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Casting Net: Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly to play 'Border Guards'; Plus, Sharon Stone, more

7 hours ago

Step Brothers and Talladega Nights co-stars Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly are in talks to re-team for Sony’s Border Guards. The comedic duo would play a pair of friends who decide to become boarder guards and end up stranded in Mexico with no way to get back. Their longtime collaborator Adam McKay may direct, and The Thick of It’s Jesse Armstrong is writing the script. [Deadline]

Sharon Stone has boarded the action comedy American Ultra in a role originally intended for Uma Thurman. The Lionsgate pic stars Jesse Eisenberg as a stoner who becomes the target of a government operation. »


- Lindsey Bahr

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Box office brief: Will Christian audiences turn out for 'Heaven Is for Real'?

8 hours ago

It’s no secret that Christian-themed films have the potential to be box office gold, but even though faith-based audiences are starved for more material, it doesn’t always pan out the way studios might hope.

While Paramount’s expensive and provocative Darren Aronofsky-directed Noah continues to climb the steep slope toward domestic profitability and Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s Son of God failed to reach Passion of the Christ heights (after seven weeks in theaters it still hasn’t even made Passion’s opening weekend numbers), the independently released God’s Not Dead came out of nowhere »


- Lindsey Bahr

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'Magic Mike Xxl' set to take it off in theaters July 2015

9 hours ago

Attention women and gay men everywhere: Your American Dreams are about to come true.

Warner Bros. announced Tuesday that the hotly anticipated sequel Magic Mike Xxl will be released July 3, 2015, just in time for Independence Day. The original 2012 film was directed by Steven Soderbergh and starred Channing Tatum, and was loosely based on the actor’s own experiences as a young male dancer. Tatum is currently writing the sequel, which will be directed by Gregory Jacobs, Soderbergh’s assistant on the first film and many of his other work.

Hopefully Channing was able to get some inspiration Sunday night at »


- Jake Perlman

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'Fast & Furious 7': Paul Walker's brothers joining production

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Fast & Furious 7 took a long production break in the wake of star Paul Walker’s death. Rumors circulated about possible directions the film could take in completing the story arc of Brian O’Conner, since the actor had not completed work on the movie. Now the film has restarted, and on the franchise’s official Facebook page, Universal has posted a message casting some light on how they plan to finish the film.

After noting that Walker “had already shot his dramatic scenes and most of his action” for the movie, the message explains that Paul’s brothers Caleb and Cody have joined the production. »


- Darren Franich

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Leonardo DiCaprio to star in grisly grizzly Western for Inarritu

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After collaborating with Martin Scorsese, Baz Luhrmann, Quentin Tarantino, Clint Eastwood, Christopher Nolan, and Sam Mendes in recent years, Leonardo DiCaprio is partnering with another Oscar-nominated director for his next movie project. The five-time Oscar nominated actor will star as 19th-century trapper Hugh Glass in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s adaptation of Michael Punke’s 2002 novel, The Revenant.

Iñárritu and Mark L. Smith (Vacancy) wrote the script, which tells Glass’ story of vengeance after he’s abandoned in the wild by his friends and left for dead following a brutal grizzly bear attack. Production is scheduled to begin this September with »


- Jeff Labrecque

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'Obvious Child' trailer: Jenny Slate hits rock bottom in Brooklyn -- Video

13 hours ago

Jenny Slate’s Donna Stern is having a rough time. She’s a 27-year-old struggling stand-up comedian. Her boyfriend cheated on her with her best friend. She’s resorted to stalking him in her desperation. And she’s just found out she’s pregnant from a one night stand, and the only date available for an abortion happens to be Valentine’s Day.

Written and directed by Gillian Robespierre, Obvious Child premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and co-stars Jake Lacy (as the possibly too nice one night stand), Gaby Hoffman (as Donna’s supportive, manic friend), and David Cross »


- Lindsey Bahr

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Michael C. Hall and director Jim Mickle talk 'Cold in July' -- Exclusive Image

14 hours ago

In the opening scenes of the new ’80s-set thriller Cold in July, Michael C. Hall’s character shoots dead a burglar and then checks out his funeral. Did the man who played the serial killer Dexter and a funeral director on Six Feet Under think he was being pranked when he first read the screenplay? Not so much. As Hall says in the currently-on-stands Summer Movie Preview issue of Entertainment Weekly, “I’m often sent scripts that have some murderous or graveyard elements.”

