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Alex Kurtzman Will Direct Universal’s Reboot Of ‘The Mummy’

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 30, 2014 6:48 PM
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Alex Kurtzman
It’s only been a few short months since writing dream team Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci ("Star Trek," “Transformers 2,” “The Amazing Spider-Man”)announced the dissolution of their creative writing partnership, but the two have been busy ever since. Orci’s essentially going to take over the “Star Trek” series and direct “Star Trek 3” and Kurtzman is more involved in the “Spider-Man” series and will helm the villain “Venom” adaptation.

Review: John Michael McDonagh's Inventive, Masterful Black Comedy 'Calvary'

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • July 30, 2014 6:34 PM
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Something black and acidic runs through the veins of those McDonagh brothers; there’s just something not quite right with these lads...and thank goodness for that. Playwright and younger sibling Martin McDonagh made a splash in Ireland’s theater scene with his hilarious, tart, pitch-black plays and then impressed film audiences with two wicked black comedies (“In Bruges” and “Seven Psychopaths”). Older bro John Michael McDonagh possesses a similar talent, and an ear for devilish dialogue, and having penned “Ned Kelly,” he made his feature-length debut with the cheeky, underrated black comedy “The Guard” (underrated internationally, that is; the film is the most successful Irish film of all time in Ireland). If you don’t know these guys, you need to remedy that immediately.

Dakota Johnson Joins Luca Guadagnino’s ‘Le Piscine’ Remake; Domhnall Gleeson Joins Leonardo DiCaprio’s ‘Revenant’

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 30, 2014 6:18 PM
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Fifty Shades Of Grey
“Fifty Shades of Grey” star Dakota Johnson has joined the cast of “I Am Love” helmer Luca Guadagnino’s next picture titled “A Bigger Splash.” This was the film reported as the untitled “sexy thriller” that would star Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes, Margot Robbie and Matthias Schoenaerts in May.

Jamie Foxx Will Play Mike Tyson In Biopic From 'The Wolf Of Wall Street' Writer Terence Winter

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 30, 2014 5:53 PM
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Jamie Foxx, Mike Tyson
For those with a good memory, Jamie Foxx playing Mike Tyson is way old news. "I've reached out to Mike, and I've been open about it," Foxx told MTV back in 2009. "I think that, of all the biopics that are out there, he has the most interesting story that no one has ever heard." The idea back then was that Taylor Hackford, who directed Foxx to his first Oscar win in 2005 for "Ray," would also helm the project. And as Hollywood is wont to do, there hasn’t really been much a peep since.

'Listen Up Philip' Team Alex Ross Perry & Elisabeth Moss Returning With Psychological Thriller 'Queen Of Earth'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 30, 2014 5:34 PM
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Top Of The Lake
One of the The Best Films Of 2014 So Far and one of The Best Films Of The 2014 Sundance Film Festival, there's really not enough good things we can say about Alex Ross Perry's "Listen Up Philip." The indie director hit Park City to premiere his latest and starriest movie yet, and the end result was a picture hailed for its "terrific, attention-getting performances," noting that "it is a remarkable piece of work from this distinctive writer/director." And good news for everybody is that Perry and his 'Philip' star Moss are working together again.

Interview: 'Go Down Death' Director Aaron Schimberg Talks Structure, Reviews, And 'The Da Vinci Code'

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • July 30, 2014 5:14 PM
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Fever dreams can be scarring. However, if you’re filmmaker Aaron Schimberg, you can take that harrowing dip into the subconscious and make it into the fine, singular work “Go Down Death.” His debut film follows a few lives in a desolate village ravaged by constant bombing and unending trauma, changing character perspectives frequently -- ranging from a child gravedigger to a disfigured gambler -- but always maintaining its utter strangeness. It’s also sort of an anomaly in the independent scene, having been shot on 16mm black & white and utilizing both sets and scale models. We saw it last year and raved about it, claiming it “will trouble and beguile the subconscious long after you’ve moved on.”

Oscar Isaac Will Lead David Simon’s Civil Rights Miniseries HBO, Elle Fanning Steps Into A 'Storm' And More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 30, 2014 4:52 PM
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Inside Llewyn Davis
Earlier this year, it was reported that David Simon — the man behind "The Wire" and "Treme" — was writing an HBO miniseries biopic about Martin Luther King Jr. Whether that project is still going or perhaps shifted directions is unclear, but Simon has a new project coming on HBO, with similar thematic matter, and it sounds great.

Quentin Tarantino, Christopher Nolan, Judd Apatow & J.J. Abrams Team Up To Save Film Stock

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 30, 2014 4:10 PM
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Quentin Tarantino, Christopher Nolan, Judd Apatow & J.J. Abrams Team Up To Save Film Stock
A couple of years ago, things were looking grim for Kodak. The legendary film company couldn't keep up with the digital age, and were on the brink of bankruptcy, but managed to bounce back last fall. While the company promised to be more contemporary in their approach going forward, they also said that film stock was part of their future as well. And a bunch of filmmakers teamed up to make sure the industry ensures that in an increasingly digital age, there is still room for good, old fashioned physical film stock.

The Essential Jacques Demy: The Director's Candy-Colored Films Get The Criterion Treatment

  • By Erik McClanahan
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  • July 30, 2014 3:23 PM
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Jacques Demy, Essentials, Criterion
“French director Jacques Demy didn’t just make movies—he created an entire cinematic world.” So say the good folks at Criterion over at the page for the recently released box set of perhaps the most undervalued member of the French New Wave. Demy stood out compared to the rest of the movement, insofar as he embraced a lot of Hollywood cliches—storybook romances, melodrama, musicals (quelle horreur!). But at his best, Demy did all that while subverting audience expectations.

Step Into A Fairy Tale With New Images From Disney's 'Into The Woods'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 30, 2014 3:03 PM
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Into The Woods
After a bit of back and forth by Stephen Sondheim over the changes made to his musical "Into The Woods" for Disney's big screen, star-studded version, he's ultimately behind the "first-rate" production, and now the studio can push on with promoting the film. And today they've dropped a handful of new images to take you in the alternate fairy tale world you'll experience later this year.

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