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Emma Watson May Put On The Glass Slipper For Kenneth Branagh's 'Cinderella'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 28, 2013 10:16 PM
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At one time, Saoirse Ronan, Alicia Vikander and Gabriella Wilde were in the running for the title part in Disney's (inevitable) live action reboot of "Cinderella." But that was before Mark Romanek exited the movie over differences about his cash and his vision for the movie, ultimately to be replace at the end of January by Kenneth Branagh. And now a new leading lady seems to be ready to put on the glass slipper.

'The Hobbit: There And Back Again' Moves Back 5 Months, 'The Wolf Of Wall Street' Lands Oscar Ready Date

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 28, 2013 9:59 PM
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Well, get out the pencil and eraser, because some dates are changing, and the biggest one of them all means you'll have to wait even longer for the finale of Peter Jackson's return to Middle Earth.

Joe Wright To Direct Adaptation Of Neil Gaiman's 'The Ocean At The End Of The Lane'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 28, 2013 8:13 PM
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Trying to predict what Joe Wright will do next is a fool's errand. The director has moved effortlessly from literary adaptations ("Pride & Prejudice") to WWII sagas ("Atonement") to assassin thrillers ("Hanna") to Powell & Pressburger styled melodrama ("Anna Karenina") with ease. But making a fantasy has long been an itch he's been eager to scratch, and a new version of "The Little Mermaid" was once something he was eager to do (though the recent run of fairy tales movies has taken a bit of his enthusiasm out of doing it). But now he's latched onto something that could finally see him take on the fantasy genre.

Daniel Radcliffe Is Putting It Together For Fox's 'Frankenstein'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 28, 2013 7:51 PM
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Well, here's one that's been cooking up for a while. Folks with particularly good memories will know that it was last September that word initially surfaced about Daniel Radcliffe and Fox's "Frankenstein" getting together for an electrically charged combination. And now, it's alive. 

Review: Silly & Cartoonish 'Stoker' Is A Garish Misfire For Park Chan-Wook

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • February 28, 2013 7:20 PM
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One could argue there's nothing subtle about the movies made by South Korean filmmaker Park Chan-wook, the director behind "Oldboy," including the celebrated 'Vengeance Trilogy' and the loopy vampire movie, "Thirst." Violence reigns in his films, cameras pirouette like self-conscious characters in his ensemble, and style is king. But in the past, especially in "Oldboy" and "Sympathy For Lady Vengeance," his penchant for the outrageous and over-the-top always included sublime, comically brutal and sometimes even emotionally devastating conclusions that could leave the jaw agape. Style was always in service of a story and characters.

Gary Oldman Joins 'Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 28, 2013 6:59 PM
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Gary Oldman Reportedly Joins 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'
With shooting just a few weeks away, casting for Matt Reeves' "Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes" is ramping up quickly. So far, apart from the motion capture actor extraordinaire Andy Serkis, the film features "Zero Dark Thirty" star Jason Clarke and Kodi Smit-McPhee, the boy from Reeves' previous feature, "Let Me In." And yet another big name has joined the cast, "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" and "The Dark Knight Trilogy" star Gary Oldman.

Hopefully Not 'The Tourist 2': Paul Bettany Joins Wally Pfister's 'Transcendence' With Johnny Depp

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 28, 2013 6:30 PM
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Paul Bettany has had it a bit rough the past few years, famously turning down "The King's Speech" (oops) and starring in a handful of forgettable movies like the Charles Darwin flick "Creation," and stuff like "Legion" and "Priest." He had a nice turn in "Margin Call," but mostly he's been better known of late as the voice of Jarvis, Tony Stark's AI butler, in the Marvel movies. He's a talented dude who has always seemed to just keep missing a leap into bigger and better things, but now his time may have finally arrived.

Review: Mark Webber's 'The End of Love' Moves With Minor-Key Moments & Undersold Skill

  • By James Rocchi
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  • February 28, 2013 6:04 PM
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Written, directed by and starring Mark Webber -- whose acting filmography runs from "Kids" to "Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World" -- "The End of Love" is hardly a work of revelation. At the same time, it's surprisingly well-executed, nicely performed and manages to combine a warm and gentle sense of the rhythms of life with a cold and bright-eyed look at the world and its lead's flaws and character. Following his earlier directorial effort, "Explicit Ills," Webber plays Mark, an aspiring actor and successful fuck-up. We see him woken by his two-and-a-half-year-old son, Isaac (Isaac Love). Mark asks Isaac what he wants for breakfast -- cereal? Isaac is intent: "Oatmeal." Mark shoots him an askance glance: "But oatmeal takes longer than cereal, buddy.…"

Watch: Earth Is A Memory In New Trailer For Tom Cruise's 'Oblivion'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 28, 2013 5:49 PM
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We have to say, with each passing trailer, Joseph Kosinski's upcoming "Oblivion" looks better and better. What once seemed like a "Wall-E" for adults has become something of an anticipated sci-fi tentpole, boasting an intriguing concept, some pretty impressive effects and a vibe we can get down with, and this latest trailer has once again upped the ante.

Frank Capra's Katharine Hepburn & Spencer Tracy Political Dramedy 'State Of The Union' Getting A Remake

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • February 28, 2013 5:20 PM
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Despite its potentially dry subject matter, Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” is creeping towards $200 million domestic box office, while Netflix’s “House of Cards” is just about the most talked about television show right now, which suggests that political dramas are in vogue. What better to give a shiny new big screen remake to than Frank Capra’s 1948 film “State of the Union,” in which Spencer Tracy’s industrialist ran for President, backed by Angela Lansbury’s wealthy newspaper magnate.

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