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7 Unsettling Thoughts I Had While Watching The New Interstellar Trailer

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During Comic-Con, Paramount showed off a ton of new footage for Christopher Nolan's cautionary space tale "Interstellar." That trailer is finally up for the rest of the world to see and it is appropriately epic with its sweeping vistas showcasing the grandeur of space. But under the beguiling distraction of just how darn pretty interstellar travel is, some pertinent problems lurk. Things like... #1 - Filmmakers sure do love the heartland. We open on the farm from "Signs." Or is this the farm from "Transformers" or maybe even the farm from "Field Of Dreams?" Man, Hollywood has a weird corn field fetish now that I think about it. What is it about mazie that just attracts aliens and disembodied voices and sentient robots to meddle in the affairs of fathers who just want to raise their daughters, dagnabit? #2 - Michael Caine is a lying liar, pants on fire. Oh really Alfred Pennyworth? »


- Donna Dickens

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Jamie Foxx's Mike Tyson biopic moving forward with 'Wolf of Wall Street' writer

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Biopics. They're all the rage. James Brown is about to hit theaters. Richard Pryor is stirring back to life. And now "Iron" Mike Tyson himself will be coming to the big screen, courtesy of Jamie Foxx. Dodgy source, but the Daily Mirror first reported that the actor, who won an Oscar in 2005 for portraying Ray Charles in Taylor Hackford's "Ray," will play the boxing legend in an untitled biopic. Tyson told the outlet that Foxx would in fact play him as a younger man, too, through "this new animation…this new system." So, what, are we talking "Benjamin Button" stuff here? Variety further reported that the project will be penned by "The Wolf of Wall Street" screenwriter Terence Winter. Foxx's manager, Rick Yorn, will produce. There is no studio yet but I imagine someone will bite sooner or later. Obviously Tyson's life is rife with juicy details for the silver screen treatment. »


- Kristopher Tapley

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Toronto's Midnight Madness announces Kevin Smith, 'The Guest,' and a return to '[Rec]'

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Okay, I doubt Charles Bronson will be there, but if anyone could pull it off, Colin Geddes could. There are few things I look forward to with more fervor each year than Toronto's Midnight Madness selection each year. Programmer Colin Geddes is not just a phenomenal ringleader, an instigator of a controlled cinema riot every single night of the festival, but he is also a tremendous friend, the sort of person who is a pleasure to bump into anywhere at any festival in the world. Today, the announcement was made of his line-up, and my first reaction is, "I can vouch for some of those." I really liked "The Guest" when I saw it at Sundance, and I think it's got one of the weirdest performances of the year in the form of Dan Stevens, previously best known for "Downton Abbey." It's from the same team who brought you "You're Next, »


- Drew McWeeny

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ aiming for record $70 Million opening

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(Cbr) It wasn’t long ago that "Guardians of the Galaxy," with a cast of characters most movie-goers had never heard of, was viewed as Marvel Studios’ biggest gamble to date. But as the clock ticks down to its premiere, the future looks bright for director James Gunn’s space adventure. Opening Friday in North America on 4,080 screens — the widest-ever August release — Guardians of the Galaxy" arrives to critical acclaim, with a 93-percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It also premieres this weekend in the United Kingdom, Russia, Mexico and Brazil, and has been “tentatively approved for Chinese distribution (although a date hasn’t been announced). Conservative estimates have "Guardians" grossing $65 million in its first weekend at the North American box office, but some industry watchers predict the film could pull closer to $70 million, which would make it the best August opening of all time. "The Bourne Ultimatum" now holds the record with $69.2 million. »


- TJ Dietsch, Comic Book Resources

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Here's Vin Diesel Dubbing 'I Am Groot' in 5 Languages

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If you find Vin Diesel charismatic and effervescent in English, you need to see how he projects that same sensuality into four other languages. In these clips from a "Guardians of the Galaxy" dubbing session, watch as Diesel gets multilingual while announcing "I am Groot." There's a nice buildup to his big moment in each clip. Cherish that suspense. (I left the English one off because we're very familiar with Diesel's American patois.) Portuguese: French: Russian: Spanish: But no Esperanto reading. Damn.  »


