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Oh Great, Someone Just Got The Remake Rights To 69 Kurosawa Movies, Including 19 Unmade Scripts

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 23, 2011 1:38 AM
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Well, if this is proof of anything, it's that the remake/reboot phenomenon knows absolutely no boundaries.

Will Donnie Yen Join 'The Expendables 2'?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 23, 2011 1:02 AM
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As "The Expendables 2" keeps moving toward a start date, the rumored casting for the elderly action flick continues unabated. It was just about a month ago that we got our last look at the proposed assembled team with Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Mickey Rourke, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis set to appear, and John Travolta and Chuck Norris as the supposed new names. However, curiously missing was Jet Li who played the somewhat offensively named Yin Yang, easily the most energetic member of the cast who was mostly squandered as the butt of the joke in the film. So it looks like Sly and co. are trying to find another familiar martial arts face to step in.

Review: 'Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark' Is Light On Scares & A Minor Effort From Producer Del Toro

  • By Cory Everett
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  • August 22, 2011 10:59 AM
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Originally written back in 1998 for Miramax, “Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark” has had quite a long road to the big screen. Scribes Guillermo del Toro and Matthew Robbins (“Mimic,” “Dragonslayer”) adapted the film from a 1973 made-for-TV movie as a vehicle for del Toro to direct but the project was shelved after numerous rewrites failed to satisfy the studio. Del Toro moved on to direct “Mimic” for Miramax instead which ended up being a disastrous clash of egos between the filmmaker and Bob Weinstein. The producer demanded so many changes that del Toro eventually disowned the film.

Review: 'Higher Ground' Revels In Its Callow, Low Blows To Catholicism

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • August 22, 2011 9:59 AM
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Everyone's got something to say about religion. Each book that serves as the foundation for a theology forges our behavior in some shape or form, and while structuring your life on what each book preaches can lead to catharsis, kindness, and healing, it can also be the birth of intolerance and destruction. That's not to say people aren't ultimately to blame; though certain things are good or bad no matter how you spin them, we do tend to interpret things how we see fit. This odd mixed bag of morals often leads to serious backlash, manifested in outright intense debates or scathing art pieces. "Up In The Air" actress Vera Farmiga sets her target using the latter weapon, questioning her own faith in directorial debut "Higher Ground." Sadly, the film feels more like the voice of a junior high student going through a phase of atheism rather than the thoughts of a mature, rational adult.

Caleb Landry Jones (aka Banshee) Joins Neil Jordan's Vampire Film 'Byzantium'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 22, 2011 9:29 AM
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No, "Byzantium" is not a sequel or something to Neill Blomkamp's "Elysium" but it's the name of ancient Greek city which just happens to also be the title of Neil Jordan's next film, and the director has just settled on his male lead for.

Djimon Hounsou Is Abdiel The Angel Of Death In 'Paradise Lost'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 22, 2011 8:58 AM
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Actors don't come as talented or respected as Djimon Hounsou. The thesp has come a long way from popping up in Paula Abdul's "Straight Up" video, breaking out in Jim Sheridan's "In America," and lining up a diverse array of projects from blockbusters like "The Island" and "Constantine" to more dramatic fare like "Blood Diamond" and "The Tempest" and in the process, he's snagged himself two Academy Award nominations. While his most recent efforts seem to be in dodgy looking international pics like "White Elephant" and "Special Forces," the actor is ready to take on a pretty intriguing role in what is set to be a pretty ambitious literary adaptation.

Watch: Trailer For Martin Scorsese's Doc ‘George Harrison: Living In The Material World’

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 22, 2011 8:24 AM
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Now four years on since it was first announced way back in 2007, Martin Scorsese's appropriately expansive documentary "George Harrison: Living In The Material World" is now ready to be shown to the world, and if this trailer is any indication, it's going to be a must see.

Eric Stonestreet To Play Fatty Arbuckle In Barry Levinson Directed 'The Day The Laughter Stopped'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 22, 2011 7:38 AM
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In the history of salacious Hollywood trials, none have matched the infamy of Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle's battle against charges that he raped actress Virgina Rappe at a boisterous Hollywood party (who died shortly afterward of peritonitis caused a ruptured bladder). It was essentially the first showbiz trial, one that found Arbuckle prosecuted in the press -- and later in court -- thanks to the relentless tabloid journalism of William Randolph Hearst's chain of newspapers, which painted the silent comedian as a lecher who used his girth to overpower women sexually. After three trials -- in which it became apparent that evidence was being manufactured and witnesses were being told to lie in an overzealous pursuit to find him guilty -- Arbuckle was eventually acquitted, though his career was in ruins and fearing government intervention in the industry, most of Hollywood refused to work with him. However, in the dawn of the talkies, Warner Bros. signed up him for some two reel shorts and their success led the studio to sign Arbuckle for a feature film. Unfortunately, he would suffer a heart attack and die before he could start work on the project.

Angus MacLane To Direct New 'Toy Story' Short 'Small Fry'; Clip From 'Air Mater' Debuts

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 22, 2011 6:54 AM
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Well, D23 has come and gone, and with Disney's insistence on controlling the message suffocating any spontaneity and excitement -- coupled by a distinct lack of any real news other than some details about the new Pixar films -- the event was a bit of let down. However, Disney/Pixar did let a couple more morsels spill regarding the previously announced "Toy Story" short that will precede "The Muppets."

Watch: Two New Trailers For Sundance Sensation 'Martha Marcy May Marlene'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 22, 2011 6:00 AM
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This writer is gonna be honest: I see QR codes everywhere but have never once scanned them with my phone. It usually seems like a lot of extra steps for little reward, but it seems Fox Searchlight wants to take the cult drama "Martha Marcy May Marlene" in a viral direction. Over the weekend, the studio unveiled two new trailers accessible once you scanned the giant QR thingies on the new posters for the film. Certainly an interesting marketing move to get people more involved in a film that doesn't boast any household names, but luckily, those who played along were treated to two different, but strong spots for the film.

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