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Hollywood! Adapt This: Marvel’s Ragin’ Cajun, Gambit

17 February 2013 12:55 PM, PST

With James Mangold's much-anticipated The Wolverine opening on July 26th and Marvel's continued success with solo superhero films, the door is wide open for some lesser-known heroes to take to the screen.  While Logan is easily the most popular and famous of the X-Men, he's able to carry a solo film in part because his character is not defined by being a team player...quite the opposite.  So today we'll make a case for another X-Man who has a fantastic backstory that's not directly tied into the mutant team and possesses more than enough personality to shoulder a standalone film.  Hit the jump to find out more.  Hollywood!  Adapt this: Marvel's ragin' Cajun, Gambit. Last week, I suggested that the comic-turned-video game Turok: Dinosaur Hunter be adapted for a live-action feature, especially since he's never seen any screentime (other than an animated movie).  Gambit has been spotted in a movie once before, »

- Dave Trumbore

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63rd Annual American Cinema Editors Eddie Awards Winners Include Argo, Silver Linings Playbook, Brave and Searching For Sugar Man

17 February 2013 11:35 AM, PST

The 63rd annual American Cinema Editors Eddie awards were held last night, honoring editorial achievements from the world of film and television.  The list of nominees included familiar titles from the awards circuit, such as Argo, Life of Pi, Brave, Frankenweenie, Homeland and Breaking Bad, along with some less-talked-about documentary fare and non-scripted television series.  Hit the jump to check out a list of the winners from the 63rd annual American Cinema Editors Eddie awards. The winners of the Eddie awards follow below (via American Cinema Editors): Best Edited Feature Film (Dramatic): Argo William Goldenberg, A.C.E Best Edited Feature Film (Comedy Or Musical): Silver Linings Playbook Jay Cassidy, A.C.E. & Crispin Struthers Best Edited Animated Feature Film: Brave Nicholas C. Smith, A.C.E. & Robert Grahamjones, A.C.E. Best Edited Documentary (Feature): Searching for Sugar Man Malik Bendjelloul Best Edited Documentary (Television »

- Dave Trumbore

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Weekend Box Office: A Good Day To Die Hard Kills with $25 Million, Identity Thief Steals 2nd with $23 Million, Safe Haven Secures 3rd with $21 Million

17 February 2013 10:25 AM, PST

A Good Day to Die Hard turned in a good weekend at the box office with $25 million, netting $33 million since its Valentine's Day opening.  It looked like the Nicholas Sparks adaptation Safe Haven was going to secure the second spot with $21 million, but Identity Thief stole the silver with $23 million.  The comedy, starring Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy, now has $70 million in just 10 days.  Check out the full rundown of the weekend's Top 10 below: Title Weekend Total 1 A Good Day to Die Hard $25,000,000 $33.2 2 Identity Thief $23,437,000 $70.7 3 Safe Haven $21,430,000 $30.3 4 Escape from Planet Earth $16,066,000 $16.1 5 Warm Bodies $9,000,000 $50.2 6 Beautiful Creatures $7,460,000 $10.0 7 Side Effects $6,307,000 $19.0 8 Silver Linings Playbook $6,088,000 $98.5 9 Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters $3,470,000 $49.7 10 Zero Dark Thirty $3,100,00 $88.0 While it wasn't much of a surprise that A Good Day to Die Hard would claim the top box office spot, the overwhelmingly negative reviews might have tempered audience expectations a bit.  Matt's review was in line with critics, but the »

- Dave Trumbore

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Jesse Johnson Talks Killing Lincoln, Portraying John Wilkes Booth, Researching and Reenacting the Assassination, Plus Upcoming Projects

