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Rumor: Are Bryan Singer And Leonardo DiCaprio Teaming For Big-Screen 'Six Billion Dollar Man'?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 17, 2011 9:22 AM
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It's hard not to lament the career that Bryan Singer might have had. When he broke out with the arrival of "The Usual Suspects," one of the most textured and well-achieved of the post-"Pulp Fiction" wave of crime flicks, it seemed like the annoucement of a major talent, and the underrated "Apt Pupil" only seemed to re-emphasize that. But ever since, the filmmaker has strayed further and further into the blockbuster world, and it has become clear that his ambitions lie more in becoming the next Richard Donner than a great auteur. The last fifteen years have seen two "X-Men" movies -- the second admittedly being by some distance the best in the franchise -- one "Superman" film and one big-budget Tom Cruise war film. 

Universal Head Ron Meyer Says He Makes 'Shitty Movies,' Bashes 'The Wolfman,' 'Land of the Lost'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 4, 2011 12:21 PM
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Also Calls 'Cowboys & Aliens' 'Mediocre,' But He Likes 'Scott Pilgrim'

Universal's No-Name 'Wolfman' Reboot Going Straight-To-DVD

  • By Ryan Sartor
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  • November 1, 2011 2:21 AM
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From the studio that brought you a bunch of “Bring It On” sequels and “Smokin’ Aces 2: Assassins’ Ball” comes “Untitled Werewolf Thriller,” a direct-to-DVD (and Blu-ray and On Demand) movie that will trod the same territory as last year’s Academy Award-winning talent suck, “The Wolfman.”

'Game Of Thrones' Creator George R. R. Martin's 'Wild Cards' Getting Big Screen Adaptation

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 28, 2011 10:51 AM
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It's The Mick Jagger Werewolf Movie You've Been Waiting For!With George R. R. Martin's "Game Of Thrones" now a smash hit for HBO it's no surprise that Hollywood is now mobilizing to duplicate that success with his other works.

Universal Wants More Robert Ludlum, Hire John Hlavin To Pen 'The Janson Directive'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 28, 2011 2:25 AM
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Every few years, a hot new screenwriter comes along who makes studio execs forget that they hate hot new screenwriters. A Charlie Kaufman-type phenom will sometimes arise from such excitement, but more often than not, the love affairs ends with a “Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium” greenlight and subsequent parting of the ways.

‘Fast and the Furious 6 & 7' May Deliver One Big Linked Story

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 21, 2011 10:01 AM
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Release Date Might Be Pushed Back To Accommodate Filming & EditingThis shit just went from mission:impossible to mission: in freaking sanity!

'Fast Five' Writer Chris Morgan Producing 'Crime Of The Century' For Director Of 'Portal' Short Film

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • October 14, 2011 2:51 AM
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When you've written box office hits like "Wanted" and the last two installments of the successful "Fast and the Furious" series for the same studio, you definitely earn some clout. That's why 5-year old writer Chris Morgan is now making good on his two-year first-look deal with Universal Studios, who would probably be more than happy to produce another film with hopes of capturing some of Morgan's "Fast Five" success (especially since the studio isn't doing too well with blockbusters like "Cowboys & Aliens" of late).

Sorry Folks, You Will No Longer Have The Opportunity To Rent 'Tower Heist' For $59.99

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 12, 2011 7:41 AM
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So, did you have November 25th marked down on your calendar with plans to gather family and friends, and order up "Tower Heist" in your home all for the price of $59.99? Looks like you'll have to send out an Evite letting people know those plans have been canceled.

Sequel To 1999 Taye Diggs Comedy 'The Best Man' Is Happening For Some Reason

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 11, 2011 2:39 AM
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Listen, we get it. It's far easier for studios to develop spinoffs, sequels and prequels based on pre-existing characters and franchises rather than (god forbid) throwing money behind original, new ideas. But even with that knowledge, Hollywood can still surprise us as Deadline reports that Universal is getting a sequel to the 1999 Taye Diggs comedy "The Best Man" underway. Yeah, we don't remember that movie either and we're not sure anybody is asking for new one, but whatever, right?

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.

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