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Forget 2015, is 2016 going to be the biggest movie year ever?

2 hours ago

There has been a lot of scuttlebutt over the past week or so about what a terrible summer it's been for the movies. Box office is down and there appears to be a dearth of real blockbusters on the horizon. It's led to some predictable "The sky is falling!" stories from media looking for something scandalous to write about. Well, take a deep breath, people. Hollywood knew this summer was weak months ago. The movie business is a creative business and unless there are movies people are dying to see, it can only sustain a certain level of success. 2014 has a long way to go, however. From "Guardians of the Galaxy" to "Gone Girl" to "Interstellar" to "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay" to "Exodus: Gods and Kings" to the final "Hobbit" movie, there are a ton of broad hits on the way that could make an impact on pop culture (and »


- Gregory Ellwood, Kristopher Tapley, Drew McWeeny

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Review: Richard Linklater's unique masterpiece 'Boyhood' hits hard and cuts deep

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I am nine years old. I am laying in the back of the 1977 Plymouth van my parents are driving. It is the middle of the night, and we are leaving Dunedin on the first leg of our move to Texas. I am crying. My best friend Oli Watt, my next-door neighbor, said goodbye to me earlier in the day, and we've made promises to write and call on the phone, but I know that I am leaving behind the life that I've enjoyed up to that point and that whatever comes next, it will be different, and I am afraid, and I am sad, and I am sure that nothing will ever be this good again. I am sixteen years old. I am laying in the back of the car driven by my nineteen year old girlfriend. It is the middle of the night, and while I'm supposed to be at school in the morning, »


- Drew McWeeny

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Season premiere review: 'The Bridge' - 'Yankee'

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A review of "The Bridge" season 2 premiere coming up just as soon as I defend my Rush t-shirt... In my advance review of the season, I noted my relief that "The Bridge" had moved beyond the silly serial killer plot that consumed so much of season 1, while ultimately feeling like the series hadn't improved significantly overall. Through the five episodes I've seen, there are fewer lows, but also not quite as many highs. The new story arc, and the introduction of so many significant characters keeps things moving at a nice clip, but I found myself missing some of the lingering weirdness that season 1 seemed to have more time for. We do get some of that vintage strangeness at the open and close of "Yankee," though. The episode begins with everyone's favorite business card-wielding drug lawyer Monte P. Flagman showing up at a housing development in the desert that's the »


- Alan Sepinwall

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Press Tour: BBC America's 'Intruders' offers confusion, promises answers

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There's no point in lying: The pilot for BBC America's "Intruders" makes almost no sense to me.  It's 45 minutes of enticing teasing, jumping around from location to location as characters we've barely met commit suicide or flee from other characters we've never met, some holding cards embossed with the number "9." There are enigmatic declarations about characters not being who they appear to be or not being who once they were. There's a preternaturally wise -- and therefore terrifying -- child (Millie Brown's Madison). There's an Oscar winning actress (Mira Sorvino), who you assume was lured by character details beyond the pilot. There are multiple familiar and well-regarded British actors (James Frain and John Simm) possibly playing American and therefore seeming suspicious. If you enjoy the teasing, you'll be champing at the bit waiting for a second episode to maybe or maybe not get to the business of explaining things. »


- Daniel Fienberg

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Christoph Waltz goes bonkers in dazzling new trailer for Terry Gilliam's 'Zero Theorem'

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Terry Gilliam's "Orwellian triptych" is going out with a bang. 29 years after "Brazil" and 19 years after "12 Monkeys," the acclaimed director is returning to paranoid form with "The Zero Theorem," a dystopian sci-fi starring two-time Oscar winner Christoph Waltz as a reclusive computer genius attempting to unlock the meaning of life. Now a new trailer for the film has arrived, and based on the collection of colorful, slightly off-kilter images on display it appears the comparisons to Gilliam's two earlier sci-fi classics are well-founded. Also starring Melanie Thierry, David Thewlis, Lucas Hedges, Tilda Swinton, Matt Damon and Ben Whishaw, "The Zero Theorem" divided critics when it premiered at last year's Venice Film Festival (read Guy Lodge's review here), with Waltz's performance singled out by many as one of the film's highlights. It's slated to hit U.S. screens on September 19. Check out the trailer above, then let us know »


