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Final 'Muppets' Parody Trailer Takes On 'Paranormal Activity 3,' 'Puss In Boots' & 'Breaking Dawn'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 27, 2011 4:29 AM
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What else is left to say about "The Muppets" at this point? The marketing campaign has been one of the best of any movie this year and while certain longtime Muppets handlers and hangers-on may be grumbling about the direction Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller have taken the beloved felt-covered creations in the upcoming James Bobin-directed movie, most everyone else can agree, they've done a great job.

Brad Bird Will Make ‘The Incredibles 2’ Once He Cracks The Story

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 27, 2011 4:17 AM
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But What Will Happen With '1906?' Disney and Pixar’s approach to sequels for their classic animated films is somewhat baffling. While we’d probably watch “Toy Story” sequels until the Mayan apocalypse destroys us all, we’re not sure who exactly was hankering for the international exploits of the “Cars” characters, or how many of us have stayed up late at night hypothesizing about what the monstrous Mike and Sully were like in college (the forthcoming “Monsters University”).
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Back-to-Back 'Independence Day' Sequels In The Works Even If Will Smith Doesn't Return

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 27, 2011 4:08 AM
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Jada & Willow To Also Feature?It was in spring 2010 that word first cropped up about possible back-to-back sequels to the blockbuster "Independence Day," with shooting said to take place as early as this year. Well, that didn't happen, and megastar Will Smith went on to make another franchise sequel instead in the shape of "Men In Black 3," but once again, the sequels are rearing their heads. Director Roland Emmerich, who has long been saying that once a story is in place they'll move forward, teased during an interview with The Lantern earlier this week when he said, "I'd say hold tight. It's happening soon." And it looks like it is.

Review: Nonsensical 'In Time' Will Waste Your Precious Hours & Minutes

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 27, 2011 4:03 AM
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"In Time" is the kind of movie that literally kills off its most interesting thematic element and character about 10 minutes into the picture. To bring you up to speed, Andrew Niccol's latest sci-fi venture takes place in a future world where everyone is genetically programmed to stop aging at 25 years old, and moreover, time is used as currency. But that's not all. In addition to being able to buy everything from coffee to cars to prostitutes with the hour and minutes displayed glaringly in a digital readout on your forearm, once it runs out, you die right on the spot. A class system has emerged, of course, with the "rich" gaining virtual immortality and living the high life in an enclosed city, while the "poor" are left scrapping for enough time to stay alive in their derelict ghetto.

'The Fades' Star Johnny Harris Replaces Stephen Graham As One Of 'Snow White & the Huntsman' Dwarves

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 27, 2011 3:28 AM
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After a long, somewhat troubled casting process, which involved cycling through most of the possible leading men in Hollywood before landing on "Thor" star Chris Hemsworth, filming on Universal's "Snow White and the Huntsman" is finally underway. And a good thing too -- thanks to a race with Relativity's "The Brothers Grimm: Snow White," the film was moved up six months to a release date next June. And despite some early misgivings (and perhaps because the rival film by Tarsem looks so garish), we're beginning to be intrigued by the project, which marks the directorial debut of commercials helmer Rupert Sanders, and stars Hemsworth, Kristen Stewart as the fairest in all the land, Charlize Theron as her wicked stepmother, and Sam Clafin as the prince.

Josh Holloway, Laz Alonso & Josh Peck Toplining Breakdancing Drama 'Planet B-Boy'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 27, 2011 3:20 AM
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Caity Lotz & Repulsive Woman-Beater Chris Brown Also In Cast, Film A Remake Of 2007 DocumentaryDance movies are big business these days, thanks to the success of the "Step Up" franchise. Cheap, generally star-free and with a steady audience, they are, if not quite a total home-run (as the Mary Elizabeth Winstead-fronted "Make It Happen" will attest), but a pretty good bet. Considering that, and the general fondness for 1980s nostalgia (hello "Footloose"), it's surprising that we haven't yet seen one that focuses entirely on the Ancient Greek art of breakdancing. That was the Ancient Greeks, right?

Review: 'Janie Jones' Gets All The Notes Right In The Most Boring Song You Could Imagine

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • October 27, 2011 2:58 AM
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Take the worst successful bar band you can think of (it was Nickleback, don’t lie). Downgrade their talent about halfway. Now imagine the sheer amount of bands that fulfill that criteria, currently on the road shuffling from bar to bar, hoping to get lucky and have that one moment where the public puts down that one brand of shitty vanilla and samples them instead. Barely alive from a somewhat negligible record company relationship, their van heads from motel to motel, barely scraping by as the bandmates drown their free time in a sea of cheap booze and disinterested groupies.

'Black Swan' Scribe Mark Heyman's Darren Aronofsky-Produced Thriller 'XOXO' Finds Home At Lionsgate

  • By Simon Dang
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  • October 27, 2011 2:35 AM
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If you're in with Darren Aronofsky, you're certainly in our good books. The writer-director has a keen eye for talent, shining a light on names like Sean Gullette, Clint Mansell, Matthew Libatique and Robert D. Siegel. And let's not forget the revitalization of Mickey Rourke.

Oliver Stone To Direct 'The Power Broker' For HBO

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 27, 2011 2:34 AM
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While he's taking a rare detour into straight up genre territory with the thriller "Savages," Oliver Stone is making a return to the familiar world of power and intrigue that has dominated the bulk of his work. From "Wall Street" (x2), "W.," "Nixon," "JFK" and "Alexander" to documentaries "Commandante" and "South of the Border," the director has never found a shortage of material with which to engage in his fascination of men, corruption, politics and power, and once again, he's found another film to exercise those themes.

First Official Look At Sean Hayes, Will Sasso & Chris Diamantopoulos As 'The Three Stooges'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 27, 2011 2:26 AM
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Are you ready to see a movie starring that guy from "Will & Grace" and two people you never heard of? Would it help if we told you it's based on slapstick comedy show your Dad grew up watching? While we'll ways been dreaming of what could've been with the Jim Carrey, Sean Penn and Benicio Del Toro incarnation, we're gonna have to live with Sean Hayes, Will Sasso and Chris Diamantopoulos as our "The Three Stooges." The dream project by the Farrelly Brothers has been in the works for a long time now, and expectations will be riding high, but we dunno, somehow even looking at this first picture of the trio from USA Today we're already bored.

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