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Edgar Wright to direct 'Grasshopper Jungle'

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

Edgar Wright will direct the sci-fi coming-of-age tale Grasshopper Jungle for Sony Pictures, EW has confirmed. The news follows Wright’s highly publicized departure from Marvel’s Ant-Man.

The film, based on the Ya novel by Andrew Smith, follows a young boy and his friends who cause a genetically engineered plague, unleashing human-size praying mantises, which they must fight. Wright will direct the flick once he wraps Baby Driver for Working Title.

Scott Rosenberg (Beautiful Girls) is writing the script and will produce alongside Matt Tolmach and Nira Park. Deadline first reported the news. »

- C. Molly Smith

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Toronto: Kevin Smith's 'Tusk' To Get World Premiere

15 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Toronto — Kevin Smith's bizarre walrus horror movie Tusk is getting a world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. Smith's film about an intrepid podcaster played by Justin Long, and also starring Johnny Depp, Haley Joel Osment and Genesis Rodriguez, will screen in the Midnight Madness sidebar. Toronto will help launch Tusk into theaters on September 19, via A24 Films. List The Hollywood Reporter Reveals Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films Also set to debut in Toronto is Michael Winterbottom's film about the Amanda Knox murder trial, The Face of an Angel. The drama, starring Kate Beckinsale, Daniel Bruhl and Cara Delevingne,

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- Etan Vlessing

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Simon Pegg Plays Coy on Star Wars Rumors

14 hours ago | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Simon Pegg is no stranger to keeping sci-fi secrets: For the better part of a year, he contented to refute the rumor that his Star Trek Into Darkness co-star Benedict Cumberbatch was playing Khan, even though that turned out to be the case. Now, though, turnabout is fair play, because at Comic-Con this past weekend, Cumberbatch seemed to imply that Pegg is an unannounced part of the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII (which, like Star Trek Into Darkness, is directed by J.J. Abrams). We caught up with Pegg last night at an East Hampton screening of Hector and the Search for Happiness hosted by Serena & Lily, and when asked about the rumors, he got … well, let's just say very cagey.Here's the whole exchange, if you'd like to parse it for clues: Regarding Benedict Cumberbatch’s recent comments about you being on the set of Star Wars, are you »

- Jamie Sharpe

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Bird experts worry that 'Star Wars' shoot is interrupting breeding

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

Denizens of the Star Wars galaxy aren’t the best stewards of their environment. The empire once blew up an entire planet (sorry, Alderaan); there’s fan speculation about the fate of the Ewok ecosystem after the second Death Star explodes during Return of the Jedi. (Spoiler: It doesn’t look good.) And let’s not even consider the emissions impact of pod racing.

But as J.J. Abrams and crew prepare to shoot episode VII, it looks like the damage might come closer to home. The Guardian reports that Irish wildlife conservationists have raised concerns about plans to shoot the »

- Jackson McHenry

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Alexandre Aja Talks Horns, The Perks of Working with Daniel Radcliffe, Blending Genres, His Approach to Adapting a Book, and More at Comic-Con

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

With Horns, arriving in theaters October 31st, we get to see a softer side of Alexandre AjaHorns stars Daniel Radcliffe as Ig Perrish, a grieving man widely believed to have raped and murdered his beloved girlfriend Merrin (Juno Temple).  When Ig wakes up with a set of horns and a newfound ability to make people do and say the most devious of their desires, he sees it as an opportunity to seek revenge on the real killer.  As a director and producer known for intense horror films (The Hills Have Eyes, High Tension) it's fun to watch Aja stretch his range and deliver some genuinely sweet romance and touching dramatic moments.  However, fans don't need to fear he's lost his horror touch - Horns also delivers on genre elements, including some beautifully bloody practical effects. Before his Comic-Con panel on Friday, I sat down for a one-on-one interview with Aja. »

- Haleigh Foutch

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Mark McGrath Talks Sharknado 2: The Second One, His Reaction to the First Film, Adjusting His Performing Style, Script Changes, and Releasing a Solo Album

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

In the Syfy original movie Sharknado 2: The Second One, directed by Anthony C. Ferrante from a screenplay by Thunder Levin, a freak weather system turns its deadly fury on New York City, unleashing a Sharknado on the population and its most cherished iconic sites, and leaving Fin (Ian Ziering) and April (Tara Reid) to save the Big Apple.  The film also stars Vivica A. Fox, Mark McGrath, Kari Wuhrer, Judah Friedlander, Judd Hirsch, Kelly Osbourne, Andy Dick and Perez Hilton. During this exclusive interview with Collider, Sugar Ray frontman Mark McGrath talked about how he got involved with Sharknado 2, being a fan of the first film, adjusting his big performing style to the subtleties of acting, why he enjoys getting lost in a character, that they had to do a lot of script changes on the fly, how great it was to get to shoot in New York City, »