Truth be told, this latest movie from the filmmaking duo of director-writer Jim Mickle (Stake Land, We Are What We Are »


- Clark Collis

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Tribeca Film Festival: Aubrey Plaza, Max Greenfield bond in dark comedy 'About Alex'

16 hours ago

Aubrey Plaza was terror-stricken when she arrived at the abandoned Catskills ski lodge that served as the set of her indie film About Alex — so much so that she became closer to her castmates than originally expected.

“I forced Jane to move in with me because I was terrified I would get murdered by some mountain person,” confesses Plaza, one of the lead characters in the film about a group of old college friends who reunite over a long weekend to bond after one of their pals attempts suicide. “I felt like we were in the middle of nowhere, and it was totally creepy. »


- Nina Terrero

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Romance and anger collide in 'Third Person' trailer -- Video

17 hours ago

Paul Haggis, Oscar-winning writer and director of films like Million Dollar Baby and Crash, sticks with romance in his latest, Third Person.

The film stars James Franco, Mila Kunis, Liam Neeson, Olivia Wilde, Adrien Brody, and Moran Atias, and is set in New York, Rome, and Paris. Everyone is paired off, and everyone is connected — think Love Actually, but dramatic. (Or Crash, minus racism?)

The film doesn’t have a release date for the U.S. yet, but premiered at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Watch the international trailer — complete with lots of Japanese title cards! — below: »


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'Devil's Knot': Dane DeHaan looks guilty in West Memphis 3 film -- Exclusive

17 hours ago

The true story of the West Memphis Three has been told many times in many different forms, notably the trio of documentaries from filmmakers Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky, who helped shed light on the miscarriage of justice that convicted three Arkansas teenagers for the ritual killing of three young boys in 1993.

On May 9, the haunting tale comes to theaters and digital home video with Devil’s Knot, Atom Egoyan’s star-studded feature with Reese Witherspoon as the mother of one of the murdered boys and Colin Firth as the investigator who senses that the truth had been lost in »


- Jeff Labrecque

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Hilary Swank and Tommy Lee Jones team up in 'The Homesman' trailer -- Video

17 hours ago

Tommy Lee Jones directed, co-wrote, and produced the upcoming drama The Homesman. He also stars in it as a claim jumper who has to help a pioneer woman (Hilary Swank) escort three troubled women from Nebraska to Iowa to pay her back for saving his life. Talk about responsibility.

The movie also features Meryl Streep, William Fichtner, and Hailee Steinfeld; Jesse Plemons makes an appearance in the trailer as well. No release date for the film has been announced, but you can watch the first trailer below: »


- Ariana Bacle

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Casting Net: Brad Pitt may star in Stanley McChrystal pic; Plus, Helen Mirren, more

14 April 2014 5:44 PM, PDT

Brad Pitt has signed on to produce and possibly star in The Operators, which chronicles the rise and fall of General Stanley McChrystal during his time as commander of U.S. Forces in Afghanistan. David Michôd (Animal Kingdom, The Rover) will direct and write the script based on the late Michael Hastings’ book The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan. [Deadline]

Helen Mirren (The Queen) is in talks to star in the Dalton Trumbo biopic Trumbo, starring Bryan Cranston as the blacklisted screenwriter. Mirren would play his wife in the Jay Roach-directed pic. »


- Lindsey Bahr

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Ben Affleck fights for his innocence in the first official 'Gone Girl' trailer -- Video

14 April 2014 4:17 PM, PDT

The beautiful, brilliant, and “amazing” Amy Elliott Dunne is gone and all accusatory eyes are laser-focused on her too-handsome husband, Nick. It’s a cruel but inevitable outcome when your wife happens to go missing on your fifth wedding anniversary.

In Gone Girl, we’re left to put together the intricate pieces of the mysterious disappearance. Is Amy (Rosamund Pike) dead? Is Nick (Ben Affleck) innocent? Is it that simple? Or is it pointless to speculate since we already know that author Gillian Flynn tossed out her own third act for something completely new?

The first official trailer doesn’t »


- Lindsey Bahr

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David Fincher and Sony at odds over Steve Jobs biopic

14 April 2014 4:06 PM, PDT

The all-star creative team behind The Social Network that was planning to reunite for a Steve Jobs bio might have to reboot. Producer Scott Rudin, director David Fincher, and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin were planning to adapt Walter Isaacson’s bestselling 2011 biography for Sony, but according to the Hollywood Reporter, Fincher and the studio are at odds over his demands for a $10 million upfront fee and control of the film’s marketing.

