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Wong Kar Wai’s ‘Grandmaster’ to Release in 3D in October (Exclusive)

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Hong Kong — Iconic Hong Kong-based director Wong Kar Wai has set mid-October as the release date for a  3D version of “The Grandmaster,” his Oscar-nominated biopic of Ip Man, the martial arts maestro who mentored Bruce Lee.

The 3D version will be given a wide release by its Chinese distributor and co-producer Bona Film Group, some 21 months after it took out the original in conventional 2D and Imax  formats. Starring Zhang Ziyi and Tony Leung Chiu-wai, the film earned Academy Awards nominations for  costume and cinematography.

Conversion is being handled by Vancouver, Canada-based Gener8 Media, which previously handled stereoscopic work on “300: Rise of an Empire,” “Godzilla,” and “The Amazing Spider-Man.” The conversion is being paid for by Bona.

Wong, known for his painstaking working methods, is reported to be “100% present and hands on.”

“We had originally planned to film ‘The Grandmaster’ in 3D not only for the cinematic sensation, »


- Patrick Frater

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Telluride Watch: New International Trailer for Russian 'Leviathan'

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Ahead of the film's appearance at Telluride and Toronto, Russian epic "Leviathan" has its first trailer. Director Andrey Zvyagintsev's film nabbed Best Screenplay, and gushing praise, at Cannes this year. Rural morality pairs with harsh Russian landscape in this beautiful-to-watch and difficult-to-bear film where a small costal town sets the stage for a legal standoff between a weathered patriarch and a drunken politician. For lovers of Russian cinema it's a wet dream: a bleak backdrop, familial resentment, bureaucratic corruption and plenty of vodka. Russia may not be keen on submitting this controversial portrait of the nation as it stands today for the Foreign Language Oscar. But Sony Pictures Classics will release the film stateside December 31 to qualify for contention in all categories. »


- Elaina Patton

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'Underworld' Will Rise Up Again With A Reboot

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Each successive Spider-Man movie has earned less and less at the box office than the previous entry, calling into question the theory that audiences want more of the same. Despite this, THR reports, Lakeshore Entertainment has decided to go down a similar path and reboot the “Underworld” series. The vampires-vs-werewolves series that is perhaps now best remembered as giving Kate Beckinsale fangs and machine guns, thereby turning her into an action star. Of course, film fans will always remember the series for spawning director Len Wiseman and releasing him upon the world. To date, the “Underworld” franchise has spawned four films with the last one – “Underworld: Awakening” – a 3D effort that ended up as “the top earner in the franchise.” That film, which featured the return of Beckinsale after she sat out of the 2009 prequel film “Underworld: Rise of the Lycans,” was released in 2012. That’s two years between that very successful fourth film. »

- Cain Rodriguez

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Exploring the Treatement of Women in Video Games

51 minutes ago | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I don't really play video games any longer unless you count "Candy Crush". When it comes to next gen gaming systemsm in the past I've played "Uncharted", a little "Call of Duty, but mostly games such as "Tiger Woods Golf" and "Gran Turismo" so my experience with what is being discussed in the following videos is essentially zero, but it's rather damning stuff when it comes to the portrayal of women in video games. The videos presented here use a range of games to make the case women are most frequently portrayed as overtly sexual and brutalized side characters, included only to have violence done upon them either for the sake of creating a seedy atmosphere or to give the gamer something to do. Therefore, the characters are more or less props rather than actual characters. Considering most of these games feature a male protagonist and there are very few »

- Brad Brevet

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Watch: First 2 Clips From Venice/Tiff Drama 'Far From Men' Starring Viggo Mortensen

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There is no shortage of serious movies hitting the festival circuit this fall, but only one of them boasts the distinction of being based on the short story "L'Hôte" by Albert Camus. That's right, the philosopher's work is behind the latest from writer/director David Oelhoeffen, and with "Far From Men" hitting both Venice and Tiff in the next couple of weeks, two new clips are here to go with the trailer that landed a week ago. Viggo Mortensen and Reda Kateb lead this drama, which follows a small town teacher and a dissident who are forced to go on the run together in the midst of the Algerian War. The film is in French and Arabic, and while these clips don't have subtitles, they give a pretty good taste of the atmosphere of the movie. Keep your ears open too, because that score is by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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A Year After First Peek, Universal Trailers Delayed ‘Seventh Son’

