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The 35 Greatest Murder Mystery Movies Ever Made

18 hours ago | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Murder mysteries are so commonplace on TV that each week offers seemingly dozens of them on police procedural series and detective shows. But in the movies, whodunits are surprisingly rare, and really good ones rarer still. There's really only a handful of movies that excel in offering the viewer the pleasure of solving the crime along with a charismatic sleuth, often with an all-star cast of suspects hamming it up as they try not to appear guilty.

One of the best was "Murder on the Orient Express," released 40 years ago this week, on November 24, 1974. Like many films adapted from Agatha Christie novels, this one featured an eccentric but meticulous investigator (in this case, Albert Finney as Belgian epicure Hercule Poirot), a glamorous and claustrophobic setting (here, the famous luxury train from Istanbul to Paris), and a tricky murder plot with an outrageous solution. The film won an Oscar for passenger »

- Gary Susman

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Watch a clip from Black Sea featuring Scoot McNairy and Michael Smiley

23 hours ago | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ahead of its release next week, Universal Pictures has debuted a new clip from the Jude Law-headlined submarine thriller Black Sea, which sees Scoot McNairy (Argo, Killing Them Softly) gets a wonderfully matter of fact assessment of the dangers of submarine life from Michael Smiley (Luther, Kill List). Check it out below after the official synopsis…

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A suspenseful adventure thriller directed by Academy Award winner Kevin Macdonald, centering on a rogue submarine captain (two-time Academy Award nominee Jude Law) who pulls together a misfit crew to go after a sunken treasure rumored to be lost in the depths of the Black Sea. As greed and desperation take control onboard their claustrophobic vessel, the increasing uncertainty of the mission causes the men to turn on each other to fight for their own survival.

Black Sea is set for release on December 5th »

- Gary Collinson

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Our Holiday Favorites 2014: 'The Holiday' Cheers Up Elizabeth

27 November 2014 9:00 AM, PST | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

Welcome back to Slackerwood's annual Holiday Favorites series. Over the next month or so, we'll talk about our favorite movies to watch in the winter holiday season, and ask various friends in the film community to share their favorites with us too. 

When actor Eli Wallach died earlier this year, I immediately thought of his work in Nancy Meyers' The Holiday. Certainly he appeared in more notable pictures, but The Holiday is near and dear to my heart (as is How to Steal a Million, in which he also appears). A romantic comedy only vaguely related to end-of-the-year festivities, the "Holiday" here represents the short breaks Brit Iris (Kate Winslet) and American Amanda (Cameron Diaz) take from their regular schedules as they trade homes for a couple weeks.

Wallach plays an endearing remnant from Classic Hollywood, the kind of old codger who will namedrop Cary Grant at the same »

- Elizabeth Stoddard

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Jude Law Would "Absolutely" Do a Sequel to The Holiday

26 November 2014 8:13 AM, PST | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

It's (sort of) a Christmas miracle! Jude Law revealed during a recent interview with Glamour UK that he would be on board to do a sequel to his 2006 romantic comedy The Holiday. "That's a good idea. Yeah, [of] course!" Law, 41, replied when asked about the possibility. "Absolutely." The British actor starred in the Nancy Meyers film with Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, and Jack Black. It centered on two women, Amanda Woods (Diaz) and Iris Simpkins (Winslet), who find love after deciding to swap homes in each [...] »

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Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman Get Victorian in First Photo From ‘Sherlock’ Special

25 November 2014 2:55 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Thanks to “Sherlock’s” British broadcaster BBC One, we have our first look at stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in the upcoming special episode, and the dynamic duo are apparently getting in touch with their iconic characters’ literary roots, looking downright Victorian in the new photo.

#221back #Sherlock #notkidding

BBC One (@BBCOne) November 25, 2014

An earlier tweet — which included a photo of the special’s script — alerted fans that a preview of the one-off was forthcoming, promising a look at the two “as they’ll appear in the special,” which is set to air sometime in 2015. This note has led to a flurry of fan speculation regarding time-travel and/or a game of dress-up.

This is what we've been doing today. Later on a pic of #Sherlock and John as they'll appear in the Special. #221back

BBC One (@BBCOne) November 25, 2014

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- Marianne Zumberge

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Potential Record-Breaking Year for English Actors in the Best Actor Category

25 November 2014 9:45 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor 

This year’s best actor race is filled with strong contenders, and if Eddie Redmayne, Benedict Cumberbatch, David Oyelowo and Jack O’Connell all land nominations for best actor, this year could break the record for the most English actors to score a nomination in the same category in the same year.

