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'Avengers: Age of Ultron' teaser trailer gets a debut date

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The Age of Ultron is nearly upon us. Tonight's episode of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. featured an announcement that the first glimpse of the Avengers sequel will come during next Tuesday's broadcast. The film itself isn't due in theaters until May 1 of next year, so this preview will likely be just a tease of things to come from the metal madman who tries to save the world by wiping it free of human life. EW has already revealed some details from the Joss Whedon written and directed film, including that the origin story for Ultron (performed via motion capture by »


- Anthony Breznican

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Casting Net: Natalie Dormer signs on for 'The Forest,' Patrick Stewart joins 'Green Room;' more

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Natalie Dormer is set to star in Lava Bear Films and Phantom Four's The Forest, Entertainment Weekly has confirmed. Jason Zada is directing from a script rewritten by Sarah Cornwell and Nick Antosca that was based on an original idea by David S. Goyer. Set in the Aokigahara forest at the base of Mt. Fuji, the supernatural thriller tells the story of a young American woman who goes in pursuit of her missing twin sister. When she wanders off the path, she is met by the undead. Lava Bear is producing along with Goyer under his Phantom Four banner. »


- C. Molly Smith

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IFC Films to distribute Al Pacino's 'Manglehorn'

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Manglehorn, which stars Al Pacino, will be distributed in the U.S. by IFC, EW has confirmed.  The David Gordon Green film played at the Venice and Toronto International Film Festivals this past year, and stars Pacino as a locksmith. Holly Hunter, Harmony Korine, and Chris Messina also star. The film has received mixed reviews. "This is Logan's first produced screenplay, and its immaturity is written in neon," the Hollywood Reporter's review noted. "But that's no excuse for Green and actors of the caliber of Pacino and Hunter buying it wholesale." The Guardian argued that the movie features "the finest »


- Esther Zuckerman

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'The Room' star making mockumentary about 'the greatest bad movie ever made'

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What do you do if you wind up being in one of the most hilariously terrible films of all time? You make a comedy about it. That's the exact approach being actress-turned-filmmaker Robyn Paris is taking. More than a decade after she appeared in writer-director-star Tommy Wiseau's infamously awful cult film The Room, Paris has now launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a Christopher Guest-style mockumentary about what happened to the cast after shooting concluded. On the project's Kickstarter page, you can check out the fundraising video for The Room Actors: Where Are They Now? which, in addition to Paris, »


- Clark Collis

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'Paris, Texas' co-writer L.M. Kit Carson dies at 73

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L.M. Kit Carson, the eclectic, fiercely independent Texas filmmaker best known for starring in the ahead-of-its-time cinéma vérité satire David Holzman's Diary, shaping the narrative arc of Paris, Texas, and helping launch the career of Wes Anderson, died Monday after a lengthy illness, his son Hunter announced on Facebook. He was 73. Born in Irving, Texas in 1941, Carson had a scattered youth: He spent six months in a Jesuit monastery and flitted in and out of various colleges before settling in New York to pursue a freelance work in magazine writing. In 1967 he teamed up with Jim McBride to star in the experimental, »


- Lindsey Bahr

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Get in bed with the poster for horror film 'Starry Eyes'

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In the new horror film Starry Eyes, an aspiring actress named Sarah (Alex Essoe) discovers there are much worse things that can happen in Hollywood than not getting called back for that dandruff shampoo commercial. Written and directed by Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer, the tale of "paranoia and possession" garnered rave reviews on the festival circuit and is produced by Snowfort Pictures, the boutique production company that has been on something of a tear of late with Jodorowsky's Dune, Big Ass Spider!, and Cheap Thrills.Starry Eyes—which costars Amanda Fuller, Noah Segan, and the always watchable Pat Healy »


- Clark Collis

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DC's 'Cyborg,' Ray Fisher, didn't know he was getting his own movie

