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INFOGRAPHIC: A Jack of All Roles

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 09:00

From Po, the lovable animated panda, to Nacho Libre, the mysterious masked wrestler, Jack Black has played some pretty outrageous characters. We've counted down our top seven of Black's alter egos in this fun infographic. See if you agree with our picks.

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Sundance Buzz: 'The Birth of a Nation' Makes History, but Is It Good?

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 05:45

When the dust had cleared and the multiple standing ovations were over, Nate Parker's The Birth of a Nation sold to Fox Searchlight for a record-setting $17.5 million, officially becoming the biggest film at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and an instant Oscar candidate. But is it good? Short answer: yes, it's good. And while the film -- about the real-life story of Nat Turner, who led a grisly slave rebellion back in the 1830s -- does feel like the product of a first-time...

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Sundance 2016 Distribution Guide: Here's What Movies Have Been Bought at the Festival So Far

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 05:32

The 2016 Sundance Film Festival is well underway, but if you're not there and feel a terrible pain like you're missing out on a bunch of great movies, we do have good news for you. You will be able to see those movies! Well, some of them at least. (Watch all our interviews from this year's festival here.) There are over 100 movies that premiere at Sundance each year, and while a few of them do already have distributors and release dates in place, that's usually not the case....

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Sundance Buzz: 'Chronicle' Meets 'Iron Man' Meets 'Menace II Society' in 'Sleight'

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 05:23

The best genre movie at this year's Sundance Film Festival is surprisingly not screening in the Midnight section alongside the fest's most talked-about horror and sci-fi titles. Instead it's part of the NEXT section, which over the past few years has emerged as Sundance's most exciting programming slate because it not only features films from emerging directors, but these films are also the ones that tend to take the biggest creative risks -- both in form and in...

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Superhero Sequel Updates: 'Guardians of the Galaxy 2' and 'Wolverine 3'

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 05:11

Earlier this week, the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy 2 gathered to read the script together and writer-director James Gunn shared a playful photo, captioned: "Table read this morning … Somebody spelled [Chris Pratt's] name wrong so I fixed it." That's one indicator of his good mood about the script he's written. In response to questions from readers, Gunn confirmed that his screenplay has been finalized -- including a postcredits scene -- and noted that...

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News Briefs: New Photo Teases 'Top Gun 2'

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 02:45

Top Gun 2: Tom Cruise wants to fly real jets in the long-awaited sequel to 1986's Top Gun, though we don't know if that idea came up specifically in a recent conversation the star had with producer Jerry Bruckheimer. The producer shared a photo of the two together, captioned: "Just got back from a weekend in New Orleans to see my old friend [Tom Cruise] and discuss a little Top Gun 2." Val Kilmer will also be returning. [Twitter via Variety]   Star Wars: The...

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The 'Little House on the Prairie' Movie Finds a New Home in Hollywood

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 06:19

Four years ago Little House on the Prairie, the beloved book and television series about a simple family living a simple life in the old West, kicked off a new journey to the big screen. It got set up by power producer Scott Rudin (The Social Network, There Will Be Blood) at Sony Pictures with a script by Abi Morgan (Shame, Suffragette) and David Gordon Green (Your Highness, Pineapple Express) in the director's chair. However, like so many seeking fame and fortune in 19th-century America,...

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New 'Spider-Man' Heading to IMAX; Here's What We Know About the Movie

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 06:12

It's been nearly one year since we heard that Spider-Man would be joining the Marvel cinematic universe. Over the next few months we learned that his first appearance would come in Captain America: Civil War (from Disney), Tom Holland (above) would be portraying the web-slinger, Jon Watts (indie darling Cop Car) would be directing, and that his very own solo movie (from Sony) would hit theaters in 2017. More recently, the release date for the Spider-Man movie was pushed forward to...

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Disney Plans to Make Marvel and 'Star Wars' Movies Forever

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 06:06

There was a time when movie fans had to genuinely wonder when, if ever, they would see another Star Wars movie. There was a time when you could have a baby in the space between Marvel movies. That time has come and gone. And if it were up to Disney, that dark period wherein the big screen didn't have lightsabers or Iron Man suits will never, ever return. That's not exactly a bombshell. Those movies make boatloads of money and so of course a company is going to want to keep making...

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News Briefs: 'Fast 8' Production Will Blow Up Iceland; Joseph Fiennes As Michael Jackson?

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 21:00

Fast 8: Vin Diesel will star in the next installment in the Fast and Furious series, which is heading to Iceland. Though most location shooting for the film is set for New York and Atlanta, the production will also include the "largest explosion ever in Iceland,” according to a new report. Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham and Kurt Russell are expected to return. The movie is aiming for release in theaters on April 14, 2017. [Coming Soon]   Transformers...

