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How Director Antoine Fuqua's Tough Grandma Helped Inspire 'The Magnificent Seven'

Tue, 09/20/2016 - 12:37

Filmmakers will look almost anywhere for inspiration, but for Magnificent Seven director Antoine Fuqua, inspiration came from a place very close to home--grandma's home.  For Fuqua, his love of Westerns and his desire to make one is very much tied to the relationship he had with his grandmother, who used classics like Shane and Duel in the Sun to keep her grandson from becoming the kind of villain she despised.  "She was just one of those little ladies from the South,...

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Antoine Fuqua on That 'Scarface' Remake: "I Think It's More Relevant Than Ever Right Now"

Tue, 09/20/2016 - 09:44

Director Antoine Fuqua returns to theaters this weekend with a reimagining of The Magnificent Seven, a film that's ferociously engaging in its shoot-'em-up spectacle while also being surprisingly funny throughout. A veteran in the crime genre (see: Training Day, Shooter, Olympus Has Fallen), Fuqua has turned his attention of late toward remakes or reimaginings, beginning with 2014's The Equalizer on through 2016's The Magnificent Seven and, if everything comes together, a...

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Bill Paxton Gets Intense in 'Mean Dreams' Trailer

Tue, 09/20/2016 - 06:29

Last year Kevin Bacon starred in the thriller Cop Car about a police officer whose rather loose relationship with the law gets accidentally exposed by two kids who steal his car. And because all good things come in pairs, now we've got another thriller featuring a '90s leading man playing a corrupt cop up against some daring youngsters. It's called Mean Dreams and the man in question is the great Bill Paxton. Where Cop Car was rather sparse with its plot, Mean Dreams seems to...

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'Star Wars' Bites: The Iconic Actor Who Found Luke Skywalker and the Lost Sequel That Never Happened

Tue, 09/20/2016 - 06:25

With a franchise as big as Star Wars, both in terms of its on-screen universe and its offscreen production history and fandom, there's always a constant flow of stories that we've never heard before. While not all the following bits are revelations, chances are there's at least one bite in this trio of trivia and news nibbles that is fresh for you.     Freddy Krueger Actor Helped Cast Luke Skywalker Did you know before he became the horror icon Freddy...

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Watch: Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence Star in First 'Passengers' Trailer

Tue, 09/20/2016 - 06:23

Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt both shot to movie stardom rather suddenly. Lawrence gave a sterling performance in the indie drama Winter's Bone, earning an Academy Award nomination. She was then cast in a supporting role in X-Men: First Class, which brought her even wider notice and set the stage for her starring turns in The Hunger Games and Silver Linings Playbook, the latter of which brought her an Academy Award. For his part, Pratt established himself on television, first on...

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News Briefs: Jamie Dornan Touted for 'Robin Hood: Origins'

Mon, 09/19/2016 - 19:48

Robin Hood: Origins: Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades of Grey, above) is in final negotiations to join Robin Hood: Origins. Taron Egerton is already set to star as Robin Hood, along with Jamie Foxx as Little John and Eve Hewson as Maid Marian. If things work out, Dornan will play Will Scarlet, who is Maid Marian's husband in this version of the classic story. Otto Bathurst will direct. [THR]   Downton Abbey: The popular British TV series Downton Abbey concluded its run last year...

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From 'La La Land' to 'Moonlight' The Best Movies That Screened at the 2016 Toronto Film Festival

Mon, 09/19/2016 - 12:22

We're calling it a wrap on the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival.  Some of the best films we've seen this year premiered in the Canadian city over the past several days, and while our bellies came back full of cheesy poutine, our hearts and soul returned just as full when it came to the movies. From La La Land to Loving. Moonlight to The Edge of Seventeen. Creepy aliens to giant city-destroying monsters we become when we're drunk. Hands down, this was one of the best...

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Review: What Can Parents Expect from 'Storks'?

Mon, 09/19/2016 - 09:00

Raising a baby: funny! Delivering a baby: not so much. Until now. Here’s the setup of Storks: In this universe, storks are out of the baby-creation and delivery business. Instead, they’ve pivoted to delivering goods, à la Amazon or Jet, ever since they were compelled to raise a baby themselves when they couldn’t find (aka deliver) said infant to her parents. When that baby, now an 18 year old named Tulip, sets the antiquated baby-making machine into action...

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Celebrate Girl Power with Cupcakes Inspired by 'Queen of Katwe'

Mon, 09/19/2016 - 09:00

Queen of Katwe explores the life of a young chess prodigy and how her love and mastery of the game lifts her up through life. Selling spices on the streets of Katwe, these “number one spice,” cupcakes are vanilla topped with sea salt and chocolate chess pieces, all served up on an edible chess board. Enjoy these cupcakes and get inspired to take on your own dreams when you watch Queen of Katwe this month.   Queen of Katwe Chess Cupcakes You’ll need:...

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Kurt Russell on Sequels, Superheroes and That 'Big Trouble in Little China' Remake

Mon, 09/19/2016 - 06:27

Kurt Russell is having a bit of a moment. Last year he stole scene after scene in Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight, and next year he'll officially join the Marvel Cinematic Universe with a major role in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Before that, though, he stars as a gutsy installation manager in this month's excellent Deepwater Horizon, based on the real-life explosion that led to the worst oil spill in U.S. history. Eleven heroic men and women died due to...

