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Watch: First 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Trailer

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Disney has premiered the first Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens trailer offering up a tiny glimpse at what you can expect when the first Star Wars installment in ten years hits theaters on December 18, 2015. Directed by J.J. Abrams, little is officially known about The Force Awakens, though rumors seem to be all over every corner of the web, making it difficult for die hards to separate fact from fiction. What we do know is the cast includes former Star Wars stars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels as C3-po, Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca and Kenny Baker as R2-D2 along with a fleet of newcomers including John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Lupita Nyong'o and Gwendoline Christie. For anything more, glean what you can from this brief teaser as this is sure to be just the »

- Brad Brevet

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Box Office Predictions: Can 'Penguins of Madagascar' Fly Past 'Horrible Bosses' and 'Mockingjay'c

27 November 2014 8:25 AM, PST

Penguins of Madagascar, coming in at $56.5 million, leads off our abbreviated Oracle (it's Thanksgiving!). My reasoning is fairly simple - the last one opened at $60 million back in 2012. That one was in June, and faced less competition, which is why I've dinged it around ten percent (with inflation). The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 had the worst opening of any of the Hunger Games films so far, and you can add to that the normal blockbuster frontload drop as we head into the Thanksgiving Weekend. As a result, $53.6 million is my call, a 56% dip, but if it performs better, #1 is within reach. Somehow Horrible Bosses 2 is trending around 30 percent less on Rt than the original, for reasons unclear to me. I like the play for comedy this weekend, we all need a little laugh after a 4,000 calorie binge. $40.5 million is where I'm coming in. Finally, a fun little »

- Laremy Legel

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Ridley Scott Talks 'Exodus: Gods and Kings' Casting and His Brother Tony Scott

26 November 2014 12:21 PM, PST

There has been a lot of online scrutiny heaped onto Exodus: Gods and Kings even before anyone has had the chance to see it. This comes from the fact that Moses (Christian Bale), Ramses (Joel Edgerton), and other biblical figures will be portrayed by caucasian performers of American, British, and Australian nationality rather than actual Persian actors. Personally, I agree it is a problem, and there should be more of an effort to cast non-white actors (and this is not exclusive to this film). Director Ridley Scott talked about the controversy with Variety, and... well... he did not do himself any favors with his response. "I can't mount a film of this budget, where I have to rely on tax rebates in Spain, and say that my lead actor is Mohammad so-and-so from such-and-such," Scott says. "I'm just not going to get it financed. So the question doesn't even come up. »

- Mike Shutt

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New Poster for 'A Most Violent Year'

26 November 2014 11:12 AM, PST

I caught A Most Violent Year last night and will be holding off on a review until a little later in December, definitely before I publish my Top Ten of 2014. Suffice to say, I enjoyed it, though I do have a few reservations, particularly with Jessica Chastain's character. Today a new poster for the film, which is set in 1981 and centers on Abel Morales (Oscar Isaac), a heating oil distributor in Long Island City who's facing some issues with his competitors, the district attorney (David Oyelowo) and the banks. It's a throwback feature that fans of the likes of Sidney Lumet will surely appreciate and A24 has certainly embraced that in the marketing as much as Director of Photography Bradford Young (Ain't Them Bodies Saints) embraced it in his lighting and cinematography. The film hits limited theaters in late December and expands nationwide in January. »

- Brad Brevet

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Watch: Oscar Animation Roundtable Reveals Discussion on How Sequels are "Killing" the Industry

26 November 2014 9:49 AM, PST

We have already had the writers, the studio executives, and the actresses Oscar roundtables from The Hollywood Reporter. Today, I bring you a discussion about films that have not gotten much of say in the previous ones: animated films. I thought this was a pretty down year for animated films. Even the very popular and well regarded ones like The Lego Movie did nothing for me. That does not mean the creators talking is not interesting, and this roundtable features directors and producers of some of the most popular animated films of the year. This panel includes Don Hall (director of Big Hero 6), Bonnie Arnold (producer of How to Train Your Dragon 2), Dan Lin (producer of The Lego Movie, Tomm Moore (director of Song of the Sea), Travis Knight (producer of The BoxTrolls and CEO of Laika), and Jorge Gutierrez (director of The Book of Life). They discuss »

