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'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles', 'Ouija' and 'Book of Life' in Today's MPAA Ratings

10 hours ago

First up this week is the Guillermo del Toro-produced animated film The Book of Life, coming in with a PG-rating while it's followed by a pair of PG-13 rated films in the board game adaptation Ouija and the Michael Bay-produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Then we have the Rob Cohen-directed thriller starring Jennifer Lopez, The Boy Next Door coming in with an R-rating. Finally, some of you were wondering what was up with the title for the The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel sequel since it was listed as The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2 on last week's bulletin. Well, the MPAA has updated the film this week and the film's official title is The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. This week's complete bulletin follows. Ava & Lala Rated PG For rude humor and some action. Believe Rated PG For thematic elements, language and smoking. Believe Me Rated PG-13 For some language. »

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Four New 'Hitman: Agent 47' Pictures

11 hours ago

20th Century Fox has released four new pictures from the upcoming video game adaptation Hitman: Agent 47, set for release next February 27, 2015. The film finds Rupert Friend in the title role as a genetically-engineered assassin created from the recombinant DNA of five of the world's most dangerous criminals. The new pics also feature co-stars Zachary Quinto and Hannah Ware, not pictured, however are Thomas Kretschmann and Ciaran Hinds. Aleksander Bach is making his feature directorial debut with the film and I'm a little wary considering the screenplay comes from A Good Day To Die Hard duo Skip Woods and Mike Finch. We'll see how this one turns out in the early 2015 dumping grounds. Check out three more pics below and the two earlier pics that were released right here. I expect we'll have a trailer soon enough. »

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Update: 'Deadpool' Test Footage Officially Released

11 hours ago

"Great, now could you do it with a little more sarcasm this timec" Some test footage for a Deadpool movie, you know, a spin-off of Ryan Reynolds character from the all-American classic, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, is something Reynolds has long fought for over at Fox. Last year Rob Liefeld, a comic book writer, made mention of some test footage for a movie based on the character was shot with Reynolds as the title character -- full suit and all -- with the current attached director Tim Miller. Now that footage has been leaked online in handheld, shaky camera phone vision. The most recent draft of the screenplay was written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick and while Miller is currently attached, if this is what they're using to pitch the thing... best of luck. via Cs yt id="JACFfKos7M0" width="500" »

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2014 Tiff Screening Tally So Far...

15 hours ago

I fully expect Xavier Dolan's Mommy to be announced on August 6th so you can go ahead and add that one to my "Must Sees" list below, but as of right now my list of films I consider absolute "musts" sits at 17 movies with another nine I'll make top priority after I schedule those and then another nine that will be dependent on my screening schedule because conflicts due arise meaning any of these may be on or off the table... schedule depending. I'm going to be in Toronto from September 3-10, which means six full screening days, which means seeing 18 films will be pushing it, which also means I'm going to miss a lot of movies I would really like to see... Hell, it might even end up being worth it to skip films with already established release dates -- Foxcatcher, The Judge, Wild, The Drop, Mr. Turner, »

- Brad Brevet

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'Scanners' (Criterion Collection) Blu-ray Review

15 hours ago

If you've heard of, but never seen, David Cronenberg's Scanners you're still likely to be familiar with the infamous head-exploding scene. It's perhaps the most iconic scene in any one of Cronenberg's films and there are a lot to choose from, and while I've seen people argue Scanners is only memorable for that one scene, I was happy to find more enjoyment in this 1981 classic than I remembered the first time I watched it. That being said, I don't remember the first time I saw Scanners, but I do know it was before I really knew what it was to watch a Cronenberg movie. In fact, I've still yet to explore his entire oeuvre including films such as The Brood, Naked Lunch and Crash, primarily because I believe there is a mood one must be in before watching one of his films. You need to almost prepare yourself with »

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Sam Jackson's Mother F--king Supercut

