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Oscar Contenders 'Brooklyn' and 'Danish Girl' Dated

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A pair of possible Oscar contenders received release dates today with Fox Searchlight setting a November 6 release date for their Sundance acquisition Brooklyn from director John Crowley and starring Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Emory Cohen, Jim Broadbent and Julie Walters. Based on Colm Toibin's acclaimed novel and set on opposite sides of the Atlantic, Brooklyn tells the story of Eilis Lacey (Ronan), a young Irish immigrant navigating her way through 1950s Brooklyn. Lured by the promise of America, Eilis departs Ireland and the comfort of her mother's home for the shores of New York City. The initial shackles of homesickness quickly diminish as a fresh romance sweeps Eilis into the intoxicating charm of love. But soon, her new vivacity is disrupted by her past, and Eilis must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within. Then there's Tom Hooper's The Danish Girl starring , telling the story »

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Theater Chains Already Refusing to Show New Netflix Acquisition 'Beast of No Nation'

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Yesterday it was announced Netflix had purchased the distribution rights for Cary Fukunaga's new film Beasts of No Nation, with plans for a simultaneous theatrical and streaming release later this year as well as an awards season push. Now, only a day later, Variety is reporting the four largest exhibitors -- AMC, Regal, Cinemark and Carmike -- separately told the trade they do not plan to show the movie as a result of Netflix's day-and-date release effort. The reason, they do not want to provide screens to films that do not honor what is typically a 90-day delay between a theatrical debut and a home entertainment release. Variety quotes Austin-based Alamo Drafthouse CEO and founder as saying he will still play the film, just as he did Snowpiercer last year when it had an On Demand release before going theatrical. League said, "I don't look at myself as a competitor to Netflix. »

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What if Wes Anderson Directed X-Menc

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"Who was thatc" "I think he's the art teacher." I wasn't really digging this "What if Wes Anderson Directed X-Menc" spoof until that line above, which actually generated a bit of physical laughter, as in a noise came out of my mouth. A muffled hmph and that's when I went to post this following trailer for The Uncanny X-Men, which goes down rather expected territory, but is well done and, as I said, generated a laugh. In my book, that's all it takes. yt id="UngE0qn3VRY" width="500" »

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New 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Trailer Has Vision

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Marvel has jumped the gun and released the brand new Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer a day early and it gives you your first look at Paul Bettany as the Vision. Directed by Joss Whedon, the film stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Elizabeth Olsen, Samuel L. Jackson, Aaron Johnson, Paul Bettany, Don Cheadle and Stellan Skarsgard and will be in theaters on May 1. Watch the brand new Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer below. sb id="1492473" height="360" width="640" Marvel Studios presents Avengers: Age of Ultron, the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth's Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. »

- Brad Brevet

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2015 MTV Movie Awards Nominees Topped by 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

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Only a couple hours after I ask if anyone expected films such as The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Transformers: Age of Extinction or Maleficent to receive Oscar nominations for Best Picture do we receive the 2015 MTV Movie Awards nominations wherein two of those films actually do get nominations along with the likes of Gone Girl and The Fault in Our Stars as the two other "Movie of the Year" nominees that didn't make the Academy's cut. Oscar Best Picture winner Birdman was not nominated for Movie of the Year, but Emma Stone did receive a nomination as did Edward Norton and Michael Keaton for Best Fight. When it comes to overall tallies, it's Guardians of the Galaxy, Neighbors and The Fault in Our Stars leading all nominees with seven each. The »

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Nicolas Winding Refn and Liv Corfixen Discuss the Documentary 'My Life Directed By Nicolas Winding Refn'

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I quite enjoyed My Life Directed By Nicolas Winding Refn, the behind-the-scenes look at the making of Nicolas Winding Refn's Only God Forgives, shot by his wife Liv Corfixen. Here's a snippet from my review: Corfixen's intimate documentary presents the story with such compassion and caring for its subject and yet you can see where she struggles to be the one Refn can count on for strength and reassurance as she too is also searching for an identity and purpose. Not to mention taking care of the couple's two young children all day long. The film is playing in limited theaters right now and On Demand, and recently the couple sat down for an interview at the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York (via The Playlist) and the interview actually lasts 24 minutes longer than the brief, 58-minute movie itself. Now I haven't had a chance to listen to this whole thing, »

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Joss Whedon Talks the 'Nightmare' of Directing 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'

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One of the things I most appreciate about Joss Whedon is the fact he isn't afraid of speaking candidly when it comes to his work on the Marvel movies and once again he is speaking his mind and while the headline may sound a little dire, it isn't having to do with onset troubles, but more with maintaining cohesion with the Marvel Cinematic Universe when it comes to bringing together so many different kinds of heroes for Avengers: Age of Ultron. Speaking with SFX Magazine (via THR), Whedon said of Age of Ultron, "Shoot me in the face! It is a nightmare. I long for the simple movies like Serenity! This is the hardest juggling act I have ever, ever tried to pull off." He elaborates on these thoughts adding, "They're very disparate characters. The joy of the Avengers is they really don't belong in the same room. It's not »

