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Exclusive: Chiwetel Ejiofor joins Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain and Kristen Wiig in Ridley Scott's 'The Martian'

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The cast of The Martian is getting even starrier: EW has exclusively confirmed that Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sebastian Stan, and Mackenzie Davis are the latest to join in director Ridley Scott's The Martian, due in theaters November 2015. They join previously announced cast members Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig Kate Mara, Sean Bean, Donald Glover, Michael Pena and Jeff Daniels. The Martian, adapted from the best-selling novel by Andy Weir, is about Mark Watney (Damon), an astronaut who gets left behind on Mars when his crew mistakenly believes him dead. "It's quintessential Robinson Crusoe," Ridley Scott tells EW. Drew Goddard »


- Sara Vilkomerson

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How Ridley Scott looked to science -- not miracles -- to part the Red Sea in 'Exodus: Gods and Kings'

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If there's one Old Testament image everyone knows, it's the parting of the Red Sea. And when shooting that scene in Exodus: Gods and Kings (in theaters Dec. 12), director Ridley Scott knew that he want to treat the incident as realistically as possible. "You can't just do a a giant parting, with walls of water trembling while people ride between them," says Scott, who remembers scoffing at biblical epics from his boyhood like 1956's The Ten Commandments. "I didn't believe it then, when I was just a kid sitting in the third row. I remember that feeling, and thought that »


- Sara Vilkomerson

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EW's Horror Quintessentials: The 5 best 'It Could Happen to You' 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 about those movies that hit a little too close to home. All horror movies prey on the psychological premise that there's beastliness roiling within everyone. But let's get real: You don't see news reports about werewolves, vampires, »


- Lanford Beard

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Joan Didion documentary Kickstarter gets fully funded in one day

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Despite only launching Wednesday morning, the Kickstarter for a documentary about writer Joan Didion (set to be co-directed by Griffin Dunne, her nephew) has already been fully funded.  At time of writing, the documentary has raised close to $100,000, surpassing its $80,000 goal Thursday morning, Kickstarter confirmed. On the page, the documentary's team explained that they decided to use Kickstarter "to reach as many people as possible." They wrote: "No gift is too small. When you donate, you are proving that there is a huge, hungry audience for a documentary about Joan." The Kickstarter's rewards include a digital download of the film for at least $15, and, »


- Esther Zuckerman

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Here's the new 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' poster

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In addition to last night's reveal of the first Avengers: Age of Ultron teaser trailer, the folks over at Marvel/Disney also dropped the first teaser poster, because teasing is the cool thing to do when your highly anticipated movie is still seven months out. Check it out below. Love the #Avengers: #AgeofUltron teaser trailer? Check out the official teaser poster! pic.twitter.com/bhfI7PvMCl — The Avengers (@Avengers) October 23, 2014   As you can see, it is a lot like the first teaser poster for the first Avengers film. (In the biz, that's called "visual continuity.") There does not, however, seem »


- Joshua Rivera

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Mondo debuts new poster for acclaimed documentary 'The Overnighters'

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Directed by Jesse Moss, new documentary The Overnighters , details the attempts of a Lutheran pastor named Jay Reinke to help the homeless migrants who flocked to the oil boom town of Williston, Nd, in search of work. "The lure of the boomtown and its powerful place in the American imagination resides in its seductive promise of redemption and fortune for the brave and the desperate," Moss says in his director's statement. "It is this theme—played out in stark, raw terms in North Dakota and viewed through the prism of Pastor Reinke’s Church—that drew me to this story. »


- Clark Collis

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Things get hairy in trailer for new werewolf movie 'Late Phases'

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In the new horror movie Late Phases, actor and excellent cook Nick Damici (Cold in July) plays a blind war veteran who discovers that something is badly wrong in the seemingly idyllic retirement community of Crescent Bay—and it isn't excessive bingo fees. Directed by much-tipped terror auteur Adrian Garcia Bogliano (Here Comes the Devil, Penumbra), the film costars Ethan Embry, Lance Guest, Erin Cummings, the great Tom Noonan, and indie-horror godfather Larry Fessenden, among others. Late Phases stalks its hairy way into select cinemas on Nov. 21. See an exclusive trailer for the film below. »


