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The Jungle Book Adds Christopher Walken and Giancarlo Esposito; Eva Green in Talks for Tim Burton’s Miss Peregrine

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Disney continues to expand the cast of it’s The Jungle Book adaptation, even if only one actor will ever be seen on screen.  Director Jon Favreau’s iteration recently cast young newcomer Neel Sethi as Mowgli, and he will be the only live-action actor to appear in the film.  The rest of the cast is filled out with CG-animated creatures, and today Disney announced that Christopher Walken and Breaking Bad’s Giancarlo Esposito have joined the voice cast.  Walken will fill the role of King Louie, the ruler of a troop of monkeys and apes, while Esposito will voice Akela, the leader of the wolf pack.  Other voice actors in the film include Lupita Nyong’o, Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson, and Sir Ben KingsleyThe Jungle Book is scheduled for release on October 9, 2015. Hit the jump for news concerning a Dark Shadows actress leading the next film from director Tim Burton. »

- Adam Chitwood

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Eva Green in Talks to Star in Tim Burton's ‘Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children’

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Having worked with Tim Burton on “Dark Shadows,” Eva Green is in negotiations to play the title character in the director's adaptation of Ransom Riggs’ novel “Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children,” multiple individuals familiar with the project have told TheWrap. Story follows a teenager who must help protect a group of orphans with special powers from creatures out to get them. Miss Peregrine acts as a guardian of the group. Also read: This ‘Sin CityEva Green Poster Has Too Much Nipple for the MPAA (Photo) Chernin Entertainment is producing the movie, which will be released by 20th Century Fox. »

- Jeff Sneider

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Listen to David Fincher and Chuck Palahniuk Talk ‘Fight Club’ [Comic Con 2014]

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One of the more appealing panels at Comic Con this year was organized around Fight Club. It featured novel author Chuck Palahniuk and film director David Fincher talking about the film, and the comic book sequel. Of course, it’s also one of the panels we were unable to attend, but that’s Ok. The whole thing is […]

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- Russ Fischer

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Watch the official trailer for 'Batkid Begins'

45 minutes ago | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Miles Scott, the 5-year-old leukemia survivor better known as Batkid, won over the hearts of San Francisco (and pretty much the entire internet) when his Make-a-Wish request was to be Batman for a day. And in November, the city of San Francisco came together to make that happen, with thousands of people lining the streets to simulate Gotham City.

Now, filmmaker Dana Nachman is bringing Miles’ story to the big screen. Well, she’s trying to. Nachman has started an Indiegogo campaign to raise money for the film, titled Batkid Begins, which now has its first official trailer, featuring Miles’ parents, »

- Samantha Highfill

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Rian Johnson on Star Wars Episode VIII: “I’m Really Excited About All the Things I Can’t Tell You”

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Imagine being Rian Johnson. While we all sit out here and gossip about what’s happening in Star Wars Episode VII, he’s sitting at Lucasfilm with the full knowledge of that film, working on how the story will unfold after this first new chapter. For real, that’s got to be in the top five coolest jobs […]

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- Germain Lussier

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Fantasia Review: Award-Winning South Korean Indie 'Han Gong-Ju' Is Damaged And Beautiful

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Looking over the Fantasia Film Festival guide, a quote sticks out if you turn to the “Han Gong-ju” page. Martin Scorsese calls the film “outstanding” noting its "mise-en-scene, image, sound, and performance.” Last December, as Jury President of the Marrakech Film Festival leading members of the jury that included Marion Cotillard, Fatih Akin, and Park Chan-wook among others, Scorsese awarded Su-jin Lee’s debut feature film the top prize, and has been championing it ever since. When arguably the biggest cinema geek of all time (no offence to Quentin Tarantino) backs a movie with such praise, it’s impossible to ignore. And now we find ourselves in a tricky spot of having to disagree with one of the greatest living filmmakers on just how outstanding this film really is. The film opens with a girl’s voiceover stating how she hears music in every sound. The voice belongs to Han Gong-ju »

- Nikola Grozdanovic

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Watch: New ‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill For’ Red Band Trailer

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

The new red band trailer for “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For,” which was unveiled this weekend at Comic-Con, has hit the web.

“This rotten town, it soils everybody,” says the new trailer for the sleek adaptation of the classic graphic novels.

Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller are once again co-directors for the project, which weaves together two of Miller’s stories about the town’s most hard-boiled citizens crossing paths with some of its most reviled inhabitants.

