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Darren Lynn Bousman to Direct Sci-Fi Action Movie Apex; Described as Predator Meets Call Of Duty

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Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, Saw III, Saw IV) is set to direct the independent sci-fi action movie Apex.  The project, scripted by James E. Cavanaugh, is described as Predator meets Call of Duty.  A special ops unit is sent to retrieve a Wmd from North Korea and ends up transported to another world where they must fight a dangerous alien race.  It's an interesting premise---sounds like it could make a nice double feature with Edge of Tomorrow.  I am curious to see what Bousman and 2511 Productions can do with an indie budget to create an alien world. Hit the jump for quotes from Bousman on his vision for Apex. Courtesy of Heat Vision: "Bousman sees Apex as 'a love letter to the sci-fi films I grew up watching with my dad, such as Alien, Predator, Enemy Mine, Tremors. But I also want it to have the more modern feel »

- Brendan Bettinger

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Roberto Orci Talks Star Trek 3; Says Paramount Hasn’t Seen the Script Yet, Unconfirmed as Director Until Given the Greenlight

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Many were skeptical about director J.J. Abrams’ 2009 Star Trek reboot, but the finished film turned out to be the rare movie that seemed to please both die-hard fans and Trek newcomers in equal measure.  It was a thrilling start to a revitalized franchise for Paramount, and while reception to the follow-up Star Trek Into Darkness was less enthusiastic, the sequel still went on to gross $467 million worldwide.  Obviously Paramount would be moving forward with another installment, but Abrams happened to be busy with this little thing called Star Wars, so a new director was needed.  After months of searching, the studio finally settled on a familiar face: Roberto Orci.  Having produced and co-written the first two films, Orci was already entrenched in the existing franchise, but Star Trek 3 marks a massive challenge as it will be Orci’s first time in the director’s chair, ever. Our own Christina »

- Adam Chitwood

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Andy Serkis Talks Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, Deleted Scenes, Advances in Motion Capture, and How Early He Was Cast in Star Wars: Episode 7

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Let me be very clear: Matt Reeves’ Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is one of the best films of the year and a huge step forward for what can be accomplished with motion capture technology, as Andy Serkis has again delivered one of the year's best performances.  Loaded with incredible performances all around and a great script, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is the rare commercial movie that’s also deep and thoughtful.  Dawn is also atypical in that tells a complete story but also opens the door for another sequel.  As I said, Reeves has hit a massive home-run with this film and I truly hope audiences and critics embrace this special movie.  For more on the film, read Matt's review. At the San Francisco press day I landed a great video interview with Andy Serkis.  He talked about his reaction to the finished film, »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Warner Bros. Picks Up Shane Black’s Nice Guys Starring Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe

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Writer/director Shane Black’s long-in-the-works 1970s-set noir film The Nice Guys could finally be coming to fruition.  Last month, we learned that the Joel Silver-produced project was picking up steam with Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe circling the lead roles of a private detective and a muscle-for-hire who are brought together to investigate the suicide of a fading porn star.  It’s the kind of hard-boiled, noir-tinged project that seems a perfect fit for Black, so fingers were crossed that the pic could finally come together.  Evidently all that wishing and hoping paid off, as Warner Bros. has now closed a deal to acquire the project, bringing it that much closer to being a reality.  More after the jump. THR reports the news that The Nice Guys has found a home in WB.  Written by Black and Anthony Bagarozzi, the story was initially envisioned as a TV series, »


- Adam Chitwood

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HBO Announces Boardwalk Empire and The Comeback Premiere Dates; Steven Soderbergh’s The Knick Renewed Early

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As the TCA’s are ongoing, HBO and Cinemax took the stage today to make a few announcements.  Boardwalk Empire season 5 will premiere on HBO on September 7th, kicking off the final stretch of episodes for the Steve Buscemi-fronted series.  Additionally, the return of The Comeback will take place in November, as the fantastic, Lisa Kudrow-led cult comedy returns for a six-episode limited series event following its short-lived first season back in 2005. And on the Cinemax side of things, THR reports that creator/showrunner Steven Soderbergh’s upcoming drama The Knick has already been renewed for a second season, even though season one doesn’t premiere until August 8th.  Clive Owen stars as a surgeon at Knickerbocker Hospital in 1900 New York, an era in which medical procedures were extremely dangerous.  Soderbergh directed all 10 episodes of the first season and has stated his eagerness to return for season two. »

- Adam Chitwood

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Kate Beckinsale in The Disappointments Room for D.J. Caruso; Jim Belushi Tells The Whole Truth; Dakota Johnson Is Forever, Interrupted

