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Whatcha Think? ‘The Interview’ Cancelled in Theaters

3 hours ago

Guardians of Peace won. North Korea won. Sony Pictures lost.

Sony Pictures pulled “The Interview” from all theater chains after allowing movie theaters the option to stop or delay the release of the movie on Christmas Day.

The studio gamble proved to be costly as the major theater chains such as Cinemark, Regal Entertainment, AMC Theatres and ArcLight decided to not show it at all.

Fans are livid on social media sites about Sony allowing the terrorists to win. And everybody knows the move has greater repercussions in Hollywood—not just Sony Pictures itself.

Producer/director Judd Apatow took to Twitter for his tirade against these hackers.

"I think it is disgraceful that these theaters are not showing The Interview. Will they pull any movie that gets an anonymous threat now?" he tweeted. "What if an anonymous person got offended by something an executive at Coke said. Will we all have to stop drinking Coke? »

- Gig Patta

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Marvelous DA7E 76: Spider-Update and Lego Age Of Ultron

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Welcome To Issue 76!

If This Is Your First Time Here: Welcome! This is my weekly column where I talk about superhero movie news, rumors and speculation. 

This Week: A mostly hack-free column (one link in there, but I get it out of the way quick)! First we update on the Spider-Man deal, then we talk through the plot of Avengers: Age of Ultron assuming the new Lego sets aren't lying to us.

Lots going on in the Marvel Universe this week, or at least the perception that there is a lot going on, because some set visit interviews from Avengers: Age of Ultron solidified some rumored plot developments and a Lego set for the film does what Lego sets do: have us wondering if we’re being sold cool brick guys or being told about the progression of action scenes in the film.

Then, there’s Spider-Man.

As the hackers »

- Da7e

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Orlando Bloom In Talks For 'Pirates 5', Teases Plot

7 hours ago

Orlando Bloom has confirmed that he is in talks to return to the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. He also teased the movie's plot, saying Pirates 5 may act as a soft reboot.

While promoting The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies, Bloom mentioned that he hasn't signed the contact for his return yet, but is very excited about the film's plot.

"I’m not entirely sure that [I'll be back] just yet, but there are talks," he said. "Basically they want to reboot the whole franchise, I think, and do something with me and the relationship with my son... I’m of course Davey Jones now, so I’m down the bottom of the ocean. It might be kind of fun to do something where I’m rumbling round the bottom of the ocean, because I won’t look anything like me. [Gestures to face] Get all gnarly."

Johnny Depp will reprise his role as Captain Jack Sparrow, »

- Laura Frances

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New 'Taken 3' Trailer: Liam Neeson Shows Off '12 Skills of Christmas'

8 hours ago

There's a new holiday trailer for the third installment of Taken 3. In it, Liam Neeson shows off '12 Skills of Christmas'. Check it out below.

Directed by Olivier Megaton, Taken 3 brings back ex-covert operative Bryan Mills, whose reconciliation with his ex-wife is tragically cut short when she is brutally murdered. Consumed with rage, and framed for the crime, he goes on the run to evade the relentless pursuit of the CIA, FBI and the police. For one last time (don't count on it), Mills must use his “particular set of skills,” to track down the real killers, exact his unique brand of justice, and protect the only thing that matters to him now – his daughter.

I'm not a big fan of films like these, but I enjoyed Taken so much that I gave Taken 2 a shot. But as always, the sequels aren't quite as good as the originals, »

- Laura Frances

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Exclusive: David Oyelowo On Martin Luther King, ‘The Threat of Death Was on Him Every Day’

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Anyone who saw Lee Daniel’s: The Butler last year will recall David Oyelowo’s stunning turn as a young Civil Rights activist, who clashes with his dutiful father (Forest Whitaker). The classically-trained U.K. native has since taken on a string of notable roles in films like Interstellar, A Most Violent Year and Selma - which features his lauded portrayal of Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Oyelowo’s mesmerizing take on the icon manages to encapsulate his unflinching public persona and his moments of frailty. King may have had a gift for delivering poetic calls to action but he was also surrounded by sorrow and grappled with the threat of death daily. 

Directed by Ava DuVernay, Selma illustrates the organization and execution of the legendary walk from Selma to Montgomery that led to the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The haunting drama marks the actor’s second collaboration with DuVernay following »

- Justine Browning

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Film Review: 'The Hobbit: Battle of The Five Armies'

23 hours ago

I should start by making one thing perfectly clear:

I stayed awake!

