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Trailer For "Zoolander" Sequel Leaks Online

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It turns out the first trailer for the sequel to "Zoolander" has already premiered online. This first look at the comedy sequel showed up on Youtube last night for all of a few minutes before being pulled by the studio.

It was on long enough though that a description is out which says it begins with a journey through the cosmos while a Stephen Hawking soundalike provides voiceover.

The shot then arrives in the brain of Derek Zealander who is considering things such as orange mocha Frappucinos and hairdryers before asking the big question - "If God exists, then why did he make ugly people?"

Stiller, who directs from a script he wrote with Justin Theroux, returns as the dim male model alongside Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell and Christine Taylor reprising their roles from the 2001 original. It is scheduled to open early next year. »

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Channing Tatum Set For "Gambit" After All

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Channing Tatum has closed his deal to star in the X-Men spin-off "Gambit" for 20th Century Fox according to THR. This follows on from reports last week that indicated the actor was seriously considering leaving the project after he and Fox failed to come to terms.

So was it the classic old Hollywood tactic of "negotiating in the press"? The trade says they did hit a sensitive spot in negotiations, but his participation hardly was in any real danger because the actor already had invested heavily in the superhero part.

What was a sticking point was both Tatum's backend compensation, and the extent of his involvement in the X-Men universe as Fox was seeing this as a multi-picture commitment.

Rupert Wyatt directed the Josh Zetumer penned film. Tatum, Reid Carolin, Lauren Shuler Donner and Simon Kinberg are producing. »

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Ian McShane Joins "Game of Thrones"

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"Deadwood" alum Ian McShane is returning to HBO, the actor set to join the big-budget fantasy series "Game of Thrones".

The production will not reveal any details about McShane's character other than to say that though he has a relatively small amount of screen-time during the season, his character is of key importance.

He will appear in the sixth season of the series which is currently in production ahead of airing in April next year. Details about the new season are being kept under tight wraps as the show moves past the source material from which the series is based.

The casting follows on from reports this week that HBO plans for the show to go at least eight seasons.

Source: EW »

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R.I.P. Rowdy Roddy Piper

31 July 2015 2:20 PM, PDT

Rockerick Toombs, better known as 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper, has died at the age of 61. TMZ reports that the Canadian-born pro wrestling legend passed away due to cardiac arrest on Thursday night in his Hollywood home.

Piper was diagnosed with cancer in 2006 and was apparently still free of the disease when he died. Piper found international fame with the WWF in the early 1980s, jumped over to the WCW, returned to the retitled WWE and ultimately making appearances up until last year.

He's also known for his big and small screen career with most notably the lead role in John Carpenter's 1987 cult sci-fi classic "They Live" along with numerous direct to video fare including "Hell Comes To Frogtown" and "Jungleground". He also appeared on shows like "The Outer Limits," "Highlander: The Series" and "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia".

Sincerest thoughts and condolences go out to all of Piper's friends and family. »

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Egerton, Hoult Wanted For "Robin Hood"

31 July 2015 10:44 AM, PDT

With numerous Robin Hood-themed projects in the works, Lionsgate is looking to get ahead of its rivals and is moving fast on its "Batman Begins"-style take on the dashing Nottingham hero which is currently titled "Robin Hood: Origins".

"Kingsman: The Secret Service" star Taron Egerton heads up a shortlist that includes Dylan O'Brien ("The Maze Runner"), Nicholas Hoult ("X-Men: First Class"), Jack Huston ("Boardwalk Empire") and Jack Reynor ("Transformers: Age of Extinction") for the title role in this gritty, revisionist version of the Sherwood Forest outlaw which Joby Harold has penned.

Scheduling is said to be a major issue but reportedly Reynor had a successful session with director Otto Bathurst ("Peaky Blinders") and is said to have been the only actor of the bunch who has done such a meeting. No decisions have been made yet but filming is aiming to begin in the first quarter of next year. »

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A "Naruto" Live-Action Film In The Works

31 July 2015 10:42 AM, PDT

Lionsgate has signed Michael Gracey to direct an adaptation of the popular Japanese manga series "Naruto" and is in negotiations for the film rights to the franchise.

