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'Life of Pi': Five close calls for this 'unfilmable' survival adventure

Life of Pi was as good as dead.

The film adaptation of Yann Martel’s 2001 novel, about a young boy stranded at sea with a ferocious Bengal tiger, had been on the shelf for a long time. 20th Century Fox had already approached three directors, who tried and failed to get an adaptation onscreen before bowing out.

The last best hope was Ang Lee, but while the Brokeback Mountain and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon director spent eight months developing the project, it was the executives at Fox who began to have second thoughts.

This would not be a cheap movie — the budget was estimated around $120 million, and when the studio took a hard look at the project, they realized they had no idea what they were getting in to.

That’s when Elizabeth Gabler, President of Fox 2000 Pictures, called Lee to tell him that it was off. Fox was backing out, and he was welcome to shop the project elsewhere.

It wasn’t the last time he would have to fight for Life of Pi. Here’s how he brought this epic tale of survival back to life, over, and over again.

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One Direction gets 3-D concert movie directed by... Morgan Spurlock?

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Wait, what?

Academy Award-nominated documentarian Morgan Spurlock — best known for taking aim at McDonald’s with Super Size Me — will direct a 3-D concert film starring One Direction, the British boy band that’s stolen tweenage hearts around the world. According to a press release, the film will be released Labor Day weekend 2013 — the perfect pre-school year pick-me-up.

“This is an incredible opportunity and an amazing moment in time for the band,” Spurlock said in a statement. “To capture this journey and share it with audiences around the world will be an epic undertaking that I am proud to be a part of.” READ FULL STORY

New 'Oz the Great and Powerful' trailer: The witching hour

Witches, witches, everywhere — but which one of them is wicked? We don’t get the answer in this new, longer trailer for Disney’s Oz the Great and Powerful — but the clip does formally introduce us to Mila Kunis’s good witch Theodora, Rachel Weisz’s vampy witch Evanora, and Michelle Williams’s clearly virtuous Glinda.

All three magical ladies are pleased as punch when James Franco’s “Wizard” is dropped into Oz by a mighty tornado; he’s destined to fulfill a prophecy by defeating that still unidentified wicked sorceress. L. Frank Baum geeks will also be pleased to get a better look at the Wizard’s new Ozian sidekicks — Finley, a kind flying monkey (voiced by Zack Braff), and a girl made of porcelain (voiced by Ramona and Beezus‘s Joey King) who’s probably a native of Oz’s Dainty China Country — as well as Munchkins and the Yellow Brick Road. Go off and see the wizard for yourself:

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'Jurassic Park 3D' trailer: Welcome (back) to Jurassic Park

The latest film to hop on the 3-D re-release bandwagon, Jurassic Park looks set to be the essential nostalgia trip of April 2013. Who among us doesn’t remember the stirring John Williams score, the fantastic special effects, or the brief but memorable moment when Richard Attenborough became the beloved grandfather of every single person on earth? The new trailer for Jurassic Park 3D has arrived online. Part of the fun of watching it is seeing Park being resold with modern trailer affectations (there’s even some Inception-y noises.) The other part of the fun is realizing that you remember every line of dialogue. Hold onto your butts! READ FULL STORY

'Iron Man 3' and 'Thor' 2 to be released in 3-D; 'Ant-Man' to follow 'Avengers 2' -- BREAKING

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Some big news for Marvel fans: Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World will be released in 3-D, and the studio’s Ant-Man has a new release date of Nov. 6, 2015 — well after the planned May 2015 debut of The Avengers 2.

The changes came with a scheduling announcement released this morning by Walt Disney Studios.

Among the other changes: the animated Phineas and Ferb movie is leaving its July 28 berth next summer for an unspecified release in 2014, and the live-action drama Saving Mr. Banks, starring Tom Hanks as Walt Disney in the behind-the-scenes story of the making of Mary Poppins, has been set for Dec. 20, 2013.

There are some more changes in store, too. READ FULL STORY

Not in 2-D Kansas anymore: 3-D 'Wizard of Oz' is coming to home video in 2013

Next fall, there will be no place like home — provided one’s home is equipped with a 3-D television.

