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'Avengers: Age of Ultron': Hundreds of German Theaters Boycotting Marvel Film

26 April 2015 2:12 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The heroes of Avengers: Age of Ultron won't be assembling at a number of German theaters. Theaters in 193 small towns in Germany are refusing to screen the Marvel blockbuster, citing Disney's raised rental fee for the film, according to German publication Deutsche Welle. In total, the film is being kept from 686 screens. Read More Joss Whedon: Edgar Wright's Scrapped 'Ant-Man' Script Was Marvel's Best Ever Cinema owners told Dw that they were taken aback when Disney announced it was upping the fee from 47.7 to 53 percent of ticket sales. Additionally, Disney is cutting its advertising spend and

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- Ryan Gajewski

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Apparently Avengers: Age Of Ultron Has An Alternate Ending

27 April 2015 7:11 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Marvel fans, just a heads up . this is going to be a difficult week for avoiding Avengers: Age of Ultron spoilers. The film hits U.S. theaters this Thursday night, but it already debuted overseas, which means people are chatting about it. That said, we.ll offer massive spoiler warnings when we start heading towards dangerous waters, because this tidbit surrounding an alternate ending for the film is going to be something you.ll want to hear.  As ScreenCrush found, Amazon.co.uk is already releasing details about the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron Blu-ray and DVD release. Along with the announcement that international audiences can start pre-ordering them online, a small message popped up to reveal that the home releases will feature both an "extended version" of the film and an "alternate ending." These are both pretty big deals for different reasons.  Director Joss Whedon previously said that his »


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Vanilla Ice responds to Adam Sandler's Native American controversy on Ridiculous Six

26 April 2015 7:23 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Vanilla Ice has come to the defence of Adam Sandler upcoming Netflix comedy The Ridiculous Six over a recent backlash.

Several Native Americans working on the film walked off set last week, after condemning the film for being "totally disrespectful" towards their culture.

Nine people left after taking offence over Native American women being called 'Beaver's Breath' and 'No Bra', as well as a scene with a Native American squatting to urinate while smoking a peace pipe.

But Ice, who claims to be part-Choctaw, told TMZ that the he can see the argument from both sides, due to his roots.

"It's comedy, I don't think anybody had any ill feelings or intent or anything. This movie isn't Dancing with Wolves... it's comedy," he explained.

Ice will play Mark Twain in The Ridiculous Six. That, alone, would seem to suggest that it's a spoof film.

The Ridiculous Six stars Sandler, Will Forte, »


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Marvel's Spider-Man Movie May Have This Title

26 April 2015 5:42 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

The upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe-set Spider-Man movie doesn't have a title yet... and it will be interesting to see what it winds up settling on. After all, the simple elegance of just calling it Spider-Man was taken by Sam Raimi's trilogy, and the short-lived Amazing Spider-Man series took the second best option available. So what will the next big screen incarnation be called? Spectacular Spider-Man? Superior Spider-Man? Ultimate Spider-Man? Well, if a new rumor is to be believed, then the film may be called Spider-Man: The New Avenger. This story has been put online by movie reporter and frequent rumor source Umberto Gonzalez, who claims to have gotten unconfirmed information about the in-development collaboration between Marvel Studios and Sony. If it turns out to be true, it would fit in with Marvel's past title, specifically the first Captain America movie, Captain America: The First Avenger. At this point »


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Daniel Craig Apparently Turned Down A Lot Of James Bond Product Placement Money

26 April 2015 7:24 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

In the storied tradition of the franchise, we can expect to see James Bond use a whole bunch of gadgets as he goes through his latest adventure in the upcoming Spectre - but one gadget you definitely won't be seeing in his hand will be a Sony cell phone. This is evidently because Daniel Craig and director Sam Mendes didn't believe the device was cool enough for 007 - even though they were offered a whole bunch of money to use it in the movie. Mashable has gotten its hands on some internal communication from Sony Pictures that says that the star and director of Spectre turned down a good chunk of money from the studio because they didn't want to use a Sony cell phone. According to the report, Sony Mobile made an offer to Daniel Craig for $5 million to use one of their devices in the next James Bond »


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Karlovy Vary unveils 50th plans

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Mel Gibson to film special trailer for the festival; plans for Lebanese cinema focus and tributes to late Us actor John Cazale and Chris Penn.

