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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).

Hayley Atwell, Alexa Davalos, Rosamund Pike Vying For Female Lead Opposite Tom Cruise In 'One Shot'

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  • August 13, 2011 12:59 PM
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With "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" already in the can and coming out this December, Adam Shankman's "Rock of Ages" musical currently shooting, and "Tron: Legacy" director Joseph Kosinski's "Oblivion" prepping up for a summer 2013 release, Tom Cruise is making plans for his next big tentpole vehicle. This time it's an adaptation of Lee Child's 2005 crime thriller "One Shot" that is being set up over at Paramount. Being scripted by Cruise's go-to screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie, who penned "Valkyrie" and 'Ghost Protocol,' the writer practically tailor makes scripts for the superstar whenever the A-lister is interested or semi-interested in a project.

Still Alive? Hayley Atwell Says She's Eyeing A Role In Jimi Hendrix Biopic With Andre 3000 To Star

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 5, 2011 2:21 AM
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There's probably no project more difficult to mount in Hollywood than a music biopic. Not only do you have to distill the life of a musician into a reasonable running time, there is also a web of music clearances, estate approval and other myriad legalities that need to be navigated before you can get a film off the ground. And no musician has faced a rockier ride to the big screen than Jimi Hendrix.

Pick Your Cheap Halloween Costume For This Year With Three New Posters For 'Captain America'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 2, 2011 1:17 AM
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Hey, "Captain America" is coming out! We have to confess we'd kind of forgotten about the film: Marvel and Paramount haven't yet been saturation marketing the flick in the same way that other superhero blockbusters have been ("X-Men First Class," you were pretty good, but there was really no need for all those posters, now, was there?). Whether it's a lack of confidence in the movie, or more realistically, that the film still isn't out for another seven weeks, things seem to be gearing up again.

Hayley Atwell Joins Gabriel Byrne & Charlotte Rampling In The Noir Thriller 'I, Anna'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 14, 2011 2:34 AM
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It's not often that you hear of a cast member joining a film after it has wrapped, but we'll take it as it comes.

Chris Evans Goes From Super Wimp To Superhero In 'Captain America' First Look Super Bowl Trailer

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  • February 7, 2011 1:00 AM
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Heh. OK, with the help of, funny looking digital effects (see the image above), Chris Evans goes from 90lb weakling to beefcakey superhero in this first look Super Bowl spot of Marvel's "Captain America: The First Avenger."

More 'Captain America' Photos, Plus A First Look At Tommy Lee Jones & Hugo Weaving

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 3, 2011 6:00 AM
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Sam Jackson May Appear In Both ‘Thor’ And ‘Captain America: The First Avenger,' With A Female Sidekick In ‘The Avengers’“Captain America: The First Avenger,” stars Chris Evans, Hayley Atwell, Hugo Weaving , Dominic Cooper, Toby Jones, Sebastian Stan, Neal McDonagh, Samuel L. Jackson, Stanley Tucci and Tommy Lee Jones. Yesterday, we got a first look at Sebastian Stan as Evans' reconstituted sidekick Bucky. Today, there's more Cap'n photos, plus a little look at Tommy Lee Jones reprising his role from "Firebirds," "Rules of Engagement," etc., etc., every other stodgy military role he's played over the years in his sleep.

Edgar Ramirez & Toby Kebbell Getting Ready To Unleash Their 'Wrath Of The Titans'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 7, 2011 1:55 AM
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Bill Nighy May Also Join, Hayley Atwell & Clemence Poesy Testing While critics firmly came in against in "Clash Of The Titans," the film did boffo box office taking in nearly $500 million worldwide so it's no surprise that a sequel is on the way. Everyone from new director Jonathan Liebesman ("Battle: Los Angeles") to returning stars Sam Worthington and Liam Neeson have promised that the follow-up will be an improvement and, considering that the original landed firmly on our Worst of 2010 list, the bar hasn't been set unachievably high.

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