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News Briefs: 'Fast 8' Production Will Blow Up Iceland

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 21:00

Fast 8: Vin Diesel will star in the next installment in the Fast and Furious series, which is heading to Iceland. Though most location shooting for the film is set for New York and Atlanta, the production will also include the "largest explosion ever in Iceland,” according to a new report. Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham and Kurt Russell are expected to return. The movie is aiming for release in theaters on April 14, 2017. [Coming Soon]   Transformers...

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Sundance Buzz: Watch the Stars of 'Sing Street' Perform Your New Favorite Songs

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 16:41

One of the biggest crowd pleasers screening at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival is John Carney's Sing Street, about a kid from Dublin in 1985 who decides to start a band in order to woo his dream girl. Once again, Carney (Once, Begin Again) delivers a deliciously sweet and funny movie that's stuffed with great music - and, in my opinion, his best music yet. Featuring music from Duran Duran, Genesis and the Cure -- not to mention several original songs, most notably the insanely catchy...

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EXCLUSIVE CLIP: 'Jane Got a Gun'

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 09:00

When the past comes to haunt her in the form of the Bishop Boys, a violent gang of outlaws hell-bent on vengeance against her current husband, Jane Hammond enlists her former fiancé to help defend the family and new life she has built. Jane Got a Gun is a dramatic action-adventure set in the Wild West and stars Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Noah Emmerich and Joel Edgerton. Watch this Fandango Movieclips exclusive clip where the Bishop Boys gang plans their search for Jane and...

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Watch the Director of 'The Raid' Experiment with Doing a Bloodless Action Scene

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 07:23

The Raid: Redemption and The Raid 2 have some of the best fight scenes not just of the last few years, but in the entirety of mankind's existence on planet Earth. That may sound like hyperbole, but it's not. Those two movies are why people immediately started wondering when director Gareth Evans was going to make a Hollywood movie, the train of thought being that if he can deliver that kind of action on relatively small budgets, imagine what he would do with a massive budget....

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Updates 'Conan' Sequel Plans

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 06:59

In answer to the question, "What is best in life?," Conan the Barbarian answered in 1982: "To crush your enemies, to see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentations of their women." Arnold Schwarzenegger's sincere though stolid delivery of that dialogue became iconic, reflecting his relative inexperience as an actor as well as the movie's macho, action-first aesthetic. The great John Milius directed the muscular action-adventure and cowrote the screenplay...

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News Briefs: Miley Cyrus to Star in Woody Allen's TV Show

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 00:28

Woody Allen: Miley Cyrus will star in a new television series for Amazon, written and to be directed by Woody Allen. Cyrus and Allen will star in the series along with Elaine May, who previously appeared with Allen in Small Time Crooks (2000). The show, not yet titled, will consist of six 30-minute episodes and is set in the 1960s; production begins in March. [Deadline]   The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir: Uma Thurman will join comedy-adventure The Extraordinary Journey of...

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Should Your Kids See 'Kung Fu Panda 3'?

Mon, 01/25/2016 - 16:35

For my 5-year old son, Kung Fu Panda 3 wasn’t just a movie: it was an interactive experience.  When Po karate chopped, Tate’s hands sliced through the air; when Po clasped his hands to summon chi, power pulsed through Tate as he clutched his fingers; when Po raised his hands above his head in an epic spiritual battle, well, Tate probably obstructed the view of the people behind him as he copied the Dragon Warrior’s every move. Of the other three young boys who occupied...

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New 'Batman v Superman' TV Spots, Plus the Image That Has the Internet Buzzing

Mon, 01/25/2016 - 14:22

Even though the title is Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, it's probably a safe bet that Batman and Superman don't fight each other nonstop throughout the entire movie. At some point they're going to have a mutual enemy that brings them together and paves the way for the Dawn of Justice part of the title. But until we get to the actual movie, the marketing is basically going to be the same debate that's been raging in school yards and on online message boards for...

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QUIZ: Whose Blue Eyes Are These?

Mon, 01/25/2016 - 09:00

  Chris Pine's The Finest Hours opens Jan. 29. In honor of the actor's fine baby blues, can you match the eyes without a face?    

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Meet the Characters from 'The Finest Hours'

Mon, 01/25/2016 - 09:00

On its own, the plot of The Finest Hours reads like the perfect tale of action, heroism and inspiration. But when you find out it’s actually telling the true events of a seemingly impossible U.S. Coast Guard rescue some 70 years ago, it becomes all the more remarkable.  You may never have heard the tale, but it goes like this: In February of 1952 a massive storm rocked the Eastern seaboard and literally ripped apart two oil tankers, the SS Pendleton and SS Fort Mercer. On orders...

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