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Sorry, Matthew McConaughey isn't returning for 'Magic Mike Xxl'

10 hours ago

Perhaps he’s inherited some of Rust Cohle’s nihilism, or maybe that Oscar got to his head, but for whatever reason, Matthew McConaughey will not be returning to the Magic Mike franchise.

Yep, Dallas’ last dance really was his last.

Magic Mike Xxl director Gregory Jacobs, who has taken the reins from Magic Mike director Steven Soderbergh, confirmed that sad, sad news in an interview with IndieWire on Wednesday. Filming for the sequel began at the beginning of September, and it’s been set for a July 1, 2015, release.

The absence of McConaughey’s strip club entrepreneur won’t be »


- Emily Blake

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Casting Net: Jack Huston to star as title role in 'Ben-Hur' remake

11 hours ago

• Boardwalk Empire actor Jack Huston will take the chariot reins as the title role in the upcoming remake of Ben-Hur. Previously, Tom Hiddleston had been in talks for the role of slave Judah Ben-Hur in the Paramount and MGM picture. Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) is directing the film adapted by John Ridley (12 Years a Slave) and Keith Clarke (The Way Back) that is said to be based more on Lew Wallace’s 1880 novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ than the 1959 film that starred Charlton Heston. Morgan Freeman has already been cast as Ildarin, the teacher who helps make the slave Ben-Hur into chariot racer champion. »


- Jake Perlman

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Bill Murray looks like a god in the first 'St. Vincent' poster

12 hours ago

Even though Ghostbusters was just rereleased in theaters, Bill Murray is already set for a heavenly return back to the big screen in St. Vincent.

Murray stars as an elderly recluse with a secret heart of gold that begins to shine when he starts taking care of his young neighbor and his mom, played by Melissa McCarthy. Naomi Watts also stars as Murray’s girlfriend, who just happens to be a stripper and pregnant. The film premiered as the headlining event on “Bill Murray Day” at the Toronto Film Festival earlier this month and will open in theaters gradually across the country beginning Oct. »


- Jake Perlman

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Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass are 'Bourne' again. Are they Hollywood's top actor/director pair?

14 hours ago

In a development that feels more inevitable than surprising, Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass are in talks to get back into the Bourne business. The two had sent mixed messages over the years, ever since Jason Bourne disappeared in the murky East River at the end of The Bourne Ultimatum in 2007, with the major roadblock being Damon’s insistence that a reluctant Greenglass direct, while Universal handed the franchise over to writer-turned-director Tony Gilroy. But with Gilroy’s Bourne Legacy, starring Jeremy Renner, failing to live up to the original three Bourne films at the box office, and Damon’s recent non-Bourne projects, »


- Jeff Labrecque

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Matt Smith joins cast of 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies'

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Former Doctor Who star Matt Smith has nabbed a role in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the film adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s novel. Smith will play wealthy wife-seeker Mr. Collins opposite Lily James, who stars as Liz Bennett.

The horror-comedy— based on Grahame-Smith’s zombie-infiltrated version of the Jane Austen classic and directed by Burr Steers (17 Again)— also features Douglas Booth, Sam Riley, Jack Huston and Bella Heathcote. The film has had a rocky journey to the big screen, originally to be directed by David O. Russell—who ended up co-writing the screenplay— and cycling through a slew of directors before securing Steers, »


- Carolyn Todd

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'Paranormal Activity 5' gets new name, release date

14 hours ago

The latest installment in the Paranormal Activity franchise is getting a spookier name, but a less spooky release date. The movie, now titled Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, is moving from Oct. 25, 2014 to March 13, 2015, EW has confirmed. So, while it won’t be in theaters to frighten audiences this Halloween, it could prove a frightening alternative to, say, Disney’s live-action Cinderella. The shift means that Paramount is bumping its Scouts vs. Zombies from that March date to Feb. 20, 2015. Scouts vs. Zombies is about—what else?—boy scouts fighting zombies.

Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension was originally titled »


- Esther Zuckerman

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Somali pirate film 'Fishing Without Nets' enters choppy waters

16 hours ago

There are ambitious-sounding debut films. There are ambitious-sounding debut films. And then there is Fishing Without Nets.

