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Emile Hirsch Set To Join Director Peter Berg's Navy SEAL Movie ‘Lone Survivor’

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • July 23, 2012 10:42 AM
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Three years ago, when director Peter Berg promised Universal their tentpole adaptation of “Battleship” in exchange for his low-budget Navy SEAL actioner “Lone Survivor” down the line, the studio couldn’t have predicted that a similar SEAL film, “Act of Valor,” would domestically trounce their sure bet at the box office. However, the low-budget route proved viable yet again, and now the studio is ramping up Berg’s more personal film, moving the project into production right away, and assembling a strong cast that has attracted another young actor today.

Russell Crowe To Make Directorial Debut With Bill Hicks Biopic, Production To Start In 2013

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • July 23, 2012 10:23 AM
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It's well-known now, but there was a definite shift right around the release of Judd Apatow's “Funny People” when everyone suddenly realized Eric Bana had incredible comic chops, even though his native Australian fanbase had known that fact for ages from the actor's sitcom and stand-up career. Sadly, fellow Aussie Russell Crowe has no such hushed comedy background to be discovered, so he's decided lately to grow a sense of humor, first appearing as the villain in RZA's kung-fu film “Man With The Iron Fists,” and now making his own directorial debut with a biopic centered around one of comedy's biggest legends.

Producer Frank Marshall Says ‘Jurassic Park IV’ Will Hopefully Land In Theaters For A 2014 Release

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • July 23, 2012 9:39 AM
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Is it time to start humming that immense John Williams theme in our heads again? It has been over a decade since our last trip to Jurassic Park with Dr. Alan Grant, but it seems like we’re edging closer and closer to heading back there again. It won't be with Steven Spielberg at the helm again (but he’ll of course produce through Amblin), and just last month we heard that “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” writers Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver were being handed the task of penning "Jurassic Park IV." At the time we pondered whether they’d be starting from scratch or working from the barmy John Sayles script or a more recent Mark Protosevich draft, but we never stopped to wonder how soon we might be seeing “Jurassic Park IV.”

Hayao Miyazaki's Next Film to Focus On The Life Of The Designer Of The Zero Fighter Plane

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 23, 2012 9:18 AM
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As Twitch film points out, the next film from famed animator and director Hayao Miyazaki will not be something "everyone in the audience can relax and watch." No, instead, the director of such beautifully cuddly movies as "Spirited Away" and, most recently, 2008's touching aqua-fable "Ponyo," will be doing something more personal and unique. As it turns out, it's a film based around the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed the Zero fighter plane that was used during World War II, most infamously during the Pearl Harbor attack. Whoa boy.

New Look At Joaquin Phoenix & Marion Cotillard In James Gray's Period Drama 'Low Life'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • July 23, 2012 8:58 AM
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One of the biggest question marks and most exciting prospects of this coming fall is the potential return of New York writer-director James Gray who, after 2008's underrated drama "Two Lovers," reunites with Joaquin Phoenix and teams with Marion Cotillard and Jeremy Renner for an untitled 1920s set drama formerly known as "Low Life."

Mira Nair's 'The Reluctant Fundamentalist' To Open The Venice Film Festival

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 22, 2012 10:55 AM
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...and so it begins. With "The Dark Knight Rises" effectively marking the end of the summer movie going season -- at least in terms of major blockbusters -- we can now start casting a harder eye on the fall festival season. And while TIFF is expected to announce their first batch of titles this week, Venice is out of the gate ahead of them, revealing their opening movie for 69th annual shindig in Italy.

Sam Riley To Star In Ian Softley's Adaptation Of Sir Walter Scott's 'Ivanhoe'; Will Be Shot In 65mm

  • By Simon Dang
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  • July 22, 2012 10:04 AM
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Ever since transitioning from a music career with indie band 10,000 Things, Brit actor Sam Riley has carved out a fairly interesting CV which originated with an outstanding debut in Anton Corbijn's acclaimed Ian Curtis biography "Control" that lead to a run of flops that included sci-fier "Franklyn," action remake "13" and literary adaptation "Brighton Rock." He appears to be heading back in the right direction this year, though, starring as Sal Paradise in Walter Salles' long developing "On The Road" as well as working with Neil Jordan on mother-daughter vampire tale "Byzantium" and starring opposite Angelina Jolie in Disney's "Maleficent."

Watch: Action-Free, Elegiac Teaser Trailers For Zack Snyder's 'Man Of Steel'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 21, 2012 12:58 PM
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Some of you have already seen it playing in front of "The Dark Knight Rises" this weekend, but one of two different teaser trailers for Warner Bros' next great superhero hope, "Man Of Steel," has just made its way online, via Yahoo. And those who've come to expect a certain kind of stylized, action-heavy kind of film from director Zack Snyder, the man behind "300" and "Sucker Punch," or even those who saw, legally or illegally, the Comic-Con teaser debuted last weekend, will find that the clip isn't quite what you were expecting.

Producer Frank Marshall Says Next 'Bourne' Film Will Follow Jeremy Renner & Rachel Weisz

  • By The Playlist
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  • July 21, 2012 12:42 PM
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A few months ago, Frank Marshall said his "dream" was for Jeremy Renner and Matt Damon to star in a film together. Spit out the other end of chinese-whisper reporting, that became 'Frank Marshall says Matt Damon will star in 'Bourne 5.'' In fact, that doesn't seem to be the case, at least for the moment.

Warner Bros. Considers Recutting Or Delaying Release Of 'Gangster Squad' In Wake Of Colorado Shooting

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 21, 2012 11:19 AM
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With the country still reeling from the shocking and awful shooting in Colorado during a midnight screening of "The Dark Knight Rises," an incident that has left twelve dead and more than fifty injured, the industry itself is figuring out how best to respond. Warner Bros. has been left in an unfortunate position, with the opening of their biggest film of the year marred. Thus far, the studio has pulled TV spots for the film and has decided not to report the box office figures this weekend out of respect for the victims. But another upcoming film on the WB slate may also be affected by the events of the past couple days.

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