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Watch: Liam Neeson Gets Taken In New International Trailer For 'Taken 2' Which Reminds You It's A Sequel To 'Taken'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 27, 2012 2:39 PM
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"Listen carefully to me Kim, your mother and I are going to be taken." BOOM. That's pretty much all you need to know about Liam Neeson's continued career as an ass-kicker in "Taken 2," which has dropped a new international spot with a few brief new snippets of action excitement.

3D Sized 'Star Wars: Episode II' and 'III' Get Release Date Arrive Back-To-Back In Fall 2013

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 27, 2012 2:17 PM
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It's easy to forget, but earlier this year, George Lucas, in his infinite wisdom, re-released cosmic disappointment "Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace" into theaters, this time converted to snazzy 3D. Because, you know, everyone wanted Jar Jar Binks up in their shit. While it didn't hang around in theaters for very long, this new version of 'Phantom Menace' did eek out a pretty healthy profit (almost $45 million), which doesn't come close to touching the haul that "The Lion King" made last year in a similar 3D run, it's still pretty damn good, especially because, at this point, it's just printing its own money. Well, Lucas will be returning to that well for the remainder of the prequel trilogy, with the official Lucas Twitter account announcing September and October 2013 releases for 3D versions of "Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones" and "Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith." Start charging your movie-quality lightsabers now.

Book Review: Unnecessary 'The Dark Knight Rises' Novelization Brings Noir Sheen To The Surface

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 27, 2012 2:02 PM
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The continued existence of the movie novelization is perhaps one of the more curious and enduring elements of blockbuster tie-ins. During the '70s and '80s, when you could only see a movie in theaters, a book of your favorite film served a more concrete purpose. Until you got a chance to rent the movie at some point in the future (owning a VHS copy of a film was generally quite expensive early on, and home video release frames were much longer than they are now), reading the story that you saw on the big screen allowed your imagination to recreate the experience, and some authors even added a few more elements and textures to the tale. In short, it was a way for movie fans to remain close to the characters and world they enjoyed so much until they got the privelege to watch it again. But in 2012, it's difficult to understand the purpose behind recreating a movie on the page.

'Skyfall' Windfall: New Banner Debuts, 007 Coke Can Surfaces & Roger Moore Says Daniel Craig Is Best Bond

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 27, 2012 1:41 PM
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As we've reported earlier, this fall's 007 romp "Skyfall" will have what can charitably be described as "a whole heaping fuckload" of complex promotional tie-ins, corporate sponsorships, and licensing arrangements. Well, we've now got our first look at one of those tie-ins – with Coke Zero. That's right – Scott Pilgrim and James Bond will soon have the same taste in diet soda. What's more – a new international banner has been unveiled, and Roger Moore proclaims Daniel Craig the best James Bond ever. Does he get a prize? A twelve-pack of Coke Zero maybe?

Watch: First Teaser Debuts For Michael Winterbottom's Toronto-Bound 'Everyday'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 27, 2012 12:43 PM
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Michael Winterbottom is a predictably unpredictable filmmaker – always zigging when you think he's going to zag, and taking on material that is uniform only in the sense that it's always very different and very challenging. Everything from his hardcore sex romp "9 Songs" to his sci-fi-ish "Code 39" to a bunch of movies that don't have numbers in the title (like his terrific Southern noir "The Killer Inside Me" and his ridiculously funny "The Trip"), Winterbottom constantly surprises and even if they aren't all classics (like his revisionist literary take "Trishna" from earlier this year), they're all interesting. And with the release of the teaser for his new film "Everyday," set to premiere at this year's Toronto International Film Festival, his trend for eclecticism seems to have continued unabated.

Watch: New International Trailer For 'Django Unchained' Offers Up A Bit More Footage

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 27, 2012 12:25 PM
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"The production was just out of control, over-budget, it was everywhere," Anthony LaPaglia recently shared about Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained," which he was compelled to drop out of as his shooting schedule got pushed further and further back. And with the film only wrapping at the end of July, it's going to be a race to reach its December release. And while some folks will recall Tarantino was under a similiar time crunch with "Inglorious Basterds" in order to make its Cannes Film Festival premiere in 2009, he also had the luxury of being able to go in and edit before it hit theaters. Can he get 'Django' in under the wire? Our guess is yes, and certainly, the marketing team believes so as well.

New Photos From 'Silver Linings Playbook' Starring Jennifer Lawrence & Bradley Cooper

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 27, 2012 11:44 AM
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So which David O. Russell will appear for "The Silver Linings Playbook"? The movie, about an institutionalized man (played by Bradley Cooper) who returns to his parents (Jacki Weaver and Robert De Niro) and falls in love with a similarly unwell woman (Jennifer Lawrence), also marks first time anybody's seen Chris Tucker since "Rush Hour 3" (in a dialed down performance) and it's hard to gauge thus far where it will land tonally. Will it be something a bit more screwball like "Flirting With Disaster" or "I Heart Huckabees," or a deft blend of comedy and drama like "The Fighter"?

Director Jose Padilha Says 'RoboCop' Reboot Is "Hell"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 27, 2012 11:00 AM
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With Hugh Laurie dropping out of the villain role in the "RoboCop" remake last week, was it actually a sign of a troubled production? Because according to director Jose Padilha's pal Fernando Meirelles, working on the flim is "hell."

Watch: Second Teaser For HBO's 'The Girl' Sees Hitchcock Play Villain To Tippi Hedren's Victim

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • August 27, 2012 9:44 AM
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Following the first limerick-driven glimpse last week of HBO's Alfred Hitchcock/Tippi Hedren dramatization, “The Girl” -- promising a mysterious and even mannered look into the director (Toby Jones) and star's (Sienna Miller) tumultuous relationship -- a second teaser trailer has now appeared to establish even more of the film's tone prior to its fall showing.

David Fincher Says He's Still Figuring Out 'Dragon Tattoo' Sequel; Reveals Other Directors On 'House Of Cards'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 27, 2012 9:11 AM
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With Sony confirming last week that "The Girl Who Played With Fire" would not be hitting screens in 2013 (hardly a shock considering no casting or greenlight or any other movement had happened on "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" followup), speculation brewed as to whether or not David Fincher would return. While "The Social Network" was pretty much smooth sailing, his relationship with Sony grew fractious during 'Dragon Tattoo,' with heads butting from the start over casting and more bumps along the way. "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea" was expected to be his next film, but we'd wager Disney might be re-considering the expensive 3D and CGI-heavy movie in the wake of the belly flop "John Carter," and particularly with "The Lone Ranger" reportedly already going over budget. Whatever might be going on behind the scenes, it seems Fincher still has Lisbeth Salander on the brain.

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