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Magic Mike star Joe Manganiello set to star in/ produce ‘Smiths’ movie

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Magic Mike star Joe Manganiello has revealed that he is set to produce and star in an upcoming movie named  Shoplifters of the World. The film is based around a ‘real life’ incident that occurred in the 1980s where a man held a Denver radio station hostage and forced them to play nothing but The Smiths.

Apparently the project hs got the blessing of Smiths’ frontman Morrissey, and we can count on getting a whole bunch of Smiths’ music in the final movie. The word on the street is that Manganiello is looking to play the role of the D.J. in the film.

The whole ‘did this event actually happen’ thing has reared its head once again, and there are various reports that the incident didn’t actually take place at all. This from Westword.

After examining the letters he wrote to his parents, which were included in the original Lakewood police file, »

- Paul Heath

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Avengers: Infinity War Parts I & II to be retitled

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The huge summer hit that is Captain America: Civil War finally hits U.S. cinemas this week, and directors Anthony Russo and Joe Russo are still out there promoting the movie before they turn to their next project, the massive double header that is Avengers: Infinity War Part I and Part II.

In surprising news, Joe Russo has revealed that the duo and the studio are looking to retitle for the forthcoming sequels – they just haven’t got around to it yet.

“The intention is we will change it,” Joe Russo told Uproxx. “We just haven’t come up with the titles yet. But, yes, we will change it. And, yes, that is a scoop: we will retitle them.”

Interesting. Names being bundled around already include Infinity Gauntlet, Infinity Crusade, Infinity Abyss, and even just Infinity.

The films are due for release on May 4, 2018, and May 3, 2019, so they’ve got a bit of time. »

- Paul Heath

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Russell Crowe may be joining ‘The Mummy’

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Russell Crowe is said to be in early talks to join the in-production reboot of The Mummy over at Universal Pictures.

Deadline are reporting that the actor is reportedly looking at playing a Jekyll-like role in the film, one that is expected to be part of a much bigger picture in the planned ‘monsters’ universe. According to both Heat Vision and Variety, Universal also looked at Tom Hardy, Javier Bardem, Eddie Redmayne and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, before settling on Crowe for the part.

If Crowe signs on the dotted line, he will join Tom Cruise in the big-budget movie, which also stars Annabelle Wallis, Sofia Boutella, Jake Johnson and Courtney B. Vance.

Filming has recently been taking place in Oxford, England under the direction of Alex Kurtzman.

Russell Crowe will next be seen in The Nice Guys, which hits U.K. cinemas on June 3rd after premiering at the Cannes Film Festival, »

- Paul Heath

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Eriq La Salle has joined the cast of ‘The Wolverine 3’

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Actor Eriq La Salle has joined the expanding cast of The Wolverine 3, so reports Variety.

La Salle, best known for his work on the hit TV show E.R., will play an undisclosed role in the forthcoming movie, which is rumoured to be the last time that Hugh Jackman will take on his iconic role.

Also amongst the cast is Britain’s own Stephen Merchant, and Richard E. Grant who will reportedly play one of the villain’s in the movie. Boyd Holbrook (Narcos) will play the main villain of the piece, and the film is set to bow in cinemas in 2017.

La Salle most recently appeared in the hit TV show Under the Dome, and he is also credited with directing episodes of Once Upon a Time, CSI: Cyber and Lucifer.

James Mangold will direct from a screenplay from David James Kelly for 20th Century Fox.

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Magic Mike Live is heading to Las Vegas

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A new male revue show based on the popular Magic Mike movies is heading to Las Vegas. Magic Mike Live Las Vegas will hit the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in the city next year.

The venue will recreate Club Domina with a sizzling 360-degree dance and acrobatic strip tease spectacular, and a website for the new show has already gone up online.

Channing Tatum, the star of both the of the movies (which have grossed over $300 million worldwide) seems to be actively involved in the project, and said this as it was all announced:

“‘Magic Mike’ has been a special and very personal project for me, and this show is a natural extension of that,” said Tatum. “So while I won’t be on stage as Mike, Magic Mike Live Last Vegas is my vision and I’m looking forward to spending a lot of time in Las Vegas creating »

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Bad Neighbours 2 review: “Intoxicating, inventive fun”

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Bad Neighbours 2 review: The comedy sequel surprises with an inventive script, a cast having the time of their lives and side-splitting laughs throughout.