- Mike Shutt

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James Cameron Believes the 'Avatar' Sequels Will Serve as a Cinematic Laxative

26 November 2014 8:27 AM, PST

James Cameron is still working on three Avatar sequels and he's apparently giving each one an extra dose of fiber and may be able to take advantage of an obvious marketing tie-in with Activia after this recent quote. Speaking with Empire Cameron dropped this little nugget: "I can tell you one thing about them. They're gonna be bitchin'. You will sh*t yourself with your mouth wide open." Yikes, the "mouth wide open" part adds a little extra to that visual don'tcha thinkc The outlet also asked him about the frame rate he's going for with the Avatar shoot and while the experiment with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and 48 frames per second didn't exactly pay off, Cameron is sticking with it. "My thinking at the time was that 60 Fps might be a better segue to the video market," he said. "I'll be plugging into a system that's a little more mature, »

- Brad Brevet

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Spread Your Legs for New 'Kingsman: Secret Service' Character Posters

26 November 2014 8:20 AM, PST

Four character posters for Matthew Vaughn's Kingsman: The Secret Service have premiered on IMDb showing off a henchwoman with blades for legs, posing in traditional James Bond marketing fashion with a curious highlight right there between her crotch. Based on the comic from "Kick-Ass" creators, Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons, Kingsman tells the story of a super-secret spy organization that recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency's ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius. The film stars Colin Firth, Michael Caine, Taron Egerton and Samuel L. Jackson and was originally supposed to be in theaters this year, but will now arrive on February 13, 2015. yt id="DV5VtqD3ddA" width="640" »

- Brad Brevet

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Natalie Portman in Talks to Join Steve Jobs Biopic

26 November 2014 8:16 AM, PST

It was previously reported Jessica Chastain might join Danny Boyle's untitled Steve Jobs biopic, but that was before Chistian Bale bailed and we haven't heard of her attachment since. Today, Deadline is reporting Natalie Portman is in talks to star, though just like the Chastain news, there is no word on which character she'll be playing. The report is, however, confirmation things seem to be moving full steam ahead now that the film has moved from Sony to Universal with Boyle directing from an Aaron Sorkin screenplay and Michael Fassbender attached to play Jobs. The news, though, does not contain any word concerning Seth Rogen who is thought to still be attached to play Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. Interestingly enough, or perhaps not-so, Portman and Fassbender were originally to star opposite one another in Jane Got a Gun before Fassbender departed that troubled project. »

- Brad Brevet

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'The Imitation Game' (2014) Movie Review

26 November 2014 8:00 AM, PST

Beyond the professional accomplishments of Alan Turing depicted within the narrative of The Imitation Game, it's the way the film deals with his homosexuality, in a time where homosexuality was illegal in Britain, that makes it much more than your standard biopic. With a screenplay by Graham Moore, based on the book "Alan Turing: The Enigma", director Morten Tyldum (Headhunters) balances multiple timelines with precision, bouncing from Turing's childhood in the late '20s, to code cracking Germany's Enigma code during World War II and finally where the story begins, 1952, as Turing falls under the questioning eye of a police detective. Using these three narratives, Tyldum grants us access to specific turning points in Turing's life with Benedict Cumberbatch inhabiting the genius mathematician and cryptographer with what may be the best performance of his career. In a film entrenched in secrets, Cumberbatch is forced to play things close to the vest, »

- Brad Brevet

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Before Steve Carell was John Du Pont in 'Foxcatcher' There was John Du Pont

26 November 2014 7:34 AM, PST

Foxcatcher was playing in only 24 theaters last weekend, but today it expands nationwide, which means you can finally check out one of the darkest films of the year and dig into Steve Carell's unsettling performance as the eccentric John du Pont, heir to the du Pont Chemical fortune that led to murder. In my review of the film I wrote the following about Carell's performance: In du Pont, Carell has created one of the most singularly creepy and terrifying characters you'll see on the big screen. Clearly a man that has never wanted for anything, yet never felt the love he craves from his mother, du Pont shuffles around his sprawling estate, speaking in hushed tones, and you never feel at ease when he's on screen. His gaze alone, as if looking through confused and tired eyes, is enough to send a chill down your spine. Now meet the real thing in this following, »

