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'Twilight Saga' returning with five short films on Facebook

9 hours ago

Just when you thought The Twilight Saga was over, it’s back with sparkly new skin.

Two years after the release of Breaking Dawn Part 2, Lions Gate announced on Tuesday that it’s teaming with Facebook to finance five short films that will be based on Twilight characters, according to The New York Times. A group of female panelists will choose from five aspiring female directors to direct the films, titled The Storytellers — New Creative Voices of ‘The Twilight Saga, which will premiere exclusively on the social network next year.

The panel, according to The Times, includes Bella herself, Kristen Stewart »


- Emily Blake

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Casting Net: Benjamin Walker lands lead in Nicholas Sparks' 'The Choice'

10 hours ago

Benjamin Walker will part with his presidential past as the male lead in the adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks novel The Choice. The Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson star will play Travis Parker in the story that spans a decade long love affair in a small coastal town. Bryan Sipe (A Million Miles) wrote the screenplay with no director currently attached. [Deadline]

Rosa Salazar has just joined the cast of another Ya trilogy. The Parenthood actress will play Brenda in the sequel Maze Runner: Scorch Trials, which will once again be directed by Wes Ball and star Dylan O’Brien. »


- Jake Perlman

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Dennis Quaid cast in Dan Rather drama 'Truth'

12 hours ago

EW has confirmed that Dennis Quaid has been cast in Truth, the drama pic that depicts Dan Rather’s fall from grace at CBS when he infamously reported a damaging report on George W. Bush that turned out to be false. Deadline first reported the news of Quaid’s casting.

Quaid will play Colonel Roger Charles and joins a cast that includes Robert Redford, who will be playing Dan Rather; Cate Blanchett, who will be playing 60 Minutes producer Mary Mapes; and Elisabeth Moss. James Vanderbilt will direct and write the project, which is currently in pre-production. »


- Teresa Jue

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Alec Baldwin and Kevin Spacey to voice star in 'Boss Baby'

14 hours ago

Alec Baldwin and Kevin Spacey have signed on to voice star in DreamWorks Animation’s Boss Baby, EW has confirmed.

Tom McGrath (Madagascar, Megamind) will direct the film from a script by Michael McCullers (Austin Powers). The film was inspired by Marla Frazee’s picture book of the same name.

Baldwin will voice the titular character, a briefcase-carrying baby who sparks jealousy in his 7-year-old brother, Tim. Threatened by the new arrival, Tim attempts to win his parents’ sole affection. In the process, he uncovers a secret plot by the CEO of Puppy Co. (voiced by Spacey) that could ruin »


- C. Molly Smith

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Quvenzhane Wallis set to star in 'Counting By 7s'

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EW has confirmed that Quvenzhané Wallis is attached to star in The Mazur/Kaplan Company and Olympus Pictures’ big-screen adaptation Holly Goldberg Sloan’s bestselling novel, Counting By 7s. Deadline first reported the news.

Wallis will play the novel’s central character, Willow Chance, a young girl who rebuilds her life with a surrogate family after her parents are killed in a car accident.

After her Oscar-nominated turn in Beasts of the Southern Wild, Wallis has had a full schedule, having just wrapped production on Fathers and Daughters, a drama with Aaron Paul and Amanda Seyfried, and providing her voice in animated film The Prophet, »


- Teresa Jue

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Liam Neeson's Bryan Mills fights for his family (again) in 'Tak3n' trailer

15 hours ago

Liam Neeson is back as Bryan Mills in the trailer  for Taken 3—actually, sorry, Tak3n—and lest you thought Mills was done fighting to protect his family, he’s not. 

In this installment his ex-wife (Famke Janssen) gets murdered. Bryan, naturally, is suspected. Bryan, therefore, must kick some ass.  “My first priority is to protect the only one I have left,” he growls. Forest Whitaker is on hand to try and catch Mills. The movie arrives in January, and will, according to Neeson, be the last Taken movie. The Key & Peele Valets are freaking out right now. »


- Esther Zuckerman

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Satan has an opinion on Nicolas Cage's 'Left Behind,' apparently

16 hours ago

From what’s been revealed thus far, Left Behind appears to have two key qualities of a classic Nicolas Cage film: All the dialogue is either whispered or screamed, and everything in the movie is on fire. But in case that wasn’t enough to attract audiences, the film’s promotional campaign has enlisted the help of the prince of evil whose entire world is on fire—Satan.

