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'Brothers and Sisters' Star Luke Grimes Has A Very Particular Set Of Skills, Joins Liam Neeson In 'Taken 2'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 9, 2011 9:00 AM
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We've gone on record in the past as to how baffled we are that "Taken," a borderline-racist B-movie that would have been best-suited to being a direct-to-video action movie starring Patrick Bergin in the mid-90s, is such a beloved box-office hit in some quarters. But we were slowly coming to terms with the fact that it's simply something that we'll never come to understand, like the mysteries of the cosmos, or the iTunes Terms & Conditions. And just as that was happening, Liam Neeson's schedule was worked out, and a sequel to the 2009 surprise hit was greenlit, with the amazingly-named Olivier Megaton helmer of "The Transporter 3" and "Columbiana" in the director's chair, with original writers Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen returning with another script.

Kristen Stewart Stands In The Light In New 'Snow White And The Huntsman' Banner

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 8, 2011 10:33 PM
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Who's going to be the fairest of them all in 2012? We'll soon see, but the battle of Snow White movies is gearing up. In one corner, you have Tarsem's upcoming "Mirror Mirror" a comedy/adventure take on the fairy tale with Lily Collins, Julia Roberts and Armie Hammer. In the other, you have Rupert Sanders' much more dramatic and straight-faced "Snow White And The Huntsman." So who are you rooting for?

Brett Ratner Steps Down As Oscar Producer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 8, 2011 7:16 PM
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If you've ever wondered what a Brett Ratner produced Oscar telecast would be like, well, you're probably never going to find out. While we eagerly awaited to see how Chris Tucker would be utilized in the broadcast in February, it looks like the words coming out the mouth of Ratner have rubbed the shrimp loving folks of the Academy the wrong way. THR has revealed that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has ousted Ratner from producing the telecast has accepted Ratner's decision to step down from the gig. An open letter explaining his decision is forthcoming.

Leafy Paw Prints Cover New Poster For Cameron Crowe's 'We Bought A Zoo'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 8, 2011 6:53 PM
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A movie about animals, with a score by eunuch voiced Sigur Ros frontman Jonsi, arriving smack dab in the holiday season? Yeah, "We Bought A Zoo" is aiming to warm your cockles and if you need more proof, this brand new poster should tell you all you need to know.

Wrekin Hill To Take U.S. Rights To Zhang Yimou’s ‘The Flowers Of War’ Starring Christian Bale

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 8, 2011 6:32 PM
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There is still a lot of time for things to play out in the awards season race, but often there are indicators as to how far (or not) a film will go. While on paper, two-time Best Foreign Film nominee Zhang Yimou directing Christian Bale in a period piece war movie seems like a no-brainer, "The Flowers Of War" has taken quite a long time to secure distribution. Perhaps that melodramatic trailer should have been a warning sign? And no knock to upstarts Wrekin Hill, who are new players in the game, but word of their taking on the film doesn't exactly bode well for 'War' to be a major force in the next few months.

Aki Kaurismaki's 'Le Havre' The First Of A Trilogy, Director Plans Future Entries In Spain & Germany

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 8, 2011 5:48 PM
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While "The Artist" is currently the foreign film/arthouse darling, with Oscar in its sights and audiences lining up to see it, we do hope Aki Kaurismaki's beautiful and brilliant "Le Havre" doesn't get lost in the chatter this fall. The film premiered at Cannes to largely positive reviews and is now in the mix for some awards heat as it has been selected as Finland's official entry for the Foreign Language Film category. However, it looks like Kaurismaki is just getting started on the themes he introduced in "Le Havre" as it's merely the first in a planned trilogy.

Watch: Aussie Trailer For 'The Lorax' Shows Off More Footage From The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 8, 2011 5:02 PM
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While we're always wary of childhood favorites coming to the big screen, 20th Century Fox's recent "Horton Hears A Who!" seems to have at least gotten the spirit and playfulness of the Dr. Seuss' book down. Now Universal are going to give it a whirl with "The Lorax" and they too seem to be coming at it from the right angle.
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'In America' Writer Naomi Sheridan Pens Adaptation Of Stephen King's 'Rose Madder'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 8, 2011 4:16 PM
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With a ton of movie projects already in development based on his books -- "The Dark Tower," "The Stand," reboots of "Carrie," "Pet Sematary" and "Firestarter" - and in addition to "Bag Of Bones" headed to the small screen this fall, there is no shortage of Stephen King films/shows for his fans. But yet another is on the way, although this one has an intriguing name attached.

Scott Frank To Write & Direct Big Screen Version Of U.K. Miniseries 'Unforgiven'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 8, 2011 3:13 PM
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With Christopher McQuarrie now busy directing the Tom Crusie thriller "One Shot," it looks like he's had to clear some developing projects off his desk. You might remember that last year he was hired on to adapt the U.K. miniseries "Unforgiven" into a feature film as a potential starring vehicle for Angelina Jolie. Well, McQuarrie has turned in a draft, Jolie was never formally signed, and the project has now landed in the lap of another strong screenwriter.

Review: 'I Melt With You' Is Disillusionment At Its Dullest

  • By William Goss
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  • November 8, 2011 2:58 PM
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