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Hugh Jackman to Play Wolverine One Last Time

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Our time with Hugh Jackman as The Wolverine looks like it’s coming to an end. The 46-year-old actor revealed today on Instagram that he will be playing the X-Men character one last time, probably in the next Wolverine movie that The Wolverine helmer James Mangold will direct. Wolverine ...One Last Time. Hj A photo posted by Hugh Jackman (@thehughjackman) on Mar 28, 2015 at 10:40am Pdt The Australian actor famously landed the prime role as a young newcomer, replacing Dougray Scott in Bryan Singer’s 2000 film X-Men. He would go on to play the character seven more times, and became the first X-Men actor to get his own spinoff movie, X-Men Origins: Wolverine. That effort was a misfire, but he subsequently recovered with the swell The Wolverine and became the link between the old cast and the X-Men: First Class cast in X-Men: Days of Future Past. Jackman had previously »

- Adam Chitwood

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Trevor Noah Emerges as Candidate to Take Over The Daily Show

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I don’t want to think about The Daily Show without Jon Stewart, but as with all good things (in this case a great thing), it had to come to an end sometime. When Stewart announced that he’d be stepping down from the late night Comedy Central series sometime this year, he left the window of his departure fairly open—he said he could leave in July, he could leave in October, or he could leave sometime in between. Likely he wants to ensure that a solid replacement has been found before he departs, and it looks as though Comedy Central has begun to narrow its search as the first genuine candidate has surfaced. Variety reports that South African comedian Trevor Noah is “gaining consideration” as a potential successor to Stewart as host of The Daily Show. Noah only became a correspondent for the show in December 2014, but the »

- Adam Chitwood

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Friday Box Office: DreamWorks Animation’s Home Takes Down Get Hard on Opening Day

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It looks like DreamWorks Animation will have something to celebrate this weekend. Two years after scoring a major domestic hit with The Croods ($187.1 million), the studio’s latest original property, Home, will open in first place – and way above expectations. From 3,708 locations, Home earned an estimated $15.6 million on Friday. That’s the best single-day opening DreamWorks has seen since Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted claimed $20.6 million in June 2012. Yesterday’s first-place finish also puts Home on track for more than $50 million this weekend. Considering the film was supposed to open in-line with DreamWorks’ Mr. Peabody & Sherman, which claimed $32.2 million last March, Friday’s Home estimate represents a major win… especially for a studio that’s seen more misses than hits in the last few years. The surprising strength of Home stole the box office spotlight from Get Hard, this weekend’s second major wide release. Just a few days »

- Nicole Pedersen

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Noah Pritzker, Benjamin Konigsberg and Morgan Turner Talk Quitters at SXSW

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If you ever saw the very first exercise I worked on with writer-director Noah Pritzker in film school, you’d probably be thinking there’s just no hope for these two, but, mere months later, Pritzker churned out an exceptionally polished short film called Little Dad that went on to screen at SXSW in 2012. After that, it was no surprise when I heard that Pritzker directed a quality first feature that earned a spot on the festival's Narrative Competition lineup this year. Quitters stars Benjamin Konigsberg as a high school student named Clark. When his mother (Mira Sorivno) heads off to rehab and he starts butting heads with his father (Greg Germann), Clark latches on to his new girlfriend, Natalia (Morgan Turner), and convinces her to let him move in with her far more stable, traditional family. Shortly after the Quitters world premiere at SXSW, I got the opportunity to sit down with Pritzker, »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Octavia Spencer Talks Insurgent and Father And Daughters

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With director Robert Schwentke’s Divergent sequel, Insurgent, opening last weekend, I recently sat down with Octavia Spencer for an exclusive interview. She talked about what it was like on the set of the sequel, working with the great cast, how director Robert Schwentke likes meat and cigars, voicing a character in B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations, director Gabriele Muccino’s Fathers and Daughters, and more. In The Divergent Series: Insurgent, the second in what will be a four-film adaptation of author Veronica Roth’s dystopian sci-fi series, the principal characters are on the run in the fringes of society and searching for answers after breaking open the world as they knew it. The film stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James Miles TellerAnsel ElgortNaomi Watts, Jai CourtneyKate WinsletDaniel Dae KimMaggie QRay Stevenson, and Zoe Kravitz. For more on the film, watch the trailers. »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Call The Midwife Season 4 Review

