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Doug Liman's 'Luna' Drops Out Of Orbit But Warner Bros. Want Brad Pitt For 'All You Need Is Kill'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 23, 2011 9:43 AM
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It's win some/lose some today for Doug Liman, who has been juggling a few potential projects for his next effort, following last year's political drama "Fair Game." But it looks like one long-gestating project is now dead, while another finds a studio courting one of the biggest actors in Hollywoodland.

Zhang Yimou's 'The Flowers Of War' Starring Christian Bale Is China's Official Oscar Entry

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 23, 2011 9:04 AM
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Well, here's a new twist to this year's foreign film Oscar race: China has selected Zhang Yimou's "The Flowers of War" as their official entry.

Karl Urban & His Futuristic Haircut Are Apparently Returning For Vin Diesel's New 'Riddick' Movie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 23, 2011 8:47 AM
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So, has Vin Diesel been too eager to get his next "Riddick" movie off the ground? We'll leave that for you to decide, but just a few days after hitting his Facebook page with concept art, talk of an R-rating and a 2012 release, that entire post has been removed. Hmm. So just bear that in mind as we get to this next piece of news.

Johnny Depp Visits The Set Of 'The Hangover' In New Poster For 'The Rum Diary'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 23, 2011 8:09 AM
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Back when the trailer dropped for "The Rum Diary," this writer (who has not read the book on which the film is based) got pilloried for daring to suggest that the boozy, Caribbean vacay vibe felt less adventurous than Terry Gilliam's "Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas." "It’s way different than fear and loathing," our commenters said with folks arguing, "These stories are two different galaxies" and that "nothing really happens in the book other than him going to South America, trying to keep a paper from going under eating alot of cheesburgers and of course drinking alot of rum." Ok, we'll grant that the story is different and comparing "Withnail & I" director Bruce Robinson's film to Gilliam's isn't fair. But we will say this, no matter what is actually contained in the book, the marketing folks behind the movie want you to believe Johnny Depp is gonna get wrecked.

Mychael Danna's Rousing 'Moneyball' Score Feat. This Will Destroy You & A Lenka Song Is A Big Winner

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  • September 23, 2011 7:33 AM
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Discussing soundtracks, especially scores can be, in some instances, sort of dull. It's easy to confabulate when a pop or rock figure like Trent Reznor ("The Social Network"), Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead ("There Will Be Blood") or Karen O & The Kids ("Where The Wild Things Are"), but aside from Hans Zimmer, Danny Elfman, Clint Mansell, Jon Brion and maybe John Murphy known for his great collaborations with Danny Boyle, there are very few "superstar" composers that mainstream audiences appreciate or generally want to read about. For example, Alberto Iglesias (known for his work with Pedro Almodovar) is probably, aside from Alexander Desplat, one of the greatest living composers on the planet right now, but not that many spend time spilling ink over his work. In our minds, Abel Korzeniowski ("A Single Man") is certainly a composer to watch, but can anyone hum one of his works?

In Theaters: 'Abduction' Will Try To Kidnap The Box Office From 'Moneyball' & 'Killer Elite'

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • September 23, 2011 7:13 AM
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Greetings, earthlings. How is your September treating you? Pleased as punch that good movies are coming back? Well this week we have "Abduction" ahahaha, joke's on you! No but seriously, we have the smart baseball movie "Moneyball" that has made its way to the screen, by hook or by crook, despite the development hell it went through. And we also have the Statham-De Niro-Owen crotch-punching actioner "Killer Elite." It's a mixed bag this weekend at the 'plex!

The Amazing Race: In A Star-Filled Year, Who Could Break Out In The Best Actor Category?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 23, 2011 6:29 AM
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Last week in The Amazing Race, we talked about the films that had gotten a boost for their Best Picture hopes in the Oscar hunt, and those that had taken a hit, after being unveiled in the awards season. To sum it up: good news for "The Descendants," "Moneyball" and "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy," not great news for anyone else. But of course, while Best Picture is the big prize, there are waves and ripples far beyond that, particularly when it comes down to the acting awards.

Disney Gets Back On The Horse For 'The Lone Ranger,' 2012 Start Expected

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 23, 2011 6:14 AM
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It's been a long, it's been kind of ugly and very public, but it looks like Disney, Johnny Depp, Jerry Bruckheimer and Gore Verbiniski are now all on the same page as Deadline reports that "The Lone Ranger" is back in the saddle and eyeing a 2012 start date.

Adam Sandler's 'Jack And Jill' Poster Is His Laziest But Most Amazing One-Sheet Ever

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 23, 2011 5:25 AM
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We fully admit, upon seeing the first trailer for Adam Sandler's "Jack And Jill," we were not impressed, however a sea change of opinion may be happening around our offices. It might be due to a carbon monoxide leak we should probably look into, but we're going to put forth a new theory: "Jack And Jill" is the movie Adam Sandler was born to make.

Watch: Get Warm & Fuzzy With The 'Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey' Trailer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 23, 2011 5:01 AM
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Unless you are dead inside, or have lived your life without ever seeing "Sesame Street" (in which case, we feel sorry for you), then you already know that Elmo is one of the most beloved felt covered characters to emerge from the program. It's pretty much impossible to resist his buoyant energy and pure joy and especially for little kids, his googly eyes alone are enough to thrill and delight. Now get ready for story behind the man who brought him to life.

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