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McConaughey Eyed to Play the Lead Villain in Adaptation of Stephen King's 'The Stand'

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Matthew McConaughey is clearly a hot property, what with his Oscar-winning turn in Dallas Buyers Club, hit television show "True Detective" and now a starring role in Christopher Nolan's Interstellar and it appears the hits just coming as The Wrap is reporting Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars) is courting McConaughey to play Randall Flagg in his upcoming adaptation of Stephen King's "The Stand" at Warner Bros. amz asin="B001C4NXKM" size="small"The site reports Boone initially saw McConaughey as Stu Redman, a character immune to the plague responsible for wiping out most of the world's population, but an insider has since confirmed McConaughey is now being eyed to play Flagg, the primary villain in the feature, played by Jamey Sheridan in the 1994 television adaptation. However, McConaughey is hardly solidified for the role, though the site does say the actor is set to star in »

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This Poster for 'Trash' is... Well... Ridiculous

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A poster for Stephen Daldry's Trash has premiered and it's ... not good. What is with the running and jumping happy children in a trash dump and that tagline -- "You never know what you might find"c The kid in the middle is clearly happy, and the one on the right looks as if he is on the same track, but not so much with my man on the left. I guess he didn't get the memo, or he didn't find anything too great in the trash, maybe a hypodermic needle, maybe he was an extra in Honeybucket: The Movie, (which, oddly enough, had the same tagline) and they just reused him for this poster, or maybe he's the the only one representing the film's plot. For some context, Trash follows these three boys in Brazil as they scrape a living by picking through trash. One day they find a leather bag, »

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Update: Paramount Will Not Collaborate with Criterion for 'Boyhood' DVD & Blu-ray Release

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Update: I have reached out to Paramount and confirmed there will not be a collaboration with Criterion for the release of Richard Linklater's Boyhood on Blu-ray and DVD. I was told, "This will be a Paramount only home release. We will not collaborate with Criterion." The previous post follows... Well, those dreams of a Criterion release for Richard Linklater's Boyhood may have just been dashed as Variety reports Paramount has acquired U.S. home entertainment rights to the film with IFC Films handling VOD and Est sales to cable, satellite and telcom providers. It's a bit of an interesting revelation considering it appeared the film would be going straight to Criterion, though the obvious thought here is that perhaps Paramount will again reteam with the boutique label the same way they did with The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, which essentially got the Criterion treatment and spine number, »

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Watch: New 'Amityville: The Awakening' Trailer

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The first trailer for the latest reboot of the Amityville Horror franchise has arrived, this time with the title Amityville: The Awakening as we witness the story of a mother (Jennifer Jason Leigh) of three that moves into the Amityville house only to quickly learn of the darkness that lurks within. Dimension has set a January 2, 2015 release date for the picture, which isn't necessarily a sign of quality, but simply a sign their hoping to take advantage of that early year release slot that has proven to be a decent starting point for horror films as of late, most notably The Devil Inside, which brought in over $100 million worldwide back in 2012. Give the trailer a watch and let me know if you see the same kind of success in this film's future. Belle, her little sister, and her comatose twin brother move into a new house with their single »

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Apparently the New 'Star Wars' Franchise is Going to 'Redefine Longform Storytelling'

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"We're going to redefine longform storytelling," a Lucasfilm employee told Devin Faraci at Badass Digest, a comment that will be seen by super-fans of the franchise as something to look forward to. Faraci adds to the comment writing: For the first time in franchise history, the arc of the new trilogy is planned out in advance. They're taking this story someplace, not just picking up the loose ends and figuring out where to go next with each new film. Even with the Prequels, which had a predetermined ending, Lucas was kind of making it up as he went along. That longform vision alone is exciting. But what's more, they're going to weave this story through cartoons and books and comics, making every piece of side story count. Star Wars has too long been a central series of movies surrounded by absolutely disposable books, comics and games. No more. You won't »

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Keanu Reeves Has No Time for Cars on Fire In New 'John Wick' Picture

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It was previously announced the upcoming action thriller John Wick starring Keanu Reeves was going to hit theaters on October 24 and now Lionsgate has released a new official image from the movie. Here, Reeves stars as the title character, a retired hitman whose murderous instincts are reawakened when a thug steals his 1969 Ford Mustang and in the process kills the dog given to him by his late wife. John Wick is described by the studio as a fresh and stylized take on the "assassin genre". Along with Reeves, the film stars Adrianne Palicki, Willem Dafoe, Michael Nyqvist and Bridget Moynahan and is directed by stuntmen turned directors, David Leitch (Jupiter Ascending) and Chad Stahelski (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire). Here's one more pic if you're interested. »

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'Frank' (2014) Movie Review

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I guess I can accept the the official plot synopsis description of Frank, calling it "wildly quirky", but I absolutely cannot find the subsequent "comedy" added to that description within this film's short running time. I also see where the film wants to question the clash of popularity and eccentricity, the question of whether or not something can be appreciated by the masses as a curiosity alone or must it conform to general norms, thus losing its soul, before it can be wholly acceptedc However, I'd just rather read that last sentence and discuss it than watch a bunch of people make nonsense music and bad decisions, which is pretty much all Lenny Abrahamson's Frank was to me. Written by Jon Ronson (The Men Who Stare at Goats) and Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Frank could first and foremost be looked at as a loving tribute to the »

