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Thanks Hollywood: Barbie, Marshmallow Peeps & 'It's A Small World' Movies In Development

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 23, 2014 1:22 PM
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Peeps
So Hollywood has decided to take the last day or so to double down on their efforts to turn every product, food or theme park attraction into a blockbuster tentpole. And so, here comes a trio of projects that paint a pretty depressing portrait of what passes for creativity at the studio level.

Tribeca Review: 'Boulevard' Starring Robin Williams, Kathy Baker And Bob Odekirk

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 23, 2014 1:04 PM
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Robin Williams, Boulevard'
In life, things are taken from you. When you experience loss, a spouse or maybe a pet or even an acquaintance, you struggle to grab onto something solid that makes you whole, just as your world is being chipped away. The opening moments of “Boulevard” find Robin Williams' Nolan tending to a bed-ridden father as the image fades in and out. The effect is not over some life-or-death last minute procedure, but of his debates with the doctor over his father's caffeine intake. Often, what is taken from us occurs in the most mundane of ways.

David Foster Wallace Estate Not Cool With Jason Segel & Jesse Eisenberg's 'The End Of The Tour'

  • By Ben Brock
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  • April 23, 2014 12:41 PM
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The End Of The Tour Jason Segel Jesse Eisenberg set photo
Literary eyebrows were raised all over the place when we learned, late last year, that Jason Segel was set to play cult writer David Foster Wallace in James Ponsoldt's biopic “The End of the Tour," which will adapt journalist David Lipsky's account of accompanying Wallace on a book tour just as “Infinite Jest” was making him a strange kind of superstar (Jesse Eisenberg will play Lipsky). People had trouble imagining arch-slacker and Muppet-lover Segel embodying the depressive Wallace, though the physical resemblance in the first images from the set was pretty impressive.

Tom Hardy Downplays Rumored Beef With Charlize Theron During The Shooting Of ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 23, 2014 12:21 PM
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Mad Max: Fury Road
Shooting on George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road” began in the summer of 2012 and the film isn’t coming out until summer 2015. That’s a, ahem, long frickin’ road to a movie (one that opens only two week after “Avengers: Age of Ultron” too). By all accounts it was expensive and highly ambitious utilizing a lot of practical effects, cars and stunts and little CGI.

Video Interview: Rory Culkin And Lou Howe On The Tormented Soul Of Tribeca Drama 'Gabriel'

  • By Kristin McCracken
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  • April 23, 2014 12:03 PM
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Gabriel, Rory Culkin
From the opening scenes of “Gabriel" (read our review), the debut feature from writer/director Lou Howe, the audience is immediately tossed into the ongoing tumult that is the life of the title character, a troubled young man brilliantly played by Rory Culkin. We’re not given any clues to the drama, other than a years-old love letter from a girl named Alice, to whom Gabriel plans to propose. While this seems odd (if he’s planning to propose, why doesn’t he know where Alice lives?), it’s also instantly compelling. We want to find out who Gabriel is, where he’s coming from, and why he won’t answer his phone.

'Frozen 2' Not Happening Any Time Soon, 'Pirates 5' Still Needs A Script & 'Jurassic World' Sequels Eyed

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 23, 2014 11:51 AM
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Frozen
While Disney honcho Alan Horn's comments about "Star Wars 7" dominated the news yesterday, he also touched upon a couple of other big properties in the Mouse House that fans (and investors) are keeping an eye on.

Antonio Banderas Thinks He's Made The Cut Of Terrence Malick's 'Knight Of Cups,' Barely Remembers Shooting It

  • By Ben Brock
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  • April 23, 2014 11:22 AM
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Remember back in 2011, when Terrence Malick released the literally indescribably powerful film “The Tree of Life” and let it be known that he had no less than three more films on their way? For a man whose entire, near-40 year career had so far yielded only four movies, it was thrilling to learn that it might take just four years to get as many again...

Exclusive: Clip From 'Blue Ruin' Takes Aim, Ready To Shoot

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 23, 2014 11:04 AM
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Blue Ruin
We hope that wherever director Jeremy Saulnier is, he's giving himself a moment to put his feet up. The director spent most of 2013 following his thriller "Blue Ruin" around the world as it made festival stops in Cannes, Toronto, Marrakech, Locarno, Deauville and more. And if that impressive sheet doesn't convince you that this is one you need to track down, perhaps our own Gabe Toro can persuade you, with his review declaring it to be: "the most suspenseful American film of the year, a thriller that feels like lightning across a quiet night sky; sudden, terrifying, and excitingly singular."

New Images & Featurette For 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2,' Marc Webb Teases J. Jonah Jameson For 'Spider-Man 3'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 23, 2014 10:37 AM
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The Amazing Spider-Man 2
While "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" is slinging its stuff overseas to some rather big office numbers, stateside we continue to wait for the latest adventure in the rebooted franchise. But that just gives Sony more time to make sure everyone comes out next week to see the movie, with the studio expecting an opening approaching $100 million. So to that end, more pics, featurettes and teasers about what's coming in next chapters of the series.

William Friedkin Says He Passed On Producing 'Star Wars,' Warns Fans Not To Buy 'Sorcerer' DVD

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 23, 2014 10:22 AM
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"Star Wars" lore goes that when George Lucas was putting his film together, no one could have guessed just how big it would become. Indeed, the space fantasy turned into a pop culture phenomenon, that even decades on, has rarely been matched. When Disney paid $4 billion just for the rights to the franchise, it spoke to the ongoing appeal and longevity of Lucas' creation, which makes it all the sobering to realize that Lucas initially had trouble finding a home for the project. And even his filmmaking friends Francis Ford Coppola and William Friedkin turned him down.

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