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MPAA Ratings for 'Jersey Boys', 'BoxTrolls', 'Million Ways to Die in the West' and More

8 hours ago

One film in today's bulletin was able to appeal itself out of an R-rating and into a PG-13, another is Laika's latest stop-motion animated effort and it received a PG-rating and three others land an R. First up is Laika's The BoxTrolls, receiving a none-too-surprising PG rating for the quirky little animated studio and the film that now has a PG-13 on appeal is the Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann comedy The Other Woman. First up for those receiving an R is Clint Eastwood's Jersey Boys, which I must admit, while I've never seen the play I'm surprised it's an R-rated movie, I would have put money on it being a family-friendly PG-13, but what do I knowc Next is Luke Greenfield's buddy cop movie, Let's Be Cops, earning an R rating for pretty much everything it can and, to no surprise, Seth MacFarlane's A Million Ways to Die in the West »

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Paul Walker's Brothers Helping Finish 'Fast & Furious 7'

12 hours ago

Back in March a rumor circulated that the production of Fast & Furious 7 would use body doubles and facial replacement to fill in gaps in the action due to the unfortunate death of star Paul Walker. This wasn't really all that newsworthy given facial replacement is used a lot in Hollywood, but today Universal has officially confirmed the news while adding information that it's Walker's brothers, Caleb and Cody Walker, that have joined the production to help out. Here's the official statement from the studio's Facebook page: The Fast & Furious saga is about family. The characters are connected by the bond of family, and it is how all of us who have worked together for more than thirteen years feel about each other. It certainly defines how we feel about our fans. Our family experienced an unthinkable shock in November. We had to take time to grieve Paul, the brother we love and lost, »

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DiCaprio and Inarritu's Revenge Thriller 'The Revenant' Ready to Roll

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Back in late 2012 Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Babel) put his wilderness thriller The Revenant, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, on hold and began work on Birdman, which will be hitting theaters later this year. Now, Revenant is back on with DiCaprio still topping the picture, which will head into production this fall for a late 2015 release through New Regency's distribution deal with 20th Century Fox. amz asin="0786710276" size="small"The film, which is based on Michael Punke's novel, "The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge" with a screenplay by Inarritu and Mark L. Smith (Vacancy), finds DiCaprio playing Hugh Glass, a 19th century fur trapper who is mauled by a grizzly bear, left for dead and then robbed. When he survives against all odds, he sets out on a treacherous journey to exact revenge on his betrayers. At one point Sean Penn was being courted to play one of the robbers. No word »

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'Magic Mike 2' Set for July 2015, Tatum Has Taken a Meeting to Play X-Men's Gambit

13 hours ago

Warner Bros. has set a July 3, 2015 release date for Magic Mike Xxl (aka Magic Mike 2) of which star and co-writer Channing Tatum recently discussed with MTV saying, "I think everyone's gonna be back, I think. Obviously no one's deals are done which is always kind of scary." As for the plot, it's just as before, the film is expected to be a road trip movie, but Tatum elaborated with MTV saying: This one will be a road trip movie. Without giving a lot away, we don't wanna make it a really serious, slice-of-life movie. We want to have reality in it, but we don't want to make it some dark drama. There was some darkness in the last one that I think surprised people and shocked people. This one, we want there to be a lot of conflict and a lot of struggle, but we also want there to be a sh*t-ton of fun. »

- Brad Brevet

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Massively Photoshopped Poster for 'The Immigrant'

13 hours ago

Set for release on May 16, The Weinstein Co. is finally getting started on some marketing for James Gray's The Immigrant, which premiered at last year's Cannes Film Festival and left me rather agitated. Here's a snippet from my review: The second half of the film only proves worse than the first. Dialogue is so obvious it hurts, "Hey Ewa... Would you like to go West with mec You could be my assistant." All said without an ounce of inflection or feeling, not that Gray's script is necessarily giving them Shakespeare to recite. I never got the impression the actors had much, if any, interest in the feature outside of Phoenix who ranges from very good to over-the-top mimicry. In the film's final moments you're likely to see several critics praising Phoenix's performance. If there was ever a bid for an Oscar nomination on screen this year, this is the scene. »

