News briefs: Watchmen Blu-ray, Up wows Cannes

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Adam-Troy Castro
Dec 14, 2012

Warner Brothers will release Zack Snyder's three-hour-plus director's cut of Watchmen on Blu-ray and DVD July 21, just days before Comic Con International, according to The Hollywood Reporter; the cut will include 25 minutes of additional footage, including scenes with the vigilante Rorschach, as well as the death sequence of a supporting character, Hollis Mason.
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The opening-night audience at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival gave the 3-D animated Up a standing ovation, Nikki Finke's Deadline Hollywood reported; the movie was the first 3-D animated feature ever to open the festival.
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Lindsay Lohan will star in the independent fantasy comedy movie The Other Side alongside Woody Harrelson, Giovanni Ribisi, Dave Matthews and Alanis Morissette, Variety reported; the story centers on a grad student who must spend the summer working at a scientific institute on a remote island where she discovers an eccentric community of characters who are hiding a secret about a tragedy that took place many years before.
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The Hollywood Reporter says that DreamWorks Pictures is in the process of picking up a remake of Fright Night, a horror comedy about a teenager who discovers that his neighbors are vampires.
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The Gotham Group has attached Kung Fu Panda co-director John Stevenson to its adaptation of The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break, according to The Hollywood Reporter; Steven Sherrill's 2000 novel deals with the mythological creature who survived Theseus' attack in the labyrinth and walks among us today.
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Cody Longo has joined the cast of Dimension's horror revamp Piranha 3D, to be directed by Alexandre Aja, according to The Hollywood Reporter; he joins Elisabeth Shue, Adam Scott, Jerry O'Connell, Ving Rhames and Richard Dreyfuss and will play Todd Dupree, a high-school jock and self-absorbed creep.