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Dax Shepard’s CHiPS Movie Will Be More Serious Than You’re Expecting

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I’m not sure that I ever saw an episode of the original CHiPS TV series, but Warner Bros. is counting on people like me being in the minority since they’re making a feature film version of CHiPS.  And here’s where it begins to get interesting - Dax Shepard has been hired to write, direct and star in the film with the hilarious Michael Peña joining him.  Shepard will play Larry Wilcox’s role of Officer Jon Baker while Peña will be subbing for Erik Estrada and playing Frank “Ponch” Poncherello. My first reaction when I read this news was that this ship has probably sailed with ironic remakes like Starsky & Hutch being over ten years old.  But that’s were this actually gets even more interesting.  This version of CHiPS is said to be serious.  As in “not a comedy.”  Which isn’t really what you’d expect from Shepard, »

- Evan Dickson

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How To Train Your Dragon 3 Release Date Pushed to 2017

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DreamWorks Animation has opted to delay the How to Train Your Dragon 3 release date by a full year.  Originally slated to open in theaters on June 17, 2016, the studio announced today that the third How to Train Your Dragon film is being delayed to June 9, 2017.  That moves it away from squaring off directly against Pixar’s Finding Dory on the 2016 weekend, but its new release date is two weeks after The Lego Movie 2 and a week before an untitled Pixar film.  Hit the jump for more on this How to Train Your Dragon 3 release date change. The new release date news comes courtesy of Dark Horizons, who source DreamWorks Animation with the announcement.  While How to Train Your Dragon 2 opened earlier this year to swell reviews, its box office performance was a bit disappointing.  It lost its opening weekend to the R-rated 22 Jump Street and ended up grossing over $40 million »

- Adam Chitwood

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The Boondock Saints 3: Legion Will Be Made if Troy Duffy Gets His Way

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Let’s hope that Troy Duffy keeps taking his time with his signature franchise since I could easily go the rest of my life without another Boondock Saints film.  I almost get the appeal of these movies in the sense that they position themselves as very much outside the PC Hollywood Pov, but I think they’re garbage and I don’t think their misogynist immature hearts are in the right place at all.  But we could… could… be getting another one if Duffy has his way. The title that he’s kicking around is The Boondock Saints 3: Legion, which apparently focusses on the McManus boys behind bars along with a cult of obtuse people outside the prison walls who take on their crime fighting mantle.  It’s also promised that the film will look at the origins of the McManii, showing us their “very first crime.”  We’ll »

- Evan Dickson

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Terry Gilliam Talks The Zero Theorem, Christoph Waltz, Working with the Late Robin Williams, Monty Python’s Success, and More from DragonCon 2014

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Terry Gilliam wants to offend you, he wants to shock you, and above all, he wants to make you think. The Monty Python funnyman and notoriously Hollywood-hostile director aims to achieve all three of those things with his newest film, The Zero Theorem.  In addition to talking up the sci-fi fantasy movie while attending Atlanta's DragonCon, Gilliam shared a personal story about his experience working with the late Robin Williams, talked about landing Christoph Waltz in the lead of his latest film, and even commented on the long-running success of the British comedy troupe. The Zero Theorem, which stars Waltz as Qohen Leth, a computer hacker who searches for the meaning of life while being distracted by Management, a shadowy figure from an Orwellian corporation, is now available on VOD and will enjoy a limited theatrical release on September 19th.  Melanie ThierryTilda Swinton, and David Thewlis also star.  Hit »

- Dave Trumbore

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Netflix Renews Hemlock Grove; Season 3 Will Be Its Last

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I can’t believe I’m saying this, but Netflix just confirmed that Hemlock Grove will return for a third season and I couldn’t be more thrilled about it.  Season 1 was practically unwatchable, but season 2 is almost a complete turnaround.  It’s still rather ridiculous and has its goofy soap opera-like moments, but overall, Hemlock Grove has become a highly entertaining guilty pleasure. After Peter (Bill Skarsgård) and Roman (Landon Liboiron) outted the Vargulf in season 1, they’re stuck dealing with the repercussions of the attacks at the start of season 2.  Peter’s on the run with his mother and Roman’s reeling over Shelley (Madeleine Martin) and his Upir birthright.  Miranda Cates’ (Madeline Brewer) arrival does offer some solace, but this is Hemlock Grove we’re talking about.  Ultimately her involvement brings the show to a whole new level of supernatural chaos and, naturally, that leaves you eager for more. »

