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Watch: New 'Star Trek Into Darkness' Teaser Looks Like 'Tron' Meets 'Star Wars'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 9, 2013 11:52 AM
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As you might know from some various burbling around the interwebs, select groups of journalists were invited to see 30 minutes of footage from "Star Trek Into Darkness" this week. While we weren't one of them (ring us up J.J.!), the big reveal out of the presentation seemed to be Peter Weller's role in the movies as....the father of Carol Marcus played by Alice Eve. Spoiler? Hardly. J.J. Abrams knows exactly what he's showing to press and when so...yeah, yawn. But now the weekend has arrived with a brand new teaser trailer for the movie and it certainly seems like Abrams is wearing his sci-fi influences right on his sleeve.

Director Fede Alvarez Says 'Evil Dead 2' Script Already Being Written; SXSW Reactions Mixed To New Remake

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 9, 2013 10:13 AM
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People really seem to want more "Evil Dead." Fans flipped when creator/director Sam Raimi said (and then later recanted) that a "Evil Dead 4" was in the works, and the remake of the original just played SXSW last night. We'll have a review of our own later in the day, but reactions for SXSW seem decidedly mixed: Gore hounds seemed to love it, but viewers and critics with less investment in the genre seemed to think it was bloody, but empty. 

Sam Raimi Won't Direct 'Oz The Great & Powerful' Sequel; Finally Saw The 'Spider-Man' Remake

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 9, 2013 9:52 AM
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Maybe it's kind of a restlessness we don't understand. After a rather pitiable box-office this past winter, one of the worst on record, "Oz The Great And Powerful," of all things, is somehow poised to make around $70 million this weekend. The expensive "Jack The Giant Slayer" movie proved not all fairy tale redos are a slam dunk and it bombed at the box-office last weekend with little signs of having any legs. But, 'Oz,' a film that received middling to OK reviews at best – we called it pretty to look at but otherwise dull – looks like it will be the first legitimate blockbuster of 2013.

Nicolas Cage Says A 'Ghost Rider 3' May Happen, But He Won't Be Involved

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 9, 2013 9:25 AM
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Nicolas Cage Says A "Ghost Rider 3" May Happen, But He Won't Be Involved
Despite grossing $228 million worldwide, no one seemed to like Columbia's "Ghost Rider," including critics, audiences and star Nicolas Cage. So much so that when it came time for "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance," the studio started over and hired the gonzo action-directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, known for the crazy "Crank" films. The story essentially presupposed the first film didn't even exist and they began with a type of soft reboot. But despite Cage's enthusiasm for this new version, audiences cared even less. Shockingly so. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance" grossed a pitiful $51 million domestically and only $132 million worldwide, effectively killing the franchise.

SXSW Review: Dated, Deeply Unfunny 'The Incredible Burt Wonderstone' Can't Conjure Comedy Magic

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 8, 2013 9:25 PM
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Steve Carell and Olivia Wilde in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
There are some movies that seem hopelessly outdated, either because of their subject matter or filmmaking style (or both), and they're usually marked by having the unfortunate luck of cashing in on some zeitgeist-capturing craze or cultural moment slightly past its expiration date. But "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone," a new "comedy" that stars Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi and Jim Carrey as bickering magicians, feels completely unmoored from societal trends and things that people are generally interested in. It seems to be trying to send up the Las Vegas showmen of the '60s and '70s while simultaneously trying to satirize the David Blaine and Criss Angel-style illusionists of the world, whose own mini-moment passed eons ago.

The Addiction Dropped: Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Directorial Debut Becomes 'Don Jon'; Plus Four New Photos

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 8, 2013 7:27 PM
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Don Jon, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson,
The SXSW Film Festival is about to be raging with tex-mex, sticky bbq fingers, hangovers and films in a quick minute. And on the eve of the first night, actor/writer/director Joseph Gordon-Levitt has a message for us. His upcoming directorial debut, a type of porn-addiction dramedy, formerly known as "Don Jon's Addiction," will simply be now known as "Don Jon."

First Look: Alice Eve In Neil LaBute's 'Some Velvet Morning' & Zoe Kazan And Jake Johnson In 'The Pretty One'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 8, 2013 5:32 PM
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Two Tribeca Film Festival first-looks for you this afternoon. First up is one of two Neil LaBute films landing within the span of two months: "Some Velvet Morning," which is debuting at Tribeca in mid-April. It stars Alice Eve ("Star Trek Into Darkness") and Stanley Tucci, and it's a relationship drama making its world premiere in the Narrative section.

Watch: Trailer For Jonathan Levine's Debut 'All The Boys Love Mandy Lane' Finally Getting U.S. Release This Summer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 8, 2013 4:49 PM
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Let's say you're a first time director, and you go to the Toronto International Film Festival hoping that maybe your film will get noticed and perhaps land a modest distribution deal. Now imagine that it's a hit, and none other than The Weinstein Company come calling with plans to release your movie through their Dimension Films shingle. Awesome! Or so it would seem to anyone, but this was 2006 and director Jonathan Levine -- who would go on to make "The Wackness," "50/50" and "Warm Bodies" -- found himself in a curious situation with "All The Boys Love Mandy Lane." He had a hot distributor for his movie, but they got cold feet after "Grindhouse" flopped, and sold his picture to Senator Entertainment...who went out of business. But now the movie has come full circle.

What Are You Seeing This Weekend? 'Dead Man Down' Tries To Avoid 'The ABCs Of Death' From 'Oz'

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • March 8, 2013 4:19 PM
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Happy Friday, dear readers! One of the most wonderful things about film is its diversity of subject and style, the potential for variance and innovation inherent in the medium. This weekend's release schedule displays this core trait with relish; truly, it's a study in contrasts. We have an action-heavy neo-noir, a horror anthology, a war movie, two meditations on religion, documentaries (one that's pretty serious, one not so much), several character-based slice-of-life pics, and (sigh) another CGI world coming at you in three dimensions. Though, to be fair, we hear this last one is actually quite well done, so maybe watching it won't make us feel like our head's about to spin off. In any case, whether you're laughing, sobbing, or recoiling into your seat back (or, if you're lucky, all three in one sitting!), go enjoy the far-ranging capacity of this century-old medium. And tell us what you're most excited for in the comments below!

Watch: No Handjobs In New Clip From 'On The Road' (Yes, It's Getting Released Again Or Something)

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 8, 2013 3:44 PM
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So, in case you thought you missed "On The Road" or forgot about it entirely, the movie is actually still coming and/or getting released again. Or something. Basically, Walter Salles' film was supposed to open in December -- Kristen Stewart even did a big press sweep to promote it at the time -- and then at the last second it was yanked or they decided to hold on expanding it until the spring. So here we are again, and now some awkward promotion is here to remind you that this is now an option at your local theater. (Again).

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