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Jim Cameron Honors Centenary Of Loss Of 1,517 Souls By Re-Releasing 'Titanic' In 3D On April 6, 2012

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 19, 2011 1:23 AM
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After a dozen years as the top-grossing film of all time, a seemingly once-in-a-generation phenomenon, James Cameron's action-heavy period romance "Titanic" was finally unseated from its position as the biggest grossing film of all time by... James Cameron's action-heavy futuristic romance, "Avatar," which topped the earlier film's seemingly unbeatable $1,800,000,000 haul by nearly a billion dollars. But with "Avatar 2" not expected in theaters until 2015, the director has to find some way of keeping his coffers topped up (transplanting yourself into a Na'vi doesn't come cheap, you know), so he's going back to his number two film to give it the one thing it was missing before: a third dimension.

1990 'Captain America' Getting Director's Cut, BluRay Release & Fantasia Festival Appearance

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 22, 2011 7:45 AM
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Plus Brief New Footage From New 'Captain America' Movie & Photo TooThere was a time before Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man" and Christopher Nolan's "Batman Begins," when comic book movies were considered kid stuff and not treated with the reverence and seriousness they are now. Studios hung on to the properties because they knew that they might have a franchise on their hands, but it took them a while to figure out how to handle them. As such, every now and then, something like Albert Pyun's "Captain America" would happen, and looking back on it is a reminder of just how far the genre has come.

Alec Baldwin Says He Lost Out On 'Patriot Games' Because Paramount Owed Another Actor Money

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 14, 2011 2:58 AM
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Hint: It Was Probably Harrison FordIn a column for the Huffington Post, Alec Baldwin turned what was supposed to be a piece telling Charlie Sheen to show some remorse and beg to get his job back on "Two And A Half Men," into a much more interesting story about how he lost out on the Jack Ryan franchise after "The Hunt For Red October."

Now Sucking In Three Dimensions: 'Star Wars: The Phantom Menace' 3D Hits Theaters Feb. 10, 2012

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 3, 2011 6:02 AM
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Jar-Jar Binks In 3D! Finally!As every years passes, George Lucas continues to find ways to milk money out of gullible and should-know-better-but-they-don't 'Star Wars' fans who continue to throw dollars at the franchise presumably in attempt that hopefully, somewhere down the line, Lucas will actually deliver something remotely resembling the pleasures of those original films (and we won't even get into the who-shoots-first controversy and the fact that the original, pre-CGI gunked cuts of those films continue to be available in compromised versions).

Exclusive: Derek Cianfrance Talks Doo-Wop Christmas Soundtrack To First Feature 'Brother Tied'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 8, 2011 5:59 AM
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With Derek Cianfrance spending the last year picking up critical acclaim and awards recognition for "Blue Valentine" it's easy to forget that it's actually his second feature film. His first attempt at filmmaking came in 1998 with the sibling rivalry tale "Brother Tied." It played the Sundance Film Festival that year and earned strong word of mouth, but never made it to theaters. The years have worn on and recently, Cianfrance said he has a 35mm copy of the film sitting in his father's basement but that the biggest hurdle facing a proper release for the picture was the $300,000 price tag surrounding the doo-wop music in the film. We recently spoke with Cianfrance about the music in the film and he was more than happy to share details of the songs in the picture and his thoughts on "Brother Tied" with us.

Derek Cianfrance Working Toward Releasing His Lost Debut Feature 'Brother Tied'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • January 13, 2011 2:30 AM
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Director Needs About $300,000 To Clear Rights For Doo-Wop SoundtrackWith his sophomore feature "Blue Valentine" a hit with critics and audiences alike, Derek Cianfrance's "lost" debut "Brother Tied" is now starting to draw some attention, particularly the story behind its critically acclaimed festival runs in 1998 and the film's subsequent disappearance.

How Do You Like That? Terrence Malick Gave Ben Affleck & Matt Damon Notes On 'Good Will Hunting'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 6, 2011 3:12 AM
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Plus Barry Pepper Talks The Untitled Malick DramaThe renaissance of Ben Affleck continues apace. After some impressive supporting roles in the likes of "Hollywoodland" and "Extract" and a burgeoning directorial career, the actor -- whose career was not so long ago in severe trouble -- booked a role in Terrence Malick's untitled new drama. It's a part any actor dreams of having, and as it turns out, Affleck and Malick aren't complete strangers.

What Could Have Been: Jon Lovitz & Dana Carvey Were Once Considered For 'Bad Boys'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 29, 2010 6:53 AM
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Jon Lovitz Also Talks About His Scenes From 'Happiness' That Were CutOK, so the "Bad Boys" we know and grudgingly love stars Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, but what if it had instead starred two pasty white dudes from "Saturday Night Live"?

Todd Haynes Talks Creation And Legacy Of Debut Feature 'Poison'

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • November 14, 2010 3:26 AM
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Almost 20 years later, Todd Haynes's debut feature is still a sucker punch to the gut. Erratic and experimental, playful and dark, IFC is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a week long exhibition of a new 35mm print at their theater in New York City. Probably the strangest (and strongest) first impression to give to the film world, "Poison" follows three interwoven stories, done in completely different styles to best illustrate the issue at hand. "Hero" is an extremely 90s faux TV documentary consisting of talking head townsfolk, the subject being the recent murder of a man by his son, who flew away after the crime. "Horror," a B-movie drive-in done in black and white, follows a scientist who accidentally ingests his "elixir of human sexuality," which deforms his face and causes him to kill. The last is "Homo," which chronicles the budding relationship between two prison inmates in a muddy, dark style directly representative not just of the setting, but of the inner workings of each character and their disparate relationship. It's definitely the oddest Haynes has ever been - and this is keeping in mind the fact that his next film would be a tense thriller in which a housewife is allergic to her materialistic and empty middle-class existence. Last Thursday the filmmaker swung by one of the screenings in NYC to share a few words with the audience and express gratitude for people still interested in his early work.

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