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Watch: Trailer For Donnie Yen's 'Wu Xia'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 7, 2011 9:35 AM
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Of all the films picked up in The Weinstein Company's flurry of acquisitions so far this year, if we were gambling men, we'd wager that Peter Chan's "Wu Xia" has the biggest chance of wasting away on Harvey's movie shelf where films like the still unreleased "Shanghai" still reside.

'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D' Gets Fresh Meat Courtesy Of Alexandra Daddario

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 7, 2011 8:35 AM
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It's been eight years since Marcus Nispel's dreary reboot or whatever of "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" that was only really notable for greasing up a young Jessica Biel, putting her in tight jeans and tank top and having her run around screaming her head off. Well, enough time has passed that a new batch of teenagers haven't had the horror classic ruined for them yet, so along comes "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D" and, another young woman who will likely find her top ripped and soaking wet.

'Bridesmaids' Star Melissa McCarthy Joins Judd Apatow's 'Knocked Up' Spinoff

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 7, 2011 7:44 AM
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'Super 8' Kid Ryan Lee Also Comes AboardOnce you're tight with Judd Apatow, you can expect regular work for the rest of your life. Melissa McCarthy, who stole the show in "Bridesmaids" -- directed by Paul Feig and produced by Apatow -- continues to roll very tight with his crew. In addition to being cast opposite Jon Hamm (amazing blog alert!) in an upcoming Feig/Apatow rom-com she's now got another Apatow gig to add to her schedule.

B-Movie Filmmaker Louis Morneau To Direct Universal's 'Werewolf'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 7, 2011 7:25 AM
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A few weeks ago reports surfaced that despite the colossal clusterfuck that was “The Wolfman," Universal was pressing ahead with another stab at the monster movie genre. Instead of a sequel however, Michael Tabb has reportedly written a script that is being tossed around under the title of "Werewolf," and shares a link to George Waggner‘s 1941 film “The Wolf Man,” the granddaddy of them all. Well, a director has been chosen, and it seems as if Universal are giving up any pretense of making a good movie.

Watch: Beware Bridges, Screws, Factories & More In New 'Final Destination 5' Trailer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 7, 2011 6:41 AM
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Here's an anecdote for you: We watched the first "Final Destination 5" trailer with an audience at a recent screening of "Horrible Bosses." At first, audience members were audibly saying "Another one?" and half-snickering at the trailer, but as it continued, even as spectacularly stupid as it looked, the theater was hooked. And by time the trailer ended they were fully on its side, ready for more cheap elaborate scares that they just couldn't look away from. As the filmmakers behind "Saw" learned over seven films, finding complicated ways to kill people will always sell lots and lots of tickets.

'Limitless' Helmer Neil Burger Replaces David O. Russell On 'Uncharted'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 7, 2011 6:28 AM
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So, how do you get yourself off directing a videogame adaptation? Submit a 200-page script with a bunch of characters that aren’t in the game and you'll be doing exactly what David O. Russell did before he left the director's chair of gestating big screen version of the popular "Uncharted." Already a choice that made nerds uneasy -- mostly because Russell hadn't played the game which apparently is necessary in mounting a movie -- the newest name to board the project should make gamers a bit happier.

The Essentials: 6 Kevin Spacey Performances

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • July 7, 2011 5:55 AM
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On entering adolescence, and discovering that cinema had more to offer than Roland Emmerich and Jackie Chan, this writer's favorite working actor swiftly became Kevin Spacey. The actor had been working for over a decade, converting his theater cred into supporting roles in the likes of "Working Girl," "Henry & June" and "Consenting Adults," but the middle of the 1990s saw him take pivotal roles in a number of the decade's biggest and best cult successes, becoming a by-word for a certain kind of morally ambivalent figure, even while creeping towards stardom in commercial hits like "Outbreak" and "A Time To Kill."

Marc Forster's 'Machine Gun Preacher' Starring Gerard Butler Set For September 23rd Release

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 7, 2011 5:45 AM
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It was only a couple of weeks ago when it was announced that Marc Forster's "Machine Gun Preacher," a potential Oscar vehicle for Gerard Butler, was moving from Lionsgate to Relativity who planned to give the film the full awards season treatment. And it looks like they are going to get this one out of the gate pretty damn early.

Review: A Fat Man, Animals That Sound Like Sitcom Characters & The Terrible 'Zookeeper'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • July 7, 2011 5:17 AM
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Early on in “Zookeeper,” Sony’s latest commercially craven piece of garbage from Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison production company, an animal sees two bears fighting. Her response is, “They look like two bean bag chairs!” Ignoring the idea that this character, a giraffe, has probably never even seen a bean bag chair, this is a brilliant line -- mostly because it reveals the true instincts of the six (six!) writers tasked with bringing this story-less hook to the screen.

Daniel Craig & Rachel Weisz Thriller 'Dream House' Loses Appeal On R-Rating

  • By Matthew Newlin
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  • July 7, 2011 5:02 AM
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In what is likely another ridiculous decision by the Motion Picture Association of America, the new thriller "Dream House" will still receive an R-rating upon its release. The Hollywood Reporter announced that the movie, which stars Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz has lost the appeal for a lesser rating put forth by Morgan Creek, who produced and financed the project. Never ones to be verbose or clear in their decisions, the Classification and Rating Appeals Board (an arm of the MPAA) simply stated that the rating was based on "some violence" that is featured in the film. Well, that clears it up.

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