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David Duchovny Reveals More X-Files Revival Details

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There was much celebration in X-Philes quarters when the news became official that Mulder and Scully would be returning to their guns, badges and flashlights for a fresh, if limited, round of confronting monsters and mysteries in The X-Files. Now Mulder himself – Aka David Duchovny – has taken a chat show appearance as a chance to announce that Walter Skinner and the Cigarette-Smoking Man will also be back.“Mitch Pileggi will come back,” Duchovny said while on Letterman hawking his new album, “and the Cigarette-Smoking Man — if this means anything to anyone — will be coming back." Which means that Pileggi, who grimaced and frowned and was something of a badass through the whole run of the series as Skinner, is now confirmed for the new “event series” version of the show that should be shooting this summer. William B. Davis, meanwhile, played the enigmatic, dangerous chain-smoking conspiracy guardian who we slowly »


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G.I. Joe 3 Gets A Rewrite

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The clamour from outside the studio walls might not have been as high as inside it but Paramount is pushing ahead with a third G.I. Joe film, hoping to build on the box-office success of the first two. D.J. Caruso is confirmed as directing, and now Section 6 writer Aaron Berg is aboard to re-write the script.Evan Daugherty was the last person to take a crack at the script, which back in 2013 was said to be returning some characters from the first movie to rejoin the ranks alongside the likes of Dwayne Johnson’s Roadblock. There are no details on the direction that Caruso and Berg plan to take the story in The Hollywood Reporter’s word on the film.Berg landed on the Hollywood radar thanks to his buzzed-about, bidding-war-sparking script about the early days of MI6. A lawsuit from MGM and the Bond team worried about »


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Anna Kendrick Set For Mike And Dave Need Wedding Dates

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With its characters in place thanks to casting Zac Efron and Adam DeVine, comedy pic Mike And Dave Need Wedding Dates is now looking for the “dates” of the titles. One has been found in the shape of the quantifiably funny Anna Kendrick.Efron and DeVine are set as a sibling duo who, in a tale snatched from a real-life event, put up an ad on Craigslist in an attempt to find dates for a wedding. The immature party animals end up with two beautiful women who are crazier than they are, and chaos ensues. Kendrick will be one of the women they meet, a wild child with a sweetly romantic nature who clicks with Efron’s character.Jake Szymanski, a veteran of Funny Or Die’s online output, is in the director’s chair for the film, scripted by Bad Neighbors’ Andrew J. Cohen and Brendan O’Brien. Kendrick »


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First Trailer For The Gift Online

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Demonstrating how quickly Jason Blum's Blumhouse operation moves, here's a trailer for The Gift, barely two months after most of the cast came aboard. Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall star alongside Joel Edgerton, who's also the writer, director and producer. Bateman and Hall play a married couple who decide to breathe some life into their stale relationship with a fresh start in a new town. But their move takes them into the orbit of Edgerton's Gordo, an apparent friend of Bateman's from the past whose arrival means unwelcome disruption. The film's working title was Weirdo...It's a change of tone for the more usually comedic Bateman, and a continuation of Edgerton's recent form wearing multiple hats. He was a writer and producer on Felony too, and last year's excellent The Rover was also based on an Edgerton screenplay. The Gift marks his feature debut behind the camera after a couple of shorts. »


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Kristen Stewart In Talks For Ang Lee's Latest

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Ang Lee’s new project, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, is one we’ve got our eyes on. The Oscar-winning director, a darling of the Academy, is quietly assembling an intriguing cast for his take on Ben Fountain's zeitgeisty novel. Kristen Stewart, fresh from an attention-grabbing turn in Still Alice, looks like being the next to join Steve Martin and Garrett Hedlund in Lee’s ensemble.The story flashes back and forth between a squad of eight Us soldiers, the titular Billy Lynn (British newcomer Joe Alwyn) among them, sheepishly taking the limelight - and the hero-worship – of Cowboys Stadium during an NFL game at which they’re guests of honour, and their traumatic tour in Iraq. If and when she signs up, Stewart will play Lynn’s big sister Kathryn.Simon ’Slumdog Millionaire’ Beaufoy has adapted the novel and will be juicing it for satirical, peppery comment on »