17 hours ago

How many times as Samuel L. Jackson said "mother f*cker" in filmc According to The Huffington Post and this following supercut, 171 times in 27 different movies. Here's the breakdownd: School Daze (1988): 1 motherf*cker Jungle Fever (1991): 7 motherf*ckers Strictly Business (1991): 1 mother- what Menace II Society (1993): 5 motherf*ckers True Romance (1993): 4 motherf*ckers Fresh (1994): 1 motherf*cker Pulp Fiction (1994): 26 motherf*ckers Die Hard: With a Vengeance (1995): 7 motherf*ckers Hard Eight (1996): 1 motherf*cker The Great White Hype (1996): 2 motherf*ckers The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996): 3 motherf*ckers Jackie Brown (1997): 37 motherf*ckers The Negotiator (1998): 2 motherf*ckers Rules of Engagement (2000): 5 motherf*ckers Shaft (2000): 13 motherf*ckers Formula 51 (2001): 6 motherf*ckers Basic (2003): 2 motherf*ckers In My Country (2004): 1 you mother- choke move Freedomland (2006): 1 motherf*cker, 1 brotherf*cker Snakes on a Plane 3 motherf*ckers Black Snake Moan (2006): 6 motherf*ckers Soul Men (2008): 24 motherf »

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Podcast: Comic Con 2014, Video Game Movies, Voice Mails and Much More

17 hours ago

Comic Con took place last week and Laremy and I dig into some of the reveals, offering thoughts on a few of the trailers that premiered, the images and new movies that were announced before answering your questions and voice mails, which bring up topics such as video game movies, Rotten Tomatoes and our favorite actors. Then we finish things off with our regular allotment of games. Hope you enjoy. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll add those to the show and respond directly. »

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Watch the Second Official Trailer for 'The Maze Runner'

17 hours ago

Fox has released the second official trailer for The Maze Runner, the upcoming September 19 release based on the novel by James Dashner and starring Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Will Poulter, Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Aml Ameen. The sci-fi film is set in a post-apocalyptic world centered on Thomas (O'Brien) who is deposited in a community of boys after his memory is erased, soon learning they're all trapped in a maze that will require him to join forces with fellow "runners" for a shot at escape. Wes Ball directs. Watch the trailer below. sb id="967451" height="360" width="640" »

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New Picture from Kevin Smith's Walrus Horror 'Tusk', Plus Word on His 'True North Trilogy'

18 hours ago

Kevin Smith's Tusk was a film I long expected would have its premiere in the Midnight selection at this year's Toronto Film Festival, sounds perfect for the fest's weird and wacky sidebar and one I will be sure to check out. Following today's announcement a new picture of star Justin Long has been revealed and I've included a close up above and the full-size look at the bottom of this post. In Tusk, Long plays Wallace, a podcaster on a mission who thinks he has found the story of a lifetime in Howard Howe (Michael Parks), an adventurer with amazing stories and a curious penchant for walruses. When Mr. Howe's true desires unfold, things take a dark turn and Wallace faces a terrifying transformation at the hands of his captor. As his friends Alison and Teddy (Genesis Rodriguez and Haley Joel Osment) search the backwoods of Canada to rescue him, »

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'Noah', Herzog Collection, 'Big Chill' and 'Twin Peaks' On DVD and Blu-ray This Week

18 hours ago

Herzog: The Collection I've been reviewing Werner Herzog movies for the last 13 weeks or whatever it is and all in anticipation of this new 16-film collection from Shout Factory, which finally releases today and includes Even Dwarfs Started Small, Land of Silence and Darkness, Fata Morgana, Aguirre, the Wrath of God, The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser, Heart of Glass, Stroszek, Woyzeck, Nosferatu the Vampyre, Fitzcarraldo, Ballad of the Little Soldier, Where the Green Ants Dream, Cobra Verde, Lessons of Darkness, Little Dieter Needs to Fly and My Best Fiend. Of the bunch I can tell you flat out Aguirre, the Wrath of God, The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser, Stroszek, Nosferatu the Vampyre and Fitzcarraldo are great films and that's without the special features this set contains, which are: English Audio Commentaries: Even Dwarfs Started Small, Fata Morgana, Aguirre, the Wrath of God, The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser, Heart of Glass, »

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2014 Toronto Film Festival Adds Kevin Smith's 'Tusk', 'Leviathan' and More

