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Interview: Kirsten Dunst, Young Veteran, Getting Best Reviews Yet

12 December 2010 5:32 PM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

On Friday afternoon, I had the opportunity to spend a half-hour with the actress Kirsten Dunst, who is receiving the best reviews of her career — and even best supporting actress Oscar buzz — for her performance as a woman in a troubled marriage who disappears under mysterious circumstances in Andrew Jarecki’s crime-thriller “All Good Things” (Magnolia, 12/3, R, trailer). (The film was inspired by the true story of a woman named Kathie Durst who has been missing since 1982.)

Dunst, who is even more beautiful in person than she is on screen (she would have made a great Hitchcock blonde!), is just 28 years old, but she has already accumulated more than 20 years of acting credits. She made her big screen debut at the age of eight in Woody Allen’s “New York Stories” (1989), followed shortly thereafter by a performance as Tom Hanks’s daughter in “The Bonfire of the Vanities” (1990). Her breakthrough »

- Scott Feinberg

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Plot twist: film based on Rubik's Cube heading for the big screen

12 November 2010 1:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Hollywood agency CAA snapped up humble puzzle for client list and is now in talks with studios over possible stars

As the career of Steven Seagal shows, Hollywood has a track record of breathing life into apparently inanimate objects. Yet eyebrows were still raised when word emerged earlier this week of a forthcoming film based on the Rubik's Cube. Hollywood agency CAA – which represents the likes of George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Meryl Streep – snapped up the humble puzzle for its client list and is currently in talks with studios over star vehicles.

Possible plots are under wraps, but this is not, in fact, the first time the plastic contraption has made it to the screen. In the 1980s it was the subject of a shortlived Saturday morning cartoon about a Rubik's Cube with magical powers (and an unexpected Latino accent) who comes to life when his squares are in sync. »

- Catherine Shoard

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Trailer for Encore’s Industrial Light and Magic: Creating the Impossible

10 November 2010 6:00 AM, PST | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

Back in September, we told you about Encore networks’ upcoming original documentary celebrating the legacy of Industrial Light & Magic, which is narrated by Tom Cruise and directed by Academy Award and Emmy nominated director Leslie Iwerks. Check out the trailer and official press release for the documentary below.

Trailer: Industrial Light and Magic: Creating the Impossible

Press Release:

Encore Pays Visual Tribute To Oscar®-Winning Visual Effects Giant Ilm In Celebration Of Their 35Th Anniversary With Original Documentary “Industrial Light & Magic: Creating The Impossible”

Tom Cruise Narrates Doc Premiering November 14, 2010

Marathon of Five Ilm-Effects Films on Encore

Beverly Hills, CA., September 14, 2010 – Since its founding 35 years ago, Industrial Light & Magic has been the movie industry’s undisputed leader in groundbreaking visual effects, thrilling audiences and making hits into blockbusters. On Sunday, November 14 at 8:00 p.m. (et/pt), Encore presents an original documentary celebrating that legacy. “Industrial Light & Magic: Creating »

- Jason Moore

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Bikey, chesty new Captain America pics

2 November 2010 1:37 PM, PDT | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

There's something for most everyone in the new pics Marvel have released for Captain America: The First Avenger (2011). There's certainly something for the ladies (mostly, I guess) in the first pic shown below. I nominate Chris Evans to play Khan in Star Trek 2 on the strength of those pecs.

Joe Johnston, the VFX marvel who moved away from just doing the movie magic with outings such as Jumanji and Jurassic Park III, as well as the (presumably) similarly old-fashioned superhero adventure The Rocketeer, is directing the film, which is penned by Joss Whedon, David Self, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. The film also features Hayley Atwell as Cap's love interest Peggy Carter and Hugo Weaving  as Cap's nemesis The Red Skull (both featured below).

First Avenger finds sickly sap Steve Rogers (Evans) turned into a super-soldier by a secret military program at the height of WWII.

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Indie-credible: Gotham Nominations Indicate Future Awards Success

25 October 2010 12:27 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Emma Farley casts her eye over the latest happenings from the indie movie scene...

Sure, the awards season culminates in the Academy Awards which are a few months off yet, but anticipation builds up early with festival and critics awards. With a year of big indie releases, including Somewhere, The Kids Are All Right, Blue Valentine and Winter’s Bone, hopes are high that these films can maintain their buzz.

