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Avengers: Age of Ultron’s Full Synopsis Reveals All You Need to Know

16 September 2014 8:15 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

We had a general idea of what was going to happen in Avengers: Age of Ultron — the characters, the bad guy, etc. — but today, Marvel released the official synopsis, which you can read below. All the pieces are there, but it explains a bit more clearly how everyone gets involved. The film comes out on May 1, 2015. It will make all of the money. All of it. If you are money and reading this, enjoy your next few months; soon, you'll belong to Marvel.Marvel Studios presents “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth's Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the »

- Jesse David Fox

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‘Leftovers’ Actress Joins Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe in ‘Nice Guys’ (Exclusive)

16 September 2014 10:46 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Following her strongly reviewed perf as Kevin Garvey’s daughter in HBO’s “The Leftovers,” Margaret Qualley looks to have landed her first major studio role.

The actress is in talks to join Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe in Warner Bros. and Silver Pictures’ “The Nice Guys.”

Shane Black is directing the crime drama with Joel Silver producing. Ken Kao of Waypoint Entertainment, Hal Sadoff, and Michael Malone will executive produce.

“Nice Guys” takes place in 1970s Los Angeles, when down-on-his-luck private eye Holland March (Gosling) and hired leg-breaker Jackson Healy (Crowe) must work together to solve the case of a missing girl and the seemingly unrelated death of a porn star. During their investigation, they uncover a shocking conspiracy that reaches up to the highest circles of power.

The pic is scheduled to arrive June 17, 2016.

Besides “The Leftovers,” Qualley has also been seen in the James Franco pic “Palo Alto. »

- Justin Kroll

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Oscars: ‘Rocks In My Pockets’ Selected As Latvian Entry

16 September 2014 10:21 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rocks In My Pockets,” by New York-based Latvian animator Signe Baumane, will represent Latvia in the race for the foreign language Oscars.

Rocks In My Pockets” tells the story of five women from Baumane’s family, and their battles with madness. The production is a personal story from the animator best known for films addressing issues such as women’s rights, sex and how it feels to go to the dentist, as well as her long-term collaboration with animator Bill Plympton.

The film premiered as the first animated pic in the international competition of the Karlovy Vary Film Fest, and is currently being released in the U.S. by Zeitgeist Films, with an extended run at the IFC Center in New York. World sales are being handled by Polish agency, New Europe Film Sales.


- Shelli Weinstein

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Toronto: ‘The Dead Lands’ Acquired By Magnet In Na Rights Deal

28 minutes ago | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Xyz Films and General Film Corporation has sold the North American rights of the Toronto Fest film The Dead Lands to Magnet Releasing. The New Zealand-set action-thriller was directed by Toa Fraser, scripted by Glenn Standring and produced by Matthew Metcalfe and Standring. James Rolleston, Lawrence Makoare, Te Kohe Tuhaka, Xavier Horan, George Henare and Rena Owen star. Magnolia’s Magnet will release in theaters next year and the deal was brokered by Magnet’s Peter Van Steemburg and Xyz’s Nate Bolotin.

Pic was shot in Auckland and the central North Island of New Zealand. Rolleston stars as a Maori chieftain’s teenage son who must avenge his father’s murder in order to bring peace and honor to the souls of his loved ones after his tribe is slaughtered through an act of treachery. Vastly outnumbered by the band of villains, Hongi’s only hope is to »

- Mike Fleming Jr

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Dan Stevens Talks A Walk Among The Tombstones, Scott Frank, The Guest, Being an Action Star, and More

46 minutes ago | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

If you go to a movie theater this weekend, there's a good chance you're going to see Dan Stevens.  That's because in a weird turn of events, he  has two films coming out this week, director Adam Wingard’s The Guest and director Scott Frank's A Walk Among the Tombstones.  Both films are excellent and worth seeing, and Stevens is able to show that can lead an action movie (The Guest), and hold his own against Liam Neeson in a key supporting role (A Walk Among the Tombstones).  For more on The Guest, read Matt's review.  For more on A Walk Among the Tombstones, click here for our previous coverage.  During my recent video interview with Dan Stevens, he talked about Scott Frank's script for Tombstones, his character, being an action star in The Guest, meeting Adam Wingard for the first time, future projects, and a lot more. »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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‘Sons Of Anarchy’s Katey Sagal Mothers Vinny Pazienza In Fight Pic ‘Bleed For This’

50 minutes ago | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Katey Sagal has been set to star in Bleed For This. She will play Louise Pazienza, the mother of fighter Vinny Pazienza in the film directed and scripted by Ben Younger. She joins Whiplash star Miles Teller, who’ll play the former world champ known as the Pazmanian Devil, with Aaron Eckhart playing trainer Kevin Rooney, Amanda Clayton playing Doreen Pazienza, and Ciaran Hinds and Tom DeNucci also starring.