17 February 2013 9:56 AM, PST

The National Geographic original scripted drama Killing Lincoln, adapted from Bill O’Reilly’s best-selling book and narrated by Academy Award winner Tom Hanks, chronicles the final days of President Lincoln (Billy Campbell) and the plot devised by one of the most notorious and complex villains of all time, John Wilkes Booth (Jesse Johnson).  Booth viewed Lincoln as a tyrant eager to eradicate the Southern way of life, and took matters into his own hands, which resulted in a murder that shocked the nation.  Executive produced by Tony and Ridley Scott, the film also stars Geraldine Hughes, Graham Beckel and Shawn Pyfrom. During this recent exclusive interview with Collider, actor Jesse Johnson (the son of actors Don Johnson and Patti D’Arbanville) talked about how he came to be a part of Killing Lincoln, how he approached his portrayal of John Wilkes Booth, they type of research he did, what »

- Christina Radish

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Watch SNL’s Quentin Tarantino Parody Djesus Uncrossed Starring Christoph Waltz

17 February 2013 5:51 AM, PST

Quentin Tarantino has teased a third film to complete his Rewritten History trilogy, following up on Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained. Last night, Saturday Night Live made a strong pitch for what that film could be with the parody Djesus Uncrossed.  On the third day after his crucificxion, Jesus returns to life, rolls away the stone in front of the tomb, and sets out on a vendetta against the Romans who crucified him.  Or "Row-Maans," as St. Peter (Taran Killam impersonating Brad Pitt) calls them when he leads the apostles to join in the fight. It works in large part because I could see Tarantino making a revenge-based version of the Christ story that would be just slightly less wacky.  The production designer gets in a lot of nice stylistic touches in, too, including more blood and gore than I was expecting for a broadcast comedy, even after midnight.  Check it out after the jump. »

- Brendan Bettinger

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The Awakening Blu-ray Review

17 February 2013 5:05 AM, PST

We’ve enjoyed an influx in strong horror movies in the past year or so, spearheaded by The Cabin in the Woods, but also including the likes of The Innkeepers, The Woman in Black and Sinister, just for starters.  The Awakening definitely constitutes a step down from those efforts, but it also demonstrates the ways the genre as a whole has benefitted from them.  After years of cynical torture porn and empty shock tactics, horror movies have finally remembered what it means to properly scare people. The Awakening does far better than it might solely by keeping that equation in mind. Hit the jump for my full review. Indeed, it should more properly be defined as a ghost story rather than flat-out horror. (A subtle distinction, I know, but there it is.) It boasts an old-fashioned premise, a spooky Gothic house and a mystery that may or may not help »

- Rob Vaux

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First Trailer from NBC’s Hannibal Starring Mads Mikkelsen, Hugh Dancy and Laurence Fishburne

16 February 2013 10:34 PM, PST

The first teaser trailer for Bryan Fuller's Hannibal is now available.  The new NBC series centers on the titular serial killer (Mads Mikkelsen) and FBI profiler Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) who relies on Dr. Lecter's singular expertise to help him solve his cases.  The show "explores the early relationship between the renowned psychiatrist and his patient, a young FBI criminal profiler, who is haunted by his ability to empathize with serial killers."  Also starring Laurence Fishburne and Caroline Dhavernas, Hannibal premieres on Thursday, April 4th at 10pm.  Hit the jump to watch the first teaser trailer. Check out the first trailer for NBC's Hannibal below (via EW): »

- Dave Trumbore

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First Clip from Oz The Great And Powerful Featuring Rachel Weisz and Mila Kunis

16 February 2013 7:51 PM, PST

The first clip from Oz the Great and Powerful premiered on Jimmy Kimmel Live this week when star Rachel Weisz appeared on the show.  Weisz plays the witch Evanora, here engaged in a heated discussion with fellow witch Theadora (Mila Kunis).  They conflict over the arrival of a Kansas magician (James Franco) who just landed in Oz, and the building tension forces Theadora to tap into her wicked side.  The early buzz says Oz is good, which makes me more curious to check it out than I was a week ago.  Here's hoping Sam Raimi delivers a fun fantasy adventure. Michelle Williams and Zach Braff also star in the March 8 release.  Watch the clip---plus a bit of the interview where Weisz talks about her Machiavellian character and the crazy costumes---after the jump. Official synopsis: Disney’s fantastical adventure “Oz The Great and Powerful,” directed by Sam Raimi, imagines the origins »

