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48fps Version Of 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' Will Only Play In Limited Release

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • August 8, 2012 9:23 AM
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With all the talk of the recently announced third film (“The Hobbit: Tokyo Drift,” anyone?), the earlier hoopla over intended framerate of Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit" films has fallen to the wayside. In case you forgot, the director showcased some footage from “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” in the intended 48fps 3D format in the spring at CinemaCon, and the reaction was less than enthusiastic. Despite Jackson’s defense of the format, it looks like the response from CinemaCon has cooled Warner Bros. on their push for the format.

Marvel Puts The Future Of Phase Two In The Hands Of Joss Whedon In Deal That Extends To June 2015

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 8, 2012 9:02 AM
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“We’re in preproduction on a movie called ’Iron Man 3’ right now. We've got a great director called Shane Black who's taking the reins. It’s the first of what we refer to Phase Two of this Avengers Assemble talk, which will lead to an ‘Avengers 2.’ Those movies will be a part of that,” Kevin Feige said at the New York Comic-Con last fall. But a lot has changed since then, most importantly, the billion dollar success of "The Avengers," which basically no one saw coming. It was a game-changer not only at the box office, but critically with the Marvel movie earning some of the best notices of any picture they've done. But it also proved the value of a writer/director making the most of the opportunity to flex their muscle within the Marvel universe, and deliver the kind of results that pleased both hardcore fanboys and general audiences alike. And Marvel, wisely, want to continue to do that.

Watch: It's 'Gran Torino' Meets 'Moneyball' In Trailer For 'Trouble With The Curve'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 7, 2012 7:59 PM
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Ingredients: grizzled, growly Clint Eastwood + a sports movie + new fangled tech vs. old school know how + father/daughter story = one treacly movie.

Reese Witherspoon Will Be 'The Beard'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 7, 2012 7:47 PM
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Yes, Reese Witherspoon is an Academy Award winner, but when it comes to picking comedies, good lord, she needs to fire her agent or get a second opinion. Her last four? "This Means War," "How Do You Know," "Four Christmases" and "Penelope." And now she's signing up to do a movie whose premise was fodder for a "Seinfeld" episode thirteen years ago.

Watch: Gerard Butler Tries To Score With Jessica Biel In Trailer For 'Playing For Keeps'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 7, 2012 7:18 PM
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On the one hand, this is directed by Gabriele Muccino, who helmed the underrated "The Pursuit of Happyness" which earned Will Smith his second Oscar nomination after "Ali." On the other hand this is directed by Gabriele Muccino who helmed the sort of ridiculous "Seven Pounds," also with Will Smith. And thirdly, this is a soccer dramedy.

Watch: New Errol Morris Short Documentary For ESPN 'Team Spirit'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • August 7, 2012 5:51 PM
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ESPN has a long history of working with talent that hasn’t necessarily set foot on a sports field, but never perhaps a filmmaker as renowned as Academy Award-winning “The Fog of War” and “Tabloid” documentarian Errol Morris. In typical Morris fashion, his ESPN short documentary “Team Spirit” explores the obsessive nature of sports fans that carry their team spirit until they are quite literally a plot and a grave stone.

Joss Whedon Will Write & Direct 'The Avengers 2'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 7, 2012 5:34 PM
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With Disney confirming development of "The Avengers 2" shortly after its record breaking opening weekend, and with Marvel unveiling a logo at Comic-Con, all that was left to do was get writer/director Joss Whedon back on board. “I have not come to a decision on directing 'Avengers 2' yet,” he said only just a couple of weeks ago. “I am having too much fun with this ('Firefly' reunion) now.” But it looks like the dump truck full of money and promises from Disney and Marvel has finally landed.

Exclusive: New Poster For 'Liberal Arts' Starring Elizabeth Olsen & Josh Radnor

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 7, 2012 5:23 PM
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Being lost and adrift in your mid-30s is a familiar sensation of a certain generation, and "How I Met Your Mother" star Josh Radnor captures that with "Liberal Arts," his upcoming sophomore feature directorial effort.

Watch: First Trailer For New Studio Ghibli Joint 'From Up On Poppy Hill'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 7, 2012 4:41 PM
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It seems like just yesterday that a new Studio Ghibli movie was gracing our shores and now we have a trailer for another new Studio Ghibli joint. (We aren't complaining.) This new film, "From Up on Poppy Hill," like February's "Secret World of Arrietty," was written and conceived by Studio Ghibli's Walt Disney equivalent Hayao Miyazaki but not directed by him. Instead, this new film was directed by Miyazaki's son, Goro, who last helmed the studio's beautiful but confounding 2006 fantasy epic "Tales from Earthsea." Thankfully, this new film looks way more down to earth.

Deleted Scene In 'The Dark Knight Rises' Explains Bane's Origin; Movie Becomes Year's No. 2 Grossing Film So Far

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 7, 2012 4:21 PM
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Christopher Nolan has never been one to overshare, and certainly when it comes to deleted scenes, it's not exactly something he believes in. Neither "Batman Begins" or "The Dark Knight" home video releases contain any extra footage among their plethora of extras, and thus far with "The Dark Knight Rises" there has only been one official still and a script page that reveals anything that Nolan might've left on the cutting room floor. But it appears there is certainly a bit more.

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