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16 items from 2017

Why ‘American Assassin’ Star Taylor Kitsch Loves Playing the Villain

13 September 2017 11:17 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It’s good to be bad, Taylor Kitsch admitted at Tuesday’s premiere of CBS Films-Lionsgate’s action-thriller “American Assassin” at the Tcl Chinese Theatre.

“Somebody has to be the villain and I love being that bad guy,” mused Kitsch at the poolside after-party at the Hollywood Roosevelt. “The scary part for me is that my character Ghost is so matter-of-fact about it all.” Kitsch portrays an American planning an attack on the U.S.

"I really did enjoy being the villain" – Taylor Kitsch at "American Assassin" premiere party

— Dave McNary (@Variety_DMcNary) September 13, 2017

The studios opted to forego the red carpet and donate those funds instead to the “Hand in Hand” hurricane relief telethon, also held on Tuesday night. According to a CBS spokesperson, $10,000 was raised for the cause.

Kitsch also said he was particularly pleased to star opposite Michael Keaton and Dylan O’Brien. “Keaton »

- Dave McNary

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Aladdin And Other Big-Name Disney Films Land New Release Dates In Light Of Star Wars Delay

13 September 2017 8:05 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Aladdin and Episode IX are trading places.

Now that Disney has opted to delay its Star Wars sequel, likely to give the newly-appointed J.J. Abrams more time to hash out a screenplay with Justice League‘s Chris Terrio, it’s been confirmed that Guy Ritchie’s live-action remake will move into the slot previously occupied by Episode IX: May 24th, 2019.

The cameras are already rolling on the set of Ritchie’s Aladdin reboot, after Will Smith took to Facebook just last week to share a behind-the-scenes photo featuring his Genie alongside Mena Massoud (Aladdin), Naomi Scott (Princess Jasmine), and Marwan Kenzari (Jafar). Navid Negahban was a last-minute addition to the ensemble cast, after it was revealed that the Homeland actor had sealed a deal to play the Sultan.

And despite bringing together a fairly diverse pool of talent, Disney’s latest reimagining came under fire for selecting Billy Magnussen to play Prince Anders, »

- Michael Briers

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Disney’s Live-Action ‘Aladdin’ Begins Filming Outside of London

8 September 2017 5:00 AM, PDT | | See recent Backstage news »

After “Cinderella” and “Beauty and the Beast,” Disney is just getting started with its live action remakes of their animated favorites. Next up: “Aladdin,” which has recently started shooting at Longcross Studios outside of London. Will Smith, who will play the Genie in the upcoming film, posted a photo to Facebook to celebrate the start of filming and “introduce” the rest of the main cast: After an open call and lengthy casting process earlier this year to fill most of the lead roles, Smith is joined by Mena Massoud as Aladdin, Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine, and Marwan Kenzari as Jafar. Billy Magnussen, Navid Negahban, Numan Acar, and Nasim Pedrad will also appear in the adaptation of the 1992 animated film. Guy Ritchie is directing, John August wrote the script, and Lucinda Syson and Tess Joseph handled casting. Production began in June, and filming will continue through January 2018, so London-area actors »

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Cast and Crew Revealed as Disney's Live Action Aladdin Begins Production

7 September 2017 1:12 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

As cameras begin to roll on Guy Ritchie's live action remake of Aladdin, Disney has revealed the actors coming in to round out the cast of characters, as well as the talent behind the cameras.  Come inside to check it out! 

Along with The Lion King, Aladdin is one of my all time favorite Disney animated films.  I'm not entirely sure how this adaptation is going to work out in live-action, but I'm eager to find out.  We've know for a while now that Will Smith would be playing the Genie this time around, but now we have a full cast list:

Casting for “Aladdin,” the live-action adaptation of the studio’s animated classic, is complete and production is currently underway at Longcross Studios outside London. 

The “Aladdin” cast includes: Two-time Oscar® nominee Will Smith (“Ali,” “Men in Black”) as the Genie who has the power to grant three »

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Movie News: 'Purge 4' Title, Plot Details Revealed; Will Smith Shares First 'Aladdin' Cast Photo

7 September 2017 12:00 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

The Purge 4: James DeMonaco, who wrote and directed the first three installments in the Purge series (above on the set of The Purge: Election Year), says that the next movie is currently titled The Purge: The Island. DeMonaco is writing the prequel, which revolves around "the first experimental Purge" when all crime is declared legal. He says it will be set on Staten Island. Gerard McMurray will direct the movie, scheduled for release on July 4, 2018. [Vulture]   Aladdin: Will Smith (above in Suicide Squad) shared a photo from the first day of shooting on Disney's live-action Aladdin (below), featuring himself (the Genie) with Mena Massoud (Aladdin), Naomi Scott (Princess Jasmine) and  Marwan Kenzari (Jafar). Navid Negahban, Nasim Pedrad, Billy...

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- Peter Martin

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Homeland Actor Cast As The Sultan In Disney’s Aladdin Remake

6 September 2017 11:19 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The cast of Disney’s live-action remake of Aladdin continues to grow. Already, we know that Will Smith will take on Robin Williams’ beloved role as the Genie, Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott will play leads Aladdin and Jasmine, and Marwin Kenzari is set to portray the villainous grand vizier Jafar. In fact, a cast photo of the four arrived online just a few hours ago.

