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Joss Whedon's 'Cabin In The Woods' Pulled Out Of MGM Mire By Lionsgate

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 28, 2011 11:33 AM
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While "Red Dawn" goes through some drastic changes to the point of who exactly the villains are in the film, another film stuck on the MGM bankruptcy shelf is "Cabin In The Woods," the horror flick co-written by Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard -- whose geek cred between them boasts "Lost," "Alias," "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" and "Cloverfield" -- and directed by Goddard, is now being saved.

Jeff Bridges To Basically Reprise Rooster Cogburn For 'R.I.P.D.'?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 28, 2011 11:01 AM
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With Zach Galifianakis unable to commit to the uncertain schedule of Ryan Reynolds for "R.I.P.D.," a replacement seems to have been found and it's a pretty big switch up.

Watch: Japanese Trailer For 'Thor' Has Some New Footage

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 28, 2011 10:49 AM
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So, with the "Transformers: The Dark Of The Moon" trailer finally here, this latest Japanese "Thor" spot looks positively subtle by comparison. And in a bit of a way, "Thor" seems like old news. It's already open in Australia, and over the weekend it will hit more foreign territories. By the time it gets here the buzz will seem a bit dated.

Ben Kingsley Reportedly Joins Sacha Baron Cohen's 'The Dictator'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 28, 2011 10:31 AM
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It looks like funnyman Sacha Baron Cohen and knighted, respected actor Ben Kingsley got along smashingly on the set of Martin Scorsese's "Hugo Cabret" as the duo are set to follow that up with another film together.

LOUD NOISES! 'Transformers: The Dark Of The Moon' Trailer Arrives In All Its Clanging Glory

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 28, 2011 9:57 AM
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Oof. We know there is a huge subset of the geek set that are going to go bonkers for this trailer, but it's probably worth noting: remember how great that "Battle: Los Angeles" trailer looked and how much of a turd burger that turned out to be? Yeah, just keep that in mind.

Brett Ratner Wants To Bronze Up 'Hercules: The Thracian Wars'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 28, 2011 9:32 AM
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Are you ready for movies centered around dudes with glistening, oiled up pecs who like, do battle and yell and shit? Well, with "Conan" and "Immortals" on the way you should have your quota filled at least for this year, but if Hollywood has its way, the genre won't disappear without Brett Ratner delivering his take on sweaty dudes wrestling each other to the death.

Tribeca Review: Julia Roberts-Produced 'Jesus Henry Christ' Is Blasphemously Joyless

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 28, 2011 9:23 AM
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There's a moment in "Jesus Henry Christ" when a character is said to be in poor health. When asked what happened to him, the answer is "The Bulls won the championship." We flash back to 1998, where a lisping ethnic caricature sits on a couch; his shoulders slumped, defeated as the television blares news of the Bulls' championship triumph. The joke, we're meant to assume, is that there were serious repercussions to Chicago winning that championship, though we never exactly see what happens to our doomed, ultimately irrelevant character. Later, we learn in another cutaway occurring a half hour later for no apparent reason, that the man left the house to take out the garbage, only to absorb a bullet to the head, ostensibly fired in the air by an overzealous Bulls fan.So the joke... yeah.

Jeremy Renner Developing Steve McQueen Biopic As Star Vehicle, James Gray To Write The Script

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 28, 2011 8:56 AM
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Just yesterday we called for an intervention for Jeremy Renner, following the announcement he joined the voice cast of "Ice Age 4." The Oscar nominated actor has been worrying us of late, as he has a string of roles in big shiny tentpoles -- "Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol," "The Bourne Legacy," "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters" -- that aren't necessarily the best showcase for his tremendous talent. Well, Renner has bounced back into our good books as not only has he set up his own production shingle -- something almost every actor of note has in Hollywood -- but the first project sounds great.

Ron Howard Wants 'Amnesty' In Film Described As Mix Between Tolkien & Robert Ludlum

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 28, 2011 8:24 AM
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It seems Ron Howard has been bitten by the fantasy bug. Either that, or he sees the writing on the wall and with "The Hobbit" coming next year and "Game Of Thrones" earning huge buzz on HBO, the genre is gearing up for a comeback. Anyway, he's already got the massive film-and-TV franchise "The Dark Tower" which he will get to next, but he's attached himself to another fantasy picture. Sort of.

Review: 'Sympathy for Delicious' Is A Drab, Outdated Drama

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 28, 2011 7:52 AM
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The jittery, just-before-the-film-runs-out-of-the-camera opening title sequence of "Sympathy for Delicious," seems to intentionally (or maybe it's unintentionally) call back the music videos that defined the early '90s grunge rock scene. This makes sense, in a way, because so many of the characters in the film seem to have been drawn out of that particular flannel-shirted milieu. But that's not the thing that makes the sequence so irritating. There's something both arty and offhand about the sequence, in a way that draws attention to itself – it's handmade quality that screams "Hey, look at me!" And it's evocative of the problems with "Sympathy for Delicious" as a whole. The directorial debut of eerily handsome character actor (and recent Oscar nominee) Mark Ruffalo, "Delicious" is the kind of fitfully preening indie drama that tries for profundity and visual grace but comes across as an ugly, cloying annoyance that has less to say (and much less to look at) that your typical Hollywood endeavor. It's one of those low budget movies that took a decade to finish and all you can wonder is - Why did anyone try so hard for so little?

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