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

7 hours ago

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

8 hours ago

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'

9 hours ago

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'

9 hours ago

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'

10 hours ago

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

10 hours ago

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

12 hours ago

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'

14 hours ago

“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'

15 hours ago

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

15 hours ago

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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'Young Ones' poster: Michael Shannon soaks up screen in parched Western

16 hours ago

Whether it’s a Krypton fascist, an ice-blooded hitman, or a conflicted Prohibition-era G-man, Michael Shannon is accustomed to playing menacing. But in Young Ones, the new dystopian sci-fi Western that premiered at Sundance in January, he gets to show another side.

“People are used to seeing Mike play very intense, dangerous characters, but I think he’s much more of a classic movie star than maybe people even realize,” director Jake Paltrow said before the film’s premiere. “I think what you’ll see in Mike is a warmth that maybe you haven’t seen in a lot of things—in this, »


- Jeff Labrecque

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Would Ansel Elgort go Bollywood for 'Fault in Our Stars' remake?

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This past June, The Fault in Our Stars brought John Green’s tale of the little infinities shared by cancer-stricken teens Hazel Grace Lancaster (Shailene Woodley) and Augustus Waters (Ansel Elgort) to the big screen. Along the way, the film became one of the popcorn season’s biggest movies for non-superhero or Channing Tatum devotees.

As of Aug. 26, superfans can weep to their heart’s content in the privacy of their own homes with the release of the film’s Digital HD edition (followed by a Blu-ray/DVD release on Sept. 16). Talking with EW, Elgort predicts the extended cut of »


- Lanford Beard

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Casting Net: Sigourney Weaver set for 'A Monster Calls'

18 August 2014 5:37 PM, PDT

Sigourney Weaver has signed on for A Monster Calls, the feature adaptation of Patrick Ness’ children’s fantasy novel. Weaver joins Felicity Jones and Liam Neeson. In the Juan Antonio Bayona-directed film, a boy retreats to a fantastical world through a tree monster, attempting to escape from bullies and his mother’s terminal illness. Weaver will play the boy’s grandmother, while Jones will play the mother and Neeson the monster. River Road’s Bill Pohlad and Mitch Horwits, Participant’s Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King, and Lionsgate Motion Picture Group co-chairman Patrick Wachsberger will executive produce the film, »


- C. Molly Smith

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Juliette Lewis rediscovers her wild side in 'Kelly & Cal' trailer

18 August 2014 4:24 PM, PDT

Juliette Lewis is no ordinary suburban house wife in the new trailer for IFC Films’ Kelly & Cal.

In the clip, a lonely Kelly (Lewis) strikes an unlikely friendship with her teenage neighbor, Cal (Jonny Weston), after being slighted by a “mommies group.” Despite an initial hiccup, she describes Cal as “the first real person I’ve met since we moved here.”

With Cal, Kelly rediscovers her edgy rocker side and soon unveils her newly dyed electric blue hair, shocking her suburban peers and prompting an “intervention” with her family.

Directed by Jen McGowan and written by Amy Lowe Starbin, the »


- C. Molly Smith

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Watch the stunning trailer for Studio Ghibli's 'The Tale of Princess Kaguya'

18 August 2014 4:15 PM, PDT

In 1988, Studio Ghibli co-founders Isao Takahata and Hayao Miyazaki released their films—Grave of the Fireflies and My Neighbor Totoro, respectively—simultaneously in theaters. A couple of decades later, they planned to release their final films in the same format. Miyazaki’s movie, The Wind Rises, premiered in Japan last year, and received an Oscar nomination. But Takahata’s The Tale of Princess Kaguya wasn’t ready in time for the planned joint release.

The movie ended up premiering at the Cannes film festival this year, and it’ll get a stateside release this fall. The Tale of Princess Kaguya »


- Jacob Shamsian

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Judy Greer, John Slattery, and more join cast of Marvel's 'Ant-Man'

18 August 2014 1:28 PM, PDT

The Ant-Man now has some company: Judy Greer, John Slattery, and T.I. will all appear in Marvel’s upcoming Ant-Man, which started filming in San Francisco Monday.

As previously announced, Paul Rudd is playing the title character, also known as Scott Lang, in the Marvel Studios adaptation. Michael Douglas and Evangeline Lilly are co-starring, and the cast also includes House of CardsCorey StollDanny CollinsBobby CannavaleEnd of Watch’s Michael PeñaThe Dark Knight’s David DastmalchianTogethernessAbby Ryder Fortson, comedian Gregg Turkington, and The Wire’s Wood Harris.

Edgar Wright, director of Hot Fuzz »


- Ariana Bacle

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'Mockingjay' director: Parts 1 and 2 will have 'two distinct stories'

18 August 2014 11:51 AM, PDT

Over the course of two Hunger Games films, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) has been unflinchingly confident. But in Mockingjay – Part 1, the teen heroine suffers a bout of age-appropriate angst as she reluctantly becomes a rebel leader.

“It’s a very confusing, conflicted, complicated time for Katniss,” says director Francis Lawrence, who also directed 2013’s Catching Fire. “Having gone through the games one more time and having lost Peeta and having been run through the wringer, she’s even more damaged. So you find her in a more agitated place. She’s distraught, confused, angry.”

Collins’ final book presents a gritty »


- Nina Terrero

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Debbie Reynolds to receive 2014 SAG Lifetime Achievement Award

18 August 2014 11:20 AM, PDT

In January, the Screen Actors Guild will award its 51st Lifetime Achievement Award to Debbie Reynolds. Reynolds has been on the big screen, television, and theater in over 50 roles in her 66-year career, breaking out as Kathy Selden in 1952’s Singin’ in the Rain.

The 82-year-old actress has been nominated for five Golden Globe awards and one Oscar (for The Unsinkable Molly Brown, in 1965), but has never been nominated for a SAG award. Her most recent role was as Liberace’s mother in the Steven Soderbergh-directed HBO movie Behind the Candelabra.

“I’m thrilled that SAG-aftra is presenting »


- Jacob Shamsian

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Eddie Redmayne on playing (and meeting) Stephen Hawking

18 August 2014 9:41 AM, PDT

Les Misérables star Eddie Redmayne plays Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, a film that tracks the famed theoretical physicist’s relationship with his first wife, Jane (Felicity Jones), and the struggle they faced after he was diagnosed with the crippling degenerative illness Als (also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease). “At age 21, he was a vibrant, funny young man, and he fell deeply in love with this woman,” Redmayne says. “Our film is about how they defied all the odds.”

To prepare for the film, which is released Nov. 7, the actor met with Hawking himself. “Even now, when he’s unable to move, »


- Clark Collis

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'We went in fearlessly': Stephen King on adapting 'A Good Marriage' for film

18 August 2014 9:18 AM, PDT

What would you do if you found out a beloved family member was responsible for an unspeakable series of crimes? That’s the hook of the director Peter Askin’s new horror-thriller A Good Marriage, an adaptation of the Stephen King novella, which arrives in cinemas and on VOD Oct. 3.

A Good Marriage stars Joan Allen, Anthony Lapaglia, Stephen Lang, and House of Cards actress Kristen Connolly and was adapted for the big screen by King himself. “I knew Peter Askin and I liked him,” says King, explaining the origin of the project. “About a thousand years ago, John Mellencamp »


- Clark Collis

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