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Watch: The Next Buddy Cop Comedy Hit? Kevin Hart & Ice Cube Go On A 'Ride Along'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 1, 2013 2:06 PM
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With "The Heat" proving this past weekend that a fresh spin on an old formula can bring out audiences in droves, Universal will be hoping they can work the same magic next year with "Ride Along." Yes, it's another buddy cop movie that once again finds an interesting tweak to give everyone involved a new entry into the genre.

How The West Was Almost Lost: Inside Near-Death Experience Of 'The Lone Ranger'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 1, 2013 1:25 PM
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The Lone Ranger
In August 2011, the unthinkable happened: "The Lone Ranger," Disney's proposed $200 million + revamp of the fabled radio serial, was canceled (the exclusive Deadline post started with the word "SHOCKER," in all caps, and described the news as a "stunning development"). The movie had a proposed December 21, 2012 release date and the participation of the team that had transformed "Pirates of the Caribbean" from a theme park staple into one of the most viable film franchises on the planet – Oscar-winning director Gore Verbinski, super-producer Jerry Bruckheimer, and megawatt star Johnny Depp. But the studio deemed the project too costly and risky, especially in the wake of the big budget western bomb "Cowboys & Aliens." In the final version of "The Lone Ranger," the one that opens in cinemas nationwide this week, the character is one who is brought back from the brink of death, enriched and heightened by the experience. The same could be said for the movie itself.

Watch: Strippers & Sex In Trailer For Sundance Winner 'Afternoon Delight' Starring Juno Temple & Kathryn Hahn

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 1, 2013 1:06 PM
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Afternoon Delight
Okay, while the idea of a couple in crisis turning to hitting strip clubs to get some heat back in their relationship sounds like advice given a decade ago in Cosmo, it serves as the backdrop for "Afternoon Delight" and you know what? It works, and the first trailer is here to show you some skin and give a tease of what you'll be getting later this year.

Watch: As 'Man Of Steel' Crosses $500 Million Worldwide, Here's A Featurette On The Film's Special Effects

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • July 1, 2013 12:44 PM
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Man Of Steel Henry Cavill
We’re a couple of weeks removed and the marketing machine is still running. And why not? "Man Of Steel" has super-punched its way to over $500 million worldwide, with more international territories still to open. So it's safe to say it's a success, and now that the veil has been lifted and the Nolan-level secrecy is over, we start going more behind the scenes of the production.

Watch: The Coen Brothers' 'Inside Llewyn Davis' Tunes Up A Brand New Trailer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 1, 2013 12:16 PM
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Inside Llewyn Davis Oscar Isaac
The Coen brothers have taken audiences to a variety of unique and distinct cinematic worlds, from the corporate boardroom of a toymaker in "The Hudsucker Proxy"; the vast hinterlands of North Dakota in "Fargo"; the hijinks at a fitness center in "Burn After Reading"; the seamy surreal underbelly of Hollywood in "Barton Fink"; the weirder corners of California in "The Big Lebowski" and so much more. And their next destination? The clubs of the '60s folk music scene in "Inside Llewyn Davis," their knockout Cannes film and early contender for one of the best movies hands down of the year.

10 Films Worth Tracking Down This July

  • By Kristen Lopez
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  • July 1, 2013 12:14 PM
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Pacific Rim Blue Jasmine Only God Forgives The Hunt
It’s hard to believe we’re halfway through the summer, but no worries because July has fireworks, hot dogs, and movies! June was a soft month with staid comedies like “The Internship” and divisive blockbusters such as “Man of Steel” and “World War Z.” But, the next thirty days or so should have more than enough for you whether your appetite is for explosions or more subtler fare with a bit more substance.

Guillermo Arriaga, Emir Kusturica, Bahman Ghobadi & More To Helm Shorts In 'Words Of Gods,' Peter Gabriel Scoring

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • July 1, 2013 11:36 AM
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Guillermo Arriaga, Emir Kusturica, Bahman Ghobadi Peter Gabriel
The past few years have seen many musicians trying their hand at scoring movies -- Daft Punk, Trent Reznor and Jonny Greenwood, among others -- but it’s a trend that extends past the current crop of critically-acclaimed musician-turned-film-composers. In 1988, Peter Gabriel provided the score for Martin Scorsese’s adaptation of the controversial “The Last Temptation Of Christ” -- it was his second score after the little-seen “Birdy” -- and now it looks like the Genesis founding member is going back to the world of religion for his next scoring gig.

Watch: Dominic Cooper Is A Playboy, Gambler & Spy In Teaser Trailer For Biopic Of 007 Creator Ian 'Fleming'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 1, 2013 11:22 AM
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Fleming Dominic Cooper
While James Bond fans around the world patiently wait for the followup to "Skyfall," and for Sam Mendes to make up his mind already, a brief reprieve will arrive with "Fleming," a new Brit TV mini-series biopic on the famed creator of the international lothario and spy. And a new teaser trailer is here to give you a little sampling.

Paul Feig Talks His Love Of 'Girls,' 'Mad Men' & Why He Thinks 'Freaks & Geeks' Would Have A Better Shot On TV Today

  • By Cory Everett
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  • July 1, 2013 11:01 AM
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If writer/director Paul Feig had only been responsible for creating the cult hit "Freaks & Geeks" that would probably be enough to endear him to cinephiles forever. Loosely based on his experiences growing up as an outcast in suburban Michigan (and shepherded to the small screen by pal Judd Apatow), Feig's magnum opus is still finding viewers over a decade after it was unceremoniously cancelled by the network. Though it only ran for 18 episodes, to this day the series frequently pops up on Best-Of lists and its cast of former unknowns -- James Franco, Linda Cardellini, Seth Rogen, Jason Segel, Martin Starr, John Frances Daley, etc. -- are practically Hollywood fixtures. Hell, two-thirds of them just co-starred together in "This Is The End." After his show went off the air, Feig also mined his awkward experiences growing up for two hilarious non-fiction books ("Kick Me: Adventures In Adolescence" and "Superstud: How I Became A 24 Year Old Virgin") and has probably directed at least one episode of your favorite show ("The Office," "Nurse Jackie," "Bored To Death," "Weeds," "Mad Men," "30 Rock," "Parks And Rec," "Undeclared" and "Arrested Development").

Watch: Take A Video Tour Of LACMA's Now Closed Stanley Kubrick Exhibit

  • By Jason McDonald
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  • July 1, 2013 10:44 AM
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Living near Los Angeles provides a person with ample opportunities to enrich themselves through the arts and sciences. There’s just always something going on in the Los Angeles area that’s valuable on some level to people with all sorts of interests. In fact, there might be too much stuff going on and not enough time to see it all. Case in point, the Stanley Kubrick Exhibit at the Los Angeles County Art Museum. Did you get a chance to go see it? Perhaps you don’t live in California? Don’t worry, there’s hope for you yet!

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