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In the Works: 'Magnificent Seven' Remake Names a Writer, Penn's 'Crazy for the Storm' & Ronan for 'Mary Queen of Scots'

-Saoirse Ronan is attached to play the ill-fated title role in "Mary Queen of Scots." Working Title is producing, with a script by Michael Hirst. Eighteen-year old Ronan may seem young to play a queen, but Mary was named Queen of Scotland when she was six days old...
  • By Sophia Savage and Beth Hanna
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  • August 10, 2012 12:52 PM
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'The Hobbit' Takes the Safe Route: 24 FPS Goes Wide, 48 FPS Goes Limited

Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" was supposed to lead the 48 fps revolution in the film industry, but now it looks like its debut will be more whimper than bang. After the film's 48 fps footage received mixed reactions at CinemaCon, and the filmmaker took the safe route at Comic-Con by screening "The Hobbit" footage at only 24 fps, Warner Bros. has opted to give the increased frame-per-second "Hobbit" a limited release on December 14, with the standard frame rate version releasing wide.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 8, 2012 1:43 PM
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Trailer Watch: 'Trouble with the Curve' Shows Off Eastwood's Comedic Chops -- His Last Starring Role?

Check out the new trailer for Clint Eastwood-starrer "Trouble with the Curve," about an aging Atlanta Braves scout (Eastwood), who despite his failing eyesight remains determined to take one last recruiting trip. Eastwood's longtime producing partner, Robert Lorenz, directs.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 8, 2012 12:22 PM
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Self-Published Teen Romance Novel 'Beautiful Disaster' Heads to Warner Bros.

Author Jamie McGuire's self-published novel "Beautiful Disaster" is getting the big screen treatment through Warner Bros. The studio picked up the rights to the novel, which centers on Abby Abernathy, a girl with a dark past who tries to reinvent herself in college. Her plan go awry.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 2, 2012 1:41 PM
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Trailer and Video Commentary: Tykwer and Wachowskis Talk Toronto-Bound, Epic, Mind-Boggling 'Cloud Atlas' UPDATED

The epic, six-minute trailer for Tom Tykwer and the Wachowskis' "Cloud Atlas," debuting at Toronto in September, is here. The adaptation of David Mitchell's novel stars -- deep breath -- Tom Hanks, Jim Sturgess, Ben Whishaw, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Susan Sarandon, Hugo Weaving, Bae Doona, Zhou Xun and Hugh Grant, many of whom are in multiple roles and disguises.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 27, 2012 7:36 PM
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Warner Bros. Pushes 'Gangster Squad' Release from September to January in Wake of Aurora Shootings

As expected, in the wake of the "Dark Knight Rises" Aurora shootings on July 19, Warner Bros. has opted to push back the release from September to January of Ruben Fleischer's "Gangster Squad." The film features a climactic sequence in which machine-gun-wielding gangsters surprise an audience from behind a movie screen and shoot into the theater.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • July 27, 2012 1:43 PM
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Career Watch: Christian Bale - The Dark Superhero We Need

Batman is not like other superheroes, and Christian Bale's iteration of him stands apart from the Thors and Iron Mans of contemporary hero-cinema. Because Bale's Batman, as we know him from Christopher Nolan's trilogy, is human and flawed, the tragedy that accompanied "The Dark Knight Rises" opening leaves us feeling more vulnerable...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 26, 2012 1:34 PM
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Flixster Offers Free WB Titles to Comic-Con Tweeters

Flixster announced today that it is giving Comic-Con attendees free Ultra-Violet enabled copies of popular Warner Bros. titles through its digital platform.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 12, 2012 2:18 PM
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Warner Bros. Bringing Epic 'Cloud Atlas' to US Theaters October 26

Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer, and Andy Wachowski's "Cloud Atlas" will land in US theaters October 26. Warner Bros. acquired the US, UK, France, Spain, Australia and Japan rights to the 2 hour and 44-minute film after the studio budgeted it at an unaffordable $170 million and passed on it...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 20, 2012 1:29 PM
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Trailer Watch: 'The Great Gatsby' Boasts Wild Soundtrack, Dazzling Look

Baz Luhrmann's anticipated revamp of the Great American Novel has a trailer - and it's got his signature wild look and sound. The soundtrack is coolly unexpected, starting with Jay Z and Kanye West's "No Church in the Wild" and then U2's "Love is Blindness."
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • May 23, 2012 10:09 AM
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