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Warner Bros. Bringing Mandrake The Magician To The Big Screen In Contemporary Flavored Makeover

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 13, 2012 4:26 PM
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Well, this marks the second big move in two days from Warner Bros., which seems to be deviating from the gameplan of safe plays and taking on riskier fare. Just yesterday, they came aboard the massive "The Dark Tower" franchise from Ron Howard and Brian Grazer that Universal dropped last year, and now they are continuing with bold maneuvers, taking on the vintage comic "Mandrake The Magician" and bringing it to the big screen.

Barbra Streisand's Remake Of 'Gypsy' At Universal Now Official, 'Downton Abbey' Scribe Julian Fellowes To Pen Script

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 13, 2012 2:31 PM
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Well, that took a while to get locked. It was nearly a year ago that talk first cropped up about Universal and Barbra Streisand coming together for a new adaptation of the Broadway musical "Gypsy." Since then, word had grown quiet, and we presume that was due to trying to get Arthur Laurents, the writer of the musical, to finally agree to this endeavor after he initially kiboshed the idea, citing his dissatisfaction with the 1962 movie version starring Rosalind Russell. Well, he passed away last May, and we imagine that helped clear the path to making this official.

'A Separation' Director Asghar Farhadi's Next Film Is A French-Language Pic, Shoots This Fall

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 13, 2012 1:53 PM
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Winning an Oscar is a cause for celebration...unless you're the sour-faced officials in the Iranian government. While most Iranians are proud and honored that Asghar Farhadi took home the prize for Best Foreign Film for "A Separation" at the Oscars, the heavy handed Iranian government scoffed at such Western frivolity, and canceled a planned ceremony on Monday for the movie. Apparently, the film's themes of domestic strife and gender inequality were frowned upon by the conversative higher ups. Well, they won't have to worry about the director's next film bringing them dishonor.

'Scott Pilgrim' Writer Michael Bacall Confirms Role In 'Django Unchained'; Tom Wopat Reveals Details Of His Appearance

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 13, 2012 12:50 PM
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Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" is in the midst of production, under a surprisingly tight veil of secrecy that has prevented any significant leaks coming from the movie (except for some super bland shots of some completely empty sets). To be sure, this is the director's starriest and arguably most controversial outing yet, a slavery/western/vengeance tale that features a lengthy credit scroll that includes Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson, Christoph Waltz, Sacha Baron Cohen, Kerry Washington, Dennis Christopher, Kurt Russell, Laura Cayouette, Don Johnson, M.C. Gainey, Tom Savini, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Anthony LaPaglia, RZA, Misty Upham, Tom Wopat, James Remar, James Russo, Todd Allen, Rex Linn, Catherine Lambert and Daniele Watts. Phew. And guess what: Tarantino is still adding players to his film.

Watch: 'Independence Day' Meets 'Pearl Harbor' In New Trailer For 'Battleship'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 13, 2012 12:03 PM
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"Warning red, weapons tight...I want everything loaded," Liam Neeson gravely intones to a bunch of guys stranded in Alaskan wilderness to his crew. Why? Because a bunch of Transformers from space who are gonna create a huge debris field are coming to Earth in the latest trailer for "Battleship."
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All The Songs From The '21 Jump Street' Soundtrack Including Eminem, The Clash, N.W.A., Foster The People & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 13, 2012 11:59 AM
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Bigger and badder than anything Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum have done before, "21 Jump Street" is the kind of action comedy that is getting labels like "instant classic" thrown around (okay, maybe we said that). And while the movie has been marketed hard, one thing you won't be getting (oddly enough) is an official soundtrack or score (which is a pity because Mark Mothersbaugh of Wes Anderson-film fame composed the score), but not to worry because we got you covered there.

Anthony Mandler Takes Over 'The Last Days Of American Crime'; Sam Worthington Appears Out But Is Noomi Rapace On Board?

  • By Simon Dang
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  • March 13, 2012 11:45 AM
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Previously set up as a teaming between two action staples in F. Gary Gray and Sam Worthington, the gestating adaptation of the comic book "The Last Days Of American Crime" is getting a makeover. Anthony Mandler is now taking on the project as his feature directorial debut, and it appears that former producer/star Worthington is no longer attached.

Neal Moritz Admits Cost Of 3D Conversion & L.A. Shoot Have Killed Plans For A 'Green Hornet' Sequel

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 13, 2012 11:17 AM
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It was a rough and bumpy ride for "The Green Hornet" as it made its way to theaters. With chatter of studio dissatisfaction, poor test audience results, shifting release dates and a late game decision to convert to 3D, the superhero flick still managed to bank a respectable, if not quite blockbuster worthy $227 million worldwide. Sequel plans were always in works, with screenwriter Evan Goldberg saying before the film's release that the story for a followup was already mapped out. And while some folks have been holding out hope that Britt Reid would be back in action, the film's producer has candidly confirmed it's likely not going to happen.

Stephen Hawking To Guest On 'The Big Bang Theory'; 'Lost' Showrunner Carlton Cuse Heads To 'The Bates Motel' & More

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • March 13, 2012 10:39 AM
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Here's a bit of small screen news, and what you can expect on the box in the next little while:

Kathryn Bigelow's 'Zero Dark Thirty' Casts Little Known Israeli Actor Yoav Levy As Bin Laden's Third In Command

  • By Simon Dang
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  • March 13, 2012 10:21 AM
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While lensing on the Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal reunion for the newly-titled "Zero Dark Thirty" has already began, the duo look to be casting on-the-fly with little known Israeli theater actor Yoav Levy now joining the project as Osama Bin Laden's reported third-in-command, Abu Faraj al-Libi.

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