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Latest Behemoth 'Godzilla' Starts Production, As Del Toro's 'Pacific Rim' Heads for July 12 Release

Principal photography began March 18 in Vancouver on Warner Bros./Legendary behemoth "Godzilla" with an all-star global cast: Brit Aaron Taylor-Johnson stars alongside Japanese Ken Watanabe, French Juliette Binoche and Americans David Strathairn and Bryan Cranston as well as indie darling Elizabeth Olsen in her first studio production. Of course the humans will be dwarfed by their super-size adversary.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • March 19, 2013 11:54 AM
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What's Next for Ang Lee, From FX's 'Tyrant' to Eyeing Moses and 'Cleopatra'

Fresh off his Oscar win as Best Director for "Life of Pi," Ang Lee is fielding a number of potential and solidified upcoming projects. News comes today that the Taiwanese-born director is being eyed to helm Warner Bros.' Moses biopic "Gods and Kings," now that Steven Spielberg has dropped out.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 15, 2013 2:49 PM
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Warner Bros. to Release 20-Film Comedy Box Set for 90th Anniversary, Includes Cary Grant Classics, Marx Brothers, Mel Brooks

Warner Bros. celebrates its 90th anniversary in 2013, and to mark the occasion is releasing five box sets throughout the year, with 20 films each highlighting the best of the studio's output. First up: the Comedy Collection, including such unbeatable classics as Howard Hawks' "Bringing Up Baby," George Cukor's "The Philadelphia Story" and Frank Capra's "Arsenic and Old Lace." Alas, it also includes "The Hangover," but nothing's perfect. Full list of titles below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 12, 2013 11:54 AM
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Why 'Jack the Giant Slayer' Flopped

The dwarfish $28 million domestic that Warner Bros.' “Jack the Giant Slayer” grossed over the weekend was what? A surprise? That the wheel-spinning Bryan Singer would make a soulless 3-D disaster film out of a timeless children’s story was hardly a shock. But the film’s anemic showing was indicative of something that has nothing to do with art and everything to do with commercial malpractice: No one – including audiences, ultimately -- knew who this big lumbering movie was for.
  • By John Anderson
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  • March 4, 2013 1:56 PM
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Warner Bros. Chooses Studio Chief from Digital Ranks: Meet the New Boss, Tsujihara

Hollywood's biggest film and television studio, Warner Bros., has a tradition of hanging onto its chairmen for a long time. For two decades after Ted Ashley left the studio in 1980, Terry Semel and Bob Daly ran the TV and move divisions. TV exec Barry Meyer took over as studio chairman in 1999, with Alan Horn and various production chiefs running the motion pictures group, most recently--and effectively--15-year Warners vet Jeff Robinov.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 28, 2013 1:30 PM
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Warner Bros. Wants Ron Howard 'In the Heart of the Sea' with Chris Hemsworth

Warner Bros. is fishing for Ron Howard to direct 19th century drama "In the Heart of the Sea," based on National Book Award winner Nathaniel Philbrick's novel. Chris Hemsworth is already on board to star as a sailor on the Essex, the doomed sea vessel which inspired Herman Melville's "Moby Dick."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 24, 2013 1:17 PM
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In the Works: 'Assassin's Creed,' Reddit's 'Rome, Sweet Rome' and Warner Bros' Sci-Fi 'Odyssey' Get Writers

Brit playwright Michael Lesslie ("Prince of Denmark") has been enlisted to write the script for "Assassin's Creed," starring Michael Fassbender and based on the Ubisoft video game. Two-year-old Ubisoft Motion Pictures is developing the film with New Regency...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 15, 2013 12:29 PM
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Garland & Astaire Classic Musical 'Easter Parade' Coming to Warner Bros. Blu-ray in 2013

The Fred Astaire-Judy Garland classic "Easter Parade" will be coming to Blu-ray for the first time on February 19, 2013. Featuring a wonderful collection of songs from Irving Berlin, the film follows an againg dancer (Astaire) whose relationship has gone sour with his current dance and romance partner. Enter up-and-comer...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 24, 2012 2:06 PM
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Warner Bros. Nabs Rights for Mickey Spillane's Pulp Private Eye Mike Hammer

Warner Bros. has acquired the rights to pulp author Mickey Spillane's rough-hewn, brilliantly unsympathetic private eye Mike Hammer. There are currently no specifics on the film adaptation, but one thing's for sure: the studio has its work cut out to compete...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 22, 2012 5:00 PM
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Warner Bros. Sets Tom Cruise-Starrer 'All You Need is Kill' for March 2014

Warner Bros. has set March 14, 2014, as the date for Doug Liman's sci-fi actioner "All You Need is Kill," starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt. The film is adapted from Hiroshi Sakurazaka's novel of the same title, centering on a soldier in an intergalactic war caught in a time loop where the day of his final battle must be played out over and over again. A bit like "Groundhog Day," but with ruthless aliens.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 1, 2012 1:19 PM
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