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Exclusive: Guess Who Else Is Back in Star Wars: Episode VII and VIII?

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Major Spoilers ahead. But don't fear, fear is the path to the Dark Side.

Two independent sources have recently written to us to confirm something we had heard back when production first began. Even though Star Wars: Episode VII (as well as the following two sequels) will feature its share of new villains, the person pulling the strings, the real puppet master, the big bad of the trilogy is none other than Emperor Palpatine.

A lot can happen during the fall of an Empire, and maybe the moments we took to see our heroes party with the Ewoks was a forced perspective on something much more sinister. We all know that Lando blew up the second Death Star in the Millennium Falcon, and we know Luke had enough time to carry his dying father to a shuttle bay and unmask him. We also know, from Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back, »

- Kellvin Chavez

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Matthew McConaughey Eyed for Stephen King's 'The Stand'

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Deadline is reporting that Warner Bros. Pictures is eyeing Matthew McConaughey to play Randall Flagg in Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars) upcoming adaptation of Stephen King's apocalyptic masterpiece novel "The Stand." 

Randall Flagg is the demonic figure who wreaks havoc after a plague kills most of the population. Flagg was played by Jamey Sheridan in the 1994 television adaptation. Flagg was such a force of evil that he has appeared in at least nine of King's novels, sometimes as the primary antagonist and other times in a cameo appearance including The Dark Tower series.

Meanwhile the site also reports that McConaughey might team up with Oscar-winning "Traffic" writer Stephen Gaghan (Syriana) to make "Gold" for Black Bear Pictures. 

Patrick Massett & John Zinman wrote the script, which is based on a true story about the 1993 Bre-x Mineral Corporation mining scandal in which vast amounts of gold were reportedly discovered in the Indonesian jungle. »

- Kellvin Chavez

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Trailer Hits for 'Amityville: The Awakening'

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Dimension Films has released the trailer for the upcoming reboot "Amityville: The Awakening" starring Jennifer Jason Leigh, Cameron Monaghan, and Bella Thorne

This will make for the 12th film in the Amityville series (several went direct-to-video), beginning with the 1979 original "The Amityville Horror."

The new film about that famous Long Island abode that inspired "The Amityville Horror" novel and the films that came out in its wake. Jennifer Jason Leigh plays the single mother who moves her three children into the haunted house not knowing of the house's bloody history. In this reboot there is no father.

Have a look at the trailer below.

"Amityville: The Awakening" is set to be the first film of 2015 when it hit theaters on January 2.

Source: Yahoo! Movies »

- Kellvin Chavez

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Film Review: 'Sin City: A Dame To Kill For'

22 August 2014 7:58 AM, PDT

It took nearly a decade, but Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller have finally made a sequel to Sin City. The original was a visual tour de force that looked like nothing we'd ever seen before on this scale, and handily fused elements of film noir, action, mystery, and humor. It was loud, and it was fun. With Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, the duo of directors have upped the ante in terms of visual flare but lost a great deal of the fun.

The film tells three short stories (and one tiny micro-story to start things off), with the titular "A Dame To Kill For" getting the most screen time. Your enjoyment of the film will depend on which of the stories resonates with you, because they're all truly a mixed bag. The "Dame" storyline is the one that captivated the bulk of my interest- anchored by strong »

- Mario-Francisco Robles

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Exclusive: More Set Pics From 'Ant-Man'

21 August 2014 9:29 PM, PDT

Lr reader 'Josh' sent us some set pics that his brother 'James' took.  Apparently 'James' is out in San Francisco and lives a block away from where they were setting up to shoot "Ant-Man."  The photos show Pym Particles truck hanging around.  Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly and director Peyton Reed (in the hat) are also on the set, and the house they are shooting at looks gorgeous.

Have a look at the images below.

The film brings one of Marvel comics’ original founding members of The Avengers into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Based on the Marvel comic character first published in 1962, Marvel’s “Ant-Man” continues the lineage of epic big-screen adventures chronicled in Marvel’s “Iron Man,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “Iron Man 2,” “Thor,” “Captain America: The First Avenger,” “Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Iron Man 3,” “Thor: The Dark World,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Guardians of the Galaxy” and »

- Kellvin Chavez

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The Secret Tying Marvel’s Phase II Together: Love and Its Many Sacrifices

21 August 2014 9:28 PM, PDT

Phase I of the Marvel Cinematic Universe was, in retrospect, a densely plotted affair, with several story threads all tying together – and paying off to glorious effect – inThe Avengers; everything from the Tesseract to Loki himself was properly introduced and fully integrated with the rest of the films’ burgeoning continuity, allowing the first phase’s climax to only worry about telling its particular story instead of pulling the narrative dead weight of exposition.

