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Watch: Get Initiated With 3 Clips From 'Monsters University'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 31, 2013 4:22 PM
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With Pixar going full throttle into sequel and spinoff mode, we can only hope the movies that are coming latched onto previous successes won't tarnish those films. "Toy Story" has done a good job of building both the world and characters across three films, while "Cars 2" and the forthcoming spinoff "Planes" seem to exist merely to maintain the lucrative branding opportunities. But in just a few weeks, "Monsters University" will be coming and the jury is still out on whether it's a cynical cash grab or honest and respectful prequel, though thus far, it seems to be leaning toward the latter.

'Blade Runner' Sequel Continues To Develop With 'Green Lantern' Writer Brought On Board; Prequels Also In The Works

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 31, 2013 3:58 PM
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Blade Runner, Green Lantern writer
So yes, there is a "Blade Runner" sequel happening, if somehow you missed the news. Last year, circa "Prometheus," Ridley Scott spent a considerable amount of time talking up the movie, with news that original writer Hampton Fancher was working with the director on the story. But since then, much has been quiet about the project set up over at Alcon. Other than the news that Harrison Ford might return in a small role, some links between "Blade Runner" and "Prometheus" being discovered and Sean Young (of all people) saying she's already met with Scott about the movie. All this to say, things are moving forward.

Watch: 'Pacific Rim' Promises To Thrill The 11-Year-Old Inside You & Yet Another 'Man Of Steel' TV Spot

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 31, 2013 3:10 PM
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In the next six weeks, Warner Bros. will be dropping two of their big summer hopefuls and they are doing everything in their power to make sure you go to see them. And thus, the sun rises, the sun falls, and wheels of the marketing machine continue to spin forever...

Neil Jordan Says He Would've Made A Better 'Snow White And The Huntsman'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 31, 2013 2:43 PM
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Over his career, Neil Jordan has had more than his fair share of experience with fantastical tales thanks for efforts like "The Company Of Wolves," "Interview With A Vampire" and "Ondine." And later this summer, he returns to the world of bloodsuckers with "Byzantium." It's taken a while, but Hollywood has finally caught up with the fact that audiences love a good fairy tale, and it's definitely one of the hottest trends right now (just look at Disney's upcoming slate of "Cinderella," "Maleficent" and "Alice In Wonderland 2"), but frankly, Jordan thinks those big money productions aren't meeting expectations.

Oh, Sam Mendes Apparently Will Direct Next Two Bond Movies Now

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 31, 2013 2:19 PM
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Geez, it's been quite the topsy turvy week for the Bond franchise. Mere hours after names like Nicolas Winding Refn, Ang Lee, Tom Hooper, David Yates and Shane Black were tossed around as considerations for the director's chair of "Bond 24," Sam Mendes went ahead and re-upped for the job himself. It was a surprising turn of the events, especially given that the "Skyfall" helmer said back in the spring that the prospect of directing another Bond movie made him "physically ill." Well, it looks like he's found a cure.

What Are You Seeing This Weekend? 'Kings of Summer,' 'The East,' 'After Earth' & 'Now You See Me' All Coming

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • May 31, 2013 1:48 PM
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The summer season is upon us and, despite the lack of J.R.R. Tolkien adaptations, it's all magic and monsters moving forward. For this weekend, at least. Between the magician cons, straight up cons, Euro spies, underground terrorist cells, underground plastic surgeons, lethal mutant creatures, and potentially nonlethal aliens, there's no shortage of horror or illusion -- as well as a few horrifically illusioned characters and plots -- filling the theaters. (Curiously enough, despite all the trickery, there's nothing opening in 3D, go figure.) Which tales of deception and mysterious beasts will be catching your eye? Let us know in the comments below!

Watch: Everything Is On Tape In First Trailer For 'Closed Circuit' Starring Eric Bana & Rebecca Hall

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 31, 2013 12:54 PM
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Closed Circuit
It's going to be a long summer of explosions, CGI and dick jokes, as your stomach sours from too much buttery popcorn and your brain hurts from endless 3D spectacles. But capping off the season will be a movie that will hopefully have some smarts, and it at least promises some strong talent in a compelling picture.

Milla Jovovich Is Joining The Boys In 'Expendables 3'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 31, 2013 12:24 PM
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It looks like the old dudes of "The Expendables" are going to get an energetic boost of estrogen to add to their ranks when they grease up their joints for yet another bland action outing. And it's someone who has more than her fair share of experience kicking ass.

Review: 'This Is The End' Starring Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, James Franco & Danny McBride

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 31, 2013 12:00 PM
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This Is The End
While Jonah Hill and James Franco have each earned Oscar nominations, with Danny McBride finding roles both dramatic and comedic on the small and big screen, Jay Baruchel showing new shades on the stage and Craig Robinson adding textures to his comic persona, it's really been Seth Rogen who has more or less continued to play a version of himself since day one. Even in parts that potentially stretched his skills in "Green Hornet" and "50/50," the affable goofball with a predilection for weed was never too far away. And so, perhaps it only makes sense that he would co-write and co-direct (with Evan Goldberg) as well as co-star in "This Is The End," which requires nothing more than everyone involved offering riffs on their established personas. It's certainly not rocket science, but your mileage with the movie will depend on how much you like these guys to begin with, because even if you're a fan, the one joke premise has a hard time sustaining a full length movie.

'Menace II Society' Directors Explain Why Tupac Shakur Got The Boot From Their Gangsta Drama Classic

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • May 31, 2013 11:41 AM
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Believe it or not, “Menace II Society” was released over twenty years ago. The film launched the careers of Albert and Allen Hughes (“From Hell”, “Book of Eli”), who made the film when they were just twenty years old. While the film proved to be a critical and commercial hit at the time, the production was not without its problems. Tupac Shakur was originally supposed to play a role in the film but was fired by Allen Hughes, apparently because Tupac was causing problems on the set. The firing lead to Tupac and Allen Hughes actually coming to blows and Tupac wound up being found guilty for assault and battery, as a result.

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