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New Short Star Wars: The Force Awakens Teaser

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Though we’ve had a couple of trailers already, several big events (Comic-Con, D23 etc.) have come and gone without any new Star Wars: The Force Awakens promos. And while this is a tiny little fragment courtesy of the films’ official Instagram feed, it’s still pretty darn nifty. Check it out, though naturally, we’d caution for potential spoilers in the footage and below if you’re trying to remain on the pure side of the Force.   There has been an awakening... #StarWars #TheForceAwakensA video posted by Star Wars (@starwars) on Aug 27, 2015 at 10:00am PDTMost likely to cause squealing? We’d guess at John Boyega firing up the lightsaber we already know he uses thanks to the Drew Struzan D23 poster and other imagery. But from the looks of this, it appears he’s facing off against Kylo Ren in that snowy forest…The snippet is full of doom and portent, »


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Mads Mikkelsen In Early Talks For Doctor Strange

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Mads Mikkelsen came close to appearing in Thor: The Dark World before his schedule for TV’s Hannibal took him out of contention. But it seems the Marvel Cinematic Universe is not done trying to lure the Danish actor into its clutches, as Variety reports that he’s in early talks to join Doctor Strange. Exactly what he’ll be up to if he does take the job – and right now it’s still hovering in the “if” zone – has yet to be discovered, though the trade magazine’s sources point to him being another potential threat to Benedict Cumberbatch’s title character.Dr. Stephen Strange starts his story as a selfish New York surgeon who loses his professional skills in a car crash. After falling on hard times, he ends up in the care of a mystical healer known as the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton), and learns to tap into psychic and magical powers. »


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Jeremy Renner Reveals New Captain America: Civil War Concept Art

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Having seen the sizzle reel footage from Captain America: Civil War at Disney’s D23 event, we’re happy to learn a little more about who might be taking what side for the big new Marvel outing. Helpfully, here comes Hawkeye himself, Jeremy Renner posting concept art to his Twitter account. Don’t read any further if you’re trying to avoid any spoilers, but otherwise, here we go… Got new threads. And I brought a friend. #antman #hawkeye #civilwar #costume #captainamerica #avengers pic.twitter.com/HBY5xSCxEn— Jeremy Renner (@Renner4Real) August 27, 2015The film, of course, finds Steve “Captain America” Rogers (Chris Evans) and Tony “Iron Man” Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) having a fundamental disagreement on how the government should interact with superheroes. Do they need more supervision? Are there new regulations that could be put in place? Tony, burned by experiences with Ultron, thinks there should. Steve’s not so sure. »


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New Poster For The Danish Girl

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With the film headed for festivals such as Venice and Toronto, we had thought we might see a trailer for Tom Hooper’s new film, The Danish Girl, which stars Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander. That’s still to arrive, but Focus Features has put the poster online. The film, a story of identity, art and sensation in mid-20th century Europe, has been simmering away for a number of years. Nicole Kidman, Tomas Alfredson, Gwyneth Paltrow and Charlize Theron have all been linked and unlinked at various stages but now has Redmayne in the title role.He plays Einar Wegener, a Danish-born artist who was one of the first known people to undergo sex reassignment surgery. Born male, she underwent a series of experimental surgeries in Germany, beginning in 1930 and changed her name to Lili Elbe. Vikander is Wegener's wife, Gerda, who saw their relationship change but always supported Lili, »


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First Look At Michael Fassbender In Assassin's Creed

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Welcome to what has apparently been unofficially designated Michael Fassbender Picture Day. We’ve already brought you some exclusives posters from the new Macbeth, which features The Fass as the plotting Scot, and now here is the first look at him as Callum Lynch in the adaptation of Assassin’s Creed, courtesy of Yahoo. Taking as its basis the Ubisoft game, Assassin’s Creed will see Lynch discovering that he’s descended from a secretive society of assassins and is coerced into experiencing the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar in 15th century Spain. Thanks to technology that unlocks genetic memories, he’s able to amass knowledge and skills, which will come in handy since he has to take on the centuries-old Templar organization in the present day. Fassbender heads a cast that also includes Marion Cotillard (his lady Macbeth), Michael Kenneth Williams and Ariane Labed. It’s directed, in another »


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Melissa Benoist And Sam Heughan Off To Oxford

