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New Birdman Trailer Flies In

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If you love superheroes and Emma Stone, but still feel that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 didn't have enough of Edward Norton in very small underpants, then you're in luck. The new international trailer for Alejandro González Iñárritu's Birdman has just landed and it looks entirely bonkers. Oh, and it's somewhat Nsfw, given all the naughty swear words.Birdman - or, to give it its full title, Birdman, Or The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance - tells the tale of an actor famous for having played an iconic superhero decades ago, now trying to put on a play. Michael Keaton stars, presumably drawing somewhat on his experence post-Batman Returns, alongside Zach Galifianakis, Andrea Riseborough, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts and - of course - Edward Norton in his underpants.This is Iñárritu's first feature film since 2010's Biutiful, though you can expect to see a few more explosions and giant mechanical birds in this one. »


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New Spongebob Squarepants Trailer Arrives

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SpongeBob SquarePants, marine superhero and unofficial seventh Avenger, has a new movie coming out and, like all good movies, it’s got a trailer to share. Click below to watch what the spongy one has got in store in Sponge Out Of Water. We think we spotted Slash in there somewhere.Leaping... okay, inching slowing onto the superhero bandwagon, SpongeBob and his pals become superpowered in this second Spongemovie. Loosely speaking, The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie: Sponge Out Of Water sees SpongeBob and his pals pursuing a stolen book into our world where they must tackle the pirate (Antonio Banderas) who has pinched it. The trailer has some amusing visual gags and its own lunatic charm, but it definitely helps if you’re either under 10 or really drunk*. Preferably not both. There's a new director on board in Paul Tibbitt, with the show's creator and the director of the first SpongeBob Movie, »


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Dick Smith 1922-2014

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Dick Smith, the renowned "Godfather of Makeup", has died aged 92. Smith was a legend in the field, pioneering an astonishing number of different techniques and trickery in-camera. He’s best known for his work on an impressive list of classics, including Taxi Driver, The Godfather, The Exorcist and Amadeus. Indeed, it’s a tribute to his talents that – The Exorcist aside – audiences often forget that these films had such extraordinary special effects and makeup, all hiding in plain sight.Born in June 1922, Smith began his career in television as head of the New York NBC make-up department in 1945. He was one of the first pioneers in using small sections of foam latex (instead of one whole mask), which freed an actor up to be far more expressive and mobile. During that time, he worked on shows from Roald Dahl’s Way Out to cult hit Dark Shadows. However, it is »


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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2 Adds New Cast

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In Hollywood, everyone and their auntie is getting aboard to the Chinese bandwagon, looking for opportunities in the ever-growing movie market. The Weinstein Co. is no exception and its sequel to Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is gearing up with news of another cast member. Harry Shum Jr., Mike Chang in Glee, is joining the martial arts jamboree.Shum, who has movie credits in Step Up 2: The Streets and Glee: The 3D Concert Movie, will play a character called Tie-Fang. He’s one of the four martial arts heroes of an underworld world, alongside Silent Wolf (Donnie Yen) and Yu Shu-lien (Michelle Yeo). Between them they’re charged with keeping a sword called Green Destiny out of the hands of the frankly despicable Hades Dai. Nice job with the first name there, Mr and Mrs Dai.The story is penned by John Fusco (The Forbidden Kingdom) from Silver Vase, »


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Jamie Foxx To Play Mike Tyson

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Mike Tyson has been cheerfully playing himself in recent years in the Hangover and Scary Movie films, Rocky Balboa and Grudge Match. But in a newly developing biopic, Jamie Foxx is set to take on the mantle of the controversial former heavyweight champion of the world. Foxx's manager Rick Yorn is currently putting the as-yet untitled project together.Terence Winter (The Wolf Of Wall Street, Boardwalk Empire, The Sopranos) is writing the screenplay, although details of his particular angle of approach are not yet known.Tyson's life is a gift for any screenwriter. His rise as a boxer was stratospheric: he won numerous prestigious belts by the time he was 20; won his first 19 professional bouts by knockout, 12 of them in the first round; and was Undisputed Heavyweight Champion of the World by the time he was 21. He held on to the title from 1987 until 1990.Famously though, there was a dark side, »


