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'Fantastic Four,' Mark Millar's 'Kindergarten Heroes,' Ang Lee's 3D Boxing Movie & More Get Writers

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 2, 2013 10:46 AM
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The past week or so has seen quite a few writers land some gigs, ranging from big blockbusters to gritty thrillers, so let's get right into the mix.

Ang Lee's Next Film To Present The Thrilla In Manila, Joe Frazier Vs. Muhammad Ali, In 3D

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 8, 2013 1:40 PM
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While 3D has mostly be used to plumb the depths of futuristic worlds (thanks James Cameron) or make summer movies more explosion-y, rare has been the filmmaker who has attempted to use the format as texture rather than simple technique. Martin Scorsese succeeded with his lovely "Hugo," Wim Wenders earned praise for "Pina" and Ang Lee wowed both audiences and critics with last year's "Life Of Pi." And it seems Lee is smitten with wearing those chunky glasses, because his next feature will boldly venture into three-dimensions once again.
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After Comparing Making Blockbuters To Prostitution, Is Nicolas Winding Refn Really Going To Make A Bond Movie?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 28, 2013 4:22 PM
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There's rumors and then there's James Bond rumors, and lately they've been even more frenzied than usual. Mostly that's down to the news that "informal talks" have taken place between Christopher Nolan and producers to helm an upcoming entry in the franchise, and today brings more speculation from a couple different sources.

Watch: Trailer For J.J. Abrams/Alfonso Cuaron Series 'Believe' Arrives, Ang Lee Bails On 'Tyrant' Pilot

  • By Jason McDonald
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  • May 21, 2013 4:45 PM
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As far as two people to create a TV series together, it'd be hard to do much better than J.J. Abrams and Alfonso Cuaron. The former is, obviously, the man behind hits like "Alias," "Lost" and "Revolution," while the latter is the acclaimed filmmaker behind "Children Of Men," who'll make his long-awaited return this October with "Gravity." The delayed post-production on the latter gave Cuaron the time to cook up "Believe" with Abrams, and direct a pilot, NBC picked up the show, and now a trailer has arrived, via /Film.

10 Movies Booed At Cannes

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 15, 2013 2:35 PM
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If the Cannes Film Festival is known for one thing, it's the festival's close proximity to topless beaches. But if it's known for two things, it's the emotional, emphatic responses that usually greet the films. These reactions come from audiences that are unafraid to tell the film (and the filmmakers, who are often sitting in the theater, squirming inside their rented tuxedoes and sequined ball gowns) how much they love or (just as often) hate, these movies. Not that these audiences are always right – far from it. Some of the movies that have been audibly shouted down are the ones (in the same festival) that take home the top prizes or garner widespread critical and commercial approval outside of Cannes. The Brooklyn Academy of Music is currently having a Booed at Cannes mini-festival, celebrating some of the best movies with the worst reputations. We wanted to also look at ten movies that got hissed at in Cannes and what happened afterwards.

Nicole Kidman, Lynne Ramsay, Ang Lee, Christoph Waltz & More Join Steven Spielberg's Cannes Jury

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 24, 2013 7:48 AM
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In past years, the jury for the main slate at the Cannes Film Festival has tended to mix in a few bigger names -- Alexander Payne, Tim Burton, Robert De Niro, Jude Law -- with smaller filmmakers, producers and more. But it looks like the 2013 jury is going to be the starriest in years, and you might be forgiven for thinking you bumped into a table at the Oscars.

Guillermo Del Toro's 'The Devil's Backbone' Leads Criterion's July Slate

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 15, 2013 2:36 PM
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It seems this summer is a good time to be a Guillermo Del Toro fan. Not only is the filmmaker dropping his new monster movie "Pacific Rim," but fans will now get to dip into one of his breakout films courtesy of Criterion...

Ang Lee Could Take Over 'Gods And Kings' From Steven Spielberg; Lines Up TV Debut At FX With 'Tyrant'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 14, 2013 11:02 PM
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The last we heard about Steven Spielberg's potential Moses movie "Gods And Kings" was well over a year ago, when word circulated that he might be eyeing a start date this spring. But obviously, a lot of things have happened since then. The director's "Robopocalypse" started moving to follow "Lincoln" until he delayed it, essentially freeing up his summer, part of which he'll spend as the Cannes Film Festival as the jury president, while also looking over newly tasked director Colin Trevorrow's work on "Jurassic Park IV." And oh yeah, he's also developing Stanley Kubrick's lost "Napolean" project as a TV miniseries on top of the many other big and small screen efforts he has his hands in. And it appears that he won't be parting the Red Sea any more.

The Lost & Unmade Projects Of Stanley Kubrick

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 4, 2013 11:59 AM
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Cinephiles woke up on Sunday to some exciting and unexpected news about a project from a filmmaker who continues to inspire debate and discussion more than a decade after this death. Steven Spielberg announced he would be taking Stanley Kubrick’s unmade, long-in-development “Napoleon” and bringing it to television as a miniseries. This is nothing short of monumental news, but as devotees of Kubrick know, it’s just one of a handful of projects that he either decided not to make or never got the chance to.

Analyze This: Why 'Argo' Won Best Picture, Ang Lee Won Best Director & More 2013 Oscar Fallout

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • February 26, 2013 12:42 PM
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One could suggest that we and other pundits have exhausted the conversation around the 85th Academy Awards. We might not argue with that, but while we've had plenty of opportunities to examine the surprises, the snubs, the show itself, both its best/worst moments and how it can improve, we personally haven't looked closely at why the outcomes landed where they did (you can see the full list of winners here). And now that the dust has settled, we wanted to analyze why "Argo" won Best Picture and take a general deeper dive into some of the winners.

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