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Disney Preparing 'The Rocketeer' For A Reboot

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 22, 2012 9:01 AM
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When Joe Johnston was first announced as the director for "Captain America: The First Avenger," folks were worried. He was coming off the disastrous "The Wolfman," and hadn't really had a hit since 2001's "Jurassic Park III" (which wasn't much to shout about). But the geek crowd -- and Kevin Feige himself -- pointed to "The Rocketeer" as evidence that he was the right man for the job. And indeed he was. The 1991 film shares a lot of the homespun humor, patriotic pride and yes, WWII setting found in 'Captain America,' and of course, it featured the requisite thrills as well. It's a favorite among the geek set, a film beloved by many and now it seems it's getting a remake.

Yes, Kat Dennings Will Return For 'Thor: The Dark World'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 21, 2012 10:11 PM
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Considering every actor who signs in blood for a Marvel is usually optioned for numerous flicks, this bit of news hardly comes as a surprise, though it is interesting to note how much the stature of Kat Dennings has changed in just a short year.

Watch: Red Band Trailer For 'Lawless' Plus 3 Clips From The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 21, 2012 6:48 PM
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Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf and Jason Clark are the Bondurant boys in the upcoming "Lawless." And as the trio sling moonshine as prohibition winds to a close, shifting tides of power put their operation and very lives at risk in John Hillcoat's both beautiful and brutal new film where blood and alcohol flow freely.

Joel Kinnaman Joins Increasingly Massive Cast Of Terrence Malick's 'Knight Of Cups'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 21, 2012 6:23 PM
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Who does he think he is? Woody Allen? It seems Terrence Malick is using his engimatic appeal and auteur status to basically get whoever the hell he wants for "Knight Of Cups." It seems that if you happen to be nearby where he's shooting, and you're a celebrity, you can get a part in the film. And another name has joined the ranks.

Fox Takes Over Distribution Of DreamWorks Animation Films

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 21, 2012 5:22 PM
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After this fall's "Rise of the Guardians" (which, it should be noted, has nothing to do with anthropomorphic owls), DreamWorks Animation product will no longer be distributed by Paramount, its home for the past seven years. DreamWorks Animation head Jeffrey Katzenberg promised Wall Street wonks that a deal would be forged by Labor Day, and for a while it looked like Sony would end up distributing their films, but Deadline is reporting that Fox stepped up and provided a more appealing deal, with an emphasis on distribution through digital channels.

This Surely Won't Cause Controversy: WB Picks Up 'Gladiator'-Esque 'Pontius Pilate'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 21, 2012 3:29 PM
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Have you been dreaming about a movie that will follow the life and political intrigue of Pontius Pilate, the man who reluctantly sent Jesus Christ to the crucifix? Well, today is your lucky day! It seems the minds over at Warner Bros. think a movie about him is a better idea than making "The Dark Tower" or "The Imitation Game" which they let go in the past week. Oh, Hollywood!

Peter Pan Prequel Will Be Next Directorial Effort From 'Hunger Games' Helmer Gary Ross

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • August 21, 2012 3:01 PM
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Now that the dust has settled around “The Hunger Games” helmer Gary Ross’ exit following the first entry in the multi-million dollar film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ popular book series, it looks as if he’s finally decided to start picking that next project he can use his 'Hunger Games' cachet on to get going. He did sign on for "Houdini" over at Summit, and while he was rumored to be eyeing "Tarzan" at Warner Bros., we were told the director would not be swinging from the jungle vines anytime soon. Instead, it was revealed Ross would be heading to Neverland with Disney, tackling the tale of another group of kids – albeit ones who never grow up.

John Travolta Rumored To Star In 'The Toxic Avenger' Reboot But Not As The Hero

  • By Edward Davis
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  • August 21, 2012 2:53 PM
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In the spring of 2010, a not-so-brilliant, hare-brained idea was announced: a remake of Troma Entertainment's campy, super low-budget, sex-filled 1984 B-movie (or is that Z-movie?) "The Toxic Avenger." With genius Akiva Goldsman ("I Am Legend," "Mr. & Mrs. Smith"), on board, the reconstituted idea was to make a family friendly pro-environment PG-13 movie. And who better to front the green movement than a deformed mop-wielding superhero from New Jersey?

Watch: New Clip From Comic-Book Actioner 'Dredd 3D' Takes Us To The Peach Trees

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • August 21, 2012 2:19 PM
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We were just as surprised as you that our writer on the scene at Comic-Con didn’t completely hate the upcoming revamp of comic book hero Judge Dredd. After a troubled production history and a trailer that reminded us a little too much of this year’s excellent action extravaganza “The Raid: Redemption” (granted, “Dredd” began production long before “The Raid”), we were all but ready to write “Dredd” off as a misfire akin to Sylvester Stallone’s 1995 interpretation of the same anti-hero.

Mark Millar Says 'Nemesis' Moving Ahead With Joe Carnahan Directing

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 21, 2012 1:40 PM
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The ratio of truth to... exagerrated truth with Mark Millar doesn't give the kind of odds you'd want to put any kind of significant money on. But every now and then he's right, and he's at least entertaining to a certain degree, but as always, take this with a grain of salt with a side order of skepticism.

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