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Warner Bros. Shuts Down 'Akira' Production Office, Future Of The Remake Now In Doubt

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 5, 2012 3:12 PM
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One of the most talked about (and controversial) developing projects of 2011 was Warner Bros. remake of the anime cult classic "Akira." The movie spent much of the year trying to find a cast, with a plethora of names -- Kristen Stewart, Gary Oldman, Ken Watanabe, Helena Bonham-Carter, Paul Dano, Michael Pitt, Toby Kebbell, Ezra Miller, D.J. Cotrona, Logan Marshall-Green, Rami Malek, Robert Pattinson, Andrew Garfield, James McAvoy -- being tossed around for various parts, to join the film's only confirmed actor, Garrett Hedlund. But it seems the inability to find a cast, as well as issues over the budget, may be the nail in the coffin for the film.

Kevin Smith Now Says 'Hit Somebody' Will Be One Big Movie, Aiming To Start Shooting In June

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 5, 2012 2:21 PM
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If there is one guy who should have made a New Year's resolution to stay off Twitter in 2012, it's Kevin Smith. But people love his stream of consciousness tweets even if they lack the soundbyte awesomeness of fellow social media lover, Kanye West. Smith loves to talk, and he's kicked off the New Year by updating his legion on what he's got next.

Review: 'Norwegian Wood' Is Depressingly Beautiful...Or Beautifully Depressing

  • By Kimber Myers
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  • January 5, 2012 1:56 PM
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The most depressing day of 2012 is supposed to be January 16, taking into account things like gloomy weather, fading Christmas joy and general Monday malaise. However, what hasn't been considered in that theory is that Tran Ang Hung's "Norwegian Wood" actually comes out a full 10 days before the supposed most depressing day of the year, giving the 16th a run for its money. Like its source material from Haruki Murakami, this is a beautiful film that exquisitely captures grief and sadness, and unsurprisingly, it probably won't help you if you're suffering from seasonal affective disorder.

Steve Zaillian Earns 2 WGA Nominations; Woody Allen, Diablo Cody & Alexander Payne Also In The Race

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 5, 2012 1:45 PM
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Scorecards will be adjusted and awards prognosticator types will have to adjust their bets, as the WGA have revealed their nominees for their annual awards. Why do we care? The guilds have traditionally been the best augurs for how the Oscar nominees will take shape, mostly because these are the same folks who will be sending in ballots to the Academy. Let's start with the surprises.

'The Wettest County' Bumped To Labor Day Weekend Release, August 31st

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 5, 2012 1:11 PM
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It seems John Hillcoat's curse with The Weinstein Company continues. As you might remember, this solid, though not particularly audience friendly "The Road" was hemmed and hawed over by the studio, before getting a weakly promoted limited release, that it open in just over 100 theaters on its first weekend and never reaching more than 400. Is the same fate about to happen to "The Wettest County"? God, we hope not, but the signs aren't not looking good.

Review: 'Louder Than A Bomb' An Entertaining, Soulful Look At The High School Slam Poetry Scene

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • January 5, 2012 12:56 PM
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Slam poetry. It can be a misunderstood art form, exalted in places like Def Poetry Jam, or snubbed as a silly high school phase. But what Greg Jacobs and Jon Siskel's documentary "Louder Than A Bomb" does so well, is point out how something like slam poetry can offer an outlet, and a way out, for kids trapped in their circumstances. The film follows the Chicago area high school slam poetry competition of the same name, during a particularly dramatic and glorious run in the fall of 2007 and spring of 2008. Focusing on four teens from different Chicago high schools and their experiences with the Louder Than A Bomb competition, the film offers a look into this world and the impact it has on the lives of its participants. The four teen poets-- Lamar, Nova, Nate and Adam-- are clearly the standouts of the competition itself, true success stories for what their high school slam poetry teams have done for them. Framed as a real competition doc, it's an entertaining, soulful look at this significant event in the lives of these young people.
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Henry Joost & Ariel Schulman Return To Direct 'Paranormal Activity 4,' Hits Theaters On October 19th

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 5, 2012 12:35 PM
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It looks like Paramount loves Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman. Fresh off the announcement that "Paranormal Activty 4" would be coming to theaters this year, Paramount is moving fast, mostly because they have to, with Bloody Disgusting reporting that the studio has re-hired the directing pair to crank out another cheapie movie fast.

Review: 'Once Upon A Time In Anatolia' A Masterful, Slow-Burn Epic

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • January 5, 2012 12:05 PM
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Minimalist art filmmaker Nuri Bilge Ceylan spent a long time crafting very personal and breathtakingly photographed tales. His work has never been big on plot, nor have they ever been anything other than glacially paced. Indeed, his general aesthetic isn't very welcoming to the impatient, though those willing to give their attention are always struck by something special. His black and white debut "The Town" is a real toughie, containing less of a story and more of a collection of moments -- but without the presence of a narrative, Ceylan is free to discover and exhibit universal beauty that isn't dependent on deep characters or drama. A "scene" in a classroom becomes magical when a feather floats into the room, with a few children continually blowing it to stay in the air. Let the tales be told elsewhere, because without being too pretentious, this was life he was capturing in its most undiluted form.

She's Here: New Clip, Trailer & Pics From Steven Soderbergh's 'Haywire'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 5, 2012 11:48 AM
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For a guy who is set to retire/take a hiatus from filmmaking, Steven Soderbergh couldn't be more busy. "Contagion" just hit theaters last fall, the stripper pic "Magic Mike" is wrapped and headed to theaters this summer, and oh yeah, he's got another movie, finished for a while now, hitting the multiplex in just a couple of weeks. It's called "Haywire" and it will kick your ass.

So, Kanye West Might Be The "Creative Director" Of 'The Jetsons' Movie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 5, 2012 11:26 AM
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If you were anywhere near Twitter last night, you likely got wind of Kanye West's massive purging session on the social media site, and while we could spend all day digging up nuggets of the rapper's usually golden comments, there is one that Movieline noticed which is certainly...interesting.

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