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Because 3D Doesn't Cost Enough, Sony May Make You Pay For Your Own Glasses In 2012

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 28, 2011 2:52 AM
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Is This Really The Best Move When 3D Audiences Are Declining?It seems every month or so, a new trend or blip on the radar is hailed as the new box office savior at the multiplex. In the past couple of weeks, "The Lion King" has spurred conversations that studios may find new revenue streams by dusting off their catalog titles and bringing them back to the big screen. Earlier this year, backed by the surprise box office success of "The Adjustment Bureau," "The Lincoln Lawyer," "True Grit," "Black Swan" and later in the summer, "Midnight In Paris," the minor budget adult drama was seen an untapped and lucrative market. But before all of this, 3D was heralded as the game changer for the industry that kick new life into tanking ticket sales. The nearly $3 billion worldwide success of James Cameron's "Avatar" ushered in a wave of 3D movies that, early on, did indeed give studios a considerable revenue bump. While the actual quality of these (mostly converted) movies was wildly uneven, it seemed audiences were embracing the format. Theater owners who invested millions in buying digital projectors and upgrading their cinemas breathed a sigh of relief, but something strange happened in 2011. No one was rushing to 3D anymore.

DreamWorks Hire 'E.T.' Scribe Melissa Mathison To Adapt Roald Dahl's 'The B.F.G.'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 28, 2011 2:50 AM
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Compared to other authors, Roald Dahl has had better luck than most with cinema adaptations. OK, so Tim Burton's gaudy, joyless "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" is still fresh in the memory, but most of the film versions of Dahl's books -- the Gene Wilder-starring 1971 "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," Nicolas Roeg's "The Witches," Danny DeVito's "Matilda," Henry Selick's "James And The Giant Peach" and Wes Anderson's "Fantastic Mr. Fox" -- have successfully captured the spirit of Dahl's work while also managing to stand on their own two feet on the big screen.

James D'Arcy Joins 'Cloud Atlas'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 28, 2011 2:21 AM
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Even with an already starry cast that will feature the actors playing multiple roles, it seems there is still room for one more in The Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer's "Cloud Atlas," as Variety report that James D'Arcy has boarded the film.

Brittany Snow Joins Anna Kendrick In A Capella Comedy 'Pitch Perfect'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 28, 2011 2:04 AM
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Rebel Wilson & Adam Devine Also Join CastSo, can the singing and dancing that everyone seems to like on "Glee" and endless amounts of reality shows ever be translated to the big screen? Well, they tried "Glee: The 3D Concert Movie" this summer and failed miserably, and remember "Hamlet 2"? Yeah, no one cared for that either. But producer Elizabeth Banks and the rest of the people over at Gold Circle Films are hoping their indie effort can be the one that is the exception to the rule.

Roman Polanski Apologizes To His Sexual Assault Victim In New Secret Doc Premiered In Zurich

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 28, 2011 1:46 AM
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For all the films that he's made in the last 33 years, from the great to the dreadful, everything that Roman Polanski's done has been overshadowed by his 1978 sexual assault of a thirteen-year-old girl. The director was arrested and charged with six counts, including rape, but in a bargain with the courts, plead guilty only to "Unlawful Sexual Intercourse with a minor," and was sentenced to 90 days in prison. On his release, however, it was suggested by the judge that Polanski would face more prison time, and the helmer fled to France, where he's lived in exile ever since.

Oscar Contenders 'Elite Squad: The Enemy Within' & 'Monsieur Lazhar' Get U.S. Distribution

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 28, 2011 1:23 AM
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Unless you've been a regular at a few film festivals or happen to be from the native country, it's pretty hard to stay on top of all the foreign film Oscar contenders before they get whittled down to the eventual five. But two more movies looking for Oscar gold have just picked up U.S. distribution, giving you a shot to check them out for yourselves.

First Poster For Steven Spielberg's 'War Horse' Arrives

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 27, 2011 12:56 PM
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Get ready, because the Oscar campaign and marketing push for Steven Spielberg's "War Horse" is about to begin. While we got a teaser trailer for the film this summer, "War Horse" is one of the small handful of awards season pics that has yet to be screened for anybody at all. Spielberg doesn't need the reassurance of the fall festival circuit or any early thumbs up from critics because his track record stands on its own. But will audiences want to deal with a WWI movie during the holiday season? We're betting that since it's coming from Spielberg, they won't mind one bit.

Watch: Trailer For 'Sleepness Night' The French Midnight Madness Hit That's Getting A U.S. Remake

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 27, 2011 9:38 AM
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Midnight Madness at TIFF this year certainly got Hollywood buzzing. Among the titles earning chatter among suits and audiences alike were "Kill List," "The Day," "You're Next," of course "The Raid," which is getting a Hollywood do-over, and French thriller "Sleepless Night" which yes, is also being remade (courtesy of Warner Bros). Hopefully someone will actually distribute the latter film on this side as, judging by the French trailer for the film uncovered by Twitch, it looks like a pretty exciting little genre flick.

'Toy Story 3' Director Lee Unkrich Starts Work On New Pixar Movie & Will Blog About It

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 27, 2011 8:55 AM
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First, let's get one thing out of the way: Lee Unkrich kind of looks like Ed Helms doesn't he? Okay, we just had to put that out there, but the real news is that the "Toy Story 3" director has announced on Twitter that he's starting work on a new movie and to stay updated you'll have to keep glued to his Tumblr page where he'll be tracking its progress. "Today is day one on my next project. Every day I'll post a new photo chronicling the journey," he tweeted. So what is it? Who knows.

'Wanted 2' Moves Forward As Original Writers Hired Back For Sequel

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 27, 2011 8:10 AM
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Oh yeah, remember that "Wanted" sequel you uh, wanted? It's still happening. Talk about a follow-up to the hit didn't take all that long to get going with notorious shit talker Mark Millar claiming at Comic-Con in 2009 that production was "set to begin shooting in 8 weeks time with James McAvoy reprising his role." Obviously, that never happened. Through much of last year, rumors continued to circulate with Kristen Stewart being mooted to take over the franchise especially since Angelina Jolie's character takes a bullet to the head at the end of the original. Director Timur Bekmambetov chimed in at the end of last summer and confirmed that development was happening, but that the movie was a way off saying, "We are discussing 'Wanted 2' every month. We are working on it now, but I think it will be after Lincoln because James is working on the 'X-Men: First Class'… It’s why I decided to develop Lincoln without a studio, to keep control. It’s a big movie but independent too." But the wheels on the project have not taken a major turn.

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