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'Fifty Shades of Grey' Playroom Gets Renovated in Cut 'SNL' Sketch

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The sequel to Fifty Shades of Grey is currently being held up by negotiations with the source material's author E.L. James, who wants to write the screenplay to Fifty Shades Darker herself. However, that didn't stop "Saturday Night Live" from hypothesizing what might happen with Christian Grey's playroom in the sequel. The film's star Dakota Johnson hosted the late night sketch show over the weekend, but this sketch ended up getting cut for time. But thankfully, it's been posted online for us to enjoy. It's actually better than most of the sketches that aired for that episode, so I'm wondering why it ended up cut. Watch! Here's the unaired "Saturday Night Live" sketch for Fifty Shades Darker from YouTube: Fifty Shades of Grey is being directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson (Nowhere Boy) and written by Kelly Marcel (Saving Mr. Banks), based on E.L. James' very popular, best-selling novel. The story »

- Ethan Anderton

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Phones from Phoenix Biogenic Being Sent Out for New Viral Promo

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We have a delivery. Arriving at the offices of a number of prominent movie bloggers all over the country are LG cell phones with a personalized introduction and instructions to wait for more information tomorrow (Wednesday, March 4th). Mysterious... We also received a phone here. No other info was included, aside from a memo from "Phoenix Biogenic", the same name on the box the phone came in. The note talks about feeling immortal and the chance to get a new body, which connects with the plot in the new Tarsem psychological sci-fi film Self/less. From here, we have to wait until we all get an update tomorrow morning. But in the meantime, this is our first viral look at the new Self/less movie. They definitely have my attention. The phone was delivered to our HQ today via a messenger inside a plain old bag. The box has a foil-printed Phoenix Biogenic logo, »

- Alex Billington

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Robert Rodriguez's New 'Director's Chair' Discussion with Coppola

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Director Robert Rodriguez has possibly come up with the coolest idea for a TV interview show, especially for fans of cinema. "The Director's Chair," airing on Rodriguez's El Rey Network, shows the Desperado filmmaker sitting down for a casual chat with some of the best filmmakers alive. Previous episodes already showed discussions with John Carpenter, Guillermo del Toro, and a Quentin Tarantino two-parter. For his fifth and latest installment, premiering this week, Rodriguez talks with director Francis Ford Coppola, one of the greatest maverick filmmakers who gave us some of the very best the art form has to offer. Rodriguez's format for the show is not the typical Q&A most director's commonly sit down for (see more examples at elreynetwork.com). He has more of a conversation with them, casually interviewing them about their careers, their films, and both their successes and failures. Coppola doesn't shy away from the failures in his filmography, »

- Jeremy Kirk

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Captain America Looks Heroic on 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Poster

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After finding out this morning that the next trailer for The Avengers: Age of Ultron will be arriving on Thursday, March 5th (that's the big announcement that Robert Downey Jr. teased last week), the posters for the Marvel sequel are still being churned out. Yesterday, Jeremy Renner got his own poster as Hawkeye and today it's Chris Evans as Captain America standing heroically. We're betting Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson will get their own posters (or maybe they'll both be on one) before the new trailer arrives, and then that'll be the whole team (Vision probably won't get his own poster yet). Stay tuned for more. Here's the Captain America poster for The Avengers: Age of Ultron from Marvel: You can still watch the most recent trailer for The Avengers: Age of Ultron again right here. The Avengers: Age of Ultron is written & directed by Joss Whedon (The Avengers, Serenity »

- Ethan Anderton

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Check Out Jason Edmiston's Mondo Art Series 'Eyes Without a Face'

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Another week, another cool collection of magnificent artwork from the collectible arthouse Mondo. This time it's artist Jason Edmiston with his exhibition called "Eyes Without a Face," with about 150 paintings focusing only on the eyes of some famous figures of pop culture. They're all 3:1 aspect ratio inspired by the field of vision of a standard rearview mirror of a car, but the sizes of the paintings themselves vary in size as Edmiston told BuzzFeed, "I’ve got tiny characters that are a half-inch wide all the way up to a seven-and-a-half foot wide painting. It’s quite a range." These are pretty fantastic pieces. Look! Here's just some of the pieces from "Eyes Without a Face" from Mondo (see more at BuzzFeed): Edmiston says movies have a big presence in this show, "“I’d say 75% are movies — that’s the most visually interesting — but I’ve got television, »

