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Contest Giveaway: 3 DVD Copies Of 'Chronicle'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 11, 2012 1:37 PM
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While "The Avengers" is currently holding the mantle of the superhero movie of 2012, earlier this year something a bit more sly and subversive hit theaters: Josh Trank's "Chronicle." A kind of coming-of-age story told through the prism of the superhero genre, the film is a unique and original tale that finds teens newly blessed with superpowers not putting on tights to save the world, but mostly just trying to figure out what it all means, while harnessing and refining their skills. Made on a modest budget, the movie is a pretty exciting piece of work with an explosive finale. In case you missed it, we've got a few DVD copies for some lucky readers.
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Alec Baldwin Joins Woody Allen's Next Pic; Reunites With Russell Brand For 'Man That Rocks The Cradle'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 11, 2012 1:17 PM
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With "30 Rock" getting picked up by NBC for one last, shortened, 13-episode season, it looks like Alec Baldwin is going to have a bit more time on his hands. The actor is starting to fill up his calendar and is calling on a couple of recent pals to help him do so.

10 Unmade Tim Burton Films: From 'After Hours' To 'Superman Lives' & More

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 11, 2012 1:00 PM
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It's curious that a director as idiosyncratic and... well, just plain weird as Tim Burton has become one of Hollywood's A-listers. But from 1989's "Batman" to 2010's billion-dollar grossing "Alice in Wonderland," the helmer's managed to turn his dark, gothic imagination into something that genuinely captures the hearts and minds of the general public. Indeed, films like "The Nightmare Before Christmas" and the upcoming "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," which are produced by Burton, show that he, like Alfred Hitchcock before him, has become one of the few directors who's become a true brand name: if they see his name involved with a project, an audience know what to expect, whether he directed it or not.

"We're Mission: Plausible, Not Mission: Impossible": Tony Gilroy Talks 'The Bourne Legacy'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 11, 2012 12:36 PM
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With the summer movie season underway after the opening of "The Avengers" last weekend, there's one movie that's taking a stealthier approach: "The Bourne Legacy," the fourth film in the blockbuster Robert Ludlum spy franchise, and the first without star Matt Damon in the lead role. Bringing in writer-director Tony Gilroy, who penned all three films to date before he went on to find his own success as a helmer with the Oscar-nominated "Michael Clayton," the film sees Jeremy Renner star as Aaron Cross, an operative from a CIA program more advanced than Operation Treadstone, with new cast members Edward Norton, Rachel Weisz, Oscar Isaac and Stacy Keach joining the returning Joan Allen, David Strathairn and Albert Finney.

Nothing To See Here: There's Little Reason To Be Worried About 'Django Unchained'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 11, 2012 12:22 PM
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Let's try and keep this brief, shall we? Two actors dropped out of Quentin Tarantino's would-be subversive Western cum slave epic "Django Unchained" this week -- to be more exact, the news of these two actors dropping out of the film came out this week. Presumably this actually happened a while ago. Sacha Baron Cohen had to exit the film to do press for his upcoming comedy, "The Dictator," and he and his people surely gave Tarantino and the producers a heads up about this, so it came as no sudden surprise.

New Wong Kar-Wai Short Film 'Dejavu' To Premiere At Cannes

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 11, 2012 11:56 AM
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Looks like Wong Kar-Wai has something up his sleeve for everyone who has been patiently awaiting his next feature film "The Grandmasters." While it won't be making the Cannes Film Festival like many had hoped, with more shooting happening this month and a December release date in China lined up, it looks like we'll have a brief treat to hold us over until then.

Stephen King's 'The Reach' & Ray Bradbury's 'From The Dust Returned' Headed To The Big Screen

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • May 11, 2012 11:39 AM
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Adapting books into films is big business for studios, and this week two of the authors who are considered the cream of the genre crop will be seeing their written work turned into full features on the silver screen.

Sony Already Smurfing 'The Smurfs 3'; Script Being Smurfed By 'Over the Hedge' Smurfs

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • May 11, 2012 11:23 AM
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Talk about planning ahead. Before our megaplexes can even be graced by the currently in-production sequel to 2011 children’s flick “The Smurfs,” the film’s studio Sony is really eager to turn the epic saga of these little blue individuals into a trilogy.

Review: A Breezy, But Meandering 'A Bag Of Hammers' Is Only Half A Movie

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • May 11, 2012 11:05 AM
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There are ample pleasures of the half-movie. Features of the half-film include a lack of b-plot, a meandering tone, haphazard scenes, and a barely feature-length runtime. The reasons why productions result in half-movies usually come from vastly re-written scripts, overrunning schedules and/or eclipsing an allotted budget, but they tend to fade away into obscurity. “A Bag Of Hammers,” which opens in theaters showing actual whole movies this Friday, features a few likable actors and a strong score from Johnny Flynn, and so it qualifies as a breezy diversion of sorts. But is it a movie?

Zooey Deschanel Bringing 'Coal Miner's Daughter' To The Stage; Tom Hanks Broadway Bound With 'Lucky Guy'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 11, 2012 10:45 AM
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We usually don't report on theater stuff, but when the names involved are as heavyweight as they are here, it's a bit hard to ignore, so onward...

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