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    Weekend Box Office: Zack Snyder & Warners Get 'Sucker Punch' From 'Wimpy Kid'

    Demographics matter. You want to say, well, screw the numbers, let’s just make a movie for everyone! But considering the multiple sources of entertainment in our multimedia worlds, whatever doesn’t automatically turn us on will turn us off. Because of this, Zack Snyder’s “Sucker Punch” turned people off. It was an action fantasia, a genre normally attractive to teenage boys, but it featured only girls, an immediate turnoff for that demographic. And it didn’t appeal to women, who noticed the marketing campaign centered around cacophonous violence and mayhem, not usually a drawing point for females. It wasn’t made for kids, but the heavily-CGI’...

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    'Rock Of Ages' & 'Jack The Giant Killer' Claim Two June 2012 Dates

    With the spring/summer movie season barely started this year, studios are already making their claim on dates in 2012 and Warner Bros. has just thrown their weight around, planting two major films with big, June bows next blockbuster season.

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    Book Review: 'Sucker Punch: The Art of the Film' Fails To Excite

    For months now we've been bombarded with trailers for Zack Snyder's "Sucker Punch." These trailers have been elliptical, at least from a story point of view. Visually, they've been somewhat staggering – quick fire clips of attractive young girls in costumes that border on high-end fetish gear, battl...

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    Review: 'Red Riding Hood' A Brooding Tweenage Fairy Tale

    Catherine Hardwicke, for better or worse, has largely defined what we have experienced, cinematically, for the past couple of years. Her influence might get lost in the shuffle, since every subsequent film has been helmed by a different director, but with the look and feel of the first "Twilight"' m...

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    Alcon Entertainment Secures Rights To 'Blade Runner' Prequels & Sequels

    What's that? You have an iconic piece of cinema? But what? It's only a stand-alone piece of film, but it's so cherished you could milk it for a zillion more dollars because it's so well respected and beloved and you haven't done that yet? Cha-ching! Sorry, people this is how it now works. Ridley Scott's "Blade Runner" has just too much damn brand equity to simply squander in the pantheon of words and sentiments that say, "lord, that's such a classic movie." Modern business thinking demands that you quantify brand equity into some kind of capital and thus more "Blade Runner" films await us even though most of us are thinking we should all just...

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    Warner Brothers Snags High Concept Action Pic Script 'Line of Sight'; Sony Gets 'Slackfi'

    Over the weekend, while we were busy watching the Oscars, Warner Brothers was busy getting ready for the years to come, tying up a deal for F. Scott Frazier's "Line of Sight."

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    Warner Bros. Near Deal To Acquire Baz Luhrmann's 'Great Gatsby' With DiCaprio & Mulligan

    If will he or won't he is the question it appears we're good to go. Perhaps he was playing coy, but last week Aussie director Baz Luhrmann ("Australia," "Strictly Ballroom") was telling anyone who asked that he may not direct the adaptation of F. Scott Fizgerald‘s “The Great Gatsby.” “I gotta make ...

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    'Fletch' Once Again Attempting A Big-Screen Comeback

    Once upon a time, there was a man called Chevy Chase. From his first appearance on the early days of "Saturday Night Live," it was clear that he was very, very funny. He swiftly became one of the biggest comedy stars of the '80s, starring in hits like "Caddyshack," "National Lampoon's Vacation" and "¡Three Amigos!". It also became clear that Chase was kind of a dick, and the work dried up in the '90s. Now, with Chase mounting a storming comeback as part of the ensemble of the best sitcom on TV, "Community," it seems as good a time as any to resurrect the character perhaps most associated with the actor, Gregory McDonald's investigative report...

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    Warner Bros & CBS Films Team To Adapt Stephen King's 'The Stand'

    Regardless of his qualities as a writer (while he's extremely good at what he does, his most ardent admirers sometimes confuse 'prolific' with 'writer of capable prose'), there's little doubt that few novelists have had as many truly great films made from their work as Stephen King. "Carrie," "The S...

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    Box Office '10: Win, Lose Or Draw

    Despite rising 3D surcharges, studios posted major box office and attendance drops in 2010, suggesting moviegoers were not entirely intrigued by the year’s product. Some distributors executed a winning game plan with success, while others floundered, making a series of unwise decisions that probably...

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