- Brad Brevet

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'Mommy', 'Serena', 'Pawn Sacrifice' & 'Hayride 2' in Today's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

26 November 2014 7:10 AM, PST

This has got to be one of the more interesting MPAA ratings bulletins in a while and not because of the recognizable names, but more for the abundance of sequels I had never heard of. The only one I've heard of (and have actually seen and entirely disliked) is Rec 4: Apocalypse, but beyond that we have Dragonheart 3: The Sorcerer's Curse, Hayride 2 (a sequel to a movie about a serial killer haunting a family hayride) and did you know they made a sequel to The Man With The Iron Fists and yes, RZA is back and starring and also wrote the screenplay and it may or may not be called The Man with the Iron Fists: Sting of the Scorpion. The first one made just over $19 million worldwide on a $15 million budget, my guess is he got about $5 million to make this one... max. As for the films we've »

- Brad Brevet

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First 'Peanuts' Movie Poster

26 November 2014 6:52 AM, PST

Fox has premiered the first poster for the upcoming Peanuts movie as Snoopy and Woodstock settle in for a little nap. The CG-animated film based on the Charles Schultz comic strip hits theaters on November 6, 2015 and finds Snoopy, the world's most lovable beagle - and flying ace! - embarking upon his greatest mission as he and his team take to the skies to pursue their arch-nemesis, while his best pal Charlie Brown begins his own epic quest back home. Check out the previously released trailer and poster below. sb id="1172221" height="360" width="640" »

- Brad Brevet

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Ridley Scott Won't Direct 'Blade Runner 2', Does This Mean 'Prometheus 2' is after 'Martian'c

25 November 2014 1:40 PM, PST

Ridley Scott always has a full plate of possible films for him to tackle next and with Exodus: Gods and Kings in the can and ready to hit theaters on December 12 and him moving to The Martian after that, it was becoming a question of whether it would be Prometheus 2 or Blade Runner 2 after that. Well, it seems we may have our answer. Speaking with Variety, Scott revealed he won't be directing Blade Runner 2, but would instead serve only as producer. No word on who will fill in as director on the pic, written by original Blade Runner scribe Hampton Fancher, but Scott did open up a little about the film's storyline and Harrison Ford's anticipated involvement as he'll return as Deckard. "We talked at length about what it could be, and came up with a pretty strong three-act storyline, and it all makes sense in terms of »

- Brad Brevet

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Watch: 'Love Actually' Honest Trailer

25 November 2014 1:26 PM, PST

There are a number of films I am always surprised people actually find enjoyable. They usually fall into the schmaltz category and have me scratching my head, thinking "You people are buying this crapc" One such piece of emotional schlock is 2003's Love Actually, which is the latest victim to get the "Honest Trailer" treatment. You can watch the video below. This idea that a romance is romantic simply by people being attractive and making grand gestures to one another gets deep under my skin. For instance, the famous cue card scene in the film, you know the one that is the cinematic equivalent of a pen down the throat over a toilet, should not be looked at with blushed cheeks, a smile, and dust in your eyes. That should be seen as a crazy person about to upend his best friend's life. That is not a situation destined to end with rainbows and puppies. »

- Mike Shutt

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Watch: Oscar Actress Roundtable Featuring Witherspoon, Moore, Adams, Arquette, Jones, Swank, and Dern

25 November 2014 11:29 AM, PST

Today, I bring you another Oscar roundtable courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter. This time it is the female actors. The panel includes Amy Adams (Big Eyes), Reese Witherspoon (Wild), Julianne Moore (Still Alice), Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything), Patricia Arquette (Boyhood), Hilary Swank (The Homesman), and Laura Dern (Wild). The Oscar hopefuls discuss a wide variety of topics including their respective performances this year, the celebrity photo hacking scandal (which affected people like Jennifer Lawrence), the sequel culture of Hollywood, and the response to Renee Zellwegger's new face. One particular section I found interesting came from Witherspoon concerning Gone Girl Note: I wish Rosamund Pike was on this panel, who is a producer on the film. When asked why she was not in the film, she responded: I was always open to doing it, but whenever David Fincher says he wants to do a project, you just sit back and say, »

- Mike Shutt

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2014 Spirit Award Nominations Led By 'Birdman,' 'Boyhood,' 'Nightcrawler' & 'Selma'

