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In 2013, Steven Spielberg was president of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival. He was there to enjoy movies and give prizes, but he also conducted a little business. One of the films there, called Like Father, Like Son, got a lot of attention. It was then awarded with a Jury Prize by the festival, but an even bigger one from Spielberg himself. Spielberg’s company, DreamWorks, picked up the remake rights to the film, which follows two families which mix up their children.

Now, they’ve finally hired a team to move forward with the Like Father Like Son remake: Paul and Chris Weitz, the men behind American Pie, About A Boy, The Golden Compass and others. Read More »

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The cast of Harry Potter went all genre on the final day of February. Mere hours after word broke that Daniel Radcliffe would be joining Frankenstein, Emma Watson was reportedly in early talks to play the lead role of Cinderella in Disney’s live action remake of the property. Kenneth Branagh is attached to direct and Cate Blanchett is the wicked stepmother. Read More »

It’s pilot casting season! And as such, Rupert Grint, JK Simmons, Dylan McDermott, Billy Campbell, Jennifer Beals, and tons more have found new homes on the small screen. Also after the jump:

  • Peter Sarsgaard has joined AMC’s The Killing
  • Dexter Season 8 adds a Walking Dead alum
  • Ridley Scott is bringing The Terror to AMC
  • The About a Boy duo will tackle Neal Stephenson
  • FX is moving ahead with Diane Kruger‘s The Bridge
  • Up All Night will shoot just one multi-cam episode
  • ABC shifts Happy Endings to the Friday death slot
  • House of Cards is Netflix’s most-watched program
  • Comcast buys the other 49% of NBCUniversal
  • The first episode of The CW’s Cult hits the web
  • Jason Blum‘s Paranormal-esque reality show gets a trailer

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The revisionist Snow White fable The Order of the Seven was scrapped several months ago, but prospective star Saoirse Ronan may get her shot at playing a Disney princess just yet. Provided she can beat out the competition, that is.

Along with Alicia Vikander (Anna Karenina) and Gabriella Wilde (Carrie), the Host actress is one of three names in the mix for Mark Romanek‘s live-action Cinderella adaptation. Whoever lands the gig will star opposite Cate Blanchett, who’s in negotiations to play the evil stepmother. More details after the jump.

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Today’s TV Bits is all great news if you like Garden State, or just mostly great news if you don’t. After the jump:

  • Oz and Willow will reunite on CBS’ How I Met Your Mother
  • Arrested Development adds Andy Richter and Conan O’Brien
  • Zach Braff develops the Garden State-esque Garage Bar for ABC
  • Steve Carell produces a sitcom for Daily Show‘s Jason Jones
  • Greg Daniels and Kevin from The Office team for ABC comedy
  • Ted Danson spills plot details on the Bored to Death movie
  • Check out photos of Mad Men‘s Don and Megan chilling in Hawaii
  • See a trailer for The Carrie Diaries, the CW’s Sex and the City prequel

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In May 2010, Disney bought a pitch by The Devil Wears Prada/We Bought A Zoo scribe Aline Brosh McKenna to remake their classic film Cinderella in live-action. This was a few months after Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland was a major hit for the studio and fantasy remakes became a go-to genre (see Mirror Mirror, Snow White and the Huntsman, Oz the Great and the Powerful etc.). A year later, director Mark Romanek (Never Let Me Go) was attached to the project and soon after that Universal began developing a rival production. Since then, all’s quiet on the glass slipper front. Until today.

Chris Weitz, an Oscar-nominee for About a Boy and director of The Golden Compass and The Twilight Saga: New Moon, has been tapped to rewrite McKenna’s original draft, breathing life into a film we’d long since thought was nothing but a sleeping beauty. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Most of us who had the misfortune of seeing Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides probably had two thoughts as the credits rolled: “Did that really just happen?” and “No longer is a pirate’s life for me.” While the film has been a global box office sensation, in mere weeks grossing nearly as much worldwide as the first film did in its entire run (thank you 3D), it took a deserved critical drubbing. Still, the script for the sequel was commissioned well before On Stranger Tides opened, has been finished for weeks and Johnny Depp made it clear he’d (eventually) do another installment. Pirates of the Caribbean 5 is imminent.

But who will direct? An offer is on the table for On Stranger Tides director Rob Marshall to come back but if (fingers crossed) that doesn’t happen, Disney’s reported contingency plan is almost enough to get fans excited again.

According to Cinema Blend, if Marshall doesn’t return Disney’s dream is to woo Tim Burton. And if not Burton, Sam Raimi, Shawn Levy, Chris Weitz or Alfonso Cuaron. Read More »

‘A Better Life’ Trailer, Plus Posters and Images

Watching the trailer for A Better Life, you’d never guess it’s from Chris Weitz, the director of American Pie, The Golden Compass, About a Boy and The Twilight Saga: New Moon. There’s no big concept here, it’s a small film full of unknowns about an illegal immigrant in Los Angeles working hard to make a better life for his son. Check out the moving trailer, see the poster, images and read more about the movie after the break. A Better Life will be released June 24. Read More »

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