<p>Jeff Bridges is just one of the actors who has played the role of Rooster Cogburn over the years.&nbsp; Can you name the others?</p>

Jeff Bridges is just one of the actors who has played the role of Rooster Cogburn over the years.  Can you name the others?

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Contest: Want to win a signed 'True Grit' poster?

A quick window of opportunity with a great prize attached

It delights me that "True Grit" has become the biggest theatrical hit the Coen Brothers have ever had, just as it delights me that the box-office take for "Black Swan" is now more than the combined box-office take for all of Aronofsky's other films combined.  Not because I think box-office correlates with what is good, but because successes like these for artists I admire mean that these artists will have it easier the next time they try to make something.  That's the most important thing that money does… it enables them to continue working.

Paramount seemed excited by "True Grit" before it came out, but since its release, that excitement has turned into over-the-moon joy.  A critical darling and a commercial hit, there is even a growing sense that the film could turn out to be an Oscar winner.  And in the midst of all this celebration, Paramount wants to give something back to you, the audience that has made the film a success.

Here's how it'll work:  I'm going to ask you a question, and you just have to mail the right answer to our news desk.  Everyone with the right answer will be entered in a drawing to win one of three posters for the movies, signed by pretty much everyone but Matt Damon. 

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<p>Seth Rogen and Cameron Diaz sat down together to discuss their new action-comedy, 'The Green Hornet'</p>

Seth Rogen and Cameron Diaz sat down together to discuss their new action-comedy, 'The Green Hornet'

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Watch: Seth Rogen and Cameron Diaz talk about action and 'The Green Hornet'

Plus Rogen talks about the challenge of creating a good bad guy

Talking to Seth Rogen is about as relaxed and informal as it gets in terms of doing publicity with actors or writers or directors.  At this point, we've spoken so many times, in so many different contexts, on so many different projects, that it just feels like we're picking up in mid-conversation each time now.

With Cameron Diaz, it's totally different.  I don't believe I've ever had a reason or opportunity to interview her before, and anytime you put two people together for an interview where there's a totally different comfort level with one or the other, it's going to leave things a little unbalanced.

Thankfully, she seemed easy to chat with, and I think they're all fairly pleased with the way "The Green Hornet" came together.  And they should be.  It's a film that certainly feels like it's of a  piece with the general superhero movie mainstream, but that also does things I've never seen in one of these movies.  Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg were writers and producers here, and they anchor the film in one sensibility, while Michel Gondry adds another distinct voice, and then the other performers bring particular qualities that pull the film this way and that, out of that original shape somewhat, but not so much that we can't still recognize it.  For a film based on a character as second-tier as "The Green Hornet," there's has to be a strong take on the material, or it's not worth doing at all.

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The Morning Read: Could Baz Luhrmann shoot DiCaprio's 'Gatsby' in 3D?
Credit: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

The Morning Read: Could Baz Luhrmann shoot DiCaprio's 'Gatsby' in 3D?

Plus the birth of Commander Future and a week's worth of catching up

Welcome to The Morning Read.

What a week last week was.

My Internet went down on Monday, the first time that's happened to me in this house, and the first time I've had any trouble with AT&T U-Verse at all.  They weren't able to fix it until Wednesday afternoon, and it took several different repairmen to do the trick.  The rest of the week was spent off-balance and catching up.  I will be the first to admit it… I am a total crackhead when it comes to Internet access, and when denied it, I am out of step and out of sorts.

Thankfully, I still feel like I was able to get a lot done.  There are a number of TV interviews I've done with folks like Colin Farrell, Natalie Portman, Peter Weir, Ed Harris, Ivan Reitman, Seth Rogen, and more set to share with you, and I'm gearing up for Team HitFix's 2011 attack on Sundance, and I feel like it's already an aggressive screening schedule this month, like the holidays are over and it's time to hit the ground running.

I bookmarked a ton of things while I've been catching up, and I want to try to share as many of them as possible with you this morning, so let's jump right into it.

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<p>Can you believe Jackie Earle Haley, Dennis Quaid, and Daniel Stern were ever that young?</p>

Can you believe Jackie Earle Haley, Dennis Quaid, and Daniel Stern were ever that young?

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Peter Yates, director of 'Bullitt' and 'Breaking Away,' passes at 82

A look back at one of the unsung greats of action cinema

You know, there are times when you realize only at the moment of someone's passing just how much their work meant to you.

