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'Avengers: Age of Ultron' trailer is here: What we learned

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Not even 24 hours after it was announced, a grainy first trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron leaked online Wednesday night. Now, Marvel's official (and far prettier) trailer is here. Here's what we learned: Ultron really is terrifying. Almost all of the dialogue in the trailer comes from the big bad himself. It's really hard to overstate how great James Spader's performance is—he doesn't sound like a machine. He sounds frighteningly alive as he quotes lines from the classic Pinocchio song "I've Got No Strings." Globe-spanning adventure. From mountaintops to snowy forests to crowded cities, Age of Ultron will »


- Joshua Rivera

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Disney loses 'John Carter' rights: What's next for the franchise?

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John Carter was not the hit Disney hoped for at the box office. The studio reportedly lost $200 million on the film, expecting it to launch a blockbuster franchise but instead delivering a Taylor Kitsch-fronted flop. There are some admittedly interesting ideas and imagery in the film, but there's no denying its critical and commercial failure. Still, some left a candle burning in the hopes that the John Carter of Mars franchise was not dead. And now it seems the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs may live on—just not at Disney. Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. announced on Tuesday, Oct. »


- Jonathon Dornbush

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Get hypnotized by this clip from sci-fi film 'Lfo'

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What would you do if you discovered a sound frequency that allowed you to hypnotize people? Well, if you're a fan of science fiction, movies you might compel them to watch the new film, Lfo. Written and directed by Antonio Tublen, this sci-fi-comedy stars Patrick Karlson as an amateur sound engineer who makes just such a discovery and, according to the official synopsis, uses it to "indulge in his most megalomaniacal fantasies." Lfo is available to watch on VOD, digital platforms, and on DVD from Oct. 28. You can watch an exclusive clip below. »


- Clark Collis

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Mark Wahlberg, John Goodman face off in red-band teaser for 'The Gambler'

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John Goodman has some words for Mark Wahlberg in the teaser for their upcoming film The Gambler, and since it's a red-band teaser, it's probably evident that the words aren't exactly pretty. (Get ready for a lot of "f-k yous" to be uttered.) "The wise man's life is based around 'f-k you,'" Goodman counsels. Wahlberg stars in Rupert Wyatt's remake of the 1974 James Caan movie, as an English professor, who has a taste for, well, gambling. He's surrounded in the film by some top-notch actors outside of Goodman, including Jessica Lange, Brie Larson, and Michael K. Williams. Wahlberg »


- Esther Zuckerman

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EW's Horror Quintessentials: The 5 best slasher flicks

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With Halloween fast approaching, EW is picking the five best films in a variety of different horror movie categories. Each day, we’ll post our top picks from specific group—say, zombie movies or demon films—and give you the chance to vote on which is your favorite. On Oct. 31, EW will reveal your top choices. Today, we’re taking on the slasher flick.  Most slasher flicks boil down to the following ingredients: teenagers (usually described as "nubile") a slow-moving, indestructible serial killer determined to kill said teenagers, death indirectly caused by promiscuity, and the chaste Final Girl, who outlives »


- Teresa Jue

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Hear Sia's version of 'You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile' from 'Annie'

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First, an emoji version of "It's the Hard Knock Life," and now this: Have a listen to Sia's version "You're Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile." With its references to the likes of "Saville Row," "You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile" is one Annie song that clearly needed a modern update for the new movie remake (scheduled for a Dec. 19 release), which takes place in the 21st century. But did it need this modern update? Your guess is as good as mine. Let's just say it's very hard to do a time step to this version. "Hey, hobo man / Hey, »


- Esther Zuckerman

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Edward Norton reflects on not being the Hulk

16 hours ago

When Edward Norton and Marvel parted ways in 2010 over the role of the Hulk, there was some real rage. Both camps lobbed broadsides at each other, with Marvel dropping a preemptive bomb that implied that Norton had to go because he lacked the "collaborative spirit of [the Avengers'] other talented cast members." Norton's agent angrily responded that Marvel's unilateral decision to end good-faith negotiations with Norton was purely financial. For his part, Norton took the high road with an earnest missive on Facebook where he expressed regret that he wouldn't be joining all the Marvel superheroes in The Avengers. Four years later, »


- Jeff Labrecque

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Matthew McConaughey shares life lessons, Miller Lites at American Cinematheque Gala

