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    Reeves Joins Actor-Director Gang with Chinese-Language 'Man of Tai Chi'

    On February 28, Keanu Reeves began production in China on his directorial debut, "Man of Tai Chi." The Chinese-language film will shoot over six months in China and Hong Kong on a budget of $32 million. It is a contemporary action film; famed martial arts choreographer Yuen Woo-ping will w...

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    Tribeca Film Festival Opens April 18 with 'Five-Year Engagement' Starring Emily Blunt and Jason Segel

    The Tribeca Film Festival will open April 18 with Nicholas Stoller’s “Five-Year Engagement,” starring Jason Segel and Emily Blunt. Universal releases the comedy April 27. “Five Year Engagement” picks up where many romantic comedies end -- after the engagement. Co-w...

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    Brand-Over? Universal Reportedly Paid Huge Multi-Million Dollar Penalty To Get Out Of Deal With Hasbro

    One particular movie spot during the Super Bowl must have elicited a very specific reaction among the millions watching the big game: "Huh? They've made a movie of the board game 'Battleship?' And Rihanna's in it? How does that work?" We're yet to see exactly if and how...

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    Universal Pick Up Gus Van Sant/Matt Damon Drama; 'The Invasion' Scribe David Kajganich To Rewrite Ben Affleck's 'The Stand'

    No matter what they do, the fates of Matt Damon and Ben Affleck will always be tied together. Having arrived as hot new things at the same time thanks to writing and starring in "Good Will Hunting" together, and cemented as a partnership thanks to joint appearances in various Kevin Smith f...

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    Universal Hires Writers For 'Bruce Almighty' Sequel, With Jim Carrey Eyed To Return

    You would have to go back to 2008's "Yes Man" for the last bona fide Jim Carrey hit. Since then he's starred in the underrated "I Love You Phillip Morris" (which nobody saw anyway), that ill-advised version of "A Christmas Carol" (which did good business, but is...

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    Universal Lands Angelina Jolie & Luc Besson's Dramatic Thriller

    After a year spent canceling a bunch of projects, ranging from R-rated fare like "At The Mountains Of Madness," potential awards season dramas like "Memphis," ambitious multi-platform franchise endeavors like "The Dark Tower" and a slate of bad idea brand movies like &q...

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    Another Goddamn Found Footage Movie In The Works Thanks To Universal And 'The Strangers' Director Bryan Bertino

    The idea of 'found footage' -- taking a well-worn genre, usually horror, and giving it a mock-documentary spin, to make the terror and thrills that much closer to reality -- has been having a real kick of energy for cinema of late, pushing filmmakers to fascinating new places in a bid to do ...

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    Rumor: Are Bryan Singer And Leonardo DiCaprio Teaming For Big-Screen 'Six Billion Dollar Man'?

    It's hard not to lament the career that Bryan Singer might have had. When he broke out with the arrival of "The Usual Suspects," one of the most textured and well-achieved of the post-"Pulp Fiction" wave of crime flicks, it seemed like the annoucement of a major talent, and t...

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    Snow White and the Huntsman Gets New Imagery, Loses Its Edge

    It was bound to happen. Two Snow White projects have been defining themselves as special and unique--until commercial reality hits. Relativity's project finallly has a title - Mirror Mirror - and places stars Julia Roberts, Lily Collins and Armie Hammer in a comedy/adventure kid-friendly version...

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    Weekend Box Office: Holdover Puss in Boots Holds Off Challenger Tower Heist

    Amazingly, 3-D animated family feature Puss In Boots held off challenger Tower Heist this weekend, reports Charles Lyons.

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