- Christina Radish

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SALOMÉ | Wild SALOMÉ Trailer Sheds New Light on Al Pacino’s Jessica Chastain Project

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

Wow, how long has it been since we’ve heard from Wild Salomé? Almost three years, that’s how long.  But now it appears as though Al Pacino’s examination of how Oscar Wilde’s play impacted his mind is finally being primed for release (despite playing at the Venice Film Festival in 2011).  And now it’s going to be packaged as a double bill with Salomé, what is apparently Pacino’s actual adaptation of the play.  Bonus? They both star Jessica Chastain. Right now it seems as though this double bill will only be screening in the U.K. (Stephen Fry is hosting a screening on Sunday, September 21st) but we’ll let you know if that changes.  Hit the jump for the Salomé and Wild Salomé trailer! This thing looks kind of nuts in a great way.  Sort of like Pacino’s rumpled take on Charlie Kaufman’s »

- Evan Dickson

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So Who Comic-Conquered San Diego?

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

The fanboy Super Bowl is over. Who made the most of San Diego Comic-Con and who spit the bit? Here’s the view from Deadline staffers who endured endless movie and TV show presentations. We’ll start with features: Warner Bros: Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Mad Max: Fury Road, Jupiter Ascending, The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies The best Comic-Con panels show fans things they’ve never seen before. From that standpoint, Warner Bros changed the game by making the Hall H experience seem larger. It turned the dark curtains covering 450 feet down the sides of the auditorium into […] »

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‘Maleficent’ Holds Strongly at Japan Box Office

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

Tokyo – In its fourth week on release “Maleficent” became the first foreign live-action pic to pass the JPY4 billion ($39.5 million) milestone at the Japanese box office.

Following the July 26-27 weekend, the film’s cume amounted to JPY4.03 billion, good enough for second place after Toho’s release of “Godzilla.” 

Opening on 649 screens on July 5, “Maleficent” far exceeded initial box office expectations and will almost certainly become the first foreign live-action movie to surpass $50 million since “Les Miserables” in 2012. It is expected to finish near the $60 million mark. 

Meanwhile, “Godzilla” earned $6.7 million on 460,000 admissions for the three days following its July 25 release on 427 screens. The picture is looking to beat the $54 million Japanese B.O. of the widely derided 1998 Roland Emmerich take on the iconic Japanese monster franchise.  


- Mark Schilling

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This Week In Home Entertainment: Noah, Twin Peaks And More

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

Noah Blu-ray Darren Aronofsky has proven throughout his career that he is capable of stunning visuals and unique storytelling. The director needed both when pursuing the massive movie project, Noah, a story about a biblical flood and thousand of creatures sheltered by one family during the darkest of times. Aronofsky mostly pulls it off, telling a compelling biblical tale with ties to nature, and even monsters of a sort. Noah isn.t the family-friendly story people only familiar with the title might expect. Early on, we are introduced to a young Noah, who witnesses the death of his father at the hands of a sinning man named Tubal-Cain (Ray Winstone). As a grown-up, Noah (Russell Crowe) strives to live by the more earthly tenets his father taught them, tenets he then teaches his own wife (Jennifer Connelly) and sons (Logan Lerman, Douglass Booth and Leo McHugh Carroll). He begins to »

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Fast & Furious 7 Just Got Fancier In The Form Of An Iggy Azalea Cameo

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

The Fast & Furious franchise is supposed to be fun. With fast cars, beautiful women, insane stunts and chaotic action, the movies are supposed to be fun escapes. Unfortunately, the death of co-lead actor Paul Walker flipped the script on Fast & Furious 7 and pushed the production into a much darker territory. Thanks to the help of Walker.s brothers and a can-do spirit, however, the franchise is emerging from the darkness and ready to start having fun again, which is probably why they.re giving fans a really fun cameo. You know Iggy Azalea? Yes, you know who she is. She.s in the fast lane from La to Tokyo (Nsfw). Yeah, that girl. Well, she apparently brought her charm, rapping skills and physical presence to the set of Fast & Furious 7, where she shot some kind of footage. Exactly what sort of role she.ll play is unclear, but Vin Diesel »

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Watch Samuel L. Jackson Repeatedly Drop The Mother Of All Curse Words In This Superb Supercut

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

I mother-think it goes without mother-saying that this mother-video is Nsfw. It.s hard not to have a rock solid opinion about Samuel L. Jackson. There is absolute fandom, or there is absolute unfandom; the middle ground is as absent as Mace Windu.s hand. A lot of that comes from the kinds of films that Jackson stars in, which are generally features where the term "motherfucker" can be thrown around willy nilly, and there.s usually a dead body or twelve involved. (His foul mouth is noticeably absent from his Nick Fury appearances and films like Jurassic Park and The Incredibles, but just imagine the possibilities.) As such, the above video will either appeal to you immensely, or it will offend you. And if you clicked on this video knowing that it would offend you, you some kinda dumb motherfucker. Sorry. None of you are dumb motherfuckers. I got »

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‘Dragonriders of Pern’ Set Up as Movie Franchise at Warner Bros.

