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First clip from ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ hits; Welcome to the ‘Panda Village’

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The first clip from next year’s Kung Fu Panda 3 has arrived online. The film once again features the vocal talents of Jack Black, along with Bryan Cranston as Po’s long-lost panda Father Li plus Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu and more.

Here’s the synopsis.

In 2016, one of the most successful animated franchises in the world returns with its biggest comedy adventure yet, Kung Fu Panda 3. When Po’s long-lost panda father suddenly reappears, the reunited duo travels to a secret panda paradise to meet scores of hilarious new panda characters.  But when the supernatural villain Kai begins to sweep across China defeating all the kung fu masters, Po must do the impossible—learn to train a village full of his fun-loving, clumsy brethren to become the ultimate band of Kung Fu Pandas!

This first clip shows off the Panda Village which features in the movie. »

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First images from ‘True Crimes’, the drama/thriller starring Jim Carrey

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A batch of first images from the upcoming 2016 drama-thriller True Crimes starring Jim Carrey, have just been released online through Imgur.

The film is still filming and is directed by Alexandros Avranas (Miss Violence). It revolves around a murder investigation of a slain business man that who to clues found in an author’s book about an eerily similar crime. It is based on a 2008 article in the New Yorker. Jeremy Brock (The Last King Of Scotland) wrote the screenplay.

Here’s a brief excerpt from the oopening paragraph of the source material.

In the southwest corner of Poland, far from any town or city, the Oder River curls sharply, creating a tiny inlet. The banks are matted with wild grass and shrouded by towering pine and oak trees. The only people who regularly trek to the area are fishermen—the inlet teems with perch and pike and sun bass. »

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UK teaser trailer for ‘Dark Places’ from Gillian Flynn

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Ahead of its debut on Blu-rayTM and DVD in February, we can reveal the UK teaser for Dark Places, a new thriller from Gillian Flynn, the novelist behind Gone Girl.

Based on Gillian Flynn’s New York Times® best-selling novel, Dark Places follows the chilling story of Libby Day (Charlize Theron) who was only eight years old when her family were brutally murdered in their rural Kansas farmhouse. Almost thirty years later, she agrees to revisit the crime and uncovers the heart-wrenching truths that led up to that tragic night, but what happens when you try to find light in dark places? Academy Award-winner Charlize Theron and a supporting cast of leading Hollywood talent including Nicholas Hoult, Christina Hendricks and Chloë Grace Moretz star in this nail-biting thriller.

We have the UK debut teaser trailer below plus another few images from this exciting upcoming release.

Dark Places arrives in February 2016 from Entertainment One. »

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Film Friday Episode 14 [Nov. 27th 2015]: Bridge Of Spies

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Film Friday is The Hollywood News’ brand new weekly film show features the week’s brand new releases in the UK, as well as looking at the pick of the pics currently showing at your local multiplex.

On this week’s show we take a look at the nwe Steven Spielberg film Bridge Of Spies, Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara in Carol, Pixar’s latest The Good Dinosaur, Johnny Depp’s powerful performance in Black Mass, and many more.

The series will run every Friday at 12pm midday, UK time, so make sure that you subscribe to our YouTube channel to get the latest show delivered to your door each week. Otherwise, simply follow us on Twitter or Facebook where we’ll also be posting links each week.

Film Friday Episode #13 [14 mins, 56 secs]

Film Friday Episode #1: Straight Outta Compton

Film Friday Episode #2: No Escape

Film Friday Episode #3: Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials »

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Work on the next Bond movie will start in the spring of 2016

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Spectre continues to deliver big numbers in pretty much every cinema it screens in, and now as the dust settles, thoughts are turning to what will come next. The next movie in the 007 franchise is the 25th official Bond movie, and everyone will be expecting something special. With Sam Mendes ruling himself out, the director chair will need to be filled, but before all of that we’ll need a story, and a script.

In an interview with Swiss news magazine 20Minuten.ch, producer Barbara Broccoli states that work on the film will star very soon.

“We have put three years of work into Spectre. It was a thrill, but now we want to enjoy the success and the reactions of the audiences. In spring we start again.” she said.

