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Colin Farrell Seeks Vengeance Through His Rifle's Scope In Set Photos From Niels Arden Oplev's 'Dead Man Down'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 7, 2012 11:40 AM
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While the Swedish 'Dragon Tattoo' films didn't grip us as much as David Fincher's version, the overall success of the films (and, in this case, the first film) has paved the way for the talent involved, director Niels Arden Oplev and actress Noomi Rapace. Now hard at work on an English-language reunion, "Dead Man Down," the duo have managed to get us excitied with a grimey-sounding revenge-actioner that boasts a stellar cast that includes Colin Farrell, Dominic Cooper, Terrence Howard and Isabelle Huppert.

First Look At Isla Fisher In Louis Leterrier's Magician-Heist Tale 'Now You See Me'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 7, 2012 11:20 AM
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Louis Leterrier, who broke out with Jason Statham on the first two "The Transporter" films, and went on to direct large scale blockbusters like "The Incredible Hulk" and "Clash Of The Titans," has shifted gears slightly for his next film, the magician-heist tale "Now You See Me."

Puny God: What Worked & What Didn't In 'The Avengers'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 7, 2012 10:57 AM
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Given that it made a record-breaking $200 million over the weekend, and has made two-thirds of a billion dollars worldwide in just over ten days, it seems safe to assume that you've seen "The Avengers" by now. And given that the film received a rarer-than-unicorns A+ CinemaScore from audiences, we assume that you enjoyed it. And rightly so. Not one, but two of our reviews agree that it's one of the best comic book movies to date, and one of the more satisfying summer blockbusters in many moons.

Josh Brolin Says Spike Lee's 'Oldboy' Remake Will Keep Hammer Fight & Octopus-Eating; Has Blessing From Park Chan-Wook

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 7, 2012 10:45 AM
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So many actors and actresses have been linked with Spike Lee's "Oldboy" remake that we have trouble recalling which ones actually scored the roles but things look to be settling down with "District 9" star Sharlto Copley joining Josh Brolin, taking the villain role last week, while Elizabeth Olsen is eyeing the female lead. From early in its conception, the project has been noted as drawing more from the graphic novel source rather than being a direct remake of Park Chan-wook's film but the biggest question has always been where and how Mark Protosevich's script differs.

Xavier Dolan Announces Fourth Film, Will Direct Adaptation of Michel Marc Bouchard's Play 'Tom à la Ferme'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • May 7, 2012 10:16 AM
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Young director Xavier Dolan continually provokes a divisive stance with his lush, personal films, but even his detractors must admit he knows how to stay insanely prolific. With his third directorial effort, “Laurence Anyways” readying for its Cannes Film Festival premiere next week, Dolan seeks to maintain that reputation with news of his follow-up film already in the pipeline.

Review: David Mackenzie's Music Festival Rom-Com 'Tonight You're Mine' Has A Tin Ear

  • By Sam Price
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  • May 7, 2012 9:57 AM
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Not many films are set at music festivals. D.A. Pennebaker’s documentary, “Monterey Pop” is vital, we’ll grant you, and other rock docs that expose something fundamental about the artists they’re profiling (“Don’t Look Back,” “Gimme Shelter”) remain compelling portraits of some of the most important artists of the twentieth-century. But, much like stand-up comedy or running for high office, fictional recreations of what compels a human being to get up onstage in front of thousands of people and expose themselves to the public at large, are far and few between.

Joss Whedon Says 'The Avengers' DVD/Blu-Ray Will Have 30 Minutes Of Deleted Scenes

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • May 7, 2012 9:38 AM
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We shouldn't really be surprised by this, given that it's Joss Whedon we're dealing with, but it looks like that when it comes to "The Avengers" it seems like there's no end to the awesomeness in sight. Whedon delivered a kick-ass five-star blockbuster to an international crowd, and stepped things up a notch further by adding a second post-credits sting to the version that played to North American audiences this weekend. $200 million record breaking dollars later and he's still not done, with Whedon dropping some hints to Collider about what may turn up on what's now the most anticipated DVD/Blu-ray of the year.

Andre 3000 Starring Jimi Hendrix Biopic Moving Forward, Starts Shooting In 3 Weeks, John Ridley Directing

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 7, 2012 9:19 AM
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Considering how long this has been in development, and the number of similar projects that have fallen by the wayside including a mooted Paul Greengrass directed biopic, and a fictional road trip style movie, we figured the Andre 3000 starring Jimi Hendrix movie was not going to happen. Hell, even as far back as 2008 the actor/rapper himself said, "The funny thing with the biopics [is their uncertainty], I mean, it’s the same thing with ‘Hendrix.’ It’s kinda like, until you are on set doing it you can’t say what’s going on, because everybody wants to do the movie, but there are so many things that go into a biopic.” Well, it looks like the movie is actually going ahead.

Guillermo Del Toro Says 'Prometheus' Has Killed 'At The Mountains Of Madness' Because They Both Have The Same Final Twist

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 7, 2012 8:58 AM
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While Guillermo Del Toro fans are excited about the director's upcoming monster movie "Pacific Rim," they are still mourning the demise "At The Mountains Of Madness." A passion project for the helmer, the H.P. Lovecraft adaptation was kiboshed by Universal last spring, likely due to the high pricetag (said to be in the neighborhood of $150 million) and Del Toro's insistence on an R rating, something that would have made the financial profitability of the movie a tough sell, even with Tom Cruise attached to star. Over the summer, Del Toro revealed he was still hoping to make it saying that he's "not giving up. ‘Mountains of Madness’ has been with me for thirteen, fourteen years and I really don’t want to give up on it. Look, the movies I do, I stick with them when I think, well, if I don’t do it, nobody will....‘Mountains of Madness,’ the way I plan to do it is a very peculiar take, and I think if I don’t stick with it the version I would like to see would never get made.” Unfortunately, it looks like he's finally throwing in the towel.

Debra Granik Eyes HBO Series With Midwest-Set Pilot 'American High Life'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • May 7, 2012 8:37 AM
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Given that “Winter's Bone” helmer Debra Granik has supplied star turns to not only Jennifer Lawrence but Vera Farmiga as well, it's surprising to see her name mentioned still on so few projects. Luckily however, change is in the wind, and since Granik dropped her “Pippi Longstockings” adaptation from her slate, she's been announced to direct an adaptation of Russell Banks' “Rule of the Bone,” and now's she set to shoot an upcoming pilot for HBO.

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