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Gerard Butler Replaces Liam Hemsworth In Sci-Fi Actioner 'The Raven'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 16, 2013 2:25 PM
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For a minute, it looked like Gerard Butler might be done. The Scottish actor had never quite cemented his stardom since breaking through with "300," and had a series of painfull and gigantic flops in the last few months, with both "Chasing Mavericks" and "Playing For Keeps" proving to be box office disasters. But then salvation arrived, in the unlikely shape of "Olympus Has Fallen," the White House-set "Die Hard" knock off that proved to be a surprise hit, currently nesting just under the $100 million mark.

'The Hunger Games‘ Star Liam Hemsworth Flies To 'The Raven'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • April 4, 2013 11:01 AM
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So, this project has nothing to do with that largely unsuccessful John Cusack thriller of last year, nor anything to do with Edgar Allen Poe at all, to the best of our knowledge. It’s nothing to do with the Roger Corman movie or the Henri-Georges Clouzot one, nor is it based on the popular Disney Channel show “That’s So Raven,” and it’s got nothing to do with any Baltimore-based football player. So just what is “The Raven”? Because it’s about to sign up the second most in-demand Hemsworth as its lead.

In Theaters: 'Bernie,' 'The Five-Year Engagement,' And 'Pirates!' Are 'Safe;' 'The Raven' Not So Much

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • April 27, 2012 5:57 PM
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Happy Friday! It’s the last minute run-up to summer blockbuster season, and since no one wants to even contemplate challenging “The Avengers” next week (except for those pranksters over at DC Comics), a swell of smaller, independent, and foreign pictures are hitting theaters this weekend. And with the Tribeca and San Francisco International film festivals in full swing, we’re happy to go along. Despite the blockbuster-less slate, there’s still plenty of mystery, horror, and gun-filled action to (temporarily) sate any action lovers’ palate. Plus a romantic comedy and a maybe-for-children-maybe-for-adults animated feature. Enjoy!

Review: Dim-Witted Edgar Allan Poe Thriller 'The Raven' Is Too Boring To Be A Guilty Pleasure

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 26, 2012 5:20 PM
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About ten minutes into James McTeigue's "The Raven," a large, hairy man -- a writer and a critic, as it turns out -- is strapped to a table by a mysterious figure. A mighty blade, inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's "The Pit And The Pendulum," hangs forbodingly above him. And to his unseen captor, he screams "I'm just a critic! Why? Why would you do this to me?" After sitting through a further hundred minutes of McTeigue's inept, idiotic period thriller, we knew exactly how he felt.

New Pics From 'Prometheus,' 'The Raven' & 'Dark Shadows'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 7, 2012 11:52 AM
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So, what does Ridley Scott have in store for us with his 3D sorta "Alien"-related "Prometheus"? Aside from the teaser trailer and pep talk by Guy Pearce, the mysteries are being kept close to the chest for the film. And this latest viral image, uncovered on the Weyland Industries viral site is, uh, interesting. It looks more like concept art than an actual still, but if you click that link and look at the super high res version, way way in the back is a character who we figure is either Michael Fassbender or Noomi Rapace. Whoever it is, they're standing in the middle of some kind of spherical vortex thingy and we're not even gonna guess what this is all about. But speculate away below if you want. "Prometheus" hits on June 8th.

John Cusack's 'The Raven' & Jennifer Lawrence's 'House At The End Of The Street' Bumped Back; 'Rango' Returns For Tiny Run

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 24, 2012 3:09 PM
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The folks at Relativity are getting their 2012 calendar in order, and that means shifting the release dates of a few movies, and in the case of one picture, moving it all the way to next year.

Luke Evans Says Edgar Allan Poe Thriller 'The Raven' Doesn't Shy On The Blood & Gore

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • October 10, 2011 9:56 AM
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Since starting his acting career proper in 2003, Luke Evans has seemed to spend more time in period attire than in any other clothing: from “Clash of the Titans” to “Robin Hood” to “The Three Musketeers,” he’s repeatedly transformed himself into a muscular, mustachioed monolith of a man who is more comfortable in animal pelts than leather jackets. But even with several other projects in the pipeline which require him to start sentences with “ye olde…,” including “Immortals,” “The Raven,” and two “Hobbit” prequels, Evans insists that it’s just the scripts, and not the buckling swashes, that draw him to this series of anachronistic projects.

Watch: Trailer For 'The Raven' Is Basically A Pulpy, Period Version Of 'Se7en'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 7, 2011 1:04 AM
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The period-based serial killer movie is a rare beast, one that has produced more notable misses in recent memory ("From Hell") than outright successes, but "The Raven" looks like it could be the pulpy good fun that we've been missing. Boasting an inventive concept, the first trailer for the film doesn't promise Oscars, but does indicate a juicy, bloody procedural with some complex kills that would make Kevin Spacey's character from "Se7en" proud.

James McTeigue To Direct Period Crime Drama 'Ness/Capone' For Relativity

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 8, 2011 11:28 AM
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Former Wachowski Brothers protégé James McTeigue (he directed both "V for Vendetta" and the gory-good "Ninja Assassin" for the Brothers and producer Joel Silver) has apparently made the suits at Relativity happy. The director helmed their forthcoming Edgar Allan Poe thriller "The Raven," and according to Deadline, they've just hired him back to take on the high profile historical drama "Ness/Capone."

'The Raven' Teaser Poster Drips Blood; 'Straw Dogs' Characters Get Their Own One Sheets

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 23, 2011 2:35 AM
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Update: "The Raven" poster removed at the request of Relativity Media.

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