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Rumor: Sony Developing All-Female Spider-man Team-Up Movie Glass Ceiling

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It’s pretty clear that Sony’s in a pickle when it comes to its sole comic book franchise, Spider-Man.  This is the series that, in concert with the original X-Men, kicked off this whole modern era of superhero movies in the first place, but the second installment in its reboot of the character, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, was the lowest grossing Spider-Man movie yet and the critical response was, well, not pretty.  Before the release of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Sony was touting an all-Spider-Man universe of its own to rival Marvel’s cinematic universe, with two more Amazing Spider-Man sequels, a Venom movie, and a Sinister Six movie all in the works and tentatively slated for release.  After Amazing Spider-Man 2 faltered, however, we have heard very little from the studio aside from moving up Sinister Six as its next planned Spider-Man movie. Sony appeared to hit on »

- Adam Chitwood

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New Terminator: Genisys Images Featuring Emilia Clarke and Arnold Schwarzenegger; Plus Additional Plot Details

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You thought that description of Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) and the EW cover featuring Matt Smith and Jason Clarke being photo-bombed by a grinning Terminator were head-scratchers?  Just wait until you see some of the latest images from Terminator: Genisys.  EW just unveiled some new character artwork and the shots feature heavy weaponry and a whole lot of yelling. Hit the jump to check out those new Terminator: Genisys images as well as some additional plot information.  The film opens July 1, 2015 and also stars Arnold SchwarzeneggerJai Courtney, J.K. SimmonsDayo Okeniyi and Byung Hun Lee. Here's EW's synopsis of the film: The beginning of Terminator: Genisys ... is set in 2029, when the Future War is raging and a group of human rebels has the evil artificial-intelligence system Skynet on the ropes.  John Connor (Dawn of the Planet of the ApesJason Clarke) is the leader of the resistance, and Kyle »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Cast Signs on for Game Of Thrones Season 7 with Big Raises

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If HBO decides to move forward with Game of Thrones Season 7 (spoiler alert: they will), the cast is in for a significant pay increase.  While the pay cable network previously picked the show up for Season 5 and Season 6 at the same time, they faced a potential road bump when it came to a potential seventh season of the incredibly popular series.  When actors initially sign contracts for a TV series, their options normally span multiple seasons that keep them obligated to appear for years to come—unless they get killed off, of course.  It turns out the Game of Thrones cast contracts went up through Season 6, but with showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss recently revealing that their game plan is to conclude the show with Season 7 (or maybe Season 8), a renegotiation process was necessary to ensure the cast will be intact for the end game. And so the news comes today that, »

- Adam Chitwood

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 Tracking to Open at $130 – $150 Million

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Guardians of the Galaxy currently sits as the domestically highest grossing film of 2014 with a total of $328 million, but it will probably lose the crown when The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 hits theaters.  Catching Fire beat out Marvel's Iron Man 3 last year by raking in $424 million, so unless Mockingjay gets utterly toxic word-of-mouth, it's probably going to open big on November 21st and stay big through the holiday season. How big?  THR reports that preliminary tracking is putting the movie on track for a $130 million opening weekend.  Transformers: Age of Extinction is 2014's current record holder for opening weekend by reaching $100 million.  It's worth noting that worldwide box office is where the big money is coming from for studios these days, but a $150 million domestic opening would be nothing to scoff at.  The real test for Mockingjay – Part 1 is whether it can top Age of Extinction's $1 billion worldwide gross. »


- Matt Goldberg

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Rowan Joffe Talks Before I Go To Sleep, the Importance of Nicole Kidman’s Involvement, Adapting Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book and More

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Writer-director Rowan Joffe’s adaptation of S.J. Watson’s best-selling novel, Before I Go to Sleep, is a taut, stylish psychological thriller about an amnesiac, Christine Lucas (Nicole Kidman), who awakens each morning with no recollection of her past.  She struggles to comprehend the emotional impact of her always-new reality, but as fragmented memories begin to resurface, she starts to question everything she thought she knew about her life.  Opening October 31st, the film also stars Colin Firth and Mark Strong. In an exclusive interview, Joffe spoke about how the novel first came to his attention, why he found it a riveting page turner, the journey from page to screen, the narrative device he adapted to film from the novel, why he feels emotion is the key to keeping a psychological thriller fresh and engaging, how Kidman’s movie star status was instrumental in getting the film greenlit, how Firth »

