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'Casper, The Friendly Ghost' To Spook Movie Theaters Once Again?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 3, 2011 2:35 AM
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Could Steve Guttenberg be on the verge of a comeback to the big screen? Only in dreams, however, Amblin and Universal apparently both have their eyes set on a new "Casper, the Friendly Ghost" feature film, the rights of which are now owned by Classic Media who hope to reboot the franchise.

Stellan Skarsgård Talks Fincher's 'Girl With The Dragon Tattoo' & Von Trier's 'Melancholia'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • January 3, 2011 2:13 AM
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Says Rooney Mara Will Do 'Something Beautiful' With Portrayal Of Lisbeth SalanderVeteran Swedish thespian Stellan Skarsgård recently took the opportunity while doing press for his dark, comical crime-caper "A Somewhat Gentle Man," to discuss his interesting plate of upcoming projects, namely David Fincher's forthcoming adaptation of the first installment in Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy, "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," as well as Lars von Trier's psychological end-of-days pic, "Melancholia."

R.I.P. Pete Postlethwaite (1946-2011)

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 3, 2011 1:58 AM
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Terribly sad news to start off the new year today, with the announcement that the great British actor Pete Postlethwaite passed away on Sunday, at the age of 64. He'd been working through treatment for cancer in the last year, and died peacefully in hospital in Shropshire on Sunday, according to a friend (via The Daily Telegraph).

Weekend Box Office: 'Fockers' Shows 'True Grit', Outduels Cowboys (But Not For Long)

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 2, 2011 7:00 AM
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2010 ended with a whimper with most studio execs facing an uncertain 2011, as the year closed with eight consecutive weekends of box office earning lower than its 2009 counterpart despite five major 3D releases goosing prices. Of course, 3D is a gimmick, but it’s foolish to consider that each of those five films were relative underperformers due to disinterest in the format when even the most ardent fan must admit to subpar product. Of course, the industry is always looking for a scapegoat when the answer is clearly, “terrible movies are being made and should not be,” so the disappearance of 3D (not likely) will happen before a sudden spike in high quality entertainment.

My Favorite Films Of 2010: Rodrigo Perez

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • January 1, 2011 7:36 AM
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Maybe I'm getting too old, but not many movies truly moved me this year.

Round Up: Limited Edition Soundtracks To Early Herzogs On The Way, Will Oldham In New Short Film

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • January 1, 2011 6:37 AM
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German avant-garde rockers Popol Vuh are producing a special limited box-set containing their scores for the Werner Herzog + Klaus Kinski buddypack of "Aguirre: The Wrath of the God," "Nosferatu," "Fitzcarraldo," and "Cobra Verde," plus "Heart of Glass," which features lead performances by hypnotized actors. Those not down with Herzog's latest (or dismayed that their favorite renegade director became a done-to-death Internet meme where all jokes go to die a million times over) will enjoy the trip down memory lane, as included in the collection is a near 100-page booklet featuring "unseen footage and images." 5,000 copies only, pre-order while they're hot at Amazon!

Antonio Campos Readies Projects 'Simon Killer' With Brady Corbet And 'Momma'

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • January 1, 2011 6:05 AM
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After being relatively quiet following the icy Haneke-inspired "Afterschool," New York director Antonio Campos returns with not one, but two directing projects.

20th Century Fox Turns Down Billy Ray's Script For The Movie Of '24'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 1, 2011 5:31 AM
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'My Name Is Jack Bauer, And I Am In Development Hell'Bad news for those hoping for the further adventures of Kiefer Sutherland's rogue CTU agent Jack Bauer: apparently Fox has rejected a script from high-profile scribe Billy Ray ("Shattered Glass," "Salt") for a feature film continuing the adventures of the lead character of "24," the hit series that ran for eight years and successfully tapped into that raw post-9/11 paranoia during the Bush years. The intention all along was to push the show into the cinematic world, but so-so ratings for the final season, coupled with likely budgetary concerns (the series might as well have been called "Shooting Down Exploding Helicopters") have put the kibosh on big screen plans.

Natalie Portman Denies 'Superman' And 'Batman' Rumors

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 1, 2011 12:18 AM
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You can imagine what it’s like being a respected actor, diligently improving your craft, exploring differing aspects of humanity in diverse, challenging roles, only for journalists to consistently ask you about superhero movies. So it goes for Natalie Portman, a possible Oscar nominee for her immensely challenging performance in Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan,” as well as an expectant mother with four high-profile film roles in the coming year.

My Top 10 Films Of 2010: Kevin Jagernauth

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 31, 2010 5:12 AM
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With a team stretching and reaching around the world with editors and writers in the United States, Canada, UK, Australia and beyond, getting a consensus on the top ten films of the year from the entire Playlist team is pretty much impossible. Not everyone has had a chance to see the majority of the films from this year yet, and tastes and preferences differ from writer to writer. Instead, the editors and writers will be presenting their individual lists for the year.

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