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Angelina Jolie To Direct & Co-Star With Brad Pitt In 'By The Sea'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 18, 2014 5:11 PM
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A couple months ago, reports surfaced that former "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" stars turned Hollywood royalty and powerhouse couple, would be reteaming on a film. Details were scarce at the time, and they still are, but news arrives today with the following: Jolie will direct, Pitt will star, it's called "By The Sea" and Universal will distribute. Here's the official press release:

The Guys Behind 'The Mummy' And 'Fast Five' Will Reboot & "Unify" Universal's Classic Movie Monsters Ala Marvel's MCU

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 16, 2014 4:33 PM
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In the era of reboots and remakes, if an attempt to bring back a franchise fails, it's cool because you can just try again a few years later. Of even if it was successful, you can still reboot it, even if the next incarnation is a total disappointment (see "The Amazing Spider-Man"). And so it goes with Universal, who four years ago dropped the troubled "Wolfman" into theatres and watched it sink like a stone. So they're giving it another kick at the can and have hired two dudes who know how to make blockbusters of varying quality, but consistent box office.

‘Jurassic World’ Director Colin Trevorrow Has Some Words For Spoiler Culture, Clarifies Recent Plot Leaks

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 29, 2014 10:16 AM
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Spoiler Culture is at war with itself. On one hand you have the intense inquisitiveness and anticipation coming from both fans and bloggers. Interest is so high that eagerness and thirst for knowledge often becomes a form of invasive prying. Conversely, the Internet is so full of spoilerphobes, if you leak out too much information, you’re likely going to receive a torrent of angry missives from audiences. It’s a very fine line for writer and reader and the boundaries of responsibility for the author are often blurry.

Rumor: Legendary Pictures’ 2016 Event Move Is Marvel’s ‘Namor: The Sub-Mariner’

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 16, 2014 5:33 PM
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Earlier this week Universal Pictures sent out the most hilarious short press release, possibly in the history of press releases. It read simply, “Legendary Pictures’ UNTITLED 2016 EVENT PROJECT will be released by Universal Pictures on Friday, November 4, 2016.”

Guillermo Del Toro's 'Crimson Peak,' 'Pitch Perfect 2' & 'Everest' Set 2015 Dates

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 30, 2014 5:56 PM
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Because there aren't enough movies coming in 2015, Universal has announced a brace of new release dates, so get ready to add a handful of new movies to already huge year in movies, along with a few 2014 bows to keep an eye out.

Universal Announces Release Dates For 'Despicable Me 3,' A New 'Grinch' & An Untitled Garth Jennings Animated Project

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • January 15, 2014 5:56 PM
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In a press release issued today about Universal's slate of upcoming animated movies produced by Illumination Entertainment, we got word on when the already announced "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and the properly assumed "Despicable Me 3" would hit theaters nationwide. But they also announced an untitled project for 2016, one that is infinitely more interesting than either of these projects—an animated feature written and directed by Garth Jennings, who was responsible (alongside frequent creative partner Nick Goldsmith) for some of the more unforgettable videos in recent memory—bands such as Radiohead, Blur, Pulp, Badly Drawn Boy, Beck, Hot Chip, Supergrass, R.E.M.—as well as big-screen vehicles "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" and "Son of Rambow." Color us intrigued.

Discuss: Would You Pay Premium VOD Prices To Watch 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' In The Naughty Privacy Of Your Own Home?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 27, 2013 9:41 AM
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It's no secret that Hollywood wants you to pay more to watch their movies. You might recall that Paramount recently tested selling $50 tickets to "World War Z" in select theaters, giving buyers the chance to see the movie two days early, and walk away with a bunch of swag including a digital download of the film. And though Universal's plan to make "Tower Heist" available on premium VOD three weeks after release for the bargain price of $59.99 was kiboshed after Cinemark threatened to boycott the movie, overseas studio are testing those waters. Variety recently reported that in South Korea, Disney and Sony have put movies online or on VOD between three and five weeks after theatrical release, with “Django Unchained,” “Wreck-It Ralph” and “Brave,” among the titles testing the waters. And now rumors of that approach coming stateside are cropping up again.

Universal Plans To Remake Jean-Claude Van Damme Hit 'Timecop'

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • May 23, 2013 10:16 AM
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Hollywood sequels, remakes, and reboots have become so commonplace these days that it should no longer register any surprise when you hear news that a studio is developing yet another one. Still, there are those cases where Hollywood announces a remake and it’s a little perplexing. Was anyone really asking for a “Total Recall” remake, for example? The answer, as it turned out last year, was no. That doesn’t faze the studio heads, especially not Universal who are planning on doing a reboot of their own.

Universal Planning 'Pitch Perfect 2' For 2015 Release

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 16, 2013 2:17 PM
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It really wasn't a matter of if, but when. Late last year, it was revealed that Universal was already planning on a "Pitch Perfect" sequel, with Rebel Wilson among those eyed to return (because, duh) and it's really quite simple why they want a follow-up: the first movie was a smash hit. Not only did the movie earn over a $110 million worldwide (not bad for a movie about a cappela singing groups featuring no A-list stars) the soundtrack is still topping the Billboard charts, placing for 28 weeks and counting.

Universal Wants 'Mama' Franchise, But Director Andrés Muschietti Isn't Interested

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 20, 2013 11:26 AM
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The success of horror movies in the early part of the year can be deceiving. For example, last year "The Devil Inside" shocked everyone by taking over $30 million on its opening weekend (even though it quickly tapered off, with audiences giving it a rare F CinemaScore thanks to its "go-to-the-website" ending). And this year, we're seeing the same similar unlikely stories play out. "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters" has quietly inched its way to over $50 million domestic, and over $100 million worldwide (seriously), while the Guillermo Del Toro produced, Jessica Chastain starring "Mama" is approaching $70 million at home with more to come from overseas. And wouldn't you know it, Universal is smelling franchise.

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