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Gal Gadot Drops Out Of "Ben-Hur"

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Actress Gal Gadot has had to back out of talks to play the female lead in Timur Bekmambetov's "Ben-Hur" remake at MGM and Paramount says The Wrap.

Gadot was linked only two weeks ago to the part and was said to have entered discussions at the time. Now though, she's had to depart due to scheduling conflicts with her Wonder Woman role on "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" and the other upcoming DC Cinematic Universe titles.

Filming on "Ben-Hur" isn't slated to begin until early next year, but Gadot not only has to finish shooting 'Dawn' but is attached to play Wonder Woman in both her own stand-alone film and "Justice League: Part One" which are both due out in 2017.

Gadot has been able to fit small supporting roles in the indie movies into her schedule lately, but "Ben-Hur" requires a long shooting period which she can't accomodate. »

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Seth Rogen Joins Steve Jobs Film

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Seth Rogen has scored the role of Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak in Danny Boyle's upcoming Steve Jobs biopic at Sony Pictures.

Christian Bale is set to play Jobs in the Aaron Sorkin-penned project which involves three long scenes, each backstage before Jobs unveils three iconic Apple products - the Mac, the NeXT and the original iPod.

Jobs, Wozniak and Ronald Wayne co-founded the company in the late 1970s. Wozniak left as a full-time employee in 1987.

Scott Rudin, Mark Gordon and Guymon Casady are producing.

Source: Variety »

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"Evil Dead" Team Head Into "The Dark"

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"Evil Dead" remake director/writer Fede Alvarez, co-writer Rodo Sayagues, and producers Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert are set to serve in the same capacities on the upcoming thriller "A Man in the Dark" at Ghost House Pictures

The story follows three teens who regular pull off perfectly planned home robberies. They plan one last job, to rob a reclusive blind man with millions of dollars in hiding.

As soon as they break in though, the tables are turned and they find themselves and fighting for survival against a psychopath with secrets of his own.

J.R. Young, Nathan Kahane and Joe Drake will executive produce.

Source: Screen »

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Four More Join "True Detective" S2

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Kelly Reilly ("Flight"), Michael Irby ("Almost Human"), Abigail Spencer ("Mad Men") and Leven Rambin ("Two Night Stand") have all scored supporting roles in the upcoming second season of HBO's "True Detective".

The quartet have either signed, or are in the final stages of discussions, to join the new season which revolves around three cops and a criminal who team to unravel a conspiracy in the aftermath of a murder.

Reilly will play a series regular named Morgan and described only as 'self-obsessed', Spencer will play a sexual assault survivor, Irby will play the partner of the female cop, and Rambin will play a pretty girl and former addict.

The first table read for the season takes place tomorrow. Reilly and Spencer were both on the short list to play the female lead, a role that is tipped to be going to Rachel McAdams.

Source: Deadline »

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"Skull Island," "Wicked" Get New Writers

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Two high-profile projects have just scored new screenwriters.

"Flight" and "Real Steel" screenwriter John Gatins has been hired to rewrite the script for "Skull Island," Legendary's King Kong prequel that explores the creature's home island.

Gatins takes over from Max Borenstein ("Godzilla," "Seventh Son") who penned the initial script. Jordan Vogt-Roberts is directing and Tom Hiddleston is slated to star in the project.

Meanwhile, "Wrath of the Titans" writer David Leslie Johnson has come onboard the film adaptation of Ray Bradbury's 1962 fantasy novel "Something Wicked This Way Comes" at Disney Pictures.

Seth Grahame-Smith helms the story of two teen boys in a small Midwestern town visited by a carnival. The carnival's leader is able to grant wishes, but at a terrible price.

Source: Heat Vision & Deadline »

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"Mockingjay" Headed For $130M Debut?

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The first tracking numbers are in for the biggest film of the Fall, "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1," and the potential box-office estimates are suitably gargantuan.

Despite being 'Part One' of a finale, the film is slated to score an opening weekend of at least $130 million according to analysts. Those estimates tend to be revised upwards as we draw closer to release, meaning there's a good chance the film will match the $158 million opening of "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" a year ago.

That film went on to nab $864 million worldwide, a number 'Mockingjay' will likely come close to. Either way, the film is easily set to score the biggest domestic opening of the year with the $100 million opening of "Transformers: Age of Extinction" about to be crushed.

The first part of 'Mockingjay' hits cinemas on November 21st.

Source: THR »

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More "Terminator Genisys" Photos Arrive

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Following yesterday's EW covers and story details regarding the upcoming "Terminator Genisys," some more photos and facts about the $170 million-budget film have arrived including - at last - a first look photo of Arnold Schwarzenegger reprising his iconic T-800 role.

Potential Spoilers Ahead

This second report from EW confirms the movie recreates Schwarzenegger's memorable arrival in the original 1984 film. Shot at L.A.'s Griffith Observatory, the effect is created thanks to a combination of a body double and digital scans of Arnold's face from Cameron's film.

Producer David Ellison says: "It's the holy grail of visual effects. You create a walking, breathing human that doesn't exist."

