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Universal Decides Not To Conjure McG's 'Ouija'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 24, 2011 12:58 PM
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Back in 2008, Universal signed a six year exclusive deal with Hasbro to bring their various properties to the big screen. “Battleship,” “Candyland,” “Monopoly,” “Clue,” "The Gathering," "Magic" and "Stretch Armstrong" were among the titles that were put into development, but it seems the studio is beginning to cool on the whole idea. After dropping an absurd $200 million on "Battleship," they've quietly stepped away from “Monopoly,” “The Gathering,” “Magic” and just a couple weeks ago "Clue," and now one more project has bitten the dust.

Fernando Meirelles' '360' To Open The BFI London Film Festival

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 24, 2011 11:31 AM
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Just when you thought you would have a break from all the festival announcements -- with Venice and Toronto locked in and New York solidifying their main program -- from across the ocean, the BFI London Film Festival is beginning to unveil what they will showcase for cinemaphiles in the U.K.

Watch: Fantastical French Trailer For Vincent Paronnaud & Marjane Satrapi’s ‘Chicken With Plums'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 24, 2011 11:10 AM
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For their first film, "Persepolis," Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi could not have asked for a better reception, with both critics and audiences falling for the animated adaptation of the latter's graphic novel, culminating in a Best Animated Feature Oscar nomination for the picture. It's been four years but the duo is back, this time with a live action film, and it looks like if anything, the fantasy elements are at a higher pitch this time around.

Chazz Palminteri Will Play Mafia Boss Paul Castellano (Again) In 'Gotti: In The Shadow Of My Father'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 24, 2011 10:43 AM
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Well, if it worked once, why not see if it'll work again? Chazz Palminteri is the latest to join the increasingly oddball cast of "Gotti: In The Shadow Of My Father" playing a character he already portrayed ten years ago.

The 'Fantastic Voyage' Can Wait, Shawn Levy May Take Fox’s ‘Frankenstein’ Instead

  • By Edward Davis
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  • August 24, 2011 10:35 AM
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Updated: It's official, Shawn Levy is now attached to this project.

Watch: Another Great, Though Potentially Spoiler-ish Trailer For 'Drive'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 24, 2011 10:14 AM
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Update: Yahoo has unveiled three clips from the movie. Check 'em out below.
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It's Not 'The Last Exorcism' Because It's Getting A Sequel, Damien Chazelle Will Write It

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 24, 2011 9:46 AM
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So here's an anecdote for you: this writer attended the Fantasia Film Festival screening of "The Last Exorcism" last year, and before it started, the audience was told that their reactions to the presumably scary movie were going to be filmed for a future ad campaign. Unfortunately, while the film boasted a pretty good concept -- a con artist exorcist who doesn't believe in all that supernatural mumbo jumbo comes up against a real deal possession -- it was a decidedly non-frightening movie with a couple of jump scares and not much else. Needless to say, the audience reaction advertising never materialized. But the film, produced on a micro-budget of less than $2 million, opened in the #2 slot with $20 million and quietly went on to earn over $65 million worldwide. Huh. So here we go again -- despite the title -- "The Last Exorcism" is getting a sequel.

Watch: Seth Rogen Goes Froggy Style In 2 Red Band Clips From '50/50'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 24, 2011 8:34 AM
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Are there laughs to be found in cancer? If there are, "50/50" is going to find them as the dramedy gears up for a release next month with two restricted clips from the movie hitting the interwebs.
More: Films, 50/50

Review: 'Tucker & Dale' The Hillbilly Horror Buddy Comedy You Never Knew You Wanted

  • By Mark Zhuravsky
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  • August 24, 2011 7:47 AM
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Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil,” Eli Craig's directorial debut, suffers from a concept that would work wonders in a short, but doesn’t make for a necessarily compelling feature. Written by Craig and Morgan Jurgenson, the film follows the enterprising Tucker (Alan Tudyk) and the painfully shy Dale (Tyler Labine) who are on their way to refurnish a newly purchased summer house (littered with ample evidence that hints at a formerly deadly owner). The two men could rightly be described as “hillbillies” and through a series of escalating misunderstandings, a group of teenagers led by the psychotic Chad (Jesse Moss), believes Tucker and Dale to be evil incarnate.
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First Look At ‘A Late Quartet’ With Philip Seymour Hoffman & Catherine Keener

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 24, 2011 7:07 AM
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Believe it or not, this is a first look for a film that isn't hitting the fall festival circuit, but it's probably a safe bet to show up at Sundance in January.

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