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Superbowl Ad & Poster: "Terminator Genisys"

6 hours ago

Warner Bros. Pictures has released both a new poster and the TV spot that will air during this weekend's Superbowl for the sci-fi epic "Terminator: Genisys". The commercial's focus is very much on Arnold Schwarzenegger's aged Terminator character, and goes into no details regarding the plot other than showing off a bunch of explosions and action. The film will hit cinemas on July 1st.

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Abbey Lee To Star in "Neon Demon"

7 hours ago

Australian supermodel Abbey Lee has emerged as "Drive" director Nicolas Winding Refn's choice to star with Elle Fanning in his next film "The Neon Demon" at Gaumont and Wild Bunch.

Lee is negotiating to play the role of Sarah, the cool ringleader of a maniacal group of models. Shooting aims to begin at the end of March in Los Angeles.

Lee's face will soon be seen all over the place as she has already filmed roles in George Miller's "Mad Max: Fury Road" and Alex Proyas' "Gods Of Egypt".

Source: Deadline »

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"Jurassic World" Indominus Rex Teased

8 hours ago

Universal Pictures has updated their "Jurassic World" official site to include new details regarding the still under wraps, 'genetically modified hybrid' dinosaur - the Indominus Rex. The creature is 40 feet in length and the name means 'Fierce or Untamable King'. Here's the bio description:

"We set out to make Indominus the most fearsome dinosaur ever to be displayed at Jurassic World. The genetic engineers at our Hammond Creation Lab have more than delivered.

At first glance, Indominus most closely resembles a T. Rex. But its distinctive head ornamentation and ultra-tough bony osteoderms can be traced from Theropods known as Abeliosaurs. Indominus’ horns have been placed above the eye orbit through genetic material hybridized from Carnotaurus, Majungasaurus, Rugops and Giganotosaurus. Fearsome indeed.

Indominus' roar is estimated to reach 140-160db—the same as a 747 taking off and landing. And it can reach speeds of 30 Mph while confined to its enclosure. »

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Rachael Taylor Is Hellcat In "Jessica Jones"

8 hours ago

Australian actress Rachael Taylor ("Transformers") is joining the cast of "Marvel's A.K.A. Jessica Jones" series on Netflix. Taylor will take on the role of Patricia 'Trish' Walker.

In the show, she's a syndicated radio talk show host, former model and child TV star known to her adoring fans as 'Patsy' Walker. As Jessica Jones' closest friend, Trish helps her embark on the most dangerous case of her career.

In the comics, the character became the superhero and Avenger known as Hellcat. Will we see the same here?

Taylor joins a cast that includes Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones, David Tennant as Kilgrave and Mike Colter as Luke Cage. "A.K.A. Jessica Jones" is slated to premiere on Netflix later this year.

Source: Netflix »

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"Wick" Helmers Tackle "Cowboy Ninja Viking"

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Universal Pictures is in early talks with "John Wick" directors David Leitch and Chad Stahelski to co-direct their upcoming action film "Cowboy Ninja Viking".

Chris Pratt, the film's star, has reportedly met with Leitch and Stahelski and has given his stamp of approval with an offer now out to the duo.

The story is based on A.J. Lieberman and Riley Rossmo's graphic novel in which a man who suffers from multiple personality disorder is put into a government program to be turned into a super-soldier with the attributes of a cowboy, a ninja and a viking.

Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese penned the script and are producing alongside Mark Gordon, Guymon Casady and Ben Forkner.

Source: Variety »

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Karl Urban Targets "Pete's Dragon" Remake

8 hours ago

"Star Trek" star Karl Urban has joined the cast of Disney's non-musical remake of the 1977 family adventure classic "Pete's Dragon".

The story follows a young boy (Oakes Fegley) whose parents are dead. He's subsequently raised in a forest by a dragon only he can see.

Urban will replace "Dexter" star Michael C. Hall who was forced to exit the project due to a scheduling conflict. Details on the role remain unclear.

Robert Redford, Bryce Dallas Howard and Wes Bentley also star. David Lowery is directing from a script he co-wrote with Toby Halbrooks.

Source: The Wrap »

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Early Teaser: "The 5th Wave"

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One full year out from release, the film adaptation of Rick Yancey's bestselling young adult novel The 5th Wave" has released a rather vague announcement teaser trailer.

The story is set after four waves of an alien invasion have left most of Earth decimated. A teenage girl (Chloe Grace Moretz) is desperately trying to save her younger brother and meets a young man who may be her last hope. Nick Robinson, Ron Livingston, Maggie Siff, Alex Roe, Liev Schreiber and Zachary Arthur also star.

J. Blakeson helms from a script by Susannah Grant. Sony Pictures will release the film on January 29th 2016.

The countdown begins. #The5thWaveIsComing #36Five #5thWaveMovie https://t.co/H0oFzNg97U

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Jay Roach To Helm Crazy Spies Tale

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Jay Roach ("Austin Powers," "Meet the Parents") has signed on to direct the film adaptation of "Six Days of the Condor" author James Grady's 2006 novel "Mad Dogs" for Warner Bros. Pictures.

