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Jolie Passes on Wanted Sequel, Universal Bails

The deal on The Wanted sequel: Universal wanted Angelina Jolie to star. That meant that she had to approve the script--which had to persuasively bring her back from certain death. Once she turned the movie down, Universal killed the sequel--what could have been a valuable franchise for the studio--and Jolie is moving on to space thriller Gravity, for Warners, reports New York Vulture.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 26, 2010 12:44 AM
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Sherlock Holmes Music Video: Discombobulate Features Zimmer, Downey

Sherlock Holmes Music Video: Discombobulate Features Zimmer, Downey
As the Oscar voting heads toward the final days (ballots are due March 2), Oscar campaigners are still throwing new things into the mix: here's a music video for Hans Zimmer's score for Sherlock Holmes, with Robert Downey Jr. on piano. It's fun--they basically got the musicians to send in video from all over the world. One guy's riding an elephant.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 26, 2010 12:11 AM
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Alice in Wonderland: Early Reviews

Alice in Wonderland: Early Reviews
Post-London premiere, the early review floodgates have opened on Tim Burton and Linda Woolverton's reimagining of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland in 3-D, which is poised to be a box office monster when it opens wide on March 5. (I will report back after I see the movie next Tuesday.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 25, 2010 10:38 AM
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Superman Reboot is Goyer's Man of Steel

Warners/D.C./Legendary have hired David Goyer to write the new Superman reboot. Goyer's working with Jonathan Nolan (Batman Begins) on an idea from his brother Christopher Nolan. There had been speculation--denied by DC--that Christopher Nolan would be supervising the new Superman iteration. In fact, Goyer reinvented Batman with Nolan. And his story for Nolan's The Dark Knight went on to earn $1 billion. He also wrote Marvel's X-Men Origins: Magneto. Warner Bros. was cautiously making sure it had the right approach to its next Superman picture before losing the rights to the character in 2013. Here's Variety (which credits Latino Review with breaking the story):
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 25, 2010 7:54 AM
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Avatar to Lose 3-D and IMAX Screens, Still Breaks Records

We all know that Avatar has broken all box office records, unseating former king of the world Titanic. The James Cameron sci-fi epic holds the record for domestic ($690 million) and worldwide ($2.5 billion) gross.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 25, 2010 1:55 AM
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Berlinale 60 Day Ten: Bibliotheque Pascal, Awards Ceremony, The Lights of Asakusa

Berlinale 60 Day Ten: Bibliotheque Pascal, Awards Ceremony, The Lights of Asakusa
As she wraps up the 60th Berlinale, Meredith Brody sits down to three squares in one day and remembers her mantra: "We must really love movies."
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  • February 24, 2010 11:16 AM
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Dennis Lehane Talks Shutter Island

Dennis Lehane Talks Shutter Island
The thing to remember about Shutter Island is that it's closely based on the novel by Dennis Lehane. James Cameron collaborator Laeta Kalogridis wrote the adaptation that lured Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese. Read the book and you will see how closely she hewed to the original. Whatever the movie's strengths or weaknesses--and it has both--they come from the book. I'd argue that as cinematic as this paranoid thriller is, it works better as a book than a movie. That's because Scorsese faced the challenge of making this high-wire reality vs. fiction puzzle into a plausible, believable narrative that didn't throw the audience for a complete loop. Some buy it, some don't.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 24, 2010 1:34 AM
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Berlinale 60 Day Nine: En Familie, The Killer Inside Me, Rock Hudson, Making the Boys

Berlinale 60 Day Nine: En Familie, The Killer Inside Me, Rock Hudson, Making the Boys
Our Berlin correspondent Meredith Brody experiences highs and lows as the festival winds down, from the skillfully-made documentary Making the Boys to the huge yet hugely disappointing Nine:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 23, 2010 8:13 AM
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Oscar Duel: Renner vs. Bridges, Bullock vs. Streep

Oscar Duel: Renner vs. Bridges, Bullock vs. Streep
At this stage of the Oscar race, Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart) has taken the momentum away former front-runner George Clooney (Up in the Air) for Best Actor, but some in Hollywood sense growing support for newcomer Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker). Meanwhile, rookie Oscar nominee Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side) and 16-time nominee, two-time winner Meryl Streep are in a tight race for Best Actress. In this dueling blog, Moviefone Oscarologist Jack Mathews and I consider the odds of a Renner upset and another Streep defeat. Best Actor first.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 23, 2010 3:01 AM
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Retailer Wal-Mart Buys Digital Distributor Vudu

Wal-Mart is getting into the online movie business by acquiring download provider Vudu. Before now the mighty brick-and-mortar discount retailer hasn't had much luck with its attempts to crack the digital code--the studios dive-bombed Wal-Mart's last effort, a web store. And Vudu abandoned set-top boxes in favor of adding software that has been added to slightly more costly DVD players to enable them to stream movies off the internet. MovieBeam marked another botched attempt to get web movies into the home via expensive boxes.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 23, 2010 12:10 AM
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