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Neill Blomkamp Starting Prep Work On His Next Film 'Chappie,' Will Shoot In Johannesburg

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 21, 2013 2:00 PM
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As usual with Neill Blomkamp, details about anything he's working on tend to be scarce until he's good and ready and lift the curtain. His upcoming "Elysium," slated with a summer release date, is still mostly under wraps aside from a few stills, but he's not some Terrence Malick-esque tinkerer. In fact, he's had his followup "Chappie" in the works for a couple of years now, long planned to be his third feature. When we chatted with him at Comic-Con last year, he reiterated it was still on deck, and it seems things are moving forward.

Leonardo DiCaprio & Scott Cooper To Reteam On Depression-Era Drama 'The Road Home'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 21, 2013 1:16 PM
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It was only a month ago that Leonardo DiCaprio made headlines when he announced that he was taking "a long, long break" from acting to focus on his environmental activism, but that doesn't mean he's keeping his feet firmly out of Hollywood. The actor also has his ever-busy production shingle Appian Way (which, in addition to vehicles for the actor, has been behind non-DiCaprio-starring movies ranging from "Ides Of March" to "Red Riding Hood") and now he's got a new project brewing, which he'll produce and possibly take the lead in.

Watch: New Trailer For 'The Call' In Which Halle Berry Answers 911

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 21, 2013 12:44 PM
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Remember "Rescue 911"? In the era before the glut of reality shows, it was a precursor of sorts, a program that offered up re-enactments of real life situations and emergencies, all narrated and given gravitas by the show's host, William Shatner. And if you ever wondered what a big screen version of that might be, "The Call" seems to come pretty close.

The Weinsteins Didn't Get 'The Canyons' Because They Wanted Final Cut Over Paul Schrader

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 21, 2013 12:19 PM
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What Harvey Weinstein wants, he usually gets, or at least makes a valiant effort to do so. And certainly, there is no man in Hollywood you want behind your film, because no one will promote, love, market and raise awareness for your movie like he will. But it seems that some of the strings attached to deals involving Harv may be too much for certain filmmakers, as was the case was for those behind "The Canyons."

Dwayne Johnson Gets A Sidekick To Help Kick Ass In 'Hercules'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • February 21, 2013 11:55 AM
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If “Fast Five” taught us nothing else, it’s that if you want to immeasurably improve an action film, all you need to do is throw The Rock at it. But what do you do if The Rock is already in your action movie? Well, you hire an up-and-coming European actor, of course. Aksel Hennie starred in last year’s “Headhunters” alongside “Game of Thrones" star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, which debuted to great reviews and grossed a healthy $15 million worldwide on its way to securing a BAFTA nomination. Hennie was excellent in it as the weasely anti-hero Roger Brown, and his reward seems to be a fun-sounding role in Brett Ratner’s forthcoming “Hercules” with Dwayne Johnson.

Watch: The Sheriff Stops By In Clip From 'Stoker' Plus Meet The Cast & Characters In New Featurette

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • February 21, 2013 11:34 AM
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When “Stoker” premiered at Sundance last month, reactions to the film were mixed, to say the least. Our own man on the ground was certainly not very fond of the Park Chan-wook film, calling it “a brutally empty, deeply unfortunate movie.” Of course, those who have been really looking forward to the film will get to see for themselves with its theatrical release being just one week away. Until then, a new clip and featurette has just been posted online to tide you over.

J.J. Abrams Promises Klingons Will Appear In 'Star Trek Into Darkness'

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • February 21, 2013 10:40 AM
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With ”Star Trek Into Darkness” set to be released this summer, rumors surrounding the film just continue to swirl with diehard fans clamoring to get any sort of information regarding the sequel. As usual, J.J. Abrams has done his best to keep a tight lid on the project which is sure to leave fans both excited and frustrated. But for those who were wondering whether we’d get to see any familiar faces that weren’t in the first film, you can at least count on this: the Klingons will be back.

New Pic From 'Ender's Game' & Meet The Characters From 'Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • February 21, 2013 10:19 AM
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As “Beautiful Creatures” found itself felled by Nicholas Sparks' reign of tears and insanity this past weekend, it's back to the calendar to find the next sci-fi/fantasy/YA tentpole until “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” rolls into cinemas at the end of the year. And in terms of a fan following, you could do worse than some new glimpses of “Ender's Game” and “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.”

Sorry Rex Reed, Universal Wants An 'Identity Thief' Sequel, Eyes Summer 2014 For 'Fifty Shades Of Grey'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • February 21, 2013 9:58 AM
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Though Universal Pictures seemed the picture of suffering through 2012 -- crawling through the “Battleship” disaster and receiving tepid returns on their other large bets -- the year was in fact the studio's highest-grossing worldwide. “Ted,” “The Lorax,” and “Les Miserables” are mostly to thank for that, but for a renewed 2013? It seems Kristen Stewart, “Fifty Shades Of Grey,” and Rex Reed's worst nightmare lead the charge.

Watch: Shia LaBeouf's 1 Hour Audition For ‘Orphans’; Shares Personal Emails As He Leaves Due To "Creative Differences"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 21, 2013 9:42 AM
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Shia LaBeouf: misunderstood actor, hellraiser or dedicated artist? Perhaps all three. He's certainly made no secret of his methods, which have included getting drunk on moonshine for "Lawless" to the point of nearly causing Mia Wasikowska to exit the movie. He also dropped acid to help in his preparation for "The Necessary Death Of Charlie Countryman." But his rigorous approach doesn't always make him friends with his colleagues, and the news yesterday that he had left the Broadway production of "Orphans" was just the tip of the iceberg.

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