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Thank Goodness! Michael Bay Says 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Won't Be Aliens

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 30, 2013 2:43 PM
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Certain corners of the internet get worked up about silly things. For example: a year ago, when Michael Bay (who is producing "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles") said that, “These turtles are from an alien race, and they’re going to be tough, edgy, funny, and completely lovable,” nerds lost their shit. Message boards lit up, underoos were burned, controversy gripped the nation. Okay, not really, but folks got unreasonably bent out of shape about a movie about mutant ninja turtles. But it's all cool now bro, as Bay is here to assuage the audience he hopes will show up for this thing, that original origin story is intact.

Watch: Complete Tribeca Talks With Darren Aronofsky & Clint Eastwood And Ben Stiller & Jay Roach

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 30, 2013 2:18 PM
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Well, the sun has set on another Tribeca Film Festival, but with a packed schedule, we weren't going to have time for everything. That being said, it was a great year for the festival, with more than a handful of surprising films and performances which we broke down in our Best And Brightest Of The 2013 Tribeca Film Festival. But festivals aren't just an opportunity for movies to find an audience, but it's a place for talent to talk, mingle and share anecdotes and while we could find space in our schedule, thank the digital age for preserving these convos.

Lily James Cast As 'Cinderella' In Disney's Live Action Reboot

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 30, 2013 1:50 PM
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After a long search that has seen young actresses such as Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Alicia Vikander, Gabriella Wilde, Bella Heathcote and Margot Robbie all test or enter talks for the lead role, Disney has finally settled on their "Cinderella."

Robert Downey Jr.'s Career In 7 Films

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • April 30, 2013 1:02 PM
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Robert Downey Jr., essential performances
"Big man in a suit of armor. Take that away then what are you?" asks Captain America (Chris Evans) in Joss Whedon's "The Avengers." "Genius billionaire playboy philanthropist," shoots back Tony Stark, in a quip that, delivered either of two ways, is only slightly more impressive than the actual truth. Because of course, outside the suit, and outside the Marvel films, Iron Man/Tony Stark is in fact, Robert Downey Jr, and he's one of the biggest movie stars on the planet.

William Friedkin Talks Losing Perspective, Meeting Devil-Worshipers Shooting 'The Exorcist' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 30, 2013 12:27 PM
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There are few cinematic ranconteurs as engaging as William Friedkin. Candid and filled with a career's worth of stories from the perspective of a filmmaker who has seen the industry change from the freewheeling '70s to the belt-tightening, tentpole focus of today, Friedkin's perspective is unique. And with his new memoir “The Friedkin Connection,” he's put down a lifetime of wisdom into one must read volume, but of course, there's always more and the director recently chatted with The New York Times and shared a few more fascinating morsels, reflecting on his own ego, stories from shooting "The French Connection," "The Exorcist" and more.

Exclusive: Deleted Scene From David Chase's Feature Debut 'Not Fade Away' Featuring James Gandolfini

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 30, 2013 12:05 PM
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In the crush of releases late in the year, it's bound to happen that one or two might miss your attention, so if you didn't get a chance to catch up with "The Sopranos" creator David Chase's feature directorial "Not Fade Away" last December, now's your shot to give it another go.

Watch: Full Trailer, Poster & New Pics For Paolo Sorrentino's Cannes Entry 'La Grande Bellezza'

  • By Kristen Lopez
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  • April 30, 2013 11:39 AM
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The Cannes Film Festival is only two weeks away, and with the sheer amount of films coming to the south of France growing larger by the day, the trailers advertising them have ramped into high gear. Earlier in the month a teaser trailer was released for director Paolo Sorrentino's "La Grande Bellezza," and now the official trailer has just gone live, and while it’s in Italian, it definitely shows Sorrentino returning to the roots he laid down with his earlier film, "Il Divo."

Listen: 6 Minutes From Hans Zimmer's 'Man Of Steel' Score Plus Complete Tracklisting

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 30, 2013 11:18 AM
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Man Of Steel
So, with pretty much everything under wraps surrounding the actual plot of "Man Of Steel," and likely to remain that way until opening day, we'll have to take what we can get. And in this case, fans may be turning to the soundtrack to try and glean any kind of info on what Christopher Nolan, David Goyer and Zack Snyder have cooked up for the highly anticipated Superman reboot.

Director Jeff Nichols Talks 'Mud,' Writing For Matthew McConaughey & The Ending Of 'Take Shelter'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 30, 2013 11:04 AM
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Last weekend, "Mud," a charming story about a couple of young kids who help an escaped murderer (played by Matthew McConaughey), opened in limited release. The movie is the third feature written and directed by Jeff Nichols, who made a splash with his gritty debut "Shotgun Stories" and then followed through on that initial promise with "Take Shelter," a wry psychological thriller that starred Michael Shannon (who also appears the director's other two features). "Mud" continues along the path that the earlier movies established – they're all hardscrabble genre films to one degree or another, set in a Deep South so tangible you can practically reach out and squeeze the hanging Spanish moss.

'Die Hard 6' In The Works, Will Go To Tokyo This Time

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 30, 2013 10:32 AM
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"A Good Day To Die Hard" was fucking awful, but here's the thing: it made a shitpile of money. While American audiences mostly shrugged, international audiences lined up, and taking in $302 million worldwide, 'A Good Day' has become the third best performing entry in the franchise. So, of course, Fox is thinking about getting John McClane back in action before Bruce Willis really and truly is too old for this shit.

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