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Here's a bit more casting news for you to enjoy: Kate Beckinsale will star in the psychological thriller The Disappointments Room for director D.J. Caruso. Jim Belushi has joined Courtney Hunt's courtroom drama The Whole Truth starring Keanu Reeves, Renée Zellweger, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Gabriel Basso. Dakota Johnson is attached to star in Forever, Interrupted, an adaptation of Taylor Jenkins Reid's novel. Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement. First up from Deadline is the news that Relativity will fully finance The Disappointments Room starring Beckinsale.  Caruso did the most recent draft of the script, which was inspired by a true event and tells the story of one family’s terror-filled encounter within their own home. Dana (Beckinsale) and David, together with their 5-year-old son Jeremy, are looking for a fresh start.  They move into their dream house, a beautiful old rural home, where they soon discover »

- Dave Trumbore

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5 New Into The Storm Images Reveal Stormchasers at the Mercy of a Fire Tornado

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While natural disasters in the real world are becoming increasingly frequent and devastating, they remain quite fun to view in the relative safety of a movie theater.  Enter Into the Storm, director Steven Quale's tornado picture that takes a found-footage approach to stormchasers and small-town citizens attempting to survive a deadly outbreak of twisters.  We have five new images from the action-thriller to share with you today, featuring an upclose and personal look at the inside of a tornado, plus the rare and deadly fire-twister. Be sure to read up on my set visit report for Into the Storm, along with interviews with Quale, producer Todd Garner, and stars Sarah Wayne Callies, Richard Armitage, and Matt Walsh.  Also starring Nathan Kress, Arlen Escarpeta, Jon Reep, Kyle Davis, and Jeremy SumpterInto the Storm opens August 8th.  Hit the jump to check out the new images. The following new images »

- Dave Trumbore

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True Detective Season 2 Will Have Multiple Directors and 4 “Central Roles”; William Friedkin in the Mix

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As it does every year, HBO lead the Emmy nominations this morning with a whopping 99 nods and it has a very solid chance at winning in some of the major categories thanks to the phenomenal True Detective.  Though the anthology series wrapped up its complete story at the end of the first season, many (myself included) have been incredibly curious to see what True Detective season 2 will bring.  Creator/writer Nic Pizzolatto has previously teased that the next batch of episodes takes place in the “psychosphere ambiance” of California and deals with “the secret occult history of the United States transportation system.”  Subsequently, speculation has run rampant with what little information we have, and casting rumors have been in abundance. During an interview earlier today regarding the first season’s nominations, Pizzolatto dropped a few more details about True Detective season 2, walking back the whole “occult history” angle and confirming »

- Adam Chitwood

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Exclusive: Guillermo del Toro Wants to Release PG-13 and Unrated Cuts of At The Mountains Of Madness Simultaneously

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Guillermo del Toro is no stranger to developing multiple projects at once.  We just learned that he will be doing a small black and white film prior to shooting Pacific Rim 2 next year for an April 7, 2017 release date (not to mention the Pacific Rim animated series).  He's also producing The Strain TV series, debuting on FX, and that's just the stuff he's openly talking about. Well, that stuff and his long delayed dream project, an adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness.  Last week we learned that he was considering a toned-down PG-13 version of that film in order to get it made. While that's still true, that doesn't mean it will be the only version that's out there.  He's also considering shooting all the gore for a simultaneously released Unrated Cut.  In fact, that's his preferred plan.  Hit the jump for more. Steve spoke with »

- Evan Dickson

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The 2014 Emmy Nominations: 5 Surprises, 5 Snubs, and How the Voters Choose

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As predicted in who should be nominated for the Emmys the actual 2014 Emmy nominations provoked irritation and boredom by essentially copying and pasting the same names and series as the last several years.  There were a few adjustments: True Detective rightfully knocked Homeland out of the Best Drama list, but did Downton Abbey and House of Cards really deserve slots over The Good Wife's best season yet, not to mention an outstanding year for The Americans?  Hit the jump to learn the method behind this madness, as well as the picks for five surprises and five snubs from some of the non-major categories. First of all, it's important to note that no awards list is perfect.  Not everyone or everything can be included, and there will always be personal favorites that fly under the radar that are never going to have a chance.  That's ok.  The problem is that »

- Allison Keene

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Guardians Of The Galaxy Director James Gunn Explains Music’s Importance in the Film and on Set

