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In the 2004 sequel The Chronicles of Riddick, star Vin Diesel wore the title character's goggles and tank tops, but it was Karl Urban who bravely demonstrated a willingness to wear a truly ridiculous outfit.  His jarhead-mohawk-mullet-thing and guyliner couldn't stop the New Zealand native from being kind of a badass as Lord Vaako, though, and it looks like he'll be sporting the interstellar rock-star outfit yet again in the new sequel which has been consistently referred to as Riddick, but might just have a new working title.

Every year, the nerdlinger-centric San Diego-based event that gets far and away the most attention is, without a doubt, Comic-Con International, that annual orgiastic explosion of genre fans and promotion for comic books, videogames, television series, and movies. 

But what of the San Diego Film Festival, an event that offers a five-day marathon of unique films, workshops, short films, Q & A's, and assorted bits of cinephile goodness?  This year, the San Diego Film Festival celebrates its tenth anniversary from September 28th-October 2nd, kicking off with an opening night premiere for 50/50, the new comedic drama from The Wackness director starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, and Anna Kendrick.

In 2008, the summer action movie Wanted managed the rare feat of incorporating Angelina Jolie's bare backside, exploding rats, inexplicable looms, an expletive-spouting Morgan Freeman, and intentionally ludicrous physics for 110 minutes of entertainment that felt like a hyperactive 13 year-old boy's sketchbook coming to screaming, disjointed life.  Given that the film went on to earn $341.4 million globally, talk of a sequel was natural, though it seemed to die on the vine last year.  Not so, it seems, as according to Derek Haas, and and writing accomplice Michael Brandt have just been hired by Universal Pictures to get to work on Wanted 2.

Horizons, the sophomore feature from Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski, continues to move through pre-production at Universal Pictures, where it wound up after Disney opted to let the PG-13 science-fiction actioner go despite the attachment of Tom Cruise.  With Cruise set to play the lead character, the question became just which two beautiful younger women would play the big female roles in the film.  We know half the answer to that question, as Variety reports that Jessica Chastain has been cast in Horizons, while the second major female role remains uncast.

Due to films such as Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan, and Empire of the Sun, as well as the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers and The Pacific, director Steven Spielberg is frequently identified with World War II.  In this Winter's War Horse, however, the Bearded One tells a story set during the Great War.  Despite its huge backdrop, with the first World War's horrific trench warfare and human suffering, War Horse is a fundamentally simple story about a young man, played by Jeremy Irvine, whose beloved horse Joey is sold into military service, and both of these gentle spirits must endure the savagery of war to find each other again.  The very first poster for the film has landed online today, and it gets across that basic story in simple, striking fashion.

Listen up, folks.  This is 'Merica, and here in 'Merica we like our beer cold, our women hot, and our entertainment free.  The upcoming remake Footloose celebrates our particularly 'Merican style with the story of Renn MacCormick, a big city kid played by Kenny Wormald who moves to a small Puritanical town where dancing is outlawed for youngsters under the age of eighteen.  With a properly rebellious spirit, Renn sticks it to the man and works tirelessly to overturn the restrictive law so that he and his compatriots can lawfully kick off their Sunday shoes.  Now, Footloose even more fully encapsulates our identity with a series of totally free screenings this Friday, September 30th.  That's a full two weeks before the official release.  And once again for emphasis, it's free.

Just last week, Warner Bros unveiled the first official image from Dark Shadows, the big screen update of a gothic soap opera that aired from 1969-1973.  That image presented the entire cast, from Johnny Depp to Chloe Moretz, and was exactly the sort of presentational ensemble gathering that you'd expects, giving  good idea of each character and that Collins mansion they inhabit.  Now, two new images from Dark Shadows focus on director Tim Burton doing his thing on set.  In one, he futzes about with Depp as the vampire Barnabas Collins, who we've previously seen in significantly less-flattering unofficial set photos.  The second new still shows Burton with Jonny Lee Miller and Michelle Pfeiffer, who play the vain Roger Collins and Elizabeth Stoddard Collins, respectively.

That Don Coscarelli has not written or directed a feature film since Bubba Ho-Tep in 2002 is a damn shame.  Anybody who casts Bruce Campbell playing an impotent Elvis Presley doing battle with an ancient mummy in his retirement home has a voice that deserves to be heard. 

For John Dies at the End, his first feature in a decade, Coscarelli adapts the novel of the same name, written by Jason Pargin under the pseudonym David Wong, who also happens to be the name of the book's narrator.

At Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas this weekend, Coscarelli and Guillermo del Toro muse Doug Jones showed up to premiere the first clip and teaser trailer.  The clip has yet to appear online, but the trailer is up and running, which should inspire some fun viewing.  The trailer looks like the work of the man behind Phantasm and The Beastmaster, and I mean that in a good way.  It introduces the two leads, David and John, played by Chase Williamson and Rob Mayes, along with Paul Giamatti as a skeptical reporter.  It then dives into plenty of paranormal craziness and old-fashioned effects.  What's not to like?

After earning an Oscar nomination for his lead performance in 2006's Half Nelson and capably carrying an entire movie about a guy who falls deeply and somehow touchingly in love with a sex doll in 2007's Lars and the Real Girl, solid actor and all-around chick magnet Ryan Gosling was absent from cinema screens for a few years.  After creating a phantasmagoric band in his downtime, the former Mouseketeer returned last year with All Good Things and Blue Valentine, and now he's crazy busy.

This year, he stars in no less than three films: Crazy, Stupid, Love. and Drive, both of which have already been released, and George Clooney's The Ides of March, due next month.  He's currently filming a role in the ensemble crime drama Gangster Squad, after which he'll film Only God Forgives  for Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn.  Oh, and he's also reuniting with Derk Cianfrance, his Blue Valentine director, on The Place Beyond the Pines, due in 2013.  The actor sat down to talk with IAR Managing Editor Jami Philbrick and other journalists to promote The Ides of March, and he discussed his Gangster Squad experience, as well as the big budget Logans Run remake to which he and Refn are attached.

While the Pittbsburgh portion of The Dark Knight Rises production was accompanied by an almost daily procession of unofficial images jam-packed with spoilers major, minor, and downright puzzling, the Los Angeles set has been on a tighter lockdown.  That's not to say that Christopher Nolan's perfectly-justifiable desire for secrecy has been carried out in the City of Angeles, since nothing short of a nuclear blast would curb the desire of Bat-fans to get a peek at their figurative presents.  You'll remember a set of pictures featuring Christian Bale and Anne Hathaway in costume as Batman and Catwoman, respectively, from just a few hours ago.  Now, another set of spy photos gets the spoilers going, including looks at some Tumblers, Nolan on set, Bat-tech, and...something else.  Something...spoilery.

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