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Megan Fox no longer part of 'Transformers 3'

Paramount has cut ties with Megan Fox on "Transformers 3." According to Variety, sources close to the production have stated that Paramount and director Michael Bay are looking to cast another actress as the love interest for star Shia Labeouf.No official reason was given.Bay is directing from a script by Ehren Krueger with the plot under wraps. The film, produced by Don Murphy, Tom DeSanto, Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Ian Bryce, is set to open July 1, 2011. Patrick Dempsey, Frances McDormand, John Malkovich and Ken Jeong have already been cast. Fox will be seen in Warner's upcoming supernatural Western "Jonah Hex" opposite Josh Brolin.
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Park Chan-Wook's Vengeance Trilogy Hits BluRay.

Quite simply the definitive release of the definitive moment of the Korean Wave. Yes, I know Park Chan-Wook was not the first director to break in the Korean Wave and while I personally feel Bong Joon-Ho has built a stronger overall body of work there is absolutely no denying that Park's Vengeance Trilogy - Sympathy For Mr Vengeance, Oldboy and Lady Vengeance - represent the high water mark of the wave. A stunning block of work, these were the films that pushed Korea into the forefront of world cinema, the films that made director Park into an international cult celebrity and the films that are still most people's entry point into the more extreme side of Korean film. And, having just gotten and early look at the BluRay box set planned for release on June 15th, I can say that the absolutely definitive release of the films is coming soon.
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Party Favors: You’ve Been Framed

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Alberta - Spring is here and truth shall be in the air around Durham, North Carolina as the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival blossoms from April 8 - 11. This is a four day feast of prime cinema featuring real people with real lives and real issues that weren’t shaped by the beancounters in marketing. Last year’s festival featured Oscar winner The Cove and nominees Burma VJ and Food Inc. Looking through this year’s line up, there’s plenty reasons to make the trip to the Bull City if you need to escape from the unmitigated hype of Tiger Woods at the Masters.

And Everything is Going Fine is Steven Soderbergh’s biography of Spalding Gray. The monologist was the one man story machine in Swimming in Cambodia and Monster in a Box. Soderbergh directed Gray’s Gray’s Anatomy. He killed himself after seeing Tim Burton’s Big Fish.
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Angryfilms Options Little Brother

Don Murphy's Angryfilms has optioned film rights to "Little Brother," the young-adult novel by sci-fi author and blogger Cory Doctorow. The following is how the title is described: Marcus, a.k.a .w1n5t0n,. is only seventeen years old, but he figures he already knows how the system works.and how to work the system. Smart, fast, and wise to the ways of the networked world, he has no trouble outwitting his high school.s intrusive but clumsy surveillance systems. But his whole world changes when he and his friends find themselves caught in the aftermath of a major terrorist attack on San Francisco. In the wrong place at the wrong time, Marcus and his crew are apprehended by the Department of Homeland Security and whisked away to a secret prison where they.re mercilessly...
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Blogger's book Litte Brother being optioned into a big film

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Since technically I'm a "young adult," I probably should have heard of the popular young adult novel series Little Brother, but this is actually the first time I've seen it mentioned. Hollywood’s endless quest for source material is turning the book into a film, and once you read a bit about it, it doesn’t sound like half a bad idea. Don Murphy's Angryfilms has optioned "Little Brother," the young-adult novel by sci-fi author and blogger Cory...
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Cinematical Late Night: Little Brother, Miley Cyrus, Asian Film Awards & The Simpsons

Cinematical Late Night: Little Brother, Miley Cyrus, Asian Film Awards & The Simpsons
[/link], my second pick for Duty Free Movies, took home Best Picture, Screenwriter and Actress at the Asian Film Awards last night. Magnolia Pictures began a limited Us run of Joon-ho Bong's latest film on March 12th and will be expanding it periodically, so keep your eyes peeled for listings at your local art house theater. Hopefully the win gives it an even wider release (I doubt it will).

