With the arrival of December, awards season is in full swing, and usually that just means limited releases of some big new films, to establish them as Oscar contenders. And so a film like Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty will open in New York and LA on December 21, but won’t go wide until January 11.

But we also see the occasional re-release, meant to remind Academy voters that films are worth considering for awards. And so December 7 sees two films re-opening, the better to angle for Oscar. Open Road is doing a nationwide re-release of David Ayer‘s End of Watch, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña as LA cops. And as the following tweet shows, Joe Carnahan‘s The Grey is getting a two-week run at two LA-area theaters:

Granted, Carnahan’s film, starring Liam Neeson as one of a team of roughnecks stranded in the Alaskan wilderness, has been on DVD for months; you can even stream it on Netflix right now. But it’s a solid film, and I’m happy to see it get a small shot at awards recognition.

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Ever since The Grey roared into theaters earlier this year, Joe Carnahan‘s been adding projects left and right. Even with his gritty Daredevil reboot in the scrap heap, he still has the Groundhog Day-esque Continue, the low-budget Stretch, and the Death Wish remake to keep him busy. Now he’s also making room for Undying Love, the Warner Bros. adaptation of Tomm Coker and Daniel Freedman‘s romantic vampire thriller. More details after the jump.

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It’s a damn shame that Joe Carnahan‘s gritty Daredevil reboot never got off the ground, but at least the filmmaker’s got plenty of other projects to keep him busy. Among them are a remake of Charles Bronson’s Death Wish and the Groundhog Day-ish actioner Continue, but first, apparently, he’s going to do the low-budget Stretch with Patrick Wilson. Don’t worry, that’s not “Stretch” as in “Armstrong.” As far as we know. More after the jump.

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Here’s another sizzle reel from director Joe Carnahan. Not long ago we showed you Carnahan’s assembled reels meant to pitch Daredevil, and now here’s another, for the canceled Disney film Gemini Man. The project, based on a script by David Benioff, has a good high-concept premise: an older government agent discovers that he’s in the crosshairs of a younger, more capable assassin. The reveal, however, is that the assassin is a clone of the agent.

The last time we reported on Gemini Man was in 2009, when Curtis Hanson was looking like a possible director. But there was a point more recently when Carnahan was anging to make the movie with Clint Eastwood playing the older character. As he does, Carnahan assembled a sizzle reel to pitch his tone and general intent to Disney, and you can watch that below. Read More »

After four features including this year’s The Grey, it’s no surprise Joe Carnahan is considered a solid filmmaker. The bigger surprise is that he’s now becoming an innovator in the world of social media too. Carnahan made big headlines last month when he posted two pitch trailers created for a possible Daredevil reboot at 20th Century Fox. They were rare but welcome glimpses into the development of a major property, similar to Kevin Tancharoen’s Hunger Games pitch trailer.

Now Carnahan is sharing again. Thursday he posted a screen test for a film he wrote and is hoping to direct, called Continue. He describes it as “Groundhog Day as an action movie.” Unfortunately, Carnahan has since removed the clip. After the jump, read what he had star Frank Grillo doing, and thoughts on whether or not we’ll ever get to see the film. Read More »

Want to finally watch Joseph Gordon-Levitt talk about the ending of The Dark Knight Rises? How can you get the latest updates on The Wolverine? Which ad for The Avengers is causing controversy overseas? What does Joe Carnahan have to say about his Daredevil movie? Have designs from the computers in The Dark Knight Rises made it onto the internet? And how cool does the Deadpool video game look? Read about all of this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

Would-be Daredevil director Joe Carnahan recently tweeted that his “Serpico-styled” take on the blind superhero was just about dead, so this next bit of news doesn’t come as much of a surprise. But in case there was any doubt about it, various outlets are now reporting that the Daredevil rights will indeed revert back to Marvel Studios (which is part of Disney).

Earlier this month, Fox and Marvel had considered striking a deal to give the former more time to get a Daredevil adaptation together. However, that request has since been denied, which means Fox would’ve had to push Daredevil into production by October 10 in order to retain the rights. That became a virtual impossibility when they decided not to move forward with Carnahan’s vision. To offer a little taste of what might’ve been, however, Carnahan has posted a couple of sizzle reels from his version. Watch the videos and read more about the Daredevil rights after the jump.

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So what’s happening with Daredevil over at Fox? The studio has planned to reboot the character, and for some time had David Slade attached to direct the film. The script is based on Frank Miller and David Mazzuccheli’s Born Again storyline, which sees Matt Murdock’s friend/employee Karen Page addicted to heroin and selling Murdock’s secret identity — he’s really the vigilante Daredevil — to score drugs. The info lands in the Kingpin’s hands, and he uses it in a very nearly successful attempt to destroy Murdock.

We’ve known that the script was a serious, ’70s style thriller rather than a colorful lark with a blind guy in a red costume. When Slade fell away from the project recently, we heard that Joe Carnahan was in talks with Fox to take over. Carnahan has done a couple of colorful larks (The A-Team, Smokin’ Aces) but he’s also done a couple more serious thrillers (Narc, The Grey) and the idea of him bringing that sensibility to Daredevil was the most interesting angle we’d heard for the reboot yet.

Now, however, the director suggests it very well might not happen. Read More »

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