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Casting Net: Megan Fox takes female lead in 'Zeroville' opposite James Franco

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• Megan Fox will take the female lead in Zeroville, starring opposite James Franco, who is also directing. Adapted from the novel by Steve Erickson, the story follows a film-obsessed man (Franco) who arrives in Hollywood in 1969, hoping to break in to the business just as the industry is at a major turning point. Fox will play a Hollywood starlet with an uneasy past who becomes the romantic interest and obsession of Franco’s character. Seth Rogen, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Will Ferrell, Jacki Weaver, and Horatio Sanz also star. Vince Jolivette of Rabbit Bandini is producing along with Caroline Aragon, »


- C. Molly Smith

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2015 Film Independent Spirit Awards to broadcast live on IFC

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After time-delayed broadcasts in years past, the Film Independent Spirit Awards will be broadcast live for the first time in several years. Film Independent, the group who holds the Spirit Awards, announced on Oct. 23 that IFC will air the show live this year. The broadcast, which will mark the 30th anniversary of the awards show, is set for Feb. 21, 2015 at 5 p.m. Et. Nominees for the show, which will be held in Santa Monica, Calif., will be announced on Nov. 25. Last year's telecast was a delayed airing several hours after the awards were handed out. The last time the awards »


- Jonathon Dornbush

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Warner Bros. to remake hit German film, 'Who Am I'

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Warner Bros. is planning to remake the German film, Who Am I, EW has confirmed. The film, directed by Baran "Bo" Odar, is a thriller surrounding a young man, Benjamin (Tom Schilling) who gets sucked into a hacking group called "Clay," which stands for "Clowns Laughing @ You" (hence the clown masks).  As the hacking group's reputation rises, so does Benjamin's sense of hubris, until he and the group become the most wanted cyber criminals in the world.  According to Deadline, Who Am I premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and has since been a box office draw in its homeland. »


- Teresa Jue

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On seeing 'The Terminator' for the first time: They don't make 'em like they used to

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This is what I thought I knew about The Terminator—released 30 years ago this weekend—before I watched it for the first time a few nights ago: - The title character is played by Arnold Schwarzenegger. - He's a robot who's been sent back in time to do... something. - He's a bad guy. Except they keep making movies about him, so maybe he's a good guy. Or he starts as one, then becomes the other? Regardless, he is definitely either good or bad. Yep. That much I know. - Linda Hamilton plays Sarah Connor, a badass with great arms »


- Hillary Busis

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Despite leak, 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' trailer breaks Marvel record

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Understatement alert: It seems people want to see this Avengers movie. Despite a breakdown in Marvel's synergistic plans to debut the first teaser for Avengers: Age of Ultron during Tuesday's broadcast of ABC's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. when a raw-looking, early leak of the footage hit the web on Wednesday, the film has still shattered the studio's records for trailer views.  Within 24 hours, the trailer for the May 1, 2015 film tallied 34.3 million global views, according to parent company Disney. Even though many caught their first impression of the trailer from the bootlegged version (which sources at the studio suspect was the handiwork »


- Anthony Breznican

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Kaitlyn Dever talks about 'Laggies' and on-set teenage camaraderie

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It's been a busy fall for young actress Kaitlyn Dever, who appears in Lynn Shelton's Laggies, out Friday, and stars in Jason Reitman's Men, Women & Children. Dever proved her formidable acting chops in last year's Short Term 12 playing an abused teen in a foster-care facility—look no further than the scene in which she reads a children's story her character wrote about an octopus. In the scene, Dever let's her character's disconnected, tough façade slip away. Her performance in that movie and The Spectacular Now got her labeled the "Summer's Indie It Flick Queen" by Teen Vogue. »


- Esther Zuckerman

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EW's Horror Quintessentials: The 5 best extraterrestrial movies

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With Halloween fast approaching, EW is picking the five best films in a variety of different horror movie categories. Each day, we’ll post our top picks from one specific group—say, vampire movies or slasher flicks—and give you the chance to vote on which is your favorite. On Oct. 31, EW will reveal your top choices. Today, we’re ready to talk about some extraterrestrial horrors. In space, no one can hear you scream. But on Earth, aliens have been making film audiences hoarse for decades. Sure, there are plenty of friendly, E.T.-esque extraterrestrials—but more often than not, »


- Jonathon Dornbush

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Watch a brief history of texting and email in movies and TV

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In the last decade or so, as internet speeds have risen and cell phone plans have been pre-packaged to death, texting and the Web have become increasingly reliant sources of exposition in film and television. Sherlock, The Social Network, and more have used texting and the internet to tell story versus the advent of the spoken word. And just recently, texting has been used to expose philandering spouses on How to Get Away with Murder and show how bored spouses seek sexual fulfillment via the Internet in Men, Women & Children. Technology has become an acceptable way to convey that "This mother in Men, »


- Teresa Jue

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Why aren't there more serious movies about cheerleading?

