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EW Previews 'Star Trek Into Darkness,' Madness of Abrams' Career

J.J. Abrams' "Star Trek" reboot opened in 2009 and earned $386 million worldwide. Four years later the director returns with "Star Trek Into Darkness" -- out May 17. He tells EW in their sneak preview issue that his career--complete with a "Star Wars" reboot--is currently "madness."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 7, 2013 1:39 PM
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First Look: David Gordon Green's True-Grit Southern Drama 'Joe' with Nicolas Cage

Check out this new first image from David Gordon Green's Southern drama "Joe," starring Nicolas Cage and Tye Sheridan ("Mud"). It is based on the Larry Brown novel of the same title, following an ex-convict (Cage) who tries to be the protector of a 15-year-old newcomer (Sheridan) in his small Texas town.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 7, 2013 12:49 PM
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'Zero Dark Thirty' Writer-Producer Boal Defends Film in 'First Amendment Week' Keynote

Celebrating "First Amendment Week" at Loyola Marymount University, Oscar-nominated "Zero Dark Thirty" writer-producer Mark Boal (who won a writing Oscar for "The Hurt Locker," his first collaboration with director Kathryn Bigelow) gave the keynote address.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 6, 2013 4:13 PM
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Eva Mendes Joins Ryan Gosling's 'How to Catch a Monster' with Christina Hendricks and Ben Mendelsohn

Ryan Gosling's directorial debut, "How to Catch a Monster," has Ben Mendelsohn ("Animal Kingdom") on board to star with Christina Hendricks. The film, which Gosling and Hendricks describe as a fantasy noir...
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  • February 6, 2013 2:46 PM
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Magnolia Picks Up 'Best Man Down,' Starring Justin Long and Jess Weixler

Magnolia Pictures has nabbed North American rights to Ted Koland's comedy "Best Man Down" (aka "Lumpy"), starring Justin Long ("Movie 43," "Live Free of Die Hard") and Jess Weixler ("Teeth")...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 6, 2013 2:31 PM
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BBC to Release Documentary 'One Life' from Creators of 'Earth' -- Daniel Craig Narrates

BBC Worldwide announces a limited engagement run of documentary "One Life," narrated by Daniel Craig. From the creators of "Earth: the Movie," the fifth highest-grossing documentary to date, the film follows the spectrum of the human journey from birth until the "delivery of the next generation."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 6, 2013 1:47 PM
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Colin Firth Joins Nicole Kidman's Amnesia Thriller 'Before I Go to Sleep'

Colin Firth is joining Nicole Kidman to star in Rowan Joffe's "Before I Go to Sleep," a thriller set up at Scott Free and Millennium Films. The film is based on Brit novelist S.J. Watson's book of the same name. Joffe adapted the screenplay, which centers on a woman (Kidman) with amnesia...
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  • February 6, 2013 1:41 PM
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Magnet Releasing Acquires 'Europa Report' with 'District 9' Star Sharlto Copley

Magnet Releasing, the genre arm of Magnolia Pictures, has picked up US rights to sci-fi film "Europa Report," starring Sharlto Copley. Watch the teaser trailer below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 6, 2013 1:17 PM
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'Animal Kingdom' Director David Michôd Goes Into Production on 'The Rover' with Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson

Australian director David Michôd, who helmed 2010's brilliant white-knuckle crime film "Animal Kingdom," has gone into production on his next film, "The Rover." It stars Guy Pearce (also in "Animal Kingdom") and Robert Pattinson.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 6, 2013 1:07 PM
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Disney Confirms 'Star Wars' Spin-Offs for Individual Characters -- Yoda's Up First

Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed during an interview on CNBC that the Mouse House will release "Star Wars" spin-offs based on individual characters. The studio, which acquired Lucasfilm with long-time Steven Spielberg producer Kathleen Kennedy attached as CEO, is wasting no time pushing forward an ambitious agenda to milk the "Star Wars" franchise for all its worth.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • February 6, 2013 1:03 PM
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