Ellison also confirms that the film's main villian will be a part-man/part-machine hybrid which, they hope is going to blow some minds: "Part of the challenge is to ­dazzle people with something they haven't seen before. There are elements in our »

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First Photo: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies"

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It has gone through years of development and numerous false starts, but the film adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's Jane Austen-inspired satirical novel "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" is finally in production.

EW (via /Film) have posted a first look promo photo of the new look Bennet sisters in the film which Burr Steers is directing. From left to right there's Ellie Bamber as Lydia, Bella Heathcote as Jane, Lily James as our heroine Elizabeth, Millie Brady as Mary, and Suki Waterhouse as Kitty.

The magazine also has some additional details about the film. When Steers came onboard the project he reportedly re-wrote some of the script to "add more realism, beef up the male roles, and reinsert all the Pride and Prejudice beats." The Bennet's are still fussing over their marriage prospects, but at the same time are undergoing martial arts training to fight off the zombie plague »

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"Game of Thrones" Cast Set For Season 7

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The fifth season is nearing the end of filming, the earliest plans for the sixth season are being drawn up, but HBO isn't resting on its laurels when it comes to its fantasy drama "Game of Thrones".

The Live Feed reports that the principal actors on the show, who were signed only through six seasons, have completed an extensive renegotiation of their contracts which includes an option for a seventh season. To get them to agree to that option though, HBO has handed out big raises to the cast to be paid not just for the sixth and seventh season but the currently filming fifth one as well.

The five key principals - Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister) - renegotiated their deals in tandem and are getting the bumps.

Other regulars - Natalie Dormer »

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"12 Monkeys," "Babylon" Get First Promos

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First look promo trailers have arrived for two high profile shows airing soon. First up, Syfy has released an extended trailer for its TV drama series take on Terry Gilliam's acclaimed time travel film "12 Monkeys" with Aaron Stanford taking over the role of Cole. That series is slated to debut January 16th in the United States.

Then there's the trailer for the first season of "Babylon", Danny Boyle's series about Scotland Yard and the new American PR agent brought in to improve its image. A telemovie pilot aired earlier this year, and now the full six episode series will air on UK's Channel 4 from November 13th with the likes of Brit Marling ("The Sound of My Voice"), James Nesbitt ("The Hobbit"), Nick Blood ("Agents of Shield"), Paterson Joseph ("Jekyll"), and Nicola Walker ("Spooks") reprising their roles.

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Animal Logic To Produce Lego Movies

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VFX studio Animal Logic is in advanced negotiations for production duties on the next three Lego movies for Warner Bros. Pictures.

The Australia-based studio, which produced this year's franchise-launching hit "The Lego Movie," are essentially creating a 'Lego pipeline' which will allow for a quick and reliable turn out of animation for not just the film's sequel in 2018 but the upcoming "Ninjago" and "Lego Batman" spin-offs in 2016 and 2017 respectively.

The New South Wales state government is expected to make some financial contribution to the pictures which are likely to qualify for Australia's rebate schemes. However the deal has not yet been finalized.

Source: Variety »

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"Robopocalypse" Author Offers Film Update

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Back in late 2012, it was looking like Steven Spielberg was readying a film adaptation of Daniel H. Wilson's sci-fi novel "Robopocalypse" as his next directorial effort. Drew Goddard ("Cabin in the Woods") was adapting the screenplay whilst the likes of Chris Hemsworth, Anne Hathaway and Ben Whishaw were onboard to star.

Then, early last year, it suddenly died. Spielberg officially postponed the project because the initial screenplay required heavy reworking and he wanted to find another way into the story. Talk about the film ceased and Spielberg dabbled with a few other ideas before hopping onto his current commitments to both "St. James Place" and "The Bfg".

At last report Spielberg is still developing it. Unfortunately, like many filmmakers from Guillermo del Toro to Ridley Scott, it is one of at least a half dozen projects the director is attached to and it's really a roll of the dice »

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Three More Join "American Horror Story"

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FX's "American Horror Story: Freak Show" is about to score three new faces, two of which you will find very familiar. First up, Neil Patrick Harris and his real-life husband David Burtka are hopping onboard for the last few episodes of the show's run says TV Line.

Harris play a salesman with chameleonic skills in the final two episodes of the run of 'Freak Show'. Burtka will have a role in the season finale, but the only specifics revealed are that he shares a sexy scene with Jessica Lange.

The pair were previously invited to play a gay couple on the show back during the first season but had to decline. Those roles eventually went to "Star Trek" star Zachary Quinto and "Masters of Sex" actor Teddy Sears.

Meanwhile series regular Lily Rabe is returning to the show, but this time she won't be playing a new character. EW reports »

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Fox Plans Gritty Peter Pan TV Series

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Fox has handed out a script commitment plus penalty for "League Of Pan," a contemporary and "grounded" twist on J.M. Barrie's classic fantasy tale "Peter Pan".

Described as an "edgy, soapy thriller," the story follows Neverland's Lost Boys fifteen years after they left that magical paradise.

