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Denis Villeneuve in Talks to Direct 'Blade Runner' Sequel

13 hours ago

The idea of a Blade Runner sequel just got a hell of a lot more interesting. Alcon Entertainment, the studio producing the sc-fi followup, announced via press release that director Denis Villeneuve -- known for the Oscar-nominated war drama Incendies and tantalizing thrillers Prisoners and Enemy -- is currently in talks to direct the film from a script by Hampton Fancher (Blade Runner) and Michael Green ("Heroes"). The screenplay is based on an idea by Fancher, who co-wrote Blade Runner with David Peoples, and Ridley Scott, who directed the original and will executive produce the sequel. In addition, Harrison Ford will reprise his role from the original film as Rick Deckard, a cop who specializes in terminating human clones called replicants. Up until about an hour ago, the idea of a Blade Runner sequel did pretty much nothing for me, but with Villeneuve in negotiations to take over the director's chair, »

- Jordan Benesh

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My Cinerama Project Begins This Weekend

16 hours ago

If you're not familiar, Seattle is home to one of only three movie theaters in the United States with the capability of playing three-panel Cinerama films. It is rightfully called the Seattle Cinerama theater and in 2014 it was fully restored, equipped with a Christie 6P laser projection system and Dolby Atmos sound along with the ability to screen 35mm, 70mm and Cinerama films. On Valentine's Day night I had my first experience with the new theater, when I saw Some Like It Hot, but a couple days later I got my first taste of what the new theaters actually had to offer, mind you only a small taste. And this is where this Cinerama project I'm referring to comes into play. I've mentioned this on our podcast a couple times recently, but I will be putting together a short video exploring the ins and outs of the newly restored Cinerama. »

- Brad Brevet

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This 'Jem and the Holograms' Thing Confuses Me

17 hours ago

So, Universal has released the above first look picture from their upcoming Jem and the Holograms movie and I wonder, without any other information how many people today even know or care about what this isc I know because my sister loved the cartoon when she was growing up, back in the mid-'80s, but seeing how it ended its run in 1989 and hasn't had any sort of resurrection, at least not that I know of, who exactly is the audience for this moviec Perhaps the cast gives us some idea as Aubrey Peeples stars as Jem along with Disney Channel stars Stefanie Scott ("A.N.T. Farm"), Aurora Perrineau ("Pretty Little Liars"), Hayley Kiyoko ("Lemonade Mouth") making up the rest of Jem's girl band, that being Kimber, Shana and Aja respectively. Ryan Guzman (The Boy Next Door, Step Up: All In) will play the Holograms' road manager Rio and both »

- Brad Brevet

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Emmanuel Lubezki Talks Shooting 'The Revenant' and Frozen Monitors

19 hours ago

If you were to put together a power ranking of today's cinematographers you'd have to consider Emmanuel Lubezki for the #1 position after winning the Oscar Best Cinematography for two years in a row with Gravity and Birdman, and now it seems to talking points for The Revenant, his follow-up feature with Birdman director, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu are already being made. Speaking with Entertainment Weekly last month, Inarritu told the mag, "It's a very experimental thing that we're doing here...I'm now addicted to doing things that can fail horribly or maybe that can give us a surprise. We are all into it." The comment was in reference to the fact they are shooting the picture with only natural light in the wilds of Alberta, Canada and Lubezki adds to the drama in an interview with the Asc saying, "We're doing a lot of exterior work with natural light and Steadicam. »

- Brad Brevet

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Rosamund Pike Joins Christian Bale in 'The Deep Blue Good-by'

20 hours ago

I think we can all (or at least, most of us) agree Rosamund Pike was more than deserving of an Oscar on Sunday for her performance in Gone Girl. Julianne Moore is a very good actor, but this was no competition. Thankfully, her performance let filmmakers see all the talent they could mine from her, which we can hope means great roles moving forward. One potentially great role is in the adaptation of John D. MacDonald's 1964 novel The Deep Blue Good-by, the first of twenty-one novels featuring the character Travis McGee, who will be played by Christian Bale. James Mangold (3:10 to Yuma, Walk the Line) will direct a script by Dennis Lehane, with the most recent draft by Scott Frank. amz asin="B009FKTTMQ" size="small"No matter what the material is, if you put Bale and Pike in a film together, I will be there opening day. »