Opening this Friday, Oct. 3, Left Behind tells the story of the biblical Rapture, in which millions of people have disappeared. Remaining groups of survivors attempt to recover from the ensuing chaos, including a pilot played by Cage, »


- Jonathon Dornbush

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Scott Rudin picks up film rights to 'We Are Not Ourselves'

16 hours ago

Matthew Thomas’s critically acclaimed and bestselling debut We Are Not Ourselves is headed to the screen. Producer Scott Rudin has optioned the film rights to Thomas’s novel, EW has learned exclusively. 

The book traces its protagonist Eileen Tumulty, the daughter of Irish immigrants, from childhood through her adult life.

“As Thomas follows her through six decades, Eileen emerges as a richly observed character, a fascinating case study whose path shows how immigration, suburbanization, and upward mobility changed many American families after World War II,” EW’s Melissa Maerz wrote in her review. “This isn’t just Eileen’s story. »


- Esther Zuckerman

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Joan Allen gives motherly advice in clip from Stephen King's 'A Good Marriage'

18 hours ago

Stephen King may be one of our most prolific writers, but he tends to let others get the ol’ finger blisters when it comes to adapting his tales for the big screen. One exception? The forthcoming, Peter Askin-directed A Good Marriage, for which Uncle Stevie did decide to pen the screenplay version of his novella.

“I knew Peter Askin and I liked him,” King recently told EW, explaining the origin of the project. “About a thousand years ago, John Mellencamp and I got involved with this musical called Ghost Brothers of Darkland County. We didn’t know anything about musicals, »


- Clark Collis

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'Edge of Tomorrow' Blu-ray: Tom Cruise copters into London's Trafalgar Square

20 hours ago

Edge of Tomorrow, Tom Cruise’s summer sci-fi movie about a reluctant soldier who’s cursed with the gift of reliving the same day that he’s killed by aliens over and over again—until he navigates through battle safely—wasn’t the blockbuster that it might have been. It inched past $100 million in the U.S. and grossed a total of $369 million, but critics heaped praise on Cruise, whose Major William Cage reminded some of A Few Good Men’s lackadaisical Daniel Kaffee, and Emily Blunt, who played a heroic supersoldier with a sixth sense for slaughtering the spidery aliens that invaded Earth. »


- Jeff Labrecque

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See the star-studded trailer for a new film series about the economy

21 hours ago

Patton Oswalt, Amy Poehler, Sarah Silverman, Adrian Grenier, and Werner Herzog are among the more than 80 actors, directors, and academic and civic leaders who are collaborating on the digital series We the Economy: 20 Short Films You Can’t Afford to Miss. Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Productions and Morgan Spurlock’s Cinelan will produce the series of informative and entertaining films that tackle serious economic issues.

“At its core, the vision of this project is to fuse artistry and storytelling with economic expertise to engage the public in a truly informed dialogue about the U.S. economy,” says Carole Tomko, »


- Jeff Labrecque

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'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' sequel coming to Netflix and IMAX

29 September 2014 7:32 PM, PDT

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is getting a sequel, and for the first time, you’ll get to choose between spending opening day in theaters or at home.

Netflix announced on Monday that it’s partnering with The Weinstein Company to release its first original movie, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend, simultaneously in select IMAX theaters and on the online streaming site next year. The film is slated to debut on Aug. 28.

Netflix said that the sequel is one of “several” major films that will be released in this manner.

“Fans will have unprecedented choice in how they »


- Emily Blake

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Watch Joaquin Phoenix in the first trailer for 'Inherent Vice'

29 September 2014 5:39 PM, PDT

From the looks of it, Paul Thomas Anderson and Joaquin Phoenix make one hell of a team.

On Monday, Warner Bros. delivered the first look at Inherent Vice, The Master pair’s highly anticipated—and, until now, highly secretive —reunion. The adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s gonzo novel of the same name follows stoner P.I. Larry “Doc” Sportello (Phoenix) as he investigates the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend’s (Katherine Waterston) wealthy boyfriend. Josh Brolin stars as straight-laced Lapd detective Christian “Bigfoot” Bjornson, while Reese Witherspoon plays deputy Da Penny Kimball. Owen Wilson, Jena Malone, Joanna Newsom, and Benicio Del Toro also star. »


- Emily Blake

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Casting Net: Keegan-Michael Key and Regina Hall join 'Vacation;' more

29 September 2014 4:58 PM, PDT

Keegan-Michael Key and Regina Hall have signed on for New Line’s Vacation reboot, joining Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Chris Hemsworth, and Leslie Mann. John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein are directing, marking their directorial debut. They also wrote the script. The film will tell the story of a grown-up Rusty Griswold (Helms) who takes his wife (Applegate) on a cross-country road trip, similar to one he took as a kid. Their destination is Walley World, an amusement park. Key and Hall will play family friends to the Griswolds. David Dobkin is producing through his David Dobkin Productions alongside Chris Bender. »


