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

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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

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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'

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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'

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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'

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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

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• 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

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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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See photos from upcoming high-school comedy 'The Outskirts'

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When two best friends find themselves fed up with their high school’s resident bullies, they do what anyone would do: stage a revolution.

Victoria Justice and The Middle’s Eden Sher play two outcasts in The Outskirts, a film about what happens when a high school’s uncool kids overthrow the popular crew, led by the Blair Waldorf-like Whitney (Claudia Lee). There’s drama, there’s humor. And, as with any good teen movie, there are tears.

“What made me want to direct this movie more than just being really excited to see it when it came out is »


- Ariana Bacle

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Toronto Film Fest adds more titles: 'Tusk,' 'The Guest,' documentaries

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The Toronto International Film Festival announced its selections for the 2014 Masters, Vanguard, Midnight Madness, and documentaries programs on Tuesday.

The festival, in its 39th year, kicks off Sept. 4 with David Dobkin’s The Judge, a drama starring Robert Downey, Jr. as a big-time lawyer who returns home to defend his father (Robert Duvall) in court. While The Judge is an American film, the movie selections unveiled hail from all over the world—Japan, New Zealand, and Spain are just a few of the countries represented—and involve a number of well-known actors and filmmakers.

The Face of an Angel, which stars Daniel Brühl, »


- Ariana Bacle

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Jason Bateman woos Olivia Wilde in 'The Longest Week' trailer

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Love is complicated, especially when you haven’t really grown up yet. In The Longest Week, Jason Bateman plays 40-year-old Conrad Valmont, who lives at home and is heir to a vast fortune. When he’s cut off from said fortune, he moves in with his best friend Dylan (Billy Crudup) and promptly decides to romance Dylan’s girlfriend Beatrice (Olivia Wilde) on the sly.

The trailer seems to hint that the film may be fully aware of just how “first world problems” its premise is. Meanwhile, Jason Bateman plays yet another affably self-interested jerk—one might say that his »


- Joshua Rivera

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Cameras are storytellers in Michael Apted's 'Bending the Light' trailer

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In order to examine the art of photography, you have to start by looking at the glass. “It’s the heart of the camera,” explains one lens-maker in director Michael Apted’s (The Up Series) latest documentary Bending the Light.

Apted’s film gives audiences a rare glimpse inside a premier Japanese lens factory and features interviews with celebrated photographers and cinematographers like Stephen Goldblatt, Greg Gorman, Richard Barnes, and Laura El-Tantawy in his study of the relationship between the artist and their tools.

Bending the Light premieres at the Traverse City Film Festival on Aug. 3. »


- Lindsey Bahr

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Bird experts worry that 'Star Wars' shoot is interrupting breeding

29 July 2014 7:02 AM, PDT

Denizens of the Star Wars galaxy aren’t the best stewards of their environment. The empire once blew up an entire planet (sorry, Alderaan); there’s fan speculation about the fate of the Ewok ecosystem after the second Death Star explodes during Return of the Jedi. (Spoiler: It doesn’t look good.) And let’s not even consider the emissions impact of pod racing.

But as J.J. Abrams and crew prepare to shoot episode VII, it looks like the damage might come closer to home. The Guardian reports that Irish wildlife conservationists have raised concerns about plans to shoot the »


- Jackson McHenry

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Watch Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan preview their new rom-com 'What If'

29 July 2014 7:00 AM, PDT

There are many things that can get in the way of true love, but one surefire way to put an end to a relationship before it even starts is, well, by already being involved in another relationship. That’s the idea behind What If, the upcoming romantic comedy from writer Elan Mastai and director Michael Dowse.

What If stars Zoe Kazan and Daniel Radcliffe as Chantry and Wallace, two people who seem more or less destined to fall in love—if only it weren’t for Chantry’s boyfriend. So now that the couple is forced into friendship, where will their journey take them? »


- Samantha Highfill

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John C. Reilly shows Letterman a seriously old-school 'Guardians' clip

29 July 2014 6:34 AM, PDT

It looks like Marvel’s going to be quoting some old fashioned sci-fi flicks in its latest release.

John C. Reilly plays Corpsman Dey, a law-enforcement official, in the soon-to-be-released Guardians of the Galaxy. And it’s his arrests of the film’s main characters that leads them to assemble into the titular “Guardians” squad. He stopped by the Late Show Monday night to give David Letterman a glimpse at life on the job.

