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Filmism.net Dispatch August 17, 2009

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Sacha Baron Cohen's juggernaut isn't over yet – next he'll be playing a Eurovision Song Contest competitor. After Bruno however, I think the law of diminishing returns will apply. A very exciting crop of trailers have been unleashed. There's Tron Legacy, which looks like Jeff Bridges' coolest movie in years (and from The Dude, that's saying something). There's The Box, based on a classic Twilight Zone episode and looking like a horror thriller. Maybe Richard Kelly has padded it a little to stretch it to a 90 minute film, but he'll be after a hit following the critical and box office mauling of Southland Tales. Lastly there's Peter Jackson's take on Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones. Ricky Gervais' passion project The Invention of Lying looks just like a sequel to Liar Liar. Didn't anyone notice? Sam Worthington's star continues to rise like a firecracker. I figure replacing Tom Cruise in a Charlize Theron-starring thriller puts him in the big leagues. You've probably heard about Ridley Scott's Robin Hood starring Russell Crowe (did they have phones in those days or will he use a bow and arrow?) but did you know the producers of 300 and The Dark Knight are planning a dark, dystopian take on the legend set in a Blade Runner -like city of the near future. Spielberg is doing a redux of James Stewart mental illness fantasy Harvey, Ridley Scott is teaming up with Leonardo DiCaprio to bring Brave New World to the screen, and the Barbarella remake we reported on months ago is finally going ahead. In more DiCaprio news, Scorsese's New Muse is producing what sounds like the coolest ideas for a movie in ages, a gothic, bloodthirsty Red Riding Hood. Serisouly, after watching Aladdin all those years ago I still think it'd make a great action adventure fantasy for adults if it was full of blood, guts and sex.

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