Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we head over The Wall to see what all the fuss is about, get cancer and get closer to our lady friends, open up some familial scars so we all can rubberneck, and I have no idea what the other film is about, to be honest, to even be able and make a snarky quip.

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Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke is going back to high school. Hardwicke is on board to direct Stargirl. Not to be confused with the DC Comics superhero of the same name, this Stargirl is an adaptation of Jerry Spinelli‘s 2000 YA novel about a teenage girl whose nonconformity confuses, upsets, and inspires her fellow students.

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Catherine Hardwicke love letters to the dead movie

Chances are you may not know what Love Letters to the Dead is, but odds are you’re going to love the idea. The book, written by Ava Dellaira, is about a young girl who is given an assignment to write a letter to someone dead. She chooses Kurt Cobain and, in the process, becomes fascinated with how open she can be to these famous people. That leads her to a series of personal discoveries through letters she writes to dead celebrities like Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse, Amelia Earhart and Heath Ledger. It’s a best seller and now, it’s getting an A-List filmmaker to take it to the big screen.

Catherine Hardwicke – the director of Twilight and Thirteen –  is now attached to direct Love Letters to the Dead from a screenplay by Dellairia herself and released by Fox 2000. It’ll be produced by the team behind Twilight, The Maze Runner and The Fault in our Stars. Read more about the Love Letters to the Dead movie below. Read More »

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we remember what it was like to be 11, enjoy the pop hit “True” in a completely unironic way, create good TV, leave this earth behind, and understand our economy before falling asleep.

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On June 4th 2013, I spent the night and early morning hours on a farm outside Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on the set of Wes Ball‘s upcoming movie adaptation The Maze Runner. Ball describes the film as Lord of the Flies meets Lost, so you know I am already very interested in this one. After the jump you can read about everything I learned about the movie while on The Maze Runner set.

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Everyone’s got new shows brewing, from Community favorite Donald Glover to Fifty Shades fan Bret Easton Ellis. After the jump:

  • Donald Glover could get his own show at NBC
  • Bret Easton Ellis writes teen monsters for The CW
  • A&E orders an occult drama from Michael Bay
  • Jonathan Mostow will direct TNT’s The Last Ship
  • Breaking Bad‘s Mike is Ben’s dad on Parks & Rec
  • Read descriptions for Justified‘s new scoundrels
  • A&E reveals the first teaser art for Bates Motel
  • Once Upon a Time warns, “MAGIC IS COMING”

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Catherine Hardwicke, who made the first Twilight film a few years back, and followed that with Red Riding Hood, is looking back towards the indie circuit. She’s about to make Plush, a thriller with Evan Rachel Wood, and as a potential follow-up she’s developing a gangster film set in ’60s London.

The new film is called Diamond, but it hasn’t been fully scripted yet; Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse are writing, and we probably won’t see cameras roll on this before 2013. Hardwicke began her career as a production designer, so I’d like to see how she approaches visualizing ’60s London for this one. [ScreenDaily]

After the break, The Departed screenwriter and London Boulevard director William Monahan sets up his next directing gig. Read More »

Good news, Thirteen-fans-who-are-also-Twilight-haters (what can I say, you are a very specific group): Catherine Hardwicke will be stepping away from supernatural teen romance and back toward her indie roots for a biopic of Swedish boxer Bo “Bosse” Hogberg. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo star Noomi Rapace and her ex-husband Ola Rapace have been attached to the project since last fall. Ola has been in boxing training for four years to play Bo, who I’m told is considered a legend in his native country, while Noomi is set to play his cabaret singer wife Anita Lindblom. Read more after the jump.

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Catherine Hardwicke will forever be known as the director of Twilight, but she has been and hopefully will again be more than that. (Even Red Riding Hood, which was more like Twilight than not, was at least much weirder one than I expected.)

She’s now set to direct an adaptation of The Bitch Posse, a 2006 novel by Martha O’Connor that tells of a set of three friends who bonded in high school, then live through an event that shatters their friendship. The story also follows the three women in their 30s, flipping back and forth between the high school years and decades later when their shared secret has helped corrupt each of the three lives. Read More »