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McG Discusses The Alternate Endings To 'This Means War' & The (Jokey) "Homoerotic Finish" You'll Get On DVD

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • February 17, 2012 5:44 PM
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This weekend, Fox's ambitious blend of action, comedy and romance, "This Means War," rolls into theaters starring Chris Pine and Tom Hardy as warring CIA agents at each others' throats vying for the attentions of Reese Witherspoon. With the picture now finished and screenings beginning to roll out across the country, we got a chance to catch up with director McG and talk about the film. What intrigued us most was the end of 'War,' with the helmer telling Movieline that initially he thought about doing a "Clue"-style ending. The 1985 film had three different endings shot, and shipped to theaters, with audiences never knowing what they would get. While McG abandoned that idea, without spoiling anything, we'll say the version of "This Mean's War" that moviegoers see in theaters wasn't the only one under consideration.

Watch: 9 Minute Preview & 3 Clips Of Chris Pine, Tom Hardy & Reese Witherspoon In McG's 'This Means War'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 6, 2012 10:17 AM
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Picking a Valentine's Day movie is always a tricky thing: do you pander to marketing and go with something love-themed, or do you just pick something you both want to see? The correct answer is always "find somewhere playing 'Casablanca,' " but in lieu of that, the studios have lined up a wealth of options -- Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams in "The Vow" for the more romantically-minded, or Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds in action mode in "Safe House," both of which open this Friday, just in time for Valentine's Day.

McG Feels 'Guilty' For Fox; Clip From 'This Means War' Arrives

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • January 31, 2012 10:18 AM
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With a resume that boasts stuff like the forgettable “We Are Marshall” and the misguided “Terminator: Salvation,” McG doesn't exactly make for an auteur worth following, however, he has continued to make a living producing sub-Michael Bay shlock and proven himself to be just as bulletproof (critically, anyway) as Drew Barrymore in “Charlie’s Angels.”

McG To Direct David Guggenheim Penned Thriller 'Puzzle Palace'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 26, 2011 2:30 AM
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With the cinematic visionary McG having already tackled a TV adaptation (the "Charlie's Angels" movies), a weepy sports drama ("We Are Marshall"), an unnecessary sequel ("Terminator Salvation"), and right around the corner, a romantic action/comedy ("This Means War") it looks like the man with three letters for a name wants to try his hand at something different.

Universal Decides Not To Conjure McG's 'Ouija'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 24, 2011 12:58 PM
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Back in 2008, Universal signed a six year exclusive deal with Hasbro to bring their various properties to the big screen. “Battleship,” “Candyland,” “Monopoly,” “Clue,” "The Gathering," "Magic" and "Stretch Armstrong" were among the titles that were put into development, but it seems the studio is beginning to cool on the whole idea. After dropping an absurd $200 million on "Battleship," they've quietly stepped away from “Monopoly,” “The Gathering,” “Magic” and just a couple weeks ago "Clue," and now one more project has bitten the dust.

Space Is The Place: Fox & McG Team For Sci Fi Film; Shane Abbess To Helm '7th Day' By Ben Ripley

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 15, 2011 6:52 AM
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Regardless of the overall eye-melting shittiness of "Battle: Los Angeles," the film dominated the box office this past weekend proving that audiences still want to see shit blow up real good, no matter how awful it is. So no wonder then that Fox and McG are teaming up for a sci-fi movie based on a script by the guy who wrote "Doom," "Horsemen" and "The Expendables."
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NBC Move Forward On 'Wonder Woman'; McG May Direct Pilot

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 26, 2011 2:22 AM
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Superheroes are everywhere at the moment, and it's not going to change any time soon: "Thor," "Captain America," "Green Lantern" and "X-Men: First Class" are all hitting screens this summer, with big-hitters "Spider-Man," "The Dark Knight Rises" and "Superman" following next year. The genre's even started to infiltrate the small screen again: "Smallville" is wrapping up its tenth and final season, but "No Ordinary Family" and "The Cape" are both currently running, and Guillermo Del Toro is working with Marvel on a new TV show based around The Hulk.
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Producers Go To Ouija Board To Hire 'Ouija' Director, Come Away With McG

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 5, 2011 3:35 AM
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What's going on at some studios is amazing, and if the directors of the '60s and '70s could see what's happened, they would shit a brick. Filmmakers are no longer being wooed, they're seemingly being plucked based on how their square pegs fit into round holes, with industry heads now using the word "won" to describe a director signing on to a big studio film. Thus, McG has "won" the job directing Universal Pictures' "Ouija."
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Creatures From The Depths Of Hell: McG & Breck Eisner Competing For Director's Chair On 'Ouija'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 20, 2010 2:38 AM
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Spirit, Please Come Forward And Cancel This Movie When it was announced that the second Hasbro property after the gates, following Peter Berg's actioner "Battleship," would be "Ouija," based on the board game that's been succesfully freaking out teenagers for decades, most, including us, assumed it would be some kind of teen horror flick -- after all, the likes of "Drag Me To Hell" and "Long Time Dead" have used the system as a conceit within the horror genre. But Universal have given the film a key tentpole slot, on November 9th, 2012, and we began to suspect that the film might be aiming at more quadrants than simply horror fans. And indeed, that seems to be the case.

'Mad Men' Actress Abigail Spencer Joins McG's 'This Means War'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • December 3, 2010 7:00 AM
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Known for playing one of the many females that led to the destruction of Don Draper's marriage on "Mad Men" thanks to his no good cheating ways, Abigail Spencer has joined the cast of McG's action romantic comedy, "This Means War" which centers on two lifelong best friends (and spy operatives) who wage an epic battle against one another after they both fall in love with the same woman.

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