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Watch: Eye-Popping Trailer For Sam Raimi's 'Oz The Great And Powerful'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 12, 2012 6:44 PM
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Comic-Con kicked off in full force today, and you don't have to be in San Diego to get the goodies. Not long after they showed off a sizzle reel to the crowd in Hall H, Disney went ahead and dumped the first trailer for "Oz The Great And Powerful" online, and yeah, it's actually pretty impressive.

DreamWorks Animation Confirms 'Kung Fu Panda 3' & Development Of A 'Madagascar' Penguins Spin-Off

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 12, 2012 6:02 PM
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Considering the grosses after just two films ($1.3 billion), this shouldn't be a surprise. DreamWorks Animation is giving the go-ahead for a third "Kung Fu Panda" film which was likely a no-brainer as last year "Kung Fu Panda 2" more than confirmed audiences are in love with the franchise. Voiced by Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan, Dustin Hoffman, Seth Rogen and Lucy Liu, there's no word on who will direct the third installment, but so far there's been a different group of filmmakers for every film, with only producer Melissa Cobb and screenwriter Jonathan Aibel remaining as two of the major above-the-line creative forces.

New Line Tornado Project Pulls In 'The Hobbit' Star Richard Armitage, Teen Sex Comedy 'Premature' Adds Craig Roberts & Alan Tudyk

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • July 12, 2012 5:41 PM
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Two teen-centered films from New Line and FilmNation have been quietly picking up steam as of late, and while neither production packs tremendous star power under its respective wings, our latest casting report shows they've decided to pull in some fine character actors and fresh talent instead.

'I Love You Man' Helmer John Hamburg To Direct 'Brother From Another Mother'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • July 12, 2012 5:18 PM
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Of all the Judd Apatow-like films that hit the market after the all-around writer-director-producer made a splash in 2007 with "Knocked Up," few were as enjoyable as writer-director John Hamburg's "I Love You, Man." Sure, it did little to distance itself from the Apatow brand by cribbing two of Apatow's go-to men, Jason Segel and Paul Rudd, but it was a sweet-hearted and hilarious bromance that nearly made any hint that it was abiding to a strict comedic success formula vanish.

New Pic From RZA's 'Man With The Iron Fists' That Will Hit Theaters On November 2nd

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 12, 2012 5:05 PM
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What do you get when you let RZA direct a kung fu movie he wrote with Eli Roth, presented by Quentin Tarantino? You get "Man With The Iron Fists" and as the first trailer revealed, it's not holding anything back.

Nice Dodge? Peter Jackson Is Keeping 48 fps & 3D Out Of 'The Hobbit' Comic-Con Presentation

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 12, 2012 4:38 PM
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An odd, and potentially disappointing move on the surface, but a keen and cagey one from a political perspective. In an L.A. Times article with director Peter Jackson about what to expect from his "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" presentation at Comic-Con this weekend, the Kiwi director revealed he would not be showing the film in 3D and or in its 48 frames per second state.

'The Raid' Star Iko Uwais Joins Keanu Reeves' 'Man Of Tai Chi'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 12, 2012 4:31 PM
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Well, it looks like Gareth Evans isn't the only one who's getting some shine from the cult success of "The Raid: Redemption." Some deserved attention is being given to the film's star Iko Uwais, as he's landed a plum role in another unique, martial arts-styled flick.

Stephen Daldry Gets 'Wicked' While Jon Favreau Will Hang With 'Jersey Boys'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 12, 2012 4:06 PM
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While the modern movie musical has been an unpredictable mixed bag ("Mamma Mia!" a hit, but retro "Rock Of Ages" and classic-feeling "Nine" flopped), it seems Hollywood still thinks there is money to be had. And they are hoping stage success can translate to movie audiences (though again, that didn't mean a thing for "Rock Of Ages").

'The Bourne Legacy' Unveils New Photos, TV Spot & Comic-Con Throwback Poster

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 12, 2012 3:39 PM
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Do studios need Comic-Con? The answer is a mix of both yes, no and maybe, but clearly Universal Pictures is less thrilled with the convention this year, perhaps due to the lukewarm reception to "Cowboys & Aliens" last year (even the geek constituents reviewed it poorly during the festival) and "Scott Pilgrim. vs. the World," which went over like gangbusters in 2010, but then was met with a lot of indifference to non-geeks. Whatever the case may be, Universal is by and large sitting out Comic-Con this year and their biggest tentpole of the summer, "The Bourne Legacy," won't be showing itself off at the nerd jubilee.

Will Smith To Tell The Biblical Tale Of Cain & Abel In Developing Directorial Debut

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 12, 2012 3:17 PM
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Hollywood is getting Biblical and Will Smith wants to get jiggy with this emerging trend. With Darren Aronofsky currently building his ark for "Noah," and with two different Moses movies in the works -- one from Steven Spielberg and another from Ridley Scott -- is seems the Old Testament is kind of totally hip at the moment. And now another famed story from the book of Genesis is being primed for the big screen.

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