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Watch: Japanese Trailer For Keanu Reeves Samurai Action Flick '47 Ronin' Plus New Poster

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 28, 2013 2:28 PM
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Whoa! The long delayed, production troubled "47 Ronin" is actually getting released, and the big question is whether or not it can rebound from its not so pleasant past to pull a "World War Z" and land on its feet. It arguably has a harder hill to climb, lacking a Brad Pitt-esque lead (though Keanu Reeves is no slouch) or easily digestible plot (gotta be honest, we still kinda have no clue what the fuck is going on in this thing). But maybe the razzle dazzle will be enough to part holiday moviegoers with grandma's gift money.

Watch: Trailer Finally Arrives For Keanu Reeves' Troubled & Long Delayed '47 Ronin'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 24, 2013 12:54 PM
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So just how long has the Keanu Reeves-starring "47 Ronin" been kicking around? It was originally slated to open last November, before going through a couple more release date bumps, before finally landing on Christmas Day this year. Reports of re-shoots, story changes and more dogged the project, with the budget rumored to have soared to $225 million already (though the studio insists it won't cross $200 million), well past the original $175 million budget. And that's not mention some battles over the edit, though first time filmmaker Carl Rinsch has weathered the storm. And now, we'll see the result and it's... this....

Joe Carnahan Comments On '47 Ronin,' Says $200 Million Budget Put Unfair Pressure On Carl Rinsch

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 4, 2013 5:02 PM
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No matter what you think of his movies, there aren't many people who give it to you as straight and unfiltered as Joe Carnahan. He's already shared his pitch reels for "Daredevil" and "Gemini Man," and he's frequently on Twitter sharing his thoughts on almost anything. So he's a pretty good choice for CineFix's "Hollywood Trenches" web series thing, and for the first episode (which is aggravatingly being portioned out in seven parts), Joe Carnahan sits down to candidly talk about his career. And so far, so good.

The Delayed Films Of 2013: Why They Were Pushed Back & Which Ones Will You Be Seeing?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 23, 2013 2:07 PM
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This Friday sees the release of "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters "starring Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton as the fairy tale brother/sister duo. The film shot in March 2011 (before Renner filmed either "The Avengers" or "The Bourne Legacy"), and was originally set to be released in March 2012, before Paramount pushed it back ten months to its current slot in the January wastelands. But 'Hansel & Gretel' is hardly the only case of a long-delayed film making it to theaters in 2013. For instance, "Gangster Squad" was pushed back from September 2012 to January 11th after the Aurora shootings, though it would have been a horrible film whatever time of year it was released. And the two are set to be followed by a fairly staggering twenty-five films from major studios that have already been pushed back somewhere between five and thirteen months, many of them accompanied by serious production troubles and well-publicized reshoots.

Atticus Ross Out, Javier Navarette In To Score '47 Ronin'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 29, 2012 4:26 PM
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If things had gone according to plan, Keanu Reeves' "47 Ronin" would already be in theaters. But a troubled production has seen the movie's release date get bumped twice, as reshoots took place and the studio got involved with the editing process. Not always a good sign. And there are still more changes to come.

Carl Rinsch Hasn't Been Kicked Off '47 Ronin,' Still Working With The Studio To Edit The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 27, 2012 3:22 PM
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"I hate how difficulties in the process of putting together big-budget movies has been turned into bloodsport reporting, particularly when it is sort of accurate but exaggerated," Deadline wrote today with a pretty amazing lack of self-awareness. And while the actual truth of what is going on behind closed doors on "47 Ronin" likely won't be known except by those directly involved, it's hard to deny that the movie is going through some serious pains.

Universal Takes Over Editing '47 Ronin' As Director Carl Erik Rinsch Removed; Studio Adds Love Scene, Dialogue & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 20, 2012 8:26 AM
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Jay-Z may have 99 problems, but you can bet he's glad "47 Ronin" ain't one. Universal's big budget samurai flick starring Keanu Reeves, Rinko Kikuchi and rounded out with a mostly Japanese cast has seen its problems displayed through ever changing release dates. Originally slated to open on November 21st of this year, it was optimistically bumped to February 8, 2013 back in the spring. But it seems as though concerns around the picture grew worse and the studio decided they need more time, as the picture has now been pegged with a Christmas Day slot next year. Whether it will hold or not remains to be seen, but one thing is for certain: director Carl Erik Rinsch's relationship with the movie is now over.

'47 Ronin' Moved Again To Christmas Day 2013; 'Kick-Ass 2,' '2 Guns' & More Get Dates

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 15, 2012 11:32 AM
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So, if Universal initially moving "47 Ronin" from November 21st to February 8, 2013 was a sign that they lacked faith in the flick, is this next manuever an indication they now, in fact, have big plans for it? You don't hand out holiday dates to just anything, and the studio has now moved the Keanu Reeves-led film to Christmas Day 2013.

Discuss: Is Movie Studio Interest In Comic-Con Beginning To Wane?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 18, 2012 1:23 PM
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Now Cannes is long in the rear-view mirror, and the LA Film Festival just underway, the next big event on the film calendar is, for better or worse, San Diego Comic-Con. Originally a small gathering of fans of science fiction and comics, it's now grown into a vast Geek Bonnaroo, taking around 130,000 guests across four days, making it the biggest such event in North America, and the fourth largest in the world. And for the last decade or so, it's been a centerpiece of the marketing campaign for major movies from virtually every major studio.

Discuss: As 'World War Z' Gets Seven Weeks Of Reshoots, Why Are So Many Tentpoles Being Delayed & Reworked?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 1, 2012 10:01 AM
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Reshoots: they're the new principal photography, it would seem. Every so often, a story will crop up that some major movie has reassembled its cast and crew for what's usually referred to as "additional photography." And it's easy for that to be blown up into some kind of scaremongering story, when in actual fact, it's hard to find a film that doesn't go back for more after the main bulk of its shoot has wrapped. More often than not it's for "pick-ups" -- filling in some gaps, fixing some scenes that may have had some technical issues. Sometimes it's to add a new ending, or new scenes elsewhere in the picture, which may have occured to the filmmakers once in post-production. Virtually every major movie budgets and schedules for a week or two of additional photography, and almost every successful movie of the last few years -- "Avatar," "The Avengers," "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2," "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" -- had some kind of reshoots.

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