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'The Dark Knight' Trilogy Writer David S. Goyer To Direct Reimagined 'Count Of Monte Cristo'

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • March 19, 2013 2:42 PM
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“The Count of Monte Cristo” has been made into at least twelve films (including one with Eugene O’Neill’s father in the titular role and most recently that 2002 version with Jim Caviezel and Guy Pearce) and has been credited as inspiration for many a soap opera character and television series. Just two years ago, Warner Bros. snapped up a script that was a “futuristic take” on the story but we haven’t heard of any further development yet. With so many adaptations and incarnations, what is left of the 19th century Dumas epic for director David S. Goyer to explore? Well, the word is that he plans to make a “19th century Dark Knight."

New 'Iron Man 3' Poster Is A Good Example Of Bad Photoshop, Kevin Feige Shares Joss Whedon's Reaction To The Movie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 19, 2013 2:15 PM
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You might not remember, or perhaps you deleted it from your memory, but circa Marvel's campaign for "Iron Man 2," they dropped a hilariously terrible international poster that basically was a mashup of all the things in the movie. Well, three years on, they haven't deviated from the playbook as a new one-sheet has arrived, and once again, a lowly intern (probably) has cut and pasted a bunch of stuff together.

Watch: Gru & The Minions Are Back To Fight Evil In New Trailer For 'Despicable Me 2'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 19, 2013 1:39 PM
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Here's an honest question: when you put song by Eminem that's over a decade old in the trailer for a kids movie, who exactly are you trying to appeal to? Parents, who have a suddenly nostalgia for Slim Shady? It certainly can't be kids who probably have no idea who or what a Marshall Mathers is. More importantly, their parents wouldn't likely let them listen to the rapper in the first place. Anyway, long story short, the new trailer for "Despicable Me 2" has arrived, and outside the bizarre soundtrack choice, it's not too bad.

We Need To Talk About The Director: Lynne Ramsay Quits 'Jane Got A Gun' On First Day Of Production

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 19, 2013 1:15 PM
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While it took nearly a decade for Lynne Ramsay to deliver "We Need To Talk About Kevin," her third feature following 2002's "Morvern Callar," things seemed to be moving swimmingly for her foray into the western genre with "Jane Got A Gun." Natalie Portman signed on last spring, and the film quickly assembled a top-shelf cast including Joel Edgerton, Rodrigo Santoro and Michael Fassbender. But a week before production was to start, surprising news arrived that Fassbender has exited the movie, with Edgerton taking his role instead, and Jude Law filling in the gap in the cast. And while "scheduling" with "X-Men: Days Of Future Past" was blamed (it actually doesn't start shooting for a few weeks yet), was it the first sign of trouble on the horizon?

Contest Giveaway: DVDs Of 'Bachelorette' Starring Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher, Lizzy Caplan & Rebel Wilson

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • March 19, 2013 1:04 PM
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This week sees the DVD and Blu-ray release of "Bachelorette" starring Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher, Lizzy Caplan and Rebel Wilson. This raunchy, unflinching, darkly comic indie was written and directed by Leslye Headland ("Terriers") and follows three best friends (Caplan, Fisher, Dunst) who are invited to act as bridesmaids at the wedding of a girl (Wilson) they called “Pigface” in high school.

Shane Carruth Talks Sci-Fi 'A Topiary,' Shares Plot Details, Reveals Steven Soderbergh & David Fincher Were Going To Produce

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 19, 2013 12:41 PM
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It's taken nearly a decade, but "Primer" writer/director Shane Carruth has returned this year with another acclaimed head-scratcher, "Upstream Color." A film that we raved was "thematically rich, layered and hypnotic," as the movie heads into release next month and the conversation continues to swell, Carruth is opening up to press. And an extensive, must-read piece in Wired is a good place to start, especially for those wondering just what the heck happened with his sci-fi flick "A Topiary."

Exclusive: Congressional Medal Of Honor Awarded Navy SEAL Gets A Tribute In Clip From 'MURPH: The Protector'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 19, 2013 12:00 PM
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With the rhetoric in Washington, spin in the media and general fatigue in the public, no matter where you stand on the military efforts of the United States overseas, it's easy to forget there are very real men and women putting their lives on the line every day. Sometimes that simple fact can get lost in the discourse, but the upcoming documentary "MURPH: The Protector" sets out to honor one young man who made a difference in the lives he touched.

Exclusive: Scams & Cans In Clip From SXSW & Spirit Award Winning 'Gimme The Loot'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 19, 2013 10:59 AM
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For his debut feature "Gimme The Loot," writer/director Adam Leon could not have asked for things to go better. After premiering at the SXSW Film Festival in 2012 where it won the the Grand Jury prize for Best Narrative Feature, the movie took off, hitting Cannes, London, Deauville and more in a 'round the world journey on the festival circuit that culminated with a win at the Spirit Awards, with Leon earning Someone To Watch Honors. Oh, and that's not all -- now, as the film is gearing up to hit theaters, it has earned the stamp of Jonathan Demme, who will officially present "Gimme The Loot."

Watch: The Complete 1955 BBC Series 'Orson Welles' Sketch Book'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • March 19, 2013 10:45 AM
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Scattered throughout Orson Welles’ storied career are lost fragments of TV appearances: insightful outtakes mixed with revealing audio fragments. He was a deft raconteur on any subject -- as the BBC series “Around the World with Orson Welles” and “Orson Welles’ Sketch Book” show -- but while the former found release on DVD a while ago, the latter has just popped up online.

Sony Pictures Classics Picks Up Mike Leigh's Untitled J.M.W. Turner Biopic For 2014 Release

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 19, 2013 10:25 AM
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Generally speaking, Mike Leigh's films have usually leaned toward the realistic, with dramas that feel almost like documentaries thanks to an approach that emphasizes rehearsals to find new and authentic notes for the characters the writer/director has put on the page. But could his next picture see him deliver something more in the vein of the flamboyant "Topsy-Turvy"?

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