The Vice-produced movie concerns the lives of Somali pirates and was directed by the then just 26-year-old American filmmaker Cutter Hodierne in East Africa with Kenyan actors. Hodierne could have returned with just heatstroke and water-damaged cameras. Instead, he came back with a film that won him the Directing Award for U.S. Dramatic Film at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

Fishing Without Nets opens on Sept. 26 at The Cinefamily in Los Angeles and on Oct. 3 at the Cinema Village in New York, »


- Clark Collis

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Magnolia acquires Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper's 'Serena'

19 hours ago

Magnolia Pictures has acquired Serena, the long-in-the-works Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper film, EW has confirmed. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio is not looking to release it in the U.S. during Oscar season, instead gearing it up for an early 2015 release.

The fate of Serena, directed by Oscar-winner Susanne Bier, has been a mystery for some time, given that the movie was filmed back in 2012 before either of Lawrence and Cooper’s other collaborations, Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle, were released. THR’s new story indicates that the film’s quality may be questionable; Magnolia became a “default distributor, »


- Esther Zuckerman

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Watch never-before-seen outtakes from 'The Texas Chain Saw Massacre'

19 hours ago

The Black Maria Limited Edition box set of director Tobe Hooper’s horror classic The Texas Chain Saw Massacre may not contain a kitchen sink—or, for that matter, an actual chainsaw—but this 40th anniversary four-disc DVD/Blu-ray combo pack has pretty much everything else a Leatherface lover could desire. The film itself is presented in new 4K digital transfer with a 7.1 surround sound mix supervised by Hooper itself.

“The film works as well, if not better, than it originally did,” the filmmaker told EW earlier this year. Bonus features include commentaries, making-of featurettes, and trailers while purchasers will »


- Clark Collis

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Watch never-before-seen outtakes from 'The Texas Chain Saw Massacre'

19 hours ago

The Black Maria Limited Edition box set of director Tobe Hooper’s horror classic The Texas Chain Saw Massacre may not contain a kitchen sink—or, for that matter, an actual chainsaw—but this 40th anniversary four-disc DVD/Blu-ray combo pack has pretty much everything else a Leatherface lover could desire. The film itself is presented in new 4K digital transfer with a 7.1 surround sound mix supervised by Hooper itself.

“The film works as well, if not better, than it originally did,” the filmmaker told EW earlier this year. Bonus features include commentaries, making-of featurettes, and trailers while purchasers will »


- Clark Collis

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Casting Net: Chris Hemsworth to star in, produce movie about Hank Williams' ghost

16 September 2014 4:41 PM, PDT

• Chris Hemsworth has optioned the film rights to Steve Earle’s novel I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive, which he will star in. Benjamin Grayson adapted the novel for the screen, and will be making his directional debut with the indie. The story follows Toby “Doc” Ebersole, who is haunted by Hank Williams’ ghost after his hand in the country singer’s death in 1953. Doc subsequently has his medical license revoked. Ten years later, now in the red-light district of San Antonio, Texas, Doc performs illegal medical procedures in order to purchase morphine, while still experiencing visits from Williams. »


- C. Molly Smith

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Matthew McConaughey braves the unknown in 'Interstellar' poster

16 September 2014 2:13 PM, PDT

Much of Interstellar may still be shrouded in mystery, but one thing is clear: Matthew McConaughey’s engineer is front and center on a venture into space to save Earth.

A new poster for the film,  which debuted over at Empire, places McConaughey on a beautiful but alien landscape and comes with the tagline, “The end of Earth will not be the end of us.” If fits nicely with the first poster’s “Mankind was born on Earth. It was never meant to die here.”

As the trailers and posters have shown, the planet is clearly in trouble, and it »


- Jonathon Dornbush

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Will James Marsden finally get the girl in a Nicholas Sparks movie?

16 September 2014 1:32 PM, PDT

If there’s no official rule against James Marsden landing the girl in his movies, it sometimes seems like there is a conspiracy against him. The Notebook. Enchanted. Superman Returns. He’s always getting left standing, as the odd man out. He even got squeezed out of the X-Men films, and one of the rare occurrences where he actually ended up with the girl was 30 Rock, where he ended up with a Lemon. Clearly, he’s just not good-looking enough.

Well, it seems like he’s finally going to catch a break—in a Nicholas Sparks film, no less!

In The Best of Me, »


- Jeff Labrecque

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Model Cara Delevingne will play Margo in 'Paper Towns'

16 September 2014 11:37 AM, PDT

Supermodel Cara Delevingne has landed a big film role: According to author John Green, she’ll play the female lead in the adaptation of his novel Paper Towns. EW has confirmed the news.