Sagal takes the role as her character continues to be the fulcrum for carnage in the final season of Kurt Sutter’s Sons Of Anarchy. Sagal is a lovely lady (I learned this when she and Sutter invited me in to disrupt their home with my malfunctioning computer for the Emmy live blog), and I don’t know much about Mrs. Pazienza. But as a matriarch, Sagal’s Gemma Teller is leading her son, Soa leader Jax Teller, down a dark road to hell. »

- Mike Fleming Jr

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Matthew McConaughey Gazes At The Stars In New Poster For Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar'

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We've seen Matthew McConaughey walk on the surface of another planet in a recent poster, and now a new one sheet for Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar" puts our favorite crying engineer-astronaut-hero on the ground and looking up at the stars. Right now, you know as much as we do about the upcoming sci-fi epic. The Earth has run out of food, humanity is on the brink, and McConaughey and company have to go beyond our solar system to save us all, leaving behind his kids. So, an environmental drama/sci-fi tale/family drama all rolled into one? It sure looks like it, which is why we're really looking forward to the movie, one that some folks are already tipping as an Oscar contender, particularly if Nolan knocks it out of the park. "Interstellar" opens on November 7th. [Yahoo] »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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TNT Nabs Rights To Five Upcoming Marvel Pics Including ‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’

52 minutes ago | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Move over FX. TNT is clearly stepping up its game in the area of blockbuster movie acquisition deals. The network has inked a licensing agreement with Marvel for the next five theatrical releases from Marvel Studios. This comes on the heels of its recent deal with Lionsgate to acquire network TV rights to the Hunger Games and Divergent movie franchises. TNT’s most recent pact includes the network television premiere windows for Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, due in theaters next summer, and the third installment in the Captain America franchise, slated for release in 2016. Each of the five films is tentatively scheduled to premiere on TNT a little over two years after its theatrical release.

“Marvel’s brand of entertainment is a thrill ride for audiences, and we’re excited to be adding their next five blockbusters to TNT’s arsenal of high-quality genre fare,” said Deborah K. »

- The Deadline Team

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TNT Locks Down Next Five Marvel Movies Starting With ‘The Avengers: Age of Ultron’

54 minutes ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

TNT has locked down the rights to Marvel Studios’ next five movies, beginning with “The Avengers: Age of Ultron.”

The films, which also include the third “Captain America,” will become available on TNT two years after their theatrical release.

“Marvel’s brand of entertainment is a thrill ride for audiences, and we’re excited to be adding their next five blockbusters to TNT’s arsenal of high-quality genre fare,” said Deborah Bradley, senior VP, head of program acquisitions, content strategy and licensing for Turner Broadcasting System. “These movies will play a key role in TNT’s long-term success, especially among key adult demos.”

Disney releases “Age of Ultron” on May 1, 2015, with the film reuniting Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow, Hawkeye and Nick Fury. The first film earned more than $1.5 billion for Disney in 2012.


- Marc Graser

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Robert Downey Jr. Has Father Issues in New The Judge Trailer

59 minutes ago | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Warner Bros. has released a new The Judge trailer for director David Dobkin’s upcoming drama, and it goes rather heavy on the sentimentality.  Robert Downey Jr. plays an attorney who returns home for his mother’s funeral only to learn that his estranged father (Robert Duvall), a judge who suffers from Alzheimer’s, has been accused of murder.  Reviews out of the film’s Tiff premiere weren’t great and this trailer lays on the schmaltz pretty hard, but Downey Jr. still manages to be engaging.  I was also somewhat surprised to find out that Steven Spielberg’s longtime collaborator Janusz Kaminski was the cinematographer on the pic, marking another rare foray outside of his Spielberg partnership. Watch the new The Judge trailer after the jump.  The film also stars Vera Farmiga, Billy Bob Thornton, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jeremy Strong, Dax ShepardLeighton MeesterKen HowardDavid KrumholtzBalthazar Getty, »

- Adam Chitwood

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Three Authors Who Kept Their Visions By Adapting Their Books to Screen

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

Generations of novelists have been frustrated upon seeing their books interpreted onscreen. But on three recent films, the writers won’t be able to complain that their vision was compromised. Scripts for Dennis Lehane’s “The Drop,” Jonathan Tropper’s “This Is Where I Leave You” and Gillian Flynn’s “Gone Girl” were all written by the book authors.

