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Producer Ben Smith Talks 'The Bourne Legacy' & The Status Of Robert Ludlum Adaptations In Development

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 8, 2012 11:02 AM
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While the works of Robert Ludlum inspired a handful of movies through the '70s, '80s and '90s, it was the 'Bourne' series of films that truly brought his books to life on the big screen in a vital way. Jason Bourne has already become the basis for a certain kind of hero or thriller, and the trilogy of films starring Matt Damon have made an indelible mark on the action movie landscape. However, when Universal, Greengrass and Damon parted ways during the development of a planned 'Bourne 4,' the future of the franchise was a question mark. Enter Ben Smith. A former agent who represented the Ludlum estate, and a producer at Captivate Entertainment, he helped get 'Bourne' back on its feet, and the result is Tony Gilroy's upcoming "The Bourne Legacy" starring Jeremy Renner. The film arrives later this summer, adding a new chapter to the series Ludlum birthed.

Ethan Hawke Reteams With Spierig Brothers For 'Predestination'; India Eisley Is Young Angelina Jolie In 'Maleficent'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 8, 2012 10:36 AM
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An actor proven to be versatile and eclectic with his role choices, there seems to be only one constant in Ethan Hawke's career: directors. The actor has re-teamed with several helmers over the years, including fellow Texan Richard Linklater, Antoine Fuqua ("Training Day," "Brooklyn's Finest") and Andrew Niccol ("Gattaca," "Lord Of War"), and has a reunion with "The Woman In The Fifth" director Pawel Pawlikowski in the works. Hawke is now set to get together with "Daybreakers" directors Peter and Michael Spierig once more.

'Catfish' Directors Henry Joost & Ariel Schulman Take On 'The Monkey Wrench Gang'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • May 8, 2012 10:17 AM
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Two years on and we're still none the wiser about whether Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman's debut film "Catfish" was in fact a documentary or not. Regardless, few would argue that it’s anything but a compelling watch, and that’s more than you can say for their follow up -- “Paranormal Activity 3” -– despite their best efforts. Thanks to the mammoth box office haul of the latter, however, they were invited back to direct the fourth entry in the franchise (which is currently in pre-production) and that should keep them busy until its release around Halloween later this year.

Watch: Trailer For Ben Affleck's '70s Set Thriller 'Argo'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 8, 2012 10:03 AM
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So, Ben Affleck has made a movie about making a movie. Kind of. Part period drama, part thriller, part comedy, and all based on a wild true story, there are a lot of elements at play in "Argo." With the first trailer now landing, it looks like yet another solid flick from the actor turned director.

R.I.P. 'Where The Wild Things Are' Author Maurice Sendak (1928-2012)

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 8, 2012 9:41 AM
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Only a few days after the death of Beastie Boy Adam Yauch, more sad news has arrived today, with The New York Times reporting that Maurice Sendak, author of beloved children's classics "Where The Wild Things Are" (which was turned into an acclaimed 2009 film by Spike Jonze) and "In The Night Kitchen," among others, has passed away at the age of 83.

Alice Braga, Abbie Cornish, Ben Mendelsohn & Sullivan Stapleton Lead 'Wolf Creek' Helmer Greg Mclean's 'Kill Me Three Times'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 8, 2012 9:24 AM
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Greg Mclean didn't exactly replicate the success of his break-out horror flick "Wolf Creek" with croc-thriller follow-up "Rogue." And while it seemed he was set to shoot a sequel to "Wolf Creek" early this year, legal troubles have since delayed the production, with no end in sight. The delay, however, might just be a blessing in disguise, with the helmer now set to tackle a new Australian thriller with an exciting cast in tow.

'Cosmopolis' Soundtrack Details Revealed, Features 3 New Songs By Metric, Howard Shore Score & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 8, 2012 9:04 AM
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Many fans of David Cronenberg have begun to miss the director's freakier films of the past, with the helmer taking on more sober fare in recent years including "A History Of Violence," "Eastern Promises" and "A Dangerous Method." To be certain, none of those efforts were what you would call mainstream, but they lacked the oddball flavor Cronenberg made his name with. Well, "Cosmopolis" should find the Canadian filmmaker returning to those more surreal efforts of the past, and, naturally, he still has few curveballs to deliver.

'Lola Versus' Soundtrack Features Dan Deacon, Ani DiFranco, Taken by Trees & Score By Fall On Your Sword

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 8, 2012 8:30 AM
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Starring Greta Gerwig, Zoe Lister Jones, Hamish Linklater and Joel Kinnaman with supporting assistance from Bill Pullman and Debra Winger (who play Gerwig's parents), Daryl Wein's New York-centric romantic comedy "Lola Versus" arrives in theaters on June 8. And we've got the deets on both the soundtrack and score front. Let's start with the score, which was composed by LCD Soundsystem offshoots and  multi-media composers Fall On Your Sword. They've been very busy on the indie-film score front of late, writing the scores to Brit Marling's "Another Earth," the as-yet unreleased Keanu Reeves indie "Generation Umm" and Ry Russo-Young's "You Wont Miss Me," among others.That score is due digitally June 5th and comes out on CD June 12th. 

John Hawkes & Peter Bogdanovich Lead Cast Of Indie Thriller 'Too Late'

  • By Marta Corato
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  • May 7, 2012 6:25 PM
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Oscar nominated actor John Hawkes  and certified legend Peter Bogdanovich are set to the lead the ensemble of the indie drama "Too Late." The "Martha Marcy May Marlene" star will play the part of a private investigator who is hired to find a missing woman with whom he has a troubled relationship.

First Look At Lena Headey In 'Dredd' Plus More Images From The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 7, 2012 5:55 PM
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The last time we heard anything about "Dredd"  it was about the supposed scuttlebutt between director Pete Travis and writer Alex Garland, who were apparently feuding, with the latter said to be angling to nab a director's credit on the movie, while the former was apparently kicked out of the editing bay. A few days later, assurances were profferred that everything is fine, but little had been heard of since, but with the movie gearing up to hit theaters this fall, it looks like the marketing campaign is beginning to roll out.

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