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Guess What? Some People Aren't Going To Like 'The Dark Knight Rises' & Why Aggregated Movie Scores Are Meaningless

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 17, 2012 12:03 PM
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Warner Bros. gave the thumbs up on the floodgates to open on reviews for "The Dark Knight Rises" yesterday, and for the most part, advance notices have been strong. We gave the film an A grade and critics from Variety, The Wall Street Journal, Time, Rolling Stone, HitFix, Empire and more have all given their stamp of approval on Christopher Nolan's finale to his Batman franchise. But as we mentioned earlier today, some folks have had the audacity to dislike the film. Christy Lemire from the Associated Press, Christopher Tookey at the Daily Mail and Devin Faraci at Bad Ass Digest are among those who have weighed in negatively, but Marshall Fine at Hollywood & Fine had the unfortunate distinction of being the first one online to offer a voice of dissent. And the reaction was both extreme and embarassing.

Quentin Tarantino Says Jamie Foxx Is The One He Wanted For 'Django Unchained'; Ending Of Film Rewritten At Last Minute

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 17, 2012 11:45 AM
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Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" made its way to the Comic-Con faithful over the weekend, and by all accounts, including our own, it blew the lid off the place. The film has seen a number of casting changes and additions as it has rolled on its production, which started late last year. But one of the of the biggest What Would Have Been bits of casting involves the lead role itself. Over a year ago, it was revealed that Will Smith was in contention for part of Django. Indeed the actor himself confirmed this last month, saying, "I came really close, it was one of the most amazing screenplays I had ever ever seen. I was in the middle of 'Men In Black 3' and [Tarantino] was ready to go, and I just couldn't sit with him and get through the issues, so I didn't want to hold him up. That thing's going to be ridiculous. It is a genius screenplay." But according to Tarantino, it was Jamie Foxx he ultimately wanted.

Emma Roberts & 'Wanderlust' Star Kathryn Hahn Join Pot Trafficking Comedy 'We're The Millers'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • July 17, 2012 10:46 AM
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After spending the better part of a decade toiling in development hell, the New Line comedy “We're The Millers” looks set to finally see production soon, and with Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis starring nonetheless. Now finally securing a start date and a number of high-profile supporting actors including Nick Offerman and Ed Helms, the film has kept the casting train moving swiftly along, and today two more worthy talents have joined on.

Guillermo Del Toro Still Needs To See 'Prometheus' Before Deciding If He'll Attempt 'At The Mountains Of Madness'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 17, 2012 10:33 AM
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Earlier this year, Guillermo Del Toro hit his official fansite to bring sad tiding to fans about his long developing passion project, "At The Mountains Of Madness." With "Prometheus" seemingly touching on some of the same creation mythology that H.P. Lovecraft outlined in his celebrated and hugely influential novella, Del Toro believed his film was doomed: "I assumed the greek metaphor [of the title] alluded at the creation aspects of the HPL book. I believe I am right and if so, as a fan, I am delighted to see a new RS science fiction film, but this will probably mark a long pause -if not the demise- of ATMOM." But never say never?

'Step Up Revolution' Soundtrack Features Diplo, M.I.A., Timbaland, Cinematic Orchestra & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 17, 2012 9:42 AM
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You gotta hand it to Summit. It seems they don't fear Gotham's reckoning nor the comedy powers of Vince Vaughn and Ben Stiller, as at the end of the month, they'll be dropping "Step Up Revolution," the fourth entry in the surprisingly still-running franchise in which teenagers solve their problems through the power of dance. And while the budgets might have gotten smaller, the music department still seems to have the same latitude to spend.

Richard Jenkins To Play The Speaker Of The House In 'White House Down,' Diane Kruger Joins 'Me Myself & Mum' & More

  • By Simon Dang
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  • July 17, 2012 9:18 AM
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Establishing himself as one of the most popular and reliable character actors around, with a schedule that doesn't seem to quit, Richard Jenkins has now lined up a key role in Roland Emmerich's upcoming action drama "White House Down." He'll join an ensemble cast led by Channing Tatum as a Secret Service agent defending the president from a terrorist attack (with Jamie Foxx as the Commander In Chief himself), with Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Woods as fellow high-ranking Secret Service agents. Jenkins, meanwhile, will play the Speaker of the House, who trails the VP in the line of succession. The script comes by way of "Zodiac" scribe James Vanderbilt who sold his screenplay for $3 million to Sony earlier this year. [Variety]

Shia LaBeouf Lives In The Shadows On New 'Lawless' Poster, 'Hyde Park On Hudson' Poster Spotlights Bill Murray's FDR

  • By Simon Dang
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  • July 17, 2012 9:02 AM
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It was a long, eventful road that John Hillcoat's adaptation of Matt Bondurant's "The Wettest County In The World" took into production, but the Nick Cave-scripted, Prohibition-era drama -- now titled "Lawless" -- will finally hit theaters on August 31st with a star-studded cast in tow. At the heart of all the action and drama is the youngest of the three Bondurant brothers, played by Shia LaBeouf, who finds himself front and center for the film's latest poster.

Johnny Depp Confirmed For Wes Anderson's New Film ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 16, 2012 10:28 PM
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Well that was fast. Looks like the rumors were true. Johnny Depp has joined Wes Anderson's new film. Not only that, the project -- which will be the director's eighth feature-length effort -- has a title, "The Grand Budapest Hotel," which sounds Anderson-like enough (see "The Darjeeling Limited").

Vince Vaughn Lines Up Action Adventure Flick 'Gunslingers' Penned By 'Braveheart' Scribe Randall Wallace

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 16, 2012 6:45 PM
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For the most part, Vince Vaughn hasn't deviated all that often from the comedic persona which is his bread and butter, and why should he? He has it down cold, it pays the bills and it keeps his calendar busy. But it looks like the "The Cell" and "Psycho" actor is readying something a little bit different.

Watch: Ron Perlman Kisses Chris O'Dowd In Clip From 'Frankie Go Boom'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 16, 2012 6:17 PM
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There are few comedies that will hit theaters this year as strange and odd as "Frankie Go Boom." And the first clip/teaser has arrived, in the wake of the film's Comic-Con appearance, and it gives you a pretty good idea of just how far out there this one is.

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