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DreamWorks poised to shine 'The Light Between Oceans'

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DreamWorks Studios announced today that it has entered into exclusive talks to acquire the feature film rights to The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman. The novel, which was just released in the U.S. in July, is already an international bestseller. The story revolves around a lighthouse keeper and his wife who discover a baby on an abandoned boat. The couple decide to raise the child as their own, leading to complicated moral questions and consequences.

Heyday Films’ David Heyman (Harry Potter) will produce the adaptation along with Jeffrey Clifford. READ FULL STORY

'Life of Pi': Five close calls for this 'unfilmable' survival adventure

Life of Pi was as good as dead.

The film adaptation of Yann Martel’s 2001 novel, about a young boy stranded at sea with a ferocious Bengal tiger, had been on the shelf for a long time. 20th Century Fox had already approached three directors, who tried and failed to get an adaptation onscreen before bowing out.

The last best hope was Ang Lee, but while the Brokeback Mountain and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon director spent eight months developing the project, it was the executives at Fox who began to have second thoughts.

This would not be a cheap movie — the budget was estimated around $120 million, and when the studio took a hard look at the project, they realized they had no idea what they were getting in to.

That’s when Elizabeth Gabler, President of Fox 2000 Pictures, called Lee to tell him that it was off. Fox was backing out, and he was welcome to shop the project elsewhere.

It wasn’t the last time he would have to fight for Life of Pi. Here’s how he brought this epic tale of survival back to life, over, and over again.

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New 'Beautiful Creatures' trailer: Witchy women

Twilight is the gift that keeps on giving — for fans of paranormal teen novels, at least. Those who flood theaters to see Breaking Dawn — Part 2 will be treated to new trailers for two upcoming films based on beloved supernatural YA series: The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and Beautiful Creatures. The latter follows 15-year-old Lena Duchannes (Alice Englert), a witch — sorry, “caster” — who is fated to become either good or evil on her 16th birthday. That destiny takes a back seat when Lena meets Ethan Wate (Alden Ehrenreich) — a dreamy normal kid determined to save his new love from her possibly dark future.

This new trailer reveals much more of the movie’s southern gothic plot, which was kept pretty opaque in the teaser released in September. It also introduces the rest of the film’s cast: an imposing stable of actors who look like they’re either taking this material fairly seriously (Jeremy Irons, Viola Davis) or having great fun with it (Emma Thompson, Emmy Rossum). Watch Lena and Ethan’s love story bloom as Thompson chews the scenery below:

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'The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones' trailer is here -- VIDEO

It’s time to trade in your vampires for demons. Where one book-to-movie phenomenon ends, another begins.

The Mortal Instruments series, by Cassandra Clare, is a popular young adult book franchise centering around half-angel Clary Fray. We now have our first peek at the film version, starring Lily Collins as Fray. In the trailer, we get a glance at the trusty band of Shadowhunters (half-angels who have the power to kill demons), as well as a proper introduction to Jace (Twilight and Harry Potter alum Jamie Campbell Bower) and a glimpse of The Institute.

Previously, Clare told EW that the casting she was most excited about was Jared Harris, who will portray Hodge, and Robert Sheehan for Simon.

Fans and new recruits alike, check out the first trailer below:

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Disney picks up 'Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day' movie

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Good news for fans of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day: a rep for Disney confirms to EW that the studio is now developing an adaptation of Judith Viorst’s classic picture book. Previously, the project was being overseen by 20th Century Fox.

The story, first published in 1972, follows ginger-haired Alexander, a five-year-old who trips on a skateboard when he’s getting out of bed one morning — and things only get worse from there. Two sequels followed: Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday and Alexander, Who’s Not (Do You Hear Me? I Mean It!) Going to Move. READ FULL STORY

Ang Lee, Yann Martel discuss challenges of filming 'Life of Pi' -- VIDEO

It’s almost impossible to watch the trailer for Ang Lee’s Life of Pi without getting chills, especially considering the challenges that Lee faced while filming.