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The First Into The Woods Trailer Has Arrived

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The world at large finally has an Into The Woods trailer. Fans of the musical it's based on have long been very excited to see (and hear) what Rob Marshall has done with Stephen Sondheim's classic, and with this teaser, they... well, they get to see a bit of it. You'll note that not a single word is sung throughout, almost as if the publicity department are scared to mention the word "musical".Riffing on the stories of the Brothers Grimm, Into The Woods is about a childless baker who attempts to lift a family curse by journeying woods-ward to confront Streep's evil harpy. Along the way they encounter classic characters like Rapunzel, Cinderella, Jack (of beanstalk notoriety) and Red Riding Hood, played by newcomer Lilla Crawford.James Corden is the Baker, with Emily Blunt as his wife, Anna Kendrick as Cinderella, Chris Pine as Cinders' handsome prince, Lilla Crawford as Red, »


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Luke Wilson Heads For Meadowland

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First announced earlier this year, Olivia Wilde is both producing and starring in the psychological thriller Meadowland. She's now joined in the cast by Luke Wilson, along with Elisabeth Moss and Natasha Lyonne.The scant synopsis of the film we have so far sees Wilde playing a character called Sarah. She's a mother who, following the disappearance of her son, finds her healing process "taking an unforseen turn" as she "goes down an unexpected and dangerous path towards acceptance". Wilson will play her husband, a New York cop. Lyonne and Moss's roles haven't been revealed yet, although Moss's character is apparently called Christa.The film stems from an original screenplay by Chris Rossi, a newcomer with a handful of short films under his belt (and a voice credit as "Tiberium Trooper" in Command & Conquer 3). Reed Morano is the director, making her debut in the chair after working as a cinematographer »


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Latest Interstellar Trailer Launches

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Christopher Nolan made a surprise appearance at the Paramount Comic-Con panel this past weekend, introduced by his Interstellar star Matthew McConaughey. He didn’t reveal much about the movie to absolutely no-one’s surprise, but he did show off the new trailer for the film, footage that has now arrived online courtesy of the film’s sparkly official site. Check it out below.Interstellar is set in a time when Earth has severely depleted its resources, particularly food. McConaughey’s Cooper is a trained pilot, technician and engineer, but there’s not much call for those in a world where the basics are in such short supply.But a visionary (Michael Caine) has had an idea to send a brave crew beyond the solar system through a recently discovered wormhole to find something – or somewhere – that could be our salvation.The new trailer offers a little more footage – particularly some fresh looks at McConaughey, »


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Alex Kurtzman Set To Direct Universal's New Mummy

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He’s already partnering with Fast & Furious writer Chris Morgan to oversee the development of the studio’s new breed of monster movies, but Alex Kurtzman is looking to get involved with The Mummy in a much closer fashion – he’s in the final stages of hammering out a deal to direct it.Universal’s attempt to resurrect what it hopes will be an evergreen franchise has seen some frustration of late, with different script drafts from the likes of Jon Spaihts and Kurtzman himself, working with former producing partner Roberto Orci. And the beast has grabbed then discarded at least two other potential directors in Len Wiseman and Mama's Andy Muschietti.The new take on the Egyptian creature will be closer in tone to Stephen Sommers’ two entries – less a direct horror piece than a rip-roaring action adventure, albeit set in the present day. “Over the course of developing The Mummy, »


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Domhnall Gleeson Heads To The Revenant

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As if Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu’s The Revenant wasn’t already loaded down with great talent, plus some chancer named Leonardo DiCaprio, the director is adding one more solid actor to the line-up. Domhnall Gleeson is now in negotiations.Adapted from Michael Punke’s novel by Mark L. Smith and the director, The Revenant follows an ill-fated fur trapping expedition to chilly 1820s South Dakota. Hunter Hugh Glass (DiCaprio) is mauled by a bear in the harsh climate, and his companions leave him for dead. To add insult to injury, two men are assigned to bury what everyone assumes is his dead body. But the greedy pair decides to rob him and leave him helpless instead. Glass recovers, and swears bloody revenge...Gleeson joins a cast that already includes the aforementioned Leo plus Tom Hardy and Will Poulter, creating quite the line-up. Iñárritu plans to put them through hell in a couple of months. »


