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“ 'Blade Runner' Is Almost A Religion For Me”: Denis Villeneuve Talks Directing The Sci-Fi Sequel

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With a sequel coming to the untouchable sci-fi classic "Blade Runner," fans have every reason to be worried and skeptical about what a followup might involve. But a lot of those fears, if not completely eliminated, were at least allayed when it was announced that Denis Villeneuve will helm the followup starring Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling. And certainly, the director's passion for the project, even a full year before it will lens, is evident. And he notes, it's a genre he's been eager to tackle. “People were asking me, what do you want to do?" he told The National Post. "I said science fiction, always science fiction. I’m dreaming to do science fiction since a very long time. So now that the door is open, I’m just jumping into it. My soul will be filled if I do that.” And the filmmaker is certainly embracing the opportunities in front of him. »


- Kevin Jagernauth

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Fantastic Four Writer Explains Why They Hid Their Footage From Fans

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Since director Josh Trank and his cast of rising, young talent finished principal photography on the Fantastic Four reboot, we haven't seen much beyond two trailers. Fans have already overanalyzed this move as a sign of a poor final product. It's not their fault. They've been burned before... twice! But Simon Kinberg, who produced and worked on the screenplay for the film, assures us that there's a better reason why the team has been keeping its secrets close to the vest. During an interview with HitFix, Kinberg explained that he, Trank and Fox want to showcase the best possible product, which explains the lack of footage at last year.s Comic-Con and the delayed teaser trailer release.  We really just don't want to show anything until it's ready, until it looks great, and they show the real intention of the shot or the movie. Then we'll »


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Adam Wingard to Direct ‘Death Note’

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After You’re Next and The Guest, Adam Wingard has found his next creepy movie premise. He’s signed on to direct Death Note, a live-action feature based on the popular Japanese manga series. At the center of a story is a notebook that causes the death of anyone whose name is written in its pages. More on […]

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- Angie Han

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Watch Stan Lee Teach Kevin Smith, Tara Reid And Others How To Deliver The Perfect Cameo

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No one pulls off a cameo appearance quite like Stan Lee. "The Man" has appeared in nearly all of the movies based on Marvel titles. (X-Men: Days of Future Past was a rare exception, as his schedule prohibited him from visiting the set.) With one of his famous pop-ins coming in this weekend.s Avengers: Age of Ultron, it.s high time that Lee pass along his knowledge and technique to the next generation of great cameo actors.  The Marvel Comics legend partnered with Audi to create a hilarious video titled "Stan Lee Cameo School." Directed by Kevin Smith, it features Lee educating the likes of Michael Rooker, Tara Reid, Jason Mewes, and Smith in the exquisite art of cameo acting. Make no mistake, "cameo acting" is not the same thing as "acting acting." "Acting acting" involves bold gestures, physical stances, and dressing up like a superhero, whereas "cameo acting »


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‘Goodfellas’ Cast Reunion Revelations: Paul Sorvino Tried to Exit Film, ‘Funny How?’ Scene Was Real (Video)

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Goodfellas” actor Paul Sorvino revealed Tuesday that he tried to get himself out of the film just before shooting began. “Three days before we were about to shoot, I called my manager and I said ‘Get me out,'” Sorvino said. “‘I’m going to ruin the movie. I’m going to ruin myself. I have no idea what to do.'” The actor, who played slow-moving mob boss Paulie Cicero in the iconic Martin Scorsese film, appeared along with castmates Ray Liotta, Lorraine Bracco and Robert De Niro on “The Today Show” to celebrate the film’s 25th anniversary. »


- Joe Otterson

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Mark Gooder, Alison Thompson launch Cornerstone Films

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The film industry veterans have unveiled their London and La-based company and strategic alliances with London’s Potboiler Films and Berlin-based X Filme.

Gail Egan and Andrea Calderwood’s Potboiler Films and X Filme run by Stefan Arndt and Uwe Schott will each channel up to two films a year for financing and sales into Cornerstone Films.

Thompson will hit the Croisette with the prestige drama Denial starring Hilary Swank and Tom Wilkinson.

As first reported on Screendaily, the film is based on Deborah E Lipstadt’s book History On Trial: My Day In Court With A Holocaust Denier about a courtroom clash with the notorious historian David Irving. David Hare has adapted the screenplay.

Thompson will fold her Sunray slate into the new venture, which includes Asif Kapadia’s Midnight selection Amy Winehouse documentary Amy and Vincent Perez’s Alone In Berlin starring Emma Thompson, Daniel Brühl and Brendan Gleeson

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One Company Offers Limited Netflix Ratings; Learn Viewership for Shows Like ‘Daredevil’ and House of Cards’

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

One of the great mysteries of Netflix is how many people are watching. We know there are over 40 million domestic subscribers, but what those people are actually watching, and when, is something only the company itself knows. Netflix does not share ratings data. As streaming becomes more and more prominent, however, ratings are something many people are […]

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- Germain Lussier

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Rumor: X-men Apocalypse and Wolverine 3 Will End Bryan Singer’s X-men Universe

