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Listen To Arcade Fire's "Abraham's Daughter" From The 'Hunger Games' Soundtrack Plus First Clip From The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 2, 2012 11:05 AM
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With the word around the Twittersphere that "The Hunger Games" is tracking to be a "Twilight" sized hit with the potential to offer up the first $100 million weekend of 2012, anticipation couldn't be higher for the film. We know there are a lot of you out there who can't wait for the movie, so before you explode here are a couple of treats to hold you over until the movie arrives.

Win 'The Descendants' On DVD Plus Check Out The Book To Film Study Guide

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 2, 2012 10:57 AM
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It has been a helluva run for "The Descendants." The return for filmmaker Alexander Payne not only earned critical raves, but it did remarkable business at the box office taking in over $150 million worldwide. And the industry sat up and took notice too, with the film earning numerous honors on the award circuit include a Golden Globe victory for George Clooney and Spirt Award wins for the screenwriters (Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash) and newcomer Shailene Woodley. The picture also went to the Oscars where it took home a statue for Best Adapted Screenplay as well.

'Luther' Creator Neil Cross To Pen Sam Raimi Produced 'The Day Of The Triffids'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • March 2, 2012 10:46 AM
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John Wyndham's 1951 post-apocalyptic sci-fi-horror novel "The Day Of The Triffids" is a renowned classic. The story follows a scientist who has been working with lucrative plants called triffids -- tall plants with the deadly combination of intelligence and fatal aggression (which he believes have been bioengineered in Soviet Russia). After a meteor shower hits Earth and renders anyone who watched it blind, civilization begins to collapse and with much of the population left defenseless, the triffids begin to attack.

'Uptown Saturday Night' Remake Writer Tim Dowling Says It Will Be Like 'The Hangover'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • March 2, 2012 10:25 AM
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Are we the only ones struggling to picture this film: Will Smith and Denzel Washington stepping into roles previously inhabited by Sidney Poitier and Bill Cosby...and it has a "The Hangover" vibe. Whaaaaa? The film in question is a remake of 1974's "Uptown Saturday Night," and at present David Dobkin ("Wedding Crashers" and the unfairly underrated "The Change-Up") is attached to direct and Tim Dowling ("Role Models," "Just Go With It") is writing the script.

Watch: Exclusive 3 Minute Clip From Aussie Thriller 'The Hunter' Starring Willem Dafoe

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 2, 2012 10:02 AM
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The Australian outback has served as forbidding territory in cinema where almost anything can happen, and in films as wide-ranging as "Wolf Creek," "The Proposition" and "Walkabout" the backdrops have been integral to the mood of the film. However, in the thriller "The Hunter" it's the jungle where the unknown is lurking.
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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.

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