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'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Will Get Supersized With IMAX Sequences

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 13, 2012 12:26 PM
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So is IMAX the new 3D? With audiences just as likely to go to a 2D screening as one in 3D, it seems studios are now looking at IMAX as perhaps the next unique selling point for audiences. Christopher Nolan has been perhaps the biggest advocate of using the format for feature films, using the huge scale to solid effect in "The Dark Knight" and with even more planned for "The Dark Knight Rises" (whose prologue was shown only in IMAX theaters). And in case you missed it, "Batman Begins" is being converted for the format for the marathon screenings next month. And now another franchise is bringing those fancy cameras on to the set.

Watch: Trailers For Buzzworthy Docs 'Queen Of Versailles,' 'Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry' & 'Big Easy Express'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • June 13, 2012 12:02 PM
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While many of us are currently caught up in the excess of the summer blockbuster movie season, several smaller documentaries are quietly making their way to cinemas as well. A few trailers for these films are hitting the web this week for those looking to toss out the stale popcorn entertainment for something a little more nuanced.

Get Literary: 'The Diviners,' 'The Elephant Man' & 'Frog And Toad' Headed To The Big Screen

  • By Ryan Gowland
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  • June 13, 2012 11:44 AM
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Books have been a mainstay in Hollywood's never-ending search for film ideas, and while the adage "you should read the book" will never leave the mouths of frustrated moviegoers, a few more tomes have been picked up for film adaptation. As usual, there may be a few who are disappointed.

Watch: Trailer For Matheiu Demy's 'Americano' Stars A Half-Clothed Salma Hayek

  • By Ryan Gowland
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  • June 13, 2012 11:17 AM
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The last time we reported about Mathieu Demy's debut feature "Americano," it was about to premiere at TIFF last September in hopes of finding American distribution. It looks like it found it with MPI Media Group, who is releasing the film in limited release this weekend. With days left before its release, a new trailer has arrived.

'The Hobbit,' 'Man Of Steel,' 'Oz,' & 'Pacific Rim' Expected For Comic-Con But No 'Dark Knight Rises' Or 'Star Trek 2'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 13, 2012 11:12 AM
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Have you booked your tickets and hotel room yet for the San Diego Comic-Con? No? Well, you're probably shit out of luck as that thing has been sold out for a while now. So whether you'll be on the floor basking in geek heaven or sitting enviously at home, here's what can be expected at this year's festivities. Thus far, there is really nothing in the way of truly big surprises.

Exclusive: Rob Lowe, Cheyenne Jackson & Boyd Holbrook Join Steven Soderbergh's 'Behind The Candelabra'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 13, 2012 10:15 AM
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Steven Soderbergh has been never less than adventurous over his career, and so there is something quite fitting about the director taking on the story of the popular and flamboyant performer Liberace for his final film before he steps away from the movie world and into a hiatus. Michael Douglas and Matt Damon have long been attached in the lead roles, and with the film gearing up to shoot this summer, Soderbergh has begun assembling his cast with three more names boarding the film.

'The Lone Ranger' Is Over Budget & Behind Schedule With Rewrites Already Underway

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 13, 2012 9:45 AM
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Well, you can't blame Disney for at least trying. Last year, already sensing that "John Carter" was going to be a costly disaster (which it turned out to be), Disney began tightening the reins on the other big expensive tentpole movie they had in development, "The Lone Ranger." And they had reason to be worried. Originally budgeted at $250 million, the studio forced director Gore Verbinksi and producer Jerry Bruckheimer to scale it back to $215 million, with some of the more razzle dazzle setpieces and sequences either cut out completely or reconfigured, and principal cast and filmmakers all taking pay cuts (though with more promised if the movie was a hit). Once the studio was happy, the film was back on track, but it looks like Verbinski's reputation that he earned on the 'Pirates Of The Caribbean' films for sending costs soaring is being lived up to again.

Antonio Banderas Will Cameo In A Scene With Penelope Cruz In Pedro Almodovar's 'Standby Lovers'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 13, 2012 9:17 AM
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When Antonio Banderas and Pedro Almodovar unveiled "The Skin I Live In" in 2011, it marked their first collaboration in over twenty years, in a film that was excitingly new territory for both director and actor. We wondered how long it would be before the duo paired up again, and thankfully, the wait will be shorter than two decades.

Apparently The First 45 Min. To 1 Hour Of 'World War Z' Is Fine…The Rest, Not So Much

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • June 13, 2012 9:05 AM
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When it was revealed that Paramount's “World War Z” was going to be heading back for extensive reshoots, we can’t have been the only ones wondering how they were going to shoehorn Channing Tatum into this movie. Ah, maybe we’ve got our Paramount stories mixed up here, but the studio, which is celebrating its 100th year, isn’t having the best anniversary so far. “The Dictator” underperformed last month, and the move of “G.I Joe: Retaliation” left them without a summer tentpole – and this in the same year that they pushed back “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters” 10 months to early 2013. Their hopes for the rest of the year will be pinned on “Paranormal Activity 4,” “Flight,” and the Tom Cruise vehicle “Jack Reacher” to make up some of the cash those aforementioned films won't be bringing in/must be los. And in the case of "World War Z," it could be quite a chunk of change.

Family Matters: 10 New Images From 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 13, 2012 8:41 AM
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Well, it's all coming to an end in 2012. The adventures of Edward, Bella, Jacob and everyone else will be capped off with "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2" this fall, but the story still has more characters to add. As fans know, 'Breaking Dawn -- Part 1' was essentially one long wedding video that was highlight by Edward and and Bella finally doing the deed, but the lesson here is: use protection, folks. The result of that intimate encounter was a birth that nearly killed Bella, forcing her to take vampire blood in a transfusion, and now she and Edward have a new daughter Renesmee (named after her grandmothers). And she's growing up very fast.

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