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Jane Got a Gun, But No Director and No Michael Fassbender

It must be hard to start shooting a film without a director. So imagine the awkward tension that arose two days ago when director Lynne Ramsay didn’t show up to the set of her upcoming film “Jane Got a Gun.” The upcoming Western "Jane Got a Gun," starring Natalie Portman, Jude Law, and Joel Edgerton had some crazy last-minute problems earlier this week. First, Michael Fassbender dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. That problem was quickly worked out, but then the cast and crew were left twiddling their thumbs in anticipation of Lynne Ramsay’s way-delayed arrival. Her last-minute no-show made it safe to conclude she was off the project. All is not lost yet, though; producer Scott Steindorff told Deadline that other directors are flying in and the project is still a go.

R.L. Stine’s young-adult horror anthology “Goosebumps” is heading to the big screen. The popular series spawned a successful half-hour TV series from 1995 to 1998. Now, director Rob Letterman (“Monsters vs. Aliens”, “Gulliver’s Travels”) is in talks with Sony Pictures to adapt it into a film. With more than sixty-two spooky tales to choose from, which one will ultimately inspire a feature-length movie adaptation?

Deadline reports that Neil Gaiman’s latest unpublished novel has already attracted the chatter of big-screen treatment, with director Joe Wright possibly directing. Focus Features and Tom Hanks’ production company, Playtone, are closing a deal with the book, which will be released in June.

“Spring Breakers” proved to be the biggest limited release film of 2013, a per-theater average $90,000 making it the tenth-highest average ever for a live-action film in limited release. Being put into wide release this coming Friday, the grungy tale of four trouble-making girls is writer-director Harmony Korine’s most successful cinematic outing thus far. While at SXSW, the film’s star James Franco recorded a very personalized (and pretty NSFW) “don’t text during the movie” ad for famed movie theatre The Alamo Drafthouse.

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