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Bryan Singer Says Leaving 'X-Men' Was 'Traumatizing,' Admits 'Superman Returns' Was "Too Reverential"

  • By Kieran McMahon
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  • March 23, 2013 10:15 AM
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Currently on a publicity tour for "Jack the Giant Slayer" and working to bring together "X-Men: Days of Future Past," the next leg of the reinvigorated X-Men franchise, Bryan Singer has spoken of how difficult he found it letting them go the first time around, when he departed the franchise (of which he directed the first two installments) in favor of rival superhero picture "Superman Returns."

"You're Not Afraid Of The Dark, Are You?": New Teaser Teaser For 'Riddick' Arrives

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 22, 2013 8:46 PM
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Riddick
"Whatever happens no matter what they tell you. don't let 'em take these chains off me," thespian Vin Diesel intones dramatically. Yes, you guessed it, it's the new teaser trailer for "Riddick," the fourth film in the Riddick series after "Pitch Black," "The Chronicles of Riddick," the animated movie "The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury" and now, this latest picture. Frankly, it's ridic-ulous that the original films spawned a franchise, but clearly Vin Diesel has loyal fans and an audience is hungering for these sci-fi films to continue.

Artwork & Soundtrack Details For Terrence Malick's 'To The Wonder' Revealed

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 22, 2013 8:03 PM
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We recently premiered the soundtrack to the the film, "Loves Her Gun." Directed by Geoff Marslett, we listed it as one of our 10 Films To See At SXSW Film Festival 2013, and part of that is due to the score by Hanan Townshend. The up-and-coming composer hit on everyone's radar when he popped up contributing bits of music to Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life," and even more so when he got the coveted gig to score all of Malick's next film, "To The Wonder."

What Are You Seeing This Weekend? Gain 'Admission' To 'The Croods' & 'Olympus Has Fallen'

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • March 22, 2013 5:35 PM
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This weekend's release docket may inspire even the most cynical of cinephiles to wax a little nostalgic about their younger days. The reminiscence upon past events, eras and moments which we paint with the strokes of simplicity and unadulterated joy is one we all deign to indulge in once in a while. And with so many vehicles to quench that thirst so close at hand, we recommend dropping all pretense and just letting the nostalgia wave crash over you in the darkness of the theaters. Stories are here to spark memories of your first love, your transition to adulthood, your successes and failures as a young adult, your first hostage crisis in the White House.

Ryan Reynolds Says He's Not Very Interested In Returning To 'Green Lantern'; Says 'Deadpool' Wasn't Happy With 'Wolverine' Appearance

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 22, 2013 5:13 PM
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Green Lantern
Ryan Reynolds is doing press for the animated film "The Croods," which means someone had to ask him about his two strikes at the bat with superhero comic book movies. That someone was Empire, who quizzed the actor about both films. Surprisingly, even though both films, "Green Lantern" and "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" (wherein he played Deadpool) were fairly lame, he seems keen on returning to one of the franchises, but the other one not so much. Let's start with "Green Lantern" since he was actually the face of the film and it was the much larger flop of the two (in fact, one of the biggest flops of 2011; read more about some of the Greatest Box-Office Flops Of All Time here).

Did Lynne Ramsay Quit 'Jane Got A Gun' Over Final Cut?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 22, 2013 4:37 PM
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Filming might have got underway, but the dust is still settling on what was undoubtedly the biggest news story of the week: "We Need To Talk About Kevin" director Lynne Ramsay seemingly walking out of her latest film, Western "Jane Got A Gun" on the first day of production, before a frame had been shot. She was swiftly replaced by "Warrior" helmer Gavin O'Connor, but actor Jude Law followed Ramsay out the door, leaving stars Natalie Portman and Joel Edgerton without a villain (though Jake Gyllenhaal, Tobey Maguire and Jeff Bridges are apparently being courted).

First Images & Poster From Michael Caine Vehicle 'Mr. Morgan's Last Love,' Hans Zimmer To Score Film

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • March 22, 2013 3:52 PM
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Michael Caine routinely threatens retirement, and there's always the possibility that his next film will be his last (especially after the actor turned 80 last week; read our pick of his best performances here), but frankly we don't see it coming any time soon, nor can we imagine him ever saying no to Christopher Nolan. As well as Louis Leterrier's "Now You See Me," Caine has Sandra Nettelbeck's ("Mostly Martha," "Helen") "Mr. Morgan's Last Love" set for release in 2013, and now we have some new posters, images and one very interesting new update about the project

'Miss Bala' Director Gerardo Naranjo Replaces Joe Carnahan on 'Death Wish' Remake

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 22, 2013 3:18 PM
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For a few weeks now, the remake of "Death Wish" has been without a director. "The Grey"'s Joe Carnahan had been developing the remake of the 1974 revenge thriller (which starred Charles Bronson, and was directed by the later Michael Winner) for some time, but couldn't come to an agreement with MGM and Paramount over the lead -- the filmmaker was long thought to have wanted to cast rising actor Frank Grillo, while the backers were said to want Bruce Willis -- and he departed the project last month.

Charlize Theron To Star In Comedy 'Ladies Night,' Directed By Fred Savage (Yes, That Fred Savage)

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 22, 2013 2:54 PM
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Thanks to the success of "Prometheus" and "Snow White and the Huntsman" last summer (as well as her acclaimed, if ignored-by-awards-bodies performance in "Young Adult"), Charlize Theron is more in demand than ever before. The actress has already wrapped one blockbuster, "Mad Max: Fury Road," and has lots more bubbling under waiting to be picked out as her next project: sci-fi "Agent 13" with Rupert Wyatt, Scott Derrickson's horror "Zwart Water," crime thriller "Cities of Refuge," John Madden's "Murder Mystery," a biopic of Marie Colvin, a remake of "Sympathy For Lady Vengeance," Seth MacFarlane's comedy "A Million Days To Die In The West," and an adaptation of Gillian Flynn's "Dark Places."

Robert Redford Signs Up For S.H.I.E.L.D.: Legendary Star In Talks For 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 22, 2013 2:27 PM
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Now this is a curveball. Since the era of the tentpole movie came about, legendary star Robert Redford has mostly stayed clear of them. Of course he's starred in blockbusters, but they were back in the day, when men were men and blockbusters were movies like "The Sting" and "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" and "A Bridge Too Far." These days, Redford tends to appear in his own work when he acts, and the closest he's come to taking a big studio paycheck in the last decade was voicing a horse in "Charlotte's Web."

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