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'Sin City 2' Off to Terrible Start at Box Office While 'If It Stay' Rakes in $1.1 Million

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Well, it looks like the first few nails have already been hammered into the Sin City: A Dame to Kill For coffin as the film opened last night to a miserable $475,000. On the opposite side of the spectrum is the young adult adaptation If I Stay starring Chloe Grace Moretz, which brought in $1.1 million and looks like it's going to be your weekend winner, possibly up around $20 million for the weekend, well above its $14 million tracking. The weekend's other new wide release, When the Game Stands Tall, didn't fair any better than Sin City. In fact, it opened two hours earlier than Sin City on Thursday, with screenings beginning at 7 Pm in 2,180 theaters where it managed only $425,000. Of the three new releases this weekend, however, this is the one of which very little was expected. Looking at the predictions below, that $20 million tracking number for Sin City 2 clearly threw »

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Podcast: Reviewing 'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For' and 'If I Stay'

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It's Friday and on today's episode we have reviews of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For and If I Stay, plus stories from our Sin City screening, Brad reads the last, embarrassing paragraph from his 2005 Sin City review, we answer a lot of your questions, play two voice mails, play some games and talk about a lot of random stuff. We hope you enjoy... 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. An alternative »

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First 'Selma' Pictures Feature David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King

19 hours ago

Pararmount has revealed a first look at Ava DuVernay's upcoming film Selma, telling the story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s (David Oyelowo) historic struggle to secure voting rights for all people - a dangerous and terrifying campaign that culminated with the epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, and led to President Johnson (Tom Wilkinson) signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965. This is our first look at Oyelowo (The Butler, Rise of the Planet of the Apes) as Dr. King as well as some of the supporting members of the cast including (see below) Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King. Additional cast members include Keith Stanfield, Andre Holland, Omar J. Dorsey, Tessa Thompson, Colman Domingo, Tim Roth, Oprah Winfrey, Giovanni Ribisi and Stephan James. Paramount has already set a December 25 release for the film. Along with two more pictures below (the second featuring Keith Stanfield as Jimmie Lee Jackson »

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New York Film Festival Director Talks PTA's 'Inherent Vice', Plus a New Picture

21 August 2014 5:12 PM, PDT

Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice will play the New York Film Festival on October 4th and The Film Society at Lincoln Center has posted an interview with Festival Director and Selection Committee Chair Kent Jones where in he discusses Anderon's latest film and just above is a new picture of Joaquin Phoenix in the movie courtesy of The Film Stage. Discussing the lineup Jones comments on David Fincher's Gone Girl calling it a "panoramic, phantasmagorical, acid trip of a movie that keeps shifting gears for an amazing cinematic ride" and as for Inherent Vice he says it's a cinematic rid in a different way. "It's like being in a time machine," he said, "going back to the time of mutton chops and Neil Young." Those chops are clearly on display in the pic above, just as they were in the first pic from the film and Jones discussed »

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Jennifer Lawrence and Others Rumored for Tarantino's 'Hateful Eight'

21 August 2014 4:16 PM, PDT

While a largely text-based trailer for Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight will premiere in front of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For this weekend, the movie has not yet gone begun filming and the trailer doesn't even list any confirmed cast members. To this point it seems Kurt Russell is the only one that's said he's in the film, but even that has yet to be made official. Now, however, things are starting to heat up as new rumors suggest Jennifer Lawrence, Evan Rachel Wood, Geena Davis and Hilary Swank may all be under consideration for a role. Note, however, these are just rumors and could simply be wishlists and/or publicists trying to get their client's names in the mix. For example, Jeff Sneider from quoted Lawrence's reps in a The Wrap tweet saying, "Despite internet rumors, her reps have confirmed she's not doing this project. »

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Steven Spielberg is Developing 'Minority Report' as a TV Series

21 August 2014 2:30 PM, PDT

You can now add Minority Report to the list of films that have recently jumped from the movies to television as The Wrap reports Steven Spielberg is developing a TV series based on his 2002 feature with Max Borenstein (Godzilla) writing the script. The feature, which starred Tom Cruise was based on the short story by Philip K. Dick. Set in a 2054 Washington D.C., the story centered on a judicial system in which killers are arrested and convicted before they commit murder using a psychic technology. Cruise played the head of this Precrime unit and was eventually accused of the future murder of a man he hasn't even met. I can only assume the show would focus on a Precrime unit in the near future as they would solve a series of cases each week. I'm not sure just how long you could get that to last, however, considering even »

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Trailer: Shailene Woodley is a 'White Bird in a Blizzard'