- Perri Nemiroff

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The Politician: Vince Vaughn Could Be on the Upswing in New Comedy

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It looks like Vince Vaughn is willing himself out of a career rut with some of the projects he’s been signing onto recently, which is something I’m pretty happy about.  I’ve always loved his comic timing and have found him to be a relatable, charismatic and funny screen presence more often than not.  But the shine started to come off of him over the past few years as his comedies grew more formulaic (in my opinion this fallow period stretches from Fred Claus up until Delivery Man).  But with a role in Season 2 of True Detective and what sounds like a darker film coming up in Term Life, maybe Vaughn truly is taking back his career á la Matthew McConaughey. The Politician could be another step back in the right direction.  At first glance, it appears possible that this studio project could be another paycheck gig, but »


- Evan Dickson

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New Cymbeline Trailer and First Clip; Ethan Hawke-Led Shakespeare Adaptation Acquired for North American Release

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Ahead of the film’s Venice Film Festival debut, a new Cymbeline trailer has been unveiled along with the news that writer/director Michael Almereyda’s unique Shakespeare adaptation has been acquired for North American distribution by Lionsgate’s Grindstone Entertainment.  The film reinvents one of Shakespeare’s lesser works and revolves around an epic battle between dirty cops and a drug dealing biker gang, set in a corruption-riddled contemporary America.  As evidenced by this new trailer, It’s very much in the vein of Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet, and it actually marks the second Shakespeare collaboration between Almereyda and star Ethan Hawke, as the two previously worked together on 2000’s Hamlet.  This adaptation of Cymbeline looks to be rather intense, with even a bit of a Sons of Anarchy vibe aside from the Shakespearean dialogue. Watch the new Cymbeline trailer and first clip after the jump.  The film also stars Ed Harris, »

- Adam Chitwood

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I Origins Director Mike Cahill to Helm The Magicians TV Show Pilot

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The Magicians TV show is finally taking shape.  Just after the third and final book in author Lev Grossman’s phenomenal The Magicians trilogy debuted atop the New York Times Bestseller list, THR reports that Another Earth and I Origins filmmaker Mike Cahill has been tapped to helm the pilot for Syfy’s TV series adaptation.  Crudely described as “Harry Potter for adults”, the books revolve around a group of twentysomethings who, after graduating from a secret magician school hidden away in New York, discover that the magical fantasy world they read about as kids is real and poses a grave danger.  The books—The Magicians, The Magician King, and The Magician’s Land—are tremendous, and essentially tackle the premise with a realistic “what would really happen” bent, delving deep into issues of depression, loss, love, and friendship.  Seriously, I cannot recommend them highly enough. Hit the jump for »

- Adam Chitwood

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John Hawkes Talks Life Of Crime, His Preparation Process, Elmore Leonard, Baltasar Kormákur’s Everest, and More

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Life of Crime, Daniel Schecter’s adaptation of the Elmore Leonard novel The Switch, is now playing on VOD and in theaters.  The film features younger versions of the Robert De Niro and Samuel L. Jackson characters from another Leonard adaptation, Jackie Brown, with John Hawkes and Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) filling the roles this time around.  The story features Hawkes and Bey kidnapping the trophy wife (Jennifer Aniston) of a wealthy man (Tim Robbins) only to find out he doesn’t actually want her back.  The film also stars Mark Boone JuniorIsla FisherWill Forte.  Life of Crime is loaded with juicy characters and great dialogue, and it’s definitely worth checking out.  For more on the movie, read Matt’s review or watch the trailer. At the recent Los Angeles press day I landed an exclusive video interview with John Hawkes.  He talked about making Life of Crime, »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Nazi Zombie Commander Herzog is Back in Exclusive Dead Snow 2: Red Vs. Dead Poster

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You think Commander Herzog (Orjan Gamst) and his cohorts unleashed some outrageous and wonderfully grotesque brutality upon Martin (Vegar Hoel) and his buddies in the first Dead Snow?  Just wait until you see what Herzog is capable of with a bigger army in Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead.  In the sequel, Martin is back, and he’s got his arm back as well.  Trouble is, there’s a little mix-up at the hospital.  They never recover the arm Martin sawed off himself up on the mountain, but rather, they find Herzog’s severed arm in Martin’s car, so stick that one on him instead. It’s a downright brilliant scenario that broadens the Dead Snow mythology in some of the greatest and goriest ways imaginable.  Get ready for some serious head-smashing and disemboweling because Herzog and co. are back in theaters on October 10th and with the release fast approaching, »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Four DC Comics Movies URL Registrations Hint at Warner Bros.’ Upcoming Plans

