A Fistful of News

     October 30, 2009

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We missed some stories this past week.  We’re sorry.  But we did not forget them.  We never forget.  We’re like elephants and people who hold grudges.  With that in mind, here are some stories that are a little late but they’re still great.  You can enjoy them all after the jump.

The fantastic 1997 sci-fi film “Gattaca” may become a television series in the vein of “CSI”.  I don’t know how that works since the police would probably be the genetically-engineered humans while the interesting, true-born humans would be the ones hunted down.

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Chris Appelhan has posted some of the artwork he did for “Fantastic Mr. Fox”.  He’s also done work for “Coraline” and “Hotel for Dogs”. It’s all really impressive.  Click here to see more of his art.

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British companies Big Talk and Optimum Releasing have signed a picture deal with their first movie being Joe Cornish’s “Attack the Block”.  Cornish co-wrote Steven Spielberg’s upcoming film, “The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn”.  He is also a known associate of the criminal Edgar Wright who will produce “Attack the Block” along with Nira Park, James Wilson, Matthew Justice and Tessa Ross.

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Ang Lee has decided that his next movie will be an adaptation of Yann Martel’s Man Booker Prize-winning novel “Life Of Pi”.  Previously attached directors include M. Night Shyamlan, Alfonso Cuaron, and Jean-Pierre Jeneut.  The story follows a boy who survives the sinking of a freighter and shares a lifeboat with an array of exotic animals.

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Along with the new trailer, Fox has also updated the official website for James Cameron’s “Avatar”.

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Although he was approached, John Rhys-Davies has decided not to co-star in Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit”.  Were he to return, it was assumed he would play the role Gloin, Gimli’s father.

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A near-lock for a Best Actress nomination for her work in “An Education”, Carey Mulligan has signed on to “This Beautiful Fantastic”.  She will co-star alongside Tom Wilkinson, Christopher Eccleston, Mackenzie Crook and Joanna Lumley.  [ScreenDaily]

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The Playlist posted an early review of Doug Liman’s upcoming film, “Fair Game” along with the first photos of Naomi Watts and Sean Penn as outed CIA agent Valerie Plame and her husband Joe Wilson, respectively.  For those who need a brief refresher, the Bush administration revealed Plame’s identity as retaliation for Wilson’s op-ed piece in the New York Times where he stated that the administration had manipulated intelligence to justify the invasion of Iraq.  An review of a test-screening provided to Coming Attractions was highly positive.

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FunnyOrDie has an amusing short sketch where a man doesn’t completely grasp the moral dilemma presented in Richard Kelly’s new movie, “The Box”.

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Hugh Jackman has declined the offer to host the 2010 Academy Awards.  He’s open to hosting again in the future, but didn’t want to do it twice in a row.

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Turner Classic Movies will continue treating us better than we deserve by offering digitally re-mastered rare movies on DVD an a made-to-order basis.  Some titles will be new to DVD while others were never even released on VHS.  Upcoming releases include “Mad Doctor of Market Street” (1942), “House of Horrors” (1946) and the Cary Grant film, “The Last Outpost” (1935).  I don’t know what to say about these films because I’ve never seen them since they’ve never been on DVD.

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When asked about “Moon” director Duncan Jones’ the campaign to get Sam Rockwell a Best Actor nomination, Rockwell graciously responded, “Well, you know, dreams are nice. It’s very flattering. Very, very flattering. Very nice. I mean it’s obviously the director so he has an agenda [audience laughs] but it’s nice to see that. We worked really hard on that film.” (The audience, by the way, clapped hard at the mention of Jones’s campaign.) [Cinematical]

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DreamWorks is making a biopic based on the brief life of legendary composer George Gershwin [Variety]

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Warner Bros. is considering the great character actor Clancy Brown to star as the title character in their adaptation of the DC comic series, “Lobo”.

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