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We learned last week that a Kurt Cobain biopic that's been in development for a couple of years is finally picking up some momentum. A script penned by David Benioff has been floating around since 2007, said to be partially based on the 2001 Cobain biography, "Heavier Than Heaven." Universal is now moving forward with plans to put the story in theaters, and they've turned to "The Messenger" director and co-writer Oren Moverman to make that happen.

As last week's report revealed, Moverman is in negotiations to re-write the script and direct the film. MTV spoke to him earlier this week, and while he confirmed that talks are indeed underway, he cautioned us to remember that no deals have been made just yet. Read More...

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Last year at Sundance, I caught a great Iraq War-era set film called "The Messenger." It was the tail end of my trip and I was in such a movie overloaded haze that I didn't really know what I was getting into.

"The Messenger" tells the story of two American soldiers who are stationed on home soil and tasked with delivering death notices to the families of those killed overseas. It opened late last year at the height of the awards season rush, faring well with critics and eventually picking up a pair of Oscar nominations: Woody Harrelson for Best Supporting Actor and co-writers Oren Moverman (who also directed) and Alessandro Camon for Best Original Screenplay. With the annual awards show just a few short weeks ago, we got some time today to speak with Moverman and Camon about the originals of their atypical war story and the process by which it all came together." Read More...

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One of the pleasant surprises with this year's Oscar nominations is recognition of the original screenplay for "The Messenger." What's not surprising is that now the film's co-writer and director, Oren Moverman, is being wooed for big projects, such as Universal's Kurt Cobain biopic. According to Risky Biz Blog Moverman has been hired to pen a new draft of the adaptation, partially based on the 2001 book "Heavier Than Heaven," and also to direct the film, too.

This will be Moverman's second film as a director. He has some experience with scripting biopics, however, having been Todd Haynes' co-writer on the Bob Dylan film "I'm Not There." And if the film was to deal with any of the conspiracy theories, or at least to speculate on the mystery of Cobain's 1994 death, perhaps Moverman's work on Ira Sachs' Hitchcockian crime drama "Married Life" would also seem like groundwork. But given that Courtney Love and her lawyer are executive producers on this, any ambiguity about her late husband's suicide is unlikely. Read More...

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After the record-breaking success of "Precious: Based on the Novel PUSH by Sapphire" over the weekend, I'm more hopeful for films starting out in limited release. This week's recommendations may not have the distinction of being championed by Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry, so if you find any of them worth seeing based on my recommendation, it may be more necessary for you to make the effort to get them to play near you.

"The Messenger"

What it is: A skewed romantic drama about a young Iraq War vet (Ben Foster) who is assigned to the Army's Casualty Notification service, where he's partnered with a captain played by Woody Harrelson. While delivering the bad news, he falls for one of the notified widows (Samantha Morton). Read More...

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Before we delve into this week's releases, I want to take a second to give "Precious" a shout. Opening on just 18 screens, the Sundance favorite and Oscar buzzer still managed to take in just shy of $2 million. It's not a movie I intend to see again anytime soon, but it's a compelling work of fiction. And even if it wasn't, I'm a person who is impressed by cold, hard facts. And the big fact here is that "Precious" enjoyed a monster opening weekend as a limited release.

Moving on, this week's star is director Roland Emmerich's apocalyptic disaster flick, "2012." John Cusack and his pals fly around the world, bearing witness to scenes of mass destruction as humanity crumbles all around. Sounds super-uplifting, doesn't it? I'm guessing that this will be the big weekend winner; it's definitely on my "must see" list. Read More...

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