This week’s indie news

The nominations for the 2010 Gotham Independent Film Awards were announced earlier this week. With Black Swan, Blue Valentine, Let Me In, Winter’s Bone and The Kids Are All Right competing for Best Feature, could this hint at possible nods come Oscar time? Last year the number of films nominated for Best Picture was extended to ten instead of the usual five, so indies could start to receive the kind of coverage they deserve.

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- flickeringmyth

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Clip joint: the boardroom

20 October 2010 9:07 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

This week on Clip joint, we're adjusting our ties, downing a slug of whisky and laying out the best boardroom scenes in cinema

You're fired! There's nothing like a bracing encounter with Suralan and his fickle finger to remind us that boardroom action is a cross between theatre and gladiatorial combat. You don't even need "a head for business and a bod for sin" to appreciate the cinematic potential of the top table, a space that reeks of artificial leather, stale smoke and too much aftershave. Just a hint of financial impropriety, an uninvited guest or a simmering family feud can turn an executive suite into a cauldron of drama.

There's something about the boardroom's familiar combination of wood panelling, high-sheen table and suited drones that's designed to put women in their place. It's the modern equivalent of the saloon – a place where the big boys go to duke it »

- Susannah Straughan

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New Captain America Pics

28 September 2010 3:22 AM, PDT | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

Take a gawk at these, via the Daily Mail. Chris Evans is Captain America and while his feet leave alot to be desired, there certainly looks to be a nice retro vibe to the images. The scenes are currently been shot in the Northern Quarter of Manchester. Captain America: The First Avenger is directed by Joe Johnston (The Wolfman, Jurassic Park 3, Jumanji) and follows the origins of the Captain America character, namely Steve Rogers who volunteers for a top secret project and for his trouble, he turns into Captain America. Here comes the pics…for the full set visit the Daily Mail.

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- vicbarry@gmail.com (Vic Barry)

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Williams Relished Evil Roles

24 September 2010 1:16 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Funnyman Robin Williams jumped at the chance to star in 2002 thrillers One Hour Photo and Insomnia after years of starring in family-friendly films.

The actor was the star-turn in many hit 1990s kids movies, including Jumanji and Mrs. Doubtfire, but he admits he was growing tired of the roles he was being offered - and was delighted when he got the chance to turn nasty for the two projects.

He tells Britain's Time Out magazine, "It’s very hard to convince people to offer you something else. I wasn’t getting offered (serious) roles! When I got offered them I said right away, 'I’ll do Insomnia, I’ll do One Hour Photo.' It was so freeing!

"As Anthony Hopkins said once, playing evil is seductive because you can explore behaviour that in real life you’d do prison time for. Most nasty f**kers are very charming." »

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Cruise To Narrate Technical Tribute Film

16 September 2010 6:36 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Tom Cruise is to pay tribute to the technical minds that make Hollywood tick by narrating a new film about visual effects giant Industrial Light & Magic.

Ilm: Creating the Impossible is being released to mark the 35th anniversary of the company.

The upcoming TV movie, which will debut on U.S. cable channel Encore, will introduce five beloved films made possible by the company's pioneering technology - Jumanji, Hook, Jurassic Park III, Twister and Starship Troopers.

The hour-long special features interviews with moguls and filmmakers like Jerry Bruckheimer, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg and actors Samuel L. Jackson and Robin Williams.

Ilm has worked on nearly 300 films in its 35-year history and has largely been the driving force behind the evolution of modern visual effects.

In a statement, a spokesman says, "From the liquid metal man in Terminator 2: Judgment Day to the lifelike digital dinosaurs in Jurassic park, Ilm has created some of the most iconic moments in cinematic history." »

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Encore To Debut Industrial Light and Magic: Creating the Impossible

15 September 2010 10:00 AM, PDT | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

Since its founding 35 years ago, Industrial Light & Magic has been the movie industry’s undisputed leader in groundbreaking visual effects, thrilling audiences and making hits into blockbusters. On Sunday, November 14 at 8:00 p.m. (et/pt), Encore presents an original documentary celebrating that legacy. Industrial Light & Magic: Creating the Impossible is directed by Academy Award and Emmy nominated director Leslie Iwerks and is narrated by Tom Cruise. Encore will also present five Ilm-effects films starting at 2:00 p.m. with Jumanji, followed by Hook, Jurassic Park III, Twister and Starship Troopers.

