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Amanda Seyfried joins live-action Peter Pan film

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Amanda Seyfried is taking a trip to Neverland.

The actress will be joining Warner Bros.’ as-yet-untitled Peter Pan adaptation, directed by Joe Wright. The adventure re-imagines the origin stories of Peter, Hook, Tiger Lily, and the other characters in J.M. Barrie’s classic fairy tale.

Seyfried will play Mary alongside Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard, Garrett Hedlund as Hook, Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily, and newcomer Levi Miller as Peter.

Jason Fuchs wrote the screenplay, with Greg Berlanti, Paul Webster, Sarah Schechter, and Tim Lewis serving as producers.

Principal photography begins April 28 in England. The film is slated for a July 17, 2015 release. »

- Amber Ray

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Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann don't want you to pre-judge Kate Upton (but explain why it's okay if you do) -- Listen

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Have you seen Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, and Kate Upton discuss bikini waxes on Moviefone’s Unscripted? If so, you know that Diaz has promised to teach Upton how to give herself one, but also that the media tour for their film The Other Woman has been an entertaining one. Diaz and Mann stopped by Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM 105) to talk with “Women on Pop” hosts Melissa Maerz and Sara Vilkomerson about the revenge comedy’s spot in the “9 to 5 genre,” the best way to get over a cheater in real life (bonus: Mann outs a guy who crossed her »

- Mandi Bierly

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Bryan Singer bows out of 'X-Men' publicity in light of sex abuse allegations

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One month ahead of the release of Twentieth Century Fox’s movie event of the summer X-Men: Days of Future Past, the film’s beleaguered director Bryan Singer has publicly dropped out of participating in the film’s publicity in what appears to be an attempt to keep the sexual abuse charges filed against him from overshadowing the box office success of the film.

The director issued a statement Thursday addressing the matter.

“The allegations against me are outrageous, vicious, and completely false,” he says.

“I do not want these fictitious claims to divert Any attention from X-Men: Days of Future Past. »

- Nicole Sperling

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'Nashville' star Aubrey Peeples lands title role in 'Jem' movie

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Aubrey Peeples, who plays Layla Grant on ABC’s Nashville, landed the title role in the live-action adaptation of Jem and the Holograms, the 1980s cartoon and doll. Sources close to the production confirm the Hollywood Reporter’s story that Peeples, 20, will star as Jerrica Benton, a teenage orphan with a rock-star alter-ego, Jem.

Playing Jem’s friends and members of her band will be Stefanie Scott (Jem’s sister Kimber), Aurora Perrineau (Shana), and Hayley Kiyoko (Aja).

No release date is set yet for the film, but production has already started. In the film, which is written by Ryan Landels »

- Jeff Labrecque

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'Blue Ruin' filmmakers talk beards and betting the bank on their indie-thriller

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It has become standard operating procedure for studios and filmmakers to target specific slices of the population when promoting movies. But we’re fairly sure that writer-director Jeremy Saulnier’s film Blue Ruin is the first thriller to reach out to the community of beard-growers.

In the movie, actor Macon Blair plays a homeless man whose plan to kill the person responsible for the death of his parents unravels in increasingly tragi-comic, and, at times, extremely violent, ways. For the role, Blair spent 9 months growing out his facial fuzz and that growth has become a strangely pivotal part of the movie’s marketing campaign, »

- Clark Collis

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Stephenie Meyer's production company options post-apocalyptic Ya novel

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Did you hear the one about the gritty, female-driven debut Ya novel — a harsh story of survival and deprivation – that was optioned for a movie?

This time, the book in question is Mindy McGinnis’s Not a Drop to Drink, which is set in a future where the American government strictly controls access to water. (So, Urinetown, but with less singing. Probably.) The novel, published in September 2013, has just been optioned by Stephenie Meyer’s Fickle Fish Films, a company that so far has produced only 2013′s Austenland.

“Mindy’s unique voice made for a truly riveting read,” Meyer’s »

- Hillary Busis

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Sports movies, by the numbers: Do football, baseball, or car racing films earn the most?

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When Draft Day hit theaters on April 11, it didn’t exactly set the box office on fire, earning under $10 million in its opening weekend. But the Kevin Costner starrer can take pride in one thing: When it comes to sports movies, football films are the all-time box office champs.