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It’s no secret that Warner Bros. is in the midst of building its own DC Comics Movies slate, crafting its answer to the highly successful Marvel Cinematic Universe.  They’ve already staked out release dates for nine upcoming DC Comics movies, and the in-production Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is looking like one massive Justice League prequel with appearances scheduled for Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg, and more.  The question on everyone’s minds, though, is in what order will Warner Bros. be introducing more standalone DC comics movies?  Well an answer may have surfaced by way of four URLs that Warner Bros. just registered, which just so happen to match up to four very specific DC comics properties.  More after the jump. The folks over at Tech Times (via Comic Book Resources) have discovered that WB has registered the following URLs: JusticeLeagueFilm.com ShazamMovie.com WonderWomanTheMovie.com AquamanMovie. »

- Adam Chitwood

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Shane Black’s The Nice Guys Starring Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe Set for June 17, 2016 Release Date

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Warner Bros. has set The Nice Guys release date in the heart of Summer 2016, confirming that the 1970s-set noir film will indeed be writer/director Shane Black’s next feature.  The Lethal Weapon scribe has been working on the project for years with producer Joel Silver, but it finally gained traction after the massive box office success of Black’s second directorial feature, Iron Man 3.  The story revolves around a private detective and a muscle-for-hire who are brought together to investigate the case of a missing girl and the seemingly unrelated suicide of a fading porn star.  Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe became attached to the project a few months ago, shortly after which Warner Bros. acquired the noir-tinged picture. More on the Nice Guys release date and the film itself after the jump. Per Warner Bros., Nice Guys is coming together quite, well, nicely, as production is scheduled to begin this fall. »

- Adam Chitwood

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Abcs Of Death 2 Trailer Shows Off Zombies, Impalings, Bone-Breaking and Loads of Gore

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The original ABCs of Death had some pretty outrageous segments, namely Timo Tjahjanto’s “L is for Libido” and, my personal favorite, Anders Morgenthaler’s “K is for Klutz,” but based on this new extreme red bad trailer for ABCs of Death 2, the sequel should have no trouble keeping up with its predecessor.  In less than two minutes of material we see a botched beheading, some flesh eating, quite a few gunshots and an abundance of carnage. Hit the jump to check out the new ABCs of Death 2 trailer, but be warned, it’s very Nsfw.  The sequel features segments from directors E.L. Katz, Jerome Sable, Larry Fessenden, Vincenzo Natali and more.  The film is scheduled to arrive On Demand and on iTunes on October 2nd, followed by a theatrical release on October 31st. It’s hard enough to cram one feature narrative into a two-minute trailer, so attempting to »

- Perri Nemiroff

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The Walking Dead Season 5 Poster: Hunt or Be Hunted

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AMC has released the first official The Walking Dead Season 5 poster, which boasts the ominous tagline “Hunt or Be Hunted.”  Given that this new season may or may not feature a showdown between Rick’s (Andrew Lincoln) gang and a group of people that may or may not be cannibals, the moniker seems appropriate.  Despite the fact that The Walking Dead airs on a cable network, it stands as the most watched drama series on all of television in the coveted 18-49 demo, which is kind of a big deal.  While the actual quality of the show varies depending on who you talk to, there’s no denying that a lot of people are watching.  Will the ratings rise continue in Season 5 or will the series finally plateau? Hit the jump to take a look at the Walking Dead Season 5 poster, and click here to peruse a gallery of teaser »

- Adam Chitwood

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Robert Rodriguez Talks Matador, His Belief in Passion Projects, Looking Forward to Season 2, and More

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From writer/producer Roberto Orci, the 13-episode El Rey series Matador is an action-packed, fun, sexy, dangerous look at the world of an undercover CIA operative masquerading as a professional soccer star.  The story follows Tony “Matador” Bravo (Gabriel Luna), who becomes a professional soccer player for the La Riot, in order to use his skills as a covert operative to get close to ruthless billionaire team owner Andrés Galan (Alfred Molina) and execute missions for the CIA. During this exclusive interview with Collider, executive producer Robert Rodriguez talked about why Matador was the perfect show for his El Rey Network, ordering it straight to series with 13 episodes, his belief in passion projects, why From Dusk Till Dawn was the right first show for the network, looking forward to Season 2, what led to The Director’s Chair, directing more episodes of the El Rey shows, and where he sees filmmaking technology heading. »

