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'Gambit,' 'Seven Psychopaths' & 'The Words' Nab 2012 & 2013 Release Dates

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 15, 2012 7:37 PM
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It's release date madness today. You've got the cynical nostalgia cash-grab of "Jurassic Park" (which is coming out next summer in a 3D re-release, ca'ching!), you've got a Tom Cruise sci-fi film from the director of "Tron: Legacy" ("Oblivion" which is now dated for spring 2013) and now we've got three more films that finally have release dates attached to them.

'Jurassic Park' Comes For Your Modern 3D Dollars In Re-Release Set For July 19, 2013; 'Oblivion' Arrives April 26, 2013

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 15, 2012 6:56 PM
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Well, if his buddies James Cameron and George Lucas are doing it, why not Steven Spielberg? It's an easy cash grab, nerds will eat it up thought they'll pretend to complain about it, and the studio doesn't really have to do anything except spend some coin on conversion and some cursory marketing. And hell, Universal is so confident about this movie, they're giving it a prime real estate summer release date.

Watch: Johnny Depp & Tim Burton Go Gothic & Comic In Trailer For 'Dark Shadows' Plus New Pics From The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 15, 2012 6:08 PM
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Well, after a never-ending supply of still photos and a ridiculously short glimpse of footage contained in a preview for an episode of "Ellen" (we're not kidding), the first full length trailer for "Dark Shadows" has finally arrived.

Hugh Jackman Circles Back & Will Star In 'Prisoners' From 'Incendies' Director Denis Villeneuve For November 2013 Release

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 15, 2012 5:33 PM
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Over two years ago, a very early incarnation of the long, long developing Black List script "Prisoners" was put on hold. At the time Hugh Jackman was circling the lead, but wasn't quite locked down, with Antoine Fuqua set to direct, but it didn't come pass. And while a few more stars and directors came and went in the years since, the project is one that seems to have been lodged in Jackman's memory as he's now back to star.

Yet Another Nicholas Sparks Book Headed To The Big Screen, This Time It's 'The Best Of Me'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 15, 2012 5:04 PM
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There is nothing Hollywood execs like more than a sure thing, and as far as novelists go, Nicholas Sparks is a pretty secure bet. Movies based on his books generally don't cost all that much to produce, bring out a dedicated audience, make an honest profit and then bring in plenty of ancillary coin. Easy breezy. And while "The Notebook," "Dear John" and "The Last Song" top the adaptations so far by gross, it's actually Warner Bros. who land in the bottom three slots with the less memorable "Message In A Bottle," "Nights In Rodanthe" and "A Walk To Remember" to their name. But by God, they are going to give it another shot.

Clive Owen, Billy Crudup, Mila Kunis, Marion Cotillard, Zoe Saldana & More Make 'Blood Ties' With Guillaume Canet

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 15, 2012 4:40 PM
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In the works for a couple of years now -- the project first surfaced in 2010 -- Guillaume Canet's '70s set thriller "Blood Ties" has finally come together, and it features one helluva fucking cast.

23 High School Movies That Get The Passing Grade

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 15, 2012 4:17 PM
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Considering it's where most of us (bar the weird home-schooled kids) spend our crucial formative years, where we have our first fights, our first loves, our first tentative steps into adulthood, it's no surprise that high school has long been a popular setting for a movie. A range of genres (but generally leaning towards comedy) have taken place in those hallways, particularly from the 1980s onwards, when John Hughes, among others, made an entire career out of the lives and loves of 15-18 year olds.

SXSW '12 Review: Richard Linklater's 'Bernie' Starring Jack Black Is A Harmless, But Charming & Funny Effort

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 15, 2012 3:06 PM
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Employing a laid-back, jovial and amiable mien, Richard Linklater's latest effort, the East Texas-set black comedy "Bernie," is not unlike the Austin-based filmmaker himself: affable, eager to please without pandering, and highly likeable. In fact, "Bernie," starring Jack Black as an endearing mortician and well-loved member of his small-town community in Carthage, Texas, is so delightful, and rather wryly comical, it’s easy to be charmed with the picture despite its modest ambitions, small-scale aims and slight nature.

'Killer Joe' Star Gina Gershon Says NC-17 Ratings Seem "Random"; Talks Changes Made To 'Bound' To Secure R-Rating

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 15, 2012 2:45 PM
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Well, it's now official. After an appeal, the MPAA has weighed in and given William Friedkin's "Killer Joe" the dreaded NC-17 rating. And while this is unlikely to draw the celebrity and political support of the campaign Harvey Weinstein is putting behind the R-rated documentary "Bully," it's still a reminder of the MPAA's conservative viewpoint and the mysteriousness of the process by which they hand out ratings. And none of this is lost on "Killer Joe"'s star, Gina Gershon.

14 New Images Of Richard Linklater's 'Bernie' Starring Jack Black, Matthew McConaughey & Shirley MacLaine

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 15, 2012 2:27 PM
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What do you get when you mix Texan manners, a mortician, a murder, Jack Black, Matthew McConaughey and Shirley MacLaine into a comedic crime thriller? You get Richard Linklater's "Bernie," another fascinating stylistic detour from the filmmaker, marking his first feature film since 2008's "Orson Welles And Me."

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