due to his work on the upcoming Oliver Stone flick, "Savages" with Aaron Johnson and Blake Lively, Kitsch couldn't make it to the Emmys last month, but he made sure Chandler, the "spine of the show," knew he was happy for him. "I lit him up with a bunch of text. He's an amazing guy," says Kitsch, who called the win a "no-brainer."

Now that the »

- Kevin Sullivan

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Hayek Had To Talk Tough To Win Stone Movie Role

6 October 2011 12:06 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actress Salma Hayek had to prove she was tough enough to play the head of a drug cartel in Oliver Stone's upcoming movie Savages, because the director feared motherhood had turned her "all soft".

The Frida star has scaled down her work load since becoming a mother to four-year-old daughter Valentina and settling down with her husband Francois-Henri Pinault, and her comfortable home life had Stone worried she wasn't right for the leading role in the crime thriller.

Hayek tells Redbook magazine, "I'm playing the queen of a drug cartel in an Oliver Stone film. He asked if I'd gone 'all soft' because I'm a mother. I said, 'Yes, but I can be the devil if I need to, because after all, I'm an actress.'"

Savages also stars John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Benicio Del Toro and Blake Lively. »

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Blake Lively passes on "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies"

5 October 2011 12:53 PM, PDT | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

Bad news continues to plague the production of "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies." The big screen adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's best-selling Jane Austen spoof just recently nailed down its latest director -- "Fright Night's" Craig Gillespie -- but continues to struggle to find itself a leading lady. Something about playing an Elizabeth Bennett plagued by the zombie apocalypse just isn't tickling the fancy of Hollywood's actress elite.

The latest person to pass on the project is Blake Lively, according to /Film. The "Gossip Girl" star's film career took off in recent years thanks to "The Town" and "Green Lantern," and apparently wants to focus on indie dramas like "Hick" and "Savages" instead of going the big-screen-blockbuster route. To be fair, "Green Lantern" was a total flop, so it makes sense why she's hesitant.

Natalie Portman was the first actress to pass on the role back in 2009. Since then, »

- Terri Schwartz

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DiCaprio Takes On Hel In New Star Vehicle, Satori

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

For Leonardo DiCaprio, it seems, Inception is finally paying dividends. Following his starring role in Christopher Nolan’s seminal 2010 summer blockbuster-with-a-brain, DiCaprio suddenly disappeared from cinemas, having started filming Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar, and soon signing onto the likes of The Great Gatsby and Django Unchained.

According to Deadline, however, DiCaprio’s 2012 just got even busier, with news breaking that Warner Bros. is putting together a star vehicle for the actor, to be based on the Don Winslow bestselling novel, Satori.

The film itself will star DiCaprio as Nicholai Hel, a man raised in Japan by an esteemed martial arts expert. Killing his mentor out of honour, Hel is imprisoned and tortured for three years, before finally being freed by the CIA on the proviso that he assists in a political assassination. Hel’s new life – complete with newly devoted girlfriend – is not be as safe as it appears, »

- Steven Neish

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Satori optioned for Leonardo DiCaprio

4 October 2011 10:02 PM, PDT | Corona's Coming Attractions | See recent Corona's Coming Attractions news »

In the years following the success of Titanic, Leonardo DiCaprio has established himself as not just an A-list actor, but a smart movie producer. He's made it a point to develop or attach himself to projects that have a strong story or writing component to them, as is the case with his newest project, Satori.

Based on a novel by Don (Savages) Winslow, Satori's premise sounds like a combination of early James Bond spy thriller meets John Le Carre intrigue, which sounds like a winning formula these days for movie studios. DiCaprio would play an American named Nicholai Hel, a man living abroad in Asia in the early 1950s. Trained by a Japanese general and martial arts master in the ways of killing and strategy, Hel is asked by his mentor to perform one final task: kill him. Hel does, and is sent to prison for the crime before being »

- Patrick Sauriol

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L.A. On-Location Filming Up 15% In 3Q

4 October 2011 1:51 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

On-location filming in Los Angeles increased by 15.4% year-over-year during the third quarter, helped in part by eight feature film shoots in the region that were supported by the California Film & Television Tax Credit. The films — which include Warner Bros’ Ben Affleck-directed Argo and period L.A. mob pic Gangster Squad, as well as Screen GemsSteve Harvey book adaptation Think Like A Man — certainly help the industry’s case when it comes to touting the value of the state tax credit, an annual $100 million program that recently was renewed for one year rather than a hoped-for five years after it was hacked back by the state Senate in committee. Overall, since its 2009 launch the program has brought $3.8B in economic output and supported 20,040 jobs — and elevates quarterly on-location production numbers like the ones released today by FilmL.A. Also during the third quarter, non-tax-credit films like Oliver Stone’s »

- THE DEADLINE TEAM

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Is Leonardo DiCaprio's 'Satori' The Next 'Bourne' Franchise?

