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'End of the Tour' trailer: Jason Segel takes on David Foster Wallace

The late novelist and essayist David Foster Wallace is best remembered for writing "Infinite Jest," a sprawling 1,079-page opus full of ironic wit and dynamic, digressive prose.

The new trailer for James Ponsoldt's biographical drama "The End of the Tour," however, finds Wallace -- as played by Jason Segel -- standing on the precipice of fame and clinging to normalcy.

"I got a real serious fear of being a certain way," the long-haired, bandanna-clad writer says. "I treasure my regular-guyness."

Wallace is speaking to Rolling Stone journalist David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg), who tagged along for five days of the "Infinite Jest" promotional tour in 1996 and recounted the experience in the 2010 memoir "Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace."

A fellow writer thoroughly in awe of his subject, Lipsky counters: "You don't crack open a thousand-page book because you heard the author is a regular guy. You do it because he's brilliant."

Fame, identity,...

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Caleb Deschanel to receive AFI medal

Five-time Oscar-nominated cinematographer Caleb Deschanel -- father of actresses Emily and Zooey Deschanel -- will receive the American Film Institute's 25th Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal.

The honor recognizes the creative talents of alumni from the AFI Conservatory or the AFI Conservatory Directing Workshop for Women, someone who embodies the qualities of the late Oscar-winning director of "Patton." Schaffner was on the board of trustees of the AFI from 1975 until his death in 1989.

Caleb Deschanel earned Academy Award nominations for 1983's "The Right Stuff," 1984's "The Natural," 1996's "Fly Away Home," 2000's "The Patriot" and 2004's "The Passion of the Christ." He won a British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award for 1979's "The Black Stallion." He will receive the Schaffner award June 4 during the AFI Life Achievement Tribute to Steve Martin at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

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'Point Break' trailer: Luke Bracey goes to extreme measures

Run-of-the-mill bank heists not doing it for you anymore? Stealing gold getting old? The new trailer for "Point Break" has you covered, combining daring robberies with eye-popping extreme-sports stunts like skydiving, off-road motorcycling and wingsuit flying.

Set for release Christmas Day from Warner Bros., "Point Break" is of course a remake of Kathryn Bigelow's 1991 action flick starring Keanu Reeves as Johnny Utah, an FBI agent who infiltrates a ring of surfing criminals led by Zen-spouting alpha-dude Bodhi (Patrick Swayze).

Given the original's cult status — earned with plenty of SoCal vibes, bromantic bonding and over-the-top action — it's easy enough to forget that Bigelow's film isn't winking or ironic. Like Bodhi and his gang, it's deadly serious about its mission.

That straightforward approach appears to have carried over into director Ericson Core's remake, which stars Luke Bracey as Utah and Edgar Ramirez as Bodhi. Set against globe-hopping backgrounds, the trailer is all cool...

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Robert Rodriguez to direct, co-write live-action 'Jonny Quest' movie

Robert Rodriguez is on a mission to bring "Jonny Quest" to the big screen.

The "Sin City" filmmaker has been enlisted to direct and co-write Warner Bros.' long-gestating live-action movie based on the 1960s Hanna-Barbera cartoon, The Times has confirmed.

Rodriguez, 46, will work with "Pirates of the Caribbean" scribe Terry Rossio to redraft a script originally penned by Dan Mazeau ("Wrath of the Titans"). The Hollywood Reporter and Deadline Hollywood first reported the news.

Warner Bros. has long eyed a movie based on "Jonny Quest," a prime time ABC animated series that chronicled the adventures of a globetrotting kid tagging along on secret missions with his scientist dad, Calcutta-born best friend, tough-guy bodyguard and mischievous dog.

Debuting in 1964, the show lasted a single season but gained a cult following and spawned such follow-ups as "The New Adventures of Jonny Quest" in the '80s and "The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest" in the '90s, plus comic books and games.

Although Rodriguez...

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Sony defends 'Aloha,' says it respects 'spirit and culture' of Hawaii

Sony Pictures has responded to accusations that its Hawaii-set military-themed romance "Aloha" misappropriates indigenous culture and whitewashes its portrayal of the local population.

After some native Hawaiians and Asian Americans took issue with the film's choice of title and cast, the studio said in a statement Tuesday, "While some have been quick to judge a movie they haven't seen and a script they haven't read, the film 'Aloha' respectfully showcases the spirit and culture of the Hawaiian people."

The statement continued, "Filmmaker Cameron Crowe spent years researching this project and many months on location in Hawaii, cultivating relationships with leading local voices. He earned the trust of many Hawaiian community leaders, including Dennis 'Bumpy' Kanahele, who plays a key role in the film."

Sony's response came in the wake of an Associated Press report that a recent trailer for "Aloha," which stars Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone, generated backlash over of the film's title.

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Director Cary Fukunaga exits 'It' film adaptation

Cary Fukunaga is out of "It."

The "Sin Nombre" and "True Detective" director has exited New Line Cinema's two-part film adaptation of Stephen King's "It" for budgetary and creative reasons, The Times has confirmed. The Wrap first reported the news.

Based on King's lengthy horror novel, "It" was to span a pair of movies about misfit teens who come together to vanquish an evil creature one summer and then have to resume the battle as adults when the creature reawakens.

The production had been slated to start shooting in the coming weeks, but it is now unclear whether New Line will try to find a replacement immediately or hit the pause button and devise a new approach to the project.

According to trade reports, Fukunaga and New Line clashed over budgets and the director's desire to make two movies rather than one. The first film was reportedly greenlit at $30 million, with the second to have a higher budget.

"It" had been a passion project for Fukunaga, a longtime fan of the book who boarded...

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