The hour-long special has interviews with filmmakers George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard, J.J. Abrams and Jon Favreau, actors Samuel L. Jackson and Robin Williams, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and John Lasseter, the chief creative officer at Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios. Film and television shows featured in the special include The Abyss, Avatar, Forrest Gump, Jumanji, Jurassic Park, »

- Jason Moore

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Industrial Light and Magic: Creating the Impossible to Debut on Encore

14 September 2010 4:19 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Encore to debut Industrial Light & Magic: Creating the Impossible Since its founding 35 years ago, Industrial Light & Magic has been the movie industry's undisputed leader in groundbreaking visual effects, thrilling audiences and making hits into blockbusters. On Sunday, November 14 at 8:00 p.m. (et/pt), Encore presents an original documentary celebrating that legacy. Industrial Light & Magic: Creating the Impossible is directed by Academy Award and Emmy nominated director Leslie Iwerks and is narrated by Tom Cruise. Encore will also present five Ilm-effects films starting at 2:00 p.m. with Jumanji, followed by Hook, Jurassic Park III, Twister and Starship Troopers.

The hour-long special has interviews with filmmakers George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard, J.J. Abrams and Jon Favreau, actors Samuel L. Jackson and Robin Williams, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and John Lasseter, the chief creative officer at Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios. Film and television shows featured in the special include The Abyss, »

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Tom Cruise narrated ‘Ilm’ documentary to debut on Encore

14 September 2010 9:51 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

HollywoodNews.com: Since its founding 35 years ago, Industrial Light & Magic has been the movie industry’s undisputed leader in groundbreaking visual effects, thrilling audiences and making hits into blockbusters. On Sunday, November 14 at 8:00 p.m. (et/pt), Encore presents an original documentary celebrating that legacy. “Industrial Light & Magic: Creating the Impossible” is directed by Academy Award® and Emmy® nominated director Leslie Iwerks and is narrated by Tom Cruise. Encore will also present five Ilm-effects films starting at 2:00 p.m. with Jumanji, followed by Hook, Jurassic Park III, Twister and Starship Troopers.

The hour-long special has interviews with filmmakers George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard, J.J. Abrams and Jon Favreau, actors Samuel L. Jackson and Robin Williams, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and John Lasseter, the chief creative officer at Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios. Film and television shows featured in the special include The Abyss, Avatar, Forrest Gump, »

- Linny Lum

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Leslie Iwerks and Tom Cruise Team for Ilm Doc

14 September 2010 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

Encore has announced plans to air a brand new Leslie Iwerks documentary narrated by Tom Cruise entitled "Industrial Light & Magic: Creating the Impossible" as part of the company's 35th anniversary celebration. The hour-long special is said to include new interviews with George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard, J.J. Abrams, Jon Favreau, Samuel L. Jackson, Robin Williams, Jerry Bruckheimer and John Lasseter and will run the Ilm's gamut of creative output with footage from The Abyss , Avatar , Forrest Gump , Jumanji , Jurassic Park , Pirates of the Caribbean , Raiders of the Lost Ark , "Robot Chicken," Star Trek (2009), Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan , Terminator 2: Judgment Day , Transformers , Twister , Young Sherlock Holmes and War of »

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Mark Romanek on Why He Quit The Wolfman

11 September 2010 11:55 PM, PDT | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

When "The Wolfman" was first getting going in 2007, Universal Pictures hired Mark Romanek (One Hour Photo) to direct. But after ten months of work and only three weeks away from shooting, Romanek left the project and was eventually replaced by Joe Johnston (Jumanji, Captain America). We now caught up Romanek to find out if had seen the movie, which didn't make back it's budget and only has a 33% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes. "I had to see it, because if I never saw it, I would kind of been plagued by curiosity of how it came out," the director explained. "I recognized some of the sets we designed, and some of the locations I've picked, and some of the actors that I've cast, but the rhythms of it and the emphasis of what was important in that film was pretty much what the producers always wanted and I wasn't so keen to do. »

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'Captain America' Director's Career Has Been Leading Up To This Film, Says Marvel President

18 August 2010 7:01 AM, PDT | MTV Splash Page | See recent MTV Splash Page news »

Back in 2008, Marvel Studios hired Joe Johnston to direct "The First Avenger: Captain America," much to the initial surprise of fans. While Johnston's adaptation of "The Rocketeer" was remembered fondly, he was primarily known for directing lighter fare like "Honey, I Shrunk The Kids" and "Jumanji."

However, Johnston's extensive movie resume, including a memorable stint at Lucasfilm during the first "Star Wars" trilogy and the first two "Indiana Jones" films, went a long way towards getting Johnston to "Captain America" gig, according to Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige.

