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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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Stay in or Go Out: 2016 Holiday Date-Night Movies

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 09:48

  The holiday season has officially begun. Arguably the best season for film lovers, this year's offerings include plenty of prestige dramas, psychological thrillers, comedies and three-Kleenex adaptations to make dinner and a movie the ideal night out. So secure your sitters and save the date for these potential date-night picks. Rather stay home? We've also included a few streaming selections to make your "movie night in" memorable.  ...

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Mark Your Calendars: Here's When You Can Watch the Next 'Mission: Impossible' Movie

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 07:26

There are a few actor and filmmaker matchups that you can always, always count on generating something special. That’s the case with Tom Cruise and Christopher McQuarrie. Jack Reacher, Edge of Tomorrow, Valykrie, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation-- it doesn’t matter if McQuarrie is just writing or if he’s also directing. If they have credits on the same movie, you’re going to have a good time.  With that in mind, you should go ahead and make a mental...

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Watch: 'Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets' Trailer Teases a Very Wild Ride

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 07:21

Of all the potential blockbusters on the release calendar, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is arguably the most tantalizing. It's an adaptation of a French comic book series about time-travel agents who visit the capital of a vast planetary system to determine whether it might prove to be a danger to Earth. What makes the movie so potentially exciting is that Luc Besson is directing. Besson is a prolific filmmaker who may be best known for his head-spinning work as a...

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News Briefs: Gillian Jacobs Joins Disney's 'Magic Camp'

Wed, 11/09/2016 - 20:58

Magic Camp: Gillian Jacobs (TV's Community) has joined the cast of Disney's Magic Camp. Adam DeVine (Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates) will star in the family comedy as a magician who is pulled out of retirement by his former mentor (Jeffrey Tambor) to serve as a counselor at a magic camp he attended in his youth. Jacobs will play DeVine's former magic partner; Mark Walters will direct. [Variety]     First day on Pacific Rim today....

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Superhero Buzz: Michael Keaton to Play 'Spider-Man' Villain, 'Deadpool 3' and the Future of 'X-Men,'

Wed, 11/09/2016 - 10:07

One thing that's certain about the future of America today: it's going to keep on churning superhero movies for many years to come. Here's the latest on some of the biggest franchises and more: X-Men With X-Men: Apocalypse underperforming and most of the star's contracts up, the X-Men franchise will be "reconfigured," according to The Hollywood Reporter. That doesn't mean rebooting. Fox hopes to re-sign Jennifer Lawrence, James...

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Indie Movie Guide: A Look at Verhoeven's Controversial 'Elle'

Wed, 11/09/2016 - 09:00

Director Paul Verhoeven, who stormed Hollywood in the late '80s and early '90s with movies like Total Recall, Basic Instinct and the now-camp-classic Showgirls, has been largely absent for a decade, his last movie (Black Book) released in the U.S. in 2006. But with his latest, Elle, the maverick action auteur looks to be back in a big way. His revenge tale stars Isabelle Huppert as a woman who has a decidedly unique way of viewing her violent rape by a strange intruder. It's...

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Exclusive Clip: Richard Branson's Harrowing Documentary 'Don't Look Down'

Wed, 11/09/2016 - 09:00

  You know British business magnate Richard Branson for many things: his Virgin Records store and label, Virgin airlines and, most recently, Virgin Galactic, which hopes to send tourists into space. But did you know that back in 1991 the mogul set a record by crossing the Atlantic from Japan to Canada in a hot-air balloon? He traveled 6,700 miles at a record-breaking 245 miles per hour. Along with world-renowned balloonist Per Lindstrand, Branson turned the event into the ultimate...

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J.J. Abrams Discloses All-Star Contributors to 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

Wed, 11/09/2016 - 06:46

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is looming on the theatrical release horizon, so it's a good time to take another look at Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The smash hit will arrive on home video next week in a new 3D Blu-ray edition, featuring an audio commentary by director J.J. Abrams. As detailed by io9, Abrams reveals a host of tidbits in the commentary that we haven't heard before. For example, director Steven Spielberg suggested an explosion be added after the TIE fighter piloted by...