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Call the Midwife, now in its fourth season on PBS, must be one of the most conflicted series on television. On the one hand, it's an exceedingly comforting feeling to return to Nonnatus House and catch up with our lovely midwives. But that cozy feeling is soon punctuated by the screams of mothers in labor, and the high-pitched sequels of their newborns. Duty calls! Though the show's source material was exhausted by the close of the second season, Heidi Thomas and her team of writers have found plenty of new ways to explore all aspects of maternity and motherhood in Poplar, while still keeping the stories feeling true to the real experiences of Jennifer Worth, or "Jenny Lee" on the show (who, though her character version has left us, is still narrating each episode thanks to Vanessa Redgrave's soothing, framing overtones). [caption id="attachment_432329" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via PBS[/caption] Nonnatus House, though, feels somewhat scattered these days. »

- Allison Keene

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Report: Sacha Baron Cohen to Write, Direct, and Star in Freddie Mercury Biopic

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A biopic of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury has been in the works for many, many years, and throughout most of that time, Sacha Baron Cohen was to be the man to bring Mercury to life onscreen. He sure looked the part, and few doubted he could bring the goods in the dramatic department. But back in 2013, Cohen finally exited the project over creative differences with the remaining Queen band members, who wanted the film to be a more family-friendly movie instead of Cohen’s envisioned R-rated, unflinching look at Mercury’s life. [caption id="attachment_102540" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Paramount Pictures[/caption] But it appears that the Freddie Mercury movie has new life, and Cohen is back in the fold. Queen’s manager Jim Beach revealed a major breakthrough at the Artist & Management Awards (via The Playlist) Thursday night: "An important breakthrough is that we have now managed to persuade Sacha Baron Cohen to write, »

- Adam Chitwood

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Toby Stephens Talk Black Sails Season 2 from Cape Town Set

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The Season 2 finale of the Starz series Black Sails will air this Saturday, March 28th, and today we have an interview with star Toby Stephens. A little while back I headed down to the Black Sails set in Cape Town, South Africa and got a chance to chat with Stephens about his character Flint, the big reveal of this season and what last week’s tragic penultimate episode is going to do to move him toward being the pirate we know from “Treasure Island.” So much has happened in nine episodes and if you aren’t caught up, there are some big spoilers ahead. Be warned before you continue. Flint has been through a lot this season. He’s murdered (and tried to murder) some of his closest friends. We learned about his history in England and how he became a pirate. We also saw the man who had the biggest influence on him lost. »

- Jenna Busch

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Spectre Opening Chase Sequence Revealed: Read a Full Description

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  With Sony releasing the Spectre teaser trailer, the promotional campaign for the next James Bond movie has kicked into high gear. While you might have thought that you’d have to wait for more Bond news, earlier today I spent the afternoon on the set of the movie, which is still in production, and learned a few secrets about it, like the opening of the film. Shortly after arriving on set we spoke to Heather Callow (the Spectre unit publicist) and she described the opening chase sequence they were filming in Mexico City. As you can read below, the sequence is absolutely loaded with action, has a helicopter and over a thousand extras (with tens of thousands of additional extras being added using CG in post-production). It really sounds fantastic and it should be between twelve to fifteen minutes of screen time! Here’s what Callaw had to say: This »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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New Spectre Images of Daniel Craig on the Mexico City Set

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We just posted the very first Spectre teaser trailer a few minutes ago, but we've already got more never before seen material from the film to share. Steve is actually part of a group of journalists visiting the Spectre set right now and they were given access to four new images including a shot of Daniel Craig as James Bond and one of director Sam Mendes on the film's Mexico City set. Check out the new Spectre images below and be sure to keep an eye out for more material from Steve's set visit coming soon. The film opens November 6th and also stars Ben Whishaw as Q, Naomie Harris as Moneypenny, Ralph Fiennes as M, Christoph Waltz as Oberhauser, Monica Bellucci as Lucia Sciarra, David Bautista as Mr. Hinx, Léa Seydoux as Madeleine Swann and Stephanie Sigman as Estrella. [caption id="attachment_434457" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Image via Sony Pictures and MGM[/caption] [caption id="attachment_434455" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Image via Sony Pictures and MGM[/caption] »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Spectre Teaser Trailer Reveals James Bond’s Latest International Mission

