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SXSW '12 Review: 'The Cabin In The Woods' Is A Smart, Witty Blast For Genre Fans

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 9, 2012 9:45 PM
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Almost no genre (bar perhaps the romantic-comedy) revolves around formula as heavily as the horror film. Obviously there are sub-categories: the haunted-house film, the zombie flick, the vampire movie. But a disproportionate amount of the involves a group of horny teens going to a remote location, taking off clothes, making stupid decisions, and getting picked off one by one, whether by a man in a mask, or by some kind of supernatural creature or force. So on hearing the title, and indeed basic premise, of "The Cabin In The Woods," it's hard not to be a little downhearted. Is this the same old cheapo horror flick we've seen dozens, if not hundreds of times?

First Look: Chris Hemsworth As Formula 1 Champion James Hunt In Ron Howard's 'Rush'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • March 9, 2012 9:17 AM
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We've always been intrigued as to how the sport of Formula 1 could crack the big screen, especially after 2001's disastrous "Driven" starring Sylvester Stallone. As dramatic and illustrious as the sport can be, at its core it's still a slow-burning, strategic game of inches set mostly under helmets, on radios and in garages with a limited following -- the race itself hasn't hit American shores since 2007, for instance, although is returning to Indiannapolis this year.

Watch: Hulk Smash, Downey Jr. Wisecrack In Full Trailer For Marvel's 'The Avengers'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 29, 2012 11:54 AM
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Last summer saw a fairly major clash of the superheroes, with four movies featuring men in tights battling it out for box office supremacy. Marvel's duo of "Thor" and "Captain America: The First Avenger" won out over "X-Men First Class" and "Green Lantern," but as it turns out, it was all just a warm up for this summer's main event. July will see follow ups to the two biggest superhero movies in history arrive in the shape of "The Amazing Spider-Man" and "The Dark Knight Rises," but they won't have it all to themselves, as May doesn't just bring Thor and Captain America back, but also Iron Man, The Hulk, Black Widow, Hawkeye and Nick Fury, for Joss Whedon's "The Avengers."

New Look At Chris Hemsworth With All 8 Dwarves In 'Snow White & The Huntsman'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 30, 2012 2:20 PM
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It seems Universal is going for the full blanket, four quadrant marketing approach for "Snow White And The Huntsmen." While Charlize Theron's movie tie-in appearance on "Top Chef" ensures that older, high faultin' foodie types are aware of what the movie is, the studio has been going full throttle on Facebook to keep fan interest stoked.

Who Were The Winners And Losers Of The Summer Of 2011?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 30, 2011 4:08 AM
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As the summer winds die down with a flat and uninspired whimper, the realization sets in: the summer of 2011 was for the birds. "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" was the last major tent-pole to open, followed by sleeper hits like "The Help" and the not-so-successful R-rated action comedy, "30 Minutes or Less." Many had forecast that the overstuffed summer would prove disastrous, with Jon Favreau predicting that, "There’s not a weekend where there won’t be teeth on the floor," but ironically it's Favreau's film that proved to be one of the biggest box-office disappointments. Financially, films did very well with three billion-dollar blockbusters – “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2,” “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”-- helping the industry set a summer box-office record and nearly rebound from a horrible start to 2011 (Currently, 2011 revenue is running only 4 percent behind 2010, but in March, things were looking grim – 19% lower than the year previous).

Joss Whedon's Long-Delayed 'Cabin In The Woods' Finally Glimpses Light, Hits Theaters April 13, 2012

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 21, 2011 2:04 AM
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When MGM went bankrupt, it was a major headache for some of the film industry's biggest figures and properties. "The Hobbit" was delayed for a year, causing Guillermo Del Toro to leave the production, and Peter Jackson to take over, while Sam Mendes also had to significantly delay his entry into the James Bond series, the longest running franchise around. But there are two films that were most adversely affected by the situation, the last two productions at the studio: "Red Dawn," the remake of the fondly-remembered Commie-bashing classic, and "The Cabin in the Woods," a post-modern horror flick written and produced by geek deity Joss Whedon, and directed by "Cloverfield" scribe Drew Goddard.

'The Dark Tower' Dies, As Universal Pulls The Plug On Ambitious Multi-Platform Adaptation

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • July 18, 2011 12:24 PM
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"The Dark Tower" has crumbled to the ground.

Chris Hemsworth Will Feel The 'Rush' As Formula 1 Driver James Hunt In Ron Howard Flick

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 11, 2011 12:35 PM
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It has been quite the journey for Chris Hemsworth from his days on the Aussie soap "Home And Away." He proved himself capable of carrying a comic movie with charm and charisma to spare with "Thor" and he's got a slate of projects on the way including "The Cabin In The Woods," "Red Dawn," "The Avengers" and "Snow White And The Huntsman." It's certainly a blockbuster loaded slate, but the actor has been making strides into more dramatic fare as well. He's attached to the black ops thriller "Shadow Runner" and he's now taking the pole position on a film that has been gaining a lot of steam.

But Of Course: 'Snow White And The Huntsman' Is The First Of A Planned Trilogy

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 1, 2011 11:12 AM
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There are many arguments to be made that "Star Wars" ruined the movies, but one of the more persuasive is the way that it popularized the idea of the trilogy. George Lucas didn't invent the concept (that would have been the Ancient Greeks, thank you), but by making both the original films and the prequels, he popularized the concept, ensuring that almost any hit film would be intended as only the first part of three films, each one bigger than the last. And to a degree, it makes sense: it mirrors the three act structure that virtually every screenplay uses as a template, enabling a complete story with ups and downs to be told over a longer running time.

Five Directors Who Could Replace Kenneth Branagh On 'Thor 2'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 30, 2011 11:52 AM
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So, Marvel are done with Kenneth Branagh, or possibly Kenneth Branagh is done with Marvel: if you missed it earlier, "Thor 2" has been officially announced for a July 26, 2013 release date, with star Chris Hemsworth returning (which people seem to think is news: like all the superhero leads, the Australian actor signed an expansive multi-film contract that makes him Marvel's bitch for the next decade or so), but Branagh not sitting in the director's chair, although he may stay on a producing role of some kind.

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