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EW has given us our first look at Leonardo DiCaprio in the forthcoming Clint Eastwood film J. Edgar.  Click the thumbnail for a larger version.  Along with the photo comes this brief synopsis: As America’s top cop for five decades, J. Edgar Hoover oversaw the creation of the FBI, helped popularize fingerprints and other forensic evidence, and wielded nearly unchecked authority to manipulate evidence and investigate supposed enemies of the state such as Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. Now director Clint Eastwood is turning the tables, prying into Hoover’s life in a big-screen biopic that would doubtless…

The success of 2007’s Superbad opened the doors for a resurgence of raunchy, ridiculous buddy comedies.  Role Models, Stepbrothers, The Other Guys and I Love You, Man would probably never have happened if McLovin and friends hadn’t reaped a colossal $121 million at the domestic box office.  And of course, let’s not forget 2009’s The Hangover, which sent a firm message to Hollywood that there was a profit to be made from movies about a bunch of guys boozing it up and getting into incredibly implausible situations.  The latest offering from this genre is 30 Minutes or Less, which reunites…

More and more game studios seem to be adopting the “online pass” model, rewarding consumers who purchase their titles new at retail with a free code that gives them access to a game’s online features.  Rage developer id Software is taking a different approach, giving gamers some single-player incentives in the form of in-game “hatches” that can only be accessed via the code that comes bundled with new copies of the game. Speaking to Eurogamer, creative director Tim Willits detailed this approach: “If you bought the game new, [the hatches] would be open for you. You still have to download…

There has been rampant speculation about the circumstances behind Frank Darabont’s sudden departure from The Walking Dead, especially with the surprise move coming on the heels of his appearance at San Diego Comic Con.  Turns out, when Darabont showed up at the Walking Dead panel at SDCC, he had no idea that his days on the show were numbered. Citing anonymous sources, The Hollywood Reporter claims that Darabont was fired from the show, most likely due to a disagreement with AMC over the show’s budget.  While one of the sources is quick to say that Darabont was “a notorious pain…

Summit Entertainment has released a new trailer for 50/50, which stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Adam, a young man who is diagnosed with cancer in his late 20s and given a 50/50 chance of survival.  Seth Rogen costars as Adam’s best friend, and Anna Kendrick plays his therapist.  The film opens September 30, and judging from the trailer, looks to be another excellent offering from director Jonathan Levine (The Wackness).  

If you have an iPhone/iPad/iTouch and have NOT played Infinity Blade, stop reading this and slap yourself in the face.  Hard.  Seriously, I’ll wait. Now then.  The game is currently being offered at 50% off, so you have officially run out of excuses.  It’s better than about 90% of the crap available on any mobile gaming platform, and it outshines quite a few console offerings, too.  Go get it.

After helming a blockbuster film that has raked in more than $600 million worldwide, Justin Lin is enjoying the fruits of his success.  Box office smash Fast Five has put him on Hollywood’s radar, and he has been offered several high-profile projects.  But the one that everyone is talking about is the next installment of the Terminator franchise, which will see the return of Arnold Schwarzenegger in the titular role.  Speaking to The Playlist while promoting the Fast Five DVD/Blu-ray release, Lin dropped a few tidbits: “Terminator is something I’ve been having a lot of fun with.  Just even this…

Eminem had been scheduled to make his big-screen return in Southpaw, a boxing drama from Sons of Anarchy mastermind Kurt Sutter.  The story follows a hotshot welterweight boxer whose life has dissolved around him, and who is trying to reclaim his past glory in order to support himself and his daughter.  Antoine Fuqua was attached to direct the project, and Dreamworks picked the story up late last year, but now Deadline is reporting that they will not be moving forward, relinquishing their hold on the project and allowing the filmmakers to take it elsewhere. Sutter told Deadline that the project…

Vin Diesel is preparing to don the shades once again, as Moviehole is reporting that casting has begun for David Twohy’s long-awaited third installment of the Riddick franchise.  Moviehole describes the script as “a tighter, more intimate and suspenseful ride than the previous film,” and they say that this will be more of a direct sequel to Pitch Black than its followup, The Chronicles of Riddick. In a nutshell, the movie sees Riddick back on a barren planet, surrounded by monsters and mercenaries – both species who want him dead and vice versa.  Though there’s a couple of potential cameos…

*Mild Spoiler Warning* Sitting in the theater as the lights went up and the beautifully-designed WWII propaganda end credits splashed across the screen, I was struck with a thought: It’s an amazing time to be a comic & film fan. I remember as a kid begging my mom to take me to the local hole-in-the-wall video rental stores.  I’d immediately scour their shelves for any sign of the rare VHS tapes of the existing classic superhero fanfare such as the 70’s Spider-Man TV-movie/series (Lookout criminals! He’s swinging! On a rope! Badly!), the Bill Bixby Incredible Hulk movies/series (geek tidbit: Thor…

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