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'Saw' to be rereleased this Halloween

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Would you cut off your own foot to see Saw back on the big screen? If so, you’re crazy—but, also, here are some glad tidings. Lionsgate announced today that, to mark the 10th anniversary of director James Wan’s franchise-inaugurating horror movie, the film will return to cinemas on Oct. 31, with select screenings the night before.

“The launch of Saw was a signature event in Lionsgate’s history, establishing our first franchise and paving the way for our growth into a global studio,” said Lionsgate President of Acquisitions & Co-Productions Jason Constantine. “We are excited for our fans to »


- Clark Collis

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'The Boxtrolls' brings stop-motion animation back into the light

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While the bulk of modern cinematic animation lives inside computers, with Pixar-style CG characters dominating the box-office, Laika has carved out its own creative space, with advanced stop-motion animated films like Coraline and ParaNorman that are breathtaking to behold. With The Boxtrolls, the old-school technology is as pristine and delightful as ever, and author Alan Snow’s literary characters spring to vivid life. Game of ThronesIsaac Hempstead Wright voices Eggs, an orphan human child who is raised by a band of trash-collecting underground creatures, and Ben Kingsley gives the proper snarl to Archibald Snatcher, who wants to exterminate the »


- Jeff Labrecque

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Hugh Grant returns to his rom-com roots in 'The Rewrite' trailer

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Hugh Grant’s name is practically synonymous with “romantic comedy,” but the British actor actually hasn’t made one since 2009’s Did You Hear About the Morgans? He’s back at it in The Rewrite, in which he stars alongside Marisa Tomei as a caddish, down-on-his-luck screenwriter who takes a job teaching at a college.

This appears to be Grant in About a Boy mode—jerky at first, but about to develop a heart. Though his character initially loads his class with too-young-for-him women and makes obnoxious comments like “I’m just a little bit tired of female empowerment,” he »


- Esther Zuckerman

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'Underworld' reboot scares up screenwriter

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Before the Twilight franchise swept the box office, the Underworld series had a monopoly on the cinematic war between vampires and werewolves. Led by Kate Beckinsale, the original 2003 film spawned three sequels—and now it appears the series is getting rebooted.

As The Hollywood Reporter originally reported, the studio behind Underworld, Lakeshore Entertainment, has hired Cory Goodman to pen the reboot’s script. Goodman’s previous work includes the vampire-human war depicted in Priest, as well as the upcoming Vin Diesel film The Last Witch Hunter.

The last film in the series, Underworld: Awakening, debuted in 2012 and went on to »


- Jonathon Dornbush

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Charlie Hunnam in final talks for King Arthur role

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Guy Ritchie has his eyes on Charlie Hunnam for the lead role in Warner Bros.’ upcoming King Arthur saga, sources confirm to EW. The Sons of Anarchy actor is the director’s top choice and is in final negotiations to play the medieval warrior.

Elizabeth Olsen is also in talks for the female lead in the Joby Harold-penned project, which, according to Deadline, could be a six-film franchise. Idris Elba has been rumored to be circling a role as well.

Hunnam, whose Sons of Anarchy starts up its seventh and final season on Sept. 9, also starred in Warner Bros. »


- Lindsey Bahr

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Casting Net: Billy Crudup in talks for Catholic Church drama 'Spotlight'

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• Tony winner Billy Crudup may be taking a step in the Spotlight. The Watchmen star is in talks to join the ensemble drama based on the Catholic Church cover-up of pedophiliac priests in Massachusetts and The Boston Globe investigation that followed. Mark RuffaloMichael KeatonRachel McAdamsLiev Schreiber and Stanley Tucci will all star in the film from director Tom McCarthy (Win Win) and written by Josh Singer (The Fifth Estate). Crudup would play the lead attorney for the victims, Eric MacLeish. [THR]

• Max Minghella (The Social Network) and Callum Keith Rennie (Californiacation) are going Into the Forest. The two »


- Jake Perlman

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'Hunger Games: Mockingjay': Meet the rebel army

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In addition to giving fans a glimpse at a solemn-looking, crossbow-wielding Gale, the newest posters from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1 introduce a whole bunch of unfamiliar faces, including Natalie Dormer’s Cressida and her vine head tattoo. Though Dormer did keep some of her hair in contrast to book Cressida, she told EW back in January: “I’m actually really pleased that we went halfway because I think it’s more the Capitol… and that’s where Cressida comes from.”

