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Star Wars: Episode 8 Wants To Cast Hong Kong Action Star As A Jedi

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

By the time of the anticipated launch of the Star Wars sequel trilogy this December with Episode VII: The Force Awakens, we will have gotten to either love or hate a slew of new primary characters. However, rumors are circulating that the middle act might add some Force-powered chop-socky with the exciting addition of Hong Kong action star, Donnie Yen. A Hong Kong tabloid called Apple Daily has stoked the rumor fires with their report claiming that Donnie Yen, one of the most bankable stars in the lucrative China film market, has landed a role in the yet-to-be-titled Episode VIII, directed by Rian Johnson. As the sparse details of the report imply, Yen would prospectively play a Jedi, who, by some fateful set of circumstances, becomes a friend to Harrison Ford.s Han Solo in the battle against the neo-Imperial organization known as The First Order. The report goes so »


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Why ‘Magic Mike XXL’ Is Summer’s Most Subversive Studio Pleasure

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“My gaze was being so constantly serviced,” observed my fellow critic Catherine Bray, giddy with delight after seeing “Magic Mike XXL,” the amped-up, dressed-down follow-up to Steven Soderbergh’s 2012 male-stripper study. “Is that what it’s like to be a straight man looking at most media? No wonder so many of them are resistant to changing that.”

It may be cheating a bit to begin an opinion piece with someone else’s opinion, but it’s hard to state much more succinctly than that what feels at once so disarming and disorienting about “XXL,” the rare mainstream sequel that not only matches the quality of its accomplished predecessor but emphatically doesn’t match its tone, shape or perspective. Soderbergh’s film, in addition to being a pithy, pointed snapshot of life in a sunken economy, was a witty dissection of the American male psychology in the 21st century, and the »


- Guy Lodge

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Get Your Warpaint On: ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2’ Releases “Faces Of The Revolution” Propaganda Posters

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Fear not, people of Panem. The revolution bubbling inside “The Hunger Games” movies is almost over, and we know they cannot keep extending it any further beyond the three books which they have already stretched into four movies (but god knows someone is trying to think of spin-offs, more books, etc.) In "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2," Jennifer Lawrence's Katniss leads the District rebellion which attempts to take down its ruthless leader, President Snow (Donald Sutherland). It’s probably not hard to tell how it goes down from there, but for those that haven’t read the books, director Francis Lawrence has already suggested there will be casualties, painful sacrificies and tears along the way to the finale. Read More: Watch: First Teaser For 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2' Reveals Fiery Logo And Dialogue “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2,” which features the addition of Gwendoline Christie »


- Edward Davis

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Justin Kurzel Lines Up ‘True History of the Kelly Gang’

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Justin Kurzel is keeping himself very busy these days. With Macbeth already finished and Assassin’s Creed coming up next, he’s added yet another project to his to-do list. He’s set to direct True History of the Kelly Gang, an adaptation of the novel by Peter Carey. More details on the Justin Kurzel True History of […]

The post Justin Kurzel Lines Up ‘True History of the Kelly Gang’ appeared first on /Film. »


- Angie Han

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New Images And Posters For Guillermo Del Toro's Gothic Horror 'Crimson Peak'

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Guillermo del Toro has declared to EW that his upcoming "Crimson Peak" is not a haunted house movie, that instead, the gorgeous and creepy building "is a rotting representation of the family that has inhabited it...the house basically is a sinister, sinister trap." And it's also the setting of a marriage that soon turns into something far from picture perfect. “[Usually] the marriage is sort of the climax or the high point of a story,” del Toro explained. “I tried on 'Crimson' to say that the horror starts after the marriage. This girl wakes up in a strange place, not her own home, not her own bed, and she little by little realizes that she knows less about the man she married than one would expect. The curious thing is the love story really starts when they acknowledge that darkness.” Read More: Guillermo del Toro Reveals How He Got An R-Rating For 'Crimson Peak, »


- Kevin Jagernauth

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Why Pierce Brosnan Was Never Totally Comfortable Playing James Bond