17 hours ago

The line between Matthew McConaughey the person and Matthew McConaughey the parody is getting blurrier and blurrier, and it was very evident at the American Cinematheque Gala on Tuesday night. The gala, which honors an actor every year for his or her achievement in film, chose to celebrate McConaughey for his 22-year (and counting) career. According to Variety, the night was hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, who joked about the bro-tastic actor's preeminence in the romantic-comedy genre, while friends and cohorts like Kate Hudson, Reese Witherspoon, Woody Harrelson, and Sandra Bullock teased McConaughey and his "Alright, alright, alright" persona. However, no one could top McConaughey's speech, »


- Teresa Jue

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'Avengers: Age of Ultron' teaser trailer gets a debut date

21 October 2014 9:59 PM, PDT

The Age of Ultron is nearly upon us. Tonight's episode of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. featured an announcement that the first glimpse of the Avengers sequel will come during next Tuesday's broadcast. The film itself isn't due in theaters until May 1 of next year, so this preview will likely be just a tease of things to come from the metal madman who tries to save the world by wiping it free of human life. EW has already revealed some details from the Joss Whedon written and directed film, including that the origin story for Ultron (performed via motion capture by »


- Anthony Breznican

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Casting Net: Natalie Dormer signs on for 'The Forest,' Patrick Stewart joins 'Green Room;' more

21 October 2014 7:45 PM, PDT

Natalie Dormer is set to star in Lava Bear Films and Phantom Four's The Forest, Entertainment Weekly has confirmed. Jason Zada is directing from a script rewritten by Sarah Cornwell and Nick Antosca that was based on an original idea by David S. Goyer. Set in the Aokigahara forest at the base of Mt. Fuji, the supernatural thriller tells the story of a young American woman who goes in pursuit of her missing twin sister. When she wanders off the path, she is met by the undead. Lava Bear is producing along with Goyer under his Phantom Four banner. »


- C. Molly Smith

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IFC Films to distribute Al Pacino's 'Manglehorn'

21 October 2014 4:19 PM, PDT

Manglehorn, which stars Al Pacino, will be distributed in the U.S. by IFC, EW has confirmed.  The David Gordon Green film played at the Venice and Toronto International Film Festivals this past year, and stars Pacino as a locksmith. Holly Hunter, Harmony Korine, and Chris Messina also star. The film has received mixed reviews. "This is Logan's first produced screenplay, and its immaturity is written in neon," the Hollywood Reporter's review noted. "But that's no excuse for Green and actors of the caliber of Pacino and Hunter buying it wholesale." The Guardian argued that the movie features "the finest »


- Esther Zuckerman

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'The Room' star making mockumentary about 'the greatest bad movie ever made'

21 October 2014 2:37 PM, PDT

What do you do if you wind up being in one of the most hilariously terrible films of all time? You make a comedy about it. That's the exact approach being actress-turned-filmmaker Robyn Paris is taking. More than a decade after she appeared in writer-director-star Tommy Wiseau's infamously awful cult film The Room, Paris has now launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a Christopher Guest-style mockumentary about what happened to the cast after shooting concluded. On the project's Kickstarter page, you can check out the fundraising video for The Room Actors: Where Are They Now? which, in addition to Paris, »


- Clark Collis

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'Paris, Texas' co-writer L.M. Kit Carson dies at 73

21 October 2014 1:33 PM, PDT

L.M. Kit Carson, the eclectic, fiercely independent Texas filmmaker best known for starring in the ahead-of-its-time cinéma vérité satire David Holzman's Diary, shaping the narrative arc of Paris, Texas, and helping launch the career of Wes Anderson, died Monday after a lengthy illness, his son Hunter announced on Facebook. He was 73. Born in Irving, Texas in 1941, Carson had a scattered youth: He spent six months in a Jesuit monastery and flitted in and out of various colleges before settling in New York to pursue a freelance work in magazine writing. In 1967 he teamed up with Jim McBride to star in the experimental, »


- Lindsey Bahr

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Get in bed with the poster for horror film 'Starry Eyes'