Reilly discussed the difficulties of acting in front of a green screen and keeping up with Glenn Close (who plays Nova Prime) even while filming jet-lagged. »


- Jackson McHenry

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Casting Net: Eva Green in talks to reunite with Tim Burton

28 July 2014 5:09 PM, PDT

• Sin City: A Dame to Kill For star Eva Green is in talks to play the title role in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, which would reunite the actress with her Dark Shadows director, Tim BurtonJane Goldman (X-Men: First Class) is set to adapt the screenplay from Ransom Riggs’ Ya novel. Already slated for a July 31, 2015 release, the story follows a group of orphans with special powers trying to protect themselves from creatures who want to destroy them on a mysterious island. [Variety]

• One month after announcing her exit from ABC’s The ViewSherri Shepherd has found her next project. »


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Warner Bros. and RatPac team up for 'The Goldfinch'

28 July 2014 4:55 PM, PDT

Warner Bros. has acquired the feature film rights to Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize-winner The Goldfinch, with Brett Ratner’s RatPac Entertainment and Nina Jacobson’s Color Force set to produce the adaptation, EW confirmed Monday.

The Goldfinch tells the story of Theo Decker, whose mother is killed in the bombing of a New York museum. Abandoned by his father, Decker is taken in by a wealthy family. The epic, post-traumatic tale reveals the nearly two-decade aftermath of those events, anchored by Decker’s attachment to the piece of art (Dutch master Carel Fabritius’ “The Goldfinch”) he walked out of »


- Lindsey Bahr

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George Clooney to star in Jodie Foster-directed thriller 'Money Monster'

28 July 2014 2:23 PM, PDT

George Clooney is set to star in Money Monster, a thriller directed by Jodie Foster.

Money Monster will follow a TV show host (Clooney) who gets taken hostage by a gunman while on-air and is forced to reveal high-stakes secrets to his (steadily increasing) audience in order to survive.

Foster most recently directed an episode of the Netflix political thriller House of Cards, has directed three movies including 2011’s The Beaver starring Mel Gibson and Jennifer Lawrence, and scored an Emmy nod in 2013 for directing an episode of Orange Is the New Black. This will be her first time directing Clooney. »


- Ariana Bacle

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Prepare for the end with the first 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' teaser

28 July 2014 1:26 PM, PDT

First seen in the hallowed halls of Comic-Con, the first teaser trailer for Peter Jackson’s final movie set in Middle Earth, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, has hit the wider world. Get ready for some nostalgia.

The trailer, which finds everyone suiting up for a final confrontation with the dragon Smaug, promises a climactic end to the three-part series. Gandalf, Biblo, Legolas, and others prepare for war, while we get brief glimpses of Smaug’s power—and even a wink from Sauron. Most notably, the teaser features “Edge of Night,” which was sung by Billy Boyd »


- Jackson McHenry

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Watch the official trailer for 'Batkid Begins'

28 July 2014 12:51 PM, PDT

Miles Scott, the 5-year-old leukemia survivor better known as Batkid, won over the hearts of San Francisco (and pretty much the entire internet) when his Make-a-Wish request was to be Batman for a day. And in November, the city of San Francisco came together to make that happen, with thousands of people lining the streets to simulate Gotham City.

Now, filmmaker Dana Nachman is bringing Miles’ story to the big screen. Well, she’s trying to. Nachman has started an Indiegogo campaign to raise money for the film, titled Batkid Begins, which now has its first official trailer, featuring Miles’ parents, »


- Samantha Highfill

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Christopher Walken, Giancarlo Esposito join live-action 'Jungle Book'

28 July 2014 11:33 AM, PDT

Christopher Walken is officially king of the swingers.

Disney revealed today that the Oscar winner has joined the cast of its increasingly star-studded live action Jungle Book remake. Walken is set to voice the ape monarch King Louie, a part sure to be as flamboyant as his upcoming turn in NBC’s Peter Pan Live. (In Disney’s 1967 animated musical, Louie is the one who sings the jazzy classic “I Wanna Be Like You.”)

Also joining the film’s ranks: Emmy nominee Giancarlo Esposito, who already has experience playing a classic Disney character. (He portrayed Once Upon a Time’s »


- Hillary Busis

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