I’m still waiting for Peter Bogdanovich to fulfill the mandate handed him by the late Orson Welles to finish the legendary director’s final film, The Other Side of the Wind. But that film is the victim of a long list of legal and technical troubles, so I can forgive him for the decades the project has taken.

In the meantime, let’s be content with a new film from Mr. Bogdanovich. His last theatrical dramatic feature was the decent The Cat’s Meow in 2001, but now he’s working on a new picture, Squirrels to the Nuts (ahem), with Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach co-producing. OK, he’s got my attention. Read More »

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This is basically an incremental update on Tower Heist, which we’ve known for a while would likely be the new film from director Brett Ratner. The script and cast were reconfigured a while ago from the original conception (at one point described as a “black Ocean’s Eleven“) and Ben Stiller has been attached to star. Now the film is almost ready to shoot, and should have cameras rolling late this fall. Read More »

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It’s like a miniature Page 2 right here (that’ll return as fall hits and smaller stories start to fly) with three short stories and/or rumors on a very slow news day. (Welcome to August, where in a lot of places it is just hot enough that no one wants to do much, even if it involves making deals.)

First up, there’s a new Batman 3 rumor for today, which says that up to half the production might shoot in New Orleans and surrounding Louisiana. WB’s Green Lantern has been shooting there and enjoying big tax breaks from the city and state. That leads to the story that WB will keep on taking advantage of the tax breaks for Batman 3, which is certain to be rather expensive. Every penny saved will count.

But Batman‘s home via Christopher Nolan has been Chicago and much of the film will still shoot in that city. I wouldn’t be averse to the New Orleans locations, though, if this turns out to be true. Would add some visual spice to the picture. [CBR]

After the break, Avatar sequels are rumored to shoot back to back, and Noah Baumbach rewrites for DreamWorks. Read More »

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Noah Baumbach and Ben Stiller are doing pretty well together thanks to the current film Greenberg, and now the pair may end up working together once more. This follow-up won’t quite be in the same vein of their current film, however, in which Stiller could be charitably called an unlikable guy.

The new film would be based on a children’s book: Mr. Popper’s Penguins, by Richard and Florence Atwater. It’s not a huge stretch for Baumbach, who co-wrote Fantastic Mr. Fox, but in the wake of Greenberg, it might look like a real left turn. Read More »

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Noah Baumbach‘s latest film Greenberg is opening to fairly strong reception, and while there’s that word that he’s helping rewrite the heist film Tower Heist for Brett Ratner, I figured that it might be a moment before we heard anything for certain about Baumbach’s next directorial project.

But Baumbach is already signing to direct The Emperor’s Children, for producer Brian Grazer. Ron Howard was previously attached to direct from a script by Baumbach, but he’s handed over the reigns. Read More »

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Noah Baumbach, whose new film Greenberg hits theaters later this month, says that he has been working on another screenplay with collaborator Wes Anderson. For those of you who don’t know, Baumbach co-wrote both The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and Fantastic Mr. Fox with Anderson, who produced Baumbach’s The Squid and the Whale. Considering that two out of three of those films are Oscar-nominated (with all three films being awesome), I’m definitely interested in see any collaboration between the pair in the future. So what is this latest screenplay about?

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Shutter Island PosterIn this week’s episode of the /Filmcast, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley discuss the difficulty in crafting a good Comic-Con documentary and the virtues of Brett Ratner. Special guest C. Robert Cargill (AKA Massawyrm) joins us from Aint It Cool News. Also, special thanks to /Filmcast listeners Daniel G., and Tom in Houston for writing in with some great questions that we discussed during this episode.

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Strangest Team-Up Ever: Brett Ratner and Noah Baumbach

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I feel like I’m in the Twilight Zone just typing that title. The other day we told you that Ben Stiller was looking to take the lead in a film called Trump Heist (likely to be retitled Tower Heist) which had formerly been conceived as a “black Oceans 11“. Brett Ratner has been attached to direct for a long time, and remains so.

Now Universal is pushing ahead with the film on a fast track, and reportedly wants a rewrite of the script, originally by Ted Griffin. Their go-to guy? Noah Baumbach. Ratner and Baumbach on the same project? Cue stereotypical dizzy camera effects and mass confusion. Read More »

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