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We brought you the details and track listings for James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack about a week ago, but some new quotes from the director reveal just how important that music was both on set and within the film itself.  In addition to the twelve classic songs found on the soundtrack, Tyler Bates' score was equally important, as Gunn asked him to finish some of the tracks before principal photography even began in order to use it on set to establish emotional beats. The film stars Chris PrattDave BautistaZoe SaldanaLee PaceBenicio Del ToroGlenn CloseKaren GillanMichael RookerDjimon HounsonJohn C. Reilly, and the voices of Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel.  The Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack will be released on July 29th; click here to pre-order.  The film will be released in 3D on August 1st.  Hit the jump »

- Dave Trumbore

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Zach Braff Visits Temple, Gets Nostalgic in 3 New Wish I Was Here Clips; Plus New Images

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Focus Features has released a trio of Wish I Was Here clips and a batch of new images from co-writer/director Zach Braff’s long-awaited Garden State follow-up.  Braff also stars in the film as a struggling actor, father, and husband who is seeking purpose in life and trying to come to terms with the impending death of his father (Mandy Patinkin).  I saw the pic at Sundance (read my review here), and I’d say these three clips are indicative of the film as a whole: really funny, occasionally touching, but also saccharine and a tad pretentious at times.  We see a great scene between Braff and Patinkin, another of Braff taking his children out in the desert to get philosophical, and a third where he visits his temple and has a frank discussion with a rabbi.  The pic is worth seeing (Kate Hudson is fantastic), but I found myself coming away rather disappointed. »

- Adam Chitwood

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Nicola Peltz and Gregg Sulkin Talk Affluenza, Gorgeous Long Island Locales, Playing Golf Movie Magic Style, Faking It, Transformers and More

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Affluenza is defined as the guilt or lack of motivation experienced by people who have made or inherited large amounts of money.  Affluenza’s Fisher (Ben Rosenfield) doesn’t suffer from it, but Nicola Peltz and Gregg Sulkin’s characters most certainly do.  Fisher’s an aspiring photographer who opts to ditch his home in Ithaca to spend the summer at his cousin Kate’s (Peltz) house in an extremely wealthy area on the North Shore of Long Island.  The plan is to get away for a bit, take some pictures and try to get himself into a good school, but Fisher winds up getting caught up in Kate’s world of big parties, fancy things and an excess of self-indulgence. With Affluenza heading towards a July 11th theatrical and On Demand debut, we got the chance to sit down with Peltz and Sulkin to discuss their very entitled characters, »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Fast & Furious 7 Wraps Production; Shares Heartfelt Note and New Image Commemorating Tough Shoot

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Shooting has just officially wrapped on Fast & Furious 7.  The tumultuous, to say the least, production faced innumerable hurdles following the tragic death of star Paul Walker in November.  I imagine those involved are glad they pushed on but relieved that the ordeal is drawing to a close.  I also imagine director James Wan has a bear of a post-production schedule ahead of him. Assembling the film in the proper manner to respectfully work around Walker’s death (and the various methods employed in replacing him) has to be a pretty intense juggling act. Hit the jump to read a heartfelt note from the team and see a new Fast & Furious 7 image.  The film also stars Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jason Statham, Ludacris, Tyrese Gibson, Ronda Rousey, Tony Jaa, Nathalie Emmanuel, Lucas Black, John Brotherton, Djimon Hounsou, and Kurt Russell. Fast & Furious 7 opens in theaters on April 3, 2015. The full image can »

- Evan Dickson

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Spin, Shout, Skate, and Save the Day in New Motion Posters

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If you liked the recently released character posters for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but thought to yourself, "Hey, these things could sure use a bit more ... motion," then boy are you gonna love these new motion posters!  Clearly meant for smartphones or some other type of vertically inclined viewing device, Paramount has released one new motion poster featuring each of the heroes-in-a-half shell in action.  Not only do we get a brief listen to what Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo, and Donatello sound like, but we get an idea of how their personalities will play out on screen.  They're actually quite well done (aside from their orientation). Starring Megan Fox, Will ArnettWilliam FichtnerAlan RitchsonPete PloszekJeremy HowardNoel Fisher, and Danny Woodburn, with Johnny Knoxville and Tony Shalhoub voicing Leonardo and Splinter respectively, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles opens August 8th.  Hit the jump to take a look at the new motion posters. »

- Dave Trumbore

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The Expendables 3 Gets a Combustible Motion Poster and a New TV Spot

