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    'Iron Man 3' Director Shane Black Set to Direct Comic Book Adaptation 'Doc Savage'

    'Iron Man 3' writer/director Shane Black has a new project in the works. He has just closed a deal with Sony to direct "Doc Savage." Black co-wrote the screenplay with Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry based on the hero of pulp novels, films and comic books who first appeared in 1933.

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    'Django Unchained' Will Show in China: Tarantino Agrees to SARFT Demand for More Cuts

    Hollywood sees dollar signs when they look at China. It's the land of new opportunity. But navigating with this burgeoning market has its hazards. The main issue is one that will never be resolved, not on the creative co-production side and not at the distribution end either. And that is SARFT, the ...

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    Sony Aiming ‘21 Jump Street’ Sequel For 2014 Release

    After Sony failed to make good on its promise that the “21 Jump Street” sequel would shoot last fall, we were disappointed, but never truly doubted that we would be seeing a second film. You don’t just leave critically acclaimed and commercially successful stuff like that alone nowadays. Anyway, it ...

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    Sony Feeling The 'Fury,' Picks Up Brad Pitt WWII Movie For Fall 2014 Release

    It was only last week that Brad Pitt was confirmed to lead David Ayer’s WWII tank movie “Fury,” but it looks like the A-list star was all the distributors needed to pick up the movie because it now has a home and a release date all set.

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    The Future of Real Time Computer Graphics

    At the recent 2013 Game Developer’s Conference in San Francisco, Epic Games released the Unreal Engine 4 "Infiltrator" demo, running 100% in-engine in real time, showing off UE4's high-end rendering features as well as their latest tools. Why is this a big deal? As anyone who has had to render any a...

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    Sony Chairman Amy Pascal Addresses Hollywood's Depiction of Gay Characters: "We Can Do Better. We Have To."

    As the Supreme Court hears merits and demerits today of the Proposition 8 gay marriage ban, a full transcript of Sony chairman Amy Pascal's remarks at the March 21 fundraiser gala for the LA Gay and Lesbian Center has been released to the Huffington Post. In her speech, Pascal specifically addresses...

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    Sony Stakes Awards Season on Real Stories, Books David O. Russell's Abscam Movie Starring Cooper and Lawrence for December

    Next year's Oscar titles are lining up like planes at La Guardia. At Sony alone are a batch of movies inspired by true stories: Paul Greengrass’ Somali pirates adventure "Captain Phillips," starring Tom Hanks (October 11); producer-director-star George Clooney’s fact-based World War II art retrieval...

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    Here Comes Oscar: David O. Russell's Abscam Movie Hits This Christmas, Alessandro Nivola Joins Cast

    Hang on that tux David O. Russell and starting looking for another dress Jennifer Lawrence, because if things go according to plan, you'll both be back at the Dolby Theater for the Oscars next February.

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    Whither M. Night Shyamalan's Name in New 'After Earth' Trailer?

    One notable thing about the new trailer for "After Earth" (June 7), starring look-alike father-son duo Jaden and Will Smith, is the absence of director M. Night Shyamalan's name. Following the disastrously reviewed, 3-D retrofitted "The Last Airbender," not to mention "The Lady in the Water" and "Th...

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    Sony Turning 'Oliver Twist' Into A 'Sherlock Holmes' Movie Basically; Does Charles Dickens Need The Blockbuster Treatment?

    One of the most prevalent trends in Hollywood over the past few years is the incessant need to alter classic works like "Alice In Wonderland” or fairy tales like “Snow White” and turn them into giant, ponderous blockbusters. We’ve already had the overblown take on a Grim...

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