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Amazon Moving Into Crowd-Sourced Movie Production

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 17, 2010 2:46 AM
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One of the few outright large-scale success stories of the internet age, along with Facebook, Google and YouPorn, are retail giants Amazon, who've gone from a bookstore to selling... well, just about everything, with a still-intimidating marketshare for literature, both real and e-books. So the next step on the route to world domination? Movie production.

Fox Buys 'Predators' Writers' Deep-Space Action Pitch; Timur Bekmambetov Could Direct

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  • November 8, 2010 1:23 AM
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Weinstein Company Also Picks Up Separate Bekmambetov-Produced 'Apollo 18' Film For March 4, 2011 ReleaseFiguring out how many fingers in various pies Timur Bekmambetov has is quickly becoming a Ridley Scott-like pop-quiz that your editor might spring on you one day and you're likely to fail. The "Wanted" director is developing myriad projects, including "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" (separate from the David Fincher one), a sci-fi film with "Monsters" director Gareth Edwards, and "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" (among many others) which is his next directorial vehicle and is already slated for a June 22, 2012 release date.

Marvel Considering An 'Iron Man,' 'War Machine' Spinoff For Don Cheadle?

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • November 6, 2010 8:30 AM
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And so the onscreen Marvel universe continues. According to a Tweet by the folks at Pajiba, a pitch for a "War Machine" movie has been sent out to writers.

Rumor: Marvel Postponing Pre-Production On 'The Avengers' Due To Ballooning Costs?

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • November 5, 2010 8:05 AM
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Right now, Marvel is behaving a lot like they just graduated from college. Yes, that "Iron Man" internship opened a lot of doors, but the "Hulk" side venture didn't really yield the results they were hoping for. Their side projects for next summer -- "Thor" and "Captain America" -- do show promise, and it's good to see them taking initiative. But, if reports are to be believed, the folks at the House of Ideas are looking underneath their sofas and mattresses for extra change, because "The Avengers" might be a bit too costly for their inexperience.

MGM Aims To Have 'Bond 23' In Theaters In November 2012

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 4, 2010 6:03 AM
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New Bond Film To Arrive Every Two Years After ThatWe'll try and keep the boring economics of this to minimum because it makes us fall asleep too, but MGM recently officially filed for bankruptcy and began restructuring proceedings that will put the legendary studio back into the business of making movies. As you already know, the first film out of the gate is the long-delayed and highly anticipated "The Hobbit" that will begin filming in February, but it looks like the other massive MGM franchise, the 'James Bond' series, will be headed back to the big screen sooner than we thought.

Tarsem Hired To Direct Relativity's Brothers Grimm-Like 'Snow White' Film

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 2, 2010 1:46 AM
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At Least Two Snow White Projects In The Works From Various Studios Racing To Be FirstYou've got to love herd-think from the studios. The race to bring a live-action version of "Snow White" to the screen is on with three different studios clamoring to get their version to audiences first. The first salvo in the "Snow White" battle has been fired by Universal who staked claim to Dec 21, 2012 for their Rupert Sanders version -- called "Snow White & The Huntsman" -- that could star Charlize Theron and Johnny Depp if the rumors turn out to be true. So eager were they to plant their early claim, Universal has chosen the same release date of part one of "The Hobbit," which means they're either supremely confident or severely nuts.

Chris Evans Turned Down 'Captain America' Role Three Times Before He Finally Agreed To Play Hero

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 1, 2010 1:32 AM
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Reluctant Actor Now Says "I Can't Believe I Was Almost Too Chicken To Take The Role"; Is Signed On For 6, Not 9 FilmsThe recent issue of EW obviously has an abundance of new images from Marvel Studios' "Captain America: The First Avenger," but within that article there's a bunch of interesting behind-the-scenes factoids about the making of the Joe Johnston-directed film.

Judd Apatow's Next Comedy Directorial Effort Slotted For June 1, 2012

  • By Edward Davis
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  • October 28, 2010 4:51 AM
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Comedy Is Untitled, Details Remain Under Wraps For NowYou could say Judd Apatow is slipping in his mainstream appeal. 2009's "Funny People" grossed $71 million worldwide, while 2008's "Knocked Up" cumed $219 million globally and 2005's "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" totaled $177 million the world round. That said, you could also say he's growing creatively as he is tackling more mature subjects now, or at least did with the Adam Sandler-led cancer comedy.

Tim Blake Nelson Still Signed On For More 'Hulk' Films & Would Love To Return As The Leader

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • October 27, 2010 4:11 AM
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Actor Says He's Game If Marvel Will Have Him; If More 'Hulk' Films Are Made With Mark RuffaloWe recently had a chat with writer/director/actor/cool dude Tim Blake Nelson on the occasion of his latest, "Leaves of Grass," hitting DVD (full interview coming soon). One of the questions we were most curious to ask revolved around the ongoing Marvel universe, and if we'd see him there again after appearing in Louis Leterrier's "The Incredible Hulk" as scientist Samuel Sterns, last seen beginning a curious mutation into a character comic fans know as the Leader.

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