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Kal Penn unaware Bollywood role would be in Hindi

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Kal Penn has revealed that he signed up for a part in Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain unaware that his lines would be in Hindi.

The Harold & Kumar actor only realised it wasn't in English when it came to the first script reading.

Set against the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy, Penn plays a tabloid journalist who attempts to expose safety issues at the plant ahead of the disaster.

Penn stars alongside Martin Sheen, Mischa Barton and Bollywood actors Rajpal Yadav and Tannishtha Chatterjee in the project.

The 37-year-old is currently in Mumbai promoting the movie ahead of its theatrical release.

Produced by Sahara Movie Studios and Rising Star Entertainment, Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain makes its debut on December 5. »

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Gena Rowlands for La Film Critics career achievement award

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Gena Rowlands has been the named the recipient of this year's Los Angeles Film Critics Association (Lafca) career achievement award.

The Hollywood legend will be honoured next year on January 10.

Lafca announced the news yesterday (October 18) on Twitter.

Past honourees include Doris Day, Richard Lester and Rowlands's late husband John Cassavetes, who received the award in 1986.

Rowlands worked with Cassavetes on ten films, earning Academy Award nominations for Gloria and A Woman Under the Influence.

She also appeared in 2004 movie The Notebook, as the older version of Rachel McAdams' character Allie Calhoun. »

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BFI London Film Festival announces 2014 award winners

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The 2014 BFI Film Festival award winners have been announced in full.

Andrey Zvyagintsev's Leviathan was named Best Film at an award ceremony celebrating the BFI Film Festival's 58th year.

14 films to see at 2014's BFI London Film Festival: The Imitation Game, Whiplash

Speaking about the decision to award Leviathan Best Film, the president of the BFI official competition jury Jeremy Thomas said that its "grandeur and themes moved all of us [the jury] in the same way".

The jury also picked out Celine Sciamma's Girlhood for special praise.

Elsewhere, the Sutherland Award for First Feature went to Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy for The Tribe, while Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait picked up the Grierson Documentary award.

Sameena Jabeen Ahmed was named Best British Newcomer for her role in Catch Me Daddy.

As previously announced, British director Stephen Frears was awarded the BFI Fellowship.

The Philomena director had earlier said how thrilled he was to receive the award, »

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Re-Viewed: Logan's Run changed sci-fi blockbusters forever

19 October 2014 1:30 AM, PDT

Teen-focused sci-fi dystopias are all the rage at the moment, between this month's The Maze Runner, Divergent, The Host, and of course the mighty Hunger Games. But none of them can hold a candle to Michael Anderson's classic Logan's Run, which was made the year before Star Wars came along and changed sci-fi blockbusters forever.

Based on the cult novel by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson, the film is set in 2274, with the remnants of humanity living in a computer-controlled, sealed, domed city after a non-specific apocalypse. 23rd century society is pretty much a utopia: citizens get to shop, take drugs and have sex as much as they like, with the central computers taking care of reproduction and, it's implied, child-rearing. There's just one catch: when you turn 30, you are deemed no longer useful to society and you have to either take your chances in a bizarre »

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Queen Latifah hosting Hollywood Film Awards

18 October 2014 7:55 PM, PDT

Queen Latifah has been chosen to host the Hollywood Film Awards.

The annual ceremony will air live for the very first time on CBS from the Hollywood Palladium on Friday, November 14.

CBS announced Latifah as host by referring to her as a "triple threat" because she can sing, dance and act.

"I'm honoured to be a part of such a legendary award show," Latifah added. "The Hollywood Film Awards have been a staple in the awards season for years, and I'm excited to be the first host to bring them to television."

The Hollywood Film Awards honour achievement in filmmaking and film acting. Producer Carlos de Abreu organised the first ceremony in 1997.

Last year's ceremony included Harrison Ford receiving the Hollywood Career Achievement Award and Star Trek Into Darkness winning Best Film.

CBS's coverage of the event will include a red carpet preview at 7.30pm Et and a one-hour post-show »

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Star Wars: Episode VII to finish filming in three weeks, says producer

18 October 2014 11:18 AM, PDT

Star Wars: Episode VII is around three weeks off completing filming.

