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Mel Gibson, Woody Harrelson & Sinbad Were All Considered To Lead 'Stretch Armstrong' Over The Years

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 19, 2013 4:02 PM
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Hollywood is littered with projects that have been in development for years and even decades, passing from one producer to another, from one studio to the next, from one writer to even more scribes, like an orphan no one wants to care for. And one of those projects is "Stretch Armstrong." In the history of this blog alone, Nicholas Stoller was once hired to pen the screenplay, with Rob Letterman ("Monsters Vs. Aliens") attached to direct. That incarnation never happened, and for a while Taylor Lautner was attached to star, before he was bounced off the project once everyone realized he wasn't going to be able to carry a movie on his shoulders outside of "Twilight." But the history of "Stretch Armstrong" is even stranger...

Watch: Tim Burton's Cameo In 'Hoffa'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 8, 2012 12:18 PM
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Tim Burton didn't have a great weekend, with his stop motion animated "Frankenweenie" opening on 3000 screens to a paltry $11 million. So perhaps he'll want to look back on some happier times to cheer him up...

5 Things You Might Not Know About 'L.A. Confidential'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 19, 2012 12:07 PM
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It's safe to say that "L.A. Confidential" wasn't greeted with especially high expectations in the run up to its release. James Ellroy's 1990 book, the third of his "L.A. Quartet" (preceded by "The Black Dahlia" and "The Big Nowhere," and completed by "White Jazz") was a favorite among crime fans, but hardly a best seller. Screenwriter Brian Helgeland was known only for "Nightmare On Elm Street 4: The Dream Master" and a rewrite of actioner "Assassins." Director Curtis Hanson was well-liked, but mostly known for mid-level programmers like "Bad Influence," "The Hand That Rocks The Cradle" and "The River Wild." And the cast was led by two virtual unknowns from the Southern Hemisphere, with the most recognizable names in the cast being Kim Basinger, whose career was a little on the outs, comedy actor Danny DeVito and recently Oscar-nominated character actor Kevin Spacey.

20th Anniversary: 5 Things You Might Not Know About 'Batman Returns'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • June 19, 2012 10:58 AM
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We’re on the eve of a brand new Batman blockbuster, next month’s “The Dark Knight Rises,” which will feature Anne Hathaway as the semi-villainous cat burglar Selina Kyle who prowls the streets at night as Catwoman. While Christopher Nolan and co. have given some real-world explanations for her eccentricities (her night vision goggles prop up on her head like cat’s ears), the hardest task in defining Catwoman for a new generation will be getting out from under the shadow of Michelle Pfeiffer, whose portrayal in Tim Burton’s “Batman Returns” remains one of the towering performances in all of comic book moviedom.

'Twins' Sequel 'Triplets' In The Works With Arnold Schwarzenegger, Danny DeVito & Eddie Murphy

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 29, 2012 9:43 PM
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A sequel to "Twins" has been batted around and rumored for so long we suppose it was inevitable. But even we didn't see this coming.

Review: 'The Lorax' Is Cute But Weighed Down By Its Faithfulness To The Source Material

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 29, 2012 1:10 PM
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Adapting a children's book, especially one as beloved (and brief) as Dr. Seuss' gentle eco-fable "The Lorax," is an unenviable task. There's a sliver of narrative that must be expanded, padded, and teased out, while an attempt must be made to maintain all of the things that people love about Dr. Seuss (nee Theodor Geisel) and his books – the sing-songy rhythm, the loop-de-loop design work, the easy surrealism. In short: it's kind of a bitch. Or a snitch. Or a sliver-de-glitch. But the good folks at Illumination Entertainment (who made a surprise hit out of the decidedly under-the-radar "Despicable Me") have done a respectable job bringing "The Lorax" to the screen. It's just a shame that the fidelity to the source material, on both narrative and design levels, seems to have taken the steam out of something that could have been truly special.

Danny DeVito Plans To Return To Directing With 'Charlotte Doyle'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • September 8, 2011 8:45 AM
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Danny DeVito's film career has hit somewhat of a pause for the last couple of years (presumably as a result of his commitment to FX comedy series "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia"), but it looks as though he'll soon be returning in a big way with a directorial effort planned for the adaptation of author Avi's young-adult novel "The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle."

Danny De Vito, Zac Efron, Ed Helms, And, Inevitably, Betty White Join Dr. Seuss' 'The Lorax'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 25, 2010 3:47 AM
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I Do Not Like It, Sam-I-Am In the less-than-illustrious history of big-screen Dr. Seuss adaptations, Fox's 2007 animation "Horton Hears A Who" stands head and shoulders above its competitors. Admittedly, in going up against Ron Howard's "The Grinch" and the Mike Myers vehicle "The Cat In The Hat," the latter proving so bad that Seuss' widow swore she'd never again allow another live-action film of her late husband's work, it doesn't have a great deal of competition. But having said that, and taking into consideration that the film was souffle-light and immediately forgettable, it did have a big heart, some visual imagination and charming lead vocal work from Jim Carrey.

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