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Aretha Franklin Says Taylor Hackford Is Directing Her Biopic; Wants Denzel Washington To Play Her Dad

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • October 9, 2012 12:39 PM
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Unsurprisingly, an Aretha Franklin biopic is not exactly a new idea – it’s one that’s been tossed around for many years now yet has failed to get off the ground. As far back as 2008, Aretha herself was speaking out about the project, at the time expressing reservations about a non-chronological approach to telling her life story. Well flash forward four years and again it’s Aretha banging the drum about the biopic, and if she’s to be believed then it sounds like it’s a lot closer to becoming a reality than ever before.

'Hitchcock' Gets Nifty Old School Poster

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 9, 2012 12:05 PM
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So, how has the Oscar race changed since last night's unveiling of the "unfinished" "Lincoln" at the New York Film Festival? Not much, except that Steven Spielberg's historical drama might not be the multiple-category, firebreathing contender some said it was on paper. Best Picture, Supporting Actor, Director and perhaps Adapted Screenplay noms seem a lock, but even they do not look guaranteed as wins, not even Daniel Day-Lewis whose subtler turn might not be the showy performance voters expect. So, who could steal this thunder? How about Anthony Hopkins as Alfred Hitchcock in "Hitchcock"?
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Watch: Vintage Style Arcade Ad For 'Wreck-It-Ralph'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • October 9, 2012 11:42 AM
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With Pixar seemingly in a slump -- “Brave” had a mixed reaction, while the less said about “Cars 2” the better -- and other animation houses releasing their own solid films (last year’s “Puss In Boots” was better than it had any right to be) could the time be right for Disney to finally release something good on their own? The upcoming video-game-set (and influenced) “Wreck-It Ralph” seems like it has as much potential as anything the Mouse House has done in recent years -- again, barring Pixar -- and the studio has now released a nifty viral video to help drum up excitement in the public (read: adult) world at large.

Fox & Blue Sky Animation Bringing 'Peanuts' To The Big Screen, Set For Thanksgiving 2015 Release

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 9, 2012 11:20 AM
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Frankly, we're surprised this didn't happen sooner. After decades of franchising that has led Charlie Brown and gang to shill for insurance, greetings cards, vacuum cleaners, root beer and more -- not to mention the countless TV specials, many of which are holiday classics -- "Peanuts" is finally getting the big screen treatment for the first time in decades.

16 Posters & A Few New Pics From RZA's 'Man With The Iron Fists'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • October 9, 2012 10:39 AM
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If you'd told us during the heyday of Wu-Tang Clan that RZA would eventually end up helming a legitimate martial-arts film, we would have called you crazy. But here we are, just under a month until the release of his directorial debut, “The Man With The Iron Fists,” and we still can’t believe it’s actually happening. To build anticipation, new artwork and stills have dropped, and they’re really cool.

Superhero Rumor Of The Day: Warner Bros. Wants Armie Hammer To Play Batman In 'Justice League' (Again)

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 9, 2012 10:18 AM
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Get out the old bag of salt, and set skepticism phasers to stun, as yet another rumor for a comic book movie that is likely three years away has popped up. And no, we're not talking about "The Avengers 2."

Nicolas Winding Refn Says There Will Be No 'Drive' Sequel, But Driver Might Spinoff Into Another Movie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 9, 2012 9:41 AM
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What's the difference between a sequel and spinoff? Sometimes it's just semantics. And while some may be clamoring for Ryan Gosling to put on the scorpion jacket and bust out a toothpick once again to play the enigmatic Driver, Nicolas Winding Refn has closed the door on a sequel...but not on the character reappearing on the big screen. Huh? We'll let him explain.

Neil Finn Of Crowded House Will Provide End Credits Song To 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 9, 2012 9:19 AM
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While the ingredients might seem the same -- Middle Earth, hobbits, dwarves, adventure, Gandalf, etc. -- Peter Jackson's upcoming "The Hobbit" trilogy will likely offer up some key differences from his "The Lord Of The Rings" series of movies. And when it comes to the soundtrack, it looks like Jackson will be switching up the game too.

Watch: Trailer For New Quentin Tarantino Box Set Highlights Its Missed Opportunities

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 9, 2012 8:59 AM
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A new trailer for the "Quentin Tarantino XX" Blu-ray box set has debuted, and while it might look great on the outside, promising 5 hours of bonus features and more, what becomes clear is that this package is a bit of a missed opportunity with some odd choices of what to include.

Anne Hathaway Will Have 'The Low Self-Esteem Of Lizzie Gillespie'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 8, 2012 8:50 PM
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So, Mindy Kaling is having a bit of moment. The comic actress got her first big break on "The Office" where she started as a staff writer, took on the role of Kelly Kapoor, and eventually worked her way up to co-executive producer. She's published a memoir "Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)," and this fall she's got a new show on Fox, "The Mindy Kaling Project" which just got picked up with a full season order. And now her talents are attracting Oscar nominees.

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