"I actually think Joe's entire career has been leading up to this," Feige told MTV News during this year's Comic-Con. " If you look at the work he... of course the design work on the original 'Star Wars.' I saw a whole bunch of people dressed up as Boba Fett starting already to line up for his signing later this afternoon."

"The »

- Blair Marnell

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Tim Burton brings on Monsterpocalypse

21 July 2010 10:57 AM, PDT | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

Tim Burton has been confirmed as developing an adaptation of the Privateer Press board game Monsterpocalypse.

Burton had been linked to the project in May after DreamWorks bought the film rights to the game.

Producer Roy Lee has now confirmed to /Film that Burton is developing the project, with the aim of directing it, and is working with screenwriter John August on the story. It will be the fourth time Burton and August have collaborated following Big Fish, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Corpse Bride.

The plot will involve giant creatures who come to Earth and wreak havoc. Mankind fights back and the monsters retreat, but it transpires they have burrowed underground and are sending a distress signal into space.

Earth prepares for a devastating otherworldly attack by developing a defence system of giant robots "the size of a very tall building" which are operated by a human crew inside. »

- David Bentley

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Listen Now: A GeekCast Radio Network Update

5 July 2010 12:00 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Time for our weekly look at the new podcasts available at our new “partners in podcast crime” the GeekCast Radio Network. Each week we’ll be bringing you the highlights from Gcrn, with descriptions and links to each and every episode. It’s another full week this week, so charge up the iPod, pop in those earbuds and get listening!

ToonCast Episode 60 – Garfield and Friends

In the 60th episode of ToonCast the guys talk about that lazy overeating under achieving cat Garfield as well as john, Odie, and the Us Acres cartoon. Join Mike and Kevin as they celebrate the 60th episode in style. There is only 40 episodes left of ToonCast! Listen Now.

Episode 47 – Half Past Dead

Hip Hop meets action movie and kicks ass!!! Join Steve and Mike as they run through what it’s like to be Half Past Dead!!! Listen Now.

Episode 48 – Jumanji

It’s a jungle »

- Phil

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The directors who took on someone else’s franchise

28 June 2010 9:29 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

It’s a brave director who takes on a movie franchise that’s intrinsically linked to someone else. But that’s just what this collection of helmers did. So, how did they get on?

It can be one of the toughest directorial assignments in the world: how, as a director, do you take on a franchise that's been strongly the domain of another helmer? We pity, for instance, whoever takes on the Batman franchise from Christopher Nolan.

Here then are some directors who did indeed take the helm on someone's else's franchise...

Jonathan Mostow

How's this for a poisoned chalice? Under the stewardship of writer/director James Cameron, the first Terminator movie became a science fiction classic that launched the career of Arnold Schwarzenegger into the world at large. The second? That's regarded as one hell of a sequel, again showcasing Cameron's astonishing eye for action and special effects. But »

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Joss Whedon in Final Negotiations to Direct The Avengers

13 April 2010 2:19 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Joss Whedon is in final negotiations to direct Marvel’s big superhero crossover movie, The Avengers.  The sound you just heard was my mind exploding all over my apartment.  IESB reported a couple weeks ago that Whedon was on the short-list to direct the pic, but I brushed that off as madness even after Hero Complex confirmed the story.  I thought it far more likely that Whedon would direct a smaller Marvel Comics movie, Runaways, since he wrote the second volume of the series. It turns out that Peter Sollett (Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist) has gotten that gig.  Deadline reports that Whedon is going to take the helm of Marvel Studio’s biggest planned project.

Whedon’s only previous feature film was 2005’s Serenity.  Despite a relatively small budget of $40 million, the film still flopped and only earned $25 million domestically.  Marvel now wants him to direct the film that Iron Man, »

- Matt Goldberg

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Chris Evans Never Auditioned for Captain America

7 April 2010 3:40 PM, PDT | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

IGN caught up with Chris Evans at "The Losers" press junket and asked about his audition for "The First Avenger: Captain America." The site wanted to know if he read any lines or put on a costume. "I didn't actually read for it," he replied. "But I knew a lot of the guys at Marvel. We had an existing relationship. It's just luck. It just came my way." Considering that Marvel signed Evans for "Captain America" and nine possible sequels and spin-offs, you would think that the studio would at least have Evans read a few lines. It just seems like they are focusing more on getting the biggest name for their $300,000, rather than go through the casting process properly. With this kind of attitude, it doesn't surprise me that they hired Joe Johnston (The Wolfman, Jumanji) to direct and were considering Dane Cook to star. And how many bad »

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