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Watch: Ramona Flowers Sees 'The Thing' In First Trailer For The Prequel

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 14, 2011 6:20 AM
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It looks like Ramona Flowers has headed somewhere even colder than Toronto and is facing something far more dangerous than falling back into a relationship with Gideon Graves.

Martin Scorsese's 'Hugo' Gets A Heart-Shaped Key & 'The Thing' Isn't Human (Yet) On New Posters

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 12, 2011 3:12 AM
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Well, it's officially official. Due to some pretty boneheaded decision made up in a studio executive's office, Martin Scorsese's "Hugo Cabret" has indeed dropped half of the title to become simply "Hugo." Likely terrified that audiences might not know how to pronounce that six-letter word and fearing that it would lead to audiences abandoning the film altogether, it's yet another example of big Hollywood treating their customers like morons. Anyway, it appears that posters are now popping up in multiplexes across the nation as ComingSoon snapped a picture of one in Los Angeles. It features Isabelle's heart-shaped key that proves to be a major component of the story as told in Brian Selznick's award-winning book, on which the film is based. Led by Asa Butterfield and Chloë Moretz, with a cast including Sacha Baron Cohen, Ben Kingsley, Christopher Lee, Emily Mortimer, Jude Law, Michael Stuhlbarg, Emily Mortimer and Ray Winstone the 1931-set film follows the story of the eponymous orphan boy living a secret life in the walls of a Paris train station. When Hugo encounters a broken machine, an eccentric girl, and the cold, reserved man who runs the toy shop, he is caught up in a magical, mysterious adventure that could put all of his secrets in jeopardy. It opens on November 23rd, and yes, it's in 3D

The Leftover Question Marks Of 2011 - Can These Films Possibly Be Any Good? Part 1

  • By The Playlist
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  • January 14, 2011 6:22 AM
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The Answer Is Probably Not, But Hey, What The Hell...Our exhausting coverage of the films coming out in 2011 continues and yes, we're tired, hungry and a bit cranky. We used to call this our Least Anticipated Films feature, but this year our New Year's resolution was to be a tiny bit more positive. Frankly, the sentiment applies, but this is also the leftover films of 2011 we just don't know what to do with. Many of them look abysmal, some of us glass-half-full Playlist types (yes, there are a few among us) think, "hey, that picture might not be so bad," while other members of the group stare in shock that such an idea could be possibly floated. So yes, basically these are the films that we don't hold out too much hope, the ones we think look downright cheap and dreadful, made only to turn a buck and the occasional few that look half-decent (and may just not have fit in the character count of our Escapist Features, sue us) --- though before you bombard our comments section, please actually read what we have to say about these films before assuming we're completely writing them off. Also, while it wasn't intentional, some of us do find it amusing that most of the cast of "Twilight" fill these halls. Another trend we just realized? Leighton Meester pretty much means box-office poison (poor cute, "Gossip Girl"). Also, Hollywood seems to be banking on the mostly unknown Alex Pettyfer, but he truly looks like a charisma-free zone of blandness. Onwards to 2011, though, not necessarily upwards in this case....

Universal And Sony Find New Fall 2011 Dates For 'The Thing' And 'Moneyball'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • November 23, 2010 11:43 AM
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Running a studio is a lot like playing chess. You really have to know how to utilize your pieces and position them for success, but also be aware of what the opposition is up to. Sometimes you have to sacrifice a pawn in order to make a bigger score, and sometimes gambles don't pay off. As such, people suspected that Universal was exposing a weakness when they yanked "The Thing" from its April release date for reshoots.

Additional Shooting On 'The Thing' The Reason For The Film's Delay

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 16, 2010 3:08 AM
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Yesterday when we reported that Universal had pulled "The Thing" from their schedule we said that we smelled reshoots, and it turns out we were half right.

Universal Pulls 'The Thing' From Schedule, Pierre Morel Scared Off 'Ouija'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • November 15, 2010 3:04 AM
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'Fast Five' Drives Into Former Release Date For 'The Thing'A sudden reshuffling has led to some murmuring about what is going on over at Universal. Host to a number of underperformers both small ("Scott Pilgrim") and huge ("Green Zone," "The Wolf Man") over the last year, the studio is being forced to re-evaluate their decision-making. As a result, POOF, "The Thing," their big April pre-summer release, is gone from the schedule. In its place on April 29, 2011 is "Fast Five," the fifth movement in the "Fast And The Furious" concerto.

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