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When you Google "cheerleading movies," the top hits include the likes of Bring It On (and its four straight-to-dvd sequels), Sugar & Spice, Ninja Cheerleaders, and (no joke) Cheerleader Ninjas. When you Google "football movies," the top hits include Remember the Titans, Friday Night Lights, Any Given Sunday, The Blind Side, and Rudy, just to mention a few. Why does the entertainment business see cheerleading as a sport that lends itself to comedy, while the world of football's the idea place to set a drama? Does Hollywood believe that cheerleading isn't serious enough to sustain a movie that isn't tongue-in-cheek? A »


- Samantha Highfill

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Watch the first 5 minutes of 'Low Down,' with John Hawkes and Elle Fanning

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Elle Fanning is super-excited about her next project: Halloween. She might be one of the hardest-working actresses in Hollywood—with four films in theaters in 2014, including the blockbuster Maleficent—but she's still only 16 and her Halloween costume is an elaborate production. "It's a secret," she says, when asked about her trick-or-treat dress-up plans. "But I'll give you some of my greatest hits: I was the Morton Salt Girl. I was Strawberry Shortcake. I've been a Barbie Statue of Liberty. I've been Mary Poppins. I was a Madame Alexander doll. I was a vampire, but that was like a very glamorous done-up vampire. »


- Jeff Labrecque

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'Lord of the Rings' actor Billy Boyd to write and perform 'The Hobbit' end-credits song

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Billy Boyd, the actor who played hobbit Peregrin Took in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy, is reteaming with the director in a new capacity: singer. Boyd will perform the end-credits song for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, according to a press release from WaterTower Music. The song is titled "The Last Goodbye," and he co-wrote it with the filmmakers. In the release, the filmmakers are quoted as saying, “It is hard, after 16 years and six films, to know exactly how to say goodbye. We knew that we wanted to speak directly to all those »


- Keith Staskiewicz

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Casting Net: Meg Ryan boards 'Fan Girl,' Jacki Weaver signs on for 'Zeroville;' more

23 October 2014 6:24 PM, PDT

Meg Ryan and Kara Hayward are joining Kiernan Shipka in Fan Girl. The film follows a 15-year-old post-Millennial teenager who combines her passions—making movies and idolizing her favorite band—in a final film project. Paul Jarrett is making his directorial debut with the semi-autobiographical film. Gina O'Brien wrote the script. The film also stars Scott Adsit, Joshua Boone, and Bill Sage. All Time Low will lend their music to the soundtrack and will appear as themselves. Jarrett, Nick Huston, and Adam Spielberg in association with Rosetta Films, Filament Productions and Literally Films are producing. O'Brien and Jonathan Gray are executive producing. »


- C. Molly Smith

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Martin Scorsese to exec produce Grateful Dead documentary

23 October 2014 5:38 PM, PDT

Get ready, Deadheads. The Grateful Dead turn 50 next year and to celebrate, they're getting a new documentary from executive producer Martin Scorsese and director Amir Bar-Lev (Happy Valley). The still-untitled doc will feature never-before-seen footage from various performances, archived interviews and behind-the-scene moments as well as new talks with surviving members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, and Bob Weir. It'll also feature the eccentric characters from the "Dead universe." Band archivist David Lemieux will serve as the music supervisor. Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Bar-Lev noted that he'd first set out to make a film about the Grateful Dead 10 years ago. »


- Lindsey Bahr

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Ethan Hawke lands role as jazz legend Chet Baker in 'Born to Be Blue'

23 October 2014 5:20 PM, PDT

Ethan Hawke will play jazz trumpeter Chet Baker in writer-director Robert Budreau's Born to Be Blue, EW has confirmed. The actor—who just received a Best Actor nomination from the Gotham Independent Film Awards for Boyhood—is joined by co-stars Carmen Ejogo (Selma) and Callum Keith Rennie (Fifty Shades of Grey). The film, which Hawke helped develop with its producers, tells the story of Chet Baker's amazing comeback and roller coaster love affair that altered the way he played music and aided him on the road to redemption. New Real Films' Jennifer Jonas and Leonard Farlinger, Lumanity Productions' Budreau, »


