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There is a whole crop of new and in some cases changed release dates, as studios including Paramount, Fox and The Weinstein Company have shuffled around dates for the end of this year and going all the way into late 2015. The big changes are significant pushes for Hot Tub Time Machine 2 and Hitman: Agent 47, but there’s a lot more, including date tweaks for Independence Day 2, Paddington, and the Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt Chrismas movie. We’ve got a full rundown after the break. Read More »

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Anthony Mackie Joins Seth Rogen in Christmas Comedy

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Jonathan Levine‘s upcoming Christmas movie is shaping up to be a 50/50 reunion, with Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt once again starring as BFFs. But now the trio are extending a warm welcome to a new friend.

Anthony Mackie has just joined the cast of the as-yet-untitled comedy. It’ll be his first time working with any of them. Hit the jump for plot details and more.

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Kevin Feige Doctor Strange

Marvel is still searching for the right Doctor Strange director. Several names have been mentioned in conjunction with the film. Speaking to us at the Captain America: The Winter Soldier junket, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige confirmed they have met with several of the names mentioned in the press. However, he said the list isn’t down to just three, contrary to recent reports. Read More »

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UPDATE 3/11/14: THR now says Scott Derrickson (Sinister) is in the mix, along with previously mentioned Mark Andrews (who recently commented) and Jonathan Levine. The original story follows.

Guardians of the Galaxy is well on its way to theaters, Avengers: Age of Ultron is now filming, and Ant-Man is almost fully cast. Next on the Marvel checklist is potential Phase Three film Doctor Strange. Now Kevin Feige‘s company has reportedly begun to take meetings with directors as they consider choices to helm the film. Read the list below. Read More »

‘Brooklyn Castle’ Adaptation Coming From Seth Rogen

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Brooklyn Castle is being turned into a narrative feature, courtesy of Seth Rogen and his 50/50 team. His Point Grey has set up an adaptation of the junior high chess documentary at Sony, with 50/50 helmer Jonathan Levine and 50/50 scribe Will Reiser on board.

Directed by Katie Dellamaggiore, the original film centered on the adolescent chess whizzes of I.S. 318. Though the kids’ triumph would’ve been admirable in any context, it was made even more so by the fact that they hailed from Intermediate School 318 — a poor inner-city school in Brooklyn where about two-thirds of the students live below the federal poverty line. Hit the jump for more details on the project.

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Briefly: There’s no title yet for this new project, but the 50/50 team of writer/director Jonathan Levine and actors Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen are coming together once more for a Christmas comedy. Sony bought in over the weekend and has fast-tracked it for production this summer. (How this will affect Rogen’s work on Preacher is impossible to tell at this point.)

THR reports that the script, by Levine, is about “three childhood best friends who reunite in New York City for their annual tradition of going out on Christmas Eve.” Two of the three will be played by Gordon-Levitt and Rogen, while a third actor will be cast to round out the trio.

Channing Tatum in The Vow

Channing Tatum is reuniting with his Magic Mike producing partner Reid Carolin, but unfortunately for waxed chest enthusiasts everywhere, it’s not for a sequel. Instead, they’re set to produce MGM’s Bad Romance, the latest project by 50/50 and Warm Bodies director Jonathan Levine. Tatum will star as well as produce. Hit the jump to learn everything we know so far about the project.

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All the Boys Love Mandy Lane

This weekend marks the release of You’re Next, which made its festival debut in 2011 and has had horror fans waiting for two years. But there’s also new materials for a delayed festival horror fave that has been waiting even longer for release.

All the Boys Love Mandy Lane was the feature debut of Jonathan Levine, who has gone on to make The Wackness, 50/50, and Warm Bodies. The film debuted at TIFF in 2006, where the Midnight Madness crowd ate it up. (I was there; it was a fun show.) Amber Heard takes an early starring role as a girl who is the center of attention in her high school, and who finds herself at a secluded weekend party where attendees are being violently dispatched.

Years of difficulty with distributors has kept the film off screens in the US even as it has been released in other countries. The film finally hits VOD on September 6, with a limited theatrical release planned for October 11th. There’s a new official US trailer to promote that release, which you can see below. Read More »

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