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“McFarland USA,” based on a true story, centers on a coach in a predominantly Hispanic California town who creates a high school track team that overcomes social and physical hurdles to become champions during the 1980s.
Two other films have already been dated for Feb. 20 — Relativity’s “Jane Got A Gun,” starring Ewan McGregor and Natalie Portman, and Open Road’s “The Gunman,” starring Sean Penn, Javier Bardem and Idris Elba.
Costner recently starred in another sports drama — Lionsgate’s “Draft Day,” which delivered middling returns with about $29 million domestically.
- Dave McNary
Disney is moving McFarland USA, the sports biopic starring Kevin Costner and Maria Bello, out of Thanksgiving weekend and into a slot early next year. McFarland, whose title has been lengthened to McFarland USA, moves out of the Hunger Games: Mockingjay weekend (not that the demos compete for it) and moves to February 20, 2015 — a weekend populated by two films with the word gun in their titles: Relativity’s Jane’s Got A Gun starring Ewan McGregor and Natalie Portman and Open Road’s The Gunman starring Sean Penn, Javier Bardem and Idris Elba.
McFarland is about high school track and field coach Jim “Blanco” White and his wife who nurtured a bunch of poor, immigrant kids with short legs and turned them into running champions. It was produced by Mayhem Pictures
- Anita Busch
Taylor Swift rocking ten costumes in 4:02 minutes to the catchiest pop song since "Call Me Maybe"? We dare you not to get obsessed. Of course not all outfits are created equal, especially when there are almost a dozen of them, half of which make America's Sweetheart look like she's wearing someone else's skin (like Jennifer Lopez's, for example). There's the Natalie Portman Black Swan moment, the Run Dmc gone sweet style, a nod to Star Wars with C-3Po chic and of course that "Fly Girl" getup (complete with the world's most awkward twerk). Looks like you and your nine best friends just got your Halloween costumes handed to you on a platinum record platter. If we »
In celebration of Film4 Frightfest – the truly unique horror festival which showcases the best and most extreme in the genre from around the globe – we at HeyUGuys have compiled a list of the ten best psychological horror films; the titles which burrow themselves into your thoughts, the ones which make a quick glance in the mirror into a surging shot of fear and anxiety.
The films which prove you don’t need buckets of blood and barrels of guts to truly shock and spook your audience. So without further ado, let’s get started. Film4 Frightfest runs between 21st and 25th August at Vue West End London – all of our coverage is right here.
Undoubtedly amongst Alfred Hitchcock’s most unfairly underrated films, Marnie saw the end of his era with Tippi Hedren and the pair barely spoke once filming wrapped. Whilst this is in parts a romance and a thriller, »
- Chris Haydon
Last month, we noted that the Venice International Film Festival had landed several big-ticket world premieres, among them Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Birdman." Also world-premiering in Venice next week is "Tsili," the new film from Israeli auteur Amos Gitai. Gitai's career began in documentaries, in which he focused mostly on the Arab-Israeli conflict and Middle Eastern politics. He's also directed many narrative films, working with actors such as Natalie Portman and Juliette Binoche. His most recent film was last year's "Ana Arabia," a story of a young reporter visiting the mostly Arab township of Jaffa, just outside Tel Aviv, which Gitai filmed in a single long Steadicam shot. "Tsili" is based on the "Aharon Appelfeld" novel of the same name, about a young woman living in Eastern Europe during World War II who is left behind to tend her family's house and escapes into the forest to hide. »
- Jacob Combs
In Phase 1 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the origin story for Thor helped setup the villain and main plot of The Avengers. A key to the pseudo-science involved in making the otherworldly stuff in Thor and The Avengers work was the character of Dr. Erik Selvig played by Stellan Skarsgård, a mentor of Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster. Selvig returned again in an even wackier, comedic exposition-focused role for Thor: The Dark World for even more questionable science-y plot necessities and we just learned that he’ll be back again for The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
From what we know about The Avengers sequel, it’s very Earth-based. The titular villain Ultron is a creation of hero Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and new potential hero Click to continue reading Stellan Skarsgard Returns For ‘The Avengers: Age of Ultron’
- Rob Keyes
Faced with the intergalactic warlord Malekith (Christopher Eccleston), a foe that even Odin and Asgard cannot resist, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) and force him to sacrifice everything to save humanity. Outstanding visuals and a healthy sense of silliness ensure it lands another blockbusting hammer blow for the Marvel pantheon. »
Utopia's second series came to an end this week in typically explosive fashion.
