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Dick Smith, makeup artist of 'The Godfather,' 'The Exorcist': A tribute

11 hours ago | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Years ago, I asked The Walking Dead’s zombie makeup maestro Greg Nicotero for his fake blood recipe. He said, “I’ve always based my blood on Dick Smith’s formula. His blood has always been the staple of the industry. It’s one of those things where if ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

Dick Smith, the Oscar-winning makeup effects legend behind The Exorcist, Taxi Driver, and The Godfather, who passed away on July 30 at age 92, was more than just Hollywood’s sanguine Colonel Sanders with a secret recipe for plasma that became a cinematic standard. He was »

- Chris Nashawaty

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Michael Bay Extends First-Look Deal with Paramount

12 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paramount Pictures has extended and expanded Michael Bay’s current first-look deal with the studio.

The new pact extends the current agreement with Bay’s production company Platinum Dunes for an additional three years and expands it to cover Bay Films.

“With an ever-growing, worldwide fan base, Michael is truly one of the most inspired and beloved filmmakers of our time,” said Brad Grey, Chairman and CEO. “We take great pride in the fact that Michael is part of the Paramount family and we look forward to growing our productive and successful partnership.”

Bay directed and produced the “Transformers” films, “Pain and Gain,” the “Bad Boys” films, “The Island,” “The Rock,” “Pearl Harbor” and “Armageddon.” The four “Transformers” have grossed over $3.7 billion worldwide.

Transformers: Age of Extinction” has grossed $967 million worldwide, making it the top grosser of this year.

Bay also produced “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” with Platinum Dunes partners Brad Fuller and Andrew Form. »

- Dave McNary

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Founders Complete Buyout of Australian Distributor Madman

1 hour ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Hong Kong – Madman Entertainment, one of Australia’s largest independent film distributors, has been bought by its management for A$21.5 million (Us$20.5 million).

The company had been in buyout talks since March this year with Funtastic, the wider toys and confectionery conglomerate that has owned Madman for the past several years.

Funtastic announced to the Australian Stock Exchange on Friday that a deal had been completed with new company Madman Film % Media, which is backed by a consortium of investors including Madman founders Tim Anderson and Paul Wiegard.

“The impact of the selling price and estimated working capital adjustments will require a further write down of A$5 million to A$5.5 million,” said Funtastic in the statement.

“For Madman, it means restored independence, strong financial backing and the opportunity for exciting growth and innovation,” said Anderson and Wiegard in a statement. “We love the content and the partners we represent with a geek-like zeal, »

- Patrick Frater

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Heeding The Call: 20.9 Million Catch ‘Call Of Duty’ YouTube Trailer To Top Q2 Charts

2 hours ago | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

With some Frank Underwood-esque delivery help from a virtualized Kevin Spacey, the “reveal” trailer for the next installment of Activision Blizzard’s behemoth game franchise, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, easily topped YouTube’s charts of the second quarter’s most-watched trailers. Cod’s 20.9 million views were nearly 3 million more than the No.2 trailer, for X-Men:Days of Future Past, and two to three times the views of No. 3, the game Mortal Kombat X, and No. 4, Netflix’s Orange is the New Black. Though it’s difficult to be definitive, the trailer’s massive audience, accrued between its May 1 debut and the end of the quarter on June 30, suggests Activision will have yet […] »

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Singapore’s Zingshot to Play ‘Mahjong’ With Hong Kong Stars

2 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Hong Kong – A mixed cast of Hong Kong and Singapore stars will play off against each other in “King of Mahjong,” a comedy which is now in production.

The mahjong comedy is a staple of the Hong Kong film industry, but is new to Singapore.

The story focuses on two rival mahjong players, a huge tournament and the kidnapped wife of one of the players.

Directed by Adrian Teh, who has enjoyed success with “Wedding Diary” parts I and II, the film stars Hong Kong’s Chapman To (pictured above in “Diva”) and Michelle Ye opposite Singapore’s Mark Lee.

The film is fully financed by Zingshot Productions and will be released next year by Singapore’s Clover Films. Teh’s Malaysia-based Asia Tropical Films is also a producer.


