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Three More 'Avatar' Sequels On The Way Starting In 2016, With A Team Of Writers Hired To Flesh Out Cameron's Vision

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 1, 2013 2:53 PM
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Avatar, James Cameron
Apparently the two more trips to the mystical planet of Pandora that Fox and James Cameron had agreed upon just weren't satisfactory enough. Instead, we'll now be getting three more "Avatar" sequels (does that make it a sequel-trilogy?), with the studio and director amassing a small army of writers to bring Cameron's singular, 3D-ified vision to the big screen. The three movies are designed to be filmed simultaneously starting next year, and will be released every Christmas starting in the year 2016. It's probably not a bad idea to start preparing your eyeballs now for the 3D workout these movies are going to deliver.

Alec Baldwin Joins Cameron Crowe's Next Movie & Charles Grodin Boards Noah Baumbach's 'While We're Young'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 1, 2013 2:28 PM
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Coming hot on the heels of his admission that he had been offered (and subsequently turned down) the role of a big time bad guy in one of the Marvel extravaganzas, Deadline is reporting that Alec Baldwin is actually accepting a role, in a much more modest project: the new Cameron Crowe movie the filmmaker is about to start shooting for Sony. In other casting news, charming grouch Charles Grodin will make his long awaited return to movies, playing Naomi Watts' father in Noah Baumbach's "While We're Young" (according to the Wrap). This is a very exciting day for aging character actors.

13 Films You Should See In August

  • By Kristen Lopez
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  • August 1, 2013 2:00 PM
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12 Films You Should See In August
August usually means backpacks, school, and the slow slog to the holidays and the end of the year (can you tell I’m not looking forward to summer‘s end?). One place where the end isn’t apparent is at the local multiplex, where there is so much going in August that I’m throwing in an additional two films for you on top of the requisite ten! Just think, August used to be a dumping ground for films that weren’t bombastic enough for summer but lacked the Oscar clout for the winter; now it’s that special time where independent films can flourish and audiences can remember why they love movies in the first place.

Watch: New Red Band Trailer For 'We're The Millers' Gets Filthy

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 1, 2013 1:34 PM
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While summer is usually the playground of all things big, expensive and explosion-y, studios in recent years have also found a receptive audience for R-rated laughs. Of course, there's "The Hangover" franchise which did it three times, and this summer saw Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock go restricted with "The Heat." Now as the season draws closer to an end, one more is coming and it's not for the kiddies.

Watch: Trailer For Robert Redford's Shipwreck Drama 'All Is Lost'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 1, 2013 1:33 PM
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All Is Lost, Robert Redford
One of the few movies pretty much everyone was in agreement on coming out of Cannes was "All Is Lost," the new film from "Margin Call" writer/director J.C. Chandor that follows one man (Robert Redford), adrift at sea, following a horrific accident. The consensus? That it was pretty much brilliant (read our review from the festival here). The new trailer (courtesy of Yahoo) certainly doesn't dampen our excitement, and features a little more of the story than we thought we'd see (maybe too much), with an overriding sensation that this movie is going to be really, really, ridiculously intense.

New York Film Festival Names 'The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty' As Their Centerpiece Selection

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 1, 2013 1:22 PM
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The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty
It looks like Fox is treating the New York Film Festival as a lucky charm, and why not? Last year, the festival provided the world premiere for Ang Lee's "Life Of Pi," which went on to earn 11 Oscar nominations, resulting in 4 wins including Best Director. And clearly, the studio has high hopes for "The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty."

25 Films About First Love To Fall For

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • August 1, 2013 12:59 PM
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This Friday sees the release of James Ponsoldt's "Smashed" follow-up, the tenderly drawn coming-of-age teen story "The Spectacular Now." Boasting standout performances from young leads Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley, the film, which we reviewed out of Sundance and called "valuable and honest," evokes the growing pains of the unusually real-feeling central duo via a familiar conduit—the story of their first love. Romantics that we are at heart, we took this opportunity to sit on our sofas for a week with a bucket of ice cream and a pack of kleenex, revisiting a slew of films that share that theme. Given the breadth of the field, we've done our best to concentrate on films that take first love as their primary theme, but it should be noted that it crops up as a subplot with astonishing frequency, too.

Diablo Cody's Directorial Debut 'Paradise' To Premiere On DirecTV Next Week

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 1, 2013 12:49 PM
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Honest to blog? Diablo Cody just tweeted that "Paradise," her directorial debut that stars Julianne Hough, Octavia Spencer, Russell Brand, Nick Offerman and Holly Hunter, wouldn't bow theatrically in October, but rather would get its big premiere on satellite channel DirecTV next week. The tale of a young woman (Hough) who loses her faith following a horrific plane crash (she's badly burned) and travels to Las Vegas to experience all the seediness the town has to offer, was originally scheduled for an October 18th release date but will now debut on August 8th in your living room.

Interview: Paul Schrader Talks 'The Canyons,' How The Kickstarter Bubble Might Burst & Why "It's Not Lindsay's Porn Film"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 1, 2013 11:56 AM
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A crowd-sourced project, from an acclaimed writer/director, with a script from one of literature's enfant terribles, and a cast led by a tabloid headlining actress and an adult film star, perhaps the buzz, press and hype around "The Canyons" was to be expected. But surely no one predicted a journey that saw a devastating behind-the-scenes piece from the New York Times, highly publicized "rejections" from Sundance and SXSW and more. But standing solidly at the centre of the storm and never wavering was helmer Paul Schrader, whose career has known no shortage of controversy. Throughout the entire pre-production, filming, post-production and publicity for the film, he has remained transparent about what happened on set, and more importantly, proud of the film he put together. And why not?

Denzel Washington Turned Down Small Role In 'Fast & Furious 7'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 1, 2013 11:10 AM
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During a longwinded, occasionally entertaining rant about how studios can't seem to formulate new intellectual properties, Deadline's Mike Fleming, Jr. let some biggish news slip: Denzel Washington, who can be seen in this weekend's oddly satisfying shoot 'em up "2 Guns," turned down a "small role" in the next "Fast and Furious" movie (currently titled "Fast & Furious 7"), to be directed by James Wan ("The Conjuring," "Insidious: Chapter 2"). No details on who Denzel would have played or why he turned down the role, but Fleming is still hopeful that a major star can fill the void before Wan starts shooting. Considering Universal has already set a July 6th, 2014 date for "Fast & Furious 7," they'd better hurry up and find someone.

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