- Brendan Bettinger

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2013 San Diego Comic-Con Badges Completely Sell Out in 90 Minutes; Plus We Speculate on Possible Hall H Panels

16 February 2013 4:29 PM, PST

It’s February, so you know what that means: it's time to start making preparations for this summer’s Comic-Con.  Public badges for Sdcc 2013 went on sale this morning and, quite amazingly, completely sold out in an hour and a half.  Indeed, demand for Comic-Con only seems to be growing as time goes on, and it appears that thousands of fans will be descending on San Diego this coming July to catch a sneak peek of upcoming film and TV fare and to peruse the ginormous convention floor for some geek-friendly finds. Last year was my second time to attend Sdcc, but I found that the lines and overall madness descending on Hall H had grown exponentially since the previous year.  My more experienced colleagues confirmed that demand for the 6500 seater was higher and crazier than ever before.  If these badge sales are any indication, the nuttiness is likely to continue this year. »

- Adam Chitwood

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Showrunner Greg Yaitanes Talks Banshee, What Drew Him to the Show, Telling the Story in 10 Episodes, the Freedom of Cable TV, and More

16 February 2013 2:28 PM, PST

The Cinemax action series Banshee tells the story of Lucas Hood (Antony Starr), an ex-con and master thief who assumes the identity of the sheriff of Banshee, Pa.  It’s the perfect cover for him to try to win back the love of his life (Ivana Milicevic) and hide out from the dangerous gangster (Ben Cross) that they both betrayed years earlier, while attempting not to get into too much more trouble. During this recent exclusive interview with Collider, showrunner/executive producer/director Greg Yaitanes talked about how he came to be a part of Banshee, what it was that drew him to the show, the challenge of having so much story to tell in 10 episodes, how liberating it is to work with the freedom of cable television, and having so many criminal elements to explore.  He also talked about always knowing that he’s wanted this career, his meeting »

- Christina Radish

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Top 5: A Good Day To Die Hard, The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones Set Visit, Ves Awards Interviews, Beautiful Creatures, Toy Fair 2013

16 February 2013 10:23 AM, PST

Before I dive headfirst into what could be considered overselling to the "nth degree", I have a disclaimer: I'm a total sucker for nostalgia-inducing, high school-centric, coming of age films. With that out of the way, I cannot recommend enough that you watch author/writer/director Stephen Chboksy's adaptation of his own novel, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, as soon as possible. The pic hit Blu-ray/DVD this past week and over the course of 24 hours I rented it, watched it, loved it, returned it (yes, somehow late fees are still a thing...), and purchased it for my own collection. I could go on and on about the emotional note the movie hit for me at every turn but I'll spare you the fanboy torment. Suffice to say that I'll be looking back fondly on this one for quite a while. My "Blu-ray/DVD pick of the week" aside, »

- Jason Barr

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Friday Box Office: Die Hard and Safe Haven Battle It Out for Number One with $7.2 Million and $7.1 Million; Beautiful Creatures Sinks

16 February 2013 9:21 AM, PST

The holiday weekend is off and running at the box office, and it’s a battle of brawn over sap as A Good Day to Die Hard and Safe Haven are neck-and-neck for the top spot.  The fifth entry in the Die Hard franchise netted near-universal negative reviews, and now the pic is performing slightly under expectations at the box office as the actioner took in an estimated $7.2 million on Friday to add to its $8.2 million take on Valentine’s Day Thursday.  Nipping at Die Hard’s heels is the Nicholas Sparks adaptation Safe Haven, which scored an estimated $7.1 million on Friday to combine with its $8.8 million gross on Thursday.  Warner Bros.’ Ya adaptation Beautiful Creatures, however, fell flat with a paltry $2.3 million on Friday that puts it in the number 6 slot overall and on track for a very low $11.5 million weekend.  All of this despite the fact that Beautiful »

