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Briefly: Two movies with major star-power were just given slots on the release schedule. The biggest one is To Reach the Clouds, Robert Zemeckis‘ 3D film about high-wire walker Philippe Petit. The film will star Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Ben Kingsley. It’ll be out October 2, 2015. Read more about it here.

Then there’s Ricki and the Flash, the Jonathan Demme-directed, Diablo Cody-written drama starring Meryl Streep. It’ll be released June 26, 2015, some much needed counter programming in the packed summer. There’s plot info here. [ERC Box Office]

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Three Oscar winners are hoping to team up for a brand new project. Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs) is attached to direct Ricky and the Flash, a new script by Diablo Cody (Juno) which will star Meryl Streep. No studio is attached but reports are several are salivating at the possibility. Read More »

Jonathan Demme Lines Up Family Dramedy ‘Old Fires’

Over the course of his four-decade career, Jonathan Demme has demonstrated an impressive ability to switch between a wide range of genres — from the 1974 women-in-prison classic Caged Heat to the ’90s classics The Silence of the Lambs and Philadelphia to the 2008 indie hit Rachel Getting Married. And he’s continued to build a diverse slate over the past few years, bouncing between adaptations of Stephen King and Dave Eggers, episodes of HBO’s Enlightened, and the low-budget Wally and Andre Shoot Ibsen. Now he’s adding one more title to his to-do list: the family dramedy Old Fires. More details after the jump.

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In 1988, the National Film Preservation Act create the National Film Registry, which selects a couple dozen films each year for preservation in the Library of Congress. Up to 25 films are selected annually as “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant films.” These have to be at least ten years old, can be feature, short experimental or ‘other’ — anything that is film, really — and are chosen from a list of films nominated by the public.

This year, 2228 films were nominated by the public and twenty-five were selected for preservation. Among those are the big Oscar winner The Silence of the Lambs, everyone’s favorite autistic history hero Forrest Gump, Charlie Chaplin‘s The Kid and one of the greatest (and earliest) train movies ever made, John Ford‘s The Iron Horse.

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The film and TV adaptation of Stephen King‘s long novel series The Dark Tower may have stalled, but other King projects are moving full speed ahead. We just heard that Harry Potter screenwriter and director Steve Kloves and David Yates would team up to adapt the author’s giant tome The Stand, and now Jonathan Demme is getting in on the King action. He has optioned the author’s next novel, 11/22/63, with an eye toward writing, producing and directing a film based on the story. Read More »

Page 2: Weekend Edition

What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 31 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!

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What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 30 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!

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Yesterday it was reported that Neil Marshall, Mike Newell and David Slade are on the short list of filmmakers being considered to direct Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and Scarlett Johansson and Bradley Cooper circling the lead roles. The Wrap now adds a couple more interesting names to the list:

Jonathan Demme has read the script and wants to direct the movie, but he’s not the only one interested in the job, as TheWrap has learned that Matt Reeves (“Cloverfield”), Mike White (“Year of the Dog”) and the “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” team of Phil Lord and Chris Miller are also in the mix.

I can understand Demme’s interest, but Matt Reeves seems like a more natural fit coming off of Let Me In. Mike White’s humor seems like an odd match for this property, and his directorial debut Year of the Dog left me thinking he should stick to screenwriting. I have yet to see Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, despite constant encouragement to do so from friends. I’ve heard it’s hilarious. I really liked Lord/Miller’s animated television series Clone High U.S.A., but does their cartoon-like sensibility fit this period zombie film (even if it is a ridiculous comic take?).

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