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Casting Net: Will Ferrell in talks to play porn producer Russ Meyers

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Will Ferrell may play porn producer Russ Meyers in the indie film Russ and Roger Go Beyond. Written by Christopher Cluess (The Simpsons), the movie will explore the relationship between Meyers and film critic Roger Ebert as they collaborated on the 1970 satire film Beyond the Valley of the Dolls. [Variety]

• Joseph Fiennes and Harry Potter’s Tom Felton will co-star in the first-century epic thriller ClaviusKevin Reynolds (Waterworld) will direct the film told through the eyes of Fiennes’ character, an agnostic Roman Centurion forced to locate the missing body of Jesus of Nazareth. Production begins this month in Spain, aiming for an Easter weekend 2015 opening. »


- Jake Perlman

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Lionsgate sues anonymous online leakers of 'The Expendables 3'

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John Doe picked the wrong cast to mess with.

Lionsgate has filed a lawsuit against 10 anonymous individuals who shared an advance copy of the upcoming action sequel The Expendables 3, starring Sylvester Stallone, Mel Gibson, and just about every other muscular action star. But this isn’t your everyday online bootleg. On July 24 Lionsgate learned that a digital file containing a high-quality reproduction of the film had been stolen and uploaded to the internet; it has since been downloaded more than a million times. The lawsuit against “John Does 1-10″ lists URLs like limetorrents.com and billionuploads.com as the »


- Jake Perlman

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Disney just launched a Muppets digital series

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Is it easier being green or going viral?

Disney has launched a new digital series starring the Muppets in support of The Muppets Most Wanted release on Blu-ray and DVD August 12. The series, called Disney Drive-On with The Muppets, follows the characters’ adventures in the movie industry and as they interact with various celebrities.

Disney has already released episode 1 of the six-part series, in which Pepe the King Prawn is left in charge of the office and struggles to network with the stars. The remaining episodes, debuting on Fridays, will be available on Disney Movies Anywhere. »


- Jackson McHenry

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The 'Gypsy' film with Barbra Streisand might still be happening after all

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Here she is, boys; here she is, world… here’s Barbra! Well, maybe.

After years in development, it looks like a new film adaptation of the musical Gypsy is back on track with Barbra Streisand potentially directing herself as Mama Rose. Universal has now reportedly hired Richard Lagravenese to write a new script for the musical by Jule Styne, Arthur Laurents, and Stephen Sondheim, a smart move for the studio. Lagravenese worked with Streisand before, on 1996′s The Mirror Has Two Faces, and wrote HBO’s splashy Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra. He also recently finished directing his film adaptation »


- Jake Perlman

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'Sight & Sound' announces list of greatest documentaries

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Dziga Vertov’s Man with a Movie Camera tops the list of the greatest documentaries of all time, according to hundreds of film critics, curators, directors, and documentary film specialists surveyed by British film magazine Sight & Sound.

Every 10 years, Sight & Sound polls hundreds of film luminaries from around the world to generate a list of the best films of all time. In 2012, Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo knocked Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane off its 50-year perch for the #1 spot. For the first time, the magazine is debuting a separate poll for documentaries. 340 critics, programmers and filmmakers were asked to participate; 100 of »


- Jacob Shamsian

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Will Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon get romantic in 'The Trip to Italy'?

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In the 2011 comedy The Trip, British funnymen Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon—playing themselves—entertainingly bickered their way around the north of England while reviewing restaurants for U.K. newspaper The Observer. The pair have now reteamed for a second course of quips, face-stuffing, and Michael Caine impersonations in the self-explanatory sequel The Trip to Italy.

Directed by Michael Winterbottom, The Trip to Italy opens in cinemas on August 15—but you can a taste of the frenemy-ish fun to be had in this exclusive clip. »


- Clark Collis

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'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For' trailer too sexy for ABC

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First, Eva Green was too sexy in the poster for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. Now she’s apparently too sexy in the movie’s trailer.

According to Page Six, which first reported the news, ABC felt that the white robe Green wears in the clip—making the actress appear nearly naked—was too sheer for TV. It’s a similar complaint to the one the MPAA made with Green’s poster image, in which she wears the same white robe. As a result, the poster was reworked.

