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Producer Rick McCallum Has Quietly Retired From Lucasfilm

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • November 26, 2012 8:59 AM
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Chances are if the recent shifts in Lucasfilm's administration prove a final blow to George Lucas' overall involvement, it is producer Rick McCallum that has primed that impression for years now. Since the “Star Wars” Special Editions onward, McCallum has slowly grown into the company's most vocal member -- appearing at conventions and answering press to drum up interest -- but now in the midst of Disney's $4 billion deal, it appears the central force in Lucas' camp has filed his most crucial decision.

Jessica Chastain Centers In New 'Zero Dark Thirty' Images & TV Spot; Filmmakers Could Make A Prequel Hunt Movie

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • November 24, 2012 1:35 PM
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In the opening moments of the thriller-cum-action drama "Zero Dark Thirty," the picture displays text onscreen that reads, “based on firsthand accounts of actual events.” “I don’t want to play fast and loose with history,” Mark Boal, the screenwriter of the film, told the New York Times  about his in-depth research into the movie's story: the Seal Team Six hunt and elimination of Osama Bin Laden. "Zero Dark Thirty" -- a military term for thirty minutes after midnight -- reunites the Oscar-winning team of director-producer Kathryn Bigelow and writer-producer Boal (who brought you "The Hurt Locker") for the story of one of history's greatest manhunts.

Watch: Darren Aronofsky's 1994 Short Film 'No Time'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 24, 2012 12:59 PM
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Last week, director Darren Aronofsky officially wrapped what is easily the largest production of his career, "Noah." And with the film not due until March 28, 2014, so begins a long fifteen month wait for the movie. So what can we do until then? How about taking a quick trip back in time...

Watch: New 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' Video Blog & Air New Zealand's Hobbit Plane

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 24, 2012 12:34 PM
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It's hard to believe, given the ups and down the film has faced, but the world premiere of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" is four days away. In just 96 hours the word on Peter Jackson's return to Middle Earth will be heard around the world, but there is still work to be done.

New Catwoman Pic & Featurette From 'The Dark Knight Rises'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 24, 2012 12:07 PM
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Nope, it's not July. Given the amount of "The Dark Knight Rises" bits and pieces that have landed in the last week or so, you might think the movie was heading to theaters. But it's on its way to stores, and to help get the word out, a plethora of material has made its way online, including: three unreleased posters, a behind-the-scenes set building montage, 45 behind-the-scenes pics from the Bane vs. Batman showdown; a featurette about Tom Hardy's transformation into Bane as well as a look at the football field explosion. And yes, there's more.

Watch: 1-Hour TV Version Of Spike Lee's Michael Jackson Documentary 'Bad 25'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 24, 2012 11:55 AM
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The malls are a zoo and the multiplex is a madhouse, so if you're looking for something to watch without having to change out of those stretchy pants, we have just the thing.
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Andrew Dominik Aims To Shoot Polanski-Esque Marilyn Monroe Biopic 'Blonde' In 2013, Naomi Watts Still Attached

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • November 23, 2012 2:15 PM
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The other day we got to speak to Andrew Dominik, whose genuinely amazing new crime film “Killing Them Softly” opens next week. One thing we wanted to make sure of was, after the seemingly epic gulf of time between his brilliant but criminally under-seen “The Assassination of Jesse James and the Coward Robert Ford” and “Killing Them Softly,” that there was at least something in the works. It turns out that the movie he was originally going to do before “Killing Them Softly” is still very much a go. "I'm going to do this movie called 'Blonde,' which is about Marilyn Monroe," Dominik said.

Watch: Martin Scorsese Talks Lovingly About Film Restoration & How 'The Seven Year Itch' Spurred His Preservation Work

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 23, 2012 11:59 AM
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There are few filmmakers -- or people -- as dedicated, knowledgeable and passionate about cinema and its history as Martin Scorsese. A virtual walking encyclopedia about any corner of film lore you can think of, he remains fascinated and excited by movies and filmmakers, but in particular is concerned with making sure the early days of the art form aren't lost to the dusts of time. Through The Film Foundation and the World Cinema Foundation, he has worked tirelessly to preserve and restore films for future generations.

Tell Your Mom: There's Going To Be A Susan Boyle Biopic Now

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 23, 2012 11:30 AM
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Hey wait, Susan Boyle is still a thing? You might remember a few years ago the singer took the world by storm on "Britain's Got Talent," belting out "I Dreamed A Dream" from "Les Miserables," and bringing down the house, earning pretty much overnight success. She has since gone on to sell millions of records, pack venues for her concerts and has had a stage musical mounted about her life. And now her story is headed to the big screen.

What Are You Seeing This Weekend? 'Red Dawn' Breaks For 'Rust & Bone' 'Life Of Pi,' 'Hitchcock' & 'Guardians'

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • November 23, 2012 11:05 AM
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Happy Thanksgiving, friends! And happy Big Movie Season too! "Life of Pi" kicked things off this past Wednesday, and is joined by the first of the holiday flicks and the year's second film about the Master of Suspense. So if you're not too worn out from Black Friday shopping, or still sleeping off the tryptophan, get your Turkey Day fix at the multiplex this weekend.

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