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New Image From 'The Wolverine,' James Mangold Promises You'll Be "Saturated" With Marketing

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 21, 2013 9:23 AM
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Marketing cycles for movies, especially for big summer blockbusters, are usually planned long in advance, with clear stages and expectations. But in 2013 there are at least two big, upcoming movies that are yet to really show their faces. The biggest absence thus far is "The Hangover Part III" which hasn't even shown a teaser trailer or poster yet, despite being set for release in three months. And coming in second, with a date set for five months away, is "The Wolverine." But you expect more soon. A lot more...

Watch: Go Behind The Scenes Of Terrence Malick's 'To The Wonder' With 3 Featurettes Plus New TV Spot

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 21, 2013 9:00 AM
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Even though Terrence Malick has made not talking to the press a trademark, his process is not quite as mysterious. Though he starts with a script, the director shoots for mood not narrative, and finds the film on location and in the editing suite. And as you might expect, with three pretty generous behind-the-scenes featurettes arriving for his latest "To The Wonder," you won't see him in a single frame of it.

A Glimpse Into The Mind Of An Oscar Voter's Ballot Is Depressing, Hilarious & Eye-Opening

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 20, 2013 3:56 PM
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So, here we are. You've spent months and months, hundreds of thousands if not millions of dollars on campaigning, throwing parties, hosting screenings, gladhanding, working the circuit and more, all in the hopes of convincing Academy members first to nominate and then to vote for your films. You want to think everyone is voting with integrity, looking to honor the very best in film for the year. But the truth is that politics, personal emotion, odd reasoning and sometimes just plain bad taste are all factors as well, and just four days until the Oscar are handed out, a rather bracing glimpse at the mind of one Oscar voter is eye-opening stuff.
More: Oscars, Awards

Listen: Shane Carruth's Score For 'Upstream Color,' Soundtrack Now Available To Order

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 20, 2013 3:28 PM
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While pretty much every big title to premiere last month at the Sundance Film Festival is now out of the bag, and perhaps a bit less mysterious as a result, one that remains beguiling -- even to those who have seen it -- is Shane Carruth's "Upstream Color." The film written, produced, edited, shot, starring and directed by the polymath, it probably won't surprise you to know he scored the thing as well. And while the movie is now just over a month away, if you can't wait, you can check out the goosebump raising score right now.

The Writers Of 'Ali' & 'Nixon' Are Going To Turn The Life Of Bruce Lee Into A Franchise

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • February 20, 2013 2:28 PM
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So it looks like you’ll finally get to see that Bruce Lee origin story you always wanted to see up on the big screen. And no, that doesn’t mean we’re getting a Bruce Lee biopic – this is the origin story (you know, like the kind that Wolverine got) of Bruce Lee-the-movie-character, who it seems sits in a bizarre middle-ground somewhere between the real Bruce Lee and his big-screen persona. “Birth of the Dragon” is taking inspiration from a real life duel that Lee had with China’s most famous kung-fu master, Wong Jack Man, and that will serve as a jumping-off point for a potentially franchise-launching action movie in which Lee and Wong team up to fight a band of Chinatown gangsters.

Exclusive: New Images Of Colin Farrell & Noomi Rapace In 'Dead Man Down' Plus 3 Clips From The Film

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • February 20, 2013 1:26 PM
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It’s been four years since the surprise international success of the Swedish-language version of “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo,” and early next month director Niels Arden Oplev will re-team with Noomi Rapace for his English-language debut, the crime thriller “Dead Man Down.” And we've got some exclusive new pics from the film of the actress, along with her co-star Colin Farrell.

'Fast & Furious 6' Director Justin Lin To Helm Special Ops Thriller For Warner Bros.

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • February 20, 2013 12:43 PM
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After making nothing but “Fast and Furious” movies for the last five years, Justin Lin may finally get a chance to venture off into new territory. Warner Bros has won a bidding war to acquire the rights to an upcoming novel by "The Breach" author Patrick Lee, with Lin attached to direct.

Mark Hamill Says He Isn't Signed Yet For 'Episode VII,' Says Luke Skywalker Will Be Obi-Wan Type Character

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 20, 2013 11:54 AM
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Another day, and more chatter about "Star Wars: Episode VII" and where it may or may not be headed. Yesterday came rumors that the upcoming film would revolve around the children of Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia Organa and Han Solo. And now, Mark Hamill himself has weighed in, and while he claims not to be sure where the next movie is going (we'd wager he's being a little coy), he does indicate he has enough information to take a pretty educated guess about what the next chapter in the saga will bring.

Universal Wants 'Mama' Franchise, But Director Andrés Muschietti Isn't Interested

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 20, 2013 11:26 AM
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The success of horror movies in the early part of the year can be deceiving. For example, last year "The Devil Inside" shocked everyone by taking over $30 million on its opening weekend (even though it quickly tapered off, with audiences giving it a rare F CinemaScore thanks to its "go-to-the-website" ending). And this year, we're seeing the same similar unlikely stories play out. "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters" has quietly inched its way to over $50 million domestic, and over $100 million worldwide (seriously), while the Guillermo Del Toro produced, Jessica Chastain starring "Mama" is approaching $70 million at home with more to come from overseas. And wouldn't you know it, Universal is smelling franchise.

Steven Spielberg's 'Lincoln' Helped To Finally Officially Abolish Slavery In Mississippi

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • February 20, 2013 10:38 AM
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As you watched President Lincoln on screen go through painstaking efforts in order to have the thirteenth amendment passed in Congress, you probably thought that particular part of history is long behind us. After all, the events portrayed in the film happened nearly 150 years ago. Well, that’s not quite the case, as University of Mississippi associate professor Dr. Ranjan Batra discovered soon after watching the film.
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