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Paramount Shuffles Horror Slate, Moving 'The Ring 3', 'Friday the 13th' & Latest 'Paranormal Activity'

15 hours ago

Paramount has three notable horror films on the horizon and one of them is a direct sequel, another is a reboot and yet another is a "something like a sequel" and all three are being shuffled around the release board. First off, Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension was previously scheduled for a March 13 release, but will now open on October 23, returning the franchise to its successful Halloween roots. Next is Rings, the third film in The Ring franchise with F. Javier Gutierrez directing after he was supposed to direct the remake of The Crow, which he is no longer attached to and seems to have pretty much fallen to pieces. Rings will hit theaters on November 13 of this year. amz asin="1932234411" size="small"No details on the plot for Rings, at least none specifically though Samara is expected to return as is the fateful videotape (I think it's going to be a prequel). Aviva Goldsman, »

- Brad Brevet

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Watch the Best Scene of 2015... So Far

16 hours ago

I'm still debating as to whether or not The Boy Next Door is a send-up of the thriller genre and director Rob Cohen just didn't know what he was doing or if it's really as god-awful stupid as it appears on the surface. I mentioned the following scene in my review at length and now it has come online for you to enjoy. If you didn't know the nature of the story, The Boy Next Door stars Jennifer Lopez as a literature teacher at a local high school who ends up having sex with Ryan, the titular boy next door, a 19-year-old played by Ryan Guzman. However, before they hit the sheets, Ryan gives her a gift based on their shared love of Ancient Greek author Homer... that gift being "The Iliad"... Here's how it played out... Considering how much of the publicity for this film focused on the "steamy »

- Brad Brevet

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The 'Ghostbusters' Reboot Now Has My Attention

17 hours ago

I was always uninterested in the idea of a Ghostbuster 3. I just didn't see the point of getting the old crew back together all these years later. Then Paul Feig stepped in and it was decided it was no longer going to be a sequel, but instead a reboot and a female-led reboot at that. Considering Feig's history with Melissa McCarthy it was pretty much a no-brainer she would come on board, and she has, and to little surprise Feig's Bridesmaids star Kristen Wiig has also signed on. But it's the next two names I'm most excited about, those being "Saturday Night Live" stars Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. McKinnon has been crushing it on "SNL" ever since joining the crew back in 2012 and I just love Jones' style of comedy and these four ladies together immediately make this something I want to see. Previously, names such as Jennifer Lawrence, »

- Brad Brevet

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Disney Wants Chris Pratt for 'Indiana Jones' Because They Can't Possibly Leave Anything Alone

17 hours ago

As much as I do not want it to happen, I know it is only an inevitability for Disney to want to reboot the Indiana Jones series after buying the rights from Paramount in 2013. Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Last Crusade are two of my favorite movies, and unlike most fans who want to be over saturated with a product until they die, I am happy just having those films. We've already been soiled by Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. So, Disney is looking at someone already under their employment in the Marvel franchise to take over the fedora from Harrison Ford, everyone's new favorite person Chris Pratt. The man already has Guardians of the Galaxy, has Jurassic World coming out later this year, and is starting production on The Magnificent Seven with Denzel Washington. Throw another thing at him. I mean, why notc Look, I have nothing against Chris Pratt. »

- Mike Shutt

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Snyder Meets Marvel in 'Watchmen' vs. 'Avengers' Trailer Mashup

19 hours ago

As much as I haven't necessarily enjoyed Marvel's movies as of late and the same goes for a relatively lackluster appeal to Zack Snyder's latest output of films, I have to admit to watching this mashup, giving Joss Whedon's The Avengers the Snyder visual touch, and actually thinking it works quite well. Then again, I'm not convinced it's all about the music. In the end, the Smashing Pumpkins' "The End Is the Beginning Is the End" is what made that Watchmen trailer as it is still an immensely watchable trailer even today, long after the bad taste of the film has left us. Check out the mash-up below. via The Playlist yt id="DYYlYnT1CZg" width="500" »

- Brad Brevet

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'Ted 2' is Coming... Get Itc Coming...

19 hours ago

The first trailer for Ted 2 will be online this Thursday at 9Am Pst and Universal is teasing you with the stupidity to come with this first teaser poster, which pretty much tells us what's in store. The sequel to the 2012 comedy about a talking teddy bear voiced by Seth MacFarlane hits theaters on June 26 and stars Mark Wahlberg, Amanda Seyfried, Mila Kunis, Patrick Warburton, Morgan Freeman and Dennis Haysbert. »

- Brad Brevet

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Watch: 'Child 44' Trailer Starring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace & Gary Oldman

21 hours ago

Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace are back together after starring in the overlooked 2014 gem The Drop, in the 1950s-set thriller Child 44 alongside Gary Oldman and under the direction of Daniel Espinosa (Safe House, Easy Money). Set for release on April 17, the film chronicles the crisis of conscience for secret police agent Leo Demidov (Hardy), who loses status, power and home when he refuses to denounce his own wife, Raisa (Rapace), as a traitor. Exiled from Moscow to a grim provincial outpost, Leo and Raisa join forces with General Mikhail Nesterov (Oldman) to track down a serial killer who preys on young boys. Their quest for justice threatens a system-wide cover-up enforced by Leo's psychopathic rival Vasili (Joel Kinnaman), who insists "There is no crime in Paradise." Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think in the comments. sb id="1399843" height="272" width="640" »

