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'Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs' Sequel To Be Written By 'Horrible Bosses' Writers

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 7, 2011 2:57 AM
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John Francis Daley & Jonathan Goldstein Penning Script; Phil Lord & Chris Miller Not Returning To DirectHitting theaters in 2009, "Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs" was a surprise hit both with critics and audiences. Hauling in over $240 million worldwide, it was proof that Pixar wasn't the only animation studio with a stranglehold on the public and it also announced the arrival of directing duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller who have since parlayed the cred they earned on that film, into their first live action gig, taking on the upcoming "21 Jump Street." A sequel was pretty much inevitable, and now the wheels are formally in motion as 24 Frames reveals that "Horrible Bosses" writers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein will be penning the screenplay.

British Actor-Director Noel Clarke Prepping MMA Movie in The Vein of 'The Wrestler'

  • By Sam Price
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  • July 7, 2011 2:42 AM
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Noel Clarke is a prolific actor and director, probably still best known to British audiences and internationally for a stint on “Doctor Who” and his youth dramas “Kidulthood” and “Adulthood,” though he’s appeared across a diverse array of genres and worked with under-appreciated British directors like Philip Ridley and Neil Marshall in fare like “Heartless” and “Centurion”. While his early directorial efforts might not aspire to the sociological exactitude of say, Andrea Arnold or Shane Meadows or the artistry of work being done by director Ben Wheatley ("Down Terrace") or Eran Creevy’s (“Shifty”), his films attempt to deal with social issues of class and race in what could have been an otherwise patronizing and pejoratively ‘urban’ working-class environment.

Alfred Hitchcock's Silent Movies & F.W. Murnau's 'Sunrise' Getting New Scores

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 7, 2011 2:24 AM
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Hitchcock's Silents Will Be Screened As Part Of The 2012 London OlympicsThe scores of English film director Alfred Hitchcock’s early and rarely seen films and German director F.W Murnau’s 1927 masterpiece “Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans” are up for a creative and modern musical make-over.

Review: John Carpenter Retires, Forgets That He Had To Direct 'The Ward'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • July 7, 2011 2:02 AM
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An open field. A girl. A fire. A mystery. Ignoring a brief and ultimately irrelevant prologue, the beginning of “The Ward” immediately pulls us into the story of a classic horror convention, the Survivor Girl. Except, tantalizingly, we don’t know what she’s survived and, given a few orchestral cues, we may even question whether she has survived or not.

First Look At Dori, Nori & Ori In Peter Jackson's 'The Hobbit'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 7, 2011 1:41 AM
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Yet another very early look at "The Hobbit" and with the film still eighteen months away from hitting theaters, it seems like the filmmakers are pathologically intent on making sure every fan approves of what they're doing and the direction they're going in.

Who Knew? Ingmar Bergman Loved Soderbergh's 'Ocean's 11' & Owned 'Die Hard'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 7, 2011 1:39 AM
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Ask the layman, or even the more casual film fan, of their impression of the great Swedish director Ingmar Bergman, and the words 'depressed,' 'serious,' 'boring,' and 'forbidding' are likely to come up. Not that these aren't occasionally fair descriptions of aspects of the man and his work, but to label him exclusively as any of these things is to overlook the wry humor, the raw sexuality, and sheer entertainment ("The Seventh Seal" is a kind of a blast) found in most, if not all of his films. But even we were surprised to discover that like anyone, Bergman sometimes liked to kick back with a blockbuster.

How Can The Cast Of 'Gangster Squad' Get Better? With Giovanni Ribisi

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 7, 2011 1:23 AM
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Warner Bros. and "Zombieland" director Ruben Fleischer seem to be on a mission to make every other movie in the next year or two look bad with their period actioner "Gangster Squad." A hotly-tipped, Black List-ed script, by former L.A.P.D. cop Will Beall, based on a series of articles in the L.A. Times, the 1940s-set tale has been a priority at the studio for most of the year, and has been assembling one of the most promising casts in recent memory.

Has Spike Lee Been Released From Director's Jail...For The 'Oldboy' Remake?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 6, 2011 12:57 PM
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All in all, Spike Lee is one of our favorite working filmmakers, and really, how could the man behind "She's Gotta Have It," "Do The Right Thing," "Malcolm X" and "25th Hour" not be? But he's also extremely inconsistent, and the critical and commercial failure of his last picture, the WW2 drama "Miracle At St. Anna," have made things trickier for the director: over the weekend, he told The Hollywood Reporter that he hasn't been able to get financing for any of his films in three years, even a sequel to his biggest hit, the starry thriller "Inside Man."

Review: 'Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest' Is Engrossing & Real

  • By The Playlist
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  • July 6, 2011 11:00 AM
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The following is a reprint of our review that ran during the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival. The film opens in limited release this weekend, Friday, July 8th.

'Babel' Oscar-Nominee Rinko Kikuchi Bags Female Lead In Guillermo Del Toro's 'Pacific Rim'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 6, 2011 10:43 AM
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Comic-Con is nearly upon us: we're only two weeks away from the descent of the geek world on their San Diegan Mecca, although many have been worried, considering Marvel's decision to skip Hall H this year, that there wouldn't be much worth going for. But Legendary Pictures, backers of "The Dark Knight," "300" and "Clash of the Titans," have announced that they're taking four big projects to the Coachella of sci-fi/fantasy, and the press release is unusual for two reasons: firstly (and more on this shortly) not an inch of film will have been shot on any of the four, and secondly, because they've left slip a major piece of casting on the most imminent.

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