- C. Molly Smith

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The Weinstein Company teams up with Will Ferrell, Adam McKay on 'Plus One'

23 October 2014 3:54 PM, PDT

The Weinstein Company has found some surprising new bedmates in Will Ferrell and Adam McKay. The famously awards-focused company announced Thursday that they have acquired the rights to April Prosser's Plus One, a female-driven comedy about a recently single lady whose go-to wing-women have all gotten married, forcing her to team up with a bawdy last resort. Gloria Sanchez Productions, the female-focused arm of Ferrell and McKay's Gary Sanchez Productions, will produce under the supervision of executive Jessica Elbaum, who also produced Bachelorette. "We're thrilled to be on board with this hilarious and smart film by talented up-and-comer April Prosser. »


- Lindsey Bahr

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Peter Jackson walks us through his battle plans for 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies'

23 October 2014 3:38 PM, PDT

Imagine Peter Jackson in a general’s cap, planted wide-stanced in front of a huge New Zealand flag, teeth clenched around a cigarette holder as he rallies his troops of CG artists. While the reality is less Patton-esque, designing and creating the 45-minute fight at the climax of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is much like preparing for an actual full-scale assault. "There’s a lot of logistics that have to be thought through," says Jackson. "We have dwarves and men and elves and orcs, all with different cultures, with different weapons, and different shields and patterns and tactics. »


- Keith Staskiewicz

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Box office preview: 'Ouija' faces off against 'John Wick'

23 October 2014 3:24 PM, PDT

Keanu Reeves, once one of Hollywood's most bankable stars, will be competing against a board game thriller this weekend as John Wick opens against Ouija. In this case, it looks like the teen screamers might have the edge despite the overall stellar reviews for Reeves' revenge pic—the latest R-rated film to hit a particularly crowded market. St. Vincent also expands nationwide after playing for two weeks in limited release, but its unlikely to crack the top five. Here's how things might play out: 1. Ouija — $20 million In our board game adaptation happy marketplace, it's kind of incredible that a movie »


- Lindsey Bahr

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Watch the terrifying teaser trailer for 'Insidious: Chapter 3'

23 October 2014 2:54 PM, PDT

Focus Features released a teaser trailer for Insidious: Chapter 3, the latest installment in the Insidious franchise. Written and directed by Leigh Whannell, the film serves as a prequel to the previous two films and follows psychic Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) as she uses her ability to reach out to the dead to help a teenage girl (Stefanie Scott), who is being haunted by a supernatural being. Dermot Mulroney will also star as the girl's father. The teaser trailer starts off quaint, but pretty much devolves into what one would expect from an Insidious prequel. Insidious: Chapter 3 will be »


- Teresa Jue

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Exclusive: Chiwetel Ejiofor joins Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain and Kristen Wiig in Ridley Scott's 'The Martian'

23 October 2014 1:03 PM, PDT

The cast of The Martian is getting even starrier: EW has exclusively confirmed that Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sebastian Stan, and Mackenzie Davis are the latest to join in director Ridley Scott's The Martian, due in theaters November 2015. They join previously announced cast members Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig Kate Mara, Sean Bean, Donald Glover, Michael Pena and Jeff Daniels. The Martian, adapted from the best-selling novel by Andy Weir, is about Mark Watney (Damon), an astronaut who gets left behind on Mars when his crew mistakenly believes him dead. "It's quintessential Robinson Crusoe," Ridley Scott tells EW. Drew Goddard »


- Sara Vilkomerson

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How Ridley Scott looked to science -- not miracles -- to part the Red Sea in 'Exodus: Gods and Kings'

23 October 2014 12:38 PM, PDT

If there's one Old Testament image everyone knows, it's the parting of the Red Sea. And when shooting that scene in Exodus: Gods and Kings (in theaters Dec. 12), director Ridley Scott knew that he want to treat the incident as realistically as possible. "You can't just do a a giant parting, with walls of water trembling while people ride between them," says Scott, who remembers scoffing at biblical epics from his boyhood like 1956's The Ten Commandments. "I didn't believe it then, when I was just a kid sitting in the third row. I remember that feeling, and thought that »


- Sara Vilkomerson

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