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Charlie Hunnam Set for 'King Arthur', Rumored for 'Escape from New York' Remake

17 hours ago | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Charlie Hunnam is about to be seen in the final season of "Sons of Anarchy" on FX and after that it will likely be a long stream of movies and the schedule is starting to fill up. He was recently named the title star of Guy Ritchie's Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur, he will almost certainly be back for Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim sequel and now he's rumored to be the top contender to play Snake Plissken in the remake of John Carpenter's Escape from New York alongside a couple others still in the mix. Hunnam as well as Dan Stevens ("Downton Abbey", The Guest) and Jon Bernthal (Fury, "The Walking Dead") are reported to be the top three choices for the lead role, looking to pick up after Kurt Russell as Plissken, a convicted bank robber in a crime-riddled New York City-turned-maximum security prison, coerced »


- Brad Brevet

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Marvel Comics is not promoting Big Hero 6

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

Marvel Comics' editor-in-chief has explained the publisher's lack of Big Hero 6 promotions.

The company has not released any tie-in comics in the run-up to the release of the Disney animation.

Axel Alonso said that the film is so far from the comics it is based on that pushing them would be "a disservice to filmgoers".

"There are no plans," he told Cbr.

"The characters and stories that have appeared in our comics are very different from what they are in the film. Releasing material that would be viewed as movie tie-in product would be a disservice to filmgoers.

"We wanted the Disney folks to be able to create their own unique style and story, unencumbered by those older stories."

Alonso added that Marvel is not currently planning any comics featuring the new characters introduced in the film.

The comic version of the team was created by Steven T »


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Box Office 4-Day: ‘Guardians’ No. 1 With $280M+ Cume As Summer Closes Down 14.7% Vs. 2013

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

7th Update, Monday, 9:10 Am: Calculations are out for the end of summer for the period May 2nd through Sept. 1 and this year the industry is down 14.7% from 2013. Specifically, this year grossed $4.055B compared to last year’s $4.753B, according to Rentrak. For the analysis on this, see:

Related: Box Office End of Summer, Some Profitable Hits in Overall Blah Season

6th Update, Monday, 8:17 Am: Guardians of the Galaxy will end the summer with over $280.5M domestically — and, of course, it’s still playing. We expect this one to eventually pass $300M as there is nothing opening next weekend. This one will clock in with an estimated $22.4M to $23M for the weekend. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will log roughly $166.3M in only four weeks for Paramount. This one will also play through the next weekend. There is nothing up to challenge the family market until Alcon’s Dolphin Tale »


- Anita Busch

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Marvel's Black Panther Movie Confirmed By Stan Lee

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

How much does Stan "The Man" Lee know about Marvel.s pending film slate? I mean, Stan Lee Is Marvel. Without him, there would be no Cinematic Universe, no characters on which to base these amazing Marvel films that audiences are flocking to (in record-setting fashion). But is the 91-year-old comic-book legend up to date on all of Marvel.s moving pieces? Because if he is, then he just confirmed a Black Panther movie. Stan Lee was speaking at the Fan Expo Canada on Friday (via Comic Book Resources), and let it slip that the Black Panther movie indeed was happening (instead of being this juicy rumor that no one at Marvel will confirm just yet). When addressing the question of whether or not Scarlett Johansson.s Black Widow character soon will get her own solo movie, Lee explained: The chances are she will have her own movie because eventually »


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Versatile acquires Chan’s Dearest

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Exclusive: Chinese child abduction film to screen in Toronto following world premiere in Venice. 

Paris-based Versatile has acquired international sales on Peter Ho-Sun Chan’s child abduction drama Dearest ahead of a Special Presentation screening at the Toronto International Film Festival (Sept 4-14).

“It’s gives us great pleasure to be working with an Asian film by a director with such a strong international reputation and track record,” said Boye.

The deal was sealed at the Venice Film Festival (Aug 27 - Sept 6) where the film was given a high profile Out of Competition world premiere in the presence of the director and key cast last week (Aug 28).

