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Stephen King's 'It' Still has Life

11 hours ago

We all knew it was too good to be true. The beloved horror icon Pennywise was going to be re-imagined by Cary Fukunaga, the director behind what some would argue is the best TV series of last year, "True Detective". Told over two movies, Stephen King's classic horror novel It was going to get the big budget treatment it deserves. Then everything fell apart. With Fukunaga tasked with writing and directing both films, it was assumed that with his departure, the films were effectively dead. Apparently, everyone spoke too soon. Today, Bloody Disgusting is reporting more on the fate of the film. According to their source, it seems as if New Line Cinema is far from done with It. They still want to tell the story over two films -- the first installment telling the story of the main characters as children, and the second movie revisiting the characters as adults. »

- Charles Dean

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'Aloha' (2015) Movie Review

12 hours ago

In the Aloha press notes writer/director Cameron Crowe (Almost Famous, We Bought a Zoo) says the movie is "about second chances at life." Maybe that's how Crowe sees it, but that's sort of the sickly sweet Cameron Crowe way of looking at things, which is sort of the biggest issue facing this movie. The more realistic approach to Aloha is to recognize it as a film saying, "Life is sh*tty, people are sh*tty, and if you can find any measure of happiness in this sh*tty existence hold on and don't let go." I don't say this to suggest there's anything wrong with this sentiment. In fact, I agree with it. However, in the context of this film it serves as a conflicted approach. Crowe lacquers on a sugary facade over some rather -- I don't want to say "dark" -- tough life lessons, but it takes more than constant, »

- Brad Brevet

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Are Television Series Creators Against Binge Viewingc

13 hours ago

We've had this discussion before - some people like to binge watch, some people don't. The greatest benefit of releasing all episodes of a TV season at once is it puts the power directly into the hands of the viewers. They can watch exactly how and when they want. My biggest issue with binge watching will always be how it makes discussing a show much more difficult. Starting June 12, I'll start RopeofSilicon's coverage of the third season of "Orange is the New Black" and a bit later in the summer I'll be reviewing "Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp". Both of these shows will be released all at once to allow for binging but I plan to cover two episodes a week so we can all discuss the show as the season progresses. "Orange is the New Black" creator, Jenji Kohan, gave an interview to The Hollywood Reporter and is quoted as saying, »

- Michael Hindle

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Joe Wright in Talks to Set Sail on 'The Lifeboat' with Anne Hathaway

13 hours ago

Joe Wright (Pride and Prejudice) will soon bring us a new world of Peter Pan in Pan, but his next directorial effort will swap a pirate boat for a lifeboat. Deadline is reporting the director is in talks to helm an adaptation of Charlotte Rogan's 2013 release "The Lifeboat" for Focus Features, Working Title and Film 360. Anne Hathaway will star and produce the upcoming film. No release date is set. Rogan's novel focuses on a woman (Hathaway) who stands trial for her husband's murder. She also ends up the survivor of an ocean liner crash aboard a lifeboat. But, the boat cannot hold all of its passengers, leading to some likely rough waters ahead for those afloat. No stranger to survival tales, Castaway writer William Broyles Jr. will pen the screenplay, as well as serve as an executive producer. Wright is finishing up Pan for Warner Bros., which was moved »

- Cory Woodroof

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'Star Wars: The Force Awakens': Andy Serkis' Character Revealed in New Picture

14 hours ago

It was known Andy Serkis would be playing a character in J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, but which character wasn't entirely clear, but today we get a glimpse at said character in a new picture as well as a name. Serkis will be playing Supreme Leader Snoke and clearly based on the image it will be a performance capture character (naturally). Otherwise, well, that's all she wrote. Check out the full-sized image below. »

- Brad Brevet

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Box Office Predictions: 'San Andreas' Set to Rock the Box Office

16 hours ago

San Andreas will do well this weekend, at least in terms of everything else that's out. I of course want to look at 2012's (hey, did that prophesy ever come to passc) number back in 2009 - it opened at a healthy $65 million. But then you check out Into the Storm and realize disaster films are a matter of personal taste, no sure thing. The Rock brings in the peoples, and if they can nail the "family" angle here the marketing will have done its job. Still, I'm clearly middling this at $37 million flat, $10 million in either direction wouldn't shock me. Aloha won't make a huge splash this weekend, though it's nicely differentiated for the "adult" crowd. As much as I love Cameron Crowe, it's been nearly 20 years since he had a financial hit with Jerry Maguire, and for as well as Almost Famous did on home video, it definitely hemorrhaged money upon theatrical release. »