The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (Kviff) has unveiled plans for its 50th ‘annivarysary’ edition, set to run July 3-11.

The jubilee edition will include a look at recent Lebanese cinema, a retrospective of late Soviet-Ukrainian director Larisa Shepitko’s work and tributes to Us actors John Cazale and Chris Penn.

Actor-director Mel Gibson will also film a special trailer for the festival, set to be shot in Los Angeles in early May. The Lethal Weapon star received the Crystal Globe for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema at last year’s Kviff.

Gibson continues a tradition that sees the recipients of this award feature in a short trailer for the following festival. It will be written and directed by Martin Krejčí, who has collaborated with Ivan Zachariáš since the beginning of the »


- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Independence Day 2 Adds Maika Monroe as President Whitmore’s Daughter

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

I had a good feeling we’d be seeing more of Maika Monroe after she appeared in Ramin Bahrani’s At Any Price, but the success of It Follows likely locked in a promising career for the pro kiteboarder-turned-actress. Just weeks after It Follows scored over $160,000 in one weekend in just four theaters and earned itself a wide release, Monroe has been cast in the highly anticipated sequel to Independence Day. [caption id="attachment_341404" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Picturehouse[/caption] Director Roland Emmerich made the announcement on Twitter, but THR also chimed in with a few more details. Apparently Monroe will be the female lead in the film, Liam Hemsworth’s character’s love interest and President Thomas J. Whitmore’s (Bill Pullman) daughter, Patricia Whitmore. Admittedly, I am a bit disappointed that Mae Whitman isn’t returning to take the role, especially when she grew up to be a talented actress, but there’s »

- Perri Nemiroff

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“A Lot of People Don’t Know the Added Value of Publicists”: Mirjam Wiekenkamp on Film Publicity

38 minutes ago | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

I can’t say I’ve had many positive experiences with publicists. I once met one who texted throughout our entire first meeting, another who pretended not to have a spare ticket for a screening, and another who set up an interview and then told me afterward it couldn’t be published. But a series of lousy experiences by no means speaks to the universal personalities that PR attracts. It’s just that I’ve found publicity in general to be more on the unpleasant side of film industry unpleasantry, so it’s somehow been easier to judge. When I think of PR, I have a […] »

- Taylor Hess

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Cannes: New Images From 'Macbeth' Starring Michael Fassbender And Marion Cotillard

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

Ol' dusty Shakespeare is getting the kind of fresh coat of paint that underscores just how enduring the work of the Bard is hundreds of years on. Sure, we all know the story of "Macbeth." But we'd wager few interpretations will be as bold as "The Snowtown Murders" director Justin Kurzel's take in the Cannes-bound "Macbeth." And new images from the film have arrived. Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard take the lead roles in the movie, which Empire notes from the official synopsis will be "a reimagining of what wartime must have been like for one of Shakespeare’s most famous and compelling characters, a story of all-consuming passion and ambition set in war-torn medieval Scotland.” But clearly, these pics are taken from the less bloody moments of the story. "Macbeth" will open in the U.S. via The Weinstein Company and we can't wait. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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'The Guys Next Door' Documents The Evolving Nature of Family

44 minutes ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress -- at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite. In the meantime: is this a movie you'd want to see? Tell us in the comments. The Guys Next Door Tweetable Logline: Two girls, gay dads, a surrogate and donor eggs, a poignant story of family, friendship and gay rights. Elevator Pitch: "The Guys Next Door," a feature-length documentary, invites viewers into the home of Erik and Sandro, a gay couple with two daughters birthed by their friend Rachel via donor eggs. In her 40s, Rachel is married to Tony, and they have three biological children of their own. The film explores complicated questions of identity: What are the factors that influence who we become? How does becoming a parent challenge how we see ourselves? Can we control what we pass onto our children? »


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John Slattery on What Matthew Weiner Said on the Last Day of 'Mad Men' and Why People Want to Direct

