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Guillermo del Toro Says He'll Try To Mount 'Mountains Of Madness' Again Soon; Suggests 'The Hulk' TV Show Is Dormant

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 7, 2013 12:42 PM
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The always chatty and affable director Guillermo del Toro is the gift that keeps on giving. Always having his fingers in several pots, the filmmaker wears several hats as a producer, writer, visionary and more. This month he's shepherding another ghost story to the screen as a producer of "Mama." No stranger to the genre having directed "The Devil's Backbone," and having produced "The Orphanage," "Mama" stars Jessica Chastain and "Game Of Thrones" villain Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as a couple tasked with the challenge of raising his young nieces that were left alone in the forest for 5 years. However, all is not what it seems... See del Toro introduce the short film that convinced him to back the project in the first place, he calls it "claustrophobic." "The short was one of the scariest things I've ever seen and it was incredibly well-made," he said.

Frank Darabont Rewriting Gareth Edwards' 'Godzilla,' But Film Hit By Producer Infighting

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 7, 2013 12:25 PM
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Last summer, one of the biggest movies to make a noise on the floor of the San Diego Comic-Con didn't have a cast, release date or had even officially gone into production. And yet the brief presentation of Gareth Edwards' "Godzilla" caused an uproar, with social media lighting up moments afterward and Warner Bros. quickly unveiling a poster and confirming a release date last fall. Now, as it heads in front of cameras this spring, it looks like a monster battle is brewing behind-the-scenes.

Oscars Eye Ceremony Date As Early As January 12th In 2014

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 7, 2013 11:18 AM
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Each year, filmmakers and studios race toward an end-of-December deadline, not only to get their Oscar-contending films into theaters to qualify, but to ensure Academy voters are able to see them in time to vote. But in 2014, a move to shift the broadcast of the ceremony from February to January could have massive repercussions.

'Texas Chainsaw 3D' Sequel Reportedly Already In The Works

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 7, 2013 10:57 AM
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Chalk it up to college kids finally freed from family obligations with a bit of extra time on their hands before school starts up again. Chalk it up to the surprising popularity of Trey Songz, who was responsible for drawing in a third of the audience under 25. Chalk it up to the lure of the perverse thrill of sexy young people being threatened/killed with chainsaws. Chalk it up to audience not wanting to sit in a theater for nearly three hours. Whatever it was, "Texas Chainsaw 3D" surpassed expectations by taking the top spot this weekend at the box office, beating out films like "Django Unchained," "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" and "Les Miserables." And so, of course, we'll probably get another sequel.

New Look At Ellen Page, Brit Marling & Alexander Skarsgård In Zal Batmanglij's 'The East'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 7, 2013 10:37 AM
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You would think that with the Oscar nominations coming on Thursday we might get a bit of a breather, but alas, just seven days later the Sundance Film Festival will kick off, introducing a whole batch of new movies that will hope to be part of the discussion in 2013. And one of the films we're looking forward to is the sophomore effort from "Sound Of My Voice" director Zal Batmanglij.

Watch: Jessica Chastain Plays Bass & More In 4 Clips From 'Mama'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 7, 2013 10:20 AM
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Jessica Chastain has done many things in her brief but busy career. She's pondered love and death for Terrence Malick in "The Tree Of Life," she got close to the grizzliest of the Bondurants in "Lawless," and right now she's hunting Osama Bin Laden in "Zero Dark Thirty." And later this month, she's going to try her hand at being a goth rocker (album cover up top).

Watch: Clip From Pixar Short 'The Blue Umbrella' That Will Play In Front Of 'Monsters University'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 7, 2013 10:02 AM
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"Monsters University" will be the last sequel we'll have to endure (for now) from Pixar before their more exciting offerings on the slate, including "The Inside Out," "The Untitled Pixar Movie about The Día de los Muertos" and "The Good Dinosaur," arrive. But for those salivating for some original content from the animation studio, their shorts have always delivered, and it looks like "The Blue Umbrella" will be another standout.
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Michael Keaton Says He Wanted To Do A Nolan-Esque Origin Story For Third 'Batman' Movie With Joel Schumacher

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 7, 2013 9:42 AM
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While Christian Bale and Christopher Nolan have taken over the popular image of Batman on the big screen thanks to "The Dark Knight" series of films, it's easy to forget that Michael Keaton was one of the best to ever put on the codpiece. While Tim Burton's distinctly more cartoony films still hold up well, he only ever got to make two, after which the franchise saw a downward trend culminating in the egregious 1997 entry "Batman & Robin," before Nolan and co. restored the character to his current glory. But things might have gone differently...

Guillermo Del Toro Says He Was Approached For 'Star Wars: Episode 7,' Would Have Loved To See Brad Bird Direct The Sequel

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 7, 2013 9:16 AM
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Easily one of the biggest pieces of movie news that arrived in 2012 was the announcement that more "Star Wars" sequels were on the way. And heading into 2013, it's still on everyone's mind, even though "Star Wars: Episode 7" isn't due into theaters until 2015. What we know already is that Michael Arndt is writing the script, but the million dollar question remains: who is going to direct? Numerous big names -- J.J. Abrams, Steven Spielberg and more -- have taken themselves out of the race, and another who politely declined the gig was an early fan favorite: Guillermo Del Toro.

Watch: Don't Eat The Candy In 2 Clips From 'Hansel And Gretel Witch Hunters'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 6, 2013 2:28 PM
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It's coming on five years since "The Hurt Locker," and whether or not Jeremy Renner has truly ascended the way some might have predicted is debatable. Yes, he was great in "The Town" but since then he's logged a throwaway role in "Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol," played a brainwashed zombie for half of "The Avengers," and while it was successful, there doesn't seem to be much clamoring for Aaron Cross to return after "The Bourne Legacy." So what's next for Renner? Uh, this...

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