- Laremy Legel

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'San Andreas' (2015) Movie Review

16 hours ago

Has it ever occurred to studios and filmmakers that if they were to simply snip 10-15 minutes of forced tension from their "disaster porn" blockbusters it would not only tighten their narrative, but improve the level of enjoyment and save them several millions of dollarsc In the case of San Andreas, buildings would still fall, the Earth's surface would still roll, Paul Giamatti would still survive while his subordinates die, Alexandre Daddario would still fit nicely in a tank top and Dwayne Johnson would still be required to perform feats of strength to save those he loves. Win-win... rightc After all, it isn't as if San Andreas is all that different from any other movie of this sort. Destruction on a large scale (Los Angeles, San Francisco and Bakersfield are laid to waste), characters narrowly escaping a variety of un-escapable situations, fingertip survival, the "He left me!" moment and the »

- Brad Brevet

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"Game of Thrones" Season 6 Speculation as Casting Announcements Leak Online

17 hours ago

Season five of "Game of Thrones" isn't over, but plans are already being made for season six. Just as in years past, several character descriptions have been leaked (via Watchers on the Wall). Unlike in years past, no character names have been attached to those descriptions. The books give us a pretty good idea who each of these descriptions probably refer to and offer insight into where the story will go in season six. **Minor spoilers and speculation ahead** First up, the character that could be the best new addition in the new season (or at least the one I'm looking forward to the most) is the search for a "pirate" described as a: "Man in his 40s to late 50s. He's 'an infamous pirate who has terrorized seas all around the world. Cunning, ruthless, with a touch of madness.' He's a dangerous-looking man. A very good part this season. »

- Michael Hindle

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'Ant-Man' Writers Join 'Transformers' Writers Room, Origin Story Expected

27 May 2015 3:38 PM, PDT

The Akiva Goldsman-led Transformers writing room continues to assemble. In addition to other Marvel scribes like Zak Penn (The Incredible Hulk), Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (Iron Man 2) and Jeff Pinkner (The Amazing Spider-Man 2), who signed on to pen new spin-offs and sequels in this now-extended universe, Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari, production re-writers on Marvel's latest, Ant-Man, are also attached to pen a new movie. As far as what film they'll write, it's as unclear as which ones the other mentioned writers, plus "The Walking Dead" creator Robert Kirkman, will lend their time towards. Although as details continue to emerge, reports speculate one film in this new series is not a sequel or a spin-off but rather a prequel with the working title Transformers One. It's said this one focuses on the planet Cybertron, the home planet of the Autobots and Decepticons before they arrived on Earth. »

- Will Ashton

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Chris Pine to Play Steve Trevor in 'Wonder Woman'

27 May 2015 2:40 PM, PDT

Variety is reporting Chris Pine (Star Trek) is in negotiations to join the cast of Wonder Woman, playing the role of Wonder Woman's love interest, Steve Trevor. Still early in the development cycle, Wonder Woman has experienced its fair share of adversity. Recently, Warner Bros. had to hire a new director, Patty Jenkins (Monster), to take over for Michelle MacLaren (Game of Thrones) after rumored behind the scenes difficulty. There have also been numerous reports over the studios indecision over what script to go with after hiring multiple writers to work on scripts. None of this takes into account the many years of passing on scripts from the likes of Joss Whedon and the failed TV pilot from 2011. Now with the news of Chris Pine joining Gal Gadot, as Wonder Woman, in the cast, I am beginning to worry for this film even more. Pine is a fine actor, »

- Charles Dean

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Watch: Kevin Bacon Yells at Kids in Trailer for 'Cop Car'

27 May 2015 2:13 PM, PDT

"A wild blend of innocence and Coen brothers violence," reads a pull-quote from the trailer for Cop Car, a new thriller from Focus World starring Kevin Bacon. I watched the trailer, and I know it's just marketing and trailers are misleading and yada-yada-yada but I'm curious to see what exactly warranted such highfalutin name dropping, because what I saw was Kevin Bacon with a pushbroom mustache expecting children to understand what a "felony offense" is while yelling, "You don't steal a cop car!" From the synopsis: When two good-natured but rebellious young boys (James Freedson-Jackson and Hays Wellford) stumble across an abandoned cop car hidden in a secluded glade they decide to take it for a quick joyride. Their bad decision unleashes the ire of the county sheriff (Bacon) and leads to brutal consequences. Perhaps I should give this one the benefit of the doubt considering I haven't seen it, »

