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'Oz: The Great And Powerful' Will Battle 'Elysium' On March 8, 2013

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 25, 2011 4:46 AM
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Update: Soon to be 12 year old Joey King is making her classmates jealous. After recently joining "The Dark Knight Rises," the child actress has also joined "Oz The Great And Powerful" in the role of China Girl reports Variety. In the film, her character is taken under the wing of Oz (Franco) after Evanora (Weisz) destroys her porcelain family.

Watch: 6 New Clips From 'X-Men: First Class' Invokes Lots Of Familiar Political Talk

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 25, 2011 4:27 AM
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Also Shows First Real Look At Sebastian ShawSo, do you want to see "X-Men: First Class" without paying for it? Given the amount of stills, clips, TV spots and trailers Fox has dropped for the film, someone could probably put together a pretty decent chunk of footage from the film. At any rate, it certainly seems as if the studio doesn't care about holding anything back or saving some of the surprises for the big screen.

Fox Searchlight Picks Up Dayton/Faris Film 'He Loves Me'; Jeff Bridges Being Courted For A Role

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 25, 2011 3:40 AM
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It’s been five years since 2006’s “Little Miss Sunshine” and while directing duo Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris have had several projects in development, earlier this year it was finally revealed the duo were pushing forward with "He Loves Me." Written by actress Zoe Kazan who will co-star in the picture with her real-life boyfriend Paul Dano, the project is a meta-strange sounding road-trip film that centers on a young novelist who achieves success early in his career but begins to face struggles. It has been described as a blend of “Adaptation” and “Weird Science,” as the young protagonist follows the advice of writing the woman he thinks will love him in a bid to overcome his writer’s block. Here’s the strange part, through this odd exercise he ends up willing her into existence.

Ron Howard Says 'The Dark Tower' Will Shoot Spring 2012, Remains Cagey About Javier Bardem

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 25, 2011 3:38 AM
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With a plan to stretch over three films and television series, Ron Howard and Akiva Goldsman's adaptation of Stephen King's "The Dark Tower" is certainly ambitious, so much so, that rumors swirled earlier this month at Universal was getting cold feet about the project. Alas, the project is still set up at the studio, but undergoing some revisions as the cautious studio looks like slim down the budget with the filmmakers getting more time to get the story and approach right. EW recently caught up with Howard and he was quite candid about the latest developments, including the involvement of Javier Bardem who isn't quite secured just yet.

Review: 'The Hangover Part II' Is A Lazy, Unpleasant & Unfunny Mess

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 25, 2011 3:24 AM
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Unlike most of the summer movies, which seem to be thundering into theaters without any real anticipation beyond the cacophonous marketing hype, "The Hangover Part II" seems to be a film people are unreasonably excited for. The 2009 original, directed by Todd Phillips, has metamorphosed from simply being the biggest R-rated comedy of all time (and winner of a Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy Golden Globe) to being a movie that average filmgoers consider an instant "classic" of the genre and a staple of any fun-lover's DVD collection. (It's also the biggest selling comedy DVD of all time. Jesus.) The prospect of another movie, again starring Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, and Zach Galifianakis, coming this quickly, has been tantalizing for cinemagoers and something that is getting people really, really jazzed, which makes it somewhat harder to report that "The Hangover Part II" is one of the laziest, unself-aware and most unpleasant Hollywood products we've seen all year. And we just saw the fourth "Pirates Of The Caribbean" movie a couple of weeks ago.

Columbia Pictures Snags Kathryn Bigelow's Seal Team 6 Film; Set For Fall 2012 Release

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 25, 2011 3:22 AM
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No Mention Of Joel Edgerton Starring In The FilmSince late last year, director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal have been hard at work on black ops thriller, the details of which, at the time, were being kept under wraps but was rumored to be about the hunt for Osama Bin Laden. Those rumors turned out be true but when the Al Qaeda leader was suddenly killed a few weeks ago, it was reported that Boal a former investigative reporter, shifted his research and resources and was already rewriting with a section covering the 40 minute firefight that resulted in Bin Laden's death. Even more, Aussie actor Joel Edgerton was said to be a frontrunner for the untitled film -- also referred to as "Kill Bin Laden" -- but once, again word quieted. But not for long.

Terrence Malick Documentary 'Voyage Of Time' Still In The Works; He's Also A Big 'Zoolander' Fan

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 25, 2011 2:17 AM
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With the Cannes premiere and Palme d'Or win now come and gone and the roll out for "The Tree Of Life" beginning this Friday, the long wait for Terrence Malick's latest is finally over. But that doesn't mean the project isn't without its mysteries. As Malick fans know, at some point in the film's gestation, plans were floated for a companion documentary entitled "Voyage Of Time" that would screen in IMAX.

Watch: Trailer For French Documentary 'Tarantino: The Disciple Of Hong Kong'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 25, 2011 2:01 AM
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Update: Trailer removed by request.

Oliver Stone Reveals Sidney Lumet & Al Pacino Nearly Made 'Platoon'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 25, 2011 1:57 AM
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For director Oliver Stone, "Platoon" would mark the beginning of the meatiest part of the director's career. The Vietnam film, the first in a loose trilogy (followed by "Born On The Fourth Of July" and "Heaven & Earth"), made a star out of its young lead Charlie Sheen, and it went to the Oscars that with year with eight nominations, walking away with four wins including Best Picture and Best Director (not to mention that Stone's other film that year, "Salvador," also earned two nods). It would be Stone's second Oscar (he won for writing "Midnight Express" in 1979) and it established the writer/director as a major voice. But as he tells it now, he nearly didn't make the film.

'Out Of Sight' and 'Minority Report' Scribe Scott Frank To Write 'Houdini' For Francis Lawrence

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 25, 2011 1:40 AM
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Considering that, in real life, the profession seems to fall somewhere between "repellent" and "unbelievably douchey" (see: David Blaine, Criss Angel), it's somewhat surprising how many magic-based movies we have going around these days. The 2006 double bill of "The Prestige" and "The Illusionist" was the peak of the genre, but recent years have also brought the animated "Illusionist," Guy Pearce in the little-seen "Death Defying Acts" and, later in the summer, David Tennant as a vampire-fighting trickster in "Fright Night," while an adaptation of the seminal novel "Carter Beats The Devil" recently got a new lease on life. Even Pixar got in on the act, with the short "Presto."

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