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Michael Keaton Replaces Hugh Laurie In 'RoboCop' Reboot

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 29, 2012 7:38 PM
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With filming on "RoboCop" getting rolling soon, director Joseph Padilha describing the production as "hell" and proposed villain Hugh Laurie bailing, we wondered who the filmmakers could find on such short notice to fill a key role. And frankly, it looks like they got someone pretty awesome step in.

'30 Minutes Or Less' Gets Dramatic Remake With 'Collar Bomb Heist'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 29, 2012 5:58 PM
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There was a minor uproar surrounding last year's release of "30 Minutes or Less," a frothy action comedy from "Zombieland" director Ruben Fleischer, about a pizza delivery boy (Jesse Eisenberg) who some thugs kidnapped and forced to rob a bank with an explosive charge wrapped around his chest. If he doesn't commit the robbery, the thieves will set off the charge (and reduce his chest cavity to a splattery Jackson Pollock-esque masterwork). The movie was partially based on a real life case, although the filmmakers claimed to have only a passing knowledge of what actually transpired. Well, the actual tragedy is now being made into a feature film, with a decidedly more dramatic bent.

Liam Neeson Is Coming For You In Batch Of New Pics From 'Taken 2'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 29, 2012 5:46 PM
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On the one hand, Bryan Mills had his daughter kidnapped, so you can understand why he would stop at nothing to get her back. On the other hand, if you were the dad of all those dudes who were wasted -- sometimes rather horrifically -- you could see why vengeance might be on the agenda. These are the moral complexities at play in "Taken 2," with Liam Neeson back to once again talk with menacing authority into a cell phone.

'The Artist' Director Michel Hazanavicius Eyes Former Dayton/Faris High-Concept Comedy 'Will'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 29, 2012 5:25 PM
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Way back in 2010 we wrote about "Will," a clever script by Demetri Martin that was then looking like the follow-up to "Little Miss Sunshine" for directors Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton. Back then it starred Paul Rudd and Zach Galifianakis as characters living in a world devoid of free-will, with every moment of your life is preordained by "angelic scribes." Of course things change when Will (who would've been played by Rudd), turns 34 and finds out that his life has opened up and that he's actually free to do whatever he wants. Adam McKay and Will Ferrell were set to produce through their Gary Sanchez shingle and then… nothing. Dayton and Faris ended up making this year's terrific "Ruby Sparks" and "Will" was never heard from again.

Werner Herzog To Direct The Killers Concert Webcast

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 29, 2012 4:51 PM
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With lineups that has included so far Terry Gilliam and Arcade Fire, Todd Haynes and My Morning Jacket, David Lynch and Duran Duran, Anton Corbijn and Coldplay and many more, the American Express’ Unstaged concert series hasn't been lacking in inspired pairings. And this may be the best and oddest one yet.

Ben Foster Replaces Mark Ruffalo In 'Red Light Winter' With Kirsten Dunst

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 29, 2012 4:15 PM
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It looks like we'll have to wait for our "Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind" reunion between Kirsten Dunst and Mark Ruffalo. But for writer/director Adam Rapp, he's likely glad that though he's lost one great actor from his film, an equally great replacement has stepped up.

'Compliance' Director Craig Zobel To Direct Untitled Thriller Pitch For Focus Features

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 29, 2012 3:36 PM
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Variety is reporting that Focus Features, the indie wing of monolithic Universal Pictures that has had a great year so far with sleeper hits in the stop-motion-animated marvel "ParaNorman" and the Wes Anderson romp "Moonrise Kingdom," has just acquired an untitled thriller pitch from "Compliance" director Craig Zobel. Zobel will write and direct the movie. Plot specifics are being kept under wraps, so we can go ahead and wildly speculate that it's about a vampire that falls in love with a robot but their love is put to the test when they uncover a conspiracy to assassinate the president of Uganda.

More Pics Of Noomi Rapace & Rachel McAdams In Brian De Palma's 'Passion'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 29, 2012 3:25 PM
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While this writer offended some by daring to suggest the first trailer for Brian De Palma's "Passion" maybe wasn't so hot, the bottom line is, put Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace together in a movie and have them square off, and we'll be there. Directed by Brian De Palma? Doubly so. "Passion" is certainly one of the more intriguing offerings on the fest circuit this fall, and now a few more images have dropped to tempt you.

Michael Douglas To Play Ronald Reagan In Former Ridley Scott Project 'Reykjavik,' Mike Newell Now Directing

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 29, 2012 3:13 PM
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The Hollywood Reporter reevals that famously liberal actor Michael Douglas will play famously conservative president Ronald Regan in "Reykjavik," a Cold War drama once being eyed as a potential directing vehicle for Ridley Scott. Scott is still involved in the project, but will serve as a producer through his Scott Free banner. Mike Newell, who directed "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" and a new version of "Great Expectations" that is debuting at Toronto in a couple of weeks, is in talks to helm the film.

'Oldboy' Helmer Park Chan-Wook To Direct Western 'The Brigands Of Rattleborge'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 29, 2012 3:04 PM
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So, the guy who directed "Oldboy" and "Thirst" tackling a western? Um, yes please. Just tell us when it's ready and we're there.

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