The sequel to the surprise 2014 hit hits U.K. cinemas on May 6th. Read our Bad Neighbours 2 review below.

Bad Neighbours 2 review

In 2014, a film named Bad Neighbours, or simply Neighbors if you reside in the North American territories, captivated audiences around the world. The Seth Rogen and Zac Efron-led comedy grossed a whopping $270 million around the world – from an estimated $18 million budget, and it even managed to win over some critics in the process. It’s no surprise that a sequel was given the greenlight, but one does have to think; where would a second movie take us? Does it have legs for a second outing? Can Zac Efron really come back from the fallout of January’s Dirty Grandpa?

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‘Some Kind of Hate’ Director Shares Next Project Options [Exclusive]

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Up-and-coming director Adam Egypt Mortimer shares the details of his potential next projects, exclusively with us.

We caught up with director Adam Egypt Mortimer at Tribeca. Mortimer forms part of the directing team behind new horror anthology Holidays and previously brought us female slasher flick Some Kind of Hate. The film screened at last year’s Frightfest and finally offered us a female killer who could rival the likes of Michael Myers, Jason Vorhees and Freddy Krueger.

Since then we’ve been keeping a close eye on Mortimer’s work and had to find out what he’s up to next. Whilst chatting at Tribeca he revealed that he has several projects in the works at the moment, all at various stages.

The first one, and one listed on his imdv page, is Sinatoro:

Sinatoro is the long-gestating project that I developed with comic book genius Grant Morrison, which »

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Watch the full trailer for shark thriller ‘The Shallows’

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We’re guessing it’s still not safe enough to go back into the water if this new trailer is anything to go by. The folks over at Sony Pictures have just released the brand new full trailer for the upcoming thriller The Shallows.

Blake Lively leads the cast in the film, which will arrive in cinemas this coming August.

A young woman who is dealing with the recent death of her mother is surfing on an isolated beach and gets stranded 20 yards off shore on a buoy. What lies between her and the shore is a huge great white shark. 

Oscar Jaenada and Sedona Legge are also amongst the cast for the film, which will debut on U.K. shores on August 12th.

Watch the full trailer below.

The post Watch the full trailer for shark thriller ‘The Shallows’ appeared first on The Hollywood News. »

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Room Blu-ray Review

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Director Lenny Abrahamson previously offered his directorial hand to the music-inspired Frank and although Room is a completely different genre, his focus on determination alongside a study of being pushed to the limit definitely plays a part. Emma Donoghue adapts her own novel and brings forth a screenplay that breaks apart and explores the human psyche but, very specifically, shows us the love for your kin and how that connection can help you keep fighting to survive even in the most desperate of situations.

Without going into excessive plot detail, Room is separated into two halves – or two chapters perhaps – with one being an intense exploration of the unknown, focussing firmly on the survival of Ma (Brie Larson) and her 5-year old son Jack, played unabashedly truthfully by the extraordinary Jacob Tremblay. The second half is an altered side of the mind, the one that cracks even when you’ve got the support you need. »

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Win a ‘Knight Of Cups’ competition bundle

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To celebrate the release of Terrence Malick’s Knight Of Cups, which hits UK cinemas this week, we have a fantastic competition bundle to give away.

From visionary director Terrence Malick (Tree of LifeTo The Wonder), starring Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett and Natalie Portman comes the story of a writer indulging in all that Los Angeles and Las Vegas have to offer, in search of love and self via a series of adventures with the different women in his life.

The competition bundle comprises of a poster, soundtrack, To The Wonder on Blu-Ray and a copy of ‘Terrence Malick: Rehearsing The Unexpected’ (Edited by Carol Hinterman & Daniele Villa). We have one bundle to give away to one lucky reader.

To be in with a chance of winning, simply answer the question below and enter your details in the console below. The first name drawn at random after the closing date, »

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Holidays Interview: Directors Adam Egypt Mortimer, Dennis Widmyer, Kevin Kölsch and Sarah Adina Smith speak

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We caught up with directors Adam Egypt Mortimer, Dennis Widmyer, Kevin Kölsch and Sarah Adina Smith whilst at Tribeca to talk all things Holidays, the latest horror anthology.

