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MGM & Sony Get In The Ring For Eminem & Antoine Fuqua's Boxing Drama 'Southpaw'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 20, 2011 7:01 AM
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The past year has seen the boxing movie get a little bit of a resurgence. Of course, there was David O. Russell's "The Fighter," which jumped late into the Oscar race last year and went on to nab statutes for Christian Bale and Melissa Leo, and for the past two weeks, Hugh Jackman's robot boxing flick "Real Steel" has stayed stead on top of the box office. Now, fresh-out-of-bankruptcy MGM are looking to get going on a project that does not have a hobbit or James Bond in it, picking up the rights to "Southpaw," which will have Sony distributing the film.

George A. Romero Working On An Adaptation Of 'The Zombie Autopsies'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 20, 2011 6:32 AM
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This may get some fans all hot and bothered, but this writer is just gonna come out and say it. While there is no denying George A. Romero's place in horror history, the director hasn't made a relevant statement in the zombie genre in almost three decades. While the genre itself has soared in popularity in the past few years, becoming positively mainstream, Romero hasn't had much to add to the equation and the less said about this last effort, "Survival Of The Dead," the better. But, it appears the 71 year-old helmer is going to take another crack at a zombie movie, hopefully with better results.

Watch: Vintage Footage Of The Accident That Starts It All In 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 20, 2011 5:54 AM
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Until now, "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" has been all boobs, provocative trailers and Hot Topic magazine spreads, but today, something different arrives from the MouthTapedShut "unofficial" page.

Review: 'Norman' A Well-Observed, Tender & Moving Ode To Adolescence & Loss

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 20, 2011 5:15 AM
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Being a teenager is hard enough, but for Norman (Dan Byrd), the minefield of emotions he is forced to navigate is almost absurd in its proportion. Certainly not popular, but not a total exile either, Norman seems to exist in his own bubble at high school, one that keeps his pervading depression and suicidal thoughts as a close companion. But if this weren't enough, Norman, still reeling from the tragic death of his mother in a car accident, is also bearing witness to his father (Richard Jenkins) wasting away in the final stage of stomach cancer, with this painful experience compounded by the worry that the bills around the house are starting to pile up. But with all of this comes a shining ray of light in Emily (Emily VanCamp), a classmate who shares Norman's oddball sense of humor (and is the rare girl who loves Monty Python) but more importantly, shows a genuine interest in the outsider.
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Watch: Trailer For Christian Bale & Zhang Yimou’s Oscar Contending ‘The Flowers Of War’

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 20, 2011 4:52 AM
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After winning his first Oscar last year for "The Fighter," can Christian Bale make it a repeat this year? Judging by the first international trailer for Zhang Yimou's Oscar-contending "The Flowers Of War," we somehow doubt it, but the scale of the film does look impressive even if the tone seems somewhat uneven.

‘Jupiter Ascending’ Will Be The Wachowskis Next Film, Shooting To Start Spring 2012

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 20, 2011 4:28 AM
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First cropping up in the middle of the summer, the mysterious "Jupiter Rising" (now being called "Jupiter Ascending") was added to the already lengthy list of movies being eyed by The Wachowskis. And since 2008's eyeball-melting "Speed Racer," they've certainly had no shortage of movies to choose from. While "Cloud Atlas" is now in front of cameras, “Hood,” an “urban retelling” of the Robin Hood mythology with Will Smith sought to star, and the R-rated Iraq War gay romance picture “CN-9” (aka “Cobalt Neutral 9”) were also tossed around as possibilities. But the former sounds, frankly, pretty terrible and latter is not going to get financing from any major studio ever, so it looks like the sibling duo will go back once again to their comfortable sci-fi territory for their next flick.

Review: 'Le Havre' Another Hilarious, Humane & Moving Film From Aki Kaurismaki

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 20, 2011 4:13 AM
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The following is a reprint of our review from Cannes.

'Bad Teacher' Trio Director Jake Kasdan & Writers Gene Stupnitsky & Lee Eisenberg Team For New Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 20, 2011 4:09 AM
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While it wasn't the funniest R-rated comedy of the summer, "Bad Teacher" was certainly one of the most successful. Made on a slim budget of around $20 million, the film went on take in over $200 million worldwide, so no surprise that Sony are eager to get the creative team behind that film back together. And it looks like it's going to be another tale of jilted love.

And So It Begins, 'The Descendants' & 'Martha Marcy May Marlene' Lead Gotham Award Nominees

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 20, 2011 3:28 AM
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Well folks, the first batch of nominees this awards season have been revealed, with the Gotham Independent Film Award nominations landing this morning, giving an early peek at what will likely be some strong contenders down the line. Bear in mind, the Gotham Awards have little bearing on the eventual Oscar nods with only last year's Best Feature winner "Winter's Bone" factoring into the proceedings at the Kodak Theater. However, it does represent a good chunk of what you might see at the Independent Spirit Awards later in the year and if anything, these nominations confirm that Fox Searchlight is going to have another banner year on the statue circuit.

Review: 'Margin Call' A Compelling 24-Hour Slice Of The Start Of The Economic Collapse

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 20, 2011 3:15 AM
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The following is a reprint of our review from Cannes.

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