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First Official Look: Astronaut Matt Damon in 'The Martian' Movie

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Nice orange suit there, Mr. Damon. Coming to theaters later this year is Ridley Scott's next sci-fi movie, The Martian, adapted from Andy Weir's novel about an astronaut stranded on Mars. Matt Damon plays Mark Watney, that astronaut on Mars, and while we posted a "first look" a few months ago, this is really the photo everyone's been waiting to see. Well, everyone should wait to see the trailer for this - because the footage is going to be the most impressive part. Then again, if you're a space suit nerd this may be your moment to flip out. The shot (which looks like a magazine scan) shows Damon in his astronaut suit for his mission to Mars, on the Ares III. It's a cool shot, with some of the Martian landscape reflecting in his visor. Check it out. Here's the first photo of Damon in The Martian scanned by EntradaNumerada. »

- Alex Billington

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Must Watch: Theatrical Trailer for 'Black Mass' with Johnny Depp

22 May 2015 8:45 PM, PDT

"It's not what you do – it's when and where you do it..." Warner Bros has debuted a brand new trailer for Scott Cooper's new drama Black Mass, featuring Johnny Depp as Whitey Bulger – one of the most notorious, wanted, feared gangsters in Us history. The first trailer we featured for this movie back in April was actually labeled a "first look" and this is the first official trailer, at least according to Warner Bros. We also get quick glimpses of Dakota Johnson and Benedict Cumberbatch in this trailer, along with Joel Edgerton and Adam Scott. I still want to see more footage, but this looks damn good already. Take a look. Here's the full theatrical trailer for Scott Cooper's Black Mass, direct from Warner Bros: You can still catch the first look trailer for Black Mass right here, released one month ago. Black Mass is directed by Scott Cooper (Out of the Furnace, »

- Alex Billington

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Sound Off: Brad Bird's Sci-Fi 'Tomorrowland' - What Did You Think?

22 May 2015 4:08 PM, PDT

Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "What if there was a place... where nothing was impossible?" Now playing in theaters everywhere is Brad Bird's sci-fi adventure Tomorrowland, starring Britt Robertson and George Clooney. Inspired by Walt Disney himself, this Disney adventure follows two optimistic, inventive minds as they try to save the future from hopelessness. The cast includes Raffey Cassidy, Tim McGraw, Hugh Laurie, plus Kathryn Hahn & Keegan-Michael Key. So how is it? Did Brad Bird hit it out of the park again? Is it worthy addition to the sci-fi genre, or another blunder? Did it inspire you? Once you've seen it, leave a comment with your own thoughts on Brad Bird's Tomorrowland. Spoiler Warning: We strongly urge everyone to actually see the film before reading ahead, as there may be spoilers below. We also encourage all commenters to keep major spoilers from the film to a minimum, »

- Alex Billington

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Cannes Review: 'Youth' Makes Growing Old With Caine & Keitel Fun

22 May 2015 3:45 PM, PDT

Reporting from the Cannes Film Festival. Most films depicting old age tell their stories slowly and move in a darker and depressing direction. While this isn't always a bad thing, director Paolo Sorrentino's new film Youth takes a more light-hearted approach to aging and it's a welcome departure. The Italian filmmaker recently won the Best Foreign Language Oscar for The Great Beauty and all the fun and whimsy of that previous endeavor is on full display here as well. Youth is also Sorrentino's second English-language film after the disastrous This Must Be the Place, a huge misfire that has paved the way for this return to form. Sorrentino's Youth takes place in an exclusive Swiss spa for the wealthy and pampered. We're introduced to many eccentric characters but at first glance are focused on two best friends. Fred (played by Michael Caine) is a world-renowned musician who has just »

- Marco Cerritos

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Watch: Vintage 1984 Nova Episode on 'The Magic of Special Effects'

22 May 2015 3:26 PM, PDT

"These are the modern masters of the art and science of special effects." Now this is good. Earlier in the week we featured the image from Wired's story about the "Magic" of Ilm, or Industrial Light & Magic, and their extensive history as a special effects/visual effects house. Well, to follow up that fantastic look back, our friends at SlashFilm have found a vintage video from 1984 looking inside Ilm and it's a must watch. It's an episode of Nova, that long-running documentary television show, and it's all about "The Magic of Special Effects". Up to this point, it really was all about practical special effects and it's kind of amazing and inspiring to look back at how they pulled off this cinema magic back then. They profile films like Explorers, Return of the Jedi and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. You just need to watch this! Thanks again »