Why deal with the frustrations of film production? For some, it’s insurance against having their material ruined, which famously vexed authors from Anthony Burgess to Stephen King.

For others, some of whom are already working in TV and film, it’s a way to stay in the loop and stretch their wings.

Though Boston-based crime novelist Lehane has written for TV, other scribes handled the screenplays for “Shutter Island,” “Gone Baby Gone” and “Mystic River,” all films based on his work.

But “The Drop,” which opened Sept. 12 after playing the Toronto Film Fest, »

- Justin Kroll and Pat Saperstein

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Rosamund Pike Talks Hector And The Search For Happiness, Working with Simon Pegg, the Film’s UK Response, David Fincher, and More

1 hour ago | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Opening this weekend in North America is director Peter Chelsom’s dramedy Hector and the Search for Happiness.  Based on the book of the same name by François Lelord, the film stars Simon Pegg as Hector, an eccentric psychiatrist who’s going nowhere and whose patients aren’t getting any happier.  One day, he musters up the courage to set out on a quest to find out if happiness really exists.  The film also stars Rosamund Pike, Christopher Plummer, Toni Collette, Stellan Skarsgard, and Jean Reno.  For more on Hector and the Search for Happiness, click here to watch the trailer, and here's all our previous coverage. Last week at the Toronto International Film festival I landed an exclusive interview with Rosamund Pike, who plays Hector's wife.  She talked about being at Tiff, working with Pegg on The World's End and then Hector, collaborating with Peter Chelsom, if there were script changes during production, »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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FilmTrack Signs Deals With Participant Media, Open Road Films (Exclusive)

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Participant Media and Open Road Films have tapped FilmTrack to manage their content rights and other media assets.

FilmTrack offers cloud-based technology that allows television and film companies to more easily track licensing and royalty information. The platform enables companies to see where they’ve pre-sold rights to a particular project, monitor what pieces of content are available for sale in certain regions, and track what they’re owed on a particular licensing pact.

“With any company there comes a tipping point in which Excel or some other homegrown product can’t support the complexity of the business they’re in,” said FilmTrack CEO Jason Kassin. “That’s when they find us. We help them grow their businesses more efficiently.”

Open Road’s films include “The Nut Job,” “Chef” and “Homefront.” Participant has interests in books, digital, television and movies and has backed such projects as “Lincoln,” “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel »

- Brent Lang

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Watch: New Trailer For The 'The Judge' With Robert Downey Jr. Steps Into The Great Cathedral Of Justice

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He won't have his buddies in The Avengers by his side, or CGI spectacle to carry him, so for the upcoming dramedy "The Judge," Robert Downey Jr. will have to rely on his quick wit, and the kind of acting chops we don't see from the actor when he's out saving the world. Instead, he'll have to save Robert Duvall. A new trailer has dropped for the Tiff Opening Film, and it mostly avoids the funny stuff in order to focus on the uplifting and rousing moments instead. Co-starring Vera Farmiga, Vincent D'Onofrio, Billy Bob Thornton and Leighton Meester, the movie tells the story of a slick, big city defense lawyer with daddy issues, who returns to his hometown to defend that aforementioned parent from a murder charge. Cue feelings! Cue indie rock songs! Cue emotions! Yes, this is pretty manipulative, old school stuff. "The Judge" opens on October 10th. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Check out a Liam Neeson “Kill Map” Charting His Murders across His Movies

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With the release of the Liam Neeson crime-thriller A Walk Among the Tombstones set for release this Friday, Universal has released a "Kill Map".  The map shows what Neeson has killed in his various movies, his weapon of choice, and also notes if those killings were against non-humans (e.g. battle droids in Star Wars: Episode I).  I was shocked to learn that he kills zero people in Nell.  Really thought that movie had a higher body count. Hit the jump to check out the Liam Neeson Kill Map. Here's the official synopsis for A Walk Among the Tombstones: ‘A Walk Among the Tombstones’ stars Liam Neeson as Matt Scudder, an ex-nypd cop who now works as an unlicensed private investigator operating just outside the law. When Scudder reluctantly agrees to help a heroin trafficker (Dan Stevens) hunt down the men who kidnapped and then brutally murdered his wife, »

