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'Gangster Squad' Moves Up One Week, Presumably To Avoid 'Paranormal Activity 4'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 17, 2012 5:56 PM
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A slight update on the release date front via Warner Bros. The studio has decided to move up its period, L.A. noir drama, "The Gangster Squad," one week from October 19th to October 12th. A minor adjustment perhaps, but worth noting: the picture has likely moved to avoid going face to face with Paramount's unrivaled found-footage horror flick, "Paranormal Activity 4." While the films cater to two distinctly different fans (drama vs. horror), "Paranormal Activity 3" was the biggest film in the franchise's history thus far, grossing $205 million worldwide, so it's likely WB hoped to avoid losing any of their audience. 

McG Discusses The Alternate Endings To 'This Means War' & The (Jokey) "Homoerotic Finish" You'll Get On DVD

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • February 17, 2012 5:44 PM
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This weekend, Fox's ambitious blend of action, comedy and romance, "This Means War," rolls into theaters starring Chris Pine and Tom Hardy as warring CIA agents at each others' throats vying for the attentions of Reese Witherspoon. With the picture now finished and screenings beginning to roll out across the country, we got a chance to catch up with director McG and talk about the film. What intrigued us most was the end of 'War,' with the helmer telling Movieline that initially he thought about doing a "Clue"-style ending. The 1985 film had three different endings shot, and shipped to theaters, with audiences never knowing what they would get. While McG abandoned that idea, without spoiling anything, we'll say the version of "This Mean's War" that moviegoers see in theaters wasn't the only one under consideration.

Andrew Stanton Says Rumors That 'John Carter' Cost $300 Million Is A "Complete And Utter Lie"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 17, 2012 5:43 PM
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To say that the development of Disney's "John Carter" has been scrutinzed would be an understatement. The project itself has been in the works for years with a handful of directors (Jon Favreau and Robert Rodriguez among them) working on it, but never quite cracking the sci-fi space epic. However, it was Pixar veteran Andrew Stanton ("Wall-E," "Finding Nemo") who finally got the ball rolling and for his live action debut, he couldn't have asked for a bigger challenge. And indeed he's been closely watched every step of the way, with rumors growing loud as the film shifted release dates, dropped "Of Mars" from its initial title and slowly started earning concerned buzz, with reports showing up in the trades suggesting that his inexperience led to reshoots that pushed the budget to a staggering $300 million (a figure most recently tossed around in The Hollywood Reporter), but Stanton is now fighting back.

In Theaters: 'Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance' Declares 'This Means War'

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • February 17, 2012 4:28 PM
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YEAH! Are you ready for some Cage's Festival of Wigs (TM)??? A wig made of FIRE perhaps? That is right, people. Nicolas Cage is BACK as that motorcycle madman from hell (nope this is not "Drive Angry 2") as the GHOST RIDER in "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance." And that's it, no other movies to see this week. KIDDING, there's like some Oscar nominated documentaries and foreign films and shit. And Tom Hardy debasing himself in "This Means War" with Reese Witherspoon and Chris Pine. But really, it's all about the Cage this week. When is it not?

'Green Lantern' Writer Marc Guggenheim To Pen 1930s-Set 'Perry Mason' For Robert Downey Jr.

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 17, 2012 4:08 PM
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Like every other A-lister in Hollywood, Robert Downey Jr. has quite a few projects on the go at any given moment, but the one that seems to be moving along quicker than others is the big screen version of "Perry Mason." It does have franchise potential, after all. The project was first announced last fall and it continues to move forward, as a writer has now been found.

The Amazing Race: Does Box Office Still Matter To The Oscars, And Do The Oscars Still Matter To Box Office?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 17, 2012 3:31 PM
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Let's be honest, the are about money. Not entirely about money: there's also the potential for executives and directors to win bragging rights over the colleagues. And there's a degree of back-patting celebration of the industry in there as well. But if the studios didn't think they could wring a few extra dimes from their product by giving them awards, there's no way that the Oscars would have the massive place in film culture that they maintain.

Adam Shankman Eyeing Former David Yates Drama 'This Is Where I Leave You'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 17, 2012 3:19 PM
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Well, Warner Bros seems eager to get this movie made. Initially Greg Berlanti was tapped to helm the pic before "This Is Where I Leave You" was offered up to David Yates last summer, as part of a handful of projects the studio was discussing with the director. But he's directing "Your Voice In My Head" next, with a potential gangster trilogy with Tom Hardy waiting in the wings. So, WB has moved on, and are eyeing a vastly different helmer for the gig.

Sony Picks Up Thriller 'Magic Magic' With Michael Cera, Juno Temple & Emily Browning; Shooting Starts This Spring

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 17, 2012 2:32 PM
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So, that moustache. We presume (hope) that Michael Cera is growing that disturbing looking thing for the now currently untitled "Magic Magic" and not for its, uh...fashionability. Either way, we're just glad to hear this project is moving forward, because it sounds promising.

Rob Corddry Joins 'Pain And Gain'; Michael Bay Says It Has "No Action, One Car Crash"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 17, 2012 2:12 PM
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Rob Corddry is the Jessica Chastain of male comic character actors. No, seriously, hear us out. Aside from being tremendously busy writing, producing and starring in "Children's Hospital," he's got a strong pack of movies on the horizon, including "Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World," "Butter," "Warm Bodies" and "Rapturepalooza." Dude is going to everywhere and now he's adding another gig to his schedule.

Dwight Yoakam Won't Ride With 'The Lone Ranger'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 17, 2012 1:50 PM
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Having survived some very public budget battles and the possibility of being canceled outright, Gore Verbinski's "The Lone Ranger," starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer, is back in the saddle with everyone they wanted, and headed in front of cameras...but it looks they're are going to need to do some casting again.

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