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Fox planning Channing Tatum 'Gambit' film

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Fox is putting some kinetic energy into a new Gambit movie, with Channing Tatum set to star as the card-slinging mutant, sources confirm to EW. The 21 Jump Street star has long been linked to the character, who has the power to imbue any object with a dose of explosive power. (His weapon of choice is a deck of playing cards.) He gave an interview to MTV stating, “Gambit’s the only X-Man I ever loved. He’s the most un-x-Man X-Man that’s ever been an X-Man … he loves women and drinkin’ and smokin’.” The actor and the character also »


- Anthony Breznican

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'New Yorker' writer sues team behind 'American Hustle'

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Paul Brodeur, a real-life science journalist who has written for The New Yorker, is suing the team behind American Hustle for a reference made to him in the film. The complaint, which Entertainment Weekly has obtained, was filed Thursday in the Los Angeles Superior Court against Atlas Entertainment, Annapurna Pictures, and Columbia Pictures. In the film, Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence) tells her husband, Irving (Christian Bale), that microwaves take "all of the nutrition out of our food." When Irving calls the claim bullshit, Rosalyn responds, "It's not bullshit. I read it in an article. Look, by Paul Brodeur." Brodeur's complaint states, »


- C. Molly Smith

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'Showrunners' doc: What happens when tempers flare on hit TV shows

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In movies, if the cast and filmmaker don't get along, at least there's an end date. Television is a different story -- specifically, it's a long form story. Discord on set can last for years if you're not careful. So how do you solve that trouble once it starts? That's one question explored in the new documentary Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show - which debuts today in limited release and is also available on demand. The film, directed by Des Doyle, takes fans behind the scenes of hit TV shows such as Sons of Anarchy, Boardwalk Empire, »


- Anthony Breznican

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Critical Mass: 'Nightcrawler' is creepy, a Halloween delight

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You could be kind and suggest that the term "nightcrawler" refers simply to a person who owns the midnight hours, sort of like a night-owl. But in Dan Gilroy's directorial debut, the title refers to the the cold-blooded vultures who chase the bloodiest crime scenes in order to capture the gore on video for television news. They truly are worms that wiggle to the surface at night, and the wormiest of all is Jake Gyllenhaal's Lou Bloom. Part Rupert Pupkin, part Weegee, Lou finds his true calling with a camera and police scanner, and he quickly becomes Rene Russo »


- Jeff Labrecque

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'Refuge' director talks about his pandemic apocalypse movie

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In the new independent horror movie Refuge, Carter Roy, Amy Rutberg, and young actress Eva Grace Kellner play a family trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic world where the population has been almost entirely wiped out by disease. Given recent, panic-causing news events, the film could hardly be more topical. So what is it like to have made a movie about a global pandemic just as people are reaching for their face masks? "It’s incredibly coincidental that it’s peaking right now," says Refuge director Andrew Robertson, whose film recently played the Toronto After Dark and L.A.-based Screamfest genre festivals. »


- Clark Collis

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Sienna Miller talks about the ending of 'American Sniper,' Bradley Cooper’s short shorts

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Sienna Miller doesn’t want to talk about whether or not Bradley Cooper dies in the end. In the upcoming biopic American Sniper, he portrays Chris Kyle, the deadliest marksman in U.S. military history. During Kyle's four tours in Iraq, the decorated Navy Seal had 160 confirmed kills before retiring in 2009. But his life abruptly ended in 2013 when he was shot by a Marine veteran reportedly suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. (He's currently awaiting trial.) When asked if that sad coda to Kyle’s legendary career is included in director Clint Eastwood’s adaptation of the soldier’s best-selling 2012 memoir, »


- Chris Lee

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Casting Net: Naomi Watts, Elle Fanning, and Susan Sarandon board 'Three Generations'

30 October 2014 6:35 PM, PDT

• Naomi Watts, Elle Fanning, and Susan Sarandon have signed on for Three Generations. Gaby Dellal is directing the indie from a script by Nikole Beckwith. The story follows a New York City teen, Ray (Fanning), who is transitioning from female to male and her mother, Maggie (Watts), who must come to terms with Ray’s transition. Meanwhile, Maggie’s mother, Dolly (Sarandon), a music manager who lives with her lesbian partner, Frances, has trouble understanding Ray’s decision and Maggie’s inability to move out of the house she grew up in. Big Beach co-founders Peter Saraf and Marc Turtletaub »


