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Mapped: See the L.A. Locations Where 'La La Land' Was Filmed

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 09:00

The romantic musical La La Land, tickets for which are on sale now, will have your toes tapping. It's the story of Mia (Emma Stone), an aspiring actress, and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a jazz musician, who fall in love as they explore the magical city of Los Angeles.  La La Land was directed by Whiplash's Damien Chazelle, who shot the movie in just 42 days at more than 40 locations in Los Angeles including such iconic landmarks as the Griffith...

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'Manchester by the Sea' Leads the 2017 Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominations

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 06:29

Nominations for the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were announced recently, and while much of the recognition went to the same names who've been dominating the 2016 awards season -- Manchester by the Sea, for instance, dominates the movie categories with four nods (for Best Ensemble, Casey Affleck for Best Actor, Michelle Williams for Best Supporting |Actress and Lucas Hedges for Best Supporting Actor) -- there were also plenty of surprises. Notable movie snubs include...

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Lin-Manuel Miranda's Musical Dog Movie Finds New Life

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 06:07

Everyone in Hollywood wants to be in the Lin-Manuel Miranda business thanks to the massive, runaway success of Hamilton. But while much of the world discovered his talents in 2016, this isn't exactly a new spotlight for Miranda. Before Hamilton, Miranda created another hit musical called In the Heights. Naturally Hollywood came calling for a big-screen version. Universal ended up landing the rights to the movie back in 2008, and while that version ultimately never happened (another is...

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'Pacific Rim' and 'Godzilla' Sequels Get New Titles

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 05:59

Production has begun in Australia on the sequel to Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim, starring John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens). In November, Boyega shared a photo of his script, titled Pacific Rim: Maelstrom.   First day on Pacific Rim today. Here's to a great adventure ahead ??? A photo posted by BOYEGA (@jboyega_) on Nov 9, 2016 at 10:14am PST   Around the same time, director Steven S. DeKnight shared a photo with...

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News Briefs: Broadway Veteran to Direct Emma Stone in 'Cruella'

Wed, 12/14/2016 - 20:47

Cruella: Emma Stone (La La Land, above) has been attached for a while to star in Cruella, a live-action movie about a character who first appeared as a villain in Disney's animated 1961 classic One Hundred and One Dalmatians. Now comes word that Alex Timbers, a veteran of Broadway productions and cocreator of the Amazon series Mozart in the Jungle, is in negotiations to direct, with shooting eyed to begin early next year. [Deadline]   National Film Registry: The Breakfast...

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Indie Movie Guide: Why You Should See 'Fences'

Wed, 12/14/2016 - 09:00

Fences, starring Denzel Washington and Viola Davis, reunites the two actors in a screen version of the August Wilson play for which they both won Tonys in 2010. Washington plays a former baseball player who once had a rising career, but now works as a garbage collector in 1950s Pittsburgh. His relationship with his wife (Davis) and children is strained, especially when he refuses to let one son play college football. Washington directs the movie, which opens Christmas Day, December 25. ...

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First 'Dunkirk' Trailer: Christopher Nolan Promises to Turn Hope into a Weapon

Wed, 12/14/2016 - 08:31

Christopher Nolan is one of our most sentimental and optimistic storytellers working today. His Batman trilogy is ultimately all about a man rising above the self to do what his city needs (even if it's not what they deserve). Interstellar is about humans, despite being on the ropes, finally stepping out into the stars. His movies, even ones with dark subject matter like Memento, always explore some glimmer of humanity that saves people from becoming the worst version of themselves....

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Madonna, Stephen King and Donald Trump Biopics Dominate the 2016 Black List

Wed, 12/14/2016 - 06:33

Are we ready for a biopic about Madonna? There's already a script for such a thing, titled Blonde Ambition, and it's the most popular one featured on this year's Black List ranking of the best unproduced screenplays. The movie would focus on the pop icon's start in NYC in the 1980s. But who could possibly play her?  And which two actors could play Stephen King, given that there are two movies about the famous prolific horror author: The Kings of Maine is...

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See the New 'Star Wars' Planet That Was Directly Inspired by Ridley Scott's 'Alien'

Wed, 12/14/2016 - 06:02

Earlier this month we had a chance to sit down with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story director Gareth Edwards and we asked him for some of the films that inspired this new chapter in the Star Wars series.  “Films that I used in there that got high score were Apocalypse Now; a little of Thin Red Line, and there’s a planet in our film that’s very much inspired by Alien,” he said. “Also Blade Runner, THX-1138 and of course the...

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News Briefs: 'Zombieland' Director Tapped for Chris Evans' 'Jekyll'

Tue, 12/13/2016 - 19:38

Jekyll: This past July, we heard that Chris Evans, also known as Captain America (above), would star in Jekyll, based on the modern-day BBC miniseries adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic story about a dangerous man with a split personality. Now comes word that Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) will direct the project, though it's not known when it might start production. [Deadline]   Batman: Ben Affleck says he is "not in any hurry" to make the Batman...