The Guardian reported that producer Kathleen Kennedy has revealed the film's progress.

She also added that she is "thrilled" to be returning the film series to London with Jj Abrams in the director's chair.

She said: "This continues a long tradition of Star Wars movies being made in London. It goes back to 1976.

"To know that we are now coming back and we will be making the movies once again based out of Pinewood and now we're looking to put together Ilm London, it's rather remarkable that this has come together in less than two years."

It comes as Warwick Davis has revealed that he will be returning to the franchise.

Star Wars: Episode VII will pick up the story of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Leia 30 years after Return of the Jedi.

Original stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, »

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Colin Farrell is the latest actor rumoured for Marvel's Doctor Strange

18 October 2014 10:56 AM, PDT

Colin Farrell is the latest name being mentioned for Marvel's Doctor Strange, joining the likes of Benedict Cumberbatch and Keanu Reeves as possible actors for the role.

Jared Leto, Justin Theroux and Oscar Isaac also reportedly want the role.

Meanwhile Joaquin Phoenix's representative has scotched rumours he will play the neurosurgeon-turned-superhero saying, "talks are dead, dead, dead. A couple of weeks ago they mutually decided to part ways. It was over before the New York Film Festival."

He had previously been in talks before dropping out, but was said to be reconsidering.

A source told The Wrap that Farrell is being considered for the role, and confirmed the news that Reeves is also in the running.

The studio has apparently wanted to work with Benedict Cumberbatch for a while, especially following his appearances in Star Trek Into Darkness, The Imitation Game and 12 Years A Slave. But commitments to Sherlock »

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Watch Lego figures reenact The Hobbit in 72 seconds

18 October 2014 10:25 AM, PDT

If the thought of sitting through a three-hour film fills you with fear, we may have found a solution.

The BrotherhoodWorkshop has managed to condense Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy from around nine hours to just 72 seconds, using lots of Lego.

Subtitled "33,000ish Seconds Shorter Than Peter Jackson's Version", the video tells the story of Bilbo Baggins and his quest, while poking fun at the hugely successful movie series.

Featuring key scenes from all three Hobbit films, the video also references the differences from J.R.R. Tolkien's classic novel.

The video's credits are interrupted by a group of characters, annoyed by their lack of presence in the shortened YouTube video, before a voiceover tells them: "Uh, you're not in the book."

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, the third and final film in the trilogy, will be released in the UK on December 12 and in the »

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Guillermo del Toro says Pacific Rim 2 "will lead to a third film"

18 October 2014 10:03 AM, PDT

Guillermo del Toro says he is working with screenwriter Zak Penn on Pacific Rim 2 and hopes to release third Pacific Rim movie after that.

He told Collider: "The direction we're going in is very different from the first. All I can say is some of your favourite characters come back, some others don't because we have decided that we're going to shoot ambitiously and say, 'Let's hope we have three movies,' so some characters come in at the end of the second, hoping that it will ramp up on the third one. I hope people like it but you're gonna get a very different experience from the first one."

So the second movie could see characters rested before triumphant returns for the third film.

Universal has set a provisional release date of April 7, 2017, but del Toro has revealed that production is on schedule.

He said: "We got the »

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Jake Gyllenhaal shadowed real nightcrawlers for his latest role

18 October 2014 9:48 AM, PDT

Jake Gyllenhaal shadowed real nightcrawlers in Los Angeles in preparation for his role portraying one in his latest film Nightcrawler.

Nightcrawler follows America's media obsession with immediate breaking news and the ethics of those who gather footage to sell to TV news channels.

In an interview with The Guardian, Gyllenhaal said: "I equate it [immediate news] with fast food.

"We all know [it's] bad for us. But people demand it… This narrative of fear and this spinning of news has a great detrimental effect."

He went on to say: "These images, coming at us so fast and so graphically. It can have a negative effect on us."

The film follows nightcrawlers who monitor police scanners and race to crime scenes to film and sell the footage.

Writer-director Dan Gilroy joined Gyllenhaal when he shadowed the nightcrawlers and said he witnessed the horrific aftermath of a car accident.

