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'The Judge' to open Toronto International Film Festival
It looks like a big year for Robert Downey, Jr., and not just in terms of profit.
The Toronto International Film festival announced today that David Dobkin’s The Judge, which stars the Iron Man actor, will open the festival on September 4. The film follows big-city lawyer Hank Palmer (Downey) as he returns to his childhood home, where his estranged father (Robert Duvall)—the town’s judge—is suspected of murder. Vera Farmiga, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jeremy Strong, Dax Shepard, and Billy Bob Thornton also star.
The festival also marks the premiere of Dobkin’s film, which will run in »
- Jackson McHenry
Edgar Wright to Direct Sci-Fi ‘Grasshopper Jungle’ for Sony
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 is repped by CAA, Anonymous Content and Independent Talent Group.
Deadline Hollywood first reported the news.
- Justin Kroll
Documentary about the time Nic Cage almost played Superman gets trailer
Remember that time Nicolas Cage was going to be Superman?
In the long period between 1987′s Superman IV: The Quest for Peace and 2006′s Superman Returns, the Man of Steel was stuck in development hell, with several projects failing to launch. Of those projects, one of the strangest was 1996′s Superman Lives!, an adaptation of the Death and Return of Superman written by Kevin Smith (who has talked about this project before) and directed by Tim Burton.
Filmmaker Jon Schnepp has spent the past year making a Kickstarter-funded documentary on the failed project. In an effort to raise more funds »
- Joshua Rivera
Lawmaker to Push Bill Requiring Dinesh D'Souza's 'America' Be Shown in Schools
A Florida state senator plans to introduce a bill that would make Dinesh D'Souza's docudrama, America, required viewing for most teenagers in the state, The Hollywood Reporter learned on Friday. Republican Alan Hays said he’ll introduce in November his one-page bill that simply states that students in the 1,700 Florida public high schools and middle schools are to be shown the film unless their parents object. The plan is sure to draw fire from liberals not only because D’Souza is a prominent conservative but because he is also behind the movie, 2016: Obama’s America, which is a profoundly negative take on Democratic U.
- Paul Bond
Orphan Black Comic-Con Panel Recap: Cast and Creators Talk Male Clones, the Emmy Snub, and the Comic Book
Awards season sees snubs left and right for well-deserved performances and craftsmanship, but never in recent history has there been such fan backlash as there has been for Orphan Black. This little known BBC America series has managed to grow a loyal and rabid cult following in just two seasons, with the amazing talented Tatiana Maslany at the center of it. Regularly playing four to five different clones in each episode, Maslany has truly earned her new spot as a Comic-Con superstar, and the energy was palpable when the Orphan Black panel started. While about half the time was devoted to fan questions and touching stories, the panel was able to go into how the cast and crew felt about the making of the second season and where they were looking forward to as they begin work on the third. Are there sparks flying between Paul and Mrs. S? Will we see Tony, »
- Bryce Fallon
Bates Motel Comic-Con Panel Recap: A Look Back at the Insane Second Season, and a Promise for More Creepiness to Come
Bates Motel has never been a show that was afraid to “go there.” With a second season that saw many supporting characters sent away or killed, a tense showdown with drug trading, and that mother and son kiss that went on just a bit too long, showrunners and creators Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin have a lot to live up to with their upcoming third season of the A&E show. Along with cast members Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Olivia Cooke, and Nestor Carbonell on hand, the panel reflected back on the insanity and never before seen hilarity of the second season, while teasing fans slightly with a special guest appearance, if the show will ever seen any character spillover from the original Psycho, and what the cast themselves would like to see for their characters in the upcoming season. Hit the jump for the Bates Motel Comic-Con panel recap highlights. »
