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Chris Evans Is Twenty Feet Tall, For Some Reason, In Poorly-Proportioned New Poster For 'The Avengers'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 28, 2012 12:23 PM
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With February coming to a close, the first superhero mega-blockbuster of the year, Marvel's team-up extravaganza "The Avengers," is getting awfully near; the movie will kick off the summer movie season in early May. As such, the final wave of marketing is getting underway, with a final trailer set to arrive in just under twenty-four hours. And as has become tradition, that trailer's been preceded with a new poster, along with a little international sk[r]ullduggery to go with it.

We Read It: Casting Ridley Scott & Cormac McCarthy's Bleak, Beautiful Collaboration 'The Counselor'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 28, 2012 12:00 PM
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Accusations of ageism fly around Hollywood all the time, but they seemed to be fairly definitively refuted in recent weeks when a 78-year-old became the hottest screenwriter in town after his film sold, attracted Ridley Scott and Michael Fassbender, and was fast-tracked into production this May. Of course, it helps if that 78-year-old is Cormac McCarthy, the Pulitzer prize-winning author of "Blood Meridian," "All The Pretty Horses," "The Road" and the source material for Best Picture winner "No Country For Old Men." But it's still a rare achievement, to get a film from the page to a greenlight, with A-list talent attached, in only a matter of days.

Lea Seydoux To Star In Lesbian Romantic Drama 'Blue Is A Hot Color'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • February 28, 2012 11:43 AM
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In recent years, rising French thespian Lea Seydoux has intermittently been crossing the Atlantic for Hollywood film roles, making appearances in "Inglourious Basterds,"Robin Hood," "Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol" and "Midnight In Paris." And while those films have only seen her play smaller supporting or cameo roles, it's certainly brought attention to many of her films back in Europe including recent Berlin-opener "Farewell, My Queen" opposite Diane Kruger.

Mark Wahlberg Hoping To Star In Sacha Gervasi's Remake Of Hit Norwegian Thriller 'Headhunters'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 28, 2012 11:23 AM
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Something happened at some point in the last few years when we weren't looking: Mark Wahlberg became a bona-fide A-lister. Of course, he's been a movie star for nearly fifteen years, but wasn't necessarily a guy who could open a movie on his own, with box-office disappointemnts going back as recently as 2008's "Max Payne." But off the back of "The Other Guys" and the Oscar-nominated success of "The Fighter," Wahlberg seems to have become a major star, as proven by the fact that he single-handedly opened thriller "Contraband" in the January wastelands to an impressive $25 million weekend, and a total getting near $70 million to date.

Contest Giveaway: 5 Copies Of The Documentary 'No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 28, 2012 11:02 AM
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There can be no serious discussion about cinematography without the names of Laszlo Kovacs and Vilmos Zsigmond, two of contemporary cinema's most revered men behind the camera, who between them have worked with directors like Steven Spielberg, Robert Altman, Peter Bogdanovich, Michael Cimino, John Boorman, Brian De Palma, Martin Scorsese, Bob Rafelson...you get the idea. But what many people may not know is that the two also shared a close friendship and incredible story of how they got into the business in the first place, but all that is explored in the fascinating documentary "No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos."

'The Blind Side' Director John Lee Hancock In Talks To Direct Disney's 'Mary Poppins' Making-Of 'Saving Mr. Banks'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 28, 2012 10:40 AM
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It's now over two years since since "The Blind Side" came from nowhere to not only become a surprise box-office smash, but also earn a Best Picture nomination at the Academy Awards, and a Best Actress statuette for Sandra Bullock. As such, it's somewhat surprising that it's taken so long for its writer-director, John Lee Hancock, to get another project going.

Terence Davies To Direct Adaptation Of Gay Lit Classic 'Mother Of Sorrows'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 28, 2012 10:18 AM
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It looks like Terence Davies is taking a page from the book of another director with the same first name: Terrence Malick. The helmer, who generally sees multiple year gaps between projects is moving quickly on his post-"The Deep Blue Sea" slate. He's already lined up his long developing take on the Scottish literature classic "Sunset Song" to be his next film, and now another book adaptation has grabbed his attention.

Watch: Exclusive Clip From The Documentary 'The Island President' Featuring Music By Radiohead

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 28, 2012 9:56 AM
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If you haven't heard about "The Island President" yet, you soon will. The documentary from filmmaker Jon Shenk ("Lost Boys Of Sudan") premiered at Telluride last year and from there headed to Toronto where it picked up a People's Choice Award for Best Documentary. Since then, the film has played a handful of festivals on the way to its release next month, but it has been picking up additional attention thanks to recent events that are making "This Island President" more relevant than ever.

'The Vow' Director Michael Sucsy To Helm Beach Boys Powered Musical

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 28, 2012 9:45 AM
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With "The Vow" becoming the first film of 2012 to cross the $100 million mark, director Michael Sucsy is wasting little time is using that leverage to tackle something a bit more ambitious than the three hankie romance. He's already got another love story of sorts, the "Romeo and Juliet" re-telling in "Rosaline" coming together with Lily Collins, Dave Franco and Deborah Ann Woll but he's already looking at what he'll do after that.

'Horrible Bosses' Writers John Francis Daley & Jonathan Goldstein To Make Directorial Debut On 'Vacation' Reboot

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • February 28, 2012 9:24 AM
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Do you know what audiences are really crying out for? Remakes, remakes, and more remakes. That's what they want. And if it's not remakes then it's reboots. And if it's not reboots it's new projects closely spun-off from a pre-existing popular property. Basically if it lacks originality in any way then audiences will love it...at least that seems to be the thought process that lands us with a reboot of National Lampoon's "Vacation."

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