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News Briefs: 'Get Down' Star Justice Smith Snares Secret 'Jurassic World 2' Role

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 21:27

Jurassic World 2: Justice Smith, who starred in the Netflix series The Get Down, has joined the cast of Jurassic World 2. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are already set to return in the sequel, which will begin production next spring under the direction of J.A. Bayona (A Monster Calls). No details about Smith's role have been revealed. [THR]   21 Jump Street: Back in April 2015, we heard that Broad City writers Lucia Aniello and Paul Downs were reportedly working on a...

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'Escape from New York' Remake Story Details Uncovered -- It's a Prequel!

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 21:24

More than 35 years ago, John Carpenter's Escape from New York opened quietly in less than 600 theaters nationwide. Overshadowed by box office titans Superman II, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Stripes that week, Carpenter's follow-up to The Fog nonetheless benefited from good word of mouth and soon earned a favored place in the hearts of genre fans around the world. Fifteen years later, Escape from L.A. again starred Kurt Russell, though it was not as well received as the original....

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'Rampage' Director Brad Peyton Teases Dwayne Johnson's Special Creature Relationship

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 16:08

Rampage is a 1986 arcade game where players control one of three giant monsters trying to rack up points by destroying cities while avoiding being shot at by tanks and helicopters. There is a very, very thin setup for it all involving a lab whose experiments mutated three people into the giant gorilla, lizard and wolf, but it's otherwise a totally plotless arcade game.  That gives the minds behind the big screen adaptation of the game plenty of leeway when turning it into a movie....

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'La La Land,' 'Moonlight' and 'Arrival' Lead Critics' Choice Nominations

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 10:25

Nominations have been announced for the 22nd annual Critics' Choice Awards, to be televised live on A&E on December 11, and this is really your first chance to get a sense of the year's major awards contenders, as well as the frontrunners too. Those frontrunners, according to the members of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, include La La Land, Moonlight and Arrival, with all three leading nominees this year. Most notably La La Land, as the movie-musical from...

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Tom Cruise Faces an Ancient Evil in First 'The Mummy' Teaser

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 07:01

When most people think of The Mummy, they likely think of the tongue-in-cheek, Brendan Fraiser-starring reboot from the late '90s that was less a horror movie and more of a family adventure that went for laughs instead of scares. But when The Mummy first emerged back in 1932, it was unmistakably a horror movie about a young woman stalked by the reanimated corpse of an ancient Egyptian prince.  So when a reboot of The Mummy hits theaters on June 9, 2017, it's already got the...

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Watch Napoleon Dynamite and Pedro Reunite for Cheesy Tots

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 05:46

2004's Napoleon Dynamite was one of the biggest success stories out of the Sundance Film Festival, launching careers for Jon Heder (Napoleon), Efren Ramirez (Pedro) and writer-director Jared Hess. It's also one of those rare hits that permeated popular culture in a huge way and yet they never produced a sequel... until now... ... kind of. Heder and Ramirez reunited for a new Burger King campaign tied to the return of their cheesy tots, an amusing reference to the tots-related...

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Decades After Tim Burton's 'Batman,' Billy Dee Williams Will Finally Become Two-Face

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 05:43

In a career that dates back to 1959, Billy Dee Williams has appeared in dozens of films and television shows. He first made his mark starring opposite James Caan in the tear-jerking TV movie Brian's Song and he followed that up by starring opposite Diana Ross in Lady Sings the Blues and Mahogany. Williams really hit the big time, though, when he costarred as Han Solo's roguish old buddy Lando Calrissian in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Episode VI -...

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News Briefs: See How Ridley Scott's 'Alien: Covenant' May Tie into Original

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 21:11

Alien: Covanant: 20th Century Fox celebrated Ridley Scott's birthday yesterday by sharing a photo of the director on the set of Alien: Covenant. Sharp-eyed observers noted that the chair in the background may be holding an alien "Engineer," similar to the so-called "Space Jockey" seen in Scott's original Alien. Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Demian Bichir and Danny McBride star; the movie is heading for release on May 19, 2017. [Twitter/Bloody Disgusting]...

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Exclusive Clip: Will Smith in 'Collateral Beauty'

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 15:00

In Collateral Beauty, Will Smith plays Howard, a successful New York executive reeling from a personal tragedy. As he struggles with his grief, he withdraws from the people around him, who start to worry. To cope, Howard seeks answers from the universe and writes letters to Love, Time and Death -- with some startling and unexpected responses. Check out an exclusive clip below. Collateral Beauty opens in theaters everywhere Friday, December 16. Advance tickets are available...

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Next 'Indiana Jones' Movie Still In "Thinking Stages"; Could Marion Ravenwood Return?

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 10:09

A release date is locked for the next installment in the continuing Indiana Jones franchise, with a fifth movie set to hit theaters on July 19, 2019. We know Harrison Ford will return along with Steven Spielberg, and that David Koepp is writing the screenplay. But just how far along are they in deciding Indy's next (and maybe last?) adventure. "That's still in the thinking stages," producer Frank Marshall recently told Fandango during a conversation tied to the DVD/Blu-ray...