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Vin Diesel Teases More Kurt Russell In Fast & Furious 8

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Speaking to Empire for last month's Fast & Furious 7 feature, Vin Diesel said that he wouldn't be indulging his predilection for enthusiastic future sequel speculation on this occasion: the tragic loss of Paul Walker meant that, for now, unusually, Furious 7 would end on a full stop rather than an ellipsis. It seems he can't help himself, however, since he's just dropped some possible Fast & Furious 8 details to Jimmy Kimmel."I always think of these films as multiple pictures at a time," says Vin. "Kurt Russell came in for this movie, but we really hired him for a story that follows this, that takes place in New York."Russell plays the mysterious G-Man referring to himself as "Mr Nobody" in Furious 7, hiring Dom and his Fast crew for a mission to steal a mcguffin. So it sounds as if he has more work in store for them, in which »


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Johnny Galecki Heads For Rings

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In his day job at The Big Bang Theory, the only scary issues Johnny Galecki’s Leonard usually have to deal with are his roommate’s overbearing attitude to everything and possibly his own sinuses. But the actor will be dealing with much more terrifying events as he’s signed on to co-star in Rings.The film represents Paramount’s attempts to breathe fresh life into the J-horror-spawned franchise, which has been quiet of late. The plot will reportedly find Galecki’s charismatic, hard-living professor Gabriel mentoring younger couple Holt (Alex Roe) and Julia (Matilda Lutz). We’d expect them all to somehow come into contact with the cursed videotape in a story that takes place 13 years after the original American Ring. F. Javier Gutiérrez is directing this one, working from a script by David LouckaJacob Aaron Estes and Akiva Goldsman, with shooting already underway ready for a November 13 release in the States. »


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Luke Grimes Cast In The Magnificent Seven

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Having dealt with weapons in American Sniper, Luke Grimes should be used to being around gunslingers. That should come in handy, as Antoine Fuqua has added him to the cast of his remake of The Magnificent Seven.The ensemble so far includes Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke, Chris Pratt, Haley Bennett and Vincent D’Onofrio. The movie will once more see a small town – in this case built around a gold mine – threatened by a ruthless baron (D’Onofrio) and his gang of thugs. When they kill several people in their attempt to take the place over, a young widow (Bennett) hires a bounty hunter (Washington) to dispatch the bad guys, supplying him with the necessary funds to hire six gunmen to help him in his mission. Which is where Pratt, Hawke and others come into play. We’d guess that Grimes is another of the seven brought in. John Lee Hancock »


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New Straight Outta Compton Trailer Lands

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N.W.A. origin story Straight Outta Compton has been bubbling under in development for six years, with Boyz N The Hood’s John Singleton attached to direct at one point. The final iteration has F. Gary Gray of Friday fame calling the shots and, as this new trailer shows, a fair few of them will feature beats. Massive beats.There are also character banners for DJ Yella (Neil Brown Jr.), Dr. Dre (Corey Hawkins), Eazy-e (Jason Mitchell), and Ice Cube (O'Shea ‘son of Cube’ Jackson Jr.) and Mc Ren (Aldis Hodge). N.W.A. purists will note the absence of original member Arabian Prince, though he left the outfit before its year was up. Straight Outta Compton picks up in the mid-’80s with a group of talented and ambitious musicians, spearheaded by Dre and Cube, articulating their experiences of life on Compton’s mean streets through the explosive medium of rap. Their »


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New Last Knights Trailer Stars Clive Owen And Morgan Freeman

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We've had First Knight, now prepare for Last Knights, an altogether more doom-laden, Game Of Thrones-like affair in which Clive Owen gets early-medieval in the name of vengeance and there’s minimal jousting. The film has a new trailer and poster to share below.brightcove.createExperiences();A mash-up of European epics and Japanese samurai adventure (overseen by a veteran of the latter), Last Knights introduces Owen as Raiden, member of a warrior caste in service to a worthy nobleman played by Morgan Freeman. All’s well in this unnamed if wintry land until Headhunters’ Aksel Hennie appears as the emperor’s emissary and skulls start getting seriously dugged.Hennie is the big bad here, boasting a snarly visage, terrible villain hair and a sinister henchmen in Tsuyoshi Ihara (Letters From Iwo Jima). Behind you can say “get busy living or get busy dying”, Morgan has got busy dying and Owen »