Now, Deadline is reporting that Homeland star Navid Negahban will be joining the production as the Sultan. Disney lovers will remember that the original 1992 animated classic portrayed Jasmine’s father as a pretty bumbling character who easily fell under the thrall of Jafar. His general ineptitude has caused fans to joke over the years that the insane power-hungry Jafar would probably make a better ruler of Abrabah than the Sultan.

As this is as a modernized, live-action take on Aladdin, though, we imagine that »

- Christian Bone

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Disney’s Live-Action Aladdin Full Cast & Character Details Revealed

6 September 2017 10:31 AM, PDT | | See recent Screen Rant news »

Disney announces the official full cast for its live-action Aladdin remake, with Navid Negahban (Homeland) confirmed as the Sultan of Agrabah. »

- Cooper Hood

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‘Aladdin’: Will Smith Posts First Cast Photo From Set

6 September 2017 10:09 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Will Smith has shared the first cast photo of Disney’s live-action “Aladdin” with a post on his Facebook page as Guy Ritchie begins filming the movie in London.

Smith is playing the Genie – previously voiced by the late Robin Williams in the 1992 animated film. The photo shows Smith and co-stars Mena Massoud (Aladdin), Naomi Scott (Princess Jasmine), and Marwan Kenzari (Jafar).

“I’m over here gettin’ my Genie on,” he added.


Playback: Guy Ritchie on His ‘King Arthur’ Vision and Tackling Disney’s ‘Aladdin

Other cast members in include Navid Negahban (“Homeland”) as the Sultan; Nasim Pedrad (“Saturday Night Live”) as Dalia, Princess Jasmine’s hand maiden and confidante; Billy Magnussen (“Into the Woods”) as Prince Anders, a  potential husband for Princess Jasmine; and Numan Acar (“Homeland”) as Hakim, Jafar’s right-hand man and head of the palace guards.

Ritchie is directing from a screenplay by John August based on the animated film “Aladdin” and »

- Dave McNary

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Will Smith Shares Aladdin Selfie as Shooting Begins

6 September 2017 9:32 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Casting for Aladdin the live-action adaptation of the studio's animated classic, is complete and production is currently underway at Longcross Studios outside London. Will Smith has shared the first photo from the set on his Official Smith Family Facebook. He says this about kicking off production on the live-action adaptation of the classic animated adventure.

"We just started shooting Aladdin and I wanted to intro you guys to our new family... Mena Massoud/Aladdin, Naomi Scott/Princess Jasmine, Marwan Kenzari/Jafar, and I'm over here gettin my Genie on. Here we go!"

The Aladdin cast includes: Two-time Oscar nominee Will Smith (Ali, Men in Black) as the Genie who has the power to grant three wishes to whoever possesses his magic lamp; Mena Massoud (Amazon's Jack Ryan) as Aladdin, the hapless but lovable street rat who is smitten with the Sultan's daughter; Naomi Scott (Power Rangers) as Princess Jasmine, the »

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Navid Negahban Cast As The Sultan In Disney’s ‘Aladdin’ Remake

6 September 2017 9:09 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Homeland actor Navid Negahban has signed on to play the Sultan, rounding out the cast for Disney’s hotly anticipated live-action Aladdin redo, currently shooting outside London with Guy Ritchie at the helm. He joins Will Smith as the Genie, Mena Massoud in the titular role of Aladdin, Naomi Scott as Sultan's daughter Princess Jasmine, and Marwan Kenzari as Jafar. Other cast members include Nasim Pedrad as Dalia, Billy Magnussen as Prince Anders (potential husband for… »

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Will Smith shares Aladdin cast photo as production begins

6 September 2017 8:38 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Walt Disney Pictures has announced that casting on Guy Ritchie’s Aladdin is now complete, and that filming on the live-action remake of the animated classic is now underway at Longcross Studios outside London. Marking the occasion, Will Smith – who is portraying Genie – shared a selfie alongside his co-stars Mena Massoud (Aladdin), Naomi Scott (Princess Jasmine) and Marwan Kenzari (Jafar). Check it out here…

In addition to the above, Aladdin features Navid Negahban (Homeland) as the Sultan, the ruler of Agrabah who is eager to find a proper husband for his daughter, Jasmine; Nasim Pedrad (Saturday Night Live) as Dalia, Princess Jasmine’s hand maiden and confidante; Billy Magnussen (Into the Woods) as Prince Anders, a suitor from Skanland and potential husband for Princess Jasmine; and Numan Acar (Homeland) as Hakim, Jafar’s right-hand man and head of the palace guards. »

- Gary Collinson

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American Assassin Trailer And New Poster Plus Soundtrack Listing For Steven Price Score

17 August 2017 1:53 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Check out Dylan O’Brien in the action-packed “Get it Done” trailer for the highly anticipated American Assassin.

Starring Dylan O’Brien, Michael Keaton, Sanaa Lathan, Shiva Negar, Taylor Kitsch, Scott Adkins, David Suchet, and Navid Negahban, American Assassin is directed by Michael Cuesta.

