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How Alexander Payne And Jim Taylor Contributed To 'Cedar Rapids' And Nine Other Things We Learned

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • February 16, 2011 2:15 AM
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Director Miguel Arteta Really Loves Michael Cera, Compares Him To Peter Sellers & MoreFilmmaker Miguel Arteta’s comedy “Cedar Rapids” is on the big screen in limited release this week and will expand into approximately 90-some screens this weekend. It’s the story of a low level insurance agent sent to Cedar Rapids, Iowa for a major convention where he’s expected to compete for the top prize in the industry: the beloved Two Diamond Award. Ed Helms, who also produced the film, plays Tim Lippe the naive, boob of a salesman who gets in way over his head when he meets a group of colleagues that may or may not be in line to become his best friends.

Daniel Radcliffe To Star In Indie Comedy 'The Amateur Photographer'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 16, 2011 2:12 AM
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With the "Harry Potter" franchise officially for the birds as of this July, its young cast are starting to look elsewhere for work. Emma Watson has "My Week With Marilyn" coming up, and may be teaming with Taylor Lautner on "Incarceron," while villain Tom Felton has Hollywood work on "Rise of the Apes" and "The Apparition" later in the year, and Rupert Grint is hopefully somewhere having treatment to make him less teeth-grindingly annoying. But what of Harry himself?

Mickey Rourke, Lenny Kravitz, Rosario Dawson & Rodrigo Santoro Top-Lining 'The Blind Bastard Club'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 16, 2011 1:56 AM
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The Berlin Film Festival always brings a ton of news as independent producers shop around for pre-sales, and the latest project to be revealed is an intriguing, if odd-sounding drama, with an eclectic cast. Screen Daily reports that Mickey Rourke, Rosario Dawson and Lenny Kravitz are all attached to star in "The Blind Bastard Club," which will begin filming in April.

New Poster For Korean Revenge Film 'I Saw The Devil' Is Dark, Stunning

  • By Cory Everett
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  • February 16, 2011 1:32 AM
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When we saw “I Saw The Devil” at Sundance, we called it “ugly, gratuitous, sad, brutal, complex, and terrific.” The film received similarly glowing notices at TIFF and Fantastic Fest and in a few weeks Magnet will be releasing the blood-soaked revenge film in theaters. To coincide with the film’s March 4th release, the indie distributors have just relvealed a beautifully designed new poster for the film. The image (via IMP Awards), which you can check out below, is a simple typeface laid over the image of a dark figure to stunning effect. Take note American films, this is how it's done.

Zack Snyder's 'Superman' Allegedly Facing Problematic Third-Act Script Issues

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 16, 2011 12:43 AM
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WB's 'Sucker Punch' Said To Be Testing PoorlyOne story connects to another. A few minutes ago, Vulture reported that "Sherlock Holmes" helmer Guy Ritchie was evidently being offered the director's chair for the"300" sequel, unofficially known as "Xerxes." Folks stop and ask, wait, isn't this a Zack Snyder project?

Guy Ritchie Apparently Offered Director's Chair For '300' Sequel 'Xerxes'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 16, 2011 12:17 AM
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Updated: While Ritchie may have read the script and or may have thought about this for a moment. Warner Bros. tells us that the "Snatch" filmmaker is capital N, not directing "Xerxes." Case closed, however, it does appear that Zack Snyder is too busy with "Superman" to make this picture so new directors may be sought in the upcoming months.

Script Issues Cause Problems: Production On Second Half Of 'Men In Black 3' Delayed

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 16, 2011 12:03 AM
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Right, we already knew this didn't augur well. In November 2010, just as production on "Men In Black 3," or "Men In Black 3D" whatever you wanna call it, was beginning, Columbia Pictures hired a new writer Jeff Nathanson (“Catch Me If You Can” and “Rush Hour 2”) to give yet another polish to the script.

Ice Cube Heads To '21 Jump Street'; Shopping Directorial Gig 'Chrome And Paint' Around Town

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 15, 2011 11:34 AM
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Looks like Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum are getting an actor/musician with some serious street cred to join them on "21 Jump Street." Deadline reports that Ice Cube is in negotiations to join the film, though his role is not yet specified.

Universal Circling 'Terminator' Franchise As Potential Gig For 'Fast Five' Director Justin Lin

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 15, 2011 11:02 AM
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So, in case you missed it, Arnold Schwarzenegger is done governating and is ready to act again. "Kindergarten Cop 2: The Graduating Class"? While that dream project may never happen, movement is now starting once again on an inevitable new "Terminator" franchise which may or may not get the aging cyborg killer back for a role, but you can bet studios are hopeful that he'll at least stop by to say hello and "I AM back" to the camera.

Holmes & Watson Will Let Loose In The Officially Titled 'Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 15, 2011 10:45 AM
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'Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol' Now Has Serious Competition For Worst Sequel Title Of The YearWell, Guy Ritchie's "Sherlock Holmes" sequel now has a title and it's pretty terrible. E! reports and IGN confirms that the anticipated sequel shall henceforth be known as: "Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows." Ouch.

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