- Matt Goldberg

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Producer Says ‘Legacy’ Sequel With Jeremy Renner Still Moving Forward, But ‘Bourne’ With Matt Damon Could Be Delayed

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Politics, politics, politics. It’s the name of the game in Hollywood. Earlier this summer, producer Frank Marshall insisted Matt Damon wasn't returning to the ‘Bourne’ series (because he had to) and now, he’s essentially admitting to it because the cards are all on the table. Yes, Matt Damon is coming back to play Jason Bourne, but it’s complicated (as THR says, “Let's hope Matt Damon and Jeremy Renner don't bump into each other at a restaurant.”). "We're on two tracks," Marshall told the trade about the two ‘Bourne’ currently movies in the works. "And if this one [with Damon and Paul Greengrass] comes together, great, but they're still just talking." Indeed, it seems as if the Damon/Greengrass iteration is still in the early stages and it could get more difficult.  THR runs down a lot of the complex factors involved. Greengrass could be directing a movie with Leonardo »

- Edward Davis

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Magnolia acquires Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper's 'Serena'

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Magnolia Pictures has acquired Serena, the long-in-the-works Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper film, EW has confirmed. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio is not looking to release it in the U.S. during Oscar season, instead gearing it up for an early 2015 release.

The fate of Serena, directed by Oscar-winner Susanne Bier, has been a mystery for some time, given that the movie was filmed back in 2012 before either of Lawrence and Cooper’s other collaborations, Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle, were released. THR’s new story indicates that the film’s quality may be questionable; Magnolia became a “default distributor, »

- Esther Zuckerman

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Interview: Terry Gilliam On ‘The Zero Theorem,’ Avoiding Facebook, ‘Don Quixote’ And His Upcoming Autobiography

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If you’ve ever written something about Terry Gilliam, there’s a good possibility he’s read it. Unlike his contemporaries, he makes a habit of checking out everything from reviews of his films to the comments on his Facebook wall. Of course, Gilliam has always been hard to pin down, particularly when it comes to the products he puts on screen. From “Brazil” to “12 Monkeys” to “The Fisher King,” the 73-year-old director is someone who looks to challenge our preconceived notions about personal relationships and the world around us. (Be sure to check out our retrospective and ranking of his films here). For his latest project, Gilliam once again heads back to the land of sci-fi with “The Zero Theorem” (our review). The film, which takes place in a utopian society in the distant future, stars Christoph Waltz as Qohen Leth, an anti-social computer programmer who tries to figure out the meaning of life. »

- Alex Suskind

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Mumbai Film Fest Lineup Revealed, Catherine Deneuve Gets Lifetime Achievement Award

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London – Only days away from financial collapse late last month, the 16th edition of the Mumbai Film Festival will get under way next month (Oct. 14-21). It will feature 185 films from around the world.

Prominent selections include Xavier Dolan’s “Mommy,” Mike Leigh’s “Mr. Turner,” Ken Loach’s “Jimmy’s Hall,” Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” and Jean-Luc Godard’s “Goodbye to Language.” Films will vie for cash prizes totaling $200,000.

The festival’s continued existence is thanks to a rallying cry led by celebrity film critic (and former Variety correspondent) Anupama Chopra. Her agitation caused several sizeable financial donations to be made by celebrities including filmmaker Vidhu Vinod Chopra, industrialist Anand Mahindra and actor Aamir Khan, among others.

This year, iconic French actress Catherine Deneuve will be given the festival’s lifetime achievement award. Masterclasses with cinematographer Christopher Doyle and filmmaker Mahamat Saleh Haroun have also been announced.

The festival’s market, »

- Naman Ramachandran

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Magnolia To Release 'Serena' With Jennifer Lawrence & Bradley Cooper In Early 2015, Film Reportedly Makes "No Sense”

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“Where there’s smoke there’s fire” can be an annoying idiom in the world of movie journalism (or fan blogging or whatever you want to call it set photo speculation these days), because it can be the broadest excuse for 2+2=5 logic. But in the case of Susanne Bier’s long-delayed film “Serena” starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, the writing has been scrawled visibly on the wall for more than a year. When first announced, “Serena”— a Depression-era-set drama about newlyweds running a timber business in North Carolina, which is complicated when the wife cannot bear children — was a film to keep an eye on. But even as the movie moved into post-production, Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper became even bigger stars, and it was assumed “Serena” would become an Oscar contender. Not to be, it seems. Shot in 2012, the film spent months in post-production. While many assumed the »

- Edward Davis

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