Now, I take that as meaning from scratch, which will put the 25th Bond adventure releasing in 2019, or October/ November 2018 at a push, »

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Ridley Scott: Expect three more Prometheus films

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Ridley Scott has said that we are to expect three more Prometheus films.

The legendary British director was speaking at a press conference in Sydney where he spoke about the planned films, which will start in 2017 with Alien: Covenant.

“Its a very complex story. Its an evolution of what I first did with Prometheus 1,” Scott said. “Prometheus 1 was borne out of my frustration that on Alien 1 in 1979 – I only did one as I don’t normally do sequels. I was amazed that in the 3 that followed that no-one asked the question ‘why the Alien, who made it and why?’ Very basic questions. So I came up with the notion of Prometheus 1, which starts to indicate who might have made it and where it came from.”

“So I’m now going to the next one, which is the next evolution directly connected with the first one, which was this Shaw, when »

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Gremlins 3 won’t be a reboot or remake, says Zach Galligan

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Original Gremlins star Zach Galligan is currently in London presenting screenings of Gremlins and Gremlins 2 across two nights at the famous Prince Charles Cinema just off London’s Leicester Square, and he’s also taken part in some entertaining Q&As.

The obvious subject of a new Gremlins film came up, which Galligan addressed. Looks like we might be in store for something different that what we expected; a straight reboot.

“It’s not going to be a reboot. It will not be a remake in any way, shape or form”, Galligan said to a welcoming audience. “Chris Columbus has come out and said that the first film is very near and dear to his heart and as long as he is alive it will never be remade”.

Following the success of Jurassic World this summer, that film will apparently be set 30 years after the original outbreak of little green Gremlins, »

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John Cleese reboots ‘Fawlty Towers’

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At last year’s press conference for the Monty Python farewell performances, John Cleese revealed he was working on something that may surprise people. Well he’s certainly delivered on that front – he’s bringing Fawlty Towers back, and this time it’s set on the other side of the world.

Unsurprisingly Cleese won’t return to the role of Basil, which cemented him into the world’s comedy consciousness. Instead he’ll be auditioning some lucky Antipodean for the lead in a new stage show, set to tour Australia and New Zealand from August 2016.

The gangly icon is updating the original scripts he co-wrote with Connie Booth back in the Seventies. Whether this means there’ll be wi-fi at the notoriously appalling hotel or if hapless Spaniard Manuel will become more politically correct remains to be seen.

Cleese has generally refused to revisit the concept, though he did dust »

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New UK poster and trailer for Pride And Prejudice And Zombies

26 November 2015 9:40 AM, PST

Lionsgate has released a brand new trailer and UK poster for the upcoming Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

Lily James, Sam Riley, Jack Huston, Bella Heathcote, Douglas Booth, Matt Smith, Charles Dance and Lena Headey star in the film, which comes ourt way in February.

The film is a fresh twist on Jane Austen’s widely celebrated novel. A mysterious plague has fallen upon 19th century England, the land is overrun with the undead and feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is a master of martial arts and weaponry. Casting aside personal and social prejudices, Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy must unite on the blood-soaked battlefield to rid the country of the zombie menace and discover their true love for one another.

You can check out the new poster and the trailer below. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies will be released by Lionsgate UK in cinemas across the UK & Ireland on Thursday 11th »

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Disney release a new ‘Force Awakens’ TV spot, and it’s an absolute corker

26 November 2015 8:06 AM, PST

Disney/ Lucasfilm have released the 11th TV spot for the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and its the best one we’ve see yet. The promo features more dialogue from Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis), and yet more footage from the film that is sure to be the biggest of the year, if not the decade.

The spot is obviously one for the North America market as it comes tagged with the December 18th release date (it hits the UK a day earlier) and runs at exactly a minute in length.

Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Max Von Sydow star in the sequel, with Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk producing. J.J. Abrams directs.

Watch the new promo below.

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Win a limited edition DVD of ‘Paddington’ with 3D sleeve

26 November 2015 7:55 AM, PST

Selling over one million units of the DVD and Blu-ray combined, and currently the highest selling DVD of 2015, Studiocanal is pleased to announce that the UK’s most beloved bear, Paddington, is back! Just in time for Christmas, this family favourite is out now as a limited edition 3D sleeve.