Holidays premièred recently at the Tribeca Film Festival. The film is a brand new horror anthology with nine different director’s each taking a turn at turning your favourite holiday into a living nightmare. The film whips through the whole holiday calendar from Valentine’s through to New Years, getting progressively darker and more sinister. It’s a film that genre fans will adore and comes highly recommended from us (read our review here).

Thn were lucky enough to grab time with four of the team to talk about the project. Adam Egypt Mortimer directed one of our favourite films of last year’s Frightfest Some Kind of Hate and, in addition to directing the New Year’s story, also produced the movie. »

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Mark Millar’s ‘Empress’ is heading to the screen

4 May 2016 1:15 AM, PDT

Mark Millar‘s latest work Empress is heading to the screen in a new adaptation from F. Scott Frazier, the scribe who worked on the in-production xXx: The Return Of Xander Cage.

The graphic novel, co-created by Stuart Immonen, was first published in 2016, and revolves a wife of a Ming the Merciless-style galactic dictator who makes the decision to take her three kids and leave her evil husband. It sounds superb, right?

Here’s the official synopsis from Marvel.com.

Imagine you’re married to the worst bad guy from your favorite sci-fi movie. An alien dictator feared throughout the universe, who will kill you if you leave- but you need to escape for the sake of your three children. All you have are your wits, your bodyguard, and three guns. Welcome to Empress, your new favorite comic.

Millar said the following to The Hollywood Reporter back in January about his new project. »

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These Final Hours review: “This should be smacking blockbusters out of multiplexes.”

4 May 2016 1:10 AM, PDT

These Final Hours review: It’s been a long time coming, but the Australian apocalypse drama still needs to be seen on the big screen.

Luke Ryan Baldock takes a look at the post-apocalyptic action film. Here’s his These Final Hours review.

These Final Hours review

Three bloody years we’ve had to wait for a theatrical release for These Final Hours. That’s far too long for a film of this brilliance, especially all the other tripe that has been and gone; I’m looking at you Ya adaptations. Yes, once again we journey into a world where the world is actually ending, but rather than being post-apocalyptic, this is pre-apocalyptic, and when the faeces hits the air circulating instrument, it really will be the end of the world.

These Final Hours sees  the world just hours away from ending. James (Nathan Phillips) makes his way to the last party on Earth, »

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Emilia Clarke and Jack Huston to star in thriller ‘Above Suspicion’

4 May 2016 1:05 AM, PDT

Game Of Thrones star Emilia Clarke and Jack Huston, who will appear in Timur Bekmambetov’s forthcoming Ben Hur re-imagining later this summer, are signed to star in Phillip Noyce‘s thriller Above Suspicion, which begins shooting later this month.

Above Suspicion is written by Chris Gerolmo, and is based on the book by Joe Sharkey. The novel was published back in 1996, and is a personal look at a crime of passion, and describes an FBI agent’s successful career, family life, and extramarital affair that ended in murder, and of the guilt that drove him to confess in spite of his impenetrable government shield.

Huston will play the FBI agent, while Clarke will reportedly play his wife in the film. Here’s the official blurb from Deadline, who broke the scoop.

Above Suspicion is the chilling true story of a newly married FBI poster-boy assigned to an Appalachian mountain town in Kentucky. »

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Arnold Schwarzenegger lines up his next comedy

4 May 2016 1:00 AM, PDT

Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed on for new action comedy Why We’re Killing Gunther, a film written and directed by Saturday Night Live‘s Taran Killam.

The Avengers star Cobie Smulders will also star in the movie, which is set to start production very soon. The Hollywood Reporter says that the film ‘focuses on a group of eccentric international assassins who become fed up with Gunther, the world’s greatest hitman who also happens to be an arrogant show-off, and decide to kill him. Their master plan, however, quickly turns into a series of embarrassing encounters as Gunther always appears one step ahead.’

Also appearing will be Paul Brittain (Hotel Transylvania 2, Saturday Night Live), Ryan Gaul (Identity Thief, House of Lies), Bobby Moynihan (Saturday Night Live, Sisters), Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates) and Randall Park (The Interview, Fresh Off the Boat).

