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Universal Takes Over Editing '47 Ronin' As Director Carl Erik Rinsch Removed; Studio Adds Love Scene, Dialogue & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 20, 2012 8:26 AM
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Jay-Z may have 99 problems, but you can bet he's glad "47 Ronin" ain't one. Universal's big budget samurai flick starring Keanu Reeves, Rinko Kikuchi and rounded out with a mostly Japanese cast has seen its problems displayed through ever changing release dates. Originally slated to open on November 21st of this year, it was optimistically bumped to February 8, 2013 back in the spring. But it seems as though concerns around the picture grew worse and the studio decided they need more time, as the picture has now been pegged with a Christmas Day slot next year. Whether it will hold or not remains to be seen, but one thing is for certain: director Carl Erik Rinsch's relationship with the movie is now over.

Is This The Next YA Movie Hit? Trailer For 'Beautiful Creatures' Starring Alden Ehrenreich, Alice Englert & Emmy Rossum

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 19, 2012 10:46 PM
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An outsider with strange powers, a human who understands and forces beyond their control....no, we're not talking about "Twilight." Instead, it's "Beautiful Creatures," Warner Bros. stab at the YA pie that Summit and Lionsgate have conquered heartily with the vampire series and "The Hunger Games" respectively. Now it's time for the major studio play -- do they have what it takes?

Casey Affleck To Star In Ben Affleck & Matt Damon Produced 'Race To The South Pole'; Whitey Bulger Biopic Still In The Cards

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 19, 2012 10:18 PM
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What's better than one Affleck? Two Afflecks. And what's better than two Afflecks? Two Afflecks and a Damon. That's right all three are coming together, putting their Voltron like powers toward a project that's a bit unexpected.

Melissa McCarthy May Join 'The Hangover Part 3' In Small Role; New Set Photos Surface

  • By Edward Davis
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  • September 19, 2012 7:22 PM
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While Warner Bros.' "The Hangover Part III" is already shooting and reunites the original cast of Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis and Justin Bartha along with Ken Jeong, Heather Graham, Jeffrey Tambor, Gillian Vigman, Sasha Barrese, Jamie Chung and badguy John Goodman, apparently one more last-minute addition has been made.

Michael Bay's 'Pain And Gain' Will Pump You Up Next Spring

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 19, 2012 5:11 PM
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This is what you call the exception to the rule. While we just wrote that Paramount has basically waved goodbye to original ideas, everyone will point to Michael Bay's upcoming "Pain and Gain" and cry foul. But here's the thing -- this is basically a one for me/one for them gig to keep Bay happy and let him knock out something that doesn't involve robots before he goes and directs "Transformers 4" and makes the studio a kajillion dollars. Anyway, long story short, "Pain and Gain" has a release date and it's coming for you next spring.

Duh: ‘Jack Reacher’ Being Eyed As Franchise, While Viacom Chief Signals Death Of Original Ideas At Paramount

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 19, 2012 4:57 PM
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To say that Paramount is having a pretty horrible 2012, which unfortunately coincides with their 100th anniversary, would be an understatement. With two movies bumped to 2013 -- "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters" and "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" -- while "World War Z" goes through a pretty public and ugly reshoot and rewrite process to try and salvage a picture that currently is only half good and has Brad Pitt and director Marc Forster at odds, it's no surprise honchos are looking to find any silver lining they can. And it looks like Tom Cruise may be that hope.

Watch: All 5 Alternate Endings Of The New 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' Trailer

  • By Edward Davis
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  • September 19, 2012 4:50 PM
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Unless you're living under one of the hugest mossy rocks in the shire of Middle-earth -- located in in the large region of Eriador and the Kingdom of Arnor, of course -- you're acutely aware that Tolkien nerds the world is celebrating Tolkien Week, which culminated this morning with the appearance of the highly anticipated second theatrical trailer for "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey."

Watch: Liam Neeson Shows A GPS Who's Boss In New Clip From 'Taken 2'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 19, 2012 4:14 PM
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There are two ways you can use a GPS. One way is calmly punch in the coordinates and let the little gizmo do its work on the dashboard. The Bryan Mills way -- which only comes into practice when you're being chased Euro thugs -- is to grip the thing in your hands like the jaws of life and furiously punch in details like you were playing "Angry Birds" after drinking a six pack of Red Bull. Welcome to "Taken 2."
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Watch: Jennifer Lawrence Makes A Chilling Discovery In Clip From 'The House At The End Of The Street'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 19, 2012 3:25 PM
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If there is one thing this spring's "Silent House" with Elizabeth Olsen, this Friday's "The House At The End Of The Street" with Jennifer Lawrence, and next year's "Mama" with Jessica Chastain proves, it's that Hollywood loves getting their young female talent in tank tops/low cut shirts and then having them run around screaming. And "The Hunger Games" star will do just that this weekend.

Full List Of All The Songs Featured In Paul Thomas Anderson's 'The Master'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 19, 2012 2:59 PM
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With "The Master" now open in limited release and hitting more cities in the coming weeks, talk about what the film is (a raw portrait of the hunger and pain of finding meaning in one's life) and isn't (an expose on Scientology) will continue for Paul Thomas Anderson's latest film. And one of those talking points will also be the excellent soundtrack, which, in addition to Jonny Greenwood's avant score, also features a very good helping of big band and jazz/pop standards. And while the official soundtrack release is mostly centered on the composer's works, we've got our hands on the full list of tunes in the movie.

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