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Podcast: Fincher Out of Sorkin's Jobs, 'Die Hard 6', New DVDs & Blu-rays and More

13 hours ago

Like all our episodes this one pretty much touches on everything from what happened over the weekend as Brad went to a Mariners' game and the casino, to all the latest movie news including rumors of an Die Hard 6, David Fincher dropping out of directing Aaron Sorkin's Steve Jobs biopic, the Blended trailer, the weekend box office results, new DVDs and Blu-rays and much, much more. 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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Hans Zimmer Returning to Score 'Batman vs. Superman'

16 hours ago

There was some doubt Hans Zimmer might not return to score Batman vs. Superman. In fact, Zimmer was leading the charge telling Vulture, "Honestly, I'm just sort of grappling with that right now... Quite seriously, the thought right now is that no, I don't want to go and take what I did with Christopher Nolan and just plonk it into another movie. There isn't one good reason to do it, and there are so many good reasons not to do it." The biggest concern is clearly retreading the same territory he's already traveled on Nolan's The Dark Knight trilogy saying, "I wouldn't want to put the ideas I used in the Chris Nolan Batman movies into a Superman movie. It just wouldn't feel right." Well, I guess he's comes to grips with the situation as he confirms with Digital Spy that he will return adding, "We've already had a couple of chats, »

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'Philomena', 'Double Indemnity', 'Ride Along', 'Breaking the Waves' and More on Blu-ray This Week

16 hours ago

Double Indemnity A wonderful film and most likely the next entry in my Best Movies features once I'm able to get around to this new Blu-ray. The last time I wrote about it was in July 2011 were I said it would be one of my personal "must own" movies on the heels of this post. I can't wait to revisit it in HD.

Touch of Evil I did get a chance to watch this new Blu-ray and it's an interesting presentation. I don't know how many times I've seen Touch of Evil, probably about three times before this latest viewing, and boy did this presentation seem darker. Gary over at DVD Beaver went into this too, comparing to the Masters of Cinema release, which looks to have maintained the film's grain structure to a higher degree. In this situation I'm not sure if either is necessarily the "correct" way to »

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Second Trailer for David Cronenberg's 'Maps to the Stars' is Nsfw

17 hours ago

On the heels of yesterday's first trailer for the almost certainly, Cannes-bound Maps to the Stars, David Cronenberg's new film, comes a second trailer for the film, this one even more inappropriate for the workplace environment than the last so I've thrown an age gate on the trailer. As I said yesterday with the first trailer, Maps to the Stars is described as a contemporary tale exploring the demons of our celebrity-obsessed society, story follows the Weiss family, which is led by Stafford (John Cusack), a psychotherapist and life coach who made his fortune with self-help books. His wife (Olivia Williams) is the overbearing mother-manager of their 13-year-old son (Evan Bird), a TV star recently out of drug rehab. Their estranged daughter (Mia Wasikowska) has just been released from a psychiatric hospital and befriended a limo driver (Robert Pattinson) who is also an aspiring actor. The film is set »

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Official 2014 Cannes Film Festival Poster is Here

17 hours ago

The official 2014 Cannes Film Festival poster was released this morning and it features the great Marcello Mastroianni, a favorite of mine and they've used a photo still from Federico Fellini's 8 1/2 and it just so happens to be the same still I use to promote my Best Movies section. The poster was designed by Herve Chigioni and his graphic designer Gilles Frappier and in the press release it says with this poster "we celebrate a cinema that is free and open to the world, acknowledging once again the artistic importance of Italian and European cinema through one of its most stellar figures." "The way he looks at us above his black glasses draws us right in to a promise of global cinematographic happiness," explains the poster's designer. "The happiness of experiencing the Festival de Cannes together." In his films, Marcello Mastroianni continued to encapsulate everything that was most innovative, nonconformist and poetic about cinema. »

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'Godzilla', The King Returns

