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'Titanic' Soundtrack Getting Massive 4-Disc Edition; Kate Winslet Kind Of Freaking Out Over 3D Re-Release

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 14, 2012 2:56 PM
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It's coming. One of the biggest movies of all time is getting ready to pulverize all over again as James Cameron's "Titanic" drops anchor this spring, on it's slightly revised release date of April 6th and this time, it's in 3D. Yeah, it's the same movie you know and love (*spoiler* the boat still sinks), but it's been beefed up for contemporary audiences who apparently need stuff to fly at their face to get their money's worth. We would say it's going to be an immersive experience, but that just sounds crass.

Steve Coogan Says 'Alan Partridge' Movie Will Shoot This Summer For 2013 Release; Teases Concept For 'The Trip' Sequel

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 14, 2012 2:11 PM
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While American audiences are only now getting a taste of the talents of Steve Coogan, over in his native U.K. the actor/comedian has been killing it for years. And it all started with his comic creation Alan Partridge. The character became a sensation with British audiences, and while to try and describe him without having actually seen it is an exercise in futility -- he's a consistently lame, earnestly insecure yet narcissitic talk show host -- he spawned two radio series, three TV stints, a book and more. And while Coogan moved on to other characters since, including Tommy Saxondale and a dark version of himself in "The Trip" (more on that in a second), Alan Patridge is coming back. He's currently back in the form of a new webseries "Mid Morning Matters" and the much talked about feature film is around the corner.

Review: 'Thin Ice' With Greg Kinnear & Alan Arkin An Irritating, Shrill Comedy Devoid Of Laughs

  • By Simon Abrams
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  • February 14, 2012 2:00 PM
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When the screenwriters of “Thin Ice” finally play their hand and reveal their film’s obvious twist ending, that dumb plot point almost eclipses all the other lousy things that came before it. But make no mistake, “Thin Ice” is nothing if not consistently lousy. Set in frigid Kenosha, Wisconsin, the film follows Mickey Prohaska (Greg Kinnear), a shifty and increasingly desperate insurance salesman as he tries to con his way to a tropical vacation. Mickey is the leader of a parade of unlikable, uniformly histrionic and very unfunny characters. Living and being around the residents of Kenosha is nightmarish, but not in the humorous, neo-noir-inflected way that director Jill Sprecher (“Thirteen Conversations About One Thing”) and her co-writer Karen Sprecher want us to think.

Billy Bob Thornton Says 'Bad Santa 2' Will Shoot This Fall For Christmas 2013 Release; 'And Then We Drove' Will Lens This Summer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 14, 2012 1:32 PM
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It has been a while since we heard anything about the long developing "Bad Santa 2," the sequel to the hit R-rated comedy that has yet to be topped for holiday raunch. Nearly a year ago it was confirmed that Billy Bob Thornton would be returning to reprise the role of Willie, while over the summer it was revealed that Dimension Films had hired two writers -- Johnny Rosenthal and John Phillips -- to each write separate scripts with the winning screenplay getting the thumbs up to go into production. Well, things have been quiet for a while but it looks like "Bad Santa 2" may finally be going in front of cameras.

New Pics From 'Snow White & The Huntsman' Reveal Mystery Creature

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 14, 2012 12:59 PM
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Oh, so the upcoming "Snow White And The Huntsman" with Charlize Theron as the sexy Evil Queen and Chris Hemsworth and Kristen Stewart as her foes, in a big sword wielding, mature take on the fairy tale isn't epic enough for you? Then how about this...

'The Dark Crystal' Sequel 'The Power Of The Dark Crystal' Goes On Hiatus, Directors Spierig Brothers Move On

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • February 14, 2012 12:39 PM
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Fans of ‘80s cult film “The Dark Crystal” may hang their heads in sorrow today, as it looks as if the decades long development hell for The Jim Henson Company’s sequel to the 1982 fantasy epic helmed by Henson and Frank Oz has taken a bad turn once again.

Paramount Plots Remake Of Alfred Hitchcock's 'Suspicion' With 'The Killing' Showrunner Veena Sud To Write The Script

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • February 14, 2012 12:20 PM
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Helmer Brian DePalma has stated on numerous occasions that his directorial style and even screenwriting has been influenced directly by the work of Alfred Hitchcock, a director who few would argue was a master of visual storytelling. Though while DePalma took his Hitchcock influence and incorporated it into his own sensibilities, some filmmakers like Gus Van Sant or D.J. Caruso, have made ill-advised exacting remakes of Hitchcock’s work with varying degrees of success. Even with the official remake in Van Sant’s shot-for-shot “Psycho,” or in Caruso’s unofficial and doltish “Disturbia,” it looks as if Hollywood has learned very little from the past as another remake has been announced only days after news that there’s another “Rebecca” in the works.

Gore Verbinski Updates Us On 'The Lone Ranger,' Cary Fukunaga's 'Spaceless,' Chris Milk's 'Bitterroot' & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 14, 2012 12:03 PM
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Yesterday, we ran our conversation with "Rango" director Gore Verbinski, where he shared his inspirations for the Best Animated Feature nominee and discussed the development of the film's distinct and unique aesthetic. But with a director as talented and in-demand as Verbinski, he's got a number of movies in the works, either as director or producer. So we asked him to fill us in on a number of his projects, including "The Lone Ranger," Cary Fukunaga's sci-fi flick, "Clue," Chris Milk's "Bitterroot" and Nicolas Winding Refn's heist movie.

'Waiting To Exhale' Sequel To Continue Without Whitney Houston; National Enquirer Planning Doc On Late Singer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 14, 2012 11:39 AM
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As you already know, Whitney Houston tragically passed away over the weekend, in a shocking death that brought in condolences from around the world. The chart topping singer had spent most of the last few years more on the tabloid pages than on the pop charts, but was poised for something of a comeback in the remake of the '70s musical "Sparkle," which is still set to hit theaters later this summer. And if all had gone according to plan, she would have also returned to one of the her biggest and most beloved screen roles, and while the details are still being worked out, it seems it will go on without her.

Rafe Spall In Talks To Headline Working Title Rom-Com 'I Give It A Year,' From 'Borat' Writer Dan Mazer

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 14, 2012 11:39 AM
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Few companies have had as much success with the romantic comedy as British studio Working Title Films. While the company have had something of a banner year, thanks to the success of "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," "Senna," "Johnny English Reborn" and "Contraband," they were built on the rom-com, and particularly those of Richard Curtis, including "Four Weddings And A Funeral," "Notting Hill" and "Bridget Jones' Diary." However, it's a few years since they've really tackled the genre -- 2008's "Definitely Maybe" is actually one of the better entries in recent years, but it never caught on at the box office.

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