First published in 1997, Masashi Kishimoto's manga has sold more than 200 million copies in print and follows adolescent ninja Naruto Uzumaki, who dreams of becoming the village ninja.

"Naruto" has generated an anime series in Japan that premiered in 2002 and lasted 220 episodes, followed by the "Naruto: Shippuden" sequel which has been airing since 2007. Ten movies have also been produced.

Avi Arad is producing. Gracey is a former visual effects specialist who remains attached to several biopics in the works including the Elton Jonn-themed "Rocketman" with Tom Hardy, and the P.T. Barnum film "The Greatest Showman on Earth" at Fox.

Source: Variety »

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Oldman, Gugino To Go Intergalactic

31 July 2015 10:41 AM, PDT

Gary Oldman ("Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"), Carla Gugino ("San Andreas") and Britt Robertson ("Tomorrowland") are set to join Asa Butterfield in the untitled intergalactic love story project originally titled "Out of This World" and setup at Relativity. It is now moving forward at Stx Entertainment.

The story is set during a mission to colonize Mars led by a billionaire entrepreneur. A female astronaut is found to be pregnant and dies during childbirth, so her son is raised in secrecy on Mars.

Sixteen years later, the teen (Butterfield) begins an online romance with a Colorado girl (Robertson). He hatches a plan to meet the girl and find the enigmatic billionaire in hopes of uncovering information about his mother and birth.

Peter Chelsom is directing and Richard Lewis is producing.

Source: Heat Vision »

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Ryan Robbins To Play An "Arrow" Villain

31 July 2015 10:40 AM, PDT

"Falling Skies" actor Ryan Robbins has scored a recurring role in the fourth season of The CW's "Arrow". Robbins will play Conklin, a sadistic and ruthless member of Shadowspire who will be an adversary for Oliver (Stephen Amell) in the flashback sequences.

In this year's flashbacks, Oliver will take on Baron Reiter aka Baron Blitzkrieg (Jimmy Akingbola) who is the leader of Shadowspire. Robbins will make his first appearance in episode three of season four.

Baron Reiter and Conklin will serve as the primary antagonists of the flashback scenes as counterpoint to Neal McDonough's Damien Darhk who will be the season long antagonist in the present day scenes.

Other additions this year include Echo Kellum as the heroic Mr. Terrific, and Jeri Ryan as the politically ambitious Queen family friend Jessica Danforth. The new season kicks off October 7th.

Source: Variety »

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Redford, Blanchett-Led "Truth" Hits October

31 July 2015 10:39 AM, PDT

Sony Pictures Classics has released the first photo from "Truth," the true story drama which they've set an October 16th release date for. The date puts the film squarely in awards season and could see Cate Blanchett competing against herself for her work in Todd Haynes' "Carol".

The film deals with how CBS Producer Mary Mapes (Cate Blanchett) and Dan Rather (Robert Redford) uncovered that a sitting U.S. president may have been Awol from the U.S. National Guard for over a year during the Vietnam War.

When the story blew up in their face, the ensuing scandal ruined Rather's career and almost took down all of CBS News in the process. James Vanderbilt penned the script and makes his directorial debut on the project.

Source: The Playlist »

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First Trailer: "Solace"

31 July 2015 8:47 AM, PDT

At one time it was being lined up as a potential "Se7en" sequel. Then, after years stuck in development and some major retooling and re-writing, the supernatural serial killer thriller "Solace" finally went before the cameras back in 2013 under the helm of Brazilian director Alfonso Poyart ("2 Rabbits").

Anthony Hopkins, Colin Farrell, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Abbie Cornish star in the film about an FBI agent (Cornish) who enlists he help of a retired doctor (Hopkins) with psychic abilities to track down a murderer (Farrell). The first trailer is now out from the film which is currently slated for release in France on September 9th. No U.S. date is yet set.