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Nobody told Ray Fisher the plan. The 27-year-old had no idea he was set to explode into Hollywood movie stardom, top-lining as the title character in a Cyborg movie set for release in 2020. In fact, producers called the New Jersey-born theater actor on Oct. 15 with the heads-up only hours before Warner Bros. publicly revealed its slate of mega-budget superhero movies tied to the DC Cinematic Universe—Wonder Woman, The Justice League, Suicide Squad, and Shazam among them. “I didn’t know the extent to which DC and WB had planned on taking my character,” says Fisher, who was hired in »


- Chris Lee

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See the new trailer for '2001: A Space Odyssey,' 46 years after its release

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The British Film Institute is set to re-release Stanley Kubrick's seminal film 2001: A Space Odyssey into theaters this November, so it's only natural that we'd get a brand-new trailer 46 years after it was released. BFI and Warner Bros. commissioned a new trailer celebrating the film's legacy—and promoting its appearance in theaters in the U.K.—with a trailer for Kubrick's science fiction epic. The trailer includes some of the film's most iconic imagery, as well as the dulcet tones of Hal the computer and the familiar sounds of "Also sprach Zarathustra." 2001 will make its reappearance in movie theaters across the U. »


- Jonathon Dornbush

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Racism insurance can't cover everything in 'Dear White People' promo

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Said something racist? Don't worry: Racism Insurance is here for you. In a new promo for Dear White People, a clueless white man spews racist comments—"You are so hot, and I'm not into black girls, like at all"—at various black people who all react with shock and disdain. This is when Racism Insurance comes in: The white man summons a black man to magically appear and diffuse the situation. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it ends with a scolding. Even the almighty insurance rep can't erase every racist comment. Dear White People is now in theaters. »


- Ariana Bacle

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Special 'Back to the Future' screenings will feature live orchestra

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When Back to the Future celebrates its 30th anniversary next May, the movie will sound like new. Better than new, actually, because select concert venues will present Robert Zemeckis's time-jumping blockbuster along with a live orchestra performing Alan Silvestri's memorable score in sync with the film. So when Marty McFly hits 88 miles per hour in Doc's DeLorean and leaves only a tire-trail of flames behind, it might sound like you're making your own acoustic leap to 1985. The world premiere of the live-music cinematic event—a joint collaboration between Universal, Img Artists, and the Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency—will be »


- Jeff Labrecque

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Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant team up for Stephen Frears' 'Florence'

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After a few weeks' worth of rumors, Pathé International has announced that Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant will officially be teaming up for Stephen Frears' biopic, Florence. Florence stars Streep as the real-life New York heiress Florence Foster Jenkins, whose dreams of becoming a renowned opera singer are stymied by her laughable lack of talent. Grant will play her live-in partner and manager, the English actor St. Clair Bayfield, who guides Jenkins away from the real truth, which proves challenging when Jenkins decides to perform live at Carnegie Hall. The film is currently in pre-production. Michael Kuhn and Tracey Seaward will produce, »


- Teresa Jue

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EW's Horror Quintessentials: The 5 best zombie 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 zombies. Most zombie movies start the same way: A mysterious virus spreads, causing the dead to come back to life as flesh-eating monsters. From there, the same questions often arise: Will the zombies be able to run? »


- Samantha Highfill

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New Line shifts 'Conjuring 2' release date

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Fans of The Conjuring will now have to wait a little longer to watch the further battles of Ed and Lorraine Warren against the supernatural. EW has confirmed that New Line Cinema has moved The Conjuring 2 out of its originally scheduled Oct. 23, 2015 release date. Instead, the company has slotted in an untitled horror film to debut on that day, while the sequel to James Wan's 2013 horror film will now release sometime in 2016. This untitled film will still only have competition from the recently dated Jem and the Holograms adaptation, though the audience crossover shouldn't undermine either film's chances at the box office. »


- Jonathon Dornbush

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Eli Roth executive producing remake of 'Cabin Fever'

