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    Movie Preview: ParaNorman

    Posted: 02 Nov 2011 04:18 AM PDT

    “ParaNorman” — love the title — is from some of the the folks behind “Coraline” (NOT director Henry Selick, however) is a stop motion entry from Focus Features due out next August. A “normal” kid named Norman confronts the supernatural — he can speak with the dead. Love the bathroom frights in this. Love the choice of tune to score the trailer, too.

    Thursday’s interview: Robert Pattinson

    Posted: 02 Nov 2011 04:12 AM PDT

    “The Twilight Saga” is winding down. And if “Water for Elephants” was proof, Robert Pattinson’s tricky transition from hearthrob of teens and Twilight Moms to mainstream movie star will come out all right. He’s been working steadily outside of the series already, and has acquitted himself well, even if the projects didn’t explode at the box office. He has a couple more projects in the works.

    So what questions would you like to ask him when I chat with him Thursday evening? As always, keep it clean, keep it civil, and let’s confine it to work related queries, shall we? No, I’m not going to pass on your phone number to him.

    Movie Preview: ‘Shame’

    Posted: 02 Nov 2011 03:57 AM PDT

    Will this be the first NC-17 film to be a serious Oscar contender?

    Steve McQueen and his muse, Michael Fassbender, team up with Carey Mulligan in this tale of sexual addiction, perversion, guilt and regret. Here’s the new trailer. Look for “Shame” in December , rolling out wider after New Year’s.

    Carrell helps turn ‘Conviction’ from heist drama to caper comedy

    Posted: 02 Nov 2011 03:49 AM PDT

    Jonathan Herman’s “black list” script to “Conviction” began life as a drama about a robber fresh out of the joint who is forced to entrap a protege planning a big heist.

    That didn’t fly, so it’s been reworked into something more like “Tower Heist,” and Steve Carell has come on board to confirm that. He will star in “Conviction” as a caper comedy about that same manner of betrayal, reports.

    Joel Silver (“48 Hrs”) is producing, so “action comedy” is where this will land, a few guns, a little blood maybe, a lot of laughs.

    Carell has three films in pre-production — four if you count the “Despicable Me” sequel. That means he’ll be a more seasoned 50 years old when he plays this veteran bank robber.

    And since a Hilary Swank/Sam Rockwell drama just used that title, I am guessing this will be called something else when it hits theaters.

    Malick rounds up Bale, Blanchett and Gosling for his next two films

    Posted: 02 Nov 2011 03:43 AM PDT

    “Tree of Life,” with its critical acclaim and $54 million worldwide box office, wasn’t Terrence Malick’s biggest hit. (“Thin Red Line” did $100 million worldwide back in the last century).

    But it was enough of a success to cause him to do something he hasn’t ever done — plan ahead, far ahead. He’s lined up two films in a row — “Lawles” and “Knight of Cups,” and he’s assembled a Woody-worthy all-star cast for both, actors including Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett and “True Grit” girl Haley Bennett.

    Bale will be in both films, starring in “Cups,” supporting Gosling in “Lawless.” They’ll shoot back-to-back next year, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

    Plotlines? He keeps that stuff secret.  We trust there will be trees, and sunlight, and wind-blown grass or wheat. But maybe no sympathetic dinosaurs.

    Harlan Ellison’s ‘In Time’ lawsuit — readers think he has a point

    Posted: 01 Nov 2011 04:19 PM PDT

    Although he isn’t credited as the source author for Andrew Niccol’s “In Time,” legendary and legendarily pugnacious and litigious sci-fi writer Harlan Ellison sees eerie similarities between the Justin Timberlake “time as a unit of currency of the future” concept andlotline and his own short story, “Repent Harlequin, said the Ticktockman.”

    He threatened to sue to stop release of the movie, and now he is suing to get a piece of the action. I hadn’t kept up with this after the threats of suit cleared the air a few months ago, but two different readers called in to note the similarities in the stories of the two projects, neither of whom said they were aware Ellison had been planning to sue.

    Mike, from Raleigh, NC, said, “Just from reading the plot in your review, I thought, ‘That’s Ellison. Why isn’t he crediting Ellison as the source of the story?”

    Well, Mike, that’s going to be up to the courts. But as an Ellison fan, I’m following this. If Ellison had been representing newspapers, Google would have been sued down to MySpace status and the print press would be sitting pretty, intellectual property wise.  Ask James Cameron about that.

    Amanda Seyfried will play ‘Deep Throat’ star Linda Lovelace? Mamma Mia!

    Posted: 01 Nov 2011 03:15 PM PDT

    And here I was, just last week, pitching Amanda Seyfried as an apt candidate for playing the classy/sexy Grace Kelly in a planned bio-pic.

    Apparently, Amanda “Mamma Mia/In Time” Seyfried has her eye on more sordid but fascinating material. Variety is reporting that she’s in talks to co-star with Peter Sarsgaard in a movie about Linda Lovelace, the infamous pron star of that ’70s screen phenomenon, “Deep Throat.”

    It’s one of two rival Linda Lovelace bio pics — the other currently has Malin Akerman slated to star in it (Was that the one Lindsay Lohan was attached to? I lost track. So many starlets willing to play  her).

    “W. Merritt Johnson and Andy Bellin wrote the script, which is based on Eric Danville’s book “The Complete Linda Lovelace.”

    Born in the Bronx, she moved to Florida when she was 16.

    She was just a Florida schoolgirl named Linda Boreman when she met Chuck Traynor, a would-be filmmaker transformed her into a world-famous sex star.” Sarsgaard would play the sleazy Traynor.

    “After years of being victimized, Lovelace quit the business and divorced Traynor, who she accused of taking advantage of her naivete and coercing her into porn and prostitution.”
    Later in life, she became an anti-porn advocate, a born again Christian and eventually, a cancer victim.

    “Lovelace” is expected to start production in January

    CBS Films casts ‘7500′ with Amy Smart, Leslie Bibb and Ryan Kwanten

    Posted: 01 Nov 2011 10:21 AM PDT

    We haven’t heard so much as a peep out of struggling studio start-up CBS Films, not since “Driven” and that “Beauty and the Beast” high school adaptation “Beastly” and “Back Up Plan” and “Extraordinary Measures” all failed.

    It has been a studio throwing a lot of titles and genres at the wall, paying a lot of stars and starlets major coin even though they can’t open a movie all by themselves.  Some noble efforts in this collection, but nothing that clicked with audiences or critics.

    Now, they’re taking their shot at horror. The Japanese director of “The Grudge,” Takashi Shimizu, will direct “7500,” an ensemble thriller about transpacific airliner passengers who confront the supernatural on their journey.

    Amy Smart of “Crank” and Ryan Kwanten of “True Blood” and Leslie Bibb are to be the stars of this one.