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Paramount Will Follow-Up The Oscar-Winning Weirdness Of 'Rango' With...Another 'SpongeBob Squarepants' Movie

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 28, 2012 6:38 PM
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Well, it was only a matter of time before Paramount announced plans for a new animated film. After all, the studio's last animated feature, Gore Verbinski's bizarro western "Rango," picked up the Best Animated Feature Oscar on Sunday, besting beloved independent features and two box office juggernauts from former titan DreamWorks Animation (which, incidentally, Paramount currently distributes). But nothing has been solidified as the studio's follow-up to "Rango," until today, when Viacom President and CEO Philippe Dauman announced a new "SpongeBob SquarePants" movie for release in late 2014 (via the Hollywood Reporter). So, um, that's happening.

Former 'Thor 2' Director Brian Kirk Takes Robert Ludlum's 'The Osterman Weekend'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 28, 2012 6:09 PM
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You would think with the massive success of the Bourne franchise, studios would be falling over themselves to develop anything by Robert Ludlum to the big screen but it has been slow going. Outside that series, the last Ludlum property to get produced was the TV mini "Covert One: The Hades Factor" in 2006. But the wheels have been turning on "The Osterman Weekend" for a long time now and a new director has taken the film.

Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon, Cameron Diaz, Beyoncé & Andy Samberg To Star In The Musical 'One Hit Wonders'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 28, 2012 5:29 PM
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It's hard to believe that up until now, "Glee" creator Ryan Murphy hasn't tried to bring his musical success to the big screen. Instead, he went traveling around the world with Julia Roberts (who wouldn't?!) in "Eat Pray Love," and is developing the AIDS drama "The Normal Heart." But it seems he hasn't left big, gaudy numbers behind as he's gearing up a star studded musical to destroy your ears. 

Russell Crowe Now Officially Negotiating To Board The Ark For Darren Aronofsky's 'Noah'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 28, 2012 5:08 PM
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First rumored at the beginning of the month alongside Liam Neeson as a potential star for the film, and then confirming via Twitter that he was eyeing the gig, Variety reports that Russell Crowe has now formally entered negotiations to topline Darren Aronofsky's "Noah."

Marc Forster Goes From Zombies To 'Cowboy Ninja Viking' For Next Movie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 28, 2012 4:29 PM
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You would think Hollywood would've learned last summer after audiences rejected the mashup "Cowboys & Aliens" that mixing nuts and gum doesn't work. But try, try again right? So here was have "Cowboy Ninja Viking" (sigh) and with Marc Forster now attached to direct, it's closer to invading your screens.

Bill Murray Gets Presidential In New Pics From 'Hyde Park On Hudson'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 28, 2012 4:01 PM
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While both Daniel Day Lewis and Benjamin Walker will portray Abraham Lincoln this year, Bill Murray as usual is going down his own distinct path playing a different president, Franklin Delano Roosevelt in "Hyde Park On Hudson." And this writer is anticipating it more than either "Lincoln" or "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" and Focus Features has dropped a few new images to tease the film.

Watch: New 'John Carter' Trailer Bleeds Blue

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 28, 2012 3:30 PM
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So, "Waterworld" folly of epic proportions or does everyone just want to see an expensive movie bomb? While "John Carter" is the biggest role of the dice so far in 2012 (at least until "Battleship" shows up), it has been benefitting from new buzz (mostly from the geek set) which the chorus ringing out that it's not horrible. Okay, not exactly the heartiest of endorsements but Disney will take what they can get at this point.

Marilyn Monroe Blows Out The Candle On The Poster For The 65th Cannes Film Festival

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 28, 2012 3:02 PM
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There is no one now or since quite like Marilyn Monroe. Her enduring appeal is understandable, and this year she's going to Cannes.

Watch: New Tease For 'Prometheus' Confirms Guy Pearce Plays Peter Weyland In The Film, Explains Who Prometheus Actually Is For Those That Never Went To High School

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 28, 2012 2:37 PM
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With all the talk of the rumors and news about the "Blade Runner" sequel/prequel/whatever and Ridley Scott's Cormac McCarthy penned "The Counselor" we kind of forgot about "Prometheus." But Fox didn't and just to remind you this film is still coming, a new viral clip of sorts has arrived.

Review: 'This Is Not A Film' Is Jafar Panahi's Highly Moving Depiction Of His Own House Arrest

  • By Alison Willmore
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  • February 28, 2012 2:04 PM
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The title of Jafar Panahi's "This Is Not A Film" is a nod to the fact that the 75-minute feature is shot on a DV camera and an iPhone, and consists mostly of Panahi and his collaborator and friend Mojtaba Mirtahmasb hanging out in the former's high-rise apartment over the course of a day. But it's also a postmodern jab at the lousy circumstances that led to its own existence -- this is not a film, because Panahi is banned from making films for the next two decades. He's under house arrest, awaiting news of his appeal of the six-year prison sentence he was given for his actions in support of Iran's opposition movement, forbidden from talking to the press and from leaving the country, silenced. For its premiere at Cannes, which Panahi wasn't, of course, able to attend, it was reportedly smuggled out on a USB stick hidden inside a cake. "This Is Not A Film" is about the realities of being deprived of your voice, and it's funnier and sadder than any summary of its contents suggests, a work that's an act of protest that ties itself into its filmmaker's past before becoming a vulnerable, melancholy ode to carrying on and hoping you won't be left behind as the world you've been denied rolls on outside your gates.

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