4 October 2011 10:41 AM, PDT | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

By Sterling Wong

Is Leonardo DiCaprio the next big action star? The critically acclaimed actor has been known recently for more Oscar-baity fare like the upcoming “J. Edgar,” but it looks like the star’s trying to shake things up. He’s signed up to work with Quentin Tarantino as the villain in “Django Unchained,” and now DiCaprio is set to kick some butt as the star of “Satori,” a film adaptation of Don Winslow’s bestselling novel.

Set in the Cold War era of the 1950s, DiCaprio will play Nicholai Hel, a Westerner who grew up in Japan and becomes an expert in martial arts and Go, a Japanese chess game, reports Deadline. Hel is recruited by the CIA to assassinate a Soviet ambassador to China, but he is betrayed and has to run for his life as various intelligence agencies chase after him.

There’s no memory loss involved, »

- MTV Movies Team

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Leonardo DiCaprio Set For Satori

4 October 2011 6:45 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Don Winslow once wrote a best-selling book about an American boy raised in Japan under the tutelage of a martial arts expert. The book was called Satori, and now Warner Bros. have bought the rights for it, with a view to getting Leonardo DiCaprio to play the lead.A prequel to the '70s classic thriller novel, Shibumi, Satori is set in the 1950s, the boy (called Nicholaï Hel, by the way) is put in prison after he is convicted of the mercy killing of his stepfather.The CIA offer him a way out of jail, however, as long as he kills the Soviet commissioner to China... if he doesn't, he's back in the slammer. Now if that isn't the plot of a good thriller, we don't know what is.Other Winslow novels have already caught the eye of the big studios, with Oliver Stone shooting Savages, starring Aaron Johnson, »

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Will Leonardo DiCaprio accept Don Winslow's Satori mission?

4 October 2011 5:50 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The actor is in talks to play an assassin in an adaptation of Don Winslow's crime novel, which Warner Bros hopes to develop into a franchise, according to reports

Leonardo DiCaprio is in talks to play an American raised as a highly-skilled assassin in Japan for a film that could develop into a Bourne-style action franchise, reports Deadline.

Satori is based on the crime novel by current Hollywood favourite Don Winslow. Set in the 1950s, it centres on Nicholaï Hel, who is brought up in Japan by a martial arts expert and military leader. Imprisoned in a Us jail in Tokyo following the mercy killing of his mentor and father figure, Hel is recruited by the CIA to assassinate the Soviet commissioner to China under threat of returning to jail if he fails to carry out his mission.

According to Deadline, studio Warner Bros sees the film as the »

- Ben Child

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Warners & DiCaprio Team For "Satori"

4 October 2011 2:39 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Warner Bros. Pictures has acquired the film rights to Don Winslow's bestselling novel "Satori" with plans to turn it into a Leonardo DiCaprio-led feature says Deadline.

DiCaprio will play Nicholai Hel, a Westerner raised in Japan by a Japanese general and martial arts expert.

The student repays him by murdering his mentor as an act of devotion (sparing him disgrace). Kept in a Tokyo prison for three years, the CIA releases him in return for assassinating the Soviet commissioner to China with the help of a beautiful French woman he falls in love with.

Betrayed by his the Americans, he soon makes his way through early 1950s Vietnam hunted by American, Chinese, Russian and French intelligence agencies as well as a Corsican mob and Vietnamese criminal syndicate.

Shane Salerno will write the script with Winslow who also penned the novel "Savages" which Oliver Stone is adapting as his next film. »

- Garth Franklin

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Leonardo DiCaprio Turns Japanese For 'Satori'

3 October 2011 4:42 PM, PDT | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

Leonardo DiCaprio has been contracted for a killer new project.

The "Great Gatsby" star will immerse himself in international intrigue as a martial arts expert who's recruited by the CIA to perform a complex assassination in "Satori," according to Deadline.

The '50s-set thriller follows Nicholai Hel, an American raised in Japan by a martial arts expert. After spending several years in a Tokyo prison, he is recruited by the CIA to assassinate the Soviet commissioner to China.

But wait, there's more! After falling in love with the beautiful French woman who trains him for his assignment (and probably in a few other areas as well), Hel ends up betrayed by his backers and finds himself on the run through Vietnam, hunted by American, Chinese, Russian and French intelligence agencies as well as a Corsican mob and the Vietnamese criminal syndicate.

Sounds like enough plot to fill three movies... or just one totally awesome one. »

- Bryan Enk

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Leo DiCaprio getting his own potential 'Bourne'-style franchise

3 October 2011 4:18 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Novelist Don Winslow is one of the latest authors to have piqued Hollywood's interest, with a film version of his crime novel "Savages" completing production last week with Oliver Stone at the helm and now news that Warner Bros. has acquired the rights to "Satori", a 1950-set spy novel that will be adapted as a starring vehicle for Leonardo DiCaprio. DiCaprio is attached to star as Nicholai Hel, an American-born man raised in Japan by a martial arts expert and military leader who taught him the skills of an assassin. After being confined to an American-run Tokyo prison and tortured for »

- HitFix Staff

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Leonardo DiCaprio Will Make It ‘Satori’ Time in Assassination Thriller

