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Veronica Santiago and Neil Estep review Hairspray, Chuck & Larry, and Premonition in this episode of FilmCrunch.
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Josh Brolin+ Josh Brolin has been tapped to replace Clive Owen's character Dwayne in the upcoming sequel to 2005's Sin City, titled Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. Brolin joins returning cast members Mickey Rourke, Rosario Dawson, and Jessica Alba, as well as newcomer Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

+ Transformers director Michael Bay announced on his blog that the next film in the franchise will not just be a sequel to 2011's Dark of the Moon, but the first in a new trilogy. Bay also added that 20 year-old Irish actor Jack Reynor will star opposite Mark Wahlberg in the new film.

+ The 50 Shades of Grey screenwriter Kelly Marcel has admitted that the film adaptation of the popular book will definitely be slapped with an NC-17 rating. Scandalous!

+ Vulture compares Jessica Rabbit with Emma Stone's character in Gangster Squad.

+ Snakes on a Plane director David R. Ellis died early yesterday morning in South Africa for unknown reasons. He was 60 years old.

Click to continue reading Cinecast: Josh Brolin for ‘Sin City 2,’ Tina Fey in Talks for ‘Muppets’ Sequel


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The HobbitThe Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will have its world premiere in New Zealand on November 28.

Director Peter Jackson has revealed the special screening will be hosted at the Embassy Theatre in Wellington before the movie is released worldwide in December as filming took place in the country.

"We cannot think of a more perfect way to send The Hobbit off into the world than to celebrate with a huge party here in Wellington, where the journey began," he said.

Based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien, the movie is set 60 years before the events in the Lord Of The Rings trilogy take place. In The Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins attempts to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from Smaug, the dragon. Martin Freeman plays the hobbit while Elijah Wood, Orlando Bloom, Cate Blanchett and Ian McKellen, will all reprise their roles from the trilogy. Andy Serkis will once again star as Gollum using motion capture imagery.

The film is split into two parts, with the second installment - The Hobbit: There And Back Again - due for release in December 2013.


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Robert RodriguezRobert Rodriguez has "more power" than other directors because he made his first movie himself.

The director started his career with Mexican gun toting guitarist drama Mariachi - which was entirely self funded and had a tiny budget, but became a huge hit - which make him unafraid of Hollywood, because he can always go back to doing it all himself.

"Because I made Mariachi first I always knew that no matter what, I could always go and do that again. They bought that, so [I say to studios] 'make my movie, or I'll just go make it myself.' You always have a lot more power that way because they know you don't need them, so I've always had a lot more luck because of the fact that was my fist movie. That made much more of a statement than had my first film been something that they gave me an opportunity to make, then I would have always been at their service."

Robert is about to make Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, which he will co-direct with comic book artist Frank Miller, and he maintains their version will remain as faithful as possible to the original comics.

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Here are a few selections in theaters this weekend:

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Eat Pray Love DVDHere are some of the options available this week:

  • Beauty and the Beast (Two-Disc Diamond Edition): DVD
  • Diary of a Mad Black Woman: Blu-ray
  • The Disappearance of Alice Creed: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Eat Pray Love: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Expendables: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Family that Preys: Blu-ray
  • The Hunting Party: Blu-ray
  • I'm Still Here: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Metropolis: Blu-ray
  • Strictly Ballroom (Special Edition): DVD
  • Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion: Blu-ray
  • Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail: Blu-ray
  • Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married: Blu-ray
  • The Winning Season: DVD

Make sure to also check out the options for this week.

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Takers movie

Although early reports had in first place this weekend, the final numbers told a different story. When the dust finally settled on Monday, Lionsgate’s had squeaked out a slim lead. (Less than $200,000 separated the two films.)

Exorcism, though, did not walk away a loser. The movie “documenting” a priest’s final exorcism earned just over $20 million—and it only cost $1.8 million to produce. The PG-13 flick also surpassed The Unborn‘s 2009 debut ($19.8 million), though it did fall short of The Exorcism of Emily Rose. (That 2005 release opened to $30 million.)

Click to continue reading Box Office Breakdown: Takers Takes the (Close) Win

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The Switch

Maybe a quick trip to Cougar Town is something Jennifer Aniston could use right now.

Days after blurting out the R-word on television, Aniston is dealing with another ding in her career: the box office disappointment. The Switch, co-starring Jason Bateman, produced only $8.4 million over the past three days while narrowly escaping eighth place. The good news? The movie raised slightly more than Jen’s Love Happens did back in September. The bad news? The comedy earned about $4 million less than Jennifer Lopez’s baby movie, The Back-Up Plan, did in April.

Click to continue reading Box Office Breakdown: The Switch Fails to Light Up

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Here are a few selections in theaters this weekend:

  • Lottery Ticket (PG-13): starring Bow Wow, Ice Cube, Brandon T. Jackson (directed by Erik White)
  • Nanny McPhee Returns (PG): starring Emma Thompson, Ralph Fiennes, Maggie Gyllenhaal (directed by Susanna White)
  • Piranha 3D (R): starring Elisabeth Shue, Jerry O’Connell, Ving Rhames (directed by Alexandre Aja)
  • The Switch (PG-13): starring Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, Jeff Goldblum (directed by Josh Gordon, Will Speck)
  • Vampires Suck (PG-13): starring Matt Lanter, Chris Riggi, Ken Jeong (directed by Jason Friedberg, Aaron Seltzer) **opens Wednesday**

Click to continue reading In Theaters This Weekend: August 20, 2010


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Rob Lowe is said to be involved in a bid to buy Miramax Films. 

The actor has been linked to a deal by Tom Barrack’s Colony Capital, which is among a number of bidders for the production company, responsible for movies including The Queen and No Country for Old Men.
“It’s fair to say Lowe’s a friend of Colony and he’ll be involved in some larger sense. They value his opinion and he has ideas,” a source told The New York Post.

Talks with Harvey and Bob Weinstein - who co-founded and are responsible for the release of films such as Pulp Fiction and Shakespeare in Love - have faltered, meaning Colony has taken the lead in discussions, which may conclude in the next few days. Colony is said to have considered placing a bid of between $600 million and $700 million for the company, while the Weinstein’s earlier bid was thought to be around $550 million.

According to TMZ, Lowe, Barrack and construction mogul Ron Tutor plan to turn Miramax into a “multi-platform media company, similar to DreamWorks.”

Upcoming films set to be released by Miramax include The Switch starring and Jason Bateman and Last Night with Keira Knightley and Sam Worthington.


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SJP as Patty Green in Square PegsSarah Jessica Parker wants to play Carrie Bradshaw in a possible prequel.

The 45-year-old actress insists advances in video technology would make it possible to play the journalist as a teenager, as depicted in creator Candace Bushnell’s latest book The Carrie Diaries.

“Who do I want to play teenage Carrie? I don’t know. Maybe they should use old footage of me. And in this new age of , what about a new 17-year-old S.J.?”

In the early 80s, Sarah Jessica was starring as Patty Greene in TV series Square Pegs and insists the character was a good representative of the early Carrie. “That might have been Carrie in high school,” she joked.

The actress - who has seven-year-old son James Wilkie and 11-month-old twins Marion and Tabitha with husband - recently admitted she plans to take her eldest child to see Sex and the City 2, but will take him out of the cinema during the raunchier moments.

“If I can manage to take him out for popcorn for two certain moments, I think he’s ready for it. He has too many questions, and he’s too clever for us to keep it from him. I wouldn’t say this movie is for seven-year-olds, but we’ll find a way of figuring it out.”


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