It’s yet to be seen if Dimension Films will »


- Samantha Highfill

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Kit Harington knows nothing (about Wwi) in 'Testament of Youth's trailer

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Even when he’s not playing Jon Snow, Kit Harington is blindly pledging his life to the greater good and engaging in a futile conflict.

Lionsgate just released the trailer for Testament of Youth, a World War I-set romantic drama based on the memoir of the same name by Vera Brittain (Alicia Vikander). Her account follows the lives of the “Lost Generation,” specifically those of her brother and her fiancé Roland Leighton (Kit Harington), both of whom enlisted.

Brittain was also a pioneering journalist in an age when few women could pursue the career, as well as one of the »


- Jackson McHenry

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First Look: Jon Stewart's directorial debut 'Rosewater'

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The Daily Show host Jon Stewart has a tip for leaders of totalitarian regimes: “Don’t arrest journalists, because they have a mind for detail.” It’s certainly true for Maziar Bahari, whose best-selling memoir, Then They Came for Me—a painstaking account of his 118 days of imprisonment and torture following the 2009 Iranian election—is the basis of Stewart’s directorial debut, Rosewater (out Nov. 7 in limited release).

In an absurdist twist, the journalist’s appearance in a Daily Show sketch was even used as evidence of Bahari being a spy. Stewart, who became close friends with Bahari after his »


- Sara Vilkomerson

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Box office preview: 'Guardians of the Galaxy' aims for a cosmic debut

31 July 2014 5:04 PM, PDT

The motley crew of rebels and mercenaries in Guardians of the Galaxy make their theatrical debut this weekend, and all signs point to a stellar opening. They might not be the most popular or well-known Marvel characters, but strong reviews and an even stronger marketing campaign have helped to drum up interest for these unlikely superheroes, which include an earthling (Chris Pratt), a talking raccoon (Bradley Cooper), and tree (Vin Diesel). As the widest August release in history with a 4,080 screen launch, Guardians is tracking at $65 million, but many analysts think that it has the potential to earn much more. »


- Lindsey Bahr

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Casting Net: Elle Fanning to star in adaptation of Ya book not yet published

31 July 2014 4:21 PM, PDT

Elle Fanning is attached to star in the film adaptation of the Ya novel All the Bright Places—before the book even hits shelves. The love story by Jennifer Niven is about a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die. It won’t be published until Jan. 6, 2015. [Variety]

• Emily Ratajkowski, the model best known for her appearance in Robin Thicke’s controversial “Blurred Lines” music video, will star opposite Zac Efron in the coming-of-age drama We Are Your Friends. The film marks the directorial debut of Catfish star Max Joseph, who co-wrote the script with Meaghan Oppenheimer. »


- Jake Perlman

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Rob Zombie is crowdfunding his new killer clown movie, '31'

31 July 2014 4:04 PM, PDT

Ever want to be in a killer clown film? Didn’t think so. Ever want to produce one? Well, either way, Rob Zombie is looking for you.

The horror auteur is using the crowdfunding site FanBacked for his newest film, 31. The story: Five random people are kidnapped and held hostage in a place called Murder World in the five days leading up to Halloween. To survive, they have 12 hours to kill their terrifying clown foes in a game called 31.

For the next 60 days, fans who pledge will be rewarded anything from a signed DVD ($50) to an original Rob Zombie clown painting ($2,500). Or, »


- Jake Perlman

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Universal to release 'The Huntsman' in 2016, pushes back 'The Mummy'

31 July 2014 2:52 PM, PDT

So much happened before Snow White dropped in.

Universal Pictures announced the release date for The Huntsman, a prequel of sorts to 2012’s Snow White and the Huntsman with Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron reprising their roles of the Huntsman Eric and evil queen Ravenna. The film, directed by Frank Darabont, will be released on Friday, April 22, 2016 and reveal how the two characters interacted before Snow White ever met a dwarf.

The Huntsman takes the date previously occupied by The Mummy, which will now be pushed back two months to Friday, June 24, 2016. The reboot of the action-adventure films written by »


- Jake Perlman

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Jon Stewart's 'Rosewater' gets a November release date

31 July 2014 12:42 PM, PDT

Mark your calendars for Nov. 7 and don’t forget to record The Daily Show: Open Road Films announced Thursday that it would release Jon Stewart’s directorial debut Rosewater in select theaters on the awards-friendly November date opposite wide-releases Interstellar and Big Hero 6.

