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Fox Reshuffles Lineup, Bumps 'Rise Of The Apes' To Thanksgiving, 'Mr. Popper's Penguins' To June

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 15, 2011 4:12 AM
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Andrew Niccol's 'Now,' David Gordon Green's 'The Sitter' Also Shift DatesWith the news of the March 2012 launch of Ridley Scott's "Prometheus" comes a wave of rescheduling on the part of Fox, restructuring their 2011 and 2012 lineups for maximum strategic effect. The biggest changes emerge from the release date shuffling of prospective blockbusters "Mr. Popper's Penguins" and "Rise of the Apes," the former being bumped upwards, the other moving from a summer to a winter slot.

J.J. Abrams Says Paramount Already Asking For 'Star Trek 2' To Be In 3D

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 15, 2011 4:02 AM
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Will Decide On Whether Or Not He Directs Once He Gets A ScriptWhile there is some hand-wringing going on in the industry about whether or not oversaturating the market with (shitty) 3D movies will kill interest in the format with audiences, let's not kid ourselves. Hollywood loves 3D. It's a shiny new spectacle that gets asses into seats, and it may even help with with dwindling home video sales, providing a pretty compelling reason for those who are not yet Blu-ray converts to make the switch to the only home video format that supports three dimensions. However, despite the lemming like attitude by most directors to run to the latest gizmo, there are also those who aren't quite ready to make the leap. At least not without looking first. Christopher Nolan has long given reasoned explanations behind his hesitancy to embrace 3D (it requires shooting digitally and he loves film; the dimness of the picture is also a sticking point) and it appears that J.J. Abrams isn't quite ready to break out another pair of glasses. But he's certainly feeling the pressure.

Watch: Trailer for Lee Chang-Dong's 'Poetry'

  • By Aaron Fowler
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  • January 15, 2011 3:32 AM
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Lee Chang-dong is one hell of a filmmaker and has a handful of awards to prove it. His latest film, "Poetry," was awarded Best Screenplay at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival along with Best Actress and Best Picture at the Grand Bell Awards. The film also took home Best Directing and Best Actress at the 2010 Asia Pacific Screen Awards.

'Alien' Prequel Now Titled 'Prometheus,' Set For March 9, 2012, Noomi Rapace To Star

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 14, 2011 11:14 AM
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Angelina Jolie & Charlize Theron Circling Supporting Roles, Picture Morphs From Prequel To Something "More Original"How's this for a MLK holiday weekend bit of news? Ridley Scott's "Alien" prequel is now titled "Prometheus." Noomi Rapace is starring. It's comes out March 9, 2012. Whoa. More than that, it's not even a prequel anymore and apparently it's transformed into something "more original."

'Green Hornet' Defeated By 'Green Lantern' In Release Date Battle; Originally Planned For March

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 14, 2011 10:03 AM
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Michel Gondry Says Stephen Chow's Wild Ideas For The Film Included "AIDS" & "Plastic Boobs"When it was first announced that "The Green Hornet" was moving from it's previously planned December bow to January to allow for 3D conversion, many assumed that the early winter date was an indication the film was a stinker and move by Sony to cut their losses. Not so it would appear.

Ben Foster Joins Rachel Weisz & Anthony Hopkins In Fernando Meirelles' '360'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 14, 2011 8:52 AM
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We were little worried about Ben Foster for a moment. He's going to be starring in the upcoming Jason Statham thing "The Mechanic" and he recently signed on to the pretty average-sounding thriller "Contraband" with Mark Wahlberg -- we were beginning to wonder if the Foster we knew from "The Messenger" and "3:10 to Yuma" was gone. Nope, no need to panic yet.

It's Up To You Paramount: Ben Stiller Says 'Zoolander 2' Script Has Been Handed In, Awaiting Reply

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 14, 2011 8:14 AM
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While Paramount rejected plans for an "Anchorman 2," Ben Stiller and Justin Theroux have been hard at work to the sequel of their own hit comedy, "Zoolander." For much of last year, the project played second fiddle to the Will Ferrell vehicle, but no matter, as Stiller and Theroux have been plugging away at the script. But catching up with Empire recently, the former revealed that the script is done, in the hands of the studio and now it's up to them to decide what happens next.

First Look At 'Tower Heist' With Ben Stiller; New Look At 'The Hangover 2'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 14, 2011 7:42 AM
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New Pics Of 'Red Riding Hood' & 'Sucker Punch' TooThis week seems to be bringing us a bounty of first looks with "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" and "Spider-Man" earning much buzz over the past couple of days. But it doesn't end there as in the pages of the latest Entertainment Weekly, some new pics (not yet online) of a couple of major comedies and fantasy pics have hit; perhaps studios want to get this stuff out before the entire movie world focuses on Sundance next week..

New Look At 'Thor,' Yep He's Still Got A Hammer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 14, 2011 7:02 AM
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So, a new look at "Thor" has hit the web from pages of the latest Entertainment Weekly (via ComingSoon) and well, unlike the first look of "Spider-Man" which had nerds zooming in on various parts of the pic, this one won't create the same fervor. It's, well, Thor. He's got a hammer, he's hanging out in his Dad's church organ rockin' his long hair and beard. Woo.

Watch: Trailer For Gregg Araki's Trippy 'Kaboom'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 14, 2011 6:47 AM
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When we saw Gregg Araki's "Kaboom" at TIFF we said that it was like "Saved By The Bell" meets "Lost Highway" on ecstasy. Sounds fucking great, right? Well, not really.

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