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Now Streaming: Netflix Instant Alternatives To Fury, Birdman, And John Wick

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With so many titles to choose from, Netflix Instant's library can be overwhelming. So we bring you this biweekly column as a tool to cut through the clutter by highlighting some now streaming titles that pair well with the latest theatrical releases. Looking to Fury, Birdman, and John Wick for inspiration, we've pulled together a selection of World War II dramas, showbiz comedies, and vengeance-fueled thrillers. Fury Set at the tail-end of World War II, writer-director David Ayer's follow-up to Sabotage stars Brad Pitt, Shia Labeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Peña and Jon Bernthal as a Sherman tank troop on a dangerous mission behind enemy lines. Jim Parrack and Scott Eastwood co-star. Read our review here. For more harrowing tales of war and bravery, check out this trio of World War II dramas that sprawl from the wilds of Russia to the fronts of Africa and Europe, as well as »

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The Martian Has Quietly Put Together A Home Run, A-List Cast

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After Drew Goddard dropped out of the director's chair for The Martian, it looked like there was going to be trouble with getting Andy Weir's hot novel off of the ground. But with Fox making the film a priority, and Ridley Scott in the right place at the right time, the project turned itself around and started heading in the right direction. Now The Martian seems unstoppable, as it's not only secured Matt Damon a good long while ago, it's been quietly building up its ranks in the past month or so, with Oscar nominated Chiwetel Ejiofor among the recent additions to the cast. What follows is a list of the big time stars that are on board to star in The Martian, which follows an extremely crafty astronaut whose crew leaves him behind on the red planet after a dust storm cuts their mission short. With survival as »

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The Insidious 3 Trailer Is Creepy, Creative And Terrifying

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There are two schools of scares at work in the modern horror genre. The first is the school of planting the scare in plain sight and letting the audience do the noise making for you, an approach that The Conjuring used to great effect. The second school, which is where the Insidious: Chapter 3 rests its head, is the one that uses images and sounds to generate a good jump scare. And believe us, at the heart of this trailer is one really good jump scare. A scare so good, we knew it was coming a mile away, but it still made us almost spill something. What starts out as a classic "ominous surroundings with minimal turmoil waiting to blow up" scenario obviously moves towards something darker and more sinister. By the time our protagonist is texting her crush in bed, right when the knocking starts, we know something's going »

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3 Possible Reasons Avengers 2 Has Captain America In The Past

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It.s barely been a day since the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer was leaked, and already fans have gone through every inch of that 2:17 video. Upon multiple viewings (I.m at my 20th, or maybe 25th...it.s hard to keep track), the trailer seems to get better each time. Of course, half the fun of the trailer is also speculating on the movie itself going off these scenes. Why are Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch hanging out with Ultron? Why is Thor choking Tony? Who is Andy Serkis playing? Ironically though, one of the most intriguing questions that the trailer poses comes from a blink-and-you-miss-it scene. At the 1:31 mark, right after Scarlet Witch shoots an energy blast, there.s a brief shot of Steve Rogers walking through a crowded party. The Uso banner and old-school suits and dresses suggest there will be a scene featuring Steve back »

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The Avengers 2 Mystery Woman Might Be This Actress

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In the screenshot above . taken from the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer that debuted last night . you.ll notice that there are three women standing alongside Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Steve Rogers (Chris Evans). On the left is clearly Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson), and the footage from this year.s San Diego Comic-Con helps us identify the woman on the right as Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), but the identity of the woman in the middle remains a mystery. Who is she? Fans who have been pouring over every frame of the trailer have been speculating wildly about the identity of the actress in the scene, throwing out possibilities based on other characters seen in the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the cast list featured on the movie.s IMDb page. Some have suggested that she could be a big name actress who is merely »

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Watch Mr Incredible Punch Catwoman In The Face On Hollywood Boulevard

