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Julia Louis-Dreyfus to Lead Fox Searchlight's 'Force Majeure' Remake

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Even though the Swedish drama Force Majeure wasn't eligible for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, it was still one of the best international offerings of 2014, winning a bunch of awards that are the Swedish equivalent of the Oscar, as well as the Un Certain Regard jury prize at last year’s Cannes Film Festival. The film is available on Netflix Instant now, but for those who just can't handle subtitles or would rather see the same story adjusted to your own American sensibilities, THR reports Fox Searchlight has picked up the rights to remake with "Veep" and "Seinfeld" star Julia Louis-Dreyfus in talks to star. Here's the trailer for the original Swedish film directed by Ruben Ostlund: For those unaware of the film, the story follows a family staying at a resort in the French Alps. When an avalanche suddenly threatens the resort, the patriarch completely abandons his family, »

- Ethan Anderton

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Gareth Edwards & Josh Trank Are Coming to Star Wars Celebration

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We already know Star Wars Celebration next month is going to have a huge kick off with J.J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy on hand, likely showing off the new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens before it arrives around the release of The Avengers: Age of Ultron. And now it sounds like there might be some news on the developing standalone films, because StarWars.com has announced that Gareth Edwards, the director of Star Wars: Rogue One and Josh Trank, the director of the next untitled spin-off, will be coming to the event to "share their experiences as the newest members of the Lucasfilm creative family." There's a good chance that Edwards may announce more cast members for the film since production is supposed to begin sometime this year, and he might even confirm the rumored plot of the heist to obtain the plans to the first Death Star. »

- Ethan Anderton

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'The Founder' with Michael Keaton Gets Awards Release in Fall 2016

16 hours ago

Briefly: Even though Michael Keaton didn't win an Oscar for his performance in Birdman, it sounds like The Weinstein Company thinks he's got another chance with his next project The Founder. Keaton is playing Ray Kroc, the salesman from Illinois who picked up a burger operation in 1950s Southern California and turned it into McDonald's, which would become a multi-billion dollar fast-food chain in the world. The Blind Side director John Lee Hancock will be at the helm of the film with a script from Big Fan scribe Robert Siegel, and now THR reports the film has been set for a pretty prime awards season release on November 25th, 2016. We'll certainly be looking forward to seeing this one late next year. Stay tuned. »

- Ethan Anderton

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William H. Macy to Direct Lea Michele & Kate Upton in 'The Layover'

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Most romantic comedies are pretty formulaic and predictable, but every now and then one comes along to shake things up a bit. I'm hoping that's the case with a new road trip sexy comedy called The Layover being produced by Unified Pictures and Bron Studios. Kate Upton (The Other Woman) and Lea Michele ("Glee") will star in the film about two lifelong best friends who decide to avoid their problems by taking a vacation only to find that their plane has been rerouted due to a hurricane warning. Things are made even more complicated when they both fall for the same gentleman at the airport they're stuck at in St. Louis. William H. Macy, fresh off directing Rudderless, is set to direct the film with a script from David Hornsby and Lance Krall, both of whom write for "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" (the former actually executive produces and co-stars occasionally as well. »

- Ethan Anderton

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Fox Plans Remake of 80s Sci-Fi 'Alien Nation' from 'Iron Man' Writers

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There's another remake of an 80s sci-fi property on the way to the big screen. THR reports the Alien Nation, the film from Aliens and "The Walking Dead" producer Gale Anne Hurd, will get the remake treatment from 20th Century Fox. As of now, Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, who wrote the first film in the Iron Man franchise, launching Marvel Studios cinematic universe, will write the film, but there's no director or producer on board just yet. The original film took place in the near future at a time when humans and a race of aliens are forced to co-exist, though people of Earth treat the visitors like second class citizens. The aliens are segregated and not given the same rights as people. But the story focuses on the first alien police officer (Mandy Patinkin) who is paired with an insensitive partner (James Caan) who is not keen on working with his species. »

- Ethan Anderton

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Watch: First Teaser Trailer for Sundance Comedy Sensation 'Dope'

