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Chappie Review Roundup: Can Hugh Jackman's Mullet and a Rogue Robot Win Critics Over?

1 hour ago | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Any movie with Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver, and a robot that's come to life has to be good...right? You'd certainly think so, but not all the critics are sold on Chappie! The Neil Blomkamp-directed sci-fi flick takes place in the not-so-distant future, where pre-programmed robots act as the police force. When one of these droids (Chappie) is stolen and his data is reprogrammed, he takes on the ability to think for himself and experience typically human emotions for the first time. Weaver's character as well as the mullet-rocking engineer Jackman plays are opposed to the idea of these empowered robots—Chappie included. Jackman reasons that "the problem with artificial intelligence is it's »


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Sigourney Weaver Promises Neill Blomkamp’s ‘Alien’ Film Will ‘Break New Ground’

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

Sigourney Weaver promises that the “Alien” franchise is in good hands with “District 9″ director Neill Blomkamp, and she’s looking forward to returning to her signature role of Ellen Ripley in a new installment in the science-fiction series.

“I can’t think of a better director,” Weaver told Variety at the New York City premiere of Blomkamp’s latest film, “Chappie.” “He’s a real fan. I think he’ll be true to the world and take it in unexpected directions. It’s got a lot of sinew in it. It will certainly stand up to the others and probably break a lot of new ground as well.”

Weaver appears in “Chappie,” a film about a police droid who is able to think and feel, as a ruthless weapons manufacturer. She said Blomkamp expressed his admiration for the first two films in her iconic sci-fi series, Ridley Scott’s »


- Brent Lang

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Lionsgate, Buena Vista International Team For ‘Mockingjay 2′ Release In Russia

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Expanding on their previous overseas collaborations, Lionsgate is teaming with Buena Vista International for the Russian theatrical release of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2. Russia was among the top markets for Mockingjay – Part 1 with over $15M in grosses, but the devaluation of the ruble in the past year has hit Hollywood hard. By comparison, Catching Fire made about $23M the… »


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Netflix vs. HBO: In the Battle of Programming Giants, Who's Ahead?

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After an exceedingly busy news week, it's beginning to feel like the pioneering streaming service and the stalwart premium cable channel are playing their own "Game of Thrones." Both have distinct advantages and disadvantages, especially when it comes to programming, where Netflix and HBO are in more direct competition than ever before. Let's break down this heavyweight bout category by category: Original Programming: HBO Netflix is coming on strong, with "The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" (March 6) and "Bloodline" (March 20) soon to join popular titles such as "House of Cards" and "Orange is the New Black." But after the disastrous "Marco Polo," it's clear that the streaming service has yet to tap into the zeitgeist with a series as opulent, soapy, and surprising as HBO's mega-hit "Game of Thrones." Toss in provocative comedies ("Girls," "Togetherness," "Looking," "Veep"), »


- Matt Brennan

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Watch: What Happens When You Pretend You've Won an Oscar

27 minutes ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: 5 Reasons the Oscars Should Not Go Back to 5 Nominees Have you ever wondered what it feels like to win an Oscar? Would people treat you differently? Would you get stuff for free? That's exactly what Mark David Christenson tries to find out in this prank video from New Media Rockstars. On Oscar night, February 22, Christenson set out to the streets of Hollywood dressed in a rented tux and carrying a fake Academy Award. What follows was a night that Christenson will never forget. As a result of looking the part, Christenson made it through several levels of security, into parties without a ticket, and was even offered a free ride, courtesy of a questionable valet. Check out the prank below: Indiewire got a hold of Christenson to inquire into a few more details about the night. Christenson said the valet was surprisingly understanding, and no, he never did call that girl. »


- Casey Cipriani

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Watch Over 10 Minutes Of ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Behind The Scenes Footage

28 minutes ago | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

The floodgates have opened for Avengers: Age of Ultron. After the release of the third trailer, we’ve now seen what looks like a climactic battle, Vision, more Hulk/Black Widow romance, Ultron’s army and even some mysterious claws. Many questions have been answered, more have been posed, and now anything is fair game. Case in point, several […]

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- Germain Lussier

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Watch: 'Chappie' And 'Short Circuit' Get Rewired In This Mashup

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There are a lot of very strong opinions flying around about Neill Blomkamp's "Chappie," but I have to agree with our own Drew Taylor who said "there is a lot to appreciate and even love" about the movie. Yes, it's flawed, but it's also surprisingly moving and undoubtedly original. However, for those less enamored with the film, it's nothing more than an expensive, more violent take on "Short Circuit." And so, they'll probably enjoy this mashup. Yep, the music and dialogue from "Chappie" has been cut with "Short Circuit" in this rewired take on both movies. Certainly, I haven't seen "Short Circuit" since I was a kid so I completely forgot that the military plays a big part of the movie. But in terms of functional design, Chappie has Johnny Five beat. Check it out below. [Live For Films] »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Abel Ferrara Battles for Director's Cut of 'Welcome to New York,' But Here's the Real Story