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Four 'Peanuts Movie' Character Posters

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Fox has released four character posters for the upcoming The Peanuts Movie featuring the recognizable faces of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus and Lucy. Whatc No Peppermint Patty!c!c! Shame! The Peanuts Movie arrives November 6. Snoopy, the world's most lovable beagle - and flying ace! - embarks 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. »

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Watch: First 'Self/less' Trailer Starring Ryan Reynolds and Ben Kingsley

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Focus has revealed the first trailer for Tarsem Singh's new psychological science fiction thriller Self/less starring Ryan Reynolds, Ben Kingsley and Matthew Goode. Set for release on July 31, the pic follows the story of an extremely wealthy man (Kingsley) dying from cancer who undergoes a radical medical procedure that transfers his consciousness into the body of a healthy young man (Reynolds). But all is not as it seems when he starts to uncover the mystery of the body's origin and the organization that will kill to protect its cause. Michelle Dockery, Natalie Martinez, Victor Garber and Derek Luke co-star. Check out the trailer below. sb id="1492271" height="360" width="640" »

- Brad Brevet

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A Look at the Animal City of 'Zootopia' in New Disney Concept Art

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It won't be hitting theaters until March 4, 2016 so don't go adding it to your Best Animated Feature predictions for this year, but Disney is giving us a new look at their upcoming animated feature Zootopia in the form of the above concept art. What you're seeing here is the titular animal city where the story will center on a fast-talking fox who's trying to make it big goes on the run when he's framed for a crime he didn't commit. The city's top cop, a self-righteous rabbit, is hot on his tail, but when both become targets of a conspiracy, they're forced to team up and discover even natural enemies can become best friends. The city is comprised of what are essentially neighborhood habitats such as Tundratown, Sahara Square, Little Rodenta, Burrowborough and a Studio Ghibli-inspired location called the Rabbit Transit District. It's essentially impossible to make any of that out here, »

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Ian McKellen is a 93-Year-Old Sherlock Holmes in First 'Mr. Holmes' Trailer

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Roadside has released the first trailer for Mr. Holmes in which Ian McKellen plays the long-retired Sherlock Holmes, now 93. Set in 1947, Holmes lives in a remote Sussex farmhouse with his housekeeper and her young son. He tends to his bees, writes in his journal, and grapples with the diminishing powers of his mind. But in the twilight of his life, as people continue to look to him for answers, Holmes revisits a case that may provide him with answers of his own to questions he didn't even know he was asking-about life, about love, and about the limits of the mind's ability to know. Bill Condon (Dreamgirls) directs and the film co-stars Laura Linney, Hiroyuki Sanada, Roger Allam and Frances De La Tour with plans for an unspecified 2015 release after receiving some quality reviews out of the Berlin Film Festival last month. Watch the trailer below. sb id="1492211" height="360" width »

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Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum and Jessie Usher Join 'Independence Day' Sequel

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We don't quite know what Independence Day 2 will be about, but we do know Roland Emmerich is returning to direct and the film is set to hit theaters on June 24, 2016, almost exactly 20 years after the original made Will Smith a star and a little over one year after Focus told us that star status is fading. However, as for the film's plot, we are just now getting our first taste as we'll begin with THR's report that Jessie Usher ("Survivor's Remorse", When the Game Stands Tall) has been cast as a central character in the new film as the son of Smith's character from the original. There were reports there were two scripts for the film floating around, one if Smith decided to return as Captain Steven Hiller and another if he didn't. I can only now assume the only difference was whether or not it would be Smith's »

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Academy Considering Going Back to Only Five Best Picture Nominees

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This doesn't surprise me in the least, but I personally don't believe it's a good idea. The Hollywood Reporter is reporting the Academy is considering a move back to only five Best Picture nominees after opening the field to ten nominees back in 2009 when then Academy president Sid Ganis said, "Having 10 Best Picture nominees is going to allow Academy voters to recognize and include some of the fantastic movies that often show up in the other Oscar categories, but have been squeezed out of the race for the top prize." The decision came shortly after films such as The Dark Knight and Wall-e did not receive Best Picture nominations at the 2009 Oscars. The THR report says a large portion of the Academy's governing board has been pushing for the change behind the scenes, arguing that having too many best picture nominees has watered down the prestige of a nomination and »

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'Child 44', 'Monsters: Dark Continent' & 'Aloft' in Today's MPAA Ratings

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A little bit of a lackluster ratings update today as Daniel Espinosa's Child 44 is probably the most recognizable title on the board for most. Starring Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman and Noomi Rapace, this adaptation of the Tom Rob Smith novel hits theaters on April 17 and it will do so with an R-rating. Next is the sequel to 2010's Monsters, Monsters: Dark Continent, which also receives an R-rating, though Radius-twc has not yet set a release date, though it is expected some time in April. Finally we have Claudia Llosa's Aloft, which Sony Classics picked up out of the Berlin Film Festival. The pic, which stars Melanie Laurent, Jennifer Connelly and Cillian Murphy, is Llosa's English language debut and it doesn't yet have an official release date. Check out the complete bulletin below. Aloft Rated R For language and some sexuality. Note: Edited For Re-rate. Previous "R" Rating, »