- Alex Billington

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Review: Brad Bird's Sci-Fi 'Tomorrowland' is Full of Yesterday's Ideas

22 May 2015 3:00 PM, PDT

For a film about avenues to a better future, Tomorrowland is sure working off a lot of yesterday's ideas. These are big ideas, to be sure, and they're ideas the film's director, Brad Bird, can easily back up with some incredibly big effects. None of that, however, makes up for the banal slate of messages and themes, a hokey sense of humor, and a convoluted narrative that seems to hang its hat on the word "mystery." Bird's co-writer on the screenplay may have had a little something to do with that last bit. Tomorrowland, is a classic case of a project looking really good on paper that fumbles its way to messy execution. That isn't to say that Tomorrowland's ideas are unworthy of exploration. The jetpack that young scientist-in-training Frank Walker (Thomas Robinson in the film's opening moments but who will eventually grow up to be George Clooney) invents »

- Jeremy Kirk

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First Photos from Todd Phillips' New Movie 'Arms and the Dudes'

22 May 2015 8:00 AM, PDT

Meet your new Arms Dealers, David and Efraim. After making three The Hangover movies, what is director Todd Phillips up to next? This is his next project, a movie called Arms and the Dudes, "based on a true story" of two young men who were contracted by the Pentagon to arm America's allies in Afghanistan. Miles Teller plays David, Jonah Hill plays Efraim, to friends who suddenly start bidding on military contracts, but then they end up in-over-their-heads with the Afghanistan deal. This sounds like it might be really good, especially coming from the comedic mind of Todd Phillips. SlashFilm found four new photos posted online. Here's the new photos from Arms and the Dudes, from Todd Phillips on his Instagram @toddphillips1: Based on a true story, Arms and the Dudes follows two friends in their early 20s (Hill and Teller) living in Miami during the Iraq War who »

- Alex Billington

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Watch: New Trailer for Thriller 'Knock Knock' Starring Keanu Reeves

22 May 2015 7:42 AM, PDT

"You've been a very bad boy, Evan!" Voltage Pictures has debuted a full-length trailer for Eli Roth's latest film Knock Knock, a wacky home invasion thriller starring Keanu Reeves. He plays the victim, though, and the invaders this time are two feisty, nasty girls - played by Lorenza Izzo and Ana de Armas. This first premiered at Sundance this January in the Midnight category, but didn't up with any crazy buzz (nor did we have the chance to see it there). The setup is fairly interesting, but it almost turns into Funny Games half way through and doesn't seem to go anywhere else. But I'll watch pretty much anything Keanu stars in. Here's the newest trailer for Eli Roth's Knock Knock, originally from YouTube (via The Playlist): Knock Knock is directed by Eli Roth (Hostel) from a script he co-wrote with Nicolas Lopez and Guillermo Amoedo. »

- Alex Billington

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Brad Pitt Back for 'World War Z' Sequel Set to Arrive in June 2017

22 May 2015 7:13 AM, PDT

Briefly: Paramount has confirmed and cleared contracts and deals for the next World War Z sequel, which is definitely moving forward. The studio has announced a release date of June 9th, 2017 two years from now for "World War Z 2" (though it will likely get a new title). Brad Pitt will be back to star again, and he'll be working with director J.A. Bayona for this sequel, which will be "starting with a clean slate" according to the screenwriter. The first movie, based on Max Brooks' beloved zombie book, showed zombies taking over the world in a global epidemic. Only Pitt was brave enough to keep hunting for a solution. We'll keep an eye out for more updates as they continue to work on this sequel. The first movie opened in June of 2013. »

- Alex Billington

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First Look: Meryl Streep & Hugh Grant in 'Florence Foster Jenkins'

22 May 2015 7:08 AM, PDT

Well aren't these two looking adorable? Pathé and BBC Films have debuted a first look photo at the film Florence Foster Jenkins, the latest from director Stephen Frears following Philomena, Lay the Favorite and Tamara Drewe. In Florence Foster Jenkins, Meryl Streep plays the legendary New York heiress who became an opera singer. Hugh Grant plays her partner St Clair Bayfield. The two can be seen riding in the back of a car, heading home from (what seems like) a night at Carnegie Hall. No release date is set yet, and the film just barely started shooting, so this is a very early first look and we likely won't see this until 2016. Anyway, take a look at the two in full below. Photo sent out directly from Pathé and BBC Films' publicity. Florence Foster Jenkins is the true story of the legendary New York heiress and socialite who obsessively »