In Entertainment Weekly’s Summer Movie Preview issue, the infographic above compared the domestic grosses of almost every type of sports film made since 1980. Football films were the winner by a long shot ($1.5 billion total), with The Blind Side as the top pigskin picture ($256 million).

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- EW staff

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The last 'Hobbit' movie has a new title

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Peter Jackson’s first two Hobbit movies collectively grossed almost two billion dollars, proving once and for all that people can’t get enough of wacky dwarf action mixed in with the occasional dragon. (Also that one-handed orc, remember him?) And the third Hobbit movie promises to be even more of a box office bounty, what with the fact that stuff actually happens.

To stress that “stuff happens” aspect of the movie, Jackson has announced a title change. Previously known as The Hobbit: There and Back Again, the final Hobbit film will now go under the moniker The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. »

- Darren Franich

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Ron Howard to adapt Euro best-seller 'Harry Quebert'

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Ron Howard and Brian Grazer are partnering with Warner Bros. to adapt The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair, a European best-seller from Swiss author Joël Dicker. Published in 2012, Quebert has sold more than 2 million copies across the Atlantic. It will be released by Penguin Books in the U.S. at the end of May.

Set mostly in New Hampshire, Quebert tells the story of a successful — but blocked — writer who visits his mentor, Harry Quebert, for help meeting his deadline. While there, Quebert is implicated in a 33-year-old cold-case of a murdered young woman — a young woman with whom he had an affair. »

- Jeff Labrecque

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Casting Net: Lupita Nyong'o, Scarlett Johansson in talks to star in 'The Jungle Book'; Plus, Zooey Deschanel, more

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• 12 Years A Slave Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o and The Avengers’s Scarlett Johansson are both in talks to lend their voices to Disney’s upcoming live-action/CG adaption of The Jungle Book. Nyong’o is currently in talks to play Rakcha, the mother wolf who adopts Mowgli, while Johansson is in early negotiations to lend her voice to the character of Kaa, a python who eats its victims by hypnotizing them. Iron Man’s Jon Favreau is set to direct the film based on the classic novel by Rudyard Kipling which will also star Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom »

- Pamela Gocobachi

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The Peeps Man Adam Rifkin on why sugary marshmallows are the next big movie opportunity

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Only in a world where Legos can be the subject of a hit movie and Transformers toys the centerpiece of a hit franchise, can we imagine a movie based on sugary marshmallow candies. But for better or worse, that is the film culture we live in now and writer/director Adam Rifkin is prepared to take advantage of it, announcing Tuesday night that he has optioned the rights to Just Born’s Peeps, that colorful sugary goodness that annually generates $2 billion in revenue, primarily around Easter time. (Psst: We’ve got a few plot ideas for him.)

Rifkin, whose varied »

- Nicole Sperling

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Capsule Movie Reviews (Apr. 23): 'A Promise' and four more

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A Promise

Not Rated, 1 Hr., 35 Mins.

Director Patrice Leconte seems to have cribbed from the Merchant Ivory playbook for a lukewarm tale of repressed desire set in 1912 Germany, where a young engineer (Richard Madden) comes between his sickly boss (Alan Rickman) and his wife (Rebecca Hall). It’s well made but drearily familiar, what with its stolen glances and pleas of “No, we mustn’t!” (Also available on VOD) B- —Chris Nashawaty

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Blue Ruin

R, 1 Hr., 32 Mins.

Revenge is a dish best served cold, and the same can go for revenge movies. Looking more like a middle manager than Charles Bronson, »

- EW staff

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Jared Harris talks new horror movie 'The Quiet Ones'

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In the ’70s-set The Quiet Ones, Jared Harris (Mad Men) portrays a British professor determined to prove that there is a scientific explanation for the seemingly supernatural phenomena besetting a young woman, played by Bates Motel actress Olivia Cooke. As The Quiet Ones, which opens this Friday, comes to us from the famously horror-obsessed U.K company Hammer, it does not spoil things too much to reveal that the prof’s plan goes wildly awry.

Below, Harris talks about The Quiet Ones — which co-stars Erin Richards, Rory Fleck-Byrne, and Hunger Games franchise cast member Sam Claflin — and why your guess »

- Clark Collis

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Barbie is hitting the big screen in a live-action comedy from Sony

23 April 2014 1:03 PM, PDT

Barbie is constantly being talked about. Whether it’s a debate about body image issues, human Barbie, or just another day at the toy store, the iconic toy is nothing if not recognizable. And now, Barbie will expand her enterprise when she takes over the big screen.

