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It Keeps Happening: Take That To Contribute 'When We Were Young' To 'The Three Musketeers'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 8, 2011 1:51 AM
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Can someone please tell us who Take That is paying off in Hollywood to infiltrate their shitty brand of manufactured pop tunes for middle aged women into tentpole movies? Matthew Vaughn inexplicably decided to use "Love Love" in "X-Men: First Class" and now another big period movie -- that admittedly is already throwing all logic out the window -- is letting Robbie Williams and co. warble.

Terence Stamp, Vanessa Redgrave & Gemma Arterton Lead Paul Andrew Williams' 'Song For Marion'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 8, 2011 1:36 AM
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Christopher Eccleston And Anne Reid Also On BoardHe's virtually unknown in the U.S, but Paul Andrew Williams has been one of the rising stars of the British film industry for a few years now. His 2006 debut, the gritty, excellent drama "London To Brighton," won him a BAFTA nomination and several newcomer awards (the film received a very brief U.S. release in 2008), and he seemed like one of the brightest talents around. He took a slight misstep with his next two projects, the horror films "The Cottage" and "Cherry Tree Lane," but he looks to be getting firmly back on track with his fourth film, which starts filming ten days from now, and has just landed an impressive cast.

Obviously: 'Space Invaders' Is Going To Be Movie Now

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 8, 2011 1:23 AM
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Well, with '80s videogame staple "Asteroids" now seeking a director -- Roland Emmerich was recently offered the director's chair -- producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura isn't wasting any time in getting another bad idea off the ground.

Watch: Teaser For 'The Iron Lady' Suggests Meryl Streep Shouldn't Count On Another Oscar Just Yet

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 7, 2011 12:57 PM
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Way back in March, we predicted that the Academy Award race for Best Actress this year would come down to two stars both embodying icons in biopics: two-time nominee Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe in "My Week With Marilyn" and sixteen-time nominee Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher in "The Iron Lady." This morning, The Guardian debuted the teaser trailer for the latter film, which follows the career of the much-feared, much-respected first female Prime Minister of the U.K. and frankly, we'd be surprised if Williams wasn't feeling a little more confident today.

Watch: Trailer For Donnie Yen's 'Wu Xia'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 7, 2011 9:35 AM
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Of all the films picked up in The Weinstein Company's flurry of acquisitions so far this year, if we were gambling men, we'd wager that Peter Chan's "Wu Xia" has the biggest chance of wasting away on Harvey's movie shelf where films like the still unreleased "Shanghai" still reside.

'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D' Gets Fresh Meat Courtesy Of Alexandra Daddario

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 7, 2011 8:35 AM
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It's been eight years since Marcus Nispel's dreary reboot or whatever of "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" that was only really notable for greasing up a young Jessica Biel, putting her in tight jeans and tank top and having her run around screaming her head off. Well, enough time has passed that a new batch of teenagers haven't had the horror classic ruined for them yet, so along comes "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D" and, another young woman who will likely find her top ripped and soaking wet.

'Bridesmaids' Star Melissa McCarthy Joins Judd Apatow's 'Knocked Up' Spinoff

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 7, 2011 7:44 AM
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'Super 8' Kid Ryan Lee Also Comes AboardOnce you're tight with Judd Apatow, you can expect regular work for the rest of your life. Melissa McCarthy, who stole the show in "Bridesmaids" -- directed by Paul Feig and produced by Apatow -- continues to roll very tight with his crew. In addition to being cast opposite Jon Hamm (amazing blog alert!) in an upcoming Feig/Apatow rom-com she's now got another Apatow gig to add to her schedule.

B-Movie Filmmaker Louis Morneau To Direct Universal's 'Werewolf'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 7, 2011 7:25 AM
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A few weeks ago reports surfaced that despite the colossal clusterfuck that was “The Wolfman," Universal was pressing ahead with another stab at the monster movie genre. Instead of a sequel however, Michael Tabb has reportedly written a script that is being tossed around under the title of "Werewolf," and shares a link to George Waggner‘s 1941 film “The Wolf Man,” the granddaddy of them all. Well, a director has been chosen, and it seems as if Universal are giving up any pretense of making a good movie.

Watch: Beware Bridges, Screws, Factories & More In New 'Final Destination 5' Trailer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 7, 2011 6:41 AM
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Here's an anecdote for you: We watched the first "Final Destination 5" trailer with an audience at a recent screening of "Horrible Bosses." At first, audience members were audibly saying "Another one?" and half-snickering at the trailer, but as it continued, even as spectacularly stupid as it looked, the theater was hooked. And by time the trailer ended they were fully on its side, ready for more cheap elaborate scares that they just couldn't look away from. As the filmmakers behind "Saw" learned over seven films, finding complicated ways to kill people will always sell lots and lots of tickets.

'Limitless' Helmer Neil Burger Replaces David O. Russell On 'Uncharted'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 7, 2011 6:28 AM
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So, how do you get yourself off directing a videogame adaptation? Submit a 200-page script with a bunch of characters that aren’t in the game and you'll be doing exactly what David O. Russell did before he left the director's chair of gestating big screen version of the popular "Uncharted." Already a choice that made nerds uneasy -- mostly because Russell hadn't played the game which apparently is necessary in mounting a movie -- the newest name to board the project should make gamers a bit happier.

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