“We’ve been interested in the film for some time and wanted to meet the makers in person in Venice to seal the deal,” said Versatile co-chief Pape Boye

Boye and Versatile co-chief Violaine Pichon brokered the deal with Chan and Katherine Lee of We Distribution Limited, the sales arm »


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Sex Tape review: Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel have an iPad mishap

1 hour ago | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Director: Jake Kasdan; Screenwriters: Kate Angelo, Jason Segel, Nicholas Stoller; Starring: Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel, Rob Corddry, Ellie Kemper, Rob Lowe; Running time: 94 mins; Certificate: 15

Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel get themselves into a rather tricky position in Sex Tape, in more ways than one. The two bounced off each other pretty well in Bad Teacher and apparently, that was enough to convince director Jake Kasdan to throw them together again and cut loose with some cheeky nudity and a naughty premise and the end result is a flabby, largely unfunny comedy. Awkward...

Right away, the couple are seen getting up close and very personal, but those were the good old days fondly recalled by Annie (Diaz) who now writes a parenting blog between chores, sleep and sexual frustration. Her now-husband Jay (Segel) has resorted to booking appointments for possible nookie and when they do find the time, it's all friction and no sparks. »


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Dallas star AnnaLynne McCord: 'I'd love to play a bad-ass Lara Croft'

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AnnaLynne McCord has revealed to Digital Spy that her dream role would be Lara Croft in a Tomb Raider movie.

The Dallas actress said that she would like to take on more action projects, following her well-received appearance in the horror movie Excision and lead roles in shows such as 90210 and Nip/Tuck.

She said: "Excision was the one project that I've done that I'm really proud of. As actors we're always giving ourselves the worst time ever. That film, we put our blood, sweat and tears into and thankfully it came out and got some good feedback.

"The director allowed me pretty much a carte blanche, to do whatever I wanted. As an actor, to be given that freedom and that trust, it gives birth to creativity."

When asked what kind of roles she would like to tackle, she said: "To be able to do a combination of crazy and fun roles like that. »


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Telluride: Fest Closes As ‘Birdman’ , ‘Imitation Game’, ‘Foxcatcher’, ’99 Homes’ Stake Out Oscar Territory

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

In our conversation about his new film, Birdman on Sunday after its triumphant North American premiere at Telluride the night before, I told director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu that I never thought I would see the day when we would be talking about this creator of oh-so-heavy dramas like Amores Perros, Babel, 21 Grams  and Biutiful   becoming a front runner to win a Golden Globe for Comedy. “I have to laugh about that.  The intensity to do a drama is strong and when I hit 50 last year I really thought I should lighten up a little bit. I have been doing some personal stuff that I thought would get me to a very nice place and understand a lot of things that before I didn’t,”   he said about the decision to do Birdman. And he continued to challenge himself by shooting it with the illusion that it is one shot throughout. »


- Pete Hammond

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Busan Festival: Competition Stretches From ‘Sex Appeal’ to ‘Sunrise’

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

Hong Kong – Busan’s New Currents competition has a strong track record of discovering new Asian directorial talent.

This year’s selection is kept at 12 titles, hailing from 10 countries or territories. Organizers have picked two each from Iran and – inevitably – South Korea. But they also point to the inclusion of films from Lebanon and Bangladesh for the first time.

Unusually, there is only one from South East Asia, Meriquina by Filipino director Milo Soqueco.

Early standouts appear to be “(Sex) Appeal,” from Taiwan and “Sunrise” from India.

Directed by “(Sex) Appeal” Wang Wei-ming (producer of “Love At 7-11”), the film a high tension drama based on real events involving a woman music student who accuses a man of rape, but does not provide physical evidence. With a high profile cast including Vivian Hsu, Amber Kuo and Leon Dai, the film was previously shopped at the 2013 edition of Busan’s project market. »


- Patrick Frater

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'Magic Mike 2' Underway with Steven Soderbergh Lensing

5 hours ago | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Steven Soderbergh isn't directing Magic Mike Xxl (aka Magic Mike 2), but he is serving as cinematographer and on this Labor Day weekend he's just tweeted the first picture from the set. It's only a clapperboard, but it is an interesting career move for Soderbergh who has served as cinematographer (as well as editor) on most of his films under the pseudonym Peter Andrews, but this is the first time he's done it for a film he isn't directing. At the helm for the sequel is Soderbergh's longtime second unit director, Gregory Jacobs (Wind Chill) with a story described as an "on-the-road adventure", expected to find Mike (Channing Tatum) and his stipper co-horts driving a U-Haul to a stripper convention. For more on that click here. The tweet from Soderbergh is below, Magic Mike Xxl is currently slated for a July 3, 2015 release. https://twitter.com/Bitchuation/statuses/506169958687326208 »