That may sound like faint praise, but really: I stayed awake! That's something I wasn't able to do through the first two-thirds of this Hobbit trilogy. This, despite the fact that I was fairly excited for them, and was psyched to see Peter Jackson return to Middle Earth. But while those first two films felt, to me, like a bunch of emotionally-flat filler, this one felt alive. Also, with a running time that felt downright lean and mean at around 2:15, Battle of The Five Armies is the most urgent and streamlined of Jackson's voyages to this world. 

We open right where we left off at the conclusion of The Desolation of Smaug and, from there, the film keeps a great pace throughout. It hits the ground running, and when it stops, it's for character beats that feel truly necessary. »

- Mario-Francisco Robles

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Exclusive: Viola Davis Bags Amanda Waller Role In 'Suicide Squad'

16 December 2014 7:29 PM, PST

Breaking

The final superhero movie scoop of 2014!

Wanted to finish the year off strong with a scoop I been tracking for a hot minute.

According to sources, the lovely Viola Davis (How To Get Away With Murder) has bagged the role of major DC Comics villain and Prison Warden Amanda Waller in David Ayer's upcoming Suicide Squad. In the comics, Amanda Waller is a former congressional aide and government agent often placed in charge of the Suicide Squad, a semi-secret government-run group of former supervillains working in return for amnesty.

Now, the key here is that the role is hers provided that the filmmakers can work out her TV schedule, which will be no small feat considering how big of a hit How To Get Away With Murder is. If it works out she will be joining Jared Leto as the Joker, Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, »

- El Mayimbe

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Exclusive Interview with Directors Jason Sussberg and David Alvarado for ‘The Immortalists’

16 December 2014 11:52 AM, PST

Juan Ponce de Leon searched America for that fable Fountain of Youth. Alas, he never found it.

In this millennium, there are scientists seeking out the Fountain of Youth in the form of the stop-aging gene. Through their research, the aging will stop and humans will live on as immortals. In fact, they even predicted the anti-aging cure is within reach in a few years.

The documentary “The Immortalists” follows the personal lives and stories of the famous anti-aging scientists Bill Andrews and Aubrey de Grey. The two experts have opposite theories on their approach, but their lives of these radical biologists reveal their personal reasons for the quest of immortality.

Lation-Review had an exclusive phone interview with directors Jason Sussberg and David Alvarado on this ambitious documentary. The duo discussed about the lives of Bill Andrews and Aubrey de Gray and the philosophy and science behind their research.

The Immortalists »

- Gig Patta

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Hugh Jackman Talks 'X-Men: Apocalypse' and 'Wolverine 3'

16 December 2014 10:57 AM, PST

It hasn't been officially announced, but I don't think anyone is surprised to find out that Hugh Jackman has had talks about returning as Wolverine in X-Men: Apocalypse.

Bryan Singer is once again directing, and he's seems to like using Wolverine as a central character. It's already been said that X-Men: Days of Future Past was the swan song for the original film's cast; however, that shouldn't have much of an effect on Logan, considering he doesn't age at a normal rate. 

MTV had a chance to speak with Jackman, and the next X-Men and Wolverine films movie came up. Here's what he had to say:

"I have been speaking to the guys, and I’m not at liberty to tell exactly what’s going on, which is largely framing my answer here.”“But there’s still a lot unknown about that, actually. There are some very exciting things about integrating the whole X-Men world, »

- Philip Sticco

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Who is Captian Phasma in 'Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens'?

16 December 2014 10:56 AM, PST

Stitch Kingdom is reporting that Disney and Lucasfilm have registered some trademarks for character names from Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens.

Most of the applications were for the names of the new characters that were released last week, but there's one name that wasn't heard of until now:

Captain Phasma

Who is this?

Stitch Kingdom only found a mention of him (or her) in some fan faction titled Tarkin's Fist. 

How any of you heard of this person? If so, full is in below. 

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens hits theatres December 18, 2015. 

Source: Stitch Kingdom »

- Philip Sticco

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Tim Burton Says Winona Ryder Will Return In 'Beetlejuice 2'

16 December 2014 10:49 AM, PST

Tim Burton is out doing press for his new film Big Eyes, and was asked by MTV about the long gestating Beetlejuice 2.