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"Black Sails" Renewed, "Da Vinci" Goes All In

31 July 2015 8:37 AM, PDT

It was Starz's turn Friday at the Television Critics Association press tour today where several major announcements about the premium cabler's original series were made.

First up they've renewed their big-budget pirate drama "Black Sails" for a fourth season with that next batch of ten episodes set to begin production this Fall in South Africa ahead of a Q1 2017 airing.

The renewal comes as the show's third season wraps production and goes to air in the first quarter of 2016 with Ray Stevenson joining this year in the role of Blackbeard.

Next up, the network has also revealed that they'll follow the Netflix model with both their eight-episode ballet-themed limited series "Flesh and Bone," and the ten-episode third and final season of their genre period action series "Da Vinci's Demons" set to launch all at once.

Starz subscribers will be able to watch the entire season either through Starz Play or »

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Antonio Banderas To Lead Starz TV Series

31 July 2015 8:35 AM, PDT

Antonio Banderas is set to play the lead in premium cabler Starz's new drama series "Havana Quartet" which eOne will produce and distribute worldwide.

Based on the popular noir-tinged novel series by Leonardo Padura, Banderas will play a hard-drinking, romantic Cuban Police Detective named Mario Conde who longs to be a writer but settled for a job as a detective. It sis

Eduardo Machado ("Magic City") will pen the pilot and serve as executive producer alongside Banderas, Peter Nadermann, Jennifer Kawaja and Julia Sereny.

Source: Variety »

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"Rogue Nation" Heads For $40M Opening

31 July 2015 8:13 AM, PDT

Christopher McQuarrie's "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" opened on Thursday night and pulled in $4 million for its preview shows from 8pm.

That gross is comparable to "Mad Max: Fury Road' with $3.7 million and "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" with $4.1 million, and the film is said to be on pace to open to $40 million over the weekend and could rise as high as $50 million.

The film has also scored stellar reviews that are essentially equal best of the franchise with the previous film 'Ghost Protocol'. 'Rogue' scored a 93% (7.6/10) on Rotten Tomatoes which is almost exactly the same as the 93% (7.7/10) for 'Ghost', on Metacritic 'Rogue' has scored 75/100 to the 73/100 for 'Ghost'.

The previous film in the series scored just under $700 million worldwide, how close 'Rogue' will get to that is uncertain at this point.

Source: Variety »

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"Deadpool" Trailers To Arrive On Tuesday

31 July 2015 8:11 AM, PDT

Fans have been clamouring for it, and soon they'll get their wish as 20th Century Fox is set to officially release the first trailer for "Deadpool" on Tuesday night on Conan O'Brien's show.

In fact there are two "Deadpool" trailers on the way on next week - one red-band and one green-band. The red-band trailer, which runs seventeen seconds longer, will be unveiled on the Conan episode on which Ryan Reynolds is set to be a guest star.

The green-band trailer is expected to debut in cinemas with the release of "Fantastic Four" on August 7th, but will likely be online before that. "Deadpool" hits cinemas on February 12th.

Source: Shh »

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Boxleitner Gives Up On A Third "Tron"

31 July 2015 7:48 AM, PDT

In the years since the release of "Tron Legacy," there's been several rumors of a third "Tron" movie going forward. Yet each time it seemed to stall with the most recent round, suggesting everything was a go for an October start of filming date, sadly met with a follow-up about the project's cancellation not long before Comic Con.

One person whose been upset by these on again, off again rumors regarding what's been labeled "Tron Ascension" is none other Tron himself, actor Bruce Boxleitner. Speaking with Slashfilm regarding his the new season of his TV series "Cedar Cove," he was asked about his reaction to the recent scuttling of the next "Tron":

"I'm done with it. I've moved on. I hate to say that but it's been too up and down for me. I would rather not just keep going. I don't want to repeat my career anymore. That'd be like, »

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Holland Has Filmed His First Spider-Man Scene

31 July 2015 7:47 AM, PDT

Though the extent of his appearance has yet to be revealed, Tom Holland has reportedly already shot at least some of his Spider-Man cameo in the upcoming "Captain America: Civil War".

