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The 'Fantastic Voyage' Can Wait, Shawn Levy May Take Fox’s ‘Frankenstein’ Instead

  • By Edward Davis
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  • August 24, 2011 10:35 AM
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Updated: It's official, Shawn Levy is now attached to this project.

Watch: Another Great, Though Potentially Spoiler-ish Trailer For 'Drive'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 24, 2011 10:14 AM
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Update: Yahoo has unveiled three clips from the movie. Check 'em out below.
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It's Not 'The Last Exorcism' Because It's Getting A Sequel, Damien Chazelle Will Write It

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 24, 2011 9:46 AM
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So here's an anecdote for you: this writer attended the Fantasia Film Festival screening of "The Last Exorcism" last year, and before it started, the audience was told that their reactions to the presumably scary movie were going to be filmed for a future ad campaign. Unfortunately, while the film boasted a pretty good concept -- a con artist exorcist who doesn't believe in all that supernatural mumbo jumbo comes up against a real deal possession -- it was a decidedly non-frightening movie with a couple of jump scares and not much else. Needless to say, the audience reaction advertising never materialized. But the film, produced on a micro-budget of less than $2 million, opened in the #2 slot with $20 million and quietly went on to earn over $65 million worldwide. Huh. So here we go again -- despite the title -- "The Last Exorcism" is getting a sequel.

Watch: Seth Rogen Goes Froggy Style In 2 Red Band Clips From '50/50'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 24, 2011 8:34 AM
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Are there laughs to be found in cancer? If there are, "50/50" is going to find them as the dramedy gears up for a release next month with two restricted clips from the movie hitting the interwebs.
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Review: 'Tucker & Dale' The Hillbilly Horror Buddy Comedy You Never Knew You Wanted

  • By Mark Zhuravsky
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  • August 24, 2011 7:47 AM
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Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil,” Eli Craig's directorial debut, suffers from a concept that would work wonders in a short, but doesn’t make for a necessarily compelling feature. Written by Craig and Morgan Jurgenson, the film follows the enterprising Tucker (Alan Tudyk) and the painfully shy Dale (Tyler Labine) who are on their way to refurnish a newly purchased summer house (littered with ample evidence that hints at a formerly deadly owner). The two men could rightly be described as “hillbillies” and through a series of escalating misunderstandings, a group of teenagers led by the psychotic Chad (Jesse Moss), believes Tucker and Dale to be evil incarnate.
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First Look At ‘A Late Quartet’ With Philip Seymour Hoffman & Catherine Keener

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 24, 2011 7:07 AM
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Believe it or not, this is a first look for a film that isn't hitting the fall festival circuit, but it's probably a safe bet to show up at Sundance in January.

Christian Bale Considers Spike Lee's 'Oldboy,' Eastwood's 'A Star Is Born' & New Michael Mann Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 24, 2011 6:57 AM
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With an Oscar now under his belt for "The Fighter" and proving his box office chops with Christopher Nolan's Batman movies, once Christian Bale has wrapped up "The Dark Knight Rises" he's going to have his pick of the litter with Variety laying out the numerous projects that are being sent his way. The trade says Bale will make no decisions until he's done with Batman in November -- and there is absolutely no mention of the Terrence Malick project that cropped up just a few days ago -- but if anything, these projects are interesting because, for the most part, they aren't tentpole-driven fare.

Apparently, It Takes Three People To Write A Script For 'Scary Movie 5'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 24, 2011 6:03 AM
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If the "Scary Movie" franchise will be remembered for anything, it won't be for the jokes, but it will be for helping launch Anna Faris' career, the plucky actress who allowed herself to be glued to ceiling with semen all in the name of comedy. For whatever reason, these cheap, terribly unfunny movies, make a mint at the box office "Scary Movie 4" bringing in more than $170 million worldwide. It boggles the mind. So no surprise a new movie is now on the way and three people have been hired to create script. Three. We guess this kind of stupidity requires a team.

Review: 'The Family Tree' Is A Trite Indie Comedy That Thinks It's Shocking

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 24, 2011 4:59 AM
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"The Family Tree" -- a movie that seems destined for home video obscurity even as it hits a handful of cinema screens this week -- sets out to answer the question: just how many cloyingly idiosyncratic "quirks," the kind that aim for "American Beauty" profundity but mostly come across as "Desperate Housewives" contrivances, can be stuffed, Thanksgiving-turkey-style, into one independent suburban family comedy? The answer, as given by "The Family Tree?" A whole fucking bunch.
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3 New Pictures From Steven Soderbergh's 'Contagion'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 24, 2011 4:46 AM
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Launch Of Website Gives First Listen To Cliff Martinez's Pulsating ScoreWe're a week away from the kick off of the Venice Film Festival where Steven Soderbergh's "Contagion" will make its world premiere and ten days after that, it will arrive in theaters nationwide. Boasting a "Traffic"-like sprawl, this thriller about a global viral pandemic is earning some advance buzz for being truly skin crawling and with the launch of the official website a few more pictures from the film have emerged, but perhaps most excitingly, there is a nice preview of Cliff Martinez's score buzzing the background. It's a wickedly propulsive piece of electronic music, punctuated by some nice melodic piano lines and if anything, it certainly sets the tone for what promises to be a fast-moving, pulse raising picture.

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