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It.s not easy being Bond. Aside from the massive undertaking of headlining one of the most beloved movie franchises of all time, there.s also the matter of putting your own mark on the character. No two Bonds are the same, after all. This proved to be exceptionally challenging for Pierce Brosnan. The actor recently opened up about picking up the mantle, and he says he was never really found his footing as 007.  Among the stories of lessons learned and childhood memories, Brosnan told GQ magazine that he never felt his iteration of Bond really stood out when compared to the more celebrated iterations. He said,  It was a huge undertaking on the part of everyone involved to get it right. And so I was kind of caught somewhere in between the Roger Moore and the Sean Connery of it all. And both men, I adored as James Bond. »


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Magnolia acquires National Lampoon doc

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The deal for Sundance 2015 selection Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story Of The National Lampoon excludes television rights.

Douglas Tirola’s documentary charts the rise and fall of the iconic comedy magazine that ran from the 1970’s to the 1990’s. Tirola and Mark Monroe wrote the film.

History Films in association with Sky financed and produced Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story Of The National Lampoon, while Tirola and his 4th Row Films partner Susan Bedusa served as individual producers.

Molly Thompson, Dirk Hoogstra, John Battsek and Celia Taylor served as executive producers.

Magnolia brokered the deal with Cinetic Media. »


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Exclusive: Vincent Kartheiser & Olivia Thirlby Hang Out With Penguins In Clip From 'Red Knot'

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Between July 4th excitement, and the upcoming frenzy of San Diego Comic Con, a cinematic counterbalance to multiplex spectacle might be in order. And particularly with summer temperatures on the rise, "Red Knot" just might be the welcome respite to the season and today we have exclusive clip from the film. Directed by Scott Cohen, and led by "Mad Men" star Vincent Kartheiser and Olivia Thirlby, the story follows a young writer and his wife, who turn his research trip to Antarctica into a belated honeymoon voyage, combining business with pleasure. However, once on the ship, they realize their marriage might be more fragile than they previously thought. And in this scene, as the couple are surrounded by penguins, some of the issues they've never really discussed are broached. "Red Knot" is one to make some time for — I called it "insightful in the way few first films are" in my review. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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New Southpaw Clip: Rachel McAdams Fights for Family over Boxing

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We recently got a brief look at Jake Gyllenhaal in action as boxing champion Billy Hope, but now it's time to check out a quieter moment from Antoine Fuqua's Southpaw. The Weinstein Company just unveiled a brand new clip featuring Gyllenhaal and Rachel McAdams having a discussion about the long term repercussions that being in the ring could have on their family. It's definitely a bit of a comedown from the previously released promotional material and I find that mirror shot a bit distracting as well, but that's really just nitpicking. Ever since that second trailer hit, I've had sky high hopes that Fuqua and Gyllenhaal could have a big winner on their hands here. You can check out the latest Southpaw clip for yourself below. The film hits theaters on July 24th and also stars Forest Whitaker, 50 Cent, Rachel McAdams, Clare Foley, Miguel Gomez, Victor OrtizRita Ora and Naomie Harris. »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Dustin Hoffman Reflects on the Fall of Cinema in Revealing Interview

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Read More: Watch: Exclusive Acting Tips from Dustin Hoffman's MasterClass In a new interview with The Independent, Dustin Hoffman discusses his involvement in the upcoming film, "Boychoir." The movie stars the 77-year-old Oscar-winner as Master Carvelle, a strict, assertive choir master that aims to push a rebellious and talented boy to reach his full potential. Luckily for cinephiles, the film isn't the only topic the actor gets around to discussing, and the conversation really takes off once he begins reflecting on the film industry at large. Check out the highlights from the revealing interview below: Television has improved but cinema is at its worst. "I think right now television is the best that it's ever been, and I think that it's the worst that film has ever been – in the 50 years that I've been doing it, it's the worst," said Hoffman. While the actor turned to television for HBO's horse racing drama, »


- Kaeli Van Cott

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Josh Trank Promises 'Fantastic Four' Will Be "An Epic, Massive, Huge, Multipower Slugfest"