- Louis Virtel

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Matthew McConaughey visits alien worlds in the new trailer for 'Interstellar'

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If you followed HitFix's coverage of Comic-Con, then you know we were extremely high on the new trailer presented for Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar." Paramount managed to get the director down to the San Diego convention for the first time ever (he had somehow never bothered despite his involvement in one of the most popular superhero franchises to date), and the result, apparently, was sheer bliss for the attendees in Hall H. Well, today you can see the trailer for yourself (if you didn't already catch it in theaters over the weekend), and find out what all the fuss was about. Happily, amid all the cosmos razzmatazz, the film is clearly focusing on the human element. "We used to look up in the sky and wonder about our place in the stars," Matthew McConaughey's character says. "Now we just look down and worry about our place in the dirt. »


- Kristopher Tapley

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Colin Firth tells the truth about 'Kingsman' and becoming an action hero: 'It hurt'

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It would give me enormous pleasure to report that Colin Firth, when the cameras were off, was a rude, unpleasant bag of garbage. It would delight me to no end to report that as he walked out onto the balcony where we did our interview about his upcoming film "Kingsman: The Secret Service," he punched an orphan and denied someone their basic human rights. I would love to be able to state, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that he is a terrible person. But, of course, he's not, and so the ocean of women out there who have harbored decades of longing for this guy get to continue their crushes unabated, and I have to just accept that he really is charming and sharp and funny in person, and it's not all because of Richard Curtis, damn it. There is something truly wonderful about the idea of casting him »


- Drew McWeeny

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Jon Stewart Celebrates 15 Years of Mocking CNN

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The Daily Show Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,The Daily Show on Facebook,Daily Show Video Archive Jon Stewart has been mocking CNN for 15 years. I'm not kidding: This anniversary deserves some emotional outpouring. Stewart breezed through a bunch of CNN jokes from his decade and a half on the air, and once you get to the fake segment called "Don Lemon's Zesty News Bowl," you're laughing and weeping. Could it be that Stewart's CNN-ripping jokes are funnier than his Fox News jokes? Insane theory, I know, but let's think about it. »


- Louis Virtel

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Shailene Woodley sees Edward get stabbed in 'Divergent' deleted scene

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"Insurgent" won't be in theaters for months, but meanwhile fans can see Shailene Woodley in a highly-anticipated previously unseen deleled scene from "Divergent." This quick scene, which can be found on the film's upcoming DVD/Blu-ray release, finds Tris (Woodley) and Christina (Zoë Kravitz) awoken in the middle of the night to the sounds of screams after Edward (Ben Lamb) has been mysteriously stabbed in the eye. That Peter guy (Miles Teller) is looking mighty suspicious...  It's a very dark scene -- thematically and visually -- and director Neil Burger was likely forced to cut it for the PG-13 film. Fans of Veronica Roth's book will be happy to see it though, even if it's not being integrated back into the film itself.  Watch the deleted scene below: "Divergent" also stars Theo James, Kate Winslet, Maggie Q, Mekhi Phifer, Ray Stevenson, Ashley Judd and Ansel Elgort. Oscar winner Octavia Spencer »


- Dave Lewis

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New 'Hateful 8' poster makes Quentin Tarantino's next film official

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This time, Quentin Tarantino isn't messing around. Just days after announcing at Comic Con that "The Hateful 8" will be his next film, a stark and bloody teaser poster for the almost-abandoned western has popped up. Check out this scan from Empire magazine: A western of a decidedly different style than "Django Unchained," "Hateful" centers on a group of stagecoach passengers stranded in a hellacious blizzard. Tension ensues.  The poster also promises that "Hateful" will be shot on film and released in a "Special roadshow engagement" in 70 mm Super CinemaScope, so you should do your best to see it projected on film, not projected digitally. Tarantino is reportedly planning to shoot in early 2015. So far, the announced cast includes Bruce Dern, Samuel L. JacksonMichael Madsen, Kurt Russell, James Remar, Amber Tamblyn, Walton Goggins and Zoe Bell. Look for "The Hateful 8" to be in theaters late 2015.  What do you think of the poster? »


- Dave Lewis

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Lana Del Rey prepares for her big day in video for 'Ultraviolence': Watch