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'Despicable Me 3': Watch the First Trailer!

Tue, 12/13/2016 - 16:47

After Minions took the world by storm to the tune of $1 billion in 2015, following the enormous success of the first two Despicable Me movies, was there any doubt we'd get Despicable Me 3? Gru and his beloved minions are back, and finally we get to see the first trailer for what's sure to be one of next summer's biggest blockbusters. It sheds some more light on the plot details, of which we haven't known much other than Gru's long-lost twin brother, Drew, shows up (both...

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A 'Sing' Who's Who

Tue, 12/13/2016 - 09:04

Everybody -- and every animal -- wants to be a star, or so it seems in the new musical animated feature Sing, about a koala desperate to keep his family's theater from shutting its doors. To save it, he holds an American Idol-type singing competition, which it seems every star in Hollywood wanted a part of. See who is voicing who by checking out our guide to the main characters and the actors behind their voices.   BUSTER MOON An optimistic koala voiced by Matthew...

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The 'Assassin's Creed' Sequel May Turn Its Back on the Game Series

Tue, 12/13/2016 - 06:25

Assassin's Creed hasn't even hit theaters yet but already the talk of a sequel is well underway. After all, this is the first movie based on a game series with nine main entries, plus over a dozen other smaller games, comics and novels. The only reason it got the green light in the first place was out of the hope it would spawn a whole bunch of sequels. With that said, fans of the games may feel a bit burned that the first sequel talk has nothing to do with any of the games. If...

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Watch the Music Video for "How Far I'll Go" from 'Moana'

Tue, 12/13/2016 - 06:23

Disney's latest animated feature, Moana, topped the box office for the third weekend in a row, a threepeat distinction shared with the studio's own Zootopia and its Pixar-branded sequel Finding Dory. One thing it does have over the others, however, is an incredibly successful soundtrack filled with original songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Opetaia Foa'i and Mark Mancina. One of those songs is "How Far I'll Go," which has been particularly hot because...

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'Aquaman' Finds Its Villain in 'Watchmen' Star

Tue, 12/13/2016 - 06:17

Patrick Wilson has joined the cast of Aquaman. He will portray ORM, according to Deadline. The villainous character, also known as Ocean Master, is the half-brother of the titular hero, to be played by Jason Momoa. It's a canny casting choice by director James Wan, who has worked with Wilson on his horror hits Insidious, Insidious: Chapter 2, The Conjuring and this summer's The Conjuring 2. In the first two movies, Wilson played a family man struggling to protect his family from...

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News Briefs: How 'Logan' Got an R Rating, Thanks to Hugh Jackman

Mon, 12/12/2016 - 19:53

Logan: It's not yet official, but early reports indicate that Logan has earned an R rating for its brutal content. Now director James Mangold says that star Hugh Jackman accepted a reduction in his salary "because he wanted to do an R-rated movie" and his willingness to share the financial risk helped convince the financiers to move forward with the plan. Logan will open on March 3. [Twitter]   our movie has a title! @Snatched_Movie @goldiehawn...

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Celebrating the Christmas Classics at Home with a Dreamworks Special Event

Mon, 12/12/2016 - 15:53

Remember the old Rankin Bass Christmas classics that you loved as a kid? Now one of the most beloved of them all, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, is available for the first time on Digital HD, joining Frosty the Snowman, Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town and The Little Drummer Boy just in time for the holidays. To celebrate The Original Christmas Classics Bundle Blu-ray release, Fox Home Entertainment and DreamWorks Animation held a special, family-friendly event at cool...

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Sigourney Weaver Says 'Avatar' Fans Will Be "In Heaven" With Sequels

Mon, 12/12/2016 - 11:35

Sigourney Weaver is about to return to the world of Pandora for a whopping four Avatar sequels, all filming simultaneously under the direction of James Cameron. Before that she'll star in another big fan-driven property, as a villain in Marvel's The Defenders on Netflix. And while she certainly has her plate full of big franchises, that's not stopping her from lending her talents to smaller projects too, like A Monster Calls, which hits theaters later this month. Based on the...

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'Rogue One' Clip: A Plan Comes Together

Mon, 12/12/2016 - 09:00

We're mere days before the first of the stand-alone Star Wars movies, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, lands in theaters, and we're eager to meet the new cast of characters as they embark on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star. In the movie, which is based on a line from the opening crawl of A New Hope, Felicity Jones stars as soldier and criminal Jyn Erso, the leader of the group of Rebels which also includes Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) and master swordsman Chirrut Imwe (Donnie...

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Make Homemade Stockings Inspired by Favorite Family Movies

Mon, 12/12/2016 - 09:00

Holiday stockings aren’t just fun to fill, they can also be a great project to do with the kids. Check out these awesome movie-themed DIY ideas to get you started.   Frozen Fever: Fans of Anna and Elsa will love the icy sparkle of these adorable stockings.   You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch: The hodgepodge of bright patterns in these stockings reflects the imaginative world of Whoville, courtesy of April Davis.   A Very Merry...

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