- Clark Collis

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'Into the Woods': Go behind the scenes with Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, and more

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What’s that? You wish for even more inside dish from the most anticipated movie musical of the year? Wish: granted. Into the Woods—the sprawling fairy tale epic gracing this week’s cover of Entertainment Weekly—promises to be one of the holiday season’s most magical films, thanks to its top-notch design team (featuring the folks behind Chicago) and an A-list cast that includes Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Emily Blunt, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, and James Corden. But the beloved 1987 Stephen Sondheim-James Lapine musical didn’t translate easily to the screen, which meant a creative challenge »


- Marc Snetiker

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Steve Carell and Charlie Kaufman on board for 'Iq 83'

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A Steve Carell-Charlie Kaufman collaboration is in the works, EW confirmed with a representative for Kaufman. Deadline first reported that Kaufman has been tapped to rewrite a long-gestating adaptation of Arthur Herzog's Iq 83, a novel about a virus that makes people less intelligent, with Carell starring. According to Deadline, "the aim of this new version is to do a scathing satire, on the order of Doctor Strangelove." Carell is currently on the receiving end of Oscar buzz for his role in Foxcatcher. Kaufman most recently wrote and directed 2008's Synecdoche, New York, and in 2012 turned to »


- Esther Zuckerman

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'Boyhood' leads Gotham Awards nominations

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Richard Linklater's Boyhood was nominated for four Gotham Independent Film Awards, including a nod for Best Feature. Also competing for best picture are Birdman, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Love Is Strange, and Under the Skin. While the Gothams celebrate only independent film, they are one of the first notable—if not the most reliable predictor—year-end movie awards. Last year, the Gothams rewarded Inside Llewyn Davis and Short Term 12's Brie Larson, in addition to Matthew McConaughey for Dallas Buyer's Club. Boyhood was also recognized for Ethan Hawke in the Best Actor category, Patricia Arquette in Best Actress, »


- Jeff Labrecque

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Aaron Sorkin says Christian Bale will play Steve Jobs

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Aaron Sorkin told Bloomberg Christian Bale is indeed playing Steve Jobs and that he will "crush it." Last week, The Hollywood Reporter reported that Bale was "beginning negotiations" with Sony to play the Apple co-founder, and a source confirmed to EW that he was indeed in talks. Now Sorkin, who adapted Walter Isaacson's Jobs biography, appears to be spilling the beans. "We needed the best actor on the board in a certain age range and that’s Chris Bale," Sorkin told Bloomberg. Sony had no comment at this time. Sorkin touted the intensity of the performance required from Bale. »


- Esther Zuckerman

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See young Abe Lincoln in 'The Better Angels' trailer

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Death was a constant shadow in the life of Abraham Lincoln, from his childhood on the American frontier to his assassination in 1865. In The Better Angels, writer/director A.J. Edwards—a disciple of the film's producer Terrence Malick—focused on the three-year period of Lincoln's youth where his young mother (Brit Marling) died, and his father (Jason Clarke) remarried a woman (Diane Kruger) who recognized Abe's spark of intelligence and helped provide the moral and intellectual foundation that would one day preserve the Union. At his 1861 inauguration, with his country on the brink of civil war, President Lincoln appealed to »


- Jeff Labrecque

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Watch the trailer for the new Joan Didion documentary

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A long-awaited documentary about American author Joan Didion is now in progress, according to Vogue. The film is titled We Tell Ourselves Stories In Order to Live, a reference to one of her lines. Griffin Dunne—actor, filmmaker, and Didion's nephew—is behind the project. The trailer gives a glimpse of Didion's life, work, and deep fervor for writing. "Joan writes to survive," Dunne says, later adding, "This is a story that I am telling in order to live." It's also a plea for funding through its Kickstarter campaign, which will help complete the work. Watch the trailer below, and donate to the Kickstarter campaign, »


- C. Molly Smith

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Watch Benedict Cumberbatch record Smaug's movements via motion-capture for 'Hobbit'

