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Steven Soderbergh drops out of 'Man from U.N.C.L.E.'

The long development of Warner Bros.’s planned reboot of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. just grew a little longer. As The Playlist initially reported, Steven Soderbergh has departed from the project, leaving it without a star or a director. At one point, the re-imagining of the 1960s TV show that starred Robert Vaughn and David McCallum was developed as the next Soderbergh/Clooney collaboration, but The Descendants star dropped out of the leading role because of his chronically bad back. Soderbergh then met with other potential stars, with the trades paying special attention to Bradley Cooper. The studio hoped to begin shooting in March, but according to The Playlist, their budget for the film was much less than Soderbergh envisioned. It’s not unlike what occurred when Sony and Soderbergh parted ways on Moneyball. And like that project, U.N.C.L.E. will surely survive to live another day with a different director at the helm.

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'Descendants' premiere: George Clooney vs. Alexander Payne for Best Director?

Back in 2005, George Clooney was nominated for three Academy Awards — for supporting acting in Syriana (he won) and for writing and directing Good Night, and Good Luck (he lost). This year, he’s a potential contender in multiple categories and dueling films again, juggling manifold duties in his Ides of March and starring in The Descendants, which had its Hollywood premiere last night. He’s a favorite to earn an Oscar nominee for his leading role as a Hawaiian attorney who stumbles on the fact that his now-comatose wife was cheating on him. But what might turn out to be a more interesting subplot to the Oscar season is if the film’s director, Alexander Payne, competes against Clooney for Best Director. READ FULL STORY

'The Descendants' trailer: Debunking the myth that Hawaii makes everything better

The first trailer for The Descendants revealed a good portion of the plot, but you’re not going to find that here. Instead, option number two has taken a step forward by giving us a taste of the general mood of the film, and fans of Alexander Payne’s previous work (Sideways, About Schmidt) should be pleased. George Clooney stars as Matt King, a Hawaii-dwelling lawyer-slash-clueless-parent who needs to reconnect with his daughters after his wife is injured in a boating accident. Somewhere along the way, he learns that she was having an affair. That one is a hard pill to swallow, so you’ll have to excuse King for taking off his rose-colored Hawaiian sunglasses.

Both trailers promise the lovely blend of comedy and heart-wrenching drama that Payne has achieved in the past. I especially like how the calming luau music and beautiful scenery is juxtaposed with chaotic scenes from King’s family life. Is that kid throwing furniture in a pool? Watch the trailer:  READ FULL STORY

Box office report: 'Real Steel' knocks out 'Footloose', wins weekend with $16.3 million

A remake, a prequel, and one woefully misguided bird-watching comedy couldn’t take down Hugh Jackman and the robots of Real Steel at the box office this weekend.

Steel punched up an estimated $16.3 million this weekend, marking a healthy 40 percent drop from its $27.3 million debut. As evidenced by the film’s impressive 64 percent boost on Saturday, it appears that Real Steel is playing as an outright family affair, and that sort of appeal will help it achieve small drops in the coming weeks. Still, the $110 million Dreamworks film, which is being distributed by Disney’s Touchstone Pictures, has a very long way to go before it’s in the black. So far, Real Steel has earned $51.7 million in ten days. READ FULL STORY

Box office report: 'Real Steel' is the champion with $27.3 mil

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Real Steel showed what it was made of, as the robot-boxing action drama won the weekend with an estimated $27.3 million. That’s the strongest opening ever for a boxing-themed picture, beating Rocky IV‘s $20 million debut in 1985 (when not adjusting for inflation).

DreamWorks’ $110 million film, which was released by Disney’s Touchstone Pictures, scored a superb “A” rating from CinemaScore graders. That bodes well for the movie’s box-office stamina, especially since there are no other major family films hitting theaters until Puss in Boots pounces on Oct. 28. READ FULL STORY

Box office update: 'Real Steel' wins round one with $8.6 mil on Friday

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Humans’ fascination with our future overlords — robots — continued Friday as the sci-fi/action/family drama Real Steel topped the box office with $8.6 million, according to early estimates.

DreamWorks’ $110 million flick, which is being distributed by Disney’s Touchstone Pictures, is on track for a $26 million opening weekend. That’s a decent start for the genre-mixing PG-13 film. More importantly, it’s a reassuring debut for star Hugh Jackman, who has struggled to open movies in which he doesn’t sport adamantium claws. Demographic data hasn’t been released yet, but it’ll be interesting to see whether Jackman’s hunky presence and the emotional father-son storyline drew in a female audience that typically leaves robot-worshiping to 10-year-old boys. READ FULL STORY

Box office preview: 'Real Steel' to rock and sock the competition

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After the highest-grossing September on record, the first full weekend of October is stepping out with a one-two punch: The sci-fi/sport/family-film hybrid Real Steel and the Oscar-hopeful political drama The Ides of March. The former will easily win the match, while Dolphin Tale, Moneyball, and Courageous should all continue to perform well. My predictions for the top five: READ FULL STORY

Clooney for Prez? Does his 'Ides of March' co-star Ryan Gosling think George has what is takes?

At last night’s Ides of March premiere, EW asked the film’s stars, “Which actor could you actually get behind running for president? Who would get your vote?” While you’ll have to wait until the print edition to find out who George Clooney would mark an ‘X’ next to on the ballot, several of his co-stars had interesting feedback on Clooney’s chances at a run for the White House. See what they said about their outspoken colleague — and which of them got a surprise nomination — after the jump.

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Toronto: 'The Descendants,' starring George Clooney, is another triumph for director Alexander Payne. Plus, when will Todd Solondz grow up?

Has it really been seven years since Alexander Payne’s last film? I thought Sideways (2004) was the most exquisite American romantic comedy since Annie Hall, and though it was only Payne’s third high-profile feature (after About Schmidt and Election), it locked in the essential elements of the Payne style: the naturalistic blend of humanity and wit (think ’80s Jonathan Demme meets Preston Sturges meets Jean Renoir), the New New Hollywood classicism that’s bubbly and spontaneous but always masterfully controlled, the sense that every story isn’t just a story but a journey. About Schmidt was a road movie, and Sideways started out as one — but even when Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church got to California wine country and parked themselves there, it felt as if they kept moving, because their drunken cracked voyage of discovery surprised and delighted you in every scene. It was a road movie of the soul. READ FULL STORY

Toronto Film Festival: Ryan Gosling in 'The Ides of March' and Brad Pitt in 'Moneyball' are movie stars at the tip-top of their game

Since I didn’t go to the Toronto International Film Festival last year, I missed out on the unveiling of the Bell Lightbox, the festival’s sparkling new venue/headquarters/bustling nerve center (it houses five state-of-the-art movie theaters). Naturally, I was curious to experience the place, and having watched two movies there on my first day, I can report that it’s very damn cool — in fact, it’s an elegant dream of a cinemathèque show palace, sort of like a mall megaplex designed to look like the Museum of Modern Art. It’s got an airy glassed-in Stanley Kubrick feel, with sloping long walkways, tall ceilings and endless white walls, and theaters that are anything but arid. They’re invitingly moody, dark, sensual, and spacious, the screens covered up, before each showing, with a lush red-velvet curtain (made even lusher by ruby-red footlights) that looks like it’s going to part to reveal some David Lynch bizarro-world nightclub act. READ FULL STORY

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