25 November 2014 9:33 AM, PST

The 2014 Independent Spirit Award nominations were just announced with Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Birdman leading the charge with six nominations followed by Boyhood, Nightcrawler and Selma with five each. Of those four films, Birdman, Boyhood and Selma were nominated for Best Feature, joined by Love is Strange and a personal favorite of 2014, Whiplash, both of which earned four nominations each. Also earning nominations were Dear White People, A Most Violent Year, Obvious Child and The Immigrant. The awards will be handed out on February 21, check out the complete list of nominees below. Best Feature Award given to the Producer. Executive Producers are not awarded. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Boyhood Love is Strange Selma Whiplash Best Director Damien Chazelle (Whiplash) Ava DuVernay (Selma) Alejandro G. Inarritu (Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)) Richard Linklater (Boyhood) David Zellner (Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter) Best Screenplay Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski (Big Eyes »

- Brad Brevet

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Watch: Trailer for Joe Wright's 'Pan' Starring Hugh Jackman

25 November 2014 8:49 AM, PST

Joe Wright gave us something of a fairy tale in the excellent Hanna and now he's going all out with Pan, a new take on the origin of the classic characters created by J.M. Barrie and today you get a look at the movie's first trailer. The film follows the story of an orphan who is spirited away to the magical Neverland. There, he finds both fun and dangers, and ultimately discovers his destiny--to become the hero who will be forever known as Peter Pan. Pan stars Levi Miller in the title role with Hugh Jackman playing Blackbeard, Garrett Hedlund as Hook, Rooney Mara as Tiger Lilly, Amanda Seyfried as Mary and several others make up the ensemble including Cara Delevingne, Paul Kaye, Nonso Anozie and Adeel Akhtar. Warner Bros. has set a July 17, 2015 release date for the film, give the first trailer a watch below and check out the »

- Brad Brevet

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Watch: First Trailer for 'Jurassic World' Brings Dinosaurs Back to Life

25 November 2014 8:46 AM, PST

One of next year's most anticipated movies has got to be Jurassic World and Universal Pictures has chosen to drop the trailer two days earlier than the expect Thanksgiving evening premiere. Not a whole lot is known about the film other than the fact it takes place 22 years after the events in Jurassic Park, with Isla Nublar now featuring a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, known as Jurassic World, desigend as originally envisioned by John Hammond (played by Richard Attenborough). Directed by Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed), the film stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, Vincent D'Onofrio, Irrfan Khan, Omar Sy and Judy Greer. Jurassic World hits theaters on June 12, 2015, watch the trailer below.. sb id="1195923" height="360" width="640" »

- Brad Brevet

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Watch: Christopher Nolan and Kip Thorne Talk the Physics of 'Interstellar'

25 November 2014 8:30 AM, PST

One of the most hotly debated things about Christopher Nolan's latest film Interstellar is the science behind it. Is it scientifically accuratec Is it notc What liberties do they takec And so on and so forth. Personally, I come down on the side of "Who caresc" I am not going to a Nolan film for a science lesson. I am going for the story, the characters, and the spectacle. As long as they make the science seem plausible in the context of the film, I am fine with whatever they want to do. However, a lot of people want to be pedantic and pick apart what is accurate and inaccurate. If that is fun for you, then by all means. amz asin="0393351378" size="small"Because of this highly publicized debate on the scientific accuracy of Interstellar, Nolan and physicist Kip Thorne, who was a scientific consultant on the film »

- Mike Shutt

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2014 Black Friday Deals: 'Hobbit' & 'Lord of the Rings' Blu-ray, Video Game & Book Deals

25 November 2014 8:15 AM, PST

Every year Amazon puts the extended Blu-ray edition of the Lord of the Rings trilogy on sale during Black Friday Deals Week and this year is no different in that respect, though it is a little different in that they are bundling it with even more J.R.R. Tolkien goodies for fans of Middle Earth. Along with the Lord of the Rings trilogy, which includes the extended Blu-ray editions of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, you can buy bundles that also include all four books, including "The Hobbit" as well as either the PS4 or Xbox One edition of the Shadow of Mordor video game. I've included the links below along with a selection of other deals on more Blu-rays, Blu-ray players, televisions, soundbars and more! The »

- Brad Brevet

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