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    Hollywood Isn't Giving Up Its Repetition Disorder Anytime Soon; See 'The Gray Man'

    Hollywood is hellbent to find franchises and multi-part literary properties not just because they seek easy-sell established brands with huge fan bases. To state the obvious, the studios have figured out that spending multi-millions to launch a one-off product just doesn't make sense.

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    How 'Divergent' Became a Franchise Before It Opened and Lost Its Director

    "Divergent" will prove itself at the box office on its second weekend--but the sequel is on its way no matter what. Producer Lucy Fisher reveals how they made the movie, found their romantic leads, lost the director for the sequels, and why this represents a new filmmaking paradigm.

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    Career Watch: Does 'Divergent''s Shailene Woodley Have the Right Stuff to Be a Movie Star?

    Critics fell hard for Shailene Woodley in her film debut as George Clooney’s pained yet perceptive teen daughter in 2011’s "The Descendants." But now that she is the heroine of "Divergent," a just-opened sci-fi action franchise based on a popular series of young-adult novels, the 22-year-old actress...

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    REVIEW: Does 'Divergent' Have Legs?

    Anti-fascist (sort of) and pro-girl (definitely), “Divergent’ – the first in the trilogy-to-be based on the Veronica Roth novels -- is meant to position Shailene Woodley as the next in the Jennifer Lawrence/Emma Watson/Lily Collins line of YA-inspired warrior princesses. But Woodley plays another ki...

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    Empire Special J. J. Abrams Issue: 'Star Trek,' 'Star Wars,' and 'Lost'

    J.J. Abrams fans, get thee to a newstand. Empire Magazine has published a special fold-out edition for a special "J. J. Abrams" issue, which devotes a whopping 75 pages devoted to the film and TV writer-director-producer.

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    Henry Cavill's Superman Ready for Takeoff on EW Cover

    Henry Cavill's Superman appears to be poised and ready to strike in a new image from "Man of Steel," revealing another take on Superman's signature red and blue getup on the new Entertainment Weekly cover. Cavill takes on the square-jawed alien superhero in Zack Snyder's "Man of Steel" alongside a s...

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    Wahlberg Joins Michael Bay's Next Testosterone Fest, 'Transformers 4'

    The combined testosterone of Michael Bay and Mark Wahlberg will fuel "Transformers 4" for Paramount. The director confirms that Wahlberg, who stars in his "Pain & Gain," is "the perfect guy to re-invigorate the franchise and carry on the 'Transformers’ legacy."

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    David Yates Tackling 'Tarzan'; Hardy, Hunnam, Cavill & Skarsgård in the Mix

    "Harry Potter" director David Yates will helm "Tarzan" for Warner Bros. The potential franchise is based on Edgar Rice Burroughs' series of classic books about the Earl of Greystoke's adventures as a "white ape" in equatorial Africa. It's 100 years since the...

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    In the Works: Vaughn Rumored for New 'Star Wars' Installment; Ford Interested in Revisiting Han Solo

    One of the exciting prospects for veteran Spielberg poducer Kathleen Kennedy as the new president at Disney-owned Lucasfilm is that she is more than capable of developing a strong script and luring gifted filmmakers to the planned "Star Wars" franchise reboot. Even without a script on hand, director...

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    Immersed in Movies: Revisiting 'The Avengers' and Handicapping the VFX Oscar Race

    Unlike the Oscar race for best animated feature, there's already a clear front-runner for VFX: "The Avengers," with its dazzling work from Industrial Light & Magic (especially the Hulk). Of course, there's still quite a heated race ahead when Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" hits ...

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