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John August Says His Unmade 'Godfather'-Esque 'Dark Shadows' Is One Of The Best Scripts He's Written

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 2, 2012 11:48 AM
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With "Frankenweenie" hitting theaters this weekend, and already riding on some very good reviews, it seems Tim Burton will be able to wash away the foul taste left in the mouths of his fans by "Dark Shadows." This summer's vampire comedy tale, based on an obscure TV show, ultimately did decent business (over $230 million worldwide) but couldn't crack $100 million at home, which is not what you want from a movie starring Johnny Depp. An odd mashup of fish-out-of-water comedy and horror, the movie never tonally gelled, and kind of went out of control in the last act. But had things gone a different way, we would've seen an entirely different movie.

Watch: 3 New Clips From 'Sinister' Eerily Showcase Ethan Hawke's Home-Video Discoveries

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • October 2, 2012 10:44 AM
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After a summer in which horror offerings like “The Possession” and “The Apparition” limped into theaters before lackluster reviews, the Robert Cargill-penned indie “Sinister” has slowly but surely emerged as one of this fall's most interesting releases, and now there are three new clips to cement that perception further.

3 More Images Of Johnny Depp & Armie Hammer In 'The Lone Ranger' Plus New International Poster

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 2, 2012 10:23 AM
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The marketing for Gore Verbinski's upcoming "The Lone Ranger" has now gone international. After yesterday's pics debuted in USA Today, MSN UK now has three more snaps from the movie, revealing all the bird-hat wearing, steam-train-riding action you could ask for.

These Are The Agents Being Cast In Marvel & Joss Whedon's 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' Show

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 2, 2012 9:39 AM
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When it was revealed in August that Marvel was taking the comic book powerhouse to the small screen with "S.H.I.E.L.D.," and that ABC had already ordered up a pilot, it was clear this was no mere idea they were just kicking around. Now that they have Joss Whedon on retainer through 2015, Marvel isn't wasting a moment, and casting is now starting on the show that they hope will expand their reach into every home across the country.

Watch: Orson Welles' Film Noir 'The Stranger' That Is Getting Remade By The Guy Who Directed 'Sleeping With The Enemy'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 2, 2012 9:16 AM
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While undercut by his intent to show studio execs his ability to keep budgets under control above all else, Orson Welles' 1946 thriller “The Stranger” remains quite a taut and entertaining genre entry. Starring Welles himself alongside Edward G. Robinson and Loretta Young, at no point does the film reach the heights of other works like “Touch of Evil” (which DP Russell Metty also shot), instead going for a more staid brand of Wellesian tomfoolery, but now it's been revealed that another genre director will attempt his own route with an update of the material.

David S. Goyer Reveals 'Man Of Steel' Will Be "Naturalistic" & "Rooted In Reality" Like 'The Dark Knight' Movies

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 2, 2012 8:56 AM
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It could be argued that comic book movies didn't really get taken seriously until Christopher Nolan's Batman series came along. While the genre was already a proven moneymaker, they weren't regarded as anything beyond mere pieces of blockbuster entertainment. But from "Batman Begins" onward, Nolan and screenwriter David S. Goyer delved into their conflicted hero's psychological underpinnings, and placed him in a Gotham that closely resembled our own bustling metropolises. It was a far cry from the candy land of Tim Burton's "Batman." And while some geek corners bemoan the lack of comic-book-ness of those movies, Nolan's films are more enriching viewing experiences as a result. And whether you like it or not, that's the same approach being taken with next summer's "Man Of Steel."

A Hint At Its Conclusion? Ethan Hawke Says 'Before Midnight' "May Have Come To The End Of The Story"

  • By Edward Davis
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  • October 1, 2012 7:57 PM
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One of the best and most unexpected diptychs in recent years is Richard Linklater's "Before Sunrise"/"Before Sunset." Unexpected because Linklater and his stars and co-writers, Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, surely didn't conceive as the films as a trilogy, let alone a sequel. But organically, as each film grew in popularity and the characters resonated for the trio and audiences, they decided to naturally expand the story line. "Before Sunrise" arrived in 1995 and it wasn't until nine years later that the trio created the belated sequel, "Before Sunset."

Jason Statham Movie 'Parker' Gets A Poster That Confirms Jason Statham Is In It

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 1, 2012 5:41 PM
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Jason Statham is practically a genre unto himself. So when it comes to marketing a movie with him in it, we understand that you don't need complicate things. But there is such a thing as taking things a bit too easy.

Watch: More Footage From 'The Girl' Starring Toby Jones & Sienna Miller In New Featurette

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 1, 2012 5:26 PM
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Geez, Toby Jones can't catch a break can he. First he plays Truman Capote in "Infamous" only for Philip Seymour Hoffman to steal his thunder with "Capote," and now just as HBO's "The Girl" is set to debut in a few weeks with him in the role of Alfred Hithcock, Fox Searchlight makes a late game announcement that their own "Hitchcock" starring Anthony Hopkins in the lead will be headed into theaters this fall. Will he be overshadowed once again? Let's hope not because it looks like he's put together a fascinating turn.

Emmy Winning 'Game Change' Writer Danny Strong To Pen Two-Part 'Hunger Games' Finale 'Mockingjay'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 1, 2012 5:03 PM
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Until now, Danny Strong's writing resume has been heavy on true life sagas. He's collaborated twice with Jay Roach, penning the director's political drama "Recount" and this year's "Game Change." He's also the scribe behind Lee Daniels' currently filming historical White House ensemble piece "The Butler." But lately, Strong has been showing a taste for bigger canvases. In the spring he was tapped to adapt "The Lost Symbol" for Mark Romanek, and now he's entering his first bonafide franchise.

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