Following its box office success, the politest bear from Peru continues to break UK records for Studiocanal following a £37,878,025 million theatrical box office haul. The bear has also enjoyed huge success overseas, with the global box office currently standing at $263 million – with Japan still to release the film in early 2016 – making Paddington the most successful non-Studio family film ever.

Based on the best-selling series by British author Michael Bond, from an original screenplay by filmmaker Paul King (Bunny and the Bull, Mighty Boosh). A Heyday Films and Studiocanal production, PADDINGTONis directed by the twice BAFTA-nominated King, produced by multiple award-winning David Heyman (Gravity, »

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Disneyland Paris reveals Star Wars Night on December 16th

26 November 2015 7:42 AM, PST

The Walt Disney Company have revealed that they are to stage Star Wars Night on December 16th at the Disneyland Paris in France with some visitors being amongst the first in the world to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens at a special preview screening. According to the press release, Discoveryland will feature the sights and sounds of the Star Wars™ universe, for an exceptional evening full of exciting surprises. Guests are even being encouraged to dress up as their favourite Star Wars character too.

Surprises on the night will include the chance to meet Darth Vader, R2-D2 and Chewbacca in person, ride aboard a StarSpeeder 3000 on the Star Tours ride, enjoy Jedi à la carte menus will be available and burger lovers can enjoy a Darth Vader burger, and if they choose the Cinema + Stay Pack, they can hit up the Gaumont cinema at Disney Village to see Star Wars »

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Michael Giacchino will score The Incredibles 2

26 November 2015 12:55 AM, PST

No big surprises here, but composer Michael Giacchino is all set to score the music for The Incredibles 2. The news was confirmed via Twitter by none other than Brad Bird himself, who posted a video of Giacchino actually signing the contract.

@m_giacchino signs to do the music for Incredibles 2. Happy Thanksgiving, everybody! pic.twitter.com/9Ipo2urPvD

Brad Bird (@BradBirdA113) November 25, 2015

The film doesn’t have a release date set until 2019, but Bird is putting all of the relevant pieces into place to deliver a worthy sequel to the original, one of Pixar’s most beloved movies.

Giacchino has worked on every one of Brad Bird’s films since the release of the original ‘Incredibles’ back in 2004.

The Incredibles 2 will hits cinemas on June 21, 2019.

The post Michael Giacchino will score The Incredibles 2 appeared first on The Hollywood News. »

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Star Wars The Force Awakens gets a PG-13 rating in the Us

26 November 2015 12:39 AM, PST

News has hit overnight that Star Wars: The Force Awakens has bagged itself a PG-13 rating from the MPAA in the United States; only the second Star Wars movie to ever get the certificate after Star Wars Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith.

J.J. Abrams has officially finished up work in his biggest ever movie, which heads for cinemas in the Us on December 18th, and the UK on December 17th.

The film, set 30 years after the events of Return Of The Jedi, stars Harrison Ford, Andy Serkis, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Peter Mayhew, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Oscar Isaac, Max von Sydow, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Lupita Nyong’o, Crystal Clarke, Pip Anderson, Christina Chong, and Miltos Yerolemou.

Not guaranteed, but it is probable that the film will get a 12A in the UK. We’ll give you more word as soon as »

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Win ‘The Wolfpack’ on DVD

26 November 2015 12:28 AM, PST

After winning the U.S. Grand Jury Prize for a Documentary at Sundance 2015, and the Best Documentary Feature Film at the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2015, Spectrum is pleased to announce the UK release of the fascinating documentary The Wolfpack, available digitally from 14th December and on DVD & Blu-ray from 28th December 2015.

As adolescence looms, six intelligent, bright, teenage brothers have spent their entire lives locked away from society. Their only knowledge of the outside world is gained from their love of watching, and recreating movies. Nicknamed ‘The Wolfpack’, the brothers spend their childhood re-enacting their favourite films using elaborate homemade props and costumes.

With no friends and living on welfare, they feed their curiosity, creativity, and imagination with film. But when one of the brothers ventures outside, it sparks a fire in the Wolfpack to follow suit. Can they integrate into society and still maintain their close-knit brotherhood?

Combined with »

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A sequel to the Kickboxer remake is already being planned

26 November 2015 12:15 AM, PST

The Kickboxer remake hasn’t even come out yet – in fact, it’s still in post-production, but plans are already afoot to bring a sequel to the screen in the very near future.