34 minutes ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Abel Ferrara, the rascally perennial New York filmmaker behind seminal tales of urban grime like "Bad Lieutenant" and "The Funeral," has never taken kindly to the idea of compromise. At the same time, the unruly, anarchic sensibility visible in his movies also colors his business dealings, to the point where the legitimacy of his routine complaints with collaborators are difficult to discern. Read More: Sex, Soul Searching & a Naked Gerard Depardieu: Abel Ferrara's Dsk Drama 'Welcome to New York' is Bonkers Such is the case with "Welcome to New York," Ferrara's gleefully vulgar portrait of disgraced French politician Dominique Strauss-Kahn, which IFC Films releases in the U.S. on March 27. The movie, which stars Gerard Depardieu in the lead role, premiered at an unofficial screening in Cannes last May at the same time that it became available on VOD platforms in France. But it wasn't until the fall, »


- Eric Kohn

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Still Alice - video review

36 minutes ago | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

In an excerpt from this week's Guardian Film Show Henry Barnes, Peter Bradshaw and Benjamin Lee review Still Alice, the drama for which Julianne Moore won her best actress Oscar last month. Moore plays a linguistics expert who is diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease and has to come to terms with her illness. Still Alice, which also stars Alec Baldwin and Kristen Stewart, is released in the UK on Friday Continue reading »

- Henry Barnes, Peter Bradshaw, Benjamin Lee, Tom Silverstone, Irene Baque and Ben Kape

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Review: 'American Crime' is the Most Complex & Ambitious Broadcast Drama You Don't Need to Watch

48 minutes ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Drama is easy. While the latter half of the famous showbiz statement (adapted from Edmund Kean's alleged last words) holds no relevance to "American Crime" -- a show so steeped in its seriousness you're more likely to see a dinosaur show up than a character laughing -- it's also generally beside the point. Drama is easy, whether you compare it to comedy or any other genre. So common is anything noticeably emotional in our society that we're all too well versed in it. There's drama in a test taken at school or a commuter's daily race to the office. It's great drama that's hard and drawing a line between the two even more difficult — and subjective. "American Crime" has all the markings of the next great drama. It's even been labeled as such in its marketing campaign and with (superficially) good reason. From the mind and pen of Oscar-winning screenwriter John Ridley, »


- Ben Travers

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Exclusive: Learn The Art Of Forgery In Clip From 'Buzzard'

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The day-to-day grind of office life is something most of us tolerate to make a living, but for Marty in Joel Potrykus' "Buzzard," it's an indignity that's beneath him. He's always got some kind of con going on, but his latest scheme is one that will find him in over his head. And today, we have an exclusive clip from the edgy film that won a Special Mention Award from the Junior Jury at the Locarno International Film Festival. Written, directed and starring Joel Potrykus along with Joshua Burge, Teri Ann Nelson, Alan Longstreet, Rico Bruce Wade and Katie Call, the story zeroes in on Marty who seizes an opportunity when it lands right in his lap. Entrusted with some undelivered checks, the young man soon sees the possibility to make some cash, and as you'll see in the sequence below, he's figured out a way to forge the required signatures. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Believe the Impossible In New Trailer For 'Little Boy'

1 hour ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

In films like "Birdman," "Lucy" and even the "X-Men" franchise, adults use special powers to move objects with their minds, usually to somewhat disastrous results. "Little Boy" is more "Matilda" than any of these, endowing the titular little boy with telekinesis just after his father leaves to fight in World War II. With his newly discovered abilities, the support of his family and his faith in himself, the little boy is willing to do whatever it takes to bring his father home, even if it means ending the war itself. "Little Boy" stars Tom Wilkinson, Emily Watson and Kevin James. Released by Open Road Films, it opens on April 24. Read More: Would You Pay $15 For Stand-Alone HBOGo? »


- Elizabeth Logan

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We Are Monster trailer: exclusive look at unsettling new British drama - video

1 hour ago | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Watch the exclusive trailer for We Are Monster, the harrowing true story of a racist killing in a young offenders' institution that made headlines in 2000. We Are Monster, which received a positive review from The Guardian at last year's Edinburgh film festival, stars Leeshon Alexander and Aymen Hamdouchi, is released in cinemas on 1 May and is available on DVD/Tvod on 11 May Continue reading »

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27-Hour Marvel Movie Marathon Including 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron' Coming To A Theater Near You

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Let's say you're one of the five people on the planet who has never seen a Marvel movie, and with "Avengers: Age Of Ultron" coming, you want to catch up with the cinematic universe all at once. Or maybe, you're a Marvel mega-fan who wants to overload on your favorite superheroes all at once. Well, AMC Theaters, Regal Entertainment, Cinemark, Megaplex, Harkins and National Amusements has you covered. The theaters will host the Marvel Ultimate Marathon Event, a non-stop 27-hour movie-fest starting on April 29th with "Iron Man" and ending the next day with "Avengers: Age Of Ultron." The upside? It'll be a full day of Marvel movies with the most dedicated and enthusiastic fans out there. The downside? You'll have to sit through the Thor movies (though perhaps that would be a good time to duck out and catch a nap). This will set you back a whopping $65 dollars or just under $6 per movie. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch Adam Sandler And Bob Barker Continue Their Feud In This Epic Video