- Patrick Frater

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Ryan Guzman Talks Step Up All In, Being Invited Back for the Film, Favorite Dance Sequence, Jem And The Holograms, and More

2 hours ago | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Step Up All In takes one of the most popular dance franchises in film history to all new heights, following Miami street dancer Sean Asa (Ryan Guzman) as he tries to make it in Hollywood, only to discover the almost insurmountable odds of making it in the professional dance world.  When he meets the headstrong Andie West (Briana Evigan), they form a new dance crew that reaches the final rounds of a high-stakes reality TV competition that will make their dreams come true. During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Ryan Guzman talked about how shocked he was when he was invited back for another Step Up film (he was in Step Up Revolution), why he liked the concept of being teamed up with Briana Evigan, the dynamic between Sean and Andie, how there are no special effects added to the dancing, his favorite dance sequence in the film, »

- Christina Radish

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Comic-Con: Katheryn Winnick and Alexander Ludwig Talk Vikings Season 3, Filming in Ireland, Love Triangles, and More

3 hours ago | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Last weekend at Comic-Con I was able to sit down for a roundtable interview with Vikings actors Katheryn Winnick (Lagertha) and Alexander Ludwig (Bjorn Ironside) to discuss the events that happened in Season 2 and what is coming up for them in Vikings Season 3.  The actors discussed what it is like filming on set on Northern Ireland, love triangles, what it is like for Winnick now that she is a woman in a position of power in a medieval setting, and what is in store for Bjorn’s future.  Hit the jump for what they had to say. Question: Can you talk a little but about Lagertha’s look? She’s got a very specific look for this season. Katheryn Winnick: It’s funny because when I first started the season, I was talking to the head of the hair department, and I wanted to create a hairstyle for Lagertha that’s very unique, »

- Rachel Howard

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The /Filmcast: Bonus Ep. – 24: Live Another Day

3 hours ago | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

David chats with his brother, Michael, about the most recent season of 24. You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(At)gmail(Dot)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. Also, like us on Facebook! Download or Play Now in your Browser: Subscribe to the /Filmcast:   Batman v Superman Teaser Trailer Description [Comic Con 2014]24 Television […]

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- David Chen

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Film Review: ‘Paradiso’

3 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A superb sense of space and a respectful appreciation for incongruity are major selling points for “Paradiso,” Omar A. Razzak’s low-budget docu about Madrid’s last porn cinema. It’s rare enough to find such a leftover in the Internet age, yet even more unusual is the manager at the Sala X Duque de Alba, a guy who decorates the lobby with auteurist posters and buys ties for his regulars at Christmas. Having earned the trust of his subjects, Razzak sets up his observational camera to favor off-center (in many ways) framings, creating a winning if slight crowdpleaser for Hispanophone showcases.

It takes some time to work out what kinds of movies are being shown at the Duque de Alba, since the camera never enters the screening room. From the lobby, decorated with posters for films like “Slumdog Millionaire,” “All About My Mother” and “Man on the Moon,” audiences »

- Jay Weissberg

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Comic-Con: Charles Michael Davis Talks The Originals, What’s up for Marcel in Season Two, New Relationships on the Horizon, and More

3 hours ago | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

One of the most enjoyable aspects of The CW's sexy supernatural drama The Originals is the way characters swing freely from the role of hero to villain.  Perhaps none so much as Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) - the sometimes friend, sometimes foe of the titular Original family.  Last weekend at Comic-Con I sat down for a roundtable interview with Davis He talked about how things have changed since his first Comic-Con visit, Marcel's journey in the second season, new relationships on the horizon, why Marcel craves power, and more.  Check out what he had to say after the jump. [When we interviewed you last year the show had not aired yet.] Charles Michael Davis: Yeah, just the first episode. Right, and I remember you getting really emotional and talking about how it changed your life. Davis: Now I'm jaded.  How are things different now that the show is a success? Davis: Yeah, I think I don’t know that bright eyed »

- Haleigh Foutch

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See Every Marvel Studios Easter Egg In One Video

3 hours ago | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Above is a neat-o little video regarding the history of the onscreen Marvel universe, and the various nods and Easter Eggs regarding each film thus far - from the studio's first (Iron Man) to its tenth, this weekend's Guardians Of The Galaxy . Well, technically its eighth, since it stops before Captain America: The Winter Soldier , which doesn't hit Blu-ray/ DVD until September 9th. If you're a fan of the Marvel movies but haven't been paying the closest attention, this video from MTV will help you fill in some gaps. And if you're a die-hard who doesn't need to be told who Stan Lee is and where the Tesseract is found, there are still some goofy little in-jokes and nods you might have missed the first time. And if you're one of those militant internet nerds who spews rage wherever he goes, look out, because the narrator of the video clearly »

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See Bradley Cooper as an angry raccoon in Guardians of the Galaxy video

3 hours ago | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

A new featurette for Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy focuses on Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel's characters Rocket and Groot.

Guardians member Rocket is a fast-talking, genetically-engineered raccoon, while his muscle Groot is a tree-like being only capable of speaking the phrase 'I am Groot'.

