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Olivier Megaton Admits 'Colombiana' Inspired By Luc Besson's Unmade 'The Professional' Sequel Script

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • August 25, 2011 10:45 AM
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French Director Admits They Have To Step Up Their Game For Liam Neeson's 'Taken 2'; Says Maggie Grace Plays A Bigger RoleExclusive: If you’ve never heard of the director of “Colombiana,” it’s not because he lacks a cool-sounding name: Olivier Megaton. Rather it’s probably due to the fact that he made one movie in his native France, “Red Siren,” which failed to find its way to Hollywood, and then helmed a sequel, “The Transporter 3,” whose behind-the-camera bona fides were of less interest to viewers than the on screen body count. Perhaps appropriately, his new film is primarily noteworthy because it began its life as the follow-up to an imminently more famous one: “The Professional,” whose writer-director Luc Besson wrote and produced both of them. But at the Los Angeles press day for “Colombiana,” Megaton insisted that it became its own entity because too much time had passed between Besson’s 1994 classic and this would-be next installment.

Jim Sturgess Joins The Wachowskis & Tom Tykwer's 'Cloud Atlas'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 25, 2011 9:40 AM
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With production set to begin in just a few short weeks, it looks like the last few pieces of casting for the ambitious adaptation of "Cloud Atlas" are falling into place as "One Day" star Jim Sturgess is the lastest actor to come aboard. USA Today confirms what we've been hearing about Sturgess' involvement in the picture as they say, he "next ventures to Berlin to film the Wachowski brothers' new movie 'Cloud Atlas.'"

Dan Aykroyd Likes 'Criminal Minds' Star Matthew Gray Gubler For 'Ghostbusters 3'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 25, 2011 9:19 AM
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Once again, Dan Aykroyd has been given a microphone and once again, he is sounding off about the movie that will probably never happen, "Ghostbusters 3." Last we heard, the $150 million movie was more or less going to sit on the shelf at Sony unless Bill Murray stopped being awesome and decided to read the script and then decided to actually make it. But he's currently shooting "Hyde Park on Hudson" and would likely rather do anything other than play a faded version of the role that helped launch him to superstardom in a sequel arriving more than two decades after the fact. But hey, maybe he'll pull a "Garfield" and do it regardless. Anyway, Aykroyd was recently on Dennis Miller Radio (via ComingSoon) and he begrudgingly admits that Murray is vital to this thing, while quickly adding that no one man makes a movie.

Watch: Trailer For The Silent Movie Sensation 'The Artist'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 25, 2011 8:29 AM
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So, are you one of those people who refuses to watch a film that's in black and white or worst yet [shudder] a silent movie? Well, we're not gonna lecture you on the countless number of great films you're missing out on or just the ignorance of that stance altogether, but we will tell you this: whether you embrace classic film or not, "The Artist" is a huge entertainer and crowd-pleaser.

Kate Winslet, Gwyneth Paltrow & Marion Cotillard Try & Stave Off The Virus In New 'Contagion' Photos

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 25, 2011 8:08 AM
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Not washing your hands is pretty gross, but if events unfold like they do in Steven Soderbergh's "Contagion," you can use all the hand sanitizer that you want but it won't help when some douchebag sneezes on you without covering their mouth. That's all it will take for infection to set in.

Review: 'Colombiana' Is An Exploitation Actioner Devoid Of Thrills & Humor

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 25, 2011 7:28 AM
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"Colombiana," an ornately florid title for a hopelessly pedestrian Euro-trash action movie, has been marketed and sold around various images of its comely star (Zoe Saldana) brandishing firearms while in her underwear. As far as exploitation hooks go, it's about as old as the format itself, and just as dependable. But "Colombiana," with its rapid-fire editing, humdrum supporting cast, and choked knot of superfluous subplots, doesn't have the thematic incisiveness of an exploitation movie, or the playfully go-for-broke, hands-in-the-air sense of naughty impishness.

Rob Corddry Joins Jonathan Levine’s Zombie Romance ‘Warm Bodies’

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 25, 2011 6:59 AM
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We'll say this for Jonathan Levine -- you can't peg him down to any one genre. The director first made waves with the horror flick "All The Boys Love Mandy Lane" (which he says is still stuck in distributor hell) before breaking out with charming hip-hop coming-of-age film "The Wackness." Next month he's got the cancer dramedy "50/50" set to hit theaters, and after that? A zombie romance of course.

Chevy Chase Says He's Writing His Own 'Vacation' Movie, Isn't Interested In Mentoring Young 'Fletch'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 25, 2011 6:37 AM
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From somewhere in the late-'90s until about now, Chevy Chase had fallen off the map. There was a time when no comedy star was brighter than Chase, but his reputation for being difficult to work with and a string of bad pay-day movies found the comic icon struggling, until his new gig on "Community" revitalized his career. Seemingly back in the public consciousness, now would be a good time for Chase to become cooperative and boost his profile by helping along the "Vacation" and "Fletch" reboots that are in various stages of development. But it seems some old habits die hard.

Author Robert Harris Says Paul Greengrass Is Going To Direct An Adaptation Of 'The Fear Index'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 25, 2011 5:52 AM
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Meanwhile, Greengrass Says 'Memphis' Will Get Made In "Due Course" Updated: Reps for Paul Greengrass confirm that he is indeed attached to this project.

Alexander Skarsgård Will 'Disconnect' In New Film From 'Murderball' Director Henry-Alex Rubin

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 25, 2011 4:23 AM
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It seems Alexander Skarsgård is making the most of his time off from fang banging in "True Blood." The actor is currently shooting the indie flick “What Maisie Knew” with Julianne Moore and Steve Coogan, he just lined up "The East" with Brit Marling and now he's added another project to his slate from a director we haven't heard from in a while.

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