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Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje And More Join Suicide Squad

1 April 2015 1:40 AM, PDT

It’s not often you see someone who has played a Marvel comics character on the big screen heading for DC - hello there, Ryan Reynolds - but Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, who was Algrim and Kurse in Thor: The Dark World, is headed to David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, where he’ll play Killer Croc. And Akinnuoye-Agbaje is not alone in the latest casting announcement, with The Wrap bringing word that Scott Eastwood and Karen Fukuhara will also be part of the supervillain team-up film that Ayer is wrangling together. Eastwood’s role has not been officially revealed but the scoop hounds at Latino Review have heard he’s largely cameoing as Scott Trevor, a potential future love interest for Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman (who does not, as yet, appear to crop up in Suicide Squad).As for Killer Croc, his real name is Waylon Jones, and he joined Batman »


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Zach Galifianakis Assembles Masterminds For Trailer

1 April 2015 1:39 AM, PDT

Formerly known as Loomis Fargo, the long-awaited action heist comedy from Napoleon Dynamite's Jared Hess has finally arrived as MastermindsZach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson, Kristen Wiig and Jason Sudeikis star, and a new trailer gives us a taste of the resulting shenanigans...Inspired by true events in 1997, the story involves armoured car driver David, who channels his disaffection with the job into a plan to liberate a fortune from a bank vault. Sadly for him, there's a glaring trail of evidence, while his cohorts double-cross him and proceed to live it up on the robbery's proceeds while he's left alone on the run in Mexico. Not unnaturally, our hero's next plan is to get even.Galifianakis (in a role originally earmarked for Jim Carrey) is David, with Wilson and Wiig as his shonky accomplices Steve and Kelly, and Sudeikis as a hit man.The rest of the cast includes Ken Marino (Veronica Mars, »


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Marvel's Luke Cage Hits Netflix In 2016

1 April 2015 1:38 AM, PDT

While we will be seeing both Daredevil and A.K.A. Jessica Jones on our screens this year, via Marvel and Netflix, at least one of their colleagues in the planned connected Defenders shows won’t be joining them just yet. Marvel has announced that Luke Cage will premiere next year and that Cheo Hodari Coker will be the man in charge of the series.  Mike Colter is already cast as Cage, and while his series won’t be on screen until 2016, the character will make appearances in A.K.A. Jessica Jones, as the pair in the comics has a deep connection.After an early life of crime and danger on the streets, Cage (born Carl Lucas) ends up in prison when one of his friends betrays him. Recruited for an experiment, he’s injected with a cell regeneration chemical taken from the super soldier serum. A crooked guard tampers with the machinery injecting him, »


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Jack Black's D-Train Trailer Rides Online

1 April 2015 1:33 AM, PDT

The presence of Jack Black and the prominence of the letter D might, at a casual glance, lead to you to expect a reteaming with Kyle Gass and a follow-up to The Pick Of Destiny. The D-Train is about a reunion of the school variety, however, with Black tenaciously trying to secure James Marsden's involvement. Here's the new trailer for the feel-bad comedy.Yes Man writers Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel have stepped up to direct this one, which finds Black chairing the committee of a middle American high school's reunion. Desperate for the acceptance and acclaim he never got in his yoot, our hero sees his chance to shine by convincing the guy voted most popular (Marsden) to attend.Trouble is, the one-time hotshot is now a failed actor primarily working in adverts who has no real desire to parade around his old school. So Black’s »


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Robert Z'Dar 1950-2015

31 March 2015 5:55 PM, PDT

The instantly recognisable movie actor Robert Z'Dar, who found cult stardom through roles like the titular villain in the Maniac Cop series, has died. He was 64.Born Robert Zdarsky in Chicago in 1950, his extraordinary jaw was the result of Acromegaly, but he was able to turn his unique appearance to a career advantage, racking up well over a hundred screen appearances. Z'Dar's love of acting began in high school, and he studied the craft (and played football) at Arizona State University, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Following stints on the Chicago police force and as a musician - his band Nova Express opened for Jefferson Airplane and The Who - he finally scored his first screen role in the crime cheapie Flesh And Bullets in 1985.His imposing 6'2" frame (he actually danced as a Chippendale for a short while) lumbered through half a dozen more obscure genre titles »


