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Chris Columbus Enabling Jerks Who Won't Read Subtitles, Producing American 'Trollhunter' Remake

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • June 10, 2011 4:30 AM
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You can't argue with success. A nearly identical copy of popular Spanish thriller "[Rec]" hit stateside three years ago under the title of "Quarantine," using the English language but barely changing a thing. The picture did $41 million worldwide on a tiny budget, prompting a sequel (coming out theatrically next week! Who knew? Not us). It should stand to reason that foreign horror would be a hot import, as long as we change the language and faces. Which all leads to the director of "Home Alone" bringing us our own version of "Trollhunter."

Exclusive: Poster For Terrific Festival Documentary 'To Be Heard'

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • June 10, 2011 4:00 AM
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One of the most pleasant surprises of the 2010 festival circuit was the beat-poetry verite documentary "To Be Heard," a movie we went into blind and reemerged with intense adoration, calling it "damned genuine" and praising its avoidance in being an overwrought and cliche “inspirational feel good story." Directed by a posse consisting of Amy Sultan, Roland Legiardi-Laura, Edwin Martinez, and Deborah Shaffer, while also being produced by Dialogue Pictures, it follows three Bronx high-schoolers (Anthony, Pearl, and Karina) who struggle with their city life. In order to avoid falling into dangerous lifestyles and pessimistic outlooks, they channel their personal frustrations into powerful, radical poetry; a platform they use to overcome the streets. It's a premise ripe for a low-budget movie starring any given former Oscar winner, but thankfully the filmmakers cut the bullshit and go right to the heart.

First Poster & Clip Arrive For Latest Pixar Short 'La Luna'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 10, 2011 3:30 AM
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We're be decidedly un-enamored of Pixar's recent approach to their features: this year's "Cars 2" looks, if anything, worse than its predecessor, and being jammed between last year's "Toy Story 3" and 2013's "Monsters University," the studio, one of the true bastions of creativity in the industry, seems to be heading towards the sequel-happy approach of every other big company, with next year's "Brave" being the only confirmed original project on their slate (although we've got no doubt that there are plenty of other films in the works), and big name directors like Andrew Stanton and Brad Bird being wooed away to the live-action world for films like "John Carter" and "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol."

Watch: Colin Hanks Gets 'Lucky' in Trailer For Serial Killer Comedy

  • By Sam Price
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  • June 10, 2011 3:00 AM
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Perhaps perturbed that other A-List offspring like Jaden and Willow Smith have already managed to become more famous than he is, Colin Hanks is finally breaking out, Emma Roberts style! After toiling away in numerous thankless roles -- his turns in "King Kong" and "The House Bunny" hardly set the planet on fire -- Yahoo! Movies has debuted the trailer for Hanks Jr.'s biggest role since 2002’s “Orange County”, a serial killer comedy "Lucky".

John Hlavin To Write 'Risk' Movie For Sony, Get Two Extra Cavalry Pieces At Start Of Every Turn

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 10, 2011 2:30 AM
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Although none have managed to reach the screens yet, the coming of the board game movie is upon us: despite the concept essentially signifying the death of creativity in film, 2012 will see the release of both Peter Berg's "Battleship" and McG's "Ouija," with the likes of "Monopoly" and "Candyland" still in the pipeline. One of the biggest properties in development is "Risk," the wargame that's been causing family arguments on rainy days for over fifty years, and unlike most of their films, which are in development at Universal, Hasbro have set up the film version at Sony and Will Smith's Overbrook Entertainment.

Viva Assange! 'The American' Writer Rowan Joffe To Pen One of Several Hundred Wikileaks Projects

  • By Sam Price
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  • June 10, 2011 2:00 AM
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Ah, Julian Assange. Aside from the interminable line-up of Snow White projects threatening to engulf the entire Western seaboard, he’s become the most in-demand bleached blond belle of the ball. With so many competing film projects about the prurient leaker of state secrets clamoring for our attention, it’s hard to keep track of them all. One project in particular, though, just got a healthy kick up the posterior. Deadline reports that the HBO-BBC co-production adaptation of last year’s New Yorker article, ‘No Secrets: Julian Assange’s Mission for Total Transparency’, has recruited producers Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall to its cause and bagged a screenwriter, Rowan Joffe.

'Tetro' Cinematographer Mihai Malaimare Jr. Is Shooting Paul Thomas Anderson's 'The Master'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 10, 2011 1:30 AM
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Shooting Will Partly Be On 65MM: Also, Is There A Scientology Conspiracy Afoot?Pretty much since day one, Paul Thomas Anderson fanboys, god bless their hearts, have been scrambling to turn over any breadcrumb clue they could find for further insight and details into PTA's upcoming untitled project, colloquially known as "The Master." First off, a very early, unfinished draft of the script leaked last summer (our in-depth look at it still seems to be the most authoritative piece on it out there).

Watch: Trailer For Errol Morris' Exceptional Documentary 'Tabloid'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 10, 2011 1:00 AM
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The theaters might be dominated at present by big, expensive action flicks, but for those after more thought-provoking cinema, it's looking to be an excellent summer for documentaries. Already we've seen the likes of "The Arbor," "Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff" and "L'Amour Fou," and even more exciting prospects are coming down the pipe, including "Page One," "Buck," "Project Nim" and "Beats, Rhymes & Life."

Diego Luna Latest To Circle Neill Blomkamp's 'Elysium' With Matt Damon And Jodie Foster

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 9, 2011 12:20 PM
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Since the moment we walked out of "District 9," buzzing with the energy and invention of the picture, we, like you, have been keenly awaiting more work from South African director Neill Blomkamp. And after a heap of speculation -- the Blomkamp directing "The Hobbit" rumor must have raised its head a good half-dozen times -- the helmer's follow-up was finally announced at the end of last year as the mysterious sci-fi project "Elysium."

Review: 'Trollhunter' Visits The 9-To-5 Lifestyle Of The Monster Killer

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • June 9, 2011 12:17 PM
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If you're one of the countless people that saw "Cloverfield" but felt there just weren't enough trolls, it appears that your needs have been catered to. "Trollhunter" is the latest in the Found Monster Footage genre, a weirdly-specific niche that accommodates the necessity of shooting cheaply with digital video and not showing much of the beast. This kooky Norwegian import pries open a mystery no one was really clamoring to answer, which is: what is buggering around in the forests of Norway? And is it possibly the mythical giant trolls we know from old bedtime stories?

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