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Spielberg/Hanks Cold War Thriller Officially Titled 'Bridge of Spies', John Williams to Score

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Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks have not made a film since 2004's The Terminal. Remember that classicc (I actually quite enjoy that film). Well, the duo who brought us Saving Private Ryan are bringing us a new war film, except this war is... colder. According to The Daily Pennsylvanian (via /Film), the previously untitled film (though referenced as St. James Place) now has a title: Bridge of Spies. Unless there is a literal bridge of spies in this film, meaning a physical bridge made of the bodies of deceased spies, this title is just really boring to me. Maybe this is what Spielberg thinks makes for an edgy title nowadays. Then again, I got a similar vibe from the Edge of Tomorrow title, and that ended up being a great movie. Here's hoping this is one as well. I typically enjoy what Spielberg puts out, so I have confidence it will be. »

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Russo Brothers Lock Deal with Sony, Have They Proven Themselves Alreadyc

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Hollywood is such a weird place, Captain America: The Winter Soldier writer/director, sibling duo Joe and Anthony Russo had previously made the much-loathed You, Me and Dupree before finding sitcom success with "Community". Now, well, now they are directing Captain America: Civil War, being considered for The Avengers: Infinity War - Part 1 and 2 and have just locked up a three-year first-look deal with Sony. Obviously the immediate speculation is this has something to do with Sony's new pact with Marvel and Disney, particularly with the expectation Spider-Man will show up in Captain America 3 before the new Spider-Man arrives in 2017, reportedly under the direction of Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods), but what have the Russo brothers really shown us that gives them such immediate cred in the industryc I know people liked Winter Soldier more than I did, but was it so good that we're ready to »

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Jennifer Lawrence to Play War Photographer in Steven Spielberg's 'It's What I Do'

3 March 2015 10:00 AM, PST

How many projects does Steven Spielberg have going onc He has St. James Place coming out later this year, The Bfg coming out in 2016, a probable new Indiana Jones film, a possible West Side Story remake, and many more. Well, he has another project to put up on his bulletin board of movies: an adaptation of war photographer Lynsey Addario's memoir It's What I Do. Many different parties wanted this book, including Reese Witherspoon, Darren Aronofsky (for Natalie Portman), Margot Robbie, and the Weinsteins. Spielberg ultimately came out victorious with Warner Bros., and the person he has attached for his lead is Jennifer Lawrence. You may have heard of her. amz asin="B00L9B7CSM" size="small"Lynsey Addario traveled to Afghanistan post-9/11 and specialized in victims of conflict. Her photographs also include victims of the Iraqi War, the genocide in Darfur, and of rape in the Congo. »

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President Snow! President Snowc! It's the 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1' Honest Trailer

3 March 2015 9:24 AM, PST

Get ready for "lots and lots of nothing" as the Screen Junkies crew gets back into form with a new honest trailer, this time for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, which hits DVD and Blu-ray this Friday, though as I said this morning, I'd recommend skipping it and it sounds like the Screen Junkies would agree. yt id="ibkBTCdm6e4" width="500" »

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Viral Marketing Begins for Tarsem Singh's 'Self/less'

3 March 2015 8:40 AM, PST

I absolutely hate the fact Focus is using the backslash in the title for Tarsem Singh's new movie Self/less. It's about as clever as the vanity plate I saw a week ago on a Toyota Prius that read Imirnmn. Yeah, don't think so. Nevertheless, I really like Singh's work, yes, primarily for his visuals, but when he matches the narrative up to those visuals, as he did with The Fall, it really works. As for Self/less, it's described as a psychological science fiction thriller, in which an extremely wealthy man (Ben Kingsley) is dying from cancer and undergoes a radical medical procedure that transfers his consciousness into the body of a healthy young man (Ryan Reynolds). But all is not as it seems when he starts to uncover the mystery of the body's origin and the organization that will kill to protect its cause. Matthew Goode, Michelle Dockery, »

- Brad Brevet

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New 'Ex Machina' Trailer and Clip Starring Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson and Alicia Vikander

3 March 2015 8:32 AM, PST

A24 has released a new trailer for Ex Machina, the upcoming directorial debut from Alex Garland, screenwriter of 28 Days Later and Never Let Me Go. The A.I. thriller stars Domhnall Gleeson as programmer at an internet-search giant, who wins a competition to spend a week at the private mountain estate of the company's brilliant and reclusive CEO, Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac). Upon his arrival, Caleb learns that Nathan has chosen him to be the human component in a Turing Test--charging him with evaluating the capabilities, and ultimately the consciousness, of Nathan's latest experiment in artificial intelligence. That experiment is Ava (Alicia Vikander), a breathtaking A.I. whose emotional intelligence proves more sophisticated, seductive--and more deceptive--than the two men could have imagined. The pic will have its North American premiere at the SXSW Film Festival in March before its April 10 theatrical release and we'll have a review for you from the fest, »

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