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One has been winning acclaim for playing a highland warrior and the other is about to be a superhero. But Outlander’s Sam Heughan and Supergirl’s Melissa Benoist are finding time to fall in love. On screen, at least, in Oxford. Featuring a script by Allison Burnett, the film follows an American Rhodes Scholar arriving at an Oxford college to continue her studies. There she meets an arrogant, grouchy teaching assistant (Heughan) who she leans is secretly fighting terminal cancer.Upon learning of the reason for his daily attitude, she falls for him, and they decide to make the best of the days he has left, heading out to travel the world. Screen Gems is backing this one, though the company is looking to lock down a director before deciding when to start shooting. It’ll have to take the actors’ day jobs into consideration too, since Benoist is »


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Colm Meaney Takes The Journey

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In early July, the news arrived that Timothy Spall was in talks to play late politician Sir Ian Paisley in The Journey. It appears he’s gone against Paisley’s traditional “no” stance and said yes to the part, and now Colm Meaney has joined the drama as Paisley’s stalwart enemy-turned-true friend Martin McGuinnessNick Hamm’s film chronicles the story of how two seemingly implacable enemies – Paisley, the fiery, vocal leader of Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party and Sinn Fein’s McGuinness – had to find common ground and make history. The pair became such good friends that they were nicknamed The Chuckle Brothers.Director Nick Hamm is writing the script with Divorcing Jack’s Colin Bateman and aims to kick off filming in Northern Ireland and Scotland in the middle of next month.Meaney, who has been spending most of his time recently in Western-flavoured Us TV drama Hell On Wheels, »


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Empire's Star Wars: The Force Awakens Subscribers' Cover Revealed

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The new issue of Empire hits newsstand shelves today, with a pick of Dark Side and Light covers to mull over, but a little friend with be rolling onto the doormats of subscribers. Bb-8 begins its quest for cult hero status right here, on the new subs cover...Additionally, these two new on-set stills offer a glimpse into the pages of a cover feature that will take you from Jakku to the far reaches of the Star Wars universe. Trust us, it's the finest thing this side of the Outer Rim.Below is John Boyega's Finn surveying the wastes of Jakku, a planet we've never before visited, while above we see him in full Stormtrooper armour with director J.J. Abrams in close proximity.Pick up the new issue of Empire, onsale now, for the full story. Head here for a breakdown of the issue's other big first-looks and exclusives. »


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Exclusive New Posters For Macbeth

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The new issue of Empire plunges into the blood-red mists of Justin Kurzel's Macbeth. There’s something for everyone: a battle-hardened Michael Fassbender, witches, a rhesus positive Paddy Considine, a scheming Marion Cotillard and a whole mess of Shakespearean intrigue, all illustrated with some spectacular images not dissimilar to these. If that doesn’t quench your thirst for cauldron-fresh murderous shenanigans, here are a couple of exclusive new Macbeth character posters to fill the void, kicking off with the man himself...The protagonists are, of course, Fassbender’s Thane of Glamis, a loyal servant to King Duncan (David Thewlis) and cohort to Banquo (Paddy Considine). Well, he is those things until he encounters three witches in the post-battle mists of the Scottish highlands and hears their prophecy of great power in his future. Their soothsaying takes root with the help of the honey poured into his ear by Lady Macbeth. »


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Michael Caine Rediscovers Youth In New Trailer

26 August 2015 5:02 PM, PDT

Michael Caine's upcoming slate includes Vin Diesel's The Last Witch Hunter and the sequel to Now You See Me, but while he's keeping busy in elder-statesman roles, it looked as if 2009's Harry Brown was his final film as the lead. Happily that turned out not to be the case, since he couldn't resist Paolo Sorrentino's Youth. You can get a taste of the results in this just-released new trailer."I've retired about 30 times," Caine told Empire recently. "I always retire and then someone comes along with an offer you can't refuse. I wasn't going to play any more leading roles. I don't like it because you've got to get up early in the morning for eight weeks. But I just had to do Youth. It was wonderful." Sorrentino (This Must Be The Place, The Great Beauty) wrote and directed the film, which involves Caine's retired orchestra »


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Gideon Raff Plans Operation Brothers

