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    REVIEW | "Hanna" is the Ass-Kicker that "Sucker Punch" Wanted to Be

    In "Hanna," director Joe Wright successfully recycles almost every action movie trope of the past decade. From the seamless hand-on-hand combat to the appropriately frenzied soundtrack by The Chemical Brothers, the resulting adrenaline-packed vehicle delivers a multi-directional sugar rush. It moves...

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    Box Office: "Better World," "Super" Among Disappointing Field of Openers (UPDATED)

    A crowded field of specialty films entered the market this weekend, and the end result seemed to be mostly a lose-lose situation, with holdovers (such as "Win Win" and "Jane Eyre") continuing to rule the market as only 1 of 6 reporting new limited releases receiving a per-theater-average of over $10...

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    My Dad Explains the Science of "Source Code."

    Ever since I caught "Source Code" at an early screening last month, I haven't been able to get its time-spinning, reality-defying concepts out of my head. The movie works quite well no matter how hard of you try to understand it, but since it deals with an imaginary technology that could--if it actually existed--prevent all kinds of disasters from taking place, it's hard not to wonder what it would take to bring its underlying concept to fruition. Partly inspired by these detailed attempts to decode the movie's ending, as well as a video produced by Wired about the science behind the movie, I turned to the one person whose opinion about thes...

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    Joe Wright Sticks it to Zack Snyder

    Joe Wright the director best known for British period dramas like Atonement and Pride and Prejudice opens his first action film Hanna starring Saorise Ronan as a teen assassin this Friday. He screened the film at Wondercon in San Francisco this past weekend and really stuck it to his colleague Zack...

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    Legendary Writer Robert Towne To Pen Mini-Series 'Pompeii'

    The 2007 writers' strike wound up either rushing a lot of films into production or killing them off completely: one of the many projects to bite the dust was an adaption of Robert Harris' "Pompeii." Set to be directed by Roman Polanski, with Scarlett Johansson and Orlando Bloom in the leads, problems with the film's spiralling budget were only compounded by the impending work stoppage and the feature film was canceled. Polanski went on to film another Harris novel, "The Ghost Writer," instead. Last spring however, "Pompeii" kicked back to life with Ridley Scott snatching up the rights and looking to take it the television mini-series route an...

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    Past, Present, and Future Meet in ZENITH's Multi-Platform Release

    Independent filmmakers are always on a search for new ways to get their films seen. Audience building is part of any practical artist's plan. The tools we have available for this improve consistently. Regular readers of this blog probably share my fascination for innovative approaches to distrib...

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    Saoirse Ronan Talks Possibility Of Working With Joe Wright Again, Remains Cagey On 'Anna Karenina'

    She might be a good half-decade off being able to drink legally, but Saoirse Ronan has already racked up an impressive array of performances in her career so far. What's more, she seems to know a good deal more about media management than actors three times her age -- while a veteran like, say, Michael Caine is constantly thwarting Christopher Nolan's plans for secrecy, Ronan knows how to run rings around the press when it comes to rumors. She's already come out with a firm refusal to confirm or deny just about anything about her rumored presence in "The Hobbit," and when we caught up with the actress at WonderCon over the weekend, where she ...

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    Ryan Reynolds Says 'Green Lantern' Is Not 'The Dark Knight,' Not A Comedy Either

    Actor Says The Story For The 'Green Lantern' Sequel Is "Set In Stone" & Hinted At In This FilmCall it comeback week for Warner Bros' "Green Lantern" superhero franchise but a few months ago it was a completely different story. When the EW magazine cover that first revealed lead actor Ryan Reynolds i...

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    'X-Men: First Class' Is Basically 'Mad Men' With Mutants, Gets Retro Cool Magazine Covers

    Ordinarily, doing a post about magazine covers isn't exactly our thing, but when they're this cool they're pretty hard to ignore.

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    Ms. Bossypants Writes a Book

    Tina Fey's new book Bossypants comes out this week and it's generally well liked with a couple of caveats. The consensus is that it isn't exactly a memoir but that's ok since it is still a good read and quite funny.

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