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'Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters' Sequel Is Actually In The Works

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 18, 2013 4:46 PM
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This is why we can't have nice things. So, "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters" -- a total piece of crap, dumped into January, receiving scathing reviews and then disappearing forever, right? Hardly. This past weekend, the movie quietly passed $200 million worldwide. Wha? That's right, international audiences have been gobbling this movie up, with it earning nearly three times what it did in North America, which means one thing: sequel!

Discuss: Are You Actually Looking Forward To The 'Avatar' Sequels? James Cameron Offers Minor Update

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 18, 2013 3:58 PM
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There are exactly 2,782,275,172 reasons that Fox is going ahead with "Avatar" sequels -- yes, that is monumental worldwide box office for James Cameron's smash hit film. A technological wonder upon release, and responsible for ushering the onslaught of 3D movies to the multiplex, there is sound financial reason for the studio to press onward. And certainly, with the film moving units on home video (where it has already cycled through a couple different releases), it suggests that audiences are willing to return to Pandora. While the studio had initially set "Avatar 2" for a December 2014 release, followed in 2015 by part three, last summer it was revealed that wasn't going to happen, with 2015 said to be the earliest that any of the sequels might surface. And one reason why? Cameron is still writing the thing(s).

Joel Silver Is Now Going To Try To Make That 'Escape From New York' Reboot Into A Trilogy

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 18, 2013 3:21 PM
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As long as there is a property to exploit, Hollywood will keeping trying, and one they've been trying to crack the nut on for years is John Carpenter's "Escape From New York." Len Wiseman, Brett Ratner, Jonathan Mostow, Gerard Butler and Josh Brolin have all been rumored as potential directors and stars, and in 2010, some traction seemed to build around an iteration supposedly approved by Carpenter, with Breck Eisner ("Sahara," "The Crazies") signed on to the flick that Allan Loeb ("The Switch," "The Dilemma") and Jamie Moss ("X-Men: First Class") would write. But in 2011, New Line eventually threw in towel, but someone is now picking up the ball.

Sarah Silverman Will Sell Herself In Seth MacFarlane's 'A Million Ways To Die In The West'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 18, 2013 2:55 PM
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Even though he's still smarting from criticism over his Oscar hosting performance, tweeting a week ago, "Hey press-- y'know that frenzy you whipped up over the Oscars? Try using the same zeal over climate change. Just once. Make yourself useful," Seth MacFarlane is pressing on with his next movie. And thanks to the smash success of last year's "Ted," it seems dude can pretty much get whoever he wants.

Ken Watanabe Joins 'Godzilla' As Production Starts, Juliette Binoche Confirmed

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 18, 2013 2:29 PM
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...and just like that, Warner Bros. has announced that production has started today on "Godzilla," with the studio, filmmakers and everyone else keeping a tight lock and seal over details or anything else concerning the production. But the press release did offer up a couple more eyebrow raising bits of casting for a monster movie that seems to be following the "Pacific Rim" playbook to a certain degree.

Watch: First Teaser Trailer For Christopher Guest's New HBO Comedy Series 'Family Tree'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 18, 2013 1:20 PM
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Last night, "Girls" closed out its second season with a rather lacklustre finale, and while "Game Of Thrones" is HBO's next big series out the gate, later this spring they'll be returning with more laughs. The second season of "Veep" will kick off in April, with a new trailer recently arriving, and then in May, Christopher Guest will make a long awaited return with "Family Tree." And the first teaser promises a lot of familiar faces from his usual collective...

'The Host' Soundtrack Features Ellie Goulding, Imagine Dragons, Skylar Grey & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 18, 2013 12:55 PM
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Stephenie Meyer is hoping to strike franchise gold again next week when "The Host" is unveiled. Directed by Andrew Niccol, it's another supernatural tale with a beautiful young girl, caught between two L.L. Bean models as the fate of the world or something hangs in the balance. And while the "Twilight" soundtracks openly courted hip, indie acts, the tunes collected for "The Host" don't quite reach the heights of the songs for the vampire series, that managed to snare folks like Thom Yorke and Vampire Weekend.

Max Irons Confirmed To Lead Lone Scherfig's 'Posh'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • March 18, 2013 11:45 AM
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The Irons family are really cornering the market when it comes to big screen YA adaptations in 2013, with father Jeremy hamming it up to great effect in "Beautiful Creatures" and son Max soon to be seen as one of the leads in Andrew Niccol's "The Host." Not content with simply having a truly badass name, Max Irons has clearly got his eye on a big Hollywood career, and if "The Host" comes anywhere close to matching the phenomenon that the last Stephenie Meyer franchise did, he could be well on his way. And if not, well, he already has a role in "Vivaldi" lined up, and now he's added another, in the shape of Lone Scherfig's "Posh," to his schedule.

Watch: Alex Cox's 1999 Documentary 'Kurosawa: The Last Emperor' With Francis Ford Coppola, Paul Verhoeven & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 18, 2013 11:25 AM
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When you're one of the greatest filmmakers of all time, your life is likely to be thoroughly documented by others, and that's certainly the case for Akira Kurosawa. The director behind "Seven Samurai," "Rashomon," "Ran" and many, many more seminal works has been boxed, written about, discussed at and more, all at length, but his work is so rich and influential, there is always more to discover. And for those looking for a bit of a film class to start of their week, you can perhaps spend your lunch hour on this.

Terrence Howard Says Marvel Tried To Kill His Career & One-Sided Contract Led To His Exit From 'Iron Man' Series

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 18, 2013 10:43 AM
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Ever since it was revealed that Terrence Howard wouldn't be reprising his role in "Iron Man 2," ultimately replaced by Don Cheadle, there has been plenty of ink spilled about why the actor was bounced from the Marvel universe. Way back in 2008, EW reported that circa "Iron Man," it was Howard -- not comeback kid Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow or Jeff Bridges -- who was actually the best paid actor on that set. The first one to sign on, Marvel wasn't able to renegotiate his deal, but perhaps found another workaround. Rumors suggested that Howard was being difficult on set and/or the filmmakers weren't happy with his performance, leading to early drafts for "Iron Man 2" minimizing his participation. So when Marvel circled back to the actor for "Iron Man 2" with a much lower offer than the first movie, well, we'll let Howard take it from here....

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