Phase II (which consists of last year’s Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World and this year’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy), in contrast, has largely eschewed world-building in favor of smaller, more character-driven tales – Tony Stark’s post-traumatic stress disorder, say, or Thor’s world-weariness and simple desire for love over the needs of either his family or an interstellar monarchy. Even The Winter Soldier’s Shield upheaval »

- Marc N. Kleinhenz

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Cate Blanchett, Christian Bale and Benedict Cumberbatch Set for 'Jungle Book: Origins'

21 August 2014 9:02 PM, PDT

Warner Bros. Pictures has assembled an impressive roster of stars for “Jungle Book: Origins,” its new big-screen, 3D adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s classic The Jungle Book, marking the feature film directorial debut of Andy Serkis. The action adventure, which will blend motion capture and live action, will be released on October 21, 2016. The announcement was made today by Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, and Sue Kroll, President, Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.

The actors performing the roles of the story’s central animal characters are: Benedict Cumberbatch (“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”) as the fearsome tiger, Shere Khan; Oscar winner Cate Blanchett (“Blue Jasmine”) as the sinister snake, Kaa; Oscar winner Christian Bale (“The Fighter,” the “Dark Knight” Trilogy) as the cunning panther, Bagheera; Andy Serkis (“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”) as the wise bear, Baloo; Peter Mullan (“Hercules”) as the leader of the wolf pack, »

- Kellvin Chavez

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Akiva Goldsman In Talks To Write New Draft of 'The Ring 3D'

21 August 2014 7:03 PM, PDT

The folks over at Deadline are reporting that Oscar winning scribe Akiva Goldsman is in talks to write the next draft of the horror franchise, which will be called "The Ring 3D" for Paramount Pictures.

Paramount hired director F. Javier Gutierrez to helm the third movie for the “The Ring” series.

The Japanese original "Ringu", directed by Hideo Nakata and adapted from the novel by Kōji Suzuki, spawned its own series of prequel/sequels and spin-off films and led a wave of J-horror Hollywood remakes throughout the 2000s.

According to the site the film has Samara returning with a familiar video tape to strike terror once again.

Goldsman recently did a rewrite of Insurgent, the sequel to the Lionsgate franchise hit Divergent.

Source: Deadline »

- Kellvin Chavez

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Shane Black To Helm 'The Destroyer' For Sony Pictures

21 August 2014 3:41 PM, PDT

Sony Pictures Entertainment announced today Shane Black will direct the film adaptation of the popular adventure book series The Destroyer by Warren Murphy. Penning the screenplay are Jim Uhls (Fight Club) and James Mullaney; Mullaney co-authored and became the sole writer of The Destroyer until the series’ end in 2008. Charles Roven, Steven Chasman, and Andy Horwitz will produce. Michael De Luca and Lauren Abrahams will oversee for Sony Pictures Entertainment.

The Destroyer is based on the series of paperback novels in which Newark cop Remo Williams is framed, sentenced to death, then resurrected following a botched execution.  The reason?  To serve as enforcement arm for Cure, a top-secret, extra-Constitutional arm of the U.S. government.  Along with a seemingly ageless – and often hilarious – Asian assassin known only as Chiun, Williams sets out to "clean up" and take out those who oppose America’s interests.  The surprisingly-heartfelt stories combine edgy old-school »

- Kellvin Chavez

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'Young Ones' New Trailer

21 August 2014 3:41 PM, PDT

Screen Media Films has released the trailer for for the upcoming sci-fi, western drama "Young Ones" starring Michael Shannon, Elle Fanning, Nicholas Hoult, and Kodi Smit-McPhee.

The film was written and directed by Jake Paltrow.

