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James Cameron Says 'Avatar' Sequels Will Allow Him To Address "The State Of The World And Human Affairs"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 20, 2014 12:44 PM
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Don't you dare call sequels cheap or creatively bankrupt, because Twentieth Century Fox chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos has something to say about it. He's head of the first studio to cross $3 billion worldwide this year, and that's certainly due to sequels like "Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes" and "X-Men: Days Of Future Past." For Gianopulos, sequels provide an opportunity to continue telling a story that audiences are already invested in.

Exclusive: New Pics From Nick Cave Docudrama '20,000 Days On Earth'

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  • August 20, 2014 11:35 AM
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20000 DAYS ON EARTH
Nick Cave is a musician, author, screenwriter and film composer, but he's also Nick Cave. Legend and fact often overlap with respect to the details of his life and work, and that's just the way he likes it. This is why the upcoming docudrama "20,000 Days On Earth" is a suitable project for the australian auteur.

Listen: Out-Of-Print Criterion Laserdisc Commentary For 'The Fisher King' With Terry Gilliam

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  • August 20, 2014 11:09 AM
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Of the many friendships the late Robin Williams formed over the course of his career, he returned to work with Terry Gilliam frequently. The actor first popped up in "The Adventures Of Baron Munchausen," took a leading role in "The Fisher King," has a cameo in "The Zero Theorem" and a voice part in the upcoming "Absolutely Anything" featuring most of the members of Monty Python (and despite reports to the contrary, Williams did complete his work on the movie before his passing). The director recently reflected on Williams' commitment to his work during production for "The Fisher King."

Watch: New Trailer For 'The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?' Presents A Missed Opportunity

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 20, 2014 10:34 AM
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Death Of Superman Lives
Of 4 Superman Movies That Were Never Made, arguably one of the most fascinating what-ifs has to be "Superman Lives." Set to be directed by Tim Burton, with Nicolas Cage (!?!?!?) in the lead role, with a script by Kevin Smith (really! it was apparently a good screenplay), the project was an adaptation of "The Death Of Superman" comic book arc that had android super villain Brainiac sending raging powerhouse Doomsday to kill the original superhero. But studio meddling led to rewrites, which eventually saw the project fall apart. But not before enough production had transpired —including early versions of costumes— that there's at least some sense of what the movie would've been like. An upcoming documentary tells the true story of the Superman movie that wasn't.

Frank Miller Hasn't Seen 'The Dark Knight,' Says He "Can't Watch A Batman Movie"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 20, 2014 10:04 AM
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The Dark Knight
Before he would attract Hollywood's attention with "Sin City" and "300" —both graphic novels adapted into feature films, the former seeing a sequel released this year ("Sin City: A Dame To Kill For" opens on Friday)— Frank Miller had spent 20 years as a blue-chip comic book creator. Given the keys to the Batman franchise in the '80s, Miller's "Batman: The Dark Knight Returns" and "Batman: Year One" were widely believed to have reinvented the character, with those works undoubtedly serving as the template for Christopher Nolan's take on the comic hero. (Darren Aronofsky tried to make 'Year One' before "Batman Begins" but couldn't get it moving, and in 2011 an animated version of the graphic novel was released on home video). And speaking recently with Playboy, Miller revealed his inspiration for making Bruce Wayne older, more grizzled and more vengeful.

TIFF Sets September 5th As Bill Murray Day With Free Screenings Of 'Ghostbusters,' 'Stripes' And 'Groundhog Day'

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  • August 20, 2014 9:31 AM
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While there has been a lot of insider debate this year about the Toronto International Film Festival's new rule regarding world premieres and how it will affect their lineup (or not), Toronto will definitely have one thing the rest of the fall festivals won't: Bill Murray Day.

Dwayne Johnson Keeps Talking About 'Shazam,' Also Lines Up 'Journey 3 & 4'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 20, 2014 9:23 AM
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Dwayne Johnson, Shazam
Dwayne Johnson doesn't need much prodding to talk about "Shazam." In fact, we're pretty sure his breakfast order is, "three eggs scrambled, multigrain toast, bacon, beans, fruit smoothie and....oh hey, did I tell you about the DC Comics movie I'm doing?" And so while he waits for Warner Bros. to finally make it official, the erstwhile Rock continues to talk about the project he hoped would've been formally announced last month in San Diego.

Simon Pegg And Nick Frost Planning New Film With Edgar Wright, Will Reprise 'Shaun Of The Dead' Roles On 'Phineas & Ferb'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 20, 2014 9:05 AM
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Shaun Of The Dead
By the title alone, last year's "The World's End" indicated a finale, with the trio of Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost putting their Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy to rest. But that hardly means the longtime friends are done working together: It appears that a new project is already developing.

Watch: First Trailer For Stephen King Thriller 'A Good Marriage' With 'House Of Cards' Star Kristen Connolly

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 19, 2014 5:25 PM
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A Good Marriage
With big studio adaptations of high-profile titles like "The Stand" and "It" in the works, it's easy to forget there are a number of smaller-scale Stephen King-based movies on the way. One of them is called "A Good Marriage," and well....it's certainly a movie, that much we'll say.

NYFF Doc Line Up Includes Films From Martin Scorsese, Frederick Wiseman, Albert Maysles & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 19, 2014 5:02 PM
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Martin Scorsese
The fall festival lineup keeps growing and growing. This morning TIFF beefed up their slate, and now the New York Film Festival is highlighting the titles in their documentary section. And they've got a lot of familiar faces.

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