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'Horrible Bosses' Director Seth Gordon Says 'King Of Kong' Remake Will Be Done In Faux-Doc Style

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 8, 2011 6:05 AM
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Exclusive: Director Seth Gordon, the man behind the cameras of "Four Christmases" and this weekend's "Horrible Bosses" still has people talking about his debut feature, the documentary "The King Of Kong: A Fistful Of Quarters" four years since it hit theaters. The sleeper sensation was an unlikely hit, tracking Billy Mitchell and Steve Wiebe as they slugged out to wear the crown as the champion players of Donkey Kong. As funny and at times absurd as that story was, it was also unexpectedly tender and moving, and it's no surprise that New Line snapped up the rights to remake it into a feature film. And even as Gordon has gone on to work both in film and television on a variety of projects, "King Of Kong" is still a movie people want to talk about and thought movement has slow, we recently caught up with the director who told is it's still definitely happening.

Michael Rapaport Talks The Heart, Soul, Conflicts & Issues Of A Tribe Called Quest

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • July 8, 2011 5:01 AM
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Exclusive: To say filmmaker Michael Rapaport hasn't had an easy time in the press with his new documentary "Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest" is a bit of an understatement, but don't get it twisted. Since its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, reviews about the seminal '90s hip-hop group -- which included members Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Jarobi White, and Ali Shaheed Muhammad -- have been glowing (it has an excellent 95% RT score). But like most longtime fans of the group, after they suddenly called it quits in 1998, actor and hip hop music aficionado Michael Rapaport was deeply affected by their split. "I felt like my parents were getting divorced," he recalled. His curiosity caught up with him over the years, and when the band was reuniting for the 2008 Rock the Bells tour, he quickly jumped on board to document the tour. But past frictions flared up immediately, giving the actor-turned-filmmaker a window into a world of the drama which was to come. "I walked into a fucking storm," he said of his first few days of filming the tour.

Emily Browning's 'Sleeping Beauty,' 'The Skin I Live In' & 'Take Shelter' Get Fall Dates

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 8, 2011 3:44 AM
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If the summer blockbuster season is getting you down, don't worry, there is only a couple of months left and this fall, it looks like each week will be packed with quality selections at your local arthouse and three more have just been dated.

Matthew Chapman Gets The Allure of Fundamentalism And 5 Other Things We Learned About 'The Ledge'

  • By Mark Zhuravsky
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  • July 8, 2011 3:08 AM
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Says He Still Hasn't Seen 'Black Water Transit' & Is Prepping A Period Film NextMatthew Chapman made waves this year at Sundance, with the premiere of "The Ledge," his first time in the director's chair since 1988's "Heart of Midnight." "The Ledge" is a thriller that follows a dangerous affair between the atheist Gavin (Charlie Hunnam) and Shana (Liv Tyler), the wife of the fundamentalist Christian Joe (Patrick Wilson). When Joe learns of the affair, he goes to great lengths to punish Gavin and his wife, believing that he's well within the bounds of justice set down by the Bible.

'Transformers' Producer Don Murphy Says Franchise Won't Get Reboot, But New Trilogy & You'll Hate It

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 8, 2011 2:40 AM
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Even though Shia LaBeouf has poured cold water on the idea of returning for another "Transfomers" movie and Michael Bay looks likely to finally get to his low budget crime pic "Pain & Gain" next, the future of the franchise is a bit of a question mark right now, but don't say the word "reboot" to producer Don Murphy.

Mark Wahlberg & Jonah Hill Are The 'Good Time Gang' In New Cop Action Flick

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 8, 2011 2:39 AM
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While John Landis hasn't made anything worth talking about since "Coming To America," his son Max Landis is carrying the family name. The up-and-coming scribe penned the forthcoming superhero flick "Chronicle"; he's got “Amnesty” a mysterious project described as a cross between J.R.R. Tolkien and Robert Ludlum with Ron Howard attached and he's penning one of the many Frankenstein pics knocking around Hollywood looking to get made. Now another Max Landis project is attracting some heavyweight talent.

Watch: New Trailer For Gus Van Sant's Relentless Quirk Fest 'Restless'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 8, 2011 2:07 AM
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Originally set to be released by Sony this past January 25th, then bumped over to their arthouse arm, Sony Pictures Classics and then selected as the opening film of the Un Certain Regard program at the Cannes Film Festival in May, Gus Van Sant's "Restless" has had a bit of a bumpy ride to the big screen. Now set to hit theaters this fall, a new trailer for the film has landed and you couldn't find a quirkier movie this side of a bad Wes Anderson knockoff.
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Contest Giveaway: 10 Double Passes For The Montreal Advance Screening Of 'Cave Of Forgotten Dreams'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 8, 2011 2:06 AM
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We have 10 double passes to the advance screening of Werner Herzog's “Cave Of Forgotten Dreams” on Wednesday, July 13th at 7 PM at the AMC Forum in Montreal, Quebec.

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.

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