18 hours ago

It seems the text on this new WonderCon poster for Godzilla can be translated in a variety of ways, but from what Google translate tells me, it reads "King Came Back", but I like "returns" better so I've gone with that for the headline. And speaking of Godzilla, I have an opportunity to see the new 35mm print of the original Gojira this Wednesday should my schedule allow for it and I hope it does. I haven't watched the original since reviewing the Criterion Blu-ray back in January '12 and it would be fun seeing it on the big screen for the first time. If you'd like a copy of this poster for yourself you'll need to be at WonderCon this Saturday, April 19 and stop by the Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures presentation at 11am at the Anaheim Convention Center. Godzilla hits theaters on May 16. An epic rebirth to Toho's iconic Godzilla, »

- Brad Brevet

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I Can Support 'Die Hard 6' If Sam Jackson is Back

14 April 2014 6:04 PM, PDT

The Die Hard franchise has run its course. Let's get that straight. However, if Fox feels it absolutely must continue then I guess I can throw my support behind a Die Hard 6 if this new rumor is indeed true. Reported by Latino-Review.com correspondent, El Mayimbe, the scooper says Fox is meeting writers for takes on Die Hard 6, the catch is it must involve not only Bruce Willis's John McClane, but it must also include Samuel L. Jackson's Zeus Carver character from 1995's Die Hard: With a Vengeance, which was directed by John McTiernan back in 1995. https://twitter.com/elmayimbe/statuses/455852596751007744 Shortly after the release of the awful fifth installment, A Good Day to Die Hard, Fox reportedly began moving on a sixth film, which was said to be an earlier draft of Ben Trebilcook's treatment for what would have been Die Hard 4 before it became 2007's Live Free or Die Hard. »

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Box Office Actuals Find 'Captain America 2' Dipping Just a Little More

14 April 2014 4:30 PM, PDT

No major shifts in the numbers this weekend as Captain America: The Winter Soldier dropped $200,000 from early estimates, finishing its second weekend with $41.2 million, a 56.6% drop from its opening weekend, which is right on par with previous Marvel installments. Rio 2, bumped up $300,000, finishing its opening weekend with $39.3 million, which is $102,000 more than the 2011 original. The sequel was made for $13 million more than the original ($103 million), but as with the first film, it won't be the domestic box office that declares this film a winner. The first Rio made $341 million internationally and the sequel has already generated $124.3 million as it too is likely to become a massive, worldwide success. Both Oculus and Draft Day stayed spot on with their estimates, coming in with $12 million and $9.7 million respectively. Neither that much of a success, but with a budget of only $5 million, Oculus is already a winner. I've listed the current »

- Brad Brevet

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Watch: First 'Gone Girl' Trailer Offers Look at David Fincher's Latest

14 April 2014 4:02 PM, PDT

Fox has premiered the first Gone Girl trailer, delivering our very first official peek at David Fincher's adaptation of Gillian Flynn's best-selling novel. Adapted by Flynn herself, Gone Girl centers around the uncertainty as to whether Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) murdered his wife (Rosamund Pike) after she goes missing on the couple's fifth wedding anniversary. Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, Kim Dickens and Patrick Fugit co-star. Fincher is once again working with his The Social Network and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo co-horts with Jeff Cronenweth serving as cinematographer and Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross providing the score. Kirk Baxter, who won the Best Film Editing Oscar for both Dragon Tattoo and Social Network, is also back as well as production designer Donald Graham Burt and costume designer Trish Summerville. All of this is to say, as long as the story and performances hold up we should »

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Trailer for NBC's 'Rosemary's Baby' Mini Series

14 April 2014 3:41 PM, PDT

NBC has released the first trailer for their upcoming "Rosemary's Baby" miniseries, which sees Zoe Saldana step into the shoes once occupied by Mia Farrow in Roman Polanski's 1968 adaptation of Ira Levin's novel. There series will include two, two-hour episodes focusing on young Rosemary Woodhouse's suspicions that her neighbors may belong to a Satanic cult who are hell bent on getting one thing: the baby she is carrying. The first part premieres on May 11 with the second premiering four days later on May 15. Along with Saldana the show co-stars Patrick J. Adams and Jason Isaacs. Polish helmer, Agnieszka Holland (In Darkness, "Treme", "The Killing") directed the series. Check out the trailer below. »

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David Fincher Will Not Direct Sorkin's Steve Jobs Biopic

