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    William Friedkin Discusses Frustrating Lawsuit Over His Undersung '70s Film 'Sorcerer'

    When discussing the scrappy and hirsute "Easy Riders, Raging Bulls" generation of 1970s filmmakers, the narrative arc of William Friedkin is a fun one to tell, and is often the stuff of legend. While he doesn't rank up there among some of the peers of that era like Martin Scorsese, George Lucas and ...

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    Sony and Universal Hawk Summer and Holiday Slates, from 'Spider-Man' and 'Total Recall' to 'Battleship' and 'Bourne'

    Which of the six studio presentations at CinemaCon were represented by their chairmen? One could argue that the ones who most wanted to be identified with their slates, to OWN them if you will, were the ones who showed up.

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    In the Works: 'Iron Man 3' Wants Chastain; Carano for 'Fast & Furious 6'; Lin Takes 'Chinglish'

    If "Iron Man 3" lands Jessica Chastain despite scheduling issues, the third installment of the Marvel franchise is that much closer to making up for its weak second act. The "Three of Life" star is in talks to play a sexy-smart doctor.

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    Immersed in Movies: 'Dr. Seuss' The Lorax' and the Future of Animation

    Producer Chris Meledandri knows all too well the meaning of "Rango's" Oscar victory last Sunday: You can't play it safe. And so far he's resisted the temptation with his impressive track record: First launching Blue Sky's blockbuster "Ice Age" franchise when he was president of Fox Animation and the...

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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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