- AngryFilms, the outfit owned by producer Don Murphy, has wisely optioned the film rights to Little Brother, a great young adult novel from BoingBoing.net co-editor and sci-fi author Cory Doctorow. The search is currently on for writers and directors.

- According to Pajiba, who dutifully note that this rumor comes from someone other than their usually reliable birdy, Rachel McAdams is attached to take on the Belen Rueda role in the Mark Pellington (The Mothman Prophecies) directed
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Little Brother Going To The Big Screen. Still Has To Wear Hand-Me-Downs.

The popular young-adult novel "Little Brother" has been optioned for the big screen by Don Murphy's production house Angryfilms.THR has more: Don Murphy's Angryfilms has optioned "Little Brother," the young-adult novel by sci-fi author and blogger Cory Doctorow, with the aim of translating it to the big screen. "Brother," a play on Big Brother of George Orwell fame, centers on a high school senior who, after a terrorist attack blows up San Francisco's Bay Bridge, becomes swept up in the extralegal world of Homeland Security. After he and his friends are interrogated and tortured, he is released into a city that is under total surveillance. The teen leads an Internet-fueled rebellion to rescue his friends and free the city. Click Here to read the rest. Have any of you read this? It sounds pretty cool. You can download the novel for free (legally) at this Link off
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Angryfilms Nabs Screen Rights to “Little Brother”

Don Murphy’s Angryfilms has optioned “Little Brother,” the young-adult novel by sci-fi author and blogger Cory Doctorow, with the aim of translating it to the big screen. “Brother,” a play on Big Brother of George Orwell fame, centers on a high school senior who, after a terrorist attack blows up San Francisco’s Bay Bridge, becomes swept up in the extralegal world of Homeland Security. After he and his friends are interrogated and tortured, he is released into a city that is under total surveillance. The teen leads an Internet-fueled rebellion to rescue his friends and free the city. The book tackles many themes, including civil liberties and social activism, that are close to the heart of Doctorow, a Canadian advocate of liberalizing copyright laws. Despite his offering the book for free on the Internet, “Brother” still hit best-seller charts, boosted by stellar reviews and recommendations from authors including Neil Gaiman.
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Sundance 2010 Twitter Report: Vincenzo Natali’s Splice Gets All the Buzz, Sundance Queen Kristen Stewart In Welcome to the Rileys, Reitmans’s ‘In the Air has Great Company, Ryan Reynolds’s Buried Doesn’t Cave

The tweets are in and we are here to give them to you as our web pals over in Park City continue their Sundance Film Festival experience with Twitter along for the ride. God Bless the micro-blogging machinations of the movie blogger elite.

First off, its the Guillermo Del Toro produced horror sci-fi film from director Vincenzo Natali called Splice. The consensus we are getting about this film is that is uncomfortable horrific but phenomenal nonetheless.

Splice follows two young scientists (Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley) that achieve fame by splicing human DNA with the DNA of different animals to create a new creature. In the process they ignore their society’s ethical and legal boundaries. The scientists name their creature “Dren”, which is initially a deformed female infant, however it rapidly develops into a beautiful but deadly winged human-chimera.

@firstshowing: If a studio picks up Splice and markets it right,
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R.H. Greene To Direct Jimi Hendrix Movie

The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that R.H. Greene is writing and will direct the indie road movie drama "Slide" for Angryfilms and Bellport Pictures.

"Slide" tells the quirky story involving a legendary Hendrix "lost weekend" in the late 1960s.

The story revolves around two gangsters, desperately trying to get away from a mob boss they double-crossed, who inadvertently kidnap Hendrix, then at the height of his career and drug addiction. Along the way, Hendrix ends up teaching one of the gangsters about honesty, and Hendrix learns to clean up his act.