19 hours ago

This morning the 2014 Toronto Film Festival announced their Midnight Madness, Documentary, Vanguard and Contemporary Masters selections for this year's festival and several high profile names and films are included among the announced titles. Beginning with the Midnight selection, Kevin Smith's Tusk will have its world premiere at the fest before hitting theaters in mid-September along with films such as Adam Wingard's The Guest, Jaume Balaguer?'s Rec 4: Apocalypse, Mark Hartley's Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films and Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement's co-directed feature What We Do in the Shadows, a comedy featuring Waititi and Clement as immortal vampires just trying to navigate life as creatures of the shadows. The Contemporary Masters section includes Jean-Luc Godard's Cannes winner Goodbye to Language 3D, Hong Sang-soo's Hill of Freedom, Michael Winterbottom's The Face of an Angel starring Daniel Bruchl and Kate Beckinsale »

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Joe Cornish Wanted to Direct 'King Kong: Skull Island'

28 July 2014 8:47 PM, PDT

Joe Cornish hasn't directed anything since Attack the Block, though he did co-write Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin with Edgar Wright and Steven Moffat and then went on to work with Wright on Ant-Man until the two stepped away from the project. He is said to be attached to Universal's Section 6, a film about the formation of MI6, but now another movie at Universal has caught his eye, the revealed King Kong: Skull Island movie Legendary has already dated for November 4, 2016. Deadline has the news saying Legendary has offered Cornish the gig, but no indication yet as to whether he'll take it, but the site does reveal Max Borenstein, who wrote the recent Godzilla remake, will pen the script. When the project was announced by Legendary they said previous King Kong films have touched on Skull Island but this new film will stay and explore the »

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Quentin Tarantino Confirms 'Hateful Eight' is Coming, Considering Sci-Fi Movie in Future

28 July 2014 2:19 PM, PDT

During his panel at Comic Con, promoting his upcoming "Django Meets Zorro" comic book crossover, Quentin Tarantino confirmed he will be making The Hateful Eight (see video below) at the beginning of the 2015. I presume we'll see it hit theaters Christmas 2016 if all goes well, or perhaps late 2016 if the Weinsteins want to take it to Cannes. However, more interesting was when he was asked whether he would ever make a sci-fi or fantasy film to which he said: "If you had asked me a few years ago I would have said: 'Nah, not really, I don't know.' But i have a little idea right now. It's a little flower, you know, like a bean sprout, but those tend to grow into stalks. So this is the first time I'll be able to say 'maybe'. It won't be a spaceship sci-fi, it'll be Earthbound." When asked whether he'd consider »

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Box Office Actuals: 'Lucy' #1 and 'Hercules' Up a Tick

28 July 2014 1:54 PM, PDT

The final weekend box office numbers are in and Lucy has only slightly over estimated, dipping just below $44 million, finishing with $43.8 million. Meanwhile, Hercules was $800,000 stronger than estimated, finishing its opening weekend with $29.8 million to go along with $28.7 million internationally, which is where it's going to need to make a large sum to justify that $100 million budget. The Purge: Anarchy also did better than estimated, dropping 64.8% in its second weekend and finishing with $10.4 million, which is, in fact, a great hold considering the success of Lucy. Almost makes you wonder how Hercules would have done had it been rated R. I also wonder, are we all just getting a little tired of the formulaic aspect of all these PG-13 moviesc How much does storytelling benefit when it's unencumbered by censorshipc Finally, And So It Goes finished with $4.6 million. I've listed the current top ten from the points and accuracy leaderboards »

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Watch: First Official 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' Trailer

28 July 2014 12:57 PM, PDT

Warner Bros. has officially released the first The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies trailer, giving you the first look at the final chapter in Peter Jackson's long and laborious Hobbit trilogy. Arriving in theaters on December 17, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies begins as the dwarves may have reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, but Smaug reacts with fiery doom, meanwhile the great enemy Sauron has sent forth legions of Orcs in a stealth attack upon the Lonely Mountain and the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must decide - unite or be destroyed. The cast includes Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis, Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Hugo Weaving, Richard Armitage, John Callen, Stephen Fry, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Stephen Hunter, Graham McTavish, James Nesbitt, Lee Pace, Mikael Persbrandt, Aidan Turner, Luke Evans, Evangeline Lilly, Barry Humphries, Benedict Cumberbatch, Billy Connolly and Orlando Bloom. »

