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Watch: Trailer For 'Star Trek' Writer Alex Kurtzman's Directorial Debut 'People Like Us,' With Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks & Michelle Pfieffer

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 29, 2012 8:29 AM
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We're only about a month away from the start of the summer movie season, and the onslaught of noisy effects-heavy pictures that come with it. As such, more dramatic films, movies about human beings rather than robots or aliens, are about to get a little thin on the ground, but with the right placement, such a picture can prove to be an antidote to blockbusters and make a quiet killing, as "The Help" did last year. This year, one of the films attempting to fill that gap is "People Like Us," the directorial debut of Alex Kurtzman, a man who's been used to far bigger-budget fare thanks to his co-writing work on films like "Mission Impossible 3." "Transformers," "Star Trek" and "Cowboys & Aliens."

'Anchorman 2' Back On At Paramount, Will Ferrell To Return As Ron Burgundy With Action 4 Team Including Steve Carell & Paul Rudd

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 28, 2012 9:41 PM
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I'M IN A GLASS CAGE OF EMOTION! We thought it was dead, we thought it would never happen and were content to watch our well worn DVDs until the laser in our players burned right through the disc. But impossibly, improbably, Paramount has seen the light shining from a whale's vagina, and has put "Anchorman 2" back in motion.

Julianne Moore Joins Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Untitled Directorial Debut Starring Scarlett Johansson

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 28, 2012 6:07 PM
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In February it was revealed that renaissance man, HitRecord honcho himself, Joseph Gordon-Levitt was mounting his first feature-length directorial effort. A comedy starring actor and Scarlett Johansson, to anyone who's ever paid even a modicum of attention to Gordon-Levitt's HitRecord operation -- a open-collaboration production company/burgeoning multi-media mini-empire of short films, music, media of all trades -- the actor turning feature-length filmmaker is no real surprise.

Disney Unveils Traveling "Fanniversary" Theatrical Roadshow Featuring Rare Clips, Photos, Art & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 28, 2012 5:29 PM
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According to Variety, Disney is planning a showcase of "rare and never-before-seen clips, photos, and art," during it's first ever "Fanniversary" show, a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience that will roll out this spring/summer. The concept behind the awkwardly titled "Fanniversary" is to celebrate shows, cartoons, movies, and theme park attractions that are experiencing their anniversary this year, the biggest anniversary being the 30th anniversary of the opening of EPCOT Center in Florida.

Joss Whedon Compiled A 1998 Mixtape? 'The Avengers' Soundtrack Features Evanescence, Papa Roach, Soundgarden, Bush & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 28, 2012 4:57 PM
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For the most part, comic book movies have never had great soundtracks, and generally, they tend to bring together a generic mass of rawk music, the kind of stuff that studio suits think that the steretypical 14 year-old boys watching the film would really be into. But the rest of the movie world has realized that a) girls listen to music too and b) corporate rock is out, indie rock is in (please see the shift towards Pitchfork approved bands on those "Twilight" soundtracks). But for the folks at Marvel, it's still 1998.

'On The Road,' 'Cosmopolis' & 'Cogan's Trade' Appear Headed To Cannes, So Who Else Will Walk The Red Carpet?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 28, 2012 4:44 PM
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If you've kept up with us since we dropped our intial Cannes Film Festival piece back in February, a lot has changed and the field is becoming narrower and more clear in terms of what films and filmmakers are headed to the south of France. It requires a bit of moving puzzle pieces, and putting together bits and bobs of information, but the writing on the wall is beginning to appear, and today, the one moving the pen is The Hollywood Reporter. The trade has likely made a few phone calls of their own and been watching the landscape and today they reveal that "On The Road" and "Cosmopolis" -- two movies already widely expected to hit the fest -- are pretty much locks, while The Weinstein Company's "Cogan's Trade" (aka "Killing Me Softly") is "expected to be on hand." So what else can we expect? 

Watch: Charming Trailer For Time-Travel Comedy 'Safety Not Guaranteed' Starring Mark Duplass & Aubrey Plaza

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 28, 2012 2:57 PM
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"The world is mostly full of jankholes," says time traveler Kenneth in the trailer for the Sundance hit "Safety Not Guaranteed." And watching some of the ugly side of humanity come out during this political season (and in the Trayvon Martin saga), we get exactly where he's coming from.

Seth Rogen & Jay Baruchel's 'The Apocalypse' Will Land On June 14, 2013

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 28, 2012 2:27 PM
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The end is coming...and it's going to be hilarious. It seems that the end of the world just isn't the domain for ponderous filmmakers with comedies now taking a crack at the demise of humanity. This summer, Steve Carell and Keira Knightley will face the unknown in "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World," an ensemble crew including Anna Kendrick, Ken Jeong, Rob Corddry, Thomas Lennon, Paul Scheer and Craig Robinson are facing "Rapturepalooza," and now, one more film has a firm date as Seth Rogen and Jay Baruchel's "The Apocalypse" has been stamped with a June 14, 2013 release date.

Watch: Trailer For Oscar Winner William Joyce's 'Rise Of The Guardians' Debuts

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 28, 2012 2:00 PM
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Today the trailer for "Rise of the Guardians," DreamWorks Animation's big holiday 2012 animated movie, quietly debuted online (courtesy of Hey U Guys). The movie features the voice talents of Chris Pine, Isla Fisher, Hugh Jackman, Alec Baldwin and Jude Law, and centers around an elite group of childhood fantasy characters (Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, and Jack Frost) who must band together to save the world. It's based on a book series co-authored and illustrated by beloved artist William Joyce, who also co-directs the animated feature. (Joyce just won an Oscar for his charming animated short "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.")

Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis & Amy Poehler To Star In 'Mad Men' Creator Matthew Weiner's Directorial Debut 'You Are Here'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 28, 2012 1:48 PM
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Brewing for a while, "Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner's feature film debut has been through a few different incarnations. Way, back in 2009 Jennifer Aniston, Bradley Cooper and Zach Galifianakis were the first names to line up for the movie that was in very advance planning to shoot last year. But in the fall of 2010, new names cropped up with Jack Black, Matt Dillon and Renée Zellweger all being eyed. But riding off the heat of the massive season five opener for "Mad Men," Weiner is building up his cast again and it's pretty strong.

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