Here's what he had to say about directing the sequel:

“Oh yeah“And what about Winona Ryder? Will she be back?"Oh yeah, yeah yeah yeah,” he said. “Oh yeah, oh yeah. Yeah yeah, oh yeah.”

That's a lot of affirmatives.

More from Burton on Ryder:

“I worked with [Ryder], I hadn’t seen her in awhile… and she was so great. I was so happy to see her. So those kinds of elements mean something to me. Michael, and her… and that character, I just miss it, there’s some freedom about that character that I love.”

No one is officially signed on, but Michael Keaton has said he'd come back if Burton was also returning, and it's nice to know Burton plans on having Ryder return as well. »

- Philip Sticco

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Exclusive Interview with Richard Hatch for Machinima’s ‘Loadout: Going In Hot’

16 December 2014 10:45 AM, PST

Guns, guns and more guns.

Machina Prime premiered its live-action short “Loadout: Going In Hot” today, which is the latest adaptation of bring video games to life. It’s based on the video game shooter “Loadout” by Edge of Reality and also free for Psn members today on PlayStation.

Wayside Creations recruited Richard Hatch as Captain Gaz, to lead a silly, looney crew of a space freighter against the odds of other haulers and shipping companies who want to steel their business.

The short is directed by Vincent Talenti (“Red Star,” “Fallout: Nuka Break”). It also stars Bonnie Bower (“Fallout: Nuka Break,” “Escape”), Matt Mercer (“Attack on Titan,” “Iron Man: Rise of Technovore”), Jon Enge (“Mars Rising Films”), Becca Hardy (“Off-Season”) and Circus-Szalewski (“Fallout: Nuka Break”).

Latino-Review had an exclusive phone interview with Richard Hatch on his role and his love for good story and sci-fi.

Check out the full »

- Gig Patta

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New Posters for Adam Sandler's 'Pixels'

16 December 2014 10:24 AM, PST

There are bunch of new poster for Adam Sandler's Pixels, which you can see below. 

In Pixels, when intergalactic aliens misinterpret video-feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war against them, they attack the Earth, using the games as models for their various assaults.

President Will Cooper (Kevin James) has to call on his childhood best friend, ’80s video game champion Sam Brenner (Adam Sandler), now a home theater installer, to lead a team of old-school arcaders (Peter Dinklage and Josh Gad) to defeat the aliens and save the planet. 

Pixels is set to hit theatres July 24, 2015.

Source: Official Facebook Page »

- Philip Sticco

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And Your Top 5 Candidates To Direct 'Star Trek 3" Are...

16 December 2014 7:33 AM, PST

Ever since Roberto Orci stepped down as director for Star Trek 3, all eyes have been on Paramount to see who they replace him with. While Orci wasn't necessarily a popular choice, he was an integral part of the first two films in the successfully-rebooted series, so where would Paramount turn to find a new captain? Orci was going to be making his feature directorial debut with this film. Would they look for someone with a similar lack of experience, hoping for something fresh? Would they go after someone with a proven track record of directing financially successful franchise films? Or would they reach out to the avant garde? 

According to Deadline: All of the above.

The site is reporting that they've had a look at list of directors Paramount is interested in bringing in to take over for Orci- who is staying on as a producer. 

Rupert Wyatt, who »

- Mario-Francisco Robles

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#SonyHack Now Brings Us 'Ghosbusters' Insights

16 December 2014 7:04 AM, PST

Another day, another insight pulled out of the e-mails hacked over at Sony Pictures. Today, courtesy of Vulture, we're getting a look at what director Paul Feig may have in mind for his Ghosbusters reboot. We're venturing into *Spoiler* territory here, since it's possible that some- or all- of this will end up in the final film.

Feig's e-mails, where he spitballs ideas for Ghostbusters tells us this:

It will be a from-scratch reboot that won't be linked to the original filmsThe Ghosbusters team will work for the government, though in a shadow capacity since the government refuses to acknowledge the existence of ghostsIt's set in a world where there's never been ghosts, which makes this event that unleashes them a big dealSpeaking of unleashing, the plot goes like this: A convicted murdered is sentenced to death. When his execution on an electric chair becomes super-charged on account of a massive electrical storm, »

- Mario-Francisco Robles

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New Trailer For Live Action 'Cinderella'

16 December 2014 5:30 AM, PST

A new international trailer is now online for Disney’s live-action "Cinderella." The film stars Cate Blanchett, Lily James, Richard Madden, Stellan Skarsgård, Holliday Grainger, Sophie McShera, Derek Jacobi and Helena Bonham-Carter.

