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Aubrey Plaza Says 'Charlie Swan III" Is Set In A "Fantasy Version Of The '70s"

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 30, 2012 2:20 PM
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Filmmaker Roman Coppola is no stranger to chronicling strange corners of some seminal cultural decades. While he's spent the last decade assisting friends and family like Sofia, Francis Ford Coppola and Wes Anderson (he co-wrote the upcoming "Moonrise Kingdom") his vastly underrated directorial debut, "CQ," is a hilarious and wonderfully weird look at the '60s, filtered through the black and white solipsism of the French New Wave and the wacky, outre aesthetic of spy films like "Danger Diabolik" and cornball sci-fi like "Barbarella."

Watch: Matthew Broderick Brings Ferris Bueller Back In Super Bowl Ad For Honda

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 30, 2012 2:06 PM
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At home sick from work today but...secretly playing hooky? Well, this one will feel extra special.

Amazing: Stephen Colbert Pitches Maurice Sendak On 'Where The Wild Things Are 2: Still Wildin!' Starring Vin Diesel

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 30, 2012 1:42 PM
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Who says great ideas are dead in Hollywood? Leave it to Stephen Colbert to best every Hollywood executive town.

'Stretch Armstrong' Hits Theaters On April 11, 2014 But Not With Taylor Lautner; Relativity Producing Instead Of Universal

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 30, 2012 1:18 PM
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2011 was the year of the great purge over at Universal. A sudden round of belt-tightening saw the studio put the brakes on a number of projects ("At The Mountains Of Madness" and "The Dark Tower" among the most high profile), but no relationship was cut more severely than the one with toymaker Hasbro. With Universal in deep to the tune of $200 million for "Battleship," they wisely realized that maybe this whole turning toys in to movies thing isn't such a hot idea and over the last twelve months dropped a number of those projects that were brewing including “Monopoly,” “The Gathering,” “Magic,” "Clue" and "Ouija" (though Hasbro is continuing to develop them). And you can now add one more to the body count.

Matthew Vaughn Will Return To Direct 'X-Men: First Class' Sequel

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 30, 2012 1:01 PM
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Well, the wheels were in motion and it was probably just a matter of time. Last fall you'll remember that much to the chagrin of fans everywhere, "X-Men: The Last Stand" writer Simon Kinberg was hired to pen the sequel to "X-Men: First Class." While the film was ultimately a bit of a disappointment for Fox -- it's still the lowest grossing effort in the series -- it at least won back the fanboys to the franchise who had given up after 'Last Stand' and the flat out awful "X-Men Origins: Wolverine." And with it's main cast -- Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence and James McAvoy -- all set to become bigger stars in the next year or so, it's a no-brainer to put them all in the same movie again (especially if they're contractually obligated). Now, one more factor in the qualitative success of 'First Class' is back.

'The Lorax' Producer Chris Meledandri Talks Staying Faithful To Dr. Seuss While Interpreting The Book For The Big Screen

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • January 30, 2012 1:00 PM
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In the last four years, Chris Meledandri has carved out quite a remarkable niche for himself and his company, Illumination Entertainment, becoming one of the most reliable hitmakers in animated entertainment, using his experiences at Walt Disney Pictures and 20th Century Fox Animation to make box office home runs out of “Despicable Me” and “Hop” for Universal Pictures. His latest project, ”Dr. Seuss' The Lorax,” brings him back to his days at Fox, where he supervised “Horton Hears A Who,” and creates another vivid, exciting Dr. Seuss adaptation in collaboration with directors Chris Renaud and Kyle Balda.

Watch: Peter Berg Directed Ad For Mini Roadster Goes Over The Edge; Will Helm Super Bowl Spot For 'The Voice'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 30, 2012 12:40 PM
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Though Peter Berg will be busy for a good chunk of 2012, putting the finishing touches on his expensive board game/alien invasion movie "Battleship," the multi-tasking director is keeping the creative juices flowing with some advertising work.
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Craig Wedren To Score Stuart Blumberg's Directorial Debut 'Thanks For Sharing' Starring Mark Ruffalo & Gwyneth Paltrow

  • By Simon Dang
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  • January 30, 2012 12:20 PM
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Former Shudder To Think lead singer Craig Wedren has signed up to score the directorial debut of "The Kids Are All Right" screenwriter Stuart Blumberg, sex-addiction drama "Thanks For Sharing."

Book Review: 'Sherlock Holmes On Screen' Is An Exhaustive And Informative Look at Pop Culture's Greatest Sleuth

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • January 30, 2012 12:05 PM
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First appearing in 1887, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes eventually featured in four novels and 56 short stories and the legacy of the sleuthing detective is unparalleled, and the devotion of his fans is, to this day, truly remarkable. Holmes has been adapted and appropriated endlessly, either in straight reworks of the original stories, or riffs, parodies, or spin-offs. It’s telling that just this moment there are two highly visible Holmes in popular culture – Robert Downey Jr’s brawling take in “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Thrones” and Benedict Cumberbatch’s erudite modern incarnation on the BBC series “Sherlock” (it just wrapped its second season). So it’s no small task to try and catalog the various on-screen Holmes appearance. Thankfully, Alan Barnes is up to the challenge with his wonderful new compendium, “Sherlock Holmes on Screen: The Complete Film and TV History.” Sherlock himself would have been proud.
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Sundance: FilmDistrict Take Rights To 'Safety Not Guaranteed,' Magnolia Buy 'Compliance,' 'Nobody Walks,' '2 Days In New York'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • January 30, 2012 11:40 AM
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Sundance may be over for another year, but as Gordon Gekko mercilessly taught us: money never sleeps. So even though Park City has born witness to their annual mass exodus, there are still some films hanging around waiting to be bought and we have news of six films that have snagged distribution deals.

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