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Forest Whitaker To Play Martin Luther King Jr. In Paul Greengrass' Revived Biopic 'Memphis'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 30, 2013 7:53 PM
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It has been a long journey for Paul Greengrass' "Memphis." Originally greenlit by Universal and slated for a February 2012 release on Martin Luther King Jr weekend, the movie was scuttled in the spring of 2011, as the studio grew nervous when the estate of the late civil rights leader became critical of the project, upset by portions of screenplay which touched upon MLK's rumored infidelity, including one scene that had someone procuring a hotel room for one of his trysts. It wouldn't be until November 2012 when foreign backers Wild Bunch came on board to finance the movie, and now with Abu Dhabi-based Veritas Films in the mix as well, it's full steam ahead as the movie looks to be Greengrass' next. And a leading man has been found.

Review: Idiosyncratic & Hilarious ‘Kings Of Summer’ Heralds The Arrival Of A Fresh New Comic Voice

  • By Cory Everett
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  • May 30, 2013 7:26 PM
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After the premiere screening at Sundance of his wonderful debut feature “Kings Of Summer,” director Jordan Vogt-Roberts – responsible for the short “Successful Alcoholics” and a veteran of “Funny Or Die Presents…” – told the audience his influences for his first feature included early Amblin films like “The Goonies” with “elements of [Terrence] Malick,” and most surprisingly, “Bad Boys II.” The filmmaker had to clarify that he was not, in fact, joking about Michael Bay’s destruction opus, and his Twitter bio proves it (“Really into Michael Bay”). And so, from these wonderfully disparate influences we have “Kings Of Summer,” a crockpot of comedy and coming-of-age film without a trace of irony.

'Alice In Wonderland 2' & 'Bad Santa 2' Are Moving Forward With Directors & Writers Coming On Board

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 30, 2013 6:52 PM
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Sequels! It's taken a while, but wildly successful movies, from different sides of the tracks, are now getting ready to return in front of the cameras as sequels, and even better, they've got some helmers to do with it. So, let's dive in.

Watch: New 'World War Z' Clip Advises You To Stay In Your Car Plus New Pics

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 30, 2013 6:27 PM
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The teaser are now coming hard for "World War Z," but thus far, it merely seems to be extended moments we've seen in the trailer. Earlier today we got a look at Brad Pitt debating leaving his family to go fight zombies, and we get the same moment we've been watching year now, with The Riddle That Will Never Be Solved...

Review: 'American Mary' Is Just Another Stroll Down Body Modification Lane

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • May 30, 2013 6:12 PM
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american mary
Some great movies, and a whole lot of terrible ones, seem to begin with one image. In regards to “American Mary,” that image the voluptuous Katherine Isabelle, clad in form-hugging lingerie, clasping a scalpel, blood leaking in her cleavage, an item of titillation that just about covers the singular kink-and-horror appeal of this sideshow oddity, showing up ten minutes into the film. It’s the creation of a tableau more than the promise of a story, the sort of imprint that remains over the course of this film, which never begins to capture the “why” of that image’s core appeal beyond superficial depth.
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Watch: Trailer For Renny Harlin's Found Footage Movie 'The Dyatlov Pass Incident'

  • By Jason McDonald
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  • May 30, 2013 5:51 PM
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In 1959, nine Russians hikers ventured out into the Ural Mountains on a trip that should have been manageable for a group with their experience. On February 2nd, a search party found the hiker’s tents ripped open from the inside and all nine hikers dead from hypothermia.

WTF? WWE & Warner Bros. Team-Up For Animated 'Flintstones' Movie

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 30, 2013 5:26 PM
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Flintstones, WWE
So "The Flintstones," the 1994 live-action movie adaptation of the animated cartoon starring John Goodman, Rick Moranis, Rosie O'Donnell, Rosie O'Donnell and Kyle MacLachlan hurt the modern stone age family's brand. Sure, you probably (maybe, possibly) saw it, so your eyes and ears can tell you what's self-evident. But apparently the brand was damaged far worse than you can possibly imagine (though Universal, who made the '94 film letting movie rights lapse to Warner Bros. in the intervening years is also a good indicator).

Review: 'Now You See Me' Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher & Mark Ruffalo

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 30, 2013 5:02 PM
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David Copperfield once famously quipped to Johnny Carson, that the difference between a trick and an illusion is "about $40,000." And certainly, in recent years magic has gone from something defined by either birthday party tricksters or arena selling professionals, into a piece of slick entertainment that also includes legitimate street performers, reality show stars and much more. (In fact, one of the best in the world right now might be a guy you never heard of named Apollo Robbins). And it's against this new face of the industry where "Now You See Me" starts (as partially seen in the opening four minutes that dropped online), with a group of random performers -- ranging from the skyscraper theatrics of J. Daniel Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg) to the mentalism hustle of Merritt McKinney (Woody Harrelson) -- individually and mysteriously brought together by a shadowy figure for what becomes the ultimate illusion.

Watch: New International Trailer For 'This Is The End' Does It Scarface Style

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 30, 2013 4:28 PM
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This Is The End
It's either some brass balls or just a flat out bad decision, but with Sony positioning Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's let's-make-a-movie-with-our-friends effort "This Is The End" for the same weekend on "Man Of Steel," they are essentially hoping that many folks will forgo Superman or some dumb laughs. Granted, it drops on the Wednesday so the comedy will a slight head start, but will it build enough steam to make a decent counter-programming choice?

Watch: 3-Minute 'Man Of Steel' Featurette Highlights Realistic Approach & Listen To 30 Mins. Of Hans Zimmer's Score

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 30, 2013 4:12 PM
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Man Of Steel
It looks like Warner Bros. marketing department is faster than a speeding bullet, because with just over two weeks to go before Superman flies back into theaters, it seems not a day goes by without a TV spot, image, poster or something from the money. They really want this superhero reboot to be a success, and lucky for them, it looks pretty damn good and is easily one of the most anticipated films this summer.

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