- Brad Brevet

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Podcast: 2015 SAG Awards, Johnny Depp's Movie Star Status and an Overall Delirious Episode

21 hours ago

We must apologize for what turned out being a rather delirious episode. Laremy traveled to Washington D.C. before today's episode and I had just gotten back from a late night movie and neither one of us was operating at full capacity. That said, we did get in some conversation about the Screen Actors Guild Awards, we discussed the new DVD and Blu-ray releases, played some games and Laremy giggled through pretty much the entire episode. Hope you're able to get something out of it. 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. »

- Brad Brevet

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Jordan's Top Ten Movies of 2014

22 hours ago

Spoiler alert, but Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) was, in fact, not my favorite film of the year. I figured I should just get that out of the way at the start for those of you who feared I might have the same #1 film as Brad and Mike, both of whom listed Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's latest as their favorite film from 2014. Don't get me wrong, I really liked Birdman, but in a surprise to even myself, it didn't make my list, which I think you can pretty much chalk up to the surprisingly good year 2014 wound up being. I was certainly among the scoffers last fall about it being a bit of down year, and just a month or so ago I was of the opinion 2014 offered a lot of films to like, but very few to love. After going through and finalizing my list, I'd like to retract that statement. »

- Jordan Benesh

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'Fury', 'The Judge', 'Book of Life' and More on DVD & Blu-ray This Week

23 hours ago

Fury Last night I popped this Blu-ray in to check out the deleted scenes and I made it through about ten minutes worth before I just couldn't stay awake any longer. There are about 50 minutes of deleted and extended scenes on this thing and from those first ten minutes it seems like the cuts were a very good decision. For starters, they add nothing to the movie, particularly an extended introduction to Logan Lerman's character where Jon Bernthal acts even more like an animal toward him, plus the editing is quite bad as David Ayer clearly didn't have the coverage he needed to cut the scenes together with the extended material. Nevertheless, I find this to be a solid movie, and one I do intend on rewatching and I'm going to dig a little deeper into those deleted scenes and if there's more to say I'll probably write up a full review. »

- Brad Brevet

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Watch: First 'Fantastic Four' Trailer, Plus Poster and Pictures

23 hours ago

Fox has released the first trailer for The Fantastic Four as they attempt to reboot the franchise after two previous lackluster attempts. This time around they have Josh Trank (Chronicle) in the director's chair with an impressive cast including Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell and Toby Kebbell. Described as a "contemporary re-imagining", Fantastic Four brings Marvel's original and longest-running superhero team back to the big screen, centered on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy. The film is set for an August 7 release. Check out the trailer, poster and pictures below. sb id="1399483" height="360" width="640" Trailer Commentary »

- Brad Brevet

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Weitz to Script 'Star Wars' Spin-off, West Directing 'Blob' Remake and Reynolds Happy 'Deadpool' is On the Way

26 January 2015 4:24 PM, PST

Chris Weitz (About A Boy, Cinderella) is coming on to rewrite the script for Gareth Edwards' Star Wars spin-off after Gary Whitta bounced after completing a first draft. THR Simon West (The Mechanic, The Expendables 2) will direct a remake of the 1958 horror classic The Blob, which will likely be a complete nightmare with West saying things such as, "With modern CGI we can now fully realize the potential of The Blob. The world I create will be totally believable, immersive and emotionally satisfying. It's a thrill to introduce an enduring icon to a wider audience and a whole new era of fans." Ummmm, apparently you missed what made the first movie such a classic. Good luck with that as this won't be the first time it has been remade, but hopefully the last. Deadline Ryan Reynolds spoke with MTV about Deadpool finally getting off the ground telling the site, »

- Brad Brevet

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'Mission: Impossible 5' Moves from Christmas to Summer 2015

26 January 2015 1:15 PM, PST

I'm not sure whether I like this news or not. On the one hand I get Mission: Impossible 5 five months earlier than expected, on the other, does this mean director Christopher McQuarrie and team have to rush to meet a new release datec The news came today that Paramount was moving the return of Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible 5 from a December 25 release date, all the way up to July 31, a packed weekend for sure as it includes Antoine Fuqua's Southpaw starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Tarsem Singh's Selfless and the Point Break remake no one asked for. The move means it gets a nice, cushy summer release spot away from the likes of Spectre, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 and Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens. Though it does mean it's opening one weekend ahead of Josh Trank's The Fantastic Four, »

- Brad Brevet

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Don't Expect Joss Whedon to Direct 'Avengers: Infinity War'