Don Murphy and Carol Lewis will produce.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter 

Photo: Gear-Vault 
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Angryfilms and Bellport Team Up for Jimi Hendrix Drama

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By the Hollywood Reporter

Don Murphy's Angryfilms is teaming with Bellport Pictures' Carol Lewis to make "Slide," a fictional indie drama featuring Jimi Hendrix being written by R.H. Greene, who also will direct.

"Slide" tells the quirky story involving a legendary Hendrix "lost weekend" in the late 1960s. The story revolves around two gangsters, desperately trying to get away from a mob boss they double-crossed, who inadvertently kidnap Hendrix, then at the height of his career and drug addiction. Along the way, Hendrix ends up teaching one of the gangsters about honesty, and H...
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Jimi Hendrix Slide Drama

Don Murphy's Angryfilms and Bellport Pictures' Carol Lewis are banding together to produce the fictional indie drama Slide. The story features Jimi Hendrix and will be written and directed by R.H. Greene.

The story involves the legendary Hendrix and his infamous "lost weekend" in the late 1960s. When two gangsters are desperately trying to escape from the boss they double-crossed, they manage to inadvertently kidnap Hendrix, whose career and drug ingestion are peaking. In the end, the gangsters will learn a bit about honesty from Hendrix, who learns lessons from them in cleaning up his act.

Greene recently authored Incarnadine: The True Memoirs of Count Dracula, which came out in September, and directed a documentary about exploitation and sexploitation in filmmaking called Schlock! The Secret History of American Movies.

Now the producers are looking for actors and their aim is to begin principal photography sometime next year.

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Anyone Up for a Fictional Jimi Hendrix Film?

Don Murphy’s Angryfilms is teaming with Bellport Pictures’ Carol Lewis to make “Slide,” a fictional indie drama featuring Jimi Hendrix being written by R.H. Greene, who also will direct. “Slide” tells the quirky story involving a legendary Hendrix “lost weekend” in the late 1960s. The story revolves around two gangsters, desperately trying to get away from a mob boss they double-crossed, who inadvertently kidnap Hendrix, then at the height of his career and drug addiction. Along the way, Hendrix ends up teaching one of the gangsters about honesty, and Hendrix learns to clean up his act.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/film/news/e3i63d9141b5e7263719cd876c9c133dd53
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Angryfilms, Bellport 'Slide' with Hendrix

Don Murphy's Angryfilms is teaming with Bellport Pictures' Carol Lewis to make "Slide," a fictional indie drama featuring Jimi Hendrix being written by R.H. Greene, who also will direct.

"Slide" tells the quirky story involving a legendary Hendrix "lost weekend" in the late 1960s. The story revolves around two gangsters, desperately trying to get away from a mob boss they double-crossed, who inadvertently kidnap Hendrix, then at the height of his career and drug addiction. Along the way, Hendrix ends up teaching one of the gangsters about honesty, and Hendrix learns to clean up his act.

For Lewis, a longtime casting director whose credits range from "Kalifornia" to "Nacho Libre," the approach is similar to the one taken in "Cat's Meow," the Peter Bogdanovich-directed movie she produced that fictionally looked at the death of Thomas Ince and the events of yacht excursion with real-life personalities William Randolph Hearst and Marion Davies.
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Nikolaj Arcel and Guillermo Del Toro Bringing 'Deadman' to Life

One thing I'm loving about Warner Bros and their DC collection is that they aren't neglecting the boys and girls of their Strange Adventures and Weird Western Tales in favor of flashier and more marketable superheroes. So, all should be suitably intrigued by Variety reporting that Warner Bros is bringing Deadman to the bigscreen. The studio has brought Nikolaj Arcel on to direct, and Guillermo Del Toro will produce alongside Don Murphy. Those who follow the exhaustive properties Del Toro has lined up for himself probably remember that he was eying the director's chair for himself a few years back.

So, who is Deadman? Well, he's that pale fellow to your right, and was once a circus acrobat named Boston Brand. His happy life on the high wire was cut short by an assailant known only as The Hook, but he was given a second life courtesy of Hindu goddess Rama Kushna.
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Guillermo del Toro is a Deadman. Or, er, he’s Going to Produce a Deadman Movie.