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Footage of Mr Incredible punching Catwoman in the face has emerged. But rather than being one of the biggest cinematic tussles of the year it actually took place on Los Angeles. legendary Hollywood Boulevard and was watched by hundreds of passers-by in the area. You can check out footage of the assault below. It doesn.t make for pretty viewing, does it? Unfortunately the two costume characters who usually populate the hugely popular tourist area clearly partook in a rather heated debate before the scuffle broke out. Catwoman must have said something that Mr Incredible wasn.t too fond of to provoke the attack. Maybe it was about Mrs Incredible/Elastigirl.s rather curvaceous behind? I.m only speculating at this point but that seems like a topic that could result in Bob Parr erupting in rage. Mr Incredible was able to get a few hefty punches in before two »

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Hero Blend #39: Answers To 10 Avengers 2 Questions You Had About The Trailer

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Here on Hero Blend we have spent a ton of time talking about our intense anticipation for the upcoming The Avengers: Age of Ultron, but this week has seen that level of anticipation skyrocket even higher. Judging by the debut trailer Joss Whedon.s 2015 blockbuster looks like it is going to completely shake up the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and it.s going to send thousands of chills down your spine while doing so. Guys: There are no strings on Ultron. This is the time to panic! As the first widely released footage from Avengers 2, the trailer gave us some tremendous insights as to what we can expect from the film . including Hulkbuster fights, scary flying robots and maybe even a few hints at Black Panther . but it also left us dying to know more about both the film, where it will be leading the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, »

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Wait, Steve Jobs Is Going To Be In How Much Of The Steve Jobs Movie?

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Christian Bale has now been confirmed as Steve Jobs in Aaron Sorkin.s biopic of the Apple icon, and the writer is adamant that the Welsh actor will be superb as the character. This is despite the fact that the Dark Knight trilogy star has a mammoth task ahead of him, as he is set to be in every single frame of the film. Sorkin made his comments while talking to Bloomberg about the still untitled film. Discussing what the production was looking for in a lead actor, the screenwriter compared the casting process to the NFL Draft and finding the best player for the position you need. Said Sorkin, "We needed the best actor on the board within a certain age-range and that.s Chris Bale . I couldn.t be more excited. He really is a phenomenal actor. He didn.t have to audition. It was just a meeting. »

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Is Batman V Superman Going To Focus More On Batman?

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While the prospect of seeing a Batman/Superman live-action team-up movie has been an exciting thought for comic book fans, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice might not be the film fans had dreamed about for years. Aside from the fact this film is essentially serving as a prologue to Justice League Part One, a large portion of the attention on this production has centered on Ben Affleck.s Batman, or Batfleck as the Internet affectionately calls him. One would think Superman and Batman would the same amount of coverage, but despite the two of them sharing the title, there.s a chance that the Caped Crusader will be the headlining character of the movie. Insiders talking to Batman-On-Film.com say that the first teaser trailer for Batman V Superman will be "Batman heavy." Keep in mind that this film is meant to be a follow-up to Man of Steel, »

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10 Things To Take Away From The Into The Woods Footage

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I am beginning to think Disney's Into The Woods may kill me, it so enjoys toying with my heart. Just yesterday the reveal of the long-shrouded Wolf--brought to life by Johnny Depp, a zoot suit and a costume shop explosion--slaughtered my expectations for this movie musical translation of the Stephen Sondheim Broadway production. But now Disney has unveiled the gorgeous new Into the Woods featurette you see above, which gives us our best look yet at this sprawling world of fairy tales gone feral. There's a lot to take in here, both good and bad. So, let's delve deep Into The Woods' latest featurette for clues of what's to come! Some Singing! This might seem an obvious inclusion considering Into the Woods is a critically-heralded Broadway musical. But so far Disney has been frustrating in its withholding when it comes to actually showing its cast sing. A teaser released »

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Why You've Been Watching The Hills Have Eyes Wrong, And Other Great Musings From Horns' Director