Redmayne’s incredible portrayal of Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, based on Jane Hawking’s memoir Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen, could result in his first Oscar nomination. Redmayne will receive the Desert Palm Achievement Award at the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala on Jan. 3, whose past seven recipients have gone on to receive Oscar nominations.

Cumberbatch won the best actor award at the Hollywood Film Awards for his portrayal of Alan Turing, who helped crack the Nazi Enigma Code during World War II. (Redmayne »

- Anjelica Oswald

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UK movie releases: December 2014

25 November 2014 1:48 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

December 5, 2014

Black Sea

Director: Kevin Macdonald

Starring: Jude Law, Scoot McNairy

Running time: 115 mins

Certificate: 15

Get Santa

Director: Christopher Smith

Starring: Jim Broadbent, Warwick Davis

Running time: 102 mins

Certificate: U

The Grandmaster

Director: Kar Wai Wong

Starring: Tony Chiu Wai Leung, Ziyi Zhang

Running time: 108 mins

Certificate: 15

Men, Women & Children

Director: Jason Reitman

Starring: Adam Sandler, Ansel Elgort

Running time: 120 mins

Certificate: 15

Penguins of Madagascar

Director: Simon J Smith, Eric Darnell

Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, John Malkovich

Running time: 92 mins

Certificate: U

St Vincent

Director: Theodore Melfi

Starring: Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy

Running time: 102 mins

Certificate: 12A

December 12, 2014

The Hobbit: The Battles of the Five Armies

Director: Peter Jackson

Starring: Martin Freeman, Benedict Cumberbatch

Running time: Tbc mins

Certificate: Tbc

December 19, 2014

Dumb and Dumber To

Director: Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly

Starring: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels

Running time: 109 mins

Certificate: 15


Director: Joachim Rønning, Espen Sandberg

Starring: Pål Sverre Hagen, Anders Baasmo Christiansen »

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The Rise of Gugu Mbatha-Raw

24 November 2014 7:03 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor 

Gugu Mbatha-Raw — whose name is short for Gugulethu, which is Zulu for “Our Pride” — is quickly showing her versatility as an actress portraying an 18th century aristocrat and a hip-hop star over the course of a year. Mbatha-Raw (pronounced em-bah-tah raw) has been highly praised for both roles and is showing no signs of slowing down.

Mbatha-Raw was trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London and in 2009, she starred alongside Jude Law in Hamlet on Broadway.

Prior to her stint on Broadway, she appeared in various television shows and movies, including Doctor Who in 2007.

She followed her Broadway performance with roles in the 2011 film Larry Crowne, with Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts, and she played one half of the undercover husband-and-wife CIA team in NBC’s Undercovers. The show, executive produced by J.J. Abrams, was cancelled after 13 episodes. She also appeared in the first season of Touch, »

- Anjelica Oswald

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Djimon Hounsou Cast as Merlin Type Character in Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur

23 November 2014 6:02 AM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Director Guy Ritchie is deep in the casting process for his upcoming King Arthur movie, and he has cast Djimon Hounsou (Guardians of the Galaxy) in the role of a character that is equivalent to the wizard Merlin. Idris Elba was looking to play this character at one point but he passed.

The reimagined story of King Arthur that Warner Bros and Ritchie want to tell will potentially span six films. The source material being used is based on Thomas Mallory’s “Le Morte d’Arthur,” which was published in 1485 as a compilation of French and English tales. Arthur was a 6th century King, who defended Britain against Saxon invaders. 

Hunsou joins Charlie Hunnam as Arthur, Astrid Berges-Frisbey as Guinevere and possibly Jude Law as the villain. The first of these films is scheduled to be released on July 22nd, 2016. 

