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Michael Clarke Duncan dead at age 54

Actor Michael Clarke Duncan has passed away at the age of 54, from complications suffered from a heart attack he had in July.

Known for his big build and deep voice, Duncan was in the prime of his life. His first movie role was in 1995's Friday, and he had several small parts playing bouncers and muscle men. It wasn't until 1997's Armageddon that he had a meatier role with more lines, playing one of the rough-and-tumble drilling crew drafted into blowing up an approaching asteroid.

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Comic book writer Mark Millar gets hired to oversee 20th Century Fox's Marvel movies

20th Century Fox has turned to one of Marvel Comics' top writers to consult on their Marvel-based superhero movies. That man is Scottish-born Mark Millar, the writer of such Marvel books as Old Man Logan, which told a tale of an senior-aged Wolverine, The Ultimates and his own creator owned work such as Kick-Ass, Nemesis and Wanted. Millar was also one of a handful of top Marvel Comics scribes picked to give creative briefs to Iron Man director Jon Favreau when he was putting together that movie.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Revolution has strong ratings in its second week on the air

It's almost an unspoken rule about science fiction shows on one of the four big networks: they don't last very long, so you better tune in to watch them when they're young. However, a positive indication that this trend could be broken for NBC's new post-apocalyptic hour-long drama Revolution was seen in the show's ratings for its second episode.

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Waterproof monster movie gets scary writers

Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan got their big break when the screenplay for their gore-filled horror movie Feast won the interest of the Project Greenlight producers. Feast went on to earn a decent return on the show's minimal investment and in turn produce two direct-to-video sequels. It also brought the writers to the attention of the Saw movie-makers, and subsequently saw them hired on to write the last four installments of that other gory horror movie franchise.

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Monday, September 24, 2012

Len Wiseman tagged to direct Mummy movie remake

Straight from the Total Recall remake, director Len Wiseman will make his next paycheck directing the reboot of Universal's The Mummy.

Back when this one was first announced, my first thought was "Why?" After all, it had been less than 15 years since the release of the modern reboot of The Mummy, which at that time was directed by Stephen Sommers. Two sequels followed, with the second one proving to be more profitable than the third.

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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Three new movies open well while Dredd splats

September has always been a slower month at the box office for the movie industry, and the second-to-last weekend of September 2012 has proved to be no exception to the rule.

Three new releases were the ones that almost had a three-way tie. End of Watch, the police thriller/drama starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena, and the thriller House at the End of the Street starring Jennifer Lawrence are currently tied for the first place with an estimated weekend gross of $13 million dollars each.

The new Clint Eastwood movie, Trouble with the Curve, just missed home plate too. Its estimated gross is $12.7 million.

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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Guillermo del Toro's vampires of The Strain get FX pilot, possible series

Besides being a workaholic, Hellboy director Guillermo del Toro co-wrote three books with Chuck Hogan about vampires taking over the world. The Strain was first published back in 2010, followed by The Fall and then The Night Eternal, the final novel in the series. FX Network has now asked for a pilot to be co-written, produced and directed by del Toro, with the intention of picking up The Strain as a new series for the network.

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Marvel's Kevin Feige on future Hulk stand-alone movies

It's funny how audiences seem to be more excited about seeing the Hulk in his own movie after watching The Avengers than they were after his earlier stand-alone films, 2003's Hulk and 2008's The Incredible Hulk. I guess that's what comes after approaching the character in a fun, "Hulk smash" way than the more somber and dramatic themes explored in the Hulk's two earlier movies.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

DVD Review: Ghosts of the Abyss 3D

There's almost a sub-genre of cinema based on James Cameron's interest in the deep ocean. The Abyss and Titanic are the two fictional movies but Cameron has also created documentaries that serve almost as companion pieces to these pictures, namely Aliens of the Deep and Ghosts of the Abyss. The latter was an theatrically release hour-long show that came out in 2003. With the staggering billion-dollar success of 1997's Titanic, Cameron was convinced (perhaps not financially but certainly creatively) to go back and revisit the final resting place of the most infamous passenger vessel to traverse the ocean.

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Report: Thanos returning in Avengers 2 and Guardians of the Galaxy movies

Remember that big purple-skinned guy that you saw at the end of Marvel's The Avengers movie? That was Thanos, one of the heavyweight bad guys in the Marvel Comics universe. He's Clubber Lang to Rocky Balboa for the Avengers, a despotic alien who hails from the Saturian moon Titan. In addition to wanting to subjugate the Earth, Thanos is also in love with the physical embodiment of Death.

Yeah, Thanos has got issues.

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Is Patrick Stewart returning to the X-Men movie universe?

20th Century Fox has already announced its intentions to release X-Men: Days of Future Past on July 18, 2014. With a hard deadline set, plans are rapidly proceeding for director Matthew Vaughn and most, if not all, of the cast from X-Men: First Class to assemble early next year on a soundstage, somewhere.

But will there be a cast member from the first trilogy of X-Men movies appearing in Days of Future Past? Will the time-bending storyline for the X-Men prequel sequel feature two different actors playing Professor X?

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Monday, September 17, 2012

Vigilant superhero show sells to Fox Network

Superheroes are still in. Case in point: the Fox Network, ever eager to remain the top destination pick for tweens, teens and young adults, bought an idea for one from 24 producer Howard Gordon and Chronicle screenwriter Max Landis. This new show is called Vigilant, and it circles around a young woman who dresses up as a vigilante to fight corruption in the police force as well as bad guys on the street.

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Hollywood wants to make a Manimal movie

This may be a sign that the apocalypse is upon us.

Sony Pictures Animation wants to mine the long-since forgotten vaults of NBC television for a possible new feature film based on the camp show Manimal.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Joss Whedon drops foreshadowing info about The Avengers 2

When you're a journalist and presented an opportunity to interview a celebrity out to promote their latest creative effort, but you know that there's a different future project they're working on that will get eyeballs to your story, you have to walk a fine line. Your primary mission is to talk about their latest effort, even if it's not of the same level of interest as the celebrity's Project B, but you also need to insert a question or two about that other thing that they've got going. I've been there myself a few times and it's always a weird problem to navigate.

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Watch: HBO's Alfred Hitchcock movie, The Girl, gets a trailer

HBO will premiere their latest two-hour made-for-television movie, The Girl, on Saturday, October 20. For anyone that's interested in the movies of Alfred Hitchcock, considered one of the modern masters of cinema and suspense, or the making of Hitchcock's 1963 nature gone wild film The Birds, this is shaping up to be a picture that you need to watch.

Toby Jones plays the portly Hitchcock in The Girl while British-born Sienna Miller plays Tippi Hedrin, a young actress trying to carve out her name in show business. The Girl centers on the adversarial and even stalker-like relationship that Hitchcock reportedly had with Hedrin during the filming of The Birds, and how her job with the filmmaker nearly caused her to quit acting.

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Monday, September 10, 2012

Trailer: Blade Runner 30th Anniversary DVD

On June 25, 1982, Blade Runner opened in theaters. It wasn't warmly received by critics or audiences, but before the decade was finished it had gained a sizeable audience from people that caught it on home video. Through three decades, Ridley Scott's second science fiction movie has grown in its significance to where it is considered today: one of the great pieces of 20th century cinema.

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