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John Goodman In Talks For Trumbo

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They may not have shared any scenes, but Bryan Cranston and John Goodman were both great in Argo. Now they may get the chance to shine together as director Jay Roach has Goodman in talks for a role in Trumbo, which Cranston is locked to star in alongside Helen Mirren.It’ll be based on the experiences of Dalton Trumbo, who was locked up in 1950 for refusing to answer questions before the notorious House Un-American Activities Committee, led by Senator Joseph McCarthy. The panel was obsessed with rooting out suspected communists in Hollywood (and elsewhere) and for his stance, Trumbo was blacklisted and refused work. He managed to score assignments under various pseudonyms, but it wasn't until Spartacus in 1960 that he got public credit for his work again.Assuming he accepts the job offer, Goodman would play Frank King, a powerful producer in Hollywood who hires Trumbo to work for »


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Elle Fanning Finds A Storm In The Stars

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The story of how Mary Shelley came to write Frankenstein has been well documented, but how about how she came to be Mary Shelley? A Storm In The Stars promises to explore the younger romantic life of the real-life author, with Elle Fanning set to star.A Storm In The Stars finds Wadjida director Haifaa Al-Mansour working from a script by Emma Jensen that charts the passionate love affair between the 17 year-old Mary Wollstonecraft and Percy Shelley, the charismatic poet and her future husband. It’s set just one year before Mary would craft her tale of man trying to create life from death."Elle is amazingly smart and talented and very much relates to Mary as a young woman," producer Amy Baer tells The Hollywood Reporter. "She is going to do something extraordinary in this role that will transition her from a compelling young adult to a formidable leading lady. »


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New Poster For Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight Debuts

30 July 2014 6:14 AM, PDT

If you needed any more proof that Quentin Tarantino’s next movie was going to be his on-again/off-again Western, The Hateful Eight, following his confirmation at Comic-Con, then simply buy this month’s issue of Empire – on sale tomorrow – and turn to page nine.For there you can find the first official poster for the movie – and it’s a thing of stark beauty, depicting a horse-drawn carriage dragging behind it a trail of blood, vivid red the only other colour on the black-and-white canvas.Elsewhere, we note the bold proclamation that it’s "the 8th film from Quentin Tarantino", that the word ‘hateful’ is given more prominence than ‘eight’, and that it boasts that it’ll be presented in 70mm Super CinemaScope, something Tarantino confessed he was considering at one point. And then there’s the release date: 2015.Notably, there’s no mention of the extraordinary cast that »


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Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb Trailer Lands

30 July 2014 3:58 AM, PDT

Well, that was predictable. When the first images from Shawn Levy and Ben Stiller’s third helping of museum madness, Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb arrived online on Monday, we saw them as the sure sign a trailer would arrive. And what do you know? We were right. Check it out below via Apple.Stiller returns as Larry Daley, one of the few people that know the secret held within New York’s American Museum Of Natural History – a stone tablet from the time of the Pharaohs that brings all the exhibits to life and has caused him no end of trouble. But in his capacity as watchman of the building, he’s grown to be friends with many of the historical figures and other displays that magically start to move and speak at night, so when they discover the tablet is corroding, the quest is on »


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Simon West Plans Mods And Rockers TV Series

30 July 2014 3:51 AM, PDT

He’s most usually known for hyperactive, Bruckheimer powered films such as Con Air or, sans the Bruck, The Expendables 2. But director Simon West has his eye – or rather his ear – on music for a new TV show, aiming to work with The Who on what is currently called Mods And Rockers.West has the likes of Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey in talks to handle the music on the series, which he would direct and produce. And while it’ll revisit the world of England’s 1960s music scene, don’t go expecting a cover version of Quadrophenia. “We’re not remaking Quadrophenia but it’s that kind of world,” he tells Screen International. “It will also cover the rockers’ side of the story and spills out into the wider world of swinging ‘60s London, taking in gangsters, music and fashion. The two tribes will be at the heart of it. »