- Adam Chitwood

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Director Richard Lagravenese Talks Beautiful Creatures, Adapting the Book, Deleted Scenes, Behind The Candelabra, and The Last Five Years

16 February 2013 8:59 AM, PST

The romantic drama Beautiful Creatures tells the story of 17-year-old Ethan Wate (Alden Ehrenreich), whose world is shaken up with the arrival of Lena Duchannes (Alice Englert), the niece of Macon Ravenwood (Jeremy Irons), the reclusive owner of gothic Ravenwood Manor.  Immediately drawn to each other, it becomes apparent that Lena is a Caster with powers beyond her control, and the two are faced with a curse that will claim her for either the Light or the Dark on her 16th birthday. At the film’s press day, writer/director Richard Lagravenese spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about how this project came his way, his process for deciding which aspects of the book to keep and which to change or cut, the adjustments he made once the actors were in place, how challenging the visual effects process was in post-production, that he’ll included a behind the scenes »

- Christina Radish

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First Trailer for Cristian Mungiu’s Beyond The Hills

15 February 2013 6:59 PM, PST

The first official trailer is now available for writer/director Cristian Mungiu's Beyond the Hills.  The Romanian drama centers on two best friends who grew up together in an orphanage.  When one of the women seeks refuge in a convent and refuses to leave, their predicament grows ever darker and more disturbing. Mungiu, who was inspired by the non-fiction accounts of demonic possession in the novels of Tatiana Niculescu Bran, won the award for Best Screenplay at Cannes 2012 and received a nomination for the festival's top honor, the Palme d'Or.  Starring the Cannes 2012 winners for Best Actress Cosmina Stratan and Cristina Flutur, Beyond the Hills opens in limited release on March 8th.  Hit the jump to watch the new trailer. Check out the new trailer for Beyond the Hills and click over to Apple to watch in HD: Here's the official synopsis for Beyond the Hills: Alina returns to Romania from Germany, »

- Dave Trumbore

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William Shatner Talks Escape From Planet Earth, The Big Bang Theory, His 2013 Projects, Star Trek/Star Wars, Priceline, and More

15 February 2013 6:47 PM, PST

Now playing in theaters is the 3D animated feature, Escape from Planet Earth.  The story centers on some aliens who get captured during a mission to Earth and are tossed into the secure holding site of Area 51, but they quickly find that they are not alone.  Escape From Planet Earth features the voices of Rob Corddry, Brendan Fraser, Sarah Jessica Parker, William Shatner, Jessica Alba, Jane Lynch, Sofia Vergara, Craig Robinson, George Lopez, Steve Zahn, Chris Parnell, Ricky Gervais and Jonathan Morgan Heit. During the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with Shatner (who voices General Shanker).  During the interview we talked about making Escape From Planet Earth, why he wanted to do a voice, will he ever do a guest spot on The Big Bang Theory, what's it like for him when he attends conventions, what his schedule is like nowadays as he's working »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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End Of Watch Blu-ray Review

15 February 2013 6:29 PM, PST

Writer/director David Ayer has more than a passing familiarity with the heroes and villains of law enforcement.  He's been behind the pen of Training Day, S.W.A.T., Dark Blue and Harsh Times, while stepping behind the camera for the latter film, as well as Street Kings. His latest effort, End of Watch, has him pulling double duty, but giving up some camera control to his principal leads Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña.  In bringing some aspects of "found footage" into an action movie following two street cops on their daily grind, Ayer has managed to find another layer of realism that makes his films so enjoyable.  Hit the jump for our breakdown of End of Watch on Blu-ray, including the highlight of Ayer's directorial commentary that makes the film easily worth a repeat viewing. End of Watch follows Officers Brian Taylor (Gyllenhaal) and Mike Zavala (Peña) from the Lapd locker »