"We get there and three young »

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Francesca Eastwood and Pierson Fodé join indie drama Cardinal X

18 October 2014 9:01 AM, PDT

Francesca Eastwood and Pierson Fodé have been cast in 1980s college drama Cardinal X.

They will join The Leftovers star Annie Q in the semi-autobiographical film from Angie Wang.

The film follows Q as Angie, a working-class Asian girl who transforms herself into an expert in manufacturing and selling ecstasy to fund her way through university.

The film will chronicle her rise and fall as a member of the drug world, and then her redemption.

Eastwood will play Angie's college roommate and Fodé will play a fraternity boy she ends up dating.

Cardinal X is writer-director Angie Wang's feature film debut, and will be produced by Richard Bosner and Cassian Elwes.

Wang said: "As Asian-Americans, we endure so many stereotypes."

She added: "I am looking forward to exploding a few of them and highlighting the solidarity of the human condition. I'm thrilled to embark upon this journey with a »

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Coen brothers comedy Hail, Caesar! adds four new cast members

18 October 2014 8:01 AM, PDT

Four new cast members have been added to the Coen brothers comedy Hail, Caesar!

Patrick Fischler, David Krumholtz, Fisher Stevens and Clancy Brown have joined the Joel and Ethan Coen-directed film, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Hail, Caesar! follows Eddie Mannix, a Hollywood Studios 'fixer' who investigates the disappearance of an actor during a movie shoot.

Krumholtz, Fischler and Stevens will play communist screenwriters, while Brown will play an actor in the movie-within-a-movie, Hail, Caesar!

Other cast members include George Clooney as Mannix, Josh Brolin, Channing Tatum, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill and Tilda Swinton.

Clancy Brown can next be seen as General Wade Eiling in The Flash on The CW. »

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Leonardo DiCaprio and Netflix team up for gorilla documentary

18 October 2014 3:14 AM, PDT

Netflix has teamed with Leonardo DiCaprio and his production company to release wildlife documentary titled Virunga.

The Orlando von Einsiedel-directed documentary will follow a team of park rangers as they try to protect gorillas in Africa.

The film will look at the rangers' struggles with poachers, militia and industry.

DiCaprio told Deadline: "Films like Virunga are powerful stories that are a window into the incredible cultural and natural diversity of our world, the forces that are threatening to destroy it, and the people who are fighting to protect it."

Netflix's Ted Sarandos said that the film will "have audiences guessing right up until the final act".

The documentary will be released simultaneously on Netflix and in cinemas in New York and Los Angeles on November 7 in the Us. UK cinema availability is yet to be confirmed.

Netflix previously announced plans to premiere the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon sequel »

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Jena Malone cast as Robin in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice?

18 October 2014 3:00 AM, PDT

Jena Malone is rumoured to be cast in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay actress may have been cast as a female Robin, according to a Wilx-10 report later backed up by The Hollywood Reporter.

The original report also features an interview with an anonymous extra, who claims to have been on set for a fight scene between Batman and Lex Luthor at a swanky party.

The extra could face a multimillion-dollar lawsuit for violating the movie's nondisclosure agreements.

While Malone's involvement as a female Robin is yet to be officially confirmed by Warner Bros, rumours originally surfaced after the actress dyed her hair red.


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Details for the upcoming movie remain thin on the ground, although director Zack Snyder has previously said that the film will take cues from Frank Miller's 1980s mini-series The Dark Knight Returns. »

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11 of the weirdest bootleg DVD covers: True Detective, Batman Begins

18 October 2014 1:30 AM, PDT

Translating movies and television for international markets can be a tricky business, as we discovered last year when we assembled this collection of 20 titles that got lost in translation.

But if you want to descend to a whole new level of weirdness, you need to look beyond the official channels. Whether it's a pirated disc being hawked in the street or a bona fide copy resold in unofficial packaging, these are products where the normal quality standards simply do not apply.

Below we've rounded up 11 of the world's most bizarre bootleg DVD covers, featuring dodgy Photoshopping, garbled Babelfish-style synopses, and entire actors being accidentally dropped in from other movies or TV shows.

