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'Fast Five' Helmer Justin Lin In Talks With Universal For Former Spike Lee Project 'L.A. Riots'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 7, 2012 10:20 AM
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A couple of years back, Justin Lin was a director who worked constantly, but was seen as a fairly mid-level guy: his debut "Better Luck Tomorrow" was well regarded critically, but follow-ups like "Annapolis" and his work on the third and fourth "Fast & Furious" movies were much more coolly received. But then came his third turn on the road-racing franchise "Fast Five," and the film was both a monster hit and surprisingly popular with critics -- and so it should have been; it's easily the best of the series, with excellently handled action and a playful spirit, suggesting Lin had finally found his groove.

Watch: Martin Scorsese, Steven Soderbergh & Wally Pfister Talk Filmmaking In 'Side By Side' Outtakes

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 7, 2012 9:59 AM
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The ongoing debate concerning digital vs. film isn't just about which format is preferred. The decision about which method to use depends on a variety of other factors including budgets, the size of the production, how the movie will be shot and so much more. And all of those issues are explored in the Keanu Reeves-produced documentary "Side By Side," a fascinating look at what is becoming one of the most important technological turning points that cinema has faced in quite some time.

First Real Look: Daniel Day Lewis In Steven Spielberg's 'Lincoln'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 7, 2012 9:36 AM
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As we creep into the fall season, we've seen a little something — whether an image or a teaser trailer — from almost every major film that looks like it could be an Oscar contender. Until this morning, however, there was one glaring exception, and it's one of the most anticipated of all: Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln," which sees America's most successful filmmaker take on his long-time dream project, a biopic of President Abraham Lincoln, with two-time Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis as Honest Abe himself.

Watch: Trailer For Josh Radnor's 'Liberal Arts' Starring Elizabeth Olsen

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • August 7, 2012 9:17 AM
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It’s been more than a year since Josh Radnor’s directorial debut, “Happythankyoumoreplease,” hit theaters after winning the Sundance Audience Award in 2010, and now the “How I Met Your Mother” actor is back with his sophomore effort “Liberal Arts.” And we have the first trailer for the indie dramedy.

Michael K. Williams Boots Up To 'RoboCop'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 6, 2012 10:59 PM
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After making his name on the wrong end of the law on TV to acclaim on shows like "The Wire" and "Boardwalk Empire," the always awesome Michael K. Williams is ready to fight for the good guys in a major summer tentpole.

Kevin Costner Eyes Jack Ryan Reboot & Luc Besson Produced 'Three Days To Kill'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 6, 2012 9:36 PM
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Is Kevin Costner ready for a multiplex comeback? At one time, the actor was a big star, who could carry both drama and comedy to big box office success. The late '80s and early '90s in particular saw him handle an incredible run of films that included "The Untouchables," "Field Of Dreams," "Bull Durham," "Dances With Wolves," "Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves" and "JFK." And while he hasn't had that kind of success in quite some time, the massive critical and popular approval of the miniseries "Hatfields & McCoys" (22 Emmy nominations) along with a role in the upcoming "Man Of Steel" could mean a comeback is around the corner.

Mickey Rourke Latest To Join, Try And Rev Up 'Motor City'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 6, 2012 7:02 PM
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After seeing various folks like Jake Gyllenhaal, Dominic Cooper, Jeremy Renner, Clive Owen, Amber Heard and Gary Oldman come and go from the long developing "Motor City," director Albert Hughes will probably take whoever he can get at this point. Right now, Gerard Butler is sitting in the lead role, and now he's got a co-star.

Robert Zemeckis Takes Over Former David Gordon Green Barefoot Bandit Film 'Taking Flight'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 6, 2012 6:40 PM
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Somewhere between "The Sitter" and his soon to be shooting remake of "Suspiria," David Gordon Green dropped the movie he'd been developing about the Barefoot Bandit. Another filmmaker is now taking on the film and it's a choice that may surprise some.

Bruce Dern & Will Forte Confirmed For Alexander Payne's 'Nebraska,' Shooting Starts In October

  • By Edward Davis
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  • August 6, 2012 6:33 PM
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Well, that was seemingly easy enough. After toying with the idea of Gene Hackman, Robert Forster, Jack Nicholson, Robert Duvall and Bryan Cranston for the lead of his upcoming film "Nebraska"-- along with Casey Affleck and Paul Rudd for the supporting role in a father/son road trip tale -- director Alexander Payne, finally settled on the unlikely pair of Bruce Dern and "MacGruber" star Will Forte.

Kaleidoscopic New Poster For Paul Thomas Anderson's 'The Master' Will Leave You Feeling Blue

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 6, 2012 6:08 PM
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It has been an interesting few days for Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master." After making a surprise premiere a couple days ago in Santa Monica that was met with (overly cultish?) effusive praise, and concerns about whether or not the movie shot on 70mm film would be presented in the director's preferred format, it seems the movie is all anyone can talk about at the moment. So how about a new poster then?
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