Neither Sony nor Fincher’s reps commented, but it’s worth noting that Monday’s report — which proclaims that Fincher is out — doesn’t mean that negotiations are completely finished. »


- Jeff Labrecque

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'Maps to the Stars' trailer: Robert Pattinson gets steamy in a car -- Video

14 April 2014 3:47 PM, PDT

L.A. and all of its industry deviants are the latest subjects to go under director David Cronenberg’s microscope in Maps to the Stars.

The dark satire stars Mia Wasikowska as Agatha Weiss, a sulky girl with a troubled past and a host of personality disorders aiming to make it as actress Havana Segrand’s (Julianne Moore) personal assistant. But, as eOne Films’ first international trailer reveals, Agatha may also have some sinister motives surrounding her estranged family. Her brother, Benjie (Evan Bird), is a drug-addled child star who her mother (Olivia Williams) manages, while her father (John Cusack) writes self-help books. »


- Lindsey Bahr

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Going Green Goblin: How Dane DeHaan got into character for 'Amazing Spider-Man 2'

14 April 2014 1:20 PM, PDT

As we inch closer to the May 2 release of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, we’re learning more about the bad guys Spider-Man will face—like Dane DeHaan’s Harry Osborn, a.k.a. Green Goblin. Harry and Peter Parker were childhood friends before Harry left for boarding school. Harry returns to New York to discover that his father, Oscrop’s Norman Osborn, is terminally ill and his son is about to inherit more than just the family business. “It’s a complicated storyline,” DeHaan tells EW. “But to boil it down: This is the origin story for Harry Osborn becoming Green Goblin. »


- Sara Vilkomerson

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'God's Pocket' trailer: Philip Seymour Hoffman drops a body out of a meat truck

14 April 2014 12:48 PM, PDT

The first trailer has been released for dark comedy God’s Pocket, about a murder in a blue-collar neighborhood in Philadelphia, which stars the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, John Turturro, Christina Hendricks, and Richard Jenkins. God’s Pocket was screened at the Sundance Film Festival this year, marking one of Hoffman’s last appearances before his passing.

John Slattery (Mad Men’s Roger Sterling) takes his first stab at directing and writing a feature film – he adapted the script from Peter Dexter’s novel of the same name. Dexter also wrote The Paperboy, which was made into a movie starring Matthew McConaughey, »


- JoJo Marshall

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Tribeca Film Festival: Paul Schneider can say 'Goodbye' to his marriage -- Exclusive

14 April 2014 9:27 AM, PDT

In Goodbye to All That, a new movie from the writer of Junebug, Otto can pretty much pin-point the moment he realized his marriage was over. It was probably right around the time he and his wife went to see their marriage counselor, who proceeded to inform him, “Your marriage is over.” It’s not a moment a person — or viewers — would forget quickly.

“A lot of the film was inspired by incidents that have happened to very close friends of mine,” says Junebug scribe and first-time director Angus MacLachlan. “I think anybody who’s married has fear that sometimes »


- Jeff Labrecque

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See Helen Hunt, Samantha Morton, and more in the 'Decoding Annie Parker' poster -- Exclusive Photo

14 April 2014 8:41 AM, PDT

The first trailer for Steven Bernstein’s Decoding Annie Parker gave us a lot to think about, from one woman’s journey to discover the genetic components of breast cancer to what Aaron Paul looks like with long hair. And now we have the exclusive reveal of the film’s first poster.

Decoding Annie Parker, which is loosely based on a true story, follows Annie Parker (played by Samantha Morton) as she finds out that she has breast cancer. But after a family history of the same diagnosis, Parker turns to a team of researchers, led by Helen Hunt, to »


- Samantha Highfill

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'Lone Survivor' announces Blu-ray release date -- Exclusive

14 April 2014 7:00 AM, PDT

Lone Survivor, director Peter Berg’s powerful action thriller about a pack of Navy Seals whose stealth operation in Afghanistan goes horribly wrong, arrives on Blu-ray and On Demand on June 3. The hit movie, which grossed more than $125 million, will also be available on Digital HD two weeks earlier on May 20.

Based on Marcus Luttrell’s harrowing experience in Operation Red Wings, which was chronicled in his 2007 book, the film follows Luttrell (Mark Wahlberg) and three fellow Seals as they are dropped into a mountainous region of Afghanistan to locate and capture a high-level al-Qaeda figure. Instead, the four soldiers »


- Jeff Labrecque

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