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Winning? New Charlie Sheen Sitcom Based On 'Anger Management' Moves Forward

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 18, 2011 5:33 AM
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While Charlie Sheen spectacularly and entertainingly imploded last year, putting an end to his involvement of the long-running, highly-successful show that made him one of the highest paid actors in television despite the fact that "Two And A Half Men" is fucking godawful. And while Ashton Kutcher has been hired on to replace him on the next season, during which the writers, in a clear ratings grab, will kill off Sheen's character, the man who has declared himself an F-18 already has a new program in development where he'll take the lead role.

Emma Watson To Star In Guillermo Del Toro Produced 'Beauty And The Beast'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 18, 2011 4:59 AM
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The list of Guillermo Del Toro produced films long ago surpassed the levels of being absurd and comically long but what the hell, he's just added another one but unlike the myriad of other projects in various stages of development this one has a pretty big name already attached.

Watch: Teaser Trailer For 'The Dark Knight Rises' Officially Hits

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 18, 2011 4:12 AM
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So interwebs, was it worth the wait? After days of speculation about when it would arrive with trailer descriptions being posted and the spot being leaked to the web early, "The Dark Knight Rises" teaser trailer has finally, officially arrived and it's somewhat underwhelming despite the great premise which casts Bruce Wayne as a reluctant hero, not eager to put on the mask again.

Watch: The Post-Credits Surprise From 'Captain America' Leaks Early

  • By Cory Everett
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  • July 18, 2011 4:03 AM
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What started as a gag by director Jon Favreau on the first "Iron Man" film has become a signature part of all Marvel Studios films: the post-credits scene. During the filming of "Iron Man," Favreau threw in a few Easter eggs to the larger Marvel universe including a short scene after the end credits rolled featuring Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, who shows up to tell Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark that he's putting a team together. This was an exciting tease to fanboys which should have led right into "The Avengers," Marvel's long-planned superhero team-up. Unfortunately this made "Iron Man 2" almost completely redundant, but that film's post-credits stinger introduced an Asgardian hammer touching down in New Mexico which set the stage for "Thor." The post-credits bit on that film showed the villain Loki going after the cosmic cube, again setting the stage for "The Avengers." With one more hero to introduce, next week's "Captain America: The First Avenger," many wondered just what we'll be getting as a treat before we leave the theater and now we know. (And obviously, if you don't want to know any more, stop reading here.)

Kurt Johnstad Reportedly Doing Rewrites On Zack Snyder's 'Man Of Steel'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 18, 2011 3:48 AM
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Jonah Nolan Also Said To Have Taken A Pass At David Goyer's ScriptWarner Bros. -- for legal reasons that are both too byzantine and boring to recount here -- are on a ticking clock regarding "Man Of Steel," as the rights on Superman will expire after next year and revert back to the heirs of the comic creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster making it far more complicated (and expensive) down the road to get a Superman movie made. Among the potential scenarios is that the rights to the iconic costume and the rights to Superman's ability to fly will possibly be split between creators and DC Comics creating a ridiculous scenario in which several parties will have to sign off in order to get the Clark Kent we know and love into a movie at all. So even as development began in 2008 on a new Superman, the studio likely knew it was their last big shot at the franchise before the property became entangled in a mesh of rights issues, so perhaps we can't be too surprised that as sets are being built, and filming is set to get underway very soon, the script is still being honed.

Open Road Takes A Drive With Joe Carnahan's 'The Grey'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 18, 2011 3:03 AM
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Cannes Favorite 'Bonsai' & Poland's Oscar Entry 'In Darkness' Get Picked Up"Haters prepare," warned director Joe Carnahan last week and given the growing buzz surrounding his wilderness survival pic "The Grey" it seems to be some sage advice for those wondering if the director of "Narc" was a one-hit wonder. Starring Liam Neeson, Dallas Roberts, James Badge Dale, Dermot Mulroney, Frank Grillo, Nonso Anozie and Joe Anderson, the gritty thriller focuses on a group of pipeline workers in Alaska who are flying back to civilization after being remote for a number of months. The 737 they’re on goes down, and they are hunted by a pack of rogue wolves.

Fantasia '11 Review: 'Attack The Block' Is The Real Deal Bruv, Believe

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 18, 2011 2:41 AM
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We're just over seven months into 2011, and we've already seen a staggering number of alien-oriented films, and for the most part, they haven't been friendly. In "Battle: Los Angeles" a ragged military crew squared off against the space invaders, while in the upcoming "Cowboys & Aliens" Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford will use old-timey western know-how to fight off the creatures from beyond. But there is another interesting trend developing even among this this little niche of films: kids are frequently the ones being called upon to save the day. In J.J. Abrams' "Super 8" best friends and junior high classmates outwit their parents and the military to save their town and the Earth, and later this year, "The Darkest Hour" will find Emile Hirsch and Olivia Thirlby helping a group of youths against another batch of extraterrestrials. But between those two films will be the hotly buzzed "Attack The Block," a film that shares with "Super 8" a plot about some very young kids who find some very vicious creatures in their midst, but in all other respects is completely, refreshingly and excitingly different.

'The Mentalist' Star Amanda Righetti Joins 'The Avengers'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 18, 2011 2:19 AM
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We can't say we've really watched the CBS psychic police procedural "The Mentalist" but as it heads into its fourth season this fall, it's clear there is an audience for the show and it looks like the cast are beginning to capitalize on that popularity. Lead actor Simon Baker has logged time already in films like "The Killer Inside Me," "Women In Trouble" and upcoming financial crisis drama "Margin Call" and now co-star Amanda Righetti will add a tentpole to her CV.

New Look At Karl Urban In 'Dredd'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 18, 2011 2:04 AM
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So, what's the deal with "Dredd"? The comic reboot has been flying way under the radar pretty much to the point of complete anonymity, which is a bit odd for a film that was tipped for release sometime this year (though with no release date set that's looking pretty unlikely). The film wrapped a very long time ago and unlike every movie these days which teases with stills and other marketing ephemera before it's released, there has been pretty much zilch except an early fuzzy look at Karl Urban in his full kit.

Review: 'Mann V. Ford' A One-Dimensional Tale Of Bittersweet Justice Served

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 18, 2011 1:59 AM
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What kind of price tag do you put on justice after decades of being harassed, abused, ignored and victimized by big business and government alike, whose actions have devastated a community and a way of life that will never be the same again? Can justice ever truly be served and what shape will it take? Those are the central questions that co-directors Maro Chermayeff and Micah Fink endeavor to answer with "Mann v. Ford" a well-intentioned, but fundamentally flawed film that takes us elbow-deep into the shocking and heartbreaking titular case, which results when the Ramapough Mountain Indians -- longtime residents of Ringwood, N.J. -- find their people ravaged with cancer and other illnesses after it's discovered that Ford used their land as dumping ground for toxic waste in the late '60s and early '70s.
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