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Casting Net: Jamie Foxx to play Mike Tyson

14 hours ago

Jamie Foxx will reportedly play Mike Tyson in an untitled biopic. Terence Winter is set to write. Rick Yorn, Foxx’s manager, will produce. The project is still in the works and is currently without a studio. Though HBO released 1995’s Tyson, this is the first feature film to follow the controversial boxer. [Variety]

Dakota Johnson will star in the Luca Guadagnino-directed A Bigger Splash. Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes have signed on as well, and Michael Costigan will produce. The film, based on the 1969 French crime drama La Piscine, follows a triangle that develops between a couple and a »


- C. Molly Smith

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'Blood Meridian' deserves a director who understands the Western genre

16 hours ago

With James Franco’s recent test footage for his not-to-be Blood Meridian film adaptation now online, it’s time to think about what we want from a movie version of the landmark novel. Franco shot that test footage a few years ago and showed it to Scott Rudin, who owns the rights to the novel, but Rudin seems to have turned him down—and should continue to do so.

So Franco, instead, directed another movie adaptation of a Cormac McCarthy novel: Child of God. The movie comes out this week, and Franco wrote a piece for The Daily Beast explaining »


- Jacob Shamsian

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Our dream cast for the 'Goldfinch' movie

16 hours ago

Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer-Prize winning novel The Goldfinch was picked up for a movie adaptation by Warner Bros. on Tuesday. The book tells the story of Theo Decker, whose mother is killed in a museum bombing and whose father wants little to do with him. During the bombing, Decker stole The Goldfinch, the 1654 painting by Carel Fabritius, which he keeps hidden from the world. The book is 800 pages long and spans decades, so compressing it all into one movie will be a challenge. The cast of characters is small but memorable, and since it’s so high-profile, could attract a »


- Jacob Shamsian

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Nat Wolff on how 'Paper Towns' is sort of like 'The Godfather'

17 hours ago

The first time Nat Wolff heard about John Green’s Paper Towns, he was on the set of another John Green adaptation, The Fault In Our Stars. It was then that producer Wyck Godfrey suggested that Wolff give Paper Towns a read. As Wolff puts it, Godfrey didn’t quite wink at him, but “there was something behind” the suggestion. So Wolff quickly read the book, loved it, and four months later, picked up his phone just in time to be offered the lead role of Quentin “Q” Jacobsen in a Paper Towns film adaptation. According to Wolff, he said »


- Samantha Highfill

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Quentin Tarantino, J.J. Abrams, and other directors are trying to save Kodak

17 hours ago

In just a few years, digital video has overtaken film-based shooting by an overwhelming margin. But in the interest of staving off premature extinction, a group of directors have banded together to keep the Eastman Kodak Co. making movie film.

The Wall Street Journal reports that a group of directors, led by the likes of Quentin Tarantino, Christopher Nolan, Judd Apatow, and J.J. Abrams (who is filming Star Wars VII on film) pushed studio heads into negotiations with the film company. These discussions, which the WSJ broke the lid on, revolve around promises to buy a set quantity of film for the next several years, »


- Jackson McHenry

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Director Brian Trenchard-Smith talks John Cusack thriller 'Drive Hard'

18 hours ago

Brian Trenchard-Smith has been a director for 40 years and has made around the same amount of movies, from 1975’s George Lazenby-featuring action film The Man from Hong Kong through 1986’s cult film Dead End Drive-In to last year’s straight-to-dvd thriller Absolute Deception, which starred Cuba Gooding Jr. “I’ve never met a green-light I didn’t like,” chuckles the urbane auteur.

Trenchard-Smith is one of Quentin Tarantino’s favorite filmmakers and a frequent contributor to Joe Dante’s fantastic Trailers from Hell website, alongside such fellow Tfh “gurus” as Guillermo del Toro, Edgar Wright, and John Landis, and »


- Clark Collis

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Here's a deleted scene that was too gross for 'Divergent'

19 hours ago

If you’re a fan of Veronica Roth’s Divergent—as well as the film series it’s spawned—you know that the book is markedly more violent than Summit’s first adaptation. How much more violent? Well, in volume 1, a Dauntless initiate named Edward ends up leaving his new faction after a pair of his rivals stabs him in the eye with a butter knife. The sequence was left out of the first Divergent movie entirely… though evidently, not until after it had been filmed.

