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Box-office update: 'Lucy' defeats 'Hercules' with $17.1 million Friday

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

Dwayne Johnson’s brawn was no match for Scarlett Johansson’s brain at the box office on Friday, as Johansson’s new action film Lucy took the top spot. With an estimated $17.1 million on Friday, Lucy may bring an unexpected boost to this year’s weak July box office and is now on track to pass its estimated $35 million opening, further cementing Johansson’s star power.

Though he definitely has a lot of power in his own way, Dwayne Johnson didn’t have enough strength as Hercules at the box office; Brett Ratner’s poorly reviewed adaptation of Steve Moore »


- Jake Perlman

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Edgar Wright to Direct Sci-Fi ‘Grasshopper Jungle’ for Sony

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

Edgar Wright is set to direct “Grasshopper Jungle” for Sony Pictures.

Scott Rosenberg is penning the script and will produce along with Matt Tolmach and Nira Park.

Based on the young adult novel by Andrew Smith, the film will tell the story of a boy and his friends who inadvertently cause a genetically engineered plague that unleashes giant praying mantises that they must battle.

Wright will direct this after he finishes helming “Baby Driver” for Working Title. That makes two films he has lined up to direct since he exited Marvel’s “Ant-Man.”

Wright is repped by CAA, Anonymous Content and Independent Talent Group.

Deadline Hollywood first reported the news.

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- Justin Kroll

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Comic-Con: George Miller Teases ‘Road Warrior’-Esque ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’

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George Miller blazed through Hall H with footage from Mad Max: Fury Road, which isn’t exactly a sequel or a prequel but feels very Mad Max through and through. “I was able to make the movie I wanted to make,” he told the standing-room-only Comic-Con crowd. “WB allows the filmmakers their process.” It’s been 35 years since the Aussie filmmaker started the franchise with Mel Gibson as the iconic post-apocalyptic road warrior, the cult fave who last hit screens in 1985′s threequel Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. (One big difference in shooting the first movie and shooting this one? “It took […] »


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‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ Trailer Description And Panel Recap [Comic Con 2014[

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Peter Jackson took the stage at Hall H at Comic-Con for what was, potentially, the last time Saturday to present the first footage from The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Co-stars Andy Serkis, Lee Pace, Evangeline Lilly, Benedict Cumberbatch, Orlando Bloom, Cate Blanchet, Elijah Wood and others joined the writer/director to promote the […]

The post ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ Trailer Description And Panel Recap [Comic Con 2014[ appeared first on /Film. »


- Germain Lussier

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Jupiter Ascending Comic-Con Panel Recap: Epic New Trailer Revealed

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

One of my most anticipated films of this summer was writers/directors Lana and Andy Wachowski’s original sci-fi pic Jupiter Ascending.  I was bummed when Warner Bros. decided to push the movie to next February, but luckily that gave the studio the opportunity to shed more light on the film at Comic-Con 2014.  Earlier today in Hall H, star Channing Tatum took the stage to present the film’s excellent new trailer and tease a bit more about the pic.  Read my full recap of the Jupiter Ascending Comic-Con panel after the jump. Tatum took the Comic-Con stage to the delight of fans, but unfortunately he was the only Jupiter Ascending member there.  He explained that the Wachowskis were held up shooting their Netflix series, and said that Mila Kunis couldn’t come because “she’s super pregnant.”  Tatum was welcomed by moderator extraordinaire Chris Hardwick, and when he revealed »

- Adam Chitwood

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Comic-Con: Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele and Director/Producer Peter Atencio Talk Key And Peele Season 4, Animated Spinoffs, Fargo, and More

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

Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele may well be the best damn comedy team working today.  After honing their skills on MadTV for five seasons, the duo struck out on their own to create Key and Peele.  Within months of premiering, the series produced a viral hit so popular that President Barrack Obama felt the need to comment on it publicly. Three seasons, (with Key and Peele Season 4 coming this fall), two Emmy nominations, and one Peabody Award later, these funnymen are just getting started. Now they’re branching out into dramedy with turns on Fargo, features with Judd Apatow and even animated spin-offs of their meta-textual YouTube characters Vandaveon and Mike.  Yesterday afternoon, Collider sat down with the comedians and their Director/Producer Peter Atencio at Comic-Con to discuss all of the above.  And Cyrano de Bergerac by way of Cholo culture.  Read on for the full interview and some video snippets. »

- Hunter Daniels

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Lasse Hallström Strikes a Familiar Gong In First Reviews of 'The Hundred-Foot Journey'