Very Exciting Announcement! @Caradelevingne will play Margo Roth Spiegelman in the Paper Towns movie. http://t.co/pa8GhnaJCA

John Green (@realjohngreen) September 16, 2014

Delevingne will play Margo Roth Spiegelman, an enigmatic teenager who disappears after a night spent dressed as a ninja, enacting revenge alongside her next door neighbor Quentin Jacobsen, set to be played by The Fault in Our Stars’ Nat Wolff. Though Delevingne is still »


- Esther Zuckerman

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Zombies attack in clip from 'Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie'

16 September 2014 11:36 AM, PDT

James Rolfe is famous for reviewing video games on his Angry Video Game Nerd web series. Now, Rolfe is taking his alter ego into films with the just-released-to-vod Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie, a comedy in which he tries to find out if Atari really did bury millions of the copies of the notorious E.T. video game at a landfill site in Alamogordo, N.M.

One notable sequence in the film finds Rolfe’s Nerd being attacked by zombies at an “EeeTee”-themed carnival. “Our zombie carnival scene was probably one of our tougher days of shooting but »


- Clark Collis

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Fantastic Fest Preview: Tim League talks movies, MondoCon, and mayhem

16 September 2014 11:03 AM, PDT

Fantastic Fest kicks off in Austin, Texas, on Thursday, Sept. 18, and boasts an impressive lineup of films, including the Keanu Reeves-starring hitman thriller John Wick, Kevin Smith’s man-walrus horror fable Tusk, and the world premiere of Joe Lynch’s action extravaganza Everly (of which, much more later in the week).

But the movie screenings at this much-beloved sci-fi, fantasy, and horror event are just the tip of the iceberg—the tusks on the walrus suit, if you will—of the activities which attendees can enjoy. Below, Fantastic Fest cofounder and Alamo Drafthouse head honcho Tim League talks about the treats in store, »


- Clark Collis

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Tom Hiddleston to star in King-Kong spin-off, 'Skull Island'

16 September 2014 9:53 AM, PDT

Tom Hiddleston, who’s currently tuning up to croon as Hank Williams in I Saw the Light, will star in Legendary’s big-budget King-Kong spin-off (of sorts), titled Skull Island. Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer) will direct a script written by Max Borenstein (Godzilla) that explores the mysterious island that was the home of Kong and other terrifying prehistoric creatures. “Previous works have touched on the island, but staying on and exploring this mysterious and dangerous place offers Legendary the opportunity to take audiences deeper inside this rich world with a style and scope that parallels other Legendary productions, »


- Jeff Labrecque

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Jason Schwartzman brags in 'Listen Up Philip' trailer

16 September 2014 7:27 AM, PDT

Philip is a writer, a braggart, and a self-involved boyfriend. “I hope this will be good for us,” he says to his girlfriend before setting off for a retreat.”But especially for me.” Classic Philip.

Jason Schwartzman of Bored to Death and Rushmore fame plays the title character in Listen Up Philip, a film that follows this mostly unlikable character as he works on a book and struggles through his relationship with his girlfriend, played by Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss. “Jason has this knack for playing characters who are maybe not necessarily that likable,” Moss told EW in January. »


- Ariana Bacle

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Ben Kingsley, Brie Larson join Daniel Radcliffe in 'Brooklyn Bridge'

16 September 2014 6:54 AM, PDT

Daniel Radcliffe has been set to play the engineer, Washington Roebling, who built the Brooklyn Bridge in the aptly titled Brooklyn Bridge for several months now. But for the film, which is inspired by the bridge’s real-life construction, key to the actual story were Roebling’s father and wife, who have now also been cast.

Ben Kingsley will play Roebling’s father, John Augustus Roebling, who initially designed the bridge connecting Manhattan and Brooklyn. Washington took up his father’s position as chief engineer after the elder Roebling passed away. Brie Larson will play his wife, Elizabeth Warren Roebling, »


- Jonathon Dornbush

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Casting Net: Billy Bob Thornton in talks for 'Our Brand Is Crisis;' more

15 September 2014 6:29 PM, PDT

• Billy Bob Thornton is in talks for Our Brand Is Crisis. The Warner Bros. political dramedy is being directed by David Gordon Green and already stars Sandra Bullock and Scoot McNairy. Smokehouse partners George Clooney and Grant Heslov will produce. Bullock will executive produce. Our Brand Is Crisis is based on Rachel Boynton’s 2005 documentary of the same name, which explored the use of American political campaign strategies in Bolivia by James Carville and Stan Greenberg, former consultants to President Clinton. Bullock will play a retired American political consultant, “Calamity” Jane Bodine. Details regarding Thornton’s potential role are unknown at this time. »


- C. Molly Smith

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