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

After directing three X-Men movies and producing four, X-Men: Apocalypse and Wolverine 3 could mark the end of Bryan Singer’s X-Men universe. The news comes from El Mayimbe who posted the following on Instagram: #Rumor I'm being told that X-men: Apocalypse & Wolverine 3 will mark the end of the Bryan Singer X-men universe he started back in 2000. Makes sense since Hugh Jackman also said Wolverine 3 will be his last film playing Logan. The end of an era. Does that mean it's the end of Singer’s involvement in the film franchise or will Fox do a complete overhaul after those two films? We can’t be sure unless El Mayimbe clarifies, but it seems far more likely that it's just that Singer is out, especially after the studio just recruited a whole batch of up-and-comers to play young versions of some very familiar mutants. We know that The Wolverine 3 will mark »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Mad Max: Fury Road Continues to Look Great in Final Trailer

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

Warner Bros. has released the final trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road, director George Miller’s upcoming continuation of the franchise he first launched in 1979. The movie stars Tom Hardy as Mad Max, who joins up with Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) as they flee across the post-apocalyptic wasteland from a gang of ruthless warlords. Not to be a broken record, but I’m still insanely excited for this movie. It feels like it could be a breath of fresh air for the modern blockbuster era: an unabashedly nutty, unique, and R-rated affair with explosions and one-armed badasses to boot. This final trailer features a bit of new footage, but the centerpiece is that it opens with what’s mostly a full clip from the film, featuring Theron’s character. Again, I’m enthused that Fury Road exists, and major credit goes to Warner Bros. for marketing the hell out of this thing. »

- Adam Chitwood

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Oscar-Winning 'Lord of the Rings' Cinematographer Andrew Lesnie Dies at 59

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Academy Award-winning cinematographer Andrew Lesnie has died at the age of 59. Leslie was the cinematographer for Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, for which he won his first and only Oscar in 2002. He afterwards continued to shoot for Jackson, lensing "King Kong," The Lovely Bones" and "The Hobbit" trilogy. "Andrew Lesnie and Peter Jackson would giggle behind the camera together like the most mischievous pair of movie masters that I've seen," said film critic Harry Knowles, who visited the set of "The Lord of the Rings." Jackson's New Zealand production house, Weta Digital, posted their condolences on Facebook: "Our memories of Andrew will always be of a wonderful and caring person who looked out for the technicians around him, was keen to have a good laugh and keep everyone jollied along, even when things were at the most stressful for everyone." Ron Johanson, president of the Cinematographers Society in. »


- Casey Cipriani

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier Revisited: “I Just Wanted to Do What Was Right”

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

[With Avengers: Age of Ultron opening on Friday, I’m taking a look back at the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  These articles do not contain spoilers for unreleased Marvel movies. If you know any spoilers about the unreleased Marvel movies, please do not post them in the comments section.] Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World both avoided the McU. Captain America: The Winter Soldier irrevocably changed it. It’s the first and only standalone Phase Two movie to reshape the future of the McU, and it did so by building on the past. It not only found the right character in Captain America (Chris Evans), but it paired him with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), which showed a continuation of a partnership formed in The Avengers rather than scuttling her away back to the Iron Man movies or just keeping her in stasis for Avengers: Age of Ultron. And although the film didn’t directly address a fear of other superheroes, it showed that S.H.I.E.L.D. hadn’t changed since Avengers. They were still building weapons, and it was under the auspices of defense rather than offense. That problem—weapons being defensive rather than »

- Matt Goldberg

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New to Blu-ray: Inherent Vice, Paddington, The Gambler, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include a pair of underrated films from 2014—a Paul Thomas Anderson masterwork and a critically hailed family film starring an animated bear—as well as the next film from Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt, and more. Click on the links below to purchase. Inherent Vice (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD UltraViolet Combo Pack) - $22.99 (36% off) Paddington [Blu-ray] - $19.91 (50% off) The Gambler [Blu-ray] - $19.99 (50% off) The Wedding Ringer (Blu-ray + UltraViolet) - $19.99 (43% off) The Friends of Eddie Coyle [Blu-ray] (Criterion Collection) - $26.19 (34% off) Masterpiece: Wolf Hall [Blu-ray] - $23.69 (41% off)

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- Adam Chitwood

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James Cameron Trying To Stop 'Avatar' Franchise From Expanding To Fifth Film

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Earlier this year, legions of "Avatar" fans were handed some disappointing news that their return to Pandora has been delayed. Originally scheduled to drop in 2016, "Avatar 2" now won't arrive until late 2017. "There's a layer of complexity in getting the story to work as a saga across three films that you don't get when you're making a stand-alone film," James Cameron said at the time. And it seems things are a bit more complex that just wrangling three more films....he's trying to stop the story spread from going to a fifth film. HeyUGuys recently caught up with composer James Horner, who shared a little insight into the current status of the mega-sequels, which finds Cameron trying to keep things contained. “Right now, Jim has....four sequels script-wise, and he’s trying to make it into three," Horner said. "And that is where I think his effort is going, right now, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Netflix Ratings Report: How Many People Are Watching 'House of Cards,' 'Daredevil' and More?

