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What Lurks In The 'DMZ'? A New Action-Thriller From 'Transformers' Producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 25, 2011 2:15 AM
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While Korea is currently producing some of the most exciting cinema in the world (the imminent "I Saw the Devil" being only the most recent example), the country's been somewhat under-represented in Hollywood cinema. The Korean War never captured the imagination of filmmakers in the way that Vietnam did (outside of "M*A*S*H"), while Seoul has never held the same appeal as a jetsetting location as, say, Tokyo or Hong Kong.

Entertainment Weekly Pick The 25 Greatest Working Directors; Confirms The Fallacy Of Listmaking

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 25, 2011 1:58 AM
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Lists are subjective. That's the joy of them, to some degree -- you get to see the tastes of others, and hopefully pick up a few tips for things you may have overlooked. And you're never going to find a list that you agree with 100%, particularly when the stakes are bigger -- lists of 'greatest films' or 'greatest directors' are a veritable minefield of disputes and feuds. But that doesn't change the fact that some lists are just dumb.

First Look At New 'Toy Story' Short 'Hawaiian Vacation'

  • By Cory Everett
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  • February 25, 2011 1:45 AM
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The latest issue of Entertainment Weekly (not yet online) has posted the first images from the latest “Toy Story” installment, a short called “Hawaiian Vacation.” As we told you recently, despite seemingly wrapping up the series with a perfect third installment, Pixar have decided to continue the adventures of Woody and Buzz in a series of shorts. The first of which, ‘Vacation’ will be released in front of “Cars 2” starting June 24 and the second as-yet-unknown short to premiere before Disney’s “The Muppets” this December.

Ewan McGregor In Talks For Bryan Singer's 'Jack The Giant Killer'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 25, 2011 1:37 AM
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Adelaide Kane and Eleanor Tomlinson Latest Names Mentioned For Female LeadAfter a pair of scorching lead performances in two Danny Boyle films, "Shallow Grave" and "Trainspotting," it looked as though the world would be Ewan McGregor's oyster -- he was picked by George Lucas to play the key role of the young Obi-Wan in the Star Wars prequels, and it seemed as though a star had been born. But outside of those films, and the role he'll perhaps be best remembered for in future generations, as the lead in "Moulin Rouge" (which this writer believes wouldn't work anywhere near as well without the tonal dexterity displayed by the Scottish actor), he never stuck the landing: for the most part, his Hollywood leads in pictures like "The Island" and "Down With Love" were disappointments, and he made patchy choices away from the tentpole world too -- see, or rather don't, "Stay" and "Incendiary."

Idris Elba, Sean Harris & Kate Dickie Join The Cast Of Ridley Scott's 'Prometheus'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 25, 2011 1:28 AM
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A project that we were actively dreading only a few months ago, we are now looking forward to Ridley Scott's "Prometheus" more than any film from the director in years. The helmer's always worked best in the sci-fi field ("Alien," "Blade Runner") and the idea that he's working on a project that's evolved from a full-blown prequel to the "Alien" series to (for the most part -- and we'll get to that in a moment) something very different, and more original, is a fascinating one. While the script has since received a major overhaul from "Lost" and "Star Trek" writer Damon Lindelof, if even a small fraction of the bold ideas featured in the Jon Spaihts draft we read make it to the screen, it's going to be very different from every other sci-fi tentpole out there.

Kat Dennings, Chad Michael Murray & Rupert Friend Shooting Indie Drama 'The Renee Project'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 24, 2011 10:25 AM
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Already up and filming in Orlando, this project is one that has been quietly assembled and started moving.

Is 'Inception' Getting A 3D Release On BluRay?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 24, 2011 9:45 AM
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Granted, it's not much to go on at this point but considering there is some background to a 3D "Inception," it's not entirely unbelievable.

Rob Zombie Says 'Lords Of Salem' Will Be The Bleakest Of All His Films

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 24, 2011 8:46 AM
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It's been a couple of years since Rob Zombie dropped "Halloween II" and "The Haunted World of El Superbeasto," but he certainly hasn't been taking it easy. He had been planning on another reboot/remake of an iconic horror film, "The Blob," but ended up leaving the project to focus on "Lords of Salem," an original project which is now set to film this spring. The director recently chatted with Empire about the upcoming film and for those you who've witnessed the brutal "The House of 1000 Corpses” and “The Devil’s Rejects,” it appears you ain't seen nothing yet.

Apeless First Look At James Franco In 'Rise Of The Apes'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 24, 2011 8:08 AM
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Word has been pretty quiet on the upcoming franchise reboot "Rise of the Apes," but it seems that's all about to change as 20th Century Fox has dropped a first look (via JoBlo) at the lead star James Franco in the film, not coincidentally just before the actor is set to host the Oscars this weekend.

Steve Carell Magician Comedy 'Burt Wonderstone' Conjures Up Director Charles McDougall

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 24, 2011 7:18 AM
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Here's a project that has been knocking around a while. "Burt Wonderstone" first landed on the radar when Jim Carrey eyed it very briefly last summer, and was soon followed by Steve Carell who became attached last fall. And that was pretty much the last we heard of it, but now there is fresh movement on the project.

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