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Natalie Portman, Nicholas Hoult and Thandie Newton join The Death and Life of John F. Donovan

12 February 2016 1:15 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Deadline has revealed that Natalie Portman, Nicholas Hoult and Thandie Newton have signed on to appear in The Death and Life of John F. Donovan, the upcoming English language debut of writer-director Xavier Dolan.

The Death and Life of John F. Donovan follows “the tribulations of John F. Donovan, an American TV star in his late 20s, and his correspondence with Rupert Turner, a young actor-to-be living with his mother in England. Their lives take dramatic turns when the existence of their pen pal relationship is publicly exposed, eliciting the most ill-founded assumptions and sending Donovan in a vertical downfall. A decade later, the young actor recollects his relationship with his past idol over the course of an interview.”

Dolan, whose credits include I Killed My Mother and Mommy, has been assembling an impressive cast for the film, with the trio joining Kit Harington, Jessica Chastain, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates, »

- Gary Collinson

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Natalie Portman, Thandie Newton And Nicholas Hoult Board The Death And Life Of John F. Donovan

10 February 2016 6:24 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Xavier Dolan’s ensemble cast for The Death And Life Of John F. Donovan gets more impressive by the minute. Up until now, the 26-year-old director has pulled together the likes of Kit Harington, Jessica Chastain, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates, Michael Gambon, Bella Thorne, Chris Zylka, True Detective star Taylor Kitsch and Emily Hampshire, and today that lineup has made room for three more.

Word comes by way of Deadline, revealing that Natalie Portman, Thandie Newton and Nicholas Hoult have all inked a deal to feature in Dolan’s English-language debut. Taking up the mantle of the title role is Game of Thrones alum Harington, as The Death And Life Of John F. Donovan orbits around one Hollywood star who finds his career hanging by a thread amid accusations of his correspondence with an 11-year-old actor.

Unfolding in the early 2000s, Dolan’s feature will then jump to to an »

- Michael Briers

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Natalie Portman, Nicholas Hoult, Thandie Newton Join Cast of ‘The Death and Life of John F Donovan’

9 February 2016 6:09 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Natalie Portman, Nicholas Hoult and Thandie Newton are the latest names to join the ensemble cast of  “The Death and Life of John F. Donovan.” The actors will appear alongside Kit Harington, Jessica Chastain, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates, Taylor Kitsch and Michael Gambon, who were all previously named to appear in the first English-language film by award-winning actor/writer/director Xavier Dolan. “From ‘Crash’ to ‘Closer,’ Besson’s ‘Professional,’ ‘About A Boy,’ ‘Skins ‘and more recently ‘Mad Max,’ Natalie, Thandie and Nicholas have always inspired me, and helped define what I like and find exciting in acting,” the “Mommy” filmmaker said in a statement Tuesday. »

- Debbie Emery

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Natalie Portman, Nicholas Hoult & Thandie Newton Join Xavier Dolan's 'The Death and Life of John F. Donovan'

9 February 2016 3:59 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

If there was any doubt that Xavier Dolan can now command A-list casts, this should put it to rest. His upcoming "It's Only The End Of The World" features Marion Cotillard, Vincent Cassel, and Léa Seydoux; and now, for his next feature and English-language debut "The Death And Life Of John F. Donovan," he's landed some big names to join Jessica Chastain, Kit Harington, Taylor Kitsch, Kathy Bates, and Susan Sarandon in the film.  Read More: Review: Xavier Dolan's Strange, Complex, And Impressive 'Tom At The Farm' Natalie Portman, Nicholas Hoult, and Thandie Newton have joined the drama, which takes place in the early 2000s and centers on the tribulations of an American TV star in his late 20s (Harington) and his correspondence with Rupert Turner, a young actor-to-be living with his mother in England. Their lives take dramatic turns when the existence of their pen-pal relationship is publicly exposed, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Jessica Chastain Not Expected to Return for ‘Mama 2’ as Sequel Takes Shape

28 January 2016 3:48 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Universal Pictures has hired “Starry Eyes” filmmakers Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch to rewrite and direct “Mama 2,” for which Jessica Chastain is not expected to return, an agency insider has told TheWrap. Andres Muschetti directed the original horror movie, which grossed $71 million at the domestic box office on a reported production budget of just $15 million. Chastain and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau played a couple who take in their orphaned nieces when they’re abandoned in the woods for five years. Also Read: Bella Thorne Joins Jessica Chastain, Taylor Kitsch in Xavier Dolan's English-Language Debut Lava Bear is producing with Scott Bernstein and Russell. »

