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Gareth Edwards & Josh Trank Are Coming to Star Wars Celebration

1 hour 33 min ago
 Celebration 2015

We already know Star Wars Celebration next month is going to have a huge kick off with J.J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy on hand, likely showing off the new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens before it arrives around the release of The Avengers: Age of Ultron. And now it sounds like there might be some news on the developing standalone films, because StarWars.com has announced that Gareth Edwards, the director of Star Wars: Rogue One and Josh Trank, the director of the next untitled spin-off, will be coming to the event to "share their experiences as the newest members of the Lucasfilm creative family." ›››

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'The Founder' with Michael Keaton Gets Awards Release in Fall 2016

2 hours 29 min ago
Michael Keaton

Briefly: Even though Michael Keaton didn't win an Oscar for his performance in Birdman, it sounds like The Weinstein Company thinks he's got another chance with his next project The Founder. Keaton is playing Ray Kroc, the salesman from Illinois who picked up a burger operation in 1950s Southern California and turned it into McDonald's, which would become a multi-billion dollar fast-food chain in the world. The Blind Side director John Lee Hancock will be at the helm of the film with a script from Big Fan scribe Robert Siegel, and now THR reports the film has been set for a pretty prime awards season release on November 25th, 2016. We'll certainly be looking forward to seeing this one late next year. Stay tuned. ›››

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William H. Macy to Direct Lea Michele & Kate Upton in 'The Layover'

3 hours 24 min ago
Kate Upton / Lea Michele

Most romantic comedies are pretty formulaic and predictable, but every now and then one comes along to shake things up a bit. I'm hoping that's the case with a new road trip sexy comedy called The Layover being produced by Unified Pictures and Bron Studios. Kate Upton (The Other Woman) and Lea Michele ("Glee") will star in the film about two lifelong best friends who decide to avoid their problems by taking a vacation only to find that their plane has been rerouted due to a hurricane warning. Things are made even more complicated when they both fall for the same gentleman at the airport they're stuck at in St. Louis. ›››

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Fox Plans Remake of 80s Sci-Fi 'Alien Nation' from 'Iron Man' Writers

5 hours 4 min ago
Alien Nation

There's another remake of an 80s sci-fi property on the way to the big screen. THR reports the Alien Nation, the film from Aliens and "The Walking Dead" producer Gale Anne Hurd, will get the remake treatment from 20th Century Fox. As of now, Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, who wrote the first film in the Iron Man franchise, launching Marvel Studios cinematic universe, will write the film, but there's no director or producer on board just yet. The original film took place in the near future at a time when humans and a race of aliens are forced to co-exist, though people of Earth treat the visitors like second class citizens. ›››

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Watch: First Teaser Trailer for Sundance Comedy Sensation 'Dope'

6 hours 44 min ago
Dope

"Allow me to re-introduce myself…" One of our favorite films from the 2015 Sundance Film Festival is coming to theaters this summer, and one of the coolest teaser trailers I've ever seen has just arrived to show it off. Dope delivers the perfect teaser in that it doesn't give much away about the story, but quickly introduces us to the characters and their style. Plus, it immerses you wonderfully in the culture of the 90s, which runs rampant throughout the film despite the fact that it's sent in modern day. This is a star-making turn for Shameik Moore, and if you need anymore convincing, read Alex's Sundance review. Watch now! ›››

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Fully Animated Reboot of 'The Smurfs' is Arriving in Spring of 2017

7 hours 56 min ago
The Smurfs

If the live-action and computer animation hybrid adaptation of The Smurfs just didn't do anything for you, then you might be happy to hear that Sony Pictures Animation has a fully animated reboot on the way. We heard rumblings of this project last year, and at the time, the film was supposed to arrive sometime this year. However, Variety reports Sony has no set a release date for March 31st, 2017, with an eye towards being a popular film when Easter arrives on April 16th that year. This will be entirely animated, much more in tune with the original style of Peyo's artwork, something that was missing from the previous films. ›››

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Amy Adams & Jake Gyllenhaal May Become 'Nocturnal Animals' Next

8 hours 58 min ago
Amy Adams & Jake Gyllenhaal

Both Amy Adams hand Jake Gyllenhaal had considerable awards buzz last year, though neither ended up getting nominated at the Academy Awards for their respective roles in Big Eyes and Nightcrawler. But now the two are teaming up for a new project, as THR reports the two talented stars are circling roles in Nocturnal Animals, a new thriller being produced by George Clooney and his Smokehouse Productions banner. The project doesn't have a studio yet, but Smokehouse has a first-look deal with Sony, so it could easily end up there. As of now Adams is in talks to star while Gyllenhaal is reportedly attached as the male lead. In addition, Joaquin Phoenix and Aaron Taylor-Johnson may also end up with roles. ›››