- Mike Shutt

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Watch: Sam Mendes talks 'Spectre' in Behind-the-Scenes Video Blog

21 hours ago

So, I'm pretty excited to see Spectre. I know, it's still some 250-odd days until the movie actually hits theaters, but of all the blockbusters coming out this year, it is arguably the one I am most looking forward to -- yes, more than Avengers: Age of Ultron, and even more than Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Mission: Impossible 5, both of which I am really itching to see. I just love the Bond franchise, I think that's what it really comes down to, and with the cast and crew director Sam Mendes has assembled, well that's just icing on the cake for this cat. As Mendes tells in a new video blog from behind the scenes of Spectre, which you can check out at the bottom of the post, what it really comes down to for him is story; story is what brought Mendes back for a »

- Jordan Benesh

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'The Lazarus Effect' (2015) Movie Review

22 hours ago

I can't say The Lazarus Effect doesn't get straight to the point as this "back from the dead" thriller runs only 83 minutes and even less than that if you don't count the credits. But while it doesn't necessarily waste much time getting into the thick of things and features a relatively notable cast, it doesn't really offer anything all that new and strangely turns into something of a lackluster, nightmare vision of Luc Besson's Lucy. I swear, I need to learn how to use all 100% of my brain at once, the possibilities are endless! The story centers on a group of researchers who stumble on a serum with the potential to bring the dead back to life. However, during a test trial something goes wrong and one of the lead researchers, Zoe (Olivia Wilde), is electrocuted and dies. Her fiancee and co-lead on the project, Frank (Mark Duplass), does the obvious. »

- Brad Brevet

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Watch the First Ten Minutes of 'Foxcatcher'

22 hours ago

I feel like one of the movies that did not get its due this past awards season was Bennett Miller's Foxcatcher. Yes, it was nominated for numerous awards, including Best Director and Best Actor, but I think generally they were seen as after thoughts or the number five slots. I thought the movie was very intense, and its slow pace only served to enhance that tension. Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, and especially Mark Ruffalo are all giving terrific performances. It is a really good film, and if you haven't seen it, do yourself a favor and check it out. amz asin="B00QK4ANEI" size="small"For those still on the fence, the first ten minutes of the film are available for you to watchm which you can do so below. If you like them, watch the whole film. If you are intrigued, watch the whole film. If you don't like them, »

- Mike Shutt

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Box Office Predictions: 'Focus' Will Con Its Way to the Top Spot

23 hours ago

Focus is your clear box office winner this weekend, it's getting more advertising than a mattress sale and it has a recognizable lead. Is it a good moviec No, it's not, though that 66 percent on RottenTomatoes means some folks might disagree. The issue is there won't be all that much money to go around this weekend, meaning $24.6 million will easily do the trick, as it's against a bunch of tomato cans. The Lazarus Effect looks like a throwaway winter horror, but even those have their fans. I've put it at $10.5 million, it's not getting all that many theaters and I haven't seen much in the way of a marketing campaign. Thankfully, it couldn't have cost much. Before we talk about the Kingsman: The Secret Service I should mention that an interesting story I won't be covering is how Birdman will do this weekend. Usually a post-Oscar win means some dollars, »

- Laremy Legel

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First Picture of Dave Bautista as New Bond Henchman Mr. Hinx from 'Spectre'

26 February 2015 6:43 AM, PST

Daniel Craig covers the latest issue of Empire magazine as James Bond as production on Spectre, Craig's third outing as 007, is well underway and the magazine has a couple of new looks at the movie, including the first picture of Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy) as the latest Bond henchman, Mr. Hinx. "When I came over to meet director Sam Mendes, I only asked two questions," Bautista told Empire. "I asked him if Mr. Hinx was a badass. He said, 'Yes, he's a badass.' I said, 'Well, is Mr. Hinx intelligentc' He said, 'Very.' That's what I like about Mr. Hinx. He's very well-dressed and very well-mannered. I'm not just here to fight people. He has a sense of humour. He definitely knows what a metaphor is." Also included is a shot of Mendes working with Lea Seydoux on set (see below) as she plays Dr. Madeleine Swann. »

