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Comic-Con: Peter Jackson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Andy Serkis, Evangeline Lilly, Cate Blanchett and Orlando Bloom Talk The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies

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From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is the third in a trilogy of films that bring the masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, to life.  It is an epic conclusion to the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves, who have reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, but have unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world.  And there are even greater dangers ahead, as darkness converges on their escalating conflict, and the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must either unite or be destroyed while the future of Middle-earth hangs in the balance. While at Comic-Con for a presentation in Hall H, Peter Jackson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Andy Serkis, Evangeline Lilly, Cate Blanchett and Orlando Bloom spoke to press at a conference, in which they talked about why the title of the third film changed, the progression of the tone, »

- Christina Radish

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Comic-Con: Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie, Executive Producer Alex Kurtzman, and Showrunner Mark Goffman Talk Sleepy Hollow Season 2

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The unusual premise of the hit Fox series Sleepy Hollow combines supernatural elements with a police drama format.  Marketed as a modern-day retelling of the short story, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving, the show takes the same liberties with history as Once Upon a Time does with fairy tales, as facts and myths are tweaked slightly to fit within the show’s universe. Season 2 begins on September 22nd, and has been bumped up in size from 13 to 18 episodes, so that fans can get even more monsters.  Before greeting their fans at the panel, co-stars Tom Mison and Nicole Beharie, along with showrunner Mark Goffman and executive producer Alex Kurtzman, spoke with press about what to expect in the upcoming season.  Hit the jump for highlights from those interviews. Question:  Alex, from what you have filmed so far, what is one big scene that you’re really excited for everyone to see? »

- Sandra Kraisirideja

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Into The Woods Trailer: Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, Johnny Depp, and More Get Musical

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Disney has released the first trailer for the fairy tale musical Into the Woods, directed by Rob Marshall (Chicago).  James Corden and Emily Blunt star as a couple who encounter Brothers Grimm characters while on a quest to reverse a curse that keeps them from starting a family.  This is very much a teaser trailer, which unfortunately means we don't get to hear any of the songs just yet; this trailer is very much focused on introducing the cast and the magical world.  Marshall's first foray into tentpole moviemaking with Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides was a bit of a misfire, but Into the Woods looks to combine the large-canvas sensibilities of that film with the theatrical quality of Chicago.  He's assembled an incredibly talented cast to bring Into the Woods to fruition, so if he can deliver from a directorial standpoint (and if the songs turn out »

- Adam Chitwood

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The Scribbler Trailer: Katie Cassidy vs. An Identity Disorder

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Even knowing next to nothing about the Daniel Schaffer graphic novel, with a cast including Katie Cassidy, Garret Dillahunt, Eliza Dushku, Michelle Trachtenberg, Sasha Grey and Michael Imperioli, John Suits’ big screen adaptation of The Scribbler quickly got my attention.  The film focuses on Cassidy’s Suki, a character who opts to use a new form of treatment to annihilate her multiple personalities caused by a dissociative identity disorder. The concept is interesting and the brand new trailer has some curious imagery to go along with it, but as someone with no prior knowledge of the source material, I’m still having a tough time wrapping my head around who The Scribbler is and what she’s capable of.  There’s something intriguing about it, but nothing concrete enough to establish much of a draw.  Check out The Scribbler trailer for yourself after the jump.  The film arrives on iTunes »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Mad Max: Fury Road Images Show Tom Hardy Giving Nicholas Hoult a Boost

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I was quite bummed I never made it into Hall H for one of the big winners of San Diego Comic-Con 2014, Mad Max: Fury Road, but luckily, ever since Sdcc, Warner Bros. has been making more and more material public.  We’ve got a full recap of the Mad Max Comic-Con panel right here, but if you’d like to check out bits of the film for yourself, not only do we have those character posters and the new trailer, but now we’ve got a few new photos as well. Hit the jump to catch those Mad Max: Fury Road images, which include a behind-the-scenes shot of Tom Hardy with director George Miller as well as two stills from the film featuring Hardy and Nicholas HoultMad Max: Fury Road is due in theaters on May 15, 2015 and also stars Charlize Theron, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Zoe Kravitz, Riley Keough, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Nathan Jones. »

- Perri Nemiroff

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New Full-Length Birdman Trailer: Michael Keaton Is About to Destroy What’s Left of His Career