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For more than a decade, French director Alexandre Aja has been delivering scares, gore and occasionally, a bit of dark humor with films like The Hills Have Eyes, Piranha and more recently, the feature adaptation of Joe Hill's Horns. But how does being French impact his perspective when telling American horror stories? Vague but notable Hills Have Eyes spoiler ahead! We asked Alexandre Aja about his perspective as a French director making American horror films when we sat with him during Comic-Con earlier this year to talk about Horns. One of the first things Aja had to say on the subject had to do with the surprise he experienced when he saw how American audiences perceived Aaron Stanford's character Doug Bukowski in The Hills Have Eyes. Apparently, we were rooting for the wrong character -- or characters as it were. As Aja explained it, he wrote the remake of »

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The One Crucial Thing Missing From The Avengers 2 Trailer

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Ask any Marvel fan to tell you their favorite moment from the first Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer, and you.ll get a variety of responses. Hulk taking on the Hulkbuster armor, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch showing off their powers, Ultron.s menacing dialogue, Thor choking Tony, Andy Serkis (who is he playing?), that brief shot of Captain America.s shattered shield, the list goes on. However, while this trailer packed in enough epic moments to quench the geeky thirst of Marvel Cinematic Universe fans everywhere for the next few months, there was one thing missing from that preview. One crucial element that we.ve been waiting months to see, but Marvel decided to keep us haning for a little longer. A character who will play a big role in the upcoming sequel, but was left out of yesterday.s pandemonium. The Vision. Where was that multi-colored android? Ultron and »

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Black Panther May Be In Avengers 2, Here's The Evidence

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We.ve been hearing whispers about Black Panther.s arrival in the Marvel Cinematic Universe for years and years now, and while he hasn.t shown up yet, it may not be long before the character makes his live-action feature debut. After all, the brand new Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer has what appear to be some rather big hints that Black Panther is coming sooner rather than later. At this point we.ve analyzed practically every frame of the breathtaking preview of next year.s blockbuster, but there are two moments in particular that suggest Black Panther.s imminent arrival. The first clue to look at is actually the reveal of one of the most popular character actors working today: In case you don.t recognize him outside of a performance capture leotard, that.s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Andy Serkis, sporting a mop top and »

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This Is Exactly How Insane Ultron Is, According To James Spader

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The Avengers: Age Of Ultron trailer hit last night, and everyone is still talking about just how good it was. With promises of an epic scope, as well as a premise that looks like it mixes The Empire Strikes Back with Frankenstein, it's hard not to keep thinking about just what's at stake in the first look to next year's most anticipated blockbuster. James Spader's portrayal of Ultron is, in no small part, responsible for the infatuation. With a cool, steely demeanor -- and tons of hatred for humanity to spare -- we're just starting to get a look at how much of a fanatic Ultron really is. If Total Film's interview with Spader himself is any indication, we're going to see a lot more craziness from Ultron as the gap between now and release day closes. Perhaps the best indicator of just how dangerously unhinged Ultron really is »

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The Academy Begged These Three People To Host The Oscars Before They Asked Neil Patrick Harris

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The general consensus on the hiring of Neil Patrick Harris as the host of next year.s Oscars ceremony seemed to be a collective nod of approval, as if to tell the Academy, "You got the right guy." Harris has been an incredibly charming and versatile host of both the Tonys and the Emmys, so graduating to the white-hot spotlight of all things Oscar makes sense. The room isn.t too big for Nph. The moment isn.t too large. That being said, we.re now learning that Harris wasn.t the Academy.s first choice. Nor its second. Not even its third. The Hollywood Reporter goes on the record to say that producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron "first begged last year's host, Ellen DeGeneres" because her work earlier this year "netted an 8 percent increase in viewership over the year prior." Getting pizza delivered and taking A-list selfies seems »

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Marvel Wants Adam McKay To Direct An Upcoming Superhero Movie

