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Tetris lined up for blockbuster movie treatment

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A live-action movie version of Tetris is being lined up by Threshold Entertainment.

The film production firm has teamed with the Tetris Company to develop the live-action sci-fi movie, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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Threshold CEO Larry Kasanoff describes the adaptation as a "very big, epic sci-fi movie".

"This isn't a movie with a bunch of lines running around the page" he continues. "We're not giving feet to the geometric shapes."

Kasanoff, who previously brought Mortal Kombat to cinemas, said that a successful movie could lead to other ventures.

"Brands are the new stars of Hollywood. We have a story behind Tetris which makes it a much more imaginative thing."

"What you [will] see in Tetris is the teeny tip of an iceberg that has intergalactic significance," Kasanoff teased.

Packaged with the original Game Boy, Tetris celebrated its 30th anniversary in June. »

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Taken 3 trailer premieres, Liam Neeson thriller now titled Tak3n

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The first trailer for Liam Neeson's Taken 3, now titled Tak3n, has premiered online.

The action sequel sees Neeson's retired Bryan Mills framed for murder and on the run from the Us government and European terrorists.

Directed by Taken 2's Olivier Megaton, the globetrotting film will send Mills to France, Spain and California.

Maggie Grace and Famke Janssen both return to the supporting cast, with Forest Whitaker, Dougray Scott and Sam Spruell new additions to the franchise.

Neeson recently suggested that Tak3n will be the final film in the series.

When asked by Digital Spy what he would like to see happen to the franchise, he quipped: "It finish."

Tak3n will be released on January 8, 2015 in the UK and January 9 in the Us. »

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Peaky Blinders creator: "I've got an ending for series"

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Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight has revealed that he knows how he wants the BBC series to end, Deadline reports.

Knight made the comments at BAFTA's 2014 Screenwriter Lectures, where he discussed his television and film scriptwriting work.

The writer said that he always has an end in mind when he begins writing and that he has already plotted the series finale of Peaky Blinders.

"I'm not joking: I've got an ending where [Cillian Murphy's character] is Sir Thomas Shelby, and it's the start of the Second World War," he said. "The first siren goes off and that's it. What I'm trying to do with the whole thing is look at someone from his background: Can he get out and escape?"

He added that he enjoys writing for television because it allows characters to be more complex and unsympathetic.

"You can make somebody bad for a long time, and people love it when they »

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Billy Elliot: The Musical beats The Equalizer to top UK box office

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Billy Elliot: The Musical has topped the UK box office.

The live cinema broadcast of the stage show earned £1.9 million to narrowly edge past Denzel Washington's The Equalizer and secure first place in UK theatres.

This marks the first time a live cinema event has made it to the number one spot in the UK.

Last week's number one movie The Boxtrolls slips to number three ahead of new release What We Did On Our Holiday. A Walk Among the Tombstones rounds out the top five.

The UK box office top ten in full:

1. (-) Billy Elliot The Musical Live - £1,904,098

2. (-) The Equalizer - £1,890146

3. (1) The Boxtrolls - £1,130,062

4. (-) What We Did On Our Holiday - £811,087

5. (2) A Walk Among the Tombstones - £603,062

6. (3) Pride - £400,247

7. (4) Lucy - £377,138

8. (7) Guardians of the Galaxy - £340,417

9. (5) The Riot Club - £301,607

10. (6) Sex Tape - £265,384

Source: Rentrak »

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Danny Glover and Maya Rudolph cast in Diego Luna's Mr Pig

10 hours ago

Danny Glover and Maya Rudolph have been cast in Diego Luna's Mr Pig, an English-language road movie set in Mexico.

The film focuses on a farm-worker, played by Lethal Weapon actor Glover, who travels from the Us to Mexico accompanied by a pig, with which he strikes up a type of friendship.

Bridesmaids actress Rudolph's role is not yet known, reports Variety.

The film is written by Luna and Augusto Mendoza, who worked together on Luna's previous project Abel. It will be produced by Canana, the Mexico City/La production house which Luna founded with Gael Garcia Bernal and Pablo Cruz.

Producer Cruz said: "Mr Pig is a beautiful road movie, and a chance to talk about love for Mexico through the eyes of an American.

