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Viola Davis, Bill Hader, William Hurt, Isabelle Huppert & More Join 'The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • July 16, 2012 10:24 AM
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Slowly shaping up to be one of the more unique productions this year, “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby” has gradually acquired a talented cast fit for its two-film premise -- that of a troubled marriage told, in each installment, from the husband and the wife's perspective. A few weeks back Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy were locked in as the couple, and now a slew of new names have come up just as the film heads into shooting.

Comic-Con '12: Peter Jackson's Cameo, The Role Of Women, Extended Cuts & More From 'The Hobbit' Presentation

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • July 16, 2012 9:24 AM
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To say the Comic-Con crowd is a little excited about the long-awaited release of the first “The Hobbit” movie this holiday season would be the understatement of the century. Saturday morning’s Hall H line was quite possibly the longest in the convention’s history, which could be attributed partially to other big guns such as “Django Unchained” and “Man of Steel,” but it’s hard to imagine the legendarily loyal Tolkien faithful didn’t play the biggest part in the mob scene.

Comic-Con '12: An Alternate Take On The ‘Man of Steel’ Footage & Other Highlights From Superman’s Hall H Appearance

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • July 16, 2012 9:00 AM
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Seven years after the release of Bryan Singer’s “Superman Returns,” Warner Bros. and DC Comics are taking another crack at reviving the onscreen presence of the most recognized name in the comic kingdom. “Man of Steel,” directed by Zack Snyder and starring Henry Cavill in the red and blue tights, pretends Singer’s movie never happened. The stakes for the reboot are high for many reasons, and there is a lot on the line including a big budget for the film and reputation of Snyder who, since 2006’s “300,” has endured various slings and arrows thanks to "The Watchmen" and "Sucker Punch." However, with Christopher Nolan’s name is attached as a producer, hopes are high that his involvement can yield some of that "The Dark Knight" magic. Finally, there’s little known Henry Cavill stepping into a role that many consider cursed. Suffice to say, there’s a lot more riding on Superman’s shoulders than the fate of Metropolis.

Review: Tabloid Journalism, Media Tricks & A Coldplay Montage...Yes, It's 'The Newsroom'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 15, 2012 11:00 PM
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There is perhaps no better encapsulation of the many flaws and tremendous promise that Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom" contains than "I'll Try To Fix You." The last of the first batch of episodes sent to press, as the credits roll, it's easy to see why advance reviews were all over the map, because the show itself is an unwieldy mess of liberal politics, sitcom comedy, media commentary and genuinely affecting drama. And all of those thing swirl together in what is perhaps the most representative episode of the show so far.

Comic-Con '12: Thomas Jane & Ron Perlman Unveil Unofficial 'Punisher' Short Film; 'Star Trek 2' Footage Revealed...Kind Of...

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • July 15, 2012 10:41 PM
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A brief litle update on various bits and bobs from San Diego over the weekend so here we go...The last time we heard anything about the future of Marvel's "The Punisher" was last fall when Fox committed to a TV pilot that would bring the character to the small screen...and that's about it since then. But Thomas Jane, who played the character in the modestly received 2004 movie, has gone ahead and made his own short film without Marvel approval.

Comic-Con '12: Highlights From Guillermo Del Toro’s ‘Pacific Rim’ Presentation Of Giant Robots Battling Giant Monsters

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • July 15, 2012 7:14 PM
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Guillermo del Toro's presentation for “Pacific Rim” at Comic-Con yesterday was brief, but well-played. A lifelong self-proclaimed geek, this is clearly not the man's first rodeo. "I am shitting my pants right now,” joked del Toro as he sat before the packed 6,500 capacity Hall H.

Comic-Con '12: Quentin Tarantino Wows Hall H Faithful With Bombastic Footage From ‘Django Unchained’ & More From The Presentation

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • July 15, 2012 6:59 PM
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While the films of Quentin Tarantino may not exactly be comic book movies, the world he has created over his highly decorated tenure at the top of the film game is so heavily steeped in popular culture that it seems a perfect fit for the writer/director to be debuting footage from his spaghetti western, “Django Unchained,” at Comic-Con. After all, pop culture guru Tarantino is a comic fan himself, having referenced characters from the pages now and again, such as in the somewhat awkward but totally Tarantino rewrites of “Crimson Tide” in which Denzel Washington stumbles through a monologue about the Silver Surfer. But I digress.

Watch: 'After Earth' Promo Video Suggests We'll Still Be Using Facebook In 2066

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 15, 2012 12:32 PM
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M. Night Shyamalan, Will Smith and Jaden Smith couldn't be bothered to wave to fans at Comic-Con, skipping San Diego entirely on Saturday, while Sony forged ahead, trying to get the geek crowd excited about the next summer's blockbuster, "After Earth." The studio showed off mostly behind-the-scenes footage, which included a clip of the director explaining he's approaching his sci-fi blockbuster as if it were "a documentary about Earth’s future." And certainly, the first promo video for the movie lays out the alternate history the movie will be using.

Matt Damon Open To 'Bourne 5,' But If 'Legacy' Is A Hit, He Expects The Franchise To Move On Without Him

  • By The Playlist
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  • July 15, 2012 10:54 AM
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Poor Matt Damon's got to be somewhat sick of answering questions about the Jason Bourne series, a franchise he's ostensibly not in any more. Or at least, not for now. In case you're living under a rock, Damon and Paul Greengrass walked away from a "Bourne 4" in late 2009 for several reasons, but one of them being a chief creative one: Jason Bourne had discovered who he was, no longer had full amnesia and his story arc had been completed.

Guillermo Del Toro Says He's Actively Trying To Develop 'Hellboy 3'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 15, 2012 10:21 AM
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By all accounts, Guillermo del Toro is about to step up to the next level. It's easy to remember that while he's had critical Oscar-nominated films like "Pan's Labyrinth" and is an unimpeachable geek idol, he's never had a true smash hit. But next summer's megabudget "Pacific Rim" is looking poised to change that, if the ecstatic reaction from fans at Comic-Con is anything to go by. Now, del Toro has more than his share of projects on the go, most of them passion projects, and it's likely that if the film is as big as we're expecting it to be, the helmer will get carte blanche to make whatever he'd like. But could one of those prospective follow-ups be a return to his blockbuster franchise?

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