EW has confirmed that Sony Pictures has partnered with Mattel and Parkes+MacDonald/Image Nation for a live-action comedy featuring Barbie. Sony considers this its next “big, global franchise” and plans for the project to go into production by the end of the year, according to a press release.

The live-action film will »

- Samantha Highfill

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'Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants': Another sequel, 'Sisterhood Everlasting,' in development

23 April 2014 12:37 PM, PDT

The recent Ya rush strikes again!

Alloy Entertainment is developing the final Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants book, Sisterhood Everlasting, for a big-screen adaptation. This film will follow the 2005 original, as well as the 2008 sequel, both of which starred Alexis Bledel, America Ferrera, Blake Lively, and Amber Tamblyn. No word on whether the ladies will reprise their roles (reps didn’t immediately respond), but all four real-life friends have seemed open to the idea in the past. “The characters are all basically the ages that we are now,” America Ferrera told EW when we reunited the cast last fall. “I »

- Erin Strecker

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'Midnight Rider': After on-set death, William Hurt withdraws from film

23 April 2014 11:51 AM, PDT

William Hurt has withdrawn from a bio-pic of southern rocker Gregg Allman that has been targeted with a boycott by Hollywood crew workers following the death of a camera assistant in February, his representatives tell EW.

“The show must go on” is a maxim that has been around for as long as there have been shows – a rallying call for casts and crews who lose someone in the midst of a production. But the opposite call to action – “The show must stop” — is being directed at Midnight Rider.

Camera assistant Sarah Jones, 27, was killed and six others were injured on Feb. »

- Anthony Breznican

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'Jurassic World': See the first images from the set of next summer's dinosaur flick -- Exclusive

23 April 2014 11:00 AM, PDT

On April 14, filming began on Jurassic World, the fourth installment in the Jurassic Park franchise (due June 12, 2015), and EW has already scored the very first photos from the secretive set in Hawaii. Details on World — which stars Bryce Dallas Howard (The Help) and Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation) and is exec-produced by Steven Spielberg — are scarce, but director Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) promises plenty of paleontological action. “Yesterday I was under a construction crane with Chris Pratt, covered with dirt, eyeballing the exact height of the dinosaur trying to kill him,” he says. “We both cracked up laughing. Sometimes »

- Tim Stack

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Hopeful Y.A. franchise 'Seeker' gets screenwriter

23 April 2014 10:15 AM, PDT

Throw a teenage girl into a dystopian adventure and Hollywood will come calling — in this case, even before the book is officially published.

Hollywood already has adaptations of Daughter Of Smoke And Bone and The Fifth Wave in the works, and today Sony confirmed they have hired a screenwriter, Callie Kloves, for Seeker, an upcoming sci-fi/adventure tale based on a book by Arwen Elys Dayton that hasn’t even been published yet. (It’s expected to be released in 2015.)

A rep for Sony confirmed to EW that Seeker follows a young girl named Quin Kincaid who has “been put »

- Erin Strecker

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Fox rebooting 'Flash Gordon with 'Star Trek 3' writers

23 April 2014 9:50 AM, PDT

Eighty years ago, polo-playing Yalie Flash Gordon first appeared in his own comic strip in newspapers throughout the country. No one under the age of 20 understands half the words in that sentence, yet Flash Gordon endures. Originally created by Alex Raymond as a ’30s-era pulp hero, the character inspired the retroactively beloved 1980 film and, more recently, a shortlived sci-fi series. The strip itself ran through the mid-’00s (you can get a closer look at it here) — and he could be staging a return trip to the big screen: EW has confirmed the news, originally uncovered by The Hollywood Reporter, »

- Darren Franich

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Miramax and AOL team up for online streaming service

23 April 2014 8:51 AM, PDT

Acclaimed Miramax movies, such as The English Patient, Good Will Hunting, and Scream, are among those that might be streamed free as part of a new venture with AOL Inc, the companies announced today.

Miramax will have its own channel on The AOL On Network, which will be available online and other mobile and connected devices. “Creating an ad-supported Miramax-branded channel on the popular AOL On Network is an exciting step as we remain committed to reaching Miramax fans through new and innovative platforms,” said Beth Minehart of Miramax in a statement. “We are delighted to partner with AOL on this digital offering, »

- Jeff Labrecque

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