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Casting Net: Chris Hemsworth to star in, produce movie about Hank Williams' ghost

6 hours ago

• Chris Hemsworth has optioned the film rights to Steve Earle’s novel I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive, which he will star in. Benjamin Grayson adapted the novel for the screen, and will be making his directional debut with the indie. The story follows Toby “Doc” Ebersole, who is haunted by Hank Williams’ ghost after his hand in the country singer’s death in 1953. Doc subsequently has his medical license revoked. Ten years later, now in the red-light district of San Antonio, Texas, Doc performs illegal medical procedures in order to purchase morphine, while still experiencing visits from Williams. »


- C. Molly Smith

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Matthew McConaughey braves the unknown in 'Interstellar' poster

8 hours ago

Much of Interstellar may still be shrouded in mystery, but one thing is clear: Matthew McConaughey’s engineer is front and center on a venture into space to save Earth.

A new poster for the film,  which debuted over at Empire, places McConaughey on a beautiful but alien landscape and comes with the tagline, “The end of Earth will not be the end of us.” If fits nicely with the first poster’s “Mankind was born on Earth. It was never meant to die here.”

As the trailers and posters have shown, the planet is clearly in trouble, and it »


- Jonathon Dornbush

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Will James Marsden finally get the girl in a Nicholas Sparks movie?

9 hours ago

If there’s no official rule against James Marsden landing the girl in his movies, it sometimes seems like there is a conspiracy against him. The Notebook. Enchanted. Superman Returns. He’s always getting left standing, as the odd man out. He even got squeezed out of the X-Men films, and one of the rare occurrences where he actually ended up with the girl was 30 Rock, where he ended up with a Lemon. Clearly, he’s just not good-looking enough.

Well, it seems like he’s finally going to catch a break—in a Nicholas Sparks film, no less!

In The Best of Me, »


- Jeff Labrecque

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Model Cara Delevingne will play Margo in 'Paper Towns'

11 hours ago

Supermodel Cara Delevingne has landed a big film role: According to author John Green, she’ll play the female lead in the adaptation of his novel Paper Towns. EW has confirmed the news.

Very Exciting Announcement! @Caradelevingne will play Margo Roth Spiegelman in the Paper Towns movie. http://t.co/pa8GhnaJCA

John Green (@realjohngreen) September 16, 2014

Delevingne will play Margo Roth Spiegelman, an enigmatic teenager who disappears after a night spent dressed as a ninja, enacting revenge alongside her next door neighbor Quentin Jacobsen, set to be played by The Fault in Our Stars’ Nat Wolff. Though Delevingne is still »


- Esther Zuckerman

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Zombies attack in clip from 'Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie'

11 hours ago

James Rolfe is famous for reviewing video games on his Angry Video Game Nerd web series. Now, Rolfe is taking his alter ego into films with the just-released-to-vod Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie, a comedy in which he tries to find out if Atari really did bury millions of the copies of the notorious E.T. video game at a landfill site in Alamogordo, N.M.

One notable sequence in the film finds Rolfe’s Nerd being attacked by zombies at an “EeeTee”-themed carnival. “Our zombie carnival scene was probably one of our tougher days of shooting but »


- Clark Collis

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Fantastic Fest Preview: Tim League talks movies, MondoCon, and mayhem

11 hours ago

Fantastic Fest kicks off in Austin, Texas, on Thursday, Sept. 18, and boasts an impressive lineup of films, including the Keanu Reeves-starring hitman thriller John Wick, Kevin Smith’s man-walrus horror fable Tusk, and the world premiere of Joe Lynch’s action extravaganza Everly (of which, much more later in the week).

But the movie screenings at this much-beloved sci-fi, fantasy, and horror event are just the tip of the iceberg—the tusks on the walrus suit, if you will—of the activities which attendees can enjoy. Below, Fantastic Fest cofounder and Alamo Drafthouse head honcho Tim League talks about the treats in store, »


- Clark Collis

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Tom Hiddleston to star in King-Kong spin-off, 'Skull Island'

12 hours ago

Tom Hiddleston, who’s currently tuning up to croon as Hank Williams in I Saw the Light, will star in Legendary’s big-budget King-Kong spin-off (of sorts), titled Skull Island. Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer) will direct a script written by Max Borenstein (Godzilla) that explores the mysterious island that was the home of Kong and other terrifying prehistoric creatures. “Previous works have touched on the island, but staying on and exploring this mysterious and dangerous place offers Legendary the opportunity to take audiences deeper inside this rich world with a style and scope that parallels other Legendary productions, »


- Jeff Labrecque

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Jason Schwartzman brags in 'Listen Up Philip' trailer

15 hours ago

Philip is a writer, a braggart, and a self-involved boyfriend. “I hope this will be good for us,” he says to his girlfriend before setting off for a retreat.”But especially for me.” Classic Philip.

Jason Schwartzman of Bored to Death and Rushmore fame plays the title character in Listen Up Philip, a film that follows this mostly unlikable character as he works on a book and struggles through his relationship with his girlfriend, played by Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss. “Jason has this knack for playing characters who are maybe not necessarily that likable,” Moss told EW in January. »


- Ariana Bacle

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Ben Kingsley, Brie Larson join Daniel Radcliffe in 'Brooklyn Bridge'

15 hours ago

Daniel Radcliffe has been set to play the engineer, Washington Roebling, who built the Brooklyn Bridge in the aptly titled Brooklyn Bridge for several months now. But for the film, which is inspired by the bridge’s real-life construction, key to the actual story were Roebling’s father and wife, who have now also been cast.