- Jeff Sneider

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Tyler Perry Will Wear Dress Again in ‘Boo! A Madea Halloween’

19 January 2016 11:19 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Tyler Perry Studios has started production on a new Madea film titled “Boo! A Madea Halloween,” which Lionsgate will release on Oct. 21, 2016. Perry will write, produce, direct and star in the latest Madea movie, which will also be produced by Ozzie Areu and Will Areu. The film’s origins date back to when Perry and Chris Rock conspired to include a fictitious Madea Halloween movie in Rock’s film “Top Five.” Lionsgate then approached Perry and suggested that they make the movie for real. Also Read: Bella Thorne Joins Jessica Chastain, Taylor Kitsch in Xavier Dolan's English-Language Debut This time around, »

- Jeff Sneider

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‘True Detective: The Complete 2nd Season’ DVD Review

17 January 2016 7:44 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

The level of hype around True Detective: The Complete Second Season means it had a huge job to do. The first season created something special with the relationship between Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey, and created a mythology. Where the second season fails is that it totally forgets that altogether… While calling it a failure is harsh, the simple fact is that it is. There is no getting away from it. What is also true though is that when you remove it from the True Detective bubble, it is also a very good, dark cop show. It’s just not the one we wanted.

In the second season we have three cops, Detective Ray Velcoro (Colin Farrell), Detective Ani Bezzerides (Rachel McAdams), and office Paul Woodrugh (Taylor Kitsch) who are investigating a murder. This brings in a connection to Frank Semyon (Vince Vaughn) and together they are the connected »

- Paul Metcalf

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Here's another way to rank the Oscar acting nominees

14 January 2016 2:55 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Which actors will take home the gold at this year's Oscars? While it's a nice thought that the winners in each category will ascend the steps of the Dolby Theatre based on merit alone, we all know that's not how it works in this silly town. Judging the quality of a specific performance relative to other performances is a highly subjective thing, and certainly subject to pre-existing biases. With that in mind, is it any less ridiculous to predict the winners in each category based on age, height, net worth and relationship status? I say it's not! Let's have some fun. Below, my rankings and predicted winners in each category based on totally irrelevant personal stats. (Note: All "net worth" numbers are based on 100% accurate Google search results.) Best Actress 5. Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn Height: 5'6" Age: 21 Net worth: $2.5 million Relationship status: Single? 4. Brie Larson, Room Height: 5'7" Age: 26 Net worth »

- Chris Eggertsen

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10 Snaps That Will Make You Want Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling Back Together

12 January 2016 4:30 PM, PST | | See recent Popsugar news »

Source: It's been more than 11 years since The Notebook made you feel all kinds of emotions, including those feelings about Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling as a couple. They were a real-life duo for two years before their split in 2007, and they've both since moved on with multiple matches. Rachel was serious with Michael Sheen and rumored to have dated her True Detective costar Taylor Kitsch, while Ryan and his current leading lady, Eva Mendes, welcomed a daughter together in 2014. Ryan and Rachel might be over, but in honor of the their epic love in The Notebook - and their recent reunion at the Golden Globes - we're looking back at 10 sweet snaps that will really make you want them back. Source: Getty Source: Getty Source: Source: Getty Source: Getty Source: Getty Source: Source: Getty Source: Getty »

- Lauren Turner

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True Detective Season 2 – Clip & Blu-ray Review

12 January 2016 12:45 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Created by: Nic Pizzolatto

Starring: Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams Vince Vaughn, Taylor Kitsch

Synopsis: A bizarre murder brings together three police officers and a career criminal in the corrupt city of Vinci, California.  

Rather than all the hype and instantaneous reaction, it’s much easier to say that following any first season of any superbly written drama with the addition of Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson is going to have to be something special. But True Detective creator and writer Nic Pizzolatto took a brave step by making a whole new world for his murky, crime-ridden plans with new characters and so although bringing Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn, Rachel McAdams and Taylor Kitsch together seemed intriguing, would it work? Well, the jury is still in-between as a whole but stepping away from the machine and diving in with less over-excitement is sometimes a good place to start.

