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Universal Developing Family Action Pic, Uglydoll & Secret Service Movie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 28, 2011 4:01 AM
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Universal is currently working on three projects, two of which don't exactly interest us and a third which, if done properly, could be incredibly entertaining.

‘Easy A’ Director Will Gluck Signs Two-Year Deal With Sony Pictures

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 28, 2011 3:33 AM
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Few directors are as hot and in-demand right now as Will Gluck. He directed one of 2010’s most universally loved movies, “Easy A,” and launched the career of star Emma Stone into the mainstream spotlight.

Jonathan Aibel & Glenn Berger Talk 'Kung Fu Panda 2' & Their Plans For 'King Lear'-Like 'Candyland'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 28, 2011 3:13 AM
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Unlike another sequel opening in theaters nationwide this weekend (which, come to think of it, does feature a humanistic animal as one of its characters), "Kung Fu Panda 2" actually delivers on the chop-socky fun of the original. With an even more epic scope and a darker sensibility, both thematically and visually, "Kung Fu Panda 2" is a really enjoyable animated treat. In our review of the film, we commended the use of 3D as it's one of the rare instances where it adds pizazz to the picture and we liked the deeper notes found within the story .

Watch: New U.K. Trailer For 'One Day' A Slight Improvement

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 27, 2011 12:59 PM
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Lone Scherfig's followup to her acclaimed "An Education" is not lacking in talent. Starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess, and based on the best-selling novel by David Nicholls, our expectations that were once running were somewhat dashed when the first trailer for the film dropped last month.
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Watch: Chilling, Atmospheric U.K. Trailer For 'Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 27, 2011 11:05 AM
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Finally, emerging out of the Miramax fiasco and heading to cinemas thanks to FilmDistrict, the Guillermo del Toro-produced horror flick "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" is on the way and you know what? It actually looks like it's going to pack some good scares in a film that doesn't have anyone being tortured or was made for $1 million dollars and shot with a handheld camera.

Alex Proyas Said 'Satan Lives!' After Seeing Bradley Cooper's Audition Tape For 'Paradise Lost'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 27, 2011 10:47 AM
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Bradley Cooper Reveals He's Writing A Script Based On Dan Simmons' 'Hyperion' NovelsBradley Cooper is about to have a very, very good Memorial Day weekend. "The Hangover Part II" is likely to make well over $100 million dollars at the box office over the holiday and it will mark the second big hit this year for the actor, whose thriller "Limitless" has quietly climbed to over $140 million worldwide. The actor hit "The Charlie Rose" show a couple of days ago and talked not only about the comedy sequel, but about a couple of projects he's got on his plate.

Shannon Elizabeth Joins 'American Reunion' Ensuring The Integrity Of The Continuity Is Maintained

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 27, 2011 8:46 AM
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The responsibility weighing on the shoulders of ”Harold & Kumar” series creators Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg is immense. Tasked with writing and directing "American Reunion," the pressure of making a sequel that can match and possibly even better what we thought was the franchise closer, "American Pie: The Wedding," is something we can't even fathom. So far, they have been lucky -- nay, blessed -- that Seann William Scott, Jason Biggs, Eugene Levy, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Tara Reid, Chris Klein, Mena Suvari, Jennifer Coolidge and Allyson Hannigan have approved of their work and agreed to set aside time to return for another installment. But all of this is meaningless unless everybody comes back to maintain the careful balance of characters that made the original series so vital to the American psyche. So ladies and gentlemen prepare....

Todd Phillips Says A 'Hangover Part 3' *Is* Being Planned & 17 More Things Learned From 'Part II'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 27, 2011 8:27 AM
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Todd Phillips Rips Movie Critic David Poland A New Asshole, Cast And Crew Talk Getting Sick On Set & Possible Spin-Off FilmsAhh, "The Hangover Part II." Todd Phillips' sequel is already upon us and has already grossed $31 million in its first day of release (it's evidently on track for a $100-$125 million Memorial Day opening weekend; the masses like a familiar opiate).

Virginia Madsen Steps In For Annette Bening In Rob Reiner's 'Summer At Dog Dave's'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 27, 2011 8:07 AM
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Kenan Thompson Also JoinsIt seems that even before it has started lensing, the next effort from the inconsistent Rob Reiner is already trading down. First announced as "The Third Act," the title is now "Summer At Dog Dave's," which sounds like a wacky made-for-Nickelodeon movie that we would never watch. Next, Morgan Freeman and Annette Bening were said to be toplining the film, but the latter (who apparently was never officially signed on) has been replaced by Virginia Madsen -- who is a fine actress indeed -- but obviously doesn't bring as much zing to the movie.

'Elysium' Gets Out Of The Way Of 'Oz,' Moves Ahead To March 1, 2013

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 27, 2011 7:34 AM
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Well that didn't take long. 48 hours after Disney announced that they were dropping Sam Raimi's "Oz: The Great and Powerful" on the same date as Neill Blomkamp's sci-fi epic "Elysium," Sony has blinked.
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