- Bryce Fallon
Best of the Week: Tiff & Venice Stir Fall Fest Circuit, Comic-Con, How 'Snowpiercer' Became a Gamechanger & More
The top stories of the week from Toh! Awards: Screen Talk Report from Halls of Comic-Con, "The Giver" and Other Oscar Possibilities Box Office: Arthouse Audit: "Boyhood" Is Breakout Hit, "I Origins" Collapses Exclusive: Harvey Weinstein Explains How "Snowpiercer" Became a Gamechanger, We Crunch Theater vs. VOD Numbers Five Takeaways as 'Sex Tape' Flops, Summer Top Ten Box Office Continues Downward Spiral Features: Career Watch: TV Boosts Movie Stars Jon Voight, Robin Wright and Kevin Spacey Not Into "Hercules"? Here Are 6 Alternatives to Fill Your Movie Weekend Festivals: Comic-Con Movie Preview: Warner Bros., Sony, Legendary, Paramount, Marvel, "Sin City" and More How Did "Birdman," "Gone Girl," "Inherent Vice" and "Imitation Game" Land Key Fall Festival Slots? Toronto World Premieres: What Did They Get? Which World Premieres Did Venice Land? »
Box Office Saturday Am: ‘Lucy’ In The Sky At $43M To $45M ‘Hercules’ At Expected $28M to $30M
10th Update, 7:15 Am: The estimates I did from last night figuring out percentages increases and decreases are pretty much on the money this morning: Lucy came in stronger than expected and ended up with a $17.1M Friday to put it on a trajectory of a $43M+ weekend. Uni is projecting a bit higher at $45M, probably thinking that the word of mouth (it received a C+ CinemaScore last night) isn’t going to hurt the picture much. It’s a very strong showing and between that and Paramount/MGM’s Hercules which is on track to make around $28.5M to $30M+, the top […] »
‘Hitman: Agent 47′ Panel Showcases a High-Octane Assassin [Comic Con 2014]
Fox brought the new Hitman movie, Hitman: Agent 47, to Comic Con today via an understated panel that featured actors Zachary Quinto and Hannah Ware. Rupert Friend, who plays the title character, an assassin introduced in the video game series from Eidos and Square Enix, was unable to attend Comic Con thanks to the shooting […]
The post ‘Hitman: Agent 47′ Panel Showcases a High-Octane Assassin [Comic Con 2014] appeared first on /Film. »
- Russ Fischer
20th Century Fox Comic-Con panel: Colin Firth kicks butt in 'Kingsman'
20th Century Fox took control of Hall H for two hours on Friday to unveil some of their upcoming films. The big surprise? No talk of (or footage shown from) next summer’s Fantastic Four or of X-Men: Apocalypse. But there were plenty of other highlights:
- During the panel for September’s The Maze Runner, star Dylan O’Brien (Teen Wolf) accidentally revealed that a certain character dies in the film after he was asked what was the most difficult scene to shoot. “This is going horribly,” he (sorta) joked later. Fans also got a look at a new »
- Tim Stack
The Expendables 3 leaks online, downloaded 189,000 times in 24 hours
A DVD-quality copy of The Expendables 3 has been leaked online.
With the film due to be released on August 14 in the UK and on August 15 in the Us, Variety suggests that illegal downloads will soar into the millions by the time it reaches cinemas.
Watch a trailer for The Expendables 3 below: »
Comic-Con 2014: Full Movies and TV schedule for Saturday, July 26
Note: All timings are Pacific unless otherwise specified.
Saturday, July 26
Warner Bros panel (10am, Hall H)
The Simpsons (10am, Ballroom 20)
Phineas & Ferb (10am, Room 6A)
Marvel Animation Presents (10.30am, Room 6Bcf)
Once Upon A Time (11am, Ballroom 20)
Nickelodeon's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (11.15am, Room 6A)
Helix (12 noon, Indigo Ballroom)
Legendary Pictures panel (12.15am, Hall H)
Family Guy (1pm, Ballroom 20)
What's your favourite Sandra Bullock movie? Digital Spy staff picks
The one-time action movie sidekick and Hollywood's favourite funny girl, Bullock has gradually refashioned herself as a bona fide A-lister thanks to her Oscar-winning turn in The Blind Side and last year's box office smash Gravity.
With such an eclectic back catalogue it's hard to single out any one movie. With that in mind, Digital Spy opened up the floor to staff to pose one simple question: What's your favourite Sandra Bullock movie? Here are the results...
