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David Dobkin Says 'The Change-Up' Isn't Exactly 'Face/Off' Or 'Freaky Friday'

  • By Leah Zak
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  • August 2, 2011 2:36 AM
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CGI Babies, The Freedom Of The R-Rating & More We Learned From Jason Bateman & Ryan Reynolds About the Body-Switching ComedyThis weekend sees the release of another candidate for the R-rated comedy of the summer: bro-rific body-switcheroo film “The Change-Up.” Starring Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds, the story centers on two friends living polar opposite lives; Bateman as Dave, a family man and lawyer on the rise, and Reynolds as Mitch, his best friend, who makes a meager living as an actor, but mostly uses his charisma and physique to bang anything with two legs. After a night of drinking the two friends -- ahem -- relieve themselves, in what they will soon learn is a magical fountain, and the next morning wake up to find that they've switched bodies, and consequently, lives.

Jodie Foster Courted To Join Ryan Reynolds & Jeff Bridges In 'R.I.P.D.'?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 27, 2011 1:45 AM
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After many years of worthy, middlebrow would-be-Oscar pictures and my-daughter-is-in-peril films, it finally seems like Jodie Foster is ready to have fun again. Playing a character described as "a magnificent c**t" in Spike Lee's "Inside Man" seems to have loosened the Oscar-winning actress up a bit, with subsequent roles including kids' flick "Nim's Island," voicing Maggie Simpson, and trading barbs in Roman Polanski's upcoming "Carnage."

Weekend Box-Office: Is 'Green Lantern' The End Of The Superhero Gravy Train?

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • June 19, 2011 5:34 AM
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Perspective is necessary. $53 million is a whole lotta money. $53 million could buy several houses, it could feed many people, it could save lives. $53 million is also a pretty good opening for a somewhat higher-budgeted film, provided advertising isn’t through the roof and there aren’t a massive amount of back-end benefactors involved. But for “Green Lantern,” which cost upwards of $200 million before a massive ad campaign even by superhero standards, this is not a strong opening.

Review: 'Green Lantern' Is A Tale Of Good Versus Evil For Dummies

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • June 15, 2011 2:16 AM
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Why are superhero and comic book movies so popular? It may be the comfort of believing there is a clear distinction between “good” and “bad” people, that “good” isn’t such an abstract notion within one’s identity and bad, in itself, is an unchanging, sometimes unstoppable force. There is poetry in this oversimplified view, both in the way it calms the troubled minds of moviegoers and the very notion of an unchanging duality forever at war, one side “morally” representing the winning side, the other not.

Mark Romanek Says He's Already Turned Down 'The Wolverine'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • June 10, 2011 5:50 AM
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Ryan Reynolds Confirms 'Deadpool' Will Be 'Nasty,' 'Hard' And 'Cheap'Showing a remarkable amount of diplomacy, director Mark Romanek has confirmed, as reported a few weeks back, that he was a contender for Fox's already-troubled "The Wolverine" but that he has long since turned down the opportunity. Speaking about the Marvel sequel, he tells DigitalSpy, "That's just one of those stories that floated around. I was on their list, I received the script months ago. It didn't seem like my kind of thing." Given that Romanek is a picky and sometimes prickly director, one who famously bailed on his only other big studio assignment merely weeks before shooting ("The Wolfman"), it's not a huge surprise.

Watch: Latest 'Green Lantern' Trailer Showcases 3D And Gets All The Exposition Out Of The Way

  • By Cory Everett
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  • May 20, 2011 12:50 PM
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Just in case you didn't get enough DC Comics excitement today with Warner Bros. releasing the first image of Tom Hardy as Bane from "The Dark Knight Rises" in the first of what is sure to be many viral stunts, they've also released the latest trailer for "Green Lantern." As the film is going to be a bit of a harder sell for WB, you don't even have to jump through any hoops to watch it. By releasing a new trailer what seems like every few weeks, the studio has done a good job of turning fan expectations around after some shaky early footage. As someone on Twitter said, "I feel shortchanged on days there isn't a new "Green Lantern" trailer."

Jessica Chastain Talks Malick & 'Wettest County,' Martin Campbell Won't Return For 'Green Lantern'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 19, 2011 12:53 PM
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Nicolas Winding Refn Producing Icelandic Gangster Thriller 'Black's Game,' Summit Pick Up Dwayne Johnson Vehicle 'Snitch,' & More News From The Cannes BacklogMore news seems to break during Cannes than at any other time during the year, as you might have noticed. And, while we've done our darndest to cover everything, a few things have slipped through the cracks. But because we're completists, and because our loved ones abandoned us a long time ago, we're going to try and run everything down quickly below, and in our post from earlier this afternoon. So, with no further ado:

'The Killing' Star Joel Kinnaman To Reunite With Snabba Cash Director On 'Safe House'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 26, 2011 2:35 AM
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You know that a TV show is starting to make an impression when the cast start appearing in casting announcements everywhere. Alumni of acclaimed hits like "Mad Men," "Breaking Bad," and "The Wire" are snapping up supporting roles in big movies everywhere you look, and it seems like the latest hit is AMC's "The Killing," a remake of the cult hit Danish show, which follows the investigation of a single murder case.

Ryan Reynolds Wears Those Vibram Five Finger Toe Shoes In Full Pics Of 'Green Lantern' Costume

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 12, 2011 6:16 AM
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We hope some promotions and pay raises went on around the Warner Bros. marketing department because the studio completely turned around sentiment on the upcoming "Green Lantern." After a dreadful first trailer -- which even the studio admitted was a misfire -- they finally dropped a new look in some fresh, and much more well received footage at WonderCon. The creature designs looked good and the special effects popped, and while there are minor quibbles -- the CGI mask still looks pretty bad -- overall it was a major step forward.

Ryan Reynolds Says 'Green Lantern' Is Not 'The Dark Knight,' Not A Comedy Either

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 4, 2011 2:41 AM
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Actor Says The Story For The 'Green Lantern' Sequel Is "Set In Stone" & Hinted At In This FilmCall it comeback week for Warner Bros' "Green Lantern" superhero franchise but a few months ago it was a completely different story. When the EW magazine cover that first revealed lead actor Ryan Reynolds in costume hit, the core geek crowd were not feeling the CGI-created mask or suit. The first trailer didn't fare much better and was criticized by fanboys for its cheap effects and far-too-goofy tone.

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