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Fox Searchlight has released a new international full-length Birdman trailer for director Alejandro González Iñárritu’s ambitious black comedy.  The film stars Michael Keaton as an actor who once played an iconic superhero, and now faces troubles with his ego and family as he prepares to mount a Broadway play in a bid to reclaim past glory.  The previous trailers have all been fantastic, but they’ve simply teased the plot without giving much away story-wise.  This new international trailer digs deep into the descent of Keaton’s character, and the actor looks to be giving a truly tour de force performance as a man on the brink of a career meltdown.  Moreover, it’s fantastic to see the kinds of camera tricks that Iñárritu uses to make the film appear to be one continuous shot.  I seriously can’t wait to see this movie. Hit the jump to watch the new Birdman trailer, »

- Adam Chitwood

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The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water 3D Trailer Brings SpongeBob to Our World

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Well, this looks ridiculous, but I guess that’s been the point of SpongeBob SquarePants since day one.  The very first trailer for The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water 3D has arrived and it’s got Bikini Bottom in ruins post-apocalyptic-style, Slash from Guns N’ Roses, Antonio Banderas hamming it up as a pirate, and SpongeBob, Patrick, Squidward, Sandy, Plankton and Mr. Krabs dressed up as superheroes trying to save the day in a live-action world.  I can’t say it’s my thing, but the trailer is in the vein of the TV show and kids love that, so this thing’s got to be on the right track. Check out Patrick’s ice cream-eating superpower, a cannonball ballet and loads of other other silly antics in The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water 3D trailer after the jump.  The movie arrives in theaters on February 13, 2015 and features the voices of Tom Kenny, »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Rodrigo Cortes to Direct Down A Dark Hall; Lionsgate Acquires Supernatural Drama Produced by Stephenie Meyer

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Lionsgate has acquired the suspense thriller Down a Dark Hall and set Rodrigo Cortes (Buried) to direct.  The young adult novel by Lois Duncan centers on Kit, a new student at Blackwood Boarding School: "It is the opportunity of a lifetime, but Kit quickly realizes something strange is happening behind its walls as she confronts the darkly seductive powers of Blackwood’s headmistress and comes face to face with the supernatural powers that could make her great or destroy her."  Michael Goldbach (Daydream Nation) adapted the first draft---Chris Sparling (Buried) has joined the team for additional writing. Stephenie Meyer, Meghan Hibbett, Wyck Godfrey, and Marty Bowen will produce Down a Dark Hall.  Check out the press release for more details after the break. Lionsgate Acquires Young Adult Suspense Thriller Down A Dark Hall From Fickle Fish And Temple Hill Entertainment Rodrigo CORTÉS Attached To Direct Film Based On »

- Brendan Bettinger

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Comic-Con: Creator Michael Hirst Talks Vikings Season 3, Strong Female Characters, and Keeping the Show Historically Accurate

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Having wrapped up its second season and being well into production on the third, cast and creators from History Channel’s historical drama Vikings took time out of slamming each other with swords and shields to visit Comic-Con to host a panel for the fans and hint at what’s coming up for Season 3.  During the Con I was able to attend a roundtable interview with show creator Michael Hirst to discuss what is in store for the upcoming season.  During the interview Hirst discussed the role of strong female characters in the show, how religion and mysticism are treated and used in the show, what is in store for Ragnar now that he’s come into his own power and the struggles of keeping the show as historically accurate as they can. Hit the jump for our Vikings Season 3 Comic-Con interview with Michael Hirst. Question: So at the end »

- Rachel Howard

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Comic-Con: Chris Evans and Co-Producer Dooho Choi Talk Snowpiercer, Elaborate Fight Scenes, the Distribution Model, and More

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Even in a year full of excellent science-fiction fare, Joon-ho Bong’s Snowpiercer stands out.  The film---which has become notable for its ambitious multi-platform release, courtesy of The Weinstein Company’s RADiUS---as much as for its stellar reviews tells the story of a post-apocalyptic world where all life on Earth is contained to a single luxury train that circles the frozen planet once yearly.  Within the train, a tightly controlled caste system has developed.  When members of the train’s underclass attempt a rebellion, all hell breaks loose and long held secrets of this world come to light.  The movie stars Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, The Host’s Kang-ho Song and Ah-sung Ko, Ed Harris, John Hurt,, Jamie Belle, Octavia Spencer and Alison Pill is available in theaters and most every VOD marketplace now.  But it really, really should be seen on the big screen. Last weekend at Comic-Con, Collider »

- Hunter Daniels

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Sam Shaw and Thomas Schlamme Talk Manhattan, Serializing the Story, Balancing History and Fiction, & Prioritizing Emotional Honesty over Historical Accuracy

