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Sony Making 'ALF' Movie As Live Action-CGI Hybrid; Paul Fusco Will Return To Voice The Furry E.T.

  • By Edward Davis
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  • August 8, 2012 7:51 PM
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Hmmm, let's see. Movie about sarcastic, wise-cracking, potty-mouthed inanimate object ("Ted") does unexpected gangbusters at the box-office ($282 million worldwide and growing). Rival studio chief frowns while looking at box-office receipts, looks at his drones, points to a poster and says, "Why don't we have that?" "How do I get me one of those?"

U.S. Cut Of 'The Shining' Finally Hitting U.K. Cinemas This Fall; Restored 'Once Upon A Time In America' Needs More Work

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 8, 2012 5:21 PM
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News about two landmark films from the 1980s have arrived in recent days, with one returning to the big screen and another being pulled back for the immediate future.

Paramount Deciding Whether To Release 'Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters' As R-Rated Or PG-13 (Like It Matters)

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 8, 2012 4:36 PM
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Let's face it, films aren't moved from a prime spring date to the bowels of January because they are awesome. And thus when Paramount yanked "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters" from its March 2nd date and dropped in the wasteland of January 11, 2013, a distinct odour of fromage began emanating from the movie (if it wasn't there already). And when it was further kept from eyes at Comic-Con, which would seem the next logical step to at least start generating some buzz around a movie that thus far, only has a single still image as promotional material, again, not a good sign. And now comes word that only five months from release, the studio has no idea how to release the movie.

Watch: Trailer For 'Frankie Go Boom' Starring Charlie Hunnam, Chris O'Dowd & Ron Perlman

  • By Edward Davis
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  • August 8, 2012 4:27 PM
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Damn, the trailer for "3, 2, 1... Frankie Go Boom" looks strange. In a really good way. So how do we explain the madness therein? Let's go to the official synopsis which is brief: Frank Bartlett has been tortured, embarrassed and humiliated by his brother Bruce -- usually on film -- his entire life. Now that Bruce is finally off drugs and has turned his life around, things should be different. They are not.

Warner Bros. Want Ben Affleck To Direct 'Justice League'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 8, 2012 3:45 PM
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The adaptation of Stephen King's "The Stand" (which just got a new writer) and the remake of Guillaume Canet's "Tell No One" are just a couple of the projects Ben Affleck has brewing as possibilities to direct after his duties on "Argo" are all locked up. And there's also "Nathan Decker," a political comedy that he would star in if he wanted to take a breather from being behind the camera, as well as a Whitey Bulger biopic he would write with Matt Damon and take a role in. But it looks like Warner Bros. not only want to keep him in house, they want to give him the keys to the most important movie in their upcoming slate.

'Kick-Ass 2' Finds Its Dr. Gravity

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 8, 2012 3:13 PM
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Yes, we're still incredulous that after the many tall tales, fabrications and fishing stories that come out of the mouth of Mark Millar, "Kick-Ass 2" is actually happening. And while the premise finds it subverting the standard tropes of the superhero genre, it does fall in line with one key requirement of a sequel: there's going to be more people in it.

Exclusive: Spike Lee Hoping To Make Adaptation Of Musical ‘Porgy & Bess’; Still Hopes To Make ‘Brooklyn Loves MJ’

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • August 8, 2012 2:23 PM
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A little known fact that even hardcore Spike Lee fans may not know: the “Do The Right Thing” filmmaker has been trying to make a film adaptation of George Gershwin's legendary 1935 American folk opera "Porgy And Bess” for over a decade now. Lee came close in the early aughts, but talks with the notoriously fussy Gershwin estate reportedly fell apart at the very last minute after what was allegedly was a lot of back and forth.

Jeremy Renner Says In 'The Avengers' Hawkeye Is "Not The Character I Signed On To Play"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 8, 2012 2:12 PM
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As much as we enjoyed "The Avengers," one of our disappointments in the film is how thoroughly wasted Jeremy Renner's Hawkeye is. As we wrote in our breakdown of the superhero movie earlier this year, "…as soon as we meet him properly in 'The Avengers,' he's immediately turned to the dark side, a personality-free zombie serving Loki. He's eventually turned back, but the fact that we've never been that invested in him in the first place means that his return doesn't serve as some grand victory. It's presumably been done to give Black Widow some emotional investment in the whole thing, but it's hard not to feel that sidelining him is a waste of Renner's talents." And it would appear that Renner, to a certain degree, agrees.

Sorry, Jimmy Fallon Won't Be Hosting The Oscars

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 8, 2012 1:16 PM
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It was already a longshot, we suppose, given how much turmoil the choice seemed to be causing behind the scenes, but for what it's worth, Jimmy Fallon won't be hosting the Oscars in February.

Ryan Reynolds To Star In Atom Egoyan's Next Film 'Queen Of The Night'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 8, 2012 12:48 PM
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Oh hey, Ryan Reynolds...there's a name we haven't heard in a while. Dude has been keeping his head way down since last year's flop "Green Lantern," shooting next summer's blockbuster hopeful "R.I.P.D.," lending his voice to two animated films ("Turbo" and "The Croods"), hanging out with Blake Lively, and watching "Safe House" open earlier this year to some pretty decent numbers. But now he's going to be heading back home to Canada to take on a movie by one of the nations's most well-known filmmakers.

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