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Tyler Perry Didn't Like 'Prometheus' & Is Writing His Own Sci-Fi Movie; Viral Campaign For The Film Continues

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 27, 2012 5:05 PM
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Well, if you've longed for the words Tyler Perry and "Prometheus" to appear in the same news story, today is your lucky day. It seems that Ridley Scott's sort of "Alien" world movie still has people talking, and opinions, as always, are fiercely divided. So leave it to Perry -- the man who has made cross-dressing into a money-making machine -- to weigh in with his own erudite thoughts on the film.

First Image Of Jason Statham In 'Eastern Promises' Writer Steven Knight's 'Hummingbird' Could Be From Any Jason Statham Movie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 27, 2012 4:05 PM
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A Jason Statham movie is a Jason Statham movie is a Jason Statham movie. They more or less follow the same template from film to film, and even his same basic clean shaven, well-dressed look passes into each movie. But we do have a bit of hope for one of his upcoming efforts, "Hummingbird." It marks the feature directorial debut of "Eastern Promises" writer Steven Knight, and the promise of something a bit more elevated from what we usually see from Statham.

Martin Scorsese Abandons Celluloid In Favor Of Digital For 'Wolf Of Wall Street,' But It Won't Shoot In 3D

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 27, 2012 4:00 PM
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The egress from celluloid to digital is becoming a mass exodus in Hollywood. Theaters that still project film are becoming an endangered species, with film houses like the New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles going as far as to launch their own "Save 35MM" campaign and petition in order to keep screening movies from film prints (they've won their battle for now). And right in step with theaters moving towards the inevitable future are the filmmakers themselves.

Lee Eisenberg & Gene Stupnitsky Rewrite Paul Feig's McCarthy/Bullock Comedy; Darren Lemke Asks 'Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • June 27, 2012 3:42 PM
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After “Bridesmaids” hit screens last summer the majority of speculation was around what its leading ladies would be up to next, and although Kristen Wiig was front and center in Paul Feig’s comedy it was Melissa McCarthy who most people wanted to talk about. Twelve months (and an Oscar nomination) later and the only real chance we’ve had to see her again is (sadly) in CBS’ “Mike and Molly.” Next up for McCarthy is a small role in Judd Apatow’s “This is 40,” and she’s also got Seth Gordon’s “Identity Thief” slated for next summer.

Ryan Reynolds Is Not Actually Confirmed For The 'Highlander' Remake

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 27, 2012 3:27 PM
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With a holiday coming up next week, it's been a pretty slow news week and the morsel making the rounds that Ryan Reynolds has joined the brewing "Highlander" remake was likely too good to resist. But alas, it's not true.

'Lost' Director Jack Bender Is Ready For 'Devolution' Based On An Idea From 'World War Z' Author Max Brooks

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • June 27, 2012 3:18 PM
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While his name may not be instantly recognizable just yet, filmmaker Jack Bender has been linked to quite a number of high-profile projects since the end of the beloved series “Lost,” a show he served as both a producer and frequent director on. Since then, he’s taken the executive producer position on frequent collaborator J.J. Abram’s “Alcatraz,” and he piqued our interest when we heard he’d be directing a Syfy time-travel drama pilot called "Rewind" with David Cronenberg featuring in a guest role, but he’s still probably best known for jumping ship on Paramount’s major Jack Ryan reboot with Chris Pine set to take over the popular Tom Clancy-created character (Kenneth Branagh has since taken the reins).

Producer Of Unwanted 'Starship Troopers' Remake Says New Film Will Be Less Violent, More Patriotic Than Original

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 27, 2012 2:45 PM
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"Starship Troopers" just might have been Paul Verhoeven's masterpiece. The Dutch helmer has several films that might run it close; "Flesh & Blood," "Soldier Of Orange," "Black Book" and his Hollywood debut "Robocop." But it's his epic, slyly satirical adaptation of Robert A. Heinlein's sci-fi novel about the war on a bug-like alien race that we keep coming back to rewatch and rewatch, and feels like the culmination of everything he worked towards across his career. Which is why of all the remakes circulating out there, the one we're most puzzled by is "Starship Troopers."

'Beasts Of The Southern Wild' Soundtrack Hits iTunes Today; Plus List Of U.S. Theaters Where The Film Plays

  • By The Playlist
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  • June 27, 2012 2:21 PM
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Stick a cork in your list of best soundtracks of the year right now, it might be done. Unless, by some miracle, something unexpectedly happens (and or Hans Zimmer just blows us away with "The Dark Knight Rises"), one major contender for soundtrack of the year is the score for Benh Zeitlin's well-celebrated indie picture, "Beasts Of The Southern Wild." Already lauded at Sundance (where it won Best Narrative) and Cannes (where it picked up the cinematography prize), we recently placed the film at the top of our Best Films Of Year... So Far list and we'll tell you: believe the hype, it's well-justified.

BAMcinemaFest: Ry Russo-Young, Lena Dunham & 'Nobody Walks' Cast Discuss The Film At Lively Q&A

  • By Cory Everett
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  • June 27, 2012 1:56 PM
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BAMcinemaFest is now in full swing and Brooklyn cinephiles are getting a chance to sample some of the films they might have missed at Sundance, Cannes and SXSW. Though the festival is already halfway over, there are still plenty of interesting films coming up, including So Yong Kim’s “For Ellen,” Josh Radnor’s “Liberal Arts” and Craig Zobel’s “Compliance” among others. Check out the full line-up here. One of the highlights of the fest so far has been Ry Russo-Young’s “Nobody Walks.” The dramedy centers on young artist Martine (Olivia Thirlby) who comes to stay in the pool house of a Los Angeles family while she completes her short film.

Genndy Tartakovsky To Tackle 'Popeye' For Sony Plus 2 New Images From 'Hotel Transylvania'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • June 27, 2012 1:37 PM
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Well, it looks like Sony is very happy with "Hotel Transylvania," the animated monster mash that could be a graveyard smash when it opens in September, since the studio has just tapped the film's extremely talented director, Genndy Tartakovsky, to take on a big screen animate update of "Popeye" (according to Variety). Also, a couple of new "Hotel Transylvania" images have been released – so put your paws together for that, too.

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