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'Attack the Block' Director Joe Cornish Says He Declined 'Die Hard 5' Because It Was Too Big A Step

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 15, 2011 5:35 AM
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Compares 'Die Hard With A Vengeance' With 'Slumdog Millionaire'; Gives A Small 'Ant-Man' Update (Sort Of)We got to sit down this afternoon at the New York Comic Con with Joe Cornish, who made one of our very favorite movies of the year, the alien invasion romp "Attack the Block." There will be more from our interview in the next few days, but while we were chatting with him we had to ask if the recent rumors were true – that he was shortlisted to direct Fox's next "Die Hard" entry, the hilariously titled "Good Day to Die Hard." Our interest was further piqued after Nicholas Winding Refn, who was also supposedly up for the job, told us that he had never been approached.

Baz Luhrmann's ‘The Great Gatsby’ Will Hit Theaters On Christmas Day, 2012

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 14, 2011 12:01 PM
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'We Need To Talk About Kevin' Moves Back One Week To December 9thNext year, you're going to have make a decision on Christmas Day: the brand new movie from one of America's most celebrated filmmakers or a literary adaptation from Australia's master of big screen spectacles? And oh yeah, Leonardo DiCaprio is in both movies.

'Godzilla' Stomps & 'Belle De Jour' Swoons Into The Criterion Collection In January

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 14, 2011 10:06 AM
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Steve Soderbergh's 'Traffic' Goes BluIs your Grandma, or maybe a distant Aunt or perhaps a creepy Uncle sending you some money for Christmas? Well, before blowing it on New Year's Eve booze, you might want to sock it away because in January, The Criterion Collection will be offering up some nice post-holiday treats.

NYFF '11 Review: George Clooney Grapples With Life, Death & Fatherhood In ‘The Descendants’

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  • October 14, 2011 9:36 AM
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Marked by a strong, soulful performance by George Clooney, simple and economic direction, and a slow and patient gait, “The Descendants” finds filmmaker Alexander Payne working in the familiar, but not derivative, milieu of the adult drama. The film doesn’t reinvent the wheel, and while firmly within Payne’s wheelhouse, we can see the filmmaker inching towards pure drama without dramedy or resorting to the James L. Brooks method of punctuating pain with disarming laughter. That’s not to say “The Descendants” isn’t a dramedy or isn’t funny, as it certainly has its moments of comedic flair that do defuse some painful moments, but overall, one can argue that it’s Payne’s most somber and serious work outside of maybe “About Schmidt.” And it’s not without its problems either.

Watch: Jack Black Runs For Office In Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks Video For 'Senator'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 14, 2011 9:06 AM
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As the 2012 presidential race is just getting heated up, who better than Jack Black and indie rock oldies the Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks to remind us that the candidates are generally much more raw (perhaps not this raw) than their public personas they spend so much time massaging.

'X-Men: First Class' Writers Ashley Miller & Zack Stentz Hired To Pen 'Top Gun 2'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 14, 2011 8:38 AM
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Well, this is an interesting development. Long talked about, though seeming more like a pipe dream than an actual thing, there is now real, actual movement on "Top Gun 2." Strap in folks.

Juan Carlos Fresnadillo Won't Take Flight With 'The Crow'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 14, 2011 8:05 AM
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'Intruders' Gets Picked Up By MilleniumPoor Eric Draven. No one wants to bring him back to life. The long gestating reboot of "The Crow" is once again on the skids, as a director has, once again, left the project.

In Theaters: '80s Night At The Multiplex With 'Footloose' & 'The Thing'

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • October 14, 2011 7:34 AM
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Kick off your Sunday shoes, dear readers, this weekend it's time to cut loose with "Footloose." And what's that? It's a remake-tastic weekend with "The Thing" also in theaters, if you enjoy your '80s nostalgia with body inhabiting aliens instead of nubile dancing teens. Also, Señor Almodóvar's latest, "The Skin I Live In," and the funnymen trio of Martin, Wilson and Black in "The Big Year."

Max Allan Collins Says 'Road To Perdition' Sequel Still Happening; Talks Beatty's 'Dick Tracy' Doc

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 14, 2011 7:27 AM
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Veteran writer Max Allan Collins has a career where he's found himself firmly entrenched and very busy in three different mediums. As an author, he is best known for his Shamus Award-winning noir and crime fiction, and is perhaps most recognized for his Nathan Heller and Quarry series of books in addition to completing several unfinished manuscripts by the legendary Mickey Spillane, to critical acclaim. In the comic world, he's best known for writing "Road to Perdition," turned into the film by Sam Mendes, and that's not his only venture into the movie biz, having directed a couple of low budget B pictures and more recently, having penned the book "Black Hats" that has Harrison Ford attached to star in the adaptation. As you can tell, his work crosses over frequently between mediums, and he always seemingly has a new project on the go.

The Films Of Pedro Almodóvar: A Retrospective

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 14, 2011 5:50 AM
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Pedro Almodovar, I'm So Excited
Pedro Almodóvar is one of the most respected filmmakers in the world, an Oscar winner whose films have become Cannes mainstays, and who's capable of attracting almost any talent that he'd like, despite having never made a film in the English language (although he says that one is on the one way soon). But his global reputation is all the more remarkable considering just how challenging his fare can be. His violent, sexual taboo-pushing early work is the most obvious example, but throughout his career his interest in gay issues, Sirk-ian melodrama, explicit sex and obsessive behavior has hardly been the kind of thing that usually makes the chattering classes line up around the block.

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