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

Warner Bros. is launching development of a movie franchise based on the sci-fi series “Dragonriders of Pern.”

The studio has optioned the 22-volume book series from the estate of American-Irish author Anne McCaffrey, who died in 2011.

It has yet to set up the project with a producer.

The books are set in a pre-industrial society with  intelligent firebreathing dragons and their riders teaming to fight a rogue planet that attacks the world of Pern. The books take place over a period of over 2,500 years.

Drew Crevello and Julia Spiro are overseeing for the studio, which has launched the “Harry Potter,” “Lord of the Rings” and “Hobbit” franchises.

News was first reported by Variety sister site Deadline Hollywood.


- Dave McNary

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‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Review: Marvel Soars Into Space With Sci-Fi Excellence

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

I’m still trying to figure out how Guardians of the Galaxy works. It’s a movie set in an unfamiliar universe, it introduces several new characters with diverse backstories on numerous worlds, and features a talking raccoon, a fighting tree, familial death, and multiple villains, all set to seventies and eighties pop music. On paper, there’s […]

The post ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Review: Marvel Soars Into Space With Sci-Fi Excellence appeared first on /Film. »

- Germain Lussier

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Batman v Superman's Comic-Con Footage Will Not Be Officially Released

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

There are two different kinds of San Diego Comic-Con trailers. The first category is filled by those that make their debut in Hall H, Ballroom 20, or one of the other big venues in the San Diego Convention Center, and then officially find their way online either immediately after the panel or a few days later. The second category, however, is made up of the reels that nobody outside of the expo's attendees are supposed to see. This unfortunately usually includes the biggest blockbusters showing their stuff at the convention, and in the case of this year's festivities, that means Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Variety has confirmed that Warner Bros. has no plans to release the first ever teaser footage from the DC Comics movie, which was shown twice during the studio's Hall H presentation this past Saturday morning. The trade got the official word from Sue Kroll, president »

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Casting Net: N.W.A biopic 'Straight Outta Compton' completes casting

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

• Universal has found its last two members for the N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton directed by F. Gary Gray (The Italian Job). Aldis Hodge (Leverage) will play Mc Ren and Neil Brown Jr. (The Walking Dead) will be DJ Yella, joining previously announced stars O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, and Jason Mitchell as Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, and Eazy-e respectively. The film is set for a Aug. 14, 2015 release with Ice Cub and Dr. Dre serving as producers. [THR]

Zulay Henao (The Single Moms Club) will play adult film legend Vanessa del Rio in an untitled biopic. The project »

- Jake Perlman

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Giancarlo Esposito Joins Musical Drama ‘Stuck’; Rom-Com ‘Temps’ Sets Leads

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

Giancarlo Esposito has joined the cast of NYC-set musical drama Stuck, about six strangers trapped on a stalled subway train. Filming is underway with a cast that includes Amy Madigan and singer-actress Ashanti. Esposito will play Lloyd, a mysterious homeless man who might offer more wisdom than expected. Stuck is adapted from the stage play by Riley Thomas, who co-scripted with director Michael Berry; the helmer is set to release his drama Frontera, also co-starring Madigan alongside Ed Harris, Eva Longoria, and Michael Peña, this month. Esposito starred on the recent NBC series Revolution and was just announced as joining […] »

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Simon West to crowd-fund action-comedy Salty

5 hours ago | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Expendables 2 director talks crowd-funding, a Con Air sequel and Tolkien & Lewis.

Con Air and The Expendables 2 director Simon West is turning to crowd-funding platform SyndicateRoom to help finance his upcoming action-comedy Salty.

In an unusual move for such a high profile film, UK investors are being invited to own a stake in the film by buying shares in company Salty Film Ltd via the equity crowd-funding platform SyndicateRoom.

According to West’s Simon West Productions, angel investors have already bought £450,000 of equity in Salty Films, with remaining shares available at a minimum of £1,000.

The production is aiming for crowd-funding investors to make up £1.8m of the film’s projected £5.9m ($10m) budget, with the remainder expected from pre-sales and tax credits.

West’s production outfit is in advanced negotiations with a Us sales outfit for the project, which the director hopes to shoot in 2015.

Salty follows a reformed sex-addict muso who is persuaded to take a »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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