- C. Molly Smith

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Lili Simmons, David Arquette board ultraviolent Western 'Bone Tomahawk'

29 September 2014 3:53 PM, PDT

Lili Simmons (True Detective) and David Arquette (Scream) have joined the cast of the “ultraviolent” Western Bone Tomahawk. Kathryn Morris (Cold Case), Evan Jonigkeit (Girls), Sean Young (Blade Runner), and Sid Haig (The Devil’s Rejects) will also appear in this movie from novelist-turned-filmmaker S. Craig Zahler, alongside previously announced actors Kurt Russell, Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox, and Richard Jenkins.

According to the official synopsis, Bone Tomahawk concerns four men who “attempt to rescue a group of captives from a band of cannibalistic troglodytes that live beyond the edge of civilization.” And if the combination of the words “Kurt,” “Russell, »


- Clark Collis

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Elizabeth Banks, Donald Glover, and Michael Strahan complete 'Magic Mike Xxl' cast

29 September 2014 2:51 PM, PDT

Talk about a strip tease.

After weeks of unofficial announcements and rumors, Warner Brothers has officially released the cast and first synopsis for Magic Mike XxlChanning Tatum once again stars as the title-role stripper in the sequel, which he wrote and is producing alongside Reid Carolin. New to the cast is Elizabeth Banks, Donald Glover, and Michael Strahan, who confirmed his casting on Monday’s Live! with Kelly and Michael after joking with Tatum multiple times that he was interested in a part in the movie when the actor was a guest on the morning talk show. The trio »


- Jake Perlman

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Kevin Smith says you can thank 'Tusk' for 'Clerks 3'

29 September 2014 2:16 PM, PDT

Kevin Smith has been discussing the possibility of Clerks 3 for awhile now, and though the film has had trouble finding a home, recent comments from Smith suggest it may finally see the light of day. And it’s all thanks to Smith’s latest film, Tusk.

While Tusk hasn’t exactly taken the box office by the storm, Smith discussed how pleased he’s been with the film on the most recent episode of his Hollywood Babble-On podcast. During the show, Smith said “Tusk was the absolute bridge to Clerks 3. Because of Tusk, I got my financing for Clerks 3.”

“And »


- Jonathon Dornbush

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'Perks of Being a Wallflower' author will adapt 'Beauty and the Beast'

29 September 2014 2:02 PM, PDT

Disney is taking its live-action Beauty and the Beast into full Ya territory.

Two sources confirm to EW that the author/screenwriter/director of indie teen bible Perks of Being a Wallflower Stephen Chbosky will step aboard to script a new draft of Beauty, adapted from its 1991 animated form to an updated live-action version. The news follows the June announcement that Bill Condon, who most recently directed Twilight’s final two chapters, would helm the new version that will include music from the iconic animated feature as well as Disney’s long-running Broadway musical. The original draft was written by Evan Spiliotopoulos (Hercules, »


- Nicole Sperling

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Matt Bomer joins 'Nice Guys' with Ryan Gosling, Russell Crowe

29 September 2014 1:35 PM, PDT

Matt Bomer has certainly been surrounding himself with some nice company lately.

After filming the sequel Magic Mike Xxl, Bomer will next star opposite Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe in the action drama Nice Guys. Set in 1970s Los Angeles, Crowe plays a gangster who hires a detective (Gosling) to find a missing girl and uncovers a dangerous conspiracy where Bomer’s character comes in. The TV star is making a strong transition into film now that the USA series White Collar is ending after six seasons. In addition to taking it off again opposite Channing Tatum, Bomer will also »


- Jake Perlman

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New 'Interstellar' TV spot clearly lays out the stakes

29 September 2014 1:09 PM, PDT

Christopher Nolan is famous—some say infamous—for building trailers and teasers that are their own dramatic narratives—red herrings that preserve the surprises of the actual full-length film. But the new TV spot for Interstellar, which opens Nov. 7, clearly establishes the stakes that previous clips have alluded to. “Your daughter’s generation will be the last to survive on earth,” intones Nolan’s good-luck charm Michael Caine to Matthew McConaughey’s good ol’ boy pilot. “Find us a new home.”

“You may have to decide between seeing your children again, and the future of the human race,” says Anne Hathaway’s astronaut, »


- Jeff Labrecque

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