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Tyler Perry Becomes the Eighth Filmmaker to Remake a Korean Body-Swap Comedy

Wed, 11/09/2016 - 06:46

Tyler Perry just entered the cinematic history books. It wasn't because Boo! A Madea Halloween set some crazy box office record. It's not because he's the first filmmaker ever to cross some boundary. In fact, the record isn't a first at all: it's for being one of eight filmmakers to remake the hit 2014 Korean body-swap comedy Miss Granny.  Yes, a Korean body-swap comedy called Miss Granny will soon have been remade eight times since 2014. This makes it, according to...

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News Briefs: Now We Know Who Johnny Depp Will Be Playing in 'Fantastic Beasts 2'

Tue, 11/08/2016 - 19:54

Fantastic Beasts 2: Johnny Depp (Alice Through the Looking Glass, above) will portray Gellert Grindelwald in the sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. We heard last week that Depp had been cast in the movie and now director David Yates has confirmed the character that Depp will be playing, a dark wizard who enjoys a close friendship with Albus Dumbledore before later committing many terrible acts. [The Leaky Cauldron via Collider]    ...

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Exclusive Clip: How to Meet an Alien in 'Arrival'

Tue, 11/08/2016 - 09:00

What would happen if aliens were to visit us on Earth? The movies have posed that question countless times, in ways thoughtful, exciting, exhilarating, even comic. In Arrival, director Denis Villeneuve (Sicario) presents the question through the lens of simply being human: how do we work together, how do we communicate, how do we connect to each other on the most basic levels? The plot here is fairly familiar; one day 12 alien ships, huge and monolithic, suddenly appear at locations around...

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How Great Is Disney's 'Moana'? The First Wave of Buzz Is Here

Tue, 11/08/2016 - 06:07

Disney is already killing it in 2016, dominating much of the year's box office chart thanks to Finding Dory, Zootopia, The Jungle Book and its Marvel movies, including Captain America: Civil War and Doctor Strange, which just opened at number one. And the studio still has some of the most anticipated releases of the next two months. One of those is another animated feature, Moana.  We still have a couple weeks until Moana hits...

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Max Landis Is Remaking His Father John Landis' Classic 'An American Werewolf in London'

Tue, 11/08/2016 - 05:57

Released in August 1981, An American Werewolf in London was the third major werewolf movie of the year. Coming after Joe Dante's terrific The Howling and Michael Wadleigh's spooky Wolfen, some wondered what John Landis could bring to the table, especially after the excesses of his previous comedy, The Blues Brothers. Landis has noted that Universal's classic monster movies were the first monsters he saw as a child in the 1950s and his original screenplay paid homage to them, even...

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News Briefs: Toby Jones May Join 'Jurassic World 2'

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 21:28

Jurassic World 2: Toby Jones (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, above left) and Rafe Spall (The BFG, above right) are in talks to join Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard in the sequel to Jurassic World. No details have been revealed about the characters that Jones and Spall might be playing. Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly wrote the screenplay; J.A. Bayona will direct. [Variety]     Silence A photo posted by @wponx on Nov 7, 2016 at 7:23am PST...

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Exclusive Video: 'Almost Christmas' Is All About Family

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 09:00

You can choose your friends but you can't choose your family, and everyone knows the holidays aren't always It's a Wonderful Life perfect -- getting all the relatives together under one roof can not only be a challenge, it can be downright annoying. In Almost Christmas, in theaters November 11, the Meyers family (headed by Danny Glover as Walter) is getting together for the first time since Walter's wife -- the family matriarch -- died. It's tough, emotional, hilarious and...

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Here's Who's Playing the Villain in Zack Snyder's 'Justice League'

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 05:37

2016 has been a strange, strange year all around. As far as movies go, though, one of the most unpredictable moments of the year came when Warner Bros. unceremoniously posted a cryptic deleted scene from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice online just three days after the movie hit theaters. The studio folks didn't explain it, they just left it hanging out there for fans to dissect like some kind of new generation of postcredits scene. If you somehow don't remember that scene (which...

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