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20 Films About Doubles And Doppelgangers

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  • March 13, 2014 3:10 PM
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In a culture of cellphone-snapped selfies it’s hard to imagine a time when people might have been afraid of their own image. But Facebook walls and Instagram feeds to the contrary, for the vastly longer portion of human history, to see a perfect replica of yourself was an uncanny event, impossible even, exemplified by the belief shared by some native tribes in the early days of photography, that it could take away your soul. Or perhaps they were just being super cautious about ownership of their brand image.

Ben Foster, Dominic Cooper, Toby Kebbell & Rob Kazinsky Take Up 'Warcraft' For Duncan Jones

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 4, 2013 7:48 PM
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It was only a matter of time before Duncan Jones entered the blockbuster world. His debut "Moon" managed a huge amount with a fairly slim budget, he stepped up to a bigger canvas effectively with "Source Code," and he's been linked with big projects like "The Wolverine," "Man Of Steel" and "Catching Fire" over the last few years. But the helmer, a keen videogamer, was finally lured to the megabudget world by "Warcraft," Legendary's adaptation of the popular series of fantasy video games.

Duncan Jones Confirms He's Meeting With Fox To Discuss Directing 'The Wolverine'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 11, 2011 9:30 AM
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With "The Wolverine" now defanged a bit thanks to Darren Aronofsky leaving the director's chair and the tragic earthquake and tsunami in Japan where the film was supposed to shoot, Fox has put the brakes on the highly anticipated sequel which apparently boasts a strong script from Christopher McQuarrie. While Hugh Jackman and the studio are eager to right the many wrongs of "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" they are wisely not rushing to get the film moving again. However, last week, intel burbled up that Fox was beginning to look at directors to take on the film with David Slade -- who pretty much had the gig prior to Aronofsky's arrival -- and Duncan Jones being mentioned as contenders and it now it looks like meetings will be taking place.

Weekend Box Office: 'Hop' Defeats Four Newcomers; 'Your Highness' Flops Loudly And Rudely

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 10, 2011 4:48 AM
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Earlier in the year, the tepid box office returns were something to be ignored, as 2011 was competing with the previous year, with both “Avatar” and then the anomaly of “Alice In Wonderland” each raking in a cool billion. Well, it’s April, and it’s time for Hollywood to panic. There have been no genuine out-of-the-box hits so far this year and lots of flops, and the two (barely) $100 million grossers considered underperformers (“Rango” and “Just Go With It”). Let’s face it, part of it is a failure of marketing, but the blame must be laid on inadequate product. Even when it comes to the early year doldrums, this has been a banner year for garbage.

David Slade & Duncan Jones In The Mix To Direct 'The Wolverine'?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 6, 2011 7:02 AM
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Fox has played it smart since Darren Aronofsky left "The Wolverine." Instead of a rush of shortlist candidates hitting the web, and studio and its star, Hugh Jackman, have kept cool, insisting they want the right person for the job. But it appears we've just seen the tip of the iceberg of potential candidates.

Jake Gyllenhaal Says There's A 'Source Code' Alternate Ending We May See On The DVD & More

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 1, 2011 4:31 AM
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9 More Revelations From Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga & The Film's Burgeoning Action StarDuncan Jones' suspense-filled sci-fi-ish time-twister, "Source Code," starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga and Jeffrey Wright, isn't particular hard to follow, but if you haven't seen the film, you might not quite understand the conceit yet. Essentially it's like "Groundhog's Day" only set within the framework a sci-fi thriller. In the film (and all of this is taken from the official Apple trailer synopsis, so do not cry spoilers, please) decorated soldier Captain Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) wakes up in the body of an unknown man and he discovers he's part of a mission to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train.

Q&A: Duncan Jones Says 'Source Code' Was A Sensible Career Move To Control His Own Creative Destiny

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  • March 31, 2011 4:00 AM
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British Filmmaker Talks His 'Superman' Meetings With Christopher Nolan & Wanting To Stick To His Original ProjectsOnly an elite few group of filmmakers get offered a chance to meet with Christoper Nolan to discuss potentially directing the new "Superman" film he's producing, let alone first time filmmakers, but that's exactly what happened to Duncan Jones. Though he bowed out of the running on his own volition and Zack Snyder got the gig, it's a rather huge testament to Jones' unique filmmaking aesthetic that he was even allowed in the front door. But after Jones' low-key sci-fi debut "Moon" hit at Sundance 2008, the British director (and son of David Bowie), became an instant auteur and a cause celebre for the geek crowd who felt his melancholy and textured lunar-based drama did not receive the mainstream push that it deserved.

Duncan Jones Explains Why His Sci-Fi Film 'Mute' Is Such A Difficult Movie To Make

  • By Cory Everett
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  • March 27, 2011 8:05 AM
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Lead Character Won't Speak At All In Film -- Hence The TitleWith his sophomore effort "Source Code" set to open Friday, director Duncan Jones is in the midst of some serious press promotion rounds. The filmmaker is currently traveling around the country to introduce advanced screenings of the sci-fi actioneer everywhere from SXSW (where we first caught the film) to last Friday at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens. After the screening, Jones was asked about the status of his long gestating film "Mute," which was recently announced to be made into a graphic novel. Jones gave a variation on the same answer he's been giving recently, but explained exactly why his future noir is a very difficult film to find financing for, even getting into a few minor spoilers, but as our subhead suggests, the title of the film -- and the semi-known logline -- does tend to give things away a bit.

Joel Edgerton, Dominic Cooper, Garrett Hedlund & Luke Evans Will Test For 'Bourne Legacy' Lead

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 24, 2011 9:40 AM
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Shia LaBeouf And Logan Marshall-Green Are Also Names New To The Casting MixThe field for the next Jason Bourne -- well not really, but the next guy who will be-on-the-run in his footsteps is narrowing. About a month ago, a long list of contenders emerged including names both big and small such as Jake Gyllenhaal, Tobey Maguire, Garrett Hedlund, Taylor Kitsch and Kellan Lutz. Director Tony Gilroy was meeting with the actors but now he has decided who will go the next step and audition in front of a camera.

SXSW: Duncan Jones & Screenwriter Ben Ripley Talk The Reality Bending 'Source Code'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 15, 2011 4:22 AM
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Duncan Jones' "Source Code" booted up at SXSW, kicking off festivities last week, and word has been good. In our review, we noted that "Jones remains a strong and original voice in a genre badly needing of both" and whatever you may think of his followup to "Moon," it is undeniably unlike any other sci-fi pic out there right now. This is thanks largely in part to the brainy, narrative-looping script by Ben Ripley. The writer, who previously penned a couple of forgettable "Species" sequels, makes his jump to the big leagues in a major way with a script that conceives a high concept sci-fi premise without ever losing the audience in geek speak.

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