- Alex Billington

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Disney Sets Reese Witherspoon to Star in Live-Action 'Tink' Movie

21 May 2015 4:47 PM, PDT

"Don't you understand, Tink? You mean more to me than anything in this whole world!" More Tinkerbell? Yep. THR is reporting that Reese Witherspoon has been cast in Disney's live-action film Tink, which will be another movie about Tinker Bell, to star Witherspoon. She will also help produce the project with her partner Bruna Papandrea at their company Pacific Standard. Alas, any plot details are unknown other than that the film is inspired by the world of the classic novel. That novel being "Peter and Wendy" written by J.M. Barrie, where the Tinker Bell character first originated from. No director is attached to this yet either. The only other details provided about Disney's Tink are: the script is being written by Victoria Strouse (New Best Friend, Pixar's Finding Dory); and it "will play with the idea and the timeline of the well-known Peter Pan narrative." They also say it's being »

- Alex Billington

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Watch: Intense First Trailer for Jay Martin's '7 Minutes' Heist Film

21 May 2015 2:10 PM, PDT

"This is our way out, it's perfect." Starz Digital has unveiled a trailer for Jay Martin's 7 Minutes, a modern day intense heist movie about three friends forced to commit a brazen robbery, but end up in a "game of life-or-death". There's some interesting twists and turns that they hint at in the trailer; I'm curious who that guy is that pops up at the end with the shotgun. The cast includes Luke Mitchell, Leven Rambin, Jason Ritter, Kris Kristofferson, Joel Murray, Kevin Gage and Zane Holtz. The film is the feature debut of music video director Jay Martin, who also worked as a storyboard artist on a number of major features (I Am Legend, Catching Fire). It looks like it might be engaging, with some solid action throughout. Fire it up. Here's the official trailer + poster for Jay Martin's 7 Minutes, also in high def from Apple: Plot synopsis: »

- Alex Billington

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Cannes Review: 'Inside Out' is a Stellar Return to Form for Pixar

21 May 2015 1:20 PM, PDT

Reporting from the Cannes Film Festival. The Pixar brand has lately been tarnished with unnecessary sequels and sub-par original fare making fans wonder if the magic has run out of the powerhouse. After all, this is the company that created classics like Toy Story, The Incredibles, Ratatouille and Wall-e so after witnessing their recent output in the last few years, a cause for concern would make sense. The good news is the drought is over and Pixar has come roaring back with their latest Inside Out, which premiered in Cannes. It's an adventure built inside the mind of an eleven-year-old girl with her emotions as main characters. It's fast, funny and deeply touching in a way that will entertain kids and sucker punch adults. Pixar director Pete Docter, who last made Up for the studio, is directing once again (with Ronnie Del Carmen assisting as co-director) and that previous film »

- Marco Cerritos

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Cannes Review: 'Carol' Exposes Raw Truths & Powerful Performances

21 May 2015 1:07 PM, PDT

Reporting from the Cannes Film Festival. Director Todd Haynes is best known for making the 2002 theatrical feature Far from Heaven and the HBO miniseries "Mildred Pierce", two works that probed deep into human emotion and hidden desires. His latest is the equally effective Carol, an unofficial companion piece that focuses on forbidden love in the 1950's and delivers top-notch performances from its two female leads. This should come as no surprise since Haynes is used to getting great performances from his actresses but this might be the first time the two ladies in question are so strong that they command the entire movie. Based on the Patricia Highsmith novel "The Price of Salt", Haynes' Carol begins at a slow pace carefully setting up its characters and the time period. The year is 1952 and it's Christmas in New York, Therese Belivet (played by Rooney Mara) is a homely department store clerk »

- Marco Cerritos

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'Neuromancer' Movie Find Chinese Financiers, But Without Natali

21 May 2015 12:26 PM, PDT

We've heard this before. But hopefully this time something actually happens. Straight out of the Cannes Market, Screen Daily is reporting that Chinese collective C2M Media Group will "co-develop and co-finance" the sci-fi adaptation of Neuromancer, along with UK sales team Gfm Films. The interesting bit is that filmmaker Vincenzo Natali, who was attached for years and years developing this, is apparently no longer involved (as he is not mentioned anywhere) but they do mention: "producer Lucas Foster is currently in talks with new writers and a director on the project." We'll have to wait to find out who that might be. Way back in 2011, we reported that this Neuromancer adaptation had secured financing then. "Seven Arts Pictures and Gfm Films have secured early sales from distributors," we wrote, but obviously so much time has passed much has changed. Screen Daily now says that the new group "C2M »