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Indie Movie Guide: Natalie Portman Is 'Jackie'; Plus, 'The Eyes of My Mother'

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 08:30

Few First Ladies have been as beloved as Jackie Kennedy, who was only in the White House less than three years but made an everlasting impact on American history. Now she gets a new biopic with Jackie, starring Natalie Portman in the titular role. The movie, as our host Alicia Malone tells us, focuses on the days just after John F. Kennedy's assassination -- and Portman, she says, completely inhabits the icon. Also in this week's episode, Alicia recommends the Meryl Streep...

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Watch: L.A.-Set Movie Mash-up; Plus, See All the L.A. Locations Where 'La La Land' Was Filmed

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 08:30

  The romantic musical La La Land, tickets for which are on sale now, will have your toes tapping. It's the story of Mia (Emma Stone), an aspiring actress, and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a jazz musician, who fall in love as they explore the magical city of Los Angeles. It's just the latest of many movies shot in the City of Angels, as you can see in our mash-up above, which includes such classics as Chinatown, Back to the Future and Rebel Without a Cause (how many can you...

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'Arrival' Concept Art Reveals Much Creepier Aliens

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 06:21

Arrival is far from your average alien-invasion movie. It might have been marketed that way, what with posters of UFOs hovering over cities and trailers that really played up the military moments. But it's a movie that's ultimately less about its captivating aliens and more about mankind and our ever fragile relationship with one another. Obviously a lot of that has to do with the nature of the script, but it's all enabled by visual designs that put the audience in the right kind of...

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Robert Zemeckis Explains Why We'll Probably Never See His 'Roger Rabbit' Sequel

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 06:14

The sequel to Who Framed Roger Rabbit has been teased for decades. The book the movie was based on has received two follow-ups over the years, so the titular animated character's return to the big screen didn't seem impossible. And in 2012, we heard reports of something described as more of a prequel, with director Robert Zemeckis claiming it was all scripted and awaiting Disney approval. But then live-action star Bob Hoskins died in 2014, and we assumed nothing more was ever...

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'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' Buzz: Sequel News and a Major Social Media Event

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 06:12

With Rogue One: A Star Wars Story launching into theaters soon, anticipation is already riding high on how, exactly, the film will conclude. After all, the official premise of the movie is that a newly assembled team of rebels are assigned to steal the secret plans for the Death Star. Since we've all seen Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, which begins with those plans safely in the hands of Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), we assume the mission will be successful, but what about the team...

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News Briefs: Bradley Cooper to Star in WWII Thriller 'Atlantic Wall'

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 19:15

Atlantic Wall: Bradley Cooper (above in American Sniper) will star in Atlantic Wall, based on an original script by Zach Dean. Gavin O'Connor (The Accountant) will direct the war drama, which revolves around an American paratrooper stuck behind enemy lines just before D-Day in June 1944. Production is not scheduled to begin until 2018. [Deadline]   Manchester by the Sea: The National Board of Review has given its Best Film award to the critically acclaimed drama Manchester...

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The Top 5 Disney Easter Eggs Hidden in 'Moana'

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 06:41

If you know Disney movies, you knew to look for Easter eggs in the studio's latest animated feature, Moana. The movie actually plays like a best-of compilation of all the classics, from the shape-shifting magic reminding us of The Sword in the Stone to the big man and young girl pairing like that of Wreck-It Ralph to the characters falling down very, very deep hole a la Alice in Wonderland. And the premise, involving a girl wanting to leave land to find a whole...

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Ivan Reitman Says They Will Make More 'Ghostbusters' Movies

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 06:31

The 2016 female-driven reboot of Ghostbusters was a success in that it got people talking about Ghostbusters again. And they talked a lot about Ghostbusters -- from those against the new version to those in favor of it, a ton of noise was made. When all was said and done, the film racked up north of $200 million worldwide, which isn't bad. According to producer Ivan Reitman, that will be enough to secure more Ghostbusters movies, but whether they stick with the same cast and storyline...

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Awards Buzz: Indie Standout 'Moonlight' Wins Four Gotham Awards

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 06:26

The piercing drama Moonlight received four Gotham Independent Film Awards, the first awards show of the season, at a ceremony held last night in New York, per Indiewire. Told over a period of some 20 years, Moonlight follows its protagonist as he experiences three turning points in his life; it received prizes for Best Feature, Best Screenplay, a special jury award for Ensemble Performance and the Audience Award. Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea), Isabelle Huppert (Elle) and Anna...

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News Briefs: See Elizabeth Banks As Rita Repulsa in New 'Power Rangers' Image

Mon, 11/28/2016 - 20:11

Power Rangers: A new image from the upcoming Power Rangers showcases Elizabeth Banks as the villainous Rita Repulsa, wielding her deadly scepter. The big-screen version of the popular TV show will open in theaters on March 24. [ScreenCrush]   Chaos Walking: Tom Holland (Spider-Man: Homecoming) is in negotiations to join Chaos Walking. Daisy Ridley (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) is already set to star in the thriller, which takes place in a world where all women have...

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