26 January 2015 10:27 AM, PST

Joss Whedon took fan excitement from the likes of Iron Man, Thor and Captain America and turned it into something huge with The Avengers and I'm sure Avengers: Age of Ultron will be just another step in the right financial direction for the Marvel franchise of superhero films. But it seems two movies have taken a lot out of Joss as he tells Empire magazine in their latest cover story... I couldn't imagine doing this again. It's enormously hard, and it will be, by the time I would make Avengers 3 and 4, a good five years since I created anything that was completely my own. So it's very doubtful that I would take on the two-part Infinity War movie that would eat up the next four years of my life. I obviously still want to be a part of the Marvel Universe - I love these guys - but it ain't easy. »

- Brad Brevet

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DuVernay and Oyelowo Reteaming On Hurricane Katrina Feature

26 January 2015 9:25 AM, PST

If anything, I guess the Oscar snubbing of Selma director Ava DuVernay and star David Oyelowo at least brings some additional attention to the film and the work put into it, which may help with their future features, one of which will be a reteaming. Variety reports DuVernay and Oyelowo will reunite for a feature film chronicling a love story and murder mystery during the time of Hurricane Katrina. DuVernay, who will write and direct, told the trade, "The story we're interested in will explore the complexities of intimate relationships within times of chaos, while also examining the chaos itself. I'm looking forward to the journey." There's no additional information when it comes to plot or just how far along DuVernay is with the script considering a start date has not been set. Participant Media will produce the pic along with DuVernay and Oyelowo. »

- Brad Brevet

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Harvey Weinstein on Best Pictures, 'Snowpiercer' and Theatrical vs. VOD and His "Harvey Scissorhands" Nickname

26 January 2015 9:14 AM, PST

Harvey Weinstein is one of the most powerful, outspoken, and controversial men in Hollywood. The studio executive who launched Miramax and The Weinstein Company is a passionate film lover, a master promoter, a ruthless Oscar campaigner, and just about everything else you need to be in order to make it to the top in the business. Even if you find what he does unscrupulous or the content he produces not very good, it is hard not to admire the man for how successful he has made himself, no matter how frustrating it might be. Weinstein recently had a chat with Deadline, covering a wide variety of topics from the Netflix series "Marco Polo" to the troubles with the upcoming Broadway musical adaptation of Finding Neverland to Oscar campaigning to his reputation of recutting films, giving him the nickname "Harvey Scissorhands." I had no idea the Weinsteins were behind "Marco Polo »

- Mike Shutt

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Disney Confirms Emma Watson's Casting in Live Action 'Beauty and the Beast'

26 January 2015 7:29 AM, PST

At one point, it was going to be Guillermo del Toro directing a live action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast over at Warner Bros. with Emma Watson set to star as Belle. Well, at the same time Disney was developing a of their own and now that del Toro is no longer involved at WB, Disney is the only one left in the game and they've got Bill Condon (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1, Dreamgirls) directing and Watson now confirmed for the lead role in their feature. It's an interesting turn of events considering Watson had been loosely attached to the WB version since 2011, but it seems she's the right actor for the part no matter where it's being made or who is directing as production on Disney's feature is expected to begin later this year. Evan Spiliotopoulos wrote the screenplay with a career that so »

- Brad Brevet

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Watch: Trailer for 'Dope', the Buzziest Title Out of Sundance So Far

26 January 2015 7:14 AM, PST

The buzziest title out of the Sundance Film Festival so far seems to be Dope from writer/director Rick Famuyiwa (Brown Sugar, The Wood) with a cast that includes Shameik Moore (pictured above), Tony Revolori (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Kiersey Clemons, Blake Anderson, Zoe Kravitz (Divergent), A$AP Rocky, Keith Stanfield (Short Term 12) and Forest Whitaker who narrates and also serves as producer. Open Road picked up the film for distribution after this weekend's first screening with stellar reviews. Here's the synopsis: Malcolm (Moore) is a high school geek with a high-top fade, carefully navigating life in The Bottoms, one of the toughest neighborhoods in Inglewood, California. He and his fellow outcasts share a voracious appreciation for all things '90s hip-hop, opting to sport Cross-Colours and Z. Cavariccis at the risk of being clowned at school. He dreams of attending Harvard, but first he has to make it home every day. »

- Brad Brevet

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2015 Screen Actors Guild Award Winners: 'Birdman' Wins Best Ensemble, but is It the Oscar Frontrunnerc

25 January 2015 6:20 PM, PST

The 2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards were announced tonight and if you're like me, the Best Ensemble win for Birdman makes it your new frontrunner for Oscar's Best Picture as it has now won not only with the Producers Guild, but with the Screen Actors Guild. Of course, there is one oddity to this win, while it took home ensemble, Michael Keaton lost Best Actor to Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything), Emma Stone lost Best Supporting Actress to Patricia Arquette (Boyhood) and Edward Norton lost Best Supporting Actor to J.K. Simmons (Whiplash). Apparently Birdman is all about the sum of its parts... I can accept that. The only category I haven't mentioned was Julianne Moore winning Best Actress for Still Alice and perhaps I don't mention that because it's quite simply a joke. Put that performance alongside the likes of Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) and can you really tell me »

- Brad Brevet

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