14 April 2014 2:35 PM, PDT

As we wait for the first trailer for David Fincher's Gone Girl news has now dropped that Fincher will not be directing the Aaron Sorkin-penned Steve Jobs biopic at Sony. We already heard rumors Fincher was demanding Christian Bale play Jobs or he wouldn't direct and now THR brings word Fincher was looking for $10 million in upfront fees and control over marketing. I guess those last two were deal breakers. Fincher battled Sony head Amy Pascal during the filming of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and I can only assume the thought of giving over complete control was something Pascal just wasn't ready to do. However, at this point in Fincher's career why wouldn't you expect him to expect complete creative controlc Perhaps it's because his movies don't generate the billion dollar revenue of a comic book film, but what adult-driven drama doesc Funnily enough, a source from Sony told THR, »

- Brad Brevet

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Watch: First Trailer for David Cronenberg's 'Maps to the Stars'

14 April 2014 2:04 PM, PDT

That didn't take long. After saying we should expect a trailer soon only an hour or so again, Entertainment One has released a promotional trailer for David Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars. Expected to play at the Cannes Film Festival, Maps to the Stars is described as a contemporary tale exploring the demons of our celebrity-obsessed society, story follows the Weiss family, which is led by Stafford (John Cusack), a psychotherapist and life coach who made his fortune with self-help books. His wife (Olivia Williams) is the overbearing mother-manager of their 13-year-old son (Evan Bird), a TV star recently out of drug rehab. Their estranged daughter (Mia Wasikowska) has just been released from a psychiatric hospital and befriended a limo driver (Robert Pattinson) who is also an aspiring actor. The film hits theaters in parts of Europe on May 21 and eOne will bring it stateside later this year. Check out the trailer below. »

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Three New 'Transformers 4' Pics Focus on Mark Wahlberg

14 April 2014 12:54 PM, PDT

So the new TV Spot for Transformers: Age of Extinction may have give you some new looks at the Decepticons, Autobots and Dinobots in action, but three new pictures from the film courtesy of Paramount are focused on the film's lead actor, Mark Wahlberg with a blurry hint of Nicola Peltz in one of them. Transformers: Age of Extinction is being looked at as the first film in a whole new trilogy with Michael Bay back in the director's chair, though he's recently said he's not sure if he'll be back for Transformers 5 and 6, but I'm sure Jonathan Liebesman would fit in just nicely if their looking for an obvious replacement. The film finds humanity picking up the pieces following the aftermath of Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Autobots and Decepticons have all but vanished from the face of the planet. However, a group of powerful, ingenious businessman and »

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First 'God's Pocket' Trailer, Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman

14 April 2014 10:39 AM, PDT

At the end of last week we got the first trailer for A Most Wanted Man (watch here), one of Philip Seymour Hoffman's final performances. This morning I posted an audio commentary featuring director Paul Thomas Anderson remembering the first time he saw Hoffman in Scent of a Woman and now IFC has released the first trailer for God's Pocket, a film directed by John Slattery ("Mad Men") that, like A Most Wanted Man, played Sundance. And, also like A Most Wanted Man, seemed to receive mostly muted praise. Described as a dark comedy, the film finds Hoffman playing Mickey, whose crazy stepson Leon (Caleb Landry Jones) is killed in a construction "accident," and nobody in the working class neighborhood of God's Pocket is sorry he's gone. Mickey tries to bury the bad news with the body, but when the boy's mother (Christina Hendricks) demands the truth, Mickey finds »

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New Picture and Poster from David Cronenberg's 'Maps to the Stars'

14 April 2014 10:14 AM, PDT

I think everyone is expecting to hear David Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars announced as one of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival entries this Thursday, though whether it's in or out of competition is up for debate as it will arrive in French theaters four days before the fest ends on May 21. Entertainment One is handling the as-yet-undated domestic release, but its arrival around Europe offers up the above new picture of Mia Wasikowska (via The Playlist) and the new Italian poster below (via Robert-Pattinson.it). The film is described as a contemporary tale exploring the demons of our celebrity-obsessed society, story follows the Weiss family, which is led by Stafford (John Cusack), a psychotherapist and life coach who made his fortune with self-help books. His wife (Olivia Williams) is the overbearing mother-manager of their 13-year-old son (Evan Bird), a TV star recently out of drug rehab. Their estranged daughter »

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