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Robin Williams To Play Dwight Eisenhower In Lee Daniels' 'The Butler'

  • By Ryan Gowland
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  • July 19, 2012 12:17 PM
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It seems that Robin Williams has learned a lesson in recent years, perhaps most particularly from the critical drubbing that the 2009 comedy(?) "Old Dogs" received, and has retreated to doing more ensemble work, notably providing a voice for the "Happy Feet" movies and playing Teddy Roosevelt in the "Night at the Museum" movies. It was only ten years ago that Williams was working with director Christopher Nolan on "Insomnia," only five years removed from his Oscar-winning performance in "Good Will Hunting." For all the tepid comedies like "RV," Williams like to remind audiences that he is, in fact, a pretty damn good actor, and his resume is sprinkled with indelible performances in films like "Dead Poets Society" and "The World According to Garp," to name a few.

Exclusive: Poster For True Story Terror 'My Amityville Horror'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 19, 2012 12:00 PM
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The faux documentary craze has gripped modern horror. Popularized by "The Blair Witch Project" and, more recently, the series of successful "Paranormal Activity" films, the "found footage" aesthetic adds some level of authenticity to horror films, allowing modern audiences to better identify with things that go bump in the night. "My Amityville Horror," premiering at the Fantasia Film Festival, is the real deal: an actual documentary chronicling an infamous case that's been immortalized by pop culture.

Christopher Nolan Still Doesn't Like 3D; Neil Blomkamp Says 48fps Has An "Alien Quality" To It

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • July 19, 2012 11:25 AM
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With studios looking for more and more ways to razzle/dazzle audiences, and get a higher ticket price at the same time, directors are taking up the challenge. Guys like Peter Jackson and James Cameron are pushing things forward with “The Hobbit” due later this year in select cinemas in 48fps and “Avatar” breaking in the blockbuster 3D era. They both regard the technology as progress, but as two other prominent directors have recently demonstrated, there are still quite a few helmers devoted to a more classic style of cinema.

Exclusive: Poster For Controversial Sundance Documentary 'The Ambassador'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 19, 2012 10:57 AM
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While Sacha Baron Cohen has gone into character for films like "Borat" and "Bruno" to deliver laughs along with a sharp look at America's social and cultural hang-ups and curiosities, in the provocative documentary "The Ambassador," filmmaker Mads Brügger takes things one step further.

Gwyneth Paltrow Eats Up 'Blood, Bones & Butter'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • July 19, 2012 10:49 AM
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The last film that we saw her in was “The Avengers,” in all likelihood the next film that we’ll see her in is “Iron Man 3,” and in the week after Comic-Con most of the talk has been about whether she’ll ever don the metal suit in any future Marvel movies. As a result, it has been easy to forget that Gwyneth Paltrow is an established actress outside of the Marvel universe, but may be set to change (at least for a while) because we’ve got an announcement about her next non-Marvel project.

'Dredd' Delivers Justice In New Batch Of Pics Featuring Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby & Lena Headey

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 19, 2012 10:35 AM
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It was a roll of the dice to be sure, but it mostly turned out well for Lionsgate, who kicked off Comic-Con last week by screening "Dredd" for enthusiastic geeks. And while we thought the film was mostly empty spectacle, many other folks disagreed, with much of the initial wariness of the film lifting as a result of the screening (though perhaps replaced after that ridiculous slow motion clip landed online).

Columbia Pictures Honcho Says '21 Jump Street' Sequel To Shoot This Fall, 'Men In Black 4' In The Works & 'Jumanji' Getting A Reboot

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 19, 2012 9:34 AM
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So how confident were Sony that "21 Jump Street" had the potential to be a hit? A month before the movie came to theaters, Jonah Hill revealed a sequel was already in the works, and a few weeks later it was reported that he was teaming up with Michael Bacall to pen the followup. And while it hasn't been formally announced that Phil Lord and Chris Miller will return to direct, it's likely we'll know more soon if everything goes according to plan.

Contract With Fox May Keep Marc Webb From Helming 'Amazing Spider-Man' Sequel

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 19, 2012 8:58 AM
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With $530 million worldwide in the bank for "The Amazing Spider-Man" and that figure set to grow even higher (even if "The Dark Knight Rises" is looming in the near distance), Sony can feel confident that their plans for a proposed trilogy of the rebooted franchise are off to a strong start. With a 2014 release date already slated for the sequel, the wheels are going to have to start turning soon on that one, but it seems the studio will need to find a new director.

Take A Drink From The New Poster For Paul Thomas Anderson's 'The Master'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 18, 2012 9:52 PM
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And so the slow build campaign for Paul Thomas Anderson's highly anticipated "The Master" continues. After some footage screened for press in Cannes, and two teaser trailers, a poster has now arrived. And it adds a bit of mystery to the film. 

'The Impossible' Starring Ewan McGregor & Naomi Watts Will Hit Theaters On December 21st

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 18, 2012 7:59 PM
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With production on the film beginning way, way back in 2010, we've been starting to get a little worried about "The Orphanage" director Juan Antonio Bayona's "The Impossible." But with a lengthy post-production required for the special effects work, we got our first taste of the film in December with a promising teaser followed up this spring with a full trailer -- could the movie now be Oscar bound?

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