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Watch: 'Hostel 3' Trailer Features Gratuitous Ass Shots & A Wheel Of Misfortune

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 17, 2011 2:17 AM
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The "Hostel" franchise was never any great piece of cinematic art. It basically just got a bunch of attractive young people together and then tortured them all for our cinematic "pleasure." But as low rent as the series has been so far, the upcoming direct-to-DVD sequel is far more shallow and lame-brained than even we would have expected.

The Reviews Are In & 'The Adventures Of Tintin' Is (Mostly) A Smash Success

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 17, 2011 2:03 AM
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With Steven Spielberg's "The Adventures Of Tintin" set to open internationally in ten days, critics overseas are the first catch to the film and early reviews have started to trickle in. So, what's the word? Well, for the most part -- except for the typically crusty U.K. critics -- it looks like Spielberg has delivered one of the best pieces of pop-entertainment of his career. It seems the trailers and clips so far have just been a teaser to what appears to be a big, joyous slice of entertainment that contains sly references to film history (keep an eye out for a nod to Robert Bresson's "Pickpocket"), top notch motion-capture animation, some fantastic set pieces all in a remarkably lean movie that is Spielberg's shortest to date.

Watch: Delightfully Odd New Trailer For Yorgos Lanthimos’ ‘Alps’

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 17, 2011 1:37 AM
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Update: KinoLober has picked up the U.S. rights "Alps" with plans to release it in spring 2012. Also there is a new clip from the film courtesy of Flix below.

Steve Jobs Once Asked Aaron Sorkin To Write A Pixar Movie

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 17, 2011 1:15 AM
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We're a couple of weeks now from the sad passing of Steve Jobs, and the long-term impact remains to be seen, not just on Apple, the company he founded and helped make a superpower, but also on Pixar, the CGI animation giants he also backed, who across the last decade-and-a-half have become the most creatively exciting studio around, as well as the closest thing to a solid-gold hit factory that you can have (even their lowest-grossing film took in nearly $400 million).

'Real Steel' Helmer Shawn Levy To Direct Pinocchio Prequel 'The Three Misfortunes Of Geppetto'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 17, 2011 1:00 AM
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We're Really Excited About This! *Wooden Puppet Nose Grows To Twice Usual Length*The transformation of Shawn Levy is nearly complete. Having been a much-derided director of nakedly commercial comedies like "Night at the Museum," "Cheaper By The Dozen" and "The Pink Panther," the helmer took a left-turn into effects-driven family territory, with "Real Steel," which turned out to be far better received than you'd expect a movie about robot boxing to be, and is currently doing well (although not amazingly so) at the box office.

Steven Spielberg Says 'The Adventures Of Tintin' Is "85% Animation, 15% Live Action"

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 16, 2011 10:44 AM
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And More We Learned From Empire Magazine's Feature On The Steven Spielberg Animated AdventureIt's been three and a half years since Steven Spielberg's last movie (and nearly six since his last good one), but the wait is nearly over as "The Adventures of Tintin" (or to give it its full international title, "The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn") hits Europe in a few short weeks, and it started screening for press in the last few days, with reviews emerging from London in the last 24 hours. The film, a long-in-the-works performance-capture version of Hergé's boy-detective hero, marks the great director's first entrance into the world of CGI animation, and his 3D debut, and it's looking more and more promising as its release gets closer (check out the clips from the film in case you missed it).

Book Review: Max Allan Collins Serves Up A Double Dose Of Pulp With 'The Consummata' & 'Quarry's Ex'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 16, 2011 6:33 AM
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Shamus Award-winning author, screenwriter, filmmaker and more, Max Allan Collins -- perhaps best known as the man behind "Road To Perdition" -- has been pretty busy of late. His book “Black Hats” recently began its journey to the big screen with Harrison Ford signing on to take a lead role, and this fall finds Collins delivering two more books, "The Consummata" and "Quarry's Ex," both via the excellent pulp fiction publishing house Hard Case Crime. And they both arrive with a curious back story. "The Consummata" is actually an unfinished Mickey Spillane novel and a sequel that Collins was tasked with finishing, while "Quarry's Ex" is a return to franchise and character that he ended. Yet, despite the seeming limitations imposed on the writer, in both cases, he manages to deliver solid pulp with enough intrigue, sex and grit to keep page-turners happy.

Box Office: Slow Weekend As '80s Remakes 'Footloose' & 'The Thing' Open Soft; 'Real Steel' Stays #1

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • October 16, 2011 3:40 AM
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You put out one remake of an '80s movie during a slow weekend, and it’s not a big deal. You put out remakes of two niche early '80s hits on the same weekend, and audiences get the message. This weekend was the clearest example yet of studios offering reheated product, one of which was remains in public memory as a punch line, the other as a cult classic that was ignored by critics and audiences upon its initial release. At least they weren’t expensive.

NYCC: Sony Debuts New Footage From 'Underworld: Awakening,' 'Total Recall' & 'Ghost Rider 2'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • October 16, 2011 3:16 AM
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On Saturday at the New York Comic-Con, Sony promised a panel dedicated to “Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance.” But in a bit of a surprise, they gave fans a first look at two other upcoming genre films on their slate. This being Comic-Con, people expected a glimpse of “The Amazing Spider-Man.” But aside from a stuffed mannequin hanging upside down on the showroom floor, promotion for the upcoming superhero tentpole was completely absent. Instead, Sony, gave us a Len Wiseman horror show.

NYCC: Mark Neveldine & Brian Taylor Diss First Film, Say 'Ghost Rider' "Re-quel" Has Huge Body Count

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • October 16, 2011 2:58 AM
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Directors Say They've Thought About Direct-To-DVD Character Spinoffs For The 'Crank' SeriesSony had a superhero franchise on their hands in “Ghost Rider.” Curiously, though first film that turned a solid profit, but no one particularly fell in love with it, leaving them in a position to experiment with a second film about Johnny Blaze. So it only makes sense that they would turn to Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, the architects of the gonzo, hard R-rated “Crank” series to recapture the magic of a beloved Marvel Comics’ “superhero.” We sat down and talked with Mark and Brian at the New York Comic Con to talk about the approach to “Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance,” their thoughts on their first movie, and how a PG-13 rating wasn't a hurdle to their usually risky brand of filmmaking.

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