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News Briefs: Michelle Williams to Star As Janis Joplin; 'Hellboy III' Coming?

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 21:09

Janis Joplin: Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea, above) is set to star in a movie about legendary singer Janis Joplin. Filmmaker Sean Durkin (Martha Marcy May Marlene), who was first attached to the project in July 2012, will direct. The project is currently seeking financing and distribution, with shooting expected to start in the spring. [Deadline]   Hellboy III: This past summer, Guillermo del Toro said that a third installment of Hellboy "is a wish that will...

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News Briefs: Michelle Williams to Star As Janis Joplin

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 21:09

Janis Joplin: Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea, above) is once again set to star in a movie about legendary singer Janis Joplin. Filmmaker Sean Durkin (Martha Marcy May Marlene), who was first attached to the project in July 2012, will direct. The project is currently seeking financing and distribution, with shooting expected to start in the spring. [Deadline]   Hellboy III: This past summer, Guillermo del Toro said that a third installment of Hellboy "is a wish...

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Indie Movie Guide: What's Hot at Sundance This Year?

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 09:00

The Sundance Film Festival is one of the biggest and most important fests of the year, and with good reason: some of our most famous and venerated directors working today premiered their first work there, people like Darren Aronofsky (Pi), Paul Thomas Anderson (Cigarettes & Coffee), Alexander Payne (Citizen Ruth) and Steven Soderbergh (Sex, Lies, and Videotape). This year should be no different, as a host of new faces and cool newcomers are making appearances with films like Newness,...

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Exclusive Clip: 'The Founder' and the History of the McDonald's Milkshake

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 09:00

Everyone knows (and okay, admit it, secretly loves) the fast-food chain McDonald's -- it's one of the most popular places to eat no matter where you are in the world. But do many people know how the franchise got its start? Here to inform you is the biopic The Founder, which tells the story of a traveling milkshake salesman in 1950s Illinois named Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton) and his somewhat shady history with the chain. While in California he met the McDonald brothers, who...

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'My Pet Dinosaur' Trailer Is Totally Not 'E.T.' with a Dinosaur (It Totally Is)

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 07:28

It's hard to see a movie about neighborhood kids trying to hide something supernatural from their parents and not think of E.T.  Three decades later and the second we see a batch of kids moving around dimly lit woods or hiding things in their closet we immediately think of Elliott and his new, wrinkly friend. That's just the power of Spielberg. The Spielberg shadow isn't just cast on American movies, either. It reaches all the way around the world, as you can so readily...

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'White Men Can't Jump' Is Getting a Remake from the Creator of 'Black-ish'

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 07:25

White Men Can't Jump is being remade. Let's just get that little bit of surprise out of the way. It's shocking not because the original is the Citizen Kane of sports movies and should be considered untouchable for a remake, but because it's a movie that was so, so very specific to the time in which it came out. It's one of the most unapologetically '90s movies ever. Its sense of humor, its cast, its soundtrack, the editing, the cinematography, the hats (!) -- every frame...

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'Beauty and the Beast' Star Emma Watson Explains Why She Chose Belle Over Cinderella

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 07:23

Emma Watson made her movie debut at the age of 11 in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and literally grew up on-screen. But it wasn't until the series concluded in 2011 that we started to get a sense of her range as an actress, apart from her signature role as Hermione Granger. She acquitted herself quite well in My Week with Marilyn and The Perks of Being a Wallflower, capably handling key supporting roles. Watson really stood out in Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring, as a...

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News Briefs: 'Hobbit' Star Richard Armitage Joins 'Ocean's Eight'

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 21:25

Ocean's Eight: Richard Armitage (The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, above) has joined the cast of Ocean's Eight. Gary Ross is directing the spin-off, which stars Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway and Mindy Kaling. No details about Armitage's role have been offered. [Deadline]   Attack on Titan: Warner Bros. is in negotiations to acquire feature film rights to Attack on Titan, a Japanese manga that was transformed into a successful anime series...

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'The Return of Xander Cage': An 'xXx' Who's Who

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 10:40

This Friday’s xXx: Return of Xander Cage marks the explosive big-screen return of extreme sports athlete-turned-government operative Xander Cage, played by Vin Diesel. Introduced in 2002’s xXx and conspicuously absent from 2005’s xXx: State of the Union (in which Ice Cube took over the series as XXX Agent Darius Stone), Xander is back in action in Return, alongside the following new and returning characters. Adele Wolff (Ruby Rose) Australian actress Ruby Rose...

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Exclusive Trailer: 'Wilson' Shows Off Woody Harrelson's Quirky Side

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 09:00

In the new dramedy Wilson, opening March 24, Woody Harrelson stars as a lonely, kinda weird middle aged guy who's estranged from his wife (Laura Dern) and doesn't have much going on in life. That is, until he suddenly finds out he has a teenage daughter.  In the trailer, watch Harrelson show off his quirky side as he reunites with his wife and embarks on the search to find and meet his child. Wilson is based on the hit graphic novel by Daniel Clowes.  

