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'World War Z' Being Eyed As A Potential Trilogy; Movie Described As Mix Between Jason Bourne & 'The Walking Dead'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 3, 2012 6:56 PM
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In case you didn't get the memo, for the most part, the major studios no longer sweat the small stuff. It's all about the tentpole these days, and the bigger the better with more and more movies going all in on their budgets, and then crossing their fingers that the all important first weekend is a big one. Franchises are either made or broken on those numbers between Friday and Sunday night, but between all the studios throwing elbows for dominance, in 2011 it was Paramount who won the battle taking home the biggest market share. And heading into 2012, they are hoping to keep that streak alive and have one of the biggest stars in the world in their arsenal to help them do it.

Watch: Clip From 'The Innkeepers' Plus Win A Pair Of Tickets To Brooklyn Screening With Ti West & Sara Paxton

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • January 3, 2012 4:03 PM
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There were few films more divisive at last year's South by Southwest Film Festival than Ti West's creepy, kooky "The Innkeepers." We found the film to be an absolute delight and easily one of the highlights, not only of the midnight movie line-up, but the festival as a whole.

Sandra Bullock Says Alfonso Cuaron Insisted On No Makeup For The Actors In 'Gravity'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 3, 2012 3:57 PM
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Even though he's been twice voted by People magazine as the Sexiest Man Alive, it looks like you're going to see George Clooney at his rawest. As if Alfonso Cuaron's 3D space thriller "Gravity" wasn't already ambitious enough, he's gone ahead and given the marketing department a headache by insisting on uglying up his actors.

Mark Wahlberg Blames Hurried Release Schedule For Ruining Tim Burton's 'Planet Of The Apes'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • January 3, 2012 3:28 PM
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While promoting his forthcoming counterfeit thriller "Contraband" (out later this month), star Mark Wahlberg was asked by MTV about his involvement in Tim Burton's "Planet of the Apes," since the new entry in the franchise, last August's "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," got considerably kinder reviews. "I haven't seen it yet, but I heard it was pretty damn good," Wahlberg said. "Well, ours wasn't. It is what it is." Wahlberg with the self deprecation.

First Look At Jemaine Clement As The Villain In 'Men In Black III'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 3, 2012 2:37 PM
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A trailer for the "Men In Black 3" hit just before Christmas and mostly focused on the time-jumping storyline and Josh Brolin's eerie Tommy Lee Jones impersonation, but we didn't see much in the way of creatures or a villain (probably because VFX are still being worked on). Well, now a peek at the baddie has surfaced.

Kim Ji-Woon Returns To Korea After Arnie's 'The Last Stand' For 'The Fall Of Humanity'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • January 3, 2012 2:14 PM
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After releasing one of 2011's very best movies, the serial killer epic "I Saw the Devil," South Korean director Kim Ji-Woon is about to embark on an even scarier proposition: a big Hollywood movie starring none other than Arnold Schwarzenegger. That film, the revenge western "The Last Stand," isn't slated to come out until January 18, 2013, but it seems the lure of Hollywood has proven fleeting. According to Twitch Film, Kim is headed back to Korea for his next film. Sorry Arnold, we're sure it was nothing personal.

'Detachment' Hits On March 16th; 'Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' Pushed To May 4th

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 3, 2012 1:48 PM
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A couple of release date adjustments to mark your fresh 2012 calendar with, as you plot out your moviegoing for the year.

Tran Ahn Hung's Aborted 'Night Dogs' With Adrien Brody Would've Had Jimi Hendrix Score; Director Plotting French Novel Adaptation Next

  • By Simon Dang
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  • January 3, 2012 1:18 PM
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While he's no Terrence Malick, Vietnamese-French director Tran Anh Hung isn't exactly rushing movies out. Since his critically acclaimed debut "The Scent Of Green Papaya" in 1993, only five films have arrived from the helmer, one of which, neo-noir "I Come With The Rain" starring Josh Hartnett, has never really seen the light of day. During that time in the limelight, though, Tran had one particular project fall apart at the seams: his adaptation of Kent Anderson's post-war drama "Night Dogs," which he recently discussed with Twitch.

Lenny Kravitz & Woody Harrelson Hang Out In New Pics From 'The Hunger Games'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 3, 2012 1:01 PM
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So we're out of 2011, and finding ourselves in the doldrums of the early part of the new year, when the multiplex tends to serve up studio leftovers. But just around the corner is blockbuster season, which will be putting asses in theater seats, and Lionsgate are hoping they've got one of the first smash successes of 2012 in "The Hunger Games." We'll likely be deluged with marketing over the coming weeks, but to whet appetites, a few new images for the movie have appeared.

Watch: Trailer For Sundance Pic 'L' From The Writer Of 'Dogtooth' & 'Alps'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • January 3, 2012 12:14 PM
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Greek filmmaker Giorgos Lanthimos has won praise from prestigious film festivals and critics, as well as from some of our own Playlist staffers, for his Oscar-nominated “Dogtooth” and the recent “Alps.” However, a key component to the success of both films (and their outrageous concepts) has long been co-writer Efthymis Filippou, who’s lent his pen to both of Lanthimos’ acclaimed works.

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