- Brad Brevet

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'Focus' (2015) Movie Review

26 February 2015 6:20 AM, PST

If you've seen even an ounce of the film's marketing, before you even step into the theater you're aware Focus is a conman "thriller" and so you're going to be looking for clues as to what's really going on. Hell, the title alone is basically daring you to try and figure it out before the "big reveal". Writer/director duo Glenn Ficarra and John Requa are clearly aware of this and you can almost see the wheels turning as they try and set the audience up for what I assume they believe is a whopper of a finale. And, in all honesty, I would be fine with how Focus ended had it only not betrayed the character traits it establishes along the way and had it not been so lazy in setting up the relationship between its two leads. Will Smith plays Nicky, a hot shot conman that other members »

- Brad Brevet

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Four New 'Fantastic Four' Reboot Pictures

25 February 2015 3:31 PM, PST

Empire has posted four new pictures from Josh Trank's upcoming The Fantastic Four reboot offering new looks at the film's four leads, which means new pictures of Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller, Kate Mara and Jamie Bell as the titular four. Discussing the upcoming movie, set for an August 7 release, we learn the key difference between this film and the previous releases as well as Stan Lee/Jack Kirby's iteration, this version will draw from the "Ultimate Fantastic Four", which abandoned the idea of the heroes gaining their powers from cosmic rays during space flight in favor of inter-dimensional travel. Trank referred to the picture as a "dark Amblin movie", referring to the early days of Steven Spielberg's films, with writer/producer Simon Kinberg adding, "There was an Amblin-style approach to the characterization, and to contextualizing everything in a real world". "There's the opportunity to make something »

- Brad Brevet

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Watch: SXSW Trailer for the Documentary 'Raiders!', Chronicling the Ultimate Indiana Jones Fan Film

25 February 2015 3:00 PM, PST

South by Southwest starts in a little over two weeks, which means I am in hyper gear trying to figure out my schedule. This basically comes down to how many movies can I see in nine days. It is a challenging process because, obviously, it is impossible to see everything, but you really want to. When I finalize what my schedule will be, you will all certainly hear about it. One film I do want to make time for is Raiders!, which has a trailer for you all to check out below.. This is a documentary about a couple of kids in 1982 who set out to make a shot-for-shot remake of the now classic Raiders of the Lost Ark. With YouTube, fan films are not all that unusual. I mean, the amount of people filming themselves with light sabers is ridiculous. But in the '80s, making a feature length »

- Mike Shutt

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Richard Linklater in Talks to Direct 'Where'd You Go, Bernadette'

25 February 2015 2:01 PM, PST

Look, Richard Linklater may not have won the Oscar this past Sunday for his work on Boyhood, but that does not make him any less of a filmmaker. And I hope now with the exposure Boyhood has received, more people will feel inclined to check out what he has coming up. And, thankfully for us, he is keeping himself busy. He has a new film called That's What I'm Talking About presumably coming out later this year, and he is in talks to align himself with another project. This would be the adaptation of Maria Semple's best-selling novel Where'd You Go, Bernadette.amz asin="B006L8942U" size="small" Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, »

- Mike Shutt

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'Tomb Raider' Reboot Set Up at Warner Bros. with 'Divergent' Scribe Penning the Screenplay

25 February 2015 12:45 PM, PST

The two Tomb Raider movies starring Angelina Jolie were, in my opinion, pretty bad, and judging by the way most people comment any time it's announced a movie adaptation of a popular game is announced, no one else liked them much either. And, interestingly enough, they didn't really make all that much money. The first one grossed only $274.7 million worldwide back in 2001 on a $115 million budget, while the sequel only managed $156.5 two years later on a $95 million budget. So, why have we been hearing about a possible Tomb Raider reboot for about six years nowc Well, the reason it isn't going away is because the most recent "Tomb Raider" videogame release sold around 7.5 million copies and a new game is on the way. Sounds like good timing to get a new movie in the works. Paramount distributed the first two Tomb Raider movies, but now Deadline reports it will be »

