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Fox Says There's "No Truth" To Alien Prequel Delay Rumors

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 8, 2010 8:16 AM
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Ridley Scott hasn't been shy about talking up his gestating prequel(s) to "Alien" and it's certainly one of the hottest projects in Hollywood. A bevy of actresses including Olivia Wilde, Noomi Rapace, Carey Mulligan, Abbie Cornish and Natalie Portman have all been linked as candidates for the lead role, and reports earlier in the fall suggested that Fox was very happy with the latest draft of the script by Damon Lindelof ("Lost," "Star Trek"). However, earlier this week, word cropped up that 20th Century Fox was delaying the film with a rumored release date push from 2012 to 2013. Looks like it was a lot of hot air.

'Die Hard 5' Shooting In 2011? Probably Not (There's No Script Yet)

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 8, 2010 6:22 AM
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Rumors began flying around this morning that "Die Hard 5," the long chatted up sequel to "Live Free Or Die Hard," would be gearing up to shoot next year in Puerto Rico, L.A., New York and Vancouver. The news originated from a report in the Puerto Rican newspaper Primera Hora, who quoted someone named Gustavo Rivera Aparicio who apparently works 20th Century Fox's PR department, so we reached out to the studio to see if we could dig up any more info. And it looks like "Die Hard 5" is isn't quite ready to go in front of cameras.

How A Sequel To A 28-Year-Old Flop Costs $320 Million: Inside 'Tron: Legacy'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • December 6, 2010 3:15 AM
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With the release date two weeks away, Disney are hoping for big things from their franchise reboot "Tron: Legacy" and have a lot at stake. With a reported $170 million budget, in addition to another $150 million for marketing worldwide (total cost: $320 million) the studio has a lot riding on the success of the film as does its helmer, Joseph Kosinki, who after making a name for himself in the commercials world, is making his feature directorial debut. In The New York Times there is a wonderfully entertaining piece on "Tron: Legacy" that shares intriguing information about the film, the director and how Disney's plans for 'Tron' extend far beyond the multiplex.

So, There's Going To Be 6 'Kung Fu Panda' Movies For Some Reason

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 3, 2010 7:53 AM
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Guaranteeing Continued Employment For Jack BlackSo "Shrek" spawned four movies, three spinoff movies, 10 videogames, a Broadway musical and most importantly, it made DreamWorks Animation a shitload of money. It seems their plan of cramming franchises down your throat until you choke on it is working as speaking with Empire, studio head honcho Jeffrey Katzenberg revealed he plans to keep the gravy train rolling on several animated franchise vehicles.

Disney Starts Planning For 'Pirates Of The Caribbean' 5 & 6, Wants To Shoot Sequels Back-To-Back

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 3, 2010 2:52 AM
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And They Still Probably Won't Make Any SenseBloated and water-logged, we're kind of done with "The Pirates Of Caribbean" franchise as we can't say we really care about or are particularly looking forward to "Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides". Yes, the first film was a kind of enjoyable romp but each successive film has gotten longer and more convoluted to the point where we just don't care to try and keep up. Not to mention that the appeal of Jack Sparrow has kind of worn off on us. But we're clearly in the minority; the series is a huge success, with the franchise taking in over $2 billion to date and that's not even counting the endless merchandising and other tie-ins. So of course, Disney wants to keep that money train rolling.

Universal And Sony Find New Fall 2011 Dates For 'The Thing' And 'Moneyball'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • November 23, 2010 11:43 AM
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Running a studio is a lot like playing chess. You really have to know how to utilize your pieces and position them for success, but also be aware of what the opposition is up to. Sometimes you have to sacrifice a pawn in order to make a bigger score, and sometimes gambles don't pay off. As such, people suspected that Universal was exposing a weakness when they yanked "The Thing" from its April release date for reshoots.

First Official Look At Angelina Jolie's Bosnia-Set Directorial Debut; Film Might Be In Black & White

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 22, 2010 2:44 AM
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Angelina Jolie Has Filmed Scenes In Both English & Bosnian Language VersionsWhile it hasn't been without its share of controversies, filming continues on Angelina Jolie's directorial debut, a currently untitled romantic drama, set during the Bosnian War, and following a love story between a Muslim woman and a Serbian man. As you might expect, the film has generated a lot of attention in the region given the subject matter and Jolie recently pulled back the shooting schedule in Bosnia due to political concerns.

Disney Picks Up 'Hover Car Racer' & 'Tiki'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 19, 2010 10:14 AM
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Disney has gone on a bit of a shopping spree this week, picking up a couple of titles to add to their development slate.

Warner Bros. & Fox Both Ready Moses Pics

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 19, 2010 3:56 AM
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That's right, Hollywood is once again planning on trudging out Bible-based epics, but it's a pretty smart move. The Bible Belt is a huge market that isn't afraid to vote with their dollars and lately, they have been sorely underserved by Hollywood. But when they do find something they like, they reward it, as the box office tallies for such films as "The Passion Of The Christ" and "The Blind Side" (which had a huge faith-based marketing campaign) will attest to.

The NC-17 Rating For 'Blue Valentine' Has Made Ryan Gosling Start Talking About The Patriarchy

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 18, 2010 6:57 AM
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With The Weinstein Company being handed a double dose of bad news for Oscar season with their contenders "Blue Valentine" and "The King's Speech" being handed NC-17 and R ratings, respectively (the former apparently for a scene where Ryan Gosling performs oral sex on Michelle Williams, the latter for a sequence where Colin Firth stutters a bunch of f-bombs), the indie arm isn't taking this lying down.

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