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Benedict Cumberbatch didn't just lend his voice to the role of Smaug in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. The actor put his full body into the villainous dragon, lending his talents to the motion-capture process in as wonderfully ridiculous form as would be expected. Cumberbatch doesn't have the long neck it would take to fully pull off Smaug's physicality, but the actor manages to be just as intimidating as his computer-generated counterpart. Just try to forget that he's lying on a platform in a gray leotard. The video comes as part of The Desolation of Smaug's Blu-ray and DVD release on Nov. »


- Jonathon Dornbush

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5 indie movies with the worst box-office openings of all time

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Last weekend, Jason Reitman's Men, Women & Children opened in wide release to poor reviews and lackluster ticket sales. In fact, after earning only $306, 367 on its opening weekend, the film now holds the distinction of being the fifth-worst opening movie from 1982 to the present, according to Box Office Mojo. It's an unfortunate turn for Reitman, a talented director who seems to be in a bit of a rut (see also: his previous film, Labor Day). But what about the four indie flicks that performed even worse than Men, Women & Children—did they get what was coming to them, or were »


- Joshua Rivera

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'Avengers: Age of Ultron' trailer is here: What we learned

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Not even 24 hours after it was announced, a grainy first trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron leaked online Wednesday night. Now, Marvel's official (and far prettier) trailer is here. Here's what we learned: Ultron really is terrifying. Almost all of the dialogue in the trailer comes from the big bad himself. It's really hard to overstate how great James Spader's performance is—he doesn't sound like a machine. He sounds frighteningly alive as he quotes lines from the classic Pinocchio song "I've Got No Strings." Globe-spanning adventure. From mountaintops to snowy forests to crowded cities, Age of Ultron will »


- Joshua Rivera

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Disney loses 'John Carter' rights: What's next for the franchise?

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John Carter was not the hit Disney hoped for at the box office. The studio reportedly lost $200 million on the film, expecting it to launch a blockbuster franchise but instead delivering a Taylor Kitsch-fronted flop. There are some admittedly interesting ideas and imagery in the film, but there's no denying its critical and commercial failure. Still, some left a candle burning in the hopes that the John Carter of Mars franchise was not dead. And now it seems the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs may live on—just not at Disney. Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. announced on Tuesday, Oct. »


- Jonathon Dornbush

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Get hypnotized by this clip from sci-fi film 'Lfo'

22 October 2014 11:51 AM, PDT

What would you do if you discovered a sound frequency that allowed you to hypnotize people? Well, if you're a fan of science fiction, movies you might compel them to watch the new film, Lfo. Written and directed by Antonio Tublen, this sci-fi-comedy stars Patrick Karlson as an amateur sound engineer who makes just such a discovery and, according to the official synopsis, uses it to "indulge in his most megalomaniacal fantasies." Lfo is available to watch on VOD, digital platforms, and on DVD from Oct. 28. You can watch an exclusive clip below. »


- Clark Collis

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Mark Wahlberg, John Goodman face off in red-band teaser for 'The Gambler'

22 October 2014 11:14 AM, PDT

John Goodman has some words for Mark Wahlberg in the teaser for their upcoming film The Gambler, and since it's a red-band teaser, it's probably evident that the words aren't exactly pretty. (Get ready for a lot of "f-k yous" to be uttered.) "The wise man's life is based around 'f-k you,'" Goodman counsels. Wahlberg stars in Rupert Wyatt's remake of the 1974 James Caan movie, as an English professor, who has a taste for, well, gambling. He's surrounded in the film by some top-notch actors outside of Goodman, including Jessica Lange, Brie Larson, and Michael K. Williams. Wahlberg »


- Esther Zuckerman

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EW's Horror Quintessentials: The 5 best slasher flicks

22 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, zombie movies or demon films—and give you the chance to vote on which is your favorite. On Oct. 31, EW will reveal your top choices. Today, we’re taking on the slasher flick.  Most slasher flicks boil down to the following ingredients: teenagers (usually described as "nubile") a slow-moving, indestructible serial killer determined to kill said teenagers, death indirectly caused by promiscuity, and the chaste Final Girl, who outlives »


- Teresa Jue

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