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Box office report: 'If I Stay' is No. 1 on Friday

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Teen tearjerker If I Stay (Cinema Score: A-) set the pace at the box office on Friday, but Guardians of the Galaxy may have enough fuel left to pass it and top the box office by Sunday night.

If I Stay, based on the novel of the same name by Gayle Forman and starring Chloë Grace Moretz, proved a draw for young audiences. Its $6.8 million opening day put it ahead of Marvel’s latest blockbuster, which added an estimated $4.8 million to its domestic total of $239.1 million. But tracking suggests the lead for the Ya adaptation directed by R.J. Cutler may »

- Nina Terrero

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A greenscreen set becomes a film noir universe in these exclusive 'Sin City 2' pictures

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Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is finally in theaters, close to a decade after the release of the first Frank Miller graphic novel adaptation. Back in 2005, co-director Robert Rodriguez’s decision to shoot the film mostly on greenscreens was seen as a wild gambit. Now, it’s practically par for the course that most major Hollywood productions will feature at least a few digital backlots.

Even so, it’s thrillingly weird to see how the Sin City filmmakers transform an empty set into a dark metropolis. That’s why EW is excited to share a few behind-the-scenes photos »

- Darren Franich

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'Selma' first look: David Oyelowo takes on Martin Luther King in upcoming film

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A cross, constructed entirely of lightbulbs, shines behind David Oyelowo as he approaches the pulpit of Atlanta’s 145-year-old Wheat Street Baptist Church. It’s a steamy June night, and 500 extras—including U.S. Rep. John Lewis, a key architect of the civil rights movement—eagerly await the British-born actor’s first attempt to preach as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. But just as director Ava DuVernay puts on her headphones and does a last sound check, a freak lightning storm threatens the safety of the crew and forces the production to shut down.

Delays are nothing new in the »

- Nicole Sperling

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Catch a stolen glance at Quentin Tarantino's 'The Hateful Eight' teaser

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Quentin Tarantino’s new gunslinging saga just keeps getting mugged.

First, the script for The Hateful Eight leaked online, prompting the Pulp Fiction and Django Unchained Oscar-winner to file a copyright infringement lawsuit and threaten never to make the movie. He eventually changed his mind, and although not a frame of film has been shot, there’s now a teaser tagged to the front of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.

Of course, that has also been bootlegged online …

Tarantino has already hosted a public reading of The Hateful Eight script, and the pages for Django Unchained were »

- Anthony Breznican

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'Horrible Bosses' co-writers to produce 'All Day and a Night'

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Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley, the writing team behind Horrible Bosses, have a new project on their hands.

EW has confirmed that Goldstein and Daley are producing All Day and a Night for Relativity. According to The Hollywood Reporter, All Day and a Night is a police comedy, written by Paul Ruehl and the last Lester Lewis, about a TV news crew that follows two prison guards through their daily lives, right up until a riot causes the crew to be stuck inside. The idea behind the film reportedly came from Goldstein and Daley. »

- Samantha Highfill

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Sandra Bullock joins David Gordon Green's 'Our Brand Is Crisis'

21 August 2014 3:13 PM, PDT

Sandra Bullock is set to star in David Gordon Green’s Our Brand Is Crisis, sources have confirmed. The film, written by Peter Straughan, is based on the 2005 documentary of the same name. The doc followed American political campaign marketing tactics in the 2002 Bolivian presidential election, which saw Evo Morales lose to Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada.

According to Variety, which first reported the news, Bullock has been in talks for the political dramedy for months now. Bullock will also serve as an executive producer on the film alongside George Clooney and Grant Heslov’s Smokehouse Pictures. »

- Samantha Highfill

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Box office preview: Will teen drama 'If I Stay' top 'Sin City' sequel?

21 August 2014 1:59 PM, PDT

It takes a special kind of sequel to be able to withstand a nine-year gap between releases, and unfortunately for Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez, Sin City: A Dame to Kill for doesn’t appear to be up to the task. Instead, the Ya adaptation If I Stay looks poised to take first place this weekend.

Here’s how things might play out.