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

Universal has unveiled a trailer for the Jeff Bridges fantasy film Seventh Son, kicking off a five-month marketing challenge for the long-delayed big budget actioner. The Ya book-inspired adventure directed by Sergei Bodrov has been teased now for over a year in fits and starts, suffering numerous setbacks since first getting caught in the Rhythm & Hues VFX bankruptcy last year. That hitch cost Legendary an extra $4.9 million in post effects on the period fantasy adventure, in which Bridges plays a mystical warrior teaching a farmhand (Ben Barnes) to battle creatures, sorcery, and and evil queen Julianne Moore.

Initially set to open on February 22, 2013, Seventh Son was first pushed to October 18, 2013 to accomodate the VFX work. That summer distributor Warner Bros. moved it again to January 17, 2014, and even took it to Comic-Con for a panel and cast Q&A. But when Thomas Tull’s shingle split with the studio it took Seventh Son along to Universal. »


- Jen Yamato

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The Walking Dead Season 5 Teaser Trailers and Images Highlight Monsters Both Living and Dead

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Halloween is just around the corner, which means a new season of The Walking Dead is upon us.  While the show has gone through a number of creative changes behind the scenes, it appears that current showrunner Scott M. Gimple is poised to eclipse original showrunner Frank Darabont’s length of time in that position (assuming he makes it through Season 5 unscathed), as Gimple has held the role since he took over at the beginning of Season 4.  With a new batch of episodes on the horizon, AMC has unveiled a couple of The Walking Dead Season 5 teaser trailers as well as some high-resolution images to tide fans over until the show returns.  I bailed on the series midway through Season 3, but it remains one of the highest rated dramas across all networks and Twd fandom is as intense as ever, so I imagine these new teasers and images will be of interest to many. »

- Adam Chitwood

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Here's What Bryan Singer's Dropped Molestation Charges Might Mean For X-Men

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Right around the time his massive mutant sequel X-Men: Days of Future Past was due to reach theaters, director Bryan Singer was slapped with a sexual assault lawsuit. The timing of the suit raised questions, and some of those still linger, even as the legal system granted a request to dismiss the case against Singer earlier this week. U.S. district judge Susan Oki Mollway granted a motion filed by Bryan Singer.s accuser, Michael Egan, for voluntary dismissal in U.S. District Court in Hawaii on Wednesday, according to The Wrap. This was the latest step in a series of setbacks for Egan, who lost his attorney in May and also dropped similar suits against former entertainment executives. However, The Wrap notes that Egan.s suit was dismissed "without prejudice," meaning that he has the freedom to refile against Singer at a later date if he so chooses . an »

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Star Wars Bits: More Plot Rumors, Star Wars Rebels Episode Titles, J.J. Abrams on Set

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

Want more Star Wars Bits? We’ve got more Star Wars Bits. It starts with some big time Star Wars Rebels updates and ends with some potentially massive Episode VII spoilers. (Don’t worry, they’re well hidden.) Below, read about the following: Watch three new commercials from Star Wars Rebels. Here are the top 10 fights in […]

The post Star Wars Bits: More Plot Rumors, Star Wars Rebels Episode Titles, J.J. Abrams on Set appeared first on /Film. »


- Germain Lussier

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Leviathan Trailer Offers a Striking Look at the Buzzworthy Cannes Winner

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

The first international Leviathan trailer for director Andrey Zvyagintsev’s (The Return) new film has landed online, giving us here in the States a look at what is certainly one of the most buzzed-about foreign films of the year.  Inspired by the Biblical Book of Job, the Russian pic mainly revolves around a dispute between a property owner and his mayor over a parcel of land in a small town, but Zvyagintsev uses the premise as an opportunity to dive deep into issues such as class, corruption, and faith.  Indeed, many have praised the film’s strong social criticisms of Russia itself, and the pic premiered to wildly enthusiastic reviews at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year where it took home the screenplay award.  It seems like a sure-fire Oscar contender in the Best Foreign Language Film race, but the question is will Russia submit the pic as its entry, »