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By the first counts,"The Hundred-Foot Journey" (August 8) is a mildly enjoyable if too-familiar film that will flee your mind within moments of exiting the theater — in short, a Lasse Hallström movie. “Chocolat,” specifically, is the film most reviewers are finding similar, both for its focus on food and, in one critic’s own words, an “affectionate shaming of provincial Gallic villagers.” How much culture-shaming Helen Mirren’s protagonist carries out will remain to be seen, but the first batch of reviews do not foretell a tasty confection. One can't help but wonder if Hallström and DreamWorks returned to this terrain because in 2001 "Chocolat," after all, did earn five Oscar nominations including Best Picture. It played well to the smarthouse demo (and had Harvey Weinstein behind it).  Will adult audiences return to the well? They tend to be driven by good reviews, is the thing. Variety's Justin Chang writes that the effort is. »


- Nick Newman

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Mad Max: Fury Road Comic-Con Panel Recap: “Comic-Con Belongs to the Mad”; First Footage Unveiled

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

The Mad Max: Fury Road Comic-Con panel was one of the biggest question marks of Comic-Con 2014.  It’s been decades since the last installment.  It took years for the reboot/sequel to get made.  It was a new Mad Max, but the return of the series’ director, George Miller.  And how do you bring one of the most memorable visions of the post-apocalypse into the 21st century?  These questions made me eager to get a first glimpse at the madness.  But the fourth Mad Max doesn’t look mad.  It looks fucking insane in all the best ways. Hit the jump for the Mad Max: Fury Road Comic-Con panel recap. We open with a video message from Charlize Theron, who tells us that “working with George Miller” is like winning the lottery.  She doesn’t say much more than that, but that’s okay because once the video ends, the bass starts booming, »

- Matt Goldberg

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Don't Get Too Excited About Wonder Woman's New Costume, It'll Probably Change

45 minutes ago | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

In a hero's origin story, the condition they're presented in at the beginning of the story is rarely the way they're found later on in their life. The same thing can be said for their costume, or in the case of Wonder Woman, their armor. Costume changes are historical eventualities for heroes and heroines of all stripes, and this . among other reasons . is why I don't think that Zach Snyder's recently unveiled Wonder Woman costume from Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice is the final form we'll be seeing in Justice League, or even at the end of her origin film for that matter. Earlier, we revealed the new costume that Gal Gadot will wear for Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice. The most glaring difference between the Wonder Woman costume of the Snyder era versus that of the incarnations we've been accustomed to throughout the previous history of DC »

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Watch: 'Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Season 2 Teaser Reveals New Character, Plus Season 1 Blooper Reel

52 minutes ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Comic-Con, as you know, is underway this weekend, and there is so much in the way teases, treats, hyperbole and more coming out of San Diego that it can be hard to keep up. But basically, every studio on hand is trying to chase the king of them all, Marvel. The comic company has already proven they can dominate the multiplex and now they are taking their universe expanding ways to the small screen. The format allows them to introduce more characters from the comics and season two of "Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D." looks to do just that. A new teaser screened at Ballroom 20 yesterday, with Patton Oswalt's Agent Koenig addressing the fans attended. And after a mostly unfunny chat about security badges and whatnot, the character revealed that Barbara Morse aka Mockingbird aka Agent 19 will be in the mix in season 2. So that's a little nugget of info for »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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The 'Maze Runner' team explains why they run mazes

1 hour ago | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Though a film with the title The Maze Runner may seem self-explanatory, there are still plenty of questions that can be asked.  What are these mazes like? What do they want? Is running difficult? Have you ever run before? If you’re not careful, you can talk yourself into a maze if you think about it too much.

Not to worry though, the Maze Runner team avoided such perils when they came by the EW hangout at Comic-Con to talk about the upcoming film. Because they’re good at running mazes. »


- Joshua Rivera

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Stephen Colbert Just Showed Up At Comic-Con Dressed Like This

1 hour ago | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

There are a lot of great things about Comic-Con but none more so than watching famous people turn into fans. It.s easy to forget sometimes, but celebrities actually get obsessed over the same kinds of things us normal folk do. Let the record show Stephen Colbert is one of them. He.s been hardcore into Jrr Tolkien for most of his life, and today, he reminded everyone of that by randomly showing up at Comic-Con to take part in The Hobbit panel. As you can see in the above picture, the late night host and future David Letterman successor showed up in the same outfit he wore during his cameo in The Hobbit 2, or as only hardcore Tolkien fans bother calling it The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug. Or as all the dumbshits you know likely call it, The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smog. You can check out Colbert »

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Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice Comic-Con Panel Recap – Batman and Superman Square Off, Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman Revealed

1 hour ago | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

The Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Comic-Con panel recap was one of the most highly anticipated panels of this year’s Con.  We also expected it to be this year’s closer for Warner Bros. panel.  “The Grand Finale,” of their presentation, if you will.  Instead, the studio decided to make the day explode by showing the first footage from the superhero movie.  And it did not disappoint. Hit the jump for the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Comic-Con panel recap. The panel began with Warner Bros. using the biggest side-screens they’ve ever used - they encompassed half the sides of the hall - and they used all of them to showcase a collection of concept art, glimpsed through flashes of lightning to see the two heroes in their glory.  We saw Batman and the glowing eyes of his battle suit.  We saw Superman carrying the body »

