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Spike Lee To Direct Eddie Murphy In HBO Biopic On Notorious Washington Mayor Marion Barry

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 9, 2011 9:07 AM
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Well, here's a pretty big surprise. Eddie Murphy, who was poised for a comeback with "Tower Heist," seemed to have those hoped dash by the film underperforming at the box office, coupled with his association in the Ratnergate Oscar ceremony fallout, that led to the comic actor stepping down as the host. And just when we pegged Murphy as simply returning to his recent run of dreck -- he's got "Hong Kong Phooey" on the horizon for chrissakes -- we were hit out of left field with this.

Alexandre Aja Tapped To Direct Joe Hill's Supernatural Horror Story 'Horns'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 8, 2011 8:22 PM
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Imagine waking up one day with a pair of curved horns sticking out of your forehead. That is the predicament that Ig Perrish, the protagonist of Joe Hill's wonderfully contemplative horror novel "Horns," and if there's one filmmaker we would love to see that image brought to the screen, it's Alexandre Aja, the French filmmaker behind "High Tension," the stylish "Hills Have Eyes" remake, and last summer's giddy-gory fun "Piranha 3D." Thankfully, according to the Hollywood Reporter, this will be the case.

'The Evil Dead' Remake Will Scare Up Multiplexes On April 12, 2013; Will Apparently Be Like 'The Shining' Meets 'Hellraiser'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 8, 2011 7:42 PM
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Nothing says scary like Halloween spring? Well, away from the usual logjam of horror schlock that fills up the mulitplexes every October, Sony is hoping people will be in the mood to get scared, as Blood Digusting report they're gonna drop the movie in theaters on April 12, 2013.

Watch: 'What to Expect When You're Expecting' Trailer Reveals It's The 'New Year's Eve' Of Pregnancy Movies

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 8, 2011 7:26 PM
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Sew up your vaginas and get a vasectomy because having a baby sucks!  The trailer has landed for birth control movie of 2012, "What To Expect When You're Expecting." If "We Need To Talk About Kevin" didn't scare you off having children, this should do the trick.

New Look At Rihanna In 'Battleship'; Peter Berg Says He Hopes To Make Sequels

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 8, 2011 5:53 PM
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Oh yeah, "Battleship." We kind of forgot about this $200 million dollar board game adaptation (good lord), but it's just around the corner and the marketing campaign is going to start heading up soon for the film. A handful of outlets, including Movieline and The Hitlist were invited to the editing bay to chat with director Peter Berg about this upcoming film, and a few new images have come along for a ride as well. And yes, in case you forgot, this is the movie where Rihanna plays a Naval officer, but Berg reveals she brought the uh, "urban swagger" he was looking for in the movie.

Guy Ritchie Takes Over 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 8, 2011 5:05 PM
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After being rumored/offered a handful of projects this year, ranging from "Cannonball Run," "300: Battle Of Artemesia" and "Excalibur" (which wound up falling apart anyway once Warner Bros. moved ahead with "Arthur & Lancelot"), it looks like the WB has found a project for their "Sherlock Holmes" director to tackle next.

Watch: Zac Efron Stalks A Girl Whose Picture He Saw In Iraq In Trailer For 'The Lucky One'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 8, 2011 4:37 PM
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OH GOOD. ANOTHER MOVIE BASED ON A NICHOLAS SPARKS BOOK.  The man who has made a career and a fortune out of mining the same plot over and over and over again and is responsible for movies like "Dear John," "Nights In Rodanthe," "A Walk To Remember," "Message In A Bottle" and yes, "The Notebook," is back with "The Lucky One." Which is probably a not-so veiled reference to his success.

BRAAAM & Beats: Hans Zimmer & Pharrell Williams Are Music Consultants For The Oscars

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 8, 2011 4:18 PM
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Damn son, the Oscars are going to get some serious swagger.

David Gordon Green “Embraces The Cliches” Of Mainstream Comedy; Says ‘The Sitter’ DVD Will Have Some Wild, Dark & Absurd Extras

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  • December 8, 2011 3:23 PM
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David Gordon Green is the rare (or odd-duck) director that has a preternatural understanding of both the poetic and the absurd. While his career is a head-scratcher to most, the first gift is clearly expressed in his early indie films (especially his Criterion-approved debut "George Washington" and "All The Real Girls") and the latter talent is evinced in his recent spate of studio-endorsed comedies which include “Pineapple Express” and “Your Highness.”

'Knuckle' Director Ian Palmer Talks Bringing The Documentary To TV, Reveals Vin Diesel Was Interested In Movie Rights

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 8, 2011 2:58 PM
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Aside from maybe Errol Morris' "Tabloid," there is no story you'll see in a docmentary this year as astonishingly odd and visceral as that in Ian Palmer's "Knuckle." But unlike Morris' film, which centers on a single incident in the already quirky life of one woman, Palmer's film tracks the simmering real life feuds between multiple families that has deloved in an endless series of bare knuckle fights between warring members. In "Knuckle," Palmer weaves an incredible tale, captured from more than a decade's worth of footage he shot as an invited witness to the matches, centered around the Quinn-McDonaugh family of Irish travellers and their battles with the Joyce and Nevins clans. The film is raw, brutal stuff with men of all ages -- from lads barely out of their teenage years to grandfathers -- meeting every few months to settle a variety of scores in bloody bare knuckle fights on the backroads of Ireland.

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