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Watch: Bad Wigs Take Center Stage In Campy Trailer For 'Rock Of Ages'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 13, 2011 2:40 PM
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Wow, even Nicolas Cage must be impressed. The first trailer for next spring's fist-pumping, '80s set musical "Rock Of Ages" has arrived and, man, we just can't get over the impressive display of bad wigs. Given the money they clearly spent on these hairpieces, they couldn't score one for Paul Giamatti?

Warner Bros. Adding 'Arthur & Lancelot' To The Chopping Block, Urging Director David Dobkin To Take It To Another Studio

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 13, 2011 2:24 PM
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With the year winding down, it looks like executives at Warner Bros. have been looking at the year ahead and wondering WTF have they greenlit. Just yesterday word arrived that they were putting Alex Proyas' expensive, 3D, motion-capture adaptation of "Paradise Lost" on hold to get the budget and script under control. And now, another high profile movie may be getting the axe altogether.

Youch: Matt Damon Says Tony Gilroy's 'Bourne Ultimatum' Script Was An "Unreadable Career-Ender"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 13, 2011 1:17 PM
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To say that Tony Gilroy has had a bumpy relationship with the Jason Bourne franchise would be an understatement. He has never been happy with what what Doug Liman did on "The Bourne Identity" (“Those works were never meant to be filmed,” he said dismissively about the Robert Ludlum books. “They weren’t about human behavior. They were about running to airports”) and was even less impressed by Paul Greengrass' work on "The Bourne Supremacy" ("It was sort of like a crime against the gods of storytelling," he said). But the films made money. Lots of money. And moreover, Universal didn't want to jinx their luck by trying to get new writers to take on the franchise for "The Bourne Ultimatum," so they essentially gave Gilroy everything he wanted to write the third movie. Gilroy got a shit-ton of money and added stipulations that he just had to turn in one draft, he would take no notes nor would anyone be allowed to oversee what he was doing. Prime working conditions for any writer, but according to Matt Damon, that was massive mistake.

Brad Garrett Magically Appears With Steve Carell & Jim Carrey In 'Burt Wonderstone'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 13, 2011 1:05 PM
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"Burt Wonderstone" is one of those projects that flies just enough below the radar that we never really paid much attention to it. Yes, it was a very hot script (by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein) but in the past few months the project has amassed an outrageously wonderful cast, which now includes Steve Carell (as the title character), Olivia Wilde, Jim Carrey, Steve Buscemi, Alan Arkin and James Gandolfini. And now this tale of dueling Las Vegas magicians has, according to the Hollywood Reporter, just added another name to its stellar cast: Emmy-winning actor (and Pixar mainstay) Brad Garrett.

Eli Roth-Produced Horror Series 'Hemlock Grove' Headed to Netflix (Who May Be Purchased By Verizon...)

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 13, 2011 12:35 PM
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Hot on the heels of the announcement of several original series for the streaming/mailorder behemoth Netflix (which, truthfully, has seen better days), Deadline is reporting that the company has put in a 13-episode order for a new Eli Roth-produced horror series called "Hemlock Grove," based on a Brian McGreevy novel that comes out this spring (McGreevy will co-write the series with his writing partner Lee Shipman). "Hemlock Grove" now joins the David Fincher/Kevin Spacey drama "House of Cards," comedy "Orange is the New Black" (from "Weeds" creator Jenji Kohan), and a brand new season of "Arrested Development," as original projects for the company. While this new creative blood might be enough to sway people back on the side of Netflix, it's another potential buyout that are making investors really happy.

Nick Nolte Says That His Refusal to Applaud Elia Kazan Has Cost Him His Working Relationship With Martin Scorsese

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 13, 2011 12:05 PM
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Nick Nolte has never been one to hold back on ruffling people's feathers. He famously (or maybe infamously) lost the role of Superman after he claimed the character was schizophrenic, and still, at the tender age of 70, carries with him a fuck-em-if-they-can't-take-a-joke attitude that is both irritating and endearing (it helps that he's still an excellent actor, as was evidenced in the oddly ignored "Warrior" earlier this year). In a recent GQ interview, though, he says that one of his more outspoken stances may have cost him a relationship with one of the most powerful directors in town.

Watch and Listen to the 'Perfect Sense' Trailer with Ewan McGregor and Eva Green

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 13, 2011 11:35 AM
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Ewan McGregor has been in an upswing of late. Shaking off the creative stagnation of the 'Star Wars' prequels, he's been back doing solid work recently in movies like "The Ghost Writer" and this year's "Beginners" (we should also mention that he also totally kills it in Soderbergh's "Haywire," out next year). We're not sure if his next film, the sci-fi-y romance "Perfect Sense," will be part of this creative resurgence, but the just-released trailer does look intriguing.

First Official Images From Baz Luhrmann's 'The Great Gatsby' Provide Some Good Costume Ideas For New Year's Eve

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 13, 2011 11:30 AM
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Well, they're here folks! The first two images that Warner Bros. (courtesy of Sassisam, via The Film Stage) has chosen to release from Baz Luhrmann's splashy and expensive take on F. Scott Fitzgerald's required reading list staple "The Great Gatsby" and, well, they look like an adaptation of "The Great Gatsby," albeit one with a pretty enticing cast.

Cary Fukunaga Talks The Generosity Between Michael Fassbender & Mia Wasikowska In 'Jane Eyre'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 13, 2011 11:03 AM
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As the awards season winds to a close, and various critics groups begin red-eyed nights staying up to get those last minute screeners in before they cast their votes on the best flims of 2011, it's easy to get a myopic view of the release calendar that only includes the last four months of the year.

Tony Kaye To Direct Thriller 'Attachment'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 13, 2011 10:46 AM
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We've said it before, but the post-"American History X" career of director Tony Kaye has been bumpy at best. Not counting the turmoil he went through on the Edward Norton movie, his next films were either ignored ("Lake Of Fire"), stuck in legal limbo ("Black Water Transit") or crucified by critics (his recent high school drama "Detachment"). So who knows what might befall his effort.

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