"Young Guns" is set in a near future when water has become the most precious and dwindling resource on the planet, one that dictates everything from the macro of political policy to the detailed micro of interpersonal family and romantic relationships.  The land has withered into something wretched. The dust has settled on a lonely, barren planet. The hardened survivors of the loss of Earth’s precious resources scrape and struggle. Ernest Holm (Michael Shannon) lives on this harsh frontier with his children, Jerome (Kodi Smit McPhee)and Mary (Elle Fanning). He defends his farm from bandits, works the supply routes, and hopes to rejuvenate the soil. But Mary's boyfriend, Flem Lever (Nicholas Hoult), has grander designs. »

- Kellvin Chavez

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David Yates In Talks To Helm 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them'

21 August 2014 12:46 PM, PDT

Sources are telling the folks over at Variety that David Yates, who directed a few Harry Potter movies including the final “Deathly Hallows” installments, is in talks to direct the first installment of the Harry Potter spinoff trilogy “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”

There had been talk that Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón was going to be lured back to the Potter universe, but that didn't pan out, although for me I think "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" was the best Potter film.

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling is doing the screenplay.

The project follows the adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York's secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school. This neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world.

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” will hit theaters Nov. »

- Kellvin Chavez

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New Filming Location Confirmed For 'Bond 24'

21 August 2014 11:38 AM, PDT

We all know how James Bond loves to trek the globe. I reported on a couple of the exotic locales we can expect in the next film, nicknamed Bond 24 for now, and now we've got word from MI6 about another location.

Bond 24 is apparently going to be swinging by the town of Obertilliach in Austria ("Austria! G'day, mate! Let's put another Shrimp on the Bar-b....") to shoot a wintry action sequence or two.

Life for the less-than-a-thousand people who live in this town is sure to get plenty exciting when Bond roles into town in January.

What do you think we're going to see? A good old-fashioned ski-based action scene? A bre knuckle brawl across several snow-covered roofs? Something else entirely? Discuss.

Source: MI6

Mario-f. Robles Well, the WB "Jungle Book" just got a hell of a lot more interesting... about 3 days ago »

- Mario-Francisco Robles

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'Dead Rising' Adaptation Nabs 'Leprechaun: Origins' Director

21 August 2014 11:25 AM, PDT

Dead Rising, the film being developed for all forms of digital distribution that's based on the video game franchise that has sold over 6.5 million games, has landed a director. The man to helm the ambitious, digital project will be Zach Lipovsky, who rose to fame on the reality TV filmmaking competition produced by Steven Spielberg and Mark Burnett, "On The Lot."

A visual effects veteran, Lipovsky recently completed the horror reboot Leprechaun: Origins for WWE Studios. This live-action take on Dead Rising is being written by Tim Carter, who will also serve as a producer for the project- just as he did for Machinima's "Mortal Kombat: Legacy" web series.

Dead Rising, about a zombie apocalypse that not even a mandatory government vaccine could prevent, will tell a tale of survival. The 90-minute film will be available in all kinds of formats, across several platforms. From episodic form, to a full-length film, »

- Mario-Francisco Robles

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Full Trailer for 'The Conjuring' Spin-Off 'Annabelle' is Here!

21 August 2014 11:15 AM, PDT

Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema have revealed the new full trailer for Annabelle, which is the spin-off of 2013's "The Conjuring" and based on the James Wan film's demonic doll.

She terrified you in “The Conjuring,” but this is where it all began for "Annabelle."

Capable of unspeakable evil, the actual doll exists locked up in an occult museum in Connecticut—visited only by a priest who blesses her twice a month.

The film follows John Form, who has found the perfect gift for his expectant wife, Mia—a beautiful, rare vintage doll in a pure white wedding dress. But Mia’s delight with Annabelle doesn’t last long. 

On one horrific night, their home is invaded by members of a satanic cult, who violently attack the couple. Spilled blood and terror are not all they leave behind. The cultists have conjured an entity so malevolent that nothing »

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Check Out The New Trailer for 'Nightcrawler'

21 August 2014 11:02 AM, PDT

Open Road Films has released the new trailer for their upcoming thriller, Nightcrawler, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Bill Paxton, and Riz Ahmed.

The film is written and directed by Dan Gilroy.

Nightcrawler is a pulse-pounding thriller set in the nocturnal underbelly of contemporary Los Angeles. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Lou Bloom, a driven young man desperate for work who discovers the high-speed world of L.A. crime journalism. Finding a group of freelance camera crews who film crashes, fires, murder and other mayhem, Lou muscles into the cut-throat, dangerous realm of nightcrawling -- where each police siren wail equals a possible windfall and victims are converted into dollars and cents. Aided by Rene Russo as Nina, a veteran of the blood-sport that is local TV news, Lou blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story.

