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Prometheus 2 to feature "a fresher form of alien", says Ridley Scott

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Ridley Scott has promised to bring in "a fresher form of alien" in Prometheus 2.

The filmmaker previously revealed that the classic Hr Giger xenomorph alien would not be featuring in the sci-fi sequel.

Scott told The Australian that he wants the follow-up to "[get away] from gods and dragons and s**t".

"If I see one more dragon I'm going to shoot myself. Stop the dragons," he said.

"[The original Alien] is the definitive dragon and he's a motherf**ker. The alien's real which is why it's probably one of the scariest monsters in film history. So with Prometheus 2 what I'm trying to do is reintroduce a fresher form of alien in the third act."

Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender are expected to reprise their roles as Elizabeth Shaw and android David.

Green Lantern's Michael Green is working on the script for the film, which has been dated for release in March 2016 by 20th Century Fox. »


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Jurassic World's Bryce Dallas Howard in Pete's Dragon remake talks

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Bryce Dallas Howard has entered talks for the Pete's Dragon remake.

The Help actress is eyeing the lead role in the Disney film, reports Variety.

Oakes Fegley's will play Pete, with Robert Redford in talks to direct.

The 1977 movie centred around Pete and his best friend and dragon Elliot.

Howard will next appear in the long-awaited, Chris Pratt-starring Jurassic Park follow-up Jurassic World.

Jim Whitaker will produce Pete's Dragon. »


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Shawshank Redemption celebrates 20th anniversary: The cast then and now

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I guess it comes down to a simple choice, really. Get busy living or get busy dying.

The Shawshank Redemption celebrated its 20th anniversary this year, and to mark the occasion stars Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman and director Frank Darabont reunited for a special Academy screening of the film this week.

Digital Spy goes then and now with the cast of the beloved drama to find out what happened to them in the years since Shawshank's original release.

Tim Robbins (Andy Dufresne)

Already a well-established and respected actor by the time he won the role of Andy Dufresne, Tim Robbins saw his career surge in the wake of Shawshank. He bagged the role after Kevin Costner, Tom Hanks and Brad Pitt turned it down, but their loss was his gain.

Post-Shawshank he starred in films ranging from Mission to Mars, to High Fidelity and Green Lantern. His biggest career success »


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Angelina Jolie confirms retirement: 'I've never loved acting'

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Angelina Jolie has confirmed her plans to retire from acting.

The Oscar winner said that she "absolutely" plans to focus on filmmaking in the future.

"I've never been comfortable as an actor - I've never loved being in front of the camera," Jolie told Du Jour.

"I didn't ever think I could direct, but I hope I'm able to have a career at it because I'm much happier."

She has previously said that her portrayal of Cleopatra could mark her final acting role.

Jolie has been teasing her plans to retire from acting for years.

She was most recently seen in Disney's Maleficent.

Jolie's most recent directorial outing - Unbroken - will arrive in Us cinemas on December 25 and in the UK on December 26. Watch a trailer below: »


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Studio Ghibli doc The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness gets trailer

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Studio Ghibli documentary The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness has released a trailer.

Mami Sunada's film saw her given access to the animation studio and its chief filmmakers Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata.

Her filming happened to coincide with the announcement of Miyazaki's retirement after the release of The Wind Rises.

The documentary spotlights his feelings surrounding his decision to quit filmmaking.

Miyazaki has revealed that he will continue to make short films for the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo.

The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness has received a limited release in the UK and will arrive in Us cinemas on November 28. It will arrive on VOD on December 9. »


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Jason Reitman and Nick Hornby team on bank heist film

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Jason Reitman and Nick Hornby are teaming on a bank heist film.

The Men, Women & Children director and London-based novelist are adapting Skip Hollandsworth's Texas Monthly article 'I Only Rob Banks For My Family', according to The Hollywood Reporter.

It will tell the true story of the Catt family of Houston, who made a living robbing banks until their crimes caught up with them.

Hollandsworth also wrote the article which inspired Richard Linklater's Bernie.

Fox Searchlight is producing the film.

Hornby recently wrote the screenplay to the Reese Witherspoon-starring Wild.

Reitman is known for the films Up in the Air, Young Adult and Labor Day.

It will follow Reitman's work on Hulu series Casual. »


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Matthew Vaughn reveals what lured him away from X-Men

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Matthew Vaughn has revealed what it was that lured him away from X-Men: Days of Future Past.

The filmmaker exited the 20th Century Fox project in favour of Kingsman: The Secret Service.

Vaughn and writer Mark Millar conceived of the story, which Millar and Dave Gibbons adapted as a comic book.

"Then I was working on Days of Future Past, and I'd finished the treatment," he told IGN. "Then the [Kingsman] script fell out of me - just one of those things.

"I remember Fox going, 'What are you talking about?' because the two scripts came in at the same time. I was like, 'Aw, s**t'. It was a really tough decision whether to do Days of Future Past or do this.

"But then I was like, 'F**k, somebody else is going to wake up and do a fun spy movie. Then I will have written a bloody »


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Darren Criss, Evan Rachel Wood in Funny or Die spoof of Tom Hanks's 'Big'

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Glee's Darren Criss has starred in a Funny or Die parody of Tom Hanks's 1988 comedy Big.

