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    5 Not-So-Thinly Veiled Remakes

    Based on the trailer alone, the new road trip comedy "Due Date" has enough similarities to John Hughes' sentimental 1987 hit "Planes, Trains & Automobiles" to have had the majority of the blogosphere immediately calling out its apparent unoriginality. Some critics also mentioned the rehash of certain elements from director Todd Phillips' prior release, "The Hangover," but it's the classic Steve Martin and John Candy team-up that comes to mind most with this pairing of Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis as an odd couple forced to travel cross-country together, the fat guy annoying the skinny guy every step of the way. This time around, th...

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    Weather Report: Girls in Minis

    It seems inevitable. Taiwanese animators NMA have launched a new animated news video, a daily weather report, right out of Paddy Chayefsky's Network. Wave of the future? News weather men, watch your back.

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    Tom Hardy Offered Vampire Role In 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter'

    If being offered the lead role in "Snow White And The Huntsman" didn't tip you off, Tom Hardy is one of the hottest talents in Hollywood right now. His turn in "Inception" made it known to a wider audience what those who saw "Bronson" already knew; the actor is the real deal and has the charisma and...

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    "127 Hours" Ralston Describes Real Life Predicament *SPOILERS

    SPOILER ALERT for those who don't want to know the plot of Danny Boyle's latest film, 127 HOURS. Based on the true story of Aaron Ralston, he describes in this video how he freed himself from the rock that trapped his arm in a desolate canyon in Utah for five days. If you can't stand the explicit de...

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    James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Jim Broadbent, Bill Nighy To Voice Animated 'Arthur Christmas'

    3D/CG Film Will Also Feature The Voice of Imelda Staunton How does Santa deliver all those toys on his own? Sure, he has tremendous help from the wage slave labor camp he runs beyond the jurisdiction of the United Nations populated with emaciated elves that start working almost as soon as they are a...

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    Is Terrence Malick's Next Film Called 'The Burial'?

    With Terrence Malick hard at work on his next film starring Rachel McAdams, Ben Affleck, Rachel Weisz, Olga Kurylenko, Javier Bardem and Barry Pepper, details have, as usual with Malick, been completely under wraps. Aside from the casting, and set pictures revealing that Bardem and Pepper play pries...

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    Aaron Sorkin Writing, Danny Elfman Scoring 'Houdini' Broadway Musical For Hugh Jackman

    You wouldn't necessarily know it from his frequently gruff screen persona, but Hugh Jackman has a long background in stage musicals -- he was plucked from his role in "Oklahoma" at the National Theatre in London to play Wolverine a decade ago, and has generally leaned towards the action end of the spectrum on the big-screen, despite the development of the likes of a musical based around P.T. Barnum, an adaptation of "Carousel," and his attachment to the sadly dead Steven Soderbergh-directed 3D "Cleo," in which Jackman would have starred alongside Catherine Zeta-Jones and Ray Winstone, to a score by Guided By Voices -- a project we'd sit throu...

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    Imogen Poots & Felicity Jones To Star In Iain Softley's 'Trap For Cinderella'

    Ed Westwick, Brooke Shields, Tamsin Egerton & Bill Nighy Also On Board The American Film Market is underway, and we're expecting a tidal wave of project announcements and casting news in the next few days, as fledgling independent projects try to raise their budgets through pre-sales. We've already...

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    'Zombieland' Producer Gavin Polone To Direct 'Psycho Killer' By 'Se7en' Scribe Andrew Kevin Walker

    Well, here's a project we're going to keep an eye on. Eli Roth, producer Eric Newman ("Children Of Men," "Dawn Of The Dead") and StudioCanal have teamed on an intriguing serial killer film, the appropriately titled, "Psycho Killer." So why are we interested?

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    "Harry Potter" 3-D Conversion: Cameron's Logic Says "Sorcerer's Stone" OK, But Not "Deathly Hallows"

    James Cameron was in Beverly Hills offering his seemingly hypocritical opinion on Hollywood's 3-D retro-fitting practices again yesterday. Speaking at the Blu-ray industry event Blu-Con, he re-stated how the studios are wrong to think they can convert a movie into 3-D during the normal post-producti...

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