- Matt Goldberg

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Comic-Con: Sneak Peek at the Teen-Angst Time-Travel Movie Project Almanac

1 hour ago | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

At Comic-Con late Thursday night, Paramount held a surprise sneak peek of its upcoming found-footage time-travel film Project Almanac, from first-time feature director Dean Israelite and Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes. Originally scheduled for release back in February, it was postponed until January of 2015 to give Paramount and MTV Films time work out a marketing strategy. Some of that strategy will no doubt be based on the response of the select Comic-Con audience at this screening, which was generally positive despite the late hour (it started just after 11:00 pm).  Hit the jump for my Project Almanac preview. No doubt this film will be watched closely by fans of the 1983 Matthew Broderick thriller War Games, since Israelite has just signed on to direct the remake. It’s not hard to see the similarities. Both films center on an awkward but brilliant teenager whose talents get him in over his head »

- Cindy White

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‘Jupiter Ascending’ Footage Features Shiny Explosions and Weird Romance [Comic-Con 2014]

1 hour ago | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Among all the talk of sequels and adaptations, Warner Bros. also previewed one of their most intriguingly offbeat upcoming releases at Hall H on Saturday. Channing Tatum was on hand to reveal some new footage from Jupiter Ascending, the Wachowskis‘ first original sci-fi movie since the Matrix trilogy. Hit the jump to get a recap. […]

The post ‘Jupiter Ascending’ Footage Features Shiny Explosions and Weird Romance [Comic-Con 2014] appeared first on /Film. »


- Angie Han

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Comic-Con: Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Clark Gregg, Cast and Producers Talk Season 2, Existing within the McU, Agent Carter Connections, and More

1 hour ago | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Shortly after the Marvel TV panel at Comic-Con on Friday, I was able to participate in a roundtable interview with cast members Clark Gregg, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain de Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge, and executive producers Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen, Jeph Loeb, and Jeffrey Bell. If you watch Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., you know there was a huge revelation about Brett Dalton’s character, Grant Ward. Many had wondered if Dalton would be returning for season two, but with his appearance at Comic-Con and having participated in interviews for the show, it’s safe to assume that he will be back. Also, with the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, S.H.I.E.L.D. has all but been completely obliterated. During the roundtable interviews, the actors and producers talked about how The Winter Soldier will affect the show going forward, when the rest of the Avengers will discover that Agent Coulson is still alive, »

- Rachel Howard

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Comic-Con: WB, Zack Snyder Wow With Supersized ‘Batman v. Superman’ Teaser

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

Zack Snyder brought his new Batman Ben Affleck, Superman Henry Cavill, and Wonder Woman Gal Gadot to Hall H – and the fans to their feet – right off the bat at the top of Warner Bros.’ two-hour Comic-Con presentation this morning. And with the superheroes came a groundbreaking first for the convention itself: Curtains on either side of the main jumbotron crawled back to reveal supersized wraparound screens extending down both sides of the massive Hall, giving the 6,000+ attendees an immersive aural and visual peek at a first teaser for Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Snyder also […] »


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Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill Surprise Comic-Con With ‘Batman v. Superman’ Footage

1 hour ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot and director Zack Snyder surprised Comic-Con audiences on Saturday morning with the first footage of “Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.”

Warner's is definitely going big here's #batman, #superman and #wonderwoman #sdcc pic.twitter.com/3dt6R2BixP

— Alexandra Cheney (@alexandracheney) July 26, 2014

Superman’s red eyes stared down Batman’s phosphorescent white ones in the teaser from Warner Bros. Batman, played by Affleck, unveiled his newest night sky bat sign, and as the camera moved, Superman, played by Cavill, hovered in its way, frothing and red eyes ablaze.

Awkward silence and brooding ensues, but the packed house of 6,500 loved it so much that moderator Chris Hardwick played the footage again. Affleck and Cavill walked out onstage shortly after alongside Snyder and Gadot, who plays Wonderwoman.

“We have to go back to finish the movie,” he before exiting with the actors. Aside from Synder’s remarks about filming, »


- Alexandra Cheney

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First Look: Wonder Woman in ‘Batman v. Superman’

1 hour ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Director Zack Snyder has released the first photo of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman from “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.”

The image premiered Saturday at Comic-Con during Warner Bros.’ presentation in Hall H, which also featured stars Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill.

Great time at #Sdcc this year! #WonderWoman #DCTrinity

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  (@ZackSnyder) July 26, 2014

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- Variety Staff

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Batman V Superman Wonder Woman Revealed And Two More Character Posters [Comic Con 2014]

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

Saturday during the Warner Bros presentation at 2014 San Diego Comic Con International, director Zack Snyder showed up at the Hall H panel. On the extended projection screen walls appeared character posters for Batman and Superman from the Man of Steel sequel Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. They then revealed a third poster featuring Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman. […]

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- Peter Sciretta

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