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Michelle Williams in talks to play Janis Joplin

Over the decades there have been many attempts at getting a biopic centering around American musician Janis Joplin off the ground, often with competing projects in development at once, but it seems as though one of them is finally moving forward. Variety reports that Michelle Williams (MY WEEK WITH MARILYN) is currently in talks to play the title role in Sean Durkin 's (MARTHA...
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Casey Affleck dives into family drama in the Manchester by the Sea trailer

MANCHESTER BY THE SEA follows a man ( Casey Affleck ) who returns to his hometown following the death of his brother ( Kyle Chandler ) to take care of his teen-aged nephew (Lucas Hedges). Amazon Studios paid $10 million to acquire the rights for this flick, so you're probably not going to see too much promotion for its limited theatrical release, but here's a trailer that delivers some...
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Sam Raimi set to direct near-future thriller World War 3

Billblock Media and Warner Bros. have entered into a two-year, first-look production agreement, and it's been announced that the first film as part of the deal will be WORLD WAR 3, a futuristic thriller based on the George Friedman non-fiction novel The Next 100 Years: A Forecast for the 21st Century . Sam Raimi is attached to direct the planned movie, however there's no...
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Review: Manchester By The Sea (Sundance)

PLOT: A man ( Casey Affleck ) returns to his hometown following the death of his brother ( Kyle Chandler ) to take care of his teen-aged nephew (Lucas Hedges). REVIEW: Following the whopping $10 million acquisition of MANCHESTER BY THE SEA by Amazon Studios, it seems like writer-director Kenneth Lonergan  is finally getting the moment he so richly deserves. While his...
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Sam Raimi may direct remake of French crime thriller A Prophet

Sam Raimi hasn't directed a feature film since 2013's OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL, but according to Variety , he is currently in talks with Sony to helm a remake of Jacques Audiard 's Oscar-nominated French thriller A PROPHET . The script was adapted by Mystic River and Shutter Island author Dennis Lehane , and the studio's next task is to find someone to star...
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Martin Scorsese to direct/produce Shutter Island series Ashecliffe for HBO

Is it just me or does it seem like each day we are hearing about another feature film being adapted as a television series? Most recently, we heard that Steven Spielberg was developing a series based on MINORITY REPORT. Now, it looks like the great Martin Scorsese is turning one of his recent movies into a show for HBO. According to Deadline , Scorsese and Paramount are working...
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Cool Videos: See the opening credit sequence for Sam Raimi's Oz The Great and Powerful

I have yet to see OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL, due to the lack of through-the-roof reviews mostly, but do look forward to checking it out someday.  Regardless of my perception, however, the film is still a big hit and with a sequel in the works it seems that the world of Oz is here to stay (again).  Today, Disney released the opening credits sequence online, which is pretty cool...
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Disney's Oz sequel to compete with Warner Bros proposed adult fantasy series Red Brick Road

With the success of OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL and the announcement of the impending sequel, many have been left wondering if we can expect to see a reimagining of THE WIZARD OF OZ come next. Not so fast, folks. Producer Joe Roth recently indicated that the sequel to OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL has 20 years of time before the events of THE WIZARD OF OZ to play with, thus avoiding...
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Sam Raimi will not return for the sequel to Oz The Great and Powerful

Sam Raimi may have felt the draw to OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL, but he does not seem to feel the same towards making a sequel. Despite a surprising open weekend gross of $150 million worldwide and the announcement that Disney is already fast-tracking the follow-up, Sam Raimi is not on board to direct it. In fact, it almost seems that Raimi never intended to stick around for a second...
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Exclusive: Oz The Great And Powerful musical review!

Well, OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL hit theaters today and is sitting at 60% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes with our own Chris Bumbray giving it a 5/10 in his review .  It's not exactly BATTLESHIP numbers, but certainly not THE AVENGERS numbers either.  I didn't expect that it would rock our worlds, but merely be a flashier substitute to the garbage we've been fed so far at the box...
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Disney is ready to walk down the yellow brick road again as they prep for a sequel to Oz the Great and Powerful

Sam Raimi 's OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL finally hits theaters tomorrow, but will it be successful? The film is poised for a $90- million dollar debut according to pre-release audience surveys. Disney is predicting a little less at $75 million. If it does, Oz will be one of the bigger openers this year. Regardless of all this numbers talk, Disney is already prepping a sequel. We...
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Review: Oz The Great and Powerful

PLOT: A small-time con-man ( James Franco ) who ekes out a living conning audiences at a travelling carnival, is swept off to the magical land of Oz after making a hasty getaway in a hot air balloon. He quickly fools people into thinking heís the great magician thatís been prophesized to replace their dead king. Before assuming his throne, he must first contend with the dead...
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