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Despite leak, 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' trailer breaks Marvel record

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Understatement alert: It seems people want to see this Avengers movie. Despite a breakdown in Marvel's synergistic plans to debut the first teaser for Avengers: Age of Ultron during Tuesday's broadcast of ABC's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. when a raw-looking, early leak of the footage hit the web on Wednesday, the film has still shattered the studio's records for trailer views.  Within 24 hours, the trailer for the May 1, 2015 film tallied 34.3 million global views, according to parent company Disney. Even though many caught their first impression of the trailer from the bootlegged version (which sources at the studio suspect was the handiwork »


- Anthony Breznican

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Kaitlyn Dever talks about 'Laggies' and on-set teenage camaraderie

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It's been a busy fall for young actress Kaitlyn Dever, who appears in Lynn Shelton's Laggies, out Friday, and stars in Jason Reitman's Men, Women & Children. Dever proved her formidable acting chops in last year's Short Term 12 playing an abused teen in a foster-care facility—look no further than the scene in which she reads a children's story her character wrote about an octopus. In the scene, Dever let's her character's disconnected, tough façade slip away. Her performance in that movie and The Spectacular Now got her labeled the "Summer's Indie It Flick Queen" by Teen Vogue. »


- Esther Zuckerman

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EW's Horror Quintessentials: The 5 best extraterrestrial movies

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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 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 about some extraterrestrial horrors. In space, no one can hear you scream. But on Earth, aliens have been making film audiences hoarse for decades. Sure, there are plenty of friendly, E.T.-esque extraterrestrials—but more often than not, »


- Jonathon Dornbush

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Watch a brief history of texting and email in movies and TV

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In the last decade or so, as internet speeds have risen and cell phone plans have been pre-packaged to death, texting and the Web have become increasingly reliant sources of exposition in film and television. Sherlock, The Social Network, and more have used texting and the internet to tell story versus the advent of the spoken word. And just recently, texting has been used to expose philandering spouses on How to Get Away with Murder and show how bored spouses seek sexual fulfillment via the Internet in Men, Women & Children. Technology has become an acceptable way to convey that "This mother in Men, »


- Teresa Jue

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Why aren't there more serious movies about cheerleading?

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When you Google "cheerleading movies," the top hits include the likes of Bring It On (and its four straight-to-dvd sequels), Sugar & Spice, Ninja Cheerleaders, and (no joke) Cheerleader Ninjas. When you Google "football movies," the top hits include Remember the Titans, Friday Night Lights, Any Given Sunday, The Blind Side, and Rudy, just to mention a few. Why does the entertainment business see cheerleading as a sport that lends itself to comedy, while the world of football's the idea place to set a drama? Does Hollywood believe that cheerleading isn't serious enough to sustain a movie that isn't tongue-in-cheek? A »


- Samantha Highfill

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Watch the first 5 minutes of 'Low Down,' with John Hawkes and Elle Fanning

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Elle Fanning is super-excited about her next project: Halloween. She might be one of the hardest-working actresses in Hollywood—with four films in theaters in 2014, including the blockbuster Maleficent—but she's still only 16 and her Halloween costume is an elaborate production. "It's a secret," she says, when asked about her trick-or-treat dress-up plans. "But I'll give you some of my greatest hits: I was the Morton Salt Girl. I was Strawberry Shortcake. I've been a Barbie Statue of Liberty. I've been Mary Poppins. I was a Madame Alexander doll. I was a vampire, but that was like a very glamorous done-up vampire. »


- Jeff Labrecque

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'Lord of the Rings' actor Billy Boyd to write and perform 'The Hobbit' end-credits song

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Billy Boyd, the actor who played hobbit Peregrin Took in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy, is reteaming with the director in a new capacity: singer. Boyd will perform the end-credits song for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, according to a press release from WaterTower Music. The song is titled "The Last Goodbye," and he co-wrote it with the filmmakers. In the release, the filmmakers are quoted as saying, “It is hard, after 16 years and six films, to know exactly how to say goodbye. We knew that we wanted to speak directly to all those »


- Keith Staskiewicz

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Casting Net: Meg Ryan boards 'Fan Girl,' Jackie Weaver signs on for 'Zeroville;' more

