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'X-Men: Apocalypse' Casts New Actors for Cyclops, Jean Grey and Storm

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 10:55

Late last week, Patrick Stewart appeared on Larry King's TV show and stated plainly that he and Ian McKellen would not be appearing in X-Men: Apocalypse because the movie "is going to be looking very much at the earlier lives of all our characters. And so I don’t think we’ll be making an appearance." This isn't terribly surprising, since the younger incarnations of their characters, as played by James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender, respectively,...

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5 Reasons Families Should See 'Strange Magic'

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 08:24

I tried, really I did. Like many parents, I have a deep unfaltering love for both the Star Wars saga and the Indiana Jones series. In my role as parent it is my prerogative, nay, my duty, to turn my daughter, who is 8, on to the best that life can offer, and that includes the work of the one and only George Lucas.  But you know what happened? My darling daughter fell asleep during Star Wars, played with Legos instead of paying attention to the narrative of Empire Strikes Back and...

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News Briefs: Chiwetel Ejiofor May Get Key Role in 'Doctor Strange'; Four Aquaman Movies Coming?

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 21:53

Doctor Strange: Academy Award-nominated Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) is in talks to join Marvel's Doctor Strange. It's not yet confirmed what role he would play. Benedict Cumberbatch is already set to star as the titular character; Scott Derrickson will direct the movie, which is scheduled for release on November 4, 2016. [THR/The Wrap]   Aquaman: Rumor has it that Warner Bros. has locked up Jason Momoa to appear as the watery superhero Aquaman in four upcoming...

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Rewind: Preshow Etiquette Alerts Used to Look Like This

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 14:45

For as long as we can remember, there have been those little notices that play before movies in theaters reminding us to keep quiet and respect those around us. But just how long have theaters been doing this? Believe it or not, you can go all the way back to 1912 for the first examples of movie-theater etiquette guides, and while some instructions don't work for today's audiences (specifically the no whistling and the intermission), many still apply over 100 years later. (We especially...

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'The Blob' Remake Is Coming

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 14:19

  A few years ago, right before Halloween II hit theaters, Rob Zombie was attached to a remake of the sci-fi/horror classic The Blob, about a gelatinous creature that overtakes an idyllic American town, growing in size with each new person it eats. Immediately fans of the original film groaned, and understandably so, since it was hard to picture Zombie's particular brand of grungy horror working well with the Americana-versus-monster vibe of the original movie....

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News Briefs: 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Gets Intimate (Photo); Simon Pegg Is Cowriting 'Star Trek 3'

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 20:28

Fifty Shades of Grey: A new photo from Fifty Shades of Grey (February 13) finds Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) and Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) in a fully clothed yet intimate moment, while another peeks behind the scenes as the actors work with director Sam Taylor-Johnson. [Variety]   Star Trek 3: Simon Pegg is cowriting a new draft of the screenplay for Star Trek 3. Pegg, who is already set to reprise his role as ship's engineer Scotty, has considerable...

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Why the Next Movie by the 'Gravity' and 'Birdman' Team Is Even More Intense

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 14:42

Today Entertainment Weekly unveiled the first image of Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant, directed by Birdman's Alejandro González Iñárritu. And while it's cool to see the normally clean-shaven DiCaprio all grizzled up for this period piece about a frontiersman who seeks revenge against the men who left him to die after a bear attack, the image is far from the most interesting part of the story. The Revenant is being shot by Emmanuel Lubezki, the...

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Nicolas Cage to Hunt Osama bin Laden for 'Borat' Director in New Comedy

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 14:28

Imagine if some random guy from Colorado just decided to travel to Pakistan and hunt Osama bin Laden himself? Now imagine if they made a movie about that guy and he was played by the always-entertaining (and forever fascinating) Nicolas Cage. That's the setup for Army of One, which will star Cage in the leading role. Directed by Larry Charles (Borat), this satire is based loosely on the real life of Gary Faulkner, a construction worker from Colorado who quit his day job to travel to the...

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Quiz: Which Johnny Depp Best Suits You?

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 10:33

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Quiz: What Movies Do These Macho Mustaches Belong To?

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 09:06

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George Lucas on Love, Parenthood and 'Strange Magic'

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 08:24

    This was not the George Lucas I was expecting. I walked into his Skywalker Ranch in the hills of Marin County, Ca. thinking our group of mom bloggers would be interviewing the calm, low-key and generally reserved Star Wars creator. Instead, this was George Lucas the enthusiastic filmmaker, parent and husband. The 70-year-old dad of four (ages 33, 26, 21 and 18 months) was there to talk about his new animated film Strange Magic opening Friday, a fairy-tale musical...

