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News Briefs: New Images for Disney's 'Feast'; Trailers for 'Seventh Son' and 'The Rewrite'

28 August 2014 11:49 PM, PDT

Feast: Disney's short film Feast will play in front of Big Hero 6 when it opens in theaters on November 7. The first official images have now been released, focusing squarely on a man's best friend, a dog named Winston. The short will track the development of the human's love life through the mealtimes that he shares with Winston. [Collider]   February: Emma Roberts (We're the Millers) and Kiernan Shipka (Mad Men) will star in the horror-thriller February. Osgood Perkins, son of Anthony Perkins (Psycho), wrote the script and will direct. The story is set at a prep school for girls, where two students are mysteriously stranded during winter break. [Variety]   Seventh Son Trailer: Jeff Bridges, Ben Barnes and Julianne Moore...

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'Rosewater' Trailer: Watch Jon Stewart's Emotional Directorial Debut

28 August 2014 11:02 AM, PDT

Last year Jon Stewart took a three-month break from hosting The Daily Show to travel to Jordan and film his directorial debut (John Oliver took over hosting for two of those three months). Now a year later we have a trailer for the fruits of his labor. It's called Rosewater and it looks precisely like the kind of celebration of human endurance and journalistic integrity that you'd expect from the man behind The Daily Show. Adapted from the memoir Then They Came for Me, Rosewater is the unfortunate true story of a London journalist (played by Gael Garcia Bernal) who ended up being held prisoner in Iran for nearly half a year for his public scrutiny of the nation's recent presidential election. And if that weren't bad enough, Maziar Bahari's detention was...

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5 Reasons You Should See the Biopic 'Cantinflas'

28 August 2014 10:18 AM, PDT

Sure, you know the names Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton... but is the name Cantinflas familiar? Perhaps not, but he was only the most famous comic to come from Mexico -- so famous, in fact, he was dubbed "the Charlie Chaplin of Mexico" by many. Born Mario Fortino Alfonso Moreno Reyes in 1911 to an impoverished family in Mexico City, he started out as a prizefighter and circus performer (adopting the stage moniker "Cantinflas") before developing a career in theater and film playing, like Chaplin, el pelado -- a poor everyman. His breakthrough came with Ahí está el detalle in 1940, and he would go on to win a Golden Globe for best actor in a musical or comedy in 1956 for Around the World in Eighty Days. After a long and successful career, the comic...

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'Saw' Is Returning to Theaters for Halloween

28 August 2014 10:16 AM, PDT

Do you want to play a game? Lionsgate thinks you do and has revealed plans to bring the original Saw back to theaters for a week in celebration of the film’s 10-year anniversary.  To celebrate the birth of the iconic Jigsaw, the studio will rerelease the original Saw in theaters starting on Halloween. Select locations will start screenings on Halloween Eve.  Not only did the film launch Lionsgate, it also helped establish the careers of cocreators James Wan and Leigh Whannell. Wan and Whannell went on to create Insidious, and Wan has become a highly sought Hollywood filmmaker, with titles like The Conjuring and the upcoming Fast & Furious 7 on his resume. The first Saw film still stands the test of time and remains one of the better horror films...

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News Briefs: 'Underworld' Rebooting; Scorsese Making a Ramones Movie

27 August 2014 10:14 PM, PDT

Underworld: After four installments, it's time for a reboot of the Underworld series. The first film, starring Kate Beckinsale and directed by Len Wiseman, was released in 2003, the last (so far) in 2012, and now Lakeshore Entertainment has hired Cory Goodman (Priest, the upcoming The Last Witch Hunter) to write a reimagined version of the vampires-vs.-werewolves franchise, which has made more than $450 million worldwide. [Heat Vision]   The Ramones: Martin Scorsese will direct a movie about the Ramones, the pioneering band that kicked off the punk rock movement in the mid 1970s. It's just one of multiple projects, including a documentary and a book, that are being planned by the band's estate, since all four members of the original group, formed in...

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Here's a First Look at Pixar's Newest Female Hero

27 August 2014 10:01 AM, PDT

What if the seven dwarfs had lived inside of Snow White's head? The next Pixar animated feature will kind of play on that idea, as Inside Out (in theaters June 19, 2015) will focus on a little girl whose emotions are personified and put on display for the viewer. Her name is Riley, and the studio has given us our first look at the 11-year-old by way of a brief behind-the-scenes feature available on the Disney Movies Anywhere site (it's almost sort of hidden within a video labeled "1 Fact About Monsters University + a Peek at Inside Out"). In addition to the four seconds of Riley reading a book, looking unsure of something and then finally beaming with a joyous smile of apparent enlightenment, we also get more of those "dwarfs," as director Pete Docter...

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This Little Kid Is Your New Favorite Action Hero

27 August 2014 7:06 AM, PDT

When we first met Action Movie Kid back in March, he was destroying toy stores with a lightsaber and firing grappling guns out of his living room. Of course he wasn't actually doing these things -- see, his dad, Daniel Hashimoto, is an animator and special effects wizard who's managed to turn his son's ordinary home movies into epic action scenes. If only all our home movies were as exciting and entertaining as these. Thanksgiving dinner at Grandma's house would never be the same! Just in time to finish off the summer movie season with a little badass cherry on top, Action Movie Kid has returned in Action Movie Kid Volume II, which you can watch below. Naturally the sequel is bigger and better and more explosive than ever, as our favorite pint-sized action hero tackles...

