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'Prometheus' Sequel Expected In 2014 Or 2015; 'Ted 2' & Another 'American Pie' Film Could Be In The Works

  • By Edward Davis
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  • August 1, 2012 2:13 PM
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Franchises. Can't live with 'em, can't live without 'em. And if you're Hollywood, you just can't live without them, period. The Hollywood Reporter has done a quick rundown of would-be series likely to spawn sequels in their latest issue, and if you've been following the box-office numbers, none of the choices should be much of a surprise.

'Vertigo' Replaces 'Citizen Kane' On Sight & Sound Greatest Of All Time List

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 1, 2012 1:53 PM
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There are film enthusiasts, cinema lovers and movie fans, and then there are those that read Sight & Sound. The most vaunted publication devoted to all things movies has drafted their once-a-decade list that determines what is the Greatest Movie Of All Time, and Orson Welles has to move over for another helmer fond of the buffet table.

'Battleship' Sinks Universal Profits By Over $80 Million

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 1, 2012 1:37 PM
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While studios have been moving toward a model where instead of investing a handful of different movies and a variety of budgets and expectations, they put all their money into a few make-or-break movies per year, the risk of that approach is beginning to be more than apparent. Disney is still wiping the egg off their face from "John Carter," the debacle of a film that they've gone on record as saying lost them $200 million bucks. Oops. And now over an expensive folly over at Universal has also affected the balance sheet.

Watch: 'Paranormal Activity 4' Trailers Answers Question 'What If Chatroulette Was Haunted?'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 1, 2012 1:02 PM
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Horror is often one of the most profitable of genres: cheap to make, rarely reliant on names, and always popular on home video. And as such, once you've got a good thing going, the instinct is to milk it into the ground. Which is how we ended up with a dozen Jason movies, ten "Halloween"s and seven "Saw" pictures. So it shouldn't surprise you that a fourth "Paranormal Activity" is on the way.

Vanessa Hudgens Joins 'Machete Kills'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 1, 2012 12:51 PM
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Vanessa Hudgens is running away from her "High School Musical" roots that made her name as fast she can. While she has lent her face to such tween-skewing fare as "Bandslam," "Beastly" and "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island," she's been just as eager to prove she's all grown up, appearing in "Sucker Punch" and signing on for movies like the gritty indie "Gimme Shelter," the serial killer flick "Frozen Ground" and of course, Harmony Korine's potentially amazeballs "Spring Breakers." And she continues to shake her wholesome Disney image.

Gemma Arterton Conducts In New Image From 'Song For Marion'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 1, 2012 12:02 PM
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When The Weinstein Company snatched up the rights to "Song for Marion" last fall, which was in post-production at the time, we figured the movie was a no-brainer for the kind crowd-pleasing sleeper hit that Harvey knows how to turn into Oscar gold. A 2012 release seemed inevitable. But since then, relatively little has been heard about the movie. It hasn't popped up on any of the fall festival slates, there is no release date set either in its native U.K. or in the U.S., and it certainly doesn't seem to be a priority for the distributor at the moment. But then again, in a year that has them handling new films by Paul Thomas Anderson, Quentin Tarantino, David O. Russell and Andrew Dominik, perhaps it's understandable.

Emma Watson and Elizabeth Olsen Downplay ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Rumors, Search For Lead Role Continues

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • August 1, 2012 11:42 AM
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Despite its less-than-refined origins, the team behind the film adaptation of EL James’ “Fifty Shades of Grey” are ensuring in every way their end result will have some prestige. Focus Features (along with parent company Universal) have decided the film belongs in their library alongside “Pride and Prejudice” and “Brokeback Mountain,” and recently “The Social Network” producers Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti have come on board as well. However, it's the search for the female lead that’s really grown intense, but as more and more names are thrown into the mix, two talented actresses have now let the extent of their involvement, or indeed, lack of it, known.

Young 'Beasts Of The Southern Wild' Star Quvenzhané Wallis Joins Steve McQueen's 'Twelve Years A Slave'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 1, 2012 11:18 AM
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Given the quality of "Hunger" and "Shame," it's no surprise that there's a long queue to work with director Steve McQueen, but even considering that, the cast he's put together for period epic "Twelve Years A Slave" is quite extraordinary. The film's led by one of the most exciting actors working today, Chiwetel Ejifor, who plays Solomon Northrup, a free man in the 1840s who was kidnapped and kept for the titular dozen years as a slave before escaping.

Haunting Alternate Poster For Sundance Sensation Doco-Thriller 'The Imposter'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • August 1, 2012 10:43 AM
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After making waves at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, Bart Layton's doc/thriller "The Imposter" is slowly creeping audiences out as it unspools across the United States and unveils at festivals around the globe. The film tells the true and twisted tale of a 13-year-old boy who disappears without a trace from San Antonio, Texas in 1994 only to return three and half years later. However, just as it looks like a happy ending is in place, one detective on the case begins noticing inconsistencies between the boy that disappeared and the boy that returned. Surely, that in itself is enough to sell your ticket? If not that, then how about this trippy alternate poster for the film?

Watch: First Trailer For 'Hoop Dreams' & 'The Interrupters' Helmer Steve James' Sports Doc 'Head Games'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • August 1, 2012 9:37 AM
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After making a name for himself with the Oscar-nominated "Hoop Dreams," considered one of the best sports documentaries of all time, filmmaker Steve James followed it up with sports-oriented films like "Prefontaine," "Passing Glory" and "Joe And Max." Last year saw the release of his remarkable crime documentary "The Interrupters" which was widely praised, earning a DGA nomination and landing on one Playlist writer's favourite films of 2011. However, in 2012, James is returning to the sports world with a more critical eye in "Head Games," a look at the growing issue of concussion and its long term medical effects on atheletes.

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