"It has a Us appeal because of Danny and its English language. It obviously has a Mexican appeal because of Diego and other Mexican actors involved. »

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Danny Dyer supports daughter at gangster film premiere

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Danny Dyer supported daughter Dani Dyer at her movie premiere for We Still Kill The Old Way in London last night (September 28).

The 17-year-old aspiring actress, who has previously appeared with her father in movies such as 2009's Doghouse and the critically panned Run For Your Life, has a role in Sacha Bennett's British gangster movie.

The crime drama centres on a group of ageing East End gangsters who embark on a killing spree after one member is murdered by a feral street gang.

The pair were joined by Dyer's long-term partner and Dani's mother Joanne Mas. Dani is the couple's eldest daughter.

Other guests at the screening included former EastEnders actor Craig Fairbrass, former CBB star Casey Batchelor and ex-Emmerdale actress Adele Silva, who also stars in the film. »

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Ben Affleck Batman "heavily influenced" by The Dark Knight Returns

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Ben Affleck has revealed that his Batman will be "heavily influenced" by Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns.

The Gone Girl star will play Bruce Wayne opposite Henry Cavill's Man of Steel in the forthcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, due to open in cinemas in March 2016.

Affleck told MTV that director Zack Snyder has been using Miller's 1986 comic book run as a touchstone for his take on the DC Comics hero.

"I will say that I think Zack [Snyder] was heavily influenced by that," the actor said.

"I think everyone's heavily influenced by that... that's the seminal work. So, I don't think that there's any of these which have been made that haven't drawn from that book because it's so good.

"So, you know, I think if you're smart you steal from the best. That's why I'm going to rip David [Fincher, Gone Girl director] off from now on everywhere I go! »

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Game of Thrones' Carice van Houten joins Jesse Owens biopic

12 hours ago

Carice van Houten has been cast in the upcoming Jesse Owens biopic Race.

The Game Of Thrones star has joined the Stephan James-starring film about the Olympic gold medallist.

The actress, who plays priestess Melisandre on the HBO show, will star in the film alongside Jeremy Irons and Jason Sudeikis.

James plays Us sprinter Owens, who won four gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, humiliating Adolf Hitler and his claims of Aryan racial superiority.

Hitler had attempted to ban black and Jewish athletes from the games, but backed down in the face of a threatened boycott.

Sudeikis will play the runner's coach and mentor Larry Snyder, with Irons as head of the Olympic Committee that supported hosting the games in Nazi Germany.

It was recently revealed that a dead character is making a comeback in Game of Thrones season 5. »

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Keegan-Michael Key and Regina Hall join Vacation remake

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Keegan-Michael Key and Regina Hall have joined the cast of the Vacation reboot.

The pair will play the "perfect" and enviable friends of the Griswold family, reports Variety.

Ed Helms and Christina Applegate star in the New Line remake as the son and daughter-in-law of Chevy Chase's original character Clark Griswold.

Chris Hemsworth and Charlie Day have also signed up to appear, alongside This is 40 star Leslie Mann.

Resuming their roles from the original Vacation movies, Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo will film a cameo.

The reboot will see Rusty (Helms) try to recreate the holidays he shared with his family as a child.

Vacation began filming earlier this month. It is directed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein. »

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Hansel & Gretel 2 director Tommy Wirkola steps down

13 hours ago

Tommy Wirkola will no longer direct Hansel & Gretel 2.

The Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters writer and director has confirmed that despite penning the script, he will not direct the sequel.

"I've just decided to not direct Hansel & Gretel 2," Wirkola told Fangoria. "I have been lately attached to a few more things. It's just a matter of time and priorities.

"I did Dead Snow 1, then Hansel & Gretel 1, and then Dead Snow 2. I want to do something a little bit different now and not just do sequels.

"I did write the script and I hope to be involved in it. But yeah, I won't be directing it."

2013's Hansel & Gretel starred Gemma Arterton and Jeremy Renner as the grown-up siblings who have since become witch hunters.

The pair are yet to be confirmed for the sequel. »

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Kevin Smith moving ahead with Clerks 3

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Kevin Smith has revealed that he is moving ahead with Clerks III.

