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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.

'The Comedy' Soundtrack Features Here We Go Magic, Gayngs, William Basinski, Bill Fay & More Plus New Trailer Unveiled

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 1, 2012 4:42 PM
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The movie title "The Comedy" is a bit of a subterfuge. While the movie is led by "Tim & Eric" comedian Tim Heidecker, and features his buddy Eric Wareheim, LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy and more, the movie itself is more of a deconstruction of the genre and perhaps of a lifestyle. Taking irony and provocoative humor to task, the movie is a challenging look at one man adrift as he contemplates his future. And the soundtrack is appropriately moody.

Watch: 6 Clips From Ben Affleck's 'Argo' Set Up The Story Plus A Character Poster For Bryan Cranston

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 1, 2012 4:13 PM
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As we head into October, the Oscar race is still pretty wide open, but after a few frontrunners have emerged, and contending right alongside "Life Of Pi" and "Silver Linings Playbook" as big pieces of entertainment offering a little bit more as well, is Ben Affleck's "Argo."

Elijah Wood Reteams With 'Wilfred' Helmer Randall Einhorn For 'Late Bloomer'; Also Starts Genre Label

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 1, 2012 3:56 PM
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While Elijah Wood could just sit back and count his Frodo money on an island somewhere, the actor is using that success to try different things, even if they don't always work out (we're looking at you "The Oxford Murders"). He's taken a strong indie route, lending his talents to a variety of movies including the rom-com "Celeste & Jesse Forever," the absurd comedy "Revenge For Jolly!," the horror remake "Maniac" and more. But perhaps one of his more succesful ventures has been on the small screen with FX series "Wilfred" and he's hoping he can bring that magic to the big screen.

New Posters For 'Zero Dark Thirty' & 'Killing Them Softly'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 1, 2012 3:41 PM
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After a first poster that didn't even show the title, Universal has realized that people need to the know the name of a movie if they are going to buy tickets and so they have dropped a rather plain poster for "Zero Dark Thirty." 

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