- Dave Trumbore

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Robert Rodriguez Reveals Sin City 2 Behind-the-Scenes Images Featuring Josh Brolin as Dwight

15 February 2013 4:45 PM, PST

Other than a tremendous amount of casting news, we haven't seen too much out of the camp of Robert Rodriguez and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.  All that changed today when the sequel's co-writer/co-director decided to tweet some behind-the-scenes images from the production.  Rodriguez treated fans to some "before and after green screen" images featuring Josh Brolin. Starring Mickey RourkeJessica AlbaBruce WillisRosario DawsonJaime KingJoseph Gordon-LevittDennis Haysbert,Christopher MeloniJeremy PivenRay Liotta, Juno Temple, Stacy Keach, Eva Green and Julia Garner,  Sin City: A Dame to Kill For opens on October 4th.  Hit the jump to check out the new images. Check out the images below, courtesy of Rodriguez's Twitter account: Robert Rodriguez ‏@Rodriguez Here's bad ass Josh Brolin driving a Rodriguez-mobile. (A green box with a steering wheel bolted on) pic.twitter.com/JWiA9d6A Robert Rodriguez ‏@Rodriguez And »

- Dave Trumbore

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Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes for Silver Linings Playbook, Stoker and Olympus Has Fallen

15 February 2013 3:39 PM, PST

We've got three new featurettes for you today from a variety of pictures: Silver Linings Playbook - A 30-minute "making of" featurette that gets to the heart of mental illness as portrayed by Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence in the Oscar-nominated David O. Russell film. Stoker - Commentary on the characters of Park Chan-wook's dark family portrait drama that stars Nicole Kidman, Mia Wasikowska and Matthew Goode.  Stoker opens in limited release March 1st. Olympus Has Fallen - Behind-the-scenes of Antoine Fuqua's latest actioner starring Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart and Morgan Freeman.  Olympus Has Fallen opens March 22nd. Hit the jump to watch all three featurettes.  First up is the half-hour "for your consideration" featurette for Silver Linings Playbook (via The Playlist): Here's the synopsis for Silver Linings Playbook: Life doesn’t always go according to plan… Pat Solitano (Bradley Cooper) has lost everything–his house, his job, »

- Dave Trumbore

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Kyle Chandler Cast As Lead in Showtime Pilot The Vatican

15 February 2013 2:36 PM, PST

Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights), who has seemingly been in every movie that came out in 2012, could be returning to the small screen this year for Showtime's drama pilot The Vatican.  The series gained some extra interest this winter when it was announced Ridley Scott (Prometheus) would be directing the pilot, continuing a trend of film directors setting their sights newly on television (which is great news for TV fans).  The Vatican will (unlike the network's other Vatican-related series, The Borgias) take place in modern times, and has been described as a "thriller" that will focus on both the politics and spiritual aspects of the modern day Catholic church.  Hit the jump for more on the potential series, as well as Chandler's much-anticipated role. Chandler will be portraying Cardinal Thomas Duffy, a charismatic Archbishop of New York whose progressive ideas cause a schism (yes I went there) among church leaders. »

- Allison Keene

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The Host Featurette Reveals New Footage with Commentary from Author Stephenie Meyer and Star Max Irons

15 February 2013 2:12 PM, PST

After releasing a new trailer just yesterday, a new featurette is now available for The Host.  Some new footage is revealed along with commentary from author Stephenie Meyer and star Max Irons.  The Host stars Saoirse Ronan as Melanie Stryder, one of the last remaining humans on Earth after a race of parasitic aliens have taken over most of the world.  Melanie is unique in that she forms a bond with her parasite and sets out to free other humans, if they'll accept her as one of them.  Also starring Jake AbelDiane KrugerWilliam Hurt and Boyd HolbrookThe Host opens on March 29th.  Hit the jump to watch the featurette. Check out the new featurette for The Host (via Yahoo!): Here’s the official synopsis for The Host: The Host is a riveting story about the survival of love and the human spirit in a time of war. »

- Dave Trumbore

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