Season 2 stars Farrell as Ray Velcoro, »

- Dan Bullock

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"X-Men: Gambit" Movie Updates

11 January 2016 8:12 PM, PST | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

According to reports Doug Liman ("The Bourne Identity") will direct the "X-Men" spin-off  'Gambit', starring Channing Tatum, scheduled for a March 2016 start in New Orleans:

Created by writer Chris Claremont and illustrator Jim Lee, the 'Gambit'  character debuted in Marvel's "Uncanny X-Men Annual" #14 (1990), followed by "Uncanny X-Men" #266 (August 1990).

A mutant, Gambit can mentally create, control and manipulate pure kinetic energy.

He is also skilled in card-throwing, hand-to-hand combat and the use of a bō.

Originally a professional thief, Gambit has shown a more vulnerable side of himself with the mutant 'Rogue'. Proud of his Louisiana heritage, he speaks in a thick Cajun accent.

Though he did not appear in the first three "X-Men" films, Gambit appeared on screen in the 2009 feature "X-Men Origins: Wolverine", portrayed by Taylor Kitsch.

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- Michael Stevens

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'X-Men' Spinoff 'Gambit' Begins Shooting This March in New Orleans

11 January 2016 11:58 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Back in November, producer/screenwriter Simon Kinberg confirmed that production on 20th Century Fox's X-Men spinoff Gambit will begin sometime this spring, describing the movie as a "sexy heist thriller." Channing Tatum is still set to star as the card-throwing title character, with L&#233a Seydoux portraying the female lead, Belladonna "Bella" Boudreaux. Today we have a new report from Wgno, which reveals that the movie will start production this March in New Orleans.

20th Century Fox previously issued an October 7, 2016 release date for Gambit, putting it up against Warner Bros.' The Accountant, Disney's The Girl on the Train and Lionsgate's Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life. Production was originally set to begin on Gambit last fall, but the production schedule shifted after director Rupert Wyatt (The Gambler) dropped out in September. The production got back on track with Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow), but the studio »

- MovieWeb

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‘Carol’s’ Jake Lacy Joins Jessica Chastain in Gun Control Movie ‘Miss Sloane’ (Exclusive)

7 January 2016 12:07 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Jake Lacy is set to join Jessica Chastain in EuroraCorp and FilmNation’s “Miss Sloane,” a hot-button political thriller about gun control, TheWrap has learned. Alison Pill (“The Newsroom”) will co-star in the movie, which John Madden is directing from a script by first-time screenwriter Jonathan Perera. Ben Browning will produce for FilmNation, while Patrick Chu will serve as executive producer. Chastain will star as a seasoned D.C. lobbyist who finds personal and professional redemption pushing for reasonable gun legislation, which has been a controversial topic in America of late. Also Read: Taylor Kitsch Joins Kit Harington, Jessica Chastain in Xavier Dolan's English-Language. »

- Jeff Sneider

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28 New Movies to Watch This Week on Blu-ray/DVD

4 January 2016 8:55 PM, PST | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Welcome back to This Week In Discs where we check out tomorrow’s new releases today! True Detective: The Complete Second Season A dead man is found alongside the Pacific Coast Highway, and the case draws four people together in surprising and deadly ways. Officer Woodrugh (Taylor Kitsch) is a war vet turned motorcycle cop with secrets in his past and present that he can’t afford to let out. Ex-detective Velcoro (Colin Farrell) works security now but continues to find himself at the mercy of a dirty businessman named Semyon (Vince Vaughn). Finally, Det. Bezzerides (Rachel McAdams) avoids her own past by focusing on a very ugly present. The case brings them together even as they all know it’s going to tear them apart. I didn’t watch season two of HBO’s previously-acclaimed/currently derided series while it aired, but I sure did hear all of your bitching about it. Seeing »

- Rob Hunter

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Now On Blu-ray: Sicario, True Detective S2, The Green Inferno, Love And More

4 January 2016 8:00 AM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

The new year in Blu-ray begins with one, maybe two, clear winners. Sicario: A top 10 pick of the year, per our writers (including myself), this is a pulse-pounding thriller that should look spectacular on Blu-ray, thanks to Roger Deakins' spellbinding photography. Our own Jason Gorber opined: "On the surface this is a taut, beautifully executed drug drama, and director Denis Villeneuve's talent for keeping tension high is very much on display. Diving deeper, this is a film that tackles deep moral ambivalence, asking questions more than giving answers." True Detective: Season 2: My high expectations were dashed as the series mumbled and stumbled through a disorienting, disappointing second season, not helped at all by the limited abilities of Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn, Taylor Kitsch...

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