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Screen Gems To Remake TIFF Midnight Madness Hit 'The Raid' Without Original Director

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 21, 2011 1:19 AM
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At this year's Toronto International Film Festival, which proved relatively quiet in terms of breakout hits, one film has dominated the buzz among genre-fans: Indonesian actioner "The Raid." Focusing on a SWAT team attempting to take out a mobster in a tenement, and directed by ex-pat Welsh helmer Gareth Huw Evans, it's apparently an ultra-violent, breathless, stripped-down, genre classic, with some viewers drawing comparisons to "Die Hard" -- high praise indeed. (Watch the trailer below for a hint of what to expect).

Watch: Rachel Weisz & Tom Hiddleston In Handsome Trailer For Terence Davies' 'The Deep Blue Sea'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 21, 2011 1:04 AM
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At one stage, 2011 threatened to be the year of Rachel Weisz, with no fewer than five films set for release and several potential awards contenders among them. But things haven't quite turned out as planned; she picked up good reviews for "The Whistleblower," but the film didn't get much traction, while both "Page Eight" and "360" got pretty poor reviews at Toronto, and "Dream House"... well, I mean, you've seen the trailer, right?

Jason Bateman Has A 'Disconnect' & Joins 'The Longest Week' With Olivia Wilde

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 20, 2011 10:44 AM
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There are probably no two busier people right now in Hollywood than Jason Bateman and Olivia Wilde -- except for maybe Bryan Cranston -- but we like 'em both so no complaints from us, though their choice of upcoming projects does give us pause.

50 Cent & Vanessa Hudgens Join John Cusack & Nicolas Cage In Serial Killer Pic ‘The Frozen Ground'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 20, 2011 10:15 AM
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Okay, casting gods. You win. As if putting John Cusack and Nicolas Cage in the same film wasn't enough, now the Anchorage Daily News (via Shadow & Act) reports that 50 Cent is adding his questionable talents into the mix for "The Frozen Ground" for what is now a must see movie. Cage + Fiddy? Sign us the fuck up.

Jeremy Renner Is Going To Rob Banks Again In 'King Of Heists'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 20, 2011 8:39 AM
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While Jeremy Renner isn't a household name just yet, that should all change by this time next year. Taking a page from the Jude Law playbook -- always a risky move -- the actor will have major roles in no less than four movies in the next year including "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol," "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters," "The Avengers" and "The Bourne Legacy." And with two Oscar nominations already to his name, Renner is putting aside the tentpole material at least for a moment, and signing on for a project that will hopefully replicate the success of "The Town."

Jon Turteltaub To Direct 'Last Vegas' Which Is Essentially An Old Timers Version Of 'The Hangover'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 20, 2011 8:06 AM
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Please Let One Of Them Be Nicolas CageWhile the overseas haul of "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" helped push the movie into profitability with a $215 million worldwide take, it was pretty much a dud domestically and seems to have temporarily derailed Jon Turteltaub, who we haven't heard much of since. This spring, he was attached to the pretty terrible sounding legal world rom-com "Unreasonable Doubt," but another laffer has crossed his desk and he's taking a good look.

James Horner May Get Caught In The Web To Score 'The Amazing Spider-Man'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 20, 2011 7:33 AM
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Composer James Horner has seemingly done it all during his lengthy career. With seven Oscar nominations leading to one win (for "Titanic"), Horner has tuned up a wide variety of movies including "Wolfen," "48 Hrs.," "Glory," "Honey I Shrunk The Kids," "Braveheart," "Apollo 13," "Avatar" and even famously clashed with Terrence Malick over "The New World." However, aside from "The Rocketeer," he hasn't done much in the way of comic book movies. But all that may change very soon. In a recent interview with SCOREcast Online (via Film Music Reporter) music editor and frequent Horner collaborator Jim Henrikson revealed that the composer “is pretty well set” to take on the gig. However, it should be noted this interview took place way back in May (why it's only being aired now is beyond us) and there has been no other word either way anywhere else since. So take it as tentative for now.

'All My Children' & 'Hunger Games' Star Leven Rambin Joins Curtis Hanson’s ‘Mavericks’

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 20, 2011 7:00 AM
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It looks like things are definitely on this rise for the young actress Leven Rambin. Previously best known for her role as Ava Benton on "All My Children," Rambin received a profile boost earlier this year when she was cast as Glimmer in "The Hunger Games," and it looks like her career continues to snowball into greater things.

This Took Longer Than We Thought To Happen: 'Avatar' To Become A Disney Theme Park Attraction

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 20, 2011 6:38 AM
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It has been about two years since James Cameron's "Avatar" destroyed the box office, got nerds drooling and had everyone in Hollywood deciding that everything had to be in 3D (with the director himself leading the chorus). With over $2.7 billion in ticket sales (good lord guys, the movie is not that good), 20th Century Fox and Cameron, who gets a nice slice of the pie, have continued to rake it in with DVD and BluRay sales (no doubt helped by their environmentally friendly double-dip of releases within months of each other) and the expansive merchandising, which has seen the movie whored out to anybody with a printer and UPC code (have you picked up your "Avatar" Party Pack?). So it's a bit of a surprise to us that it's taken this long for a theme park ride to emerge.

Barry Levinson's 'Diner' To Become A Broadway Musical With Tunes By Sheryl Crow

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 20, 2011 6:06 AM
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The history of movies being turned into Broadway shows (and vice versa) has been happening for decades, and while it certainly won't stop anytime soon, the road is littered with the carcasses of failed productions. Pulling off a massive hit is the rare exception, but the earnings can be so huge that it's no wonder they keep trying adaptations on Broadway.

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