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From moody trailers to rumors of behind-the-scenes troubles, fans are a bit wary about 20th Century Fox's forthcoming "Fantastic Four." Will it be too serious? Will these characters walk around looking grim? Well, there will be some furrowed brows according to director Josh Trank, who has revealed how the four will contend with their newfound powers.  “ 'Chronicle' was all about the discovery and evolution of those powers,” Trank told EW. “This is like, ‘What if it’s a couple years later and it sucks?’ ” Read More: Josh Trank Denies 'Fantastic Four' Reshoot Rumors But don't worry —this won't be four people sitting around listening to '90s alterna-rock and lamenting their misfortune. There will be punching, explosions and all the blockbuster stuff you expect according to Trank, who nearly runs out of adjectives in describing how awesome the movie will be. “The audience should expect an epic, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Michael K. Williams Lands Key Roles in ‘Assassin’s Creed,’ ‘Ghostbusters’ (Exclusive)

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With “Boardwalk Empire” having ended its run last fall, Michael K. Williams is finding ways to stay busy on the bigscreen.

Williams, who played Chalky White on “Boardwalk,” is in negotiations for supporting roles in two upcoming tentpoles: Sony’s “Ghostbusters” and New Regency’s “Assassin’s Creed.”

He will first shoot “Ghostbusters,” which is currently in production. The femme-powered pic is being directed by Paul Feig and stars Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy. Williams’ character, however, is being kept under wraps.

Williams will then film “Assassin’s Creed,” which stars Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, in the fall. Details on this role are also vague, but sources tease that his character has a major stake in the franchise. His role will be equivalent to a co-starring one, alongside Fassbender, in the sequel.

Justin Kurzel is directing the pic based on the popular video game.

Although Williams is looking to »


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Box Office: ‘Inside Out’ Edges ‘Jurassic World’ in Final Fourth of July Figures

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Disney/Pixar’s “Inside Out” has edged Universal’s “Jurassic World” at the three-day Fourth of the July box office with $29.8 million in the U.S. — reversing estimates that had placed the dino thriller in first.

The fourth weekend of “Jurassic World” wound up with $29.2 million for the Friday-Sunday period, ending its three-week stay in first place. Paramount’s “Terminator: Genisys” finished a close third with $27 million, while Warner Bros.’ “Magic Mike Xxl” lagged behind with $12.9 million.

Inside Out” also won the five-day period, starting Wednesday, with $45.1 million at 4,148 locations — giving it $245.9 million stateside in its third week at 4,158 locations.

Jurassic World,” starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, stomped its way to $42.1 million at 3,737 screens, and ranks as the fourth-highest grossing domestic grosser of all time with $566.5 million.

“Terminator: Genisys” took in $42.5 million for the five days and has grossed $85.5 million in its overseas launch.

The stripper sequel “Magic Mike Xxl »


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Watch: Jake Gyllenhaal and Rachel McAdams Are Actors with a Capital A in 'Southpaw' Clip

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The Weinstein Company opens the Oscar hopeful on July 24. Back at Cannes, Weinstein promised the Oscar nomination for Gyllenhaal that he didn't get for "Nightcrawler." In "Southpaw," he plays a troubled, muscled-up fighter opposite Rachel McAdams as his wife, and Rita Ora. Read our review roundup here. Read More: Weinstein Says Jake Gyllenhaal Will Land Oscar Nom for 'Southpaw' »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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Chris Tucker Live Trailer and Poster Tease Netflix Stand-Up Special

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Netflix has released the first poster and trailer for Chris Tucker's impending stand-up special, Chris Tucker Live, the first live stand-up special to feature the Rush Hour alumn. Following a scene-stealing supporting role in David O. Russell's largely disposable Silver Lining Playbook, Tucker has been slowly been creeping back into the spotlight, following a long absence from film and television starting in the mid-late aughts. Before that, he was best known, of course, as the animated partner of Jackie Chan's hard-nosed cop in the Rush Hour trilogy, as well as excellent supporting turns in Quentin Tarantino's sublime Jackie Brown, the classic comedy Friday, and the less-than-sufferable Money Talks, in which he co-starred with noted inebriant fanatic Charlie Sheen. [caption id="attachment_184880" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via New Line[/caption] From the little evidence gleaned by the fleet trailer, Tucker's stand-up swings wildly from the personal to the professional, and the clash between the two. »