Guardians of the Galaxy Dave Bautista would love to Batista Bomb Thanos

"Groot is one of the strangest characters that Marvel has ever put on film," Diesel says in the clip.

Cooper adds of his own character: "Rocket has some real anger issues!"

The duo join with Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista) to save the universe from the evil Kree radical Ronan (Lee Pace).

Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers will meet, says James Gunn

Marvel greenlit a sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy at Comic-Con International last week, and confirmed that an animated series is also in the works. »

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Focus Features to Remake French Thriller ‘With a Friend Like Harry’ (Exclusive)

3 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Focus Features has found a friend, acquiring remake rights to Dominik Moll’s French thriller “With a Friend Like Harry.”

Maven PicturesCeline Rattray and Trudie Styler are producing along with Michelle Krumm. Wentworth Miller is writing the screenplay adaptation.

The story centers on the titular Harry, who approaches a henpecked husband at a rest stop bathroom, claims to be a high school classmate, recites his teenage poetry and gives him a taste of a life he’s missed out on. Things take a sinister turn when Harry offers to remove the obstacles that prevent his new friend from being successful.

Rattray, Styler and Krumm set up the project in 2012 with Kimberly Peirce directing. Peirce is no longer attached.

The French film, released in 2000, starred Laurent Lucas, Mathilde Seigner and Sergi Lopez. Moll and Lopez won Cesar awards.

Maven was a financier on “Black Nativity” and “Filth.”


- Dave McNary

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Guardians Of The Galaxy

3 hours ago | Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy | See recent Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy news »

Marvel’s latest mega-movie is big, noisy, and fun to watch. Although the comic-book source isn’t familiar to most moviegoers, the template of this elaborate space adventure certainly is: a band of misfits finds strength by joining forces to battle some ruthless interstellar bad guys. The motley group includes a genetically modified raccoon with a wiseguy attitude (voiced by Bradley Cooper), an anthropomorphic tree named Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel), a feisty and athletic woman (Zoë Saldana) who may or may not be loyal to her evil father, a hulk of a man bent on revenge (wrestler Dave Bautista), and a cocky, shoot-from-the-hip Earth orphan who becomes their de facto leader....

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- Leonard Maltin

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Get On Up

3 hours ago | Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy | See recent Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy news »

Chadwick Boseman gives a thoroughly convincing performance as the Godfather of Soul, James Brown. That’s the main takeaway from this scattershot biopic, which might be subtitled “Snapshots from the life of James Brown.” Some of those snapshots are interesting enough, although they are told in a needlessly nonlinear style…but they don’t provide a three-dimensional portrait of the famously hard-working entertainer. As I left the theater, I couldn’t help asking myself questions the film hadn’t bothered to answer. He was born into poverty in Georgia. His loving mother left when he was a child, and when his violent father was drafted he was parked with the proprietress of the local...

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- Leonard Maltin

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Alejandro González Iñárritu’s ‘Birdman’ Has Almost No Cuts, According to Jon Favreau

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There are already plenty of reasons to be excited by Alejandro González Iñárritu‘s Birdman, and now here’s one more. According to Jon Favreau, the film is edited in such a way that it looks like it has no edits at all. In other words, it’ll look like a single long take. Hit the jump for […]

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- Angie Han

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Secret Cinema: Back to the Future, Review

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Dogged by cancellations, Secret Cinema has a lot to prove with its production of Back to the Future. Michael Rosser went back to 1955 to find out if it was worth the wait.

The organisers behind Secret Cinema must have thought at some point last week: “If only we had a time machine.”

After promising its most ambitious production to date with a show built around Back to the Future, the London-based event cinema organisation had to pull the plug at the last minute, disappointing thousands of ticket holders. No explanation was given, except that the production had not been able to meet technical requirements to satisfy local authorities.

A further three productions were cancelled and Secret Cinema’s most high profile production ever – with 42,000 tickets sold in just four hours, and around 80,000 overall – had become its most infamous.

So with the opening pushed to last night (July 31), there was a lot to prove. And proven »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Box office preview: 'Guardians of the Galaxy' aims for a cosmic debut

4 hours ago | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

The motley crew of rebels and mercenaries in Guardians of the Galaxy make their theatrical debut this weekend, and all signs point to a stellar opening. They might not be the most popular or well-known Marvel characters, but strong reviews and an even stronger marketing campaign have helped to drum up interest for these unlikely superheroes, which include an earthling (Chris Pratt), a talking raccoon (Bradley Cooper), and tree (Vin Diesel). As the widest August release in history with a 4,080 screen launch, Guardians is tracking at $65 million, but many analysts think that it has the potential to earn much more. »

- Lindsey Bahr

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