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Chloë Moretz Rides 'The 5th Wave,' 'Short Term 12' Star Keith Stanfield Joins MLK Drama 'Selma' & More

  • By Joshua Encinias
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  • April 15, 2014 4:11 PM
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Helen Mirren is circling “Trumbo,” a biopic about blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo. Bryan Cranston is already attached to star as Trumbo, one of the greatest screenwriters of the 20th century, whose career abruptly ended when he refused to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) in 1947 during their investigation into Hollywood’s communist ties.

Zoe Saldana Will Deliver 'Rosemary's Baby' & Gerard Butler Will Hang Ten In 'Point Break'

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • January 9, 2014 10:19 AM
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Zoe Saldana
After their live rendition of “The Sound of Music” proved to be a ratings hit last month, NBC hopes their next remake of a classic ‘60s Hollywood film can be just as successful. The network first announced a “Rosemary’s Baby” remake last July, but we hadn’t heard much about it until Agnieszka Holland (“Europa, Europa”) signed on as director a few weeks ago. Now, it seems they have found their Rosemary, and luckily, it’s not Carrie Underwood.

Watch: New Trailer For 'How To Train Your Dragon 2' Takes To The Skies

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 19, 2013 5:41 AM
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How To Train Your Dragon 2
In the age of quick turnaround sequels, the four year wait for "How To Train Your Dragon 2" seems like an eon. But now a bonafide franchise—not only with a big screen followup, but a small screen offshoot too on Cartoon Network—DreamWorks is ready to cash in the success of the first movie. But can movie magic erupt like so much fire from the dragon's belly twice?

Video Game Adaptation 'Kane & Lynch' Kicked Back To Life With Gerard Butler, Vin Diesel Sought To Co-Star

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 4, 2013 5:23 PM
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Do people still play "Kane & Lynch"? We have no idea, but Hollywood has been hellbent on making a movie out of the franchise for years. Way, way back in 2010 "The Cooler" and "Running Scared" helmer Wayne Kramer was going to direct the movie that had Bruce Willis and Jamie Foxx attached, but it never materialized. Then F. Gary Gray ("The Italian Job") slid into the director's chair but still nothing happened and the project sorta faded away. But Gray has hung onto the job and now there's fresh life as an old pal of his is coming on board to star.

'Olympus Has Fallen' Gets Sequel 'London Has Fallen,' Whole Cast To Return

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 29, 2013 4:17 PM
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If this is a joke, it's the best one we've heard all day. If it's real ... God help us all. And sadly, this one is legit, so get ready folks, there is more nefarious anti-government plotting afoot, and there's only one man who can stop him ...

Casting: Reese Witherspoon Lives 'Happily Ever After,' Kathryn Hahn Heads To 'Tomorrowland' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 4, 2013 4:21 PM
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Reese Witherspoon
After a stint working on indie movies with Jeff Nichols' "Mud" opening earlier this year, Atom Egoyan's "The Devil's Knot" hitting the festival circuit, and Paul Thomas Anderson's "Inherent Vice" probably landing sometime next year, the actress is going back to making movies that will pay the bills. She's headed to Disney to make the fairy tale comedy, "Happily Ever After."

Down With White Houses? 15 Pairs Of Dueling Movies & Their Respective Battles

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • June 27, 2013 4:31 PM
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White House Down vs. Olympus Has Fallen
Zeitgeist is a funny thing. The fact is, as much as we like to roll our eyes at Hollywood’s lack of originality, and as much fun as it is to delve into conspiracy theories and gossip about who stole what from whom, oftentimes remarkably similar ideas bubble to the surface simultaneously but independently of each other, rooted, we have to presume, in some common unconscious impulse. Of course, sometimes it is just stealing, but that’s a tricky one to prove. Whatever the reason, when it happens in Hollywood and the wind is right, you get a stand-off: similar projects being made at a similar time, like this weekend’s “White House Down” (review here) vs March’s “Olympus Has Fallen” (review here) or "The World's End" vs "This is the End" (you can read more about 2013's apocalypse movie face-off here) that will inevitably be compared to one another when it comes to the box office performance/critical response crunch.

Gerard Butler Replaces Liam Hemsworth In Sci-Fi Actioner 'The Raven'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 16, 2013 2:25 PM
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For a minute, it looked like Gerard Butler might be done. The Scottish actor had never quite cemented his stardom since breaking through with "300," and had a series of painfull and gigantic flops in the last few months, with both "Chasing Mavericks" and "Playing For Keeps" proving to be box office disasters. But then salvation arrived, in the unlikely shape of "Olympus Has Fallen," the White House-set "Die Hard" knock off that proved to be a surprise hit, currently nesting just under the $100 million mark.

Weekend Box Office: 'The Croods' Notches Best Animated Opening Since November

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 24, 2013 11:33 AM
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Normally, we’re besieged by animated fare during all months, but not so far in 2013. The only animated film of the year thus far was “Escape From Planet Earth,” a production from The Weinstein Company that was treated like a last minute dump, posting numbers that only counted as a hit compared to the film’s small budget and meager ad campaign. Before that, DreamWorks kept “Rise of the Guardians” active in over 3,000 sparsely-attended engagements, though over the holidays it seemed kids would rather toss snowballs around than watch a weirdly oppressive, vaguely non-denominational holiday movie. Which meant that all Fox had to do was not embarrass themselves with “The Croods,” supplying the kids market with a 3D diversion that stands as the second biggest opening of the year, far ahead of the middling 'Guardians' debut.

Review: 'Olympus Has Fallen' A Thin, High-Concept Actioner Without Much Bite

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 21, 2013 9:56 AM
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The new big budget, bullet-riddled actioner "Olympus Has Fallen" has a premise so painfully obvious that it's amazing nobody thought of it before, especially in the creatively bankrupt atmosphere of Hollywood. The plot is essentially "Die Hard" in the White House, with a similarly smart-ass loner (Gerard Butler) trapped in a massive building full of heavily armed terrorists, holding one very important man hostage (Aaron Eckhart, trading up from his district attorney position in "The Dark Knight" to President of the United States here). Unfortunately, "Olympus Has Fallen" fails to capture even a glimmer of the greatness of "Die Hard," instead coming across as a loud, crass, unpleasantly violent movie whose politics are muddier than its gauzy cinematography. (It should be noted, however, that it is markedly superior to the last actual "Die Hard" movie, the borderline unwatchable "A Good Day to Die Hard." Still.)

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