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Emile Hirsch Joins Just Jim

30 July 2014 3:50 AM, PDT

As if his breakthrough performance in Richard Ayoade’s Submarine wasn’t impressive enough, 23 year-old Craig Roberts is looking to take a leaf from his colleague's book by gearing up his own directorial debut, Just Jim. And he’s snagged Emile Hirsch to co-star with him.Just Jim will see Roberts as a teenage loser whose life is suddenly turned around by the arrival of an enigmatic, charismatic neighbour (Hirsch). The pair heads a cast that also includes Aneirin Hughes, Nia Roberts, Richard Harrington, Matthew Aubrey, Ryan Owen and Charlotte Randall.Roberts got the gig after submitting the project to Wales’ new talent scheme, Cinematic, and will shoot in Caerphilly across three weeks. “It’s surreal to be back in my home town shooting a movie,” Roberts says in a statement picked up by Screen International. “I’m excited to work with a great cast and I hope Emile likes Maesycwmmer. »


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New Teaser Poster For Horns

29 July 2014 10:30 AM, PDT

Update: With Comic-Con in full swing, a new image has emerged. Check it out in the gallery alongside the other poster. And the UK teaser poster, announced then pulled before the convention, is also back online in an official capacity. If it feels like Horns – adapted from Joe Hill’s excellent horror novel – has been lingering in the underworld for a while, that’s because it’s been waiting and waiting for a solid release date after playing festivals last year. The film has finally stumped up the crossing fee for the River Styx and will hit UK cinemas at Halloween. Here to prove it is the first teaser poster featuring the devilish Daniel Radcliffe. Radcliffe plays Ig Perrish, the never-convicted prime suspect for the violent rape and murder of his girlfriend Merrin (Juno Temple). Hungover from a night of hard drinking, Ig awakens one morning to find horns growing »


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New Maze Runner Trailer Arrives

29 July 2014 10:29 AM, PDT

Though it cannot be said that 20th Century Fox enjoyed a vintage panel at Comic-Con this past weekend, the studio did at least get a warm welcome for novel adaptation The Maze Runner and the charismatic cadre of cast and crew it brought to the stage. Also included in the presentation was the new trailer for the film, which you can view below via Yahoo!. Adapted from James Dashner’s 2009 novel, which has been in development almost since it was published, The Maze Runner stars Dylan O’Brien as Thomas, who wakes up in a strange elevator transporting him into a massive maze filled with other boys. With no memory of exactly who he is, and plagued by strange dreams about a mysterious organisation known as Wickd, he soon discovers that he’s in a very dangerous place. Only by piecing together fragments of his past with clues he discovers »


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See The Deadpool Test Footage Snippet

29 July 2014 10:28 AM, PDT

While the Deadpool movie appears to be still unable to find a strong foothold at 20th Century Fox, it has been in development for years. Thanks to director Tim Miller, the Merc With A Mouth got closer than other attempts. Along with Blur Studios, he created a short piece of test footage to show how Deadpool might work on screen. A snippet of that leaked recently, but now Miller and co. have officially put it online.Featuring voice and mo-cap contributions from Ryan Reynolds – who has been trying to push the movie forward for years since playing a less-than-successful version of Wade Wilson in X-Men Origins: Wolverine – it’s a violent, funny, thrilling piece of 'what if?' filmmaking, one that is almost certain to delight those hoping for a snarktastic, fourth-wall shattering, R-rated take on the wise-cracking superhero.Back in 2013, Zombieland writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, who worked with Miller, »


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Warner Bros. Eyes The Dragonriders Of Pern Books

29 July 2014 10:28 AM, PDT

You might think that Warner Bros. would have enough to deal with, dragon-wise, between the Hobbit trilogy’s Smaug and the developing Harry Potter Fantastic Beasts spin-off. But the studio clearly thinks dragons can become a big success, snapping up the rights to Anne McCaffrey’s long running and massively bestselling Dragonriders Of Pern novel series.McCaffrey’s book range, which kicked off in 1968 with Dragonflight (itself a conglomeration of two novellas) has now expanded to include follow-on novels and two short story collections explores the world of Pern, a blend of pre-industrial feudal society that features Weyrfolk, some whom bond with dragons and team with them to fight off threats.The biggest problem for Pern’s inhabitants is the Thread, a pernicious spore that rains down on the planet from the rogue world known as the Red Star and consumes organic matter. Through the books, various characters have been established and explored, »


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