- C. Molly Smith

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Box office preview: Jake Gyllenhaal's 'Nightcrawler' creeps into theaters

30 October 2014 2:38 PM, PDT

Halloween weekend is almost here, meaning one of two things: Horror fans will either flock to theaters or be too busy showing off their costumes in places more well-lit than cinemas. Although next weekend begins the season of big movie weekends—Christopher Nolan's much-anticipated Interstellar goes wide Nov. 7—this weekend is considerably smaller: Nightcrawler, a crime thriller starring Jake Gyllenhaal, is the only huge new release. And it will be facing off against Ouija, another Halloween-appropriate thriller that opened last weekend and might be helped by audiences' appetites for scares on Oct. 31. Before I Go to Sleep, a thriller »


- Ariana Bacle

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The supernatural need not apply: 5 great examples of existential horror

30 October 2014 2:20 PM, PDT

The 1988 Dutch thriller The Vanishing hit Blu-ray this week, thanks to the good folks at Criterion. Without a drop of gore, it’s the perfect centerpiece for an All Saints’ Eve frightfest that shivers the soul but doesn’t turn the stomach. And why not round out that scare-a-thon with four more examples of great, relatively bloodless movies that go for your soul instead of your jugular? Here's a list of suggestions. (And if you're looking for more traditional horror flicks, consider perusing our carefully-curated Horror Quintessentials lists.) The Vanishing (1988) The horror genre tends to be about as subtle as »


- Keith Staskiewicz

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Seth Rogen in talks to play Steve Wozniak in Steve Jobs biopic

30 October 2014 1:17 PM, PDT

Seth Rogen may soon have his big dramatic break, perhaps joining Aaron Sorkin's upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, as Jobs' Apple co-founder. A source confirmed to EW that Rogen is in talks to play Steve Wozniak. Sony had no comment. Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin recently confirmed that Christian Bale is set to play Jobs, saying, "We needed the best actor on the board in a certain age range and that’s Chris Bale." The biopic, which Danny Boyle is attached to direct, is based on Walter Isaacson's biography of Jobs. Sorkin has said that the film will take place in three scenes, »


- Esther Zuckerman

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Chow Yun-Fat refuses to bow to Chinese boycott threats

30 October 2014 11:55 AM, PDT

Chow Yun-Fat, the Asian movie star best known in the U.S. for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Hard Boiled, is standing firm against a possible career backlash for lending support to the pro-democracy demonstrators in his native Hong Kong. Since September, students and others who make up Occupy Central With Love and Peace have gathered outside Chinese government headquarters and demanded electoral reform, and there have been repeated clashes with police. Several other Hong Kong celebrities cautiously supported the protests, but according to reports, Chinese state-run media are trying to tamp down such public statements by threatening boycotts of artists' film or music. »


- Jeff Labrecque

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Get an exclusive first look at 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies'

30 October 2014 11:10 AM, PDT

Have you seen the Bennet sisters lately? It might be time to get reacquainted with Jane Austen's most famous family. Elizabeth (Lily James), Lydia (Ellie Bamber), Mary (Millie Brady), Jane (Bella Heathcote), and Kitty (Suki Waterhouse) aren't just eligible singles anymore; they're sword- and knife-wielding martial artists. With a zombie apocalypse that's been raging for more than 70 years, they kind of have to be. Writer-director Burr Steers (Igby Goes Down) took on the adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's enormously popular book Pride and Prejudice and Zombies after years of development hell—David O. Russell had penned a draft and »


- Lindsey Bahr

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'The Babadook' director talks old-school horror

30 October 2014 9:35 AM, PDT

Horror directors these days seem to almost automatically genuflect before the altars of such '70s and '80s filmmakers as John Carpenter and Dario Argento. But writer-director Jennifer Kent sought inspiration from much older auteurs while crafting her debut film, the much-acclaimed, Sundance-screened, The Babadook. "I've watched everything, from Mario Bava to Dario Argento—all of those ‘70s guys, including John Carpenter, who I love," she says. "But I feel very drawn also to the early stuff. There were directors in the '20s and '30s—Carl Dreyer, Fritz Lang—who were making films that were art and »


- Clark Collis

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'Mockingjay' sets 2014 record for tickets sold on first day of presale