3 October 2011 3:15 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Warner Bros. has just picked up the next great Leonardo-dicaprio-will-so-totally-kill-you thriller, an adaptation of Don Winslow’s novel Satori. The studio isn’t wasting much time, setting DiCaprio to star as genius assassin Nicholai Hel in the film, which will be adapted by both screenwriter Shane Salerno and Winslow himself. The two recently paired up to write the script with Oliver Stone for the director’s upcoming adaptation of another Winslow novel, Savages. The character of Nicholai Hel was first created by author Trevanian in 1979’s Shibumi, with Winslow crafting his own work as a prequel to Hel’s adventures in Shibumi, with Satori expanding on both the man and his sprawling backstory by way of exploring his earlier years. Hel is a renaissance man to the most terrifying degree – born of a Russian mother and a German father, he was brought up by a Japanese martial expert and former general who taught him everything he knows »

- Kate Erbland

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Leonardo DiCaprio Starring In Don Winslow Adaptation ‘Satori’

3 October 2011 2:26 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Novelist Don Winslow recently jumped into the world of film with Oliver Stone, who just finished directing an adaptation of his novel, Savages. That project may or may not have led to this latest announcement, but no matter the reason, Deadline has learned that Warner Bros. will adapt his best-selling Satori with Leonardo DiCaprio leading.

The lead character, Nicholas Hel, is a Westerner raised in Japan by “a martial arts expert and genius at Go, the complex chess-like Japanese game.” After killing his master “as an act of devotion,” since he would have been treated as a war criminal, Hel “gets caught up in the chaos of post-wwii as the U.S., Soviet Union, France and China maneuver for power in Southeast Asia in the early 1950s.” This entails him assassinating the Soviet Union’s commissioner to China for the CIA, but being betrayed leads him to implement his Go »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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Leonardo DiCaprio Signs on for Satori

3 October 2011 1:57 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Warner Bros. has acquired the rights to Don Winslow's novel Satori, with Leonardo DiCaprio attached to star in the adaptation.

The novel centers on Nicholas Hei (Leonardo DiCaprio), a Western man who is raised in Japan and trained as an assassin in the aftermath of World War II. Hei is sprung from a Japanese prison by the CIA and, in return, Hei must assassinate the Russian commissioner in China. Nicholas Hei is also an expert at the Japanese strategy game Go, skills which come in handy when he is betrayed by the CIA.

Shane Salerno is writing the screenplay adaptation along with author Don Winslow. John Lesher and Jennifer Davisson Killoran are producing Sartori, with Shane Salerno serving as executive producer.

Don Winslow and Shane Salerno recently teamed up on Savages, an adaptation of Don Winslow's novel which Oliver Stone is directing.

No production schedule was released for Satori. »

- MovieWeb

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Don Winslow's 'Satori': A New Assassin Story Starring Leonardo DiCaprio Set Up at Warner Bros.

3 October 2011 1:35 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

This sounds like something I'm going to want to read before seeing a film adaptation of it as Deadline.com announces Warner Bros. has acquired the rights to Don Winslow's novel "[amazon asin="0446561924" text="Satori"]" with Shane Salerno (Oliver Stone's Savages and Avpr: Aliens vs Predator - Requiem) penning the script for Leonardo DiCaprio to star. Yes, the reason I will probably want to read the book is because Salerno wrote the script, though Oliver Stone's Savages, based on another novel [amazon asin="1439183376" text="written by Winslow"], may shine a different light on the screenwriter who also co-wrote Michael Bay's Armageddon and three episodes of the new "Hawaii Five-0" television series.

The book's synopsis reads as follows with DiCaprio attached to play Nicholai Hel-genius: Prepare to meet the world's most dangerous man...

Nicholai Hel-genius, mystic, and the perfect, formidable assassin-was first introduced to readers in Shibumi, the classic #1 bestseller by master storyteller Trevanian. Now critically acclaimed »

- Brad Brevet

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Warner Bros. Acquires Don Winslow’s Post-wwii Novel Satori with Leonardo DiCaprio Set to Star

3 October 2011 1:22 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Warner Bros. has picked up the rights to Don Winslow’s bestselling novel Satori with Leonardo DiCaprio set to star. The thriller, set in post-wwii Japan, centers on a Westerner who is raised in Japan and taught assassin’s skills. As a young man, he is tasked with assassinating a Soviet commissioner in China, a mission that’s more than likely suicidal. Deadline reports that DiCaprio's Appian Way production banner will take on producing duties alongside Grisdi Productions, and Warner Bros. hopes to have a Jason Bourne-style franchise on their hands. This is the second Winslow novel to be adapted for the big screen, as Oliver Stone's adaptation of Savages is set for release next year with Taylor Kitsch, Aaron Johnson, Blake Lively, John Travolta, and Benicio del Toro starring. DiCaprio will next be seen in Clint Eastwood’s biopic J. Edgar. The actor is currently filming The Great Gatsby in Australia, »

- Adam Chitwood

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