26 August 2015 5:01 PM, PDT

Having carved out a successful career on television, co-creating Homeland and Tyrant, Gideon Raff is now setting his sights on getting back to the movies. He's already attached to adapt Alice Laplante's novel Turn Of Mind for Fox, and he's now also sold his treatment for Operation Brothers to the same studio. Raff will write, produce and direct the film, based on the true story of the evacuation of Jewish Ethiopian Civil War refugees from from Sudan to Israel in the late 1970s and early '80s. On the orders of then-Prime Minister Menachem Begin, Mossad set up a secret base in a deserted Sudanese holiday camp, and orchestrated the mass extraction by sea and air. It's Argo meets Exodus, is no doubt the pitch somewhere. Alexandra Milchan (The Wolf Of Wall Street) is producing.Raff was an assistant to Doug Liman on Mr. & Mrs Smith before going on »


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Conn Iggulden's Emperor Novels To Be Adapted For Screen

26 August 2015 5:01 PM, PDT

Five years ago the news broke that 300 producers Gianni Nunnari and Mark Canton had picked up the rights to Conn Iggulden's Emperor novels, about the rise and fall of Julius Caesar. The rest was silence, but the story has finally come back around, with the epic project now finding a home at Hunger Games studio Lionsgate.Iggulden began his Emperor series with The Gates Of Rome back in 2003, and it currently stretches to five novels. The saga begins with Caesar and Marcus Brutus as boys, and follows their rise through the Roman Empire and the machinations that lead to "Et tu, Brute?" and the endgame at the Senate. The fifth book, The Blood Of Gods, published several years after the others in 2013, deals with Mark Antony and Gaius Octavius' revenge on Caesar's assassins.The first film in the projected franchise stays with Julius and Marcus long enough to see »


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Anne Hathaway Wants To Fight An Alien Menace In The Shower

26 August 2015 11:03 AM, PDT

Working with Christopher Nolan on The Dark Knight Rises and Interstellar has clearly given Anne Hathaway a taste for action and sci-fi elements. She’s producing and planning to star in alien invasion comedy The Shower.The script comes from TiMER writer/director Jac Shaeffer (also on board to produce), who has come up with a concept that sounds like Attack The Block meets Bridesmaids. Hathaway will play a woman attending a baby shower whose guests are intrigued by a sudden meteor shower. But these are no ordinary rocks streaming from the sky – they turn the men in the area into blood-thirsty aliens and the women must fight to save themselves and the wider world.  "Jac has written an awesome sci-fi comedy focusing on funny, fully dimensional female characters," Hathaway tells The Hollywood Reporter. "I feel so lucky to be a part of the team that will bring her enormously »


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Joaquin Phoenix In Talks For M. Night Shyamalan's New Film

26 August 2015 10:59 AM, PDT

With Wayward Pines drawing decent reviews on TV and some buzz about his latest film, The Visit, M. Night Shyamalan is hoping for a career upswing after the likes of The Last Airbender and After Earth. He’s got a new, untitled movie set up with Jason Blum's Blumhouse Productions, and he has Joaquin Phoenix negotiating for a lead role.The pair, of course, are old collaborators, with Phoenix having appeared in both Signs and The Village. This new one is being kept a closely guarded secret, but it will, as is often the case with the director, shoot in Philadelphia (he likes to stay close to home with most of his movies). And, like The Visit – budgeted at Blumhouse’s standard $5 million, which Shyamalan put up himself – it’ll be another less expensive effort. Especially compared to the last time Phoenix worked with him. Shyamalan will start the »


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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Designers Talk Bb-8

26 August 2015 10:00 AM, PDT

Alongside human components like relative newcomers John Boyega and Daisy RidleyStar Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens has one more new star in the making. Glimpsed in the trailers is the chirpy little "ball-droid" Bb-8, poised to become the R2-D2 for a new generation. "[It] stands almost singularly as a technical achievement that no one has yet matched," says Star Wars Creature Shop head Neal Scanlan.Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams has been a passionate advocate of practical effects wherever possible on the film, with Bb-8 a prime example of the model work and engineering wizardry that's been championed over and above CG animation this time out.The droid began life as a quick Abrams sketch. "J.J. wanted something rolling on a sphere,"  so I tried a lot of different designs developing that idea,” Concept Designer Christian Alzmann tells Lucasfilm's Dan Brooks. "He would give direction on the kinds of shapes to use, »


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Jennifer Lawrence And Amy Schumer Co-Writing A Script