- Brad Brevet

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The Edgy Cameo Disney Refused To Let Stan Lee Film

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

James Gunn's Guardians Of The Galaxy is Marvel's weirdest, most outrageous film yet. It is also the first film of their's that has really pushed the edges of what can and cannot be gotten away with in terms of a Marvel/Disney films' sense of humor. Take the now infamous "Jackson Pollack"/Blacklight line that Chris Pratt has on board his ship, The Milano. Not even James Gunn could believe he got away with including those lines in the finished film. It is, indeed, a line that one wouldn't expect a Disney movie to contain, which makes the moment all the more funnier. However, there were still moments that had to be cut by the studio's mandate. Collider grabbed a moment with both James and his brother Sean Gunn at Dragon Con this weekend, and one of the moments that they had to alter was the appearance of intergalactic »

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One Guardians Of The Galaxy Cameo Had To Be Completely Rewritten

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

James Gunn's Guardians Of The Galaxy is Marvel's weirdest, most outrageous film yet. It is also the first film of their's that has really pushed the edges of what can and cannot be gotten away with in terms of a Marvel/Disney films' sense of humor. Take the now infamous "Jackson Pollack"/Blacklight line that Chris Pratt has on board his ship, The Milano. Not even James Gunn could believe he got away with including those lines in the finished film. It is, indeed, a line that one wouldn't expect a Disney movie to contain, which makes the moment all the more funnier. However, there were still moments that had to be cut by the studio's mandate. Collider grabbed a moment with both James and his brother Sean Gunn at Dragon Con this weekend, and one of the moments that they had to alter was the appearance of intergalactic »

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Busan Festival Selection Puts Emphasis on Greater China

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Seoul – This year’s Busan International Film Festival has set Taiwanese director Chen-Zer ‘Doze’ Niu’s “Paradise in Service” as its opening film.

Putting the emphasis strongly on Greater China, the South Korean festival (Oct. 3-11, 2014) will close with “Gangster Pay Day,” a Hong Kong comedy actioner directed by Lee Po-Cheung.

“Paradise” is a romantic drama about a group of people trapped on an island in the 1960s preparing for a war that may never happen. While location scouting for the picture, Niu was formally indicted for breaking Taiwan’s military laws by bringing his mainland Chinese cinematographer Cao Yu into a restricted naval area.

Two of the festival’s four gala presentations also hail from the Chinese-speaking world: Zhang Yimou’s “Coming Home,” which had its debut in Cannes in May, and the previously announced “The Golden Era” by Ann Hui.

Other galas go to veteran Korean helmer Im Kwon-taek’s “Revivre, »


- Nemo Kim

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China Box Office: ‘Apes’ Demonstrates Natural Selection

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Hong Kong – “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” swung straight to the top of the Chinese box office this weekend, taking more than a 50% market share.

With a wide release of over 7,000 screens it amassed $45.1 million over the weekend from Friday to Sunday (Aug. 29-31), according to data from local researcher Entgroup.

How To Train Your Dragon 2,” last week’s winner, saw earnings plummet 50% to $11.9 million and the picture drop to third place, on an 18 day cumulative score of $63.2 million.

That left Hong Kong-China martial arts epic “The Four 3” unchanged in second place with a strong hold. Weekend takings were $113.3 million, down just 19%. That gives it a 10 day cumulative of $30.1 million.

Hong Kong real estate comedy “Temporary Family” also held up well, also shedding only 19% as it dropped from third to fourth place. Weekend takings were $6.91 million, for an 11 day cumulative of $15.7 million.

Franco-Belgian animation, “Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants »


- Patrick Frater

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Cronenberg's Cannes Winner 'Maps to the Stars' Takes Focus World Route, Skips Oscars

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Julianne Moore can kiss goodbye to any hopes she was nursing for an Oscar campaign for David Cronenberg's Cannes Best Actress winner "Maps to the Stars," which is set to play Toronto and New York festivals. Canadian distributor eOne was going to distribute the film stateside, but it has now sold U.S. rights not to Universal specialty distributor Focus Features--the arm that would handle an Oscar effort--but Focus World, their digital distribution arm, which plans an early 2015 release. The entertaining satire of Hollywood boasts a strong cast including Cronenberg fave Rob Pattinson, who canoodles on screen with both an anxiety-ridden movie star (Moore) and the troubled daughter (Mia Wasikowska) of psychotherapist/coach to the stars (John Cusack) and his wife (Olivia Williams), who manages his son's career. Ordinarily you would expect this to have a strong theatrical release, but this kind of movie does well on VOD, »