- Ethan Anderton

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Watch: Meet Eva in Second Us Trailer for Alex Garland's 'Ex Machina'

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"You are dead center of the greatest scientific event in the history of man." After writing sci-fi favorites such as Sunshine and 28 Days Later, Alex Garland is behind the camera this time as the director of Ex Machina. The sci-fi thriller stars Oscar Isaac as a reclusive technology CEO who invites Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson) to his massive estate and hidden research facility to test out a new artificially intelligent android named Eva (Alicia Vikander). But soon Caleb doesn't know whether he trusts the creator or the creation as he's manipulated by both. It seems a bit derivative, but pretty intense with solid performances. Watch? Here's the second Us trailer for Alex Garland's Ex Machina from A24: You can still watch both the Us an international teaser trailers right here. Ex Machina is written and directed by Alex Garland (writer of Dredd, Sunshine, 28 Days Later). Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson), a »

- Ethan Anderton

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Netflix Lands Cary Fukunaga's 'Beasts of No Nation' for Distribution

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It looks like Netflix isn't showing any signs of backing down from releasing original films on their streaming service to shake up the film distribution game. In addition to landing rights to numerous documentaries, Netflix also has a deal with IMAX to exclusively release the sequel to Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon this year, a four film deal with the Duplass brothers, a film deal with Adam Sandler beginning with The Ridiculous Six and they're starting production Judd Apatow's gestating Pee-Wee Herman movie next month. Now Deadline reports the streaming service has just picked up the worldwide rights to Cary Fukunaga's lateast film Beasts of No Nation starring Idris Elba (Pacific Rim, "Luther"). Fukunaga directed the first season of "True Detective" as well as Jane Eyre, and this time he's turned his camera on the story of Agu, a young African boy who is recruited into a unit of »

- Ethan Anderton

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See Tim Buel's Kickstarter-Funded Film 'In Residence' Online for Free

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They'll never leave... Our good friend and producer/co-host of The Golden Briefcase podcast Tim Buel has completed his first feature film, titled In Residence, and it's now available to watch online for free. Early last year we supporter his Kickstarter for the project, which billed the film as a "shoestring horror flick" that they would shoot on their own for $5000. They got all the funding, and now little more than a year later, they've completed work. And to show it off they've released the entire horror film online for free for your viewing pleasure. Just don't forget to support the guys who made this - Tim and Cody Rhyse, since they put everything into this. And it's truly an independent, shoe-string budget film made by passionate filmmakers. In addition with launching the film, the guys have launched a new website for In Residence where you can read more on the story, »

- Alex Billington

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New 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Trailer Arrives on Thursday, March 5th

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Following a tease last week from Robert Downey Jr. about a big announcement coming eight days from last Wednesday, it sounds like we finally know what Marvel Studios has in store. A tease on television has revealed that a new trailer for The Avengers: Age of Ultron will arrive on Thursday, March 5th during the series premiere of ABC's new drama series "American Crime." Since ABC is owned by Disney, it's not surprising to see synergy at work here to get as many eyes as possible on one of their promising new midseason series. The question is just what kind of new footage we'll see in this new trailer. Maybe Vision? Here's a low quality teaser advertising the trailer premiere coming on Thursday (via Cbr): You can still watch the most recent trailer for The Avengers: Age of Ultron again right here. The Avengers: Age of Ultron is written »

- Ethan Anderton

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First Look: Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Oliver Stone's 'Snowden' Drama

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Production on Oliver Stone's drama about Nsa whistleblower Edward Snowden is already in production with Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the lead role. The film is simply called Snowden and is already set for release on Christmas Day, so Open Road Films decided to tease the film early on with our first look at Gordon-Levitt as Snowden during his time in the U.S. Army in 2004, an element of his life that many people might not know about. With Stone behind the camera, we're not sure what to expect from this real-life since he's delivered presidential films like Nixon and W. on different ends of the spectrum, so stay tuned. Look! Here's our first look at Oliver Stone's Snowden straight from Joseph Gordon-Levitt: Gordon-Levitt commented on production so far, and these specific images, saying: "I was surprised when I first learned this about Snowden–that he enlisted in the »

- Ethan Anderton

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Watch This: Comparing the Similarities of 'Birdman' & 'Black Swan'