- Chris Cabin

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Ghostbusters Reboot Adds Michael K. Williams and Andy Garcia

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[Update: Variety adds that Michael K. Williams is also in talks for a crucial role in Assassin's Creed, one that would see him take a co-starring position opposite Michael Fassbender in the sequel.] Filmmaker Paul Feig’s reboot Ghostbusters has been filming in Boston for a couple of weeks now, but the comedy is now adding a few more cast members. The Wrap reports that Michael K. Williams, Andy Garcia, previously rumored SNL alum Cecily Strong, and Veep standout Matt Walsh have joined the ensemble, which stars Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones as aforementioned busters of ghosts. The most recent new cast member to be added outside the central quartet was Chris Hemsworth in a stroke of brilliant casting as the Ghostbusters’ secretary, filling the seat of Annie Potts from the original film. This new casting isn’t as exciting as the “Hemsworth as Secretary” news (really, what is?), but The Wrap does add that Garcia is playing a powerful politician, so perhaps he’s the movie’s primary human antagonist. The Wire alum Williams is playing a character named Hawkins, »

- Adam Chitwood

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Terminator Genisys Director Doesn't Really Expect You To Understand His Movie

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The fifth installment of the Terminator franchise, Terminator: Genisys hit theaters this weekend, though it failed to hit with many critics and had the worst opening in series history (it finished in third place in the box office race behind Jurassic World and Inside Out). One element of the film many have taken issue with is the intricately layered (some have called it jumbled) timeline, but director Alan Taylor says he didn.t expect people to understand what was going on. There are Spoilers for Terminator: Genisys beyond this point. And killer robots from the future. Beware. Talking to The Daily Beast, the subject of the twisting, shifting timelines came up, and Taylor admits that they knew going in that most people wouldn.t be able to make heads or tails of the situation. While he expected that, he hoped people would accept that the logic holds and be able »

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Magnolia Picks Up National Lampoon Doc ‘Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead’

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Magnolia Pictures is taking U.S. rights to Douglas Tirola’s Sundance and Tribeca entry Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story Of National Lampoon. The documentary chronicles the ups and downs of the humor magazine, which was an iconic benchmark during the 1970s and ’80s and an entertainment franchise brand ahead of its time spanning films (i.e. Animal House, Vacation), records, stage and radio shows. No stone in the realm of religion, politics or entertainment went… »


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Watch: Rachel McAdams Wants Jake Gyllenhaal Out of the Ring in 'Southpaw' Clip

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Read More: Watch: Jake Gyllenhaal Steps into the Ring in 'Southpaw' Trailer The hard-hitting trailers for Antoine Fuqua's boxing drama "Southpaw" have been teasing the brutal and emotional action to come inside the ring, but a new clip courtesy of The Weinstein Company is bringing the real heart of the drama to the forefront.  "Southpaw" stars Jake Gyllenhaal as Billy "The Great" Hope, Junior Middleweight Boxing Champion of the World. When a family tragedy strikes and he loses custody of his daughter, Billy struggles to become a contender once again and win back those he loves the most. Forest Whitaker, Rachel McAdams, Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson and Victor Ortiz also star. The clip above showcases a tender moment between Billy and his wife, Maureen (McAdams), as she urges Billy to put his family first and take some time away from the sport he loves. The film's marketing has »


- Zack Sharf

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Why Is Marvel Giving Up The Surprises Of 'Ant-Man'? TV Spot Reveals Cameo Plus New Heist Clip

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One reason for Marvel's success is that the studio's movie rollouts have all the precision of a military campaign. They reveal what they want you to know when they want you to know it, and everything is thus calculated for maximum PR impact. However, the studio has always erred on the side of making sure audiences will experience plenty of surprises when they buy a ticket, so as not to feel like they've already seen the movie, which I'd argue has gone some way towards helping each Marvel movie feel like an event. But what is going on with "Ant-Man"? Read More: Why Edgar Wright Left Marvel's 'Ant-Man': Analysis & The Screenplay Rumors  With the movie due in a couple of weeks, and with some estimating an opening weekend take around $65 million domestic, , it's probably safe to say "Ant-Man" won't be a flop. And yet Marvel's marketing has been feeling somewhat desperate. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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