The story of “Cinderella” follows the fortunes of young Ella (Lily James) whose merchant father remarries following the death of her mother. Eager to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and her daughters Anastasia (Holliday Grainger) and Drisella (Sophie McShera) into the family home. But, when Ella’s father unexpectedly passes away, she finds herself at the mercy of a jealous and cruel new family. Finally relegated to nothing more than a servant girl covered in ashes, and spitefully renamed Cinderella, Ella could easily begin to lose hope. Yet, despite the cruelty inflicted upon her, Ella is determined to honor her mother’s dying words and to “have courage and be kind.”

She »

- Kellvin Chavez

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Kaya Scodelario, Gabriella Wilde, And More Up For Female Lead In 'Pirates 5'

16 December 2014 12:01 AM, PST

Disney is almost done casting the fifth installment of Pirates of the Caribbean. The studio is looking to cast the female lead and they've narrowed their search down to five actress including Kaya Scodelaria (Skins, The Maze Runner) and Gabriella Wilde (Endless Love, Carrie).

Also on the list are Lucy Boynton (Miss Potter, Ballet Shoes), Alexandra Dowling (Hammer of the Gods, “The Musketeers”), and Jenna Thiam (Vie sauvage, “The Returned”). The details of this role are being kept under wraps, but sources suggest that the actress who is cast will play the love interest of Brenton Thwaites, who will play a British soldier. (Especially because Disney is running chemistry tests between said actresses and Thwaites this week.)

Johnny Depp will reprise his role as Jack Sparrow, and Javier Bardem is onboard to play the villain. Although unconfirmed, there are also rumors that Orlando Bloom will return as William Turner.

Which »

- Laura Frances

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'Kong: Skull Island' Gains Jk Simmons

15 December 2014 11:37 PM, PST

Thanks to his wickedly brilliant performance in Damien Chazelle's Whiplash, J.K. Simmons is finally getting the kind of exposure that he deserves. The actor has been cast in Legendary's Kong: Skull Island, which will tell the origin story of the king of apes.

Previously titled Skull Island, the movie will be directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer) and written by John Gatins (Flight) and Max Borenstein (Godzilla).

There are no details on what role Simmons will play, but our guess is he'll be part of the team of explorers (led by Tom Hiddleston) who travels inside the "treacherous, primordial island." Based on the talent alone, Kong is shaping up to be a major event. Both Simmons and Hiddleston are incredibly talented (and likable!) actors. We've also got a great writing team onboard, and a director with a fresh take on an age-old figure.

Kong was recently pushed »

- Laura Frances

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Spectre Bits: Stolen Screenplay Plus First Look at Daniel Craig On The Set

15 December 2014 8:45 PM, PST

Sony’s unfortunate hacking is revealing more and more things everyday. The most recent victim is James Bond’s upcoming film, Spectre. Eon Productions, which is in charge of producing the Bond films has revealed that an early draft of the screenplay has been stolen. Read the press release below:

“Eon Productions, the producers of the James Bond films, learned this morning that an early version of the screenplay for the new Bond film Spectre is amongst the material stolen and illegally made public by hackers who infiltrated the Sony Pictures Entertainment computer system,” reads the statement. “Eon Productions is concerned that third parties who have received the stolen screenplay may seek to publish it or its contents. The screenplay for Spectre is the confidential information of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Danjaq, LLC, and is protected by the laws of copyright in the United Kingdom and around the world. It may »

- Kellvin Chavez

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What's Up With Supes In 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice'?

15 December 2014 7:56 PM, PST

Ever since the sequel to Man of Steel manifested itself in the form of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, much has been made of the fact that Superman seems like a bit player in his own sequel. From fans to writers (myself included), much fun has been derived from this idea that the film has become so over-stuffed with characters and plot lines intended to launch other franchises that Big Blue was more a third banana than a second fiddle. But now comes this report from our friend Devin Faraci over at BadAss Digest that seems to clarify things for fans worried that the Man of Steel was being marginalized in his own sequel. 

Please be aware, there are some major, Major *Spoilers* Ahead! Faraci has had a look at a pre-filming script for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, so while some details may changed, there are plenty »

- Mario-Francisco Robles

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