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'Anchorman 2' Scores December 20, 2013 Release Date

  • By Edward Davis
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  • December 19, 2012 9:11 PM
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It's been about six years in the making -- or at least it seems like they've been talking about it that long -- but a pipedream comedy is not only finally happening, it now has a concrete release date.

'Les Misérables' Star Samantha Barks Is 'Walking On Sunshine' With Kylie Minogue

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • December 19, 2012 5:39 PM
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If you were purely going by the posters and trailers, you probably wouldn’t have even noticed that a young lady called Samantha Barks was starring in one of the lead roles in Tom Hooper’s “Les Misérables.” The 22-year-old English actress rose to prominence in the U.K. after appearing on an Andrew Lloyd Webber talent show before finding success in the role of Eponine in "Les Misérables" on London’s West End. After being chosen to fill the role in the filmed 25th Anniversary Concert of 'Les Mis,' Barks then won the role in Hooper’s version too. Sadly, her face and name are not yet recognizable enough to earn her a spot on the star-filled posters, but hopefully that will all begin to change soon.

George Lucas Once Envisioned Four 'Star Wars' Trilogies

  • By Edward Davis
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  • December 19, 2012 4:42 PM
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Ok, this is an odd one that no one seems to have noticed nor made much fuss about. In the latest issue of Empire magazine detailing the history leading up to "Star Wars: Episode VII," the publication says George Lucas originally envisioned four "Star Wars" trilogies and then dropped one in the late 1970s.

'Sushi Girl' Director Kern Saxton Reasonably Confronts Pirates On Torrent Site Downloading His Movie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 19, 2012 4:30 PM
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The discourse around piracy thus far hasn't exactly been nuanced, with copyright holders pushing harder than ever to impose harsh penalities for anyone who downloads music or movies. All this while ignoring data that suggests that, in some instances, piracy can act as promotion for a film: with those hearing chatter about the movie choosing to seek it out, often by buying a ticket or a DVD. The argument could go round and round forever, but there's at least one director out there who has approached the whole thing quite reasonably.

Zac Efron Will Play The First Doctor To Look At JFK In Assassination Pic 'Parkland'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 19, 2012 3:57 PM
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Well, Zac Efron's first year questing for recognition in more adult roles was a bit of mixed bag. He is probably still best known at the end of 2012 for being peed on by Nicole Kidman in "The Paperboy," and his efforts in Ramin Bahrani's "At Any Price" seemed to be overlooked by those debating the merits of the earnest picture. But the former tween Disney star is pushing forward admirably, and like it or not, he's getting involved in a movie about one of the most defining and tragic moments in American history.

New Yorker's David Denby Names 'Lincoln,' 'Zero Dark Thirty' & More As Best Movies Of 2012

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 19, 2012 3:33 PM
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David Denby may think that cinema is dead (or dying), but maybe the dude needs to get out more. The New Yorker film critic has dropped his list essay on the Best Movies Of 2012, and for a guy has found a lot of fault for how the studios make movies, his list features lots of studio and studio indie fare. Just sayin'.

Christopher McQuarrie Says He Was In "Director Jail For 12 Years"; Talks Casting Tom Cruise & Werner Herzog In 'Jack Reacher'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • December 19, 2012 3:00 PM
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Screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie has an Academy Award for writing "The Usual Suspects" and he’s kind of become Tom Cruise’s go-to scribe having penned “Valkyrie,” this week’s upcoming “Jack Reacher” and even tweaking several scripts that Cruise considered starring in (but not before McQuarrie tailored them for his needs). Recently he’s written “The Wolverine,” “Jack The Giant Slayer,” “All You Need Is Kill” and may even pen “Mission: Impossible 5” for Cruise ("Top Gun 2" seems dead now that Tony Scott passed away earlier this year).

I Believe In Fitness: Michael Bay Is Back With First Trailer For 'Pain And Gain' With Mark Wahlberg & Dwayne Johnson

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 19, 2012 2:35 PM
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After three straight "Transformers" movies, we kind of forgot that Michael Bay movies used to be fun. Testosterone fueled fun, sure, but fun nonetheless. But he's taken a break from making robots go boom to make his "indie" movie, and goddamn, if this trailer for "Pain And Gain" isn't a steroid boost right to the nostalgia center of our brains.

Ben Affleck Gets Out Of 'Focus' With Kristen Stewart, Eyeing Senate Run?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 19, 2012 2:07 PM
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With an Oscar-contending feature film making the rounds with "Argo," the press obligations that come with it, not to mention the many projects vying for his attention as an actor and director that are too numerous to name here, Ben Affleck is busy. And dude has got to sleep sometime, and it looks like he's taking one project off his plate.

Watch: Trailer For James Franco's Co-Directed Sundance Film 'Interior. Leather Bar.' Inspired By 'Cruising'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 19, 2012 1:49 PM
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Guys, sit down, because we're not sure you're going to be able to handle this. James Franco has made an art project. No, seriously. But kidding aside, it still seems like not a film festival can go by without Franco showing up with cannisters under his arm, and indeed, he'll be at the Sundance Film Festival for something that is truly...Franco-ian.

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