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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.

'The Human Fly' Headed To The Big Screen

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 27, 2012 1:17 PM
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While Marvel continues to dominate the comic book movie world both in terms of bringing the characters to life and reaping some serious financial rewards ("The Avengers" crossed $600 million domestic this week), it pays to remember that there are many characters the studio doesn't have the rights to (for example, many of the X-Men, Wolverine, etc.). And it appears The Human Fly is one of them as a movie is now on the way about that character.

Alex Kurtzman Wants To Do For 'Van Helsing' What Christopher Nolan Did For Batman

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • June 27, 2012 12:38 PM
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We’re not sure that author Bram Stoker would’ve ever imagined that the characters in his beloved novel “Dracula” would one day be considered multi-billion dollar franchise properties. Though it doesn’t just stop at the titular character – played most famously by the one and only Bela Lugosi – but also the man who was always hot on the heels of the fanged phantom; Abraham Van Helsing.

Exclusive: Poster For Mike Birbiglia's 'Sleepwalk With Me' Co-Starring Lauren Ambrose

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 27, 2012 12:23 PM
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Premiering at the Sundance Film Festival in January and going on to play SXSW in March, Mike Birbiglia's "Sleepwalk With Me" has slowly been building up some strong word of mouth. And in fact, just last week the film opened the BAMcinemafest in New York City to sold out crowds. At the end of the summer, the movie will make its way to theaters and to give you a little peek, we've got the exclusive poster for the film below.

Watch: New, Hugely Impressive U.K. Trailer For Rian Johnson's 'Looper' With Bruce Willis & Joseph Gordon-Levitt

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 27, 2012 11:37 AM
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Now that we're midway through the summer season, we're sort of champing at the bit for the arrival of the fall: "The Dark Knight Rises" and "The Bourne Legacy" aside, there's not a lot in the coming months that's really floating our boat, unless something like "Total Recall" or "The Watch" proves to be a pleasant surprise. And in part, it's because the fall's looking so promising -- long before the heavy hitters at Christmas, even the normally dead zone of September looks chock full of pleasures, with "Lawless," "Gangster Squad," "End Of Watch" and "Killing Them Softly" all looking exciting to one degree or another.

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