Emma Dibdin, Features Editor - The Net
In the interest of full disclosure, I will say that it's been a good ten years since I last watched The Net. Viewing it now, in the cold light of the 21st century, it has not dated well. But aside from being hugely entertaining with a plot that falls just the right side of ludicrous, »
Mark Hamill Shows His Cameo From Kingsman: The Secret Service
If you read Mark Millar.s graphic novel The Secret Service, you knew that Mark Hamill plays a small but significant role at the start of the story. In fact, he plays himself, kidnapped by mysterious thugs and brought to a remote dwelling on a snowy mountainside until he is rescued (after some witty Star Wars chatter, of course). When it was revealed that Millar was getting an adaptation of The Secret Service off the ground, word spread that he hoped to get Mark Hamill for a cameo. Guess what? It happened. At the 20th Century Fox panel today in Hall H, Mark Millar introduced a video message recorded by Kingsman: The Secret Service director Matthew Vaughn and everyone.s favorite Jedi, Mark Hamill. The actor was sporting a purple Hit-Girl wig and his Star Wars: Episode VII beard . joking that he really grew it out for his ideal role, »
The Cast and Producers of The Walking Dead Talk Season 5, the Group’s Reunion, and Relationships at Comic-Con
Hall H welcomed the cast and producers of The Walking Dead as they made their appearance at Comic-Con this morning to talk about the new season and interact with fans. By now, everyone has probably already seen the trailer they also unveiled for Season 5. It was a nice treat for fans and also helped answer some lingering questions. Of course, one question always leads to five more when it comes to AMC’s hit drama. So, the cast and creative team sat down with us following their panel for roundtable interviews. While they tried to keep most details hushed, they did provide us with a pretty good outlook of what to expect when the series returns in October. Hit the jump for highlights from the interviews with Robert Kirkman, Norman Reedus, Greg Nicotero, Melissa McBride, Chad Coleman, Emily Kinney, Danai Gurira, Andrew Lincoln, and Chandler Riggs. On Season 5 and the »
- Elena Butler
Fantastic Four Photo Leak May Show Us The Thing
Possibly The Thing from the 'Fantastic Four' Reboot! We'll keep you updated. #Hype! pic.twitter.com/jJhS2xw8oo— Superhero Report (@SuperheroReport) July 26, 2014 Even though multiple sources told us that 20th Century Fox would not have any footage from Josh Trank.s The Fantastic Four at San Diego Comic-Con, many (including myself) felt disappointed when the Fox panel in Hall H concluded after some incredible footage from Matthew Vaughn.s Kingsman: The Secret Service -- with nary a mention of next summer.s Four film. Lo and behold, we all come back to our computers to find the above, leaked image waiting for us. What is it, exactly? Well, the Twitter account of Florida-based Justified Films went a little hashtag crazy to say that it is a leaked image of The Thing from The Fantastic Four. You can tell that there is a lot of green screen going »
New Avengers: Age Of Ultron Concept Art Reveals Vision, Quicksilver And Hawkeye
We're almost there, people! All this week we've been bringing you brand new pieces of Avengers: Age of Ultron concept art, with each new day delivering artist renditions of two different characters. Today, however, we have a special treat. We are getting not just two heroes, but three! As you can see both above and below, Marvel has once again officially released two new pieces of Avengers 2 concept art, only this time we're getting first looks at Vision, Quicksilver and Hawkeye - and they're all in the process of doing serious battle with Ultron's robot army. Cool as it is to see Jeremy Renner's Hawkeye and Aaron Taylor-Johnson's Quicksilver again, the real headliner here is definitely Paul Bettany's Vision, even though he still remains largely a mystery. Here we get to see his flowing gold cape and we even get some idea of his coloration, but he's »
Comic-Con: Director Rob Letterman Talks Goosebumps, Casting Jack Black as R.L. Stine, Choosing which Monsters to Include, and More
In Goosebumps, arriving in theaters next summer, Jack Black plays a semi-fictionalized version of R.L. Stine, prolific author of the Beloved Goosebumps book series. In the film, Stine finds his creature creations escaped from the pages of his books and must find a way to return them before they wreak havoc on his small Maryland town. Goosebumps also stars Odeya Rush, Jillian Bell, Amy Ryan, Ken Marino, Dylan Minette, and Ryan Lee. Director Rob Letterman was on hand at Comic-Con to give fans an early look at some footage and talk about his approach to the film. Before his panel we sat down for an exclusive interview. He talked about the challenge of making of age-appropriate horror film, why Jack Black was the perfect man for the part, how they decided which of Stine's many monsters to include, bringing Slappy the dummy to life, and more. Check out what he »
- Haleigh Foutch
Kevin Smith Reveals Plans For ‘True North Trilogy’ Beginning With ‘Tusk’ [Comic Con 2014]
By now, you’ve probably seen the trailer for Kevin Smith‘s Tusk. And if not, click here and check it out. Revealed in Smith’s annual Hall H panel at Comic-Con, the footage shows a very different Smith from the “snoochie boochies” days of the past. This is a Smith with something messed up to say. And, […]
- Germain Lussier
Bones Comic-Con Panel Recap: David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel and Executive Producer Stephen Nathan Talk Season 10, the 200th Episode, and More
Stars David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel appeared with executive producer Stephen Nathan to tease the 10th season of Bones, opening the panel with a short clip from the upcoming season of Booth getting into a prison fight. Boreanaz kicked off the panel's screwball tone by taking selfies of himself with his fellow panelists and with the audience. Despite the jokey atmosphere, Nathan and the actors did reveal details of the 10th season and the 200th episode. Hit the jump for more. Here are some of the highlights of the Bones Comic-Con panel: Four months will have passed since the previous season finale; Booth is in jail and Brennan and her colleagues at the Jeffersonian are trying to prove his innocence and expose the conspiracy. The first episode opens with them exhuming a set of remains that could possibly resolve the case. Boreanaz said that Booth is in a state of »
- Anna Kaufman
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