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Chris Rock Hopes To Woo Melissa McCarthy For Upcoming Dysfunctional Marital Comedy

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • February 3, 2012 4:52 PM
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The news on potential projects coalescing for the stars of this past summer’s breakout hit comedy “Bridesmaids” has been a steady stream as of late, though breakout star Melissa McCarthy seems to be the one amassing the most since her post-“Bridesmaids” fame. There’s the Seth Gordon-helmed comedy with Jason Bateman called “Identity Theft,” the R-Rated road movie “Tammy” she’s been trying to get off the ground, and the always looming potential of a “Bridesmaids Part Deux” to name just a few.

As Mel Gibson's Latest Film Goes Straight To VOD, Is This A Glimpse Of The Future Of Distribution?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 3, 2012 4:46 PM
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Something curious happened this week. It was announced that an action film from someone who has historically been one of Hollywood's biggest stars would be skipping movie theaters. That's not unprecedented, or necessarily surprising, considering that the star in question is disgraced A-lister Mel Gibson , who's been in the doghouse since his well publicized racist, abusive rants leaked two years ago. And doubly unsurprising considering that Gibson's last film, the Jodie Foster-directed drama "The Beaver" never made it over the million dollar mark at the domestic box office.

Why 'Chronicle' Is A Step In The Right Direction (Again) For Hollywood Genre Pics & Tentpoles-In-The-Making

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 3, 2012 4:26 PM
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Let's not get it twisted, Josh Trank's "Chronicle," is neither superhero film, tentpole nor masterpiece. However, it is a model that will soon be adapted by studio tentpole minded projects across the board, even if it's not completely successful at the box-office (read our review here). For those that haven't seen the film yet, don't worry, no major spoilers ahead. We'll discuss the film in broad terms, but much of this is evident from the trailers.

Katherine Heigl To Star In Brian Henson's Dark Puppet Comedy-Thriller 'Happytime Murders'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 3, 2012 3:37 PM
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Okay, so we all got a good laugh yesterday when Katherine Heigl signed on to that ridiculous "Face Blind" thriller, but we have to give her kudos for this movie. It seems she's using her power for good instead of evil.

'Suburgatory' Star Jane Levy Replaces Lily Collins In 'Evil Dead' Remake

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 3, 2012 3:18 PM
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"Suburgatory" is apparently a show on ABC. We weren't sure because we've never watched it, but apparently quite a few of you have, as the young Jane Levy (who is not Emma Stone) has taken over for Lily Collins (who bailed last month) in the upcoming "Evil Dead" remake.

First Look At Werner Herzog's New 'Death Row' Documentary Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 3, 2012 3:00 PM
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"I respect you but I don't have to like you...," director Werner Herzog says to one of the death row inmates in "Into The Abyss." That powerful documentary, an insightful, moving look at the repercussions of a crime and the harrowing burden of a death sentence, was easily one of the most straighforward, un-Herzogian movies of his career. It's also one of his best in quite some time. Good news arrived in December when it was announced that Herzog was headed to Berlin with even more on the subject with "Death Row: A Documentary Series In Four Parts" and now some images have arrived from the project.

Mark Ruffalo Joins Scarlett Johansson In John Carney's 'Can A Song Save Your Life?' Produced By Judd Apatow

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 3, 2012 2:36 PM
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"Avengers assemble!" Okay, not quite, but it looks Black Widow and The Incredible Hulk are going to get their own spinoff (but not really).

New Images Of Paul Dano, Robert De Niro & Olivia Thirlby In 'Being Flynn'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 3, 2012 1:56 PM
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While it's a drag that the title of the novel it's based off of -- "Another Bullshit Night In Suck City" -- couldn't stick for the big screen adaptation, things are looking good for "Being Flynn." The first trailer that dropped last fall was a pleasant surprise, promising a solid dramatic diversion this spring from the various tentpoles that will be hurled our way at the multiplex.

First Look At James Franco, Heather Graham & Lily Taylor In 'Cherry'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 3, 2012 1:33 PM
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Among the many academic pursuits, art installations and meta-projects James Franco undertakes at any given moment, it might shock you to know that he also makes movies. You may have forgotten he was in last summer's smash hit "Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes" or that his latest directorial effort "The Broken Tower" hit VOD last month. Well, "Cherry," the latest movie starring the busy thesp, is headed to Berlin and some first images have arrived.

First Look At Isabelle Huppert In Brillante Mendoza's 'Captured'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 3, 2012 1:04 PM
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It was about a year ago that speculation first cropped up that controversial helmer Brillante Mendoza -- who won a divisive Best Director award at Cannes for his audience-splitting "Kinatay" -- would return to the Croisette with his latest effort, "Captured." The film was apparently in post-production and headed to the finish line...and then word went quiet.

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