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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.

6 New Photos From The 'Little Miss Sunshine' Filmmakers' 'Ruby Sparks' Starring Paul Dano & Zoe Kazan

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 12, 2012 2:41 PM
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Alright, you've hopefully read our rave review -- we called it a "delightful romantic comedy that tugs at the heartstrings and rings of an instant classic" -- and another quick, very positive micro-tweet. So here's the thing that's becoming apparent to most of us: had our Best Films Of 2012 (So Far) feature ran just a few weeks later, "Ruby Sparks" would have almost certainly made the list.

First David Slade, Now This: Mads Mikkelsen Won't Be In 'Thor 2' Due To 'Hannibal'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 12, 2012 2:08 PM
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First claiming David Slade from his directing duties on "Daredevil," it looks like NBC's "Hannibal" has forced another big talent out of a high profile superhero movie.

First Image Of Saoirse Ronan In 'How I Live Now' Plus New Images From 'Here Comes The Boom' & 'Fun Size'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 12, 2012 1:22 PM
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Yes, we realize all these films couldn't be more different, but they are images nonetheless from some upcoming movies and there's gotta be at least one you're curious about...

Universal Snaps Up Ice Cube Comedy 'Ride Along,' Lands Tim Story To Direct & Kevin Hart To Co-Star

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • July 12, 2012 12:36 PM
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Since starting his studio career off strong with the solid hit “Barbershop,” director Tim Story then slowly turned in a string of mediocre releases (“Taxi,” “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer”) that finally had folks questioning how he made off so well the first time. However, things changed crucially at the start of 2012, as his adaptation of Steve Harvey's book, “Think Like a Man,” garnered both critical and box office acclaim (clocking in at $91 million domestic), as well as a brewing sequel. And now Story has taken his newfound clout to a promising comedy project alongside a former collaborator who was there from the beginning.

New Image Of Joseph Gordon-Levitt In 'Looper' Plus Preview The Score

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 12, 2012 12:21 PM
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Eclectic filmmaker Rian Johnson has so far in his career made a highly original high-school-set neo-noir ("Brick") and a whimsical heist flick ("The Brothers Bloom"), but for his latest trick, he's pulled off a sci-fi time travel film about assassins who kill targets sent from the future into the past, thus altering the course of history. It's a high-concept project and we wouldn't expect anything less from Johnson, who is one of the most distinctive writer/directors working today.

Well, Of Course There Aren't Going To Be Any New DC Comics Movies Before 2015

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 12, 2012 12:03 PM
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While there's a constant back-and-forth in the comics world, Marvel seem to pretty firmly be beating out arch-rivals DC Comics in the movie world. For much of the history of the superhero movie, it was DC (who've long been part of Warner Bros) who dominated, thanks to the success of "Superman" and "Batman," while Marvel were either not adapted at all, or done so poorly. But since 1998's "Blade," Marvel have been on the resurgence, eventually producing their own films, culminating in this year's "The Avengers," the most successful superhero film in history, while DC have had success with the Batman movies, but not much else; "Superman Returns" disappointed, while things like "Green Lantern" and "Jonah Hex" tanked outright.

First Image Of Ben Whishaw As Q In 'Skyfall'; Don't Worry, James Bond Will Still Drink Martinis

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 12, 2012 11:51 AM
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Nerd alert! While Q in the James Bond run of films has mostly been dominated by the classy Britishness of Desmond Llewelyn, and later the John Cleese-ness of John Cleese, for the character's return to the franchise for the first time since "Die Another Day," Sam Mendes has gone a different route.

Darren Aronofsky's Building An Ark; 'Noah' To Feature Crazy Demon Angels

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 12, 2012 11:27 AM
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While most filmmakers just make it the CGI-way, Darren Aronofsky is taking a page out of Christopher Nolan's build-it-and-they-will-believe practical effects route and is constructing a full-scale Ark for his adaptation of the Biblical tale "Noah." Aronofsky took to Twitter recently and unveiled a massive-scale ark under construction, saying: "I dreamt about this since I was 13. And now it's a reality. Genesis 6:14." (Incidentally, that Bible quote is: "So make yourself an ark of cypress wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out.")

James Newton Howard Reteams With M. Night Shyamalan To Score 'After Earth'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • July 12, 2012 10:39 AM
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There’s an argument – and it’s an argument that this writer subscribes to – that ever since “The Sixth Sense” each of M. Night Shyamalan’s films has been worse than the one that preceded it. “The Sixth Sense” > “Unbreakable” > “Signs” > “The Village” > “Lady in the Water” > “The Happening” > “The Last Airbender.” You may have a few minor quibbles with that order, but it’s hard to disagree that, broadly, the quality of Shyamalan’s movies have followed a distinctly downward trajectory. So that being said, hands up if you’re excited for “After Earth”!

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