- Adam Chitwood

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Critical Mass: 'Love is Strange' might be the best movie in theaters this Labor Day weekend

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With a lackluster collection of films opening wide in multiplexes this holiday weekend, it’s time to herald an indie gem. Love is Strange debuted at Sundance in January, and opened to the top per-screen average in select theaters last weekend. It expands slightly today, and critics seem to be near-unanimous that it’s worth seeking out.

Directed by Ira Sachs, the film tells the story of George (Alfred Molina) and Ben (John Lithgow), a gay New York City couple who officially tie the knot after 39 years together. But once their relationship is made legal, George is fired by the »


- Jeff Labrecque

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Watch: Take A Dip With A New Clip From 'The Humbling' With Greta Gerwig And Al Pacino

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What are you doing this long, Labor Day weekend? Having a BBQ, marathoning some of Bill Hader's 200 movies every comedy writer should see, or perhaps you're putting your feet up and taking a breather before school kicks in. Well, if you happen to be by a pool, perhaps you'll relate to his new clip from "The Humbling," premiering at the Venice Film Festival this week. Barry Levinson directs this adaptation of Philip Roth's novel, in which Greta Gerwig and Al Pacino fall into an unlikely relationship. She's a young woman, and he's a suicidal actor, and as you might guess, their pairing is...unique. And as you see in this clip, this union is a life saving one, as Pacino watches the carefree Gerwig swim in the pool. You'll have our verdict from Venice soon, but until then, watch below. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Jesse Eisenberg Discusses the Pyschology Behind Lex Luthor in 'Batman v Superman'

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Jesse Eisenberg has only spoken briefly about playing Lex Luthor in the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and you can't expect him to say much given the fact Warner Bros. would hunt him in his sleep if he did, but he has opened up a little more about the character in a new interview with Total Film (via Cbm). Eisenberg discusses his conversation with screenwriter Chris Terrio (Argo) and the psychology behind the character saying: There are some indications of how the character should behave based on the script, and then as actor makes it his or her own. I got to know one of the writers, Chris Terrio, and we were able to discuss things at length and figure out who this person is to create a real psychology behind what is, perhaps, in a comic book, a less than totally modern psychology. I can only say »

- Brad Brevet

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‘Cub’ Trailer: A Scout Troop Finds Real Horror in the Woods

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The Midnight Madness program at the Toronto Film Festival is one of the most reliable lineups of provocative genre movies each year — programmer Colin Geddes does a great job of choosing films that are memorable and full of new talent. Here’s the Cub trailer, which will be your first look at one of this […]

The post ‘Cub’ Trailer: A Scout Troop Finds Real Horror in the Woods appeared first on /Film. »


- Russ Fischer

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How Many Have You Seen? Read Bill Hader's List Of 200 Movies Every Comedy Writer Should See

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Here's a fun fact about Bill Hader you might not know: he's a major film buff. Yep, the "Saturday Night Live" veteran likes his Criterion Collection movies as much as the next cinephile. His knowledge rolls pretty deep, and now he's sharing his love of cinema in a unique way.  Inside the book "Poking A Dead Frog: Conversations With Today’s Top Comedy Writers" by Mike Sacks, Hader provides his list of 200 movies every comedy writer should see. Yes, you'll see the usual staples from folks like Woody Allen, the Marx Brothers, Mel Brooks, and Charlie Chaplin, but there are some nice, not so obvious picks too. Billy Wilder's scathing "Ace In The Hole" notches a spot, as do Stanley Kubrick's "Eyes Wide Shut" and Robert Altman's "Nashville." So now the big question: how many have you seen? Here's all 200, let us know in the comments section. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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How Christian Berger Shot the Twin Horrors of Hungary's 'The Notebook' in CinemaScope

