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Aaron Paul joins '9th Life of Louis Drax' cast

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Aaron Paul’s career has shown no signs of slowing down—you could say he has a Need for Speed—with several film roles lined up through the rest of 2014 and into 2015. And on Tuesday, Miramax announced another project in the works for the “Breaking Bad” actor.

Paul has been cast in the upcoming The 9th Life of Louis Drax, joining Jamie Dornan. Paul will play the title character’s father, Peter, who is at the center of a criminal investigation following his son’s near-fatal accident on his ninth birthday.

Louis Drax himself has not been cast, but Dornan will play Dr. »


- Jonathon Dornbush

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'Princess Kaguya' trailer shows off impressionistic art style from Studio Ghibli

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After Studio Ghibli’s The Wind Rises garnered critical and commercial success last year, the Japanese animation studio returns this year with its latest English-language translation, The Tale of Princess Kaguya. The film’s new trailer offers a peek at the film’s style, which is a departure from the studio’s recent slate of releases.

With Chloe Grace Moretz voicing the title character, Kaguya, originally released in 2013, follows the life of the titular princess. Found in a bamboo grove, Kaguya grows rapidly from her infancy. Everyone takes notice of Kaguya’s quick growth, from her peers to the Emperor, »


- Jonathon Dornbush

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Film School 101: Prof. Soderbergh examines 'Raiders of the Lost Ark'

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Raiders of the Lost Ark is the Citizen Kane of modern action films, a revolutionary piece of cinematic storytelling that is still the template for just about every action-adventure that rolls into theaters. Director Steven Soderbergh is a major fan, and his admiration appropriately goes to delightfully film-geek lengths. In a recent blog post, Soderbergh marvels at Steven Spielberg’s staging of Raiders; by staging he refers to the alchemic art of putting a shot together and then connecting several shots together to tell a story in the most fluid, unobtrusive, and dynamic manner.

To isolate that subtle aspect of Raiders, »


- Jeff Labrecque

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Denzel Washington keeps the 'walk away from an explosion' trope alive

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If an actor has played the hero or villain in an action film in the last few decades, there’s a good chance he or she walked away from an explosion and looked cool while doing it. There’s no shortage of examples—more than enough for Andy Samberg and his Lonely Island bandmates to make a music video about it—and many actors have pulled off the impressive and unrealistic feat multiple times.

Among the repeat walkers-away are Denzel Washington, who even ignored an explosion in the poster for Man on Fire. Washington will look to perfect his explosion walk (walksplosion? »


- Jonathon Dornbush

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Oscar Isaac talks Patricia Highsmith thriller and 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

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Oscar Isaac is having a pretty good year. The Juilliard-trained actor has been on a bit of a roll since being cast as the lead in Inside Llewyn Davis; the Coen brothers’ ’60s folk noir may not have gotten the awards traction that could have made Isaac’s breakout a truly golden ride, but it’s not like the lack of an Oscar nomination dimmed his prospects either. Not only did he score a choice role opposite Jessica Chastain in director J.C. Chandor’s A Most Violent Year, which recently received an awards-season friendly 2014 release date—he was also cast in Star Wars: Episode VII. »


- Lindsey Bahr

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Casting Net: John Travolta to star in 'Life on the Line,' Peter Dinklage attached to 'The Thicket;' more

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John Travolta, Kate Bosworth, and Devon Sawa have signed on to star in Life on the LineDavid Hackl is directing the action drama, which tells the story of linemen who fix electric grids on high wires. The group finds it difficult to maintain relationships with the women they love until a storm threatens to destroy their lives. Primo Brown, Dylan Scott, and Peter Horton wrote the script. Marvin Peart and Phillip Glasser are producing. Chad Dubea is executive producing. Production begins next week in Vancouver for six weeks. The budget is about $10 to $12 million. [The Wrap]

• Peter Dinklage is attached to star in The Thicket, »


- C. Molly Smith

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Jada Pinkett Smith joins 'Magic Mike Xxl'

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The cast of the Magic Mike sequel has grown a little larger.