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Ever since Iñárritu's Birdman won Best Picture (and a bunch of other Oscars) a week ago, the film has received plenty of criticism and negativity. I, however, will defend the film as I think it's an exciting and original look at the struggles of artistry, told through the opening of a stage performance. One of my other favorite films in recent year was another Oscar winner, Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan, and it is very similar to Birdman in many ways. Thanks to a tip from Film School Rejects, an editor named Miguel Branco has cut together a video showing side-by-side visual comparisons between Birdman and Black Swan. It's rather mesmerizing to watch set to Alexandre Desplat's lovely "Wong Chia Chi's Theme" from Lust, Caution. Here's the "Blackbird" video comparison showing scenes from both films side-by-side. In full on YouTube: His official description: "New York City — two artists, two opening nights, »

- Alex Billington

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Director Joe Kosinski May Be Steering Sony's 'Gran Turismo' Movie

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Now this could end being up awesome. Hear me out. Not all car movies are going to turn out the same, but if they have Joe Kosinski at the helm that's pretty much guaranteed. THR's Heat Vision is reporting that Joe Kosinski, director of Tron Legacy and Oblivion, is now in talks for the Gran Turismo movie developing at Sony based on the racing video game. We've reported on it before, a few years ago when it was first picked up and when writer Alex Tse of Watchmen was attached. It has the right team to turn out kind of amazing for a video game movie, here's to hoping they pull it off. Kosinski is also attached to a few other projects. Aside from The Black Hole remake at Disney, director Joe Kosinski (who made that awesome live-action Destiny commercial) is also attached to Trials of White Boy Rick and Go Like Hell, »

- Alex Billington

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'Newly Restored' Print of 'The Breakfast Club' Will Premiere at SXSW

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A brain, a beauty, a jock, a rebel and a recluse. Even though it's about to be available on Blu-ray next week, a newly remastered version of The Breakfast Club is set to screen as a world premiere at 2015 SXSW Film Festival later this month. The film is celebrating it's 30th anniversary, which is also why the Blu-ray is getting re-released for the 30th, and the festival premiere will be part of that promo. Cast members Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy will also be in attendance for a special Q&A. If you're a big fan of this film and live in Austin (or are attending SXSW) this is the ideal event for you. Art in the teaser by Michele Rosenthal. SXSW announced that John Hughes' classic The Breakfast Club will screen on Monday, March 16th at the iconic Paramount Theatre. The festival runs from March 13th to 21st. »

- Alex Billington

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Warner Bros Gets 'It's What I Do' with Spielberg & Jennifer Lawrence

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This could be a great film if actually comes together as planned. Only time will tell. Deadline is reporting that Warner Bros has closed a deal on an adaptation of the memoir It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life Of Love And War, which was a popular project as many different studios/actors were interested. The package that Warner Bros has closed on apparently has Steven Spielberg attached to direct and Jennifer Lawrence attached to star. That's quite a line-up. Andrew Lazar (Jonah Hex, American Sniper, Mortdecai) will be producing. Of course, we know that both Spielberg and Lawrence are attached to a bunch of other projects as well, ranging from the sci-fi Passengers (for Lawrence) to another Indiana Jones (for Spielberg). The book, called It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life Of Love And War, is a memoir by Lynsey Addario, a world renowned photojournalist who "goes into the »

- Alex Billington

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Tgb Episode 2.03: The Oscars, Neill Blomkamp and The Three S's

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On this new episode of The Golden Briefcase 2.0, Tim and Jeremy touch on this past week's Academy Awards (winners list here), share some Picks of the Week and then touch on a variety of topics including Lucio Fulci films (hence the image), Neill Blomkamp's Alien remake, Fantastic Fest horror film Spring (read Jeremy's review / watch the trailer) and so much more. They also touch on the notion of awards shows during their Oscar talk and discuss views on them in general and their place in today's world. Send us topic suggestions, arguments, links, or whatever you want, and we will do our best to talk it through on the show. During the break, the guys took the time think about the future and mission of the podcast and have decided to return to what they love most about the show: talking about movies. Listen to our premiere episode – 2.01 – to »

- Tim Buel

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Reports Claim Drew Goddard Will Write & Direct New 'Spider-Man'

