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Sam Mendes' James Bond Film Officially Titled 'Skyfall,' Movie Is A Stand-Alone Story

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 3, 2011 12:33 PM
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First Synopsis Suggest That Judi Dench's M Will Be Front-And-CenterUpdate: The official Bond twitter account, @007, have revealed the first synopsis for the project, which reads: "Bond's loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost." It certainly backs up the idea that it's a stand-alone tale, and suggests a bigger role for Dench, as Bond's superior M, than ever before. Intriguing stuff...

Garrett Hedlund Now In Talks For Kaneda In Warner Bros. 'Akira' Remake

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 3, 2011 7:36 AM
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It looks like "Unknown" and "Orphan" director Jaume Collet-Serra got his way. After it was revealed last month that Garrett Hedlund was the frontrunner for the developing "Akira" remake, Twitch report today he was the director's first choice with Variety adding that formal talks are now underway.

Andy Serkis Takes Big Payday For Multiple Sequels To 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 3, 2011 5:50 AM
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Director Rupert Wyatt Locked In To Return, Fox Launching Oscars Campaign For SerkisFrom sneered-at needless sequel to a dead franchise to the lone summer blockbuster that managed to pick up both good reviews and a storming box office (it's closing in on $500 million worldwide), "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" was probably the most pleasant surprise of the year. And what was perhaps most interesting about how 20th Century Fox turned it around; human stars James Franco and Frieda Pinto took a backseat on the press circuit to a man whose face wasn't seen once on screen in the film -- mo-cap maestro Andy Serkis, who played lead ape Caesar.

RZA & Misty Upham Join Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 3, 2011 2:04 AM
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With pretty much all the major parts now cast, it's just bits and pieces left to get into place for Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained," and he's got two more folks coming on board.

Watch: Trailer For 'Underworld: Awakening' Feels Like A Few Milla Jovovich Movies Put In A Blender

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 2, 2011 7:37 AM
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So, yeah, they made a fourth one of these. You guys keeping seeing them, so they'll keep making 'em but as this point, the franchise is lagging both in number and financially behind Milla Jovovich's "Resident Evil" series (the fifth one is already filming). But since both are from Screen Gems, and still turn a profit, the studio probably doesn't care that much.

The Team Who Brought You ‘Left Behind’ Rebooting The Series With A Christian Disaster Movie

  • By Ryan Sartor
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  • November 2, 2011 4:35 AM
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It’s easy to imagine the filmmakers of faith-based pictures like “Courageous” and “Left Behind” dismissing mainstream critics’ self-perpetuating jeer machine as “secular propaganda,” but anyone who’s read a David Mamet book or watched David O. Russell lose his mind can tell you that becoming a successful artist involves selfishly pursuing one’s goals for years on end, destroying lives and dreams in the process. These faith-based guys are just too nice to do this well.

Joel Edgerton May Yell Loudly As Themosticles In '300: Battle Of Artemisia'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 2, 2011 2:54 AM
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With "Immortals" and "Wrath Of The Titans" on the way, the big screen is not going to be lacking in buffed and greased dudes throwing spears and yelling faux-Shakesperian lines at each other. But "300," the granddaddy of them all that started this homoerotic, speedramping, historical-sandal-wearing trend, has a sequel on the way and may have found it's first leading man.

Andrew Baldwin Takes A Pen To Nicolas Winding Refn & Ryan Gosling's 'Logan's Run'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 1, 2011 2:15 AM
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The bromance between Nicolas Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling will continue this fall when the duo pair up to shoot "Only God Forgives," the Thai boxing crime drama (for real). But that's not all they've got cooking. Warner Bros. -- which is already on the Gosling train with "Crazy Stupid Love" and "Gangster Squad" -- paired him up earlier this year with his pal Refn for the long developing remake of "Logan's Run." At the time, it was said Alex Garland's script was the one that got the studio, director and actor all abuzz, but with some time to tinker, they're going to let someone else take a crack at it.

Anthony LaPaglia Joins 'Django Unchained,' He & Joseph Gordon-Levitt Will Play Australian Brothers

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 31, 2011 4:07 AM
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Looks like Joseph Gordon-Levitt is gonna throw some shrimp on the barbie.

Albert Finney Goes From Bourne To Sam Mendes' 'James Bond 23'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 28, 2011 11:53 AM
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When it was announced that Oscar-winner Sam Mendes, a man best known for prestige pictures like "American Beauty" and "Revolutionary Road," would be directing the new James Bond film, it was generally seen as something of a curveball. And if anyone was expecting business as usual for the franchise (especially after the poorly-received "Quantum of Solace"), they were mistaken. While previous entries have been made up of acclaimed, but relatively small names like Mads Mikkelsen and Mathieu Amalric, Mendes has stacked his deck with a host of award winners.

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