- Jordan Benesh

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Jason Reitman to Dive into Animation with 'Beekle' for DreamWorks

27 May 2015 2:08 PM, PDT

Oscar-nominated director Jason Reitman (Juno) is about to make a major departure for his next project. The Wrap reports Reitman has signed on to write and direct his first animated film, an adaptation of the children's book "The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend," for DreamWorks Animation. No release date was announced. "Beekle" has already won the 2015 Caldecott Medal, the highest honor for children's picture books. Dan Santat wrote and illustrated the book. Below is the book's official plot synopsis from bn url="http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-adventures-of-beekle-dan-santat/1117137006cean=9780316199988" text="Barnes & Noble". This magical story begins on an island far away where an imaginary friend is born. He patiently waits his turn to be chosen by a real child, but when he is overlooked time and again, he sets off on an incredible journey to the bustling city, where he finally meets his perfect match »


- Cory Woodroof

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'Fantastic Beasts' Shortlists Target Kate Upton, Dan Fogler, Dakota Fanning & More

27 May 2015 2:01 PM, PDT

With Eddie Redmanye in final negotiations to lead Warner Bros.' Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, attentions now shift towards filling out the rest of the cast. And it looks as though they are shooting for the fences here, as Kate Upton and Katherine Waterston (Inherent Vice) are up for the same part, Saoirse Ronan and Dakota Fanning go head-to-head for another and Dan Fogler is rumored for an antagonist part. The Wrap reported on the female casting. Ronan, Fanning, Lili Simmons ("True Detective") and Alison Sudol ("Transparent") all are up for the part of Tina. Upton, Waterston and Elizabeth Debicki (The Great Gatsby), meanwhile, are sought to play Tina's older sister, Queenie. While the schedules for these different actresses vary in availability, some already have test deals and script readings with Redmayne set for the next week or so. This is just an initial shortlist though, »

- Will Ashton

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Tilda Swinton in Talks to Join 'Doctor Strange'

27 May 2015 12:54 PM, PDT

According to The Hollywood Reporter, actress Tilda Swinton (Snowpiercer, Chronicles of Narnia) is in talks to join Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock, Imitation Game) in Marvel Studios' Doctor Strange as the Ancient One. If reports are true, this is yet another case of Marvel Studios hiring incredible actors in supporting roles. Swinton would join Robert Redford (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), Glenn Close (Guardians of the Galaxy), and Michael Douglas (Ant-Man) in helping Marvel establish serious acting credibility in their films. Fans of the comic series are probably scratching their heads at this casting announcement. The Ancient One is usually portrayed in the comics as an older Tibetan man. In fact, earlier casting rumors had Ken Watanabe (Godzilla, Batman Begins) as someone Marvel was considering for the role. It'll be very interesting to see how Marvel tackles this new take on the character. Granted, with the acting chops Swinton possesses, I »

- Charles Dean

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'Diary of a Teenage Girl', 'Backcountry' and Lego 'Brickumentary' in Today's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

27 May 2015 12:45 PM, PDT

Nothing too interesting in today's MPAA ratings bulletin as we begin with a movie that was already released and appears to have scored an MPAA rating merely for Showtime showings. That is Backcountry, a backwoods horror/survival film. You can read my review here and find the reason for its R-rating below. Next is The Diary of a Teenage Girl, which made a bit of a splash at Sundance earlier this year and stars Bel Powley, Alexander Skarsgard, Christopher Meloni and Kristen Wiig. On top of the rating, the first trailer just premiered, check it out here. Otherwise, there's a G-rating for A Lego Brickumentary which will arrive on July 31 from Radius and Creep, a horror/comedy from Blumhouse and Radius that will be hitting the VOD on July 14. Check out the complete ratings bulletin below. Backcountry Rated R For language and some gruesome creature violence. Release Date: March 20, 2015 Blue »

- Brad Brevet

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Watch: Trailer for 'Diary of a Teenage Girl' Starring Kristen Wiig and Alexander Skarsgard

