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Kodi Smit-McPhee Reunites With Matt Reeves For 'Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 23, 2013 3:00 PM
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In a season that saw big, expected hits like "Cowboys & Aliens" and "Green Lantern" fumble hard, 20th Century Fox's "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" was the surprise summer hit of 2011. Released in early August, many weren't expecting a lot from the film (especially critics) given its motley crew cast and its lead, James Franco, who seemed like he was performing in the wrong movie. It didn't matter. The MVPs of the film were the extraordinarily realistic (and suprisingly emotional) CGI apes, the motion capture work of Andy Serkis as lead ape Caesar, and director Rupert Wyatt, who quickly saw his name shoot up to the most-wanted list. The film took in close to $500 million worldwide and so obviously, a sequel was green lit.

Exclusive: Matthias Schoenaerts Joins 'Animal Rescue' With Tom Hardy & Noomi Rapace

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 23, 2013 2:56 PM
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While he stars in the Oscar-nominated short film "Death Of A Shadow," Matthias Schoenaerts got to celebrate early last night, as he took home the César Award for Best Newcomer for his fantastic performance in Jacques Audiard's "Rust And Bone." No doubt, the actor will have his fingers crossed for up-and-coming filmmaker Tom Van Avermaet on Sunday night where 'Death' will be hoping to take home a statue. But once the festivities are over, it will be back to work, and first up will be a reunion with his "Bullhead" director who first helped him break out on the international scene.

Joe Carnahan Exits 'Death Wish,' Studio Wants Bruce Willis To Star

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 22, 2013 6:19 PM
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The remake of "Death Wish" is an interesting prospect, particularly with Joe Carnahan at the helm, who signed up just over a year ago. The original, a distinct B-movie, but one a bit more accomplished than most, still resonates today with its vigilante theme and big guns dispensing justice. And Carnahan, whose movies are pumped through with testosterone, was an interesting choice to take it on, but he has now moved on over the standard tune of "creative differences."

What Are You Seeing This Weekend? 'Snitch' & 'Dark Skies' To Have A 'Stand Off'

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • February 22, 2013 5:32 PM
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Oh thank heavens. Finally, it's Academy Awards weekend. On Sunday evening, we'll all tune in to watch a parade of the anoited in sparkly haute couture gowns and even sparklier diamonds hand out golden statues of little nude men. And groan and nod sagely and screech out, "I told you so!" as the winners are announced. And be utterly thankful that at long, long last the awards season is over.

2 Sweaty New Pics From 'The Hangover Part III'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 22, 2013 5:19 PM
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So, "The Hangover Part III" is coming in about three months....where's the trailer? Or the poster? Or even one of those teaser trailers with no actual footage? Given the movie only started shooting last September, we figure Todd Phillips and co. are racing to the finish line, and the studio must be confident that audiences would probably walk up and buy tickets to this sight unseen. But until we get some kind of glimpse at the movie, here are a couple more stills.

Stringer Bell The Oscar Contender? The Weinstein Company Pick Up 'Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom' Starring Idris Elba

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 22, 2013 4:51 PM
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The Oscars are in just over for 48 hours, but man, they feel so yesterday already, amirite? So let's start looking ahead to next year, and one can't ignore the news and start speculating when someone like Harvey Weinstein snaps up a movie about Nelson Mandela.

Watch: Trailer For Antonio Campos' Indie Chiller 'Simon Killer'

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • February 22, 2013 3:56 PM
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The producers behind the acclaimed “Martha Marcy May Marlene” and Antonio Campos, the director of the 2008 indie “Afterschool,” are back with “Simon Killer,” an unsettling character study set in Paris which premiered at Sundance last year. The film gathered strong buzz at the festival, with IFC Films picking up the distribution rights, but its theatrical release has been held off until this year. Now we finally have a trailer to coincide with its upcoming release.

Go On The Victory Tour With New Poster For 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 22, 2013 3:54 PM
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The dystopian future of "The Hunger Games" has lots of things, including wild fashion, death matches between adolescents and apparently, a still Photoshop-obsessed culture hell-bent on airbrushing their celebrities into plastic-looking pod people.

Matthew Vaughn To Produce Josh Trank's 'Fantastic Four'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 22, 2013 3:36 PM
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Bailing last fall on directing "X-Men: Days Of Future Past," and still yet to lock down his next directorial, Matthew Vaughn isn't leaving the Fox lot or the comic book genre behind completely. Besides 'Future Past' and "The Wolverine," the studio and their newly minted nerd consultant Mark Millar still have a lot to tackle, including one major property in "Fantastic Four." And now it's getting a little bit of help.

Tony Award Nominee Jeremy Jordan To Star Opposite Anna Kendrick In Musical ‘The Last 5 Years’

  • By Tess Hofmann
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  • February 22, 2013 1:36 PM
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In October, rising star and talented actress-singer Anna Kendrick signed on to play the female lead in a film adaptation of the successful time-warp romantic musical “The Last 5 Years.” Now, Broadway golden boy Jeremy Jordan has been cast as her love interest, a choice that is sure to get the theater kids jazzed up. Jordan was Tony Award-nominated for his lead performance as Jack Kelly in “Newsies” last year, has also starred in the film musical “Joyful Noise” with Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah, and can currently can be seen in season 2 of "Smash."

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