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Sam Mendes To Direct 'Bond 23' Next Year, Says Kate Winslet

  • By Simon Dang
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  • December 3, 2010 3:27 AM
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Theater Veteran Simon Russell Beale Eyed For Role?Earlier today, it was reported that composer David Arnold revealed that the 23rd installment of the 'Bond' franchise was apparently now "back on" after being put on hold by EON Productions earlier this year -- news which we took as a positive sign of things to come more so than any concrete revelation.

Swedish Actor Mikael Persbrandt Reportedly Cast In 'The Hobbit'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 3, 2010 2:58 AM
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The cast of "The Hobbit" continues to grow as it gears up to start shooting in February and it looks like another smaller name has joined a cast of faces that, for the most part, will be making their grand debut on international cinema screens.

Tom Hooper's 'The King's Speech' Gets The Poster It Deserves

  • By Simon Dang
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  • December 3, 2010 2:56 AM
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After the whole debacle that was the universally hated and despised first poster for Tom Hooper's "The King's Speech," the marketing team behind the film have now pulled their socks up and unveiled a poster worthy of an award season contender led by Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter. Dare we say, this poster is fit for a king.

Disney Starts Planning For 'Pirates Of The Caribbean' 5 & 6, Wants To Shoot Sequels Back-To-Back

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 3, 2010 2:52 AM
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And They Still Probably Won't Make Any SenseBloated and water-logged, we're kind of done with "The Pirates Of Caribbean" franchise as we can't say we really care about or are particularly looking forward to "Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides". Yes, the first film was a kind of enjoyable romp but each successive film has gotten longer and more convoluted to the point where we just don't care to try and keep up. Not to mention that the appeal of Jack Sparrow has kind of worn off on us. But we're clearly in the minority; the series is a huge success, with the franchise taking in over $2 billion to date and that's not even counting the endless merchandising and other tie-ins. So of course, Disney wants to keep that money train rolling.

Rob Reiner Planning To Direct Film Version Of Broadway Musical 'Next To Normal'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 3, 2010 2:37 AM
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One day, this writer is going to pen the definitive book on the career of Rob Reiner, a tome that'll be called something along the lines of "What The Fuck Happened?" Reiner started out as a sitcom star in the 1970s on "All in the Family," before switching tracks and becoming, like his father Carl, a director, in the early 1980s. And few directors can match the run of films that Reiner turned out in that decade, with six back-to-back classics in "This is Spinal Tap," "The Sure Thing," "Stand By Me," "The Princess Bride," "When Harry Met Sally" and "Misery."

New Look: Kevin Smith's Sundance-Bound Religious Horror Film 'Red State'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • December 3, 2010 2:14 AM
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After being added to the Sundance Non-Competition line up just yesterday, we now have our first official look at Kevin Smith's religious horror "Red State" which features an impressive ensemble cast including Michael Parks, Kevin Pollack, John Goodman, Kyle Gallner, Melissa Leo, Michael Angarano, Stephen Root and his future "Hit Somebody" lead Nicholas Braun.

Guillermo Del Toro Updates On 'At The Mountains Of Madness,' Aiming For A June 2011 Shoot

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 3, 2010 2:00 AM
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For such a typically garrulous director, Guillermo Del Toro has been strangely quiet since leaving "The Hobbit." That's a relative term, as few can talk up their own projects with the skill that Del Toro can, and he's got a ludicrous number of them circulating, from "Frankenstein," "Jekyll & Hyde" and "Slaughterhouse Five," to Disney's "Haunted Mansion," the animation "Trollhunters" and directing and producing the pilot to the new "Hulk" TV show for Marvel.

Review: 'Rare Exports' Is Not Quite As Bad As ' The Nutcracker 3D' (But Still Pretty Bad)

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • December 2, 2010 10:45 AM
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Mel Gibson's 'The Beaver' Being Prepped For Spring '11 Release, Trailer To Premiere Friday

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 2, 2010 10:07 AM
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New Production Photo & Official Synopsis ReleasedCall it the car crash factor, but despite Mel Gibson's misogynistic, racist, sexist and violent ramblings, the curiosity surrounding his role in Jodie Foster's "The Beaver" is huge. And while the status of the film was unknown in the wake of tapes of his psychotic outbursts, it looks like enough distance has been settled that Summit Entertainment is confident enough to put the film into theatres.

'The Social Network' Wins Big At National Board Of Review Awards; 'Black Swan,' '127 Hours' Ignored

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 2, 2010 9:12 AM
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While Oscar prognosticators tend to overanalyze each set of awards from various organizations and critics group, they are mostly interesting to see how various films play with different organizations.

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