- Sheila Roberts

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8 New Into The Woods Images Send Us Deeper into the Fairy Tale Musical Starring Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick, and Johnny Depp

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Disney has released hi-res versions of previously released Into the Woods images along with a couple new stills as well.  The Disney production stars James Corden (Begin Again) and Emily Blunt as a Baker and his wife who venture into the woods to confront the witch (Meryl Streep) responsible for putting a curse on the childless couple.  Along the way, they run into a number of familiar fairy tale characters including Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), her Prince (Chris Pine), Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Rapunzel (Mackenzie Mauzy), and the Wolf (Johnny Depp).  I really liked the extended featurette we saw last week, and I hope we'll get a new trailer soon that will give us an even better idea of what to expect from director Rob Marshall's take on Stephen Sondheim's terrific musical. Hit the jump to check out the Into the Woods images.  The film opens December 25th, »

- Matt Goldberg

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Neil Patrick Harris, David Burtka and Lily Rabe Set to Appear on American Horror Story: Freak Show

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There’s already a slew of characters in play on American Horror Story: Freak Show, but when folks like Neil Patrick Harris, David Burtka and Lily Rabe want in, you give them roles.  Harris will guest-star on the 11th and 12th episodes while Burtka is set to make his appearance in the 13th, the season finale.  As for Rabe, she’s going to be in episode 10.  That’s the final episode before the holidays, so there’s a chance her character could be involved in whatever outrageous winter cliffhanger the writers come up with. Hit the jump for more on their roles.  American Horror Story: Freak Show airs on FX on Wednesday nights at 10pm. The Harris/Burtka casting news comes from TV Line.  They’re reporting that Harris will play “a chameleon salesman” while Burtka will step in for “a sexy storyline with Jessica Lange’s batty chanteuse.”  Here »

- Perri Nemiroff

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First Interstellar Clip Shows Why You Don’t Want to Insult Space Travel in Front of Matthew McConaughey

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The first Interstellar clip has gone online.  Director Christopher Nolan wrote the screenplay based on a previous draft by his brother, Jonathan Nolan (The Dark Knight), and the story finds a crew of astronauts led by Matthew McConaughey setting off into deep space in order to find a new planet that might be habitable.  In this clip, McConaughey's character sits down with an ignorant and cynical school administrator, and proceeds to quietly play his trump card in explaining why space travel is in important. Hit the jump to check out the Interstellar clip.  The film also stars Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Casey AffleckMichael CaineDavid Oyelowo, Wes Bently, John LithgowEllen BurstynTopher GraceDavid GyasiMackenzie FoyBill IrwinTimothee Chalamet, and Matt Damon.  Interstellar opens on film in 70mm IMAX and 35mm on November 5th and everywhere else on November 7th. Here's the official synopsis for Interstellar »

- Matt Goldberg

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New 12 Monkeys TV Series Trailer Tells Us We’re All Already Dead

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SyFy has released a new trailer for their upcoming TV series adaptation of 12 Monkeys.  The story follows a time traveler (Aaron Stanford of X2 fame) from a post-apocalyptic future who appears in present day with a mission to destroy the source of a deadly plague that will one day annihilate the human race.  While the show will lack the distinct style of Terry Gilliam's 1995 film, it still looks like an interesting time-travel film, and certainly more in the serious mold of SyFy's better series.  This isn't a story that can only be told one way, and I'm curious to see what the TV series will do with it. Hit the jump to check out the 12 Monkeys TV series trailer.  The show premieres at 9pm on January 16, 2015, and also stars Amanda Schull, Kirk AcevedoBarbara Sukowa, Noah Bean, Tom Noonan, Emily Hampshire, and Zeljko Ivanek. Via Variety. Here’s the official synopsis for 12 Monkeys: 12 Monkeys, »

- Matt Goldberg

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Fun Size Horror Film #5: Max Isaacson’s “Bad Eggs”

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You ever think you’d see a horror film featuring hands with faces on them?  Well, the time has come.  Our latest Fun Size Horror short film is here and it’s about a hand with a face named Bertrand who ate some bad eggs and now has an unusual stomachache. This one was written and directed by Max Isaacson.  He only just finished directing his first short film, Whispers, but he has credits on a number of other shorts, a bunch of which I’ve actually seen and loved.  He did special effects on the SXSW 2013 Midnighter, The Apocalypse, and was also the production designer on Tick Tock Time Emporium. Hit the jump to check out Isaacson’s Fun Size Horror contribution, “Bad Eggs,” and don’t forget, you can find more Fun Size Horror films on Dread Central, Bloody Disgusting, Shock Till You Drop and Badass Digest. We »