21 August 2014 1:30 PM, PDT

Gregg Araki's White Bird in a Blizzard played the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and Magnolia will be releasing it on VOD on September 25 followed by a limited theatrical release on October 24. There are only a handful of reviews listed on RottenTomatoes so it's hard to get an idea for this one based on that, though if I remember correctly there seemed to be a measure of muted praise, and the cast is certainly impressive. The ensemble includes Shailene Woodley, Eva Green, Christopher Meloni, Shiloh Fernandez, Gabourey Sidibe, Thomas Jane, Dale Dickey, Mark Indelicato, Sheryl Lee and Angela Bassett and here's the official synopsis: Kat Connors is 17 years old when her perfect homemaker mother, Eve, a beautiful, enigmatic, and haunted woman, disappears - just as Kat is discovering and relishing her newfound sexuality. Having lived for so long in a stifled, emotionally repressed household, she barely registers her »

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Tiff 2014: Trailer for Serial Killer Documentary 'Tales of the Grim Sleeper'

21 August 2014 1:00 PM, PDT

I don't typically check out documentaries when I attend film festivals, but I think I might have to make an exception for Nick Broomfield's Tales of the Grim Sleeper at this year's Toronto Festival as the director of such docs as Aileen Wuornos: Portrait of a Serial Killer and Biggie and Tupac digs into the case of the notorious serial killer known as the "Grim Sleeper," who terrorized South Central Los Angeles over a span of twenty-five years. The nickname comes as a result of what appears to be a 14-year hiatus between his crimes, from 1988 to 2002. The doc is clearly meant to look into the fact the police have had Lonnie David Franklin Jr., 57, in custody for over four years now and there just may be more than a shadow of a doubt he did not do it. As the trailer notes, police officer Ricky Ross was, »

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Poster for the Very Entertaining 'The Guest'

21 August 2014 12:30 PM, PDT

Picturehouse will be releasing Adam Wingard's The Guest on September 17, shortly after it plays the Toronto Film Festival, but as I said previously, I was able to catch this last week and while I'll be holding my review until the Toronto screening I will say I was highly entertained by this movie. Wingard has a wonderful talent for dark comedy meets thriller meets drama and Dan Stevens in the lead is excellent, though I did get a strong Bradley Cooper vibe from his appearance, something I think you can see in this new poster for the movie. Stevens stars as a soldier who introduces himself to the Peterson family, claiming to be a friend of their son who died in action. After he's welcomed into their home, a series of accidental deaths seem to be connected to his presence and while I could go on and on since I »

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The Poster for 'The Theory of Everything' is Revealed

21 August 2014 12:00 PM, PDT

Focus has revealed the poster for James Marsh's The Theory of Everything, which will have its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival next month. Starring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, the pic centers on the relationship between theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking (Rdmayne) and Jane Wilde (Jones) as the two first meet at Cambridge University in the 1960s all inspired by Jane's memoir "Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen". Emily Watson and David Thewlis co-star. After its world premiere, Theory of Everything will open in theaters on limited basis beginning on November 7. sb id="971415" height="360" width="640" »

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Harry Potter Alum David Yates Set to Helm 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them'

21 August 2014 11:54 AM, PDT

David Yates directed the last four Harry Potter movies (three if you consider the Deathly Hallows films as only one) and while he's currently directing Tarzan for Warner Bros. it seems he'll have two movies coming out from the studio in November as he's signed on to direct Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, bringing him back into the world of Harry Potter with the film inspired by Harry Potter's Hogwarts textbook of the same name. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is expected to be the first in a planned trilogy with this first installment set for a November 18, 2016. The story will follow the adventures of the book's fictitious author, Newt Scamander. Newt's story will start in New York, seventy years before Harry's gets underway. It should be said there is no deal in place for Yates to direct just yet, but Variety seems confident in their reporting. »

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'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For' (2014) Movie Review

21 August 2014 11:30 AM, PDT

The bloom is off the rose. Nine years removed from Robert Rodriguez's first turn with Frank Miller's Sin City, it appears they think the visual aesthetic that wowed us when it was new in 2005 will continue to wow us now. It doesn't, and that was proven already once this year with 300: Rise of an Empire, and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For lands with a similarly dull thud. As a 102-minute visual effects reel it does offer some pretty images (an endlessly naked Eva Green chief among them) but my ears are still ringing from all the Dolby-enhanced, wet, bloody fist pounding this film delivers whenever the tinkling of broken glass or gruff voice over isn't pummeling my senses. Like the last installment, A Dame to Kill For, features a series of separate storylines, interwoven, but not necessarily connected. In fact, the best of the bunch featuring »

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Watch: New, Full Trailer for 'Conjuring' Prequel, 'Annabelle'

21 August 2014 10:23 AM, PDT

ew Line Cinema just released a new, full trailer for the upcoming horror Annabelle, a prequel to 2013's The Conjuring, telling the story of the haunted doll from which the film gets its title. With the trailer we also get this new official synopsis: She terrified you in The Conjuring, but this is where it all began for Annabelle. Capable of unspeakable evil, the actual doll exists locked up in an occult museum in Connecticut--visited only by a priest who blesses her twice a month. New Line Cinema's supernatural thriller Annabelle begins before the evil was unleashed. John Form has found the perfect gift for his expectant wife, Mia--a beautiful, rare vintage doll in a pure white wedding dress. But Mia's delight with Annabelle doesn't last long. On one horrific night, their home is invaded by members of a satanic cult, who violently attack the couple. Spilled blood and »

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