Want to see the movie’s Edward writhe in pain, clutching his bloody eye »


- Hillary Busis

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New 'Interstellar' trailer shows off film's amazing visuals

19 hours ago

Christopher Nolan made his first-ever appearance at Comic-Con this year, promoting his new film, InterstellarThe Dark Knight director took the opportunity to present a trailer for the Paramount/Warner Bros. film, and now that clip has been released online.

Set to music presumably by the film’s composer Hans Zimmer, the new trailer showcases Interstellar’s stunning visuals and focuses on the relationship of Matthew McConaughey’s character with his children. In the film, McConaughey plays an engineer who, along with several other scientists and astronauts, journeys through a newly discovered wormhole to save the world.

The film also stars Michael Caine, »


- Chancellor Agard

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Hogwarts comes alive in trailer for Quidditch documentary 'Mudbloods'

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This is not your mother’s college sports team. Your cool aunt’s, though, maybe.

Whether there’s one on your current campus, at your alma mater, or maybe at your dream school, student Quidditch clubs are popping up all around the country, and there’s nothing imaginary about the competition. The broom-borne game—created by J.K. Rowling in the Harry Potter series—is now a full-fledged co-ed contact sport, and the new documentary Mudbloods looks at how the once-fictional game became a phenomenon.

Directed by former UCLA film student Farzad Sangari, Mudbloods follows a team of Quidditch players at »


- Marc Snetiker

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Disney's 'Into the Woods' drops 10 new production photos

21 hours ago

The trailer for Disney’s forthcoming adaptation of the beloved Stephen Sondheim musical Into the Woods is on the horizon—but before the trailer debuts, the studio has released ten new production photos from the film exclusively to People.

Previously, fans have only seen a glimpse of Meryl Streep’s Witch. Now, though, they can take a good look at (almost) every major character in the movie, in which a handful of fairy tale characters—including Cinderella, Rapunzel, Red Riding Hood, and Jack (of beanstalk fame)—weaving an interconnected story as they each journey into the forest to find their »


- Marc Snetiker

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E.T. goes bad in trailer for alien shocker 'Extraterrestrial'

21 hours ago

“Keep watching the skies!” warned Douglas Spencer’s reporter at the end of the 1951 science-fiction classic The Thing From Another World. More than 60 years on, that remains good advice for characters in alien-themed horror movies such as the Tribeca-screened Extraterrestrial. This third film from directors the Vicious Brothers (Grave Encounters) details a weekend getaway by five college friends which goes horribly awry when aliens invade.

Extraterrestrial stars Brittany Allen (The Rocker), Freddie Stroma (the Harry Potter franchise), Jesse Moss (Tucker & Dale vs. Evil), Anja Savcic (I Love You, Beth Cooper), Melanie Papalia (Smiley), and Gil Bellows (The Shawshank Redemption, Ally McBeal »


- Clark Collis

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'Atari' doc trailer digs deep into legend of infamous 'E.T.' video game

21 hours ago

How did computer company Atari rise so quickly and why did it collapse so horribly? What role did the infamous E.T. video game play in that disastrous corporate fall? And did the company really bury vast quantities of the Spielberg spin-off in a New Mexico landfill site?

These questions are all tackled in a documentary from filmmaker Zak Penn called Atari: Game Over which is coming to Xbox this fall. Watch the movie’s new trailer below. »


- Clark Collis

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See the poster for Quentin Tarantino's 'Hateful Eight'

23 hours ago

Quentin Tarantino’s post-Civil War western, The Hateful Eight, hasn’t even been shot yet, and it’s already been through its fair share of ups and downs. When pages from the script were leaked back in January, Tarantino filed a lawsuit against Gawker and announced that he was no longer going to make the film. Then, in April, Tarantino told a crowd that he was in fact working on a new draft of the script. And most recently, at Comic-Con, Tarantino said that the film was moving forward. Now, we have proof of that.

We’ve got a look »


- Samantha Highfill

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You won't get to see that 'Batman v Superman' footage from Comic-Con

30 July 2014 7:12 AM, PDT

Even though it was one of the highlights of Warner Bros.’s Hall H presentation at San Diego this weekend, the studio has decided not to release their preview of Zack Snyder’s upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Variety reports that the footage shown at the panel, which included shots of Henry Cavill’s Superman and Ben Affleck’s Batman glowering at each other, will be kept under wraps for the time being.

