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Sigourney Weaver Would Like To Make Another 'Alien' Film, But Knows Hollywood Has Aged Her Out

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 19, 2011 10:37 AM
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Actress Says She Feels Ripley's Story Is "Unfinished"Twenty five years ago yesterday, James Cameron's "Aliens" hit screens and turned Ridley Scott's suspenseful sci-fi horror, "Alien," into more of an action sci-fi classic. They're polar opposite films, really, at least in tone and mood, but Cameron's film is arguably on-par and one of the best genre sequels of all time (we really like this take of calling it an "ode to motherhood" which is true given all the connections, though we're not sure Cameron himself saw it quite like that, but maybe we're not giving him enough credit).

Dwight Yoakam Will Giddy-Up As The Villain In The 'Lone Ranger'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 19, 2011 10:27 AM
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Barry Pepper, James Badge Dale & Helena Bonham Carter Also Getting Ready To Saddle UpIf there is one thing that country musician and actor Dwight Yoakam does well, its act like an asshole and sleazebag. Billy Bob Thornton knew this when he cast him as the memorably repulsive Doyle Hargraves in "Sling Blade" and David Fincher realized his presence alone was worth more than pages of dialogue when he tasked Yoakam to play the unpredictable and violent Raoul. He can also be wryly funny as he's displayed in "Crank" and "Wedding Crashers" but he's gearing up for this biggest movie yet.

Robert Redford To Direct Shia LaBeouf In Thriller 'The Company You Keep' Penned By Lem Dobbs

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 19, 2011 9:32 AM
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"...I’ve been running for a team of people for a long time and I don’t take any of it back...I’ve learned a great deal about a certain type of filmmaking. But I have ambitions toward another type of filmmaking that I haven’t been allowed to engage in yet,” Shia LaBeouf recently said in the press run up to "Tranformers: Dark Of The Moon" and it looks like he's firmly leaving tentpole movies behind for now. Earlier this spring, he was one of the boys hanging in John Hillcoat's prohibition-era drama "The Wettest County" and now LaBeouf is ready to star and be directed by one of Hollywood's great legends.

Watch: Steve Carell Advises Ryan Gosling Not To Be Himself In New Look At 'Crazy Stupid Love'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 19, 2011 9:05 AM
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Yep, this week is pretty much going to be nothing but tentpole movie news and comic book updates as Comic-Con gets into full swing. And meanwhile, at your local multiplex it seems to be nothing but wizards, robots, pirates and foul mouthed comedies, which makes next week's arrival of the layered, PG-13 rom-com "Crazy Stupid Love" all the more interesting.

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.

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