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'Kung Fu Panda' & 'Alvin & The Chipmunks' Writer To Turn 'Candyland' Into A Narrative Somehow

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 28, 2011 9:05 AM
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At the beginning of 2010, we named "Candyland" as one of the dumbest movies announced in 2009 and even with all the bullshit movies announced last year none of them really compete with this one yet. And now, the project is actually moving forward with a writer who will now be whispered about at parties, "You see that guy? He wrote 'Candyland'.....I know."

Weekend Box Office: Zack Snyder & Warners Get 'Sucker Punch' From 'Wimpy Kid'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 27, 2011 5:09 AM
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Demographics matter. You want to say, well, screw the numbers, let’s just make a movie for everyone! But considering the multiple sources of entertainment in our multimedia worlds, whatever doesn’t automatically turn us on will turn us off. Because of this, Zack Snyder’s “Sucker Punch” turned people off. It was an action fantasia, a genre normally attractive to teenage boys, but it featured only girls, an immediate turnoff for that demographic. And it didn’t appeal to women, who noticed the marketing campaign centered around cacophonous violence and mayhem, not usually a drawing point for females. It wasn’t made for kids, but the heavily-CGI’d special effects made it look like a candy-coated kids’ entertainment to adults. Four quadrants, all disinterested.

Tom Hooper In Negotiations To Direct Musical 'Les Miserables'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 25, 2011 1:17 AM
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In the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, the grand-scale movie musical was the equivalent of today's big-budget 3D sci-fi actioners -- star-packed blockbusters, often based on Broadway hits that were guaranteed to bring in hefty box office hauls. 1965's "The Sound of Music," one of the last whoppers of the genre, for instance, became the biggest film of all time on its release, and remains the third highest grosser of all time when adjusted for inflation. But a series of expensive flops, from "Doctor Dolittle" to "At Long Last Love" and "New York, New York," saw the genre fall out of favor, and the movie musicals nearly disappeared altogether in the 1980s and 1990s, outside of Disney animations and the occasional exception like "Evita."

Review: 'Jane Eyre' A Hauntingly Effective Gothic Drama

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 10, 2011 5:13 AM
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When tasked with reimagining Charlotte Brontë's immortal "Jane Eyre," which seems to be adapted somewhere, by someone, every couple of years, some key decisions must be made. The impulse that seems to have seized director Cary Fukunaga was to emphasize the gothic horror elements of the story, while making the narrative more structurally complex, allowing for more of Jane's back story to slip into the movie (it's the stuff most commonly left out of the multitude of adaptations).

Weekend Box Office: 'Rango' Wrangles The Year's Highest Debut So Far with $38 Million

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 6, 2011 6:49 AM
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CG-toons. You can’t go wrong. Even if you’re alienating viewers. While “Rango” is the first non-3D animated film of the last year or so, most were predicting a much bigger opening around $50 million or so. Still, a not-bad $38 million showing for the film this weekend, though Cinemascore audiences only rated the film a C+. Most of those negative notices are probably due to the unconventional visual style, though critics have been making comparisons to Jim Jarmusch and allusions to Hunter S. Thompson. Yeah, those references were missing from “Gnomeo and Juliet.” Still, this seems like a one-and-done affair for people not exactly associated with animated work, especially considering a very hefty price tag that won’t be recouped without a muscular second weekend hold.

Vince Vaughn Vehicle 'Insane Laws' May Find A Home At Universal

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 4, 2011 11:33 AM
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"The Break-Up," "Couples Retreat," "Four Christmases," "The Dilemma" -- these are all part of a very successful, if mediocre cloth that Vince Vaughn has been cutting some big checks from lately, and while we wish he would latch on to something more interesting, it's no surprise that another project is bubbling up in the same arena as those predecessors.

Review: 'The Adjustment Bureau' Is A Heady Sci-fi Romance

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 3, 2011 3:19 AM
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An air of mystery has permeated writer-director George Nolfi's "The Adjustment Bureau," the new science fiction political thriller love story starring Matt Damon and Emily Blunt (and based on a typically paranoid 1954 short story by visionary crackpot Philip K. Dick). This is partially due to the elliptical nature of the movie's marketing, which seemed to emphasize the retro-cool costumes more than the story itself, and because, since its completion in 2009, it has both scheduled and missed a handful of release dates.

Universal Picks Up Tomas Alfredson's 'Tinker, Tailor, Solder, Spy' With Tom Hardy, Colin Firth, More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 28, 2011 7:18 AM
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One of our most anticipated films of the year now has a home on our shores as Deadline reveals that Universal has picked up the domestic distribution rights for "Let The Right One In" director Tomas Alfredson's English language debut, "Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy."

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.

Box Office '10: Win, Lose Or Draw

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 28, 2011 12:36 AM
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Despite rising 3D surcharges, studios posted major box office and attendance drops in 2010, suggesting moviegoers were not entirely intrigued by the year’s product. Some distributors executed a winning game plan with success, while others floundered, making a series of unwise decisions that probably got a number of respectable people fired.

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