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News Briefs: Mike Epps Confirmed As Richard Pryor (Photo); Tom Hanks to Star in Third Dan Brown Movie

27 August 2014 12:11 AM, PDT

Richard Pryor Bio: Director Lee Daniels (The Butler) has confirmed via social media that Mike Epps has nabbed the role of Richard Pryor in an upcoming biopic, sharing a photograph of the two along with Oprah Winfrey, who will play Pryor's brothel-running grandmother. He beat out Nick Cannon, who had been openly campaigning for the role. [Instagram/Et]   Inferno: Tom Hanks will reprise his role as Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon in Inferno, based on a novel by Dan Brown. It's the third in a series featuring the character, following The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons; Ron Howard will once again direct. The new installment starts with Langdon waking up in a hospital with amnesia, yet determined to stop a madman's plan to unleash a worldwide plague....

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Watch: Billy Crystal's Moving Robin Williams Tribute at the Emmys

26 August 2014 10:03 AM, PDT

The Emmys took place last night -- airing on a Monday for the first time in decades -- and of course the show came packed with memorable moments. Aside from Breaking Bad and Modern Family repeating as the year's best TV shows (in the drama and comedy categories, respectively), there was one highlight that hit home as the night's most emotional moment. Following a beautiful In Memoriam segment, in which Sara Bareilles softly crooned a version of Nat King Cole's "Smile," Billy Crystal appeared onstage to say a little something about Robin Williams. And in typical Crystal fashion it felt personal and honest, as if we were all sitting around the dinner table together sharing stories. There's just something about Crystal's delivery and the way he speaks so...

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New TV Spot for 'Gone Girl' Keeps the Murder Mystery Alive

26 August 2014 9:56 AM, PDT

There's still more than a month left before Gone Girl comes out, and we're already wrapped up in its mystery. Did Ben Affleck's character kill his wife, played by Rosamund Pike? Did Neil Patrick Harris do it? Did Scoot McNairy do it? (Did we do it?) Yet the thing is, while the trailers and a new TV spot keep us intrigued with wonder about whodunit, that's not the sole reason to be excited about this movie. No way that director David Fincher would make a movie that's just about the endpoint. He made Zodiac, after all. And even The Game and Se7en are about more than their twist endings.  Gone Girl looks like a winner in part because of its cast, and in this new TV spot we see a little more of McNairy than we had in the past, making us curious not just about his...

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News Briefs: 'Jurassic World' Honors Richard Attenborough (Photo); Chris Hemsworth Going on 'Vacation'

25 August 2014 10:02 PM, PDT

Jurassic World: Director Colin Trevorrow shared a new image from Jurrassic World via social media, in honor of actor-filmmaker Richard Attenborough, who passed away last weekend. Attenborough, of course, played industrialist John Hammond in both Jurassic Park and The Lost World: Jurassic Park, and the photo, with the simple caption "In Memoriam," shows a statue of the character that reportedly appears in Trevorrow's new film, due for release on June 12, 2015. [Twitter]   Vacation: Chris Hemsworth (Thor: The Dark World) is in negotiations to appear in Vacation, the upcoming new installment in the series that began in 1983. Ed Helms is set to star as Rusty Griswold, the grown-up version of the teenage boy first played by Anthony Michael Hall; Hemsworth would...

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News Briefs: Richard Attenborough, Actor and Director Who Touched Generations, Dies

25 August 2014 8:31 AM, PDT

Richard Attenborough: British actor and director Richard Attenborough has died, just shy of turning 91 years of age. His most notable films roles included his turns as an incendiary punk in 1947's trailblazing Brighton Rock, a military leader in 1963's The Great Escape and a cuddly grandfather/misguided visionary in 1993's Jurassic Park. He became a producer in 1959 and made his directorial debut with the musical Oh! What a Lovely War in 1969, later winning two Academy Awards for 1982's Gandhi. [BBC]   Matthew McConaughey: After a series of critically acclaimed roles (including Magic Mike, above), Matthew McConaughey is in big demand in Hollywood. The latest rumors involve him playing a villainous role as Randall Flag in the upcoming adaptation...

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Here's What 'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For' Looks Like Before Computer Effects Are Added

25 August 2014 7:35 AM, PDT

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, the long-awaited sequel to Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s Sin City, opened in theaters this past weekend and is a very different kind of movie because of the way it's shot, as witnessed in this B-roll footage revealing countless behind-the-scenes moments captured during the film’s production.   The most striking thing about all of this material is just how green it is. Sin City is best known for its stark and stylized black-and-white color scheme, so it’s a bit of a shock to watch actors parading around in front of lots of green screens so everything can be added in digitally later. Whenever we see clips like this, we come away with a new respect for actors because they’re working in an environment that...

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