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Discuss: Will Michael Mann & 'Hugo' Writer John Logan's Unmade 1930s Hollywood Noir Ever Make It To The Screen?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 19, 2012 10:17 AM
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The walls of the studio backlots have always been haunted by the films that never made it into production. Whether through design, tragedy or somewhere in between, every great filmmaker and star has at least one project that slipped through the net, films that, had they made it to the screen, might have stood among the classics. Indeed, we've run down through several of the casualties of development hell in the past (part one, part two, part three, part four). Over the weekend, new details of one of the projects we've featured emerged, which made us wonder: might it be one of the few to get a second lease on life?

SXSW '12: Jack Black Talks 'Bernie' & Says He's Still Trying To "Crack The Code" On 'School Of Rock 2'

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • March 19, 2012 10:00 AM
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Jack Black is a goof – at least when you watch him on screen: from “High Fidelity” to “School Of Rock” to “Kung Fu Panda” to “Tropic Thunder,” Black exudes a manic, febrile energy that is irresistibly funny, if not charming, even when he’s being mean or maybe a little bit obnoxious. But off camera, Black isn’t the kind of performer who seems to feel the need to maintain that silly sensibility, and he’s in fact quite mellow. All of which is why his turn in the new film “Bernie” is a such a refreshing and unique change of pace for Black; pitched at a tone between his level-11 comedy and off screen quietude, he delivers a fascinating, sympathetic performance as a genteel Texas funeral director who unexpectedly murders the wealthy widow he befriends after performing services for her late husband. Black scores a home run in the role, lending subtlety and real humanity to character whose odd combination of characteristics – all of which are evidently real – could have come off as cartoonish.

On Second Thought, Leave The Kids At Home: 'The Expendables 2' To Be R-Rated, Says Stallone

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 19, 2012 9:45 AM
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Everyone, fanboys or no, appreciates the fact that Sylvester Stallone has his hand on the pulse of his audience. When working on the first installment of "The Expendables", he seemed to cast the picture based on what fans wanted to see, he fired 50 Cent when his casting was met with hostility, and he did heavy duty work in the editing room to make sure the PG-13 he was shooting for became a last-minute R rating. He also made a film that was a massive show of bland fan service, absent of the nuance or savagery that powered "Rocky Balboa" and "Rambo", even refusing to stay true to his title by keeping every single hero alive. Though Stallone's not in the director's chair this time, it looks like he's done it again, flip-flopping on the rating for a film that's already been shot despite previous comments to the contrary.

Watch: 5 Minutes Of 'Lockout' Footage From WonderCon

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 19, 2012 9:19 AM
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Wavering somewhere between a plain dumb action movie and a knowing riff on the plain dumb action movie, we continue to be cautiously optimistic about "Lockout" but this new, extended 5 minute look at footage at the film highlights both the good and the bad of what we can expect from the film when it opens in a couple of weeks.
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Watch: Denis Leary Talks To Daily Bugle TV In New 'The Amazing Spider-Man' Viral Video

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 19, 2012 8:58 AM
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WonderCon was this weekend, and as you might have noted, all eyes were on "Prometheus," with Ridley Scott's sci-fi epic debuting about nineteen different trailers over the course of the weekend, leading the other big comic book movies that were at the fair to fight for scraps of attention. Among them: "The Amazing Spider-Man," Marc Webb's reboot of Sony's key Marvel superhero franchise.

Watch: New Trailer For 'Snow White And The Huntsman' Focuses On The Man Hired To Hunt Her Down

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 19, 2012 8:09 AM
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While "Prometheus" may have stolen the movie trailer fire over the weekend (see what we did there?), the week is kicking off with a bang as a new trailer for the highly anticipated "Snow White & The Huntsman" has arrived, and it promises to face the darker aspects of the story head on. After all, it is a bout a Queen who wants to eat a young girl's heart.

Ridley Scott Says There Will Be A Second 'Prometheus' Film "If We're Lucky," Plus U.K. Trailer

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 18, 2012 4:36 PM
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If you'd like to cynically file this one under "no shit Sherlock," we won't entirely blame you, but hear us out for a second. Way back when "Prometheus" was first announced circa March 2010, it wasn't "Prometheus." Written by Jon Spaihts and conceived then as a full-blown prequel to 1979's “Alien,” when the announcement first arrived, Ridley Scott himself corrected journos that had asked about the prequel during “Robin Hood” press. “Prequels, two films," he stressed, noting both would be shot in 3D but wouldn’t be shot back to back.

Review: 'Life's Too Short' Gets Darker, Grows More Incisive As It Heads Toward The Season Finale

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 18, 2012 12:58 PM
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While Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant have been rightly celebrated for creating some of the best, most observant comedy of the last few years in "The Office" and "Extras," the success and brilliance of those shows have been possible due to their willingness to eviscerate the main characters. David Brent and Andy Millman both have their ego and hubris splashed heavily with buckets of cold water throughout both series. What has made both of those shows rise beyond their seeming sitcom trappings, has been the greater character truths that arrive as their grand ambitions face hard and harsh reality.

Weekend Box Office: '21 Jump Street' Takes The Box Office To School

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 18, 2012 11:56 AM
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It really doesn’t matter how popular a show was back in the day - as long as it’s a vaguely recognizable title with a good cast, you’re guaranteed a certain level of results. “SWAT” lasted only one year, memorable mostly for its theme song, and yet the movie version grabbed $37 million back in the summer of 2003. Nine years later, a similar opening has greeted “21 Jump Street,” the television show of which ran for four forgettable years in the late '80s and is more famous for spawning megastar Johnny Depp than for having any great story lines or standout moments.

New Look At Rooney Mara Shooting Scenes For Terrence Malick's 'Lawless' At SXSW

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 18, 2012 11:16 AM
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While the film portion of SXSW might be over, this weekend in Austin a plethora of bands are vying for attention in the clubs and streets of the city for the music portion of the festival. And it appears Terrence Malick was on hand as well.

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