The star-studded cast includes Eva Green, Jessica Alba, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke, Josh Brolin, Jamie Chung, Ray Liotta, Rosario Dawson, Powers Booth, Lady Gaga and many more.

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” opens August 22.


- Shelli Weinstein

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Air Raid Sirens and Israeli Bombs: The Jerusalem International Film Festival

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Noa Regev, the new director of the Jerusalem International Film Festival, had a difficult task for her first edition. Walking a fine line between continuing with the film screenings while acknowledging “the situation,” as it is called here, wasn’t easy but she handled it with grace and intelligence. “The situation”: Israel is bombing Gaza to smithereens while sirens wail over Israel, warning of Hamas rocket fire. The vast majority of the rockets cause little to no damage; the same, however, cannot be said of the Israeli bombs. So, with this as a background, many of the films showing at the […] »

- Nina Menkes

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Veterans Group Got Your 6 Expands with New Hires

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Got Your 6, the collective impact campaign designed to help bridge the military-civilian divide, has made new hires to help support the movement to empower veterans.

Cindy Goldberg has been hired as director of development. She  is responsible for the expansion and execution of the campaign’s fundraising activities, primarily focused on corporate and foundation relations, stewardship and special events.

Army veteran Kate Hoit joins as director of communications. Her role is to create a multichannel communication strategy for Got Your 6 to expand the reach and influence of the campaign’s message. Hoit previously worked at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, where she developed digital engagement and Congressional communications policy.

Lastly, Julia Tivald has been hired as the director of strategy. Tivald will focus on long-term strategic planning and program implementation for the campaign, in addition to serving as the liaison between Got Your 6 and its more than 30 nonprofit partners. »

- Nikara Johns

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Hot Comic-Con Trailer: ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’

1 hour ago | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Peter Jackson‘s Hobbit trilogy wraps with the final chapter The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, which he gave fans a sneak peek at over the weekend at Comic-Con. WB has now unleashed the teaser trailer seen first in Hall H, in which the heroes of Middle Earth must contend with the ferocious dragon Smaug and the fast-mobilizing forces of Sauron, the latter of which took center stage in The Lord Of The Rings. Here’s the new look at the December 17 release set to hit theaters in 3D, 2D, IMAX, and High Frame Rate 3D: Related: Q&A: Peter […] »

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Sin City 2 Confirms Lady Gaga Cameo, Shares A Red-Band Trailer

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Lady Gaga.s name wasn.t one of the 13 (!!) names listed on the poster for Robert Rodriguez.s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. But the world-famous pop icon has been rumored to be part of the massive ensemble for a while now. Is she going to be in it? The Instagram photo shared above should have all her Little Monsters buying tickets to the August sequel. Lady Gaga shares: It's true! I'll be in Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For with my favorite scene partner Joseph Gordon-Levitt. I love Rodriguez, he really killed this one!" Want to see Lady Gaga and her Sin City: A Dame to Kill For cast members in action? You are in luck. A red-band trailer for the upcoming sequel arrived this morning. Put down your coffee and dig into the black-and-white insanity of Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez. I couldn »

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The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies Trailer Teases The Start Of An Epic War

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Death and destruction are coming to cinemas this December. When we last left Middle-earth in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the titular dragon had been wounded by Bilbo and the band of dwarfs, but was still on its way to Lake Town - which he planned to burn to the ground. As a result, we can expect that things in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies are going to start off on a very dark note, and that's very much reflected in this new trailer. This is the same preview that debuted at San Diego Comic-Con this past weekend, but now Warner Bros. has released it publicly for all of you to enjoy. Being a teaser, the video really only gives us a taste of what we can expect, but there certainly is a lot to take in. Smaug's attack on Lake Town is really only the »

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Watch: First Trailer for ‘The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies’

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The first trailer for Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit The Battle of Five Armies” has arrived, five months ahead of its Dec. 17 opening.

The trailer, touting the movie as “the defining chapter of the Middle-Earth Saga,” starts with Martin Freeman’s Bilbo setting the stage for the final battle by saying that future generations will “remember the good, the bad, those who survived, and those who didn’t.”

The two-minute trailer includes snippets of preparation for battle by the armies, followed by several fast-paced fight scenes and concludes with Richard Armitage’s Thorin asking, “Will you follow me one last time?”

The final “Hobbit” movie was featured as a significant component of Warner Bros.’ panel at Comic-Con on Saturday along with the first preview of the trailer. The Hobbit’s Facebook page also included some preview footage prior to the trailer’s release.

