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Hasbro Denies Rumors Of Disney Buyout Talks
Okay, so Mickey Mouse won't own your entire childhood yet. Yesterday, rumors surfaced that Disney was going to wash down the purchase of Lucasfilm by buying Hasbro as well. But alas, that doesn't seem to be the case. According to the folks over at the Providence Journal (via /Film), CNBC analyst David Faber reached out to their sources at the toymaker about the proposed buyout and they said there's "absolutely nothing going on that they are aware of at all, in any way, shape or form." And well, that's about it. Essentially, the thinking goes that firstly, Disney just spent $4 billion dollars, so they probably don't have much more money kicking around to buy another pop culture behemoth, and secondly, untangling the current rights issues Hasbro has tied up with other studios would be too much hassle. And yes, that sounds about right. So for now, "Hungry Hungry Hippos," "Monopoly, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Fireworks display goes up in flames - video
A fireworks display in Edinburgh went seriously wrong after a rocket misfired. Organisers of the event at the Pentland Community Centre apologised after one firework landed amongst the remaining ones on the ground, causing the entire pile to explode at once. As spectators ran for cover, one girl was taken to hospital after suffering a burn to her face. The police and Red Cross attended to people on the site. Organisers have promised to review safety features after the accident. It was estimated that £2,000 worth of fireworks went up in flames during the incident, according to BBC News. Watch the disastrous fireworks display here: Pentland (more) »
- By Frances Taylor
Man Of Steel Confirmed for 2D, 3D and IMAX Screenings When It Opens June 14th, 2013
Warner Bros. has confirmed that director Zack Snyder's Man of Steel will be released in 2D, 3D and IMAX versions next summer. We previously reported that Man of Steel would be post-converted to 3D as well as the promise of "An IMAX 3D Experience," but those reports were retracted when IMAX claimed the announcement was an "inputting error" and that WB was still contemplating a 3D post-conversion. In the new press release, Snyder was quick to assuage fears of sub-par post-conversion by stating that the film was designed and shot with 3D in mind, but not at the expense of story and character. Written by David S. Goyer (who was recently interviewed by Steve), Man of Steel stars Henry Cavill, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Amy Adams and Michael Shannon. Look for the film in 2D, 3D and IMAX on June 14th, 2013. Hit the jump for the full press release. »
- Dave Trumbore
Warner Bros. Confirms 'Man Of Steel' For IMAX & 3D Release
It looks like Warner Bros. wants to see as much green from "Man Of Steel" as they can. This summer, the cat was let out of the bag very early by an accidental post on the official IMAX page, but now it has been confirmed: Zack Snyder's Superman movie is getting spit-shined for a 3D and IMAX release (while also coming in regular 2D, of course). We can't really say it's all that surprising. While Christopher Nolan had an iron grip control over pretty much every aspect of his Batman movies, even with producer status here, it's the studio who are going to make the ultimate call on its presentation. If they want 3D, they're going to get 3D. Just ask Guillermo Del Toro (though he later clarified, WB gave him extra budget to make sure the conversion on "Pacific Rim" was done right). But hey, it's America, right? »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Arnold Schwarzenegger's The Last Stand Gets A Brand New Trailer
Arnold Schwarzenegger's heyday was during the 1980s - that was about 30 years ago. He made the muscles and guns flicks he made because he had the muscles and he looked good holding a gun, but just like it does for all of us, time has taken its toll on the action legend. Thankfully, now that he's in the second half of his career - the part following his term as Governor of California - he is easing into it by playing an aging sheriff in The Last Stand. The latest trailer has arrived online for the western-esque movie, which marks the Us debut of Jee-woon Kim (I Saw The Devil), and this time around they are really highlighting the humor. Check out the new preview below. Based on a script worked on by Andrew Snauer, Jeffrey Nachmanoff and George Nolfi, the story begins when the leader of a drug »