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It’s a lovely day for a white wedding— or so it seems at the beginning of Lana Del Rey’s video for “Ultraviolence.” The sultry, slurry-singing sensation goes back to one of her favorite tropes: videos that are shot like grainy home footage. The camera follows her as she puts on her veil, grabs a bouquet and takes a very slow, long walk to her final destination. It’s beautifully shot and the deliberate pace of the video matches the druggy, underwater feel of the song, whose lyrics borrow liberally from The Crystals’ 1963 classic, “He Hit Me (And It Felt Like A Kiss)," and detail an abusive relationship. Like all things Del Rey, the video is very mannered without a trace of spontaneity, but it sure looks good on the surface. »


- Melinda Newman

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TV Ratings: 'America's Got Talent,' rising 'Food Fighters' lead NBC Tuesday

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Fast National ratings for Tuesday, July 29, 2014. "America's Got Talent" topped Tuesday night in all measures, while "Food Fighters" rose from last week's premiere, allowing NBC to dominate primetime. With NBC doubling up the competition among young viewers and cruising overall, there weren't many other Tuesday notables, though ABC's "Extreme Weight Loss" was up a hair and "Celebrity Wife Swap" dipped a hair in its season finale. On to the numbers... Among adults 18-49, NBC averaged a 2.0 rating for Tuesday night, comfortably winning the key demographic. ABC's 1.0 key demo rating and the 0.9 key demo rating for CBS followed, well ahead of Fox's 0.6 key demo rating and the 0.3 key demo rating for The CW. Overall, NBC averaged an estimated 8.6 million viewers and a 5.0 rating/9 share for Tuesday primetime, beating CBS' 4.2/7 and 6.39 million viewers. ABC was a distant third with a 2.3/4 and 3.41 million viewers. There was another drop to Fox's 1.265 million viewers and »


- Daniel Fienberg

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Watch: Nick Jonas is all grown up in 'Chains' video

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“50 Shades of Grey’s” trailer got it wrong last week when it used a slowed-down version of Beyonce’s “Crazy In Love.” Instead, it should have used Nick Jonas’ “Chains.”  As the new song from the youngest—and most talented— JoBro shows, he has grown up and out (check out those guns) and he’s got a lot on his mind. His previous side project, Nick Jonas & The Administration, certainly didn’t hint at this kind of heat. The song has a sexy, slow grind, Usher- kind of vibe about how his girl and his passion for her has him all wrapped up in chains. And he’s more than fine with that. The video, filmed in slow motion and co-directed by Jonas, perfectly matches the song’s sultry, spacey vibe as Jonas gets dragged along the floor and deals with police in riot gear and snarling dogs, to get to his love… »


- Melinda Newman

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Nina Dobrev And More Play Two Lies And A Truth About 'The Vampire Diaries' New Season

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When it comes to a show like "The Vampire Diaries," nothing is off the table. Mixing together vampires and their many derivatives with werewolves, ghosts, witches, and more results in some seriously convoluted plot twists. Let's make it even more complicated, shall we? I caught up with some of the cast and creators of "The Vampire Diaries" during San Diego Comic-Con and asked them if they wanted to play a game. Sadly I didn't have the foresight to bring my Jigsaw mask, but they all agreed anyway. With Two Lies And A Truth, I requested they lie to my face about things that will happen in the upcoming sixth season. And then to sprinkle it with truth. Can you guys figure out which of these statements are false and which will come to pass? "The Vampire Diaries" returns to The CW on October 2. »


- Donna Dickens

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Janelle Monae throws a house party with T.I., Estelle in 'Electric Lady' video

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We’ll be back with a review of Janelle Monae’s “Electric Lady” video after this brief commercial for Samsung. I know that artists and labels want help underwriting the cost of videos these days and people under 20 may not even care that they are getting marketed to every minute, but when Monae’s otherwise very fun video for “Electric Lady” opens with her pausing to show off Samsung Galaxy’s Gear Watch, it instantly takes me out of the song, which I don’t think is the point. Having said that, once Monae does her part to shill for Samsung, she joins her sorority sisters in what has to be the most fun sorority ever, Electro Phi Betas, for a fun house party.  There’s great dancing, singing, and some fun guest stars, including T.I., Estelle, Monica, T-Boz, Esperanza Spalding and Kimbra. To wrap it up, there’s even a marching band, »


