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Comic-Con 2014: Fox Targets Male Demo with Firth Spy Flick 'Kingsman,' YA 'Maze Runner,' and 'Hitman' Starring Quinto

Fox's presentations at Comic-Con emphasized finding new ways of being fresh and relevant, as the studio is targeting the male demo with "The Maze Runner," its young adult answer to "The Hunger Games," along with Matthew Vaughn's Bondian "Kingsman: The Secret Service," and a second adaptation of the "Agent 47" video game, "Hitman."
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • July 26, 2014 4:49 PM
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Once in a Lifetime 'The Hateful Eight' Live Read with "Tarantino superstars!"

"These are the Tarantino superstars!" the writer-director cried. The audience roared to its feet as already announced Tarantino regular Samuel L. Jackson strode onto the stage, script tucked under his arm, all in black with a black straw hat and a cigarette. He dominated the proceedings as a pipe-smoking "bald Lee Van Cleef type," ex-Cavalry major Marquis Warren, who enjoyed fighting for the Union and wiping out "white southern crackers," but now functions as a bounty hunter who prefers to bring in his quarry dead rather than alive.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 20, 2014 6:19 AM
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Tarantino Lines Up Cast for 'The Hateful Eight' LA Live Read April 19: Samuel L. Jackson Is In (UPDATE)

On April 19, Film Independent will host a staged reading of Quentin Tarantino's unmade, much-tussled-over script "The Hateful Eight" at the United Artists Theatre at the Ace Hotel. So far Samuel L. Jackson will participate. Who else will come on board? And does this mean that Tarantino may direct the thwarted screenplay after all?
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 18, 2014 2:03 PM
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'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' Goes Into Production, Starring Evans, Johansson, Jackson and Robert Redford

As expected, Marvel has wasted no time ramping up production on "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," which is now underway in Los Angeles. Chris Evans is back as the beefy, star-spangled Captain, with Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson on board as ubiquitous Avengers Black Widow and Nick Fury. Additionally, film icon Robert Redford is playing Agent Alexander Pierce.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 8, 2013 1:46 PM
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'Avengers' Cast to Present at the Oscars

Marvel isn't missing a promo trick, nor is the ever-youth-audience-chasing Oscar telecast. "The Avengers" cast members Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Renner and Mark Ruffalo will present on-stage at the Oscars on February 24.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • February 6, 2013 12:31 PM
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'Django Unchained' Needed More Time; Review and Roundup

So far the critics are being kind to Quentin Tarantino's bloody Western-down-South, singing the praises of the film's stellar cast and its fierce yet disturbingly funny confrontation with the most shameful chapter of American history. Division comes concerning the film's length, with some enjoying the epic 165-minute runtime, and others finding it an overbloated self-indulgence. Review roundup below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 12, 2012 1:56 PM
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Tarantino's 'Django' Cast Steely-Eyed in New Character Posters

Individual character posters are now part and parcel with a major film's promotional campaign, and Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" is no different. Check out new artwork of Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson, Kerry Washington and Jamie Foxx...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 19, 2012 12:55 PM
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Review Round-Up: 'Marvel's The Avengers': The Best Super Hero Movie Of All Time?

Stakes and anticipation were high for "Marvel's The Avengers," which finally brings together a half dozen superheroes. The take-home message from most reviewers is that the super hero mash-up more than met expectations--it set the bar higher for summer blockbusters and other superhero movies alike.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • April 20, 2012 9:16 AM
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'Django Unchained' Character Guide and Official Synopsis

The graphic poster for "Django Unchained" (December 25) is spare and actor-free, so we decided to fill in a character guide and an embellished official synopsis--we did read the Quentin Tarantino script.
  • By Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange
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  • April 13, 2012 4:29 PM
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