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Will Ferrell Sings the Signature 'Star Trek' Theme Song Like an Angel

9 hours 25 min ago
Will Ferrell

If you've been watching late night television over the past couple weeks, you've probably caught Will Ferrell hamming it up in order to promote the arrival of his new comedy Get Hard with Kevin Hart, which starts hitting theaters this evening. It's been a lot of fun, but nothing that we felt compelled to cover, that is until he decided to sing the iconic theme song to Star Trek with his angelic voice. Ferrell has been called the songbird of his generation and this clip from "The Late Late Show" with James Corden (fresh off his amazing viral stunt with Tom Hanks) proves it's absolutely true. Why does Kevin Hart tell him to stop? ›››

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Sony Pictures Picks Up 'Robotech' Anime for Feature Film Franchise

9 hours 38 min ago
Robotech

The popular anime Robotech has been stuck in development since as far back as 2007 with Warner Bros. trying several iterations in order to get it off the ground, the last attempt being with commercial director Nic Mathieu in 2013. But now the property has switched studios as Sony Pictures has just announced the acquisition of the big screen rights to Robotech with "the intention of moving quickly toward production of a future global franchise." Surely that was what Warner Bros. had hoped for too, so let's not get to excited just yet, but the anime classic has a sprawling sci-fi world that would make for quite the cinematic spectacle. ›››

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Ben Mendelsohn Maybe Circling Lead Role in 'Star Wars: Rogue One'

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 19:34
Ben Mendelsohn

Now that the first standalone spin-off to follow Star Wars: The Force Awakens has the official title of Star Wars: Rogue One and a confirmed leading lady in Oscar nominee Felicity Jones, it's time for the rest of the film's cast to get rounded up before production begins later this year. Deadline has word that Ben Mendelsohn, a spectacular Aussie character actor you should recognize from The Dark Knight Rises and Killing Them Softly, is circling another lead role alongside Jones. Of course, as has become customary with all Star Wars casting news, there's absolutely no hint of what kind of character he will be playing at all. ›››

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Paul Walker's 'Furious 7' Role Completed with Old Franchise Footage

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 19:18
Paul Walker

It's been a long road for Furious 7 to make it to theaters next week. While the film was meant to be fasttracked for a release last year to follow closely behind Fast & Furious 6, the film was struck with the tragic death of leading man Paul Walker, one of the stars of the original film that kicked off this ongoing action franchise. Production was halted, and a new approach needed to be hatched in order to finish the film while also giving Walker a proper send-off with what was already shot. We've heard reports of CGI and body doubles being used to help complete Walker's work on the film, and also his two brothers, but there's more. ›››

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'Hannibal' TV Series Writer Set to Script the Next 'Friday the 13th'

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 18:12
Friday the 13th

There was supposed to be a new Friday the 13th film this year that would have coincided with the 35th anniversary of the original film, but Paramount Pictures pushed it back to May 13th, 2016, which is thankfully still an actual Friday on the 13th of the month. And now that the studio has time to get the project in order, THR says they're starting with a new draft of the script that will come from "Hannibal" TV series scribe Nick Antosca. Considering how creepy the show has been, even with the parameters of network television, this is a smart move by Paramount, one that could bring some fresh life to the series. ›››

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New Photos of Ben Stiller & Owen Wilson in Paris for 'Zoolander 2'

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 17:00
Zoolander 2

Earlier this month, Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson made a surprise appearance at the end of the Valentino fashion show during Fashion Week in Paris, each in character as Derek Zoolander and Hansel for the forthcoming comedy sequel Zoolander 2. But the fun with the male model duo isn't over yet as some new photos have surfaced from Valentino's Facebook page. Production hasn't officially begun yet, but surely these photos could be used in some capacity for the film, perhaps in some kind of photo montage. What's cool is that they're actually wearing real clothes from Valetino's fashion, just like real models. Look below! ›››

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Jason Segel to Co-Write & Co-Direct 'Billion Brick Race' LEGO Spin-Off