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Rumor Patrol: Paul Walker's Return to 'Fast and Furious'; 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Prequel

Mon, 09/19/2016 - 05:42

The untimely death of Paul Walker was a tragedy for his friends, family members and fans. For those who had been working with him on Furious 7, it also posed an additional challenge. How could they handle the loss of the young actor with dignity, while also showing respect to Brian O'Connor, the character he originated in the series? Everyone who saw Furious 7 would likely agree that the filmmakers came up with a slightly different take on things to allow Brian O'Connor to make a...

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News Briefs: First Look at J.K. Simmons As Commissioner Gordon in 'Justice League'

Sun, 09/18/2016 - 20:08

Justice League: Director Zack Snyder shared the first look at J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon in Justice League. Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, Ray Fisher and Henry Cavill also star in the movie, due for release on November 17, 2017. [Twitter via The Wrap]   High Noon: A new version of the classic 1952 Western High Noon is on its way. The original starred Gary Cooper as a small-town sheriff who learns that a criminal he put away has been released...

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The 'Blair Witch' Filmmakers Will Pay You If You Can Find This Hidden Easter Egg

Fri, 09/16/2016 - 09:54

The best horror movies prey on your imagination, having you fear things that aren't actually on the screen. The new Blair Witch does this remarkably well. The escalating, boiling sense of tension combined with its deep woods setting will have you seeing things that may or may not be there.  That said, there is one surprising thing that is definitely hidden in Blair Witch, only no one has actually seen it yet. It's the map from the original The Blair Witch Project. As...

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Toronto Buzz: Here's What We Thought of 'Bleed for This,' 'Lion,' 'Nocturnal Animals' and More

Fri, 09/16/2016 - 06:40

The 2016 Toronto International Film Festival is in full swing, with many of this fall's most anticipated movies rolling out over the course of several days here in one of Canada's friendliest (and cleanest) cities.  This year I'm here seeing as many movies as I possibly can, and in between them all I'm recording 30-second(ish) instant reviews for you to devour. Plenty more can be said about each and every one of these films, but if you want a quick bite-sized nugget to...

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First Full 'Moana' Trailer Brings Magic and a 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Tribute

Fri, 09/16/2016 - 06:36

We've seen a few teasers so far, but today brings the first full trailer for Disney's next animated feature, Moana. This is an exciting movie for a number of reasons, including it being the return of Little Mermaid and Aladdin directors Ron Clements and John Musker (with help from Big Hero 6's Chris Williams and Don Hall), its inspiration coming from South Pacific mythology, and its involvement of Hamilton's Lin-Manuel Miranda as co-songwriter. ...

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Horror Buzz: Watch First Trailers for 'Annabelle 2' and 'The Bye Bye Man'

Fri, 09/16/2016 - 06:27

The fall movie season is already filled with much-anticipated horror movies -- like Blair Witch, which opens in theaters today -- but what can we anticipate next year? Heading for release on May 19, 2017, Annabelle 2 is the sequel to Annabelle, which itself was a spin-off from The Conjuring. As with the first installment, which was set in 1970, Annabelle 2 revolves around a vintage doll named Annabelle. This time she's in the possession of her creator, a doll maker, so it appears...

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News Briefs: Margot Robbie's 'Harley Quinn' Spin-off Confirmed

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 20:03

Harley Quinn: Margot Robbie delivered a memorable performance as Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad and loved doing it, telling Erik Davis: "I am so not done playing her yet. I will do whatever I can to keep playing Harley." We heard about plans for a possible Harley Quinn team-up project back in May and now Robbie has a deal in place to serve as an executive producer on the movie. Her deal also covers other movies she will develop and produce for Warner Bros. [THR]  ...

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Exclusive Clip: Joseph Gordon-Levitt Learns a Lesson in 'Snowden'

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 09:00

Joseph Gordon-Levitt leads an all-star cast including Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo, Tom Wilkinson, Zachary Quinto and Timothy Olyphant in Snowden, which chronicles the story of computer whiz Edward Snowden -- a onetime CIA technologist who famously leaked top-secret NSA files to journalists that were eventually published worldwide. The revelation was massive: The U.S.'s National Security Agency had developed programs to gain incredibly deep access to millions of people's personal...

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Watch Amy Adams in First 'Nocturnal Animals' Teaser

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 07:00

Based on a novel by Austin Wright, Nocturnal Animals bursts onto the screen through the vision and artistry of Tom Ford. First establishing himself as a fashion designer and creative director for the likes of Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent, Ford brought his high style to movies in 2009. A Single Man, written for the screen and directed by Ford, starred Colin Firth as an English professor struggling to deal with the loss of his beloved boyfriend in 1960s Los Angeles. The film struck a chord...

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Toronto Buzz: Here's What We Thought of 'La La Land,' 'Jackie,' 'Sing' and More

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 06:56

The 2016 Toronto International Film Festival is in full swing, with many of this fall's most anticipated movies rolling out over the course of several days here in one of Canada's friendliest (and cleanest) cities.  This year I'm here seeing as many movies as I possibly can, and in between them all I'm recording 30-second(ish) instant reviews for you to devour. Plenty more can be said about each and every one of these films, but if you want a quick bite-sized nugget to...

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