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Seven New Images From Sam Raimi's 'Oz The Great & Powerful'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • January 8, 2013 1:01 PM
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When the trailer for Sam Raimi’s next film, the prequel to “The Wizard of Oz,” “Oz: The Great and Powerful” hit last year the reaction was decidedly mixed. It all looked a little too much like Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” from a visual standpoint, and the casting jarred a little too. James Franco will be taking on the title role of the man who would be The Wizard of Oz, while Michelle Williams, Mila Kunis and Rachel Weisz are playing the magical land’s three witches.

First Looks At Liam Neeson In 'Non-Stop' & Halle Berry In 'The Call,' Plus Images From 'Mama' & 'Grown Ups 2'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 8, 2013 12:37 PM
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Liam Neeson might be dismissive of the idea of a third "Taken" movie, but that doesn't mean that the Irish actor is done with ass-kicking. 2013 sees Neeson reteam with his "Unknown" director Jaume Collet-Serra for "Non-Stop," an airborne thriller which sees Neeson play an air marshall who receives a text message telling him that unless a $150 million ransom is paid, a passenger will die every twenty minutes. Julianne Moore, Michelle Dockery, Nate Parker, Scoot McNairy and Corey Stoll are among the suspects, and a first look at Neeson in the film has arrived, courtesy of EW. Yes, it's a man with a gun on a plane.

Woody Allen's Latest Is Titled 'Blue Jasmine,' Film Acquired By Sony Pictures Classics

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 8, 2013 11:28 AM
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As day follows night, 2013 will bring another Woody Allen-directed film with an all-star cast. And barely a week into the new year, word is firming up on the director's latest. We knew already that the film, the first by the filmmaker to be mostly set in San Francisco, stars Cate Blanchett alongside Alec Baldwin, Bobby Cannavale, Louis C.K., Andrew Dice Clay, Sally Hawkins and Peter Sarsgaard, and involves a woman facing financial ruin, who comes across a man who may be able to stay solvent.

J.J. Abrams Defends His Secretive Approach To Marketing, Says He Wants To Preserve The 'Special Experience' Of Seeing A Film Fresh

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • January 8, 2013 11:20 AM
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In an age where it seems that you walk into some movies knowing the majority of the major plot beats that will unfold over the next two hours before the projector even starts up, some find it extremely refreshing that there are filmmakers like J.J Abrams who are secretive about almost every aspect of their projects. Others find it frustrating though, and you could even argue that the shroud of secrecy around Abrams’ “Super 8” left the final product feeling somewhat anticlimctic, when it may have been appreciated more had the secrecy around the film not morphed into a snowball of hype.

Exclusive: Trailer For Apocalyptic Slamdance Entry 'Best Friends Forever'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 8, 2013 10:56 AM
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For some, continuing to call the Sundance Film Festival "indie" given the huge stars, swag bags, parties and more that mark each year in Park City, is a bit of joke. But for those looking for some truly independent cinema, films that feature actors, actresses, writers and directors who are truly looking for a leg up, the Slamdance Flim Festival is the place. Overlapping with the festivities at Sundance, Slamdance will have a plethora of offerings on display, and one movie hoping to rise above the noise is "Best Friends Forever." But don't let that title deceive you.

Watch: Trailers For Sundance Entries 'Charlie Victor Romeo,' 'Gideon's Army' & 'Halley'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 8, 2013 10:39 AM
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A big-screen take on an acclaimed stage play, a documentary, and a film from Mexico...it looks like there will be some compelling alternate choices at the Sundance Film Festival this year if you're shut out of the big-ticket screenings, and with a handful of trailers dropping, let's take a quick dive into them.

Guillermo Del Toro Reveals He's Penned An Outline & Found A Writer For 'Dark Universe' (aka 'Heaven Sent')

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 8, 2013 10:23 AM
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...and the Guillermo Del Toro news train just keeps a rollin'. Speaking to press yesterday to help get the word out about "Mama," the horror film he produced starring Jessica Chastain, he told The Playlist about being approached to direct "Star Wars: Episode 7" and provided an update on the status of "At The Mountains Of Madness" and "The Hulk" TV series, all before even hitting the stage last night at CES to unveil a new trailer for "Pacific Rim." And it seems there were even more morsels of info given to press during Del Toro's interview jaunt.

Creating A New 1940s Los Angeles, Responding To Aurora & More From The Cast & Crew About 'Gangster Squad'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • January 8, 2013 10:03 AM
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For his third directorial effort following the genre mélange of action comedies “Zombieland” and “30 Minutes or Less,” Ruben Fleischer has taken a leap forward in scope and ambition, while taking the narrative back to 1940s Los Angeles. Inspired by the seven-part LA Times articles by Paul Lieberman, “Gangster Squad” charts the apex of NY gangster Mickey Cohen's westward reign, and the guerilla band of LAPD organized to bring it to an end. Armed with a passion for period detail and a modern sensibility, Fleischer has stepped up to the challenge with a fantastic cast behind him, and at the film's Beverly Hills press conference last month, stars Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin and Emma Stone -- along with screenwriter/former LAPD cop Will Beall and producers Dan Lin and Kevin McCormick -- joined the director in describing the experience of bringing the project to the screen.

Jon Favreau Admits 'Cowboys & Aliens' May Have "Been Better Served With A Different Vision"

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • January 8, 2013 9:38 AM
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Having just reached a full 350 episodes of candid monologues and one-on-one interviews with comedy elite, the “WTF with Marc Maron” podcast has become the go-to destination for rich discussion of the entertainment business and its denizens. It also provides a rare chance for reflection upon a career, and in “Iron Man” helmer Jon Favreau's case, an opportunity to discuss perhaps his biggest misstep as a director.

David S. Goyer Calls 'Man Of Steel' The Right Super Hero Movie For Our Times

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • January 8, 2013 9:20 AM
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The reboot has firmly turned into producer David S. Goyer's affinity as of late. Many of his projects since “Batman Begins” have encompassed a renewal of some sort. With his legacy with Christopher Nolan's trilogy now closed for outside reflection, the focus now falls on his work with another director and comic book property, and he's feeling pretty optimistic about the project.

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