Juliette Binoche & Clive Owen Will Romance Each Other With 'Words And Pictures'
Man, talk about a movie title that is going to be a pain to Google. Fred Schepisi ("Roxanne," "Mr. Baseball," "The Eye Of The Storm") is lining up his next movie, the blandly titled "Word And Pictures," but luckily his two leads are much livelier. The always awesome Juliette Binoche and the suave Clive Owen are set to star in the film, penned by Gerald Dipego (“Phenomenon,” “Message In a Bottle”). The story takes place at an elite, insular New England prep school where a charismatic English teacher (Owen) and an intensely private art teacher (Binoche) create an improbable relationship, then proceed to complicate their lives with romance. Guys, get it? Words And Pictures. Okay, the premise sounds pretty generic, but in the hands of these actors we'll definitely be willing to see what they make of it. Production on the movie will begin in March, and we're likely to »
- Kevin Jagernauth
New Posters for 'Zero Dark Thirty' and 'Jurassic Park 3D'
A pair of new posters arrived for two films that couldn't be any further part in tone and tenor as Columbia Pictures (via Moviefone) reveals a third poster for Zero Dark Thirty and Universal (via Facebook) has revealed a poster for the 3D re-release of Jurassic Park, which will be arriving in theaters on April 5, 2013. I don't know about you, but the Jurassic Park thing doesn't interest me too much, but I really can't wait to get my eyes on Zero Dark Thirty, which is now going limited on December 19, before expanding nationwide in January following the announcement of the Oscar nominations. Speaking of which, there has been a little adjustment made to my Best Supporting Actress predictions that has to do with Zero Dark Thirty... if you're interested click here, but be sure to check out the new posters below before you go. »
- Brad Brevet
Harvey Weinstein Grabs Multiple Rights to 'Kon-Tiki,' Norway's Oscar Entry for Best Foreign-Language Film
The Weinstein Company has acquired rights to “Kon-Tiki” for the U.S., Canada, UK and Italy from Hanway Films. An English-language version of the movie, which is Norway’s Oscar entry for best foreign-language film, will be released in theaters in 2013. Directed by Joachim Roenning and Espen Sandberg, “Kon-Tiki” tells the true story of Thor Heyerdahl and the small crew of friends who sailed with him from Peru to Polynesia in an epic battle against nature. Petter Skavlan wrote the screenplay for the project, which played at the Toronto International Film Festival and, this week, at AFI Fest. Heyerdahl’s own documentary on the voyage won the Academy Award for best documentary in 1951. “We are extremely honored to be bringing this epic story to audiences everywhere,” said TWC’s Harvey Weinstein. “Roenning and Sandberg have really captured a special story, portrayed through incredible performances from the »
- Jay A. Fernandez
Gallery: We're Loopy for 'Lincoln' Star Joseph Gordon-Levitt
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Truly, to not love Joseph Gordon-Levitt is to not be a carbon-based form of life. Which is a cool way of saying it's just not possible.
He stole our hearts in "(500) Days of Summer," he broke our hearts in "50/50" and he picked up where Batman left off in "The Dark Knight Rises." He also floated around a hotel hallway in a perfectly tailored three-piece suit in "Inception" and sometimes wears bow ties to premieres without any sense of irony whatsoever. How could this guy not be a total heartthrob?
Check out the "Lincoln" star looking hot in the past ... and in our latest Hot People Looking Hot gallery. »
- Bryan Enk
Get An Eye-Full of the 'Simon Killer' Poster
IFC Films has just released the haunting, dreamy, and chilling poster for Antonio Campos' sophomore feature, Simon Killer. Brady Corbet stars as Simon, a young man who heads to Paris to escape the memories of love gone sour. While there, he hits on women and makes a hobby out of chat room sex. Brady falls in love with a prostitute (played by Mati Diop) which is when he starts to unravel and we learn that he is harboring some dark secrets.
Look for Simon Killer in theaters this Spring.
