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Exclusive: Mesmerizing Clip From 'Samsara' Plus Win Tickets For NYC Screenings This Weekend

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 20, 2012 12:59 PM
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If you thought the summer season of big screen spectacle was over, guess again. While the major studios have all (mostly) unveiled their popcorn munching, effects driven blockbusters for the year, for those looking for something both to dazzle they eye and exercise the brain, the folks over at Oscilloscope Laboratories have one more must-see movie for cinephiles: Ron Fricke's "Samsara." And with the film set to start rolling out in limited release this weekend, we've got a couple of treats for you.
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Female Version Of 'The Expendables' In The Works From The Guys Who Brought You 'The Grey' & 'Killing Them Softly'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 20, 2012 12:44 PM
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Well, "The Expendables 2" was on top of the box office this weekend, though it opened at smaller numbers than its predecessor which begs the question: is the novelty wearing off? We suppose we'll know more once the final tally and international numbers start rolling in, but with talk of "The Expendables 3" already percolating with Nicolas Cage apparently already signed, there may be some juice left in the concept. And the awesomely named production company 1984 Private Defense Contractors are hoping to spin their own riff on the format with a bit of a gender swich.

New Photos From 'The Silver Linings Playbook,' Jessica Chastain in 'Zero Dark Thirty,' 'Argo' & 'Red Dawn'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • August 20, 2012 12:23 PM
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Entertainment Weekly's Fall Film Preview is generally the gift that keeps on giving and after two weeks on newstands, photos from the latest issue have begun to surface. The recent crop we found centers on three highly anticipated films by acclaimed helmers such as David O. Russell, Kathryn Bigelow and actor/director Ben Affleck.

Watch: 'Con Air' Director Simon West Reunites With Nic Cage For 'Taken' In A Taxi Cab Thriller 'Stolen'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • August 20, 2012 11:46 AM
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Like any successful distribution label should, Millennium Entertainment has accrued an instantly recognizable strain of action film with which their brand is linked, so when their logo pops up the trailer for their latest release “Stolen” -- and Jason Statham, Cuba Gooding Jr., or Clive Owen is nowhere in sight -- naturally there's only Nicolas Cage left to deliver the goods.

Baz Luhrmann Rumored To Be Raising More Money To Shoot 'Gatsby' After WB Turn Him Down

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • August 20, 2012 11:16 AM
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As already glimpsed in his Kanye-trotting premiere trailer for “The Great Gatsby,” Baz Luhrmann has confirmed his over-exuberant style will remain consistent for his fifth film. Unfortunately, as the Australian filmmaker's filmography has repeatedly shown, a pretty studio penny is also required to depict all that opulence on-screen, and now with Luhrmann facing a six-month delay, he's looking further than Warner Bros. to add some extra Jazz-age panache to the project.

Terry Gilliam Says 'Zero Theorem' Will Mostly Take Place In A Chapel, Feature Four Main Characters, Nudity & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 20, 2012 10:40 AM
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Yes, Terry Gilliam is finally at work on a new film that is actually greenlit, has funding, is in pre-production and looking at a scheduled shooting start date. Announced last week, "The Zero Theorem" will star Christoph Waltz as Qohen in a futuristic story about a computer hacker whose work to find the reason for human existence is constantly diverted and interrupted thanks to the Management, who send a teenager and lusty love interest to distract him. If anything, Gilliam must be glad to be talking about a project that isn't "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote," and indeed he's spilled a few details about what we can expect from his next effort.

Watch: Sizzle Reel For Chilean Action Star Marko Zaror As He Lands Role In 'Machete Kills'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 20, 2012 10:19 AM
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Yes, Robert Rodriguez's "Machete Kills" has wrapped, but that doesn't mean there aren't more surprises in store. This morning brings news that yet another name has joined the cast, and it will be one that will be bringing some serious punching and kicking power to the pic.

'Mad Max: Fury Road' Adds Supermodel Megan Gale; Official Synopsis Reveals A Host Of Ridiculous Character Names

  • By Simon Dang
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  • August 20, 2012 9:44 AM
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After being pushed back months on end, production seems well and truly underway on George Miller's "Mad Max: Fury Road," which is shooting in Namibia after abnormal weather conditions pushed Miller and co. away from Australia. While it's been confirmed for quite some time that Tom Hardy would be taking over the iconic, titular role from Mel Gibson, with Charlize Theron co-starring as the mysterious Furiosa, a press release (via Collider) has unveiled the first synopsis for the film while confirming the entire cast (which includes a few more names), as well their kinda bonkers character names. Read on:

Ken Watanabe To Star In Japanese Language Remake Of Clint Eastwood's 'Unforgiven'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • August 20, 2012 9:24 AM
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For years Hollywood has remade foreign films to varying degrees, with some of the most successful examples being genre-swaps: for example, John Sturges’ classic western “The Magnificent Seven” was based on Akira Kurosawa’s landmark “Seven Samurai.” And now a western film will have its setting swapped out for the East as Clint Eastwood’s “Unforgiven” is being remade under the tutelage of “Villain” helmer Lee Sang-il with Ken Watanabe set to star.

Anna Kendrick, Felicity Jones & Imogen Poots Reportedly In Running For Female Lead In 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • August 20, 2012 9:00 AM
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Despite the massive success of “The Avengers,” Marvel isn’t resting on its laurels and is hard at work on the next phase of films that will lead into the sequel of the superhero team-up film, which already has a release date set of May 1, 2015. Last month saw the addition of Anthony Mackie to the cast of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” as Falcon and now we have a list of frontrunners for the female lead in the sequel.

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