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

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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

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“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'

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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

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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

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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

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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'

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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

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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

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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'

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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.

 

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- Clark Collis

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Casting Net: Mark Wahlberg may star in Bp oil disaster film

19 August 2014 4:42 PM, PDT

Mark Wahlberg may star in the Bp oil rig explosion film Deepwater Horizon from All Is Lost director J.C. Chandor. The movie is adapted from The New York Times article “Deepwater Horizon’s Final Hour” and is based on the true story of the men who worked on the rig in the Gulf of Mexico when it exploded in 2010, causing one of the worst oil spills in history. Wahlberg would play the No. 2 manager on site. Matthew Michael Carnahan (World War Z) has adapted the latest draft based on an original version written by Matthew Sand. [Deadline]

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- Jake Perlman

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Johnny Depp (and daughter) to star in Kevin Smith comic book movie

19 August 2014 3:51 PM, PDT

Johnny Depp and Kevin Smith have decided to bring their work closer to home. Or rather, their home closer to work.

The two Hollywood dads will team up for Yoga Hosers with their daughters Lily-Rose Depp and Harley Quinn Smith starring as 15-year-old yoga-obsessed girls both named Colleen. The film will be the second installment in Smith’s True North Trilogy about Canadian myths and culture. It follows next month’s Tusk, starring Justin Long and Haley Joel Osment, who will also appear in Hosers. The action-adventure follows the Colleens as they fight an ancient evil threatening to ruin their »


- Jake Perlman

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Angelina Jolie on 'Unbroken': This story is 'a giant responsibility'

19 August 2014 2:55 PM, PDT

Before U.S. Olympian-turned-wwii hero Louis Zamperini died on July 2 at age 97, director Angelina Jolie showed him the film she’s made about him (in theaters Dec. 25), adapted from Laura Hillenbrand’s 2010 best-seller. “I brought it on my laptop to the hospital,” Jolie says. “It was a deeply moving, very profound few hours of my life. Telling his story is a giant responsibility.”

It was certainly an extraordinary life: Zamperini competed in the 1936 Olympics in track, enlisted with the U.S. Air Force in WWII, survived a crash into the Pacific, spent 47 days marooned on a raft, and then endured »


- Sara Vilkomerson

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Jon Stewart on his directorial debut: 'It was a seat-of-the-pants operation'

19 August 2014 2:26 PM, PDT

Jon Stewart’s directing debut is not a comedy. In fact, it’s about as far from funny as he could get. The Daily Show host adapted Rosewater (in theaters Nov. 7) from the 2011 memoir of Iranian-born journalist Maziar Bahari, who was arrested, imprisoned, and tortured for 118 days following Iran’s highly contested 2009 presidential election.

While it might seem like odd source material for a comedian, Stewart has a personal connection to the story: Bahari had appeared in a 2009 Daily Show segment with Jason Jones. Bahari’s interrogators later used that sketch against him as evidence that he was a Western collaborator. »


- Sara Vilkomerson

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Benedict Cumberbatch joins Warner Bros.' 'Jungle Book: Origins'

19 August 2014 1:59 PM, PDT

Say goodbye to Sherlock and hello to Shere Khan: Benedict Cumberbatch will voice the tiger in Warner Bros.’ upcoming Jungle Book: Origins, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Cumberbatch is the first voice lead to join the film, which is being directed by Andy Serkis. Disney is also working on a Jungle Book film, titled The Jungle Book and directed by Jon Favreau. That film is set to arrive in theaters Oct. 9, 2015, while Jungle Book: Origins won’t be released until Oct. 21, 2016.

Warner Bros. didn’t immediately return EW’s request for comment. »


- Ariana Bacle

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First Look: Paul Rudd's 'Ant-Man' is looking for trouble

19 August 2014 1:09 PM, PDT

It’s Day 2 of the Ant-Man shoot, and it looks like things are going pretty rough for Paul Rudd’s character already.

In this first image from the film, which began principal photography in — you guessed it — San Francisco yesterday, Marvel Studios is sending a very specific message: from his pseudo-Rocky attire, to the far-off expression of weary concern, and the bandages over his right eyebrow … the hero of Ant-Man is a fighter.

And he looks like he just got his ass kicked.

Rudd’s character, Scott Lang, isn’t the usual do-gooder. He’s a thief, a guy with a past, »


- Anthony Breznican

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Chinese cinemas may allow audiences to text comments onto screens

19 August 2014 11:54 AM, PDT

Would you go to a movie theater to see a film as the entire audience livetweets it? Where your fellow filmgoers’ comments are displayed onscreen along with the film?

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Chinese theaters are testing what they call ‘bullet screens,’ which allow filmgoers to use their phones to send text messages commenting on the film, which would then be broadcast onscreen—for a small price.

Since many Chinese citizens already watch films via mobile devices, where they can communicate with one another about what they like or dislike, the idea makes sense: it’s the same thing, »

- Joshua Rivera

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See Sigourney Weaver's 'va-va-voom' costume in Ridley Scott's 'Exodus'

19 August 2014 9:20 AM, PDT

“He’s one of the most fascinating characters I’ve ever studied,” says Christian Bale of Moses, the Old Testament prophet he plays in Exodus: Gods and Kings. “All of his trials, his troubled life and his doubts, his rages and his extremes.” The actor laughs at how Moses—who spoke to God, fought violent battles, parted seas, and struggled to free the enslaved Israelites no matter the cost might fare in the modern era. “Can you imagine if he was alive today? He’d probably be on trial in the Hague.”

Hyperbole aside, Exodus aims to present a more »


- Sara Vilkomerson

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Adam Sandler, Ansel Elgort turn to the web in 'Men, Women & Children'

19 August 2014 8:55 AM, PDT

Adam Sandler has said he chooses movies based on where he’d like to vacation—Blended took him to South Africa, 50 First Dates to Hawaii. But his latest movie, the dark Men, Women & Children, looks like anything but a vacation.

The film, directed by Up in the Air filmmaker Jason Reitman, centers around a group of individuals who gravitate toward the internet and all it offers, resulting in isolation and sadness. Sandler’s character browses escort websites when he’s not spending time with his also-lonely partner, played by Rosemarie DeWitt. Ansel Elgort, Judy Greer, Dean Norris, and Jennifer Garner also star. »


- Ariana Bacle

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Toronto Film Festival completes lineup

19 August 2014 8:49 AM, PDT

The lineups for the Mavericks, Discovery, and Tiff Kids parts of the Toronto Film Festival were announced, wrapping up a series of lineup announcements for the Toronto International Film Festival.

With the added films, the festival’s entire slate is now a whopping 393 movies. Two hundred eighty-five of those movies are feature films, of which 143 are world premieres.

The Mavericks portion of the festival includes onstage discussions following the screening of each film. Do I Sound Gay? will be followed by a talk between director David Thorpe and sex-advice guru Dan Savage. Also premiering in that space is The 50 Year Argument, »


- Jacob Shamsian

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