44 minutes ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

John Slattery is much more than just Roger Sterling. Sure, he's also the guy in the Lincoln ads before Matthew McConaughey took over, and he's the quirky Doctor Norman in the fourth season of "Arrested Development." But Slattery has done what seems impossible — he's transcended an iconic supporting role on one of television's landmark programs. He's no longer just Roger Sterling or the actor who plays Roger Sterling: He's a writer, director and comedic, dramatic, supporting, lead and every other identifier for actors. In short, "Mad Men" may be ending, but Slattery is just getting started. Before Season 7 premiered, Indiewire sat down with Slattery to discuss Roger's state of mind, what the characters are looking for and what got him hooked on directing.  Read More: Christina Hendricks on the 'Catwalk' of 'Mad Men' and Not Needing a Happy Ending So. Roger. Yeah.  How did you approach his mentality in the seventh season? »


- Ben Travers

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Lord Of The Rings Cinematographer Andrew Lesnie Dies Of A Heart Attack

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

Andrew Lesnie, the Oscar-winning cinematography behind the Lord of the Rings trilogy and a longtime collaborator of director Peter Jackson, died Monday. A native of Sydney, Australia, Lesnie was said to have died from a heart attack. He was 59.  A spokesman for the Australian Cinematographers Society, which inducted Lesnie into their Hall of Fame back in 2002, released a brief statement saying they.ve been "advised of the sudden death of Andrew." Lesnie.s family is said to make a statement, potentially later today. Hollywood is devastated by the news. According to News.com.au, members of Weta, Jackson.s special effects company, are said to be in mourning, while some of Lesnie.s co-workers have responded on Twitter. Russell Crowe, who worked with Lesnie on his directorial debut, The Water Diviner, called Lesnie "the master of the light," while Fantastic Four star Jamie Bell, who worked with him on King »

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How Do You Watch TV? New Services Make a Case for Cutting the Cord

1 hour ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Last Week's Episode: Is Jimmy Fallon's Game Show Version of Late Night Ruining Comedy? Everyone watches television differently these days. From the old school cable subscribers to the new age internet-only viewers, TV is no longer just for TV. It's on our computers, phones, tablets and virtually anywhere we want a screen to be. But many of TV's most ardent fans (read: heavy watchers) haven't been able to take full advantage of the new era without paying extra. They may like using their Apple TV or PS3 to access Netflix, Hulu, Amazon or any of the other streaming networks, but only as an addition to their mandatory basic cable package. When and how will those viewers finally be able to cut the cord completely? When will everyone? Of late, companies have made an even more aggressive push to court consumers looking for easier access to what they want to view. »


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Watch: 5 International TV Spots For 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Feature New Footage, More Destruction

1 hour ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Next month, the world burns in "Mad Max: Fury Road." The new entry into George Miller's sunbanked, minimal plot, maximum destruction franchise comes with what looks like the biggest effort yet. And some new international TV spots for the movie highlight more footage and a bit more of the story, such as it is. But then again, "Mad Max" movies have always used a simple device to power the diesel fuelled narrative. In this case, the baddies want their wives, presumably freed by Charlize Theron's Furiosa, returned. And of course, Tom Hardy's Max gets in the mix and a massive chase ensues. There will be lots of vehicles being torn apart, but I'm most curious about the dude with the Flame Guitar playing on the car that is made of amplifiers. That is sort of dumbly amazing. "Mad Max: Fury Road" revs up on May 15th. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Neill Blomkamp's 'Chappie' Will Have An Alternate Ending On Blu-ray

1 hour ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Can time offer a better perspective on Neill Blomkamp's "Chappie." With audiences passing on the movie for the most part, and even the director's most diehard fans critical of the movie, was the reception of the movie due to heightened expectations? Will it get a better assessment on home video? Well, you can find out in June when "Chappie" comes to Blu-ray. And of course according to Sony's own ad for the movie, it will come boxed with the increasingly standard alternate ending. Not to spoil it for those who haven't seen the movie, but the finale in the finished film required a certain leap of faith, but was pretty effective and even moving. However, even by that point, if you weren't with the film, you weren't going to roll with it anyway. And as someone who like "Chappie" quite a bit, I'm very curious to see the other direction Blomkamp considered. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Dave Filoni Explains the ‘Star Wars Rebels’ Ezra Lightsaber/Blaster Hybrid