Such is the case as I sit here tonight, "Breaking Away" playing on Netflix Instant, thinking about the films of the truly great Peter Yates.  I would argue that even when he directed scripts that were not the equal of his considerable talents, he brought class and restraint and a lyrical visual style to everything he shot.  He was one of those directors who you can feel thinking from shot to shot, every cut part of the storytelling.  There's no fat on the work of Peter Yates.  And at his best?  In his very best films?  There are few who stood toe to toe with him.

His high points are, in my opinion, "Bullitt," "The Hot Rock," "The Friends Of Eddie Coyle," "The Dresser," and "Breaking Away."  And those films, each and every one, is distinguished by his voice, his eye, his enormous heart.  These days, action scenes are gigantic, noisy things, pitched at such a preposterous intensity because we've become numb from the barrage.  When Yates shot a set piece, like the justly-acclaimed car chase in "Bullitt," the reason it is so effective is because Yates puts you right there in the seat next to Steve McQueen.  More than that, he makes you understand the appeal and the sensual pleasure of driving a car that goddamn fast in the middle of a city, hauling ass for dear life. 

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<p>Trent Reznor, seen here with Atticus Ross, his collaborator for the 'Social Network' soundtrack, will also compose the score for David Fincher's 'Girl With The Dragon Tattoo'</p>

Trent Reznor, seen here with Atticus Ross, his collaborator for the 'Social Network' soundtrack, will also compose the score for David Fincher's 'Girl With The Dragon Tattoo'

Credit: Trent Reznor

Trent Reznor set to score Fincher's 'Dragon Tattoo'

Can you imagine what the Lisbeth Salander theme will sound like?

This is one of those stories where no one's going to act terribly surprised by the news, but it's nice to get it confirmed and official.

Trent Reznor will be scoring David Fincher's next film, "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo."

That's one of those sentences that just plain makes sense.  I was surprised when they hired him for "The Social Network," but his score for that film is great, and a real confirmation of Reznor as someone who should be working on films.  If he knocked an unlikely fit like the story of a bunch of Harvard kids inventing Facebook out of the park, imagine what he's going to do with a story about criminal conspiracy and missing persons and old mysteries and murder and blackmail and rape and darkness.  Trent Reznor composing the Lisbeth Salander theme is one of the reasons to look forward to a movie theater this year.  I look at Lisbeth, and I imagine that she's always hearing something in her head that sounds like a Trent Reznor album anyway.  It's perfect.

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<p>Hey, wait a minute... something's not right here....</p>

Hey, wait a minute... something's not right here....

Credit: The Weinstein Company

'Apollo 18' game revealing new clues about SF conspiracy thriller

This year's first ARG campaign is off and running

Okay, let me just put on my tinfoil hat for this next one.

After all, if we're going to be discussing a government conspiracy to hide the existence of moon monsters, I want to be dressed properly.  And that does seem to be the underlying tension in "Apollo 18," the film that's set for release on April 22, 2011.

This is the movie that became an immediate hot ticket after it was set up at last year's AFM.  The film, currently being directed by Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego, deals with the secret space missions that took place after the public cancellation of the second half of the planned Apollo trips.  I'm not sure what form the film will finally take… I've heard people describe it as a found-footage movie, but I'm not sure that's right.

What I am sure of is that "Apollo 18" has already got a pretty healthy presence online, with a game that is gradually exposing bits and pieces of information.  It all started with a hidden section of the official site, where there are documents being posted that "prove" the conspiracy of silence surround the Apollo 18 mission.

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<p>Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie&nbsp;Mann) were enormously popular supporting characters in 'Knocked Up,' and it looks like they may get their own movie next summer</p>

Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann) were enormously popular supporting characters in 'Knocked Up,' and it looks like they may get their own movie next summer

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Judd Apatow says new movie is neither prequel nor sequel to 'Knocked Up'

Writer/director's fourth film goes in front of the camera in July

One of my favorite things about "Knocked Up" was the amazing chemistry between Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann as Pete and Debbie, the married couple who Katherine Heigl was living with.  For one thing, I could believe Mann and Heigl as sisters, and the way Pete and Debbie served as both a warning and a possibility for Seth Rogen's character.

We already knew that Judd Apatow was gearing up on his fourth film as a writer/director, and that he'd been working on the script for a while.  What we didn't know until now was that Pete and Debbie were going to be the main focus of this new film, and that Rudd and Mann would be returning to the characters.

