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'X-Men: First Class' & 'Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes' Sequels Set For Summer 2014; 'Independence Day 3D' Hits July 3, 2013

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 31, 2012 3:57 PM
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Ironically, some of us were just having this conversation this morning. Would 20th Century Fox rush its "X-Men: First Class" sequel into production like they did in 2010 for its 2011 release (there was about an eight-month window to shoot and edit the picture and the film suffered because of it, but miraculously wasn't a total disaster)? The answer, thankfully, is no. Fox has set July 18, 2014 as the release date for their untitled sequel to "X-Men: First Class." Original director Matthew Vaughn will be on board once again with all of the original cast, including Micheal Fassbender, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult and many more (they all signed multi-picture deals after all). That should give them plenty of time to write a proper screenplay and not a mediocre one that the cast has to elevate (which was the case with the original). 

'Jupiter Ascending' Plot Rumored To Be Pretty Much Like 'Snow White And The Huntsman'; Joseph Gordon-Levitt Eyed For Role

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 31, 2012 3:54 PM
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Just like Woody Allen or Terrence Malick, The Wachowskis don't like to share what their movies are about until they're good and ready to, but as these things generally tend to go, somebody somewhere usually gets their hands on some kind of material and shares it with somebody else and before you know it, we're writing a post.

James Toback & Alec Baldwin Reveal Details Of The Film They're Trying To Raise Financing For

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 31, 2012 1:58 PM
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Just before the Cannes Film Festival, it was revealed that James Toback and Alec Baldwin were teaming for an under-the-radar, Cannes-set documentary about film financing known as "Seduced and Abandoned." The movie is an attempt to document the duo's efforts to raise financing for an actual movie they are looking to make together (more on that in a second). While some reports suggested it was a mockumentary, the "30 Rock" star has now explained the project's evolution, revealing that he and Toback's motivations quickly changed as they realised they weren't there "to make fun of people. That doesn’t do us any good. I thought let’s come here and let’s ask people a very simple construction which is: What was the movie business like before? What happened? And what is it like now in your lifetime?”

Joe Carnahan's 'Groundhog Day'-Style Action Movie 'Continue' Moving Ahead At Fox

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • May 31, 2012 1:41 PM
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Back in January when Joe Carnahan was busy wrong-footing everyone with a surprisingly mature follow-up to “Smokin’ Aces” and “The A-Team” in the form of “The Grey,” he also started talking a little about what features might come next. One of those was “Continue,” which Carnahan candidly described as “ ’Groundhog Day’ as an action movie,” and “funny as shit.” But we got the feeling that as passionate as he was about that project, he had his heart set on making “Killing Pablo,” which during the same interview he described as being “the best script I’ve ever written.”

Christian Bale & Natalie Portman Frolic In The Surf In Set Pics From Terrence Malick's 'Knight Of Cups'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 31, 2012 1:09 PM
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While we continue to wonder about..."To The Wonder"...and if it will show up at the Venice Film Festival or continue to stay on Terrence Malick's shelf, the filmmaker is already headlong on three movies in various stages of development: the doucmentary "The Voyage of Time" and a pair of feature films, the formerly titled "Lawless," and "Knight of Cups." Of course, Malick goes by Malick's schedule and he's been in pre-production/shooting on both pictures already and at least in the case of the latter, the seaside is going to provide a common meeting place for the main characters.

Details Emerge For Disney/Pixar's 'The Good Dinosaur'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 31, 2012 12:36 PM
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After “Monsters University,” next summer’s wholly unnecessary prequel to “Monsters, Inc.” (which imagines our monstrous heroes scaring their way through college), Pixar will embark on a cluster of highly original films that bring to mind the combination of adventurous storytelling and outrageous concepts that gave us, in sequential years, “Ratatouille,” “WALL-E” and “Up,” with these new films tackling everything from imagined earths, the sparks of imagination, and the Mexican holiday of Dia De Los Muertos. The first of these films (and the only one, so far, with a title) is 2014’s “The Good Dinosaur,” directed by “Up” co-director Bob Peterson and Peter Sohn, who gave us the glorious Pixar short “Partly Cloudy” and was the voice of Emile in “Ratatouille.” Details have been few and far between, although it has been acknowledged that it takes place on an alternate earth where the meteor missed and dinosaurs have evolved alongside humans, but recently the LA Times sat down with the creative principles behind the movie and got a few more nuggets of information.

Make It Stop: Omnibus Films 'Athens, My City' & 'Tbilisi, My City' In The Works Adding To Already Exhausted Genre

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • May 31, 2012 12:23 PM
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Are omnibus movies about different cities wearing themselves thin? “Paris, je ta’ime” had its moments and was a novel idea with a cutesy title, but since then we’ve had the insufferable “New York, I Love You” and the uneven “Tokyo!” And unfortunately, it seems producers in cities around the world are now looking to boost their profile by taking on the same format.

Watch: New 'The Bourne Legacy' Trailer Nods To The Past & Excitingly Strides Into The Future

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 31, 2012 11:51 AM
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Forget Jason Bourne....meet Aaron Cross. Universal has the tricky task of enticing viewers to be 'Bourne' again (ha ha) with a new installment in the franchise that links to the past mostly in name, and has a new face in Jeremy Renner leading the charge. And while the teaser trailer did a good job of keeping things mysterious while promising to deliver on action, the new full-length trailer, which just premiered at Apple, puts Renner front and center and gives a more complete picture of the world we're going to be stepping into.

Tom Hardy Heads To The Stage For "Crazy" Scorsese-Meets-Bollywood Musical 'Harold's Harem'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 31, 2012 11:40 AM
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As Charles Bronson for Nicolas Winding Refn, Bane for Chris Nolan, a Bondurant brother for John Hillcoat and an MMA fighter for Gavin O'Connor, if there's one thing that defines most of Tom Hardy's roles in his meteoric rise, it's pure masculinity. That doesn't look to be changing any time soon as he gears up to star George Miller's "Fury Road," but color us surprised as hell to hear that the actor's now set to team with playwright Brett C. Leonard for upcoming stage musical, "Harold's Harem."
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Robert Downey Jr. Wanted Bill Murray For 'Iron Man' But, Of Course, He Was Impossible To Get In Touch With

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 31, 2012 11:20 AM
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Bill Murray is know for not having an agent, and if you want to get in touch with him, the word is that he's got a 1-800 number where you can leave a message, and if he feels like calling you back, then he will (if you have it, please send it to us, thanks). Thus, every time he stars in a film, there's generally a humorous tale about how the project managed break the communication barrier and/or how there was concern that he might not actually show up. For instance, after months of answering machine messages, Sofia Coppola resorted to cold-calling Al Pacino in the hope that he (who Coppola heard lived in the same region as Murray) could put her in touch with him for "Lost In Translation." Then, even after meeting Murray through Mitch Glazer, Coppola only had a verbal agreement from the actor and didn't hear from him again until he miraculously showed up in Tokyo a week before lensing began. Now comes another Murray tale of frustration and answering machines via Robert Downey Jr.

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