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"Allow me to re-introduce myself..." One of our favorite films from the 2015 Sundance Film Festival is coming to theaters this summer, and one of the coolest teaser trailers I've ever seen has just arrived to show it off. Dope delivers the perfect teaser in that it doesn't give much away about the story, but quickly introduces us to the characters and their style. Plus, it immerses you wonderfully in the culture of the 90s, which runs rampant throughout the film despite the fact that it's sent in modern day. This is a star-making turn for Shameik Moore, and if you need anymore convincing, read Alex's Sundance review. Watch now! Here's the teaser trailer for Rick Famuyiwa's Dope, originally in high def from Apple: You can read Alex's full review of Rick Famuyiwa's Dope from Sundance 2015 right here. Dope is written and directed by Rick Famuyiwa. Malcolm (Shameik Moore »

- Ethan Anderton

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Fully Animated Reboot of 'The Smurfs' is Arriving in Spring of 2017

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If the live-action and computer animation hybrid adaptation of The Smurfs just didn't do anything for you, then you might be happy to hear that Sony Pictures Animation has a fully animated reboot on the way. We heard rumblings of this project last year, and at the time, the film was supposed to arrive sometime this year. However, Variety reports Sony has no set a release date for March 31st, 2017, with an eye towards being a popular film when Easter arrives on April 16th that year. This will be entirely animated, much more in tune with the original style of Peyo's artwork, something that was missing from the previous films. Here's two pieces of concept art that surfaced at Smurfs Production Blog: Directing the film will be Kelly Asbury, who counts Shrek 2 and Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron among her credits. Previously, the filmmaker said this new Smurfs »

- Ethan Anderton

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Amy Adams & Jake Gyllenhaal May Become 'Nocturnal Animals' Next

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Both Amy Adams hand Jake Gyllenhaal had considerable awards buzz last year, though neither ended up getting nominated at the Academy Awards for their respective roles in Big Eyes and Nightcrawler. But now the two are teaming up for a new project, as THR reports the two talented stars are circling roles in Nocturnal Animals, a new thriller being produced by George Clooney and his Smokehouse Productions banner. The project doesn't have a studio yet, but Smokehouse has a first-look deal with Sony, so it could easily end up there. As of now Adams is in talks to star while Gyllenhaal is reportedly attached as the male lead. In addition, Joaquin Phoenix and Aaron Taylor-Johnson may also end up with roles. The film is based on Austin Wright's 1993 book Tony and Susan, which follows a woman named Susan (Adams) who receives a book manuscript from her ex-husband, a man whom she left 20 years earlier, »

- Ethan Anderton

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Will Ferrell Sings the Signature 'Star Trek' Theme Song Like an Angel

23 hours ago

If you've been watching late night television over the past couple weeks, you've probably caught Will Ferrell hamming it up in order to promote the arrival of his new comedy Get Hard with Kevin Hart, which starts hitting theaters this evening. It's been a lot of fun, but nothing that we felt compelled to cover, that is until he decided to sing the iconic theme song to Star Trek with his angelic voice. Ferrell has been called the songbird of his generation and this clip from "The Late Late Show" with James Corden (fresh off his amazing viral stunt with Tom Hanks) proves it's absolutely true. Why does Kevin Hart tell him to stop? Here's Will Ferrell's majestic rendition of the Star Trek theme from "The Late Late Show" YouTube: You can watch the previous final red band trailer for Get Hard right here. Get Hard marks the feature »

- Ethan Anderton

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Sony Pictures Picks Up 'Robotech' Anime for Feature Film Franchise

23 hours ago

The popular anime Robotech has been stuck in development since as far back as 2007 with Warner Bros. trying several iterations in order to get it off the ground, the last attempt being with commercial director Nic Mathieu in 2013. But now the property has switched studios as Sony Pictures has just announced the acquisition of the big screen rights to Robotech with "the intention of moving quickly toward production of a future global franchise." Surely that was what Warner Bros. had hoped for too, so let's not get to excited just yet, but the anime classic has a sprawling sci-fi world that would make for quite the cinematic spectacle. For those who don't know, Robotech is set at a time when Earth has developed giant robots based on the technology of an alien spacecraft that crashed on a South Pacific isle. Using this new technology, mankind must fight off three waves of alien invasions, »

- Ethan Anderton

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Ben Mendelsohn Maybe Circling Lead Role in 'Star Wars: Rogue One'

