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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.”

'Wolverine' Sequel May Have To Wait Several More Months for Hugh Jackman (Maybe Summer 2012)

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 8, 2011 10:53 AM
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Matthew Vaughn Expected To Return For Another 'X-Men: First Class Sequel'While making the rounds to promote the home video release of the surprisingly fun "X-Men: First Class" (tomorrow is "First Friday" or something, 20th Century Fox is making a huge over-done fuss out of this release in hopes to drum up some more revenue, sheesh), producer Lauren Shuler Donner -- who we're sure is a nice lady but on the special features portion of the Blu-ray disc looks like some kind of horrifying wax sculpture brought to life by dark magic to inflict deadly harm on the land of the living -- let loose some details about other projects set within the "X-Men" universe.

DreamWorks & Fox Team Up For Steven Spielberg's Expensive ‘Robopocalypse’

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 7, 2011 6:13 AM
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By now, you should know the formula: Steven Spielberg generally (with a few exceptions) follows his Oscar bait, dramatic pictures with blockbuster popcorn stuff. Hell, this year alone (in a span of a few months) we'll get dazzling, animated, comic adaptation "The Adventures of Tintin" followed by the WWI story "War Horse." This fall Spielberg will finally shoot his long-gestating dream project "Lincoln" with Daniel Day-Lewis in the lead, but after that? It's back to making some of the best multiplex entertainment out there.

Who Were The Winners And Losers Of The Summer Of 2011?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 30, 2011 4:08 AM
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As the summer winds die down with a flat and uninspired whimper, the realization sets in: the summer of 2011 was for the birds. "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" was the last major tent-pole to open, followed by sleeper hits like "The Help" and the not-so-successful R-rated action comedy, "30 Minutes or Less." Many had forecast that the overstuffed summer would prove disastrous, with Jon Favreau predicting that, "There’s not a weekend where there won’t be teeth on the floor," but ironically it's Favreau's film that proved to be one of the biggest box-office disappointments. Financially, films did very well with three billion-dollar blockbusters – “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2,” “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”-- helping the industry set a summer box-office record and nearly rebound from a horrible start to 2011 (Currently, 2011 revenue is running only 4 percent behind 2010, but in March, things were looking grim – 19% lower than the year previous).

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