The director said that his most recent project, the horror-comedy Tusk, has helped him fund the long-promised sequel.

"Tusk was the absolute bridge to Clerks III," he said on his Hollywood Babble-On podcast. "Because of Tusk, I got my financing for Clerks III.

"A year and change ago I was desperately trying to get Clerks III made for the 20th anniversary... I must have reeked of [desperation], because I couldn't f**king find money and s**t.

"But it was Tusk, with people going 'Holy f**k, what else do you have?' I was like, Clerks III!' And they're like, 'Done.' Everybody that's like, 'He failed, he failed!' I'm like, 'Thank you, I failed into Clerks III!'"

The original Clerks was released in 1994, with its sequel following in 2006.

Read our Tusk review: "Sheer madness »

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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon sequel to premiere on Netflix and IMAX

14 hours ago

The Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon sequel will premiere on Netflix and in select IMAX theatres.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend will be released simultaneously in both formats on August 28, 2015.

Harvey Weinstein said: "The moviegoing experience is evolving quickly and profoundly, and Netflix is unquestionably at the forefront of that movement.

"We are tremendously excited to be continuing our great relationship with Netflix and bringing to fans all over the world the latest chapter in this amazing and intriguing story."

Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos added: "Fans will have unprecedented choice in how they enjoy an amazing and memorable film that combines intense action and incredible beauty.

"We are honoured to be working with Harvey Weinstein and a world-class team of creators to bring this epic story to people all over the world and to partner with IMAX, a brand that represents the highest quality of immersive entertainment, »

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Benedict Cumberbatch on U2 Oscars photobomb: 'It was Ellen's fault'

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Benedict Cumberbatch has blamed Ellen DeGeneres for his photobombing of U2 at this year's Oscars.

The Sherlock actor was photographed playing around behind the group on the red carpet of this year's ceremony and told Time Out that host DeGeneres had been getting everyone drunk.

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"Yes, I photobombed U2! But that was all Ellen DeGeneres's fault because she plied everyone with vodka on the red carpet," Cumberbatch said.

"Her team was handing out these miniatures. A friend really wanted me to get a photo with U2. So I just saw the opportunity and I've never felt an impulse like it.

"I spotted them all standing around and I thought, 'Perfect!' It wasn't preordained or anything. I just did it. »

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Perks of Being a Wallflower author to pen Beauty and the Beast script?

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The author behind The Perks of Being a Wallflower is reportedly being lined up to pen the script of Disney's live-action Beauty and the Beast movie.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Stephen Chbosky will write the adaptation of the 1991 animated classic.

The news comes after it was confirmed that Twilight's Bill Condon would bring the live-action movie to the big screen as director.

Disney is hoping to capitalise on re-imagining some of its greatest movies, following the success of Maleficent starring Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning, based on Sleeping Beauty.

The next live-action project planned by the studio is Cinderella, which will focus on the tale's famous lost slipper.

Meanwhile, Warner Bros is planning a Beauty and the Beast movie of its own, which is rumoured to star Emma Watson. Its adaptation is currently without a director, after Guillermo del Toro pulled out.

The traditional Beauty and the Beast fairytale was »

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Inherent Vice: Watch the first trailer for Paul Thomas Anderson's next film

23 hours ago

The first trailer for Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice has been unveiled.

The upcoming crime drama stars Reese Witherspoon, Joaquin Phoenix and Josh Brolin, and is the first ever film adaptation of a Thomas Pynchon novel.

Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice changes Thomas Pynchon's ending

Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice first images revealed

Owen Wilson, Benicio Del Toro, Martin Short, Jena Malone, Katherine Waterston and Joanna Newsom also appear in the movie - Anderson's seventh feature to date.

The film centres around Los Angeles private detective Doc Sportello (Phoenix), who is hired by his ex (Waterston) to investigate a plot involving her rich lover, his scheming wife and her boyfriend.

The first poster has also been released:

Inherent Vice will premiere at the New York Film Festival on October 4 before receiving a cinematic release on December 12 in the Us and January 30, 2015 in the UK. »

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Luke Evans: 'Starring alongside The Rock and Vin Diesel was terrifying'

29 September 2014 4:01 PM, PDT

Luke Evans has discussed the challenges of maintaining an athletic body in order to land blockbuster roles.