1. If I Stay — $20 million

Chloë Grace Moretz stars as Mia, a 17-year-old cellist who is coma-bound after a car crash that kills her family, in this emotional adaptation of Gayle Forman’s 2009 bestseller. MGM and New-Line co-financed the $11 million project, »

- Lindsey Bahr

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Poster for 'Island of Dr. Moreau' doc 'Lost Soul' is manimal crackers

21 August 2014 11:00 AM, PDT

One of the oddest tales this writer has ever reported on involves 1996’s box-office bomb The Island of Dr. Moreau, the third big-screen adaptation of H.G. Wells’ novel about a scientist who tries to turn animals into people. The movie was a passion project of director Richard Stanley who had made a splash with his debut movie, the sci-fi action film Hardware, and who assembled a remarkable cast for his Moreau, which included Val Kilmer, Marlon Brando, David Thewlis, Fairuza Balk, and Ron Perlman. After just a few days of principal photography, he was fired from the film and ultimately »

- Clark Collis

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Nicolas Cage Nicolas Cages all over the Crusades in 'Outcast' trailer

21 August 2014 10:00 AM, PDT

Ostensibly, Outcast is an historical drama set during the Crusades about two disillusioned Knights Templar who decide to protect the children of an assassinated Chinese emperor from their uncle who desires the throne. But it also has Nicolas Cage in it, so it’s probably best to prepare for anything.

The film also stars Hayden Christensen as Cage’s former brother-in-arms. But to be fair, it’s hard to get anyone to notice you when you’re next to a Nicolas Cage who has grown a beard, taken on a vaguely British accent, and begun calling himself “The White Ghost. »

- Joshua Rivera

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Orson Welles' unfinished film 'Too Much Johnson' now available online

21 August 2014 7:35 AM, PDT

Before 1941’s Citizen Kane, director Orson Welles played around with film to make 1938’s Too Much Johnson, an unfinished project now available to stream online for free.

When Welles’ Mercury Theatre put on a production of William Gillette’s 1894 comedy Too Much Johnson, he made silent film counterparts to be shown throughout the live production. The film never made it into the production though and was unseen by the public until it was discovered in Italy in 2013, and has only been shown publicly a handful of times since its uncovering. 

The National Film Preservation Foundation put the work on its »

- Ariana Bacle

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John Stevenson to direct animated comedy inspired by Noah's Ark

20 August 2014 3:55 PM, PDT

John Stevenson, the Academy Award-nominated director behind Kung Fu Panda, has found his next project.

Stevenson will direct Unified Pictures’ first CG-animated feature, which is inspired by the story of Noah’s Ark. According to a press release, “The animated comedy adventure is inspired by the classic tale, but tells the story from the point of view of the animals. The story follows an outcast aardvark by the name of Gilbert, who becomes the reluctant leader of a ragtag group of misfit animals that need to be led to the mighty ark before the impending flood. Along their journey, they »

- Samantha Highfill

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Zen and the art of casting Bill Murray in your movie

20 August 2014 1:44 PM, PDT

“You know what the truth is? You don’t find Bill Murray,” filmmaker Theodore Melfi says. “Bill ­Murray finds you.”

This fateful lesson is one learned by many directors, though not all succeed in the quest to recruit the Ghostbusters and Rushmore star for their projects.

Melfi, a longtime commercial director making his feature writing and directing debut, was certain Murray would be perfect for the title role in St. Vincent, his indie comedy about a rotten, miserable old man who reluctantly discovers he’s not so rotten and miserable after all.

“He finds everything he’s supposed to be »

- Anthony Breznican

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Cate Blanchett, Christian Bale, others join Andy Serkis' 'Jungle Book'

20 August 2014 12:32 PM, PDT

Andy Serkis has completed his zoo of actors that will voice his adaptation of Jungle Book: Origins for Warner Bros.

Christian BaleCate BlanchettNaomie HarrisTom HollanderEddie MarsanPeter Mullan, and Serkis himself will all join Benedict Cumberbatch as the animal characters in the feature, which mixes together motion capture, CG animation, and live action. Bale will voice the fearsome panther Bagheera; Blanchett, the sinister python Kaa; and Serkis, the beloved Baloo the bear. Mullan, Harris, and Marsan will all voice members of the wolf pack that raises Mowgli, and Hollander will play Tabaqui, the underling jackal of »

- Jake Perlman

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SXSW Grand Jury winner 'The Great Invisible' gets U.S. distribution

20 August 2014 12:23 PM, PDT

RADiUS-twc has acquired the U.S. rights to the The Great Invisible,  the eco-documentary which won the Grand Jury Award at the South by Southwest Film Festival earlier this year. Written and directed by Margaret Brown, the film chronicles the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf Coast through the perspectives of the area’s survivors, fishermen, and oil men. Brown travels through towns in Alabama, Louisiana, and Texas, interviewing residents still reeling from the damage to the environment and the local fishing industry.