- Alyse Wax
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 Soundtrack Available Streaming Free Now
The soundtrack for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 won't hit shelves until next week, with a release date of November 13, just a few days ahead of the film's arrival in theaters, but the full list of tracks set to be featured on the album can now be heard streaming online. We've seen trailers, TV spots and numerous clips from the final installment in The Twilight Saga. Fans of Stephenie Meyer's series of vampire novels and the films are sure to be counting down to the release of the last movie, which arrives in just over a week. Before that, the soundtrack debuts and can currently be pre-ordered on iTunes, but it's Pandora that's bringing the songs to fans first. Artists featured on the Breaking Dawn - Part 2 soundtrack include Passion Pit and Green Day. There's also a duet from Twilight star Nikki Reed and her husband »
Bradley Wiggins hospitalised after collision with vehicle
Cyclist Bradley Wiggins has been taken to hospital after colliding with a vehicle while on his bike. The Lancashire Evening Post reports that the 32-year-old Tour de France winner and Olympic gold medallist suffered injuries to his wrist and hand, and it is believed that he may have broken several ribs. The incident occurred near Wiggins's home in Lancashire today (November 7) at 6pm after a vehicle was pulling out of a petrol station forecourt and collided with him. Yasmin Smith, an attendant at the garage, said: "By the time I got there he had moved to a safer place but was still on the ground and he was in a lot of pain. "He said he thought he had broken his ribs and while a lot of police cars arrived it was about 15 minutes before the ambulance got there by which time he was blue." A spokesman for Lancashire police »
- By Frances Taylor
The Weinsteins Sail with 'Kon-Tiki,' Norway's Oscar Entry
The Weinstein Co. has acquired from Hanway Films "Kon-Tiki" distribution rights for the Us, Canada, UK, and Italy. The film, which recently played at AFI Fest, is Norway's entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar and screened at Toronto earlier this fall. Co-directed by Espen Sandberg and Joachim Ronning, "Kon-Tiki" tracks the 1947 expedition of anthropologist and explorer Thor Heyerdahl during his sailing journey from South America to the Polynesian Islands on a wooden raft. The $16.1 million film is Norway's most expensive production to date, and has already grossed more than $13.4 million there. "Kon-Tiki" stars Pål Sverre Valheim Hagen, and was written by Petter Skavlan. The Weinsteins will release the film in 2013. Here's a selection from our AFI Fest review: Norway's Oscar entry and enjoyably supersized “Kon-Tiki” follows the real-life adventures of explorer Thor Heyerdahl, who, in 1947, embarked »
- Sophia Savage
Watch: Arnold Schwarzenegger Takes 'The Last Stand' In Brand New Trailer
"I'm old," Arnold Schwarzenegger declares in this new trailer for "The Last Stand," and indeed he's gotten on in years since his action hero glory days. At 65 years old, his ass kicking days are fading fast, but he's still getting in a few shots at the bad guys as he gets set to return to his first leading man action role in a long, long time next month. Directed by "The Good The Bad The Weird" and "I Saw The Devil" helmer Kim Ji-Woon, making his Hollywood debut, Arnie plays a small town border cop who is the last person between some sports car-driving villains making a break for Mexico and the Feds on their tail. So he does what any normal person would do and rounds up the most competent people around -- who appear to be Johnny Knoxville and Luiz Guzman -- to help him out. Explosions and old people jokes ensue! »
- Kevin Jagernauth
California man behind anti-Muslim film sentenced to year in prison
A California man who was behind an anti-Muslim film that led to violence in the Middle East has been sentenced to one year in prison for violating probation stemming from a 2010 bank fraud conviction.
Fifty-five-year-old Mark Basseley Youssef was immediately sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Court Judge Christina Snyder after he admitted four of eight alleged violations including obtaining a fraudulent California driver’s license.
Youssef served most of a 21-month prison term in the bank fraud case. Federal authorities wanted Youssef to serve two years for the violations.
