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'Game Change' Writer Danny Strong To Adapt 'The Lost Symbol' For Director Mark Romanek

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • March 2, 2012 9:40 AM
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While we’d be lying if we clamored on about the supposed artistic merits to the work of author Dan Brown, there’s little denying that both his books and their film adaptations are big business, especially after being turned into two successful blockbusters in “The Da Vinci Code” and “Angels & Demons.” While it was director Ron Howard who kick started the chronicles of symbologist Robert Langdon with “Da Vinci Code” in 2006, after the creative and financial drop-off of the second installment “Angels & Demons,” Howard recently opted out of directing the third Brown novel in the Langdon series. This left studio Sony looking for a replacement director for “The Lost Symbol,” and they put “Never Let Me Go” helmer Mark Romenek at the top of their list.

Bruce Willis Is One Of The 'Five Against A Bullet'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • March 2, 2012 9:19 AM
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Bruce Willis has been cast in an action-thriller and not some moody, Oscar-worthy, think piece? Surely you jest! While it’s true Willis has a pretty diverse career, even with upcoming features like Wes Anderson’s “Moonrise Kingdom” and Rian Johnson’s sci-fi film “Looper,” the action-thriller genre has been Willis’ bread and butter ever since he muttered the phrase “Yippie Kay Yay…”

Watch: Fun & Freaky Trailer For 'ParaNorman'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 2, 2012 9:03 AM
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Yesterday, we got the trailer for Tim Burton's "Frankenweenie" and it was treat beause it has been a long, long time since we saw the helmer deliver that perfectly blended mix of weirdness and humor. And watching the latest full length trailer for "ParaNorman" it immediately struck us being right in that exact same wheelhouse, delivering something both very fun and fantastically freaky.
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Nicole Kidman Replaces Rachel Weisz As Colin Firth's Wife In 'The Railway Man'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • March 2, 2012 8:59 AM
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Just a day after she was noted to be lining up Rowan Joffe's psychological thriller "Before I Go To Sleep," Nicole Kidman has now replaced Rachel Weisz in Jonathan Teplitzky ("Burning Man") adaptation of Eric Lomax's Prisoner Of War tale "The Railway Man."

Scarlett Johansson To Play Janet Leigh In 'Alfred Hitchcock And The Making Of Psycho'; James D'Arcy Is Anthony Perkins

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 1, 2012 10:43 PM
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Well this is a pretty inspired piece of casting. "Anvil! The Story Of Anvil" director Sacha Gervasi continues to build up his movie-about-a-movie pic "Alfred Hitchcock And The Making Of Psycho," and he's already got two great veterans on board with Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren playing Alfred Hitchock and his wife Alma Reville respectively. And now he's found his Janet Leigh.

Daniel Espinosa To Helm Black List Yakuza Crime Pic 'The Outsider'; Michael Fassbender Eyed To Star

  • By Simon Dang
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  • March 1, 2012 9:34 PM
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After making waves with his critically acclaimed "Snabba Cash" -- which is only seeing a theatrical release this summer, two years after it's original Swedish unveiling -- Daniel Espinosa was linked to numerous big-name projects before moving onto the Denzel Washington/Ryan Reynolds starrer "Safe House," which has surely earned him a lot of good will with its box office performance (it crossed $100 million domestic this week). The helmer looks to be showing no signs of stopping and is now negotiating to take the helm of Andrew Baldwin's Black List approved fish-out-of-water Yakuza crime drama "The Outsider."

Indie Filmmaker Hal Hartley Talks Becoming Truly DIY, The "Difficult" Edges Of His Actor D.J. Mendel & His Latest Film 'Meanwhile'

  • By Brandon Harris
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  • March 1, 2012 6:31 PM
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One of the preeminent voices in American independent film’s nascent boom years during the H.W. Bush and Clinton administrations, Hal Hartley’s visibility has waned as his stylistic preoccupations have diverged from American arthouse audiences’ tastes, but his trademark sensibility is in fine form in his most recent film "Meanwhile," which, after bowing at last year’s Era New Horizons Film Festival in Poland, had its American premiere last night at the IFC Center in New York (more screenings of his films are playing with Hartley in attendance up until until April 4).

Watch: New Clips From 'Friends With Kids,' 'Jeff Who Lives At Home' & '21 Jump Street'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 1, 2012 6:07 PM
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March is here, which means a whole new boatload of movies are coming your way in the coming weeks, so here's a peek at a few of them.

Review: 'Being Flynn' With Paul Dano & Robert De Niro Is A Checklist Of Narrative Shortcuts

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 1, 2012 5:58 PM
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What's in a title? There's something both extremely specific and entirely universal about the one for "Another Bullshit Night In Suck City," an autobiographical book from Nick Flynn, suggesting everyday life becoming a Moebius strip of inevitability in the futile search for truth. In its film form, however, 'Suck City' has instead become "Being Flynn," which, aside from commercial suicide, means next to nothing after watching the film either. Most of this has to do with the fact that Nick Flynn, the casual junkie and sometimes poet layabout who somewhat accidentally finds his voice as a writer, is a fairly unremarkable, uninteresting guy.

Review: 'Project X' A Wild Party That Can't Sustain The Buzz

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • March 1, 2012 5:05 PM
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Despite the plodding narrative veering wildly between stagnant humor and maudlin interjections, Todd Phillips’ "Due Date" demonstrates in one scene both the appeal and increasingly mean-spirited worldview that the filmmaker has traded in following the success of "The Hangover." It comes when Robert Downey Jr., provoked repeatedly by a bratty child, unleashes a swift punch out of nowhere to his gut, a calm look of manic glee in the actor’s eye as the boy crumples to the floor.

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