Sunday, February 21, 2010

Weekly News Round-Up - Feb. 15-21, 2010

*Headline Only Edition - I was short on time this week, so I will only be posting headlines and links to the stories as opposed to blurbs.*

Films in the Works

Owen Wilson to star in new Woody Allen film [The Hollywood Reporter]

Gwyneth Paltrow joins Steven Soderbergh, all-star cast for Contagion [Deadline Hollywood]

Ben Stiller to star in Brett Ratner's Tower Heist [The Hollywood Reporter]

Al Pacino to star in police thriller Son of No One [The Hollywood Reporter]

Natalie Portman to star in stoner comedy Best Buds [Pajiba]

James Cameron looks ahead to Avatar 2 [MTV]

Tom McCarthy to direct Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan in Win Win [New York Magazine]

Ethan Hawke, Kristin Scott Thomas to star in indie thriller The Woman in the Fifth [Cinematical]

Julie Delpy to direct, star in 2 Days in New York, follow-up to 2 Days in Paris [Screen Daily]

Christoph Waltz to play brutal animal trainer in Water for Elephants [The Guardian]

Andy Serkis, Nick Cave collaborate on motion-capture version of The Threepenny Opera [Empire]

Michael Haneke abandons project on aging to develop screenplay "about the Internet" [The Playlist]

Noel Clarke to co-write, possibly direct film following athletes' countdown to 2012 Olympics [Empire]

Ecosse Films developing new Treasure Island [Coming Soon]

Industry News

Financier looking to prevent Lionsgate from buying Miramax, MGM [Yahoo]

Summit Entertainment won't buy Miramax [Yahoo]

Business bad for Blockbuster [Yahoo]

Film Festivals

Award-winners at 2010 Berlinale announced; Roman Polanski named top director [The Guardian]

Film Comment Selects lineup announced [The New York Times]

Full lineup for South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival announced


Singer-actress Kathryn Grayson dies [The Guardian]

British character actor Lionel Jeffries dies [The New York Times]

In Other News

Musical version of Pedro Almodóvar film comes to Lincoln Center Theater [The New York Times]

Quentin Tarantino saves New Beverly Cinema in L.A. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Oscar-nominated German cinematographer subject of retrospective at Cinémathèque française [The Criterion Current]

Roger Ebert regains voice after 2007 surgery [The Guardian]

AMC chain considers protest of Alice in Wonderland following news of early DVD release [The Los Angeles Times]

Anthony Hopkins painting exhibit goes on display in London [The Guardian]

Sean Penn charged with battery and vandalism in L.A. [Yahoo]

Play centered on Tallulah Bankhead hits Broadway [The New York Times]

Barbara Walters announces last Oscar interview special [Yahoo]


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