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POSTED: Thursday, March 6, 2014, 12:13 PM
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Canadian audiences got a look at the highly anticipated Jimi Hendrix biopic All Is By My Side late last year, but with its American premiere at SXSW fast approaching, a sneak peek at Andre 3000 as the venerable guitarist have hit the web. Good thing, too, consider this one’s been around seven years in the making. 

The clip features 3000 as Hendrix talking business with Imogen Poots as Linda Keith and manager Chas Chandler, who is played by Andrew Buckley. The moment being dramatized, of course, is the seminal conversation that inspired Hendrix to make the move to London, where his career began to take off. 

Prior to the clip dropping, the Outkast MC said he “listened to hours of interviews” to nail Hendrix’s mannerisms and get a full understanding of his personality. To hear the lilting accent, see the way he plays with his hair like Hendrix, and deliver lines in that character, it’s clear that he was serious about that research. Still, though, his performance likely won’t appease the Hendrix estate. 


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POSTED: Friday, February 28, 2014, 3:40 PM
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Here's a roundup of Oscar-nominated actors, actresses, directors and producers from the Philadelphia area. They're roughly in reverse order of ranking, with nominees who didn't win followed by winners, winding up with the person with the most Academy Awards. (Did we overlook anyone? Email stories@phillynews.com.)
POSTED: Friday, February 28, 2014, 1:26 PM
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When Gulliver’s Travels came out in 2010, it was panned by critics and quickly forgotten by audiences. Rightfully so, which is why I hesitate to tell you that Gulliver’s Travels director Rob Letterman has teamed up again with Jack Black to bring us a big-screen adaptation of every millennial’s favorite horror anthology: Goosebumps.

R.L. Stine’s masterworks have been a long time coming to theaters, so it’s nice to see them finally getting some play. Unfortunately, though, with a release date scheduled tentatively for March 2016, we’re going to have to wait two years to see how badly our horror-laden childhood memories have been perverted for the modern cinema crowd.

The big question, though, is what source material Black and co. will use to tie their film together. Goosebumps, after all, consisted of 62 separate books by the run’s end, selling a combined 300 million copies worldwide. If anything, though, it’d be good to turn to the classic 90s TV show for inspiration, what with it being the go-to source for family-friendly scares for most American millennials today. 

POSTED: Tuesday, February 25, 2014, 10:19 AM
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Kevin Hart teased an upcoming film with Will Ferrell earlier this month, posting up a picture to his Instagram account of the pair along with rapper T.I. As it turns out, that film is, in fact, Get Hard, and it just got a release date. 

We’ll see this one starting March 27, 2015, as Get Hard opens alongside competition like The Penguins of Madagascar and the Hugh Jackman vehicle, Chappie. Not that the near future is lacking in Kevin Hart projects, but it’s good to see another tacked on to next year.

Tropic Thunder’s Etan Cohen will helm Get Hard, which reportedly will center around a wealthy banker (Ferrell) who is arrested for a crime he didn’t commit. With prison imminent, Ferrell’s character hires a guy who washes his car (Hart) to teach him how to be intimidating. Production is set to start this summer.

POSTED: Monday, February 24, 2014, 2:00 PM
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FILE - This Dec. 8, 2013 file photo shows actor Bradley Cooper at the premiere of "American Hustle" in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Having already signed on to Warner Brothers’ World War I cop flick, Dark Invasion, Philly boy Bradley Cooper is poised to emerge as the next big “cop movie” cop. Now, with Warner Bros.’ having signed up for American Blood, that outcome is all but guaranteed.

Cooper will star in the upcoming film as a mob informant cum NYPD officer Marshall Grade. Grade, who enters a witness protection during the film to live in New Mexico, subsequently gets pulled back into the police trade to investigate the disappearance of a local woman. 

Based on the namesake novel by New Zealand author Ben Sanders, American Blood represents Sanders’ first crossover into the American market. The book, however, is slated for a Fall 2015 release, so Warner Bros. jumped on this one early. With Cooper attached, though, Sanders’ first American market effort stands a good chance at success. Andrew Sodroski will pen the script. 



POSTED: Monday, February 24, 2014, 12:43 PM
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Films like Ghostbusters, Stripes, and Groundhog Day long ago earned their indelible places in film history, and with them cemented Harold Ramis role as one of our most beloved writer/directors. He passed away early this morning as a result of complications stemming from a rare blood vessel disease.

He leaves behind, of course, a hugely admired body of work that includes so many classics, it would probably be easier to tell you the great comedies of the 80s and 90s with which he wasn’t involved. Writing credits alone for Ramis include Animal House, Stripes, Caddyshack, and Ghostbusters, plus director credits for National Lampoon’s Vacation, Groundhog Day, and Analyze This.

Ramis passed away as a result of complications from autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, which swells blood vessels. He had been battling serious health issues since mid-2010, when an infection aggravated the complications related to his autoimmune disease. He eventually had to relearn to walk and regain other motor skills, but his vasculitis reappeared again in 2011. 



POSTED: Monday, February 24, 2014, 9:59 AM
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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, and former NBA star Dennis Rodman watch North Korean and U.S. players in an exhibition basketball game at an arena in Pyongyang, North Korea, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/VICE Media, Jason Mojica)

Being as it sounded like it came from a movie in the first place, it was only a matter of time until someone took Dennis Rodman’s “basketball diplomacy” trip to North Korea to the big screen in some form. That time is now, and that someone is 20th Century Fox.

The studio recently nabbed the rights to Diplomats, a script inspired by Rodman’s headline-making trip. Ride Along’s Tim Story is on to direct, so this one is sure to be a comedy, which, you know, it was, anyway. Writer Jonathan Abrams will take scriptwriting duties.

Reportedly a “two-hander that takes its cues from the antics of 6-foot-7 former NBA player Rodman,” Diplomats will chronicle The Worm’s January 2014 trip to North Korea, during which he made nice with dictator Kim Jong Un. The “happy birthday” incident was particularly cringe-worthy, but let’s see how all this appears on film. 

POSTED: Friday, February 21, 2014, 10:57 AM
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Director and rock musician Rob Zombie does some "fact-finding" with two of the Broad Street Bullies, Bernie Parent (center) and Bob Kelly. (ZACK HILL)

In terms of filmmaking, Rob Zombie’s style tends to fall into the hyper-violent “love it or hate it” side of things. So when he signed on to direct an epic telling the story of the 70s Flyers, the reaction was, well, mixed. Now, though, that film appears to be on the back burner. 

Zombie confirmed that he’s shelving the project for now, saying essentially that something else has come up. And, in fact, it has—Zombie will be working instead on a film that he says “fans of the other stuff will like.” So, you know, it’s a horror film. And the Flyers aren’t in it.

As he told New Zealand’s 3 News:

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