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After almost 20 years, Bob Barker and Adam Sandler are still feuding. It all started when the two had an on-screen scuffle in Happy Gilmore, but we all thought they had buried the hatchet. Well, they.ve reignited the feud for a good cause, and the former Price Is Right host still packs a punch.  Adam Sandler and Bob Barker have put aside their differences for the moment to support autism programs. This comes at a great time because Barker is on hospital bed rest as he recovers from hip surgery, and Sandler is all too eager to blow on his hot soup for him. Soon, though, the two start hurling jabs at each other, like "You.re looking chunkier than the soup" and poking fun at Sandler.s "wacka wacka woo" voice. But when Barker called Sandler a desperate idiot, that.s when the actor lost his cool and threw »

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Dan Stevens and Luke Evans to Join Emma Watson in Live-Action 'Beauty and the Beast'

1 hour ago | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I am still trying to figure out my thoughts on this new adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, the latest in the line of live-action versions of classic Disney films. I do love that 1991 Best Picture nominee, as it is probably my favorite animated film of all time, and I do not want to see it tampered with. However, the musical fan in me is okay with revivals, so why should this not get another goc They have already brought on their Belle in Emma Watson. Now they need to bring on the Beast and Gaston, and the two men they've chosen have a strange thing in common: their last names are just plural first names. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Dan Stevens (The Guest) will take on the titular Beast role, and The Hobbit's Luke Evans will play the pompous and villainous Gaston (via Variety). Even though I have »

- Mike Shutt

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Attention, Filmmakers: Seed&Spark Can Help You Reach Millions on Cable VOD

1 hour ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Seed&Spark, the crowdfunding and distribution platform, has recently pacted with Verizon, Emerging Pictures and Quiver to provide distribution pipelines for filmmakers. Read More: Seed&Spark Expands from Crowdfunding to Distribution "Combined with our crowdfunding platform, the new free range distribution pipeline we've opened up allows filmmakers to maintain their independence—from pre-production all the way through distribution. We want filmmakers to have access to all the tools they need to build truly independent, sustainable businesses out of their film careers," Seed&Spark Founder and CEO Emily Best told Indiewire. Through Seed&Spark's deal with Verizon, filmmakers have the chance to reach approximately 5.6 million subscribers on cable VOD. The Quiver deal will give filmmakers access to major online retailers, including iTunes, Google Play, Amazon Instant Video, Netflix and others.  Beginning this month, both feature and short films »


- Paula Bernstein

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Watch: First International Trailer for 'Dark Places' Based on the Gillian Flynn Novel

1 hour ago | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

All the way back in November 2013 we got our first look at Charlize Theron in the adaptation of "Gone Girl" author, Gillian Flynn's, Dark Places. However, since then we've seen Gone Girl come and go to much acclaim and A24 as still not set a release date for the film. Things, however, are moving internationally on the feature directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner as we've already seen a poster and now we have the first international trailer. Adapted from Flynn's bestselling 2009 mystery novel, Dark Places centers on a woman who survived the brutal killing of her family as a child is forced to confront the events of that day by a secret society obsessed with solving notorious crimes. Along with Theron the film co-stars Christina Hendricks, Chloe Moretz, Nicholas Hoult, Tye Sheridan, Drea de Matteo and Corey Stoll. The film does have an MPAA rating so that's squared away, perhaps »

- Brad Brevet

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Watch: First Trailer For Gillian Flynn's 'Dark Places' Starring Charlize Theron, Chloë Moretz, And Nicholas Hoult

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So... what happened? Even before we got our first look at David Fincher's "Gone Girl," in late 2013 that other Gillian Flynn adaptation, "Dark Places," released its first image. And then a deafening silence followed. Along the way, cult/arthouse distributors A24 picked up the movie, and it was pretty much assumed that "Gone Girl" and "Dark Places" would stay out of each other's way. We didn't expect that the picture would suddenly open up overseas with little in the way of advance fanfare, but that's right, in just one month "Dark Places" arrives in France. And the first trailer is here. Featuring a pretty terrific ensemble of Charlize TheronCorey StollTye SheridanChloë Grace MoretzNicholas HoultSterling Jerins and Christina Hendricks with Gilles Paquet-Brenner ("Sarah's Key") directing, the story follows Libby Day (Theron), who as a teenager »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Warner Bros. CEO Says DC Movies Are "Edgier" Than Marvel Films

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Oh boy, here we go again. There is nothing fanboys love to debate more than the merits of DC versus Marvel movies, which is a bit silly considering they are in the big, mainstream, blockbuster sandbox. Sure, one could argue the approach of Zack Snyder and co. is a bit more po-faced than Joss Whedon's quip-fests, but let's face it: at the end of the day, both "Man Of Steel" and "The Avengers" reveled in CGI fulled, big city mayhem. But the CEO of Warner Bros., Kevin Tsujihara, who has a mega-slate of DC comics, world-building movies on the horizon, wants to make a clear distinction between his expensive tentpoles and Marvel's big expensive tentpoles. “The worlds of DC are very different. They’re steeped in realism, and they’re a little bit edgier than Marvel’s movies,” he said during the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference. We're »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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