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Decoding 'The Dark Knight Rises' Teaser Trailer

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 19, 2011 8:18 AM
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Neeeeeeeeeeeerrrrrrrd! Ok, we'll admit, we don't normally do this type of thing, but there's been so much bitching about the apparent lack of goods delivered in "The Dark Knight Rises" teaser trailer (at least on our blog) that this writer figured he'd deliver his take on the trailer. And because our two dads said it was ok.

Crispin Glover Replaces William H. Macy In 'Freaky Deaky,' Film Now Has Weirdest Cast Ever

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 19, 2011 7:58 AM
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Tom Arnold Also Circling A Role As Crispin Glover's BrotherHow far and strangely we've fallen. For "Freaky Deaky," the adaptation of the Elmore Leonard novel that at one time had folks like William H. Macy and Sienna Miller in the leads before going through a few casting shifts and settling on the lesser, but still somewhat respectable quartet of Matt Dillon, Brendan Fraser, Craig Robinson and Katie Cassidy. The cast was recycled again, settling on a straight-to-DVD strong bunch of Billy Burke, Christian Slater, Michael Jai White, newcomer Breanne Racano and Roger Bart. That pretty much killed whatever interest we had in the project -- until now.

Captain Planet Film In Development At Cartoon Network

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 19, 2011 7:27 AM
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With a TV series, toys, comics and video games already developed out of media mogul Ted Turner's brainchild, Captain Planet, the do-gooder environmentalist superhero is finally getting the big screen treatment. So for the millions who have been waiting in agony for a Captain Planet movie, today is your eco-friendly Christmas.

Cameron Crowe Says 'We Bought A Zoo' Soundtrack Won't Necessarily Feature Neil Young Or Eddie Vedder

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 19, 2011 6:59 AM
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But Does Confirm It Will Likely Be Heavy On One Or Two ArtistsOne down, two to go. It's been a helluva busy year for director Cameron Crowe. He's already delivered one film, his Elton John documentary "The Union" and with five and a half months to go before the end of 2011, he will deliver two more movies. First, his long in the works Pearl Jam documentary "Pearl Jam Twenty" will premiere at the Venice Film Festival before hitting the "American Masters" series on PBS in October that will be followed by a DVD release. And then, just in time for the holidays, the director will drop his first feature film in six years, the dramedy "We Bought A Zoo." Based on the memoir by Benjamin Mee, with a script from “The Devil Wears Prada” writer Aline Brosh McKenna, the story follows Mee (Matt Damon), a single father who attempts to fulfill his late wife’s wish of moving their family to the titular animal sanctuary. Damon is joined by a solid ensemble that includes Scarlett Johansson, Thomas Haden Church, Angus MacFadyen, Elle Fanning, Patrick Fugit, John Michael Higgins and J.B. Smoove.

Review: 'World On A Wire' Is A Long Lost Rainer Werner Fassbinder Oddity Worthy Of Reconsideration

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 19, 2011 5:39 AM
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Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s “World on a Wire,” a once-thought-lost, nearly-four-hour-long sci-fi epic about the nature of reality and the ways in which we lose ourselves in that potentially futile quest, was made way back in 1973 and for that reason alone, it’s hard not to goggle in awe at how ahead of its time it was, even when it very nearly bores you to death.

Blake Masters To Rewrite 'Colossus' Remake for Universal; Ron Howard & Will Smith Presumably Move On

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • July 19, 2011 5:13 AM
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Whether it be the success of the insipid "Transformers" franchise, or perhaps Hollywood just has a crippling artificial intelligence neurosis, there are a whole lot of movies about robots going wild on their way to cinemas. From "King of Kong" director Seth Gordon's proposed "WarGames" remake to Steven Spielberg's on the horizon "Robocalypse," if the next few years don't make us scared of technological change, nothing will.

'Hunger Games' Poster Lights Up Katniss Everdeen's Mockingjay Pin

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 19, 2011 4:53 AM
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Believe it "Hunger Games" fans, the movie is about eight months away and the marketing campaign is already heating up. We've already gotten our first peek at Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen. Now a brand new "motion poster" has hit the web to stoke the fires even more (sorry, couldn't resist).

Peter Buckley, The Worst Boxer Of All Time, Gets His Own Movie From The Director Of 'Soul Food'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • July 19, 2011 4:29 AM
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Director George Tillman Jr. has had quite an interesting career in Hollywood so far. After the release of his feature directorial debut "Soul Food," Tillman used the clout garnered from the surprise financial success of that film, and unselfishly threw it behind several other productions like "Barbershop" and the "Soul Food" television series (take that Tyler Perry). As for his directing career, that is an entirely different matter. After adapting two true life stories into decent films with 2000's "Men of Honor" and 2009's "Notorious," Tillman directed the confused and frankly awful revenge picture "Faster," which found itself spinning its wheels last Thanksgiving.

Stephen King Not All That Surprised 'The Dark Tower' Fell Apart, Has Faith Ron Howard Will Make It

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 19, 2011 4:13 AM
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Well, the writing was pretty much on the wall already before it was announced yesterday that Universal had yanked the cord on "The Dark Tower." Despite lots of movement late last year and early this year, with Javier Bardem being tipped for the lead role and lots of excitement around the multi-platform mega franchise that would've seen Stephen King's book series stretched out over three films and television series, word just as quickly quieted as the honchos over at Universal began to get cold feet over the scope and more importantly the cost of the project. Word was that the budget was being reworked and the production start pushed back, but as director Ron Howard begin circling new projects including a "Spy Vs. Spy" movie and the Formula 1 racing drama "Rush" which is already casting up we can't say anyone was shocked by the collapse of "The Dark Tower." Least of all, the author himself.

Watch: Breathtaking, Ass-Kicking Teaser Trailer For Wong Kar-Wai's 'The Grandmasters'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 19, 2011 4:04 AM
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While we finally got "The Dark Knight Rises" official teaser trailer earlier today and with spots for "The Avengers" and "The Amazing Spider-Man" due this week, it looks like Wong Kar-Wai has come out of nowhere and kicked all kinds of superhero ass.

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