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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.

George Sluizer To Finish River Phoenix's Last Film 'Dark Blood'; Joaquin Phoenix To Do Voice-Over?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 19, 2011 4:21 AM
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Update: The Phoenix family have released a statement denying Sluzier's word that they were participating in getting "Dark Blood" finished saying, "Despite George Sluizer’s claim that he has been communicating with River Phoenix’s family in regard to releasing River’s last film, Joaquin Phoenix and his family have not been in communication with the director nor will they participate in any way.” So if Sluzier wants to finish the movie, he'll have to do with the help of River's family.

New Line Picks Up Melissa McCarthy's Road Trip Script 'Tammy'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • October 19, 2011 3:14 AM
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Since her breakthrough role as the crass but loveable Megan in this summer’s “Bridesmaids,” Melissa McCarthy has already hosted “Saturday Night Live” and won a Primetime Emmy for her role on the popular (but insufferable) CBS comedy “Mike & Molly.” Having already completed a role in “Bridesmaids” producer Judd Apatow’s anticipated “Knocked Up” spinoff “This is Forty,” it should come as no surprise that McCarthy is quickly earning the right to get a project going on her name alone.

Chris Cooper & Dianne Wiest To Star In Noah Baumbach's 'The Corrections' On HBO

  • By Edward Davis
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  • October 19, 2011 3:09 AM
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While the multiplexes increasingly become a place to house event movies and continue to enable the infantilization of moviegoers' taste -- 3D spectaculars, toy franchises, Michael Bay movies, etc. -- HBO is happy to write checks for big name talent.

Review: 'The Catechism Cataclysm' Is An Indescribable & Unforgettable Curio

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • October 19, 2011 2:56 AM
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If you’re a student of screenplay structure with a dog-eared copy of a Robert McKee book, it’s best to stay away from “The Catechism Cataclysm.” The new film from director Todd Rohal spends a good majority of its scant seventy-five minute runtime stymieing conventional thought, trafficking in casual blasphemy to depict a metaphysical journey into hell for a protagonist heavily under-equipped to deal with such trauma.
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Producer Gale Anne Hurd Talks Separating The Comic & TV Versions Of 'The Walking Dead'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 19, 2011 2:24 AM
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Prolific Producer Says 'Hulk' & 'Terminator' Franchises Moving On Without HerGale Anne Hurd has had an incredibly varied (and just plain incredible) career, starting off as an executive assistant to Roger Corman before becoming one of the biggest genre producers in the business, kind of like a lady Jerry Bruckheimer. With her ex-husband James Cameron she produced "The Terminator," "Aliens," "The Abyss," and "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" – big, complicated productions that set the box office on fire. In the years since 'T2' she has dabbled in comedy (the underrated Watergate romp "Dick"), family adventures ("Clockstoppers," which is sort of like the non-perverted version of Nicholson Baker's novel "The Fermata") and superhero yarns – shepherding two versions of both "The Incredible Hulk" and "The Punisher" to the big screen (with notably mixed results).

Book Review: 'Drew Struzan: Oeuvre' Is A Beautifully Complete Look At The Master Illustrator's Work

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 19, 2011 2:04 AM
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Last fall, the great "Art of Drew Struzan" book was released. It did a fairly comprehensive job of chronicling the career of the master illustrator and offered colorful commentary by the artist, giving us an exclusive peek behind the scenes of some of his most memorable work. Just as amazing as seeing early versions of his poster designs for movies like "Back to the Future" was learning some of the circumstantial anecdotes, such as how his concept for "Money Pit," featuring the house capsizing like the Titanic, was shelved because of a real-life ocean liner tragedy. But the selection was obviously chosen for specific reasons – to illustrate a certain point or showcase the artist's creative process. All of his iconic illustrations were there and accounted for (every "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones" one-sheet, splashed across the glossy page) but there was just as much left out.
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'Sunshine' Star Troy Garity Will Try To Kill Ryan Gosling & Josh Brolin In 'Gangster Squad'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 19, 2011 1:39 AM
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For a time, a decade or so ago, it seemed that Troy Garity was heading to big things. The son of Jane Fonda, and grandson of Henry Fonda, the actor broke through with a scene-stealing turn in Barry Levinson's "Bandits," before going on to feature as the token white guy in the "Barbershop" movies, and deliver a neat little performance as one of the excellent cast of Danny Boyle's "Sunshine." But he never quite made it to the next level, having spent much of the last few years in TV and little-known indies.

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