- Anne Thompson

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Rumor: HBO to Rebroadcast Every Episode of The Wire Remastered in HD Starting September 4

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

"It's Baltimore, gentlemen.  The gods will not save you."  That's the opening line of a new promo for a plan to rebroadcast The Wire that promises "every episode, every season, remastered for the first time in high definition."  The promo says the episodes air weeknights 8pm starting September 4.  If you check TV listings online, you'll find other programs filling those timeslots---while About Time is a fine movie, it is not The Wire remastered in HD. However, the Wire page at TV Guide has listings starting September 8 with season 1 episode 3, which would accommodate the first two episodes airing on September 4-5.  I can't guarantee these remastered episodes will start airing this week, but it sure sounds like they exist, and that's a major step for those of you hoping for an eventual Blu-ray release.  Hit the jump to watch the promo Via HBO Watch:

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- Brendan Bettinger

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Guardians Of The Galaxy 2 Won't Introduce Captain Marvel To The Marvel Cinematic Universe

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While James Gunn.s Guardians of the Galaxy certainly does have its connections to the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe as we know it, those connections are actually rather thin in the grander scheme of things. The Avengers are palling around on Earth, and Star-Lord and his gang are on the other side of galaxy on their own adventure. Because it.s Marvel Studios, we are guaranteed to eventually see the two groups of characters meet up, but that.s years away (presumably in 2019.s Avengers 3). But will the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy 2 create a stronger bond to Earth at all? According to James Gunn, the answer to that question appears to be no. The writer/director . who is basically just doing a victory lap at this point . was on hand at the annual DragonCon festivities in Atlanta, Ga this weekend, and during a panel he did with his brother, »

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Jesse Eisenberg May Have Shaved His Head To Play Lex Luthor

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

Head.s up! We have a bald-faced rumor regarding the looks of a certain super villain in Batman v Superman: Chrome Dome of Justice. Ok. Enough with the hair puns. Let.s get right down to it. We all want to know if Jesse Eisenberg is going to go the full Heisenberg when preparing to play Lex Luthor in Zack Snyder.s Dawn of Justice. Hiding a bald head from curious journalists and wandering passersby with cell phones will prove difficult during the lengthy shoot. And yes, the folks at HenryCavillNews tweeted a montage of photos from the set of Snyder.s massive tentpole with a quick pic of Eisenberg covering his lid. It.s the one at the top, in this display. Remember those Batman v Superman set candids we promised?... look for them on Tuesday! #HenryCavill #Exclusives pic.twitter.com/bTS01xpgoY. Henry Cavill (@HenryCavillNews) August 31, 2014 Can you »

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Amazing Pacific Rim Props And Costumes Are Up For Auction Right Now

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There is plenty of merchandise from Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim currently on the market for fans of the movie to enjoy. There are, of course, all the standard action figures designed to look like all of the kaiju and jaegers in the movie, but there also puzzles, shirts, backpacks, iPhone covers and more just waiting to be picked up by all of the die-hards. For the collectors who pick up this kind of stuff, however, the real holy grail material is the stuff that's actually featured in the movie. And guess what? Now you can buy that stuff too. An absolutely massive Pacific Rim themed auction has begun over on the website Prop Store, with more than 150 items currently up for bid. The various items that are available for sale include everything from costumes worn by characters in the movie, to fake medical scanners and jaeger tools. Some »

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David Cronenberg’s Maps To The Stars Acquired by Focus World for Early 2015 Release

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Filmmaker David Cronenberg’s latest effort will find its way to U.S. screens early next year.  Ahead of the film’s North American debut at the Toronto International Film Festival, Focus World announced today that it has acquired U.S. distribution for Maps to the Stars with plans to release the film stateside in early 2015.  The film follows an archetypical Hollywood dynasty including a writer of self-help manuals (John Cusack), his wife (Olivia Williams) who manages the career of their 13-year-old son, and their daughter (Mia Wasikowska), who was recently released from a sanatorium where she was treated for criminal pyromania.  The plot also includes Havana (Julianne Moore), an actress who wants to remake a movie that starred her now-deceased mother.  The pic premiered earlier this year at the Cannes Film Festival, and while the overall reaction was mixed, Moore drew high praise for her performance and won the Best Actress award. »

- Adam Chitwood

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