The Playlist

Marrakech Film Festival '11: Terry Gilliam Talks 3D, 'Harry Potter,' 'Watchmen' & The Inoffensiveness Of Modern Comedy

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 15, 2011 12:58 PM
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Producer Kathleen Kennedy Says 'The Calculus Affair' Eyed For 'Tintin' Sequel; 'Prisoners Of The Sun' Won't Be Used For Third Movie

  • By Jen Vineyard
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  • December 15, 2011 12:32 PM
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Even before "The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn" hit theaters, the filmmakers were planning not one but two sequels -- commissioning writer Anthony Horowitz for at least one of them, which Peter Jackson would direct. The next installments was long thought to be "Prisoners of the Sun," but producer Kathleen Kennedy told The Playlist that they have different stories in mind now for the second film, including one that Peter Jackson had previously said he's a fan of. Moreover, it seems "Prisoners Of The Sun," rumored to be the third movie instead of the second, may not factor it at all.

Jeremy Renner Talks About His Role In 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol' & The Ensemble World Of 'The Avengers'

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • December 15, 2011 11:58 AM
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Since 2009, Jeremy Renner has established himself as the go-to guy for characters with mysterious pasts and unpredictable futures. In fact, he’s so good at it, he got two Oscar nominations in a row playing them in “The Hurt Locker” and “The Town.” In “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,” Renner plays another character, Will Brandt, whose history is linked in unrevealed ways to the series’ longtime hero, Ethan Hunt, and in perhaps predictable form, Renner is reluctant to say too much about Brandt, even in an interview about the film.

Trent Reznor Was Set To Score Parts Of 'One Hour Photo' But He Was Dealing With Drug Addiction & Studio Hesitation

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 15, 2011 11:35 AM
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While Trent Reznor now has an Oscar under his belt thanks to his score for "The Social Network," and looks like he'll be heading back to the Kodak Theater in February for his re-team with David Fincher on "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo," had things gone differently, the Nine Inch Nails frontman would have made his film composing debut more than a decade ago.

Hans Zimmer Says He Riffed On Mozart, Schubert & European Gypsy Music On 'Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows' Score

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • December 15, 2011 10:58 AM
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Since making a name for himself with the scores for films like “Rain Man,” “Backdraft” and “Crimson Tide,” Hans Zimmer has become one of the most in-demand composers in the entertainment industry. Remarkably, he’s not just prolific, but enormously acclaimed. In addition to composing sixteen scores -- in 2010 and 2011 alone - Zimmer won an Oscar for “The Lion King” and earned seven more nominations for everything from “Rain Man” to “Inception.” Amazingly, even when it comes to even sequels, Zimmer told The Playlist he’s not interested in resting on his laurels, much less his past accomplishments.

They're Behind You: 'John Carter' Gets A Ridiculous IMAX Poster

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 15, 2011 10:44 AM
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One of the dicier blockbuster propositions of 2012 will also be one of the first to land -- we're talking about Disney's mega-budget version of Edgar Rice Borroughs' pulp hero "John Carter."  Everyone from Robert Rodriguez to Jon Favreau has tried to bring the character -- a Civil War vet transported to Mars -- to the big screen, but in the end, it was Pixar vet Andrew Stanton ("Finding Nemo," "WALL-E") who landed the job, with "Friday Night Lights" star Taylor Kitsch in the lead role.

New Images From 'The Amazing Spider-Man' & More Of The Same In A Couple Of 'The Avengers' Banners

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 15, 2011 10:33 AM
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Even though we're right in the middle of awards season hoopla, it looks like the year (or this week anyway) is going to end on a geeky note. In addition to the much-talked-about prologue, a new trailer for "The Dark Knight Rises" has already leaked online and is expected to be officially released very soon, a poster dropped for "Prometheus" (and a new trailer should coming soon as well) and now two of the big comic book movies of next spring/summer are getting out of the gate with some stuff to look at.

Jane Fonda To Grace Your TV Screen With Role In Aaron Sorkin's HBO Drama 'Newsroom'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 15, 2011 10:21 AM
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To those of a younger generation, it's possible that Jane Fonda is better known as a campaigner and as ex-wife of mogul Ted Turner than as an actress. For twenty years between 1990 and 2010, the Oscar-winning star of "Klute" and "Coming Home" made only two films, the weak Jennifer Lopez comedy "Monster-In-Law," and the even weaker Lindsay Lohan vehicle "Georgia Rule." 

'Corman's World' Director Alex Stapleton Talks About Wrangling Jack Nicholson & Being Inspired By The King Of Exploitation Cinema

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 15, 2011 9:57 AM
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There isn't a splashier or more sensational documentary subject than Roger Corman, a man who has produced hundreds of exploitation and genre movies over the years, answering to no one but himself.

'Easy A' Helmer Will Gluck To Direct Action-Comedy 'Secretaries Day' From 'Iron Man 3' Writer Drew Pearce

  • By Ryan Sartor
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  • December 15, 2011 9:41 AM
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Sony loves Will Gluck. In the course of three movies (“Fired Up!,” “Easy A,” and “Friends With Benefits”) he transformed the company’s Screen Gems shingle from a cheap huckster of common genre flicks (the “Underworld” movies, “Takers,” “Priest,” “Burlesque”) into the premiere haven for somewhat-intelligent inexpensive mainstream comedy features (and, yes, also, common genre flicks).

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