- Chris Eggertsen

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Jack White, Jack Black, Jeff Tweedy are on for Beck's 'Song Reader'

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It's a mix of tried-and-true names along with some relative unknowns on the music version of Beck's "Song Reader." Jack White, Jack Black, Jeff Tweedy, Jarvis Cocker of Pulp, Laura Marling, fun., Juanes, David Johansen and more made the cut as collaborators on the forthcoming album. The songwriter has seen a surge of activity lately since releasing his critically acclaimed new album "Morning Phase" this year, and he's now circled back on what what was originally a sheet-music-only 20-song project. "Song Reader" is officially being dubbed a compilation by Warby Parker/Capitol, who will release the set on July 29. The eyewear manufacture worked with the songwriter previously on making special edition frames, and now the two together with donate proceeds from the album's sale to the non-profit 826 National, an young creative writers' institution. Warby Parker was also the sponsor behind limited engagements where "Song Reader" compositions were performed in L. »


- Katie Hasty

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Surprise, Surprise: Daniel Radcliffe to make his Comic-Con debut with 'Horns'

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Do you hear that? It's the sound of Daniel Radcliffe's fans screaming in unison. In the worst-kept secret of this year's San Diego Comic-Con, the "Harry Potter" star is set to make his first appearance at the annual pop-culture fest to promote his upcoming horror-fantasy film "Horns," the Alexandre Aja-directed adaptation of Joe Hill's 2010 novel of the same name. Radcliffe had been scheduled to participate in the "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" panel at Comic-Con 2010 but was forced to back out due to a scheduling conflict. "Horns" stars Radcliffe as Ignatius "Ig" Perrish, a twentysomething man who - after his girlfriend's mysterious rape and murder - awakes to himself in possession of fiendish powers and with a pair of horns sprouting from his head. Also starring Juno Temple, James Remar, Kelli Garner, Heather Graham, Joe Anderson and Max Minghella, the film debuted to mixed reviews at last »


- Chris Eggertsen

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Weezer reveal release date, title, 'Blue'-ness of 'Alright' new album

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Did you ever watch an episode of, say, "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" and there's a young kid in the family and the designer asks "What do you like?" and kid's like "I like baseball and blah blah blah," and then all of a sudden when the reveal happens, the kid's room is Entirely covered in baseball wallpaper and decals and baseballs and paraphernalia and you think, man, they are just gonna outgrow that if you shove it down their throats. We were like that kid -- "I liked the Blue album and 'Pinkerton!'" -- when it comes to Weezer and it was iterated enough that Weezer heard. The Blue album came out in 1994, "Pinkerton" in 1996. The band -- after a number of hit singles, a number of maligned albums, some bonkers pop experiments and funny, fun live shows -- heard the cry "I like those albums" and reissued "Pinkerton »


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Tom Hanks is 58 Today. Is He Underrated as a Comedy Star?

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Tom Hanks, one of the great actors and certainly my favorite star of Justin Bieber's Instagram, turns 58 today. Let's celebrate by considering a deep thought: Is it possible that Tom Hanks is underrated as a funny performer? We know he won Oscars for "Philadelphia" and "Forrest Gump," but so much of his filmography is quirkier and funnier than those classics. Does he deserve more credit for making us laugh? Let's take a look at a few clips to think about it. Exhibit A: He recreated the rap from "Big" on Jonathan Ross' show, and it went over really well.  Exhibit B: He has a surefire, hilarious way to learn a Scottish accent. Exhibit C: He doesn't even need words to be funny. Here he is boogying down in perhaps his finest film, "Joe Versus the Volcano." Exhibit D: He can even get a big laugh at a memorial service. »


- Louis Virtel

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Tom Cruise's female 'Mission: Impossible 5' co-star is 'Hercules'' Rebecca Ferguson

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Tom Cruise has a new love interest - at least in theory. Swedish actress Rebecca Ferguson, who won a Golden Globe nod for her performance in last year's BBC/Starz miniseries "The White Queen," has won the coveted female lead in "Mission: Impossible 5," according to Deadline. The actress joins returning stars Cruise, Simon Pegg and Jeremy Renner in the Christopher McQuarrie-directed sequel, which (as we found out earlier today) Alec Baldwin is also reportedly in talks for. The followup is set to begin filming in August. In addition to her role in the forthcoming Dwayne Johnson action vehicle "Hercules," Ferguson's credits include Swedish soap opera "Nya tider," "Wallander" and Ridley Scott's scrapped Showtime pilot "The Vatican." Other upcoming films include "Despite the Falling Snow" opposite Charles Dance and "The Red Tent" co-starring Morena Baccarin, Minnie Driver, Iain Glen and Debra Winger. The last entry in the series, »