21 October 2014 1:21 PM, PDT

In the new horror film Starry Eyes, an aspiring actress named Sarah (Alex Essoe) discovers there are much worse things that can happen in Hollywood than not getting called back for that dandruff shampoo commercial. Written and directed by Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer, the tale of "paranoia and possession" garnered rave reviews on the festival circuit and is produced by Snowfort Pictures, the boutique production company that has been on something of a tear of late with Jodorowsky's Dune, Big Ass Spider!, and Cheap Thrills.Starry Eyes—which costars Amanda Fuller, Noah Segan, and the always watchable Pat Healy »


- Clark Collis

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DC's 'Cyborg,' Ray Fisher, didn't know he was getting his own movie

21 October 2014 1:13 PM, PDT

Nobody told Ray Fisher the plan. The 27-year-old had no idea he was set to explode into Hollywood movie stardom, top-lining as the title character in a Cyborg movie set for release in 2020. In fact, producers called the New Jersey-born theater actor on Oct. 15 with the heads-up only hours before Warner Bros. publicly revealed its slate of mega-budget superhero movies tied to the DC Cinematic Universe—Wonder Woman, The Justice League, Suicide Squad, and Shazam among them. “I didn’t know the extent to which DC and WB had planned on taking my character,” says Fisher, who was hired in »


- Chris Lee

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See the new trailer for '2001: A Space Odyssey,' 46 years after its release

21 October 2014 1:05 PM, PDT

The British Film Institute is set to re-release Stanley Kubrick's seminal film 2001: A Space Odyssey into theaters this November, so it's only natural that we'd get a brand-new trailer 46 years after it was released. BFI and Warner Bros. commissioned a new trailer celebrating the film's legacy—and promoting its appearance in theaters in the U.K.—with a trailer for Kubrick's science fiction epic. The trailer includes some of the film's most iconic imagery, as well as the dulcet tones of Hal the computer and the familiar sounds of "Also sprach Zarathustra." 2001 will make its reappearance in movie theaters across the U. »


- Jonathon Dornbush

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Racism insurance can't cover everything in 'Dear White People' promo

21 October 2014 11:31 AM, PDT

Said something racist? Don't worry: Racism Insurance is here for you. In a new promo for Dear White People, a clueless white man spews racist comments—"You are so hot, and I'm not into black girls, like at all"—at various black people who all react with shock and disdain. This is when Racism Insurance comes in: The white man summons a black man to magically appear and diffuse the situation. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it ends with a scolding. Even the almighty insurance rep can't erase every racist comment. Dear White People is now in theaters. »


- Ariana Bacle

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Special 'Back to the Future' screenings will feature live orchestra

21 October 2014 11:00 AM, PDT

When Back to the Future celebrates its 30th anniversary next May, the movie will sound like new. Better than new, actually, because select concert venues will present Robert Zemeckis's time-jumping blockbuster along with a live orchestra performing Alan Silvestri's memorable score in sync with the film. So when Marty McFly hits 88 miles per hour in Doc's DeLorean and leaves only a tire-trail of flames behind, it might sound like you're making your own acoustic leap to 1985. The world premiere of the live-music cinematic event—a joint collaboration between Universal, Img Artists, and the Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency—will be »


- Jeff Labrecque

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Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant team up for Stephen Frears' 'Florence'

21 October 2014 9:39 AM, PDT

After a few weeks' worth of rumors, Pathé International has announced that Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant will officially be teaming up for Stephen Frears' biopic, Florence. Florence stars Streep as the real-life New York heiress Florence Foster Jenkins, whose dreams of becoming a renowned opera singer are stymied by her laughable lack of talent. Grant will play her live-in partner and manager, the English actor St. Clair Bayfield, who guides Jenkins away from the real truth, which proves challenging when Jenkins decides to perform live at Carnegie Hall. The film is currently in pre-production. Michael Kuhn and Tracey Seaward will produce, »


- Teresa Jue

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EW's Horror Quintessentials: The 5 best zombie movies

21 October 2014 9:30 AM, PDT

With Halloween fast approaching, EW is picking the five best films in a variety of different horror movie categories. Each day, we’ll post our top picks from one specific group—say, vampire movies or slasher flicks—and give you the chance to vote on which is your favorite. On Oct. 31, EW will reveal your top choices. Today, we’re ready to talk zombies. Most zombie movies start the same way: A mysterious virus spreads, causing the dead to come back to life as flesh-eating monsters. From there, the same questions often arise: Will the zombies be able to run? »


- Samantha Highfill

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