The brief glimpse at the movie has already triggered speculation over the cause of Superman and Batman’s feud—is Batman disappointed in the destruction »


- Jackson McHenry

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Warner Bros.' next fantasy franchise could be 'Dragonriders of Pern'

30 July 2014 6:56 AM, PDT

Even though The Hobbit is ending this December, Warner Bros. isn’t quite done with dragons.

According to Deadline, the studio has optioned the long-running fantasy series Dragonriders of Pern from the estate of author Anne McCaffrey. The series, which began with 1968’s Dragonflight, takes place on a planet called Pern, where a select few inhabitants are able to harness fire-breathing dragons to combat a deadly phenomenon called Thread.

Warner Bros. is never one to be inconvenienced by their source material ending (or being too short), but should Pern be a success, it has the potential to be around for »


- Joshua Rivera

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Katie Holmes options Annie Weatherwax's 'All We Had'

30 July 2014 6:46 AM, PDT

Katie Holmes might be planning a producing gig, as EW has confirmed that the Dawson’s Creek and Batman Begins actress has optioned the rights to artist Annie Weatherwax’s debut novel All We Had.

The novel is described as a portrait of a “gritty” mother and and her 13-year-old daughter, who live together on the edge of poverty. After being kicked out of their home and scrambling to find a place to live, the pair ends up in small town where a collection of quirky characters helps them out.

All We Had will be released in hardcover Aug. 5. At this point, »


- Jackson McHenry

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Edgar Wright to direct 'Grasshopper Jungle'

29 July 2014 6:28 PM, PDT

Edgar Wright will direct the sci-fi coming-of-age tale Grasshopper Jungle for Sony Pictures, EW has confirmed. The news follows Wright’s highly publicized departure from Marvel’s Ant-Man.

The film, based on the Ya novel by Andrew Smith, follows a young boy and his friends who cause a genetically engineered plague, unleashing human-size praying mantises, which they must fight. Wright will direct the flick once he wraps Baby Driver for Working Title.

Scott Rosenberg (Beautiful Girls) is writing the script and will produce alongside Matt Tolmach and Nira Park. Deadline first reported the news. »


- C. Molly Smith

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Casting Net: N.W.A biopic 'Straight Outta Compton' completes casting

29 July 2014 5:21 PM, PDT

• Universal has found its last two members for the N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton directed by F. Gary Gray (The Italian Job). Aldis Hodge (Leverage) will play Mc Ren and Neil Brown Jr. (The Walking Dead) will be DJ Yella, joining previously announced stars O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, and Jason Mitchell as Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, and Eazy-e respectively. The film is set for a Aug. 14, 2015 release with Ice Cub and Dr. Dre serving as producers. [THR]

Zulay Henao (The Single Moms Club) will play adult film legend Vanessa del Rio in an untitled biopic. The project »


- Jake Perlman

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Heinrich Himmler documentary 'The Decent One' gets U.S. distribution

29 July 2014 4:42 PM, PDT

Kino Lorber has acquired the U.S. rights to The Decent One. The Heinrich Himmler documentary, directed by Vanessa Lapa, recently won the best documentary award at the Jerusalem Film Festival.

The film, which debuted at the Berlin Film Festival, offers an in-depth look at Nazi Germany through the personal writing and photographs of the Nazi SS commander and his family. In effect, it tells the story of their ascendance from the average German middle class to a high-ranking Nazi household from a first-person point of view.

Richard Lorber, Kino Lorber CEO, negotiated the deal with Philippa Kowarsky, Managing Director of Cinephil. »


- C. Molly Smith

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E.T. goes bad in trailer for alien shocker 'Extraterrestrial'

29 July 2014 1:56 PM, PDT

“Keep watching the skies!” warned Douglas Spencer’s reporter at the end of the 1951 science-fiction classic The Thing From Another World. More than 60 years on, that remains good advice for characters in alien-themed horror movies such as the Tribeca-screened Extraterrestrial. This third film from directors the Vicious Brothers (Grave Encounters) details a weekend getaway by five college friends which goes horribly awry when aliens invade.

Extraterrestrial stars Brittany Allen (The Rocker), Freddie Stroma (the Harry Potter franchise), Jesse Moss (Tucker & Dale vs. Evil), Anja Savcic (I Love You, Beth Cooper), Melanie Papalia (Smiley), and Gil Bellows (The Shawshank Redemption, Ally McBeal »


- Clark Collis

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