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'Harry Potter' Scribe Steve Kloves To Write & Direct Legal Thriller 'Defending Jacob'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • May 15, 2012 10:26 AM
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Steve Kloves served as a screenwriter on seven of the eight 'Harry Potter' movies, so he has experience penning good adaptations (“Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”), and not so good adaptations (“Harry Potter and the Philsopher’s/Sorcerer’s Stone”). Okay, maybe that’s not the fairest of assessments as the quality of the 'Potter' films seemed to hang on how well the directors interpreted the scripts, which remained consistently decent throughout. Although, perhaps the franchise’s greatest achievement from a screenplay perspective was turning the rather dull fifth book into one of the most enjoyable films in the series…and that was the one script written by Michael Goldenberg. But then he went and wrote (alongside a plethora of hacks) “Green Lantern,” so it’s all relative, we guess.

Review: 'Something Ventured' A Dry & Repetitive Look At The Money Behind Some Of The Biggest Tech Firms In History

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 15, 2012 10:01 AM
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From the outset, Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine's "Something Ventured" probably isn't something everybody will enjoy. A documentary about venture capitalists, you need to already have something of an interest about the money that has powered some of the greatest technological advancements of the past forty or fifty years. But even for those who are curious about the coin behind the creative minds, this slim documentary (that runs under 90 minutes) quickly falls into a repetitive, narrow minded rut.
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Joel & Nash Edgerton Expanding 'Lucky' To A Feature Film; 'Sleeping Beauty' Helmer Julia Leigh To Adapt Her Own Novel 'Disquiet'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 15, 2012 9:43 AM
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It never hurts to gain a little financial boost for your film, and in this case, the generous folks at Screen Australia have announced that they've lent a hand to two notable projects catching our eye: a re-teaming of Nash and Joel Edgerton for a feature that has the duo writing and Nash directing, as well as a return from "Sleeping Beauty" helmer Julia Leigh who is once again adapting one of her own books for the big screen. 

Jessica Chastain, Mila Kunis, Olivia Wilde & More To Feature In James Franco-Led Anthology Films Based On Poets C.K. Williams & Stephen Dobyns

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 15, 2012 9:23 AM
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Already the out-and-out definition of a entertainment multi-hyphenate, poetry is something that also evidently flows in James Franco's blood, and is a world he loves to delve into for his film projects. Franco has made several shorts based on poems, including works by Anthony Hecht ("The Feast Of Stephen"), Spencer Reece ("The Clerk's Tale") and Frank Bidart ("Herbert White") before playing Hart Crane in "The Broken Tower" and Allen Ginsberg in "Howl." And it doesn't end there either.

Terrence Malick's Untitled Romance Now Called 'To The Wonder,' Lands R Rating

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 15, 2012 9:06 AM
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It was just a couple of weeks ago that we wondered if we were going to be seeing Terrence Malick's then-untitled romance starring (deep breath) Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko, Rachel McAdams, Rachel Weisz, Javier Bardem, Barry Pepper, Michael Sheen and Amanda Peet before the end of the year. And at the time, the answer was: who knew? The enigmatic director keeps to himself and likes to continually tinker, but with two more movies gearing up this year in the formerly titled "Lawless" and "Knight Of Cups," we hoped that meant this one was finally nearing the finish line. And it appears that's the case.

Watch: 4 Minute Super Preview For 'The Amazing Spider-Man' Brings Big Set Piece & Recycled Footage

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 14, 2012 10:51 PM
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Well, you can't say that Sony isn't trying. Launching their new 4 minute super preview of Marc Webb's "The Amazing Spider-Man" they boldly proclaim it's the most anticipated film of the summer. Well, maybe behind "Prometheus" and "The Dark Knight Rises." But we will say this latest trailer is probably the best of the lot yet, giving a strong sense of the tone that we can expect from the movie.

Alfonso Cuarón's 'Gravity' Pushed To 2013; 'Gangster Squad' Lands September 7th Release Date

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 14, 2012 8:48 PM
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Well, if you thought the half-finished, test-screening speculation on Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity" last week was bad enough, just watch what some corners of the internet will be saying about this latest update on the film.

Watch: Bob Balaban Introduces Us To Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Edward Norton & Wes Anderson In 4 'Moonrise Kingdom' Featurettes

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 14, 2012 8:02 PM
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Well, Bob Balaban is currently on his way to France on a red eye flight, and there is less than 48 hours to go until the Cannes Film Festival kicks off with "Moonrise Kingdom."

Channing Tatum Takes The Lead In Roland Emmerich's 'White House Down'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 14, 2012 7:52 PM
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Well, Channing Tatum has officially arrived. After powering two of the biggest hits of the year so far with "The Vow" and "21 Jump Street," the hard working actor is being given the keys to a Roland Emmerich blockbuster. That's not a bad reward at all.

'Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World' Soundtrack Features INXS, French Kicks, Beach Boys, Frank Black & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 14, 2012 6:21 PM
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With the end of the world coming, you might think that some truly apocalyptic sounds from bands like Godspeed You! Black Emperor or Mogwai might be appropriate, but at least in the universe of "Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World," it looks like people are going to get reacquainted with old hits and classic tunes as they meet their untimely demise.

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