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"Amazing Spider-Man 2" Aims For A Billion

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There's a lot of pressure on "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" to perform well. Just how well though? You may be surprised.

Variety reports that Sony co-chairman Amy Pascal has set a goal of a $1 billion worldwide box-office for the sequel.

The figure isn't as outlandish as you might expect. 2012's first film raked in $752 million, while the three previous Sam Raimi films clocked in between $783 million to $890 million.

Even so, only four comic book movies have grossed over $1 billion worldwide - "The Avengers," "Iron Man 3," "The Dark Knight" and "The Dark Knight Rises".

Sony has reportedly bet big on the film with more than $400 million in production and worldwide marketing costs riding on the movie. It is paying off though with tracking figures suggesting the film is headed for a $100 million opening weekend in the United States - a big jump up on the $62 million opening weekend of the first film. »

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First Photos: Ryan Gosling's "Lost River"

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Ryan Gosling's directorial debut has made this year's 2014 Cannes Film Festival line-up, though it has undergone a name change. Previously titled "How to Catch a Monster," it's now going by the name "Lost River".

Saoirse Ronan, Christina Hendricks, Ben Mendohlson, Matt Smith, Eva Mendes and Iain De Caestecker star in the film which follows a single mother is swept into a dark underworld, while her teenage son discovers a road that leads him to a secret underwater town.

The first two photos from the movie have been released, one being a shot of Gosling on set. The other is a very trippy still from the film itself of a scene involving Hendricks' character.

Source: The Film Stage »

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2014 Cannes Film Festival Full Line-Up

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The official selections for the 67th Cannes Film Festival have been announced with a more mainstream than expected selection this year featuring quite a few films you've probably heard of.

New films are on over from such esteemed directors as David Cronenberg, Jean-Luc Godard, Bennett Miller, Olivier Dahan, David Michod, Zhang Yimou, Atom Egoyan, Xavier Dolan, Ken Loach, Olivier Assayas, Rolf de Heer, Michel Hazanavicius, Mike Leigh, second-timer Tommy Lee Jones and first-timer Ryan Gosling.

Opening Film (Out of Competition):

"Grace of Monaco" – Olivier Dahan

Competition:

"The Captive" – Atom Egoyan

"Clouds of Sils Maria" – Olivier Assayas

"Two Days, One Night" – Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardennes

"Foxcatcher" – Bennett Miller

"Goodbye to Language" – Jean-Luc Godard

"The Homesman" – Tommy Lee Jones

"Jimmy's Hall" – Ken Loach

"Leviathan" – Andrey Zvyagintsev

"Le Meraviglie" – Alice Rohrwacher

"Maps to the Stars" – David Cronenberg

"Mommy" – Xavier Dolan

"Mr. Turner" – Mike Leigh

"Saint Laurent" – Bertrand Bonello

"The Search" – Michel Hazanavicius »

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"Pirates 5," "Hills Cop 4" To Film This Year?

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Producer Jerry Bruckheimer looks set to have a busy end of year with at least two major sequels gearing up to begin filming before year's end.

At last report, Disney hadn't yet green lit "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales". Today, Bruckheimer says a rough schedule has already been set.

"[I hope to] get that going by this fall or end of the year if everything lines up properly" the producer tells THR. Originally slated for a July 2015 release, the project was delayed so that directors Espen Sandberg and Joachim Ronning could revamp the script by Jeff Nathanson.

A bigger surprise in the interview is that a fourth film in the "Beverly Hills Cop" series could also be shooting before year's end. At last report Brett Ratner would direct and Eddie Murphy would return as Detective Axel Foley, but not much further progress has been made.

Now, a script is »

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"Arrow" Producer On Season 3, "Flash"

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While there's been debates about the quality of Marvel's "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.", there is no debate that rival DC's "Arrow" series on The CW has been absolutely killing it quality wise this season and has set a quality standard beyond most of what's on network TV.

Collider recently sat down with executive producer and writer Andrew Kreisberg to talk about plans of season three which once again promises to shake the formula up:

Minor Spoilers Ahead

"We're gonna start season three with Oliver in very different circumstances than he's been before. Obviously, him being in different circumstances changes the circumstances of his paid bodyguard and paid assistant, since he can no longer pay them.

For season 3, you'll see that some of our familiar standing sets from season 1 and 2 that you've come to know and love as being Arrow, are gonna be retired for reasons that will become apparent, as you see [in] these last episodes. »

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"Puss in Boots" Sequel In Production?

