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Mel Gibson Says His "Real And Visceral" Viking Epic 'Berserker' Is Still Alive; New Draft Co-Written With Randall Wallace

  • By Simon Dang
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  • February 7, 2012 9:22 AM
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When it was announced that Mel Gibson was teaming with writer Joe Eszterhas for a biblical epic about Jewish historical figure Judah Maccabee, we more or less assumed that it would mean the death of his long-gestating Viking epic, which was originally supposed to team Gibson with William Monahan, Graham King and Leonardo DiCaprio. Monahan even confirmed late last year that he never wrote a word for the project and that, as far as he knew, it never went past the announcement. Well, it looks like throughout all his recent struggles, Gibson never gave up on his Viking dreams.

First Images From Disney's Videogame-Themed 'Wreck-It Ralph' Debut

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 7, 2012 8:58 AM
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One Disney project we've heard is shaping up to be really special is this Thanksgiving's animated feature "Wreck-It Ralph." Originally entitled "Reboot Ralph," it's the tale of an 80s videogame villain named Wreck-It Ralph (John C. Reilly) who is tired of being the bad-guy against the squeaky clean Fix-It Felix (Jack McBrayer), so he decides to try his hand at being the hero of another game in the arcade. He hops from game to game trying his hand at heroics, until he unintentionally unleashes a larger threat that could destroy all of the games. An intriguing premise, for sure, and with the film directed by longtime "Simpsons" and "Futurama" director Rich Moore, has the potential to be really zany and fun. And the first glimpse at art from the movie, courtesy of French site CineHeroes, seems to confirm this.

Watch: New Trailer For 'The Amazing Spider-Man' Suggests Reasons For Optimism Without Sealing The Deal

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 7, 2012 3:10 AM
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Last year, we had four summer superhero films, of which two turned out to be fairly unqualified successes -- the Marvel pictures, "Thor" and "Captain America: The First Avenger" -- one a moderate success -- "X-Men First Class" -- and one that tanked like Lori Petty -- "Green Lantern." As we said sometime last week, this summer is less complicated when it comes to comic book fare, with two of the three films based on graphic novels being solid gold hits regardless of anything, namely "The Dark Knight Rises" and "The Avengers."

Producer Says It's "Patently False" That Harrison Ford Is In Talks For 'Blade Runner' Sequel, Say 'Prometheus' Is The Template

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 6, 2012 11:20 PM
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Over the weekend, reports surfaced that Harrison Ford was in talks to return as Deckard in Ridley Scott's brewing "Blade Runner" sequel. The news came as a major shock, notably because when the project was first announced, it was said it would be "a total reinvention." Well, for those who were confused and concerned over Ford returning, rest easy, because it turns out those reports were erroneous.

'Machete' Sequel 'Machete Kills' Will Start Filming In April; Danny Trejo & Surviving Cast Members Expected To Return

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 6, 2012 10:45 PM
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"Where the movie will go next? I have a bunch of ideas for it. It's all in the end titles. We have to make them, of course, 'Machete Kills' and 'Machete Kills Again.' Once you put it out there, just like we did with the trailer, you have to make it," Robert Rodriguez said in the summer of 2010 when doing press rounds for "Machete." And last year at Comic-Con, in the batch of titles Rodriguez announced was on his plate, his promised two sequels to "Machete" was among the batch. So you can't say any of this was a surprise.

'Animal Kingdom' Star Ben Mendelsohn & Sophie Lowe Join 'The Grandmothers' With Naomi Watts & Robin Wright

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 6, 2012 6:29 PM
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While his turn as the unstable Pope in "Animal Kingdom" turned heads, Ben Mendelsohn's first couple attempts to conquer Hollywood haven't quite worked out. Last fall he featured in"Killer Elite" and the disastrous Nic Cage/Nicole Kidman vehicle "Trespass." But, looking much more promising, he's got "Cogan's Trade" and "The Place Beyond The Pines" hitting theaters (or at least festivals) sometime this year, and he's lining up another project with some serious predigree.

‘Hangover’ Director Todd Phillips Eyeing Four New Projects As Potential Directing Gig While His Green Hat Shingle Re-Ups With Warner Bros.

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 6, 2012 6:25 PM
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Todd Phillips’ Green Hat Films banner has been set up at Warner Bros. ever since “Starsky & Hutch” in 2004. While not every film he’s made since has been a huge hit (“School for Scoundrels” for one, but that was a Dimension/Weinstein Company picture), ever since “The Hangover” arrived, it’s helped Green Hat gross $1.2 billion worldwide.

Sharon Stone Joins Director Tony Kaye’s Cougar-Like ‘Fatal Attraction’-Esque Sex Thriller ‘Attachment’

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 6, 2012 6:01 PM
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Kooky English director Tony Kaye has been detached and now he's getting attached. Back in January, it was reported that the British director – still perhaps best known for his “American History X” fiasco, and the damaging 2003 Vanity Fair article about befriending and betraying Marlon Brando – had climbed on a new thriller called, “Attachment” (slightly ironic considering his latest picture is the high school drama, “Detachment” which arrives in theaters this March).

'Midnight In Paris' Star Corey Stoll Joins Kevin Spacey & David Fincher's 'House Of Cards'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 6, 2012 5:28 PM
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As the highly anticipated, debut Netflix series "House Of Cards" heads into production, it's easily looking like one of the most promising new shows on the horizon. From producers Kevin Spacey and David Fincher (who will be helming the pilot and possibly more episodes), the show has lined up an ace cast -- Spacey, Robin Wright, Kristin Connolly, Susannah Harker, Kate Mara -- in the American transplated remake of the 1990s BBC hit political thriller.

'The Amazing Spider-Man' Preview In 3D Looks Dark, Epic, Funny & Winning

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 6, 2012 5:07 PM
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Today in various cities across the globe (and linked, through the magic of technology, seamlessly), Sony presented a smattering of footage from July's hotly anticipated reboot "The Amazing Spider-Man," as well as the brand new (3D!) trailer. While much of the footage seems fairly familiar, with many of the same story beats being hit from Sam Raimi's original 2002 iteration, there were enough surprises to hold our interest, and visually the movie appears to be absolutely ravishing -- deep and immersive in ways most 3D movies lack.

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