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'Harry Potter' Writer Steve Kloves To Pen & Direct Live Action 'The Jungle Book' For Warner Bros.

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 27, 2012 4:46 PM
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To put it bluntly, Warner Bros. owes Steve Kloves about two billion dollars. Roughly. As the man who adapted every entry in the 'Harry Potter' series of films, he played an integral part in turning the young adult novels into box office sensations that not only won over dedicated fans of J.K. Rowling's work, but also helped bring on new devotees for what is one of the most successful franchises of all time. And now, it looks like Kloves is going to use that goodwill to direct his first film in over two decades.

Sam Raimi To Produce MGM's 'Poltergeist' Reboot

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 27, 2012 4:06 PM
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Update: THR confirms that Raimi will produce MGM's "Poltergeist" reboot and help select a director. The film has a script from "Rabbit Hole" and "Oz The Great And Powerful" writer David Lindsay-Abaire.

SFIFF: tUnE-yArDs Live Score For Buster Keaton & Fatty Arbuckle Films Did Not Disappoint

  • By Sean Gillane
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  • April 27, 2012 4:04 PM
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One of the most anticipated annual events at the San Francisco International Film Festival is the live score performances held each year. While it would be hard to top last year’s Tindersticks live performance of their own Claire Denis scores, this year’s pairing of tUnE-yArDs (led by Merrill Garbus) and guitarist Ava Mendoza with a collection of Buster Keaton and Fatty Arbuckle films did not disappoint.

So, 'Chronicle' Director Josh Trank Is Working On A 'Fantastic Four' Reboot After All; 'Chronicle 2' Moving Forward

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 27, 2012 3:32 PM
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Tom Rothman has been dropping truth bombs all over CinemaCon. Already dishing out morsels about a possible New Mutants movie and revealing that, by hook or by crook, it will be Ridley Scott's version of "Prometheus" we see at the multiplex on June 8th, he delivered another interesting little nugget.

Review: 'Payback' A Dense Dissection Of Debt Based On The Musings Of Margaret Atwood

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • April 27, 2012 3:04 PM
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What is the essence of debt, and what is debt that doesn't have a money solution? Canadian essayist, novelist, activist, and general "ist" Margaret Atwood pontificates on the complex nature of this kind of liability in "Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth," a non-fiction book and the spring-board for Jennifer Baichwal's concisely titled"Payback." Atwood's deconstruction of the idea is incredibly deep, at times both frightening and amusing; Baichwal attempts to translate her lecture into a documentary/video essay and succeeds in creating something original yet still retaining the strength of the author's voice. The director manages to look at what various people owe to each other, from small scale (what convicts owe to both their victims and society) to all encompassing (how we, as humans, beholden to our planet).

Kevin Feige Says 'Iron Man 3' Will Be The "Antidote" To 'The Avengers'; Says Tony Stark Could Be Replaced Bond Style In Future Movies

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 27, 2012 2:59 PM
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With "The Avengers" currently flying high on unbelievable buzz and critical praise, it seems the game plan for Marvel and Kevin Feige is to do the complete opposite of everything in Joss Whedon's movie for "Iron Man 3." Wait, what?

'Safe' Director Boaz Yakin On Fight Choreography, 'Batman Beyond,' And How Hard It Is To Make A Movie In The Current Climate

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 27, 2012 2:24 PM
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Few directors have had careers as varied (and, quite frankly, bizarre) as Boaz Yakin's. He started out working on screenplays for big action movies like the Dolph Lundgren "Punisher" and Clint Eastwood's "The Rookie," before segueing into more personal material as a writer/director (1994's "Fresh," 1998's "A Price Above Rubies"). Yakin would have the biggest hit of his career with a script he didn't write, with the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced inspirational football movie "Remember the Titans." Since then he has bounced around between high profile screenwriting jobs ("Prince of Persia: Sands of Time," again for Bruckheimer), personal projects (2008's little-seen "Death and Love") and genuinely WTF-worthy choices (he directed the Britney Murphy romantic comedy "Uptown Girls"). This weekend, though, he's back and kicking ass with "Safe" – a sophisticated, New York-set action movie starring Jason Statham. We talked to Yakin about his weird career, what he wanted to accomplish with "Safe," and whatever happened to his "Batman Beyond" movie.

Watch: Trailer For Judd Apatow's 'This Is 40' Starring 'Knocked Up' Duo Paul Rudd & Leslie Mann

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 27, 2012 2:00 PM
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This is 38? Middle age comes crashing down hard in "This Is 40," the sort-of-sequel to "Knocked Up," and the first trailer is here to give us a taste of Judd Apatow's latest turn behind the camera, one that finds him once again stretching into dramatic territory while still bringing his trademark laughs, driven by life's uncomfortable, real moments.

'Dark Shadows' Soundtrack Features Iggy Pop, Alice Cooper, The Carpenters, T-Rex & More

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 27, 2012 1:47 PM
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Composer Danny Elfman has written the score to Tim Burton's "Dark Shadows," starring Johnny Depp, natch. It probably sounds a little like the music featured here (though you can actually hear it here). However, what's likely a bit more interesting than the original score, is the soundtrack to Burton's comedic '70s-set vampire tale based off a 1960s ABC soap opera about a family tormented by strange supernatural occurrences.

Is This An Alternate Universe? 'Fringe' Gets Renewed For Fifth (And Final) Season

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 27, 2012 1:16 PM
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Well this is something of a surprise – “Fringe,” the much-beloved but dismally rated sci-fi series created by J.J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, is getting a reprieve. Fox has announced that they’ve made a deal to bring back the series for a fifth (and final) 13-episode stretch, mostly, it seems, because it’s a DVR powerhouse and Abrams is someone who the network likes to keep happy (although its unclear whether or not his uneven “Alcatraz” will be back next season).

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