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David S. Goyer Discusses Connecting The D.C. Universe For WB & Not Emulating Marvel

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 8, 2014 1:43 PM
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David S. Goyer, D.C.
Connecting universes is cool these days, but only insofar as that a billion dollars is cooler than a million dollars. Proof in the pudding? With the release of "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," the Marvel Cinematic Universe has become the highest grossing franchise of all time domestically, beating both the "Star Wars" and "Harry Potter" series.

ESPN Sources Says No 'Space Jam 2' Planned; LeBron James Himself Shoots Down Report Too

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 23, 2014 8:46 AM
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LeBron James
You were so excited. Deadline reported late on Friday that development would begin on the sequel to the 1996 animated/live-action "Looney Tunes"-centered hit "Space Jam" as a starring vehicle for Miami Heat star LeBron James. But ESPN writer threw cold water on the report the same evening. See the tweet below.

The 10 Biggest News Stories Of 2013

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 7, 2014 1:33 PM
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The Biggest News Stories Of 2013
2013 is now behind us, which means we can take stock on what the biggest news stories of the year were, and how they'll affect the industry in the coming year and beyond

Weekend Box Office: 'Furious 6' Leads Biggest Memorial Day In History, Doubles 'Hangover Part III' Opening

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • May 26, 2013 1:28 PM
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It was touted as one of the biggest box office match-ups of the year, but now that the dust has settled, it wasn’t even close. “Fast & Furious 6” more than doubled the weekend take of closest competitor “The Hangover Part III” in a showdown between two sequels we never expected to happen four years ago, when Universal reluctantly re-assembled the pieces for “Fast & Furious” and Warner Bros. gave us the first 'Hangover.' For one, success in perpetuity: an immediate sequel to “Fast & Furious 6” is already slated for next summer. But put down your bottles and cans, boys and girls – “The Hangover” ends here. With this weekend, Vin Diesel and the boys might be looking at a three-day global total close to $270 million.

Bad Ideas: 'Guinness Book of World Records,' Isaac Newton Action Film & Labatt Beer Buddy Comedy Movie In The Works

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • June 8, 2012 1:36 PM
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On any average week, one can usually expect news on one or two sub-standard projects to surface into development and production, but as studios frantically look for big-budget pap to quickly fill next year’s summer calendar, three new films have quickly announced their journeys into bafflingly misguided being.

WB Moves Forward With 'Lobo' With 'Journey 2' Director Brad Peyton

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 20, 2012 3:29 PM
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The cinematic Marvel-DC "arms race" is a bit of an illusion, since Marvel has leased their properties to many other studios, and DC's characters all exist underneath the Warner Bros. banner. Still, WB is smart enough to know that superheroes sell right now, and with the departure of "Harry Potter," the end of the Chris Nolan "Batman" films, and a final "Hangover" hitting next summer, they're clearly hard-up for franchises right now. Which is why DC and the WB are partnering to bring "The Flash" "Wonder Woman" "Lobo" to the big screen, with the help of the visionary auteur behind "Cats And Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore."

Warner Bros. Bringing Mandrake The Magician To The Big Screen In Contemporary Flavored Makeover

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 13, 2012 4:26 PM
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Well, this marks the second big move in two days from Warner Bros., which seems to be deviating from the gameplan of safe plays and taking on riskier fare. Just yesterday, they came aboard the massive "The Dark Tower" franchise from Ron Howard and Brian Grazer that Universal dropped last year, and now they are continuing with bold maneuvers, taking on the vintage comic "Mandrake The Magician" and bringing it to the big screen.

WB Eyeing 'The Dark Knight Rises' Scribe Jonah Nolan & 'Green Lantern' Writer Michael Green To Rewrite 'Akira'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 9, 2012 9:01 AM
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It was mere days ago when Warner Bros. shut down the production offices on "Akira," citing a need to retool the entire project. The order was for a "high-end" re-write, and the WB is looking no further than their superhero stable. While no one has yet received the offer to re-do the work of Steve Kloves and David James Kelly, Variety suggests the two most likely candidates are Jonah Nolan and Michael Green.

Dane DeHann & Michael Pitt Were Finalists To Play Tetsuo In 'Akira'; '300: Battle Of Artemisia' Also Under Scrutiny At WB

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 6, 2012 9:22 AM
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It’s looking more and more dire for the creatively bankrupt producers behind Warner Bros.’ big-budget American version of “Akira.” Yesterday brought word that the studio was shutting down production offices, and now Deadline reports that this orphans two actors who were competing to play the important role of Tetsuo.

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