We won't spoil things, but it's not a big secret to say that we were left on a knife-edge, with the future of our lead characters and the rest of the planet not exactly secure.
To sum up the first 12 hours without giving too much away, a bunch of geeky types obsessed with comic book The Utopia Experiments meet up and uncover a deadly conspiracy.
Unlikely alliances form and fracture. Authority is depicted as the corrupt, dangerous force we all deep down fear it to be.
Our enemies are driven by an invincible mix of unfeeling ideology, emotional weakness and amoral attachment to ends over means - their weapons are blackmail and sickening violence.
The old X-Files mantra of "Trust No One" and Larkin's This Be The Verse never feel more true - but who can survive without family and friends? »
Walmart prides itself on being the place where you can "Save Money, Live Better," and one Texas teen took that motto to the extreme recently, camping out hidden in one of his local superstores for four days. In a plot that recalls both the 2000 Natalie Portman vehicle Where the Heart Is, as well as a 2003 episode of King of the Hill, the unnamed 14-year-boy spent days living in two makeshift "compounds" he had constructed in a Corsicana, Texas, Walmart. According to local affiliate CBS Dfw, the boy cleared two spaces behind the store's baby and home goods aisles, stocking them with food, »
- Nate Jones, @kn8
The last time we covered the apparently-always-gestating big screen version of Seth Grahame-Smith‘s send-up of the classic Jane Austen novel of (kind of ) the same name, “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” it was to include it in a list of eight promised films that still have not been made. The timing was especially compelling, as the January post arrived just one month before the five-year anniversary of the film’s first announcement. Five years. During those five years, the film has been through a number of incarnations, be it in the form of new directors or new cast members, and we’d long accepted (and, in my case, rejoiced) in the fact that it seemed like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was never going to be made. We were wrong. The film has recently ensnared an entirely new cast — hey, and a director, too! — and looks to finally be on the way to the big screen »
- Kate Erbland
One of the books that started the mash-up fad has been in development for quite some time. Based on Seth Grahame-Smith’s adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic, the film sees an old fashioned romance blossom in a world populated with the undead. The books have received mixed reviews, with many saying the story doesn’t get past the joke title, but there’s still a lot to enjoy, although my personal favourite would have to be Sense And Sensibility And Sea-Monsters. Writer Grahame-Smith has already entered the world of film with a script for Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows and an adaptation of his own book Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter.
Jack Huston has now been cast as George Wickham, joining the already cast Sam Riley as Mr. Darcy, and Lily James and Bella Heathcote as Elizabeth Bennet and one of her sisters. Igby Goes Down Director Burr Steers helms »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Just one week after the languishing Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was given a new shot of life by Cross Creek Pictures, Jack Huston has signed on to play Wickham in this adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's novel.
Lily James signed on to play Elizabeth Bennett, with Sam Riley playing Mr. Darcy and Bella Heathcote playing Elizabeth's sister, all characters from Jane Austen's classic Pride and Prejudice novel. Seth Grahame-Smith's novel is an "expanded" version of the original novel, where Elizabeth's quest for love is hampered by a vicious zombie outbreak.
Jack Huston, who we reported last week was in talks for an unspecified role, has now signed on to play Wickham, a blond lieutenant who Elizabeth falls for. Wickham plans on teaching these zombies how to fight, winning Elizabeth over with his theories on the undead soldiers.
With filming set to kick off next month on the long delayed adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, a bit more casting news has come in with word that "Boardwalk Empire" star Jack Huston has signed on.
Per Deadline, Huston (American Hustle, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) will portray handsome, charismatic Lt. Wickham in the Burr Steers-directed adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s mash-up novel for Cross Creek Pictures, who acquired domestic rights with a commitment for a wide U.S. release.
