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What The Stand-Alone 'Star Wars' Movies Mean For The Franchise & 5 Possibilities Of What They Could Be

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 6, 2013 1:19 PM
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And it's official.... The rumors have been kicking around for a while, ever since it was announced that "Empire Strikes Back" writer Lawrence Kasdan and "Sherlock Holmes" scribe Simon Kinberg were developing "Star Wars"-related projects, but Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed yesterday that, aside from a new "Star Wars" trilogy, the first of which will be directed by J.J. Abrams, the studio are working on stand-alone films in George Lucas' universe that will be "derived from great 'Star Wars' characters that are not part of the overall saga.'

10 Psychosexual Thrillers To Get You Ready For Steven Soderbergh's 'Side Effects'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 6, 2013 12:37 PM
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This weekend, "Side Effects," Steven Soderbergh's final theatrical film, opens nationwide. An uncanny psychosexual thriller set against the backdrop of the pharmaceutical industry, it stars Channing Tatum, Jude Law, Rooney Mara, and Catherine Zeta-Jones and is, per our review, more than worth your money this weekend. While the film twists and turns and hops through genres, Soderbergh's been open about the movie being something of a tribute to a particular brand of psychosexual thrillers, with "Fatal Attraction" cited as one of the inspirations for the director.

Flying Monkeys & Mariah Carey? 'Oz The Great And Powerful' Just Got Real

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 6, 2013 12:18 PM
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There seems to be two kinds of weird going on at Disney. There's the "good weird" which results in the still somewhat shocking $1 billion dollar haul for Tim Burton's "Alice In Wonderland." And then there's the "bad weird," Andrew Stanton's dull, yet oddball, "John Carter." And now, their latest "good weird" hope, "Oz The Great And Powerful," is on the horizon, and if you thought flying monkeys were more than enough, how about a song by Mariah Carey?

Check Out The First Poster For Bong Joon-ho's 'Snowpiercer'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 6, 2013 11:55 AM
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It seems the release or premiere of Bong Joon-ho's "Snowpiercer" keeps getting closer and closer, and certainly it's one we're very excited about. The latest star-studded effort by the helmer behind "The Host" and "Mother" is beginning to show a bit more behind the curtain, and after some concept art and an official image, the first (non-sales) poster arrived.

Christopher McQuarrie Still Undecided On Whether He Should Direct 'Mission: Impossible 5'; Should He Be?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 6, 2013 11:42 AM
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It's probably safe to say that "Jack Reacher" didn't quite do the business that Paramount was hoping for. After Tom Cruise took "Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol" to nearly $700 million worldwide, we can't blame anyone for thinknig that the actor had rebounded from bad publicity and middling efforts like "Knight & Day." So he was put in the lead of "Jack Reacher," a potential franchise starter that will likely wind up with nearly $200 million worldwide. Profitable for sure, but with Asian audiences essentially deciding if the series lives or dies, it's not the outing everyone involved was hoping for. Which brings us to Christopher McQuarrie...

Stacy Keach Will Be "Pure Evil" In 'Sin City: A Dame To Kill For'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • February 6, 2013 11:20 AM
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It’s taken over seven years but “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” is finally arriving this year and just as the first installment brought back aging character actors like Rutger Hauer and Powers Boothe for small roles, the sequel is bringing in another tough guy actor.

Exclusive: U.S. Poster For 'Mental' From 'Muriel's Wedding' Team P.J. Hogan & Toni Collette

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 6, 2013 10:57 AM
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It's been nearly two decades since Ausssies P.J. Hogan and Toni Collette arrived with the smash hit "Muriel's Wedding," which launched both the director and actress' career in big ways. Not only was the movie a crowdpleaser that connected with audiences everywhere, Hogan and Collette picked up BAFTA and Golden Globes nominations for their work, respectively. And while they've both been very busy since 1994 riding that wave of success to other projects, the pair are finally back together.

Watch: Guy Ritchie Directed Ad For H&M Starring David Beckham

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 6, 2013 10:41 AM
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It's been over a year now since "Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows," and while director Guy Ritchie has been linked to a few different projects -- including "Treasure Island" and "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." -- he's been filling his time with commercial work. Last fall he dropped a "Call Of Duty: Black Ops II" spot with Robert Downey Jr. and now he's teamed with another superstar for yet another advert.

Michael Keaton Buckles Up For 'Need For Speed'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • February 6, 2013 10:17 AM
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DreamWorks’ upcoming “Need For Speed” had already been busy lining up a pretty decent cast, and that was enough to make us optimistic that this video game adaptation might be the one to buck the trend. Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper and Imogen Poots were the big three so far to give their seal of approval and sign on to star in the Scott Waugh (“Act of Valor”) directed picture, as well as the likes of Rami Malek (“The Master”), Kid Cudi and Ramon Rodriguez. Now the film has gone and added an unexpected name to the cast. Who knows whether he just needs the pay-check or whether he too thinks there’s more to this project than meets the eye, but Michael Keaton will also be feeling the need for speed.

'A Royal Affair' & 'Anna Karenina' Star Alicia Vikander Is A 'Son Of A Gun' With Ewan McGregor

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • February 6, 2013 9:58 AM
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Last fall, Ewan McGregor attached himself to the thriller “Son Of A Gun” and while details at the time were scarce, with production starting soon in Australia, Deadline is reporting that the film has added three more actors to the cast.

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