The story follows five of the best spies of the CIA whose work has left them shattered and locked away in a secret insane asylum. When they're framed for the murder of their psychiatrist they go on the run, on the hunt for a mole within the organisation, and struggle to find their own sanity in the process.

Wes Jones penned the action/comedy script which Dan Lin ("The Lego Movie") will produce.

Source: Variety »

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Swank, Sarandon, Biel To Voice "Spark"

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Hilary Swank, Susan Sarandon and Jessica Biel are set to lend their voices to Aaron Woodley's 3D-animated sci-fi comedy feature "Spark" at ToonBox Entertainment Ltd., Redrover Co., Ltd. and Gulfstream Pictures.

The second feature from the team behind "The Nut Job," the project also marks Swank's first animated voice role.

Doug Hadders, Adam Rotstein and Woodley penned the script in which a teenage monkey named Spark (Jace Norman) and his friends, a battle-ready fox (Jessica Biel) and a tech-savvy warthog, must take back the besieged Planet Bana from the power-mad General Zhong.

It's a mission that takes Spark to the farthest reaches of the universe, and to the secret of his true identity. Sarandon will play a forgetful nanny robot, and Swank a noble and self-sacrificing Queen.

The film is in production and is targeting a release sometime next year.

Source: Toonbox Entertainment »

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News Bits: Limitless, Focus, Hit, Darkmouth

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Limitless

CBS has officially ordered the pilot for the already reported on new TV series based on the 2011 Bradley Cooper feature "Limitless". Neil Burger will serve as an executive producer and direct the pilot episode.

In the series, a man takes an experimental drug that allows him to use 100% of his brain capacity. He becomes coerced into using his amazing new abilities to solve cases every week for the FBI. [Source: Deadline]

Focus

IMAX Corporation and Warner Bros. Pictures have announced that Glenn Ficarra and John Requa's con artist caper film "Focus" will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX format and released into domestic IMAX theatres on February 27th.

Will Smith and Margot Robbie star in the story of a seasoned con man who becomes romantically involved with a novice. He abruptly breaks it off. Years later, she's an accomplished femme fatale who shows up whilst he is in the »

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Geoffrey Rush To Play "Oliver!" Composer

20 hours ago

Geoffrey Rush is set to play composer and lyricist Lionel Bart for the musical feature "Consider Yourself" at BBC Films. Bart wrote the score for "Oliver!," the legendary musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' "Oliver Twist".

Bart was an untrained musician who couldn’t read or write music and yet became the first person to have three West End musicals running and at one point was earning more in song royalties than the Beatles. Even so, he still managed to lose it all. 

Vadim Jean directs the project which boasts a superb British cast including Stephen Fry, Olivia Colman, Eddie Marsan, Matt Lucas, Michelle Dockery and Al Weaver. Award-winning composer Elliot Davis penned the script while Jean and Paul Brooks are producing.  

Source: Deadline »

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Teaser Trailer: "Spooks: The Greater Good"

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The TV series "Spooks," also known as "Mi-5," has often been labelled the British equivalent of "24". It was a spy thriller series that ran for ten years and boasted talents that have since made names for themselves in other projects including David Oyelowo, Richard Armitage, Matthew Macfadyen, Iain Glen, Lara Pulver, Sophia Miles, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Keely Hawes, Rupert Penry-Jones, Anna Chancellor and many more.

It was also distinctive because long before "Game of Thrones" and the like, it was not afraid to randomly kill off its core cast members - including its male leading man with the show going through at least four of those across its 86 episode run. Fitting then that 'Thrones' star Kit Harington is the new leading man in the show's jump to the big screen in the new film "Spooks: The Greater Good".

Today, the first trailer and posters for the film have been released, a »

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Whedon Talks Superheroes And Sexism

20 hours ago

One of the more discussed topics regarding the recent wave of comic book movies has been the lack of female superheroes. Marvel in particular has been decidedly slow on this front, despite having delivered strong female supporting characters in their own right like Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow).

One person who is strongly for the inclusion of more female superheroes has been "The Avengers" director Joss Whedon. In a newly published interview with Digital Spy from the set of "Avengers: Age of Ultron," an interview conducted before the likes of "Agent Carter" premiered and talk of a Captain Marvel film began. Whedon discussed the lack of a female driven superhero adventure:

"It's a phenomenon in the industry that we call 'stupid people'. There is genuine, recalcitrant, intractable sexism, and old-fashioned quiet misogyny that goes on. You hear 'Oh, [female superheroes] don't work because of these two bad ones »

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TV News: Salem, Hannibal, WW2, Walking

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Salem

Wgn America has announced an April 5th premiere date for the second season of Wgn America's "Salem".

The second season will open at the dawn of the witch war as Mary Sibley (Janet Montgomery) faces off against adversaries vying for her throne. Lucy Lawless and Stuart Townsend join the cast this season. [Source: EW]

Hannibal

Glenn Fleshler ("True Detective") is set to join the cast of NBC's "Hannibal" next season. Fleshler will play Cordell, the personal doctor of the disfigured Mason Verger (Joe Anderson).

