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Taylor Kitsch Says He Won't Be Finnick Odair In 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 31, 2012 5:20 PM
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While the rumors continue to swirl about who will be playing Finnick Odair in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," as fast as names pop up, they're being swatted down. Robert Pattinson was the first to pour cold water on claims he might be snagging the role, and just a couple of days after a few more names were mentioned, another actor has stepped up to take his name out of the mix.

Thomas Jane To Play Bugsy Siegel In Frank Darabont's 'L.A. Noir'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 31, 2012 5:01 PM
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While Thomas Jane is best known for -- and usually relegated to -- roles that play on his physique and his overt whiff of testosterone, he's somewhat underrated. As anyone who watched HBO's excellent, funny and sadly cancelled "Hung" knows, Jane's man-meat persona was put to good use playing a gigolo in economically-ravaged Detroit, trying to make ends meet for his ex-wife and kids. He was great in the role, showing both the raw sexuality he can project and a tender, softer side as well. All this to say the dude has more range than you might expect, but then again, if you just want him to knock some heads, he can do that too.

Voices Assemble! Beyonce, Colin Farrell, Josh Hutcherson, Amanda Seyfried, Johnny Knoxville, Aziz Ansari, Jason Sudeikis & Steven Tyler Are 'Epic'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 31, 2012 4:26 PM
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20th Century Fox and Blue Sky have certainly never been shy about padding out their animated movies with as many big time celebrity voices as possible, and while the jury is still out on whether or not it makes a difference to the quality of the end product, it certainly can't hurt, and it makes the red carpet a lot more fun.

'X-Men: First Class' & 'Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes' Sequels Set For Summer 2014; 'Independence Day 3D' Hits July 3, 2013

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 31, 2012 3:57 PM
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Ironically, some of us were just having this conversation this morning. Would 20th Century Fox rush its "X-Men: First Class" sequel into production like they did in 2010 for its 2011 release (there was about an eight-month window to shoot and edit the picture and the film suffered because of it, but miraculously wasn't a total disaster)? The answer, thankfully, is no. Fox has set July 18, 2014 as the release date for their untitled sequel to "X-Men: First Class." Original director Matthew Vaughn will be on board once again with all of the original cast, including Micheal Fassbender, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult and many more (they all signed multi-picture deals after all). That should give them plenty of time to write a proper screenplay and not a mediocre one that the cast has to elevate (which was the case with the original). 

'Jupiter Ascending' Plot Rumored To Be Pretty Much Like 'Snow White And The Huntsman'; Joseph Gordon-Levitt Eyed For Role

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 31, 2012 3:54 PM
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Just like Woody Allen or Terrence Malick, The Wachowskis don't like to share what their movies are about until they're good and ready to, but as these things generally tend to go, somebody somewhere usually gets their hands on some kind of material and shares it with somebody else and before you know it, we're writing a post.

Emma Stone To Make A Cameo On 'iCarly' Plus More Pics From 'The Amazing Spider-Man'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 31, 2012 2:57 PM
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Emma Stone is about to be launched into the stratosphere this summer. The actress who worked her way up the ladder with considerable charm in a string of films ("Superbad," "Easy A," "Stupid Crazy Love," "The Help") features in her first franchise in "The Amazing Spider-Man." Then later this fall, she'll go all femme fatale alongside the macho cast of "Gangster Squad." But lest you think she doesn't have time to have fun anymore, you'd be mistaken.

Review: 'Piranha 3DD' Dutifully Fails To Be In On The Joke

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • May 31, 2012 2:19 PM
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If you're gonna go for it, go for it. That was the philosophy Alexandre Aja pursued for the bleakly funny "Piranha 3D," an orgy of death and dismemberment that indulged in the hedonism of spring break before letting loose swarms of genetically-superior fish that were decidedly playing for keeps. As much as Aja's characters had tongue firmly planted in cheek (see: Jerry O'Connell as Joe Francis), his committment to tearing these characters apart like cheap confetti never wavered, orchestrating a straight-faced massacre that might as well have been "Saving Private Ryan" for the "Jersey Shore" generation. Aja, like the piranhas, saw the youth of today and tasted blood in the water, not so much with a smile as much as a predatory grin.

'The Expendables,' 'Red' & 'Step Up' Being Eyed For Potential TV Series

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 31, 2012 2:00 PM
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Earlier this year, Lionsgate bought Summit for big pile of money, and the question more savvy business types began asking was: "Why?" Granted, the indie studio was successful, largely due in part to the "Twilight" franchise, but it remained to be seen how Lionsgate would exploit the rest of their catalog to make the purchase worth the price. Well, now there appears to be some insight into their approach.

James Toback & Alec Baldwin Reveal Details Of The Film They're Trying To Raise Financing For

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 31, 2012 1:58 PM
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Just before the Cannes Film Festival, it was revealed that James Toback and Alec Baldwin were teaming for an under-the-radar, Cannes-set documentary about film financing known as "Seduced and Abandoned." The movie is an attempt to document the duo's efforts to raise financing for an actual movie they are looking to make together (more on that in a second). While some reports suggested it was a mockumentary, the "30 Rock" star has now explained the project's evolution, revealing that he and Toback's motivations quickly changed as they realised they weren't there "to make fun of people. That doesn’t do us any good. I thought let’s come here and let’s ask people a very simple construction which is: What was the movie business like before? What happened? And what is it like now in your lifetime?”

Joe Carnahan's 'Groundhog Day'-Style Action Movie 'Continue' Moving Ahead At Fox

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • May 31, 2012 1:41 PM
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Back in January when Joe Carnahan was busy wrong-footing everyone with a surprisingly mature follow-up to “Smokin’ Aces” and “The A-Team” in the form of “The Grey,” he also started talking a little about what features might come next. One of those was “Continue,” which Carnahan candidly described as “ ’Groundhog Day’ as an action movie,” and “funny as shit.” But we got the feeling that as passionate as he was about that project, he had his heart set on making “Killing Pablo,” which during the same interview he described as being “the best script I’ve ever written.”

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