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Constantine Recap: “The Darkness Beneath”

4 hours ago

If you chose to spend your Halloween evening with NBC's Constantine, well then you my friend made a wise decision indeed!  This hour was chock full of smoke, fire, and explosions, along with zombie miners, vengeful gypsies, and prophetic painters.  The spooky series has shown glimmers of its potential, and it's clear that the players are enjoying their roles in this supernatural world.  Sure, some questionable storytelling choices and episode editing remain, but I'm surprised by just how much I'm enjoying Constantine so far. Want to see where the series is headed?  Be sure to check out this recent interview with David S. Goyer and Daniel Cerone.  Then, hit the jump for our Constantine recap. Constantine makes a jump from the hustle and bustle of Atlanta to the dirt and depression of a Western Pennsylvania coal-mining town (thanks to a wet drop of blood on their map).  The show's premiere »

- Dave Trumbore

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Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo Will Direct Leatherface, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Prequel

9 hours ago

A few months ago the news hit that the new Texas Chainsaw Massacre film would be called Leatherface and would be a prequel to Tobe Hooper’s 1974 classic Texas Chain Saw Massacre (I will always remind people that some films in the franchise combine the words "chain" and "saw) and a prequel to last year’s Texas Chainsaw 3D.  And now the film has found its directors in Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo, the French duo best known for helming Inside and Livid. To me this is ultimately good news because it at least sounds like they're aiming for something new. Stylistically this will most certainly not be a retread of  Texas Chainsaw 3D, which had a great opening weekend at the box office before dropping off somewhat drastically.  It feels like producers Carl Mazzocone and executive producers Christa Campbell and Lati Grobman are cognizant of the issues that sank »

- Evan Dickson

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David S. Goyer and Daniel Cerone Talk Constantine, How Much They’re Pulling from the Comics, Adding DC Occult Characters, If We’ll See Swamp Thing and More

10 hours ago

From executive producer David S. Goyer and showrunner Daniel Cerone, Constantine is based on the wildly popular comic book series Hellblazer from DC ComicsJohn Constantine (Matt Ryan) is a seasoned demon hunter and master of the occult, armed with a ferocious knowledge of the dark arts and his wicked wit, but his soul is already damned to hell.  Along with trying to find a loophole out of that, Constantine begrudgingly fights to save the soul of others. During a recent luncheon with a handful of press, David S. Goyer and Daniel Cerone talked about how much they’re drawing from the comics, just how far this show will go, having an unlikeable lead character, dealing with NBC on the morally complex story path that they’re on, why they decided to bring in Jim Corrigan, how many of the DC occult characters might be seen this season, whether there »

- Christina Radish

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Robocop Writer to Pen Script for Channing Tatum’s Gambit Movie Based on Treatment by Chris Claremont

11 hours ago

20th Century Fox is officially moving forward with the Gambit movie.  Word started to surface a few months ago that an X-Men spinoff featuring the card-wielding mutant was in the works with Channing Tatum set to star, and now Fox has hired screenwriter Josh Zetumer to get to work on a script while Tatum is indeed officially attached to lead the feature.  This isn’t the first movement on the project, however, as Marvel Comics writer Chris Claremont apparently wrote the treatment for the Gambit movie, which will form the basis of the screenplay.  More after the jump. Per Deadline, Fox has set screenwriter Josh Zetumer to pen the Gambit movie script based off of Claremont’s treatment.  Zetumer only has one produced feature under his belt, this year’s RoboCop remake, but apparently Fox thinks he’s the right man to tackle Gambit.  The storyline for the film is being kept under wraps, »

- Adam Chitwood

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Ansel Elgort, Brenton Thwaites, and More in the Mix for Pirates Of The Caribbean 5 Role

11 hours ago

Slowly but surely, Pirates of the Caribbean 5 is coming together.  While the film was initially delayed over script concerns, it’s now firmly back on track with production set to begin early next year in Australia under the direction of Kon-Tiki helmers Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg.  We recently learned that Javier Bardem is in talks to play the film’s villain, a Ghost Pirate, and now word comes that casting is set to begin for a “dashing young lead” character.  After Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley exited the franchise following the third installment At World’s End, Disney introduced two new young leads in On Stranger Tides as played by Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) and Astrid Berges-Frisbey (I Origins).  Their story concluded in that film, but it’s no surprise that Disney is again looking to add some young blood to the upcoming fifth installment. »

