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'Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters' Helmer Tommy Wirkola Feels The 'Afterburn' With Gerard Butler

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • April 17, 2012 10:16 AM
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The zom-com genre has been kind to director Tommy Wirkola, since it was his 2008 film “Dead Snow” that first attracted Hollywood's attention, and it's been announced he'll continue his good fortune by heading up a new sci-fi comic adaptation with considerable talent involved.

Watch: Zooey Deschanel's iPhone/Siri Commercial

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 17, 2012 9:52 AM
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Actress, musician, web entrepeneur, Cotton brand enthusiast and now iPhone spokesperson. Zooey Deschanel had made an ad for iPhone 4S/Siri because why not. Sadly, no new original song like she did for the fabric company but she does dance to "Shake, Rattle & Roll." So there's that.

New Pics Of Johnny Depp & Chloe Moretz In 'Dark Shadows'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 17, 2012 9:41 AM
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While "The Avengers" is preparing for a mega opening if early tracking is any indication, its run at the top of the box office might be a brief one as just a week later, Warner Bros. is dropping the latest Tim Burton and Johnny Depp team-up "Dark Shadows" and they are pushing their flick just as hard as Marvel.

Park Chan-Wook Says His Remake Of 'The Ax' Will Follow 'Stoker'; Reveals He Was Up For 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • April 17, 2012 9:20 AM
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We still know relatively little about Park Chan-Wook’s Hollywood debut “Stoker,” considering that we’re expecting to see it in theatres before the year’s out. Starring Nicole Kidman, Dermot Mulroney, Mia Wasikowska and Matthew Goode, and written by Wentworth Miller (yes, of “Prison Break” fame), the film is one that is being batted around as a contender for Cannes and is one of the most anticipated films of the year, in any event. Park recently chatted with Korea Joongang Daily (via The Film Stage) about the plot:

Watch: Iron Man & Thor Go Head-To-Head In New Clip From 'The Avengers'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 17, 2012 9:01 AM
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How does Marvel sustain hype with two weeks to go until they unleash "The Avengers"? Release a clip or movie still every day until then. It seems the comic studio is taking a page out of Fox's playbook for "X-Men: First Class" last year which saw nearly half the movie (okay, we're exaggerating, but not by much) wind up online in some fashion before it hit theaters. Looks like we're going to get every story beat of "The Avengers" as well.

Elgin James To Follow Up Debut 'Little Birds' With Hostage Thriller 'Come Sundown'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • April 17, 2012 8:37 AM
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As a former street thug-turned-real-life-Omar Little-turned-filmmaker, Elgin James is definitely looking to make up for lost time. The Boston native has teamed up with Electric City Entertainment duo Jamie Patricof ("Half Nelson," "Blue Valentine") and Lynette Howell to helm the indie hostage thriller "Come Sundown," a project that will mark his second effort behind the camera after his Sundance 2011 feature "Little Birds."

Pedro Almodovar To Reunite With Cecilia Roth & Lola Duenas For 'The Brief Lovers'; Comedians Carlos Areces & Raul Arevalo Also Join

  • By Simon Dang
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  • April 17, 2012 8:20 AM
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After doubling his cast to two just yesterday, Pedro Almodovar's latest cinematic venture is now shaping up very quickly with four more actors added to the cast today. The helmer has set up a reunion with "Volver" star Lola Duenas and "All About My Mother" actress Cecilia Roth for the pic while Spanish comedians Carlos Areces ("Extraterrestrial") and Raul Arevalo are also on board.

David O. Russell Confirmed To Helm Biopic Of Former Rhode Island Mayor Buddy Cianci

  • By Simon Dang
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  • April 17, 2012 8:03 AM
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Last we heard, it was on his "maybe" pile but 24 Frames now reports that David O. Russell is officially set to helm the gestating biopic of former Rhode Island mayor Buddy Cianci for Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal's Tribeca Productions.

Watch: Fantastic 'Prometheus' Viral Video Focusing On Michael Fassbender's Android David

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 17, 2012 7:24 AM
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Just yesterday afternoon around ye olde Playlist water cooler, we were talking about the "Prometheus" marketing campaign. Specifically how, unlike Warner Bros. and Christopher Nolan who can show as much or as little of "The Dark Knight Rises" as they please because of the built-in brand, Fox has a bit more of uphill climb with "Prometheus." With no major stars and only a tenuous link to the "Alien" series (that isn't even being played up in materials for the movie) they've had to sell the sizzle without (hopefully) ruining the movie. And they've been doing a great job. Boasting some of the best trailers of the year so far and building up feverish anticipation, this latest viral video is further proof that they're running a well-oiled machine over there.

Light At The End Of The Tunnel: Wong Kar-Wai's 'The Grandmaster' Gets December 18th Chinese Release Date

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 17, 2012 6:53 AM
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It's five years since the last film from the great Chinese director Wong Kar-Wai. It's eight since his last Chinese-language film, "2046." And depending on your tolerance for the latter, it's twelve since his last great film, "In The Mood For Love." But Kar-Wai has such a hugely impressive body of work behind him -- from "Ashes Of Time" to "Chungking Express" -- that anything he does will have a fever-pitch of anticipation behind it, and that only seems to get greater the longer he takes with his latest project, "The Grandmaster."

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