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William Shatner Calls J.J. Abrams "A Pig" For Taking On Both 'Star Trek' & 'Star Wars' Franchises

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 13, 2013 12:42 PM
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Walt Disney's decision to hire J.J. Abrams to direct "Star Wars: Episode 7" still has people talking, and rightly so. With one foot already in the rebooted "Star Trek" franchise, many wonder if he can make a distinctive enough "Star Wars" movie so that it isn't one mass Abrams-y sci-fi blob. Still others wish Disney would've selected any number of other talented people to kick off the next three sequels. And then there's William Shatner, whose feelings on the matter are made plain and clear.

Don Cheadle Is Iron Patriot In New Poster For 'Iron Man 3'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 13, 2013 12:12 PM
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America! With Tony Stark looking more emo than ever in everything we've seen so far in "Iron Man 3," we could use a bit of fist-pumping heroics, and it looks like Don Cheadle is here to provide it.

Watch: Battles Rage In 2 Clips From 'Jack The Giant Slayer'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 13, 2013 11:36 AM
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March will be be a bit of a testing ground for fairy tale movies, as two major tentpole movies re-imagining familiar tales will hit the multiplex in all their CGI glory. And in 3D too, no less. Having lived through two tepid Snow White movies last year, will audiences be more wary of "Oz The Great And Powerful" and "Jack The Giant Slayer"? We'll soon find out, but a couple of clips from Bryan Singer's forthcoming effort aren't exactly the most enticing teasers.

Exclusive: Poster For 'What Maisie Knew' Starring Julianne Moore & Alexander Skarsgard

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 13, 2013 10:58 AM
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With source material from legendary author Henry James, and a cast that includes Julianne Moore, Alexander Skarsgard and Steve Coogan, there are a lot of things to look forward to in the forthcoming "What Maisie Knew." After doing a brief festival run last year that included stops in Toronto and Tokyo, the film is coming to theaters and we've got the exclusive poster below.

Stanley Kubrick's Favorite Films Included 'The Jerk,' 'White Men Can't Jump' & 'Modern Romance'

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • February 13, 2013 9:18 AM
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Anyone who is fan of Stanley Kubrick is aware of the fact that he was a very private man. He rarely did interviews, and his process is as discussed as it remained elusive. He was painstakingly meticulous, a perfectionist, and many would assume that Mr. Kubrick was a serious man both on and off the set. There are many indications, however, that suggest otherwise. Over at Criterion, Joshua Warren has compiled a list of Stanley Kubrick’s favorite films, a list he gathered from interviews with friends, family, and colleagues as well as from an interview Kubrick did about fifty years ago. While there are certainly a fair amount of high-brow titles on the list, you may be surprised to learn just how… diverse it is.

Watch: International Trailer For 'The Master' With More Deleted Footage

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • February 13, 2013 9:02 AM
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Just when you thought you saw everything there was to see regarding “The Master,” here comes a new minute-long trailer that will leave fans of the movie even more befuddled. As you likely remember, director Paul Thomas Anderson posted a number of different teaser clips from the film in the months leading up to its theatrical release in September. When the movie finally came out, we were all a bit surprised when there appeared to be some scenes missing in the final cut. Now, after digging through the script to uncover all the scenes that were missing in the film and sifting through all the Blu-ray/DVD extras to explore the deleted scenes that were filmed, the new international trailer for "The Master" continues to recontextualize the movie through footage in the finished product as well as the stuff on the cutting room floor.

Watch: Trailer For Thriller 'The Numbers Station' Starring John Cusack & Malin Akerman

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 13, 2013 8:02 AM
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One actor who made our feature Fire Your Agent: 10 Actors Who Need A Change Of Career Direction was John Cusack, and his upcoming "The Numbers Station" pretty much illustrates why he belongs on that list. Yet another generic thriller (once slated to star Ethan Hawke instead), this is the latest in a string of genre efforts by the actor that are as bland as they are interchangeable.

Time To Learn The Truth: New, Improved Trailer For Tom Cruise Vehicle 'Oblivion' Arrives

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 13, 2013 7:19 AM
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Just when it looked like Tom Cruise's comeback was cemented thanks to "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol," the biggest hit of his career, the actor hit another dip, with neither "Rock Of Ages" or "Jack Reacher" setting the world on fire, and the latter looks increasingly unlikely to be the franchise starter that the actor and studio Paramount hoped it would be. But Cruise was ahead of the game, heading into territory he's rarely ventured into before -- hardcore science fiction -- with a pair of original sci-fi action movies coming up.

Captivating New Pics From 'Waltz With Bashir' Director Ari Folman's Live Action/Animated 'The Congress' With Robin Wright

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 12, 2013 7:51 PM
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A movie that has literally been years in the making, showing of some early footage way back in 2010, "Waltz With Bashir" director Ari Folman's followup "The Congress" has been coming along at a steady, if unhurried pace. While we've had glimpses here and there, a batch of new images have arrived giving the best look yet at how the live action/animated film will be coming together.

Fox 2000 Picks Up John Grisham's 'The Racketeer' As Vehicle For 'Safe House' Director Daniel Espinosa

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 12, 2013 6:09 PM
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It's coming on nine years since the last movie based on a work by John Grisham hit the screen ("Christmas With The Kranks"), and ten years if you stick strictly to his bread-and-butter legal thrillers ("Runaway Jury"). But Grisham is still a big name and a bestselling author, and it's no surprise that Hollywood has been eager to get back in the game with the writer. NBC tried, and failed, to turn "The Firm" into a series, and over the past year a number of his books have been developing including "The Associate," "Calico Joe" and "The Partner." And now another is entering the fray.

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