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Edgar Wright working on his next movie, which is not 'Ant-Man'

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Alas, Edgar Wright will not be at Comic-Con this week showing off footage from his hotly anticipated Ant-Man. But Wright’s departure from the Marvel Studios project has apparently freed him to pursue more eccentric, personal, less collaborative projects. EW has confirmed the news, originally reported by Deadline, that the filmmaker is planning to direct his long-gestating film Baby Driver at Working Title Films, the same company behind his beloved “Cornetto Trilogy,” the genre-mashing trifecta of Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World’s End.

Wright has never given out any specific details about Baby Driver, a title »


- Darren Franich

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Will Ferrell and Adam McKay to sink their teeth into 'Manimal'

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On a desperate network that aired shows about a talking car and a sarcastic, cat-craving alien, Manimal still holds a special place in the annals of programming infamy. Simon MacCorkindale starred as Dr. Jonathan Chase, a wealthy crime-fighter who could morph into all sorts of fierce animal creatures. Since it was still 1983, you can imagine how cheesy the special effects were, and the series was cancelled by NBC after only eight episodes, forever making Manimal a punchline.

Adam McKay and Will Ferrell are now hoping to get some more fresh laughs out if it. Their Gary Sanchez Productions is partnering with Sony Pictures Animation, »


- Jeff Labrecque

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GLAAD report finds both low and low quality Lgbt representation in studio films

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In its second annual study of Lgbt representation in studio films, GLAAD found that major studios have continued to underrepresent and misrepresent lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender characters. The advocacy organization found that, of the 102 releases from 7 major studios, only 17 included characters that identified as lesbian, gay, or bisexual—adding that a majority of these characters were minor roles or cameos, and that many representations were “outright defamatory.”

GLAAD took seven major studios to task in its Studio Responsibility Index (Sri), giving both Paramount and Warner Brothers “failing” grades for including only minor and offensive portrayals of Lgbt people in their 2013 releases. »


- Jackson McHenry

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See the creepy new poster for Nicholas McCarthy's 'At the Devil's Door'

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A few years back, shortly before the release of his debut horror film The Pact, writer-director Nicholas McCarthy told EW, “I think hearing people scream is almost too addictive of a moment for me—I want to do it one more time.” Now, McCarthy is doing it one more time with At the Devil’s Door, another likely scream-inducing project which is released on VOD on August 8 and arrives in cinemas September 12.

“When ambitious young real-estate agent Leigh is asked to sell a house with a checkered past,” the official synopsis says, “she crosses paths with a disturbed girl whom »


- Clark Collis

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5 things Hollywood learned about Latino moviegoers this summer

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For kids in school, summer is typically spent catching up on reading lists and assigned homework between hours spent at the swimming pool and with friends at summer camp (not necessarily in that order). But many professionals working in the entertainment industry—whether as producers, journalists, actors, or producers—spent this summer learning about Latino moviegoers. (That’s largely thanks to an exclusive series on Hispanic film consumers published at TheWrap.)

From the growing importance of Hispanic females at the box office to the expanding movie preferences of Latino film fans, here are a few essential—takeaways about Hispanics that »


- Nina Terrero

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Toronto Film Festival lineup announced -- Breaking

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The 39th Toronto International Film Festival has announced its initial slate of galas and special presentations, which includes 37 world premieres and several films with Oscar ambitions. The Judge, which stars Robert Downey Jr. as a big-city lawyer who reluctantly returns home and ends up defending his revered father (Robert Duvall) against criminal charges, will have its world premiere in Toronto. His Avengers pal, Chris Evans, will unveil his own directorial debut in Toronto, titled Before We Go.

Also noteworthy: James Gandolfini’s final film, The Drop, which also stars Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace; another Jason Reitman Toronto world premiere, »


- Jeff Labrecque

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Video: Zach Braff tries to be a better man in 'Wish I Was Here' teaser

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In Wish I Was Here, the first film Garden State’s Zach Braff has directed in 10 years, Braff plays struggling actor Aidan Bloom, whose dreams are now standing in the way of his responsibility as a husband, father, and son. His wealthy, conservative-Jewish father (Mandy Patinkin) has always bankrolled his kids’ private school, but when the older man’s cancer returns, he tells his son that he can’t foot the bill anymore. Aidan’s wife (Kate Hudson) is already doing everything she can to keep her family upright, so it falls on Aidan to homeschool his children.

