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5 Things You Might Not Know About Brad Bird's 'The Iron Giant'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 6, 2012 1:19 PM
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These days, Brad Bird is one of the most sought after directors around. He helmed "The Incredibles" for Pixar, still one of the company's best and biggest hits, and took over troubled project "Ratatouille" at the last minute, helping turn it into another classic, and another global hit. And last year, he made his live-action debut with the thrilling "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol," which became the biggest film of Tom Cruise's career, and will follow it up in the near future with the Damon Lindelof-penned sci-fi "1952."

'24' & 'Battlestar Galactica' Star Katee Sackhoff Lands Female Lead In New 'Riddick' Sequel

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 9, 2012 6:37 PM
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Oh, so we guess that new "Chronicles Of Riddick" movie is happening after all. After pre-production was abruptly shut down in Montreal late last fall, and then started up again before the end of the year, it appears it's all systems go at Universal for Vin Diesel and David Twohy as the project, which last we heard was waiting a greenlight, now appears to be on the move. 

'Knuckle' Director Ian Palmer Talks Bringing The Documentary To TV, Reveals Vin Diesel Was Interested In Movie Rights

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 8, 2011 2:58 PM
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Aside from maybe Errol Morris' "Tabloid," there is no story you'll see in a docmentary this year as astonishingly odd and visceral as that in Ian Palmer's "Knuckle." But unlike Morris' film, which centers on a single incident in the already quirky life of one woman, Palmer's film tracks the simmering real life feuds between multiple families that has deloved in an endless series of bare knuckle fights between warring members. In "Knuckle," Palmer weaves an incredible tale, captured from more than a decade's worth of footage he shot as an invited witness to the matches, centered around the Quinn-McDonaugh family of Irish travellers and their battles with the Joyce and Nevins clans. The film is raw, brutal stuff with men of all ages -- from lads barely out of their teenage years to grandfathers -- meeting every few months to settle a variety of scores in bloody bare knuckle fights on the backroads of Ireland.

Jason Statham Reaches His Destiny, Sought For Two Future 'Fast & Furious' Sequels

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 4, 2011 1:20 AM
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'Fast Six' And 'Fast Seven' May Be Shot Back-To-Back In EuropeFranchises, generally speaking, are more like fruit than cheese (bear with us, we are going somewhere with this). They might need a film to ripen to their full potential -- sequels generally outgross their predecessors -- but in the main they run their course by the third or fourth film, as opposed to, say, maturing and finding greater audiences and creative highs with each new installment. So we were as surprised as you were that not only was "Fast Five" the the highest grossing (over $600 million now, nearly double the haul of its "Fast and Furious" predecessors) entry of the series so far, but it was also by far the most fun.

Karl Urban & His Futuristic Haircut Are Apparently Returning For Vin Diesel's New 'Riddick' Movie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 23, 2011 8:47 AM
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So, has Vin Diesel been too eager to get his next "Riddick" movie off the ground? We'll leave that for you to decide, but just a few days after hitting his Facebook page with concept art, talk of an R-rating and a 2012 release, that entire post has been removed. Hmm. So just bear that in mind as we get to this next piece of news.

Vin Diesel Unveils ‘Riddick’ Sequel Concept Art, Hopes For 2012 Release

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 19, 2011 5:49 AM
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Vin Diesel suffers for his art. Back in the spring, the actor made a big show of announcing that he was going to deign to getting paid scale in order to get a new "Chronicles of Riddick" sequel off the ground, philosophically stating, "Money is always second to art, integrity and spirit" but wondering if he would be able "to momentarily venture to that dark place… called Riddick." Well, moral and ethical dilemmas aside, Diesel is moving forth and over the weekend he hit his Facebook page with a bit of an update.

Vin Diesel To Star In Jane Austen Adaptation. No, Wait, It's Another Action Movie.

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 13, 2011 12:56 PM
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It's not that the movie star is dead, as such, it's that domestic audiences (viewers abroad are still very much in thrall to "the star") are less and less willing to watch actors outside of the genre in which they made their name. It's arguable, for instance, whether Hugh Jackman is much of a draw when he's not playing Wolverine, while any hint of intelligence in an Adam Sandler film sees the box office takings plummet, and Denzel Washington is sensible enough to stick to the middle-brow thriller: when he tries something else ("The Great Debaters," "Antwone Fisher," "The Preacher's Wife") the box office plummets.

Let Us Get Our Tiny Violin: Vin Diesel Upset He's Being Paid Scale For 'Riddick' Sequel No One Wants

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 25, 2011 12:56 PM
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Film To Be R-Rated, Shoot This Summer1999's "Pitch Black" was a nifty little sci-fi horror film: nothing special, but a solid genre entry, which used a decent cast, including Cole Hauser and Radha Mitchell, and in particular granite-voiced man mountain Vin Diesel, to good effect. The film made Diesel a star, and off the back of the success of "The Fast & The Furious," Universal took a gamble that the actor's breakout character in David Twohy's film, brutal convict Riddick, could be the star of his very own franchise, with 2004's "The Chronicles of Riddick."

Vin Diesel To Star In The Action Comedy 'The Machine'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 23, 2011 4:52 AM
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With "Fast Five" driving all over the box office in a franchise that people can't seem to get enough of, the world appears to be an oyster for thick necked Vin Diesel. While his efforts outside of the car franchise haven't quite hit the same peaks, generally, the man brings in the bucks and it looks like he's ready to finally mould himself a career not unlike that of the similarly muscled and acting talent deficient Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Vin Diesel Locked And Loaded For A Sixth 'Fast And Furious'?

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 17, 2011 6:51 AM
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We suppose it's better than "The Pacifier 2."

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