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Meg Ryan and Kara Hayward are joining Kiernan Shipka in Fan Girl. The film follows a 15-year-old post-Millennial teenager who combines her passions—making movies and idolizing her favorite band—in a final film project. Paul Jarrett is making his directorial debut with the semi-autobiographical film. Gina O'Brien wrote the script. The film also stars Scott Adsit, Joshua Boone, and Bill Sage. All Time Low will lend their music to the soundtrack and will appear as themselves. Jarrett, Nick Huston, and Adam Spielberg in association with Rosetta Films, Filament Productions and Literally Films are producing. O'Brien and Jonathan Gray are executive producing. »


- C. Molly Smith

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Martin Scorsese to exec produce Grateful Dead documentary

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Get ready, Deadheads. The Grateful Dead turn 50 next year and to celebrate, they're getting a new documentary from executive producer Martin Scorsese and director Amir Bar-Lev (Happy Valley). The still-untitled doc will feature never-before-seen footage from various performances, archived interviews and behind-the-scene moments as well as new talks with surviving members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, and Bob Weir. It'll also feature the eccentric characters from the "Dead universe." Band archivist David Lemieux will serve as the music supervisor. Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Bar-Lev noted that he'd first set out to make a film about the Grateful Dead 10 years ago. »


- Lindsey Bahr

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Ethan Hawke lands role as jazz legend Chet Baker in 'Born to Be Blue'

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Ethan Hawke will play jazz trumpeter Chet Baker in writer-director Robert Budreau's Born to Be Blue, EW has confirmed. The actor—who just received a Best Actor nomination from the Gotham Independent Film Awards for Boyhood—is joined by co-stars Carmen Ejogo (Selma) and Callum Keith Rennie (Fifty Shades of Grey). The film, which Hawke helped develop with its producers, tells the story of Chet Baker's amazing comeback and roller coaster love affair that altered the way he played music and aided him on the road to redemption. New Real Films' Jennifer Jonas and Leonard Farlinger, Lumanity Productions' Budreau, »


- C. Molly Smith

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The Weinstein Company teams up with Will Ferrell, Adam McKay on 'Plus One'

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The Weinstein Company has found some surprising new bedmates in Will Ferrell and Adam McKay. The famously awards-focused company announced Thursday that they have acquired the rights to April Prosser's Plus One, a female-driven comedy about a recently single lady whose go-to wing-women have all gotten married, forcing her to team up with a bawdy last resort. Gloria Sanchez Productions, the female-focused arm of Ferrell and McKay's Gary Sanchez Productions, will produce under the supervision of executive Jessica Elbaum, who also produced Bachelorette. "We're thrilled to be on board with this hilarious and smart film by talented up-and-comer April Prosser. »


- Lindsey Bahr

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Peter Jackson walks us through his battle plans for 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies'

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Imagine Peter Jackson in a general’s cap, planted wide-stanced in front of a huge New Zealand flag, teeth clenched around a cigarette holder as he rallies his troops of CG artists. While the reality is less Patton-esque, designing and creating the 45-minute fight at the climax of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is much like preparing for an actual full-scale assault. "There’s a lot of logistics that have to be thought through," says Jackson. "We have dwarves and men and elves and orcs, all with different cultures, with different weapons, and different shields and patterns and tactics. »


- Keith Staskiewicz

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Box office preview: 'Ouija' faces off against 'John Wick'

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Keanu Reeves, once one of Hollywood's most bankable stars, will be competing against a board game thriller this weekend as John Wick opens against Ouija. In this case, it looks like the teen screamers might have the edge despite the overall stellar reviews for Reeves' revenge pic—the latest R-rated film to hit a particularly crowded market. St. Vincent also expands nationwide after playing for two weeks in limited release, but its unlikely to crack the top five. Here's how things might play out: 1. Ouija — $20 million In our board game adaptation happy marketplace, it's kind of incredible that a movie »


- Lindsey Bahr

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Watch the terrifying teaser trailer for 'Insidious: Chapter 3'