Have a look at the trailer below. »

- Kellvin Chavez

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Gordon-Levitt Talks 'Sin City 2,' 'Sandman,' and More

21 August 2014 11:00 AM, PDT

Joseph Gordon-Levitt has spent quite a lot of time around comic book movies lately. From The Dark Knight Rises, signing on to  star in and possibly direct Sandman, and his work in Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (which opens tomorrow), he's really getting an education in how to make the genre work on screen. In a chat with Moviefone, the actor-writer-director opened up a bit about his experience on the set of the Robert Rodriguez/Frank Miller film, and what he may have picked up from them as he prepares for Sandman.

While some actors have complained openly about how hard it is to create an organic experience when they're surrounded by nothing but green screens, Gordon-Levitt says he embraced the experience in Sin City. The actor filmed his scenes with nothing more than the actors in his scenes and some basic set pieces. The rest of the »

- Mario-Francisco Robles

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First Glimpse of Evangeline Lilly's 'Ant-Man' Look & Character Clues

21 August 2014 10:16 AM, PDT

While we may not yet know much about the role Evangeline Lilly is playing in Marvel's Ant-Man, we at least now have somewhat of an idea what she'll look like.  Known for her long locks, which she has sported in most of her well-known work (projects like Lost and The Hobbit), Lilly revealed her new look on Instagram. She also dropped a major hint about her character (more on that later).

And there's also this shot:

As for the rumors surrounding her role, it's long been thought that she could be playing The Wasp. Well, the actress has now revealed that her character's name is Hope Van Dyne. That's right, very similar to Jane Van Dyne- the original Wasp! Draw your own conclusions, but it's possible she's Jane's daughter who ends up taking the Wasp mantle- just as Paul Rudd will play the new Ant-Man to Michael Douglas's original. »

- Mario-Francisco Robles

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Teaser Trailer Hits for 'The Woman in Black: Angel of Death'

21 August 2014 9:22 AM, PDT

Hammer, and Entertainment One released the teaser trailer for The Woman in Black: Angel of Death, the next installment of the most successful British horror film of all time. The film stars Jeremy Irvine, Phoebe FoxSophie OkonedoHelen McCrory, and Oaklee Pendergast.

The Woman in Black: Angel Of Death continues the original film’s story: four decades have passed since Arthur Kipps, as played by Daniel Radcliffe, travelled to Eel Marsh House – and now, a group of children are evacuated with their teachers from the perils of Blitz-era London. The group soon awakens Eel Marsh House’s darkest inhabitant.

The film is directed by Tom Harper (The Scouting Book For Boys, War Book. ‘Peaky Blinders’) from a screenplay written by Jon Croker (Desert Dancer), which is based on an original story outline by Susan Hill, author of The Woman in Black.

Check out the teaser trailer below. »

- Kellvin Chavez

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Henry Cavill Shows Off New Superhero Costume On 'Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice' Set

21 August 2014 2:59 AM, PDT

Henry Cavill went for walk in his Kryptonian attire on the set of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice this week and someone was lucky enough to snap a picture. The costume is slightly different here, in Dawn of Justice, and Man of Steel. Check out the picture below.

Dawn of Justice stars Cavill as Superman and Ben Affleck as Supermn. The film also stars Gal Gadot, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, Diane Lane, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons, Tao Okamoto, Holly Hunter, and Scoot McNairy. The Zack Snyder-directed movie will hits theaters on March 25, 2016. Here's the photo:

Source: MTV »

- Laura Frances

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James Cameron's 'Avatar' Sequels To Address 'State of the World'

21 August 2014 2:40 AM, PDT

Fox's Jim Gianopulos will have you know that sequels aren't made because of the lack of original ideas in Hollywood, but rather due to the first film's success and appeal. Sequels, like the Avatar ones that James Cameron is working on, have a new story with new characters, and their goal is to "take (a sequel) to a place that restores its freshness and originality." That said, Cameron also had a few words to say about the upcoming Avatar sequels and their subject matter.

Cameron told Variety that there's a lot more story left to tell in the Avatar franchise. He also mentioned that the films will deal with the state of the world and human affairs.

“There’s nothing I need to say as an artist about the state of the world and human affairs that I can’t do through the lens of the ‘Avatar’ universe,” he says. »

- Laura Frances

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