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Watch: Andy Serkis & Thomas Brodie Sangster Battle Cancer Through Art in 'Death Of A Superhero'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • March 22, 2012 11:18 AM
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A devil's bargain to ponder: more mo-cap-free, starring roles for Andy Serkis, but all of them in maudlin teen cancer dramas that make “50/50” seem like the underrated romp it isn't? Okay, okay, the recently released trailer for Ian Fitzgibbon-directed “Death of a Superhero” actually looks halfway interesting, but still it's a quandary to be considered.

Terence Davies Talks Post-War England & Life Between the Devil And 'The Deep Blue Sea'

  • By Thomas Dodson
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  • March 22, 2012 11:00 AM
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Terence Davies’ newest film, “The Deep Blue Sea,” takes place, like much of his work, in post-World War II England. In it, Rachel Weisz plays Hester Collyer, a woman who abandons her passionless marriage to a wealthy barrister (Simon Russell Beale) for a torrid affair with a troubled former Royal Air Force pilot (Tom Hiddleston), the consequences of which plunge her into despair. When we got a chance to speak with the director, a natural storyteller with a mischievous sense of humor and infectious laugh, we would never have guessed he suffered from an acute case of homesickness for his native U.K., a fact he admitted toward the end of our time together.

Noomi Rapace Declared The New Ripley In Empire Plus New Pics, TV Spot & WonderCon Trailer From 'Prometheus'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • March 22, 2012 10:45 AM
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Oh “Prometheus,” you’re so close, yet so far away! After the debut of the enigmatically beautiful new trailer that made its way online over the weekend, our excitement couldn’t be more fevered. Fox is looking to capitalize on the newfound buzz for director Ridley Scott’s “Alien” prequel/spinoff/whatever by kicking off its marketing blitz in a grand fashion, well ahead of the film’s June 8th release date.

Martin Campbell Takes Over 'The Dive' From James Cameron

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • March 22, 2012 10:22 AM
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A while before “John Carter” set Disney’s bank accounts on fire with its financial woes, a comic book adaptation by the name of “Green Lantern” had a similar situation, failing to generate much box office heat in the overcrowded summer of 2011. Much in the way Disney has done with “John Carter,” a lot of the blame was shifted to the helmer -- in the case of “Green Lantern” it was “Casino Royale” director Martin Campbell. Though if “John Carter” helmer Andrew Stanton can follow in the footsteps of Campbell as he emerges from the wreckage of his own box office flop, perhaps he’ll be doing alright for himself. While it was practically a given Campbell wouldn’t be returning to guide Hal Jordan through a “Green Lantern 2,” he’s already lined up an impressive slate of work, taking over for Joe Carnahan on the thriller “Umbra” as well as landing a gig bringing the Lee Majors-led television series “The Fall Guy” to the big screen. We suppose that’s the sort of resilience your career has when you’ve directed two great Bond films in “Casino Royale” and “Goldeneye,” or perhaps Campbell has friends in high places, and a good bit of luck.

Abel Ferrara Talks '4:44 Last Day On Earth' & Says His Dominique Strauss-Kahn Pic Will Be "Eye Opening"

  • By Brandon Harris
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  • March 22, 2012 10:00 AM
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Abel Ferrara is a handful. With wild gestures and expertly timed jokes, he piles the digressions high, but is much sharper and in control than his legendarily hard-living persona would suggest. The sixty-one-year-old has had one of American indie cinema’s most eclectic careers. A Bronx native, Ferrara has made his way from 42nd Street’s row of exploitation and porn theaters to the Croissette in Cannes. He mantains a manic, youthful energy that is both infectious and a bit terrifying, and although since he became sober over a year ago he has mellowed a bit, the toll that years of less-than-legal substances has taken has certainly not affected the filmmaker's wit or broad-hearted sensibility.

Catherine Hardwicke To Direct '60s Brit Gangster Pic 'Diamond'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 22, 2012 9:40 AM
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After taking a sharp swing towards the mainstream with "Twilight" and "Red Riding Hood," it seems that director Catherine Hardwicke is determined to get back to the indie grit with which she made her name, with films like "Thirteen" and "Lords Of Dogtown." Over the past year she's aligned herself with a handful of projects including the provocatively named book adaptation "The Bitch Posse"; a boxing biopic with Noomi Rapace attached; and the erotic thriller "Plush" with Evan Rachel Wood. And now another project has landed on her slate that has nothing to do with vampires or werewolves.

Paramount Reinventing Mark Twain's Classic Characters With 'Snow White And The Huntsman'-Style 'Huck'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • March 22, 2012 9:19 AM
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One thing’s for sure; if you want to bring a classic story back to the screen, you’ve got to change the name. “Mirror Mirror,” “Tangled,” “Frozen,” “Elementary” -- the trend certainly points toward giving established properties cooler titles, ones that hint at the source material being adapted from. Hell, even Batman and Superman are now going by their nicknames rather than their more recognizable monikers. So it goes then, that “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” will be known simply as “Huck” when the story next finds its way to theaters.

George Orwell's '1984' Headed To The Big Screen, Famed Designer Shepard Fairey May Produce

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • March 22, 2012 9:00 AM
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George Orwell’s seminal 1949 dystopian novel, “1984,” arguably has as high a profile now as it ever did. In fact, if you say "1984" to someone they’d probably think of the book before they think of the year. Even for those that haven’t read the book, the title is synonymous with totalitarian politics, propaganda and the surveillance culture, and "Big Brother" is now even an established global brand of exploitative reality television.
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Watch: First Teaser For David Cronenberg's 'Cosmopolis' With Twilight Star Robert Pattinson Is Seriously Impressive

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 22, 2012 5:09 AM
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After the rather staid costume drama of "A Dangerous Method," a film that failed to embrace the kink promised in the premise of an sado-masochistic affair between Jung and a former patient, many started to wonder: had David Cronenberg gone soft? The filmmaker has been steadily moving into more mainstream territory, but generally managed to keep a little of the transgressiveness that made his name with films from "The Brood" to "Crash." But with the Keira Knightley/Michael Fassbender drama? Not so much.

Brett Ratner To Direct 'Midnight Run 2' With The Writers Of 'G.I. Joe: Rise Of The Cobra' Penning The Script

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 21, 2012 6:19 PM
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Talked about for years and years, we figured the proposed sequel to "Midnight Run" was one of those things -- like "Ghostbusters 3" -- that was never going to happen for a variety of reasons. But who knew that Brett Ratner, of all people, was going to be the guy to get this thing rolling?

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