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What happens if you round up the nation's most brilliant scientific minds, seclude them in a makeshift city in the middle of the desert, and drown their lives in secrecy?  These are the questions addressed in Manhattan, the new historical drama from creator Sam Shaw (Masters of Sex) and director Thomas Schlamme (The West Wing).  Manhattan offers a semi-fictionalized version of the infamous Manhattan Project - the clandestine research and development project that resulted in the creation of the atomic bomb.  While the events of the show are based on history, Manhattan largely steers clear of iconic figures like J.  Robert Oppenheimer and Leslie Groves, and focuses instead on the interpersonal drama between fictitious characters as they contend with the costs of secrecy and isolation.  Manhattan stars John Benjamin Hickey, Olivia Williams, Daniel Stern, Rachel Brosnahan, Ashley Zukerman, Harry Lloyd, Michael Chernus, Christopher Denham, Katja Herbers, Alexia Fast, and Eddie Shin. »

- Haleigh Foutch

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Comic-Con: Ali Larter, Tina Majorino and Morris Chestnut Talks Legends

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Sean Bean stars in Legends, a crime drama about an FBI agent working in the Deep Cover Operations division, who has a gift for assuming different identities, but begins to question his own identity after a chance encounter that makes him question everything about his life. Just before the show’s Comic-Con premiere, stars Ali Larter, Tina Majorino and Morris Chestnut spoke to the press about the new show.  Legends will air on TNT beginning August 13th at 9 p.m. Hit the jump for interview highlights. Question:  Ali, what can you tell us about your character on the show? Ali Larter:  I play a character named Crystal McGuire, and one of the things that really attracted me to the show and that made me want to be a part of it was it was a chance to play a woman who had chosen her career and had passion for her work, »

- Sandra Kraisirideja

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John Goodman in Talks for Trumbo; Dakota Johnson Makes A Bigger Splash; Domhnall Gleeson in The Revenant; Elle Fanning Leads A Storm In The Stars

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Here's the latest casting news out of Hollywood: John Goodman is in talks to star alongside Brian Cranston in Jay Roach's Dalton Trumbo biopic, Trumbo. Dakota Johnson joins Ralph Fiennes and Tilda Swinton in A Bigger Splash, directed by Luca Guadagnino. Domhnall Gleeson is in negotiations to join Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy in Alejandro González Iñárritu's The Revenant. Elle Fanning to play Mary Shelley in Haifaa Al-Mansour's period romantic drama A Storm in the Stars. Hit the jump for more on each project. First up from The Wrap is news that Goodman is in early talks to star in Trumbo.  Cranston stars as the title screenwriter, "whose career writing classics like Spartacus and Roman Holiday came to a halt when he was blacklisted in Hollywood after refusing to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1947. He was forced to write under pseudonyms, winning two »

- Dave Trumbore

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Production Begins on Gus Van Sant’s Sea Of Trees Starring Matthew McConaughey, Ken Watanabe, and Naomi Watts

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"The McConaissance" continues as Gus Van Sant’s new project Sea of Trees starts shooting today.  As you may have guessed, the film stars Matthew McConaughey as well as Ken Watanabe and Naomi Watts.  Penned by Chris Sparling, the story follows a man who enters the “Suicidal Forest” at Mount Fuji with the intention of taking his own life.  When he is interrupted by a Japanese man who is having second thoughts about his own suicide, the two “begin a journey of reflection and survival.” This sounds exactly like the kind of film I feel Van Sant should be doing and it makes me glad that 50 Shades of Grey dalliance ended for him when it did.  Hit the jump for the full press release on Sea of Trees starting up.  The film will shoot on location in Massachusetts and Japan with no release date set as-of-yet. Here’s the press release: Bloom, »

- Evan Dickson

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Alex Kurtzman to Direct The Mummy at Universal

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It was just a couple of weeks ago that we learned that Alex Kurtzman (Transformers, Star Trek) and Chris Morgan (Fast & Furious franchise) would be spearheading a crossover universe for the Universal Monsters starting with The Mummy, but it appears that those plans also include giving Kurtzman the keys to the first film out of the gate.  The Mummy is intended to set the tone for the other Universal Monsters films going forward, and while the project previously had Len Wiseman (Underworld) attached to direct and then later Andy Muschietti (Mama), both of those filmmakers subsequently left the project. With Universal keen on getting going sooner rather than later in anticipation of a May 22, 2016 release date, the studio has now tapped Kurtzman to direct The Mummy instead.  More after the jump. Per THR, Alex Kurtzman is in final negotiations to take the helm of The Mummy.  Kurtzman is best known »