The Welsh actor, who is the star of vampire epic Dracula Untold, told Men's Health that he needs to work extremely hard to achieve the results he wants.

"The general idea when I started six years ago was to work as much as possible, so I did five or six films in a year," he said. "So many. But I needed to get the experience and I needed to learn how to act in front of a camera, which I'd never done before."

Evans, who has also appeared in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, described starring alongside The Rock in Fast & Furious 6 as "terrifiying".

"I wouldn't say being in a film with The Rock was motivating. Terrifying would be a more accurate description," he said. "You look at this guy and think, »

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Magic Mike Xxl: Official cast and plot details revealed

29 September 2014 3:34 PM, PDT

Magic Mike Xxl has revealed its full cast and synopsis.

Returning stars Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash, Adam Rodriguez and Gabriel Iglesias are joined by newcomers Elizabeth Banks, Donald Glover, Amber Heard, Andie MacDowell, Jada Pinkett Smith and Michael Strahan for the upcoming sequel to Magic Mike.

The new film's director Greg Jacobs recently confirmed that Matthew McConaughey will not reprise the role of club owner Dallas.

Jacobs served as a producer on Magic Mike while Steven Soderbergh, who directed the original, will executive produce the sequel. Reid Carolin has written the screenplay.

The official synopsis released by studio Warner Bros reads as follows:

Picking up the story three years after Mike bowed out of the stripper life at the top of his game, Magic Mike Xxl finds the remaining Kings of Tampa likewise ready to throw in the towel.

But they want to do it their »

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Michael Strahan to star in Magic Mike Xxl

29 September 2014 10:12 AM, PDT

Michael Strahan will appear in Magic Mike Xxl.

The presenter confirmed on today's (September 29) edition of Good Morning America that he will strip off in next year's sequel.

He joins Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello and Gabriel Iglesias in the film, which has also cast Jada Pinkett Smith and Amber Heard in new parts.

The sequel's director Greg Jacobs recently confirmed that Matthew McConaughey will not reprise the role of club owner Dallas.

Jacobs also promised that Magic Mike Xxl will be "very different" to its 2012 predecessor.

Magic Mike Xxl will be released on July 1, 2015 in the Us and August 7 in the UK.

Watch Strahan perform a striptease in front of co-star Channing Tatum below: »

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Scene-by-scene: 9 great moments from Gone Girl director David Fincher

29 September 2014 10:00 AM, PDT

Gone Girl review: Rosamund Pike a revelation in David Fincher thriller

David Fincher brings Gillian Flynn's novel Gone Girl to the big screen this week, and long-standing fans of the filmmaker will be delighted to know the thriller is up there with his very best.

Gone Girl, starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike as a couple whose marriage severely hits the rocks, is the tenth feature in Fincher's 20-year career. Digital Spy picks out some of the highlights from his previous nine films below...

1. Alien 3's death of Ripley (1992)

Fincher himself is no big fan of his directorial debut Alien³, a blockbuster that experienced a turbulent production and was ultimately disowned by the man calling the shots behind the camera. That said, it featured a watershed moment for the franchise - Ripley sacrificing herself while a Xenomorph bursts through her chest, desperate to escape certain death.

2. Seven's "What's in the box? »

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Lorde unveils Hunger Games: Mockingjay song 'Yellow Flicker Beat'

29 September 2014 9:11 AM, PDT

Lorde has unveiled her brand new single from the Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 soundtrack.

'Yellow Flicker Beat' is the lead track from the upcoming soundtrack, which was also curated by Lorde.

The teenage singer co-wrote the song with Adele and Coldplay producer Paul Epworth, and it was recorded at New Jersey's Lakehouse Recording Studios.

The track will play over the closing credits to the upcoming sequel starring Jennifer Lawrence.

Lorde was chosen to hand-pick artists for the collection after meeting with director Francis Lawrence on the set of the film.

The soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 will be released via Republic Records later this year.

The film will be released in cinemas on November 21. Watch the full trailer below: »

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