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Empire Big Screen '11: Drew Pearce Says 'The Avengers' Put 'Runaways' On Hold, Hopes For 2012 Start

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 14, 2011 5:22 AM
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Writer Drew Pearce has quickly moved up the ladder to become of the most sought after scribes for comic fare. Pearce broke out as the producer/writer of the British superhero comedy "No Heroics" and has since landed a couple of high profile gigs, co-writing "Iron Man 3" with director Shane Black and penning the DC Comic "The Mighty" for Paramount. But before both of these, Pearce had readied a script for "The Runaways," a Marvel movie that was gearing up to shoot last year with Peter Sollet ("Raising Victor Vargas,” “Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist”) directing before being taken off the slate in the fall. It seems two superhero team-up movies were a bit much for Marvel to take on all at once.

Watch: New Clips & Pics From 'A Good Old Fashioned Orgy' With Jason Sudeikis

  • By Cory Everett
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  • August 14, 2011 4:43 AM
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Considering "Horrible Bosses" has turned into a respectable late summer hit for SNL star Jason Sudeikis, it's a little surprising to see his next film "A Good Old Fashioned Orgy" (due out September 2nd) still flying under the radar. The film made its debut back in April at the Tribeca Film Festival where our reviewer called it a good update of the classic slob comedies of the 70s and 80s like "Stripes" and "Animal House." This writer also got a chance to check the film out at the fest and while it's not in the league with those films, it had a nice rough-around-the-edges charm that recalls the general looseness of that era. It's pretty much the antidote to slick big budget comedies like "The Hangover" and more in line with the low key ensembles in David Wain's work ("Wet Hot American Summer," "Children's Hospital").

Weekend Box Office: 'Apes' Dominates 'The Help'; One Franchise Reaches Its 'Final Destination'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • August 14, 2011 4:27 AM
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All is forgiven between the public and the “Planet Of The Apes” franchise. This relationship seemed on the outs as soon as Tim Burton gave us Apebraham Lincoln a decade ago, but “Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes” has healed all wounds. While not keeping pace with that last Apeventure, 'Rise' has still taken only two weekends to cross $100 million at a much lower cost, a total no one at Fox was expecting. When the dust settles, this offering, which held well-enough to suggest strong word-of-mouth, will have outdistanced many of its genre companions from this summer, particularly those benefiting from the 3D price bump.

Empire Big Screen '11: Gareth Edwards Says Don't Believe Everything You Read About Secret Sci-Fi Pic

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 14, 2011 3:27 AM
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Director Gareth Edwards could not be on a better run right now. With "Monsters" impressing folks on both sides of the ocean, the helmer is executive producing a sequel to the flick and he's landed the director's chair of the mother of all creature features, "Godzilla."

First Look: Charlize Theron In Jason Reitman's 'Young Adult'

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  • August 14, 2011 2:58 AM
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Plus First Look Photos Of Daniel Radcliffe In 'The Woman In Black' & 'The Big Year' With Owen Wilson & Jack BlackWhile the adult drama is seemingly endangered thanks to the hegemony of brand-based franchises and tentpoles there are still a few directors managing to convince the studio system to work within these limits. Sure, you can probably count them on one hand, but Jason Reitman, the filmmaker behind "Up In The Air," and "Juno" is one of these directors. It probably helps that these budgets aren't extraneous, but we'll take what we can get. So here's a first look at one of The Playlist's most anticipated films of 2011, "Young Adult" starring Charlie Theron wearing a Hello Kitty T-Shirt, hip shades and carrying a little toy pooch accessory. Being released by Paramount on December 9th in limited release, likely vying for Oscar contention, the film reteams Reitman with "Juno" screenwriter Diablo Cody.

New Photos: Amber Heard In The 'Rum Diary,' Michelle Williams In 'My Week With Marilyn'

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  • August 14, 2011 2:04 AM
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More Photos From 'Dragon Tattoo,' 'MI4,' 'We Bought A Zoo,' 'The Muppets,' 'Breaking Dawn' & More"The Rum Diary" starring Johnny Depp has been in the can for what feels like two years now, but there's a reason for the delay apparently. ''You can't open it next to some blockbuster thing,'' Depp told EW in their Fall Film Preview issue. ''It's a special little film.'' While we've seen photos of Depp as the writer Paul Kemp who works at a Puerto Rico newspaper in the '50s-set adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson's early novel, this is our first look at Amber Heard in the picture. The director is Bruce Robinson of "Withnail & I" fame? Wait, who? Exactly. Robinson hasn't directed a feature since "Jennifer Eight" in 1992, but as he told EW, "Johnny's one of the few stars who can [handpick] who they want to direct a movie." And what's one of Depp's favorite movies? Well, the debauched and depraved "Withnail & I" so there you have it. The picture also stars Aaron Eckhart, Giovanni Ribisi, Richard Jenkins and it hits theaters on October 28.

Review: Romance On The Fringe, A Community Stuck In Time In 'Bad Posture'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • August 14, 2011 1:27 AM
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For most movies, living on the fringe of society means a certain level of judgment is passed on the characters. Sometimes it's implicit in the condescending filmmaking techniques, with attempts made at clarifying our protagonists as "The Other," a socio-economic problem compounded by these characters often being minorities. At other times it's more overt, the picture trying to make you root for the underdog by creating a superficial caricature to engender sympathetic audience emotions, regardless of the context. Which is why it's refreshing to see an indie like "Bad Posture" crop up, a picture that remains laser-sharp in its focus as it refuses to categorize its wayward protagonists.
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Empire Big Screen '11: 'Tintin' & 'Puss In Boots' Impress At Paramount Panel

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 14, 2011 1:16 AM
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Plus Footage From 'Footloose' And 'The Devil Inside'Day Three of Empire Big Screen, and things kicked off with a showcase from Paramount. The studio have had the best year of anyone, taking $2 billion worldwide so far, but there's a sea change coming: the "Transformers" franchise is losing its director and star, and the Marvel movies will be distributed by Disney starting with next summer's "The Avengers."

Hayley Atwell, Alexa Davalos, Rosamund Pike Vying For Female Lead Opposite Tom Cruise In 'One Shot'

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  • August 13, 2011 12:59 PM
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With "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" already in the can and coming out this December, Adam Shankman's "Rock of Ages" musical currently shooting, and "Tron: Legacy" director Joseph Kosinski's "Oblivion" prepping up for a summer 2013 release, Tom Cruise is making plans for his next big tentpole vehicle. This time it's an adaptation of Lee Child's 2005 crime thriller "One Shot" that is being set up over at Paramount. Being scripted by Cruise's go-to screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie, who penned "Valkyrie" and 'Ghost Protocol,' the writer practically tailor makes scripts for the superstar whenever the A-lister is interested or semi-interested in a project.

French Poster & More New Images From Roman Polanski's 'Carnage'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • August 13, 2011 12:43 PM
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Alexandre Desplat Replaces Alberto Iglesias As Film's ComposerWhile it may seem like heavier fare, "God of Carnage," the Tony-winning play by Yasmina Reza which Roman Polanski's "Carnage" is based on, is actually a comedy first, with some dramatic elements dashed in. In fact, one of the film's stars, Kate Winslet, recently revealed that the work is so riotously funny that during a performance of the play on Broadway in 2009, she "actually peed my pants, and not just once." Not exactly what we were expecting but it's definitely something we can get on board with.

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