Now a bunch of estranged men, they are forced to come together again in contemporary Los Angeles and put aside their rivalries when someone starts killing them off one-by-one.

The show is expected to feature updated versions of the various Neverland characters.

Andrew Miller ("The Secret Circle") penned and will executive produce the project which will be produced by 20th Century Fox TV and Imagine Television. Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo will also executive produce.

Source: Deadline »

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Neil Gaiman Wants To Pen Another "Who"

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Acclaimed writer Neil Gaiman ("Sandman," "Stardust," "Coraline") says he's keen on writing a third episode of "Doctor Who," but his schedule hasn't given him the time.

Gaiman penned two episodes during Matt Smith's three season run as The Doctor. The first, "The Doctor's Wife," is often considered one of the best episodes of the new series since its revival. The second, "Nightmare in Silver," wasn't so well-regarded.

Gaiman says he has an open invitation to write more, but hasn't been able to due to other commitments and really hopes he gets the change to do one while Peter Capaldi is onboard as The Doctor.

Speaking at a Q&A in New York (via THR) he says: "I'm just sort of hoping that I can get one done while Peter Capaldi is still the Doctor, because it would be a very sad thing if I lost my chance to write for a grumpy, »

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Bruckheimer Plans "American Gigolo" Series

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The endless series of old films being dusted off for small screen remakes next season continues this week as Paramount Television and producer Jerry Bruckheimer are teaming for a new TV series adaptation of 1980's crime drama "American Gigolo".

Richard Gere and Lauren Hutton starred in the original about a shallow, narcissistic Los Angeles male escort. When one of his clients is murdered, and another he was with at the time refuses to substantiate his alibi, he becomes the prime suspect.

Bruckheimer produced the original film and will executive produce the series. Paul Schrader, the original film's director and writer, will serve as executive consultant.

Source: Variety »

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"Ex Machina" Scores Posters, U.S. Distributor

29 October 2014 7:12 PM, PDT

Universal UK has unveiled the first poster for "28 Days Later" and "Sunshine" scribe Alex Garland's directorial debut "Ex Machina" ahead of the film's first trailer due out tomorrow. The one-sheet arrives at the same time as word comes that A24 has picked up the U.S. rights to the film and is planning an April 10th 2015 release.

Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, and Alicia Vikander star in the project in which a programmer (Domhnall Gleeson) at an Internet-search giant who wins a competition to spend a week at the private mountain estate of the company’s brilliant and reclusive CEO (Oscar Isaac).

He soon learns his real reason for being there is to evaluate the CEO’s latest experiment in artificial intelligence - Ava (Vikander) whose emotional intelligence proves more sophisticated, seductive and deceptive than either man expected.

Here is the first look at Ex_Machina ahead of the trailer launch tomorrow. »

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"Terminator Genisys" Covers, Plot Details

29 October 2014 6:57 PM, PDT

Entertainment Weekly magazine has done a cover story on the upcoming "Terminator Genisys" which offers two collectible magazine covers featuring Emilia Clarke (Sarah Connor), Jai Courtney (Kyle Reese), Jason Clarke (John Connor) and Matt Smith's still unknown character who is a close ally of John Connor.

The big news isn't the covers themselves though, but rather what's inside with the feature story confirming various reports about how the film intends to shake-up the franchise. Here is the key quote and, naturally, Big Spoilers ahead:

"Sarah Connor isn't the innocent she was when Linda Hamilton first sported feathered hair and acid-washed jeans in the role. Nor is she Hamilton's steely zero body-fat warrior in 1991's T2. Rather, the mother of humanity's messiah was orphaned by a Terminator at age 9.

Since then, she's been raised by (brace yourself) Schwarzenegger's Terminator—an older T-800 she calls "Pops"—who is programmed to guard rather than to kill. »

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Whedon Talks "Ultron" Global Focus

29 October 2014 3:39 PM, PDT

It's no secret Marvel considers the global market a huge part of its release strategy. More consistently than any other studio, they are the ones who have pushed for global releases of their blockbuster movies before they open domestically.

The results have worked though. Comic book based films didn't necessarily travel well outside the United States before, now the "Captain America," "Iron Man" and "Thor" films make three-fifths of their coin overseas.

The same thing is expected to take place with the forthcoming "Avengers: Age of Ultron" as the action in the sequel shifts away from New York and has a much more global feel. During an appearance on The Watcher web series, Whedon explained why that is and how it will affect the story:

"This is a very global film. We wanted the world perspective on the Avengers, what they're doing, what they've been doing and who they are. »

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Michael Bay Plans Benghazi Tale "13 Hours"

29 October 2014 3:37 PM, PDT

Michael Bay is in negotiations to direct "13 Hours," a film adaptation of Mitchell Zuckoff's book about the Benghazi political drama for Paramount Pictures.

"The Strain" author Chuck Hogan has penned the script for the film which looks into the September 11th 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. State Department Special Mission Compound in the Libyan city which left U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three others dead.

The focus will be on six members of a security team that fought to defend the many Americans stationed there. Erwin Stoff is producing.

Source: THR »

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