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James Franco, A China Doll & A Monkey: Yes, It's More New Images From 'Oz The Great And Powerful'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 13, 2012 10:45 AM
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This certainly isn't your grandma's Oz. With James Franco, 3D and a bunch of monkeys, the yellow brick road has been redone, for better or worse, in Sam Raimi's upcoming "Oz The Great And Powerful." Whether or not it all comes together remains to be seen, but if anything, it should look spectacular.

New Images Of James Franco, Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz & Mila Kunis In 'Oz The Great And Powerful'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 12, 2012 8:58 AM
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It's taken a while, especially given that the film comes out about four months from now, but some proper looks at James Franco, Michelle Williams, Mila Kunis and Rachel Weisz in Sam Raimi's "Oz The Great And Powerful" are here. And yes, another look at a monkey.

Rachel Weisz Joins David Cronenberg's 'Maps To The Stars' With Robert Pattinson & Viggo Mortensen

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 7, 2012 2:26 PM
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Brewing since 2006, not much has really been known about David Cronenberg's "Map to the Stars." In May he described it as, "very extreme. It's not obviously a very big commercial movie, and even as an independent film it's difficult. 'Maps to the Stars' is completely different [from 'Cosmopolis'], but it's very acerbic and satirical, it's a hard sell." But Cronenberg has made a career out of mounting one "hard sell" picture after another, and thanks to three major stars on board, this one looks like it's getting made.

Rachel Weisz Reportedly Doesn't Make The Cut On Terrence Malick's 'To The Wonder'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 28, 2012 7:01 PM
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A Terrence Malick movie is like a box of chocolates -- you never know what you're going to get. Especially if you're in the cast. Ever since "The Thin Red Line," Malick has earned a reputation for being somewhat ruthless when it comes to cutting actors (Adrien Brody went from being the lead in that film to practically a glorified extra), and even for "The Tree of Life," there are dozens of stills floating around that depict countless scenes that were shot and excluded from the finished film. And thus, with "To the Wonder" shortly to premiere at the Venice Film Festival, it appears one high-profile name won't be seen in the film that runs just under two hours long.

Jeremy Renner's Biggest Challenge Was "Not Getting Hurt": 10 Things Learned About 'The Bourne Legacy'

  • By Ryan Gowland
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  • August 10, 2012 12:04 PM
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This week will finally see the answer to one of Hollywood's great questions: will audiences watch a 'Bourne' movie without Matt Damon? The answer will be provided by Tony Gilroy's "The Bourne Legacy," the first of what could be a potential franchise starring Jeremy Renner as Aaron Cross, a similar agent to Jason Bourne, but a product of the Department of Defense's Operation Outcome, a different training program from the CIA's Treadstone. Gilroy is no stranger to the 'Bourne' franchise, having been a writer or co-writer on all three installments, but once Damon and "Bourne Supremacy" and "Bourne Ultimatum" director Paul Greengrass decided against returning, he was tasked with creating what producer Frank Marshall called a "same-time-quel."  

Review: Heady & Complex, 'The Bourne Legacy' Is A Fresh & Exciting Expansion Of The Franchise

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 7, 2012 1:25 PM
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Like a game of high-octane chess played upon a moving train, Universal’s “The Bourne Legacy” is just as interested in engaging the mind as it is the senses with its visceral action set-pieces. And while one might argue the action drama's allegiances lie much deeper with engaging the former, this taut, complex, and yes, at times dense, action thriller is still an auspicious beginning to what presumably will kick off another series in the grand mythology of these clandestine and top-secret CIA black ops programs.

New 'The Bourne Legacy' Featurette Explains The Film's Ties To The Jason Bourne Saga

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 25, 2012 5:58 PM
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Is your dad still like, "Wait, Jason Bourne isn't dead?" And, "Hold on, someone else is playing Matt Damon?" Or, "Honey, can you turn that down? I'm watching the trailer for this 'Bourne' prequel and I'm trying to figure where Ben Affleck fits into all this." And are you, meanwhile, are just shaking your head in disdain?

Producer Frank Marshall Says Next 'Bourne' Film Will Follow Jeremy Renner & Rachel Weisz

  • By The Playlist
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  • July 21, 2012 12:42 PM
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A few months ago, Frank Marshall said his "dream" was for Jeremy Renner and Matt Damon to star in a film together. Spit out the other end of chinese-whisper reporting, that became 'Frank Marshall says Matt Damon will star in 'Bourne 5.'' In fact, that doesn't seem to be the case, at least for the moment.

Exclusive: Tony Gilroy Pulls The Curtain Back On The Secretive 'The Bourne Legacy'

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • July 20, 2012 12:08 PM
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Tony Gilroy has a mini-armada at his disposal. In June of 2012, in an unassuming block of offices in midtown Manhattan, the writer/director is sequestered with a team of editors orchestrating the next installment of Universal’s lucrative ‘Bourne’ franchise, which grossed nearly a billion dollars worldwide theatrically and a surfeit more from DVD and omnipresent cable appearances. But Gilroy -- who was nominated for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay in 2007 for "Michael Clayton," and is the author of all three original ‘Bourne’ scripts -- isn’t simply mounting a reboot or a reimagining, or conducting a linear sequel. Instead, the filmmaker is attempting to pull off a feat rarely attempted with Hollywood tentpoles: a parallel circumnavigation of the familiar ‘Bourne’ narrative told through the eyes of another agent.

Watch: Jeremy Renner & Rachel Weisz Make A Motorcycle Escape In Clip From 'The Bourne Legacy'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 19, 2012 3:20 PM
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Bourne is back. Kind of. Well, actually just in title only. While "The Bourne Legacy" may bear the moniker of the character Matt Damon turned into a blockbuster phenomenon across three films, next month Jeremy Renner takes over as man-on-the-run Aaron Cross, with Tony Gilroy -- longtime writer of the series -- stepping into the director's chair. And it's all shaping up quite well.

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