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News Briefs: Big-Screen 'Sesame Street' Picks Writers

Tue, 11/15/2016 - 20:43

Sesame Street: David Guion and Michael Handelman will write a screenplay for a big-screen version of TV's venerable educational series Sesame Street. The duo previously teamed to work on Shawn Levy's Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb and the comedy Dinner for Schmucks. Levy is serving as one of the producers on the upcoming adaptation. [Deadline]   Hindenburg: A new movie version of the real-life Hindenburg disaster is on its way. In 1937, the German passenger...

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Exclusive Interview: Director Bill Condon, on the New Changes and Songs in 'Beauty and the Beast'

Tue, 11/15/2016 - 09:30

Disney has been brilliant in taking their classic animated movies and turning them into live-action spectaculars. Now we have the live-action version of Beauty and the Beast coming in 2017, with acclaimed director Bill Condon (Dreamgirls) at the helm. The classic tale stars Emma Watson as the bright, independent young woman who is taken prisoner by the Beast (Dan Stevens) – and learns to look beyond his hideous exterior to the heart and soul of the prince within. Fandango chatted with...

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Alden Ehrenreich Says We'll See a Different Side of Han Solo, Plus: Is He Interested in 'Indiana Jones,' Too?

Tue, 11/15/2016 - 07:40

Few actors have successfully slipped into the shoes of a beloved character to deliver a new, typically younger version of said character to much acclaim. Perhaps the greatest to ever do it was Robert De Niro, who masterfully played a younger version of up-and-coming mob boss Vito Corleone in The Godfather Part II, two years after Marlon Brando brought us an older version of Corleone that would eventually go on to be one of the most recognizable movie characters in cinema history. Both men...

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'Jurassic World 2' Will Be More Connected to 'Jurassic Park,' Begins Shooting in March

Tue, 11/15/2016 - 07:35

Jurassic World made close to $2 billion, which means the sequel probably shouldn't divert too much from its formula. But if there's anything fans might love to see more of in subsequent installments it's more characters from the original movie, Jurassic Park. That sort of direct tie-in casting hasn't been announced yet, if it ever will be, but the director of Jurassic World 2 -- aka Jurassic Park 5 -- is hinting that we'll see something linking...

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'Jackie' Trailer: Natalie Portman May Win an Oscar for This

Tue, 11/15/2016 - 07:32

There are some outstanding female performances this year in movies -- so many that it's going to make for one of the most competitive Best Actress races in years. Perhaps leading a very formidable pack is Natalie Portman, whose performance as Jackie Kennedy in Jackie may be her best work yet. A new trailer for Jackie has now arrived (watch it below), in which Portman portrays the former first lady in the immediate hours and days following the death of President Kennedy. The...

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News Briefs: How 'Deadpool' and 'Guardians of the Galaxy 2' Traded Characters

Mon, 11/14/2016 - 21:46

Deadpool/Guardians of the Galaxy 2: Paul Wernick, who cowrote the script for Deadpool with Rhett Reese, says their desire to give X-Men character Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) different powers than in the Marvel comics required approval by Marvel. In exchange, the Fox studio swapped Ego the Living Planet, a character for which they owned screen rights, with Marvel so that the character could be played by Kurt Russell in Guardians of the Galaxy 2. Director James Gunn confirmed...

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The Jake Gyllenhaal Intensity Scale, From 'Bubble Boy' to 'Nightcrawler'

Mon, 11/14/2016 - 09:58

There are a lot of actors who get famous for playing intense roles filled with screaming matches and pounding chests. But few of them can hold a candle to Jake Gyllenhaal, an underappreciated master of intensity. He's got the perfect combination of boy-next-door innocence, charisma and mystery to do something special with pretty much any role. Lately, however, it seems Gyllenhaal has become Hollywood's go-to actor for characters who are more than a little bit unhinged. His...

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Holiday 2016 Family Movie Guide

Mon, 11/14/2016 - 09:00

  The holiday season is upon us. But it’s not just about shopping for gifts, planning gatherings and decorating your house. It’s also about all those new family flicks coming to theaters nationwide. If you're wondering what to go see with the family this winter, here are seven suggestions from the newest the Star Wars adventure to a brand new Disney heroine.   Nov. 11: Almost Christmas Rated: PG-13 The holiday season is a time...

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Make These Magical Wizard Wands at Home

Mon, 11/14/2016 - 09:00

Wizards and Muggles everywhere are counting down the days until Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is on the big screen. Even if you’re a No-Maj, you can still hit the theater with a wand in hand. You never know when it might come in handy...   To make your own magic wands, start with polymer or air-dry clay and wooden dowels. I used two different clay tools to create my designs, but you can use objects around the house to create similar results. Try the top of an...

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Michael Shannon on 'Nocturnal Animals' and the Animal That Almost Killed Him in a Movie No One Ever Saw

Mon, 11/14/2016 - 06:37

If you feel like you’ve seen Michael Shannon show up in a lot of movies lately, you would not be wrong about that. In fact, he’s in two movies that are out this month: Nocturnal Animals and Loving, with only a very brief cameo in the latter. And while Shannon claims he’s trying to be more selective about the roles he takes on, he’s already got another four projects lined up and counting. In Nocturnal Animals, Shannon plays a grizzled lawman who’s seen and done...

