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Who Were The Winners And Losers Of The Summer Of 2011?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 30, 2011 4:08 AM
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As the summer winds die down with a flat and uninspired whimper, the realization sets in: the summer of 2011 was for the birds. "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" was the last major tent-pole to open, followed by sleeper hits like "The Help" and the not-so-successful R-rated action comedy, "30 Minutes or Less." Many had forecast that the overstuffed summer would prove disastrous, with Jon Favreau predicting that, "There’s not a weekend where there won’t be teeth on the floor," but ironically it's Favreau's film that proved to be one of the biggest box-office disappointments. Financially, films did very well with three billion-dollar blockbusters – “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2,” “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”-- helping the industry set a summer box-office record and nearly rebound from a horrible start to 2011 (Currently, 2011 revenue is running only 4 percent behind 2010, but in March, things were looking grim – 19% lower than the year previous).

Justin Lin Vacates 'Highlander' Director's Chair

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • August 12, 2011 1:24 AM
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Yesterday, we brought exclusive word that director Justin Lin was moving straight from "Fast Five" into the next untitled installment in the "Fast And The Furious" series. We figured he had more irons in the fire, but he cited creative control as a factor in turning down projects like "Die Hard 5" and it's a sure bet that was also a factor behind his recent decision to exit Summit's high-profile "Highlander" reboot, as that coming remake now seeks a new helmer.

Justin Lin Says He's Met With James Cameron & Arnold Schwarzenegger To Talk 'Terminator 5'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 11, 2011 8:00 AM
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Confirms He'll Direct 'Fast And Furious 6' As His Next ProjectEXCLUSIVE: Earning over $600 million worldwide, "Fast Five" is one of the biggest hits of the year, and not only is it the most successful entry in the franchise so far, director Justin Lin proved there is still plenty of fuel in the tank and Universal agrees -- they have already dated a sequel for May 24, 2013. The film launched Lin into tentpole territory, with the studio landing the rights to "The Terminator" sequel for the director. And while the project will have to wait until series star Arnold Schwarzenegger gets the gritty thriller "The Last Stand" out of the way first, Lin is already getting his creative juices flowing.

Joe Cornish, Justin Lin & Nicolas Winding Refn Join John Moore On Shortlist For 'Die Hard 5'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 1, 2011 6:53 AM
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Over the weekend, word cropped up that Noam Murro, previously attached to direct the forever gestating "Die Hard 5" had left the project to focus on "300: Battle Of Artemisia" with John Moore (“Behind Enemy Lines,” “Max Payne”) as a contender to take his place. Well, he's going to be facing some stiff competition.

Doug Liman, Mark Romanek, James Mangold & Antoine Fuqua Reportedly Top The 'Wolverine' Wishlist

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 25, 2011 10:32 AM
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Other Directors Apparently In Contention For The Gig Include, Justin Lin, Jose Padilha, Gavin O'Connor & Gary Shore20th Century Fox has a history and it's not always a good one. While Darren Aronofsky left "The Wolverine" project under the pretenses of family obligations, it's been reported that "Black Swan" director left the project due to lack of creative control. That coupled with the fact that Matthew Vaughn seems to have been put through the ringer by the studio on "X-Men: First Class" -- he was super rushed, was forced to use five different cinematographers, had to switch assistant directors and didn't know who his crew was on certain days -- and it's any wonder why anyone in their right mind would want to work on one of Fox's super hero films.

Sorry, 'Terminator'; All Arnold Schwarzenegger Movie Projects On Hold Til Further Notice

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 19, 2011 9:46 AM
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After eight long years away from the movies in favor of, you know, being the governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger was on his way to an acting comeback in a big way. After circling several projects, the Austrian Oak agreed to star in the drama "Cry Macho," about a horse trainer in a kidnapping plot from "The Lincoln Lawyer" director Brad Furman, before reprising his most iconic role in a new "Terminator" film directed by "Fast Five" helmer Justin Lin.

Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures Wins Rights To The 'Terminator' Franchise

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • May 14, 2011 1:00 AM
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To my dearest Megan Ellison,

Justin Lin Debunks "Original Cast" Rumors For Next 'Terminator' Film

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • May 4, 2011 10:26 AM
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Last week, rumors surfaced that the project reuniting Arnold Schwarzenegger with the "Terminator" franchise was going to be a present-day affair featuring the cast of the original film. "Terminator 2012" as it may be called, is still without a home, the project being shopped to studios with director Justin Lin ("Fast Five") aboard, but Lin claims that the original cast chatter is just a hunk of balderdash.

New 'Terminator' Film With Arnold Schwarzenegger Officially Attached Goes Out To Studios For A Deal

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 26, 2011 11:56 AM
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Well, he's back. On the heels of his stupid looking animated show "The Governator," and with rumblings of Ji-Woon Kim’s "Last Stand" and Antoine Fuqua’s "The Tomb" as possible new projects, Arnold Schwarzenegger is returning to the franchise that made him a star in a new installment in "The Terminator" series.

Universal Circling 'Terminator' Franchise As Potential Gig For 'Fast Five' Director Justin Lin

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 15, 2011 11:02 AM
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So, in case you missed it, Arnold Schwarzenegger is done governating and is ready to act again. "Kindergarten Cop 2: The Graduating Class"? While that dream project may never happen, movement is now starting once again on an inevitable new "Terminator" franchise which may or may not get the aging cyborg killer back for a role, but you can bet studios are hopeful that he'll at least stop by to say hello and "I AM back" to the camera.

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