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Leonardo DiCaprio-Produced Adaptation Of Acclaimed Novel 'Beat The Reaper' Heading To HBO

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 14, 2011 7:01 PM
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Not that we don't love the thing, but we're a little dispirited by the extent to which top-flight filmmakers are ready to jump ship to HBO. Increasingly the home to A-list directors like Martin Scorsese, Michael Mann and Darren Aronofsky, it's becoming one of the few places that smart, prestigious adult projects are treated as if the people who paid for them aren't ashamed of them (witness the push given to, say, "Boardwalk Empire" versus Fox Searchlight's burying of "Margaret"). But furthermore, it seems to be becoming the answer to what happens when a big-screen project hits the rocks.

Nic Cage Revenge Movie 'Seeking Justice' Finally Picked Up By Anchor Bay, Set For March 16th Release

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 14, 2011 6:30 PM
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Nicolas Cage is about this far away from being an exclusively direct-to-video actor.

Natalie Portman Apparently Pissed At Marvel For Firing Patty Jenkins From 'Thor 2' Director's Chair

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 14, 2011 6:09 PM
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Signing up to a Marvel movie has to be a heavy undertaking these days. Famed for being financially thrifty, creatively controlling and normally insistent on constrictive multi-film deals, the studio might have proved successful with their times at bat so far, but having already estranged Jon Favreau and Mickey Rourke, among others, the studio have now allegedly managed to alienate arguably the biggest star not named Robert Downey Jr. in their stable.

Mark Neveldine Says 'Crank 3' "Will Happen" & He Wants Idris Elba To Join Jason Statham

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 14, 2011 5:15 PM
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While talking to British movie magazine Empire, Mark Neveldine, one half of the Neveldine/Taylor directorial partnership behind the two "Crank" movies, has let slip some information that will allow us to all sleep a little more peacefully tonight. Yes, by god, they want to make a "Crank 3." And what's more -- it might co-star one of their "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance" principles. Hallelujah.

'Prometheus' Poster Promises A Search That Will Take Us To "Our End"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 14, 2011 4:54 PM
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"The Search For Our Beginning Could Lead To Our End." So goes the ominous tagline for Ridley Scott's "Prometheus," which continues to point towards the plot that Fox has so far been denying.
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Watch: Guy Pearce Is Armed With One-Liners In Ridiculous/Awesome New Trailer For 'Lock-Out'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 14, 2011 4:42 PM
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This is either gonna be terrible, or awesomely terrible (and we're really hoping for the latter), but no matter how you slice it, the Luc Besson-produced "Lock-Out" (or as it seems to be called overseas "MS One: Maximum Security") looks plain ridiculous. But luckily, Guy Pearce is there to help chew the scenery.
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Brad Bird Talks Possible 'Incredibles' Sequel & Long-Delayed Earthquake Drama '1906'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 14, 2011 4:25 PM
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While making the press rounds for his forthcoming spy sequel "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" (out this Friday in IMAX, next Wednesday in regular theaters), director Brad Bird, who had previously helmed animated films "The Iron Giant," "The Incredibles," and "Ratatouille," got quizzed by MTV's Rough Cut about the status of an 'Incredibles' sequel as well as his long-delayed earthquake drama "1906" (based on the historical novel by James Dalessandro).

Watch: 5 New Clips From 'Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close' To Make You Cry At Your Desk

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 14, 2011 4:06 PM
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We haven't seen Stephen Daldry's adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer's "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" yet but from what we understand it will make you cry your fucking eyes out. Yahoo Movies has just debuted five new clips from the movie, and while they certainly aren't the most emotional clips they could have chosen, you'll still probably want to grab the Kleenex just in case.

Stephen Frears Developing A Remake Of 'The Hit' For Some Reason

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 14, 2011 3:46 PM
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When Criterion reissued a tricked out new edition of Stephen Frears' 1984 gangster flick "The Hit," we were taken aback by what a beautifully composed, totally brutal little thriller it was. A clear inspiration for "Sexy Beast," the film starred John Hurt and Tim Roth as hitmen hired by London gangsters to kidnap a rat (played by Terence Stamp) who has been hiding out in Spain, and bring him to Paris. That's pretty much all you need to know -- it's pretty perfect. For some reason, though, both Frears, his screenwriter Peter Price, and producer Jeremy Thomas, feel that perfection isn't enough and are compelled to revisit "The Hit" in remake form Variety reports. Cue audible groan.

Roger Corman Talks 'Corman's World' Documentary, Causing Trouble At The Oscars & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 14, 2011 3:23 PM
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Critically overlooked and always underappreciated, Roger Corman, the king of exploitation cinema, is just the kind of character that practically screams for his own documentary.

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