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Review: Hector and the Search for Happiness

16 September 2014 6:28 PM, PDT

This was orginally reviewed as part of our Tiff 2014 coverage. Plot: Hector (Simon Pegg) . an unhappy psychiatrist . leaves his adoring girlfriend (Rosamund Pike) behind on a globe-trotting adventure to discover the secret of happiness. Review: Hector And The Search For Happiness is the second film in a year to feature a bored, middle-aged man yearn to escape his humdrum existence and travel the globe in search of adventure and fulfilment. But, where the other one, Ben »

- Chris Bumbray

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Exclusive Interview: Simon Pegg & Rosamund Pike

16 September 2014 4:37 PM, PDT

Being based in Montreal, not exactly a mecca for film junkets, it’s rare that I get to sit down 1:1, or in this case 1:2 with big stars like Simon Pegg and Rosamund Pike. Lucky for me, attending the Toronto International Film Festival has been the exception to this rule, and with Hector And The Search For Happiness being part of the fest, I had the chance to have a quick chat with Pegg and Pike, who couldn’t have been nicer, and were very tolerant of my nervousness. »

- Chris Bumbray

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Review: The Zero Theorem

16 September 2014 4:37 PM, PDT

This was originally reviewed as part of our Fantasia 2014 coverage. Plot: Qohen Leth (Christoph Waltz) – a chronically reclusive number cruncher – is assigned by his mysterious boss “Management” to work on “The Zero Theorem” an unprovable mathematical theory that has the unfortunate side effect of turning anyone who works on it insane. Review: Hit or miss, Terry Gilliam's movies are always interesting. While no one »

- Chris Bumbray

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Awfully Good: License to Wed + My Little Pony: The Movie (video)

16 September 2014 4:33 PM, PDT

I'm getting married this Saturday and wanted to do a wedding-themed movie to celebrate. I've made a huge mistake.... License to Wed (2007) Director: Ken Kwapis Stars: John Krasinski, Mandy Moore, Robin WIlliams Matrimony is a lie. Love is dead. License To Wed is so bad it almost makes me not believe in the concept of marriage. (Awkward timing…) It's awful enough that it ventures in to the realm of morbid curiosity: How could this »

- Jason Adams

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Jack Huston lands the role of Ben-Hur in upcoming remake

16 September 2014 3:15 PM, PDT

You might remember Jack Huston as the masked war-scarred assassin Richard Harrow on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, but something tells me in a few years you’re going to know him for a lot more. MGM and Paramount have settled on Huston for the title role of Ben-Hur for director Timur Bekmambetov’s (Wanted) upcoming remake. Tom Hiddleston was eyed for the role at one point so it’s unclear if he’s out of the movie completely or will appear in another »

- Graham McMorrow

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Review: '71 (Tiff 2014)

16 September 2014 2:27 PM, PDT

Plot: A young British soldier (Jack O.Connell) finds himself separated from his unit and trapped behind enemy lines in 1971 Belfast at the height of .The Troubles.. Review: Lightening really did strike twice at Tiff this year. I say this because last year, in the dwindling days of the fest, I was totally taken off-guard by Starred Up, a nifty thriller starring British newcomer Jack O.Connell, who was quickly snapped up by none other than Angelina Jolie to star in Unbroken. O.Connell.s »

- Chris Bumbray

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James D'Arcy to play Howard Stark's butler on Agent Carter

16 September 2014 1:57 PM, PDT

ABC’s Agent Carter just enlisted James D’Arcy (Cloud Atlas) to play Howard Stark’s butler, Edwin Jarvis in the upcoming series. It’s fairly significant considering the connection here; Tony Stark’s artificial intelligence system is called J.A.R.V.I.S. (voiced by Paul Bettany in the movies). J.A.R.V.I.S. is also the basis for Vision in Avengers: Age Of Ultron which makes sense if you believe some of the spoilers. In the comics, Jarvis is also »

- Graham McMorrow

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The five and a half hour director's cut of Nymphomaniac hits in October

16 September 2014 12:53 PM, PDT

If you saw Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac: Vol. I and Vol. II earlier this year, you might be interested in the Nymphomaniac Extended Director's Cut officially headed to theaters and VOD internationally. The cut will be released on VOD on October 2, 2014 “at special festival events across North America, as well as in several European countries including Spain, the Netherlands, Poland, the Czech Republic and in Trier’s native Denmark.” »

- Graham McMorrow

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Anthony Daniels will wear a new C-3Po suit in Star Wars: Episode VII

16 September 2014 12:14 PM, PDT

There is going to be a lot of practical effects in Jj AbramsStar Wars: Episode VII; a return to old with set pieces, puppets, and models. Like many of you, I was also wondering how some of our favorite Star Wars characters would be brought to life in the upcoming series. Sure there will be performance capture via Andy Serkis‘studio The Imaginarium, but are we getting more heavily animated characters like we did in the prequels? C-3Po actor Anthony Daniels comes to mind »

- Graham McMorrow

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Review: The Forger (Tiff 2014)

16 September 2014 12:06 PM, PDT

Plot: An imprisoned art forger (John Travolta)makes a deal with a crime boss for a big job in order to get early parole so he can spend time with his terminally ill son (Tye Sheridan). In order to pull off the heist, he.ll need the help of his estranged, ex-con dad (Christopher Plummer). Review: The Forger is yet another movie that might have seemed fine if it played outside the Toronto International Film Festival. As a VOD release, it would seem like a passable time-filler, but stacked »

