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Watch: Trailer For Brit Cop Thriller 'The Sweeney' Starring Ray Winstone & Hayley Atwell

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 22, 2013 3:33 PM
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How's this for confidence? Months before the movie opened in the U.K., Vertigo Films felt so good about their big screen version of the cult Brit TV cop show "The Sweeney," that they got development going on a sequel. Now whether that actually comes to pass remains to be seen (it divided critics and really, no one seems to be clamoring for one) but U.S. audiences will get a taste later this spring when it lands stateside. And a new trailer has arrived to get the word out.

Benedict Cumberbatch's WikiLeaks Movie Now Titled 'The Fifth Estate,' Will Hit Theaters On November 15th

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 22, 2013 3:12 PM
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We're still over a month away from the 2013 Oscars, but consider the 2014 season open, courtesy of DreamWorks. The company (who are leading the field with "Lincoln" this year) have been prepping their WikiLeaks movie, directed by "Gods and Monsters" and "Twilight: Breaking Dawn" helmer Bill Condon, for some time, but it was slightly unclear when it would be hitting theaters. But with filming now underway, they've put their cards on the table, revealing a title, an awards-season release date, and an impressive supporting cast.

David Fincher May Direct 'Gone Girl' For Fox & Reese Witherspoon

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 22, 2013 2:44 PM
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So let's do a bit of recap: As you might remember, the studio put David Fincher on three-month hold last October, as they set about making a decision about the Jules Verne adaptation "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea." Certainly, there's been no word on the project since then, and while Fincher's name was bandied about for another, much higher profile Disney tentpole -- "Star Wars: Episode 7" -- it looks like the director potentially has something else in mind. 

'Breathe In' Star Mackenzie Davis Joins Monster Movie 'Kitchen Sink' Along With Nicholas Braun

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • January 22, 2013 1:52 PM
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It looks like actress Mackenzie Davis is starting to become a hot property. After turning quite a few heads recently with her supporting performance in "Like Crazy" director Drake Doremus' new Sundance hit "Breathe In,” she is now currently in talks to star in Sony’s horror comedy “The Kitchen Sink” alongside actor Nicholas Braun ("Perks of Being a Wallflower").

Exclusive: Clip From Indie Comedy 'Supporting Characters' Featuring 'Girls' Star Alex Karpovsky

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 22, 2013 1:25 PM
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Any creative process involving more than person -- forming a band, staging a play -- can often lead to relationships or severely test them, and just sharing productive space with another likeminded person is more than enough to set unexpected events in motion. And that simple premise forms the foundation of "Supporting Characters," a new indie comedy featuring "Girls" star Alex Karpovsky (aka Ray), Kevin Corrigan, Tarik Low, Sophia Takal ("V/H/S"), Arielle Kebbel ("90210") and Melonie Diaz ("Be Kind Rewind").

Watch: Gerard Butler Tries To Save The White House (And His Career) In Trailer For 'Olympus Has Fallen'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 22, 2013 12:47 PM
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After "Machine Gun Preacher," "Playing For Keeps" and "Chasing Mavericks" (and we'll just go ahead an presume the omnibus comedy "Movie 43" is going to tank hard this weekend) Gerard Butler is in desperate need of a hit. Why on Earth he signed on to the cheaper, ripoff version of Roland Emmerich and Channing Tatum's "White House Down" is a question best left to his agent we guess, but FilmDistrict and Millenium are making sure theirs gets into theaters first. But judging by the new trailer for "Olympus Has Fallen," we'll be just fine waiting a few more months.

Watch: 'Hotel Transylvania' Director Genndy Tartakovsky's New Short Film 'Goodnight Mr. Foot'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • January 22, 2013 12:32 PM
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While we weren't exactly over the moon for last fall's "Hotel Transylvania," an ambitious, freewheeling 3D monster mash from Sony Pictures Animation that never seemed to settle down long enough to let us become emotionally invested in its characters or scenarios, we were beyond thrilled to be watching the debut feature from Genndy Tartakovsky, a supernaturally talented animator behind influential series "Samurai Jack" and "Dexter's Labratory." While a Transylvanian sequel has been fast-tracked at Sony without Tartakovsky, he's not done with that world yet – as a gorgeous new animated short proves.

Watch: 'Evil Dead' Green Band Trailer, Less Restricted, Still Scary

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • January 22, 2013 11:44 AM
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You would think that post-“Cabin in the Woods” there would be more skepticism than excitement about the return to the original cabin in the woods, with the forthcoming “Evil Dead” remake. But Fede Alvarez’s movie has been generating some positive buzz ever since the red band trailer hit last year, and there’s a lot of optimism for the film starring Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci, Jessica Lucas and Elizabeth Blackmore. We imagine it’s probably taken a great deal of effort to cut together a green band version that retains the scares but removes the blood and gore, but some clever person has gone and done it, and now we have a trailer for "Evil Dead" that’s just as compelling but now suitable for the whole family!

'Mud' & 'Take Shelter' Director Jeff Nichols Writing John Carpenter-Esque Project ‘Midnight Special'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 22, 2013 11:24 AM
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After making three distinct, small-scale films focusing on unique individuals caught in stories that could also be fables or fairy tales -- "Shotgun Stories," "Take Shelter," the upcoming "Mud" -- Jeff Nichols seems to want to shift gears a bit. He was on Fox's shortlist to take over "Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes" before it went to Matt Reeves, and over the summer he signed on to helm teen genius tale "The Boy Who Played With Fusion." In short, it seems like Nichols wants to play a bit more with genre material, and indeed, he's writing something we might not expect from him.

James Franco To Direct & Star In Adaptation Of James Ellroy's 'American Tabloid'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 22, 2013 10:26 AM
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So, what you have done this January? If you're James Franco, you're currently at the Sundance Film Festival dropping two films, signing on to direct and star in the biopic of hairstylist Jay Sebring in "Beautiful People," and you wrote a poem for the inauguration. Seriously. And it seems the always busy Franco has just added yet another project to his slate.

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