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David Fincher walks away from Angelina Jolie’s “Cleopatra”

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Will Angelina Jolie‘s dream “Cleopatra” film ever get made? Maybe, but David Fincher won’t be at the helm.

Vulture broke the news, reporting that “talks have broken off between Sony and director David Fincher.” Fincher has been attached to the project for more than a year, and is the third director to walk away from the film. Maybe this means he’s close to signing on board “The Girl Who Played with Fire,” which EW recently reported won’t come out until at least early 2014.

That means Jolie needs a new director for the project, which she first expressed interest for in June 2010. Apparently Ang Lee is the next top candidate for the role, though Sony hasn’t reached out to him yet and no offer has been made. Up next Lee has “The Life of Pi,” but beyond that his schedule looks to be pretty free. We’d hope that he would style “Cleopatra” along the lines of “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” and give it an epic feel.

That’s something that Fincher said he wanted to steer clear of with his adaptation, interestingly enough.

“I’m not interested in a giant sword-and-sandal epic. We’ve seen scope; everyone knows we can fake that. That stuff doesn’t impress in the way that it did even 10 years ago,” he told MTV News in December. “We expect that from Starz. So that’s not the reason to do that. What is it about this character that has purchased this place in our history and imagination that is relatable today?”

Fincher now joins the array of esteemed directors to pass on the project. James Cameron first exhibited interest in he project back in October 2010, but then he had to move on to his “Avatar” sequels. Then Paul Greengrass seemed like he would direct by January 2011, but passed by March of that year. It was at that point in time that Fincher joined the film, and it’s a shame he and Sony couldn’t make it work out. At least Jolie and producer Scott Rudin are still involved, though we don’t know how much longer they can continue holding out hope for this movie to be made.

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15 That ’70s Show Quotes to Help You Unleash Your Inner Jackie

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When life gets you down, just ask yourself: what would Jackie do? (But don’t ask her, because she doesn’t care about your stupid problems.) Before you catch That ’70s Show on IFC, take a look at some quotes that will help you be the best Jackie you can be.


15. She knows her strengths.

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14. She doesn’t let a little thing like emotions get in the way.

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13. She’s her own best friend.

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12. She has big plans for her future.

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11. She keeps her ego in check.

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10. She can really put things in perspective.

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9. She’s a lover…

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8. But she knows not to just throw her love around.

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7. She’s proud of her accomplishments.

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6. She knows her place in the world.

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5. She asks herself the hard questions.

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4. She takes care of herself.

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3. She’s deep.

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2. She’s a problem solver.

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1. And she’s always modest.

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“Life of Pi” trailer debuts, looks gorgeous

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Ang Lee has surpassed himself in the first theatrical trailer for “Life of Pi.”

The director is known for creating stylized, introspective movies like “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” “Hulk” and “Brokeback Mountain,” but it seems like he’s done his best work yet in his forthcoming adaptation of Yann Martel’s best-selling novel. The first footage from the movie debuted a little more than a month ago, and this trailer has made good on the promise that the short snippet from the film made.

Though this trailer is only shown in 2D, the visual effects make it very clear how Lee planned to make the movie work in three dimensions. This is the director’s first venture into 3D filmmaking, but he certainly understands the style that makes it look best. Some of the imagery in this trailer hearkens back to what directors like Tarsem Singh did in “The Fall,” which is very exciting.

It’s nice to see that the adaptation has been made stylistically and without a heavy hand, even though the trailer spends much of its time focused on the shipwreck instead of Pi being stranded with his animal companions. We also get some teases of what takes place beyond “Life of Pi’s” ocean setting, which gives us a good sense of how the rest of the movie will work as well. Though all the CGI effects don’t look completed yet, what is done does look gorgeous.

“Life of Pi” tells the story of an Indian boy named Pi who finds himself stranded on a boat after a shipwreck with no one but a tiger, a hyena, an injured zebra and an orangutan to keep him company. The film is due in theaters on November 21.

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“Life of Pi” footage is a terrifying introduction to tiger Richard Parker

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This fall has a full line-up of intriguing movies, but none has us more interested than Ang Lee‘s take on “Life of Pi.” The adaptation of Yann Martel’s best-selling novel tells the story of an Indian boy named Pi who finds himself stranded on a boat after a shipwreck with no one but a tiger, a hyena, an injured zebra and an orangutan to keep him company.

The first footage from the flick has made its way online and, though it is only 10 seconds long, it gives us a good sense of what we can expect from Lee’s latest directorial feature. Namely, it shows us that the movie is going to look beautiful.

All the scene shows us is one of the first interactions between Pi (newcomer Suraj Sharma) and the tiger, Richard Parker. We can’t judge Sharma’s performance off of the one shot of his terrified face, but at least we know Richard Parker will look awesome.

The clip was posted on the “Life of Pi” official website. It also has four new images from the movie (including the one posted above) and a tease of the film’s score by Mychael Danna.

Lee is known for his visual directing, and it seems like he is going to blow us away with his latest film. It looks like “Life of Pi” had a pretty big budget, so Lee could make the movie the way he wanted to make it. Hopefully that means we won’t get comments years down the road similar to what Lee had to say about his work on “Hulk.”

“I see a lot of the elements [in ‘Tree of Life’] I was thinking about in ‘The Hulk.’ Some I put in, some I didn’t. The non-drama part of ‘Tree of Life’ was stuff I was thinking about when I was doing ‘The Hulk.’ So I’ve been there. That’s why that part didn’t take my breath away, because I’d been thinking about similar things. I like to be surprised,” he said.

“Life of Pi” is due in theaters on November 21.

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