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Lady Gaga & Beyonce Music Video Director Sells Sci-Fi Short To WB (& No, Lady Gaga Won't Be In 'Zoolander 2')

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • October 19, 2012 2:05 PM
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Music video directors making features are pretty hit and miss. For every David Fincher, Spike Jonze, or even Michael Bay, there’s a dozen or so video directors who never quite seem to make the leap (we’re still waiting on the masterful Chris Cunningham to make his feature debut, hey Chris!). However, it looks as if a regular Lady Gaga and Beyonce music video director, Stephan Zlotescu, will be trying next, only he’s already caught the attention of a major studio.

Does 5 Days Behind Schedule Warrant A Panic? 'Fury Road' Faces WB Executive Scrutiny

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 19, 2012 12:38 PM
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It hasn't been a good year for blockbuster movies in the press. With both "John Carter" and "Battleship" taking losses, "47 Ronin" and "World War Z" going through some very public production troubles and delays, and even "The Lone Ranger" falling off course (after Disney had already delayed the pic to rein in the spending), studios are more wary then ever with their tentpole projects. Not only are they taking their time -- Disney put David Fincher on a three-month hold as they consider "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea" -- but they're also trying to contain any issues that do crop up. Which brings us to "Fury Road."

Warner Bros. Plot 2013 Shoot, 2015 Release For 'Justice League'; Will Spinoff New Character Movies From The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 18, 2012 3:49 PM
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Get out your speculation machine, prepare the shortlists because as "Justice League" from Warner Bros. inches closer and closer, every scrap and morsel will be examined and pontificated over until the movie is actually in theaters. Even though we already sorta knew this, the studio is putting together some plans to bring the superhero team-up movie to the big screen.

Warner Bros. Converting Classic 'The Wizard Of Oz' To 3D For Yet Another Home Video Release

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 4, 2012 9:19 AM
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If there is one thing that the Warner Bros. home video division is great at, it's constantly releasing the same movies over and over and over again (note to Warner Archive -- you are the exception, you guys rule). It seems every few years, "Casablanca" gets put through another anniversary release or restoration with another box set or deluxe edition. Meanwhile, did you know that WB quietly snuck Orson Welles' long-awaited "The Magnificent Ambersons" onto shelves earlier this year in a barebones version with zero extras? Despite promising for years that it would get an extras-laden treatment? Face it, Bogart moves more units that Welles. And while we understand there will always be an audience for consumers who want a classic movie in their collection without having to think about it or even watch it, WB's next move is truly egregious.

'300: Battle Of Artemisia' Gets Blander New Title '300: Rise Of An Empire'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 13, 2012 10:02 AM
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While for some, any decision that pits art against commerce might seem like a vexing one, for studio executives, the bottom line is usually the rule of law. Just yesterday it was revealed that Warner Bros. was strong-arming Guillermo Del Toro into converting his upcoming "Pacific Rim" into 3D, and now another big 2013 movie for the studio is getting a tweak to enhance its bang for the buck.

Guillermo Del Toro Agrees (Reluctantly?) To Convert 'Pacific Rim' Into 3D

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 12, 2012 3:54 PM
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3D might have lost some of its luster since the glory days of "Avatar" all the way back in 2009 -- films like "Ice Age: Continental Drift" and "The Amazing Spider-Man" made the bulk of their money in 2D, domestically at least -- but it's still a profitable money spinner domestically. Worst case scenario is that audiences end up paying an extra few dollars for their ticket to help battle plummeting admissions, and best case scenario is that the film, like "Avatar," "The Avengers" and others, is catapulted to gangbusters international numbers by the rest of the world's seemingly unsatiable appetizer for 3D.

This Surely Won't Cause Controversy: WB Picks Up 'Gladiator'-Esque 'Pontius Pilate'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 21, 2012 3:29 PM
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Have you been dreaming about a movie that will follow the life and political intrigue of Pontius Pilate, the man who reluctantly sent Jesus Christ to the crucifix? Well, today is your lucky day! It seems the minds over at Warner Bros. think a movie about him is a better idea than making "The Dark Tower" or "The Imitation Game" which they let go in the past week. Oh, Hollywood!

Warner Bros. Passes On Ron Howard's 'The Dark Tower' & 'The Imitation Game'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 20, 2012 7:36 PM
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It's back to square one for Ron Howard and Brian Grazer's ambitious adaptation of "The Dark Tower." Even with Russell Crowe eyeing to take over the lead, and a reduced budget, it seems it wasn't enough for Warner Bros. to pull the trigger on the project, leaving the future of it ever getting made -- at least in this incarnation -- in doubt.

48fps Version Of 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' Will Only Play In Limited Release

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • August 8, 2012 9:23 AM
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With all the talk of the recently announced third film (“The Hobbit: Tokyo Drift,” anyone?), the earlier hoopla over intended framerate of Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit" films has fallen to the wayside. In case you forgot, the director showcased some footage from “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” in the intended 48fps 3D format in the spring at CinemaCon, and the reaction was less than enthusiastic. Despite Jackson’s defense of the format, it looks like the response from CinemaCon has cooled Warner Bros. on their push for the format.

Redrum: Warner Bros. Eyeing Prequel To 'The Shining' While Stephen King Is Working On A Sequel

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 29, 2012 11:12 AM
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So, which would you rather see at this point, because at least one of them is coming: the story of Jack Torrance before the events at the Overlook Hotel or what happens to Danny afterward? If your answer is "neither," well too bad, because at least one of these is getting made. Maybe both.

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