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Watch: First Trailer For Spy Comedy 'Mortdecai’ Starring Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor & More

  • By Edward Davis
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  • August 12, 2014 12:34 PM
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Mortdecai
Johnny Depp evidently does what he pleases in between “Pirates Of The Caribbean” movies and installments of his newly-minted “Alice In Wonderland” franchise. So no matter how many chinks in his armor he's sustained via flops like “Transcendence,” “Dark Shadows," "The Rum Diary" and the now infamous “The Lone Ranger,” he always has his fallback cash-cows. One gets the impression that he considers poorly performing films as someone else’s problem: Depp appears in films that interest him and that’s that. His latest whimsy? Depp will star in “Mortdecai,” a James Bond-esque spy comedy revolving around a dapper idiot.

Watch: New Trailer For 'The Expendables 3,' Lionsgate Sues Torrent Sites Over Movie Leak

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 1, 2014 3:15 PM
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Expendables 3
It looks like the biggest battle over "The Expendables 3" won't be happening with the aging action stars in Sylvester Stallone's upcoming movie. Instead, it will be with lawyers in courtrooms, as following the leak of the movie online, Lionsgate is basically telling torrent sites, "You better lawyer up, because we're coming for everything."

Lorde To Curate & Lend Song To 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt. 1' Soundtrack

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 31, 2014 11:35 AM
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Lorde, Mockingjay Pt. 1' Soundtrack
Who cares if none of the actual music is actually in the movie? It makes for good press, right? These days if there's a millennial YA-aimed movie in the works, a hip soundtrack usually isn't far behind. Usually it's some studio making a deal with some record label –often an umbrella conglomerate company – and off you go credibility win-win for the movie and more sales for the album. "The Hunger Games: Carching Fire" had a “cool" soundtrack but other than the credits, you didn't hear nary a note of it in the movie.

Watch: Katniss Is Here To Fight In First Teaser Trailer For ‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1’

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 28, 2014 12:12 AM
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Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
We’ve seen some intriguing teaser trailers for “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1” so far. One of the features a brainwashed Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and Johanna (Jena Malone) in piece of “unified” propaganda from President Snow (Donald Sutherland) that gets jacked by members of the rebellion, namely Beetee (Jeffrey Wright). This is the type of insurgency that Snow will be looking to quell with swift vengeance and does really set the stage for “MockingJay, Part 1.” The rebellion is making plans.

Lionsgate Picks Up U.S. Distribution Rights To River Phoenix's Final Film 'Dark Blood'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 16, 2014 2:00 PM
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Dark Blood
When River Phoenix sadly passed away at the age of 23 in 1993, there were eleven days left to shoot on what would be his final film, "Dark Blood." Just under two decades later, director George Sluzier endeavored to finish the film by re-cutting the footage and using voiceover to fill in the parts that weren't shot. The result? You'll soon be able to judge for yourself.

'Saw 8' Reportedly In Active Development At Lionsgate

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 5, 2013 4:47 PM
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Horror franchises don't die, they just remain undead. And so even though "Saw 3D," the seventh installment of the series only limped to $68 million worldwide, a far cry from the $100 million plus gross of its predecessors, it seems the franchise may live to see another day. Why? Because in total, the low-budget movies have brought in over $870 million worldwide, that's why.

Eli Roth's 'The Green Inferno' Gets Picked Up, Sequel In The Works & More TIFF Acquistions

  • By Ben Brock
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  • September 12, 2013 10:58 AM
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The feeding frenzy that is the backstage wheeling-and-dealing at a major film festival has come to Toronto, and bobbing up from the churning waters are a number of intriguing bodies... We hear from our friends at Hitfix that CBS Films has nabbed “The F Word,” not (sadly?) the feature-length Gordon Ramsay movie we've all been waiting for, but rather a “(500) Days of Summer”-esque rom-com, starring Zoe Kazan and Daniel Radcliffe, and word around the fest has been pretty positive by those who've seen it. It's directed by Michael Dowse ("Fubar," "Take Me Home Tonight") and also features Rafe Spall and “Girls” star Adam Driver.

Summit Already Planning 'Red 3' Before 'Red 2' Even Opens, Because Old People With Guns Is Always Funny

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 20, 2013 1:15 PM
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While the sequel to "Red," the 2010 action comedy that starred Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich and Morgan Freeman as over-the-hill assassins, doesn't open until the middle of July, Lionsgate and producers Lorenzo Di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian are already plotting a third film, with screenwriting siblings Jon and Erich Hoeber back for a third go-around (according to the Hollywood Reporter). "Thank god!" said nobody.

Lionsgate Circling Black List Topper 'Draft Day' With Ivan Reitman & Kevin Costner

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 9, 2013 5:23 PM
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What a difference a day makes, or at least winning an award. Last year, a football movie called "Draft Day" started building steam with Ivan Reitman to direct and Kevin Costner to star, but it all seemingly fell apart when Paramount put the project in turnaround in October. But they likely wound up regretting that decision a little bit when two months later, the script by Rajiv Joseph and Scott Rothman wound up on top of the Black List. And with the holiday crush over, studio execs are back at work and Lionsgate may want to take this to the end zone.

Sylvester Stallone To Reportedly Write, Direct & Star In 3D Action Flick 'Hunter'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 21, 2012 3:26 PM
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A report from AFP, seemingly only picked up by Yahoo! South Africa and noticed by /Film -- let's just say the chain of command here isn't exactly airtight. But if it's true, it seems you can take Sylvester Stallone out of the jungle, but you can't take the jungle out of Sylvester Stallone.

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