- Adam Chitwood

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Magic City Movie in Development with Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Bruce Willis, and Bill Murray

12 hours ago

Many similarly themed shows came and went in the wake of Mad Men’s success, and one such series was Starz’s Magic City.  The show took place in 1959 Miami and revolved around a club owner, played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who is forced to make a deal with a mobster.  It ran for two seasons on the network, but it is now getting new life in the form of a Magic City movie.  Variety reports that creator Mitch Glazer will direct a feature film iteration of the show, with Morgan, Danny Huston, Olga Kurylenko, and Kelly Lynch poised to reprise their roles from the series.  Moreover, Bruce Willis and Bill Murray are being added to the mix as new characters, though specifics aren't provided at this time. The Magic City movie will be set in 1962 and once again revolve around Morgan’s Miami club owner.  Further details are unknown, »

- Adam Chitwood

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Gone Girl Is Now David Fincher’s Highest Grossing Film Domestically

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In case you needed further proof that Gone Girl is a bona fide hit, the film has now become director David Fincher’s highest grossing film on the domestic charts.  With a domestic total of $127.8 million and climbing, the satirical thriller has surpassed Fincher’s previous victor of the domestic charts, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, which topped out at $127.5 million.  It’s an impressive feat to be sure, and while anticipation was certainly high due to the popularity of author Gillian Flynn’s novel, it helps that Fincher’s film manages to be wildly entertaining, bitingly funny, and somewhat terrifying at the same time.  So where does Gone Girl rank in relation to Fincher’s filmography on the worldwide charts, and how does Fincher’s oeuvre fall in line as a whole?  Find out after the jump. Gone Girl’s worldwide box office total currently stands at an impressive $254.9 million, »

- Adam Chitwood

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Riddick Director David Twohy to Helm Time Travel Thriller Replay

13 hours ago

Filmmaker David Twohy is poised to tackle time travel in his next film.  Deadline reports that the director behind the Riddick trilogy will helm the thriller Replay for Relativity.  The story follows a test subject in an experiment who is sent four days into the future, only to discover that his son has been killed and he’s being accused of committing the crime.  When the day is over, he wakes up to find it’s now the previous day, thus beginning a murder mystery in reverse as he must solve the murder before he reaches the day of the initial experiment, which is when the killing occurred.  The project was penned by Joe Gazzam, who is writing the upcoming Cliffhanger remake.  This is not to be confused with the other time travel movie called Replay, which is based on Ken Grimwood’s novel and previously had Robert Zemeckis in line to direct. »

- Adam Chitwood

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Adam McKay Talks We The Economy, Tackling Income Inequality, His Outspoken Political Views, and More

13 hours ago

Now available online and for free is We The Economy: 20 Films You Can’t Afford to Miss.  Produced by Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Productions and Morgan Spurlock’s Cinelan, each of the short films is helmed by a filmmaker using their own creative vision to help explain the U.S. economy.  The shorts run 5-8 minutes each and they try to explain the role of government in the economy, what causes inequality, what is money and globalization, and a lot more.  It's a great series that tries to tackle a very serious subject in an entertaining way.  Watch them here. With director Adam McKay helming The Unbelievably Sweet Alpacas (which tackles income inequality in a My Little Pony-inspired universe), I recently spoke to him about how he got involved in the project, his outspoken political views and how he uses social media to address them, how We the Economy gives unbiased economic information, »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Christopher Nolan Doesn’t Rule Out Another Superhero Movie; Warner Bros. Pressed Him to Produce Justice League and a Batman Reboot

14 hours ago

If Marvel Studios and Iron Man is responsible for influencing one half of the current superhero movie climate, then Christopher Nolan and Batman Begins can take credit for the other half.  How many times have you heard “gritty reboot” and Batman Begins name-checked when describing a potential new project or an updated take on an existing property?  Nolan brought a grounded and serious tone to the superhero genre with his Dark Knight trilogy, specifically The Dark Knight, and many imitators have surfaced in his wake.  Nolan closed out his Batman adaptation with The Dark Knight Rises, but many fans of the franchise would no doubt love to see Nolan put his spin on another superhero. So what does Nolan think about returning to the superhero genre?  Well he’s not particularly crazy about it, but he won’t entirely rule it out either.  Hit the jump for more, including how »

- Adam Chitwood

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Emma Stone and Edward Norton Talk Birdman, Reaction to the Finished Film, Working with Director of Photography Emmanuel Lubezki, and More