20 October 2014 3:24 PM, PDT

In what is either the least or most timely film news of the month, it was announced today that writer-director Eli Roth is executive producing a remake of his 2002 flesh-eating virus horror film, Cabin Fever. The new Cabin Fever will use the script from Roth's original film and stars Gage Golightly, Dustin Ingram, Samuel Davis, Matthew Daddario, and Nadine Crocker. The movie is being directed by Travis Zariwny and starts shooting in Portland, Ore., this week. The original, low budget Cabin Fever grossed $21 million domestically and inspired a sequel, 2009's Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever, and the recent prequel, Cabin Fever: Patient Zero. »


- Clark Collis

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Key and Peele's first film together is about a cat

20 October 2014 3:18 PM, PDT

After working separately on a few films, Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele have finally settled on their first joint project. And it was a cat that brought them together. EW can confirm that the comedy duo have set up Keanu at New Line Cinema, with production set to start in spring 2015. Keanu focuses on friends who pretend to be drug dealers, infiltrating the criminal underworld in an effort to rescue a stolen cat. Key and Peele will serve as producers on the film. Peele wrote the script with Key & Peele and Community writer Alex Rubens. The show's director, Peter Atencio, »


- Jonathon Dornbush

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See the Oscar contenders for Best Short Documentary

20 October 2014 2:58 PM, PDT

While the Oscar races for prizes like Best Picture will remain a mystery for the next few months, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has narrowed the field for another Oscar category: Best Documentary Short Subject. The Academy announced today the eight contenders who will be vying for the final five spots. The Documentary Branch of the Acaedmy whittled the field down from 58 eligible contenders to these eight. 1. Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1, Perry Films 2. Joanna, Wajda Studio 3. Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace, Show of Force 4. The Lion’s Mouth Opens, Tree Tree Tree 5. One Child, New York University 6. Our Curse, »


- Jonathon Dornbush

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Disney announces 2016 release for animated feature 'Moana'

20 October 2014 10:29 AM, PDT

Get ready for another Disney heroine to obsess over: Disney Animation announced today that it will release its 56th animated feature, Moana, in late 2016.  Moana is described as a "a sweeping, CG-animated comedy-adventure," and takes place in ancient Oceania in the South Pacific. The film will tell the story of its titular character, a teenage girl and "born navigator" who "sets sail in search of a fabled island," according to a summary from Disney. "During her incredible journey, she teams up with her hero, the legendary demi-god Maui, to traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous sea creatures, »


- Esther Zuckerman

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Hasbro sets 'My Little Pony' movie for 2017

20 October 2014 9:45 AM, PDT

Hasbro isn't horsing around with its latest film project. The toy maker's film division has announced plans to bring My Little Pony to the big screen. EW has confirmed that Hasbro Studios is producing a My Little Pony movie, set to release in 2017. The film will be one of the first produced through Hasbro's Allspark Pictures, along with the already-announced Jem and the Holograms adaptation, which is slated for 2015. Variety first reported the news. The Pony film will be co-executive produced by Megan McCarthy, who produces the latest revival of the franchise (the television series My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic). Joe Ballarini, »


- Jonathon Dornbush

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EW's Horror Quintessentials: The 5 best demon movies

20 October 2014 9:30 AM, PDT

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 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 kicking things off with demons. To the nonbelievers, demons are kind of funny—all horns and red faces, too unrealistic to provoke real scares. Then a legitimately terrifying, devil-centric movie—say, Paranormal Activity—comes along...and suddenly demons aren't so silly anymore. A »


- Ariana Bacle

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Study: The more parents view sex and violence in film, the less they care

20 October 2014 8:30 AM, PDT

Here's a new development in the ongoing conversation about sex and violence in movies. The Annenberg Public Policy Center surveyed 1,000 parents and found that when they were shown violent and sexual scenes from films such as 8 Mile, Collateral, Die Hard, and Casino Royale one after another, they became more and more desensitized. According to Variety, the study, which was published in the Pediatrics journal, showed parents three pairs of movie scenes with violence and sex, and the parents responded with the minimum age that should be allowed to view these types of movies. When watching the first clip, the parents »


- Teresa Jue

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