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Jamie Chung & Scoot McNairy To Star In Megan Griffith's Indie-Drama 'Eden'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • June 28, 2011 2:23 AM
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After bit part roles in such films as "Grown Ups," "Sucker Punch" and the 'The Hangover' sequel, Jamie Chung is now set for quite the 180 degree turn top-lining "Eden," an ironically-titled indie-drama by Seattle filmmaker Megan Griffiths which also co-stars Scoot McNairy.

Review: 'Transformers: Dark Of The Moon' Rewards With 40 Min. Of Great Action After An Asinine Story

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 28, 2011 2:01 AM
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Before everyone accuses us of drinking the Haterade, allow this writer to make a couple of facts known. I thought the first "Transformers" was a decent enough (though brainless) bit of summer popcorn entertainment, while I nearly walked out of "Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen." The problems with the second entry in the franchise have been well documented as even Michael Bay himself admitted it was awful and promised this time, things will be better. With much being made about the work that has gone into the special effects, with Bay writing a letter to the pimply teenagers who will be playing this for the majority of America to make sure they project it properly and star Shia LaBeouf proclaiming it to be the "greatest 3D film ever," expectations are very high. Well, "Transformers: Dark Of The Moon" finds Michael Bay at both his best and worst, and you will have to endure a lot of tedium, before you get to the admittedly pretty righteous closing forty minutes that is pretty much wall-to-wall action.

Paramount Looking Likely As Backers For Darren Aronofsky's 'Noah'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 28, 2011 1:45 AM
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Despite being one of the best-loved directors around, Darren Aronofsky has always had to scramble to get his films financed. Even with an A-lister like Natalie Portman on board, the financing for ballet psychodrama "Black Swan" collapsed weeks before filming was due to start, only saved by the very skin of its teeth. Indeed, it seems that the man with the best mustache in Brooklyn only signed on to superhero tentpole "The Wolverine" because he thought it would be an easy breeze through pre-production.

Wu-Tang Clan's RZA & Some Guy Called D.J. Cotrona In Talks For 'G.I. Joe: Cobra Strikes'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 28, 2011 1:18 AM
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Despite being an ugly, cartoony, badly-acted mess with very little to recommend it, 2009's "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" managed a fairly impressive $150 million gross in a late summer slot, which is the very least of an excuse that franchise-happy Paramount needed to greenlight a sequel. But that doesn't mean that they're not going to shake things up: director Stephen Sommers clashed with the studio on the original, and has departed for the supernatural thriller "Odd Thomas," while an eye on the bottom line has seen most of the original cast members, including Marlon Wayans, Christopher Ecclestone, Rachel Nichols, Sienna Miller, Dennis Quaid and, most unsurprisingly, the since-gone-supernova Joseph Gordon-Levitt, put out to pasture.

Warner Bros. Wants To Go 'True North' With Ed Helms

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 27, 2011 12:57 PM
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The rise of Ed Helms has been pretty phenomenal. The former "The Daily Show" correspondent got a big career boost joining the third season of "The Office" in 2006 as the hapless Andy Bernard and then a few years later rocketed to stardom in "The Hangover." But the actor has been playing it cool since the megahit film. Aside from "The Hangover Part II," he's also had a major starring role in "Cedar Rapids" which hit screens earlier this year but Warner Bros. really really want to stay in the Ed Helms business. Back in 2009, Helms was attached to time-traveling Civil War comedy at the studio and now he's got another project brewing there.

Clint Eastwood Wants Leonardo DiCaprio To Star Opposite Beyonce In 'A Star Is Born'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 27, 2011 8:54 AM
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With Will Smith, Robert Downey Jr., Jon Hamm, Russell Crowe, Rihanna and Alicia Keys having been linked at various points over the years, we had our doubts about the pairing of director Clint Eastwood and Beyonce to Warner Bros. long gestating remake of "A Star Is Born" holding. But not only does it appear to still be moving, a leading man is being eyed.

Cillian Murphy Thriller ‘Retreat’ Will Make World Premiere At The Fantasia Film Festival

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 27, 2011 8:14 AM
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Kevin Smith's 'Red State' Will Open The Festival Before Its August Theatrical ReleaseWell, it's the middle of summer right now in Montreal which means the terraces are filled with folks making the most of the warm weather for their cinq a sept and festival season is in full swing, and one of the biggest to the city every year is the Fantasia Film Festival. Organizers have released the first batch of movie announcements and once again, genre fans will be very excited. But the most curious piece of news is a little bit buried.

Tobey Maguire Out, Nicole Kidman Possibly In For Lee Daniels' 'The Paperboy'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 27, 2011 7:44 AM
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Talk about trading up. No offense to Sofia Vergara, but sorry, she's just not in the same league as Nicole Kidman and if the producers have their way, Lee Daniels' gestating "The Paperboy" may be getting a major upgrade.

Watch: Red Band Trailer For 'Horrible Bosses' Reveals How A Men Seeking Men Ad Can Go Wrong

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 27, 2011 7:13 AM
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Will this be the summer remembered for comedy instead of superheroes? While we weren't particularly fans of "The Hangover Part II," the movie has been nothing short of a phenomenon, "Bridesmaids" has wildly overperformed and "Bad Teacher" has been Cameron Diaz's best movie at the box office in a long time. It seems America wants to laugh and if the early looks at "Horrible Bosses" are any indication, it should deliver the goods.

Andrew Niccol's 'The Host' Starring Saoirse Ronan Set For March 29, 2013 Release

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 27, 2011 6:51 AM
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We're only in the middle of 2011, but studios are looking far into the future and counting their money with flags already being planted in 2013. “Elysium,” “Oz" The Great and Powerful,” “Iron Man 3,” “Oblivion,” "R.I.P.D." and "Fast & Furious 6" are already scheduled, and now one more has joined the ranks of the slowly filling 2013 calendar.
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