If it’s nerd-based, but also horror-inclined, it’s always a good idea to see if Guillermo del Toro is available to produce. That’s what producer Don Murphy and Warner Bros. have done, and lo and behold, del Toro has agreed to produce a live-action adaptation of the D.C. comic book “Deadman”. Del Toro won’t direct, though; that honor will go to Danish director Nikolaj Arcel, director of the inspirational-sounding “Island of Lost Souls”, and one of the writers on a little Danish martial arts gem I saw last year called “Fighter”. According to Variety, “Deadman” will be based on the D.C. comic book character created by Arnold Drake and Carmine Infantino in 1967. The character first appeared in “Strange Adventures #205″, and is the ghost of a murdered circus acrobat name Boston Brand, who has the power to possess the living in order to seek out his killer.
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Don Murphy Takes Option on Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother, Lines Up More Good Stuff

An option is definitely not anything like a greenlight for a film, nor is it even talent being hired to develop a film, and all it is, really, is a producer lying down some dollar to prevent anybody else scooping up a great potential. Bearing that in mind, I'm still really very pleased to report that Don Murphy has optioned Cory Doctorow's semi-sci-fi political activism adventure novel, Little Brother. There's really no need for me to tell you too much about the book when, thanks to Creative Commons, you can download it for yourself, for free. I recommend the nice, easy-on-the-eye pdf version styled by Bruce M Campell. All I'll tell you in advance is that the story doubles as a kind of handbook on how to use social networking media, wit and chutzpah to fight back in a dictatorship. If you're worried about this being neutered or sillified in
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Test Screening Review: G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

Last week a post appeared on producer Don Murphy's message board claiming that director Stephen Sommers had been fired from G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura later provided damage control, calling the accusation "ridiculous," refuting claims that the movie is a disaster by saying that "The movie tested very well..." I had also heard from a couple friends that Sommers had been thrown out of the editing room, but was unable to find anyone who would go on record. And bottom line is that Sommers supposedly has final cut. But is the movie the disaster that the anonymous message board posting eluded to? Or is it something more? Back in March I received an anonymous email from someone calling himself "Dr. Drew" (we'll assume this isn't the same Dr. Drew who is on Love Line or Celebrity Rehab). Drew told me that he had
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt Chimes In On ‘G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra’ And Sommers’ Rumored Firing

Late yesterday, a rumor hit the wires that “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” director Stephen Sommers had been fired. The word originated with a user on the Don Murphy message boards, who claimed that the firing came as a result of abysmal test screenings. Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura has since spoken with Latino Review, adamantly stating that the rumor is completely untrue.

Now you know the backstory. Today, MTV’s Josh Horowitz had a chat with “G.I. Joe”’s Cobra Commander, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and asked him to comment. “I just heard about it. I’ve been shooting,” Gordon-Levitt said. “What can you say? People like to do that [gossip].”

He capped off his comments with some good advice for fans: “‘G.I. Joe’ is like playing with toys. It’s very simple and its really fun and that’s all.”

Gordon-Levitt had nothing but positive things to say about his recently beleaguered director.
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Director Fired from GI Joe Film?

A rumor that surfaced on the Don Murphy forums about the upcoming "GI Joe" film has already spread all across the internet, causing Paramount Pictures to play defense. Here is what the post (which has been removed) said: "After a test screening wherein the film tested the lowest score ever from an audience in the history of Paramount, the executive who pushed for the movie Brad Weston had Stephen Sommers (The Mummy, Van Helsing), the super hack director of the film fired. Removed. Locked out of the editing room." To fix the film, the studio brought in Stuart Baird to do some editing and make sure that it will be ready to go by August 7th. Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura tells LatinoReview that non of this is true. "It's very unfair to Steve, it's completely untrue. He was never asked to leave or been fired or any of that," he said.
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