He joins the previously announced Lily James, Sam Riley, and Bella Heathcote. Huston's Wickham and James' Elizabeth Bennett are immediately attracted to each other, and he’s familiar with her combat skills. Wickham aims to teach zombies to fight, and he wins Liz over with his theories regarding training them.
- Debi Moore
News broke of Lauren Bacall’s death Tuesday. The classic Hollywood star, known for roles in The Big Sleep and To Have and Have Not, was 89 years old. Friend and colleagues provided the following statements to EW about the Golden Age’s leading lady.
She was a great, uplifting lady who was full of talent and fun. I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with her. I will miss her dearly.
- EW staff
Jack Huston just closed his deal to play Wickham in the Burr Steers-directed adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s Pride And Prejudice And Zombies. He joins British actors Lily James and Sam Riley and Australia’s Bella Heathcote in a mashup of the 1813 Jane Austen classic Pride And Prejudice with the walking dead. Huston has been on the short list for numerous pictures since completing his run on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire as the war-scarred assassin Richard Harrow. Huston is nearly done starring in the George Tillman-directed Fox 2000 adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ Longest Ride for Temple Hill partners Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey.
Wickham is a very handsome charismatic blond lieutenant. He and Liz are immediately attracted to each other, and he’s familiar with her combat skills. Wickham aims to teach zombies to fight, and he wins Liz over with his theories regarding training them. The pic takes place »
- Mike Fleming Jr
An audition is one of the most grueling parts of the Hollywood process. There are open calls, followed by callbacks, and then second callbacks that lead to table reads. Even if you manage to get through all of these obstacles, there's still the chance that you're going to get recast, the project's going to fall apart, or you were just auditioning to show Richard Gere that yes, this movie could be made without him. However, there's always that chance that you'll get that big part, that role that'll make or break your career. Here before you now are forty of the biggest stars of film and television auditioning with such hopes in their eyes. Prank Media released the above video, showcasing a bunch of footage spanning from the 1970's to the early 2000's. In it are some of those very auditions that went well, such as a young Natalie Portman »
The 2014 Teen Choice Awards were handed out Sunday evening at the historic Shrine Auditorium in downtown Los Angeles. Here's a complete list of all the nominees and winners as they were announced. Movies Choice Movie: Action "Divergent" - Winner "Edge of Tomorrow" "Godzilla" "Maleficent" "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" Choice Movie Actor: Action Jamie Campbell Bower, "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" Kellan Lutz, "The Legend of Hercules" Mark Wahlberg, "Lone Survivor" Theo James, "Divergent" - Winner Tom Cruise, "Edge of Tomorrow" Choice Movie Actress: Action Emily Blunt, "Edge of Tomorrow" Lily Collins, "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" Elle Fanning, "Maleficent" Angelina Jolie, "Maleficent" Shailene Woodley, "Divergent" - Winner Choice Movie: Sci-Fi/Fantasy "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" "X-Men: Days of Future Past" "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" - Winner "Thor: The Dark World" Choice Movie Actor: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Chris Evans, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" Andrew Garfield, »
- HitFix Staff
The 2014 Teen Choice Awards are being held tonight (August 10) at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
Digital Spy will update the list of 2014 Teen Choice Awards winners below as the categories are announced:
Choice TV Show: Drama
Pretty Little Liars - Winner!
Choice TV Actor: Drama
Choice TV Actress: Drama
Choice Summer TV Star: Male
Exclusive: Heretic Films announced today it will present Eating Animals, the documentary based on Jonathan Safran Foer‘s bestselling book that Natalie Portman is producing for her Handsome Charlie Films alongside Foer and director Christopher Dillon Quinn (God Grew Tired Of Us). Film examines our dietary choices and the food we put in our bodies, including the factory farms and fisheries that grub comes from. Heretic’s Burton Ritchie will exec produce and Ben Galecki will serve as associate producer. Biz Stone and Evan Williams are also executive producers on the film. “With what we eat and where it comes from a […] »
The first poster for Julius Avery's Son of a Gun has been released.
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