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

Just when everyone was busy talking or bitching about Kylo Ren’s lightsaber in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the Star Wars Rebels team jumped on board with a strange design of their own. They introduced Ezra’s lightsaber, which looks like a staple gun and combines a blaster with a lightsaber. Because it wasn’t in theaters, […]

The post Dave Filoni Explains the ‘Star Wars Rebels’ Ezra Lightsaber/Blaster Hybrid appeared first on /Film. »


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Cannes: ‘Scherzo,’ ‘Witness,’ ‘Link’ Set For Cannes’ Blood Window

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

Madrid — Adrian Garcia Bogliano’s “Scherzo Diabolico,” Santiago Fernandez’s “Intimate Witness” and Javier Diment’s “The Rotten Link” will screen at Cannes’ 2nd Blood Window, which will open up from its Latin American base to take in Spain while boasting a strong Argentine flavor: Four of the five titles in the pix-in-post showcase have Argentine-directors, though Garcia Bogliano is Spain-born and now Mexico-based.

One high-profile event at this year’s Cannes Film Market, Blood Window unspools May 15-19, abandoning 2014’s midnight slot for 6 p.m. screenings.

As last-year, Blood Window, Ventana Sur’s Latin American Fantastic Film Market, will team with the world’s other top fantasy/genre fixtures – Austin, Sitges, Morbido, Bifan and Frontieres – to present new titles from Latin America’s burgeoning genre movie scene.

Produced by Andrea Quiroz at Salto de Fe Films, the Mexico-City label she heads up with Garcia Bogliano, “Scherzo” is represented for the U. »


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Karlovy Vary Prepares to Celebrate 50th Anniversary

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

Prague — Building on a “you’re the star” theme, the Karlovy Vary Film Festival’s 50th edition will kick off with a massive street party July 3, serenaded by Czech rockers and foregoing the usual formal do at the spa town’s fabulously ornate Grandhotel Pupp.

“It won’t be a festival like we’ve had before,” said Eva Zaoralova, the fest’s former artistic director, noting the spirit of inclusiveness planned for Karlovy Vary’s fans, which will include open-air screenings and images of festgoers on the event poster unveiled in Prague Tuesday.

Tributes will honor actors John Cazale (1935-1978), who portrayed the luckless Fredo Corleone in “The Godfather” franchise and also starred in “Dog Day Afternoon” and “The Deer Hunter,” and Chris Penn (1965-2006), who appeared in “Rumble Fish,” “Reservoir Dogs” and “Short Cuts.”

There is also a tribute to Ukrainian auteur filmmaker Larisa Shepitko, whose works “Heat,” “Wings »


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‘Cub’ Trailer: The Darkness Has Risen

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

The Belgian shocker Cub, which follows an outcast kid as his fellow scouts as they run afoul of a strange force in the woods, hit festivals last year, stopping by Tiff and Fantastic Fest on its way through the festival circuit. It’s an unusual piece of work that combines some out and out scares with […]

The post ‘Cub’ Trailer: The Darkness Has Risen appeared first on /Film. »

- Russ Fischer

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Euro commissioner looks to drop VOD geo-blocking

2 hours ago | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Geo-blocking and territoriality were high on the agenda when European Commissioner Andrus Ansip met with members of the European Parliament’s Committee on Culture and Education for an ¨exchange of views¨ in Strasbourg.

During the 90-minute grilling on Monday evening (April 27), Ansip repeatedly detailed his plans for copyright reform as part of the European Commission’s Digital Single Market Strategy to be unveiled in Brussels next week.

¨I would like to ask for cross-border access to the content and portability of the content, but it does not mean that we are wanting to destroy this principle of territoriality,¨ he explained.

¨It does not mean that after this reform there will only be pan-European licenses. If, for example, in a smaller Member State, film producers are expecting  that the interest to buy those rights of the films is only in the neighbouring  Member States, this will be acceptable. There is no need to sell pan-European licenses, no need to »


- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney)

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