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 16:10
Jason Segel

After helping Disney bring The Muppets back to the big screen a few years ago, Jason Segel is going to help Warner Bros. keep building on their expanding roster of films inspired by The LEGO Movie. There's already a full-fledged sequel on the way in 2018, not to mention spin-offs for Ninjago in 2016 and LEGO Batman in 2017 and now THR reports the studio is developing a new spin-off called The Billion Brick Race. Segel will co-write the script with Iron Man 3 scribe Drew Pearce, and the two will also make their debut as co-directors on the spin-off film that will be produced by the LEGO Movie universe brain trust of Phil Lord, Chris Miller, Dan Lin and Roy Lee. So what's this new one going to be about? Read on! ›››

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'X-Men: Apocalypse' Adds Another Mutant: Lana Condor as Jubilee

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 15:50
Jubilee / Lana Condor

Another day, another mutant adding to the extensive line-up in X-Men: Apocalypse. Even though Jennifer Lawrence seems to be departing the X-Men franchise after this forthcoming sequel, it sounds like there will be plenty other mutants to help carry the franchise without the presence of one of its biggest stars. Director Bryan Singer made another post to Instagram today to announce that newcomer Lana Condor would be taking the role of Jubilation Lee, better known as Jubilee. The character has appeared ever so briefly in the original X-Men franchise but has never been a staple of the X-Men team. Could that change? ›››

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Steven Spielberg Heading Back to Big Sci-Fi with 'Ready Player One'

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 15:23
Ready Player One

Last year, we heard that Warner Bros. wanted Christopher Nolan to be at the helm of their adaptation of the acclaimed sci-fi novel Ready Player One. But coincidentally enough, it will be the director who was once supposed to be at the helm of Interstellar behind the camera for the anticipated project. Deadline has learned that none other than iconic filmmaker Steven Spielberg is set to direct the film based on the novel of the same name by Ernie Cline that follows a teenager on an elaborate digital treasure hunt in 2044 to win the fortune left behind in the will of the creator of his favorite virtual reality game, Oasis. This is awesome! ›››

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Anna Kendrick Takes Seat at 'Table 19' with 'Rocket Science' Director

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 13:43
Anna Kendrick

Before Anna Kendrick was the wonderful sensation she is today, she starred in a little indie called Rocket Science. Even then, Kendrick showed tons of potential in the role of a fast-talking, intimidating debate competitor, and it's no surprise that she's one of the most popular and talented actresses working today. Well, Deadline reports she's reteaming with Rocket Science director Jeffrey Blitz for a new comedy called Table 19. The film follows a group of total strangers forced to sit together as the misfits at a destination wedding. Surely hilarity, and maybe romance will ensure, especially when you hear who else is starring. ›››

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Arnold Gets Blown Away on 'Terminator: Genisys' Motion Poster

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 12:26
 Genisys

We already know that Arnold Schwarzenegger will be back for more sequels after Terminator: Genisys, though that doesn't mean necessarily mean the aged iteration of the T-800 we see in this new trilogy reboot won't get destroyed (we doubt he will though). But he'll still probably suffer some damage, and a new motion poster from across the pond illustrates that in a cool way as the aged Schwarzenegger skin that covers the robotic exoskeleton of the Terminators is blown away to reveal the metallic cyborg we all know. It's a pretty cool little poster, but after seeing the full trailer, I'm still concerned about this one. Look! ›››

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'Mad Max: Fury Road' Will Rock the Croisette as Cannes 2015 Film

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 12:24
 Fury Road

Holy crap! Cannes has announced that one of the main films playing at the 68th Festival de Cannes this May will be George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road - playing out of competition of course. This bodes will for the kick ass new Mad Max movie, that looks increasingly awesome the more and more we see in trailers. Cannes has recently chosen big Hollywood movies to play the festival, including some animated 3D movies, but it's good to see George Miller and this badass action flick getting the spotlight and the red carpet on the Croisette this year. Fury Road stars Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoë Kravitz, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Riley Keough, Nathan Jones, Hugh Keays-Byrne & Josh Helman. ›››

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Idris Elba Now in Early Talks to Play Unknown Villain in 'Star Trek 3'

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 11:12
Idris Elba

As of now, we still know very little about Star Trek 3 when it comes to the story. What we do know so far is that Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana and Anton Yelchin will all be back on the Enterprise, with Pegg pulling double duty as co-writer of the script with Doug Jung. Getting behind the camera this time is Justin Lin of the Fast & Furious franchise, which has certainly raised some eyebrows. And now it's time for the supporting cast to get filled out, including the new villain for the sequel, and Variety has word that Pacific Rim and Thor: The Dark Wold star Idris Elba is in talks for the key role. ›››

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