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David O. Russell Wants Christian Bale To Team With Jennifer Lawrence For 'The Ends Of The Earth'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • March 4, 2013 9:24 AM
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George Clooney aside, it's been a strong trend in David O. Russell's career to secure great performances from actors and then continue to bring them back for further projects. The director's latest instance of such is with the Weinstein-backed romantic drama, “The Ends of the Earth,” reteaming with his “Silver Linings Playbook” actress Jennifer Lawrence, and now another previous collaborator is slated to come onboard.

Rumor: Christopher Nolan In Talks To Oversee 'Justice League,' Christian Bale To Return As Batman

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • March 4, 2013 9:04 AM
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In every interview he did last year -- including our interview with him from December -- Christopher Nolan maintained that his take on Bruce Wayne and Batman was over with “The Dark Knight Rises.” Now, however, Latino Review (via Forbes) is reporting that Warner Bros. -- after possibly scrapping Will Beall’s draft -- is in talks to get the secretive director on board for the future of their superhero slate with a little help from his friends.

Reported Details Of Brad Bird & Damon Lindelof's 'Tomorrowland' Promise Interdimensional Travel, Teenage Girls & Pre-Pubescent Robots

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 3, 2013 4:58 PM
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It stars George Clooney, Hugh Laurie will play the villain, and it was formerly known as "1952," but that's about all we've really known up until now about director Brad Bird ("The Incredibles") and Damon Lindelof's ("Prometheus") secret live-action project for Walt Disney Studios, "Tomorrowland." Oh sure, we've known that the movie would reportedly be a "Close Encounters of the Third Kind"-esque story, inspired by material from the archives of WED Enterprises, Walt Disney's personal development lab, and there was educated speculation that posited the movie was about Walt Disney's involvement with an Army project to let the world know that UFOs really exist. But because it was a Damon Lindelof project, he of the J.J. Abrams school of keeping info close to the vest, no one would verify the veracity of such claims.

Sam Raimi Manages Your Expectations About An 'Evil Dead 4,' Suggests Sequel Won't Happen

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 3, 2013 9:55 AM
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Is director Sami Raimi writing a fourth "Evil Dead" movie with his brother that he'll then eventually go on to make? If you were to take his comments from late last week at face value (why wouldn't you?), then yes. During a Meet the Filmmakers event in London promoting "Oz the Great and Powerful," Raimi told the crowd just that. But it turns out the filmmaker was overstating the case himself, as he elaborated in a subsequent solo interview that the crowd egged him on to say that and it's not quite the case.

'Intouchables' Star Omar Sy Joins 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past'; Halle Berry Says She'll Return To The Series

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 2, 2013 6:04 PM
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It's probably pretty well accepted that we're skeptical of "X-Men: Days Of Future Past." Will it be the "Terminator: Salvation" of the series? Yes, we're happy that Bryan Singer is back (sorry about the box-office on "Jack The Giant Slayer," dude), but not only is time travel a thorny bitch, it gets even more complicated (and admittedly ambitious) to mix characters from different eras of a franchise. 'Days Of Future Past' will mix members of the original "X-Men" cast – Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, etc. with members of the "X-Men: First Class" cast – James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, etc. Essentially, that's the younger versions of Professor X and Magneto meeting up with the older versions in some wacky time travel scenario that feels like a recipe for disaster (continuity will be a bitch).

Discuss: With Electro, Rhino & Green Goblin, Is 'Amazing Spider-Man 2' Promising Villain Overkill?

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 2, 2013 2:10 PM
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Since “Batman Begins,” superhero films have upped the ante as far as casting legit names to act out action-packed costumed melodramas for mass audiences. But it’s hard to say we’ve seen anything like the upcoming sequel to “The Amazing Spider-Man,” which last week added Oscar winner Chris Cooper to a cast that includes Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Shailene Woodley and Dane DeHaan as well as fellow Oscar winners Sally Field and Jamie Foxx and former nominee Paul Giamatti. That would be a whole lot of acclaim for a small indie film, but it’s also the sort of prestige unheard of for a mega-blockbuster that was received coolly by critics and diehards.

The Weinstein Company Sets Oscar Release Dates For Nicole Kidman's 'Grace Of Monaco,' Meryl Streep In 'August: Osage County' & More

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • March 2, 2013 12:22 PM
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Maybe they were reading our Premature Oscar Predictions? Just days after our series ended, looking way far at the horizon of next year's potential Oscar nominees, The Weinstein Company has dated four films of their late fall awards season hopefuls. Obviously, those films were going to land in Oscar season regardless, but kudos to our features for being on point; Harvey and co. will be driving hard the very films we had touted as potentially strong contenders for next year's Academy season.

Watch: 20-Minute Reel Of Deleted Scenes From 'The Master'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 2, 2013 11:43 AM
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As you probably know by now, we've been following every twist and turn of Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" from its initial development, collapse at Universal and resurrection into the film that was released last year. And just as much has been written about what was left out of the movie as what was left in. As we noted in From Script To Screen: Your Guide To All The Deleted/Missing Scenes In "The Master," there were lots of alterations and changes from the page to what happened on the set. But now, you can see for yourself the material that was left behind.

Watch: Audrey Hepburn Is Back From The Dead & Selling Chocolate Bars In New Ad

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 1, 2013 5:42 PM
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Ever since Gene Kelly came boogie-woogie-ing back from the dead to shill for Volkswagen, the issue of whether or not the image/likeness of classic cinema stars should be used from beyond the grave to pimp products has been brought into the spotlight. While we haven't quite had a deluge (yet), it seems the estates of these icons need to find new revenue streams, and with visual effects moving in leaps and bounds, the folks collecting checks for Audrey Hepburn have been moving swiftly.

What Are You Seeing This Weekend? '21 And Over,' 'Jack The Giant Slayer' & 'The Last Exorcism' Lead The Charge

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • March 1, 2013 4:58 PM
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In Theaters: Jack The Giant Killer, 21 And Over, The Last Exorcism Part II,
Lots to look at this week! Unfortunately, the big studio pictures are a bit disappointing, featuring well-worn stories that aren't particularly innovative or entertaining. Popular critical opinion recommends ordering "The Hangover" or "Das Boot" from Netflix rather than paying for the direct descendants playing on the big screen. Lucky for multiplex owners, the institution of public film exhibition and us, a handful of international films, documentaries, and American independent pictures pick up the slack. So -- in the ongoing battle between the private DVD player and the theater projector -- what will it be: the couch or the cinema? Let us know in the comments below!

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