Based on the American Assassin novel in the Mitch Rapp series by Vince Flynn.

American Assassin follows the rise of Mitch Rapp (Dylan O’Brien), a CIA black ops recruit under the instruction of Cold War veteran Stan Hurley (Michael Keaton). The pair is then enlisted by CIA Deputy Director Irene Kennedy (Sanaa Lathan) to investigate a wave of apparently random attacks on both military and civilian targets. Together the three discover a pattern in the violence leading them to a joint mission with a lethal Turkish agent (Shiva Negar) to stop a mysterious operative (Taylor Kitsch) intent on starting a World War.

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- Michelle Hannett

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Review: ‘Sand Castle’ Gets to the Heart of War’s Futility

21 April 2017 3:59 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Similar to lead character Pvt. Matt Ocre (Nicholas Hoult), screenwriter Chris Roessner joined the United States Army in July of 2001 to serve in the Reserves and earn college money. Two months later 9/11 changed everything. Suddenly he was thrust into a full-scale war in the Middle East and he needed to steel himself to that fact. He wasn’t in the Special Forces, Navy SEALs or Marines — he was just a soldier walking onto the frontlines like the rest. His story wasn’t one of unanimous heroics wherein he proved crucial to earning that “Mission Accomplished” banner everyone remembers as empty sentiment. Like so many military men and women, he entered Iraq at the beginning of something still unfinished today and left well before any true strides were made.

Roessner survived his stint and returned home with journals and photos depicting his experience. He took that money and enrolled in USC’s film school, »

- Jared Mobarak

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BAFTA announces winners of the 2017 British Academy Games Awards

6 April 2017 2:50 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The 2017 British Academy Games Awards took place in London this evening as BAFTA celebrated the very best in gaming over the past twelve months.

Taking home the top honour, Best Game, was Naughty Dog Studios’ Uncharted 4, while Inside won four awards (Artistic Achievement, Game Design, Narrative and Original Property and there were also two wins apiece for Overcooked (British Game, Family Game) and Firewatch (Debut Game, Best Performer – Cissy Jones).

Here’s a full list of the winners, highlighted in bold…

Special Award

Brenda Romero Artistic Achievement

ABZÛ Development Team – Giant Squid/505 Games

Dishonored 2 Development Team – Arkane Studios/Bethesda Softworks

Inside Development Team – Playdead/Playdead

The Last Guardian Development Team – Sie Japan Studio, genDesign/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe

Uncharted 4 Development Team – Naughty Dog LLC/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe

Unravel Development Team – Coldwood Interactive/Electronic Arts Audio Achievement

Battlefield 1 Development Team – Dice/Electronic Arts

Doom Development Team – id Software/Bethesda Softworks »

- Gary Collinson

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BAFTA announces British Academy Games Awards 2017 nominations

9 March 2017 4:40 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The BAFTA 2017 Games Awards made their nomination announcements this morning. Uncharted 4 has come out on top with eight nominations followed by Inside with seven and Firewatch with six.

Here is the list of all the nominations for this year’s awards.

Artistic Achievement

ABZÛ Dishonored 2 Inside The Last Guardian Uncharted 4 Unravel

Audio Achievement

Battlefield 1 Doom Inside The Last Guardian Rex Infinite Uncharted 4

Best Game

Firewatch Inside Overwatch Stardew Valley Titanfall 2 Uncharted 4

British Game

Batman: Arkham Vr Forza Horizon 3 No Man’s Sky Overcooked Planet Coaster Virginia

Debut Game

Firewatch Overcooked Oxenfree That Dragon Cancer The Witness Virginia

Evolving Game

Destiny: Rise of Iron Elite Dangerous: Horizons Eve Online Final Fantasy Xiv: Online Hitman Rocket League


Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens Overcooked The Playroom Vr Pokémon Go Ratchet & Clank Toca Hair Salon!

Game Design

Battlefield 1 Dishonored 2 Inside Overwatch Titanfall 2 The Witness

Game Innovation

Batman: Arkham Vr Firewatch Pokémon »

- Dean Abdou

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Trailer for Medical Drama 'Brain On Fire' Starring Chloë Grace Moretz

21 February 2017 8:00 AM, PST | | See recent news »

"To put it simply - her brain is on fire." An odd trailer has debuted for the film Brain on Fire, a medical mystery psychological drama from Irish director Gerard Barrett. The film stars Chloë Grace Moretz as a young woman who starts going mad after she begins to experience really terrible seizures, and her life falls apart as a result. Based on the true story of Susannah Cahalan. The full cast includes Richard Armitage, Carrie-Anne Moss, Tyler Perry, Thomas Mann, Vincent Gale, Nicole Laplaca, Navid Negahban, Agam Darshi, with an appearance by Jenny Slate. This is a weird trailer that throws a curveball part of the way through, then gets laughably cheesy at the end. The footage is okay, but the title cards are the worst. Here's the first official trailer for Gerard Barrett's Brain On Fire, direct from YouTube: Susannah Cahalan (Chloë Grace Moretz), a journalist at the New York Post, »

- Alex Billington

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