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Boxing Comedy 'Grudge Match' With Sylvester Stallone & Robert De Niro Surfaces Again, Aiming For 2013 Shoot

  • By Ryan Gowland
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  • May 31, 2012 9:39 AM
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2012 has already delivered one big-budget movie based on the classic Grimm Brothers' fairy tale "Snow White." Earlier this spring arrived Tarsem's fizzy, Bollywood-ish "Mirror Mirror," which saw Julia Roberts vamping it up as the evil queen, surrounded by the most cheesily phony-looking sets this side of a Hammer horror movie -- if the movie had been any lighter it would have blown off the screen. And this week lands another: "Snow White & the Huntsman," an oppressively grim (pun very much intended) take on the fairy tale that instead favors mood, menace, and a kind of earthy grittiness, over the airier "Mirror Mirror." The problem is, that for all its frequently jaw-dropping visual panache, in narrative terms it sputters and stalls, sagging under the weight of its visual opulence.

Hold Onto Your Mullets, A Discography Of New Pics From 'Rock Of Ages' Turn It To 11

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • May 31, 2012 9:25 AM
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If you still have Def Leppard’s Pyromania album on heavy rotation and prefer Jefferson Starship to Jefferson Airplane, then there’s a pretty good chance you’re excited for the upcoming musical adaptation, “Rock Of Ages.” An ode to the days of hair metal and tight leather pants, “Hairspray” helmer Adam Shankman has cooked up a tale of a small town girl (livin’ in a lonely world) and a city boy who fall for one another on the Sunset Strip, all while in pursuit of their Hollywood dreams. Some of us here at The Playlist have secretly been anticipating the film’s June release, and with a cast consisting of Russell Brand, Julianne Hough, Alec Baldwin, Malin Akerman, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Mary J. Blige, Bryan Cranston, Will Forte, and of course Tom Cruise doing his best Tim Cappelo interpretation, who can blame us?

Matthew Vaughn Lands Rights To Max Barry's Upcoming 'Lexicon'

  • By Ryan Gowland
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  • May 31, 2012 9:05 AM
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Director Matthew Vaughn has been trafficking almost exclusively in comic book adaptations over the past few years, establishing franchises with 2010's "Kick-Ass" and last year's "X-Men: First Class." While Fox has Vaughn returning to direct the 'First Class' sequel, he'll still be involved in producing "Kick-Ass 2," and has optioned the rights to a couple of 'Kick-Ass' co-creator Mark Millar's other comic book properties, namely "The Secret Service" and "Superior." But it looks like Vaughn has aspirations outside of the comic book milieu, purchasing the rights to the upcoming novel "Lexicon" from author Max Barry with his own money.

Who? Brenton Thwaites Crowned Prince In 'Maleficent'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 30, 2012 10:29 PM
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Is Brenton Thwaites going to be the biggest Aussie sensation to hit the United States since Paul Hogan or Yahoo Serious? Only time will tell, but Disney has picked the young stud and dropped him into their brewing "Maleficent" alongside Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley, Juno Temple and more. Not bad for a Hollywood debut.

Olivia Wilde Joins Spike Jonze's Untitled iPhone Romance Film With Joaquin Phoenix, Rooney Mara & Amy Adams

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 30, 2012 6:25 PM
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Filmmaker Spike Jonze is apparently not content to just settle for the most talented cast in Hollywood to join his next film. Evidently he wants the most beautiful one as well. In a Deadline report about Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions landing international rights from for Jonze's next untitled project, the trade drops the little nugget of info that Olivia Wilde has also joined the cast. 

'The Killing' Star Mireille Enos Ties Up Atom Egoyan's 'The Devil's Knot' With Colin Firth & Reese Witherspoon

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 30, 2012 5:21 PM
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Well, we gave up on the second season of "The Killing" after being jerked around way too much by a plot that refuses to do anything, but the stars of the show don't have to worry about their Hollywood prospects. Joel Kinnaman has already popped up in a couple of movies and stars in the summer's indie rom-com "Lola Versus" and is slated to be the next "RoboCop." Meanwhile, Mirielle Enos has already bagged roles in "World War Z" with Brad Pitt and "Gangster Squad" with Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin, Emma Stone and a zillion other people, and now she's joining another film with an equally impressive roster.

Anne Hathaway Might Tune Up 'Song One'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 30, 2012 4:31 PM
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Well in case you missed it, the first trailer for "Les Miserables" dropped this morning and if anything, it proved that no matter how scrappy the clothes or terrible the haircut, Anne Hathaway can carry a tune. And it looks like she's got another musical project brewing, though it's not a sure thing just yet.

So, Gary Oldman Is Going To Play A Taxidermist With Anger Issues Now

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 30, 2012 4:09 PM
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From George Smiley to James Gordon to....Wiggy the angry taxidermist? You can't say that Gary Oldman doesn't continue to surprise...

Julianne Hough Finds 'Safe Haven' & Gemma Arterton Ready For 'Runner, Runner'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 30, 2012 3:45 PM
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Two lovely and talented ladies have lined up some projects, so let's get right to it....

George Lucas Stepping Away From LucasFilm To Make Experimental Movies In His Garage

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 30, 2012 3:18 PM
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Nearing 70 years old and with more than enough money to retire for twenty lifetimes, it looks like George Lucas is ready to hang up his lightsaber and call it a day. Again. The "Star Wars" godfather has previously spoken about his desire to do more experimental films and his plans to move away from the business many times over -- most recently in January -- and now he's talking it up again.

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