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Martin Scorsese's 'Hugo' Gets A Heart-Shaped Key & 'The Thing' Isn't Human (Yet) On New Posters

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 12, 2011 3:12 AM
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Well, it's officially official. Due to some pretty boneheaded decision made up in a studio executive's office, Martin Scorsese's "Hugo Cabret" has indeed dropped half of the title to become simply "Hugo." Likely terrified that audiences might not know how to pronounce that six-letter word and fearing that it would lead to audiences abandoning the film altogether, it's yet another example of big Hollywood treating their customers like morons. Anyway, it appears that posters are now popping up in multiplexes across the nation as ComingSoon snapped a picture of one in Los Angeles. It features Isabelle's heart-shaped key that proves to be a major component of the story as told in Brian Selznick's award-winning book, on which the film is based. Led by Asa Butterfield and Chloë Moretz, with a cast including Sacha Baron Cohen, Ben Kingsley, Christopher Lee, Emily Mortimer, Jude Law, Michael Stuhlbarg, Emily Mortimer and Ray Winstone the 1931-set film follows the story of the eponymous orphan boy living a secret life in the walls of a Paris train station. When Hugo encounters a broken machine, an eccentric girl, and the cold, reserved man who runs the toy shop, he is caught up in a magical, mysterious adventure that could put all of his secrets in jeopardy. It opens on November 23rd, and yes, it's in 3D

Watch: Trailer For Vera Farmiga's Directorial Debut 'Higher Ground'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 12, 2011 2:47 AM
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With an Academy Award nomination under her belt for "Up In The Air," Vera Farmiga followed her awards season recognition by taking on a mix of roles in films as diverse as the unfortunately awful "Henry's Crime," the sci-fi time looper "Source Code," the studio action film "Safe House" and the indie drama "Goats." But perhaps the biggest move the actress has made is deciding to get behind the camera with her debut feature "Higher Ground," a film that earned strong notices out of Sundance in January and will hit theaters later this year.

Review: 'Daylight' An Uneven But Compelling Psychological Drama

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • July 12, 2011 2:36 AM
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Few people will disparage an expectant mother. People are people, good and bad, but there's something majestic, alluring, and graceful about a pregnant female. It's some inexplicable aura that surrounds them, a soft soothing light that alters the mood of anyone they come in contact with. A meaningful moment with one is akin to a divine experience. It's this logic that permeates David Barker's "Daylight."

Down With Aladeen! New Protest Set Pics From 'The Dictator'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 12, 2011 2:15 AM
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Yes, Sacha Baron Cohen is back and after "Borat" and "Bruno" the comedian is bring a double dose of new characters to the big screen with "The Dictator." Co-starring Ben Kingsley, Jason Mantzoukas, Anna Faris and J.B. Smoove with cameos from Megan Fox and John C. Reilly, the film is described as a cross between “Coming to America” and “Trading Places,” with Cohen playing both a goat herder and a deposed foreign dictator who gets lost in the United States. We've already had a few looks at Cohen as the titular ruler but some new set pics have hit the official blog giving us a peek at his other character.

Review: 'Winnie the Pooh' Is A Cuddly, Gorgeously Animated Treat

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 12, 2011 2:01 AM
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There have been a lot of animated movies released this year, but virtually none of them has been any good. The technology, while increasingly sophisticated and skilled at rendering lifelike Easter bunnies and parrots and pandas and oddly anthropomorphic automobiles, seems to be brought to the screen at the cost of a similar sophistication in storytelling. Which is why "Winnie the Pooh," Disney's new take on the beloved A.A. Milne character, rendered, lovingly, in comparatively low-tech traditional animation, comes as such a surprise. It might be the greatest animated feature of the year so far (besides "Rango") – and you don't even have to wear dorky 3D glasses.

New Looks At The Leads Of Roman Polanski’s ‘Carnage’

  • By Sam Price
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  • July 12, 2011 1:40 AM
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Update: Another new "Carnage" pic has fluttered online over at Italian site ComingSoon. Check it below.Update #2: Fotogramas also has a new pic from "Carnage." Check it out below.

Bruce Campbell Confirms A New 'Evil Dead' Film Is Gearing Up For Production

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 12, 2011 1:21 AM
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Film Apparently Low-Budget, Sam Raimi Collaborator Bob Murawski InvolvedUpdate: Yes, the new "Evil Dead" movie is really for real this time and Bloody Disgusting has dug up more news on the film, revealing that Fede Alvarez will be directing the film. Who? Well, he made the hyped robot invasion short "Panic Attack!" that nabbed him a deal with Sam Raimi's Ghost House Pictures back in 2009. Looks like his big moment has arrived. Check out the short film below.

Johnny Depp Lines Up 'Night Stalker' & Paul Revere Pic As Potential Pics; Not So Fast On 'Pirates 5'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 12, 2011 1:19 AM
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Deadline's Mike Fleming can't seem to enjoy his vacation. Filing from wherever he's taking a siesta, it looks like either Nikki is cracking the whip or Fleming can't turn off his Blackberry. Anyway, it looks like he's been making some calls over to Johnny Depp's Infinitum Nihil production company has some updates on a couple new projects brewing for the actor, making for a total of three today if you add our exclusive story today about "In The Hand Of Dante" with Julian Schnabel so let's get started shall we?

Chris Hemsworth Will Feel The 'Rush' As Formula 1 Driver James Hunt In Ron Howard Flick

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 11, 2011 12:35 PM
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It has been quite the journey for Chris Hemsworth from his days on the Aussie soap "Home And Away." He proved himself capable of carrying a comic movie with charm and charisma to spare with "Thor" and he's got a slate of projects on the way including "The Cabin In The Woods," "Red Dawn," "The Avengers" and "Snow White And The Huntsman." It's certainly a blockbuster loaded slate, but the actor has been making strides into more dramatic fare as well. He's attached to the black ops thriller "Shadow Runner" and he's now taking the pole position on a film that has been gaining a lot of steam.

Watch: New 'Tintin' Trailer Looks Like The Indiana Jones Sequel We Should Have Had

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 11, 2011 12:21 PM
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It's been three years since Steven Spielberg's last full-length feature, the awful "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," a sequel rightly regarded as a stain on the franchise. What should have been another breezy adventure with our favorite grizzled professor of archaeology was a silly Area 51-influenced quest that missed the pulse of the original films. Well, it looks like Spielberg is ready to redeem himself.

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