The Great Invisible is slated for release later this year. »

- Teresa Jue

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Why the cast of 'Fury' got in fistfights every day on set

20 August 2014 10:37 AM, PDT

Most directors do their best to prevent actors punching each other. But during last year’s U.K. shoot for the World War II tank movie Fury, filmmaker David Ayer had his five principals—Brad Pitt, Logan Lerman, Shia Labeouf, Jon Bernthal, and Michael Peña—start the day by engaging in fisticuffs.

“We put them through martial arts training and physical combat classes,” says Ayer, whose film is released Oct. 17. “It’s a great ice breaker for actors. There’s something very honest about being punched in the face.”

So who was the best fighter out of the quintet? “Jon Bernthal, »

- Clark Collis

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Toronto Film Festival sets Sept. 5 as Bill Murray Day

20 August 2014 10:27 AM, PDT

Let Sept. 5 be henceforth known as Bill Murray Day. The Toronto International Film Festival will be celebrating Murray at the world premiere of his new film, St. Vincent, and the festival has invited the reclusive comedian to his own premiere and devoted an entire day to him. The festival will be leading up to the premiere by showing free screenings of three seminal Murray classics—Stripes, Groundhogs Day, and Ghostbusters—starting at 10 a.m. at the Tiff Lightbox.

Fans who view all three films will be able to win tickets to the world premiere of St. Vincent. The line for tickets starts at 8 a. »

- Teresa Jue

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There's monster mayhem in the poster for 'Exists'

20 August 2014 10:22 AM, PDT

What is it that “exists” in Eduardo Sánchez’s new horror film, Exists? Well, judging by the poster for the Blair Witch Project co-director’s movie—which you can exclusively see above—it ain’t the Easter Bunny.

Exists is released to cinemas and on VOD Oct. 24 and stars Dora Madison Burge, Samuel Davis, Roger Edwards, Chris Osborn, Brian Steele, and Denise Williamson. According to the official synopsis, the movie concerns five friends whose summer getaway goes awry when “a bloodcurdling force of nature is unleashed—something not exactly human, but not completely animal—an urban legend come to terrifying life… »

- Clark Collis

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Watch Jessica Alba and Joseph Gordon-Levitt on 'Sin City' greenscreens

20 August 2014 10:00 AM, PDT

This week sees the long-awaited release of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, the second adaptation of Frank Miller’s Hgh-noir graphic novel series. Once again, it’s codirected by Miller and Robert Rodriguez; once again, it stars everyone.

In an exclusive new video, you can check out what it looks like behind the scenes of the late summer goretropolis action film, as cast members like Jessica Alba, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rosario Dawson, and Josh Brolin guide you through the process of filming a movie with the bare minimum of sets. (Possible title for a Sin City documentary: Greenscreen City. »

- Darren Franich

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Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg to reunite, maybe do another trilogy

20 August 2014 8:21 AM, PDT

As disappointing as it may have been to see director Edgar Wright leave Ant-Man after eight years of development, there’s a silver lining: Wright’s now free to do things like partner up with frequent collaborator Simon Pegg again.

According to The Guardian, Pegg appeared on BBC Radio’s Screen 6 podcast and told host Edith Bowman that the two are working on more movies together.

“It will happen,” Pegg said. “We made three films in 10 years and hopefully in the next decade we’ll make another three.”

Pegg says that the next project has a title and will be »

- Joshua Rivera

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Joan Allen has a secret in trailer for Stephen King's 'A Good Marriage'

20 August 2014 8:19 AM, PDT

There have been umpteen adaptations of Stephen King’s works, but very few arrived with a screenplay penned by the Top Dog of Terror himself. One that does is A Good Marriage, the tale of a terrible family secret.

Earlier this week, King revealed to EW why he chose to adapt his novella for the big screen. Now, there’s a trailer for the film, which debuts in cinemas and on VOD on Oct. 3.

A Good Marriage is directed by Peter Askin and stars Joan Allen, Anthony Lapaglia, Stephen Lang, and Kristen Connolly.



- Clark Collis

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