- Chris Bumbray

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NBC is developing a series based on the John Ritter comedy Problem Child

16 September 2014 10:38 AM, PDT

When I was nine, I saw the movie Problem Child in the theater. Yeah, I found it funny because my sense of humor was all about profanity and pratfalls. But, even at that age I knew it was a bad movie. Now, twenty-four years later, NBC has put their collective minds together and come up with the bright idea to reboot the comedy film series as a sitcom. Deadline reports that Scot Armstrong will write the sitcom take on the John Ritter film. Armstrong has worked on films such as The Hangover »

- Alex Maidy

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David Fincher shares what doomed his 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea remake

16 September 2014 9:44 AM, PDT

We have all been holding out hope for David Fincher's take on Jules Verne's classic adventure novel 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea for Disney. While there have been multiple big screen versions of the tale, the prospect of Fincher helming a big budget one was too good to pass up. But, the project has stalled and restarted so many times it is impossible to tell if it will actually ever happen. A recent »

- Alex Maidy

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Venom may not feature the version of the character you expect to see

16 September 2014 8:16 AM, PDT

With The Amazing Spider-man franchise on hiatus while Sony explores their super-villain spin-offs Venom and The Sinister Six, the question remains whether these movies can survive without a superhero at their core. Alex Kurtzman, who has been integral to the development of The Amazing Spider-man films, will be directing Venom and will be working with Ed Solomon to script the film. Expectations are high as fans have been waiting for the symbiote-clad villain to be properly portrayed on the »

- Alex Maidy

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Chris Hemsworth to produce, star in I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive

16 September 2014 7:55 AM, PDT

While Tom Hiddleston prepares his potrayal of iconic musician Hank Williams, another Asgardian will tackle the story from a different angle. Chris Hemsworth has optioned Steve Earle's novel I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive and plans to produce and star in the film. Hemsworth will develop the film alongside Bejamin Grayson, who will script the project and make his directorial debut. Grayson has previously worked as an assistant to Kenneth Branagh on Thor and John Lee Hancock on Saving »

- Alex Maidy

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Into the Woods poster showcases Meryl Streep and a wall of text

16 September 2014 7:28 AM, PDT

It's been a few months since the first trailer for the fairy tale musical Into The Woods hit the net, and now a new poster is here to remind you that this flick is being released this Christmas. There's been some controversial talk on what's been removed or toned down for the cinematic version, but I think they're attempting to make you forget all of that with the amount of words on this poster. Check it out: There is more text to that poster than »

- Sean Wist

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Tom Hiddleston will star in Legendary's King Kong film Skull Island

16 September 2014 6:24 AM, PDT

Legendary surprised everyone at this year's Sdcc panel with the reveal of a brand new King Kong flick. Given the success of Godzilla, it may have seemed like a no brainer, but a welcome one nonetheless. With the amount of effects work films like these tend to have, the team in front of and behind the camera can only stay hidden for so long, and we've got a hell of a name to kick Skull Island off. Legendary just announced that Loki himself, Tom Hiddleston, will star with Jordan »

- Sean Wist

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Judd Apatow brings new series to Netflix

16 September 2014 5:48 AM, PDT

If you've felt that Judd Apatow's (This Is 40, Funny People) feature film fare has been lacking, this may come as a nice surprise. Apatow is teaming up with Paul Rust (writer on Arrested Development) and Lesley Arfin (writer on Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Girls) to bring what Netflix is calling an "unflinching, hilarious and excruciatingly honest take on modern relationships". Netflix has made a two-season commitment to the series, called Love, which will debut with 10 episodes in 2016 and »

- Sean Wist

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Could the Avatar sequels be projected at 120 frames per second?

16 September 2014 4:33 AM, PDT

For those of you who actually dug the Hobbit films at 48 frames per second, a man by the name of Douglas Trumbull has developed a 4K 3D format that can be projected at 120 fps on conventional digital projectors. Trumbull has spoken with Avatar producer Jon Landau about possibly using this format for the Avatar sequels, and has scheduled a screening of the short film Ufotog, which utilizes this format (dubbed Magi). Trumbull had this to say: I know that Cameron is a huge advocate of high »

- Sean Wist

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Our Favorite Movie Easter Eggs: Volume I

16 September 2014 3:51 AM, PDT

These days part of the fun of watching a movie in theaters or at home with the ability to freeze frames, is finding the hidden Easter eggs hidden within. For the history buffs out there, the origin of the cinematic Easter egg dates back to The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Supposedly one day on the set, the cast decided to have a traditional Easter egg hunt, as you do, but some of the eggs were never found and actually appeared in frames of the movie! So if you're obsessed with finding hidden »

- Graham McMorrow

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Casting Round-Up with Ben Foster, Holliday Grainger & Billy Bob Thornton

16 September 2014 3:49 AM, PDT

Here's some casting news for you this morning. According to Variety, Ben Foster (Lone Survivor) and Holliday Grainger (The Riot Club) have joined Craig Gillespie's (Million Dollar Arm) The Finest Hours. Filming is already underway on the Disney film, and it also stars Chris Pine and Casey Affleck. The Finest Hours is an adaptation of Casey Sherman and Michael J. Tougias’s 2010 book of the same name, is based on the true story of "a rescue attempt by the »

- Jesse Giroux

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