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Squash Those Petitions! Why Ben Affleck As Batman Is Good Move For Warner Bros
By Mike Fleming Jr OPINION: I was as surprised as anyone when Ben Affleck was named the new Batman by Warner Bros.

EXCLUSIVE: Relativity Naming New Film Marketing Team; Russell Schwartz And Dana Precious In, Terry Curtin Out
By Nikki Finke – EXCLUSIVE: I understand that New Line veteran Russell Schwartz is already signed to become President of Theatrical Marketing. And Marvel veteran Dana Precious is in final talks to assume the newly created position of President of Creative Advertising and Research.

Fox Makes Epic First-Look Deal With Online Venture For Film-Centric Journalism
By Mike Fleming Jr – EXCLUSIVE20th Century Fox has made a two-year first-look pact with Epic, a fledgling online platform designed to be a catalyst for film-centric investigative longform journalism that had formerly been the domain of national magazines.

EXCLUSIVE: Relativity Sets ‘Act Of Valor 2’: Scott Wiper To Write/Direct About SWATs
By Nikki Finke – EXCLUSIVE: Relativity and the Bandito Brothers scored a #1 domestic opening when they brought Act Of Valor about U.S. Navy SEALS to the big screen in February 2012 and grossed over $70M all in.

Clint Eastwood In Negotiations To Direct ‘American Sniper’ For Warner Bros
By Nikki Finke – I’ve learned that Warner Bros wants to fast-track production for the first quarter of 2014 and is in “tentative negotiations” with Clint Eastwood to direct.

‘The Butler’ #1 Again, ‘Mortal Instruments’ #3, ‘The World’s End’ #4, ‘You’re Next’ #6
By Nikki Finke – As Summer 2013 whimpers to a close, this is traditionally one of those ‘who cares?’ domestic box office weekends. It’s only a $90M weekend, on par with last year’s.

A Replay Of A Few Minutes With The Late Great Elmore Leonard: On Movies, iPads And ‘Freaky Deaky’
By Mike Fleming Jr – I’m starting a week off today, and woke up to the depressing news that the great Detroit author Elmore Leonard has died at 87.

As Adaptation Of Elmore Leonard Classic Heads For Toronto, Its Director Laments That His Idol Won’t Be There To See It
By Mike Fleming Jr – EXCLUSIVE: Like so many directors with Toronto-bound films, writer/director Daniel Schechter has been in a race to finish Life Of Crime, his adaptation of the Elmore Leonard novel The Switch.

Scott Cooper Replacing Ben Affleck As Director Of Stephen King’s ‘The Stand’
By Mike Fleming Jr – BREAKINGWarner Bros has set Scott Cooper to re-write and direct The Stand, the seminal post-apocalyptic Stephen King novel.

Bradley Cooper Close To Joining Marvel’s ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’
By Dominic Patten – Rocket Raccoon may have found his voice. Bradley Cooper is in deep negotiations with Marvel to join Guardians Of The Galaxy as the furry gun-toting hero.

Idris Elba To Star In Cary Fukunaga-Helmed ‘Beasts Of No Nation’
By Mike Fleming Jr – EXCLUSIVE: Red Crown Productions has set Idris Elba to star and Cary Fukunaga to direct Beasts of No Nation, an adaptation of Uzodinma Iweala’s bestselling novel.

Night & Day Pictures, Rockford Entertainment Ink 6-Film Financing Deal
By Jen Yamato – EXCLUSIVEWaitress producer Michael Roiff and his Night & Day Pictures banner have teamed with investment banker Michael Gelmon’s Rockford Entertainment on a joint venture that will produce and finance six low budget films per year, starting in 2014.

MGM Acquires ‘Abe’, Will Turn Rob McLellan’s Nightmarish Short Into Feature
By Mike Fleming Jr – EXCLUSIVEMGM has acquired rights to make a feature out of Abe, a short film by British writer/director/VFX artist Rob McLellan.

‘Mad Men’s Christina Hendricks Joins Dark Places
By Dominic Patten – EXCLUSIVE: The movie adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s best-selling thriller about class, rural America, poverty, opportunism and Satanic cults in the 1980s just got one actor larger.

Peter Morgan Teams With Ron Howard On ‘In The Heart Of The Sea’
By Nancy Tartaglione – EXCLUSIVE: Oscar-nominated screenwriter Peter Morgan has stepped onto In The Heart Of The Sea, Ron Howard’s adaptation of the Nathaniel Philbrick high-seas drama for Warner Bros and Village Roadshow Pictures.

Oscar Nominated DP Caleb Deschanel To Direct Elvis Pic ‘Growing Up Graceland’
By Jen Yamato – EXCLUSIVE: Oscar-nominated cinematographer Caleb Deschanel (The Right Stuff, The Natural, Passion of the Christ) has directed just two features to date.

‘Dallas Buyer Club’ Helmer Jean-Marc Vallée Goes ‘Wild’ With Reese Witherspoon
By Mike Fleming Jr – EXCLUSIVEJean-Marc Vallée, who helmed the upcoming Matthew McConaughey-starrer Dallas Buyers Club, has been set by Fox Searchlight to helm Wild.

Olivia Munn In Talks To Join Johnny Depp In ‘Mortdecai’
By Dominic Patten – EXCLUSIVE: The Newsroom actress soon could be added to the cast of the adaptation of Kyril Bonfigloi’s anti-hero art dealer novels.

Fox Searchlight Buys ‘Silver Linings’ Author Matthew Quick Novel ‘Sorta Like A Rock Star’
By Mike Fleming Jr – EXCLUSIVEFox Searchlight has acquired screen rights to Sorta Like A Rock Star, the 2010 novel by Matthew Quick, who wrote Silver Linings Playbook.

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