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Sony just released the very first teaser trailer for the 24th Bond film, Spectre. We've known that the story involves a cryptic message that puts James Bond (Daniel Craig) on the trail of a sinister organization called Spectre (SPecial Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion) for quite a while now, but this video gives us our very first look at what that message is and it's got something to do with who Bond's guardian was as a child.  As someone who's only seen the more recent Bond movies (yeah, I know it's a problem), I can't say I took very much from the teaser. The visuals are absolutely stunning and the piece has a great eerie feel to it, but in terms of story details, it falls just short of getting me hooked. But of course, it's just a teaser trailer so I'm hopeful a full length promo will do the trick. »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Maika Monroe Talks about Her Latest Horror Hit It Follows

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There's something endlessly creepy about a slow-moving figure that relentlessly stalks and pursues its victims. It's a bread-and-butter trope of classic slasher films, and now it's inspired one of the best horror movies of the year. It Follows centers on a young woman (Maika Monroe), Jay, who has a traumatic sexual experience only to learn that she's contracted a sexually-transmitted stalker - a ghoulish, shape-shifting figure that follows its prey over, under or through any obstacle until it catches and kills them. The film expands theatrically this weekend, a rare feat for indie horror these days, and not only is it eerie as hell, it's a beautifully shot, well-acted film that's well worth the price of admission. Yesterday, I jumped on the phone for an exclusive interview with Maika Monroe. We talked about why It Follows resonates with audiences, director David Robert Mitchell's approach to working with actors, and »

- Haleigh Foutch

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Dead Rising: Watchtower Review

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For all those naysayers who have bemoaned that video games simply do not make good movies, get ready to…moan a little more. As adapted from the Dead Rising video game franchise, Dead Rising: Watchtower takes place in a staggeringly ill-defined world where zombies have taken over a large portion of Oregon, an area that is now controlled by a Fema-like agency called (wait for it) Feza. (Would that make them the Federal Emergency Zombie Agency? That doesn’t seem right.) Its unclear how the zombie virus is being passed on but the government has cooked up a vaccine, one that keeps the virus at bay via daily doses. How could this possibly go wrong? [caption id="attachment_434363" align="alignright" width="349"] Image via Legendary Digital[/caption] Well, not but 10 or so minutes into this utterly inoffensive, if mind-numbing horror-action bonanza does the vaccine grow ineffective, causing the zombie madness to kick back into high gear. On »

- Chris Cabin

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New Avengers: Age Of Ultron Featurette Highlights Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch

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We’ve seen glimpses of Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) in action in the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailers, but Marvel UK just unveiled a brand new featurette called “Super Siblings” that gives us a far more in-depth look at the characters, especially Scarlet Witch. As someone who isn’t too familiar with the source material, I never really knew how powerful she was, but based on what we see in this promo video, she’s going to have an especially devastating effect on the Avengers. Check out the Avengers: Age of Ultron featurette below. The film opens in 3D on May 1st and also stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Stellan Skarsgard, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Paul Bettany, Anthony Mackie, Hayley Atwell, Idris Elba and Don Cheadle. Via Marvel UK. Here’s the official synopsis for Avengers: Age of Ultron »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Masi Oka Will Return as Hiro in Heroes Reborn

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NBC has announced that Masi Oka will reprise his Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated role as the space and time-traveling Hiro Nakamura in a guest-starring arc for their new event series Heroes Reborn. The Heroes follow-up chronicles the lives of ordinary people who discover they possess extraordinary abilities. Also returning is original castmember Jack Coleman, aka Noah Bennet, aka The Man in Horn Rimmed Glasses. Oka and Coleman are joined by newcomers Zachary Levi, Ryan Guzman, Robbie Kay, Danika Yarosh, Judith Shekoni, Kiki Sukezane, Henry Zebrowski and Gatlin Green. Oka commented on his return, I’m excited to return to my ‘Heroes’ roots. Hiro Nakamura was such an inspirational role to play, and I’m hoping the fans will enjoy seeing him back on TV. [caption id="attachment_345629" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via NBC[/caption] Series creator/executive producer Tim Kring, who is returning for the new series says, We are thrilled to have Masi back in the ‘Heroes’ family. »

