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Rumors of a Friday Night Lights film have been kicking around for awhile, but executive producer Peter Berg confirmed the news to Deadline on Monday.  Berg, who also directed the 2004 theatrical film on which the show is based, stated “We’re very serious about trying to do it.” The goal is to move into production early next year, based on script approval from Universal, and the film would feature Emmy nominees Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton reprising their roles from the series.

After taking a surprise lead on Friday, family film Smurfs ran neck-and-neck with sci-fi western Cowboys and Aliens for the entire weekend, with analysts calling the race “impossible to predict.”  Studio estimates had each film finishing with $36.2 million for the weekend, and it turns out, those estimates weren’t far off. But in the end, Cowboys rode off into the sunset with the victory, taking 1st place with $36.4 million, just edging out Smurfs, whose $35.6 million was well above pre-weekend estimates.  Captain America fell to 3rd place, Harry Potter came in at Number 4 (surpassing the $1 billion mark in…

Not only can Whitney Cummings be seen this fall on NBC’s Whitney (which the comedienne created and produced), but she will also be showing up on rival network CBS in the gal-pal sitcom Two Broke Girls.  How does the star intend to keep everything balanced? “I’m so lucky that I’m able to be part of two amazing shows.  I am spending my days at the NBC show, and then I’ll be at home and read the notes on Two Broke Girls, but I think it’s in pretty good hands.” Cummings recently spoke with the LA Times during the TCA press…

The Playboy Club, NBC’s new 1960’s-era drama, is already generating plenty of controversy, long before it reaches the airwaves.  KSL-TV, the network’s Salt Lake City affiliate has refused to carry the show, and the Parents Television Council is lobbying other stations to follow their example.  KSL, which is owned by Deseret Media Cos. and controlled by the Mormon Church, cited objectionable content in a recent statement: “The Playboy brand is known internationally.  Everyone is clear what it stands for. We want to be sure everyone is clear what the KSL brand stands for, which is completely inconsistent with the Playboy…

When Beavis and Butt-head return to MTV this fall after a 14-year hiatus, they’ll still be giggling idiots with sophomore-level humor, and they’ll still have the same wardrobe. Speaking to the LA Times during the TCA press tour, creator Mike Judge said: “I didn’t want to do a big, conscious, forcing of all this modern stuff on them.  They really weren’t that much of their time to begin with. I even remember people saying, AC/DC and Metallica? Shouldn’t it be Pearl Jam?” Deadline also asked Judge what prompted him to revisit the characters after so many years: “I like doing…

Like Crazy, which earned the prestigious Dramatic Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, was quickly scooped up by Paramount Vantage and has been off the radar.  The long-distance love story featuring Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones has been penciled in for released on October 28th, 2011, and the studio recently unveiled the first theatrical trailer, as well as the official poster.  Click the thumbnail above to see the full-size poster, and check out the embed for the trailer.

Fresh from the success of the spring legal thriller The Lincoln Lawyer, director Brad Furman is in negotiations to direct a film about the life of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar.  The Escobar story has a long history in Hollywood, with Oliver Stone and Joe Carnahan attached to different projects over the years, both of which are now on hold indefinitely. Furman will be joined by Lincoln Lawyer producer Scott Steindorff, who had this to say about the project: “This is the Latino Godfather.  We’re showing the story of his family, the structure of his enterprise, his rise—the man had…

UPDATED:  Deadine is reporting that John Moore is not the only person being considered for directing duties on Die Hard 5.  He’s on a shortlist which also includes Justin Lin (Fast Five), Joe Cornish (Attack the Block) and Nicholas Winding Refn (Drive).  Lin seems unlikely, as he’s already attached to a sixth film in the Fast franchise, as well as the next Terminator installment.  Winding Refn also has a lot on his plate – he’ll be pairing up with Drive star Ryan Gosling for Only God Forgives, and he’s scheduled to do a remake of Logan’s Run, also with Gosling.…

Some beautiful new high-res images from The Amazing Spider-Man have begun popping up online.  Some of these we’ve seen before, but there are a couple of new shots in there, as well.  I’m really loving the photo of Gwen Stacy cleaning Peter Parker’s wounds.  After the eight minutes of footage that was screened a SDCC, and with these new shots, I’ll say once again that the casting of Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone is pitch-perfect. Director Marc Webb also spoke to the LA Times about the decision to move away from the organic webshooters that were established in the previous…

UPDATED:  Thanks to YouTube user subaruwrxfan we now have footage of this sequence being filmed.  Check out his YouTube channel for more footage from the set of The Dark Knight Rises. Original post from 7/31/2011 @ 4:20pm Eyeprime has a COLOSSAL scoop today, releasing a ton of new set photos from The Dark Knight Rises.  This scene showcases Christian Bale and Tom Hardy in full costume, duking it out on the steps of Gotham City Hall amidst a large-scale police battle featuring hundreds of extras. There are no words for how excited I am about this movie.  Summer 2012 can’t…

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