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Confession time.  I’ve never seen an Expendables movie.  But since I’m fairly certain I’ll be covering director Patrick Hughes‘ The Expendables 3 in some capacity this summer, maybe I’ll grab a few beers and make time for the first two installments sometime soon.  How can I not prepare myself fully for a film where Mel Gibson plays a character named Conrad Stonebanks?  To that effect, we’ve got a new motion poster for the film that features some fancy cigar action and a hell of a billing block. Opening August 15th, the film stars Sylvester StalloneHarrison FordWesley SnipesArnold SchwarzeneggerKelsey GrammerAntonio BanderasJason StathamJet LiDolph LundgrenRandy CoutureTerry CrewsKellan LutzRonda RouseyVictor Ortiz, and Glen Powell. Hit the jump for the new Expendables 3 motion poster along with a new TV spot. [Warning: Motion poster autoplays with sound, so adjust your speakers accordingly.] The spot below, for what it's worth, »

- Evan Dickson

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Rachel Weisz in Talks to Join The Light Between Oceans; Anna Friel and Oliver Platt Take The Master Cleanse; Guy Pearce Sought for War On Everyone

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Here's a look at the day's latest casting news: Rachel Weisz is in talks to join Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander in Derek Cianfrance’s The Light between Oceans. Anna Friel and Oliver Platt join writer-director Bobby Miller's feature directorial debut, The Master Cleanse, a fantasy-horror-comedy starring Johnny Galecki and Anjelica Huston. Guy Pearce is being sought by director John Michael McDonagh to play the villain in War on Everyone, which already stars Michael Peña and Garrett Hedlund. Bill Condon's Sherlock Holmes film Mr. Holmes, starring Ian McKellen in the title role, also features Hattie MorahanPatrick KennedyHiroyuki SanadaRoger AllamPhil DavisFrances de la Tour, and Milo Parker. Hit the jump for more on each film. First up from The Wrap is news that Weisz is in talks to join The Light between Oceans, an adaptation of the M.L. Stedman novel that is set on »

- Dave Trumbore

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Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes Review

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Now having watched all of the Planet of the Apes movies, it's fascinating how the series views not only history, but trying to understand why civilizations rise and fall.  While there are always the broad strokes of good (Caesar, Cornelius, Zira) and bad (Hasslein, Breck, Aldo), there's always a concern of how these figures are followed or abandoned.  History will always have charismatic leaders and people who are motivated by fear, so how to these people guide the evolution or dissolution of a society?  Matt ReevesDawn of the Planet of the Apes perfectly captures this question by creating a microcosm of two civilizations reaching an inevitable clash and how their futures are both conflicting and intertwined.  The movie manages to take almost all the best aspects of its predecessors to create a summer blockbuster that is heartfelt, exhilarating, tragic, and profound. Mankind has been ravaged by the Simian Flu followed by war, »

- Matt Goldberg

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Comic-Con 2014 Schedule for Wednesday’s Preview Night and Thursday, July 24th Includes Constantine, Hannibal, Batman ’66, and More

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The Comic-Con 2014 scheduled for Wednesday's July 23rd's Preview Night and Thursday, July 24th has been announced.  As they've done in previous years, Preview Night will offer fans a first look at the pilots for upcoming shows.  This year's lineup is for The Flash, Constantine, and iZombie plus a brand new episode Teen Titans Go!.  On Thursday, you'll get a much stronger Hall H lineup than last year with presentations from DreamWorks Animation, The Giver, Paramount Pictures, Entertainment Weekly's: The Visionaries (the "visionaries" haven't been announced yet, but usually this is a fascinating panel), and a look at the upcoming Batman '66 Blu-ray set.  Folks in Ballroom 20, which hosts plenty of TV panels, will get to see presentations for 24, Teen Wolf, Hannibal, and Penny Dreadful.  Then there's an outlier with Sony Pictures doing a presentation in the Indigo Ballroom over the in Hilton Bayfront Hotel.  That's how packed Comic-Con is this »

- Matt Goldberg

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Wild Trailer: Reese Witherspoon Sets out on a Solitary Hike

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Fox Searchlight has released the first trailer for WildDallas Buyers Club director Jean-Marc Vallée’s adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s memoir.  Reese Witherspoon takes on the role of Strayed in the pic, as she decides to hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Coast Trail alone after the dissolution of her marriage and death of her mother.  There's plenty more on display here than scrapbook moments from Strayed's journey of self-discovery, as the trailer cuts between the challenges she faces on her hike and pivotal decisions she made in the past.  One imagines the feature film will follow a similar style, paralleling her trials and tribulations during both her metaphorical journey and her literal one. However Vallée handles the film's framework, the inspiring story is almost certain to spark some awards talk. Hit the jump to watch the Wild trailer.  The film also stars Laura Dern, Michiel Huisman, »

- Dave Trumbore

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