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Alex Gibney To Direct 4-Hour Documentary On Frank Sinatra For HBO

  • By Kieran McMahon
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  • May 1, 2013 6:29 PM
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It is no overstatement to describe documentary-maker Alex Gibney as one of the pre-eminent filmmakers in America, a blotless 30-year career has seen him accumulate a back catalogue striking not only for the consistently outstanding quality of his work, but also for the boldness and incisiveness of his subject matter. Highlights include “Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room,” “Taxi to the Dark Side” (which won him an Oscar) and “Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson,” and we await his upcoming “We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks” and his forthcoming documentary on legendary Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, “Finding Fela!” Thus it is with no little excitement that we greet the announcement of his next subject, one Frank Sinatra.

Review: 'Manhunt' A Decent Companion To 'Zero Dark Thirty,' But Doesn't Stand On Its Own

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 1, 2013 6:03 PM
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For a classified mission, executed in secret, and monumentally changing the face of the war of terror, there is an awful lot of public knowledge about the the hunt for and killing of Osama Bin Laden. Books, magazine articles and more have proliferated at a steady pace, and then of course there's Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty," a feature film account of the intensive search for the terrorist leader all the way up the raid on the compound in Abbottabad. That film gave a narrative to the decades long investigation, involving dozens of people, multiple branches of government, false leads and more, and turned into a compelling piece of historical cinema. As such, it takes some liberties for dramatic purposes, but the basic arc is there, however for those looking for an account from those who were actually involved, "Manhunt: The Inside Story Of The Hunt For Bin Laden" doesn't quite live up the comprehensive documentary the title suggests.

Watch: Things Go From Bad To Worse In Red Band Trailer For 'Aftershock' Starring Eli Roth

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 1, 2013 5:40 PM
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Casting Eli Roth as a horny dweeb in South America is either genius or completely misguided, but either way, it's a bit of a switchup to see him as the victim of horrific carnage, rather than the one dispensing it. And this new red band trailer for "Aftershock" doesn't hold back on the babes or bloodsheed.

Watch: Scotty Hangs On In Clip From 'Star Trek Into Darkness' Plus New Posters

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 1, 2013 5:18 PM
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Reviews are starting to roll in from overseas, and the verdict so far on J.J. Abrams' "Star Trek Into Darkness"? Well, it's a success. Sure, there are quibbles here and there but by and large, if you're looking for a good popcorn flick that will appeal both to die hard Trekkers or the average guy looking for a Chris Pine sci-fi action movie, this one delivers. So all Paramount can do at this point is make sure as may people as possible see it.

How Jake Gyllenhaal, Thomas Haden Church & Lindsay Lohan Were Almost In 'The Hangover' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 1, 2013 4:47 PM
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With "The Hangover Part III" arriving next month, and now a massive, R-rated comedy franchise, it's easy to forget that way back in 2009, this movie was not expected to be a hit. Oh sure, Warner Bros. knew it would do well (it didn't cost them very much either) but they couldn't have predicted how well it was going to do when arguably the biggest name in the cast was Heather Graham. Guys like Bradley Cooper and Zach Galifianakis had not taken off yet, but over $460 million dollars worldwide later, their lives changed instantly. But what if the casting had gone a different way?

Dr. Frasier Crane & Sideshow Bob Is Going To Be The Bad Guy In 'Transformers 4'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 1, 2013 4:36 PM
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Well, there's no doubt that Kelsey Grammer knows how to play bad. For years he terrorized Bart Simpson as the voice of Sideshow Bob on "The Simpsons," and the recently canceled "Boss" found him as a scheming politician. But he also knows how to turn a phrase and work it over, as he adeptly showed paying the lead on the hit sitcom "Frasier," and yet, a notable big screen career has eluded the actor. There's only so much "Down Periscope" a nation can take. But now the actor is going to the school of Michael Bay.

Listen: "Crazy In Love" Cover From 'The Great Gatsby' Plus Watch 2 New Music Driven TV Spots

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • May 1, 2013 3:48 PM
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The Great Gatsby
Ready for a Great Gatsbonanza of new promotional material for Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming adaptation of “The Great Gatsby”? Let’s hope so.

Al Pacino Sought For Lead In David Gordon Green's New Film 'Manglehorn'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 1, 2013 3:24 PM
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David Gordon Green continues to be one of the most fascinating filmmakers to follow. From big studio pictures to low key indies to just shooting something on the sly with Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch and dropping it just like that (his upcoming "Prince Avalanche"), the director zigs when others expect him to zag. He's also not afraid of being busy. With 'Avalanche' in the can, he's already completed shooting on this next movie "Joe," a gritty drama starring Nicolas Cage, and lest you forget Green's wide ranging interests, he's also attached to direct a movie version of "Little House On The Prairie." Seriously. And again, we didn't see this coming.

'42' Star Chadwick Boseman Shortlisted For 'Black Panther'; Kevin Feige Suggests 'Daredevil' A Long Way Off

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 1, 2013 2:57 PM
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Okay, here are some geeky, comic movie updates for your afternoon. So strap in, get ready and let's start some speculatin'....

'Girls' Star Adam Driver Reteaming With Noah Baumbach For 'While We're Young,' Naomi Watts Also Coming On Board

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 1, 2013 2:22 PM
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Pretty soon, we're going to have to stop referring to Adam Driver as that guy from "Girls." While, yes, Lena Dunham's show has put him on the broader cultural radar, he's impressed folks like Clint Eastwood ("J. Edgar"), Steven Spielberg ("Lincoln") and the Coen Brothers ("Inside Llewyn Davis") enough to land roles in their films. Another director who has happily utilized is Noah Baumbach, giving the actor a nice supporting role in the filmmaker's utterly charming and completely buoyant "Frances Ha." And now, they're going to work together again.

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