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Noah Hawley is a pretty busy guy. He just shared an Emmy for Outstanding Miniseries awarded for the first season of Fargo, and he’s now in the thick of setting up the second season. (Many more details on Fargo season two are here.) And his novel Before the Fall has been picked up by Sony, and Hawley will script and produce a film adaptation. But there’s also something unexpected coming from him right now: a script for one of Universal’s new revivals of its Universal Monsters line. Read More »

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Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk film

Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire, Catching Fire) has scripted an adaption of Ben Fountain‘s novel Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, which has been called the “Catch-22 of the Iraq War,” and was nominated for the 2012 National Book Award. Now Ang Lee, whose last feature was the Oscar-winning Life of Pi, is a likely director prospect for the film. We don’t have a lot more info on the potential Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk film right now, but there is one interesting detail, which you can read about below.

Update: Lee is now officially set to direct the film, and we have a couple press release quotes below.

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Michael Bay Cocaine Show

Old colleagues in arms Michael Bay and Jerry Bruckheimer are working together on a new show for TNT. The cable channel has ordered the pilot for a show that will explore the heady and dangerous days of the 1970s cocaine trade in Florida. The show has been developing for a while, but TNT has finally given the pilot the green light to the Michael Bay cocaine show. (Which sounds like a variety show I would watch so hard.) Read More »

‘Tusk’ Featurette Explores the Film’s Podcast Roots

Tusk Featurette

In Tusk, Justin Long plays a douchebag podcaster who travels to Canada in search of a story, and gets a hell of a lot more than he bargained for. The film is nuts, because it veers from horror to comedy in broad strokes. The end credits of the film (no spoiler) actually play some of the audio from the podcast that spawned the film, and that’s kind of the rosetta stone for deciphering the film’s disparate tones. This Tusk featurette is also a good thing to watch before seeing the movie, because it will help you understand just how seriously (or not) Kevin Smith approached the story.  Read More »

kate mara the martian

The Martian was originally an e-book by Andy Weir, then it became a screenplay by Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods) and now that script is the basis for a film directed by Ridley Scott. The concept is a perfect elevator pitch: an astronaut stranded on Mars must survive after a dust storm forces his crew to evacuate, thinking him dead. Matt Damon plays the main astronaut, but this isn’t quite a one-man show. The early presence of the rest of the crew, along with flashbacks and other narrative devices offer roles for many other actors. Now Kate Mara (House of Cards) has been offered a role, and Mackenzie Davis (Halt and Catch Fire) is in final talks for a part. Read More »

New Men Women and Children trailer

In the new Jason Reitman film, Men Women & Children, technology really isn’t making our lives easier. Instead of bringing us together, social media, gaming, online dating and other tech advancements too often provide methods to emphasize our fears and insecurities, and all the other things that cause pain and drive us apart. In this new Men Women and Children trailer, we see a dazed young guy played by Ansel Elgort, the girl he’s interested in (Kaitlyn Dever), her tech-paranoid mom (Jennifer Garner) and a host of other characters who either can’t connect, or choose the worst possible ways in which to reach out through technology. Read More »

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We were hopeful after Channing Tatum said the entire Magic Mike cast would return for Magic Mike XXL, but it’s time for a little letdown. Matthew McConaughey is otherwise occupied, and isn’t taking part in the sequel. Not merely for that reason, director Greg Jacobs, a long-time associate of Steven Soderbergh, says this sequel will be quite different, for reasons he only begins to explain. Read More »

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Most thrillers keep the suspense on-screen, but the Bourne franchise now has edge-of-your-seat action behind-the-scenes too. News that Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass would return to Universal to make the fourth Jason Bourne film has been the biggest surprise of the week so far. But that’s just the beginning.

Greengrass didn’t have the most pleasant split from the franchise after The Bourne Ultimatum, despite it being the most successful film of the franchise. Damon said he’d only play Bourne again if Greengrass returned, and that didn’t seem like a very likely option. Now they may both be back for Bourne 5, putting the planned 2016 sequel to Jeremy Renner‘s The Bourne Legacy in question.

But hold up — things aren’t quite so set on either front just yet, suggests producer Frank Marshall. There’s no deal for Greengrass yet, and in the meantime development on the Renner sequel is still moving forward. “We’re on two tracks,” he says. Read More »

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