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Peter Parker Gets 'Transformers'-ized, Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci To Pen 'The Amazing Spider-Man' Sequel

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 24, 2012 2:51 PM
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It's not as if the script for "The Amazing Spider-Man" is lacking in the blockbuster quotient behind it. While "Zodiac" scribe James Vanderbilt brings a slight air of prestige in the credits, the screenplay for the upcoming reboot is also credited to Steven "Harry Potter" Kloves and Alvin "Spiderman 2 and 3" Sargent. But it seems Sony wants a bigger boom for the planned sequel, and have hired two the biggest guns around town.

Exclusive: Thomas Newman Scoring Steven Soderbergh's 'The Bitter Pill'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 24, 2012 2:26 PM
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Steven Soderbergh has long made a habit of keeping a wide-ranging roster of regular collaborators to turn to, depending on the needs of whatever project he's working on. And with the cameras now rolling on his next effort "The Bitter Pill" he's taking a step away from the electronic-driven scores by Cliff Martinez and David Holmes of his last two films "Contagion" and "Haywire."

Watch: Gorgeous Trailer For 'Samsara' From The Director Of 'Baraka,' Shot In 70mm

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 24, 2012 1:27 PM
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While the wonders of 3D and IMAX are currently the latest toys being embraced by filmmakers looking to immerse audiences in the worlds they conjure up for the big screen, some directors realize that beautifully composed images, presented in the best possible quality, can speak more volumes that the latest gadgets. Ron Fricke, the helmer behind the acclaimed short "Chronos" and the celebrated feature length "Baraka" (and an editor on "Koyaanisqatsi") knows more than anyone the power that a single frame can bring. And returning with his first feature film in two decades, he hasn't lost a beat.

Armie Hammer, Ben Kingsley, John Malkovich, Michael Sheen & Teresa Palmer Join Crime Thriller 'Cut Bank'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 24, 2012 12:39 PM
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Landing a script on the Black List doesn't necessarily mean your movie will get made right away (please see the forever-developing "Prisoners" as a hot script stuck at the starting gates) but it does mean that when the ball gets rolling, top talent is going to swarm. And for Roberto Patino, his 2009 script for "Cut Bank" has rounded up a helluva cast.

Oscar-Winner Melissa Leo & Til Schweiger Join Shia LaBeouf In 'The Necessary Death Of Charlie Countryman'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • April 24, 2012 12:19 PM
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In the time since he was first attached to “The Necessary Death Of Charlie Countryman,” Shia LaBeouf has knocked out a couple of "Transformers" movies, and even started his own graphic novel-penning career, while Zac Efron briefly took over the part. With LaBeouf back on board, however, he can finally put down his coloring-in kit: with news that two more established actors have joined the crime thriller, all seems ready to go.

Tribeca: Bradley Rust Gray & Riley Keough Talk Making 'Jack And Diane' & Working With The Famed Brothers Quay

  • By John Lichman
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  • April 24, 2012 11:59 AM
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The heart of "Jack and Diane," the third film from Bradley Rust Gray, isn't about it being a monster movie. It's about looking at a love story and seeing that there's qualities that Gray brings to this relationship that perfectly reflect first love: bright and flighty Diane (Juno Temple) is visiting her aunt in New York and finds herself falling for Jack (Riley Keough), a rougher and more butch girl working in a skate shop. As their first night culminates in a kiss, Diane's feelings overtake her body, turning her into a snarling, grotesque beast with hair and wires snaking around her organs. Whether Diane's hiding a deadly fact about herself, or if it's just Gray playing with metaphor as their relationship evolves over a week, is entirely up to the audience.

Juliette Binoche & Clive Owen In Talks To Star In Fred Schepisi's School-Set Drama 'Words And Pictures'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 24, 2012 11:19 AM
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In the 1980s and 1990s, Australian director Fred Schepisi was something of a big deal. The 73-year-old filmmaker got his start back in Oz with 1976's "The Devil's Playground," made his U.S. debut with the underrated Western "Barbarosa," and went on to make acclaimed, successful pictures like "Roxanne," "A Cry In The Dark," "The Russia House" and "Six Degrees Of Separation," as well as a few that didn't quite connect in the same way, like "I.Q." and "A Fish Called Wanda" semi-sequel "Fierce Creatures." The filmmaker's been relatively quiet in the last ten years, with 2003's Michael/Kirk/Cameron Douglas disaster "It Runs In The Family" and 2005's acclaimed HBO drama "Empire Falls," which featured Paul Newman's final live-action performance, as his only output.

Jackie Robinson Biopic '42,' Phil Lord & Chris Miller's 'Lego' Movie & 'Celeste & Jesse Forever' Get Release Dates

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • April 24, 2012 10:19 AM
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Want to know when you might be able to see some of the movies that you might be interested in seeing? Yes? That’s good, because we’ve got somewhat of a release date round-up for you.

Jason Segel Talks Making 'The Five-Year Engagement, Improvisation & Why He's Not In A Hurry To Direct

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • April 24, 2012 9:58 AM
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Jason Segel and Nick Stoller first met up on the Judd Apatow college comedy TV series “Undeclared” just over a decade ago. The show was far from the first attempt to tackle the freshman college experience, but it was one of the more fresh and realistic, a warts and all portrayal of the often difficult transition from childhood to the real word.

Hugh Grant Really Enjoyed Playing A Futuristic Korean Slave Owner In 'Cloud Atlas'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 24, 2012 9:38 AM
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One of the biggest cinematic question marks of the year is The Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer's "Cloud Atlas." The project, which boasts a starry lineup with each actor playing multiple characters, and a sprawling storyline set across a backdrop that spans hundreds of years, is currently in post-production with only a couple of stills to even give the barest indication of what we can expect. But one of the more intriguing things the film will offer is the chance to see the usually affable and charming Hugh Grant being bad. Being very, very bad. He's already said he does "a lot of killing and raping" in the film, and now he's dropped a few more morsels about his roles in "Cloud Atlas."

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