Source: Variety »

- Joey Paur

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Best of the Week: 'Running Man' Sequel, 'Interstellar' Prequel, 'Hunger Games' Strikes Back and More

22 November 2014 12:00 AM, PST | | See recent news »

The Important News Arnold Schwarzenegger might be back for a Running Man sequel. David Spade will back and mulletted in Joe Dirt 2. Samuel L. Jackson could be back as Mace Windu in a solo Star Wars movie. Chris Pratt is doing another weird comic book movie, called Cowboy Ninja Viking. Shailene Woodley will play Edward Snowden's girlfriend. Jude Law will play the enemy of King Arthur. Melissa McCarthy will play Tinker Bell. Penelope Cruz will costar in Zoolander 2. Matt Smith will costar in Patient Zero. A lot of people went to see Dumb and Dumber To. More people ought to watch El Rey's 48-hour kung fu marathon on Thanksgiving. The kids' horror series Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is being...

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- Christopher Campbell

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Ten Great Performances from Mike Nichols' Films

21 November 2014 7:00 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Amir here. Mike Nichols was a true giant of show business, with a career that lasted more than six decades and sprawled across many different media and genres. Nathaniel's heartfelt eulogy already highlighted the dreamy number of classics he directed and the collaborations with Meryl Streep that resulted in some of her most memorable roles; but Meryl wasn't the only performer whom Nichols guided to career-best work.

Team Experience decided to make a list of ten great performances from Mike Nichols' films; we were truly spoilt for choice. If you want a testament to the man's sheer brilliance and chemistry with his actors, look no further than the missing names from our list. An equally long, equally illustrious alternative list can be made of the likes of Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate, Melanie Griffith in Working Girl, Philip Seymour Hoffman in Charlie Wilson's War, Jude Law and Natalie Portman in Closer, »

- Amir S.

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Casting Net: Penelope Cruz signs on for 'Zoolander 2'

20 November 2014 6:02 PM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

• Penelope Cruz will star opposite Ben Stiller in Zoolander 2. Stiller is directing from a script by Justin Theroux, and will produce alongside Stuart Cornfeld for Red Hour. Will Ferrell and Owen Wilson are rumored to be reprising their roles as Mugatu and Hansel, respectively. [Deadline] • Mel Gibson and Andrew Garfield are in talks for the World War II drama Hacksaw Ridge. Gibson would direct the film with Garfield in the role of Private First Class Desmond T. Doss, a war hero who won the Congressional Medal of Honor, two Bronze Stars, and three Purple Hearts. Doss saved 75 men during the Battle of Okinawa, »

- C. Molly Smith

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Djimon Hounsou Taking Over for Idris Elba in 'Knights of the Round Table' Playing Merlin-Like Character

20 November 2014 10:07 AM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Djimon Hounsou is in talks to join the cast of Guy Ritchie's "Knights of the Round Table," to play King Arthur’s mentor who's described as a Merlin-like character who trains Arthur. God forbid he actually plays Arthur; nope, the black man has to be the mentor, the trainer, the guide, the sage, the magical Negro, etc, etc, etc. It's actually a role that was originally assigned to Idris Elba, who moved on to other things due to scheduling conflicts. The Warner Bros./Village Roadshow project stars Charlie Hunnam as Arthur, and Astrid Berges-Frisbey will be Guinevere. Meanwhile, Jude Law is also in talks to play the main villain. The studio hopes that the film will be »

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Mike Nichols Movies: 18 Essential Films You Should Watch Right Now

20 November 2014 8:30 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Few directors can be said to have changed the way films are made, but Mike Nichols, who died Wednesday at 83, was one of them. His first film, "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" (1966), ended decades of Hollywood censorship of adult content and freed the movies for mature language and subject matter ever after. His second film, "The Graduate," was the first serious mainstream movie to feature a rock soundtrack (spawning Simon and Garfunkel's hit "Mrs. Robinson") and, through its casting of Dustin Hoffman, expanded Hollywood's notion of what a leading man ought to look and sound like.

Nichols wasn't born in America (he and his family escaped from Nazi Germany when he was a child), but he was one of the best chroniclers of contemporary America -- its politics, its aspirations, its dreams, its aristocracy, and its successes and failures -- in movies. His youth in Manhattan as the son »

- Gary Susman

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Djimon Hounsou in talks to play Knights of the Roundtable's Merlin

20 November 2014 4:03 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Djimon Hounsou has entered talks for Guy Ritchie's Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur.

The actor is in line to replace Idris Elba in the role of Merlin, reports Variety.

Charlie Hunnam will play King Arthur and Astrid Berges-Frisbey will play Queen Guinevere in the adaptation of the British myth cycle.

Luther star Elba stepped down from the role of the 'Merlin-like figure' in the film after he was unable to fit the project into his schedule.

