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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.

Antoine Fuqua To Direct 'Suge Knight' Documentary For Showtime

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 27, 2011 7:37 AM
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Well, of course he is. Still attached to the forever gestating "Tupac" biopic, Antoine Fuqua, who shows no sign of stopping signing onto things, will team with Showtime and direct a feature length documentary about notorious hip hop mogul Suge Knight.

Review: Meta 'Art History' Is NOT Recommended For Joe Swanberg Newbies

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 27, 2011 6:45 AM
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The very first shot of “Art History” features a close-up of a woman’s hand placing a condom on an erection. If you needed any further clues that prolific indie filmmaker Joe Swanberg has no intention of going mainstream any time soon, the director has a cock for you to look at. While his “mumble core” allies are moving on to more broad or genre interests (Mark Duplass and Greta Gerwig might as well star in a CBS sitcom at this point), Swanberg soldiers on, approaching the academic depths usually plumbed by late-career artists freed by their lower budgets.

Watch: Some Staticky Clips From 'Paranormal Activity 3'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 27, 2011 6:19 AM
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So, here we go again. The "saga" of "Paranormal Activity" continues next month with the third installment in the found footage franchise that is pretty much "America's Funniest Home Videos" with the volume jacked and invisible hands moving shit around.

Susan Sarandon Is Going To 'Snitch' With Dwayne Johnson

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 27, 2011 5:56 AM
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The combination of words "Dwayne Johnson thriller" and "Susan Sarandon" isn't exactly something we would have expected, but the actress has never been one that is easily pinned down. She's a player with The Lonely Island crew, will appear in "I Hate You Dad" with Adam Sandler next summer, and is currently filming "Cloud Atlas" with The Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer. So, starring in "Snitch"? Piece of cake.

Lionsgate To Turn 'Dead Island' Into A Movie With The Guy Who Produced 'The Mummy'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 27, 2011 5:24 AM
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Remember earlier this year when the trailer for the videogame "Dead Island" dropped and every nerd with a controller creamed their pants? And then there was all kinds of premature news about a movie adaptation before the game had even arrived, leading publishers Deep Silver to put the kibosh on the rumors, saying back in February, “We are looking for quality above all else for a movie based on ‘Dead Island.’ We want to do it the right way as film realizations of games (or vice versa) usually fail to deliver what the fans were looking for. We will not go down this route with ‘Dead Island.’ Deep Silver profoundly believes in the quality and value of its Dead Island IP.”

Lars Von Trier Embraces His Persona Non Grata Status In Poster For 'Melancholia'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 27, 2011 4:39 AM
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Lars Von Trier seems to have taken to heart the old Groucho Marx adage of not belonging to any club that will have him as a member. The director who famously ruffled feathers this spring at Cannes with his terrible Nazi "joke" -- and who caused more consternation by not apologizing for it -- has decided to give himself a character poster for the U.K. release of "Melancholia." What's more, his is the only one stamped with an "official" Cannes Persona Non Grata stamp. You gotta love it.

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