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Better Call Saul and the rise of the binge watch

4 May 2016 12:59 AM, PDT

There’s no doubting it, binge-watching is the latest craze to sweep the planet, with many consumers choosing to watch their television all in one sitting, cracking out an entire series in less than 24 hours. Of course, there are lots of shows, like The Walking Dead, Game Of Thrones and the new HBO show Vinyl, choosing to drip feed episodes every week, but many avid watchers are choosing to ‘save up’ a bunch of episodes, and consume them all at once.

The binge-watch can probably be credited to the huge success of the massive TV show Breaking Bad. The Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul-led show spanned five seasons from 2008-2013, and a huge 62 episodes. It was ground-breaking television, both in terms of quality (its screenwriting, acting and direction were near flawless), and how we watch TV in general. Most people came to the TV series late, and with multiple »

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New trailer lands for ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows’

3 May 2016 9:12 AM, PDT

The third trailer for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows has landed online. The film will hurtle into cinemas this summer, and is a sequel to the first movie which was released in 2014, directed by Jonathan Liebesman, and produced by Michael Bay.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows is directed by Dave Green, and will hit cinemas in the U.K. on 30th May, and the U.S. on June 3rd. Here’s the official blurb,

Michelangelo, Donatello, Leonardo, and Raphael return to theaters this summer to battle bigger, badder villains, alongside April O’Neil (Megan Fox), Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett), and a newcomer: the hockey-masked vigilante Casey Jones (Stephen Amell). After supervillain Shredder escapes custody, he joins forces with mad scientist Baxter Stockman (Tyler Perry) and two dimwitted henchmen, Bebop (Gary Anthony Williams) and Rocksteady (WWE Superstar Stephen “Sheamus” Farrelly), to unleash a diabolical plan to take over the world. »

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Here’s your first poster for Nicolas Winding Refn’s ‘The Neon Demon’

3 May 2016 8:11 AM, PDT

Ahead of its debut in Cannes next week, the first poster for Nicolas Winding Refn‘s The Neon Demon has been unleashed online.

The film revolves around aspiring model Jesse (Elle Fanning), who moves to Los Angeles where her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women. Keanu Reeves and Christina Hendricks also star in the film, which is Refn’s third film to debut in Cannes, following Only God Forgives and Drive, which won him Best Director back in 2011.

Check out the first poster below, and keep it Thn for all of the news from Cannes, including a full review of The Neon Demon (once we’ve seen it).

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Cannes 2016: Robert De Niro to head to the festival with ‘Hands Of Stone’

3 May 2016 7:29 AM, PDT

The 69th Cannes Film Festival is fast approaching, and this time next week, we’ll be shifting our films thoughts towards the south of France when Woody Allen’s Cafe Society officiall kicks things off on May 11th. We’ve got some more exciting Cannes news today as it has been revealed that Robert De Niro will head to the Croisette to debut his new film, Hands Of Stone in a special screening.

According to the official release, The Weinstein Company will screen the boxing biopic in a tribute to the acting legend.

Hands Of Stone is about the common history of Panamanian boxer Roberto Duràn (Edgar Ramírez) and manager and coach Ray Arcel (Robert De Niro) who is going to take him to the highest worldwide successes of the ring in the ’70s and ’80s, including legendary fights against Sugar Ray Leonard.

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‘The Nice Guys’ feature in these brand new character posters

3 May 2016 7:13 AM, PDT

Ahead of its release in a couple of weeks, and its international debut at the Cannes Film Festival next week, here are some character posters from the upcoming Shane Black action/ comedy The Nice Guys.

Black writes and directs Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe in the forthcoming feature, which releases in the U.S. on May 20th, and the U.K. on June 3rd, 2016.

The Niee Guys takes place in 1970s Los Angeles, when down-on-his-luck private eye Holland March (Gosling) and hired enforcer Jackson Healy (Crowe) must work together to solve the case of a missing girl and the seemingly unrelated death of a porn star. During their investigation, they uncover a shocking conspiracy that reaches up to the highest circles of power.

The film also stars young actress Angourie Rice, Matt Bomer (the “Magic Mike” films, HBO’s “The Normal Heart”), Margaret Qualley (HBO’s “The Leftovers”), Keith David »

- Paul Heath

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