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Eli Roth Says 'Knock Knock' To New Horror Film, Robert Schwentke To Direct WWII Pic 'Hauptmann' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 24, 2014 5:03 PM
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After a six year break from directing between "Hostel: Part II" and the upcoming "The Green Inferno," it looks like Eli Roth won't let a gap like that happen again: he's lining up a new horror film to tackle.

The Guy Who Directed 'R.I.P.D.' To Helm 'Divergent' Sequel 'Insurgent'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 12, 2014 9:19 AM
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Robert Schwentke Insurgent
Summit are really confident that everyone is going to see their big, juicy YA adaptation "Divergent" next month. Or they're at least hoping that their confidence and premature announcement that a sequel is coming will encourage audiences to a buy a ticket. Either way, they're making plans so that they're prepared when "Divergent" becomes an (inevitable?) hit film. And they are pinning their hopes on the guy who directed "R.I.P.D." to keep the franchise moving.

Review: 'R.I.P.D.' Starring Ryan Reynolds & Jeff Bridges

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • July 19, 2013 8:57 AM
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One day a studio will fund a $100 million plus tentpole, screen the finished version, and flat-out deem it un-releasable, unwatchable and unmarketable. Until then, we only have reminders that that day is coming, in the form of misguided boondoggles like “R.I.P.D.,” a picture that Universal is releasing in order to create a silver lining around a $130 million cloud. What’s horrifying is that this expensive misfire runs a little less than ninety minutes, which means that there’s likely a 105-110 minute long version that the producers hacked up in order to get the maximum amount of 3D showtimes to not embarrass the studio on opening weekend. Judging by the released product, that version is likely even worse, if such a thing were possible.

Helen Mirren May Take A 'Hundred-Foot Journey' With Lasse Halstrom; Chris Columbus & Robert Schwentke Line Up Gigs

  • By Jason McDonald
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  • June 4, 2013 11:25 AM
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From books about cooks to pixels on the loose and oil tankers in peril, this batch of news has something to satisfy everyone. Provided, of course, that you aren’t opposed to pixels, tankers, and cooks. And if you have some sort of weird aversion to those three specific things, well, I just don’t know what to say to you reader.

Robert Schwentke Heads To HBO To Direct Pilot Episode Of 'The Lobotomist'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 28, 2011 9:45 AM
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With "R.I.P.D." not slated to hit theaters until 2013, director Robert Schwentke will have a some time to kill until then. Late this summer, he lined up what is expected to be his next feature film, "The Poison Kitchen," a film set in the early days of the Nazi's rise to power, marking a change of pace for the director. With that film set lens to sometime next year, it looks like he'll make a quick detour to television first.

Robert Schwentke Will Cook Up Nazi History In 'The Poison Kitchen'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 9, 2011 3:36 AM
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Late last summer, director Robert Schwentke found himself in a very enviable position in Hollywood. Word on his elderly action pic "Red" was very strong and he had a few potential projects on his plate including the U-boat drama "Shadow Divers," the Robert Ludlum adaptation "The Osterman Weekend" and of course, "R.I.P.D." which now has Ryan Reynolds, Jeff Bridges and Kevin Bacon set to star and should be shooting later this year. But things are moving fast and if all goes according to plan, Schwentke will have another project to shoot next year and one that will be quite different from his last couple of efforts.

Jodie Foster Courted To Join Ryan Reynolds & Jeff Bridges In 'R.I.P.D.'?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 27, 2011 1:45 AM
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After many years of worthy, middlebrow would-be-Oscar pictures and my-daughter-is-in-peril films, it finally seems like Jodie Foster is ready to have fun again. Playing a character described as "a magnificent c**t" in Spike Lee's "Inside Man" seems to have loosened the Oscar-winning actress up a bit, with subsequent roles including kids' flick "Nim's Island," voicing Maggie Simpson, and trading barbs in Roman Polanski's upcoming "Carnage."

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