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Warner Bros. Launches Oscar Campaigns For 'The Dark Knight Rises' & 'Cloud Atlas'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 13, 2012 1:26 PM
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It's that time of year, and the studios are getting ready to wine and dine Oscar voters in the hopes of giving their prestige pictures, success stories and, hell, even the long shots, a bit of love in the awards season. And Warner Bros. is getting in on the act. They've launched their awards site, and alongside the obvious contenders like "Magic Mike," "Argo" and "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" are the bigger long shots: Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises" and The Wachowskis' and Tom Tykwer's "Cloud Atlas."

Watch: B-Movie-Style Trailer For Paul Schrader's 'The Canyons' Starring Lindsay Lohan & James Deen

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 13, 2012 12:38 PM
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If you thought that Paul Schrader and the team behind "The Canyons" might be a bit cagey about the crowd-sourced nature of his indie film, guess again. Not only have they been playful (see the grindhouse style teaser), they are now fully embracing their outsider status with this new B-movie-style trailer for the film, which promises lots of pulp. And no studio involvement.

James Franco, A China Doll & A Monkey: Yes, It's More New Images From 'Oz The Great And Powerful'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 13, 2012 10:45 AM
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This certainly isn't your grandma's Oz. With James Franco, 3D and a bunch of monkeys, the yellow brick road has been redone, for better or worse, in Sam Raimi's upcoming "Oz The Great And Powerful." Whether or not it all comes together remains to be seen, but if anything, it should look spectacular.

Joaquin Phoenix Backtracks On His Damaging Oscar Comments, Says He Owes Career To His Nomination

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • November 13, 2012 10:17 AM
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For every year-end darling labeled by audiences and critics as an Oscar contender, there likewise exists an awards season campaign fully brought to its knees by an actor's derisive remarks. No matter the veracity of their statements, it's long been established that any unfavorable opinion not left until post-February remains a strike against everyone involved in their movie, and such is the case with “The Master” heavyweight Joaquin Phoenix's gradual backtrack from his damaging comments last month surrounding his potential nomination.

Exclusive: Adam McKay Says 'Step Brothers' Rap Album Fell Apart, Sequel Still Possible But Won't Be Next

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 13, 2012 9:58 AM
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If you look across Adam McKay's filmography, you'll see that his comedy usually comes in pairs: Ricky Bobby and Cal Naughton in "Talladega Nights: The Ballad Of Ricky Bobby"; Allen and Terry in "The Other Guys" and hell, even Ron and Baxter" in "Anchorman." And even his latest producing venture on "Fully Loaded" centers on a pair, this time a couple of single Moms (Paula Killen and Lisa Orkin) whose one-night-on-the-town journey for a hook up finds them comedically reflecting on their lives, past relationships, children and more. We chatted yesterday with McKay, and asked him about another one of his famed comic pairs, Brendan and Dale from "Step Brothers," and if we'll ever get a chance to see them on the big screen again.

Zack Snyder Says He Understands Rules Of Superman Better Than “Normal” Filmmakers For 'Man of Steel'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • November 13, 2012 9:37 AM
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With “Sucker Punch” attempting to balance sincerity and absurdity in a side-by-side existence, director Zack Snyder seems primed to finally tilt matters over into the former camp with his much-anticipated Superman reboot, “Man of Steel.” Following the tentpole's low-key unveiling during Comic Con, executive producers Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer have also promised a psychological inquiry into the comic book hero as never seen before, and now Snyder himself has offered a similarly unique comprehension of the property.

Guillermo Del Toro Says He Hasn't Been Approached For 'Star Wars: Episode 7,' Colin Trevorrow Would Love To Direct

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • November 13, 2012 9:25 AM
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Time for your daily “Star Wars 7” update. Since George Lucas’ involvement (or lack thereof) in the new “Star Wars” trilogy was confirmed, the internet has breathlessly speculated about who would take the reins of the franchise. With a quick succession of fanboy-favorite directors counting themselves out, a couple more rumored/wishlisted helmers have weighed in on the sequel.

Sean Penn Takes On 'Bourne'-Esque 'Prone Gunman'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • November 13, 2012 9:03 AM
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With some of his esteemed peers flocking to genre films in recent years -- Liam Neeson in the “Taken” films, and Brad Pitt in next year’s “World War Z” -- it seems Sean Penn has decided to do an action film of his own with “Prone Gunman.”

Watch: New Trailer For 'The Host' Starring Saoirse Ronan Pits Emotions Vs. Aliens

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 13, 2012 7:49 AM
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With "Twilight" coming to an end this week (NOOOO!), your mom and sister will have more options just around the corner for supernatural tween romances. At Warner Bros., they're hoping "Beautiful Creatures" will fill that void, while Summit is banking on Stephenie Meyer once again with "The Host." And the first full length trailer for the movie promises the same old stuff in brand new packaging.

Exclusive: Adam McKay Says 'Anchorman 2' Will Have Musical Numbers, Wants "Murderer's Row" Of Day Players In Supporting Roles

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 12, 2012 7:11 PM
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To say that Adam McKay is busy would be an understatement. The writer/producer/director has about a half dozen various projects on the go, and when we caught up with him this afternoon, he was in the midst of doing interviews for dark indie comedy "Fully Loaded," which he executive produced. Directed by Shira Piven, and written by and starring Paula Killen and Lisa Orkin (who based it on their play from Uprights Citizens Brigade), the film chronicles one night on the town with two single Moms, whose journey for a hook up finds them comedically reflecting on their lives, past relationships, children and more.

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