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Tom Cruise Wants ‘Top Gun 2’ To Be Exactly Like 'Top Gun'

  • By Ryan Sartor
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  • December 8, 2011 9:00 AM
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When a filmmaker or actor wants to revisit a franchise many years later, it’s usually done for what is (at least to them) a good reason: Bruce Willis appeared in “Live Free or Die Hard” for the money, “The Godfather Part III” was a thinly veiled attempt to get Sofia Coppola to move out of the house, and before the dawn of the 21st century, George Lucas never had the means to turn Yoda into the cracked out Pokémon he was always intended to be.

Watch: Vintage 'Hard Copy' News Segment On 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo'; Sequel Will Shoot In Next 12-18 Months

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 7, 2011 9:56 PM
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While "The Muppets" largely held the crown for best marketing campaign of the year, "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" has been running a close second and is now looking to take the top spot.

Steven Spielberg Says 'Tintin' Made Him "Feel Like a Painter" But Admit He Could Never Do A Traditionally Animated Movie

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 7, 2011 7:20 PM
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In an extensive interview with the Los Angeles Times' Hero Complex blog (conducted at last summer's San Diego Comic-Con), Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson discussed their new motion-captured animated adventure "The Adventures of Tintin." While a lot of the interview covers ground that we've all heard before (like Jackson dressing as Captain Haddock in the live action screen test and Spielberg being turned onto 'Tintin' when European critics compared "Raiders of the Lost Ark" to it), but there are also some gems, like how Spielberg seemed artistically liberated by the freedom of the mo-cap world, but admitted he was probably a lousy fit for a traditionally animated movie.

Who Is Dr. Leonid Pavel? New 'Dark Knight Rises' Viral Images Reveal Mysterious Doctor (Who Is Mysterious)

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 7, 2011 5:59 PM
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When Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight" came out a few years ago it was accompanied with (at the time at least) a groundbreaking viral marketing campaign that encouraged fans to seek out clues and piece together information based on the slightest hint or suggestion, becoming Batman-like detectives themselves in the process. Well, the viral campaign is back for next summer's "The Dark Knight Rises," and a new photo has leaked suggesting a mysterious doctor character (played by Alon Aboutboul)... but who is he?

'Real Steel' Writer Dan Gilroy To Pen Asian-Themed Superhero 'The Annihilator' For Stan Lee

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 7, 2011 5:55 PM
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Earlier this year Magic Storm Entertainment was announced and a finance company partially launched by legendary Marvel idea man Stan Lee, for the sole purpose of creating new superhero properties for Asian audiences. Well, Variety is reporting that Magic Storm has just announced its first project, called "The Annihilator," and they've hired screenwriter Dan Gilroy, who is at least somewhat to blame for "Real Steel," to write the screenplay.

Edgar Ramirez & Jordi Molla In The Mix To Replace Benicio Del Toro In 'Star Trek 2' As Khan/Not Khan

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 7, 2011 5:28 PM
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So much Khan drama, and it turns out Benicio Del Toro isn't in the damn thing, but J.J. Abrams continues to search for his villain for "Star Trek 2" (maybe it's like, Khan's cousin?!) and two names are rising up.

Helen Mirren Joins Anthony Hopkins In 'Alfred Hitchcock And The Making of Psycho'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 7, 2011 4:58 PM
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Looks like we're gonna have two Alfred Hitchcock movies on the way, and in a rare feat, they both look promising. Just yesterday it was revealed that Toby Jones and Sienna Miller were heading up"The Girl," which focuses on the director's obsessive relationship with Tippi Hedren, who starred in "The Birds" and "Marnie." But in case you forgot, over at Fox Searchlight, another movie has been brewing from "Anvil!" director Sacha Gervasi with the self-explanatory title "Alfred Hitchcock And The Making of Psycho." In his flick, Anthony Hopkins plays the legendary director and now he's got one of the classiest gals around to hang off of his arm.

It's Official: Lars Von Trier Won't Go To Jail For Those Comments He Made At Cannes

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 7, 2011 4:29 PM
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Just when we thought the whole overblown "controversy" about Lars Von Trier's admittedly unfortunate comments this spring at Cannes -- which at the end of the day were the result of a joke gone horribly, horribly awry -- this fall police in Denmark launched an investigation into the incident. They were looking into whether or not he had broken French laws against "justifying war crimes," a ludicrous claim no matter where you stand on what he said. Forget what this tempest in a teapot was all about?

Review: 'London River' A Gentle Current Pain, Anger & Acceptance In The Wake Of Terrorist Attacks

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 7, 2011 3:56 PM
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When Elisabeth (Brenda Blethyn) first hears about the suicide bombings that shook London on July 7, 2005, it's from her television set a world away in Guernsey. Among the pastoral setting of her farm, the events that are happening miles away seem even more horrific and unbelievable, but her shock is coupled with a genuine concern. It's not long before she's on the phone to her daughter Jane, who is living in London, looking to be reassured that's she okay. She leaves a message. After not hearing from her, she calls again. And then again, leaving voicemails each time. And that's when worry turns into motherly panic and Elisabeth soon heads to the big metropolis to find her daughter.
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Watch: Funny & Charming Trailer Arrives For 'Five-Year Engagement' Starring Jason Segel & Emily Blunt

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 7, 2011 3:15 PM
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Need to wash the stink out of your eyes that was "The Three Stooges" trailer? Give "Five-Year Engagement" a spin, the promising rom-com from the unstoppable team of Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller (we'll politely overlook "Gulliver's Travels").

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