The Oscar-winning director discusses the difficulties of adapting Yann Martel’s best-selling novel, which Martel describes as a “completely unfilmable story,” in a new behind-the-scenes clip released by Twentieth Century Fox Film today. The author and director explain how they brought the story to life, despite filming with water, kids, animals, and 3-D — or, as Lee told EW’s Anthony Breznican earlier this year, “everything you should avoid in the movie business.”

The film hits theaters nationwide November 21.

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'Fat Kid Rules The World': Matthew Lillard weighs in on his directorial debut

If a fat kid really did rule the world, then a movie version of KL Going‘s 2003 book Fat Kid Rules The World would have hit cinema screens years ago. But it took actor-turned-first-time director Matthew Lillard (Scream, The Descendants) almost a decade to get his adaptation of the young adult novel in the can and a subsequent, successful Kickstarter campaign to guarantee a run in theaters. (The film opens this Friday at New York’s Cinema Village, followed by a nationwide roll out. Fat Kid Rules The World will also be available on VOD and iTunes on Oct. 25.)

Below, Lillard talks about making this tale of an overweight, suicidal high schooler, played by Jacob Wysocki (ABC Family’s Huge), who is recruited to play drums in a band called the Tectonics by Matt O’Leary’s charismatic, drug-addicted guitarist.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: You are one of the film industry’s lankier performers…
MATTHEW LILLARD: [Laughs] I used to be, that’s for sure. READ FULL STORY

Jeff Bridges' movie adaptation of 'The Giver' -- will it ever happen? Lois Lowry says...

Fans of canonical children’s book The Giver were torn when word broke last year that Jeff Bridges’ big screen adaptation of the novel was finally moving forward in the development process. On one hand, Bridges’ twinkly eyes and grizzled wisdom make him a natural fit for the titular role; on the other, The Giver‘s unique, simple charms may not translate well to celluloid. But one year later, those who felt ambivalent may no longer have to worry that Hollywood will ruin their favorite story — Giver author Lois Lowry doubts that the long-incubating film will ever get made at all.

“The film rights have been out there for 15 years now,” Lowry tells EW. “And every now and then, some big studio gets involved, and some major player gets involved. And then time passes, and it all collapses again,” she says with a laugh. “So it’s out there, and I should be feeling excited, as if now is the time it’s actually going to be made. But this has happened so often before that I’ve become kind of sanguine about it.”

So why does Lowry think that the book has languished in development longer than its protagonist, 12-year-old Jonas, has been alive?  READ FULL STORY

'The Hobbit' character poster: Start making dwarf flashcards!

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Are you concerned you won’t be able to tell the dwarves apart in Peter Jackson’s forthcoming Hobbit trilogy? Never fear, for the studios behind the films have released a banner poster to help you learn all their names.

Last week, a full poster featuring the dwarves surfaced on the film’s Facebook page, but it did not do us the courtesy of listing the (very similar) monikers of the 13 dwarves. (And we thought we had it bad with Snow White’s seven dwarves.) So New Line and MGM have released an entirely new banner with all the major players. Check it out below (for a larger photo, click here): READ FULL STORY

'Life of Pi' trailer: 'An amazing story' comes to life -- VIDEO

Ang Lee’s Life of Pi arrives this Friday for the select few attending the New York Film Festival. Based on Yann Martel’s “unfilmable” 2001 novel about an Indian boy who shares a lifeboat with some wild animals — including a Bengal tiger — after his ship sinks on its way to Canada, the 3-D movie features some stirring cinematic imagery.

The new clip recycles many of the amazing sequences from the initial trailer — chaotic ship sinking, vicious tiger, cresting whale — but here, it is wrapped in the narration of grown-up Pi (Slumdog Millionaire‘s Irrfan Khan) and a tune from Coldplay. READ FULL STORY

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