While an earlier set of posters were stark, showing characters like Effie and Haymitch against the backdrop of District 13, »


- Esther Zuckerman

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Jamie Dornan to star in 'The 9th Life of Louis Drax'

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No matter how good he looks in light-wash jeans, Jamie Dornan is more than just the man behind Christian Grey. The Fifty Shades actor is set to star in The 9th Life of Louis Drax, a new psychological thriller from Miramax that also has Alexandre Aja (The Hills Have Eyes) in the director’s chair.

The 9th Life of Louis Drax, penned by first-time screenwriter Max Minghella (you may know him from acting turns on The Mindy Project and The Internship), tells the story of Louis Drax—beginning on the character’s 9th birthday, when, according to a press release, »


- Samantha Highfill

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Sophia Loren to receive special AFI tribute

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The American Film Institute will honor Sophia Loren with a special tribute during AFI Fest in November. “In a world where the daily obsession seems to be, ‘What’s next?’ Sophia Loren is a rare and welcome reminder that true talent is timeless,” said Bob Gazzale, AFI president and CEO. “It is AFI’s honor to shine a proper light on all the gifts she’s given the world across the years.”

On Nov. 12, a restored 50th anniversary version of Marriage Italian Style will screen, to be accompanied by a conversation with the Oscar winner. The event is open to the public, »


- Jeff Labrecque

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See the poster for Vice skateboarding doc 'All This Mayhem'

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If the story of skateboarding siblings Tas and Ben Pappas were an attempted trick jump, it would feature a remarkable ascent and a horrible, deadly landing.

In the mid-’90s, the Australian brothers were ranked the best skateboarders in the world. But drug use caused the pair’s lives to unravel in 2007, and Ben Pappas committed suicide after killing his ex-girlfriend. The Pappas brothers are now the subject of a new documentary, All This Mayhem. Produced by Vice Films and distributed by FilmBuff, the movie will be available for digital download on Sept. 9. You can exclusively see the film’s new poster above. »


- Clark Collis

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'Da Vinci Code' sequel 'Inferno' set to begin shooting in April

27 August 2014 7:36 AM, PDT

Inferno, the fourth book in Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon series, is getting the movie treatment, Sony confirms to EW. Tom Hanks is set to reprise his role as Langdon when shooting begins in April.

Inferno follows Langdon as he tries to stop someone from unleashing a plague on the world, all while dealing with amnesia and working with a doctor to piece together the memories he has left. The book was released in 2013; its predecessor, 2009’s The Lost Symbol, will not be adapted into film.

Ron Howard, who directed the second movie in the film series—Angels & Demons, actually »


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James Gandolfini, Tom Hardy tangle with real tough guys in 'The Drop'

27 August 2014 7:30 AM, PDT

In The Drop, Tom Hardy and James Gandolfini play two Brooklyn cousins trying to make ends meet on the fringe of gangster life without sticking their necks out too far. Gandolfini, in what is his final onscreen performance, plays Cousin Marv, the manager of the seedy bar who once was respected and feared in the neighborhood but now settles for something less. Hardy plays Bob, the detached bartender who sees and hears nothing while he makes the nightly money drops that keep the business alive.

But when Bob finds an abandoned puppy and meets a pretty woman (Noomi Rapace), his »


- Jeff Labrecque

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Rooney Mara helps start a revolution in 'Trash' trailer

27 August 2014 6:54 AM, PDT

Though Rooney Mara and Martin Sheen are the big names in Stephen Daldry’s Trash, a new trailer highlights Eduardo Luis, Gabriel Weinstein, and Rickson Tevez. All three are making their screen debuts in the film, playing the three boys who are led on an adventure after finding important items in the landfill where they work.

Though Andy Mulligan’s novel on which the movie was based wasn’t set in a particular location, Daldry (whose other tale of youth, Billy Elliot, is being touted in the trailer) filmed Trash in Rio, and, per Variety, the movie is 80 percent in Portuguese and 20 percent in English. »


- Esther Zuckerman

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Steve Carell replaces Zach Galifianakis in 'Freeheld'

27 August 2014 6:45 AM, PDT

Peter Sollett’s upcoming drama Freeheld is switching out one comedian for another, as Steve Carell is set to take over for a role previously filled by Zach Galifiankis.

