Kane and Lynch Snags New Director

Here’s a movie I’m pretty excited about. Based on the video game of the same name, Kane and Lynch is an upcoming crime-action film starring Bruce Willis and Jamie Foxx. Originally Simon Crane was attached to direct, but now reports are saying that he has left the film. Apparently the studio was trying to bring F. Gary Gray on board (you may remember him from the very entertaining and enjoyable Law Abiding Citizen), but while he did talk with them, he ultimately decided not to sign on.

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The Role of Young Professor X Goes To…

The new X-Men film, X-Men: First Class, is starting to move ahead, with director Matthew Vaughn on board, now the first cast member has been announced. The role of a young Professor Charles Xavier will be played by James McAvoy! X-Men: First Class is going to be an origin story, hence the younger McAvoy playing the role and not Patrick Stewart. The film will focus on the origins of not only the Professor but also Magneto.

I thought McAvoy was great in The Last King of Scotland and I’m a fan of some of his other stuff too, I’m just not sure that I’ll like him for this role. I’m so used to seeing the great Patrick Stewart play Professor X. What do you guys think, can McAvoy pull it off? Who would you like to see play a young Magneto? As always let us know in the comments.

The New Spider-Man is Down to Two Choices?

With Tobey Maguire out of the picture, Sony has been left to find a new star for their Spider-Man reboot. The reboot is being directed by Marc Webb and is going to be in 3-D. Today sources are saying Webb and Sony have almost found their new Spider-Man, and the choice has come down to two actors. The first is Jamie Bell, who you’d probably know from Billy Elliot and Jumper, while the second is Josh Hutcherson who you would know if you saw Journey To The Center Of The Earth, the terrible Brendan Fraser flick.

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Did 3-D Hurt Shrek Forever After?

Is it possible that 3-D is one of the reasons why Shrek Forever After didn’t do as well as expected last weekend? 3-D ticket prices are always more expensive than regular ticket prices (usually by 3 or 4 dollars) and some analysts think the added cost might explain the film’s box office performance. Shrek Forever After is a film that caters heavily to families, and with $18 ticket prices a family of four can be looking at $72 dollars for a one and a half hour movie. That’s before popcorn and drinks.

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Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye Rumours Heat Up Again

Could it be true? Has Jeremy Renner, our beloved hero from The Hurt Locker, been cast to play Clint Barton in the upcoming Avengers film? Harry Knowles, over at Ain’t It Cool News certainly thinks so. Over at his site, Harry tells us that he has heard from a source that Jeremy is indeed going to play Clint Barton or as he’s better known, Hawkeye, in the upcoming Avengers flick.

Last year Renner actually spoke out about the role. He was quoted as saying the following:

“I haven’t heard anything since I talked to them (Marvel) three weeks ago. The last I knew is that they still have to find their director for The Avengers, that’s where he’s really going to show up. They were just talking, ‘Like maybe we should consider maybe hiring Hawkeye now,’ but there’s no director on Avengers so they don’t really want to force-feed the director, ‘Here’s the whole cast.’ It’s a big role so they didn’t want to do that to the director, so I think they might wait. I know they’re interested, I’m interested, so we’ll see if it works out.

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Tim Burton’s Alice Becomes a Billionaire

Today is the day Tim Burton becomes a very rich man. Analysts are expecting Burton’s latest film, Alice in Wonderland, to cross the one billion dollar mark today. Pulling in $332 million in the United States, and another $667 million internationally, the film has quickly joined an elite group. The only other films to reach one billion worldwide are: Avatar, Titanic, The Lord of the Rings: The Return Of The King, The Dark Knight and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest.

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Did You Know? The Hurt Locker

Did You Know? is a continuing column on Film Junk that looks at interesting trivia surrounding some of your favourite movies.

Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker was easily one of the best films I saw last year and my personal pick for Best Picture. I was thrilled to see it do so well at the Oscars and I have now seen the movie four times. With each viewing it gets better. Here are five interesting facts about the film… hopefully you will find them as interesting as I did.

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Weinsteins Won’t Buy Back Miramax After All

Today it was announced that Harvey and Bob Weinstein have lost their chance to buy back their former production company, Miramax, from its current owner, Walt Disney Co. According to The Wall Street Journal, negotiations have officially ended with the brothers. Talks had been going on for some time now but sources close to the deal say it had been growing increasingly complex.

One source was quoted as saying:

“The complex structure of the acquisition was the primary reason why the talks collapsed.”

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Pacino and DeNiro Together Again for Sinatra Biopic?

Al Pacino and Robert De Niro reunited on screen… again? After coming together in 1995 for the incredible Heat, and following that up years later with Righteous Kill, there is a chance we may now see the duo together for a third time. The film in question is the Frank Sinatra biopic, being helmed by legendary director Martin Scorsese.

In a recent interview, Scorsese talked about the idea of having De Niro and Pacino play Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin:

“I’m yet to spot the actor who can bring back Frank Sinatra alive on screen. My choice is Al Pacino, and Robert De Niro as Dean Martin.”

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Feast Your Mind on 7 New Inception Character Posters

Christopher Nolan’s latest film, Inception, has everyone talking. With just over a month before it is released, the film is sparking a lot of buzz. The three trailers we have seen have been intriguing, and with a stellar cast and Nolan behind the camera, Inception just may be one of the biggest hits the summer.

Today we get to feast our eyes on seven new posters for the film, each one featuring a main character and giving them a label. To say the least, they are all visually interesting and only lead to further speculation as to what exactly Nolan is planning with Inception. Check out the posters after the jump and see what you think.

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Did You Know? Avatar

Here we are with the second edition of Did You Know? This is one of the new columns here at Film Junk. This edition will take a look at James Cameron’s Avatar.

In this edition I’m going to tell you four facts about Avatar that hopefully you didn’t know. Personally, I didn’t know these before I did the research, but I did find them interesting, so hopefully you will also.

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The Fallacy of Composition: Five Disappointing Films with Great Casts

The Fallacy of Composition refers to a fallacy, a mistake in reasoning. The mistake in reasoning is as follows: people tend to think that if you take the best individual parts and put them together, than your product will turn out to be the best.

This fallacy is seen all the time in Hollywood. How many times have you seen a movie with an amazing cast, and thought it would be a great movie? A lot of times this will happen, and for the most part you may be correct. A great cast may lead to a great movie. This is not always the case though. Many films have been made with a phenomenal cast yet turned out to be complete trash.

This article is going to run down five films that fall under the fallacy of composition.

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