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History Only Remembers A "Fraction Of The Truth" In New 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' Trailer

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  • March 18, 2012 8:29 AM
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2012 could be best remembered as the year when Hollywood got cold feet and backed away from its newest stars-in-the-making. To wit: While the Internet and the movie-blog industry loves Tom Hardy, the Weinstein Company knows the signal to noise ratio just doesn't match and they bumped "The Wettest County" (a prohibition drama that Hardy stars in) in the release schedule until, after "The Dark Knight Rises" (Hardy is the main villain), hoping the immense popularity of that picture will only help the awareness of the limited release drama centering on three brothers who run an illegal moonshine operation.

First Look At Prosthetics-Heavy Joseph Gordon-Levitt In 'Looper'

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  • March 18, 2012 7:44 AM
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Some will say he looks beefed-up, but the fact of the matter is Joseph Gordon-Levitt is under quite a bit of practical prosthetics to make him look more like Bruce Willis. Wait, what? Well, backing up a second, this is your first look at Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Rian Johnson's ("Brick," "The Brothers Bloom") much-anticipated sci-fi film, "Looper." In the high-concept picture that plays around with screwy time-travel conceits, Gordon-Levitt plays a hitman from the future who works for the mob and recognizes one of his targets as his future self.

Watch: Ridley Scott Makes A Case For Movie Of The Summer With The Full Trailer For 'Alien' Prequel 'Prometheus'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 17, 2012 9:29 PM
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Christopher Nolan, the ball is in your court. In what's already been an atypically strong year for big commercial movies ("21 Jump Street," "The Cabin In The Woods," "The Hunger Games"), Ridley Scott's long-awaited return to sci-fi, "Prometheus," just made a very strong case for being, of everything, the big studio movie that we're counting the days for, with the full trailer debuting tonight, just after Scott unveiled it at WonderCon. And it blew our motherfucking socks off.

'Easy A' Director Will Gluck To Remake Swiss Drama 'Vitus' As 'How To Disappear Completely'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 17, 2012 11:56 AM
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Well, this is something of a left turn. Comedy director Will Gluck, who's had two straight big hits in "Easy A" ($75 million worldwide) and "Friends With Benefits" ($150 million), is set to take on slightly heavier material with "How To Disappear Completely". The drama focuses on a young prodigy in the musical and academic worlds who slowly finds his skill level dropping as he ages, creating conflict with his overbearing parents. The script is from Ed Solomon ("Men In Black") though Gluck is expected to take a pass as well as direct for Sony.

Pay Attention, Gerard Butler Is Trying To Let You Know That 'Olympus Has Fallen,' Plus Photos From 'Of Men And Mavericks'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 17, 2012 10:17 AM
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It's taken a while, but Gerard Butler is finally going to answer his calling as an action star. The genre-hopping tough guy found success with a couple of romantic comedies, but his Oscar bid for "Machine Gun Preacher" fell short, so he's redoubling his efforts to become an A-List head-smasher. Butler's attached to Naval thriller "Hunter Killer," war picture "Thunder Run" and a heist film, "Brilliant," and now he's going to follow in the footsteps of fellow tough guys Clint Eastwood, Michael Douglas and Wesley Snipes. You guessed it: he's going to steal the Declaration of Independence save the President Of The United States, in the jargon-y sounding "Olympus Has Fallen."

Jonah Hill And Michael Bacall Scripting A Return Visit To '21 Jump Street'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 17, 2012 9:30 AM
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Early results are looking good -- "21 Jump Street" is poised for a $30 million plus debut, unprecedented for a non-summer R-rated film (read our highly positive review here). Action comedies are a tough sell, but Sony handled this one masterfully, finding a way to guide an older brand name to massive appeal amongst younger audiences (plus hiring two smart directors who knocked the final product out of the park). And now they're ready to do it again, enrolling Jonah Hill and Michael Bacall (co-writer of "Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World") to return for scripting duties on a sequel.

'Prometheus' Has Landed: Thrilling, Super-Intense Full Trailer Arrives For Ridley Scott's Sci-Fi Epic

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 17, 2012 8:19 AM
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Of all the summer movies due this year, none, even "The Dark Knight Rises," carry the weight of expectations from cinephiles as "Prometheus." Given that it's the first science-fiction movie in thirty years from Ridley Scott, the man whose previous entries in the genre, "Alien" and "Blade Runner," stand at the very apex. And as a spiritual successor set in the same universe as the former, the stakes for geeks are even higher. 

'Alice Creed' Director J. Blakeson To Helm Black List Script 'The Imitation Game' For Warner Bros.

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 16, 2012 6:09 PM
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Well, here's a name we're glad to hear is back on the radar. J. Blakeson may not be instantly familiar, but he's the man who made some nice waves with his crackling debut feature, "The Disapperance of Alice Creed," a whipsmart and nervy little thriller that put him on the map (and if you haven't seen the film, it's definitely worth tracking down). But curiously, not much has been heard from him. Way back in 2010 he signed on for the Great Chicago Fire romance "Hell and Gone" with a script by Jonathan Nolan, but not much was heard since. However, one of the hottest scripts in town has now landed his name back in the trades.

Elizabeth Olsen Looks To The Future, Talks 'Kill Your Darlings,' 'Thérèse Raquin' & 'Very Good Girls'

  • By Jen Vineyard
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  • March 16, 2012 5:51 PM
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After a breakout year in 2011 courtesy of "Martha Marcy May Marlene," up-and-coming actress Elizabeth Olsen is planning for 2012 to be a "year of firsts": "my first time portraying a real-life person," "my first period piece," and "for the first time in my life, I'm putting work first."

'Shallow Grave,' 2 Spalding Gray Pics By Steven Soderbergh, 'The Gold Rush' & More To Go The Criterion Collection

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 16, 2012 5:30 PM
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Well, time to break open those vacation savings for this summer, as The Criterion Collection have dropped a heckuva slate for June, so let's get to it.

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