“I came »


- Jeff Labrecque

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One Direction's second concert film is coming this October

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One Direction is currently headed out on a massive world tour, but the band is also planning to stop by your local movie theater. Variety reports that One Direction’s Where We Are—The Concert Film will run for one weekend (October 11 and 12) in more than 3,000 theaters across 50 countries. Distributor Arts Alliance claims that this will be the biggest global “event cinema” release ever.

Following the release of One Direction: This Is Us, which opened last August, Where We Are will be the band’s second concert film. This installment was recorded at the band’s concert in San Siro stadium in Milan, »


- Jackson McHenry

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Mark Ruffalo on the foe Hulk needs for a stand-alone movie

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Ever since The Avengers debuted two years ago, fans have been demanding: When is Mark Ruffalo going to get a stand-alone movie as the Hulk?

With Marvel Studios recently announcing a slate of seven untitled movies that spans into 2019, it’s possible we may get an answer to the question at Comic-Con this week.

If a Hulk movie isn’t among them, the answer is probably: Never. At least, not with Ruffalo in the lead, since he has been open about the fact that his own age, 46, starts to become a problem for a superhero—especially if we’re looking »


- Anthony Breznican

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Casting Net: Matthew McConaughey in talks to play CIA agent turned American enemy

21 July 2014 5:07 PM, PDT

• Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey has reportedly signed on to play former CIA agent Edwin Wilson in The Company Man. The film, written by Andrew Cypiot, will tell the true story of Wilson, who was convicted in 1983 of illegally selling weapons to Libya, but had all charges overturned in 2003 after years of imprisonment. The True Detective Emmy nominee is said to also be in the process of finding a director for the film. [Deadline]

• Sandra Bullock is about to throw one big Tupperware party. The Oscar winner will star as Brownie Wise in Tupperware Unsealed, based on writer Bob Kealing’s non-fiction »


- Jake Perlman

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Steven Spielberg adds Amy Ryan, Alan Alda to Cold War thriller

21 July 2014 4:16 PM, PDT

Steven Spielberg is filling out the cast for this Tom Hanks-starring Cold War thriller about the lawyer trying to negotiate the release of a spy plane pilot captured by the Soviet Union.

Gone Baby Gone Oscar-nominee Amy Ryan will co-star as the wife of Hanks’ character, James Donovan, who won the Distinguished Intelligence Medal for his work trying to free U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers after he was shot down over Russian territory in 1960.

Also in negotiations to join the cast is another Academy Award nominee, Alan Alda, for an unspecified role, according to DreamWorks Pictures, which is co-financing »


- Anthony Breznican

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Video: Jake Gyllenhaal seeks employment in 'Nightcrawler' promo

21 July 2014 3:43 PM, PDT

Jake Gyllenhaal’s Louis Bloom is an ambitious young man looking for a job in a tough market. The main character of director Dan Gilroy’s directorial debut, Nightcrawler, Bloom will eventually fall into the world of freelance crime journalism in Los Angeles and get entangled in the city’s seedy underbelly. But while audiences wait to see that in the film (out Oct. 17), Bloom is still pounding the pavement, as it were.

In an unconventional promo for the pic, Bloom has even gone as far as putting out a Craigslist ad and a video resume to bolster his opportunities. »


- Lindsey Bahr

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Summer box-office analysis: Hollywood is losing America, taking over the world

21 July 2014 2:35 PM, PDT

For this summer’s box office, the hits keep on coming—and not the good kind, the ones with $100 million opening weekends. No, the summer of 2014 has been one body-blow after another at the U.S. box office, as the collective slate of big Hollywood films has failed to keep up with last summer’s record pace. The most recent weekend, which witnessed Dawn of the Planet of the Apes repeat as the top movie, was trailing the same weekend last year by almost 25 percent. July is down more than 30 percent year-to-year, and the summer as a whole is down almost 19 percent from last year. »


- Jeff Labrecque

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Video: In 'Predestination,' Ethan Hawke is out of time to fight crime

21 July 2014 12:00 PM, PDT

Blending elements of Memento and Minority ReportPredestination finds Ethan Hawke as a temporal agent, traversing through time to eliminate crime before it happens. His last assignment, however, requires him to recruit his younger self and stop the one criminal he’s never caught.