25 March 2015 5:34 PM, PDT

Now that the first standalone spin-off to follow Star Wars: The Force Awakens has the official title of Star Wars: Rogue One and a confirmed leading lady in Oscar nominee Felicity Jones, it's time for the rest of the film's cast to get rounded up before production begins later this year. Deadline has word that Ben Mendelsohn, a spectacular Aussie character actor you should recognize from The Dark Knight Rises and Killing Them Softly, is circling another lead role alongside Jones. Of course, as has become customary with all Star Wars casting news, there's absolutely no hint of what kind of character he will be playing at all. Though there hasn't been any confirmation, it sounds like the spin-off is most likely about the heist to get the plans to the first Death Star, meaning the film takes place sometime between Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars »

- Ethan Anderton

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Paul Walker's 'Furious 7' Role Completed with Old Franchise Footage

25 March 2015 5:18 PM, PDT

It's been a long road for Furious 7 to make it to theaters next week. While the film was meant to be fasttracked for a release last year to follow closely behind Fast & Furious 6, the film was struck with the tragic death of leading man Paul Walker, one of the stars of the original film that kicked off this ongoing action franchise. Production was halted, and a new approach needed to be hatched in order to finish the film while also giving Walker a proper send-off with what was already shot. We've heard reports of CGI and body doubles being used to help complete Walker's work on the film, and also his two brothers, but there's more. First, here's Neal Moritz talking about finishing the film without Walker: "Then it came to how could we actually finish 'Furious 7.' We had shot most of the movie with Paul, but »

- Ethan Anderton

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'Hannibal' TV Series Writer Set to Script the Next 'Friday the 13th'

25 March 2015 4:12 PM, PDT

There was supposed to be a new Friday the 13th film this year that would have coincided with the 35th anniversary of the original film, but Paramount Pictures pushed it back to May 13th, 2016, which is thankfully still an actual Friday on the 13th of the month. And now that the studio has time to get the project in order, THR says they're starting with a new draft of the script that will come from "Hannibal" TV series scribe Nick Antosca. Considering how creepy the show has been, even with the parameters of network television, this is a smart move by Paramount, one that could bring some fresh life to the series. The 2009 reboot of the franchise wasn't awful, mainly because it had some solid suspense and good kills, but it still lacked the punch the first few films in the series had. Hopefully the original draft worked on by »

- Ethan Anderton

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New Photos of Ben Stiller & Owen Wilson in Paris for 'Zoolander 2'

25 March 2015 3:00 PM, PDT

Earlier this month, Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson made a surprise appearance at the end of the Valentino fashion show during Fashion Week in Paris, each in character as Derek Zoolander and Hansel for the forthcoming comedy sequel Zoolander 2. But the fun with the male model duo isn't over yet as some new photos have surfaced from Valentino's Facebook page. Production hasn't officially begun yet, but surely these photos could be used in some capacity for the film, perhaps in some kind of photo montage. What's cool is that they're actually wearing real clothes from Valetino's fashion, just like real models. Look below! Here's some new photos of Ben Stiller & Owen Wilson for Zoolander 2 (via Collider): You can check out Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson's full catwalk right here. Zoolander 2 is written and directed by Justin Theroux (writer of Tropic Thunder, director of Dedication). Ben Stiller »

- Ethan Anderton

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Jason Segel to Co-Write & Co-Direct 'Billion Brick Race' Lego Spin-Off

25 March 2015 2:10 PM, PDT

After helping Disney bring The Muppets back to the big screen a few years ago, Jason Segel is going to help Warner Bros. keep building on their expanding roster of films inspired by The Lego Movie. There's already a full-fledged sequel on the way in 2018, not to mention spin-offs for Ninjago in 2016 and Lego Batman in 2017 and now THR reports the studio is developing a new spin-off called The Billion Brick Race. Segel will co-write the script with Iron Man 3 scribe Drew Pearce, and the two will also make their debut as co-directors on the spin-off film that will be produced by the Lego Movie universe brain trust of Phil Lord, Chris Miller, Dan Lin and Roy Lee. So what's this new one going to be about? Read on! Unfortunately, the plot details haven't been revealed, but I wouldn't be surprised if this was a film akin to It's a Mad, »

- Ethan Anderton

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'X-Men: Apocalypse' Adds Another Mutant: Lana Condor as Jubilee

