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Savannah Fest: Adam Shankman Says Making 'Hairspray' The Happiest Time Of His Life, Reveals He Initially Didn't Get The Job

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 2, 2012 11:03 AM
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With Warner Bros. putting "Jersey Boys" into turnaround yesterday, it's another reminder that getting a musical made in Hollywood isn't easy. Generally big and expensive productions, not even a smattering of A-list stars in something like "Nine" can guarantee a success, but when they do connect with an audience, it's the rare kind of genre that invites repeat visits to the theater and big crowds to enjoy it with. And successes certainly endure.

17 Posters Confirm 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' Has A Lot Of Characters In It

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 2, 2012 10:43 AM
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There's no doubt that Peter Jackson is an experienced at guiding large ensembles through dense narrative surrounded by big special effects. But in case you forgot just how big "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" is, here are fourteen posters to remind you.

Watch: New Clips From 'Rust And Bone' & 'The Sapphires'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 2, 2012 10:23 AM
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While these films are yet to hit U.S. theaters, they are rolling out overseas, and so until you can pull up with a bag of popcorn to check it out yourself, here are clips to keep you sated for now.

Sacha Baron Cohen & Helena Bonham Carter Step Out Of A Tim Burton Movie In New 'Les Misérables' Posters

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 2, 2012 9:37 AM
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Thus far, the marketing for Universal's upcoming Oscar hopeful "Les Misérables" has been spot on. Promising epic grandeur, emotional and exquisite production values, all with a top flight cast, excitement has been running high. And then there's this....

Guillermo Del Toro Reportedly Developing 'Avengers'-Style Movie With Second Tier DC Comic Characters

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 2, 2012 9:18 AM
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File this under Guillermo Del Toro project #A-898039. Also, it's largely a rumor for now, and one that doesn't quite make sense, but as always, you never know...

Simon West Replaces Brian De Palma On 'Heat' Remake Starring Jason Statham

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • November 2, 2012 8:58 AM
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At this point, Jason Statham is genre unto himself and can consistently pull in a steady, though small, audience to the low-budget genre fare he churns out annually. Earlier this year it was announced that Statham would be starring in a Brian DePalma-helmed and William Goldman-scripted remake of the forgotten 1986 Burt Reynolds vehicle “Heat.” Though the film is still moving forward, the legendary auteur has been swapped out for schlock-impresario Simon West.

Warner Bros Puts Jon Favreau's Musical 'Jersey Boys' Into Turnaround; Dominic Cooper, Paul Dano & More Were Eyed For Leads

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 1, 2012 8:22 PM
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How are studios making their decisions these days? Very, very carefully. That's certainly true over at Warner Bros. who this year alone have iced "Akira," are moving very tentatively on "Arthur & Lancelot" (which seems to be on hold), passed on the sprawling "The Dark Tower" and let go of "The Imitation Game." And now they are sending a hit musical packing as well. Jon Favreau's "Jersey Boys" has been put into turnaround.

Savannah Fest Review: Eric Stoltz-Starring 'Fort McCoy' A Schmaltzy, Contrived WWII Drama

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 1, 2012 7:18 PM
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WWII continues to be rich dramatic territory for filmmakers for a number of reasons, not only because it's one of the most important events in modern history, but also due to the many avenues from which those years can be viewed. But writer and co-director Kate Connor's debut feature "Fort McCoy" is an example of what happens when you try to shoehorn as many topics and themes from WWII as you can into one movie.

'Twilight' Author Stephenie Meyer Says She Has More Stories Planned, Will More Films Be Made?

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • November 1, 2012 6:55 PM
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It’s pretty clear that we aren’t the demographic or audience for the “Twilight” series of films, but it’s also obvious that we’re a small contingent, as all of the films continue to be box office successes – with 2011’s fourth installment, “Breaking Dawn: Part 1,” raking in over $700 million worldwide. Lucrative is putting it lightly, but at the center of it all has been author Stephenie Meyer, who kickstarted this phenomenon of epic proportions with the book series that saw its first release back in 2005.

Bradley Cooper Looking To Reteam With Derek Cianfrance For Former David Fincher Project 'Chef'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 1, 2012 6:31 PM
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With the glut of projects being hawked at the American Film Market, it's not a surprise that sometimes little things, like details, are left on the side of the road. So this morning when it was reported that The Weinstein Company had the sales rights to "Eastern Promises" writer Steven Knight's "Chef" (or "Untitled Chef Project" depending on who you ask), without much else, we figured it was par for the course. But thanks to a heads up from an eagle-eyed reader (thanks jtm!), there is much more than meets the eye on this.

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