Ben Kingsley will play Roebling’s father, John Augustus Roebling, who initially designed the bridge connecting Manhattan and Brooklyn. Washington took up his father’s position as chief engineer after the elder Roebling passed away. Brie Larson will play his wife, Elizabeth Warren Roebling, »


- Jonathon Dornbush

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Casting Net: Billy Bob Thornton in talks for 'Our Brand Is Crisis;' more

15 September 2014 6:29 PM, PDT

• Billy Bob Thornton is in talks for Our Brand Is Crisis. The Warner Bros. political dramedy is being directed by David Gordon Green and already stars Sandra Bullock and Scoot McNairy. Smokehouse partners George Clooney and Grant Heslov will produce. Bullock will executive produce. Our Brand Is Crisis is based on Rachel Boynton’s 2005 documentary of the same name, which explored the use of American political campaign strategies in Bolivia by James Carville and Stan Greenberg, former consultants to President Clinton. Bullock will play a retired American political consultant, “Calamity” Jane Bodine. Details regarding Thornton’s potential role are unknown at this time. »


- C. Molly Smith

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Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass might be re-teaming for another 'Bourne'

15 September 2014 5:40 PM, PDT

Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass are reportedly returning to Bourne, according to Deadline.

The re-team would mark the pair’s third collaboration in The Bourne Identity series, and Damon’s fourth Bourne film overall. The pair are reportedly in early talks at Universal.

Universal declined to comment. A rep for Damon did not immediately respond to EW’s request for comment.

If the re-team pans out, it will likely be the next Bourne film to go into production in order to fill the July 16, 2016 release date that the studio selected for an untitled Bourne film. In effect, it will presumably »


- C. Molly Smith

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'I Know What You Did Last Summer' is getting a reboot

15 September 2014 3:58 PM, PDT

I Know What You Did Last Summer is getting a reboot courtesy of Sony Pictures, EW has confirmed.

Neal Moritz, who produced the 1997 original starring Jennifer Love-Hewitt and Sarah Michelle Gellar, will return to produce the reboot, alongside Mike Flanagan and Jeff Howard, who will also write the script based on Lois Duncan’s 1973 novel. Flanagan directed Oculus, which despite being made on a small budget saw enormous success at the box office. Sources tell Deadline that Sony is shooting for a 2016 release.

1997’s I Know What You Did Last Summer brought in $125 million worldwide, and had two sequels, »


- Emily Blake

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George Clooney to receive Cecil B. DeMille award at Golden Globes

15 September 2014 2:18 PM, PDT

George Clooney will be honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award, annually given to those who offer “outstanding contributions” to the entertainment world, at this year’s Golden Globes.

Clooney was nominated for his first Golden Globe in 1996 for his performance as a doctor on medical drama ER. He later won Golden Globes for his performances in 2001’s O Brother, Where Art Thou?, 2006’s Syriana (this role also won him an Oscar), and 2011’s The Descendants.

The 53-year-old most recently starred in the Oscar-winning Gravity, as well as last year’s The Monuments Men. He’s currently working on the upcoming sci-fi Disney film Tomorrowland, »


- Ariana Bacle

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First Look: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt swept away in romantic drama 'By the Sea'

15 September 2014 10:17 AM, PDT

“But no man moved me till the tide / 
Went past my simple shoe /And past my apron and my belt /
And past my bodice too / And made as he would eat me up / 
As wholly as a dew…”

Whether or not this poem by Emily Dickinson, published under the title By the Sea, served as inspiration for Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s new film of the same name, the spirit seems to match up with its story of a woman caught in an undertow of passion and rejuvenation while visiting a seaside village with her husband.

By the Sea »


- Anthony Breznican

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Examining 'American Beauty' at 15: A masterpiece, or a farce?

15 September 2014 10:15 AM, PDT

Fifteen years ago this week, Sam Mendes’ film American Beauty arrived in U.S. theaters. In Florida, a film critic named Jay Boyar reviewed Mendes’ first full-length feature for the Orlando Sentinel—and he wrote that after seeing it, he “decided that the little satirical film would come and go without much fuss.”

However: “In the weeks since I saw the film, it has opened in a few places to ridiculously generous reviews,” Boyar mused. “Entertainment Weekly called it ‘bracing in its intensity’ and the New York Times praised its ‘eloquent flights of fancy.’ I’m sorry to say that »


- Ashley Fetters & Esther Zuckerman

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War is hell in the new 'Mockingjay' trailer

15 September 2014 9:18 AM, PDT

A full trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1 is finally here, and it offers a look at the war-torn land Panem has become as well as a poor, brainwashed Peeta, now acting as a mouthpiece for President Snow.

In the trailer, Haymitch explains to Katniss that Peeta is the Capitol’s weapon, just like she is the rebels’. Katniss, however, uses Peeta’s plight as an ultimatum. “You will rescue Peeta at the earliest opportunity, or you will find another Mockingjay,” Katniss tells Julianne Moore’s President Alma Coin and Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Plutarch Heavensbee.

The trailer »


- Esther Zuckerman

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'Imitation Game' takes top audience prize at Toronto Film Festival

15 September 2014 5:51 AM, PDT

The Imitation Game, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing, the brilliant British mathematician who cracked the Nazi Enigma code during World War II and was later ruined for being outed as a homosexual, was voted the favorite film by audiences at the Toronto Film Festival. Directed by Morten Tyldum and co-starring Keira Knightley and Matthew Goode, The Imitation Game leaped into the Oscar race and was warmly embraced by audiences, who named it the Grolsch People’s Choice Award. It will open in theaters on Nov. 21.

The first runner-up was Isabel Coixet’s Learning to Drive, which stars Ben Kingsley »


- Jeff Labrecque

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