"Vacation" writers and directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, who are penning the upcoming "Spider-Man" reboot for Sony, have revealed during recent press for "Vacation" that they're going to Marvel Studios this weekend to take a look and what's been done.

Daley tells Vulture: "We hear good things. We might even get to look at the Spidey suit, which is exciting." Goldstein also spoke about a rumored cast list for the film that went online this week: "We've discussed certain characters, but nothing is certain yet, for sure." »

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Will We Get A "Sinister 3" Anytime Soon?

31 July 2015 7:46 AM, PDT

Scott Derrickson's 2012 horror chiller "Sinister" scored strong reviews and solid box-office, along with introducing an iconic new monster in the form of the entity Bughuul. With the sequel to that film set to open in a few weeks, questions have turned towards how much of an actual franchise they can make out of the series and whether a third film is on the cards.

In an interview conducted on the set by Cinema Blend, Derrickson was asked whether or not he envisioned this franchise as a trilogy. He says:

"Sure, yeah, I'd like there to be ten of them, but it really depends on how this turns out and how it does. The reason the script took so long was because both [co-screenwriter C.Robert] Cargill and I have seen so many horror franchises – you know, we're really familiar with how they tend to work and what the bad tendencies are.

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TV News: Saul, Humans, Knock, Edge, Knick

31 July 2015 7:45 AM, PDT

Better Call Saul

The first photos have one up from the second season of AMC's "Breaking Bad" spin-off series "Better Call Saul". Shooting is underway in New Mexico on the episodes which are expected to premiere early 2016 on AMC. [Source: Deadline]

Humans

AMC and Channel 4 have picked up an eight-episode second season of the science fiction drama "Humans". Production will begin next year.

The series, about a couple who purchase a servant/personal assistant android to help their relationship, opened to 1.7 million viewers last month on AMC and has averaged 2 million viewers for its first season. The premiere episode was Channel 4's highest rated original drama in twenty years. [Source: The Live Feed]

Knock Knock

The Ryan Seacrest-hosted, wish-fulfilment themed unscripted series "Knock Knock" has been pulled off the air by Fox after just two episodes.

The series bowed to a 0.6 ratings and 1.75 million viewers last week, and even a Justin Bieber cameo »

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Dafoe, Close Join Sci-Fi Tale "Monday"

31 July 2015 7:43 AM, PDT

Willem Dafoe and Glenn Close are set to join Tommy Wirkola's sci-fi tale "What Happened to Monday?" which is set in a future where overpopulation and famine have forced governments to undertake a drastic One-Child Policy.

Seven identical sisters (played by Noomi Rapace) live a hide-and-seek existence who outwit authorities by taking turns assuming the identity of one person: Karen Settman. Each named after a day of the week, each can go outside of their apartment one day a week using their common identity. Then, one day, Monday does not come home.

Wirkola ("Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters") is directing from a script written by Kerry Williamson and Max Botkin. Marwan Kenzari, Christian Rubeck and Pal Sverre Hagen also star and filming is now underway in Bucharest at the Castel Film Studios.

Source: Deadline »

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"Game of Thrones" To Run Eight Seasons?

30 July 2015 2:26 PM, PDT

For much of the past year there's been the general thought that HBO's epic fantasy drama "Game of Thrones" would come to a close in 2017 with its seventh season.

The first five seasons churned through the first five books in George R.R. Martin's novel series. While the remaining two novels have yet to be published it seemed like seven was a good 'guess-timate' for seasons, and show runners David Benioff and Dan Weiss had previously indicated they'd like to end things before the show outstays its welcome.

The network however isn't so fast to let its biggest cash cow go. Appearing at the Television Critics Association's press tour late Thursday, HBO president Michael Lombardo says: "Seven-seasons-and-out has never been the conversation. The question is how much beyond seven are we going to do."

He then adds that Benioff and Weiss are: "feeling like there's two more years after six. »

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