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Nick Nolte Wants His Money Back In 'Bitterroot'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 28, 2012 12:10 PM
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You need someone to play vulnerable and grizzled? Call up Nick Nolte. At 71, the actor's voice has never been more gravelly, nor his face more worn and he's been using it to great effect. He was outstanding in last year's unfairly slept-on "Warrior" and in many ways, he was emotional heartbeat of Michael Mann's canceled HBO series "Luck." He's been working at a clip lately, bagging supporting roles in Robert Redford's "The Company You Keep," "Gangster Squad" and "Parker" but now he's going to take a lead.

Peter Jackson Says To Wait Until You See 'The Hobbit' In Full Before Judging The Results Of 48fps Filmmaking

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 28, 2012 11:44 AM
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It seems that this week, everyone suddenly became an expert on 48fps (frames-per-second) filmmaking. In case you're still playing catch up, 48fps doubles the 24fps standard that has been used throughout cinema history in order to provide a smoother, crisper and more "realistic" image. It's the latest technological leap that guys like James Cameron and Douglas Trumbull have been trumpeting (the latter considering going to 60 fps for the project that he's currently working on) and Peter Jackson has been using it on "The Hobbit." He unveiled 10 minutes of footage at CinemaCon this week and it got a negative-to-mixed reaction, resulting in those in attendance tossing out comments like "terrible," "jarring" and "it doesn't look cinematic." Ouch.

Henry Selick Is Back: Nearing Finish Line On His Disney/Pixar Feature & Will Direct Neil Gaiman’s ‘The Graveyard Book’

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 28, 2012 11:14 AM
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In 2010 it was announced that Henry Selick, the beloved director of “Nightmare Before Christmas,” had left Laika Studios, the Portland, Oregon-based animation studio run by Nike co-founder and chairman Phil Knight. Knight had hired Selick back in 2002 to help transition the studio from Will Vinton Studios (home of the California Raisins, among others) into a 21st century powerhouse. Selick’s first animated feature, the gorgeous “Coraline,” was released in 2009, but just a year later Disney and Pixar came courting and Selick packed his bags. Things have been quiet for a little while but some details have started to emerge about his Pixar project, while Disney has signed him on to a highly coveted property.

Hammer Films Scares Up The Rights To The Winchester Mystery House For Horror Flick

  • By Marta Corato
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  • April 28, 2012 11:00 AM
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Recently reborn horror studio Hammer Films has developed a taste for haunted houses: after last February’s “The Woman in Black," they have optioned the rights for a film on the Winchester Mystery House, located in San Jose, California. Imagination Design Works and Nine/8 Entertainment are planning to produce a movie based on the “legendary story” of the property.

Rooney Mara, Ben Foster & Casey Affleck To Star In '70s-Set Drama 'Ain't Them Bodies Saints'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 27, 2012 8:11 PM
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After a busy week, you'll excuse Rooney Mara's agents if they turn off their cell phones and have a much earned nap. In the last few days the actress has signed on to replace Carey Mulligan in Spike Jonze's upcoming film, and taken a lead role in the upcoming adaptation of Colm Toibin's "Brooklyn." And now to close off the week, she's landed another gig that will see her star opposite two of our favorite actors.

Kristen Stewart Heads To 'Cali' For An Action Flick

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 27, 2012 7:40 PM
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So, can Kristen Stewart succeed where her "Twilight" buddy Taylor Lautner failed? She's going to give it a shot as she's lining up an action movie to call her own.

In Theaters: 'Bernie,' 'The Five-Year Engagement,' And 'Pirates!' Are 'Safe;' 'The Raven' Not So Much

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • April 27, 2012 5:57 PM
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Happy Friday! It’s the last minute run-up to summer blockbuster season, and since no one wants to even contemplate challenging “The Avengers” next week (except for those pranksters over at DC Comics), a swell of smaller, independent, and foreign pictures are hitting theaters this weekend. And with the Tribeca and San Francisco International film festivals in full swing, we’re happy to go along. Despite the blockbuster-less slate, there’s still plenty of mystery, horror, and gun-filled action to (temporarily) sate any action lovers’ palate. Plus a romantic comedy and a maybe-for-children-maybe-for-adults animated feature. Enjoy!

Jamie Bell & Kate Mara Team Up For Rom-Com 'Fighting Jacob'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 27, 2012 5:47 PM
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Earlier today, The Playlist team ran down their favorite rom-coms and if there was any unifying thread to the variety of movies we had listed, it was that chemistry and appeal between the two leads is essential. If you don't have stars that can be charming, attractive, funny and sympathetic, no matter how good the script is, it just won't work. But luckily for the makers of "Fighting Jacob," they're off to a good start.

Universal Looking To Keep Rupert Sanders On Board For ‘Snow White And The Huntsman’ Sequel; David Koepp May Write It

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 27, 2012 5:10 PM
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You've gotta assume this means Universal is predicting a fairytale ending. While the studio's upcoming summer tentpole, "Snow White and the Huntsman," didn't ever appear like it would lend itself to a sequel initially -- it is, afterall, somewhat of a self-contained Snow White story -- we heard a few weeks ago via Universal that chief Ron Meyer believes that the series could have a shelf-life past the first film if it were to center itself around the character of the Huntsman as played by Chris Hemsworth.

'Harry Potter' Writer Steve Kloves To Pen & Direct Live Action 'The Jungle Book' For Warner Bros.

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 27, 2012 4:46 PM
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To put it bluntly, Warner Bros. owes Steve Kloves about two billion dollars. Roughly. As the man who adapted every entry in the 'Harry Potter' series of films, he played an integral part in turning the young adult novels into box office sensations that not only won over dedicated fans of J.K. Rowling's work, but also helped bring on new devotees for what is one of the most successful franchises of all time. And now, it looks like Kloves is going to use that goodwill to direct his first film in over two decades.

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