- Melinda Newman

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'Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb' trailer takes the group to London

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It has been almost five years since we saw Ben Stiller put on his security outfit for a "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian."  However, the release of the third entry in the franchise, "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb" is rapidly approaching and today we have a new trailer to share with you. Lest you think that simply because it's been a long time since the second "Night at the Museum" film that the franchise may have lost something, we can assure you that the trailer is full of the exact sort of moments and characters you want from the movie.  You have got your Robin Williams as Teddy Roosevelt; you've got your Owen Wilson as Jedediah, and you've got your Ricky Gervais as Dr. McPhee.  Plus, there's a monkey expelling bodily fluids, a triceratops skeleton, and Dan Stevens as Lancelot. Directed by Shawn Levy, »


- Josh Lasser

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'Girls' star can fly in NBC's 'Peter Pan Live!' title role

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There has been a long history of girls playing the title role in "Peter Pan," so perhaps we shouldn't be surprised that NBC's "Peter Pan Live!" has found its leading lady on HBO's "Girls." NBC announced on Wednesday (July 30) morning that Allison Williams will play Peter Pan in the network's second live musical, which will air on December 4. Williams will appear opposite Christopher Walken, who was previously cast as the nefarious Captain Hook. "Allison Williams is a major find," blurb executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.  "She will reinvent the iconic role of Peter Pan with her wit, her warmth, her dynamic flying and her wonderful musical abilities.  The score will be sung beautifully and introduced to a whole new generation of families." Adds NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt, "We couldn’t be happier that Allison Williams is our Peter Pan. She’s a lovely rising star on the »


- Daniel Fienberg

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'American Horror Story' star Jessica Lange tapped for Santa Barbara's Kirk Douglas Award

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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has announced Emmy- and Oscar-winning actress Jessica Lange as the recipient of this year's Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film. The honor will be presented at a black-tie Gala dinner at Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara on Nov. 16, an event which serves as an annual fundraiser for Sbiff. "Jessica Lange possesses the three key elements in making it in this crazy business: talent, beauty and intelligence, all of which have served her well and continue to do so," Kirk Douglas said. "It is my honor to give her my reward. Recent recipients of the honor include Forest Whitaker, Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Harrison Ford, Quentin Tarantino, Ed Harris and John Travolta. Lange received her sixth Emmy nomination to date this month, for her work in FX's "American Horror Story." She won Oscars for her performances in 1982's "Tootsie" and 1994's "Blue Sky. »


- Kristopher Tapley

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Octavia Spencer on how her character helped James Brown 'Get On Up'

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In 2011, Octavia Spencer worked with director Tate Taylor on "The Help."  That collaboration earned the actress a number of awards, including an Oscar for Supporting Actress.  Now, three years later, Spencer and Taylor are back together for "Get On Up," a biopic about the life of James Brown. In the new movie, Spencer has the crucial role of Aunt Honey.  Honey isn't James Brown's mother, but she is a mother figure.  It is Aunt Honey with whom Brown is left as a young man after his parents separate and his father decides that he can't care for the boy by himself. The relationship between Aunt Honey and James Brown is something of an odd one.  While she is certainly willing to take him in, she also requires that he work to earn his keep.  While that may not be so odd, the type of work required might be slightly more questionable. »


- Josh Lasser

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'Hannibal' co-stars on the risks and laughs of life on a serial killer drama

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"Hannibal" stars Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen couldn't make it to Comic-Con this year, but the bulk of the show's supporting cast — including Caroline Dhavernas, Scott Thompson, Aaron Abrams, and surprise returnee Raul Esparza — were able to be in San Diego, and I got a chance to sit down with the four of them the morning after their lively Comic-Con panel. We talked about the unexpected reprieve for Esparza's Dr. Chilton, the "Hannibal" supporting player trap of being more in danger the more you're given to do, how the show will look with Price and Zeller as the only completely healthy good guy characters left, and a lot more.  »


- Alan Sepinwall

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