The two Hobbit films have grossed nearly »

- Dave McNary

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Kickstart Ian Clark’s Extraterrestrial Sci-Fi A Morning Light

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Earlier this year, we released an exclusive stream to former “25 New Face” Ian Clark’s Mmxiii, which functioned as an experimental self-portrait, partially related through Clark’s Oregon environs. From the celestial-driven imagery of said film, Clark devised a sci-fi alien abduction follow-up, A Morning Light, that’s now sourcing funds on Kickstarter. Produced by fellow 25 New Faces Jim Cummings and Ben Wiessner of ornana, and starring filmmakers Zach Weintraub and Celia Rowlson-Hall, the film looks at a pair of estranged exes who experience inexplicable phenomena. For those interested in lush and aesthetic low-budget genre, it’s not a bad bet. Below, copied from […] »

- Sarah Salovaara

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‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ Teaser Trailer

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Comic Con saw the premiere of footage from Peter Jackson‘s sixth and (probably) final Middle-Earth movie, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. While we can’t yet show you some things from that panel, such as the great blooper reel that opened the event, we can show you the Hobbit Battle of Five Armies […]

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The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies Trailer and Poster: Peter Jackson’s Trilogy Concludes in Epic Fashion

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Warner Bros. has released the first The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies trailer for the final chapter in Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy.  This is the trailer they showed us at Comic-Con on Saturday, and it's interesting to see how the prequel trilogy is trying to pull into The Lord of the Rings by using "The Steward of Gondor", which was sung by Pippin (Billy Boyd) in The Return of the King.  The song still works here because it's sad and somber, but the line that sticks with me from this trailer is when Thorin asks his company, "Will you follow me one last time?"  It's a line that's really directed towards the audience, but there's a weariness to it that's surprising.  It's almost like saying, "Well, we've already come this far.  May as well finish it out." Check out the The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies »

- Matt Goldberg

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Watch The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies trailer

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

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has premiered its first teaser trailer online.

The blockbuster, previously titled There and Back Again, will bring the curtain down on Peter Jackson's Middle-earth saga when it opens in cinemas this December.

Martin Freeman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sir Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage and Luke Evans all return for the third film in the Lord of the Rings prequel trilogy.

Director Jackson revealed at The Hobbit's recent Comic-Con panel that he is considering releasing a six-film box set of all his Jrr Tolkien films after Battle of the Five Armies debuts.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies will be released on December 12 in the UK and on December 17 in the Us.

Watch The Hobbit star Armitage discuss the trilogy with Digital Spy below: »

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Watch: War Is On The Horizon In First Trailer For ‘The Hobbit: Battle Of The Five Armies’

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So, the final 'Hobbit' movie is coming. After six movies, director Peter Jackson will finally be done with his ‘Lord Of The Rings’ saga (or one assumes, anyhow). And so in this final movie, it’s kill the dragon Smaug and come home as heroes with fortunes in tow, right? Maybe not quite so fast. "People tend to forget what happens at the end of ‘The Hobbit,' " screenwriter/producer Philippa Boyens told USA Today. "They think of this little children's book. The rest of the story needs to be told, and it's pretty intense stuff." What’s that “stuff” exactly? Well, it’s war, hence the third and final Hobbit film changing its title from the rather genteel sounding “There & Back Again” to the more heavy duty “The Battle Of The Five Armies.” As the stories go, *mild spoilers* in case you’ve never read that story or heard »

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Chappie’s Family Revealed In Window Cling For Neill Blomkamp’s Latest [Comic Con 2014]

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After two movies filled with massive sci-fi action, it seems Neill Blomkamp is going a bit more emotional for his latest film. Sony very quietly kicked off the marketing campaign for Chappie at San Diego Comic-Con 2014, with a big banner and a window cling handed to fans as they walked by the booth. Most […]

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- Germain Lussier

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A Final Farewell to FEARnet

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You may or may not know this, but as of July 30th, Fearnet will shut its doors forever. In April, Comcast NBCUniversal bought out Fearnet. Because NBCUniversal already has Chiller and Syfy, it was decided that Fearnet was redundant.  Most of the staff was laid off then, with a skeleton crew kept around to help with the transition. 

  I have worked at Fearnet for the last six years - the last two full-time as associate editor - and it has been the most formative experience of my life. It would drive my husband crazy because I would work non-stop - but when it was all said and done, he told me that he never heard me complain. Not once. I loved this job. I will continue writing about horror. Currently I am writing for Shock Till You Drop, and I have some stuff in the works for Fangoria. I am »

- Alyse Wax

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