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You may not know the name Lawrence Sher, but you’ve almost definitely seen his work. He’s the cinematographer behind the Hangover films, as well as Garden StateDue Date, and the recent War Dogs. Now he’s stepping up to make his directorial debut with Bastards.

Owen Wilson and Ed Helms lead the comedy as twins who’ve spent their lives believing their father died when they were young. But when their mother (Glenn Close) reveals she doesn’t know who their real dad is, the brothers set out to find the truth about their past. J.K. Simmons and Terry Bradshaw (as himself) are among the candidates they consider, and Katt WilliamsJune SquibbKate Aselton, and Ving Rhames also star.

Watch the Bastards trailer below.

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Clifford the Big Red Dog movie

Clifford the Big Red Dog has found a new forever home. Paramount is moving forward with a movie adaptation of the popular kids’ book series, setting Justin Malen (Baywatch) to write the script. The studio adopted the project after Universal decided to give it up. If you’ve not heard of Clifford the Big Red Dog, well, he’s exactly what he sounds like. More details on the Clifford the Big Red Dog movie below.  Read More »

Dwayne Johnson

In a story that’s worthy of April 1st, Dwayne Johnson is “loosely attached” to Paramount’s long-gestating big-screen take on Baywatch. The adaptation of the hit TV show has been in development for years and is now once again picking up steam with a new writer and director team. Comedy writer Justin Malen is rewriting the script (which was most recently penned by Reno 911 co-creator Robert Ben Garant) for Sean Anders and John Morris, the team behind We’re the Millers and Horrible Bosses 2, who are directing.

UPDATE: The Rock has confirmed his involvement.
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Bad Teacher

Maybe Paul Feig hasn’t cornered the market on R-rated female-led comedies after all. Sony is moving forward with a sequel to 2011’s Bad Teacher, with Jake Kasdan returning to direct. Star Cameron Diaz is still working out her deal, but it’s expected that she’ll come back as well.

While the first Bad Teacher failed to live up to its comedy potential (IMO, anyway), it did gangbusters at the box office with a $216 million worldwide take. To put that into perspective, that’s more than either Horrible Bosses or 21 Jump Street made ($209 million and $201 million, respectively) but less than Bridesmaids did ($288 million). Get all the details after the jump.

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Each December since 2004, studio executive Franklin Leonard has compiled the best unproduced screenplays of the year, as voted by hundreds of execs, agency guys, and high-level assistants. Titled The Black List, the compendium highlights both established screenwriters and up-and-comers, and has served as a launching pad in the past for projects like Juno, Lars and the Real Girl, and (500) Days of Summer. Last year’s list included Margin Call, Crazy, Stupid, Love, The Hunger Games, and Snow White and the Huntsman.

It should be noted that the headline is somewhat misleading — some of these screenplays have already been acquired and are already in development, though according to Leonard none will have entered principal photography by December 31, 2011. Also worth pointing out is that, as in previous years, there have been rumors that some of the participants have been accused of using the Black List to promote their own clients or friends. Finally, as Leonard reminds us each time, “The Black List is not a ‘best of’ list. It is, at best, a ‘most liked’ list.”

Regardless, we can always rely on the Black List to stir up conversation among both industry insiders and outside spectators alike, so without further ado, hit the jump for the complete 2011 list.

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Snow White gets a rewrite, The Smurfs get a sequel and Bastards sells for big bucks. How’s that for alliteration? There’s a bunch of screenwriting news out there right now and, after the jump, we’ll give some context to the following:

  • Screenwriter Hossein Amini has just been hired to do a rewrite of Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman, the second Snow White film scheduled for release next year.
  • Even though The Smurfs has yet to open in theaters, the producers are already getting ready to write a sequel.
  • After the success of The Hangover Part II and Bridesmaids, Paramount has just purchased an R-rated comedy spec-script called Bastards by Justin Malen.

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