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Oh Good! 'Epic Movie' Geniuses Are Making A 'Hunger Games' Spoof!

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 10, 2012 6:09 PM
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Well that clearly didn't take very long. While Marvel's "The Avengers," has eclipsed "The Hunger Games" as the year's highest grossing film worldwide, the teen-friendly dystopian sensation (which is still the highest domestic grosser of the year so far) still has massive appeal and two more sequels to boot. And so Hollywood bottom feeders Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer have announced that they've pulled out their crayons, kindergarten-safe scissors and scratch and sniff stickers, and will be assembling a spoof of the Lionsgate franchise. Naturally...

Join Us For The Doc Club Twitterthon Chat With Thom Powers & SundanceNOW Tonight

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • May 10, 2012 5:25 PM
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Can't get enough of documentaries?

Yes, There Are Even More New Images From 'Prometheus'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 10, 2012 5:12 PM
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In case you haven't figured it out by this point, the Fox marketing department's tactic for promoting "Prometheus" is essentially a winner-takes-all, carpet bomb campaign that will crush you with pics, clips, teasers and God knows what else, until you don't even want to see the movie anymore. Okay, who are we kidding, you'll still want to see this, but we kind of just wish we could fast-forward the clock already.

50 Cannes Photos & New Clips: 'Killing Them Softly,' Mungiu's 'Beyond The Hills,' Kiarostami's 'Like Someone In Love' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 10, 2012 4:35 PM
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In case you haven't guessed, today the Cannes Film Festival dropped a megabomb of clips, pics and assorted ephemera for the full slate of films hitting the Croisette next week. We've highlight some of the material from the bigger movies already, and for the rest we've decided to round them all up for you right here.

Hayley Atwell Confirmed & Imogen Poots Joins Jimi Hendrix Biopic 'All Is By My Side'; Guitarist's Estate Doesn't Approve Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 10, 2012 4:26 PM
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The biggest roadblock to getting a biopic about a musician made is clearing the rights to the (usually expensive) songs and pleasing the estate. If the artist in question is still alive, the process can be made slightly easier, but if not, projects can drag in develop as everyone involved tries to find common ground to meet on financially and creatively. Which leads us to "All Is By My Side," the long, long brewing Jimi Hendrix pic with Andre 3000 in the lead that, out of nowhere, was announced earlier this week as gearing up to start shooting in a matter of weeks. We wondered if this might mean Experience Hendrix were on board with the movie too -- turns out, they're not.

Illumination Entertainment & Universal Pictures Bringing 'Clifford The Big Red Dog' To The Big Screen

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 10, 2012 2:44 PM
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According to The Hollywood Reporter, Illumination Entertainment, the company behind “Despicable Me” and, more recently, the fluffy eco-fable “The Lorax,” will once again partner with Universal Pictures, this time on a live action/animated version of “Clifford the Big Red Dog.” Woof.

Megaupload Founder Kim Dotcom Plans Documentary, Biography, Electronica Album

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • May 10, 2012 2:21 PM
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When New Zealand authorities raided in January of this year the $24 million compound of Kim Dotcom, the indicted founder of shuttered file-sharing service Megaupload, they found with the eccentric hacker a life of self-documentation and promotion. Dotcom was no stranger to showing his lavish lifestyle on YouTube, creating over-produced music videos, such as the uncomfortable “Mega Song,” publicity stunts, and travelogues, even as the government and entertainment world closed slowly in. However, as the eccentric hacker now faces over 50 years in jail on copyright infringement charges tracking more than $500 million in losses, show business types have been quick to forgive, tapping a number of different projects for Dotcom to tell his side of the story.

Michael Apted Adds '56 Up' To Long-Running Documentary Series

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • May 10, 2012 2:02 PM
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Once begun as a singular look into how class systems affected British children in 1964, director Michael Apted's “Up” series has instead grown into a pleasantly surprising portrait of aging and diversity, insomuch as it remains a wonder to consistently see a new chapter pop up. Consider it a shock then, because 48 years after “7 Up” first aired on television, a new installment checking in on its diverse group of subjects is set to air this month.

'Warrior' Director Gavin O'Connor To Direct Underworld Thriller 'Yakuza'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 10, 2012 1:49 PM
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So are yakuza flicks the hot new trend in Hollywood or are those Far East markets more important than ever? Probably a bit of both. Earlier this year, "Safe House" helmer signed up to direct the yakuza crime flick "The Outsider" at Warner Bros., and now a rival project of sorts is gearing up.

Benicio Del Toro & Cameron Diaz Team For The Action/Comedy 'Agent: Century 21'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 10, 2012 1:31 PM
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So, it seems Benicio Del Toro and Cameron Diaz are determined to work together. A couple of years ago they were attached to star in a pretty fucking dreadful-sounding rom-com "An Ex To Grind," which didn't really get going, and now they're attached to a no-less-promising "Agent: Century 21."

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