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Davis Guggenheim Directing Justin Bieber Biopic?

Justin BieberJustin Bieber's 3D film project needs a new director.

Moscow is enshrouded by thick smog as a result of raging wildfires and the worst heat wave ever recorded in the Russian capital.

What do those two tragedies have in common?

Well, not much, really. Except for the fact that Davis Guggenheim, he of the Oscar-winning global-warming documentary An Inconvenient Truth, has dropped out of Paramount's Untitled Justin Bieber 3D Project, according to Mike Fleming at Deadline.com.

A couple of days ago, Fleming reported that Guggenheim was “negotiating” to direct a Justin Bieber biopic in 3D.

Fleming adds that he's been told “from all sides that Guggenheim decided he'll be too busy promoting Waiting For Superman, which Paramount acquired right before Sundance.”

Fleming then wonders “if Guggenheim might have gotten too much razzing from all of his documentary peers.”

Justin Bieber singing photo: AP

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Proof positive that the world will truly come to an end in 2012:

According to Deadline.com's Mike Fleming, Paramount Pictures will “turn Justin Bieber's life story into a 3D feature biopic.” Justin Bieber, known for the harakiri-inducing song “Baby,” will star as Justin Bieber, while the film “will be sprinkled with performances from his current concert tour.”

Who's “negotiating to direct” this momentous venture? Possibly Davis Guggenheim, whose Oscar-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth features Al Gore discussing the dangers of global warming.

As per Fleming's report, The As Yet Untitled Justin Bieber Project should come out on February 11, 2011, Valentine's Day weekend.

Once that happens, the seventh art, much like YouTube, will have nowhere else to go.

And to think I'd never heard of Justin Bieber until Alt Film Guide became part of Twitterdom late last year. (I had no idea who Lady Gaga was, either.)

Need further proof of the world's imminent demise?

Bieber has made a deal with HarperCollins for the publication of an illustrated book of memoirs, Justin Bieber: First Step 2 Forever: My Story.

Susan Katz, President and Publisher of HarperCollins Children's Books, says Bieber “is a force in the music industry and we are incredibly excited to be publishing this photographic memoir of his amazing journey.”

I'm sure we're all hoping he will finally reveal (pictures of) his ancient, age-defying secret formula.

And then there's Oprah's final fadeout, Alec Baldwin's reported retirement, and the last installment of The Twilight Saga, Breaking Dawn - Part 2.

The end of civilization as we know it is closer than you think.

Photo: PRNewsFoto/HarperCollins, Pamela Littky

Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker

The IFP's 2010 Gotham Awards will be held at Cipriani Wall Street on Monday, November 29. Like the Spirit Awards on the West Coast, the East Cost-based Gothams focus on independent American films. (Not that non-independent, non-American fare hasn't been nominated in the past.)

Last year's Gotham Awards winner was Kathryn Bigelow's Iraq War drama The Hurt Locker (photo), which caused nary a ripple at the Spirit Awards the year before, but that gained momentum late in '09, culminating in a Best Picture Oscar win earlier this year.

The Hurt Locker also won the Gothams' Best Ensemble trophy.

The Best Documentary was Robert Kenner's Food, Inc. The Breakthrough Director was Robert Siegel for Big Fan. Catalina Saavedra took home the Breakthrough Actor award for her performance in The Maid.

The Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You was Ry Russo-Young's You Won't Miss Me.

Kathryn Bigelow, Natalie Portman, Stanley Tucci, and Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner received career awards.

Photo: Summit Entertainment

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6 Comments to Davis Guggenheim Directing Justin Bieber Biopic?

  1. Barb Maple

    We are all hoping that, Doug Dearth, producer of “9000 Needles,” wins the award. The documentary follows Doug's brother,Devin, from the onset of a massive brainstem bleed ,to nearly present time, including rehabilitation both here in the US & in China.
    This was a very difficult & emotional journey for Doug to capture & all our family is so proud of him.
    We love you, Dougie,
    Mom (Barb Maple)

  2. AngelicaMN

    I am really hoping that Kristen Stewart and The Runaways get nominated. She did an amazing job as Joan Jett and it was one of the most memorable performances of the year. So many new people are discovering it on DVD. Great movie.

  3. gilda

    las fans simpre se mueren por verte y dicen cuando viene justin escuchce que viene a bs as y dije juntamos las fans de justin biber y entre todas los vamos a ver las fans die claro que si solamente estamos preparando los carteles para que cuando vengas vos te vamos a dar una sorpresa de fans la fans se tardaron un poco para hacerlo y espero que lo leas y espero que me respondas algun dia de estos yo sone que tu respondia el telefono pero buen sin no tienes tiempo te dejo mi direcion de coreo electronico cual quier cosa que nesites nosotras estamos siempre y siempre vamos a apollarte tu gan fans GILDA AUGIER LOVE JUS LOVE THIS JUS MUCH

  4. gilda

    justin es un ran bailarin y un buen cantante cada vez nosotras las fans lo apoyamos a justin biber se pegunta por que apoyan a justin biber por que es lindo baila bien el video de los wachiturros y baila re lindo gracias a le nosotras somos fans de el y para toda la vida somos las fans GILDA AUGIER Y SOL CORDOBA te esperamos que venga a qui a bs as

  5. jennifer

    es muy bonito pero megustam llas

  6. books

    love his hair, wich i had the same…