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12 Indie Directors Who Jumped To Blockbuster Budgets

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 26, 2014 2:24 PM
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Noah, Russell Crowe, Aronofsky
This week sees the release of “Noah,” and it’s notable for a number of reasons. For one, it’s that it’s a relatively rare Biblical movie not aimed principally at religious audiences (which may or may not pay off). For another, it’s the latest film from “Requiem For A Dream” and “Black Swan” director Darren Aronofsky. But perhaps more than anything else, it’s a movie that costs $125 million, almost four times as much as the director’s most expensive previous film, “The Fountain,” the helmer having been given the keys to Paramount’s war chest after the surprise smash success of “Black Swan,” which made nearly $300 million worldwide.

Watch: Tom Cruise Goes To The 'Edge Of Tomorrow' In New Trailer For Doug Liman's Sci-Fi Flick

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 25, 2014 1:05 PM
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Edge Of Tomorrow, Cruise
"If you love Tom Cruise, you see him giving a genius performance, and if you hate Tom Cruise he dies like 200 times in the movie," director Doug Liman told European press earlier this month, in what must be the oddest promo quote for a summer movie you're likely to hear. But it's also true as Cruise undergoes the worst "Groundhog Day" ever in "Edge Of Tomorrow."

Doug Liman To Direct 'Splinter Cell' Starring Tom Hardy, Justin Lin Heads To 'Times Square' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 19, 2014 6:27 PM
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For a brief moment, Doug Liman was flirting with more serious fare, developing projects like "Attica," an adaptation of Olen Steinhauer's "The Tourist," the documentary "Reckoning With Torture: Memos And Testimonies From The War On Terror" and a big-screen version of Jack Finney's "Time And Again." But we'd wager in today's climate that kind of stuff is hard to get off the ground, so no surprise that in the past he was also linked to the comedy "El Presidente" with Tom Cruise and the former Tony Scott project, "Narco Sub." And for his next gig, he's stepping right up to the blockbuster world again for a big-time video game adaptation.

Watch: First Trailer For 'Edge Of Tomorrow' Explodes With Tom Cruise & Emily Blunt

  • By Edward Davis
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  • December 11, 2013 12:57 PM
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Edge Of Tomorrow
"It's storytelling. You're going to get the audience used to the experience of it," Tom Cruise told USA Today this week in advance of today's trailer for "Edge Of Tomorrow." "And then you get to have them laugh with it." Does he mean audiences are going to laugh at/with the fact that Cruise's character dies over and over again, to the point that the Doug Liman-directed film already has a built-in and ready hashtag (#LiveDieRepeat—we know you're just dying to use it).

Doug Liman To Direct Tom Cruise In Comedy 'El Presidente', Jack Nicholson Courted To Co-Star

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • November 19, 2013 8:15 PM
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When we last reported on "El Presidente," the high concept buddy movie about a clean cut Secret Service agent and the disheveled, alcoholic schlub of an ex-president he's assigned to protect, Tom Cruise was loosely attached, as was directed "Recount" director Jay Roach, with Robert Downey, Jr. being eyed for the pivotal role of the ex-prez. Well, it looks like Cruise held onto the project and has brought aboard his "Edge of Tomorrow" director Doug Liman to helm the project. And what's more, the two are making a bid to get an even bigger name for the role of the former commander-in-chief: Jack Nicholson.

Doug Liman To Take Over Former Tony Scott Project 'Narco Sub'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 8, 2013 4:03 PM
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When Tony Scott sadly passed away last year, the director not only left behind a strong body of work (check out our list of his Essentials), but also numerous projects in various stages of development. And now one of them is looking to be going into the hands of a new director.

5 “Cursed” Movie Productions That Survived Bad Buzz And 5 That Didn't

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • June 24, 2013 3:51 PM
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5 Movies With Bad Buzz
“World War Z” will in all likelihood be looked back on as an important turning point in the narrative of bad buzz prematurely equating to a flop. It's an interesting case study for studios trying to turn back the tide on troubled productions. These days, with transparency and information as available as it is, bad buzz can severely hurt a film. Look at “Gangster Squad” (delayed and then had its ending reshot), “Battleship” (delayed, looked like Michael Bay at sea) or “John Carter” (delayed, had a title changes, suffered from a terrible marketing campaign). These are three recent films that only reinforced the traditional narrative -- these movies are troubled, therefore they’re going to suck.

'300: Rise Of An Empire' Bumped From August To March 2014; Tom Cruise's 'Kill' Takes Primetime Summer Slot

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • May 9, 2013 10:33 PM
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Every year studios tend to overestimate their tentpoles and then end up delaying them a year or more. 2013 saw an unprecedented amount of blockbusters originally slated for 2012 get pushed back six months off their originally intended bow: "The Great Gatsby," "World War Z," "Man Of Steel," "Jack The Giant Slayer," the list goes on (we took a deeper look at these films earlier in the year, see "The Delayed Films Of 2013: Why They Were Pushed Back & Which Ones Will You Be Seeing?"). The latest casualty is Warner Bros. "300: Rise Of An Empire," and it's easy to see why.

'Thin Red Line Editor' Editor Saar Klein Making Directorial Debut 'Things People Do' Starring Wes Bentley, Vinessa Shaw, Haley Bennett & Jason Isaacs

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 2, 2013 5:24 PM
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So, the Academy Award nominated editor of Cameron Crowe's "Almost Famous" and Terrence Malick's "The Thin Red Line" is making his directorial debut with "Things People Do." Pretty cool, but not much else, right? Well, peer a little close and you'll see a number of connections to Malick and more, making this a fascinating collection of talent for a movie with some pretty decent promise. So, let's dive right in.

Tom Or Angelina? 'All You Need Is Kill' Set To Open Opposite 'Maleficent' On March 14, 2014

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 1, 2012 8:00 AM
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You would think that given the release calendar for 2014 is still pretty wide open, studios wouldn't be crowding their major tentpoles close together, but already, March of that year is looking like it's going to be a wrestling match of competing films. And showdowns don't get much bigger than Tom Cruise vs. Angelina Jolie.

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