The folks over at Headmon Entertainment and Acme Rocket Fuel, who made the movie, must be pretty chuffed with what they’ve achieved on the remake, which is now being called Kickboxer: Vengeance.

The film is directed by John Stockwell, and stars Alain Moussi as the lead character of Kurt Sloan, a talented martial artist who travels to Thailand where he must learn the secrets of the kickboxer to avenge his brother’s death at the hands of Tong Po. Dave Bautista plays Tong Po and Jean-Claude Van Damme will play the martial artist who teaches Sloane how to fight Po.

Gina Carano, Georges St-Pierre and Sara Malakul Lane also star in the film, which we hope »

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Men In Black 4 will feature a woman in black…

26 November 2015 12:00 AM, PST

We guessed that Sony may take the fourth instalment in the Men In Black series to a very different place, and we weren’t wrong as it has been revealed that Men In Black 4 will in fact be led by a female character.

Speaking with the BBC, producer Laurie McDonald had the following to say:

“There will be a prominent woman in black in the fourth [film].”

So prominent doesn’t necessarily mean lead, we know, but this is great news for the franchise.

Co-producer Walter Parkes, who worked on the original series also said we could see a return for Will Smith too. “Never count Will out,” Parkes said to Newsbeat.

“We are quite early on in it,” he said. “We sort of looked at the first three in retrospect as a bit of a trilogy. Now we are looking at a reinvention,” Parkes added. “But it’s a »

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The first ‘Hateful Eight’ featurette explains Panavision and 70mm

25 November 2015 11:45 PM, PST

The very first featurette for Quentin Tarantino‘s eighth movie The Hateful Eight has just been delivered to our door. This seven-minute plus feature explains the technology that Tarantino and his team employed when shooting his latest epic, namely Panavision and 70mm.

The feature sees Samuel L. Jackson take us through the formats and why they are so special, plus we also get interviews with Tarantino, some of the cast, director of photography Robert Richardson , producer Richard N. Gladstein and many more.

The Hateful Eight opens in North America on Christmas Day in a special ‘Roadshow’ presentation (don’t worry, the featurette explains that too), before hitting the UK on January 8th.

Watch the first feature below, and keep it Thn for coverage of The Hateful Eight as the release date approaches.

The post The first ‘Hateful Eight’ featurette explains Panavision and 70mm appeared first on The Hollywood News. »

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Jennifer Lawrence to make feature directing debut

25 November 2015 11:30 PM, PST

Jennifer Lawrence has revealed to Entertainment Weekly that she will make her directorial debut in the near future with a film called Project Delirium.

The actress, who is currently appearing in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, and then the upcoming Joy, spoke with EW of her want to direct, which apparently goes back to when she was 16.

“I’ve signed on to direct something called Project Delirium — it’s based on this article about mental warfare in the ’60s, like an acid experiment gone terribly wrong.”

“It’s funny, I’ve wanted to direct since I was 16 and always thought I should start making steps towards that,” Lawrence says. “If I had tried to do it earlier, I wouldn’t have been ready. Now I actually feel ready.”

The article is actually up on the New Yorker, which you can read over here. Here’s a segment of it that sets the scene. »

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Watch the new trailer for Paramount’s ‘The Little Prince’

25 November 2015 11:15 PM, PST

The new trailer for Paramount’s March-released animated fare The Little Prince has just been released. The film features the voices of Mackenzie Foy (Interstellar), Rachel McAdams, Jeff Bridges, Marion Cotillard, Benicio Del Toro, Paul Giamatti, Ricky Gervais, Albert Brooks and Bud Cort.

The film, which is based upon based on Antoine de Saint-Exupéry‘s beloved children’s book, is still awaiting a UK release date (though we are hearing Tba March, 2016), but north American audiences will get this from March 18th, 2016.

Here’s the synopsis:

Rediscover one of the most beloved stories of all time. At the heart of it all is The Little Girl, who’s being prepared by her mother for the very grown-up world in which they live – only to be interrupted by her eccentric, kind-hearted neighbor, The Aviator. The Aviator introduces his new friend to an extraordinary world where anything is possible. A world that »

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