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'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For' Red Band Trailer, New Posters and More 'Sin City 3' Talk

28 July 2014 9:59 AM, PDT

Dimension has released the red band trailer for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For that premiered at Comic Con over the weekend, giving you a new bloody look at the upcoming movie hitting theaters on August 22. Along with the trailer a series of character posters have also been released over the last few weeks, which I've also included below featuring members of the cast including Mickey Rourke, Rosario Dawson, Jessica Alba, Jaime King, Jamie Chung, Dennis Haysbert, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Christopher Meloni, Josh Brolin, Ray Liotta, Juno Temple, Jeremy Piven, Bruce Willis, Eva Green, Julia Garner and Stacy Keach. Meanwhile, while it took nine years for the Sin City sequel to hit theaters, despite the fact it was rumored before the first one even was released. Co-director and creator Frank Miller was on hand at Comic Com and told the crowd, "Robert Robert and I are already talking about Sin »

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David Fincher and Chuck Palahniuk Discuss 'Fight Club' at Comic Con

28 July 2014 9:22 AM, PDT

Beyond all the comic book nonsense, the 60-second glimpses of superheroes and the trailer reveals that will be online 24 hours after they premiere, Comic Con does offer some cool panels, one of which this year was a Q&A session featuring "Fight Club" author Chuck Palahniuk and the film adaptation's director David Fincher, among other guests, discussing the story's genesis, marketing and legacy as Palahniuk prepares the April 2015 release of a 10-issue, graphic novel sequel to "Fight Club" through Dark Horse Comics, which will pick up 10 years after the novel left off. I have yet to listen to the entirety of what follows, but thanks to Jeff Goldsmith you can listen to the entire Comic Con panel directly below. After Goldsmith's intro, it runs for about 50 minutes so dive in and enjoy. Also, I'd love to read your favorite quotes from the Q&A, so if you listen, post them below in the comments. »

- Brad Brevet

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Watch: 'No Good Deed' Trailer and Poster, Starring Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson

28 July 2014 8:21 AM, PDT

I was sleeping on the job apparently when the first trailer for No Good Deed dropped over a month ago, but the new thriller starring Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson is hitting theaters on September 12 and along with the trailer the first poster is now available. The film has bounced all around the 2014 release schedule, but finally is coming to theaters centering on a story following Terri (Henson), a devoted wife and mother of two, living an ideal suburban life in Atlanta when Colin (Elba), a charming but dangerous escaped convict, shows up at her door claiming car trouble. Terri offers her phone to help him but soon learns that no good deed goes unpunished as she finds herself fighting for survival when he invades her home and terrorizes her family. Something tells me this isn't going to turn into a story where the two make a peach pie »

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New International Poster for 'The Maze Runner'

28 July 2014 7:30 AM, PDT

Fox International has released a new poster for the upcoming young adult adaptation The Maze Runner, set to hit theaters on September 19. Based on the novel by James Dashner, The Maze Runner is a sci-fi film set in a post-apocalyptic world centered on Thomas (Dylan O'Brien) who is deposited in a community of boys after his memory is erased, soon learning they're all trapped in a maze that will require him to join forces with fellow "runners" for a shot at escape. The film co-stars Thomas Sangster, Kaya Scodelario, Will Poulter, Ki Hong Lee, Blake Cooper, Aml Ameen and Patricia Clarkson. Check out the poster (via Empire) directly below. »

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Watch: Brief 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' Trailer Teaser

28 July 2014 6:37 AM, PDT

This brief, 15-second trailer teaser for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies was released yesterday and, as this teaser says, we'll have a full trailer later today, but I'm still going to post this anyway. The first full trailer premiered at Comic Con over the weekend and once the full version arrives I'll have it for you. For now, here's just an appetizer: sb id="966733" height="209" width="500" Oh, and here's the Comic Con panel if you're interested. yt id="p6Oh8xA8wtM" width="500" The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town. Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, »

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