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Focus Features released a teaser trailer for Insidious: Chapter 3, the latest installment in the Insidious franchise. Written and directed by Leigh Whannell, the film serves as a prequel to the previous two films and follows psychic Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) as she uses her ability to reach out to the dead to help a teenage girl (Stefanie Scott), who is being haunted by a supernatural being. Dermot Mulroney will also star as the girl's father. The teaser trailer starts off quaint, but pretty much devolves into what one would expect from an Insidious prequel. Insidious: Chapter 3 will be »


- Teresa Jue

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Exclusive: Chiwetel Ejiofor joins Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain and Kristen Wiig in Ridley Scott's 'The Martian'

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The cast of The Martian is getting even starrier: EW has exclusively confirmed that Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sebastian Stan, and Mackenzie Davis are the latest to join in director Ridley Scott's The Martian, due in theaters November 2015. They join previously announced cast members Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig Kate Mara, Sean Bean, Donald Glover, Michael Pena and Jeff Daniels. The Martian, adapted from the best-selling novel by Andy Weir, is about Mark Watney (Damon), an astronaut who gets left behind on Mars when his crew mistakenly believes him dead. "It's quintessential Robinson Crusoe," Ridley Scott tells EW. Drew Goddard »


- Sara Vilkomerson

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How Ridley Scott looked to science -- not miracles -- to part the Red Sea in 'Exodus: Gods and Kings'

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If there's one Old Testament image everyone knows, it's the parting of the Red Sea. And when shooting that scene in Exodus: Gods and Kings (in theaters Dec. 12), director Ridley Scott knew that he want to treat the incident as realistically as possible. "You can't just do a a giant parting, with walls of water trembling while people ride between them," says Scott, who remembers scoffing at biblical epics from his boyhood like 1956's The Ten Commandments. "I didn't believe it then, when I was just a kid sitting in the third row. I remember that feeling, and thought that »


- Sara Vilkomerson

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EW's Horror Quintessentials: The 5 best 'It Could Happen to You' movies

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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 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 about those movies that hit a little too close to home. All horror movies prey on the psychological premise that there's beastliness roiling within everyone. But let's get real: You don't see news reports about werewolves, vampires, »


- Lanford Beard

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Joan Didion documentary Kickstarter gets fully funded in one day

23 October 2014 11:57 AM, PDT

Despite only launching Wednesday morning, the Kickstarter for a documentary about writer Joan Didion (set to be co-directed by Griffin Dunne, her nephew) has already been fully funded.  At time of writing, the documentary has raised close to $100,000, surpassing its $80,000 goal Thursday morning, Kickstarter confirmed. On the page, the documentary's team explained that they decided to use Kickstarter "to reach as many people as possible." They wrote: "No gift is too small. When you donate, you are proving that there is a huge, hungry audience for a documentary about Joan." The Kickstarter's rewards include a digital download of the film for at least $15, and, »


- Esther Zuckerman

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Here's the new 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' poster

23 October 2014 10:54 AM, PDT

In addition to last night's reveal of the first Avengers: Age of Ultron teaser trailer, the folks over at Marvel/Disney also dropped the first teaser poster, because teasing is the cool thing to do when your highly anticipated movie is still seven months out. Check it out below. Love the #Avengers: #AgeofUltron teaser trailer? Check out the official teaser poster! pic.twitter.com/bhfI7PvMCl — The Avengers (@Avengers) October 23, 2014   As you can see, it is a lot like the first teaser poster for the first Avengers film. (In the biz, that's called "visual continuity.") There does not, however, seem »


- Joshua Rivera

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Mondo debuts new poster for acclaimed documentary 'The Overnighters'

23 October 2014 10:12 AM, PDT

Directed by Jesse Moss, new documentary The Overnighters , details the attempts of a Lutheran pastor named Jay Reinke to help the homeless migrants who flocked to the oil boom town of Williston, Nd, in search of work. "The lure of the boomtown and its powerful place in the American imagination resides in its seductive promise of redemption and fortune for the brave and the desperate," Moss says in his director's statement. "It is this theme—played out in stark, raw terms in North Dakota and viewed through the prism of Pastor Reinke’s Church—that drew me to this story. »


- Clark Collis

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