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John Woo's Next Is Romantic Epic 'Love And Let Love,' Korean Star Song Hye-Kyo, Zhang Ziyi And Chang Chen In Cast

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 21, 2011 10:00 AM
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The path of John Woo's Hollywood career was a sad and rather depressing one; the acclaimed action filmmaker made his first inroads into English language with "Hard Target," "Broken Arrow" and "Face/Off" but the dumb-but-fun feel of those films soon gave way to the dumb-and-boring vibe of "Mission Impossible II," "Windtalkers" and "Paycheck," and the filmmaker has, for the most part, returned to Asia, where he's rediscovered his mojo thanks to his acclaimed two-part epic "Red Cliff" and period actioner "Reign of Assassins," which he co-directed.

Set Phasers To Stun: J.J. Abrams To Post-Convert 'Star Trek 2' To 3D; Considers Shooting In IMAX

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 21, 2011 9:30 AM
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Get ready for the geek crowd to whip out their knives. J.J. Abrams has been consistently inconsistent about his stance on 3D, starting off the year by saying he was pretty cool on the format, to announcing the highly anticipated "Star Trek 2: It's Not About Khan, No Really, It Isn't" would be arriving in the format. Well, he's throwing fans yet another curveball.

Is Ryan Gosling Starring In Gaspar Noé's Bret Easton Ellis-Penned 'The Golden Suicides?'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 21, 2011 9:00 AM
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We can't say we were aware of the fact before, but it turns out that Bret Easton Ellis is quite the movie fan. His Twitter followers have, of late, been treated to streams of updates on the author's opinions of all the latest releases, with a little Oscar prognostication thrown in for good measure. We can't say we agree with all his opinions entirely, but it's certainly been entertaining, and we hope it continues.

Trailer For 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' Finally Arrives; Feels Awfully Familiar

  • By The Playlist
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  • December 20, 2011 10:07 PM
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Well, it screened recently at AICN's "Butt-Numb-A-Thon" -- an annual 72 hour non-stop screening of genre-minded films, plus some early sneak peeks from the new year -- and it was rumored to appear this weekend in front of Warner Bros' "Sherlock Holmes: Game Of Shadows," and that's likely the case, as here it is: the first teaser trailer for Peter Jackson's long-time-coming "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" has finally arrived (almost an ironically fitting title since Guillermo del Toro was originall supposed to direct the film).

Caesar Is Home But Will Apes Speak In 'Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes' Sequel?

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 20, 2011 5:35 PM
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One of the big questions when entering this summer's surprisingly entertaining "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" was whether or not the apes, led by fuzzy rebel commander Caesar (played by Andy Serkis), would end up speaking in the movie. Most of the apes remained mute. But that could change, according to the film's screenwriters (who are hard at work on the sequel).

Angelina Jolie Says Her Afghanistan War Script Is "Ready To Go" If Financing Comes Through

  • By Jen Vineyard
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  • December 20, 2011 4:56 PM
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In a recent "60 Minutes" interview to promote her writing and directorial debut "In the Land of Blood and Honey," Angelina Jolie let slip that she had another project in the wings for her next time behind the camera, what the news program called a war movie set in Afghanistan. So when The Playlist had a moment with Jolie after her 'Blood and Honey' press conference, we asked what that was about.

Arcade Fire Debut Interactive Music Video For "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)"

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 20, 2011 4:35 PM
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For their new music video, oddball Canadian chamber pop band Arcade Fire -- who last year made a music video that utilized Google Earth and had Spike Jonze turn their album The Suburbs into a mini-sci-fi movie set in Texas -- now want you to participate in the editorial process of their new interactive video by dancing. Yes, you heard right. Dance.

Jessica Biel Joins Indie Flick 'Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 20, 2011 4:12 PM
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As it turns out, losing Rooney Mara wasn't so bad. Originally attached to the lead role but bowing out for younger, more age appropriate and recently cast "Skins" star Kaya Scodelario, "Tanner Hall" co-director Francesca Gregorini's "Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes" is getting a pretty nice boost of star power.

Steven Spielberg, Jamie Bell & Nick Frost Talk About Bringing 'The Adventures Of Tintin' From Page To Screen

  • By Jen Vineyard
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  • December 20, 2011 3:55 PM
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When a film takes nearly thirty years to come to fruition, a lot of information gets shared along the way -- so even before "The Adventures of Tintin" comes out this week, most of us know not only the story, but also what's next. Still, director Steven Spielberg, his visual effects supervisor Joe Letteri, and cast members Jamie Bell and Nick Frost had some more to share when they gathered in New York to talk to press about 'Tintin,' where they recounted the project's long path from page to screen and what Peter Jackson contributed in his role as a producer.

Bill Murray Reportedly Sends Dan Aykroyd & Harold Ramis Shredded 'Ghostbusters 3' Script

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 20, 2011 3:37 PM
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Take this with a grain of salt (although, it must be said, they were right about John Edwards' love child), but the National Enquirer (via Slashfilm) is reporting that Bill Murray is really done talking about a potential "Ghostbusters 3." How did he get the message across? Well, the tabloid is reporting that Murray sent a shredded copy of the most recent draft of the "Ghostbusters 3" script to original ghostbusters Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis with a note that read, "No one wants to pay money to see fat, old men chasing ghosts!" Who cares if this is a true story or not, it's sort of amazing.

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