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Watch: George Lucas-Produced WWII Film ‘Red Tails’ Gets Trailer, Hits Theaters On Jan. 20, 2012

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 29, 2011 2:03 AM
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Update: Yahoo has dropped the trailer for the film and you know? It doesn't look half bad. The dramatic stuff seems a bit familiar if slightly overcooked, but the aerial battles look damn impressive and pretty thrilling. Check it out below.

'Stealth' Director Rob Cohen Entrusted To Helm '1950,' Korea's Most Expensive Film To Date

  • By Sam Price
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  • July 29, 2011 1:58 AM
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Director Rob Cohen, whose last journey behind the camera was the abysmally unambitious “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor,” is hardly known for feminist cinematic screeds, unless you count all the bits where Jessica Biel opens her mouth in “Stealth.” Added to this his other, self-consciously none-more-macho films -- “xXx” and the first “Fast the Furious” picture -- while spawning a clutch of sequels between them, aren’t exactly heralded as action genre classics in the way, say, “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and “Predator” are. So he’s probably not the first person you’d think of if you were a hot-shot producer looking for a director to helm a project about the Korean War. Enough people clearly felt differently, though, as THR notes that Cohen’s signed on to direct “1950,” a film based on the reportage of Marguerite Higgins – a Pulitzer Prize winning war correspondent for the New York Herald Tribune – who covered some of the conflict’s most important historical events, blazing a trail for females in her profession as she went. Her journey across the Korean peninsula with an American platoon, which culminated in the bulk evacuation of nearly 200,000 South Koreans from the advancing armies of the Chinese and North Koreans on Christmas Eve, is set to form the backbone of the film.
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Ex-'The Hobbit' Actor Rob Kazinsky Joins Guillermo Del Toro's 'Pacific Rim,' Willem Dafoe In Talks

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 29, 2011 1:40 AM
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If you're cast in a major blockbuster, only to be replaced publicly, it can be hard to get your career back on track again. Stuart Townsend, for instance, shot scenes as Aragorn in "Lord of the Rings," before Peter Jackson decided he was too young, and replaced him with Viggo Mortensen. Townsend's heat remained for a little while -- he was the lead in "Queen of the Damned," and one of "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen," but, well, we know what happened to those, and Townsend hasn't had much luck in recent years. Dougray Scott, meanwhile, was meant to play Wolverine in Bryan Singer's "X-Men," but had to bow out when "Mission Impossible 2" ran over, and was last seen starring in British rom-com "Love's Kitchen," which took a whopping £121 on its opening weekend in the U.K (although, in fairness, he's playing Arthur Miller in "My Week With Marilyn," which could start a comeback).

The Small Screen: Patricia Clarkson Awesomely Cast As Ron Swanson's First Ex-Wife In 'Parks & Rec'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 29, 2011 1:17 AM
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To fill in for those of you who haven't watched "Parks and Recreation" (and really, you're running out of excuses at this point -- we did call it the best thing on television earlier in the year), the show's break-out character is Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman), the libertarian, meat-loving head of the titular government department in Pawnee, Indiana. The character has two ex-wives, both named Tammy (also the name of his mother), but, to date, we've only met the second, a fearsome librarian played by Offerman's real life spouse Megan Mullally, whose presence has caused some of the show's greatest moments to date.

Antoine Fuqua Is 'Storming Las Vegas'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 29, 2011 1:00 AM
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It would seem that Antoine Fuqua is doing anything but shooting the long-gestating Tupac Shakur biopic. After some drama earlier this year in which he left the project, and then was lured back in a lucrative pay-or-play deal, the wheels on that picture still seem to be at a halt and the director is still attaching himself to more options.

Olivia Wilde Considers Playing Porn Star Linda Lovelace In Biopic By Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 28, 2011 11:29 AM
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It seems that a film about notorious "Deep Throat" porn star Linda Lovelace is something quite a few people in Hollywood want to get made. There are two currently competing projects: the first is Matthew Wilder's "Inferno" that was famously going to have Lindsay Lohan in the lead role, but now is toplined by Malin Akerman and Matt Dillon. Last we heard, filming was supposed to begin this month though it appears that hasn't really happened and word on the project has grown quiet once again. The other is by “Howl” and "The Celluloid Closet" directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman that at one point was courting Kate Hudson and James Franco, and while we haven't heard a peep out of that project since the beginning of the year, it's now earning some fresh buzz.

'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy,' 'A Dangerous Method,' 'Carnage,' 'Shame,' 'Alps' Lead Venice Line-Up

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 28, 2011 11:08 AM
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Todd Solondz's 'Dark Horse,' Sam Worthington Starrer 'Texas Killing Fields,' Persepolis Follow-Up 'Chicken With Plums' Also In Competition, Soderbergh's 'Contagion,' Madonna's 'W.E.' Out Of ItAfter a few months of rumors flying around, the line up for the 2011 Venice Film Festival has been unveiled, and to put it mildly, we're a little bit excited. The opening and closing films, George Clooney's "The Ides of March" and Whit Stillman's "Damsels In Distress," had been revealed over the past few weeks, and now, we've got the full selection. There'll be little new for anyone who spied the leaked line-up a few days ago, which seemed to get things about right, but even without the element of surprise, it's an incredibly tantalizing selection.

Robert Patrick Replaces Bryan Cranston As Texan Law Enforcement In 'Gangster Squad'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 28, 2011 10:04 AM
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Trying to replace Bryan Cranston is kind of a no-win situation but Robert Patrick? Sure, we can dig that.

The Horror! 'Scanners' & 'Tales From The Crypt' Headed To TV

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 28, 2011 9:36 AM
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If the massive success of "The Walking Dead" on AMC has proven anything, it's that horror fare can be done right on the small screen and will find an audience, so perhaps it's no surprise that two more shows are in the works to try and capture that same lightning in a bottle.

Poster For Nicole Kidman & Nicolas Thriller 'Trespass' Arrives, Headed To DVD On November 1st

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 28, 2011 8:59 AM
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"Twelve," Town Creek" and "The Number 23." Those are the last three films we've seen from director Joel Schumacher whose career has included passable entertainments like "St. Elmo's Fire," "Falling Down" and "A Time To Kill" but has taken a seemingly irreversible nosedive.
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