25 March 2015 1:50 PM, PDT

Another day, another mutant adding to the extensive line-up in X-Men: Apocalypse. Even though Jennifer Lawrence seems to be departing the X-Men franchise after this forthcoming sequel, it sounds like there will be plenty other mutants to help carry the franchise without the presence of one of its biggest stars. Director Bryan Singer made another post to Instagram today to announce that newcomer Lana Condor would be taking the role of Jubilation Lee, better known as Jubilee. The character has appeared ever so briefly in the original X-Men franchise but has never been a staple of the X-Men team. Could that change? Here's what director Bryan Singer posted on Instagram today: I'd officially like to welcome our newest mutant #JubilationLee, #Jubilee @LanaCondor to #Xmen #Apocalypse A photo posted by Bryan Singer (@bryanjaysinger) on Mar 25, 2015 at 11:57am Pdt We don't know how pivotal Jubilee's role in the film will be, »

- Ethan Anderton

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Steven Spielberg Heading Back to Big Sci-Fi with 'Ready Player One'

25 March 2015 1:23 PM, PDT

Last year, we heard that Warner Bros. wanted Christopher Nolan to be at the helm of their adaptation of the acclaimed sci-fi novel Ready Player One. But coincidentally enough, it will be the director who was once supposed to be at the helm of Interstellar behind the camera for the anticipated project. Deadline has learned that none other than iconic filmmaker Steven Spielberg is set to direct the film based on the novel of the same name by Ernie Cline that follows a teenager on an elaborate digital treasure hunt in 2044 to win the fortune left behind in the will of the creator of his favorite virtual reality game, Oasis. This is awesome! In the story, the boy faces unique challenges as there are powerful corporations and other competitors out on the hunt, and they're ruthless in pursuing the ultimate prize. But perhaps the inheritance turns out to be something »

- Ethan Anderton

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Anna Kendrick Takes Seat at 'Table 19' with 'Rocket Science' Director

25 March 2015 11:43 AM, PDT

Before Anna Kendrick was the wonderful sensation she is today, she starred in a little indie called Rocket Science. Even then, Kendrick showed tons of potential in the role of a fast-talking, intimidating debate competitor, and it's no surprise that she's one of the most popular and talented actresses working today. Well, Deadline reports she's reteaming with Rocket Science director Jeffrey Blitz for a new comedy called Table 19. The film follows a group of total strangers forced to sit together as the misfits at a destination wedding. Surely hilarity, and maybe romance will ensure, especially when you hear who else is starring. The cast of Table 19 will also feature Craig Robinson, who starred in the disastrous comedy Rapturepalooza with Kendrick; Lisa Kudrow, fresh off a great bit part in Neighbors last year; British treasure Stephen Merchant of "Extras" and "Hello Ladies" fame; Tony Revolori, the lead lobby boy »

- Ethan Anderton

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Arnold Gets Blown Away on 'Terminator: Genisys' Motion Poster

25 March 2015 10:26 AM, PDT

We already know that Arnold Schwarzenegger will be back for more sequels after Terminator: Genisys, though that doesn't mean necessarily mean the aged iteration of the T-800 we see in this new trilogy reboot won't get destroyed (we doubt he will though). But he'll still probably suffer some damage, and a new motion poster from across the pond illustrates that in a cool way as the aged Schwarzenegger skin that covers the robotic exoskeleton of the Terminators is blown away to reveal the metallic cyborg we all know. It's a pretty cool little poster, but after seeing the full trailer, I'm still concerned about this one. Look! Here's the new motion poster for Terminator: Genisys from Paramount Pictures UK: You can still watch the first full trailer for Terminator: Genisys right here. Terminator: Genisys is directed by Alan Taylor ("Game of Thrones," Thor: The Dark World »

- Ethan Anderton

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'Mad Max: Fury Road' Will Rock the Croisette as Cannes 2015 Film

25 March 2015 10:24 AM, PDT

Holy crap! Cannes has announced that one of the main films playing at the 68th Festival de Cannes this May will be George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road - playing out of competition of course. This bodes will for the kick ass new Mad Max movie, that looks increasingly awesome the more and more we see in trailers. Cannes has recently chosen big Hollywood movies to play the festival, including some animated 3D movies, but it's good to see George Miller and this badass action flick getting the spotlight and the red carpet on the Croisette this year. Fury Road stars Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoë Kravitz, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Riley Keough, Nathan Jones, Hugh Keays-Byrne & Josh Helman. We've all been anxiously awaiting Mad Max: Fury Road for a while, since it went through some production delays. Fury Road hits Us theaters on Friday, May 15th, the day »

- Alex Billington

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