In the original movie, Tom Hanks played a 12-year-old boy who turned into an adult after making a wish to be 'big' at a fairground.

Big with Evan Rachel Wood and Darren Criss from Evan Rachel Wood

In this much darker pastiche of the film, Evan Rachel Wood plays Jenny, a 13-year-old girl who takes on the appearance of an older woman.

Jenny's mother doesn't believe she is her daughter, accusing her of having an affair with her husband and shoving her out of the house using a broom.

Jenny then gets a job at a toy factory where she meets Criss's character Jeff, who falls in love with her.

They recreate the famous scene from the original movie where the characters dance on a piano and Jeff yells: "You make me feel like a kid again! »


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Mel Gibson and Andrew Garfield eye war film Hacksaw Ridge

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Mel Gibson and Andrew Garfield are in talks for Hacksaw Ridge.

Gibson will direct the World War II movie, with Garfield in line to star, reports Deadline.

The film will tell the true story of Desmond T Doss, the first conscientious objector to win the Us Congressional Medal of Honor.

Doss served as an army medic at the Battle of Okinawa. He refused to kill, but was given the award by President Truman for his work at saving lives.

Gibson's last directorial outing was with 2006's Apocalypto.

Garfield will next be seen in 99 Homes.

Hacksaw Ridge is targeting a 2016 release. »


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Josh Boone's The Stand will be a four-movie series

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Josh Boone's The Stand adaptation will stretch across four films.

The Fault in Our Stars director has revealed the latest plans for Stephen King's apocalyptic epic.

In an interview with Boone on Kevin Smith's Hollywood Babble-On podcast, the filmmaker described his approach to the originally planned, one-film project, and Warner Bros' suggestion about where to take development.

"They came back and said, 'would you do it as multiple films?' and I said 'F**k yes!' I loved my script, and I was willing to drop it in an instant because you're able to do an even truer version that way," said Boone (via Slash Film).

"So I think we are going to do like, four movies. I can't tell you anything about how we're going to do them, or what's going to be in which movie. I'll just say we are going to do four movies, »


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Penelope Cruz lined up to star in Zoolander 2

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Penelope Cruz is being lined up to star in Zoolander 2.

The Vanilla Sky actress would be joining Ben Stiller in the follow-up to the 2001 comedy, reports Deadline.

The original film followed Derek Zoolander (Stiller), a dim-witted fashion model who is brainwashed into trying to assassinate the Malaysian prime minister.

Will Ferrell previously said that he will be reprising his role as villain Jacobim Mugatu, while Owen Wilson is also rumoured to be returning as Hansel McDonald.

Zoolander 2 is penned by Justin Theroux.

Watch the trailer for the first Zoolander below: »


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Mockingjay open thread: What did you think of the Hunger Games movie?

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The wait is over for fans of The Hunger Games. Mockingjay - Part 1, the penultimate instalment in the Ya saga, is in cinemas now and already exciting cinemagoers.

This time around Jennifer Lawrence's Katniss Everdeen finds herself positioned as the figurehead for District 13's rebellion against the Capitol. It's a bit lighter on action compared to the previous arena-led outings, but we absolutely loved it for its smart and intelligent approach to the story.

We want to know what you thought of Mockingjay. Where does it sit within the Hunger Games movies so far? Is this Jennifer Lawrence's best performance as Katniss yet? And were you happy about where Suzanne Collins's novel split in half?

Give Mockingjay a rating out of five in our poll, and leave your comments in the space below. Please note that this will be Digital Spy's spoiler thread for the movie, »


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The faces behind the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes visual effects

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is available now to Buy & Keep on Sky Store.

Digital Spy has partnered with Sky Store to take you behind the incredible performance capture visual effects of the film and introduce you to the unseen stars of the blockbuster sequel. Read on to meet the actors behind Koba, Blue Eyes, Maurice and more.

Andy Serkis as Caesar

The face of performance capture technology, Andy Serkis has brought to life digital characters as wide-ranging as Gollum from The Lord of the Rings, Captain Haddock in The Adventures of Tintin and King Kong.

In Dawn of the Planet of the Apes he plays Caesar for a second time, leading the primate uprising against mankind. Dawn is without question Serkis's finest performance capture turn to-date.

Toby Kebbell as Koba

Second in command to Caesar is ferocious ape Koba, who favours an aggressive and violent revolution as »


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What We Do in the Shadows review: A vampire mockumentary that lacks bite

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Directors: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi; Screenwriters: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi; Starring: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, Jonathan Brugh, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer. Ben Fransham, Stu Rutherford; Running time: 86 mins; Certificate: 15

Vampire movies. Mockumentaries. Haven't both been done to death? Not quite. Comedy duo Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords) and Taika Waititi have merged these two genres and delivered an amiable if unremarkable movie with regular chuckles and appealing performances.

The premise revolves around vampires Viago (Taika Waititi), Deacon (Jonathan Brugh), Vladislav (Jemaine Clement) and Petyr (Ben Fransham) sharing a flat in New Zealand, with their fantastical and immortal states deftly juxtaposed with the mundane travails of sharing accommodation. After all, a cleaning rota is handy if there's going to be mass blood-letting on the sofa.