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Janos Szasz's "The Notebook," last year's foreign Oscar film entry from Hungary, explores the dark side of inseparability among innocent yet cruel twin boys. And Dp Christian Berger ("The White Ribbon"), who is now busy prepping Angelina Jolie's next directorial effort, "By the Sea," which will co-star the newly married Jolie and Brad Pitt, was immediately drawn to the brutal topic. "I was right away fascinated by the novel from Agota Christof and her stringent and radical story about the eternal fight between barbarism and civilization, and how thin the skin is," recalls the Austrian Berger, who is accustomed to dealing with this eternal fight through his longtime collaboration with director Michael Haneke. "Janos wanted to change his style of filming with that project and I think that was one of his reason's to ask me for that collaboration. And it was a collaboration in the best way. How »


- Bill Desowitz

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James Gunn Answers Vin Diesel's Bizarre Groot Challenge

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As the Als Ice Bucket Challenge is starting to reach peak saturation on the internet, we need to remember that the philanthropy (and the challenges) shouldn't stop there. Recent challenger Vin Diesel saw that opportunity to keep the goodwill-towards-humanity train rolling and created The Groot Challenge, which challenges people to plant a tree in honor of his latest role in Guardians Of The Galaxy. Today, we're glad to report that the first person he called out has responded and accepted The Groot Challenge. As you'll see in the video above, James Gunn has not only taken The Groot Challenge, he's also daring all of us Guardians Of The Galaxy fans to follow his lead and take part in beautifying our own little corner of the world. Better still, if 50 people follow through with this challenge and tweet/Instagram their photos to Gunn's personal profiles with the hashtag #PlantATreeForGroot, he'll personally »

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New 3D Cut of ‘The Grandmaster’ Hitting China; Us Release Uncertain

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

Multiple cuts of Wong Kar-Wai‘s latest film, The Grandmaster, already exist. Primarily, there’s the long Chinese cut and the shorter Us version, the latter of which excises some characters completely and focuses the story in a slightly different manner. Now there’ll be a new version. Wong is prepping a 3D version of The Grandmaster for […]

The post New 3D Cut of ‘The Grandmaster’ Hitting China; Us Release Uncertain appeared first on /Film. »


- Russ Fischer

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Warner Bros., Michael Bay Find Writer to Rev Up ‘Cosmic Motors’ (Exclusive)

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Warner Bros. and Michael Bay are gaining momentum on their “Cosmic Motors” project, tapping Kyle Ward to write the screenplay.

Drew Crevello and Cate Adams are overseeing “Cosmic Motors” for Warner Bros.

The project is based on Daniel Simon’s 2007 concept art book of the same name that features futuristic vehicle designs. Simon has worked in Hollywood as the lead vehicle designer on “Tron: Uprising” and “Captain America: The First Avenger” and as a concept illustrator on “Oblivion.”

Ward is currently writing “Arabian Knights,” which was based on an original pitch, for Universal with Imagine producing, and recently wrapped work on “Underworld V.”

Bay is on board to produce “Cosmic Motors.” He directed “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” the only 2014 movie to gross over $1 billion worldwide, and produced “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and “The Purge: Anarchy.”

Ward is repped by Wme and managed by Management 360.

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- Dave McNary

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MacGruber 2 Has An Outline, Might Actually Happen

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While MacGruber wasn't a hit at the box office or with critics, the action-comedy's reputation has grown in the years since its release. But could fan fervor lead to MacGruber 2? It's would-be star Will Forte weighs in. While promoting his upcoming release Life of Crime, Will Forte offered an update on the development of MacGruber 2. Speaking to Collider, he said: "I.m very proud of that movie. (Director) Jorma [Taccone] just sent an outline for MacGruber 2. We had worked together on something and I had fleshed out the first act of MacGruber 2. He took that and went nuts on the rest of it. I.m very excited because I feel like at some point, if somebody will let us do it, then we.ll do it. But it.s out of our hands. But we.re writing it for sure." To be perfectly frank, the first MacGruber was a movie »

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