27 May 2015 12:44 PM, PDT

It seems it's a week for Sundance standouts as we've already had trailers for A Walk in the Woods and The End of the Tour and now we get the first trailer for The Diary of a Teenage Girl from writer/director Marielle Heller. Starring Bel Powley as the titular "teenage girl", Minnie Goetze, we follow her story as she begins a complex love affair with her mother's (Kristen Wiig) boyfriend, "the handsomest man in the world," Monroe Rutherford (Alexander Skarsgard). Sony Classics will release the film on Aug. 7 check out the trailer and full synopsis below. sb id="1527681" height="360" width="640" Like most teenage girls, Minnie Goetze (Bel Powley) is longing for love, acceptance and a sense of purpose in the world. Minnie begins a complex love affair with her mother's (Kristen Wiig) boyfriend, "the handsomest man in the world," Monroe Rutherford (Alexander Skarsgard). What follows is a sharp, funny »

- Brad Brevet

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Fox Rebooting 'League of Extraordinary Gentlemen'

27 May 2015 12:03 PM, PDT

Joining the long list of recent remakes and reboots, Variety is reporting Fox has decided to move forward with plans to make a new League of Extraordinary Gentlemen film. Normally, I would be weary of a reboot of a film that was released so recently, but in this case, I'm all for it. Just give me something to help remove the bad memories I have from the disastrous 2003 Sean Connery movie, a film that, consequentially, would serve as Connery's last live action feature. "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" has always been a property full of potential. The series features a group of legendary Victorian-era literary heroes joining forces to combat evil. Created in 1999 by legendary comic writer Alan Moore (Watchmen, V for Vendetta), the League battled Moriarty (sworn enemy of Sherlock Holmes), aliens from "War of the Worlds," and experienced the fall of the Big Brother government (from "Nineteen Eighty Four »

- Charles Dean

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Watch: 'Pawn Sacrifice' Trailer Starring Tobey Maguire as Bobby Fischer

27 May 2015 9:38 AM, PDT

Pawn Sacrifice will be hitting theaters on Sep. 18, a year and eleven days after I reviewed it at last year's Toronto Film Festival. The film, starring Tobey Maguire is chess prodigy Bobby Fischer is, as I said in my review, "a good movie, though nothing altogether ground-breaking or entirely revealing." It hits the standard beats and will be a satisfying watch for most, though just don't go in expecting much. Edward Zwick directs and Liev Schreiber, Sophie Nelisse, Peter Sarsgaard, Lily Rabe, Robin Weigert, Michael Stuhlbarg and Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick co-star. Check out the trailer below. sb id="1527601" height="272" width="640" In a gripping true story set during the height of the Cold War, American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) finds himself caught between two superpowers when he challenges the Soviet Empire. Also starring Liev Schreiber and Peter Sarsgaard, Pawn Sacrifice chronicles Fischer's terrifying struggles with genius and madness, and the »

- Brad Brevet

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Looking to 'Hannibal' Season 3: Where Have We Been, What's Aheadc

27 May 2015 9:09 AM, PDT

Last night I re-watched the final episodes of "Hannibal" season two, just to get reacquainted with the show, the characters and the mood of it all. NBC has made available to press the first three episodes of the upcoming third season, premiering June 4 (10-11 p.m. Et), and while I've already watched the season premiere (twice) I didn't want to go any further before writing a look back at the last season so as to approach it with virtually the same mindset as everyone else so as not to offer too many hints as to what's to come, but more a tease of what you can expect from the first episode of this third season. So, the question to begin with, I guess, is what do we knowc At the end of the second season we saw the bloody battle between Hannibal (Mads Mikkelsen), Jack (Lawrence Fishburne), Alana (Caroline Dhavernas »

- Brad Brevet

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Watch: Nick Nolte and Robert Redford Go for 'A Walk in the Woods' in First Trailer & Poster

27 May 2015 8:18 AM, PDT

A Walk in the Woods premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival and was picked up by new distributor Broadgreen Pictures, though I have to admit I didn't hear much of anything about this little comedy adventure starring Nick Nolte and Robert Redford, though based on the look and description alone it seems like descriptors such as "light hearted" and "sweet" would likely suffice. Here's the plot: In this new comedy adventure, celebrated travel writer, Bill Bryson (Academy Award winner Robert Redford), instead of retiring to enjoy his loving and beautiful wife (Academy Award winner Emma Thompson), and large and happy family, challenges himself to hike the Appalachian Trail - 2,200 miles of America's most unspoiled, spectacular and rugged countryside from Georgia to Maine. The peace and tranquility he hopes to find, though, is anything but, once he agrees to being accompanied by the only person he can find willing to »

- Brad Brevet

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