According to TV Line, the character is "quiet, very intelligent and definitely creepy...attentive and gentle with Mason. He's a professional who cares about his work, but we get a sense he might be as sadistic as his boss — and a perfect fit to become his potential henchman."

WW2 Limited Series

"Justified" creator/showrunner Graham Yost is teaming with actor Noah Wyle for the WW2-set limited »

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First Photo: The New Trickster On "Flash"

28 January 2015 6:25 PM, PST

The first photo has gone online of former "Dexter" actor Devon Graye as the new, Axel Walker incarnation of The Trickster on The CW's "The Flash". The episode sees Mark Hamill returning to the role of James Jesse, the original terrorist and villain The Trickster from the 1990s "Flash" TV series.

Jesse is now in prison and the young Axel Walker character has taken up his old title and is committing new acts of destruction. As a result, Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) seeks James Jesse's advice on how to take Walker down. The episode will be the seventeenth of the season and is slated to premiere on March 10th.

#TheFlash Spoiler.. Devon Graye as the #Trickster with @grantgust double in the background @showdygustin.. #YVRShoots

A photo posted by Pi (@punkd_images) on Jan 27, 2015 at 7:07pm Pst

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The Vision Will Return For More Marvel Films

28 January 2015 6:16 PM, PST

One of the biggest question marks regarding the upcoming "Avengers: Age of Ultron" is Paul Bettany's The Vision character. The film marks the first time Bettany's been seen on screen in the Marvel universe, following his voice over only roles as Tony Stark's computer J.A.R.V.I.S. in previous films.

Out doing promotional rounds for "Mortdecai," Bettany tells News.com.au that Marvel has a plan for his character and that he loves the security of a regular gig like this:

"That's the really great thing about the Marvel gig for me. I have never known if I have had a job six months out ever in my life. And now I know that they have plans and I can be even more judicious about the stuff that I do outside of that work. I can wait for the right thing and feel really attached to it. »

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Jimmy Olsen Role Cast In CBS' "Supergirl"

28 January 2015 6:15 PM, PST

Mehcad Brooks ("True Blood," "Necessary Roughness") has been cast as Jimmy Olsen in CBS' upcoming proposed TV series based on the DC Comics character "Supergirl".

Melissa Benoist will play the title character, Superman's cousin Kara Zor-El, who was born on the planet Krypton and escaped its destruction years ago.

Kara was taken in by a foster family who taught her to be careful with her powers. Now that she's 24, unexpected disaster forces her to use her powers in public and she decides to begin embracing those extraordinary abilities.

In this take, Olsen is a photographer at CatCo., where Kara works and is her workplace crush. Olsen has recently been living and working in National City though the reason is a secret. As Kara emerges as Supergirl, they grow closer.

Greg Berlanti and Ali Adler will pen the script and executive produce the drama series.

Source: The Live Feed »

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Pine, Hamm, Wiig Join Netflix's "Wet Hot"

28 January 2015 6:13 PM, PST

Chris PineJon Hamm, Kristen Wiig and Jason Schwartzman have all scored guest starring/recurring roles in Netflix's upcoming eight-part TV series prequel to the 2001 cult comedy "Wet Hot American Summer".

Hamm will play a secret spy, Wiig is a snobby counselor at a preppy rival camp, Schwartzman is the camp's head counselor, and Pine’s character is described only as mysterious.

The quartet join an already massive cast that includes Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper, Elizabeth Banks, Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Christopher Meloni, Molly Shannon, John Slattery, Josh CharlesRandall ParkJayma Mays, Lake Bell, Richard Schiff, H. Jon BenjaminMichael Ian Black, Michaela Watkins, Paul Scheer, Rob Huebel, Judah Friedlander, Kevin Sussman, A.D. Miles, and Michael Showalter.

While the previous film was set on the last day of a fictional summer camp in 1981, this new series will be set on the first day. "Wet Hot American »

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"The Secret" To Become A Movie

28 January 2015 6:04 PM, PST

Raja Gosnell is onboard to the direct the film adaptation of Rhonda Byrne's 2006 best-selling novel "The Secret" at Constantin Film and Robert Cort Productions.

The self-help book sold upwards of 28 million copies and suggests that the power of positive thinking can change peoples' lives for the better. Playwright Bekah Brunstetter adapted the script for the film.

The original narrative will center on a hard-working, young widowed mother whose life is upended by the arrival of a mysterious stranger. As he shares his philosophy with her and her three children, they find both self-fulfillment and love.

Robert Cort is producing, and shooting is aiming to kick off in May.

Source: THR »

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Final Poster: "The Divergent Series: Insurgent"

28 January 2015 3:08 PM, PST

Summit Entertainment has released the final theatrical poster for the upcoming "The Divergent Series: Insurgent," the second instalment in their young adult sci-fi action thriller franchise. The film will also score a pre-game trailer with a sneak peek of that due online tomorrow at 9am Us-pst.

In this outing, Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) are now fugitives on the run, hunted by Jeanine (Kate Winslet), the leader of the power-hungry Erudite elite. Racing against time, they must find out what Tris's family sacrificed their lives to protect, and why the Erudite leaders will do anything to stop them.

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