- Christina Radish

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Oldboy Director Park Chan-wook Set to Adapt Fingersmith into Korean-Language Thriller

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I quite enjoyed Park Chan-wook's English-language debut, Stoker, but it looks like he'll be returning to his native South Korea for his follow-up.  According to Screen Daily, Park is set to adapt Sarah Waters' 2002 novel Fingersmith, and will begin casting this month.  Waters' book is set in Victorian London, and focuses on young women are who work as petty thieves ("fingersmiths").  The book was previously adapted in 2005 into a two-part BBC miniseries starring Sally Hawkins and Imelda Staunton.  Park is resetting his adaptation to Korea sometime during the Japanese occupation (1910 – 1945).  The Korean title, "Agashi", directly translates to "Young Lady" or "Miss".  There's currently no English title for the project. Production is set to begin in the first half of 2015.  Hit the jump to read the synopsis for Waters' novel. Here's the synopsis for Sarah Waters' Fingersmith: Sue Trinder is an orphan, left as an infant in the care of Mrs. »

- Matt Goldberg

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Monsters: Dark Continent Trailer Features Monsters, Monsters and More Monsters

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Part of the reason Gareth EdwardsMonsters was such a remarkable film was because you walked in expecting an action-heavy alien invasion-type movie, but wound up getting a layered, moving relationship drama with the ever-present threat of the title characters relegated to the background.  Not everyone appreciated the unique take, but for those of you who were hoping for more monsters, it looks as though you’ll get your wish in the Monsters sequel, Monsters: Dark Continent. We’ve got a brand new trailer for the second film and in just over two minutes of footage, there’s already significantly more creatures, action and destruction than in the first one.  Hit the jump to check it all out in the Monsters: Dark Continent trailer for yourself.  The film is due for a theatrical release in the UK on November 28th, but, at the moment, Monsters 2 does not have domestic distribution. »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Lars Von Trier to Direct TV Series The House That Jack Built; Show Will Be “Without Precedent”

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Sitting through five hours of Nymphomaniac already felt like a lot to endure, but filmmaker Lars Von Trier is now planning to send his English-language audience through an entire TV series. Von Trier previously worked on the 1990s Danish series The Kingdom, and now according to Deadline, he's returning to long-form storytelling. At the Venice Film Festival for the out of competition screenings of the Director’s Cut of Nymphomaniac Volume I and II, producer Louise Vesth announced on behalf of Von Trier (who has kept to his 2011 promise of refraining from all public statements and interviews) that his next project will be an English-language TV series. Hit the jump for more. Deadline reports that Vesth told the press Von Trier "has a really really good idea which I cannot tell more about right now. He wants a huge cast and from what I heard I’m sure that it »

- Matt Goldberg

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The Riot Club Clip Featuring Sam Claflin and Max Irons; Plus The Sound And The Fury Clip

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Hopefully you’ve had your morning coffee and don’t plan on having a glass of wine for a while now because these new clips from The Sound and the Fury and The Riot Club might make you think twice about drinking either of them.  James Franco’s latest is just days away from its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival and has its Toronto International Film Festival screening coming up right after, so the team behind it has unveiled a clip from the film, teasing the intensity we’ve got coming. We’ve also got Lone Scherfig’s The Riot Club making its way to Tiff for a world premiere.  Even though Joey King and Scott Haze both look like they can get a little nasty in that piece from The Sound and the Fury, the Riot Club clip actually might be tougher to stomach.  Hit the jump to find out why. »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Dracula Untold International Trailer: Luke Evans Just Wants to Keep the Peace

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It’s been a while since we’ve seen anything new from Dracula Untold, but with the film’s October 17th release date coming up fast, Universal has got to start ramping up the promotional campaign soon, perhaps beginning with this brand new international trailer.  A good deal of the footage here comes from the domestic promo we got back in June, but it does highlight a few different elements of the narrative, namely the peace in Transylvania and how Mehmet (Dominic Cooper) threatens to destroy it. It also looks as though Universal is running with the title Dracula Zero in some regions overseas.  I don’t care much for Zero or Untold, but back when we were on set for the film, it was called Dracula Year Zero, so that one did grow on me.  Regardless, we’re getting Dracula Untold on October 17th.  The film also stars Luke Evans, »

- Perri Nemiroff

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