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'The Maze Runner' will be shown in three-screen panoramic format

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Some movies are just too big for the big screen. That’s the thinking behind Escape, a three-screen digital panoramic setup that audiences will be able to experience for the first time in showings of The Maze Runner starting on Sept. 19, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Escape, developed by Barco, is essentially a modernized, digital update of Cinerama—a widescreen format popularized in the 1950s that had three 35mm projectors simultaneously playing a single movie on a massive, 146-degree screen. It was a problematic, expensive format that was ultimately phased out (though some Cinerama screens are still up and running in the U. »


- Lindsey Bahr

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Box office preview: Summer 2014 goes out with a sigh

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The lackluster 2014 summer season comes to an end this Labor Day weekend with the release of the spy thriller November Man and the found-footage horror pic As Above/So Below. This holiday is always a slow one at theaters, and in all likelihood, Guardians of the Galaxy will once again claim the top spot to bid farewell to a season that is looking like it will net out at an eight-year low.

Here’s how things might play out.

1. Guardians of the Galaxy — $19 million

The highest earner of the season will likely come out on top over the four-day weekend, »


- Lindsey Bahr

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Watch a 'Downton Abbey' star get into a bar fight in 'The Guest'

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What has actor Dan Stevens been doing since he left Downton Abbey? Beating up high school kids! That, at least, is what the actor formerly known as Matthew Crawley is doing in a new clip from his film The Guest, which arrives in cinemas September 17.

This twisty action-thriller-cum-black comedy from the You’re Next creative team of director Adam Wingard and writer Simon Barrett stars Stevens as a war vet who worms his way into the good graces of a bereaved family and tries to solve their problems with extreme prejudice.

You can check out both the new clip from »


- Clark Collis

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Is Joaquin Phoenix the prescription for Marvel's 'Doctor Strange'?

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Marvel Studios is trying to bring Joaquin Phoenix in-network as Doctor Strange, the surgeon turned wizard warrior, whose existence was teased in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

The three-time Oscar nominee for Gladiator, Walk the Line, and The Master has been mentioned before as one of the contenders for the role of Dr. Stephen Strange, but Collider reported today that Phoenix is in final talks and sources close to the film confirm to EW he is their top choice for the role.

Marvel did not immediately respond to request for official comment, but studio president Kevin Feige has long talked »


- Anthony Breznican

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The Dowdle brothers talk about shooting their horror-thriller 'As Above So Below' in the Paris catacombs

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Ah, Paris. City of love, romance—and a terrifying network of skull-filled catacombs where filmmaking brothers Drew and John Erick Dowdle shot their new horror-thriller As Above So Below. “It is an extremely creepy place,” says director John Erick (Quarantine, Devil). “It really tweaks at the mind. You go down there and your pulse slows. It’s really weird.”

Drew Dowdle, who produced the film and cowrote it with his brother, sounds no less glad to be back above ground. “Yeah, it’s a very tough place to shoot.” he explains. “Obviously, in preproduction, there’s always talk of, ‘Do »


- Clark Collis

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Emma Roberts and Kiernan Shipka to star in horror thriller 'February'

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If you think being alone on Valentine’s Day is scary, the second month of the year just got a lot worse for you.

Emma Roberts and Mad Men’s Kiernan Shipka are set to star together in the horror/thriller film FebruaryOsgood Perkins, the son of Psycho actor Anthony Perkins who himself appeared in Legally Blonde and Star Trek, will write and direct. The story centers on Rose and Kat, two girls mysteriously left alone by their parents at their all-girls prep school during winter break when one becomes possessed by an unseen evil force.

Roberts is no »


- Jake Perlman

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Watch the first trailer for Jon Stewart's 'Rosewater'

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Last summer, Jon Stewart left his post on The Daily Show to shoot his debut film, Rosewater. Now, Stewart and Open World Films are giving viewers a look at his take on journalist Maziar Bahari’s memoir Then They Came for Me with the film’s first trailer.