14 hours ago

Now playing in theaters is one of the best films of 2014: Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman.  Made to look like one long shot, Birdman 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.  While some movies have incredible performances or a great script, Birdman is one of those rare films where everything across the board is memorable.  It’s absolutely one of my favorite films of the year and it should be seen as soon as possible.  Trust me, this is a special movie that you will want to see.  The film also stars Edward NortonNaomi WattsEmma StoneZach GalifianakisAndrea Riseborough, and Amy Ryan. At the New York City press day I landed a video interview Emma Stone and Edward Norton. »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Peeta Sends a Message in the Latest The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 TV Spot

14 hours ago

President Snow (Donald Sutherland) snatched Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) out of the arena at the end of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire for a reason.  He’s got big plans for the Boy with the Bread and thanks to this latest TV spot, we’re getting an extended look at them.  While Alma Coin (Julianne Moore) and Plutarch Heavensbee (Philip Seymour Hoffman) are busy prepping Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) to lead the rebellion, Snow is using Peeta to destroy it. Hit the jump to catch Peeta’s message to his co-74th Hunger Games victor and everyone else defying The Capitol in the latest The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 TV spot.  The film is due in theaters on November 21st and also stars Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Jeffrey Wright, Stanley Tucci, Sam Claflin and Jena Malone. Here’s the official synopsis for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1: »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Alex Garland to Write and Direct Enviro-Horror Thriller Annihilation

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Just yesterday, the trailer debuted for 28 Days Later, Dredd, and Sunshine writer Alex Garland’s directorial debut, the fantastic-looking sci-fi thriller Ex Machina, and now Garland is lining up another incredibly promising directorial project.  Variety reports that he has been tapped by Paramount to write and direct an adaptation of the first book in Jeff VanderMeer’s excellent Southern Reach trilogy, Annihilation. The books are at once terrifying and incredibly compelling, with each novel written from a different perspective and with a unique authorial voice. The first book, Annihilation, follows the expedition of four women who are sent into the mysterious “Area X”, a portion of land in the United States that has been secretly quarantined due to abnormal activity.  They are the twelfth expedition sent into Area X.  The second ended in mass suicide, the third in a hail of gunfire as the members turned on one another, and »


- Adam Chitwood

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Author Joe Hill Gives Update on the Locke & Key Movie; Says Fox Passed on the TV Pilot Because It Was “Too Scary”

14 hours ago

It’s no secret that I love the Locke & Key graphic novels that are written by Joe Hill and illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez.  It is a story of dark fantasy and wonder about Keyhouse, an unlikely New England mansion with fantastic doors that transform all who dare to walk through them, and that only scratches the surface.  When I saw the pilot that was made for the 2011 TV season (starring Miranda Otto, Mark Pellegrino, Jesse McCartney and Sarah Bolger), I loved it so much that I was both shocked and greatly disappointed to learn that it wasn’t picked up and I would never get to see how it would continue. Then came word that Alex Kurtzman, who was an executive producer on pilot, was now looking to make a trilogy of films to tell the Locke & Key story.  So, when I got on the phone with author Joe Hill »

- Christina Radish

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New to Blu-ray: Deliver Us From Evil, Wish I Was Here, Begin Again, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include the most recent film from the director of Marvel’s upcoming Doctor Strange, a nice indie music dramedy produced by Judd Apatow, Zach Braff’s long-awaited directorial follow-up to Garden State, and more.  Briefly: Deliver Us From Evil (2 Discs) [Blu-ray] - $22.96 (44% off) Begin Again [Blu-ray] - $19.99 (43% off) Wish I Was Here (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD) - $21.98 (37% off) Life of Crime [Blu-ray] - $15.99 (36% off) Child of God [Blu-ray] - $26.98 (10% off) Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist - Live Action (Blu-ray/DVD Combo) - $25.48 (15% off) Fedora [Blu-ray] - $18.99 (37% off) Nightbreed: The Director's Cut (Bluray / DVD Combo) [Blu-ray] - $24.99 (17% off)

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- Adam Chitwood

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Eric Bana to Fake Front Line War Reporting in Ricky Gervais’ Special Correspondents

