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Brad Bird & Damon Lindelof's Mysterious '1952' Is In The Spirit Of 'Close Encounters Of The Third Kind'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 17, 2012 10:35 AM
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Back in May, genre enthusiasts got pretty excited when it emerged that writer Damon Lindelof and director Brad Bird had set up a mysterious project at Disney known only as "1952." The only clues were that it was a sci-fi tentpole and plans were in place to get it in front of cameras in 2013. With the new year approaching, a few more scraps of info about what the project is have emerged, as well as the story behind its title.

Elizabeth Banks Takes A 'Walk Of Shame'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 17, 2012 10:22 AM
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While we enjoyed "Pitch Perfect," for this writer the comedic highlight wasn't Rebel Wilson or Anna Kendrick, but Elizabeth Banks (who also produced the movie, fyi). Her small role alongside John Michael Higgins as a capella commentators provided some of the biggest belly laughs, and while we wait for someone to figure out that those two should lead their own movie together, we'll be content with the fact that Banks is getting a new comedy vehicle.

'Donnie Brasco' Writer Paul Attanasio Latest To Tackle Universal's 'Scarface' Update

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • October 17, 2012 9:57 AM
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Despite already striking gold with two films -- the 1932 Howard Hawks-helmed original and the equally iconic Brian De Palma 1983 remake -- Universal decided last year to attempt another update of the classic “Scarface” story. While David Ayer was the first name attached to pen the script, a new scribe has been brought in to rewrite the film.

Willem Dafoe & Jean-Marc Barr Join Lars Von Trier's 'The Nymphomaniac,' Nicole Kidman Drops Out

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 17, 2012 9:40 AM
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With production now underway, the cast for Lars Von Trier's upcoming hard- and soft-core erotic drama "The Nymphomaniac" is in flux, with some regulars coming on and one big name dropping out.

Tom Cruise Really Likes Sci-Fi, Eyes Another One In 'Our Name Is Adam'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 17, 2012 9:21 AM
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Maybe that whole Xenu thing isn't sci-fi enough for him? Either way, Tom Cruise has really been digging the sci-fi genre of late. Earlier this year he wrapped on Joseph Kosinski's upcoming "Oblivion," this fall he's shooting "All You Need Is Kill" with Doug Liman, and now another script is keeping Cruise up at night with a flashlight under the covers.

Wally Pfister Says 'The Avengers' Is "Appalling," Teases His Directorial Debut Is A Sci-Fi Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 17, 2012 9:05 AM
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There are certain corners of the internet (or IMDB message boards) -- ones we usually dare not venture to -- where nerds battle it out over which comic book movie this summer was better: Joss Whedon's record breaking "The Avengers" or Christopher Nolan's epic finale "The Dark Knight Rises." And now, Nolan's regular director of photography, Wally Pfister, has thrown another provocative statement into the ring with his own unbridled assessment of the smash-hit Marvel movie.

Janis Joplin Biopic Starring Amy Adams Back On, Lee Daniels To Direct

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 16, 2012 11:26 PM
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  • 15 Comments
The year was 2010, and at the time Amy Adams was attached to play famed rocker Janis Joplin with "City Of God" helmer Fernando Meirelles to helm. Or that was at least the plan. And then there was nothing heard again about a biopic until earlier this year when "Martha Marcy May Marlene" helmer Sean Durkin signed up for "Joplin" with Nina Arianda in the lead role. And now, there is some fierce competition from Adams, as her movie is back moving, not only eyeing a similar start date but bringing a name director along with it.

'The Place Beyond The Pines' & Luc Besson's 'Malavita' Get 2013 Dates

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 16, 2012 8:50 PM
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Gosling, De Niro, and some young whippersnappers get dates on the 2013 calendar, so let's skip the preamble and get right into it....

'Sinister' Director Scott Derrickson Will Learn Stephen King's 'Breathing Method'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • October 16, 2012 5:53 PM
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Trivia question: how many of Stephen King’s books haven’t been adapted for either television or cinema? We don’t actually know the answer, but percentage-wise it can’t be very high (even though his seven “The Dark Tower” novels look no closer to making it onto the big screen any time soon) and now yet another one of his novellas is being adapted for the screen. Deadline reports that one of King’s tales from 1982’s "Different Seasons," “The Breathing Method,” will be making the transition thanks to Scott Derrickson (“Sinister”) who is developing the project (presumably to direct).

Steven Spielberg Sent A Script To The Fake Movie Studio The CIA Set Up To Make 'Argo,' Was It 'E.T.'?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 16, 2012 5:41 PM
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If Ben Affleck's Oscar contending "Argo" has proven anything, it's that truth is indeed stranger than fiction, and his based-on-a-true story tale has an even more interesting footnote to go along with the story.

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