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Michael Bay & Jason Statham Both Say They Aren't Involved In Any 'Transformers' Sequels Right Now

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 19, 2011 9:33 AM
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Looks like everyone jumped the gun a little bit on those "Transformers" sequels reported a couple of days ago. With Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner claiming he was already talking to Steven Spielberg and Michael Bay about sequels, and with trade reports buzzing that "Transformers 4" and "Transformers 5" would potentially shoot back-to-back with Jason Statham being eyed as the new lead, the news appears to have put the cart in front of the horse. Or something. As it turns out, both Bay and Statham have flat out denied their involvement in any forthcoming films.

Mark Romanek Tops The List To Direct Dan Brown's 'The Lost Symbol'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 19, 2011 9:05 AM
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Music video and commercials director Mark Romanek has had a bumpy ride in Hollywood of late. After making an impression with his debut feature "One Hour Photo," the director moved on up to the monster movie feature "The Wolfman" but walked away during the film's famously contentious production. Instead, he helmed an adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro's acclaimed novel "Never Let Me Go," but unfortunately, it didn't quite become the awards season horse or critical darling many expected, picking up mixed reviews and a muted response at the box office. Then there was his pilot for Fox, "Locke & Key," which was canceled, and despite recent airings at San Diego Comic-Con and New York Comic-Con in an attempt to revive interest, that too seems to have fallen by the wayside. But all that said, Romanek is still a respected helmer and over the past few months he's slowly been picking up heat, getting attached to direct a live action "Cinderella" film and being offered the chair for "The Wolverine" (which he turned down). Well, another big project may be coming his way and it will potentially reunite him with a star he was set to work with a few years back.

Watch: Trailer For 'Chronicle' Suggests There's Still Intriguing Life In Low-Budget, YouTubey Sci-Fi

  • By Edward Davis
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  • October 19, 2011 8:31 AM
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These days, anytime a trailer crackles with the lo-fi sound of a faux-found footage doc, a cinematic angel loses its wings. However, this first look at "Chronicle," a low-budget sci-fi film that 20th Century Fox is putting out next year, is admittedly fairly engrossing.

Stephen Gaghan Lines Up 'The Snakehead' & Untitled Drug Trafficking Movie To Direct

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 19, 2011 8:04 AM
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It has been a while since we've heard anything from "Traffic" writer and "Syriana" writer/director Stephen Gaghan. Ever since his sophomore film, Gaghan was attached to a few projects that never quite got moving. He was set to adapt Malcolm Gladwell's nonfiction bestseller "Blink" for Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way shingle but that seems to have stalled out; he wrote a "Speed"-like thriller called "Dead Spy Running" that McG was eyeing to direct and he also had an untitled action pic set up over at Lionsgate. Late this summer, he signed up to adapt a popular series of books by a Swedish criminologist, psychological profiler and author G.W. Perrson and he's also completed work on a pilot for NBC. But he's still angling to get back behind the camera and he's making sure he's got options, setting up two brand new projects.

Warner Bros. Swings Around The Pole For Steven Soderbergh's 'Magic Mike'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 19, 2011 7:13 AM
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Joe Manganiello Reveals Character Costumes For Some Of The Strippers In The MovieSteven Soderbergh and Warner Bros. have had a long and mostly fruitful relationship for much of the director's career. Of course, right now they are doing very well with "Contagion," which as taken in over $75 million so far, and that's with international territories only starting to open now. And over the years WB has housed variety of Soderbergh's films both big and small, including the "Ocean's Eleven" trilogy, "The Good German" and "The Informant!" and they are also behind the developing "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." And with lensing well underway on the indie-financed, low-budget male stripper pic "Magic Mike," it looks like the suits over at the studio are willing to roll the dice on the movie that was initially perceived as a hard sell for major shingles.

John Cusack & Johnny Knoxville Are Going To Rio De Janeiro For 'Carnaval'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 19, 2011 6:50 AM
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As far as paid vacations to Brazil go, you could probably do worse.

Watch: Spike Jonze Co-Directed, Stop Motion Animated Short Film 'Mourir Auprès de Toi'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 19, 2011 6:03 AM
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Earlier this spring, in the midst of its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival Critics Week sidebar, a sneak preview popped up online for "Mourir Aupres de Toi," a short film collaboration between director Spike Jonze and designer Olympia Le-Tan. Jonze has been busy since with a plethora of projects including music videos for the Beastie Boys and Kanye West and Jay-Z, that we kind of forgot about this. But the full-length short is now available to view in the comfort of your own home/office, and it's certainly worth clicking on during your next coffee break.

Jerry Bruckheimer Says Supernatural Coyotes Out, Train Sequences Stay In Scaled Down 'Lone Ranger'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 19, 2011 5:48 AM
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Producer Explains How He Trimmed The Budget of 'Lone Ranger' By Doing What He Should Have Done In the First PlaceUpdate: Disney has pushed "The Lone Ranger" start date to February 13.

Review: 'Martha Marcy May Marlene' A Stunner With A Breakout Turn By Elizabeth Olsen

  • By James Rocchi
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  • October 19, 2011 5:11 AM
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The following is a reprint of our review from Sundance.

And Then The Drums Come In: It's The Trailer For David Lynch's Album 'Crazy Clown Time'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 19, 2011 4:48 AM
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So, what has David Lynch been up to since "Inland Empire"? Well, doing everything but making another movie. Oh sure, he might have a new film in the works, and there's that transcendental meditation documentary knocking around, but he's otherwise been doing ads for fashion labels, directing concert webcasts, making short films like the piece he recently put together for Viennale Fest ‘11, and oh yeah, he recorded his first album which comes out next month.

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