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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.

Paramount Ups The Ante, Launches In-House Animation Studio

  • By Matthew Newlin
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  • July 7, 2011 4:49 AM
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DreamWorks CEO Katzenberg Too Cocky To WorryYou have to give it to them: Paramount Pictures is not here to fuck around. The Wrap has reported that the studio will be opening its own in-house animation division -- Paramount Animation -- and expects to release its first film in 2014. Paramount Chairman, CEO and Certified Badass Brad Grey, has said that each film's budget will be in the $100 million range and that they anticipate releasing one film per year. Grey told The Wrap, "That's a price point we think is a smart business. The global market is vibrant for family fare, particularly if we stick to that price range."

Eli Roth Says Sci-Fi Film 'Endangered Species' Is Likely Next; Aiming At $40-60 Million Budget

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 7, 2011 4:36 AM
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Eli Roth: bold new voice in genre film or an overrated, exploitative hack? Well, that depends on who you ask but there is no denying that the filmmaker is a force in the industry. Of course, as a director he's got "Cabin Fever" and the "Hostel" films under his belt, and he's been making waves as a producer as well, throwing his weight behind last year's no budget horror flick "The Last Exorcism," RZA's upcoming "The Man with the Iron Fists" and the fake-movie-trailer-turned-movie "Clown." And while he directed the "Nation's Pride" segment in "Inglourious Basterds", it's been been five long years since "Hostel: Part II" but he's keeping his eyes on the prize as his next full length feature is looking to be one he's been talking up for a while.

Watch: Trailer For Animated Adaptation Of Frank Miller's 'Batman: Year One'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 7, 2011 3:28 AM
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While the whole Warner Bros. animated superhero franchise is a world unto itself, and something we haven't really covered at all, when it comes to an adaptation of Frank Miller‘s canonical and hugely influential “Batman: Year One” it can't be ignored. The story takes place shortly after the death of Bruce Wayne’s parents and tracks the young crime-fighter’s first steps into becoming the masked superhero, and as everyone knows by now, Darren Aronofsky briefly worked on bringing it to the big screen in the early aughts, but Warner Bros. shelved the idea at the time. Well, Miller’s tale is finally getting the animated movie treatment, and it looks promising.

Review: 'Ironclad' Is Made Of Flimsy Fabric

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • July 7, 2011 3:14 AM
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There have been a wealth of medieval swordplay pictures in the last couple of years. Some have adhered to a jumpcut-heavy editing method to allow these pictures a contemporary feel. Others have taken advantage of more liberal times allowing these films the influx of the blood and guts appropriate to the era. But it’s a good bet that none of these efforts from recent years has nearly the same amount of scenery-chewing as “Ironclad.”

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