1. True Detective

God, True Detective was a great show. Remember that episode where Rust and Marty go to Vegas and live it up in faux-Paris before narrowly escaping an exploding building on the back of a phoenix?

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Marley & Me TV spinoff gets pilot order from NBC

17 October 2014 12:35 PM, PDT

NBC has ordered a pilot for a proposed Marley & Me television spinoff.

Former Sex and the City and Men in Trees writer Jenny Bicks is working on a pilot that picks up from where the 2008 movie left off.

John Grogan and his wife Jenny - played by Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston in the original film - will move back to Florida, where their family finds a new stray dog on their doorstep.

The family decide to name her Marley after putting their former pet's collar on her, and soon find that she is as rambunctious as her namesake.

Marley & Me will be shot in the single-camera sitcom style, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

No announcements on who will play the roles originated by Wilson and Aniston in the movie have been made yet.

The film was based on a best-selling memoir by John Grogan.

NBC is also currently at »

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Hitman: Agent 47 movie pushed back to next summer

17 October 2014 8:31 AM, PDT

The upcoming Hitman movie reboot has been pushed back until next summer.

Originally scheduled to debut in February, Agent 47 will now hit cinemas on August 28.

The movie stars Homeland's Rupert Friend as the eponymous Agent 47, a role previously played by Timothy Olyphant in the 2007 original.

Agent 47 also stars Zachary Quinto as John Smith, Hannah Ware as Katia van Dees, and Avengers: Age of Ultron actor Thomas Kretschmann as the head of an international syndicate.

The late Paul Walker was originally attached to play the lead in the 20th Century Fox reboot.

The 2007 Hitman film was a critical flop but grossed $100 million (£63.9 million) worldwide. »

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Neil Patrick Harris: 'I want Oscars duets with Gaga, Adele and Pink'

17 October 2014 8:11 AM, PDT

Neil Patrick Harris has spoken about his dream music guests for the Oscars.

The actor was named as the host of the 87th Academy Awards on Wednesday (October 15).

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When asked by EW's Matt Bean for Sirius Xm who he would want to duet with during the show, he said: "Gaga? Adele? That would be cool. Pink? We could do circus things."

Patrick Harris also discussed his upcoming Oscars show, saying he doesn't want it to be "super derivative of other shows".

He added that he wants to respect the gravitas of the ceremony "without getting heavy and boring".

The actor is coming off a banner year which saw him earn a Tony Award for his acclaimed performance in Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

Harris also brought his long-running CBS series How I Met Your Mother to a close in the spring, »

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Sienna Miller and Steve Carell premiere Foxcatcher at London Film Festival

17 October 2014 7:26 AM, PDT

Sienna Miller and Steve Carell attended the premiere of Foxcatcher at the 58th BFI London Film Festival last night (October 16).

The 32-year-old actress shimmered in a silver striped floor-length gown while co-star Carell looked smart in a navy blue suit.

The 52-year-old actor is transformed in appearance for his role as eccentric chemical fortune heir John Du Pont in the true tale about his relationship with two wrestler brothers Mark and David Schultz (played by Tatum Channing and Mark Ruffalo respectively).

When du Pont offers Mark a place on his new training ground, relations between all three take a tragic turn.

Miller, who stars as Mark's wife Nancy Schultz, spoke to reporters at the Leicester Square screening about her recent comeback to acting.

"I'm really looking forward to it all," she explained. "I really wanted to work hard. I didn't work for a year after my daughter was born, and »

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Michael Caine wants out in Stonehearst Asylum clip

17 October 2014 6:55 AM, PDT

Stonehearst Asylum has released a new clip.

Michael Caine and Jim Sturgess feature in the video posted by Collider.

Ben Kingsley, Kate Beckinsale, Brendan Gleeson and David Thewlis also star in Brad Anderson's period horror.

Based on an Edgar Allan Poe short story, it sees a young doctor (Sturgess) taking up a post at a remote asylum.

He begins to fall for his patient (Beckinsale), but at the same time comes to realise that the original staff may have been ousted by the inmates.

The film was originally titled Eliza Graves.

Stonehearst Asylum will be released on October 24. »

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