Deadline reports that Carell will play Steven Goldstein in the film, which is based on a 2007 documentary of the same name. The documentary follows Laurel Hester’s battle against the New Jersey’s Domestic Partnership Act. Hester sought to amend the act in an effort to grant pension benefits to her domestic partner Stacie Andree. Carell’s character Goldstein, founder of the civil rights organization Garden State Equality, was a proponent for the cause. »


- Jonathon Dornbush

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Casting Net: Keith Stanfield to play young Snoop Dogg in 'Straight Outta Compton', Daryl Hannah joins 'Michael'

26 August 2014 5:04 PM, PDT

Keith Stanfield (Selma, Short Term 12) will play a young Snoop Dogg in Universal’s Straight Outta Compton, which tells the rise and fall of legendary rap group N.W.A. The film, directed by F. Gary Gray, also stars O’Shea Jackson Jr. (Ice Cube), Corey Hawkins (Dr. Dre), Jason Mitchell (Eazy-e), Aldis Hodge (Mc Ren), and Neil Brown Jr. (DJ Yella) as N.W.A. members; Paul Giamatti will co-star as Jerry Heller, manager to the group. Stanfield will play rising rap star, Calvin Broadus Jr. (a.k.a. young Snoop), who will cross paths with N.W.A. The film also stars Sheldon A. Smith »


- C. Molly Smith

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Arnold Schwarzenegger zombie thriller 'Maggie' gets U.S. distribution

26 August 2014 1:01 PM, PDT

In the genre-subverting apocalyptic thriller Maggie, which Lionsgate just acquired  for North American distribution, Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as a father grappling with his daughter’s imminent zombie-ness.

John Scott 3’s Black List script imagines a world overtaken by a zombie virus, but focuses the trauma on the relationship between a father and his daughter (Abigail Breslin) as she slowly devolves into one of the cannibalistic undead. Henry Hobson, whose main credits are for designing title sequences for video games, television shows, and films such as The Help and The Walking Dead, directed the film, which also stars Joely Richardson. »


- Lindsey Bahr

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Lee Daniels, Oprah Winfrey confirm Mike Epps to star as Richard Pryor in biopic

26 August 2014 12:11 PM, PDT

Lee Daniels has finally found his Richard Pryor—and he made the announcement with a little help from his friend Oprah Winfrey.

On Sunday, Aug. 24, Winfrey posted a picture on her Instagram of herself, Lee Daniels, and Mike Epps after the trio had completed a first read-through of the Richard Pryor movie. Daniels did the same shortly after on his Twitter, confirming Epps’ starring role.

Get ready y’all- #MikeEpps as #RichardPryor pic.twitter.com/0sothu7yVB

— lee daniels (@leedanielsent) August 24, 2014

Epps later tweeted a picture of himself with Richard Pryor’s wife, Jennifer Pryor, after the two met so »


- Jonathon Dornbush

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New York Film Festival sets special screening of 'Spinal Tap'

26 August 2014 10:41 AM, PDT

The 2014 New York Film Festival will host a series of special events, the Film Society of Lincoln Center announced in a press release today. A number of films will make their U.S. premieres at the festival, in addition to an anniversary screening that will turn the whole festival up to 11. While dates have yet to be announced, This Is Spinal Tap will receive a 30th-anniversary screening. In 1984, Rob Reiner’s mockumentary satirized the lifestyle of rock musicians and has since been a staple of movie history.

Star and writer Christopher Guest will attend the screening, through no other members »


- Jonathon Dornbush

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Chloe Grace Moretz says piracy stopped 'Kick-Ass 3' from happening

26 August 2014 10:17 AM, PDT

It seems Hit-Girl has fought her last battle. As for Chloë Grace Moretz? Not so much.

In an interview with Digital Spy, Moretz reportedly revealed that she won’t return to the beloved character. “Sadly, I think I’m done with the character,” Moretz said. “Hit-Girl was a very cool character, but I don’t think there will be any more movies. You make these movies for the fanboys, but nowadays everyone seems to pirate them rather than watch them in the movie theater.”

She continued: “Kick-Ass 2 was one of the number-one pirated movies of the year, but that »


- Samantha Highfill

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Film and TV engineering society honors George Lucas for tech achievement

26 August 2014 7:31 AM, PDT

Yoda, Darth Vader, and R2-D2 would be significantly lacking without the visual effects that created them—and these creations and innovation in digital cinematography have put George Lucas and his companies on the forefront of technological advancement in film. On Oct. 23, the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers will be giving honorary membership into the society, its highest award, to George Lucas during its Honor and Awards ceremony.

Lucas is the founder of Industrial Light & Magic, sound company Thx, and Pixar Animation, which began as a subdivision of Lucasfilm.

This post has been updated to reflect that the »


- Teresa Jue

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