- Adam Chitwood

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Charlotte Le Bon Talks The Hundred Foot Journey, Robert Zemeckis’ The Walk, How She Got Into Acting, and More

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Opening this weekend is director Lasse Hallström’s (Chocolat) adaptation of the Richard C. Morais novel, The Hundred-Foot Journey.  The story centers on the Kadam family, who set up an Indian restaurant in a small village in the south of France, unknowingly beginning a rivalry with the nearby classical French restaurant run by Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren).  However, this rivalry eventually turns into friendship as the two establishments begin to learn and appreciate the other’s cuisine.  Produced by Oprah and Steven Spielberg, the film also stars Manish DayalOm Puri, and Charlotte Le Bon.  For more on the film, watch the trailer. At the Los Angeles press day for the film, I landed an extended video interview with Charlotte Le Bon.  She talked about how she got into acting, the experience of making The Hundred Foot Journey, the differences between an American set versus a French set, Lasse Hallström’s directing style, »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Over 30 Interstellar Images from the New Trailer Show the Film’s Epic Mission

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Earlier today Paramount Pictures released a third trailer for Interstellar, director Christopher Nolan’s upcoming sci-fi drama.  The film stars Matthew McConaughey and revolves around a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole “to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.”  We got such a nice, expanded look at the film’s world (and the worlds of the film) in the new trailer that we thought we’d put together an image gallery of some of the trailer’s highlights. Hit the jump to check out the new Interstellar images.  The film also stars Anne HathawayJessica ChastainCasey AffleckMichael CaineDavid OyelowoWes BentleyJohn LithgowEllen BurstynTopher GraceDavid GyasiMackenzie FoyBill IrwinTimothée Chalamet, and Matt Damon.  Interstellar opens November 7th. As you can see from the images below, Nolan »

- Evan Dickson

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Vin Diesel Talks Guardians Of The Galaxy, His Reaction to the Finished Film, Another Riddick Sequel, Kojak, XXX 3, His Hannibal Trilogy, More

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Opening this weekend is director James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy.  As most of you know, the story follows five intergalactic misfits—Peter Quill aka Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel), and Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper)—as they set out to protect a powerful and mysterious orb from the villainous Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace).  Loaded with great performances, an extremely funny script, and some fantastic action sequences,Guardians of the Galaxy should be a big hit with moviegoers and it helps to explain why Marvel was so quick to announce that a sequel is coming July 28, 2017. At the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with Vin Diesel.  He talked about his reaction to watching Guardians of the Galaxy for the first time, taking his kids to the screening, the status of another Riddick sequel, »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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HBO Greenlights David Simon Miniseries Show Me A Hero Starring Oscar Isaac and Catherine Keener; Paul Haggis to Direct

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HBO is back in business with The Wire and Treme creator David Simon.  Though the insanely smart and wonderfully talented writer is currently developing a Martin Luther King Jr. miniseries America: In the King Years at the network, it appears that a miniseries of a different sort will materialize first.  HBO has now given the greenlight to Show Me a Hero, which is based on the non-fiction book by Lisa Belkin and tells the story of Nick Wasicsko, the youngest big-city mayor in the country in the 1960s who was forced by a federal court to build a number of low-income housing units in white neighborhoods of his town, Yonkers, New York.  The result of the effort was the eruption of tensions in the city and the destruction of his political future.  Oscar Isaac and Catherine Keener are poised to lead the six-hour drama. So we’ve got David Simon »

- Adam Chitwood

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Jamie Foxx Playing Mike Tyson for the Writer of The Wolf Of Wall Street

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This could work.  This could really, really work.  Jamie Foxx is now attached to play Mike Tyson in an as-yet Untitled Mike Tyson Movie.  Equally good news?  Terence Winter is writing the project.  Even if you’re not familiar with Winter’s HBO work on The Sopranos or Boardwalk Empire, you’ve surely seen The Wolf of Wall Street by now.  Even if this movie follows the standard, tired bio-pic formula can you imagine the panaché they could pull this off with?  Winter wrote the hell out of Wolf of Wall Street.  It’s true that Tyson is in some ways even more reprehensible than Jordan Belfort, but that doesn’t mean there’s not an interesting story there. There isn’t a director yet, but I imagine it won’t be too hard to find one with this combo.  Hopefully they don’t sanitize the less than savory aspects of Tyson’s life but, »

- Evan Dickson

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