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Watch: That Little Rat Guy Is Still Chasing Acorns In Trailer For 'Ice Age 4: Continental Drift'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 28, 2011 1:05 PM
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The biggest franchise that no one over the age of 12 cares about, 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios' "Ice Age" series has gone from strength to strength at the box office, with the last installment, "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs," making close to a billion dollars internationally, despite not really attracting the crossover adult fanbase that Pixar and DreamWorks do.

Despite 3D 'Titantic' Re-Release, James Cameron Says He Doesn't Have The "Revisionist Gene"

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • October 29, 2011 12:08 PM
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On Friday morning, writer-director James Cameron and producer Jon Landau hosted a screening of footage from the upcoming 3D rerelease of “Titanic,” Cameron’s 1997 Academy Award winner and box office record-setter. After screening 18 minutes or so of the film, which was painstakingly converted into 3D over a 60-week period, Cameron and Landau fielded questions from the audience and discussed the expansion of 3D into both the future and the past of the moviemaking industry.

Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe & Catherine Zeta-Jones' 'Broken City' Hits January 18, 2013

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 27, 2011 9:37 AM
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Film Will Square Off Against Arnold Schwarzenegger's 'The Last Stand'While January is generally considered a dumping ground for studio leftovers, don't tell that to Mark Wahlberg. His upcoming thriller "Contraband" is slated for release on January 13, 2012 and it looks like the actor wants to keep starting off your year with a bang, because he's got another film a year later, pretty much right in the same frame.

Back-to-Back 'Independence Day' Sequels In The Works Even If Will Smith Doesn't Return

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 27, 2011 4:08 AM
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Jada & Willow To Also Feature?It was in spring 2010 that word first cropped up about possible back-to-back sequels to the blockbuster "Independence Day," with shooting said to take place as early as this year. Well, that didn't happen, and megastar Will Smith went on to make another franchise sequel instead in the shape of "Men In Black 3," but once again, the sequels are rearing their heads. Director Roland Emmerich, who has long been saying that once a story is in place they'll move forward, teased during an interview with The Lantern earlier this week when he said, "I'd say hold tight. It's happening soon." And it looks like it is.

Ben Stiller To Direct Period Horror Film 'The Mountain' Based On Edith Wharton's 'Summer'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 21, 2011 4:31 AM
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No, Really, SeriouslyDerek Zoolander, Greg Focker, Tugg Speedman, White Goodman, Chas Tenenbaum, Maury Finkle...Edith Wharton? Yeah, something in there doesn't fit, and we just double checked the calendar and this isn't April Fool's Day, so it must be real. Ben Stiller is directing a period horror film "The Mountain." And it's based on characters from Edith Wharton's novel about a young girls' sexual awakening, "Summer." And no, we're not fucking kidding.

'Arrested Development' Movie Edges Closer To Reality, New Mini-Season Promised & 2013 Release Eyed

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 3, 2011 12:56 PM
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Showtime & Netflix Currently Vying For The Rights To Season 4The "Arrested Development" movie is the great white whale of internet fandom of the past few years. Originally airing in 2003, Mitchell Hurwitz's Fox sitcom has, over the years, enshrined its place as one of the great comedy series of all time, despite being canceled after three seasons. As the show's cast, which included Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Will Arnett and David Cross, went on to bigger things, the cult grew and grew, and rumors began to circulate that Hurwitz and the show's producer/narrator Ron Howard were planning to reunite the Bluths for a big-screen adventure.

Last-Minute Reshoots Saved James Franco's Character From Death In 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 3, 2011 1:19 AM
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We're not sure that there was a bigger surprise this year than "Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes." A tired franchise, from a creative-interference-happy studio, with a green director and a plot straight from "Deep Blue Sea?" Even without the initially unpromising trailers, it looked like a late-summer flop. But happily, it was nothing of the kind: the film became easily the warmest-received blockbusters of the summer, launched director Rupert Wyatt onto the A-list, and has taken an impressive $400 million haul; not bad for a film that allegedly cost less than many of its tentpole competitors. A franchise was (re)born.

Weekend Box Office: 'Dolphin Tale' Flips Over Another Batch Of Weak New Releases To Score #1

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • October 2, 2011 4:38 AM
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Break it down however you want, but its simple economics. The last month has been absolutely saturated with product, so few of it appealing to mainstream America. These movies aren’t bad. And, in most cases, the marketing isn’t all that faulty. It’s pure numbers. The market can’t withstand this over-saturation. In September, eighteen films entered wide release of 1500 or more theaters, and only six crossed $30 million domestic, two of them benefiting from inflated 3D prices. That’s a poor record of success, even as we keep the bar exactly that low.

This Took Longer Than We Thought To Happen: 'Avatar' To Become A Disney Theme Park Attraction

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 20, 2011 6:38 AM
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It has been about two years since James Cameron's "Avatar" destroyed the box office, got nerds drooling and had everyone in Hollywood deciding that everything had to be in 3D (with the director himself leading the chorus). With over $2.7 billion in ticket sales (good lord guys, the movie is not that good), 20th Century Fox and Cameron, who gets a nice slice of the pie, have continued to rake it in with DVD and BluRay sales (no doubt helped by their environmentally friendly double-dip of releases within months of each other) and the expansive merchandising, which has seen the movie whored out to anybody with a printer and UPC code (have you picked up your "Avatar" Party Pack?). So it's a bit of a surprise to us that it's taken this long for a theme park ride to emerge.

Weekend Box Office: Families Complete The Circle Of Life, Pack Theaters For Movie They Own On DVD

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 18, 2011 3:49 AM
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Right now, some jerk at Disney is finding a way to use the term “circle of life” to define how they can release “The Lion King” anytime, and it will always make money. A 3D re-issue of the film became the number one weekend attraction by a very wide margin with $29 million, a huge middle finger to those who claim audiences are looking for something “fresh” or “new.”

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