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'21 Jump Street' Helmers Phil Lord & Chris Miller Lining Up Magician Thriller 'Carter Beats The Devil'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 4, 2012 11:45 AM
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Phil Lord and Chris Miller are starting to look like something like miracle workers. Until a few years ago, the duo were known, if they were known at all, for their work on short-lived MTV animation "Clone High," but made their directing debut three years back with 3D CGI animation "Cloudy With Chance Of Meatballs." It wasn't anticipated by many -- a picture-book adaptation about food raining from the skies? Yeah, right -- but those who did see it were delighted by a consistently hilarious, continually surprising film with a lot of heart, and it landed the duo firmly on the map. And then earlier this year, they repeated the trick, taking another piece of unpromising material, in a reboot of 80s TV series "21 Jump Street," and turning it into, yes, a consistently hilarious, continually surprising film with a lot of heart. We've seen them do wonders with premises that don't look like much, so the question is -- what will they do when they have a great piece of material to work with?

First Official Set Photo From 'Iron Man 3' Thrillingly Shows Off The Back Of Robert Downey Jr.'s Head

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 4, 2012 11:21 AM
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Sometimes we don't understand movie marketing. After showing off a pretty exciting batch of new footage at the MTV Movie Awards last night, Warner Bros. lawyers have been spending their Monday sending emails and promptly taking it down all over the internet. Sounds counter-intuitive to us. Meanwhile, Marvel formally announced that "Iron Man 3" is kicking off production today and treated fans with an official set photo featuring.....a bunch of junk in the foreground, some Iron Man suits that nerds will be clicking/zooming/obsessing over and most thrillingly of all, the back of Robert Downey Jr.'s head. Covered by a clapperboard.

Maybe They Could Use A Hologram? GZA Won't Be In The ODB Biopic 'Dirty White Boy'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • June 4, 2012 11:19 AM
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While our minds were being blown by the possibility of Michael K. Williams playing Ol’ Dirty Bastard alongside the actual Wu-Tang Clan in the upcoming ODB biopic “Dirty White Boy,” GZA’s rep was writing to Pitchfork to say that ”[GZA] is not appearing in the ODB / Jarred Weisfeld movie. I can’t speak for the rest of the group, but definitely not true about GZA.”

5 Things You Might Not Know About 'Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 4, 2012 11:02 AM
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While "Star Trek" is now a huge, beloved franchise, recently reinvigorated by J.J. Abrams' reboot (and, fingers crossed, next year's sequel to that film), it wasn't always like that. The original 1960s series had low ratings, and only lasted three seasons, and while success in syndication let to a film version being greenlit in the aftermath of "Star Wars," that film, 1979's "Star Trek: The Motion Picture," proved hugely expensive, and less profitable than Paramount had hoped.

Charlize Theron Says 'Fury Road' Not A Sequel Or Prequel & Now Shoots In July; Pitching Modern Day 'Hatfields & McCoys' For TV

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • June 4, 2012 10:38 AM
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Charlize Theron is enjoying a particularly high profile at the moment thanks to a couple of big roles in “Prometheus” and “Snow White and the Huntsman” - just think how much we’d be talking about her right now if she’d have justifiably picked up an Oscar nomination earlier in the year for her performance in “Young Adult." Now that all of those films have (just about) made their way to theatres and can be judged on their merits, we can now turn our attention to some of her upcoming projects including George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road.”

Uncut Scenes From Ang Lee's 'Life Of Pi' To Screen In Front Of 'Prometheus,' 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' & 'Ice Age: Continental Drift'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 4, 2012 10:18 AM
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The unexpected highlight of this year's CinemaCon was undoubtedly Ang Lee's "Life Of Pi." The industry convention (which is gaining a larger press presence year by year) found 20th Century Fox unveiling the first footage from Ang Lee's 3D project that the studio has had in development for years, with a variety of directors unable to crack it. Well, it seems Lee has not only found a way into the story based on the acclaimed novel by Yann Martel, but knocked it out of the park. Reactions were breathless, with many proclaiming after only seeing ten minutes of footage that is was going to be a major Oscar contender. And while that remains to be seen, Fox is clearly buoyed by the early word and want to start getting audiences excited too.

Recap: 'Game Of Thrones' Thrillingly Closes Out Season 2 With Songs Of Ice & Fire

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 4, 2012 9:56 AM
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While the series has kept the "Game Of Thrones" title from the first novel, George R. R. Martin's book series are collectively known as "A Song Of Ice & Fire," and while hints of the relevance of that have been contained throughout the show so far, that title has never been so front & center than in "Valar Morghulis," the superb season two finale, which managed to give satisfying climaxes to most of the ongoing stories that have run throughout the last nine episodes, including those that have been rather less developed.

Watch: 3 Character Trailers For Aaron Sorkin's 'The Newsroom'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • June 4, 2012 9:38 AM
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With last night’s season finale of “Game Of Thrones,” HBO is sending their marketing department into overdrive in advance of, what they hope will be, their next flagship show, Aaron Sorkin’s “The Newsroom.”

Ridley Scott Admits He Cut 'Prometheus' For Ratings, But Says There Won't Be A Director's Cut On DVD

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 4, 2012 9:23 AM
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"MPAA, get your house in order,” Ridley Scott said earlier this year as he was in the final stages of getting "Prometheus" ready. And while there was some concern that the highly anticipated film might be neuteured for a PG-13 rating, fans were relieved when it was officially confirmed that the film will be rolled out in theaters with an R-rating. But it seems Scott still had to make some sacrifices to get the movie out there.

Rupert Sanders Says He's Planning Films On DEA's Origins & Sci-Fi Version of 'Battle Of Algiers'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • June 4, 2012 8:58 AM
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Following the oscillation of hesitant studio opinion around “Snow White and the Huntsman,” it's nice to see everything settle down and reflect the film as the flavorless, modest earner that is its destiny. No person could be happier for this news though than director Rupert Sanders, who, with this weekend's $55 million box office take, finds himself in the enviable position of assessing future projects, two of which he's recently teased to the public.

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