- Alex Billington

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Geeks Win the Day in Red Band Trailer for Rick Famuyiwa's 'Dope'

21 May 2015 12:06 PM, PDT

"I don't want to go to jail, I want to go to college!" Yes! This is great. Open Road has debuted a full red band trailer for Rick Famuyiwa's Dope, another one of our Sundance 2015 favorites hitting theaters this summer. This one stars Shameik Moore as Malcom, plus his two friends Kiersey Clemons as Diggy and Tony Revolori as Jib, all of whom get caught in a totally wacky but amusing plot involving missing drugs. This trailer reveals the most from the film out of any we've seen so far, so watch out, but luckily it doesn't spoil anything too major and it's a good setup for the story you'll actually see in the film. Plus a fine look at the excellent cast featuring Zoë Kravitz, Blake Anderson, Chanel Iman and A$AP Rocky. Have fun. Here's the new red band trailer in full for Rick Famuyiwa's Dope, »

- Alex Billington

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Watch: Gorgeous Animated 'Celles et Ceux des Cimes et Cieux' Trailer

21 May 2015 8:40 AM, PDT

Ohhhhh my goodness this is gorgeous!! If you love animation, or Miyazaki, or Studio Ghibli, or Syd Mead, or anything like that, this is a must watch. There is a short pitch video/trailer going around the web that has earned quite a bit of buzz (Open Culture states the "internet over in Japan was lit ablaze last month by a student film") because it feels so much like a classic Hayao Miyazaki animated film. Titled Celles et Ceux des Cimes et Cieux, which translates to Girls and Guys from Summits and Skies, this stunning Vimeo video plays like a trailer for this film about a boy who lives in a village on a giant tree. It was made by Gwenn Germain as a project for the French art school Créapole. If anything, it's just an impressive concept. More info from Vimeo on Celles et Ceux des Cimes et Cieux: »

- Alex Billington

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First Trailer for 'Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World' Doc

21 May 2015 8:12 AM, PDT

"Gotham City needs you, Batkid!" Warner Bros has debuted the official trailer for Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World, the documentary following the story of "Batkid" and his amazing day in San Francisco. Almost everyone remembers this, when the entire city came together and everyone dressed up so that he could play Batkid and save the town, and it's such a heartwarming story. The documentary looks at the "why" of the event, how it all came together, why so many people came out to support him, and how it turned into an event the entire world watched. The film earned positive reviews playing at Slamdance and we expect it to make many other people smile once it hits theaters this June. Don't miss it! Take a look. Here's the official trailer for Dana Nachman's documentary Batkid Begins, direct from Warner Bros: It’s November 15, 2013. Twenty-five thousand people descend on San Francisco. »

- Alex Billington

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Full Us Trailer for Aardman Animations' 'Shaun the Sheep Movie'

20 May 2015 6:45 PM, PDT

"If they can't blend in, they could end up back in the pen." A full-length Us trailer has debuted for Aardman Animations' Shaun the Sheep Movie, their latest stop-motion adventure following Wallace & Gromit and Flushed Away. This amusing stop-motion story follows a sheep named Shaun who decides to take the day off and have some fun, but gets a little more than he bargained for, ending up in the big city to find his family. As much as it may sound like something a bit cheesy, I trust in Aardman and from what I can tell this might be a lot of fun. The fluffy lil' handmade sheep are so cute! After the first two teasers, cue this up. Here's the official Us trailer for Mark Burton & Richard Starzak's Shaun the Sheep Movie, via YouTube: When Shaun decides to take the day off and have some fun, he »

- Alex Billington

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Cannes Review: Woody Allen's 'Irrational Man' Isn't His Best Effort

20 May 2015 1:47 PM, PDT

Reporting from the Cannes Film Festival. Two recurring themes in Woody Allen's filmography are murder and dangerous love affairs. His latest is Irrational Man and it continues this trend with mixed results. But mostly it will leave you with thoughts of revisiting Allen's better efforts like Crimes and Misdemeanors, Match Point and Cassandra's Dream. His latest film (which just premiered at Cannes) takes place in a concentrated college town where everyone seems to know each other and privacy is nonexistent. Insecure philosophy professor Abe Lucas (played by Joaquin Phoenix) has just been hired at the fictional Braylin College and it's treated like an atom bomb of gossip by the faculty and student body. Everyone has a theory about the professor before he's even reached the campus, with rumors flying of alcoholism, erratic behavior and sexual affairs with female students. It doesn't matter if the rumors are true, it's still »

- Marco Cerritos

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