15 hours ago

With films like Deliver Us from Evil, Lone Survivor and Hanna on his resume, it’s easy to forget that Eric Bana kicked off his career with the sketch comedy series, Full Frontal.  However, Bana is about to step back into the comedy realm for a brand new movie called Special Correspondents.  It’s being described as a satirical comedy drama and will feature Bana as an arrogant New York radio journalist who pretends he’s reporting from the front lines of war. Ricky Gervais penned the script and is set to direct the film as well.  Production is scheduled to begin in the Spring of 2015 in New York and Vancouver.  Hit the jump for more on Special Correspondents. This is a pretty clever idea.  Sure it’d take some serious legwork and research to pull one over on the public, but really, what’s to stop someone from faking »


- Perri Nemiroff

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Thursday TV Ratings: Elementary Returns Down; Big Bang Theory Hits Season Low

15 hours ago

TV ratings for Thursday, October 30th are in.  Here’s a brief rundown: The season premiere of CBS’ Elementary tied its series low with a 1.4 rating in the 18-49 demo, scoring 8.17 million viewers for a drop of 33% from its season two premiere.  Elsewhere on the network, The Big Bang Theory fell 11% to a season “low” 4.1 rating and scored 16.22 million viewers, the premiere of Mom hit a series high 2.7 rating and scored 11.72 million viewers, Two and a Half Men dropped 7% to a 2.7 rating and 11.02 million viewers, and The McCarthys series premiere notched a 1.9 rating and 8.78 million viewers. Over on ABC, Scandal (read Allison's recap here) matched last week’s 3.0 rating and garnered 9.15 million viewers, while How to Get Away with Murder fell 10% to a 2.7 rating and scored 8.52 million viewers. NBC’s Bad Judge was down 10% to a 0.9 rating and 3.96 million viewers, A to Z fell 22% to a 0.7 rating and scored 2.56 million viewers, »

- Adam Chitwood

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Rob Zombie Putting Together “Hardcore R-rated” Halloween Film 31; Crowdfunding Campaign Underway

16 hours ago

You know what would happen if Rob Zombie ran The Hunger Games?  It’d probably be a little like the idea behind this new project he’s putting together called 31.  In the movie, five carnival workers are abducted the night before Halloween and thrown into a secret facility called Murder World.  That’s where they play the game 31 during which they’ve got to survive 12 hours in the compound packed with maniacs dressed as clowns trying to kill them. Protagonist Pictures is gearing up to bring the project to the international marketplace at Afm next month.  Production is expected to begin in February.  Hit the jump for more on 31. According to Variety, the production companies behind the film include Spectacle Entertainment Group, Bow + Arrow Entertainment and Protagonist Pictures.  Bow + Arrow and Protagonist are co-financing the project as well.  Zombie and Andy Gould will produce for Spectacle while Eddie Vaisman will »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Stephen Amell Thinks Grant Gustin Should Be Doing The Flash Movie

16 hours ago

Admittedly, I was a little annoyed when it was first announced that Evan Peters was set to portray Quicksilver in the X-Men films and Aaron Taylor-Johnson snagged the part for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  Clearly one actor can’t play the part for both Fox and Marvel Studios, but the perfectionist in me was a little annoyed that there’d be two guys playing the character at the same time.  Deep down, I know it’s ridiculous and there’s no reason why we can’t have two successful renditions of Pietro Maximoff, but it’s just not as orderly as I would have liked. Now the same thing is happening with Barry Allen.  The Flash TV show starring Grant Gustin is in the midst of a strong first season run on The CW, but Warner Bros. and DC still decided to give the character a movie, too – with a different actor. »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Nightcrawler Review

17 hours ago

[This is a re-post of my review from the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.  Nightcrawler opens today.] Local TV news is sociopathic. If I came up to you and began our conversation talking about the horrible deaths of total strangers that had no larger implication than seizing on your deep-seated fears about city living, you would think I’m not only insane, but predatory. And you would be right. Dan Gilroy’s chilling, pulse-pounding Nightcrawler manifests the essence of local news and puts it inside a protagonist where a soul should be. Anchored by Jake Gyllenhaal giving the best performance of the year thus far, Gilroy’s film is a scathing and decadently amoral portrait of ice-cold calculation and ruthless ambition speeding through the dark streets of Los Angeles. Lou Bloom (Gyllenhaal) is a thief who believes he has the work ethic to achieve far more than petty crimes. One night while driving past a car crash, he observes a “nightcrawler”,  cameraman Joe Loder (Bill Paxton) capturing »

- Matt Goldberg

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