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    LaBeouf Goes Indie in Mandate's The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman

    Commercial director Dante Ariola will direct Shia LaBeouf in action romance The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman for Mandate Pictures. Matt Drake wrote the original Black List script, which is produced by Bona Fide Productions' Ron Yerxa and Albert Berger (Little Miss Sunshine, Little Children)...

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    Life of Pi Seeks Fox Green Light with Ang Lee Directing in 3-D

    Remember The Life of Pi? It's been seven years since Fox 2000's Elizabeth Gabler acquired the rights to Canadian Yann Martel's Booker prize-winning 2001 global bestseller about a boy adrift in a lifeboat in the Pacific with a Bengal tiger. What's taking so long? Well, this kind of lyrical literary m...

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    How to Train Your Dragon Roars Past The Back-Up Plan

    How to Train Your Dragon came roaring back at the weekend box office, proving that fab word-of-mouth trumps familiar old-hat formulas every time. Jennifer Lopez rom-com The Back-Up Plan came in second, and DC comics movie The Losers was a disaster, coming in fourth behind Date Night. Anthony D'Alessandro dissects the numbers.Never dis a dragon – even at the box office. Paramount-DreamWorks 3D toon How to Train Your Dragon continued to flap its legs, err wings in a murky April weekend session, earning $15 million at 3,665 theaters.  Dragon slipped 23% in its fifth weekend raising its domestic cume to $178 million. Overall, weekend receipts cou...

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    Promo Reel: John Woo's Reign of Assassins

    Currently filming Reign of Assassins looks like a robustly commercial action epic for John Woo and co-director Su Chao-Pin. The way to go these days for Woo and producer Terence Chang is to line-up production finding from several Asian countries, as they did on Red Cliff. (Fortissimo Film Sales is s...

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    Kick-Ass Takes Number One After All

    For the second weekend in a row, the top two films were in such a neck-and-neck race that the Sunday box office estimates were turned around on Monday. So this weekend, Lionsgate's Kick-Ass, while not scoring the $20-30 million weekend some were forecasting, did win the weekend b.o. derby. UPDATE: A...

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    Knight and Day: Cruise, Diaz Clip

    The TV spots for high-octane action comedy Knight and Day inspired me to tweet: "Knight and day with cruise and diaz looks cheesy. Even with top dollar vfx."

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    Date Night Scores as Titans Crashes

    Twentieth Century Fox execs woke up Sunday morning to the news that their Steve Carell-Tina Fey action romantic comedy Date Night stole the No. 1 box office spot away from Warner Bros.’ Clash of the Titans. It was a matter of dollars and cents, reports TOH box office analyst Anthony D'Alessandro, wi...

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    Kick-Ass Stars Johnson, Mintz-Plasse, Moretz Talk Super Heroes

    Lionsgate previewed Kick-Ass Monday night in L.A. with a cast-and-writer Q & A to follow. David Lewis was there:Hollywood got a short preview of Comic-Con madness last night at an advance screening of Lionsgate's kinetic comic book adaptation Kick-Ass at the Mann Chinese 6. Fanboys (and a few fangir...

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