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Anthony Mandler Takes Over 'The Last Days Of American Crime'; Sam Worthington Appears Out But Is Noomi Rapace On Board?

  • By Simon Dang
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  • March 13, 2012 11:45 AM
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Previously set up as a teaming between two action staples in F. Gary Gray and Sam Worthington, the gestating adaptation of the comic book "The Last Days Of American Crime" is getting a makeover. Anthony Mandler is now taking on the project as his feature directorial debut, and it appears that former producer/star Worthington is no longer attached.

Neal Moritz Admits Cost Of 3D Conversion & L.A. Shoot Have Killed Plans For A 'Green Hornet' Sequel

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 13, 2012 11:17 AM
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It was a rough and bumpy ride for "The Green Hornet" as it made its way to theaters. With chatter of studio dissatisfaction, poor test audience results, shifting release dates and a late game decision to convert to 3D, the superhero flick still managed to bank a respectable, if not quite blockbuster worthy $227 million worldwide. Sequel plans were always in works, with screenwriter Evan Goldberg saying before the film's release that the story for a followup was already mapped out. And while some folks have been holding out hope that Britt Reid would be back in action, the film's producer has candidly confirmed it's likely not going to happen.

SXSW '12 Review: Weird & Sometimes Confusing 'John Dies At The End' Is Still An Odd & Engaging Genre Treat

  • By John Lichman
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  • March 13, 2012 10:59 AM
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The problem addressing fans of “Midnight” films and wacky horror can succinctly be found in the opening of Don Coscarelli's “John Dies At The End.” It involves axe handles, zombies, mutant leeches, axe heads, hardware store trips and answering a dead man as to whether or not the axe in question is the same that killed him. Confused? If you are, then you don't want to stick around. If you're too overjoyed that the spiritual successor to Sam Raimi has appeared, you're in luck.

Stephen Hawking To Guest On 'The Big Bang Theory'; 'Lost' Showrunner Carlton Cuse Heads To 'The Bates Motel' & More

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • March 13, 2012 10:39 AM
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Here's a bit of small screen news, and what you can expect on the box in the next little while:

Kathryn Bigelow's 'Zero Dark Thirty' Casts Little Known Israeli Actor Yoav Levy As Bin Laden's Third In Command

  • By Simon Dang
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  • March 13, 2012 10:21 AM
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While lensing on the Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal reunion for the newly-titled "Zero Dark Thirty" has already began, the duo look to be casting on-the-fly with little known Israeli theater actor Yoav Levy now joining the project as Osama Bin Laden's reported third-in-command, Abu Faraj al-Libi.

'21 Jump Street' Directors Phil Lord & Chris Miller Reveal The Tagline They're Pitching For The 'Lego' Movie

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 13, 2012 10:02 AM
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While talking with "21 Jump Street" directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller about their upcoming (and, it should be noted, totally wonderful) adaptation of the beloved 1980s television series (and we'll have their thoughts and insights on that soon), we had to ask them about their future projects, including their new animated "Lego" film. It was announced last fall they would be taking on the green-lit movie at Warner Bros., with "Robot Chicken" helmer Chris McKay joining them as well, and they confirmed the live action/animated hybrid is next.

David Cronenberg To Direct TV Pilot 'Knifeman,' Sam Raimi Executive Producing

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • March 13, 2012 9:46 AM
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We've come to expect the unexpected from David Cronenberg, and we certainly didn't foresee that his first feature film in four years, "A Dangerous Method," would turn out to be a talky, stagey, history lesson (even with a good deal of spanking). Neither did we expect that he'd ever be directing a cast that included Robert Pattinson and Jay Baruchel, but we'll see them both in "Cosmopolis" later this year. And we certainly didn't expect that the director, having not stepped onto a television set in over two decades (he helmed an episode of the shortlived "Friday The 13th" series), would be headed back to the small screen.

Watch: Lost 1951 Short Film 'Modern Football' Directed By Robert Altman

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 13, 2012 9:23 AM
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We live in an age where it seems almost every movie is just a mouse click or Netflix queue away, but there are still corners and pockets of the cinema world that are hiding in boxes or have been neglected by time waiting to be rediscovered. And even someone like the legendary Robert Altman still has a few things yet to see to the light of day. However, one of them has now been discovered thanks to director Gary Huggins.

'50/50' Helmer Jonathan Levine In Talks To Direct McG-Produced, Stephen Gaghan-Penned Spy Flick 'Dead Spy Running'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 13, 2012 9:01 AM
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Given that the Bourne, Bond and 'Mission: Impossible' franchises are about as reliable a way of landing a hit as you could ask for, finding a new spy series to turn into a blockbuster is sort of the Holy Grail these days. But clearly, it's trickier to make it work than studio executives would hope for: from "The Saint" and "xXx" to "Shooter," through "Salt" and "Abduction," DVD bargain bins are littered with espionage actioners that never quite got enough traction to sustain a long-running series.

Review: '21 Jump Street' Is A Hilarious, Heartfelt Action-Comedy That Just Might Be An Instant Classic

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • March 12, 2012 10:30 PM
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In cinema as in life, self-awareness can be a virtue or it can be a deadly thing. Since there’s essentially no such thing as originality, conceding that you’re working within existing parameters or with familiar formulas excuses, and can sometimes enhance, the effectiveness of a lot of necessary decisions that eventually must be made in order to tell a story. Calling too much attention to those choices, however, turns storytelling into parody, characters into punch lines, and any emotional investment that may once have existed into fodder for dismissal, if not derision.

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