An ill-fated encounter with an eager student called Nick (Cori Gonzalez-Macuer) and his amusingly dull computer programmer friend Stu (Stu Rutherford) threatens to change the dynamic of the vampires, »


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Battlestar Galactica movie would be extraordinary, says Richard Hatch

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Battlestar Galactica veteran Richard Hatch has voiced his support for plans to produce a new movie version.

Hatch - who played Apollo in the original '70s series and Tom Zarek in the '00s remake - told Digital Spy that the film would "have a huge audience".

"I think a Battlestar movie would be extraordinary," he said.

"I know they're talking about it, trying to work on a script - and I think a new movie would probably launch a new Battlestar Galactica series [on television]."

The original Battlestar Galactica ran for a single season from 1978-79, with the new film expected to be a reinvention of the franchise.

"I don't think this story has been fully explored," Hatch said. "It's a never-ending plethora of dramatic possibilities.

"There's a vast dramatic topography to explore and the audience can't get enough - they're hungry for more."

Hatch added that he would "love »


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Matt Smith to star alongside Natalie Dormer in Patient Zero

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Matt Smith has been cast in Stefan Ruzowitzky's Patient Zero.

The action thriller follows a group of survivors who have managed to avoid a global pandemic of rabies.

The mutated form of rabies creates a new species, addicted to violence and with its own emerging language.

A talented survivor, who can communicate with the predators, leads a hunt for patient zero and a potential cure to the epidemic.

Former Doctor Who actor Smith will star in the movie alongside Game of Thrones' Natalie Dormer, reports Deadline.

Mike Le has written the script for the movie, with Vincent Newman in the producer seat.

A release schedule for Patient Zero is yet to be announced. »


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Watch new clips from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part One

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Two new clips from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part One have been released following the film's premiere.

The sequel returns to the story of Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) as she is hiding in the underground District 13 with Gale (Liam Hemsworth) and planning how to rescue the captured Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) from the Capitol.

She is also dealing with President Coin (Julianne Moore) and Plutarch Heavensbee's (Philip Seymour Hoffman) ambitions to use her in a propaganda campaign as they try to bring down the Capitol and President Snow (Donald Sutherland).

The first clip shows the bombing of District 8 as Katniss attempts to film promos with director Cressida (Natalie Dormer) and Gale.

In the second clip, we see Effie (Elizabeth Banks) and Katniss' mentor Haymitch (Woody Harrelson) brainstorming times when Katniss was inspiring the people of the Districts.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 is in UK »


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Pitch Perfect 2: The Bellas are back in the first trailer for sequel

20 November 2014 7:40 AM, PST

The first trailer for Pitch Perfect 2 has been unveiled.

The preview picks up with the Barden Bellas as they prepare for their next challenge - competing in the a cappella world championships.

Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Adam DeVine, Anna Camp and Brittany Snow all returned to film the sequel over the summer.

Katey Sagal and Hailee Steinfeld have joined the franchise as a mother and daughter who cross paths with the Barden Bellas singing group.

Elizabeth Banks has directed the sequel, after producing and starring in the 2012 original. She will also reprise the role of Gail in the latest instalment.

Earlier this year, star Ben Platt admitted that the cast are feeling the pressure to match the success of the first film.

Pitch Perfect 2 opens on May 15, 2015 in the Us and in the UK. »


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Mike Nichols 1931-2014: Entertainment world pays tribute

20 November 2014 6:12 AM, PST

Film, television and stage director Mike Nichols - whose work included The Graduate and Working Girl among many others - passed away today (November 20) at the age of 83.

The entertainment world has paid tribute to the successful director, writer, producer and comedian. Digital Spy has round up just some of the messages of condolences from friends, colleagues and fans around the world.

Mike Nichols leaves behind a staggering body of work. He's one of the best filmmakers and stage directors ever. Influenced everyone. #Genius

Ben Stiller (@RedHourBen) November 20, 2014

Oh No, #MikeNichols Nice man brilliant director!!!! Your vision will be missed

— octavia spencer (@octaviaspencer) November 20, 2014

Rip the Great Mike Nichols - elite member of the pantheon of directors whether stage screen or tv. Any conversation was rich w/wit & wisdom

Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) November 20, 2014

Sad to hear of Mike Nichols passing - eternal in his gifts to American culture: "Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolfe? »


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There is no escape in the new Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death trailer

20 November 2014 5:34 AM, PST

The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death has released a new trailer.

Phoebe Fox, Jeremy Irvine, Helen McCrory and Oaklee Pendergast star in director Tom Harper's horror sequel.

The film is set four decades after the events of the Daniel Radcliffe-starring 2012 Woman in Black.

Angel of Death is set during World War II. Eel Marsh House becomes a refuge for teacher Eve (Fox) and her students.

Eve begins to wonder whether they are alone on the island, and slowly becomes aware of a sinister force.

The Woman in Black: Angel of Death released on January 30, 2015 in the Us and February 13, 2015 in the UK. »


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