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This is moving fast. Our friends at Latino Review are reporting a big scoop that apparently Disney/Marvel are keen on hiring Drew Goddard for the new set of Spider-Man movies. If you recall, a few weeks ago it was confirmed officially by Marvel that Sony & Disney have partnered up and agreed to share rights to the Spider-Man character. This means that Spidey can appear in the current Marvel Cinematic Universe (and rumors are he'll appear in Captain America 3: Civil War, if not sooner) and that Spidey will also get a new series of movies (throwing out everything established by Marc Webb with Andrew Garfield) following his re-introduction. They don't have a scoop on any casting just yet, but it sounds like Goddard will be taking over the new Spider-Man movie since the Sinister Six project (that he was also attached to) has fallen apart. Drew Goddard is »

- Alex Billington

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One More Ridiculous Red Band Trailer for 'Get Hard' with Will Ferrell

2 March 2015 12:47 PM, PST

You better check yo-self before you wreck yo-self! Warner Bros has unleashed a red band version of a trailer through Kevin Hart's Facebook for the upcoming comedy Get Hard, co-starring Kevin Hart & Will Ferrell. We've seen a number of trailers for this wacky comedy already (watch the latest), which borders on being a bit too racist for my own tastes, even though I get that it's all about the trashy humor. The concept is supposed to be about preparing Will Ferrell for prison, but seems to go overboard with sketches and wacky setups involving Kevin Hart. At least he gets his ass whooped, too. This is red band mostly for the language. Here's the new red band trailer for Etan Cohen's Get Hard direct from Warner Bros: You can also catch the second green-band trailer for Etan Cohen's Get Hard right here. Get Hard marks the feature »

- Alex Billington

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Ethan Hawke is Joining Antoine Fuqua's 'Magnificent Seven' Remake

2 March 2015 12:27 PM, PST

Another interesting casting development with regards to the completely unnecessary Magnificent Seven remake in the works. Variety is reporting that Ethan Hawke is one of the latest actors to join the ensemble cast lining up for this western. MGM, who released John Sturges' original Magnificent Seven in 1960, is developing this remake and currently has Antoine Fuqua set to direct. Fuqua previously directed Hawke and Denzel Washington in Training Day in 2001, and the two actors will be re-uniting with Fuqua for yet another project now over 10 years later. While this remake is pointless, at least the cast doesn't seem so bad. Reports are confirming that the ensemble cast of Fuqua's new Magnificent Seven, from a screenplay by Nic Pizzolatto reworked by John Lee Hancock, includes: Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke, Chris Pratt and Haley Bennett. So far. I'm sure we'll be hearing more names soon if production is slated to start this year. »

- Alex Billington

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Check Out Laurent Durieux's New 'The Godfather: Part II' Art Print

2 March 2015 11:56 AM, PST

"When he grows, he will grow strong." Better than Part 1? It's an endless debate... Which is better - The Godfather: Part 1 or Part 2? Well, if you're partial to Part 2, you might want to take a look at this. French artist Laurent Durieux has created a new screen print for Francis Ford Coppola's iconic 1974 sequel The Godfather: Part II. Odd City Entertainment will be releasing the print in limited quantities starting this week, including a special edition printed on wood (!) with 12 colors that will go for $300. Again, might be worth it if you're partial to Part 2. This is one gorgeous poster and the quote at the bottom really tops it off. Here's a full look at the art by Durieux, debuted by Collider. Top version is the regular edition at $65 each. This is the variant below, which features Italian lettering. The wood version will not be using this variant. »

- Alex Billington

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First Trailer for Gren Wells' 'The Road Within' Starring Robert Sheehan

2 March 2015 11:36 AM, PST

"What if we die?" "Well what if we live?!" There's only one way to find out! What a charmer. WellGo USA has released a trailer for Gren Wells' indie comedy The Road Within, about three friends who escape from a psych center and go on a three-day journey out into the wilderness. Robert Sheehan stars as Vincent, who has Tourette's, and he is joined by Zoë Kravitz and Dev Patel in the cast. The adults are played by Kyra Sedgwick and Robert Patrick, an odd duo that will probably end up together by the end. I haven't heard much about this, but it looks better than expected and I wouldn't mind checking it out. Give it a look. Here's the first official trailer for Gren Wells' The Road Within, embedded from Complex: After the passing of his mother, Vincent (Robert Sheehan), a young man with Tourette's, finds himself »

- Alex Billington

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