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Exclusive Video: Check Out the First 10 Minutes of ‘Surf’s Up 2’

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 09:00

Fans of the 2007 animated movie Surf’s Up can dive back into the story with this exclusive from the sequel, Surf’s Up 2: Wavemania. The movie returns to the world of competitive penguin surfing and features the adventures of Cody Maverick, a top-notch penguin competitor who now gets a second chance for glory. This time around, he’s helped by some real-life competitors. Check out the clip to hear WWE wrestling superstars John Cena, Undertaker, Triple H and Paige, plus Vince...

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X-Men Bites: Next Movie Title Revealed, Official 'Logan' Synopsis and 'Gambit' Update

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 06:11

With Deadpool such a big awards contender right now, it's a good time to look at what else is on the way from the X-Men franchise. Get updates on the main series and spin-offs Logan and Gambit below.   X-Men: Supernova The next sequel in the main series is X-Men: The New Mutants, but that's sort of another reboot spin-off with a new team of characters. As for the mutants we already know, their next feature appears to be...

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2017 Sundance Film Festival Preview: Our Most Anticipated Movies, Performances and More

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 05:50

It’s the start of a new year, which means new resolutions and cold weather (for some of us, at least), but it also means we get to head to the mountains of Park City, Utah for the annual Sundance Film Festival. So why should you care? Well, some of the year’s most exciting and most talked-about films will premiere at Sundance first. This year’s big awards contender Manchester By the Sea debuted at the festival last year, and not only does it have a great track record...

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News Briefs: Tom Hardy Recommends Christopher Nolan to Direct James Bond

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 20:30

James Bond: Tom Hardy (Inception, above), rumored to be the next James Bond, declined to talk about that possibility in a recent interview, but he endorsed Christopher Nolan as director: "What a fantastic director for a Bond movie. … when you mention someone like Christopher Nolan, that’s a very powerful figure to bring into that world who could bring something new and create something profound -- again." [The Daily Beast]      ...

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Learn How to Cast Spells Like 'The Magicians'

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 09:00

There are a lot of ways to cast a spell. Maybe not in the real world, but that's at least true in film and television. Sometimes all it takes is a quick, sharp spitting of words. Others need a wand to conjure the impossible. But in the world of Syfy's The Magicians, things are a bit more elaborate than pointing a stick and saying something. As the below behind-the-scenes clip captures, the minds behind The Magicians, a show about a world of magic just outside the reach of most...

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News Briefs: Carrie Fisher 'Star Wars' Rumors Answered

Sun, 01/15/2017 - 19:57

Star Wars: Episode IX: After the tragic passing of Carrie Fisher, we heard that she had completed her role as Leia Organa in Star Wars: Episode VIII, but many wondered how her reported role in Star Wars: Episode IX would be handled. Now Lucasfilm has clarified their intentions: "We want to assure our fans that Lucasfilm has no plans to digitally recreate Carrie Fisher’s performance as Princess or General Leia Organa." [StarWars.com]   Academy Awards: This year,...

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8 Great Movies to Honor Martin Luther King Jr.

Sun, 01/15/2017 - 13:28

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is this coming weekend and what better way to help spread the message of equality and tolerance than with these eight great movies? Selma Director Ava DuVernay's piercing look at the equal rights march from Selma to Montgomery in Alabama is now among the definitive Martin Luther King Jr. movies. David Oyelowo's performance as King is as uncanny as it is inspirational, and the story itself is still as relevant today as it was back in 1965 when the...

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Exclusive Clip: Spa Day Becomes a Nightmare in 'Sleepless'

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 09:00

In the new action pic Sleepless, Jamie Foxx stars as an underground cop working the streets of Las Vegas who may or may not be a bit on the shady side himself. As he gets entrenched in the world of casino mobsters and police corruption, his son is suddenly kidnapped in a heist that turns south. Can he find his son, catch the kidnappers and save his own reputation -- in one night? Check out this exclusive fight scene from the movie, as Foxx's character Vincent Downs and another police...

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DC's 'Green Lantern Corps' Moves Forward; Described As "'Lethal Weapon' in Space"

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 06:25

Warner Bros. and DC are moving pretty aggressively on getting the character of Green Lantern back into the fold, teaming veteran writer David Goyer with up-and-comer Justin Rhodes (Grassroots, Unmanned) on a new Green Lantern film that's being described as "Lethal Weapon in space," according to Deadline. The film, based on a story by Goyer and DC chief Geoff Johns, will serve as an origin story of sorts and focus on both Hal Jordan and John Stewart, the latter being an...

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Musical Bites: New 'Moana' Short Film and Song, 'La La Land' May Be Heading to Broadway

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 06:22

Two of the most popular movies out right now are musicals, and there's more to come from both of them! See the latest updates on Moana and La La Land below.    New Moana Short and Song Disney's latest animated feature is one of its best in years, and it's also a fine musical with catchy songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Opetaia Foa'i. If you've seen it and fallen in love with the title character, voiced by newcomer Auli'i Cravalho,...

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