Hawke previously worked with directors Michael and Peter Spierig on Daybreakers, a post-apocalyptic take on vampire mythology, and this project is a return to similarly high-concept material. Based on science fiction legend Robert A. Heinlein’s short story, All You Zombies (a line Hawke spouts mid-trailer), Predestination deals with everything from time paradoxes to, well, fate and predestination. »


- Jackson McHenry

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Video: Benedict Cumberbatch races against time in 'The Imitation Game' trailer

21 July 2014 11:26 AM, PDT

British mathematician Alan Turing had the tough job during World War II of deciphering Nazi codes, a task that ultimately helped lead to the Allied victory. But Turing’s life wasn’t smooth sailing even after his huge success: He was later prosecuted for being gay, then considered a crime.

Benedict Cumberbatch plays Turing in the upcoming The Imitation Game, which documents Turing’s race against time during the war and his life before and after. Directed by Morten Tyldum, the film also features Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, and Mark Strong.

The Imitation Game arrives in theaters November 21. »


- Ariana Bacle

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Video: Patrick Wilson and Liv Tyler revisit the 1970s in 'Space Station 76'

21 July 2014 9:37 AM, PDT

Ever wonder what it would be like if Ron Burgundy had gone to space in the 1970s?

That’s the general vibe of the trailer for Space Station 76, which stars Patrick Wilson as the mustachioed, hard-drinking captain of Omega 76, a groovy space station that is turned upside down when the new assistant captain turns out to be a… woman (Liv Tyler).

The film’s vision of the future cleverly samples from B-movies and sci-fi television of that era, and its melodrama, which includes crumbling marriages, affairs, and petty jealousies, may have been cribbed from your favorite classic soap.

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- Jeff Labrecque

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'Home': Jim Parsons and Rihanna are the world's last hope for survival in animated alien film

21 July 2014 9:00 AM, PDT

About seven years ago, director Tim Johnson was looking for a good book to read his two sons, aged 5 and 7 at the time. After a recommendation from The New York Times, he stumbled upon Adam Rex’s The True Meaning of Smekday and couldn’t put it down—literally. “The first night I read them two chapters, but I think I ended up reading the whole thing alone in one night,” Johnson tells EW. Now Johnson has compiled an all-star voice cast, including Jim Parsons, Rihanna and Steve Martin to adapt the quirky book into Home, what he calls a »


- Jake Perlman

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Robert Downey, Jr. tops Forbes' list of highest paid actors once again

21 July 2014 8:55 AM, PDT

Robert Downey, Jr. continues to prove that playing Tony Stark pays almost as well as being Tony Stark. The Iron Man and Avengers: Age of Ultron star earned an estimated $75 million in the last year, putting him at the top of Forbes’s annual ranking of the highest paid actors for the second year in a row.

Downey’s success is all the more remarkable considering that, over the June 2013 to June 2014 timeline which Forbes used to measure wealth, the actor only released one movie: John Favreau’s festival film Chef. So most of Downey’s money comes from the »


- Jackson McHenry

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Weinstein Co. and Yahoo will debut Paul Potts movie online for free

21 July 2014 7:52 AM, PDT

The Weinstein Company’s experimental strategy behind Snowpiercer—which debuted VOD two weeks after opening in U.S. theaters—is still being debated, but TWC is quickly revisiting unconventional release models for One Chance, director David Frankel’s movie about Britain’s Got Talent’s unlikely opera singer Paul Potts.

The film, which stars James Corden (Begin Again) as the unassuming young man who became a YouTube sensation when he wowed Simon Cowell on British television, is scheduled to arrive in theaters this fall. But for 10 days before it opens, it will be available exclusively for free on Yahoo Screen. »


- Jeff Labrecque

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See the 'Fault in Our Stars' poster available with Comic-Con pre-orders

21 July 2014 7:35 AM, PDT

With Comic-Con quickly approaching, Fox Home Entertainment wants to remind its fans about a little love story that they might have heard of. Yes, the one between The Fault in Our Stars’ Augustus Waters and Hazel Grace Lancaster.

At Comic-Con, fans will have the opportunity to pre-order the film on Blu-ray, and EW has an exclusive look at one of the 300 limited edition Tfios posters that will be paired with the pre-order. So for those of you attending Comic-Con, the posters will be available with the pre-sales at Fox booth #4229. Now go get your poster. Okay? Okay. »


- Samantha Highfill

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