The Iranian political drama starring Gael Garcia Bernal as a BBC journalist who was arrested while covering an election protest in Iran and subsequently imprisoned and tortured over the next 118 days is based on Maziar Bahari and Aimee Molloy’s best-selling memoir Then They Came for Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity and Survival. »


- Lindsey Bahr

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'The SpongeBob Movie' hits live-action shores

31 July 2014 10:17 AM, PDT

This appears to be one of those “write your own adventure” sort of stories.

Nickelodeon just released the trailer for The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, which will open next year—and is not to be confused with 2004’s The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie. The big change this time around? It looks like SpongeBob’s going to be less animated, and a lot more live-action. (Or at least stop-motion.)

The sequel adds Antonio Banderas as Alameda Jack, a pirate captain intent on recovering the last page to his magical book. SpongeBob, of course, has that page, and when Alameda Jack attacks, »


- Jackson McHenry

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Michael Keaton soars in new 'Birdman' trailer

31 July 2014 9:54 AM, PDT

Michael Keaton got a career boost when he played Batman in both Batman and Batman Returns, and now he might get another one by playing a new superhero: Birdman.

Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman follows Riggan Thomson (Keaton), an actor who’s famous for playing superhero Birdman but is now struggling to get his life together as he puts together a Broadway show. The film, which also stars Edward Norton and Zach Galifianakis, is set to open the Venice Film Festival August 27.

González Iñárritu’s Babel was nominated for both best picture and best director Oscars in 2007 and he most recently directed 2010’s Biutiful, »


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Dick Smith, makeup artist of 'The Godfather,' 'The Exorcist': A tribute

31 July 2014 9:45 AM, PDT

Years ago, I asked The Walking Dead’s zombie makeup maestro Greg Nicotero for his fake blood recipe. He said, “I’ve always based my blood on Dick Smith’s formula. His blood has always been the staple of the industry. It’s one of those things where if ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

Dick Smith, the Oscar-winning makeup effects legend behind The Exorcist, Taxi Driver, and The Godfather, who passed away on July 30 at age 92, was more than just Hollywood’s sanguine Colonel Sanders with a secret recipe for plasma that became a cinematic standard. He was »


- Chris Nashawaty

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'Into the Woods' teaser trailer: No one sings, but everyone wishes

31 July 2014 9:13 AM, PDT

You wished, and it has been granted: the Into the Woods teaser trailer has arrived.

Just five months out from the Christmas Day release, the teaser for Disney’s hotly anticipated movie musical adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s beloved 1987 show has hit the Internet, fresh on the heels of a batch of production photos that made their way online Wednesday.

Into the Woods tells the story of a gang of fairy tale characters who enter a dark forest in the hopes of achieving their deepest wishes. The film stars Meryl Streep as the Witch, James Corden as the Baker, Emily Blunt »


- Marc Snetiker

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How much of 'Dog Day Afternoon' is a true story? Find out in 'The Dog'

31 July 2014 8:56 AM, PDT

On August 22, 1972, a man named John Wojtowicz attempted to rob a bank in Brooklyn to pay for his lover’s sex-change operation—at least, that is what has been long believed. The bungled heist would later inspire Sidney Lumet’s classic 1975 film Dog Day Afternoon, which starred Al Pacino as “Sonny Wortzik” and John Cazale as his fellow robber, Sal. Now, four decades on, Allison Berg and Frank Keraudren have made The Dog, a documentary which relates the real, incredible true story of that August day, and what happened to Wojtowicz afterwards.

The Dog premieres in theaters on Aug. 8 and »


- Clark Collis

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Someone re-created the 'Guardians of the Galaxy' trailer with Legos

31 July 2014 8:42 AM, PDT

If you’re really looking forward to Guardians of the Galaxy and also happen to really like Legos, today is off to a pretty decent start. YouTube user Forrest Whaley, along with fellow animator Sean Willets, put together a Lego-fied version of one of the movie’s TV spots, and it’s quite charming. Even green Dave Bautista looks adorable. »


- Joshua Rivera

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