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We Read It: Casting Cassandra Clare's 'The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 19, 2012 12:04 PM
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With "Twilight" wrapping up this year, and "The Hunger Games" proving a giant hit, the hunt is on for the next big young adult movie franchise. And we suspect that of all the projects brewing, "The Mortal Instruments" has one of the best chances. The book series by Cassandra Clare has sold millions of copies across its four novels (plus two more in a spin-off series, "The Infernal Devices") to date, as many as any of its competitors. And since the movie version started development, the books' fervent fan-base has come out in force for any tidbit on the project.

Glimpse Spider-Man's Musical Future In New Image from Marc Webb's Reboot

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • April 19, 2012 11:41 AM
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The newest image from director Marc Webb's “The Amazing Spider-Man” reboot has hit the net, and it hints a musical interlude of dazzling import could loom in the webbed crusader's future, and he's developed the perfect accessories for it.

Peter Jackson Ready To Dazzle With 'The Hobbit' In 3D & 48fps, But Will Theatres Be Prepared?

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • April 19, 2012 11:19 AM
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Directors Peter Jackson and James Cameron have spent the past few years extolling the benefits of higher frame rates in film, with Jackson wrapping up “The Hobbit” in 48 frames-per-second and Cameron planning the same or higher for the "Avatar" sequels, but now exhibitors are finally getting a wake-up call as the first of these examples plans to hit theatres.

The Surprises & Notable Absences Of The 2012 Cannes Line-Up

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 19, 2012 11:03 AM
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Early this morning brought one of the most anticipated moments in the cinephile's calendar: the announcement of the line-up of this year's installment of the Cannes Film Festival. And while it reads in places like a parody of a Cannes line-up (Alain Resnais! Abbas Kiarostami! Michael Haneke! Ken Loach!) there's no doubt that we're excited about all of those films, as well as new ones from David Cronenberg, Jacques Audiard and many, many others.

Director Barry Sonnenfeld Says Ending Of 'Men Of Black 3' Leaves Room To Reboot The Franchise

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 19, 2012 10:40 AM
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After a difficult, fractured production that left many wondering if "Men In Black III" was gearing up to be a "Heaven's Gate"-style summer disaster, it seems everyone came through and put something together for the third and final chapter in the series. Or is it? With Sony rebooting "The Amazing Spider-Man" only five years after Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire's "Spider-Man 3" it's clear that in this day of do-overs and remakes, time is hardly an issue. And while this may be the last swing at the alien piñata for Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, the "Men In Black" franchise might still have a new life beyond the upcoming movie.

'Twilight' Author Stephenie Meyer To Bring '70s Young Adult Tale 'Down A Dark Hall' To The Big Screen

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • April 19, 2012 10:19 AM
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As “Twilight” author Stephanie Meyer continues to build upon her Stephen King-like empire in the Young Adult world, with the supposedly adult-minded sci-fi novel “The Host” already set to make it to the big screen next March, she now looks to extended her notoriety by bringing other YA-friendly literature adaptation to the multiplex.

'Fantastic Mr. Fox' Animation Director Mark Gustafson To Helm 'Goblins' For Laika Studios

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • April 19, 2012 9:59 AM
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The sheer thought of animated production house Laika making a new feature should excite most any cinephile or fan of animation, especially with their track record that includes “Coraline” and the upcoming and equally tantalizing "ParaNorman," the horror-themed story of a young boy who looks to save his town from an ages-old curse. We’ve already seen a few trailers for that project, we know composer extraordinaire Jon Brion will be handling soundtrack duties, and frankly we’re pretty excited.

Kristen Stewart Gets An 'On The Road' Poster To Take With Her To Cannes

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 19, 2012 9:46 AM
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It seems that this year at the Cannes Film Festival, it's going to be the young blood earning the attention of the paparazzi. Oh sure, Brad Pitt will be there, but how many pictures of Brad Pitt on the red carpet do you need? Snap-happy cameramen will surely be saving their zoom lenses for Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Zac Efron who will all be featuring in films unspooling at the Palais. And that's a sentence we thought we'd never actually type.

First Look At Cannes Competition Entries Matteo Garrone's 'Reality' & Im Sang-soo's 'The Taste Of Money'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 19, 2012 9:24 AM
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Cinephiles have unwrapped the presents put under the Cannes Film Festival Christmas tree this morning, with organizers unveiling their impressive lineup for the 2012 festivities. And this is the gift that will keep on giving. Over the next four weeks in the lead up to the fest, an array of stills and footage will be released for the films headed to the south of France, and things are off to a good start already. The brand new trailer for David Cronenberg's "Cosmopolis" arrived a few hours before it was officially confirmed for Cannes, and now a couple of fresh images for some In Competition movies are out of the gate.

Tribeca Review: An Unwieldy ‘The Five-Year Engagement’ Is Still Endearing, Funny & Smart

  • By The Playlist
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  • April 19, 2012 8:59 AM
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Funny, touching and occasionally dramatic, Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller’s charming “The Five Year Engagement” falls just short of the modern-day comedy classic category, and yet is deeply entertaining, genuinely amusing and satisfying in the way most shaggy-dog, two-hour-plus comedies are not. Bolstered by a hilarious supporting cast and two genuinely likable leads, the Judd Apatow-produced comedy may feel a little unkempt at times, but the picture has sweet and touching notes to go with the diverting silliness.

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