26 August 2015 9:13 AM, PDT

That escalated quickly. Mere months after meeting and becoming Bffs, Amy Schumer and Jennifer Lawrence are working together on a script that they’re aiming to star in. Given that it’s still at an early stage, Lawrence – ostensibly talking to The New York Times about The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 – was reticent to reveal too much. But she did say that, “we play sisters. “We’re almost done writing. It just flowed out of us. We’ve got about 100 pages right now.” Lawrence says she got in contact with Schumer after seeing Trainwreck, and the two became fast friends, with Lawrence joining the comedian, actress and writer on holiday with her crowd. That has now become a professional connection. “Amy and I were creatively made for each other. We have different flavours,” she says. “It’s been the most fun experience of my life. We start the day off on the phone, »


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New Poster For The Martian

26 August 2015 9:09 AM, PDT

It’s bad enough being stuck on Mars as the only human being on the planet, trying to live in a place that is absolutely inhospitable to that idea. It must be even worse if you’re Matt Damon and the inhuman Space Paparazzi are hovering. All right, so that last bit isn’t true, but here’s the latest poster for Ridley Scott’s The Martian anyway.   Adapted by Drew Goddard from Andy Weir's bestseller, The Martian features Damon as Nasa astronaut Mark Watney, seriously injured and thought dead by his crewmates on Mars during a huge storm that forced them to evacuate. But Watney is very much alive, and intends to stay that way, putting his botanical skills, engineering nous and astronaut survival training to good use, figuring out ways to live with limited supplies. Fortunately, he’s also got a wry sense of humour to keep him sane. »


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Jane Lynch, Bob Balaban And Jennifer Coolidge Join Mascots

26 August 2015 9:00 AM, PDT

Earlier this month, when we learned that Christopher Guest was working on a new mockumentary called Mascots, we figured (we were going to say “guessed” but didn’t want to hear all the groaning) that a good chunk of his regular acting troupe would be part of it. And so it is coming to pass, with Guest veterans Jane Lynch, Parker Posey, John Michael Higgins, Jennifer Coolidge and Bob Balaban all busy making deals to star. Also mentioned in The Hollywood Reporter’s story is Chris O’Dowd, who is in talks to reunite with Guest after starring on his short-lived TV comedy Family Tree. From the sounds of it, fellow regulars Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara might be unavailable as they’re working on Levy’s Canadian comedy show Schitt’s Creek, though we’d figure they’ll make the time if Guest asks, even if it means »


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Kurt Sutter Planning Sons Of Anarchy Spin-Off Series

26 August 2015 8:59 AM, PDT

While you might think that he’d be consumed with his next series for Us TV network FX (medieval drama The Bastard Executioner), Kurt Sutter is not completely ready to leave his previous show, Sons Of Anarchy, behind. He’s drawing up plans for a spin-off focused on the Mayan Motorcycle Club.Sons, for those who don’t know, ran between 2008 and last year, starred Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman and Katey Sagal and chronicled a fictional motorcycle gang operating in Northern California. Hunnam’s Jackson “Jax” Teller struggled with his responsibilities as a father, trying to continue his own late dad’s legacy of turning the club’s fortunes and morals around and dealing with his stepfather, club leader Clarence “Clay” Morrow. With shades of Hamlet in its foundation, it was a potent blend of sex, violence, back-stabbing, front-stabbing, in-fighting, family wrangling and vehicular mayhem.The Mayans, usually led by »


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Robert Pattinson Starring In Claire Denis' Latest

26 August 2015 8:58 AM, PDT

In June, word arrived that Beau Travail director Claire Denis was planning an ambitious film to mark her English-language debut: an untitled science fiction project. She’s now locked in a star, with Robert Pattinson confirmed for a lead role.The script comes from White Teeth author Zadie Smith and her husband Nick Laird, though the specifics of the idea (conceived by Denis and regular writing partner Jean-Pol Fargeau) are being held back for now. We do know, however, that it will take place beyond the solar system in a future time that nevertheless feels like the present. Pattinson is attached to play the lead, an astronaut. There is an eclectic group collaborating on the design and development of the new film including artist Olafur Eliasson, astrophysicist Aurélien Barrau, a specialist in black holes and cosmology, and musician Stuart Staples, who wrote tracks for White Material and another Denis project, »


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