- Chris Eggertsen

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Andy Serkis on bringing back Caesar for 'Apes' sequel and being performance capture's spokesman

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I wonder if Andy Serkis ever wishes he was "just" an actor. Probably not. There are few people I encounter in this business who seem to be filled with the same sort of genuine joy as him right now, and all the time. For someone who hasn't spent a lot of time onscreen in a recognizable way, he certainly seems to be recognized everywhere he goes, and based on the way I've seen people react to him, he's beloved. Deservedly so. First, he's a genuinely great actor, a guy who throws himself into a part completely. I've never seen Serkis give anything less than 100% to a role, and it seems like more and more, he's becoming a mentor to other performers who are making the jump from traditional live-action work to this remarkable hybrid that he has mastered. "One of the crucial parts of the process in this one was the ape camp, »


- Drew McWeeny

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Alec Baldwin's Big Day: 'Mission: Impossible 5,' a Rob Ford-esque TV series and more

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I'll say this much for him: Alec Baldwin is keeping pretty busy these days. Not only is the "30 Rock" actor in talks to join the Christopher McQuarrie-directed "Mission: Impossible 5" as the head of the CIA, he's also circling the previously-announced football concussion movie starring Will Smith, according to a report today over at Deadline. His prospective role in the latter film is unknown at this time. On the TV side, meanwhile, Baldwin is currently developing a show in which he'd play a Rob Ford-esque mayor of New York City (Ford of course being the infamous Toronto mayor whose erratic public behavior set off a media firestorm last year). Written by Wells Tower and executive-produced by Baldwin, the budding project is an NBC Productions property but will be developed as a one-hour cable series. Though his frequent public outbursts have tended to obscure his career endeavors as of late, »


- Chris Eggertsen

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Iggy Azalea ties Adele on the singles chart with 'Fancy'

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  As “Fancy” logs its seventh week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, Iggy Azalea is tied with Adele in fifth place for the most weeks spent by a female artist in a lead role atop the singles chart this decade. The record belongs to Rihanna’s “We Found Love,” featuring Calvin Harris, which was No. 1 for 10 weeks in 2011 and 2012. (The overall record still belongs to Mariah Carey for her 1995 duet with Boyz II Men, “One Sweet Day,” which holds the record for most weeks spent at No. 1 by any act at 16 weeks.) It’s unlikely that Azalea will capture Rihanna’s record, given that Magic!’s “Rude,” which holds at No. 2 this week, is gaining on “Fancy,” and could push Azalea out next week.  The rest of the top 5 remains the same from last week: Ariana Grande’s “Problem, “ featuring Azalea, is No. 3, Nico & Vinz’s “Am I Wrong” is No. »


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Oscar Bait: Robert Redford to play Dan Rather in film about 2004 'Rathergate' scandal

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Robert Redford isn't messing around with this Oscar business. After losing out on a nomination for his acclaimed, nearly dialogue-free performance in last year's "All Is Lost," the legendary actor is making another go at Academy consideration (at least in theory) as the star of "Truth," in which he'll play former CBS news anchor Dan Rather during the career-derailing 2004 "Rathergate" scandal, according to Deadline. Starring opposite Redford will be Cate Blanchett as Peabody Award-winning "60 Minutes" producer Mary Mapes, who was fired from the program after it was discovered that a series of documents alleged to prove that then-President George W. Bush had been given preferential treatment while serving in the Texas Air National Guard had not been properly authenticated prior to airing on sister program "60 Minutes II." Though Rather continued on with the network until 2006, his career and reputation suffered irreparable damage from the scandal, leading to a $70 million »


- Chris Eggertsen

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'Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes' kicks off our new format of video reviews