- Perri Nemiroff

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First Ex MacHina Trailer Starring Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, and Alicia Vikander

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"To erase the line between man and machine is to obscure the line between men and gods."  Thus begins the first Ex Machina trailer, projecting an ominous tone for the psychological thriller.  The script by Alex Garland centers on a billionaire programmer (Oscar Isaac) who invites a young employee (Domhnall Gleeson) to his remote estate to be the human component in a Turing test to evaluate his new artificial intelligence robot, Ava (Alicia Vikander).  This is Garland's directorial debut, and I am curious to see what he can do after contributing to great ambivalent science fiction like 28 Days Later, Sunshine, and Never Let Me Go.  Plus, Isaac is quickly becoming one of my favorite actors.  I'll watch anything he's in, especially if he plays a shady genius with a great beard. The A24 release opens April 10, 2015.  Watch the Ex Machina trailer after the jump. Official synopsis: Alex Garland, writer of 28 Days Later and Sunshine, »

- Brendan Bettinger

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Guillermo del Toro Talks Youtube Space House Of Horrors: A Legendary Halloween, Watch the First 10 Shorts and See Images of the Sets

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For horrific reasons involving stitches I couldn't make the Guillermo del Toro press day to promote the YouTube Space House of Horrors that he's been involved with for the past few months.  But judging from the photos I've been seeing of the amazing sets they've built and talking to del Toro on the phone, it seems like a great experiment. ouTube creators had the opportunity to create original videos on terrifying cinematic sets inspired by del Toro at YouTube Spaces in Los Angeles, London, Tokyo and New York, as part of a special global programming event.  You can watch the first 10 Videos below and then check the YouTube Spaces Channel and the Legendary YouTube Channel for more in the coming days. I chatted on the phone with del Toro for a few minutes and his enthusiasm was as infectious as ever.  Not only is he helping to select the winner, »

- Evan Dickson

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The Collision: Episode 109 – Marvel Phase Three and Facing off against Warner Bros./DC Comics

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This week on The Collision, we talk about the massive announcement regarding Marvel Phase Three.  We look at what the plan implies, what was left behind (poor Ant-Man), how enthusiasm for the future makes us forget the present (Avengers: Age of Ultron looked like an afterthought after the Phase Three announcement and that movie hasn't even come out yet), the inevitable clash with Warner Bros./DC, marketing to fans, and more.  As always, we finish up with our recommendations. Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode ("World War II Films and Fury"), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg and @AdamChitwood. Adam's Recommendation: Serial Podcast Matt's Recommendation: Nightcrawler

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- Matt Goldberg

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Arrow Recap: “The Magician”

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Felicity's nowhere to be seen on tonight's episode of Arrow, but that's because she's taking a much-needed vacation excursion to Central City to visit The Flash.  Can Team Arrow survive without her?  Yeah, of course they can, but to help out in her absence, Nyssa al Ghul (Katrina Law) lends her bow in the effort to track down this season's mysterious murderer.  That case is an enjoyable slow burn in an otherwise fast-paced and action-filled season thus far, but now a new enemy has appeared on the horizon and Team Arrow may have to forge some undesirable alliances to get out of this mess alive. Hit the jump for our Arrow recap. Nyssa's arm strength is impressive as she's been holding that arrow knocked and pointed in Oliver's direction since this time last week.  Oliver breaks the news to her that Sara died at the hands of an archer, then »

- Dave Trumbore

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Michael Bay In Talks To Direct Benghazi Movie 13 Hours

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Well this... this is something.  If Pain & Gain was one for him, and Transformers: Age of Extinction was one for them, then Michael Bay's potential new Benghazi movie 13 Hours is definitely payback for putting in the hours with those giant robots.  Given that Benghazi is an extremely touchy political issue it will be interesting to see where Bay, whose instincts for crowd pleasing are often spot on, falls along the spectrum of public opinion. I actually think Bay is a smart guy who knows what he's doing (and I think he does Transformers movies, at least in part, in order to gain the power to do stuff he's more passionate about) so I'm actually looking forward to seeing what he's thinking with this one.  13 Hours will be based on the Mitchell Zuckoff book of the same name and will be adapted for the screen by The Strain writer Chuck Hogan. »

- Evan Dickson

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Coen Brothers’ Hail, Caesar! Set for Release on February 5, 2016

