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'Atlas Shrugged: Part 1' DVDs Recalled Due To Non-Objectivist Blurb

  • By Ryan Sartor
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  • November 14, 2011 12:18 PM
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This is one way to get publicity. In a screw-up that Freud would have had a field day with, someone at Atlas Productions screwed the pooch big time on the DVD packaging for Worst Film of 2011 front-runner, “Atlas Shrugged: Part 1,” by describing the film as “Ayn Rand’s timeless novel of courage and self-sacrifice…”

Watch: Buzz Lightyear Tries A Heroic Escape In Clip From 'Toy Story' Short 'Small Fry'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 14, 2011 12:04 PM
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Not only are the "The Muppets" coming in just over a week, they will be bringing along another surprise for audiences -- a brand new "Toy Story" short film. Pixar has certainly been keeping the franchise alive after it "ended" with "Toy Story 3," delivering "Hawaiian Vacation" in front of "Cars 2" this summer. And now "Small Fry" will offer up another adventure with Woody, Buzz and the gang, and a sneak preview has landed online.

Rachel Korine (Yes, Harmony’s Wife) Joins ‘Spring Breakers’

  • By Ryan Sartor
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  • November 14, 2011 11:40 AM
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No one wants to admit it, but we all saw “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.” Remember that moment where you saw a line-up of “The Women That Jay Calls ‘Bitches?’” It was Ali Larter, Shannon Elizabeth, Eliza Dushku and…some nobody. Well, the fourth woman was Kevin Smith’s wife, Jennifer Schwalbach. Harmony Korine is pulling a similar move, casting his wife Rachel Korine alongside the bizarro cast of James Franco, Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez and Emma Roberts in the still-insane-sounding “Spring Breakers.”

Barry Pepper Joins ‘Broken City’ with Mark Wahlberg & ‘Snitch’ With Dwayne Johnson

  • By Ryan Sartor
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  • November 14, 2011 11:24 AM
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For a minute back in May of 2000, it looked like Barry Pepper’s career was on life support after starring as Jonnie Goodboy Tyler in the stillborn L. Ron Hubbard sci-fi mega-flop “Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000.” In the years since, John Travolta’s career has recovered (we’ve all seen and loved him in the rhyming double-feature of “Wild Hogs” and “Old Dogs”). Pepper has meanwhile established himself as one of the more reliable supporting players in movies, giving solid performances in films like “25th Hour,” “The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada,” and last year’s “True Grit,” to name a few.

Werner Herzog Talks Teaching Lock-Picking, Being A Living Legend And 'Into The Abyss'

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • November 14, 2011 11:03 AM
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There are few filmmakers who have become as legendary – literally – as Werner Herzog. He’s not just the creator of dozens of ambitious, wildly different, incredibly accomplished films; he’s a guy who got shot while conducting an interview on camera, and then just a few days later pulled Joaquin Phoenix out of a car after an accident. Herzog has become as mythic as not just the characters in his movies, but the movies themselves, where fact and fiction merge into an awe-inspiring whole. Ironically, his latest film “Into the Abyss” feels incredibly small, intimate, and painfully real; interviewing two young men from Texas who committed a brutal crime, Herzog examines capital punishment as an incidental component of humanizing two men we might otherwise call monsters.

Sony Lands TV Rights To David Fincher & Kevin Spacey's 'House Of Cards'; Will Air After Netflix Run

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 14, 2011 10:46 AM
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It's remarkable how quickly things change in the media world. Back this spring, Netflix were throwing their weight around, making television studios scared by acquiring the rights to "House Of Cards," the forthcoming series from producers David Fincher and Kevin Spacey (with the latter also starring alongside Robin Wright). The DVD rental and streaming company outbid folks like AMC and HBO for the show, making for the first piece of original content to premiere on the service. Well, in the months that have intervened, Netflix has squandered their position, with an illadvised price hike and a decision to split their streaming and DVD portion of the business in two (which has since been canceled), leading to plummeting stock prices and an exodus of customers. To quote Rick Perry: "Oops." Well, if you're one of the 800,000 customers who have bounced from Netflix and still want to see "House Of Cards," not to worry.

Watch: Trailer For Roger Corman Doc 'Corman's World: Exploits Of A Hollywood Rebel'

  • By Cory Everett
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  • November 14, 2011 10:20 AM
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Corman's World
Though he's most recently responsible for producing SyFy originals like "Dinoshark" and "Dinocroc vs. Supergator," Roger Corman has a legacy that would make most producers in Hollywood jealous. Not only has he produced more than 300 features (almost all of them profitable) but he's launched the careers of dozens of filmmakers and actors including Peter Bogdanovich, Robert De Niro, Jack Nicholson, Martin Scorsese, James Cameron, Ron Howard, Joe Dante, John Sayles, Peter Fonda, Pam Grier, Bruce Dern and William Shatner among many others. He's been making movies for over half a century and looks to have no signs of slowing down with 6 projects currently in active development. (Just try scrolling down his IMDB page without getting exhausted.) He received an honorary Oscar earlier this year but outside of film buffs and horror fans (who will probably remember his Vincent Price-led Edgar Allen Poe adaptations), he's not likely to be mentioned in the same breath with some of his contemporaries.

Russell Brand To Lead 'The President Stole My Girlfriend'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 14, 2011 10:05 AM
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This isn't scientific or anything, and evidence still needs to gathered to turn this theory into a fact, but as Russell Brand's hair has become far less wild and as he's settled into a domestic life with his improbable wife Katy Perry, the man has gotten distinctly less funny. The witty, energetic comedian fell hard into the man-child stereotype with "Arthur," a movie that bizarrely took him away from the exact style of comedy that made him noteworthy. And now, it looks like yet again, Brand is ready to go Hollywood even if it means making him a completely anonymous comic actor.

'Robot Chicken' Helmer Chris McKay To Co-Direct 'Lego' With Phil Lord & Chris Miller; 2014 Release Pegged

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 14, 2011 9:49 AM
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The various movies in development based on childhood toys and board games, probably the most serious symptom of the creative bankruptcy facing most studios, have, thankfully, yet to come to pass for the most part. McG's "Ouija" had the plug pulled on it, Ridley Scott's "Monopoly" remains stranded in development hell, and films based on the likes of "View-Master" and "Candyland," while threatened, have never made it into production.

Watch: Full Trailer For 'The Hunger Games' Is Mostly Convincing

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 14, 2011 9:25 AM
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If a trailer's going to bow on "Good Morning America," it feels like you're safe in making some assumptions on the content of that trailer. Something frothy, we would imagine, in the vein of "New Year's Eve" or "Eat Pray Love," perhaps. At the very most, something from the latest Disney film, bearing in mind that ABC is a subsidiary of Disney. Not on our shortlist? A violent, dystopian sci-fi film about children made to fight each other to the death for the benefit of the general public. 

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