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'Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows' Teaser Posters Prove That Robert Downey Jr & Jude Law Are In It

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 10, 2011 9:01 AM
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Update: A preview of the full length trailer has hit. Check it out below.

Weekend Box Office: ‘Transformers 3’ Dominates Again, Now Highest Grossing Domestic Film Of 2011

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  • July 10, 2011 5:51 AM
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'Horrible Bosses' & 'Zookeeper' Start Out StrongTwo weeks ago, Paramount Pictures announced that it had crossed the $1 billion mark at the domestic box office, making it the first studio to accomplish the milestone this year. This was the Wednesday that "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" was released, so suffice to say Paramount are going to have a hell of a year. To little surprise, Michael Bay's thunderous monstrosity of a picture dominated the box-office once more this weekend, adding a not-too-shabby $47 million dollar haul to its total despite a 51.9% drop-off. And that drop-off is lighter than "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," suggesting this picture could have some killer legs. Having reached the $261 million mark domestically, 'Dark Of The Moon,' has become the top grossing films of the year in the U.S. so far. Having sucked up $645 million worldwide, it is currently the second highest grossing film of the year worldwide, but it still has to reach the $1.01 billion accumulated by "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" so far if it wants the top slot. But with over $500 million worldwide in two weeks, "Transformers 3" hitting the one billion mark seems like an inevitability.

Michael Fassbender Joins Brendan Gleeson's Directorial Debut 'At-Swim-Two-Birds'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • July 10, 2011 1:05 AM
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Pic Finds Funding For Spring 2012 Shoot; Gabriel Byrne, Colin Farrell, Cillian Murphy Still AttachedAfter rumors swirled of his involvement in Brendan Gleeson's long-gestating adaptation of Flann O'Brien's classic 1939 Irish novel, "At Swim-Two-Birds" last year, man-of-the-moment Michael Fassbender is the latest addition to join the cast.

Interview: 'Horrible Bosses' Director Seth Gordon Reveals The Original Ending Of The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 9, 2011 9:26 AM
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Also Talks Improv & The Influence Of 'Shallow Grave'If your job is making you feel murderous, there is perhaps no better cathartic experience at the multiplex this weekend than "Horrible Bosses." The comedy stars Jason Sudeikis, Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jamie Foxx, Colin Farrell, Kevin Spacey and Jennifer Aniston and follows three friends, each dealing with an unbearable boss who is making their life hell, when they decide to do the unthinkable: they are going to kill their bosses. Enlisting the help of a "murder consultant" -- the appropriately named Motherfucker Jones -- the hapless trio sets out on their mission but of course, it's far more complicated than they ever could have imagined.

Peter Bogdanovich & Noah Baumbach Talk 'They All Laughed' At Brooklyn's BAMCinematek

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  • July 9, 2011 3:48 AM
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Esteemed filmmaker, film critic and journalist Peter Bogdanovich is cinema's biggest namedropper without a doubt, but he's definitely aware of his good fortune. "I know I actually knew all these people," Bogdanovich said in reaction to audience laughter over his ceaseless references, quotes and anecdotes about legendary cinema icons and friends like Orson Welles, Howard Hawks and John "Jack" Ford. "I really did know them, it's amazing. I know, I pinch myself."

The Weinstein Company Obtain Distribution & Remake Rights To French-Language Film 'Untouchable'

  • By Catherine Scott
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  • July 9, 2011 3:33 AM
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The Weinstein Company has been taking risks left and right this year after its Oscar success with "The King's Speech." They're looking to make a big splash with Oscar fare like "The Iron Lady" (though last week's trailer was ridiculous), "Coriolanus," "My Week with Marilyn" and Madonna's "W.E." However, they also have picked up smaller films that might be harder to sell to a wide audience like Michael Hazanavicius' "The Artist" and now, according to THR, the French-language film "Untouchable."

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Christian Slater & Holt McCallany Join Sylvester Stallone/Walter Hill Pic

  • By Catherine Scott
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  • July 9, 2011 3:11 AM
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There's an update on big, beefy men joining Sylvester Stallone's latest big, beefy project, with news from Variety that the trio of Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Christian Slater and Holt McCallany will join Sung Kang and Jason Momoa in the untitled action-thriller movie also known as "Headshot."

'Grey Gardens' & 'The Vow' Helmer Michael Sucsy To Direct 'Romeo & Juliet' Spinoff 'Rosaline'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 9, 2011 2:53 AM
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William Shakespeare’s iconic tale “Romeo and Juliet” has probably been brought to screen more than any other story. There is George Cukor’s 1936 production that won four Academy Awards, Franco Zeffirelli’s adaptation which earned two Academy Awards, Renato Castellani’s 1954 version and Baz Luhrmann’s 1996 “Romeo+Juliet” (starring Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio) with its MTV Generation-targeting soundtrack. Of course, let's not forget the Hailee Steinfeld vehicle that will begin filming this summer. The premise of the story has also been successfully and widely adapted for other television and film productions such as Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins’ 1961 film “West Side Story” about New York gangs, John Madden’s 1998 critically acclaimed “Shakespeare in Love” and Disney’s television soap “High School Musical” to name but a few. So it's high time that another production joined the club, this time with a fresh outlook, and now Emmy-winning film director, screenwriter, and producer Michael Sucsy has signed a deal to direct Fox 2000’s “Rosaline,” an updated version of William Shakespeare’s classic tragedy.

Review: 'Rapt' Succumbs To Derivative Plotlines & Insubstantial Moments

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • July 9, 2011 2:18 AM
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Where do we start with Stanislas Graff? Played with quiet confidence by Yvan Attal, the man is the chairman of a seriously lucrative business, well-respected by his peers. A loving family surround him, fit with two admiring teenage daughters and a wife that doesn't think sleeping in a separate room is a red flag of any sort. In secret, Graff is a heavy gambler and we're treated to a brief snippet of the showboat at a grimy poker game. And, just like any wealthy male in a film like this, he's got a separate flat where he sees whatever mistress he's currently shagging. Director Lucas Belvaux establishes the whole of this guy efficiently, moving along quickly and displaying the character's ability to keep everything separate while also making it feel very routine -- he's a busy man, but he's a comfortable one.

Jason Sudeikis Is In Everything Now, Joins 'Eastbound & Down'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 8, 2011 12:55 PM
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By the time the clock runs out on 2011, one thing will be clear, Jason Sudeikis will be the comedy equivalent of Jude Law circa 2004. Hell, barely six months are out and Sudeikis has already been in "Hall Pass," "Horrible Bosses" (opening this weekend) and he even put on a suit and hosted the MTV Movie Awards last month. And coming up, he's got two more raunchy comedies on the way, with "A Good Old Fashioned Orgy" and if we're going to cheat a little, he's got an appearance in the next year's omnibus comedy "Movie 43" already in the can. And if returning for another year on "Saturday Night Live" this fall isn't enough, he's going to get in one more gig before he has to go back to pitching sketches to Lorne Michaels.

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