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Tarsem's Snow White Movie Now Officially Titled 'Mirror Mirror'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 4, 2011 4:10 PM
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With a release date about five months away, it's about time Tarsem's Snow White movie got a title. First known in early stages as "The Brothers Grimm: Snow White," then simply being that untitled movie that was irritating the hell out of Universal, Relativity have announced today that the film will now be called: "Mirror Mirror."

Warner Bros. Want To Pair Up Michael Fassbender & Rupert Wyatt For Alexander Litvinenko Flick

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 4, 2011 4:03 PM
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Let's rewind to 2006: Among the headlines that year was the mysterious poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko, an ex-Russian spy who, from his deathbed, accused Russian president Vladimir Putin of being behind the plot to kill him. Unsurprisingly, the story makes for some great movie fare, and in early 2010 it was revealed Mike Newell was in talks to bring the story to the big screen. The project was called "The Terminal Spy" (though that name seems to have dropped off for now) and was set up over at Warner Bros, with a script by David Scarpa ("The Day the Earth Stood Still," "The Last Castle"). Newell at the time said he was trying to get a "dynamite piece of casting" for the developing project but he moved on, and we haven't heard much since.

The Amazing Race: Which Films Might Make It Through The Arcane Rules Of The Foreign Language Branch?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 4, 2011 3:35 PM
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Arguably the most frequently controversial of the Oscar categories, Best Foreign Language Film is a minefield at almost every stage, full of complex rules and loopholes that make sense to almost no one. First a film has to be nominated by its local committee, where personal grudges and political statements can stop deserving films from being nominated. A film has to be principally in another language, but these days, it doesn't have to be the main language of a particular nation. Unless you're American, in which case you're ineligible. Unless you're Puerto Rican, when you are (committees don't have to be tied to a particular nation, but territories can qualify as well -- hence nods in the past for Hong Kong and Palestine, among others). The movie has to play in a U.S. theater for a week, and furthermore, there has to be a certain degree of participation from the home nation; director Joshua Marston ("Maria Full of Grace") has now had two films disqualified. Oh, and co-productions, like, say, "The Motorcycle Diaries," can sneak through the net. Still with us? Didn't think so.

In Theaters: 'Tower Heist' Will Try to Steal Box Office Dollars from 'Harold & Kumar'

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • November 4, 2011 3:29 PM
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We are in the heady post Halloween time, my friends. Apparently this is when all those awards contenders get in line to start their rollout, but I don’t see a one in the mix this weekend! Instead we get “A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas.” Um, it is NOT time for Christmas movies. Nope nope nope. Thanksgiving movie? MAYBE. Geez. Also, Eddie Murphy makin’ a comeback in "Tower Heist"! Ratner'd!

Ridley Scott Says His Second 'Blade Runner' Is "Liable To Be A Sequel"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 4, 2011 2:46 PM
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As if he didn't blow enough fanboy minds when it was announced that he'd be making an "Alien" spinoff thingy with "Prometheus," Ridley Scott positively left brains in a puddle on the floor when this summer he decided, he was going to head back to the world of "Blade Runner" as well. At the time, details were scarce. It wasn't known whether it would be a DNA sharing standalone like "Prometheus" or something directly linked, but Scott has shared a few cryptic details about what might be in store.

'Dirty Dancing' Remake To Get Sweaty In Cinemas On July 26, 2013

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 4, 2011 2:08 PM
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Well, with "Footloose" opening at number two and earning (to date) $45 million at the box office, it's a modest success for the low budget film, one that proves that a) 1980s "classics" are not sacred and b) at least not sacred enough that people won't pay to see them remade. This summer, original "Dirty Dancing" choreographer Kenny Ortega was brought on to direct the remake and now the stakes are raised, because he's getting a juicy summer release date.

DOC NYC '11 Review: 'Kumaré' A Morally Questionable Docu-Comedy About Expensive Yoga Gurus

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • November 4, 2011 1:57 PM
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Sick of spiritualists charging an arm and a leg just to spout incredibly vague musings designed to help you? Think they're all a bunch of scammers taking advantage of those who actually need real assistance? If so, you're in luck, because Vikram Gandhi is on your wavelength. This filmmaker has made a documentary not unlike "Borat" in which he pretends to be a native Indian guru (code name: Kumare), creating his own philosophy and gathering very dedicated followers. Unlike the Kazakh, the director will reveal himself to his peons at the end in an effort to prove that whatever change occurred was because of them and not him. Winner of the Audience Award and the 2011 SXSW Film Festival, "Kumare" is a tricky flick that makes a scary case on how easy it is to begin a cult, but it also (unsurprisingly) is a morally questionable film endeavor.

Elijah Wood To Star In Remake Of 1980 Splatter Flick 'Maniac'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 4, 2011 1:50 PM
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It looks like Elijah Wood is ready to get back in touch with his evil side. After surprising many with his turn as the silent Kevin in "Sin City," the actor will followup his time in the shire by killing some people. Cinematically speaking, of course.

'The Smurfs' Writers Jay Scherick & David Ronn Will Ruin 'Popeye' This Time

  • By Ryan Sartor
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  • November 4, 2011 1:38 PM
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Back in 2003, people were surprised when Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, writers of “Cats & Dogs,” followed up that piece of fluff with the smart and filthy “Bad Santa.” Ficarra and Requa have gone to direct “I Love You Philip Morris” and “Crazy, Stupid, Love” and nobody talks about "Cats & Dogs" anymore. Then are there are people like Jay Scherick and David Ronn, a couple of writers who have willfully doled out garbage for more than a decade. From “Serving Sara” to “I, Spy” and “Guess Who,” the only team that can touch these trash men is Friedberg & Seltzer (“Date Movie,” “Meet the Spartans”). We always hold out hope that such Hollywood hacks have a secret remorse for their cinematic sins, but what’s much more likely is that they just shrug it off and say, “We do it for the fans.” And by "fans" they mean unsuspecting patrons who don’t read reviews.

Commercials Director Randy Krallman To Make His Feature Debut On 'Bullies' Starring Danny McBride

  • By Ryan Sartor
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  • November 4, 2011 1:20 PM
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Danny McBride’s had a tough 2011 at the box office. “Your Highness” and “30 Minutes or Less” were basically flops, but money isn’t everything, and McBride is a talented guy who seems to be well-liked by people who greenlight movies. He’d have to be after getting studios to shell out $50 million so he can wear a minotaur’s penis around his neck.

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