None of the violations had to do with the content of “Innocence of Muslims, »
- Associated Press
New Trailer for The Last Stand Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger
A new full-length trailer for director Kim Jee-Woon's actioner The Last Stand has been released. The film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as the old sheriff of a sleepy border town who’s called to action when a drug kingpin flees an FBI prisoner convoy, and tries to make his way to Mexico. This trailer gives us a better look at the action outside of the border town involving Forest Whitaker's law enforcement character and also highlights some of the lighter aspects of the pic. Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Eduardo Noriega, Rodrigo Santoro, Johnny Knoxville, Jaimie Alexander, Peter Stormare, Zach Gilford, and Genesis Rodriguez. The Last Stand opens January 18, 2013. In addition to this new trailer, we just posted our set visit coverage. Here are the links: 20 Things to Know from Our Set Visit to The Last Stand Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger Arnold Schwarzenegger Talks The Last Stand, »
- Adam Chitwood
Watch: The Evolution Of The 007 Franchise In A Two-Hour Supercut, '50 Years Of James Bond: The Movie'
It has been nothing but James Bond for the past couple of weeks, and with "Skyfall" finally making its way to theaters on Friday (stopping first tonight at the AFI Fest where it will be unspooled as their secret screening), here's one way you can catch up with all 22 previous 007 movies in one easy to digest two-hour sitting. A crafty YouTube user has put together a supercut of sorts, "50 Years Of James Bond: The Movie." Starting with the first five minutes of "Dr. No," the video then cuts to minutes 5-10 of "From Russia With Love," 10-15 of "Goldfinger" and so on, all the way through the final five minutes of "Quantum Of Solace" (with adjusments made for timing, since they aren't all the same length). The goal is to show how the Bond template and character has endured -- perhaps for better or worse -- over the last 50 years. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Salt Director Phillip Noyce May Direct The Giver Adaptation
Lois Lowry's s 1993 award-winning novel The Giver was a staple of just about every 90s kid's diet of books, and Hollywood has been trying to capitalize on that for years. Studios have tried and tried to make an adaptation of the book, but for whatever reason the project has always managed to hit roadblocks that prevent it from actually getting made. Well, now things are starting to look good again as the film may have finally found a director. Phillip Noyce, who is best known for helming films like Salt, The Quiet American, Patriot Games and The Bone Collector, is now negotiating for the chance to helm the film version of the Lowry classic, according to Variety. The Weinstein Compay and Walden Media are backing the project - along with producers Jeff Bridges and Nikki Silver, but they had no comment about the filmmaker choice. For those unfamiliar with »
Upcoming Events: Hurricane Sandy Storm Relief at the ReRun and Cinemonde Soiree
Even as the first snowfall of the year floats down onto New York Wednesday afternoon, parts of the city still have a long way to go to recover from Hurricane Sandy. If you missed Oscilloscope’s fundraising screenings at Brooklyn Bowl Monday night but love independent film and still have a hankering to help out with relief efforts, here are two more upcoming events for you to check out. On Thursday, Nov. 8, Ifp and Filmmaker Magazine are holding a kickoff party to celebrate their new partnership with the reRun Theater in Dumbo, Brooklyn, which involves the magazine’s editorial staff curating theatrical screenings of work from self-distributed filmmakers. That night, the organizers will be distributing pre-paid envelopes to send to the NY Red Cross for suggested $10 donations for storm relief. In addition, Ifp and reRun will donate 100% of the proceeds from the evening’s “Girl Walk // All Day” ticket sales »
- Jay A. Fernandez
Best and Worst of the James Bond Movies
I'm not writing this as some kind of definitive list, but more in response to The Playlist's ranking of what writer Oliver Lyttelton considers to be the five worst James Bond film. His list includes Diamonds are Forever (1971), Moonraker (1979) disagree, Licence To Kill (1989), Die Another Day (2002) and Quantum of Solace (2008). Of course, like all lists these are someone else's opinion and pretending one's opinion is "right" over someone else's is preposterous, but Lyttleton's list made for a good starting point. Of the films on his list, Diamonds are Forever and Die Another Day are spot on. The only real redeeming factor in Diamonds is Lana Wood as Plenty O'Toole and I will admit to liking Rick Yune's face scarred with diamonds in Die Another Day, but otherwise it is a disaster. I will say Moonraker is probably the closest of his remaining three films to making my list of »
- Brad Brevet
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