- Haleigh Foutch

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New Transformers Sequels, Spinoffs to Be Spearheaded by Akiva Goldsman

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Well this is an interesting turn of events. Despite the fact that they’ve almost all been critically panned, the Transformers movies make money. They make a lot of money. Transformers: Age of Extinction alone grossed nearly $1.1 billion, so whether people want them or not, there will be more Transformers movies. The question, then, has been what form will the continuation of the franchise take? After Transformers: Dark of the Moon, director Michael Bay famously planned to hand the franchise off to a new filmmaker who could semi-reboot the series. He subsequently changed his mind and came back to helm Age of Extinction himself, resulting in pretty much the same movie we’ve been watching for four films in a row now, only with more Mark Wahlberg and less Shia Labeouf. Bay previously said he'd be handing Transformers 5 off to another filmmaker, and he subsequently opted to move forward »

- Adam Chitwood

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Peter Berg Says Deepwater Horizon Will Be a Story of “Heroism”

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When Bp's oil rig, Deepwater Horizon, tragically blew up in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010 it sent more than 160 million gallons of oil gushing into the Gulf and claimed the life of 11 men. These are the men from which director Peter Berg draws inspiration as he prepares to shoot Summit Pictures' upcoming film based on the devastating event, Deepwater Horizon. Berg will re-team with Lone Survivor star Mark Wahlberg for the picture to tell a human story about the people aboard the rig that day, what kind of personalities would be there and the choices they made in the time of crisis. Per The Times-Picayune, photographs of the 11 deceased men line the walls of Berg's production office in Louisiana where he is prepping the film. Berg calls those men "the heart and soul" of the film. I don't know how many hundreds or thousands of people are going to »

- Haleigh Foutch

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Bill Hader Joins The Bfg; Vincent D’Onofrio May Villainize Magnificent Seven Remake

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With his first big leading man role poised to be unveiled in this summer's Trainwreck, the very talented Bill Hader is now going to be in a Steven Spielberg film. Deadline reports that the SNL alum has joined the cast of The Bfg, Spielberg’s adaptation of the Roald Dahl book of the same name. The story revolves around a young girl who befriends a giant, then leads him and the Queen of England on a quest to stop other mean giants from eating each other. Mark Rylance has already been set to star as the titular Bfg, and newcomer Ruby Barnhill is playing the little girl. The report says Hader will be playing one of the giants. While Spielberg’s next film, the Tom Hanks-fronted Cold War thriller Bridge of Spies, doesn’t open until this fall, he’s already started filming The Bfg up in Vancouver. The guy works quick, »

- Adam Chitwood

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20th Century Fox Picks Up Ruairi Robinson’s The Leviathan

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Shortly after unveiling a proof of concept video, Simon Kinberg and Neill Blomkamp signed up to join Irish filmmaker Ruairi Robinson for his upcoming sci-fi feature, The Leviathan, and now, merely four days later, the film has a major studio backing it as well. As reported by Variety, 20th Century Fox just snatched up Robinson’s pitch. The story is set in the 22nd century when traveling faster than the speed of light is made possible by harvesting the exotic matter in the eggs of these absolutely enormous whale-like creatures. Thanks to the practice, mankind has been able to colonize many worlds, but it comes at a cost because those who track down these creatures are being forced into involuntary labor. Robinson is attached to direct the film with Jim Uhls (Fight Club, Jumper) penning the script. Blomkamp is on board as an executive producer and Kinberg will produce. If »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Walking Dead Spinoff Series Officially Titled Fear The Walking Dead

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The Walking Dead spinoff series has an official title, and it’s probably not one people were expecting. While the all-important brand recognition led many to think the series would have a sort of subtitle, like The Walking Dead: Biters, it appears that AMC and executive producer Robert Kirkman have settled on something a little more straightforward: Fear the Walking Dead. It's Official! The walking dead companion show on AMC is called Fear The Walking Dead! Expect more news very soon! #FearTheWalkingDead — Robert Kirkman (@RobertKirkman) March 27, 2015 So…yeah. That’s a title, I guess. Honestly it feels akin to Star Trek Into Darkness, but it’s not like Fear the Walking Dead even gives people an idea as to what the show is about. Yes, zombies are scary. So are the metaphorical “walking dead.” This title does nothing to set this show apart from the original series, which is maybe the point. »

- Adam Chitwood

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