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    Is 'The Wolverine' Now Delayed Until 2013?

    Did Darren Aronofsky Bail On The Film Due To Lack Of Creative Control?The wind got knocked out of the sails of the comic community in a big way late last week as it was announced that Darren Aronofsky -- seen as the savior for the on-the-ropes spinoff franchise for Wolverine -- had left the project, which was gearing up to start shooting this spring/early summer. In a joint statement with 20th Century Fox, the director cited the lengthy shoot in Japan as the reason he was bowing out with Deadline initially hinting that custody issues with Rachel Weisz over their son played a role in his exit. However, a different tune is emerging.

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    'The Hobbit' Begins Its 14-Month Shoot In New Zealand

    Well, ordinarily, a film beginning production is hardly a newsworthy event, but when it's "The Hobbit" some exceptions have to be made. Surviving the near collapse of its home MGM, Guillermo Del Toro leaving last year, union woes and Peter Jackson getting hospitalized in January with a perforated ulcer, at times, the problems around the film seemed unsurmountable. But unlike, say, "Men In Black 3" the new production start date has held and things are finally underway.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    First Look: Sexed Up Wonder Woman

    Here's the first picture of Adrianne Palicki as the crime fighting Wonder Woman. The costume looks like a Halloween costume. A little too much for me.

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  • Hope for Film
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    Film Lovers Jackpot

    More classic cinema is available for free legally online than ever before. You can watch more film from any decade, than you could if you were living in the decade that they were made in. I just stumbled across another treasure trove, and now I now I need to start that age-enhancement process asap as I don't have the time available in my lifetime to watch all the great stuff that is out there, accessible by a simple keystroke.

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    NDNF 2011

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    SXSW By The Numbers

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Cannes Fest Preview 2011: Opener Midnight in Paris, Jurors DeNiro and Gondry, and What Else?

    Cannes Fest Preview 2011: Opener Midnight in Paris, Jurors DeNiro and Gondry, and What Else?

    Woody Allen's latest, Midnight in Paris, which will open the 64th Cannes Film Fest May 11 with Inglourious Basterds star Melanie Laurent presiding over the opening ceremony, stars Owen Wilson, who graces this new Van Gogh-inspired poster without any of his fellow cast members, who include a blonde Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Kathy Bates and Adrien Brody, not to mention French First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy. For the first time when the film opens on 400 screens in France on the same night, the Cannes Fest will supply theaters with a live stream of the opening ceremony.

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    Weekend Box Office: Unfortunately, Bradley Cooper Is A Star As 'Limitless' Opens At Number One

    When your R-rated comedy does over a quarter of a billion domestically, it’s probably time to cash-in. And yet, the three stars involved in “The Hangover” have taken very different career turns between “Hangover” films. Ed Helms has found himself handicapped by not only being a “type” more than a real actor, but also having to return to NBC as a supporting actor on “The Office,” while planned collaborations with Judd Apatow and Steve Carrell never panned out. Zack Galifianakis has done the most with his newfound clout, starring in one bonafide $100 million grosser (“Due Date”), doing supporting work in high profile performers (“Dinner For Schmucks,” “Up In The Air"), and remaining visible with a number of television and indie film appearances.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Weekend Box Office: Cooper's Limitless Tops Weak Openers; Lincoln Lawyer and Paul Vie for Fourth

    The box office continues to be depressed, no matter what distributors throw at audiences. Adults and families are still turning up at the mutliplex, but where is that old reliable target demo, young males? Anthony D'Alessandro reports. No matter how many wide releases Hollywood booked in theaters this weekend, none could bail out Hollywood’s box office doldrums.  Relativity Media's Bradley Cooper drug thriller Limitless outperformed its $15 million estimate, tripping out with $19 million in number one – a bright spot for the production company whose self-distribution efforts have skidded since unspooling Warrior’s Way back in December.  The frame's other two wide entries battled in fourth place: Lionsgate’s Michael Connelly lit adaptation Lincoln Lawyer with $13.4 million and Universal/Working Title's sci-fi satire Paul with $13.2 million.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Is Gregg Araki Secretly Casting "Batman"?

    First "Mysterious Skin"'s Joseph Gordon-Levitt, now "Kaboom"'s Juno Temple. I for one am totally pumped for these casting decisions, and am all for Araki alums helping fill the casts of all superhero movies from now on (oddly enough, "Nowhere"'s Debi Mazar was in "Batman Forever".. but I'm thinking more like Anna Faris as Poison Ivy or something). The ultimate of course, would be to get Araki himself to direct a Batman-type movie... and giving it a sex and queer positive drug-fueled totally fucked up comedic spin... But sadly, JGL and Juno Temple just being in a Batman movie is as close as we'll ever get to that...

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