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First Reviews For 'The Amazing Spider-Man' Spin A (Mostly) Positive Web

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 19, 2012 6:17 PM
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Even though the film doesn't begin hitting theaters internationally until next weekend, U.K. critics have put on their monocles and taken out their quill and dropped the first reviews for Sony's "The Amazing Spider-Man" reboot. And, somewhat surprisingly, it's getting some mostly very, very positive early notices.

Sony Pictures Classics Picks Up Pedro Almodóvar's 'I'm So Excited' For Summer 2013 Release

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 19, 2012 5:54 PM
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Sony Pictures Classics and Pedro Almodóvar are cinematic peanut butter and jelly, a union that is never wrong and has been fruitful for many, many years. So no duh, the arthouse shingle has once again teamed up with the helmer to distribute his next film, "I'm So Excited." No word yet if the Pointer Sisters will be on the soundtrack.

Watch The New 'The Dark Knight Rises' TV Spot, Or Better Yet, Just Make Your Own Damn Trailer

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • June 19, 2012 5:21 PM
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The Marketing Rises. In case you missed it, this morning brought with it a brand new trailer for "The Dark Knight Rises" with more epic looking stuff to stoke the flames of anticipation. But what if you wanted to bring some of the BRAAAHM yourself?

Sam Mendes To Direct 'Charlie & The Chocolate Factory' Stage Musical, Opens In London June 2013

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • June 19, 2012 4:56 PM
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Roald Dahl’s books have all slowly but surely been adapted (in some form or another) over the years. On the big screen, the most recent attempt to adapt Dahl’s work was Wes Anderson’s (in this writer’s opinion) abominable attempt to turn one of the author’s finest children's books into a quirky animated heist for adults – “Fantastic Mr. Fox.” The first, however, and arguably best Dahl cinematic adaptation was Mel Stuart’s “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” (an adaptation of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”) back in 1971 featuring an unforgettable performance from Gene Wilder. We’ve seen the book adapted since (and with less success) by Tim Burton, and the story that remains one of Dahl’s most famous and loved will now be making its way to the stage thanks to “American Beauty” and “Skyfall” director Sam Mendes.
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Bryan Cranston Says a 'Breaking Bad' Movie Sequel Is “Not Far-Fetched,” Plus Teaser Photos For The Show's Fifth Season

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • June 19, 2012 4:44 PM
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For four seasons straight, creator Vince Gilligan has overseen a near-perfect narrative of suspense and drama in “Breaking Bad,” and it has all been in service of showing Walter White through his inevitable path to darkness. As the series enters its fifth season next month, viewers are ready to finally see that bleak conclusion, but a few choice words from Bryan Cranston recently regarding his character have entertained other potential avenues to come.

Rob Zombie Goes Sports, Will Direct 'Broad Street Bullies' About Notorious 1970s Philadelphia Flyers

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 19, 2012 4:21 PM
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Hockey movies aren't exactly the easiest sell. While the genre has spawned a hit every now and again -- "Miracle," "Mighty Ducks," "Slap Shot" -- more often than not, movies like this year's "Goon" come and go with nary a peep (though it did well in, you guessed it, Canada). And even Kevin Smith, who at one point was furiously talking up his two-movie finale "Hit Somebody," has quieted down about that one. But Rob Zombie, of all people, looks to be the next guy who will strap on the skates.

Christina Ricci Goes 'Around The Block'; Jimi Hendrix Biopic 'All Is By My Side' Finds Its Keith Richards

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • June 19, 2012 4:10 PM
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In this edition of casting round-up, we have two very different films -- one’s a touching and inspiring story set in the contemporary Australian inner-city and the other is a biopic that’s been disavowed by the subject’s estate.

Posters For 'Taken 2,' 'Expendables 2' & 'The Watch' Arrive

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 19, 2012 3:51 PM
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Poster time. First up, it's "The Expendables 2," wherein Sylvester Stallone brings back his geriatric action team, including Jet Li, Jason Statham and Dolph Lundgren, along with Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jean-Claude Van Damme. We're generally against it, but thank god for Photoshop touchups, as this is a ghastly looking sausage party. The original film started out slow at the box office, but eventually crawled to a very respectable $274 million worldwide. Presumably the sequel can at least duplicate those numbers, otherwise, what’s the point? “The Expendables 2” is set for an August 17th release.

'The Walking Dead' Star Jon Bernthal Joins Martin Scorsese's 'Wolf Of Wall Street'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 19, 2012 3:45 PM
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It appears getting killed off on a hit cable show isn't necessarily a bad thing. At least not if you're Jon Bernthal. The actor who had his character axed at the end of the second season of "The Walking Dead," didn't take long to find a new gig, landing a lead role in Frank Darabont's new TNT show "L.A. Noir." And now he's going to spend this summer hanging with Martin Scorsese. Not bad.

Anatomy Of A Tweet Gone Awry AKA Josh Hartnett Won't Be In 'Daredevil' Despite Massive Wishful Thinking

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 19, 2012 3:29 PM
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Le sigh...George Orwell once wrote, "journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations," which means 99% of what we do is the latter (we're not fooling ourselves). But lord, this 2+2=7, "Daredevil" story is a bit sad even for our crazy world of would-be, very wishful thinking.

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