I've seen people speculating about whether this would be a prequel or a sequel, but I figured the answer wouldn't be that easy.  After all, what do you call "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" and "Get Him To The Greek"?  They're related, but is one really a sequel to the other?

I decided to ask Judd directly, and here's what he sent in reply:

"Thanks Drew.  It is neither.  It is just a story from Pete and Debbie's current life.

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<p>Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader will cross lightsabers in high-definition for the first time when the 'Star Wars' trilogy arrives on Blu-ray in December</p>

Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader will cross lightsabers in high-definition for the first time when the 'Star Wars' trilogy arrives on Blu-ray in December

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Fox makes it official at CES: 'Star Wars' on Blu-ray in September

So far, there are few details about what to expect from the three different sets

"Star Wars" is coming to Blu-ray in September.

That's pretty much it, right?  Beyond that, there are a million smaller conversations that are already raging all over the Internet about what versions of the films will appear on the discs, which of the three offered box sets to buy, whether or not the transfers improve on mistakes from earlier transfers, what sort of extra features and deleted scenes we'll see.  With the lack of detail so far, though, it's all just idle chatter.

Personally, I'm planning to spring for "Star Wars: The Complete Saga," a nine-film Blu-ray box set that will include all six films in the series and three discs of bonus material.  The reason I'll happily make that investment is that, until now, I've only ever purchased the Original Trilogy, and even then, I haven't upgraded each and every time the films have been available.  I don't have any of the prequels in the house right now, and with Toshi turning six in July, he'll be right around the perfect age to start watching the movies when the box set comes out.

That's going to be a series of Film Nerd 2.0 articles I can't wait to write.

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<p>Channing Tatum, seen here wearing an accelerator suit, is one of the many cast members who could return once they hire a new director for a 'GI&nbsp;Joe' sequel</p>

Channing Tatum, seen here wearing an accelerator suit, is one of the many cast members who could return once they hire a new director for a 'GI Joe' sequel

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Stephen Sommers not returning for 'G.I. Joe 2'

Somehow, the entertainment industry will soldier on

It's not going to be easy to replace Stephen Sommers on "G.I. Joe 2," or whatever they finally call the sequel.

Not because Sommers is some singular talent, but because "G.I. Joe" is one of those projects where tone is everything.  More than story, more than set pieces, tone is important.  The first film isn't a particularly smart film or a great story, but what it got right was tone.  There's an energy to it that is so relentlessly happy, so silly, that it carries the film right past its implausibilities.

Now The LA Times is reporting that Sommers won't be directing after all.  The thing is, I'm excited that Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick are writing the sequel.  I liked their "Zombieland" script, and I thought their "Deadpool" script was a pretty balls-out take on the material.  Having them attached means that I'm actually interested in this sequel.

What matters now is finding someone who can have fun with this.  Someone who can do action with a light touch.  Someone who can handle an ensemble.

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<p>Robert Pattinson, seen here in 'Twilight:&nbsp;Eclipse,' is set to star in David Cronenberg's 'Cosmopolis' as soon as he wraps the last film in his blockbuster series</p>

Robert Pattinson, seen here in 'Twilight: Eclipse,' is set to star in David Cronenberg's 'Cosmopolis' as soon as he wraps the last film in his blockbuster series

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Robert Pattinson signs to join Cronenberg for DeLillo's 'Cosmopolis'

'Twilight' star joins already confirmed Cotillard and Giamatti in film

David Cronenberg and Don DeLillo.

Right away, those two names attached to a project guarantee my interest.  Cronenberg is one of my favorite directors, a brilliant man with a savage eye for human behavior, and DeLillo is an amazing author.  His books are black and painful and funny and horrifying, and each of them serves as a sort of snapshot of a time and place.

So when I read that Cronenberg is going to make DeLillo's Cosmopolis as a film, I'm very interested.  Then I read a little further and I see Paul Giamatti and Marion Cotillard are also attached, and that's cool.  Good cast, great actors, seem like they'd be a good fit with Cronenberg.  And who else is starring?

Oh, yeah… that's right.  Robert Pattinson, in his first big role after he wraps work on the last of the "Twilight" films.

It's a huge role for him, and it's an interesting moment for Cronenberg and DeLillo.  I may love these guys, but their cultural currency isn't what it could be.  Not a lot of teenagers out there are rabidly devouring "White Noise" or "Libra" these days or tracking down DVDs of "The Brood" and "Videodrome."  Robert Pattinson has a certain amount of cultural cache that automatically brings fresh eyes to something like this.

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