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One of the things that we're noticing here at HitFix is that there are a number of different ways you guys digest the information that we publish. I am well aware that not everyone has the time to devote to a giant full-length review of a film, and I am certainly not the briefest of people when I have something I'm trying to say. That's especially true when I love a movie, and I want to go into depth or discuss why it landed on me a certain way. Film criticism is a very personal thing in a lot of ways, and yet some people are just looking for a general reaction. Good or bad? Worth my $10 or not? We're also starting to realize just how many of you are accessing the site through various mobile devices, and how you're using the site when you do. Because of this, we're »


- Drew McWeeny

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BBC America renews 'Orphan Black,' sets 'Broadchurch' return for 2015

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BBC America kicked off its Television Critics Association press tour panel on Wednesday (July 9) afternoon with a pair of unsurprising announcements: "Orphan Back" has been renewed for a third season and the second season of "Broadchurch" will air on BBC America.  Both seasons will air in 2015. BBC America boasts that the second "Orphan Black" season "became  the first ever ad-supported drama series to double its ratings from season one to season two in A25-54 and 18-49 in Live+7." The season two finale last month drew 1.376 million viewers in Live+7, a series high. The third "Orphan Black" season will, once again, be 10 episodes and it will, once again, feature Tatiana Maslany playing a wide array of characters. While the overall ratings for "Orphan Black" aren't especially impressive, even after a TCA Award and a Golden Globe nomination for Maslany, BBC America touted a string of interesting facts and figures that »


- Daniel Fienberg

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Nobody's buying what Robin Thicke's selling: 'Paula' tanks in first week's sales

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Robin Thicke's last album became his first No. 1 on The Billboard 200 album sales chart when it bowed in the U.S. in 2013: "Blurred Lines" was the name, and "Blurred Lines" it boasted. The runaway hit single (and it's breast-bearing "unrated" music video) help propel Thicke's name back into consumer consciousness because, consider, Thicke was a hot dog in 2008 for "Something Else" (No. 3) then dropped down a bit with hilariously named "Sex Therapy: The Session" (No. 9) and "Love After War" (No. 22) in 2009 and 2011, respectively. So maybe it was the success that doomed Thicke's new album "Paula," which apparently sold just more than 500 (five hundred) copies in the U.K. last week, and made it to No. 9 on The Billboard 200 this week with only 24,000 copies. To put that into perspective, "Blurred Lines" sold 177,000 copies when it came out last summer. "Love After War" (that No. 22) sold more than 40,000 in its debut week. »


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On 'Boyhood' as Richard Linklater's Truffaut film

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Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" is a masterpiece. Full stop. It's an effortless piece of humanist filmmaking we don't often see, particularly on these shores where the Hollywood machine has forever altered the concept of what a movie should be, where independent cinema is pushed to the fringes while soaring budget gambles dominate the status quo and the middle ground of American cinema is consistently eroded. "Boyhood" is, at last, I think, the film Linklater has been striving toward his whole career. It is his Truffaut film. When the director was making the press rounds last year for "Before Midnight," I sat down with him and star/co-writer Julie Delpy to discuss their journey with that story and those characters over the course of three films and 13 years. The expectation for more adventures in the life of Celine and Jesse had already set in, and Linklater joked that he would like »


- Kristopher Tapley

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Gus Van Sant may sign his name to the American remake of 'Death Note'

8 hours ago

"Death Note" would have been a very strange Shane Black movie. That alone seems like a reason to have been excited about the possibility of seeing it, but in the grand scheme of things, it seems like a better fit for Shane Black to move on to a new "Predator" movie. Besides, the notion of seeing Gus Van Sant direct a new take on this highly-acclaimed and very strange title is fairly provocative in a different way, and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't excited to see what he does with it. The original manga series was by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, and it tells the story of a high school student who finds a notebook that grants whoever owns it the ability to kill anyone simply by writing their name in the notebook. By using it, he draws the attention of the Shinigami, a disturbing race of inter-dimensional death gods. »


- Drew McWeeny

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Here's Tim Gunn Screaming 'Turn Down For What'

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Why are Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum yelling "Turn Down For What" in the new preview for the upcoming season of "Project Runway"? No one can know. We can't know that. Please don't ask! No knowing is possible. But I will say this: If we could get a video of Lil Jon saying, "Make it work!" in professor glasses and a pinstripe suit, I'd backflip through the ceiling. »


- Louis Virtel

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