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Hugh Jackman Starring In Apostle Paul

31 March 2015 3:16 PM, PDT

He’s back on our screens playing Ott villain Blackbeard in Pan this summer, but Hugh Jackman is looking to get a little religious for a future film. He’s set to star in and produce faith-based drama Apostle Paul for Warner Bros.Matt Cook is tackling the screenplay retelling the biblical tale of Saul of Tarsus, who was known as a persecutor of Christians. But while travelling on the road to Damascus, he was struck by a light from heaven and the voice of Jesus telling him to change his ways, to enter the city and receive his instructions. Saul became Paul, renounced his former ways and became one of the main apostles of Christianity, eventually writing 14 of the 27 books that make up the New Testament.Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are aboard this one as producers, and it appears they’re looking to tap into both the growing »


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James Gunn Plans The Belco Experiment

31 March 2015 3:14 PM, PDT

While his duties on Guardians Of The Galaxy 2 will keep him busy, James Gunn is still generating film projects. Actually, he’s digging out an older script he’s been hoping to make for a while and setting up The Belco Experiment with MGM.And though he won’t be calling the shots himself, Gunn will be involved as a producer, with Wolf Creek man Greg McLean on directorial duties. McLean seems like a sound choice for a film that promises to be fully of bloody horror and dark humour. As Gunn teases the story in his Facebook page announcing the film, it’s about “the American Belco company in South America which is mysteriously sealed off at the beginning of a work day, and its employees are ordered to kill each other or be killed themselves. This starts an escalation of violence, where we discover the true nature »


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Stephen Amell Joins Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2

31 March 2015 3:13 PM, PDT

We’re starting to get dribs and drabs of news about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2, which has begun at least early filming without much ballyhoo. A couple of days ago, word of supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio joining the film arrived and now we have someone who has a higher profile – in geeky circles, at least – Stephen Amell will be Casey Jones. Amell, currently to be seen as Oliver Queen on the DC TV series Arrow, is set to play the popular Turtles character, a hockey-masked vigilante who ends up helping our heroes in a half-shell and becoming a flirty love interest for April O’Neil (Megan Fox, who is returning to the film alongside Will Arnett).Not much else is known about the film at this time, in terms of story – the script is again by writers Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec – and we don’t yet know if any »


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Stephen Dorff On For Leatherface

31 March 2015 3:12 PM, PDT

When news about the latest stab at a Texas Chainsaw prequel, now simply called Leatherface, arrived, it was that EastEndersSam Strike was being considered for the title role. There’s no confirmation on his status, but Deadline reports that Stephen Dorff is on for a key character.  Leatherface focuses on the very early days of the psychopath who will one day don the terrifying mask and swing the rumbling weapon. We meet him as a violent teen that breaks out of a mental hospital with three other inmates, kidnaps a nurse and takes her on the road trip from hell. But as they make good their escape, the men are pursued by a deranged lawman that has revenge on his mind. Dorff’s character is the dogged Texas Ranger Hal Hartman who sets out on the vengeful trail. Seth M. Sherwood wrote the script for this one, with Alexandre Bustillo »


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New Mad Max: Fury Road Trailer Has Its Motor Running

31 March 2015 7:45 AM, PDT

Trailers and teasers have already come and gone for George Miller’s return to the post-apocalyptic future he created back in 1979. But this latest promo for Mad Max: Fury Road is several orders of magnitude crazier than what has come before. Which is saying something... The new Max – which finds Hardy taking over the iconic role from Mel Gibson for a fresh interpretation – promises a return to the stark, desert wasteland where society has long since broken down and lawlessness rules.
 
But in this world of blood, fire and death there are two rebels who might just be able to restore order. Max is still seeking peace of mind after the deaths of his wife and child, and now battles bad guys wherever he finds them. Then there is Imperator Furiosa (Theron), a shaven-headed woman of action who is trying to survive a long, gruelling trip across the desert to reach her homeland. »


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