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First 'Patriots Day' Trailer Relives the Boston Marathon Bombing

Mon, 11/14/2016 - 06:26

As a director, Peter Berg isn't exactly subtle with his patriotism. Whether it's with the FBI embedded in the Middle East (The Kingdom), a small Texas football town (Friday Night Lights), service members real (Lone Survivor) and fictional (Battleship), or civilian engineers facing a disaster (Deepwater Horizon), his movies proudly wave the American flag. It's only natural that his next movie is called Patriots Day. Cowritten by Berg, Patriots Day is about the 2013 Boston Marathon...

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Watch the Gorgeous New Trailer for Disney's Live-Action 'Beauty and the Beast'

Mon, 11/14/2016 - 06:19

There's a new trailer for Disney's live-action Beauty and the Beast that's here and ready to enchant you in every way imaginable. Disney's 1991 animated version of the classic tale made history by becoming the first full-length animated movie to be nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars, and with anticipation for this new one already marking it as one of the biggest movies of 2017, chances are strong that it's going to deliver one of the more delightfully entertaining...

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News Briefs: Robert Vaughn Dies at 83

Sun, 11/13/2016 - 21:27

Robert Vaughn: Actor Robert Vaughn, best known for The Magnificent Seven, Bullitt and TV's The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (above right), has died. He began working on television before moving to the big screen, earning an Academy Award nomination for The Young Philadelphians, and thereafter kept busy in an incredible variety of comic and dramatic roles. He was 83. [New York Times]   Fantastic Beasts: Director David Yates (Fantastic Beasts and How to Find Them, above),...

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'Fantastic Beasts' Sequel - Here's What We Know So Far

Sun, 11/13/2016 - 17:00

Ahead of its theatrical release this week, Fantastic Beasts and How to Find Them has already received positive early reviews. The first big-screen adventure set in J.K. Rowling's magical universe since 2011's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, the movie rewinds the clock to 1926, following Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) as he arrives in America and thoroughly unsettles New York's secret community of witches and wizards. J.K. Rowling wrote the original screenplay and...

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The Moment (and Movie) That Helped Alden Ehrenreich Get Over His Fear of Playing Han Solo

Sat, 11/12/2016 - 11:52

Alden Ehrenreich is on the cusp of becoming an instant superstar. In Warren Beatty's Rules Don't Apply, Ehrenreich shines as a go-getter chauffeur working for Howard Hughes whose straight-laced life begins to unravel after he breaks the rules and falls for one of the many aspiring actresses (Lily Collins) on Hughes' payroll. Between his dashing good looks and addictive charisma, Ehrenreich steals much of the film, leaving no doubt this kid is ready for his greatest challenge as...

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New 'Rogue One' Trailer Lays Out Everything You Need to Know

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 06:43

You are currently reading words on a website that's all about movies, so it's safe to say that you're more informed than most about upcoming movies. You're probably well aware that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is a prequel set before A New Hope. You probably know full well that it's about the group of rebels tasked with stealing the plans to the first Death Star. However, there are a ton of people who are going to show up in theaters this December for the new Star Wars...

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'Finding Dory' Director Andrew Stanton Explains Why He's Taking a Break from Animation

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 06:33

Andrew Stanton, director of A Bug's Life, Finding Nemo and WALL-E is taking a break from making animated movies. At least that's what he told us when Fandango spoke on the phone to him earlier this week about the home video release of his newest movie, Finding Dory.  Before getting doom and gloom about it, let's clarify that Stanton isn't stepping away from directing all together, he just wants to focus on doing them in the real world....

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Leonard Cohen, Whose Music Lives in So Many Movies, Has Passed Away

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 06:22

Leonard Cohen has died at the age of 82, according to his official Facebook page. Known primarily as a singer and songwriter, he began his creative career in the 1950s as a poet and novelist, eventually focusing his energies on music in 1967. His first album, Songs of Leonard Cohen, won a devoted audience. As he continued to record, his popularity grew, and his songs began appearing on television and in movies. Director Robert Altman used three of Cohen's songs in the landmark Western...

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King Kong Roars to Life in New Image from 'Kong: Skull Island'

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 06:18

[Image Credit: Legendary Pictures] You're making a new King Kong movie. How do you make the titular monster? You basically just take an ape and make him bigger, right? Wrong. At least for director Jordan Vogt-Roberts, who just so happens to be making Kong: Skull Island, that's the wrong way to do it. You can't just take a silverback and make him the size of a small building. That may be intimidating, sure, but it's not particularly memorable in this day and age. More...

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News Briefs: Jessica Chastain to Star As 'Painkiller Jane'

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 21:25

Painkiller Jane: Jessica Chastain (Miss Sloane, above) will star in Painkiller Jane, based on a graphic novel series written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Joe Quesada. Chastain will also serve as one of the producers on the project, which revolves around a New York City cop who develops regenerative powers that make her indestructible. Those powers come in handy as she seeks vengeance against her enemies. [Deadline]   Fantastic Beasts 2: Though it was never detailed in the books or...

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