10 Breaking Bits

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1. Ang Lee won’t be directing the pilot for Howard Gordon drama “Tyrant”, citing exhaustion as the rest for his 11th hour departure (The Hollywood Reporter)

2. “Simpson’s” scribe Jon Vitti will pen Sony’s “Angry Birds” movie, due for release July 1, 2016 (The Hollywood Reporter)

3. Seth MacFarlane says – knowing critics will be very disappointed – he can’t host Oscars 2014. Paging Billy Crystal! (The Hollywood Reporter).

4. The season finale of TV’s “Mike & Molly” won’t be shown because it features a tornado storyline (Deadline)

5. The trailer for “Cool as I am”, starring Claire Danes and James Marsden, is online.

6. The Coen Bros’ say there’s no “Big Lebowski 2″ (Toronto Star)

7. A character poster for “Man of Steel”, featuring Russell Crowe’s Jor-El, is here!

8. McG is taking over directing duties from Antoine Fuqua on “Hunter Killer” (Variety)

9. Now that Brad Pitt’s out, and there’s still some other issues to sort out, David Fincher’s “20, 000 Leagues Under the Sea” has been pushed back to a 2014 start (Sydney Morning Herald)

10. The captivating supernatural drama “Donovan’s Echo”, co-written and directed by Jim Cliffe and starring Danny Glover and Bruce Greenwood, hits DVD and digital services today in the states.

An atmospheric, immediately-engaging cousin to similar-themed films like M.Night Shyamalan’s “Unbreakable” and Orson Welles’ “The Stranger”, it’s a crafty, unique debut from Canadian filmmaker Cliffe, and features bravura performances from Glover and Greenwood – the former, especially, playing a very different role than we’re use to seeing from him.
You can order a copy of the film from here, or find out more information about it on Facebook.