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Adam McKay has confirmed he has held talks with Marvel about directing a future instalment to their cinematic universe. McKay refused to reveal the specific films that they discussed, but it certainly looks as though his relationship with the studio will grow beyond his participation with Ant-Man. During a chat with Crave Online, McKay was asked whether he had "a shot at directing one of their big characters." After admitting that he had a "great time" working on his "big rewrite on Ant-Man," he then added that he is currently "kicking around ideas" with Marvel. He then went on to tease: But yeah, maybe I would take on one of the characters, so we haven.t locked in anything, but discussions are definitely going on." Currently, I.m finding it quite hard to get excited about Adam McKay.s involvement with Marvel. That.s not to say that he won »

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Elijah Wood Returns To The Shire For One Last, Epic Hobbit Adventure

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With this December's release of The Hobbit: The Battle Of the Five Armies, an epic age of storytelling will come to a close. With such a momentous occasion at hand, it's natural for those who've helped in telling the story of Middle Earth's most crucial epoch in history to come back and see the franchise off. We've confirmed that Billy Boyd will be doing his part by serenading the audience after the conclusion of this December's massive undertaking, and now we've seen The Hobbit series execute what's been dubbed as "the most epic safety video ever," starring . who else . Elijah Wood. Variety ran with the video posted on the Air New Zealand YouTube page, which shows two rabid Hobbit fans rushing to make their Air New Zealand flight. Once aboard, they're thrilled to see Elijah Wood sitting in the section across from them, and this triggers a safety video that »

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The Honest Reason P.J. Soles Is Happy She Got Naked In Halloween

23 October 2014 8:26 AM, PDT

Nudity and the horror genre often go hand in hand. Part of the titillation of the slasher genre . evident in movies like Friday the 13th or the Nightmare on Elm Street movies . is the sight of a topless coed forced to flee from a murderous antagonist. usually because they were having sex in a cabin in the woods. Actress P.J. Soles flashed some skin in John Carpenter.s 1978 horror classic Halloween, but looking back on the production, she reflects on why she agreed to go topless. and why she.s thrilled that she did it when she did. P.J. Soles spoke with Vulture as part of a longer feature of horror actresses remembering their death scenes. Soles played Lynda van der Klok, and she.s eventually choked by a cloaked Michael Myers . who she mistakes for her boyfriend, Bob. Looking back on the scene, and the nudity in »

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Why Edward Norton Doesn't Play The Hulk Anymore, According To Edward Norton

23 October 2014 8:16 AM, PDT

Edward Norton has revealed why he didn.t play The Hulk in The Avengers, and he has basically suggested that he wouldn.t have wanted to do it anyway... even if they.d asked him. Edward Norton rebooted Bruce Banner in Louis Leterrier.s The Incredible Hulk back in 2008. While not totally terrible, the movie failed to truly connect with its intended audience, only generating $263.4 million at the box office. This poor display -- as well as a number of other creative issues between Marvel Studios, Norton and Leterrier -- resulted in Mark Ruffalo taking the part of The Hulk for Joss Whedon.s 2012 monster-hit, The Avengers. Of course his success in the film means that Norton.s time as Banner has almost been entirely dismissed. But despite the way it panned out, Norton has now told NPR that he doesn.t regret starring in the film and he.s »

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The Reason Interstellar Was Dumbed Down By Christopher Nolan

23 October 2014 7:10 AM, PDT

I.m still not sure I completely understand Christopher Nolan.s Inception. And I.m not just talking about the spinning top. The whole thing raised questions that haven.t yet been answered. So yeah, when I hear that Nolan.s experimenting with worm holes and galaxy hopping for his upcoming Interstellar, I.m a little worried that I won.t be able to keep up on an initial viewing. Apparently, the director feels my pain. In a recent interview with THR in preparation for the release of Interstellar, Christopher Nolan explains how he felt like he had to simplify some of the larger concepts brought to him by theoretical physicist Kip Thorne and his own brother, Jonathan Nolan, for the original Interstellar screenplay draft. Nolan talks at length about the science of Interstellar with the trade magazine, and admits: Kip's research into the mathematical possibility of wormholes, the fact »

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