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James McTeigue Gets A 'Message From The King'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 20, 2011 6:52 AM
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While James McTeigue hasn't made his defining film yet, under the guidance of The Wachowskis he has proven himself to be an able and stylish director. Cutting his teeth with the duo as an Assistant Director on "The Matrix" trilogy and a Second Unit director on "Speed Racer," he was given the his first shot behidn the director's chair with "V For Vendetta," a kind of silly, very Wachowski-an adaptation of Alan Moore's graphic novel. From there he tried to save the disastrous "The Invasion," brought in at the last minute to try and salvage whatever he could before moving on to his second effort, "Ninja Assassin." Next year's "The Raven" is poised to see him break out on his own in a big way and he's lining up a new project to keep that momentum going.

Watch: Daniel Craig Seems To Be Losing His Mind In Trailer For 'Dream House'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 20, 2011 6:19 AM
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Poor Jim Sheridan, we love the dude, but he seems to have fallen on a run of weird, wacky luck. The director followed up his beautiful and brave "In America" somewhat inexplicably with the 50 Cent thingy "Get Rich Or Die Tryin'." He seemed to return back to fare worth his talent with "Brothers," the remake of the Susanne Bier film, but the film was delayed and when it finally landed in theaters both critics and audiences shrugged off the war drama. A bit unfair really, since it was a very strong film with excellent performances all around by Tobey Maguire, Jake Gyllenhaal and Natalie Portman with a breakthrough turn by Bailee Madison. But Sheridan's hard luck continued on "Dream House," another return to mainstream fare.

Arnold Schwarzenegger Will Take 'The Last Stand' On January 18, 2013

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 20, 2011 5:41 AM
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He'll be back (sorry we had to). After much buzz, hype, rumor and then a mini-meltdown after revelations surfaced that he fathered a child with his housekeeper, Arnie is looking both to re-start his acting career and get back in the good graces of the public. With that in mind, he's made a pretty bold choice, teaming with "I Saw The Devil" and "The Good, The Bad, The Weird" director Kim Ji-woon for the gritty genre flick "The Last Stand." And he'll have a couple of years to spit shine his image before facing the press again.

Historically Accurate 'Spartacus' Movie On The Way Written By The Guy Who Penned '300' (Obviously)

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 20, 2011 5:08 AM
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Already the subject of Stanley Kubrick's 1960 film, the 2004 USA Network made-for-TV movie starring Goran Višnjić and the backdrop for Starz bloody and sexed up "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" and "Spartacus: Gods Of The Arena" it seems that GK Films feel that tale of Spartacus still needs to be told.

Review: 'Captain America' Swells With Patriotic Pride & Delivers An Old School Superhero Adventure

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 20, 2011 4:42 AM
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Well-paced, classical in nature, and featuring a completely different setting -- the 1940s during WWII which makes it a big tonal departure from other Marvel Films -- "Captain America: The First Avenger," is a relatively muscular and sturdy super-hero tale which is sometimes facile, but effective enough to meet most of its goals and aims.

‘Marie Antoinette’ Producer Ross Katz To Direct Assassin Thriller 'Brotherhood Of The Rose'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 20, 2011 4:04 AM
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Ross Katz certainly has good taste and knows good material when he see it. As a producer he's been behind "Marie Antoinette," "Lost in Translation," and "In the Bedroom" and being around those sets and that talent seemed to have been a help when in 2009, Katz made his feature directorial debut with "Taking Chance," the acclaimed HBO drama starring Kevin Bacon. Since then, Katz has been taking his time with a followup. This past spring he was linked to direct Luke Evans in the thriller "The Amateur American" but another movie will now roll first, and we have admit, it sounds pretty promising.

Newbie Dan Yeager Is Leatherface In 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D'; Trey Songz Stars As Well

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 20, 2011 3:24 AM
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Update: A press release for the film has confirmed that John Dugan and Marilyn Burns will reprise their roles as the Grandfather and Verna Carson from Tobe Hooper's original flick in the reboot. Shaun Sipos, Richard Riehle and Thom Barry round out the cast.

Scheduling Forces Bryan Cranston Out Of Ruben Fleischer's 'Gangster Squad'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • July 20, 2011 3:19 AM
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There's just not enough of Bryan Cranston to go around in Hollywood.

New Look: More Images From Tomas Alfredson's 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • July 20, 2011 2:56 AM
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Author John Le Carre & Cast Discuss The AdaptationWith the breathtaking trailer and poster combo recently unveiled, our excitement for Tomas Alfredson's adaptation of John Le Carre's "Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy" is sky high at the moment. Adding to that is the expectation that the film will pop up in one, or both, of the line ups for the Venice (having been invited to open) and Toronto International Film Festivals when they're announced in the coming weeks.

Ben Stiller Will Do Double Duty, Starring In & Directing 'The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 20, 2011 2:51 AM
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After years in development, it looks like a contemporary take on the classic 1947 film "The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty" starring Danny Kaye is finally going to move forward. Over the years directors like Ron Howard, Steven Spielberg and Gore Verbinski came and went with folks like Jim Carrey, Mike Myers, Sacha Baron Cohen, Will Ferrell and Owen Wilson looking at the lead role. The project took a new direction over the spring when Ben Stiller came aboard in the starring role and it looks like he has such a clear vision for the project, he's just gonna make the damn thing himself.

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