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Gareth Edwards Pitching Film That Seeks Mankind's Origin In Space With Robots & A Kid

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 5, 2011 5:02 AM
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Gareth Edwards had a pretty big 2010. His low-budget, and very clever alien invasion flick "Monsters" turned out to be a genre hit and his calling card to Hollywood, allowing him to bag the director's chair for the upcoming "Godzilla" redo. "Monsters" has also made a star out of one of it's leads, Scoot McNairy who has Andrew Dominik's "Cogan's Trade" and Ben Affleck's "Argo" on his calendar. And while a "Monsters" sequel is moving ahead with Edwards producing, he's got another original idea for a movie that he wants to bring to the big screen.

'Night At The Museum' Co-Writer Robert Ben Garant Adapting Manga 'Tuxedo Gin' For Disney

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • August 5, 2011 4:02 AM
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In the opening pages for the writing team consisting of Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon's recent book "Writing Movies for Fun and Profit," the pair behind "Night at the Museum" and "Herbie: Fully Loaded" talk about how to properly pitch to major studios like DreamWorks and Disney. While they go more in-depth on the subject later, they establish that there's a big difference between high-concept films, and those with a much simpler story. According to them, making the high-concept stuff seem simple is key to having your movie made.

Watch: New Trailer For Roland Emmerich's 'Anonymous' Says "We've All Been Played"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 5, 2011 3:36 AM
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That's True In More Ways Than OneSo Roland Emmerich has made a movie that isn't about something getting destroyed hundreds of different ways? But while "Anonymous" is about Shakespeare, don't worry, Emmerich has still found a way to make sure the story includes cannons.

'Hop' Director Tim Hill Jumps To 'Short Circuit' Reboot

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • August 5, 2011 3:15 AM
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Everybody forget about the nation's crumbling economy, the fact that "Hop" and "Alvin and the Chipmunks" director Tim Hill is bringing the beloved robot comedy "Short Circuit" back to life is cause for an outcry!

Nicki Minaj Will Terrify Your Children By Voicing A Character In 'Ice Age: Continental Drift'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 5, 2011 2:48 AM
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Nick Frost, JB Smoove, Joy Behar, Heather Morris, Josh Gad, Alan Tudyk, Kunal Nayyar & Alain Chabat Also Join The CastHere's the deal with Nicki Minaj. We don't get it. Her whole cartoony/sexpot image combined with tepid musical output makes us wonder why she's as popular as is. The other side of the coin is that she absolutely kills it on Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy with her memorable intro on "Dark Fantasy" and arguably one of the best verses on the whole album in "Monster" (next to Pusha T's turn on "Runaway). Regardless, Minaj voicing a character in an animated film? Yeah, it sort of makes sense even if her delivery may give your children nightmares.

God Help Us All: Brett Ratner Will Produce The 2012 Oscars

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 5, 2011 2:32 AM
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Hey, guys! Brett Ratner here. You know, the Ratmeister? Sir Rats-A-Lot? King Rat? Ratty Boom Boom? RAT@T? Rat-A-Tat-Tat? B-RATZ? The Ratlantic Ocean? Ratatouille? Rat The Mountains Of Madness? Rattack The Block? Ratlas Shrugged? Hayley Ratwell? Rat Damon? Rat Long Last Love? Director of the Academy Award-nominated "After The Sunset?"* There we go.

'The Inbetweeners' Soundtrack Features New Music By The Streets, Tunes From Ke$ha, The Vines & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 5, 2011 2:16 AM
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It's hard enough to keep up with TV shows on this side of the pond, so you'll to forgive us not catching up with the Brit comedy "The Inbetweeners," a popular sitcom that follows the juvenile exploits of four hapless adolescents in their last two years of high school, usually involving them trying to get laid in some capacity. And while the show -- according our U.K. writers -- is a pleasant enough blend of raunch and heart, the trailer for the upcoming big screen version certainly plays its hand a bit more broadly, so we've been a bit wary. That said, we do have another interest in the film, namely the soundtrack.

Today In Unexpected Pairings: Kevin James & Emily Watson Star In Indie 'Little Boy'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 5, 2011 1:59 AM
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Plus Will The Portly Comedian Appear In Charlie Kaufman's 'Frank & Francis'?We may be about to be stripped of our snark cred, but we don't hate Kevin James. He's a decent enough actor, has some comic timing, and is a firmly likable screen presence. We do, however, hate virtually every film he's made: a cynical string of fatty-fall-over gags tied to the loosest possible plot you could think of. But with "The Zookeeper" failing to meet box office expectations (taking half of the gross of James' last vehicle "Paul Blart: Mall Cop"), the chubby funnyman may be heading for a change of tack, with the news that he's teaming up with Oscar nominee Emily Watson for an indie family drama.

First Images & Official Synopsis From 'Dogtooth' Director Yorgos Lanthimos' New Film 'Alps'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 5, 2011 1:43 AM
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It was a bit of a shocker when Yorgos Lanthimos' provocative "Dogtooth" landed on the Best Foreign Film nominations at the Oscars earlier this year, if only because it's exactly the kind nervy, unique filmmaking that the Academy typically shies away from, particularly in that usually very conservative category. But the recognition spoke to the power of Lanthimos' film, one that shocked, thrilled and disturbed audiences around the world, took home honors from a variety film festivals (including the Un Certain Regard prize at Cannes) and put the Greek filmmaker on the map. Well, Lanthimos is back and and will surely be pushing buttons again with "Alps" which will premiere in Venice in a few short weeks, playing in competition.

'Monsters' Star Scoot McNairy Latest On Board Ben Affleck's 'Argo'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 5, 2011 1:23 AM
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Scoot McNairy is having a pretty good twelve months. The actor had a minor indie hit a few years back with "In Search Of A Midnight Kiss," but it was his turn in last year's lo-fi genre smash "Monsters" that really started to turn heads. The film was a big hit on the festival circuit last year, and McNairy was courted for a number of massive films, including "Prometheus" and "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," before taking something far more interesting: a lead role, opposite Brad Pitt, in Andrew Dominik's eagerly-anticipated crime flick "Cogan's Trade." Oh, and he managed to find time to marry "Monsters" co-star Whitney Able as well.

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