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Universal Pictures has set a Hail, Caesar! release date for the next film from writers/directors Joel and Ethan Coen.  The comedy has been slated for release on February 5, 2016, which marks the first 1st Quarter release date for a Coen Brothers film since 2004’s The Ladykillers.  The film takes place in 1950s Hollywood, during the latter years of Hollywood’s Golden Age, and “follows a single day in the life of a studio fixer who is presented with plenty of problems to fix.”  The incredible ensemble cast is led by Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Channing Tatum, Scarlett Johansson, and Jonah Hill.  More on this curious choice of release date for Hail, Caesar! after the jump. It’s been a decade since a Coen Brothers film wasn’t released in the fall, in the heat of awards season, so it’s a bit odd to see Hail, »

- Adam Chitwood

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Daniel H. Wilson Offers Update on Robopocalypse

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Nearly two years ago, Steven Spielberg was putting together the pieces for his next film, Robopocalypse.  The adaptation of the Daniel H. Wilson sci-fi novel of the same name was to return the director to a large-scale tentpole-type picture, telling the story of a future where an artificial intelligence comes online and threatens a, well, robot apocalypse.  Chris Hemsworth was set as the lead, Anne Hathaway and Ben Whishaw were poised to co-star, Drew Goddard was writing the screenplay, and filming was set to begin in Spring 2013 until suddenly it all came to a halt.  Spielberg decided to postpone the film indefinitely after coming up with “a better way to tell the story” that would necessitate heavy reworking of the screenplay. The filmmaker went on to flirt with American Sniper before committing to shooting two new films back-to-back (he’s filming the first one right now), so whatever happened to Robopocalypse? »

- Adam Chitwood

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My Favorite Halloween Movie: The Nightmare Before Christmas

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[Since Halloween is this week, Adam, Perri, and I decided to write a bit about the films we watch annually to celebrate the holiday.  Click here for Adam's pick.] My memory is a bit hazy, but I'm pretty sure The Nightmare Before Christmas was the first stop-motion animated film I ever saw.  I was used to 2D animation and had never seen the work of Ray Harryhausen and his ilk.  Then my parents took me to see the film, and Jack Skellington's sentiments regarding Christmas Town could have easily applied to my feelings about Henry Selick's masterpiece.  The movie that may not be scary, but it embodies the best aspects of a child's holiday traditions. For those who haven't seen the film (you monsters), it's about Jack Skellington (speaking voice by Chris Sarandon and singing voice by composer Danny Elfman), the "Pumpkin King" of Halloween Town who has grown tired with the annual celebration.  After a night of despondently walking through the woods, he comes across a collection of trees.  Each one has a door and the door corresponds to a specific holiday. »

- Matt Goldberg

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Banksy Does New York Trailer: Famous Street Artist Comes to NYC in New Documentary Premiering on HBO Go

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My favorite film of 2010 was Banksy's Exit Through the Gift Shop.  A film that begins as an exploration of street art culture eventually expanded to fascinating questions of who owns art, who is qualified to make it, and how does it function outside the confines of traditional space?  Banksy is now the subject of a new documentary, Chris Moukarbel's Banksy Does New York.  The film sees the street artist taking to NYC for a series of projects.  It's possible the movie could lapse into glorification (look at how everybody loves Banksy!), but it also looks like there's a hook of having the documentary (or at least parts of it) comprised of social media reactions, which is a new, interesting perspective on how art is distributed, observed, and discussed. Hit the jump to check out the Banksy Does New York trailer.  The documentary will air on HBO Go on »

- Matt Goldberg

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Jennifer Lawrence Takes Extreme Measures in New Serena Trailer

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Magnolia Pictures has released the official Us trailer for director Suzanne Bier’s drama Serena.  The film stars Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, which seems like a slam dunk except for the fact that the film was shot before Silver Linings Playbook and has been sitting on the shelf ever since.  Apparently it’s just not that great as distributors refused to acquire the film for quite some time, but this trailer certainly makes the movie look at least interesting in a go-for-broke kind of way.  Lawrence and Cooper play 1920s newlyweds who begin to build a timber empire, but their passion becomes hindered as a hidden past is discovered and Lawrence’s character decides to take fate into her own hands. Watch the new Serena trailer after the jump.  The film also stars Toby Jones and Rhys Ifans, and will be released on iTunes and VOD on February 26, 2015 and »

- Adam Chitwood

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