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'Mirkwood,' A Fictional Tale About The Life Of J.R.R. Tolkien, Heads To The Big Screen

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • August 16, 2011 11:30 AM
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The works of J.R.R. Tolkien are a hot commodity in Hollywood. With Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" trilogy grossing billions of dollars worldwide, and Jackson set to continue to milk that success with a two-part adaptation of Tolkien's "The Hobbit," what better time is there to have your historical fiction novel based on Tolkien's life turned into a movie?

Review: '5 Days Of War' Is A Tribute To Georgia Both Bombastic And Political

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • August 16, 2011 11:03 AM
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In 2008, the world turned its back as Russia declared war on the neighboring region of Georgia. For five days, the vastly superior Russian forces descended on destitute Georgian villages, separating families, causing massive property damage and driving a fractured country into further disrepair, of which the area has yet to recover. For all intents and purposes, Renny Harlin’s “5 Days Of War” should not exist. And yet it does, not only as a war picture that emphasizes the ugliness of this conflict, but as a document of a dark moment in world politics, when women and children were under the gun in front of the world's closed eyes.

Ryan Phillippe, Anna Paquin & Luke Wilson Team For Dramedy, 'Straight A's'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • August 16, 2011 10:36 AM
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James Cox ('Wonderland') DirectingTalk about your random casting. "True Blood" star Anna Paquin, Ryan Phillippe and Luke Wilson have joined the cast of the Nu Image/Millennium Films dramedy "Straight A's." Directing the picture is James Cox, who hasn't helmed a feature-length motion-picture since 2003's "Wonderland" starring Val Kilmer as the infamous porn star John Holmes.

'A Dangerous Method' & 'Carnage' Get Dates, 'My Mother's Curse' Moves From Spring To Fall 2012

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 16, 2011 10:22 AM
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It's that time again. Breakout the red pen and/or White-Out because a few more dates are gonna crowd your calendar.

Empire Big Screen '11 Review: By Crom, 'Conan The Barbarian' Is Unbelievably Awful

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 16, 2011 10:00 AM
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For a good quarter of a century, since Arnie hung up his loincloth in 1984's "Conan The Destroyer," people have been trying to bring Robert E. Howard's pulp sword-and-sorcery hero back to the big screen, most notably in John Milius' unmade "King Conan," while The Wachowskis, Robert Rodriguez and Brett Ratner have also made various attempts at the material. Finally, he's returned for some rapin' and pillagin', thanks to Lionsgate and "Friday the 13th" director Marcus Nispel, with "Game of Thrones" star Jason Momoa as the Cimmerian. We caught the film's European premiere at Empire Big Screen tonight: was it worth the wait?

Weapon & Tagline Wielding 'Machine Gun Preacher' Poster; Cast Gets Coded In 'Tinker Tailor' Posters

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 16, 2011 9:52 AM
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Feel the heat? That's Oscar fever son, and if you had any doubt that "Machine Gun Preacher" was going for the gold, check out the tagline on the newly launched poster: HOPE IS THE GREATEST WEAPON OF ALL. Coupled with a buff, machine gun wielding Gerard Butler standing in front of a small African child, that should warm the cockles of the old timers in the Academy who will probably start receiving For Your Consideration stuff with this stamped all over it any day now.

Watch: New 'Immortals' Loudly Tries To Convince You To See The Movie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 16, 2011 8:42 AM
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Man, we hope that along with the 3D glasses we're getting some earplugs, because if the finished product is anything like the new trailer for "Immortals," this thing is gonna be loud.

The Weinsteins Prep Broadway Musical Versions Of 'Finding Neverland,' 'Chocolat' & "Cinema Paradiso'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • August 16, 2011 8:22 AM
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There's no shortage of films that have been adapted into Broadway musicals, so why stop now?

Steve McQueen Teams With Chiwetel Ejiofor For 'Twelve Years A Slave'; Brad Pitt Producing

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 16, 2011 7:14 AM
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There are a good handful of actors and producers around town whose name can "get things made," but there are only a select few who decide to back projects that ordinarily would be perceived as "risky" or as an unwise business investment. Brad Pitt is one of those few. He put his name behind Terrence Malick's "The Tree Of Life" -- a picture he originally wasn't going to star in -- and over the years, he's used his brand to back projects as diverse as "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford," "Year of the Dog," "The Private Lives of Pippa Lee" and "God Grew Tired of Us: The Story of Lost Boys of Sudan." Sure, it might be a bit of mixed bag, but clearly Pitt doesn't mind taking chances or simply doesn't need the validation of a tentpole to his name. And once again, his Plan B shingle is getting behind a promising endeavour.

Naomi Watts Looks Dowdy In First Look Photo From Clint Eastwood's 'J. Edgar'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • August 16, 2011 6:45 AM
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Plus New Photos Of Sarah Jessica Parker, Lea Michele & Sofia Vergara In 'New Year's Eve'We suppose she wasn't meant to be glamorous or pretty in this picture. WB has released a first look photo of Naomi Watts in Clint Eastwood's biopic "J. Edgar" starring Leonardo DiCaprio, and the actress looks positively dowdy and frumpy. That's by design. She's playing Helen Gandy, a Justice Department file clerk who ended up being Hoover’s personal secretary. Not the sexiest role in the film, though in one version of Dustin Lance Black's screenplay, if we recall correctly, there is one brief sequence where she and Hoover attempt to go out on a date, which doesn't really work out. Following Hoover's death in 1972, Gandy spent weeks destroying his personal file, thought to be where the most incriminating material he used to manipulate and control the most powerful figures in Washington was kept, though we're pretty sure Eastwood's drama won't extend that far into his history.

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