1 hour ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

TV ratings are often treated like box office results: just because something is popular doesn't mean it's good. That being said, many television fans want to know how many people are watching their favorite show, if only because they want it to remain on the air. With Netflix (and Hulu, Amazon, Yahoo and more streaming companies), these numbers have always been hidden under lock and key... until now. Variety has released a report conducted by Luth Research, a San Diego-based firm that polled a statistically relevant sampling of Netflix subscribers about their viewing habits to get an idea of how many people are watching "House of Cards," "Daredevil," "Bloodline" and more recently-released Netflix originals. Read More: TV Shows are Becoming the New Film Franchise, and That's a Very, Very Bad Thing So what show is the most popular Netflix series of 2015? It's a tight race, but "Daredevil" seems to have »


- Ben Travers

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“They Only Do One Black Movie a Year”: Robert Townsend on Hollywood Shuffle

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In the mid-1980s, actor and comedian Robert Townsend had scored supporting roles in films like A Soldier’s Story and Streets of Fire, but was still limited in the opportunities available to him as a black performer. Frustrated by the lack of roles, Townsend created one for himself – and directed a landmark in American independent cinema in the process – by helming Hollywood Shuffle, a self-financed comedy about a young actor whose experiences mirrored Townsend’s own. Bobby Taylor (Townsend) is an aspiring thespian who dreams of playing superheroes and Shakespearean kings but mostly finds himself auditioning to play pimps and […] »

- Jim Hemphill

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‘Obvious Child’ Team Making FX Comedy

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Obvious Child isn’t the kind of movie that spawns multiple sequels or a Marvel-style universe, but it is getting a follow-up of sorts. The team behind last year’s low-key charmer is reuniting for a new FX comedy, with Jenny Slate leading the cast. Get all the details on the Obvious Child FX comedy after the […]

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- Angie Han

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How Nick Fury Ended Up Looking Like And Being Played By Samuel L. Jackson

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Robert Downey Jr., arguably, is the current face of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He.s the glue holding The Avengers together, and he might be the force that also drives them apart. But it was Samuel L. Jackson, approaching Downey.s Tony Stark in the Iron Man end credits, who got this McU underway, and the story of how his on-screen characterization came to pass is very fun, if you haven.t heard it yet. Comic book writer Mark Millar is the one responsible for turning S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury black . after him being Caucasian for decades . and making him look like Samuel L. Jackson in the pages of the Ultimates books. Millar recently told Business Insider that he modeled his Fury after Colin Powell, and envisioned him as a Blaxploitation hero. As Millar recalls: Sam is famously the coolest man alive, and both myself »

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Watch: Realistic Violence Makes Gerard Johnson's 'Hyena' No Laughing Matter

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Read More: Exclusive: Stephen Graham Will Make You Talk In Clip From Crime Flick 'Hyena' Plus New Poster For this year's Tribeca Film Festival, the Apple Store in Soho, Manhattan and Indiewire teamed up for a series of Tribeca Talks with this year's film talent. Writer-director Gerard Johnson and actor Peter Ferdinando stopped by to discuss their film "Hyena." "Hyena" stars Ferdinando as a London cop, swimming in a cesspool of corruption, who helps an Albanian woman escape the sex trade. In the clip above, Johnson declares that violence isn't pretty, so it shouldn't be pretty on screen. "It should never look clean and smart, it should look ugly," he said. "That's entertaining on one level, but it's not real." Be sure to check out the full panel discussion on iTunes in either audio or video form.  Read More: Tiff Review: Gerard Johnson's 'Hyena' Starring »


- Travis Clark

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Viewership Numbers for Netflix’s Original Series Have Finally Been Revealed

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There have been reports for awhile that Netflix, whose viewership numbers have never before been revealed, would soon be subject to ratings just like (most) everybody else. And so it has come to pass, as Luth Research has gathered together a panel of Netflix subscribers in order to determine not just what they are watching, but when. [caption id="attachment_447763" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via Netflix[/caption] Most of the information about Netflix's original content is not necessarily earth-shattering. Daredevil has performed very well, while House of Cards is still a heavy-hitter among viewers. What's even more interesting, though, is the timing of when people watched these shows. Over its first 11 days of release, Daredevil was viewed by roughly 10% of Netflix's subscribers, while House of Cards reached about 6.5% of subscribers over a 30 day period. Another fascinating aspect is looking at which shows are binged and purged the quickest. Daredevil had a huge spike before an eventual drop off, »

- Allison Keene

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Rumor: Bryan Singer’s ‘X-Men’ Universe Coming to an End With ‘Apocalypse’ and New ‘Wolverine’

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

X-Men Days of Future Past wiped most of Bryan Singer‘s X-Men universe slate clean. He’s now filming X-Men: Apocalypse, which has recast younger versions of many of the mutants who feature in his early movies. After that, the next Wolverine film will likely be the last time Hugh Jackman puts on the adamantium claws. Do you see a […]

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- Germain Lussier

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