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Watch: Supercut Gathers Up Every Question Ellen Page Asks In Christopher Nolan's 'Inception'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 1, 2013 5:56 PM
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It was about this time three years ago, when barely anyone could contain their excitement for Christopher Nolan's "Inception." The film was just a couple weeks away from release and subsequently blowing minds. The puzzle box blockbuster, perhaps one of the smarter summer movies to come along in quite a few years, managed to take dreams and multiple levels of reality, and make them breathlessly linear and easy to navigate. It was a pretty magnificent thrill ride all around but the nearly perfectly constructed movie wasn't without it's minor flaws.

Manage Your 'Hellboy 3' Expectations: Legendary's Thomas Tull Says Don't Hold Your Breath

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 1, 2013 5:25 PM
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Hellboy
Guillermo del Toro's "Hellboy" movies may be beloved by the geek crowd but financially, they're not quite blockbuster worthy. The first film didn't break $60 million domestically and "Hellboy 2" couldn't break $80 million at home. Collectively, the two films have only grossed $259 million globally and that's off $151 million total budgets which doesn't include promotion and advertising stateside and around the world. You do the math. But today there was some brief hope. Del Toro, doing the "Pacific Rim" press rounds out of San Francisco, told ShockTilYouDrop that "Hellboy 3" could find a home at Legendary Pictures, the production company that bankrolled his lastest monster movie.

Jerry Schatzberg Wants To Make A 'Scarecrow' Sequel Even Though WB Isn't Interested & Gene Hackman Has Retired

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 1, 2013 5:15 PM
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It has been over a decade since Jerry Schatzberg directed his last feature film (that would be 2000's "The Day The Ponies Came Back" starring Guillaume Canet) and even longer since he actually helmed a feature of note. And yet, one could argue that it speaks to the power of a trio of his early films that his name still sparks interest in cinephiles. His debut feature "Puzzle Of A Downfall Child" got restored and reassessed at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, while the director's followup, the Al Pacino starring grimy drama "The Panic In Needle Park" is a still potent look at drug addiction. But it's "Scarecrow," re-teaming Schatzberg and Pacino, with Gene Hackman co-starring, that remains a cult favorite and underappreciated gem. And Schatzberg wants another bite at the apple.

New Pics, TV Spots & Featurette For Edgar Wright's 'The World's End'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 1, 2013 4:12 PM
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The World's End
The world has been ending rather a lot recently at the multiplex and next week Guillermo Del Toro is going to smash up the planet once again with "Pacific Rim," but we'd reckon few of the movies will have the kind of beer fuelled mayhem that will be poured out of "The World's End." The latest from Edgar Wright is coming to put a helluva finale on the summer and a few more looks at the the movie have arrived.

Watch: 'The Hobbit: Desolation Of Smaug' Is Skipping Comic-Con So Here's A New Video Blog To Tide You Over

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 1, 2013 4:01 PM
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Martin Freeman, The Hobbit, Desolation of Smaug
Peter Jackson's unveiling of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" didn't go so smoothly last year. The first look at his highly touted 48fps digital photography drew a very mixed response at CinemaCon, so no surprise that when he hit Comic-Con a few months later he kept both the advanced frame rate and even 3D out of the video presentation. So has he decided not to show anything from "The Hobbit: Desolation Of Smaug" until its good and ready? That would appear to be the case.

Watch: Teaser Trailer For 'Black Nativity' Starring Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, Forest Whitaker & More

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 1, 2013 3:41 PM
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 BLACK NATIVITY, Mary J. Blige
With films generally aimed at the smart indie crowd - "Trance," "Stoker," "The Way Way Back," "The East" are just a few released in 2013 -- it's easy to box in Fox Searchlight as mini major film studio aimed 20-something white college kids with disposable income but the studio is actually branching out this year. The romantic comedy "Baggage Claim" starring Paula Patton will be the first African-American-aimed release of the year for the studio in September and arriving two months later will be the musical drama, "Black Nativity."

Fox Searchlight Pick Up Amma Asante's Period Drama 'Belle' Starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw & Tom Wilkinson

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 1, 2013 3:25 PM
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"Belle"
Though it went mostly underseen in the U.S. , Amma Asante's 2004 film "A Way Of Life" was one of the best debut films by a British director in the last decade. A tough, powerful Wales-set drama with a brace of deeply moving performances, it won Asante the BAFTA Carl Foreman award for best debut by a British filmmaker as well as top prizes from the London and Miami Film Festivals, and marked the writer-director as a serious talent to watch.

Review: 'Gideon's Army' Is An Eye-Opening Look At The Unsung Work Of Public Defenders

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 1, 2013 3:03 PM
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"Gideon's Army"
While the Sixth Amendment guarantees the "assistance of counsel" for a criminal defendant, it may surprise you to learn that it wasn't until the 1963 case of Gideon v. Wainwright, where the concept of a public defender became solidified. Prior to the ruling, uneducated, poor or defendants who were otherwise unable to obtain counsel represented themselves. The aforementioned case argued that it was unfair those unfamiliar with the justice system to adequately defend themselves against those who are likely more educated and experienced. The Supreme Court agreed, and it led to the public defence system across the country -- varying state-by-state of course -- in which a committed team of individuals give individuals the due process the system is supposed to provide. As you might guess, the job is not easy and the structure of the courts and the established routine of how prosecutions and trials play out still leave much to be desired.

Kevin Smith Says He Won't Kickstarter 'Clerks 3'; Waiting On Weinsteins For Greenlight, Aiming For Sundance 2014

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 1, 2013 2:50 PM
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While folks like "Veronica Mars," Zach Braff and Charlie Kaufman made waves by using crowdsourcing efforts to fund their next projects, had history turned out differently, Kevin Smith would've beaten them to the punch. The filmmaker, who wears his indie cred and outsider(ish) status like a badge of honor has never turned to fans to ask for their hand in funding a movie. But as he reveals in a recent interview with KCRW, he once did consider it for his horror "Red State," but gave it a second thought when even the mere suggestion caused some negativity to stir on the internet.

'Pacific Rim' Fights Back Bad Tracking Buzz With Marketing Barrage: 4 Clips, 12 Minutes Of Behind The Scenes Footage & More

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 1, 2013 2:28 PM
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Alright, so the narrative is set forth: Guillermo del Toro's latest ambitious sci-fi spectacle "Pacific Rim" is evidently tracking poorly (audiences apparently would rather see "Growns Ups 2" that weekend) and it's either going to be a big expensive flop or fans (and the marketing) will rally and it's going to be one of summer's biggest hits. So the question remains: which one is it? Well, Legendary Pictures -- who have a 75% stake in the movie -- have been so unhappy with their Warner Bros. partners (who are invested in that other 25%), have a lot to lose this as they are parting ways with the studio when their contract comes to an end this year. Known for "The Man Of Steel," "The Dark Knight Rises," "300," "The Hangover" franchise and more, the Legendary/WB partnership has been a lucrative one, but clearly the production company hasn't been very happy with Warners lately (the writing was on the wall since February of this year).

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