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News Briefs: Which Actresses Are Testing for 'Star Wars' Movie?

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 04:02

Star Wars: Reportedly, Rooney Mara (Side Effects, above right) and Tatiana Maslany (TV's Orphan Black, above left) are among a handful of actresses testing for the lead role in the first Star Wars standalone movie, to be directed by Gareth Edwards. Academy Award-nominated Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything) is also under consideration for the starring role. The movie is due out on December 16, 2016. [Heat Vision]   Fables: Jane Goldman (Kick-Ass, Kingsman: The Secret...

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2015 Sundance Film Festival: Everything You Need to Know

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 11:15

When it comes to the world of independent film, all roads lead to Sundance. Not only does the Utah-based film festival kick-start the year in indie cinema, but it’s also now a breeding ground for Oscar movies. Last year’s Boyhood and Whiplash both premiered at Sundance, and have since gone on to receive multiple Oscar nominations including Best Picture. They join other recent films like Beasts of the Southern Wild, Winter’s Bone, 20 Feet from Stardom and Before Midnight in the...

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Watch: The Crazy Pre-Show These Moviegoers Got Before 'Kingsman: The Secret Service'

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 10:11

Movie theaters are forever growing more creative when it comes to enticing their guests on and off the screen, even if it means bringing the action to the lobby and hallways as a new kind of preshow entertainment. As a promotion for Kingsman: The Secret Service, U.K.-based Vue Cinemas (which is getting the comic book adaptation exclusively next week before anyone else) surprised some patrons at one of its locations with a "free Kingsman upgrade" that seemed to merely entail a stylishly...

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'Guardians of the Galaxy' Postcredits Will Get a Sequel?

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 10:04

A comic book sequel, that is. Surprisingly, one of the biggest stars of Guardians of the Galaxy is a character that was barely in the movie. Appearing briefly in the film and its postcredits sequence, Howard the Duck took the world of fandom by storm when it looked like Marvel was resurrecting the character, who was the titular subject of the 1986 cult classic, by making him a part of the new big-screen Marvel universe.  While we wait to see if Marvel gives Howard his own movie or...

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'Guardians of the Galaxy' Post-credits Get a Sequel?

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 10:04

A comic book sequel, that is. Surprisingly, one of the biggest stars of Guardians of the Galaxy is a character that was barely in the movie. Appearing briefly in the film and its postcredits sequence, Howard the Duck took the world of fandom by storm when it looked like Marvel was resurrecting the character, who was the titular subject of the 1986 cult classic, by making him a part of the new big-screen Marvel universe.  While we wait to see if Marvel gives Howard his own movie or...

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News Briefs: Amazon's Theatrical Next Steps; Watch a Sizzling 'Focus' TV Spot

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 20:49

  Amazon: Online retailer Amazon.com, which has ben enjoying success producing original small-screen programming such as the Golden Globe-winning Transparent (above), says it will begin producing and acquiring original movies for theatrical distribution in 2015. The projects will be lower-budgeted, in the neighborhood of $5 million to $25 million per title, and will be available on Amazon's streaming service four to eight weeks after debuting in theaters. [Variety]...

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News Briefs: Jennifer Lawrence Will Star in James Cameron's 'The Dive'

Sun, 01/18/2015 - 19:07

The Dive: After making three installments of The Hunger Games series together, Jennifer Lawrence and director Francis Lawrence will again team for The Dive, to be produced by James Cameron. It's based on the true-life story of a married couple "who competed to travel as deep as possible underwater on a single breath of air." [The Wrap]   The Huntsman: In an unexpected move, Frank Darabont (The Mist) will not be directing The Huntsman, a follow-up to 2012's...

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Tom Hardy Drops Out of 'Suicide Squad,' but Jake Gyllenhaal May Take His Place

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 12:53

Last month Warner Bros. and DC Comics' Suicide Squad sent many fans' tongues wagging with the announcement that its villains-turned-heroes cast would be Jared Leto as the Joker, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jai Courtney as Boomerang, Cara Delevinge as Enchantress, Will Smith as Deadshot and Tom Hardy as Rick Flagg. Unfortunately now we have to cross that last name off the list. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hardy -- who also played the DC character Bane in The Dark Knight...

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Exclusive: 'Now You See Me 2' Behind-the-Scenes Photo

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 12:16

Talk about some serious movie magic – look what happened during our amazing visit to the set of Now You See Me 2 – we made the all-star cast appear for this Fandango exclusive behind-the-scenes sneak peek. Now You See Me 2 features returning cast members Mark Ruffalo, Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Michael Caine and newcomers Lizzy Caplan and Daniel Radcliffe (who has a magical pedigree of his own). Don’t miss Now You See Me 2 when it appears in theaters...

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