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Watch: Guy Ritchie-Directed Commercial For 'Call Of Duty: Black Ops II' Starring Robert Downey Jr & Omar Sy

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 29, 2012 2:22 PM
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For all the endless op-eds about the superiority of film vs. TV, there's one front on which cinema has already conceded the war to another medium; financially, to video games. The interactive entertainment industry has, for several years now, consistently outgrossed the movies, with big games regularly outperforming their cinematic equivalents in money terms. As such, it's no surprise that games-makers have the funds to attract Hollywood talent to them more and more, even if it's just to lend their names or faces to a commercial for a bit of prestige.

Guy Ritchie Heads To 'Treasure Island' For Warner Bros.

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 1, 2012 2:39 PM
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For those of you who were fans of Guy Ritchie's earlier, grittier, more indie-style works like "Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels," "Snatch." or even "RocknRolla," and are hoping he might return to that kind of fare....you'll have to keep waiting. Ritchie revitalized his career by going franchise, and has made Warner Bros. very happy helming the "Sherlock Holmes" films starring Robert Downey Jr., which combined have brought in over $1 billion worldwide. Not surprisingly, they want him to do the same with another property.

Guy Ritchie Says 'RockNRolla' Sequel Script Ready To Go, Just Waiting For The Right Time To Do It

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 12, 2011 4:24 PM
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When "RockNRolla" arrived in 2008, in many ways, it was a last chance for director Guy Ritchie. He was coming off two disastrous pics, the Madonna vanity project "Swept Away" and the totally incomprehensible "Revolver" and while "RockNRolla" didn't exactly light up the box office (though, it should be noted it was rolled out in limited release), it announced that Ritchie still had the goods. Sure, it wasn't on par with "Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels" or "Snatch" but the energy, wit and verve many thought he had lost was very much in evidence. He followed that up with "Sherlock Holmes," and the rest as they say, is history.

Guy Ritchie Takes Over 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 8, 2011 5:05 PM
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After being rumored/offered a handful of projects this year, ranging from "Cannonball Run," "300: Battle Of Artemesia" and "Excalibur" (which wound up falling apart anyway once Warner Bros. moved ahead with "Arthur & Lancelot"), it looks like the WB has found a project for their "Sherlock Holmes" director to tackle next.

Watch: Sherlock Holmes & The Case Of Excessive Speed-Ramping In New Trailer For 'A Game of Shadows'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 19, 2011 10:59 AM
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New Footage Confirms That Rachel McAdams Returns For SequelThe Christmas season coming up contains more than a few risks in terms of the big commercial movies. Films like "The Muppets" and "The Adventures of Tintin" are placing large, expensive bets on properties that are no longer as famous as they once were, Sony are hoping that audiences will want to spend the holidays with an R-rated tale of rape and murder with "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo," and Martin Scorsese has a hugely expensive family movie that, if early reviews are to be believed, appeals mainly to cinephiles.

GM Looks To Back Guy Ritchie's 'Cannonball Run' Remake; Brad Pitt Wishlisted To Star

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 18, 2011 10:12 AM
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Shawn Levy Second-In-Line To Direct, Wants Ben Stiller To StarSo, you may remember near the beginning of the year, word floated around the interwebs that Guy Ritchie was going to direct a remake of "Cannonball Run." At the time we put in some inquiries and were told by insiders at Warner Bros. that the project is “just an idea." Well, that idea is now germinating into something very real as Vulture reports that Ritchie is now in talks with the studio to direct the film.

Neil Burger To Direct Untold Story Of 'Bonnie & Clyde' By 'Up In The Air' Writer Sheldon Turner

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 25, 2011 10:23 AM
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Bryan Singer & Guy Ritchie's "Excalibur" Projects Are DeadIt looks like Neil Burger is finally seeing some dividends after a decade or so in Hollywood. He burst onto the scene with "Interview With The Assassin" in 2002, but four years his sophomore effort, the magician drama "The Illusionist" was overshadowed by another similarly themed movie that came out the same year, none other than Christopher Nolan's "The Prestige." By the time Burger got to his Iraq war drama "The Lucky Ones," audiences had already cooled on the genre but this year, he finally struck gold with "Limitless," the sci-fi tinged thriller that surprised everyone by earning over $150 million worldwide. The success of that film landed Burger his first bonafide tentpole, replacing David O. Russell on the video game adaptation "Uncharted" and now he's adding another project to his growing slate of films, with an Oscar nominated writer in tow.

Trailer For 'Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows' Crackles With Same Brand Of Humor & Style

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 12, 2011 12:03 PM
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We'll be the first to admit we pegged "Sherlock Holmes" all wrong. While it looked rather disastrous in its marketing, what with those 7/11 taquitos tie-ins and what not, it seemed like some kind of Disney-fied disaster gone wrong; a tepid version of "Pirates Of The Caribbean 2" set in the world of the famous English detective. But cut to December 2009 and Guy Ritchie's dazzling direction, Hans Zimmer's killer score and Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law's unexpected chemistry proved us totally wrong. We were happy to eat crow and this was exactly what we're hoping from a tentpole: something thrilling, engaging and, okay, maybe smart would be too much, but the film didn't insult our intelligence and these days that's a plus; "Sherlock Holmes" was a total winner.

Chris Pine Reportedly Tops Wish List For 'Robocop' & Guy Ritchie Once Again Linked To 'Sgt. Rock'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 12, 2011 10:44 AM
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So is this where we're headed? It wasn't that long ago that the blogosphere collectively tired of constant wish list reports that usually amounted to nothing, but the usually excellent Twitch seem to have rebooted the trend hard today. Earlier they reported Josh Brolin was topping the list for "Oldboy" but we have to remind everyone that wishes are just that and they don't often turn into reality. And while you may have a good source perhaps privy to these kinds of conversations, milking them hard and fast early prevents developing more concrete info or simply creates news out of something that was never news to begin with. It's a chicken/egg which-came-first rumor scenario that often winds up with no egg or chicken at all. Considering it was only this morning that Twitch was bemoaning more "unsubstantiated" "Evil Dead" stories, it seems odd they would follow this afternoon with all the speculation.

Guy Ritchie Apparently Offered Director's Chair For '300' Sequel 'Xerxes'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 16, 2011 12:17 AM
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Updated: While Ritchie may have read the script and or may have thought about this for a moment. Warner Bros. tells us that the "Snatch" filmmaker is capital N, not directing "Xerxes." Case closed, however, it does appear that Zack Snyder is too busy with "Superman" to make this picture so new directors may be sought in the upcoming months.

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