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Melissa McCarthy Says 'Bridesmaids' Sequel Without Kristen Wiig "A Terrible Idea"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 9, 2012 3:23 PM
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It has been no secret that Universal wants to sequelize "Bridesmaids," but they've found a roadblock in form of its creator, co-writer and star Kristen Wiig. Demurring from any talk of a sequel, Wiig has done everything except sign on to another followup to the breakout comedy hit of 2011. She's lined up a slate of projects -- "Imogene," "The Comedian," and the recently announced "Freezing People Is Easy" -- but Universal isn't going to wait around. The studio has every intention of going forward with "Bridesmaids" sequel whether it's with Wiig or without, but it seems they may miss out on another integral ingredient to film's success.

Watch: 'Moon' Director Duncan Jones Heads Back To Outer Space With Virgin Money Ad Scored By Daft Punk

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 9, 2012 2:43 PM
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While we wait to see what the next feature helmed by "Moon" and "Source Code" director Duncan Jones will be, his latest gig has found him heading back in outer space. Richard Branson is now moving into banking with Virgin Money and Jones has directed by the first ad, and it finds him taking a brief trip back in time.

'The Devil Inside' Director William Brent Bell Cashes In, Will Helm 'The Vatican' Another Found Footage Style Movie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 9, 2012 2:14 PM
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William Brent Bell just might be the most hated director by moviegoers right now, but studio execs love the dude. Even though it earned a rare "F" CinemaScore, thanks to some clever marketing on behalf of Paramount's cheapie Insurge label, "The Devil Inside" screamed its way to the top spot over the weekend, obliterating all expectations with over $30 million at the box office. So why is everybody up in arms?

DGA Nomination For David Fincher Continues 'Dragon Tattoo' Awards Season Run

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 9, 2012 1:35 PM
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While it may not have seemed like it right away, it turns out the sleeper Oscar contender this year might just be "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo." Initially regarded as a pulp thriller and a bit of holiday season counterprogramming, the film has quietly been building steam, with some strong critical buzz, a steady pace at the box office which will likely see it take $100 million domestically, and Sony is already eyeing getting the sequels underway by the end of the year (though, Fincher will likely be moving on).

Contest Giveaway: DVD Copies Of Bela Tarr's 'The Man From London' With Tilda Swinton & Hong Sang-Soo's 'Night And Day'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 9, 2012 1:05 PM
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Tired of big holiday multiplex fare turning your brain to mush, and looking for a bit of art and substance instead? Well KimStim/Zeitgeist Films is kicking off 2012 with new releases from two of world cinema's most celebrated auteurs. On Tuesday, January 10th Bela Tarr's "The Man From London" and Hong Sang-Soo's "Night And Day" will hit DVD shelves, and are worth tracking down.

Tom Hanks To Star & Produce Animated Sci-Fi Series 'Electric City' For Yahoo!

  • By Ryan Sartor
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  • January 9, 2012 12:53 PM
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Exclusive online original content by big stars has gained traction in recent years with folks like Kiefer Sutherland, Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt finding a digital creative outlet (not to mention the massive success of Funny Or Die). But now, one of Hollywood’s favorite sons is getting in the mix: Variety reports that Tom Hanks is partnering up with Yahoo! and Reliance Entertainment on an animated sci-fi program called “Electric City.” Hanks has been developing the project for eight years. He will get a “created by” credit on the show as well as provide the voice of the title character.
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Awesome: Mr. Bungle & Faith No More Mastermind Mike Patton Scoring Ryan Gosling's 'The Place Beyond The Pines'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 9, 2012 12:24 PM
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Wow, we weren't expecting this. At all. Thus far, director Derek Cianfrance has shown a proclivity for either soul music (which fills his directorial debut "Brother Tied," which is one of the reasons keeping it from being properly released -- the licensing costs are expensive) or indie rock (the Grizzly Bear powered "Blue Valentine," which also featured the rarity "You And Me" by Penny & The Quarters). But Mike Patton? Damn, son.

Billy Bob Thornton's 'Jayne Mansfield's Car' Leads Competition Slate In Berlin; 'In The Land Of Blood And Honey' Gets Special Screening

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 9, 2012 12:02 PM
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Billy Bob Thornton and Angelina Jolie...together again? Okay, not quite, but both filmmakers are headed to Berlin next month to present their latest films as the Berlinale has unveiled their competition slate, which does contain a couple of interesting titles to take note of.

Exclusive: Blake Lively, Jude Law & Channing Tatum Will Lead Steven Soderbergh's 'The Side Effects'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 9, 2012 11:38 AM
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We're a couple of weeks away from the arrival of the actioner "Haywire," the first of two Steven Soderbergh films getting released this year (to be followed by male stripper drama "Magic Mike" in the summer), but with the director's retirement/hiatus from filmmaking looming, he's not hanging around.

Sony Officially Plans To Make 'Dragon Tattoo' Sequels, But David Fincher Is Looking To Direct '20,000 Leagues' Instead

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 9, 2012 10:49 AM
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While the quiet opening last month of Sony's big budget "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" had many speculating that the studio would quietly kibosh the planned the sequels in the face of underwhelming box office, David Fincher's film has shown some remarkable legs. The film is still in the top five at the domestic box office, and looks like when all is said and done, it will crack $100 million domestically -- not bad for a very adult, R-rated thriller that runs more than two-and-a-half hours long. Morever, with recent PGA and WGA nominations, 'Dragon Tattoo' is looking poised to be a bigger Oscar player than expected as well. And while Sony has already said they're continuing to pursue the planned sequels "The Girl Who Played With Fire" and "The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest," it became even more real over the weekend.

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