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Historically Accurate 'Spartacus' Movie On The Way Written By The Guy Who Penned '300' (Obviously)

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 20, 2011 5:08 AM
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Already the subject of Stanley Kubrick's 1960 film, the 2004 USA Network made-for-TV movie starring Goran Višnjić and the backdrop for Starz bloody and sexed up "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" and "Spartacus: Gods Of The Arena" it seems that GK Films feel that tale of Spartacus still needs to be told.

Review: 'Captain America' Swells With Patriotic Pride & Delivers An Old School Superhero Adventure

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 20, 2011 4:42 AM
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Well-paced, classical in nature, and featuring a completely different setting -- the 1940s during WWII which makes it a big tonal departure from other Marvel Films -- "Captain America: The First Avenger," is a relatively muscular and sturdy super-hero tale which is sometimes facile, but effective enough to meet most of its goals and aims.

‘Marie Antoinette’ Producer Ross Katz To Direct Assassin Thriller 'Brotherhood Of The Rose'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 20, 2011 4:04 AM
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Ross Katz certainly has good taste and knows good material when he see it. As a producer he's been behind "Marie Antoinette," "Lost in Translation," and "In the Bedroom" and being around those sets and that talent seemed to have been a help when in 2009, Katz made his feature directorial debut with "Taking Chance," the acclaimed HBO drama starring Kevin Bacon. Since then, Katz has been taking his time with a followup. This past spring he was linked to direct Luke Evans in the thriller "The Amateur American" but another movie will now roll first, and we have admit, it sounds pretty promising.

Newbie Dan Yeager Is Leatherface In 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D'; Trey Songz Stars As Well

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 20, 2011 3:24 AM
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Update: A press release for the film has confirmed that John Dugan and Marilyn Burns will reprise their roles as the Grandfather and Verna Carson from Tobe Hooper's original flick in the reboot. Shaun Sipos, Richard Riehle and Thom Barry round out the cast.

Scheduling Forces Bryan Cranston Out Of Ruben Fleischer's 'Gangster Squad'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • July 20, 2011 3:19 AM
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There's just not enough of Bryan Cranston to go around in Hollywood.

New Look: More Images From Tomas Alfredson's 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • July 20, 2011 2:56 AM
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Author John Le Carre & Cast Discuss The AdaptationWith the breathtaking trailer and poster combo recently unveiled, our excitement for Tomas Alfredson's adaptation of John Le Carre's "Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy" is sky high at the moment. Adding to that is the expectation that the film will pop up in one, or both, of the line ups for the Venice (having been invited to open) and Toronto International Film Festivals when they're announced in the coming weeks.

Ben Stiller Will Do Double Duty, Starring In & Directing 'The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 20, 2011 2:51 AM
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After years in development, it looks like a contemporary take on the classic 1947 film "The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty" starring Danny Kaye is finally going to move forward. Over the years directors like Ron Howard, Steven Spielberg and Gore Verbinski came and went with folks like Jim Carrey, Mike Myers, Sacha Baron Cohen, Will Ferrell and Owen Wilson looking at the lead role. The project took a new direction over the spring when Ben Stiller came aboard in the starring role and it looks like he has such a clear vision for the project, he's just gonna make the damn thing himself.

Brit Action-Thriller 'Welcome To The Punch' Rounds Out With An Impressive Cast

  • By Sam Price
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  • July 20, 2011 2:41 AM
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For a film produced on a government-funded scheme that gave its recipients a budget of £100,000, Eran Creevy’s debut film, 2008’s “Shifty,” has enjoyed a long cultural half-life. Although it didn’t get a decent airing outside of the U.K. – and even then was little-seen, in spite of an array of awards and critical attention – this hasn’t diminished the prospects of its director Creevy, whose follow-up “Welcome To The Punch” has been catching our attention since it we profiled its script when it charted high on the annual Brit List some months ago. Already confirmed to star were James McAvoy (who could do with off-setting his debonair know-it-all performance as Professor Charles Xavier with something more substantive), Andrea Riseborough (she of “Brighton Rock” and “Never Let Me Go”) and Britain’s answer to Jeremy Renner in terms of his heedless productivity, Mark Strong.

Mo'Nique Gets 'Bumped' Into Indie Dramedy

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 20, 2011 2:26 AM
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If you had told us a few years ago that Mo'Nique -- best known at the time for starring in the sitcom "The Parkers" -- would deliver a breathtaking dramatic performance that would land her an Oscar, we would have said you were crazy. But as much we had our issues with "Precious," there was no denying that the actress was a revelation. In the lead up to the Oscars in 2010, we said she was "a beast in this picture; a force of nature" that "saves this exploitative and garish movie from being a total waste of time." However, following all the awards season recognition and the career changing praise, the actress hasn't been quick to sign on to anything but now, more than two years after "Precious" first premiered at Sundance, it looks like she's ready for the big screen again.

Watch: 'The Amazing Spider-Man' Trailer Presents A Not So Amazing Origin Story & Wonky POV Web Work

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 20, 2011 2:21 AM
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Granted, when "The Amazing Spider-Man" hits theaters next year, it will be a full decade since Sam Raimi's first Spider-Man movie and there will be a whole new generation of kids growing up with Peter Parker for the first time. But for the rest of us, the origins of the young photographer's crime fighting abilities have been elaborated not only in Raimi's films, but on the long-running cartoon show and in the comics. We've been down that road multiple times with very little variation in the myth, but it looks like director Marc Webb is going to tell us that familiar tale all over again. Or maybe, it won't be as familiar as we think.

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