Jada Pinkett Smith revealed on The Queen Latifah Show Monday that she has a role in the upcoming Magic Mike Xxl, written by and starring Channing Tatum. The Gotham actress joins other ladies Amber Heard and Andie MacDowell in the film about a group of male strippers. Though she confirmed she won’t be taking off any clothes herself, Smith didn’t reveal much else about the role except for that it was originally written for a man. 

No stranger to hunky men, Smith joked that she was »


- Jake Perlman

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Bryan Singer officially signs on to direct 'X-Men: Apocalypse'

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Director Bryan Singer will officially return to the X-Men franchise. EW has confirmed that Singer, who directed X-Men, X2, and this summer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, has just closed a deal to direct the latest installment in the Marvel mutant series, X-Men: Apocalypse. It had been unclear whether or not this would be the case after Singer was accused in April of sexual abuse by former actor Michael Egan; Egan eventually dropped his suit in late August.

X-Men: Apocalypse is set for release on May 27, 2016 and Singer told EW in the spring that it would follow younger versions »


- Tim Stack

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Oliver Stone likely to team up for Edward Snowden movie

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Is the Hollywood forecast calling for 500 Days of Snowden?

According to Variety, Joseph Gordon-Levitt has been offered the role of Edward Snowden in Oliver Stone’s upcoming film about the Nsa whistleblower, The Snowden Files. No official deal has been made between the two parties, but it seems the Don Jon star has agreed to play the part of the former U.S. intelligence analyst responsible for the largest leak of classified documents in American history since the Vietnam War.

Stone is no stranger to the political genre, having directed W., Nixon, Born on the Fourth of July, and more »


- Jake Perlman

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Elijah Wood obsesses in clip from thriller 'Open Windows'

22 September 2014 10:49 AM, PDT

Is it possible to set an entire film on a computer screen? Yes! In the new thriller Open Windows, Elijah Wood plays a blogger obsessed with an actress named Jill Goddard (Sasha Grey) who is persuaded to spy on the star by an unseen but seemingly helpful third party. The twist? Well, there are a few of them in this film from Timecrimes director Nacho Vigalondo. But the most obvious is that the movie does, indeed, all take place on a computer screen.

Open Windows will be released to VOD on Oct. 2 and hits cinemas Nov. 7. (It is also available to preorder on iTunes. »


- Clark Collis

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Channing Tatum offers fans a chance to appear in 'Magic Mike Xxl'

22 September 2014 7:50 AM, PDT

While Magic Mike Xxl’s cast has grown over the last several weeks,there’s still the matter of filling the film with extras. Set to revolve around a few stripper conventions, Xxl will include plenty of risqué shows that will require live audiences. And star Channing Tatum is giving one fan a chance to see his and his costars stripping prowess live.

Tatum announced on his Facebook page on Sept. 19 that fans can enter a contest in the hopes of winning a visit to the set and a role as an extra during one of the film’s “crazy” performances. »


- Jonathon Dornbush

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Red-band 'Interview' trailer promises North Korea trip, bald Rob Lowe

22 September 2014 7:46 AM, PDT

The first trailer for James Franco and Seth Rogen’s The Interview set up the pair’s government-funded trip to North Korea to assassinate Kim Jong Un. But why were the two chosen for such a mission? The film’s first red-band trailer explains why, and the answer is expectedly absurd.

Franco plays tabloid TV show host Dave Skylark, of whom Kim is a fan in the film. Skylark and his producer Aaron Rapoport (Rogen) are invited to interview Kim Jong Un in Korea, but their trip is co-opted and turned into an assassination mission by the United States government. »


- Jonathon Dornbush

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'The Maze Runner' sequel gets September 2015 release

22 September 2014 7:00 AM, PDT

Following a successful opening weekend for The Maze Runner, Fox is digging its heels into the franchise. The studio has announced that the adaptation of the next installment in James Dashner’s Ya series, The Scorch Trials, will arrive on the big screen Sept. 18, 2015.

The Maze Runner, starring Dylan O’Brien, came in first in the box office race this weekend, raking in $32.5 million, edging out competition like A Walk Among the Tombstones and This Is Where I Leave You. Wes Ball’s full-length feature debut already has a worldwide gross of $81.5 million. The box-office win for the movie, which »


- Esther Zuckerman

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