30 October 2014 9:14 AM, PDT

On Wednesday, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1 opened advance ticket sales and has already broken a 2014 record. According to a Fandango press release, Mockingjay sold more first-day advance tickets than any other 2014 film, passing the previous record-holder, Divergent. In its first day, Mockingjay accounted for 80 percent of Fandango's daily ticket sales. Over on Movietickets.com, the trend continued, with Mockingjay exceeding the first day advance sales of any other 2014 film, including Guardians of the Galaxy. Mockingjay also doubled the number of tickets sold on the first day of presales for Catching Fire last year. Sounds like the odds are in Mockingjay's favor. »


- Samantha Highfill

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Paul Reubens confirms it: Pee-wee Herman is returning to the big screen

30 October 2014 9:05 AM, PDT

Pee-wee's Big Adventure isn't over just yet: Paul Reubens went on The Tonight Show Wednesday evening and confirmed another Pee-wee movie is in the works. Reubens starred as the lovably weird Pee-wee Herman in the 1986 movie, Tim Burton's first. He went on to reprise the role in Pee-wee's Playhouse, a TV series that ran from 1986 to 1990 and featured appearances by now-famous actors like Black-ish's Laurence Fishburne and Orange is the New Black's Natasha Lyonne. But now, he's returning to the big screen. While it was already announced years ago that there would be another Pee-wee movie, there »


- Ariana Bacle

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New 'Interstellar' clip gives more clues on film's setting

30 October 2014 7:49 AM, PDT

There are few more days until Interstellar is unveiled, but a new clip released Thursday sheds a little more light on the state of the country in the space-travel film. Time posted an exclusive clip from Interstellar, featuring Matthew McConaughey's Cooper speaking to a school official on a troublesome textbook that his daughter was reading in class, which goes against the country's now-staunch belief that the Apollo moon landing was a hoax. McConaughey gets riled up, relaying a poignant story regarding his late wife. See the clip at Time. Interstellar will be released nationwide on Nov. 7. »


- Teresa Jue

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MPAA, cinema owners announce 'zero tolerance' for Google Glass, other recorders

30 October 2014 7:44 AM, PDT

In the continued effort to prevent poorly filmed copies of movies being leaked online, the Motion Picture Association of America and National Association of Theatre Owners have announced an updated anti-theft policy that will make your Google Glass unwelcome at a screening of Interstellar. The MPAA and Nato updated their joint policy on Oct. 29 to clarify that they "maintain a zero-tolerance policy toward using any recording device while movies are being shown," including any and all wearable devices. As has been the policy in the past, anyone refusing to put a recording device away will be asked to leave, and »

- Jonathon Dornbush

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Children of the Revolution: An exclusive first look at 'Terminator: Genisys'

30 October 2014 7:00 AM, PDT

The Terminator is having a bad day. It's a muggy July afternoon in New Orleans—the temperature is loitering in the triple digits—and Arnold Schwarzenegger is inside a giant warehouse on the grounds of Nasa's Michoud Assembly Facility. Suited up in a black leather jacket with green-painted latex obscuring most of the right side of his face, he is again playing the indelible robot that solidified his place in Hollywood some 30 years ago. So far today the former governor of California has been stepped on and forced to crawl on the ground, and now, as he gasps for breath fighting his opponent, »


- Nicole Sperling

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'Ex Machina' trailer takes 'Her' to the next frightening level

30 October 2014 6:01 AM, PDT

Alex Garland, the author of The Beach and screenwriter of 28 Days Later and Dredd, makes his directorial debut with Ex Machina, which features two next-generation Star Wars actors in a thriller about an artificial-intelligence experiment. Domhnall Gleeson plays a low-level programmer who's selected by his internet company's reclusive CEO (Oscar Isaac) to take part in a unique Turing Test with Ava (Alicia Vikander), an alluring and sophisticated creature who might be more advanced than both men can fathom. "One day, the AIs are going to look back on us the same way we look at fossils," says Isaac's genius. A »


- Jeff Labrecque

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Casting Net: Demian Bichir in talks for untitled Low Riders pic

29 October 2014 5:40 PM, PDT

• Demian Bichir is in negotiations to take the lead in the untitled Low Riders film for Universal, Blumhouse Productions, and Imagine Entertainment. Ricardo de Montreuil is attached to direct the film. Cheo Hodari Coker and Elgin James wrote earlier drafts of the script; Josh Bierne-Gordon and Justin Tipping wrote the current draft. Set in the East Los Angeles world of lowrider cars and street tagging, the story follows a teenager caught in the middle of his traditional father, whom Bichir would play, and his estranged gangbanger brother, both of whom are competing in the annual lowrider “Supershow.” Imagine Entertainment’s »


- C. Molly Smith

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