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Hugh Jackman Is Ripped & Ready In First Official Image From 'The Wolverine'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 24, 2012 11:15 AM
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After enduring some delays and the exit of original director Darren Aronofsky, lensing finally got underway at the end of the summer for "The Wolverine." And while there have been some pretty weak sauce set photos and videos thus far, 20th Century Fox have unveiled the first official image of Hugh Jackman as everyone's favorite mutant, and it looks appropriately raw.

NYFF: Cristian Mungiu On Social Control, Communism & Those Long Takes In 'Beyond The Hills'

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • September 24, 2012 10:56 AM
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Though it took some time (and a stopover for an omnibus titled “Tales from the Golden Age”), Romanian auteur and Palm d’or recipient Cristian Mungiu has finally returned with a new full length film, “Beyond The Hills,” another penetrating, finespun narrative that took both Best Screenplay and Best Actress awards at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Here, the director starts off with a true story: Voichiţa (Cosmina Stratan) and Alina (Cristina Flutur) spent their childhood together in an orphanage before the two went their separate ways, the former becoming a nun in rural Romania and the other working odd-jobs in Germany. After years apart, the two decide to meet and it’s soon revealed, very subtly, that they had more than just a close friendship. But Voichiţa is supremely dedicated to her faith, and when she refuses a plan to leave the convent for Germany, Alina does all that she can to prove to her friend that her way of life is wrong.

The American Dream In A Can: Trailer For Indie 'Syrup' With Amber Heard & Shiloh Fernandez

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 24, 2012 10:43 AM
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Amber Heard and movies based on cult novels don't seem to fit so well together. "The Informers," based on Bret Easton Ellis' book, was largely ignored, while "The Rum Diary" didn't manage to bring much life to Hunter S. Thompson's work. And now comes "Syrup," which brings Max Barry's novel to the big screen, and this trailer suggests that Heard might be going 0-3.

Arnold Schwarzenegger Says 'Breacher' Will Be His New 'Predator'; "Nothing" Happening With 'Terminator 5'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 24, 2012 10:20 AM
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While the accountants in Hollywood spend Monday morning figuring out which movie came out on top in a tightly fought, though overall lukewarm weekend at the box office, no matter how it plays out, David Ayer will be happy. His latest cops-in-Los-Angeles flick "End Of Watch" took home decent notices, and was one of three angling for the #1 slot. And with his next cop movie "Breacher" gearing up to shoot in October, it already has a quote-worthy endorsement from its star Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Michael Bay Explains Why He Keeps Coming Back To The 'Transformers' Franchise

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • September 24, 2012 9:44 AM
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Despite telling everyone that he was, in no uncertain terms, done with the “Transformers” franchise after 2011’s “Transformers: Dark Of The Moon,” Victoria’s Secret model connoisseur Michael Bay -- to the surprise of no one -- signed up for a fourth film. In an interview with the Huffington Post, the fireball aficionado explains why he returned to the franchise.

Guillermo Del Toro Says WB Gave Him Extra Budget To Do 3D Conversion Right For 'Pacific Rim'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • September 24, 2012 9:25 AM
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After talking a big game at Comic-Con earlier this year, telling Collider that despite shooting digitally -- the film was shot on the RED EPIC -- the film was not intended for 3D post-conversion because of the sheer scale of the robots and monster (the stereoscopic process makes objects appear smaller than their 2D counterparts), it was revealed a couple of weeks ago that Guillermo Del Toro’s “Pacific Rim” would, in fact, be converted into 3D. At the time trade reports suggested that the decision was made in spite of del Toro’s wishes, but it appears that the “Pan’s Labyrinth” filmmaker readily agreed to a conversion, with some caveats.

Bilbo Baggins Gets His Closeup In New Poster For 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 24, 2012 8:59 AM
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Well, Tolkien Week is over, and after seven days that saw new images and a brand new trailer that featured alternate endings for some reason from "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," you would think that would be all for now. But alas, it's not so, as the Warner Bros. marketing train continues with a brand new one sheet for the movie.

Watch: Early Michael Haneke TV Movie 'Lemmings: Part 1' In Full, With English Subtitles

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 22, 2012 9:59 AM
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Before he made his first feature film outing with "The Seventh Continent" in 1989, Michael Haneke logged a considerable amount of time on TV projects. They certainly aren't the easiest efforts to track down, and are likely a fascinating window into the development of the celebrated director, but thanks to the magic of the interwebs, one of his earliest endeavors is now available for your weekend viewing.

'Taken 2' Soundtrack Features Two Key Songs From 'Drive' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 22, 2012 9:29 AM
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Listen, we know that songs are never just used once, and popular tunes can be utilized across any number of films. And if we're going to get technical about this whole thing, Kavinsky & Lovefoxx's "Nightcall" actually featured on "The Lincoln Lawyer" soundtrack before it became massive with "Drive" (though music supervisor Eric Craig worked on both films). But it's undeniable that Nicolas Winding Refn's film was one of the big soundtrack stories of 2011, spawning a "Drive" tour with the bands this spring, and a vinyl reissue of the album this summer, so this move by whoever is working on "Taken 2" feels a bit lazy.

Actresses Line Up To Play Carly Simon & Carole King In 'Girls Like Us' With Taylor Swift As Joni Mitchell

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 22, 2012 8:59 AM
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How many women does it take to greenlight a movie about folk legends Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon and Carole King? Well, more than one at any rate as the developing biopic "Girls Like Us" continues moving at Sony. Back in the spring Taylor Swift and Alison Pill were contending for the parts of Mitchell and King, and while the former seems to have gone through, the latter is facing some competition, as more actresses line up to play Simon. And it's a pretty strong list of talent in the mix.

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