Warner Bros. announced today that a new 3-D conversion of The Wizard of Oz is coming to DVD and Blu-ray in 2013. The release is part of the studio’s 90th anniversary celebration; a special 100 film DVD collection and 50 film Blu-ray collection will also be released in honor of this milestone. Additionally, the studio has put together a pair of documentaries — Tales from the Warner Bros. Lot and The Warner Bros. Lot Tour, which gives viewers a virtual version of the tour given at Warner’s Burbank headquarters.

The Wizard of Oz first hit theaters in 1939. In 2009, a four-disc 70th anniversary edition of the film was released on Blu-Ray; it included a variety of production documentaries, outtakes, and still galleries, but only two dimensions.

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Director Joe Dante on his long-awaited, family-friendly horror movie 'The Hole'

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In director Joe Dante’s new movie The Hole a pair of young brothers (Chris Massoglia, Nathan Gamble) and their neighbor (Haley Bennett) investigate a mysterious chasm in the basement of the siblings’ house and are forced to deal with the array of terrifying unpleasantness which emerges from said aperture. Like Dante’s pair of Gremlins movies, the result is a family-friendly venture which may have younger clan members viewing the action through trembling fingers. “It’s my revenge,” laughs Dante. “That’s how I watched Tarantula in 1955. I forced my father to take me to see this giant spider movie and I’m so scared that I’m in the lobby peeking in. My poor father was left sitting alone watching a giant spider movie.”

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'Dredd 3D': Check out the Mondo poster for tomorrow's Fantastic Fest screening -- EXCLUSIVE

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Splundig vur thrigg, Earthlets!

If you recognize that reference to the Judge Dredd strip-spawning U.K. comic 2000ADand its alien editor “Tharg” — then you, like me, may have been waiting upwards of 35 years for a decent movie featuring Mega-City One’s top cop to arrive in cinemas (don’t get me started on the Sly Stone-starring 1995 fiasco).

Judging by the current Rotten Tomatoes rating for Dredd 3D — and my colleague Darren Franich’s enthusiastic review of the film in the new issue of Entertainment Weekly — that wait will end this Friday when the Karl Urban-toplined actioner hits screens across the country. However, lucky attendees of this year’s Fantastic Fest shindig in Austin, Tex., will be seeing the film tomorrow at a screening attended by Urban, Olivia Thirlby, and screenwriter Alex Garland. To mark the occasion, the Alamo Drafthouse’s collectible art boutique arm Mondo has commissioned a special poster by the artist Jock that will be available to purchase at Fantastic Fest (any unpurchased posters will be sold online.)

You can inspect said artifact above and, in larger form, below (along with the Dredd 3D trailer). I think you’ll agree it’s pretty zarjaz. READ FULL STORY

Box office report: 'Resident Evil' outswims 'Nemo' with $21.1 million; 'The Master' off to record-breaking start

It was a great weekend to be a director named Paul Anderson.

Not only did Paul W.S. Anderson’s Resident Evil: Retribution become his fourth straight Resident Evil film to debut atop the chart; Paul Thomas Anderson’s drama The Master had one of the best opening weekends of all time in limited release.

In first place, Resident Evil: Retribution, the fifth entry in the stalwart horror/action franchise, earned $21.1 million — 21 percent less than 2010′s Resident Evil: Afterlife, which began with $26.7 million. This is the first time that a Resident Evil movie has earned less than its predecessor. The original Resident Evil earned $17.7 million in 2002. Resident Evil: Apocalypse grossed $23.0 million in 2004. Resident Evil: Extinction scored $23.7 million in 2007. Notably, Retribution, which is being distributed in 3-D and IMAX, also sold the fewest tickets of any of the Resident Evil films in its opening weekend.

Sony, who is distributing the $65 million Milla Jovovich (Paul W.S. Anderson’s wife) vehicle under its Screen Gems division, isn’t worried, though. The Resident Evil franchise’s international prospects have grown substantially over the last decade, and with a $50 million international start this weekend, Retribution has a good shot at finishing ahead of Afterlife‘s $296 million worldwide cume. Audiences issued the film a “C+” CinemaScore grade. READ FULL STORY

Karl Urban talks 'Dredd 3D'

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Judgment is coming to cinemas this Friday. No, we’re not referring to EW’s weekly film reviews — though you should definitely check those out as well — but rather the arrival in multiplexes of Dredd 3D.

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