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So Much For A Sequel? Universal Manages Expectations On 'Snow White And The Huntsman'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • June 1, 2012 1:40 PM
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Today marks the release of “Snow White and The Huntsman,” and for those on the Universal lot, the occasion is one filled with quiet anticipation as the audience numbers come trickling back. Only two weeks after “Battleship” fell alongside that cinematic punching bag “John Carter” as one of this year's box office failures, the studio is now looking at its Kristen Stewart vehicle in a new light, basically pulling an about-face after so confidently exploring a vast future for it in the past few weeks.

'Leprechaun' Remake With WWE Wrestler Hornswoggle Moves Forward With New Writer

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • June 1, 2012 1:25 PM
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While many would like to throw slasher films back into the very annals of film history, it comes as no surprise to horror fans that titles like “Friday the 13th” and “Nightmare on Elm Street” generate big business over countless sequels – and now remakes. The franchise of slasher films under the “Leprechaun” moniker – slasher films being probably the only genre you could comfortably group it into – has been a curious one from the start. Perhaps best known for an early career performance by Jennifer Aniston in the 1993 original, along with the always bonkers performance of “Willow” actor Warwick Davis as the titular monster, the franchise has seen the green-tinged one go from the suburbs to space and even 'Back 2 Da Hood' over six entries.

The Amazing Race: Which Films Came Out Of Cannes As Potential Oscar Contenders?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 1, 2012 1:09 PM
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Gosh, it feels like only yesterday we were talking about the 2011 Oscar season, with films like "The Artist," "Hugo," "The Descendants," "The Help" and "Moneyball" jostling for position in the chase for little gold statues. And that's because, well, it basically was yesterday: we're only a little over three months since Oscar season wrapped up. But time marches on, and with the arrival of the Cannes Film Festival, we've got some of the first indications of what might come into play in the awards season by the end of this year.

Watch: 'Trash Humpers'-Esque Video For The Black Keys "Gold On The Ceiling" Directed By Harmony Korine

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 1, 2012 12:46 PM
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WHERE'S MY TOOTH. WE LOVE BOOTY. WE LOVE LOOTCAKE. Lo-fi, outrageous, hilarious and totally fucked, Harmony Korine has directed the video for "Gold On The Ceiling" by The Black Keys and the results are dementedly glorious.

Is Ridley Scott's Western 'The Color Of Lightning' Penned By Larry McMurtry Finally Moving Forward?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 1, 2012 12:28 PM
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Everything in the movie world about Ridley Scott over the past few months has been about "Prometheus," "The Counselor" or that "Blade Runner" sequel he's doing, but here's something that's thankfully about none of those things and more proof that at 74 years old, the director show no signs of slowing down.

Contest Giveaway: 'Snow White And The Huntsman' Soundtrack, T-Shirt, & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 1, 2012 12:04 PM
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"Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the fairest of them all?" When Charlize Theron's evil Ravenna finds out there is one in the kingdom purer than she is, all hell breaks loose in Rupert Sander's dark, visually accomplished "Snow White and the Huntsman." Co-starring Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth, the film takes an edgy look at the fairy tale, one that finds Snow White traversing dark forests and enchanted lands and rounding up an unlikely group of heroes to bring down Ravenna.

Nicolas Cage Likely To Return To 'Kick-Ass 2' In Cameo, Original Cast Mostly Set

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 1, 2012 11:51 AM
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This writer, and many Playlist members, will fully admit -- we're still reeling from the fact that something Scottish comic book writer Mark Millar said actually came true. The king of exaggeration, undermanaging expectations, fibs and tall tales, generally everything that comes out of the "Kick-Ass" creator's mouth must be taken with a ocean-sized block of salt, so we were shocked to hear that "Kick Ass 2," was not only actually moving forward, the sequel was actually shooting at the end of this summer (though now it appears to be an early fall shoot). Good for him, though the scoreboard is still akin to 20-1 at this point when it comes to fiction vs. facts.

Magnolia Pictures Find Thomas Vinterberg’s Cannes Entry ‘The Hunt,’ Sundance Selects/IFC Films Pick Up Tribeca Hit ‘Una Noche’

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • June 1, 2012 11:27 AM
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Fourteen years after he helped launch the Dogme 95 movement with his family drama “The Celebration,” director Thomas Vinterberg returned to Cannes this past month with his latest film, “The Hunt.” As the Croisette is wont to do, reactions were immensely divided, with some calling the film a masterpiece of near-unbearable dread, while others found the film a manipulative soap opera. Luckily for the filmmakers though, those in distribution kept a keen eye, and have now tapped the film for a future US release.

'A Good Day To Die Hard' Pulls A Michael Bay, Adds A Victoria's Secret & Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • June 1, 2012 11:16 AM
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In the grand spirit of unnecessary resurrections of past-their-prime franchises, a fifth “Die Hard” film is on the way as filming on “A Good Day to Die Hard” has been rolling for a little while now. “Spartacus” actor Jai Courtney won the coveted role of John McClane’s (Bruce Willis) son, and casting has continued to add Cole Hauser, "The Lives Of Others" star Sebastian Koch and Russian model/actress Yulia Snigir as villains.

Roman Coppola Discusses ‘A Glimpse Inside The Mind Of Charles Swan III’ & The Casting Of Charlie Sheen

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • June 1, 2012 11:01 AM
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It’s hard to believe it’s been more than a decade since Roman Coppola continued the family legacy with his positively received directorial debut, “CQ.” In the years since, Coppola has focused on producing efforts such as sister Sophia’s “Somewhere” and Wes Anderson’s “Darjeeling Limited,” the latter of which Coppola also co-wrote. Most recently, Coppola co-wrote Anderson’s latest, “Moonrise Kingdom.” The release comes on the heels of the news that Coppola has finally returned to the directors chair for “A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III,” which features a stellar ensemble cast including Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, Patricia Arquette and, the most intriguing choice of all, Charlie Sheen, in the title, and lead, role.

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