In the trailer, the London-based Bahari, played by Gael García Bernal, leaves his pregnant fiancée to cover the 2009 Iranian presidential election. Bahari is then captured and tortured for 118 days, believed to be a spy by his interrogator. The film’s name comes from Bahari’s statement that the only distinctive feature of his captor, »


- Jonathon Dornbush

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Steve Carell gives America hope in new 'Foxcatcher' trailer

13 hours ago

Yet another unnerving trailer for Oscar hopeful Foxcatcher has arrived, and this time it focuses primarily on Steve Carell’s John du Pont and the lofty goals he has for wrestler Mark Schultz, played by Channing Tatum. Bennett Miller’s already acclaimed film hones in on the relationship between the wealthy du Pont and Schultz, whose brother Dave (Mark Ruffalo, in the film) du Pont would ultimately murder. Given the real life outcome of du Pont’s story, the defiant dialogue in this trailer has an eerie quality. “I am leading men, I am training them, I am teaching them, »


- Esther Zuckerman

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'Star Wars: Episode VII' resumes shooting after Harrison Ford injury

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Han Solo is back in the cockpit.

Star Wars: Episode VII has officially resumed shooting at Pinewood Studios outside of London after taking a brief hiatus due to the on-set accident that broke Harrison Ford’s leg on June 12. Since his character is a major part of the Episode VII story, this caused massive upheaval for the film schedule, which had to be reshuffled in the midst of production while the 72-year-old star recuperated.

As part of that reorganization, photography was placed on hold for two weeks this month, but the entire cast and crew returned to the U.K. »


- Anthony Breznican

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Harry Belafonte, Hayao Miyazaki, Maureen O'Hara to get honorary Oscars

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will bestow actor/singer/producer Harry Belafonte with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at a stand-alone ceremony on Nov. 8 in Hollywood. French screenwriter Jean-Claude Carriere, Japanese animated filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, and actress Maureen O’Hara will also receive honorary Oscars for their lifetime contributions to film at the sixth annual ceremony to be held separately from the annual Oscar telecast.

“The Governors Awards allow us to reflect upon not the year in film, but the achievements of a lifetime,” said Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “We’re absolutely thrilled to honor these »


- Nicole Sperling

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Martin Scorsese interested in directing a Ramones movie

15 hours ago

The period between Martin Scorsese films is routinely filled with several speculative reports trumpeting fascinating-sounding “next” projects. There’s his long-gestating Sinatra movie, his plans to unite Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci in The Irishman, and a biopic about the formative years of Teddy Roosevelt. Maybe they’ll get made someday; maybe not. His next concrete project is Silence, with Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver, which starts shooting next year—but another potential film project is already drawing attention.

Billboard reported that the estates of The Ramones, the ’70s punk band that celebrates its 40th anniversary in »


- Jeff Labrecque

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Telluride Film Festival lineup includes 'Wild,' 'The Imitation Game'

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This year’s edition of the Telluride Film Festival announced its lineup today, revealing that Colorado will play host this weekend to a variety of awards hopefuls. Jean-Marc Vallées’ Wild starring Reese Witherspoon, Benedict Cumberbatch’s Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game, and Jon Stewart’s directorial debut Rosewater are among the films that will have their world premiere at the festival. (Those movies will also all screen at the Toronto International Film Festival, which instituted new rules about premieres in an attempt to prevent films from making a Colorado pit stop before heading to Canada.) Films like Birdman and »


- Esther Zuckerman

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Hilary Swank plays a pianist with Als in 'You're Not You' trailer

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In George C. Wolfe’s You’re Not You, based on the novel of the same name, Hilary Swank stars as Kate, a classical pianist who’s diagnosed with Als. And thanks to her diagnosis, Kate finds herself in need of an assistant. Enter Bec (Emmy Rossum), a college student and would-be rock singer who doesn’t quite have her life together. But through becoming Kate’s assistant, Bec’s outlook on life will change. And through having Bec as an assistant, so will Kate’s.

EW has an exclusive look at the first trailer for the film, which also stars Josh Duhamel, »


- Samantha Highfill

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'X-Men: First Class' writers, Steve Carell join Looney Tunes 'Acme' project

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While Bugs Bunny fans eagerly await news about whether Space Jam 2 will ever happen, another movie based on the Looney Tunes world is moving forward with a pair of writers and one of its leads.

EW can confirm The Hollywood Reporter’s original report that the writers behind 2011’s X-Men: First Class and the upcoming Power Rangers reboot, Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz, have signed on to write the untitled Acme film. Not much is known about the project’s plot, though it is expected to be a hybrid of live action and animation with Steve Carell in a starring role. »


- Jonathon Dornbush

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'Saw' to be rereleased this Halloween

17 hours ago

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

17 hours ago

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

17 hours ago

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

27 August 2014 7:03 PM, PDT

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'

27 August 2014 4:53 PM, PDT

• 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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