- Brad Brevet

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Watch: Trailer for Susanne Bier's 'A Second Chance'

25 February 2015 10:20 AM, PST

I'm not particularly familiar with Danish director Susanne Bier's filmography. Scratch that, I'm actually not at all familiar with Bier's work. Her Oscar-winning film In a Better World is a movie I have heard plenty about but never seen, and the only other film of hers I've even heard of is Serena, Bier's Depression-era drama starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, which will finally be released on demand tomorrow and in U.S. theaters on March 27 after spending eighteen long months in post-production. But never mind that, for Bier it's on to the next one, as the second trailer for her latest film A Second Chance has recently debuted online. The project, which stars Nikolaj Coster-Waldau ("Game of Thrones"), Ulrich Thomsen (The Thing), and Maria Bonnevie(I Am David), debuted at last year's Toronto International Film Festival to mixed reviews, with The Playlist concluding the film contains more than »

- Jordan Benesh

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Watch: Teaser Trailer for Brian Wilson Biopic 'Love and Mercy'

25 February 2015 9:42 AM, PST

I've never been the biggest fan of The Beach Boys. Yes, they have some terrific songs, and the "Pet Sounds" album is rightfully regarded as one of the best, but they just have never been a group I have actively sought out to listen to. Brian Wilson, though, is a really fascinating guy, and he is given the biopic treatment in Love and Mercy, which stars Paul Dano and John Cusack as Wilson in the various stages of his life. The film, which is slated to come out on June 5th, got a new teaser trailer you can all watch below. I will be seeing this in a few weeks during South by Southwest, so you can look forward to that review. In the meantime, take a look at the teaser below. Anyone out there hardcore Beach Boys fansc Do you think Cusack has the chops to pull this offc »

- Mike Shutt

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'Everly' (2015) Movie Review

25 February 2015 9:19 AM, PST

"Either you help me, or shut the f*ck up," says Everly (Salma Hayek) to one of the men left partially alive in her swank bordello apartment after she just laid waste to the rest of the men that had taken turns raping her. You see, Everly has been a sex slave for the past four years along with several other women occupying the same floor in the same apartment building, working under the thumb of Taiko (Hiroyuki Watanabe), an ex lover and dangerous mob boss. However, when Taiko threatens her family, Everly doesn't hesitate to do what's necessary to keep her mother and daughter safe. Only problem is, she's trapped in this apartment building and they are running for their lives in the streets. What's a girl to doc Played as a hard-r actioner with attempted doses of humor, director Joe Lynch isn't entirely able to capture the same »

- Brad Brevet

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Listen to Three Tracks from Disasterpeace's Score for 'It Follows'

25 February 2015 7:52 AM, PST

Last night I watched David Robert Mitchell's It Follows, a film I hesitate to call a horror film, because I think that immediately conjures an idea of what kind of movie it isn't. This isn't a movie hellbent on jump scares and gore to keep you "on the edge of your seat" or vomiting in your popcorn. This is more the atmospheric, creepy kind of thriller. The kind that can make your skin crawl. Suffice to say, I quite enjoyed it. I'll save most of my breakdown for my full review, so for now here's the official synopsis: For nineteen-year-old Jay, Autumn should be about school, boys and week-ends out at the lake. But after a seemingly innocent sexual encounter, she finds herself plagued by strange visions and the inescapable sense that someone, something, is following her. Faced with this burden, Jay and her friends must find a way »

- Brad Brevet

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Watch: Catch 'Frozen Fever' with Trailer for the Upcoming Short Film

25 February 2015 7:04 AM, PST

I assume I'll be seeing Frozen Fever when I sit down for my screening of Cinderella tomorrow night, as the short film featuring the characters of Disney's Oscar-winning Frozen is set to play in front of the live action fairy tale when it opens on March 13. Today we get a first look at what's to come in the following trailer as Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad all return to voice Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf respectively. The story begins on Anna's birthday and Elsa and Kristoff are determined to give her the best celebration ever, but when Elsa catches a cold, her powers may put more than just the party at risk. Oh my! Watch the trailer below. sb id="1486989" height="284" width="640" »

- Brad Brevet

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