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Writer Alex Garland & Director Pete Travis Say Everything Is Fine With 'Dredd'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 11, 2011 2:00 AM
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Just a few days ago, the forthcoming reboot/new vision on "Dredd" became the subject of some ugly advance word. Reports surfaced that director Pete Travis was effectively being locked out of the editing bay, that reshoots were possibly in the works and most surprising of all, that writer Alex Garland ("Sunshine," "28 Days Later") was leading the charge behind the closed doors to get the film put together and was even going to see a co-director credit for his effort. The news was dispiriting for a film that promised fanboys an R-rated gritty take on the hero, but in a statement to 24 Frames released by Garland and Travis, they say everything is fine, without addressing any of the specifics surrounding the post-production of the movie at all:

Robert Downey Jr. Says Some Elements Of 'Iron Man 2' Were "Dissatisfying And Disappointing"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 11, 2011 1:41 AM
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There is no doubt that Robert Downey Jr.'s career is marked by two phases: before "Iron Man," and everything else after. Landing the lead role in the Marvel film was the validation of the actor's comeback and forgiveness from Hollywood. He had put his bad-boy ways behind him and proved to everyone he still had the goods in a string of films including "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang," "Zodiac" and "A Scanner Darkly" before Jon Favreau came calling, wanting to place him in a metal suit to fight bad guys. The result of the marriage? Over $585 million in ticket sales worldwide, the birth of a new franchise and RDJ's ascension to the A-list (you can bet the success of "Iron Man" led Warner Bros. to confidently cast him as "Sherlock Holmes"). Now set to receive the 25th American Cinematheque Award, and looking back on his films with the LA Times, RDJ admits what everyone else already knows: "Iron Man 2" didn't live up to its predecessor.

Nora Ephron Directing Sam Mendes-Produced Time Travel TV Adaptation 'Lost In Austen'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 11, 2011 1:14 AM
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Yes, It's Another Version Of 'Pride & Prejudice'It's easy to dump on Nora Ephron. And in many ways, justified, certainly to anyone who's had to sit through "Mixed Nuts," or "Michael," or "Lucky Numbers" or "Bewitched." But she did, of course, write the stone-cold classic "When Harry Met Sally," and, maybe it only feels that way because so many of those who've been influenced by her have botched the rom-com genre so badly, but when she gets it even half-right, as in "Sleepless in Seattle," "You've Got Mail" or "Julie and Julia," there are few who can do what she does as well as she does it.

Watch: 5 Fantastic Clips From 'The Adventures Of Tintin'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 11, 2011 1:13 AM
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Also Behind-The-Scenes Making-Of VideosIn about two weeks, Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg's "The Adventures Of Tintin," the long-awaited big screen adaptation of Herge's beloved comic creation, will begin its worldwide onslaught, being released in pretty much every major overseas territory. And while we initially had our reservations about 3D motion capture being utilized for the production it's clear that the filmmakers, along with WETA are lightyears beyond the lifeless, deadeye look that Robert Zemeckis toiled with over the course of three lacklustre films.

Hugh Jackman Says He's Been Tossing Around Idea Of R-Rated 'The Wolverine' With James Mangold

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 11, 2011 1:03 AM
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Let's just start this off by saying, this will never happen (at least not in a theatrically released version), but it's fun to dream, so here goes.

Feist, Joanna Newsom & Andrew Bird All Guest On Soundtrack To 'The Muppets'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 10, 2011 12:02 PM
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Film Features Four New Songs By 'Flight of the Conchords' Man Bret McKenzie, & Covers Of Cee-Lo Green & NirvanaUpdate: A new trailer/TV spot for the film has landed, courtesy of Bleeding Cool, with a couple of excellent new gags: we're particularly fond of the traveling-by-map one. You can find it after the jump.

Mayhem, Chaos & Insanity: It's The Trailer For Roman Polanski's 'Carnage'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 10, 2011 11:29 AM
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What happens when you put Jodie Foster, John C. Reilly, Kate Winslet and Christoph Waltz on a film set with Roman Polanski? You get "Carnage," an adaptation of Yasmina Reza's celebrated play and judging from this new trailer, it's going to be a riot.
More: Films, Carnage

Soundtrack To 'The Rum Diary' Announced, Features Musical Contributions From Johnny Depp

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • October 10, 2011 11:05 AM
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Release Includes Score By Christopher Young, Plus Cuts From Dean Martin & Patti SmithHey, you know a movie that we keep forgetting is coming out soon? "The Rum Diary." The long-in-the-works adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson's book, which sees Johnny Depp return to the part of the author, which he previously played in "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," is slightly over two weeks from release, but, having skipped the festival circuit entirely (not a particularly good sign...), the publicity machine has been fairly quiet for Bruce Robinson's film, considering it stars the planet's biggest movie star.

Mary Elizabeth Winstead Says Reshoots On 'The Thing' Were To Help Punch Up The Story & Ending

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • October 10, 2011 10:58 AM
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While fans and followers of John Carpenter's seminal "The Thing" are quick to dismiss anything that dares to touch the hallowed material of the horror maestro, even the strictest purists have to admit to at least a morbid curiosity in Matthijs van Heijiningen Jr.’s forthcoming prequel to the 1982 film.

Watch: Trailer For Phoenix Documentary 'From A Mess To The Masses'

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • October 10, 2011 10:39 AM
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Who doesn't love French indie-rockers Phoenix? Oh, we're sure they'll be dismissed as some as hipsterish, but there's a joyfulness to their records that make them transcend any hipster connotations, and they seem to get better, and more popular with time. Hell, Sofia Coppola loved them so much so she put one of their songs in "Lost in Translation," married the frontman, Thomas Mars, and got the band to score her last movie "Somewhere."

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