Jude Law is also reported to be in talks for the movie.

Hounsou featured in Guardians of the Galaxy. He will appear in the upcoming Fast & Furious 7 and Warner Bros' 2016 Tarzan film.

Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur will be released on July 22, 2016. »

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Djimon Hounsou in talks for "Merlin-esque" role in Guy Ritchie's King Arthur

20 November 2014 12:27 AM, PST | | See recent JoBlo news »

Variety has learned Guardians Of The Galaxy's Djimon Hounsou may join Guy Ritchie's Knights Of The Roundtable: King Arthur, and he's in talks for the same role Idris Elba was up for as a "Merlin-esque figure who trains and mentors Arthur." The site also says Jude Law hasn't officially signed on yet, but is still in negotiations to play the film's villain. Charlie Hunnam is set to star as King Arthur, and Astrid Berges-Frisbey will »

- Jesse Giroux

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Djimon Hounsou eyes Merlin-like role in Guy Ritchie’s Knights of the Round Table: King Arthur

19 November 2014 11:40 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

According to Variety, Djimon Hounsou (Guardians of the Galaxy) is in talks to play the mentor of King Arthur is Guy Ritchie’s latest film Knights of the Round Table. It was previously reported that actor Idris Elba was in talks for the role, but he can no longer commit to the project.

The description of the role says ‘Merlin-esque figure who trains and mentors Arthur.’ It is likely that this is essentially the role of Merlin, but will deviate greatly from previous incarnations.

Guy Ritchie is set to direct the film for Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow with Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy) playing King Arthur and Astrid Berges-Frisbey as Guinevere. It was also recently reported that Jude Law (Black Sea) is being considered for the film’s villain.

Knights of the Round Table is set for release July 22nd, 2016.

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Djimon Hounsou Is King Arthur's Merlin?

19 November 2014 8:35 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Djimon Hounsou is in talks for the role of King Arthur's mentor in Guy Ritchie's upcoming "Knights of the Round Table" at Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow.

Charlie Hunnam plays Arthur, Astrid Berges-Frisbey is Guinevere and Jude Law is in talks to play the villain in the project which aims to be the first of a potential King Arthur franchise.

Hounsou's role is described as a "Merlin-esque figure"who trains and mentors Arthur in the film. Hounsou takes over from Ritchie's "RocknRolla" collaborator Idris Elba who was also reportedly up for the role but couldn't do it due to scheduling issues.

Joby Harold wrote the script and is producing with Ritchie, Lionel Wigram, Akiva Goldsman and Tory Tunnell. The film is slated to open July 22nd 2016.

Source: Variety »

- Garth Franklin

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Melissa McCarthy Is 'Tinker Bell' in Live Action Comedy

19 November 2014 6:44 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Melissa McCarthy is attached to star in an untitled Tinker Bell comedy project for 20th Century Fox and director Shawn Levy.

Both Melissa McCarthy and Shawn Levy came up with a fresh take on the Tinker Bell story, with Nick Stoller (Neighbors, The Five-Year Engagement, Get Him to the Greek) coming aboard to write the screenplay. Melissa McCarthy will play the title character, but no other story details were given at this time.

It remains uncertain if this will be Shawn Levy's next directorial outing, after he puts the finishing touches on Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, set for release on December 19. The filmmaker recently became attached to direct two high-profile projects, Minecraft, which is set up at Warner Bros., and Forty Thieves that is housed at 20th Century Fox. Tinker Bell is said to be a high-priority project among those other films, but it isn't »

- MovieWeb

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Djimon Hounsou In Talks For King Arthur

19 November 2014 4:57 PM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Though he was unsuccessful in snagging the services of Idris Elba to once again mentor Charlie Hunnam – this time in King Arthur instead of Pacific RimGuy Ritchie is looking to replace him by once again raiding the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He has Guardians Of The Galaxy’s Djimon Hounsou in talks for a role.If he does make a deal, Hounsou will take the part that is reportedly a version of Bedivere, who is credited in many of the interpretations of Arthurian legend as a noble and loyal member of the King’s knights. In Ritchie’s take – which features a script by Edge Of Tomorrow producer Joby Harold – he’s apparently an older, wiser warrior and a right-hand man to Arthur’s father who makes it his mission to train the young man for his true destiny.The film finds Hunnam growing into his role as Arthur, with »

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