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Dreamworks Animation is already in production on a follow-up to its 2011 solo "Puss in Boots" movie according to the film's star. Speaking with Collider, the actor says:

"We started the new one four days ago. It did incredibly well with audiences and critics, all around the world, and the character is going to keep going. This character was born almost 12 years ago. We have had a lot of fun with him, and it seems that audiences do, too. So, we're doing another one."

The news comes as a surprise as there's been no real news on the film before this aside from the return of Guillermo del Toro as executive producer. Banderas also spoke briefly about the plot:

"We take Puss to a completely different land which is very exotic. When Chris Miller, the director, said, 'I don't want Puss to happen in the same universe as the Shrek movies visually, »

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"Sin City" Sequel Storyboards Released

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The Facebook page for the upcoming "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" has premiered what's said to be a series of storyboards, though actually look more like comic panels, specially created by Frank Miller for the upcoming sequel. They're violent and lewd so you've been warned. Click on the few panels below to access the full set.

Source: Facebook »

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At-at Foot Spotted On "Star Wars" Set?

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Abu Dhabi newspaper The National has snapped a photo of what's reported to be crew from the "Star Wars: Episode VII" production gearing up for filming in the desert.

What's got people excited though is the big round prop glimpsed in the photo, which is speculated to be the foot of an Imperial At-at vehicle seen in the two "Star Wars" sequels.

Others have speculated that it resembles the escape pod used to crash land on Tatooine in the original "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope".

Either way there is no official confirmation at this point that the production has even arrived in Abu Dhabi as Disney is on lock down regarding this film. The photos were snapped in the dunes near Qasr Al Sarab resort, deep in the Abu Dhabi desert. »

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"Mrs. Doubtfire" Sequel Moves Forward

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Fox 2000 is developing a sequel to the 1993 Robin Williams comedy hit "Mrs. Doubtfire".

Both Williams and director Chris Columbus are reportedly attached to the follow-up, while "Elf" scribe David Berenbaum has signed on to write the screenplay.

The project has been languishing in development for over a decade, but suddenly picked up heat again when a new storyline by Berenbaum excited the interest of both Williams and Columbus.

No story details have yet been released. Williams starred in the original as a struggling actor and divorced father who tries to get closer to his children by pretending to be a Scottish nanny named Eupheginia Doubtfire.

Source: Variety »

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"X-Men"/"Spider-Man 2" Stinger Explained

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News came earlier today that a clip from "X-Men: Days of Future Past" will be attached to the end credits of "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" in both the United Kingdom and the United States.

Now, Variety has details on how the cross-studio deal came about and it's all due to contractual obligations.

Director Marc Webb had an existing contract with Fox Searchlight to helm another film following 2009's "500 (Days) of Summer." In 2012, Webb's negotiations with Sony to helm "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" stalled due to his Fox commitment.

Fox agreed to allow Webb to direct Sony’s "Spider-Man" sequel, but on the condition that Sony would promote its "X-Men" film for free with the stinger.

Despite the appearance, no "X-Men" and "Spider-Man" team-up movie is planned. »

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"San Andreas" Begins Filming Tuesday

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Filming is officially slated to begin this coming Tuesday on Brad Peyton's action thriller "San Andreas" at New Line Cinema and Village Roadshow Pictures.

Hugo Johnstone-Burt ("Home and Away") and Art Parkinson ("Game of Thrones") have joined the cast of the film which is set after a magnitude 9 earthquake hits California.

Dwayne Johnson plays a rescue helicopter pilot who joins with his estranged wife to travel from Los Angeles to San Francisco to save their only daughter.

Carla Gugino, Alexandra Daddario and Archie Panjabi also star. The film is being shot on location along Australia's Gold Coast and in both Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Johnson also posted a new photo of himself training for the film, which you can see below.

Source: New Line Cinema »

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Found Footage Dance In "Breaking Through"

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R&B singer John Legend is teaming with "Step Up: All In" and "Into The Storm" scribe John Swetnam for the indie coming-of-age dance drama "Breaking Through".

The project is being described as the first film to combine two different genres - dance movies and found footage. Casting begins shortly ahead of a summer shoot.

Swetnam will make his feature directorial debut on the film and the aim is to deliver a "documentary-style dance drama for the YouTube generation".

Swetnam, Mike Jackson, Uri Singer, Luis Fragali and Fabio Golombek will produce.

Source: Deadline »

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Maslany, Badgley Visit "The Paper Store"

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"Orphan Black" star Tatiana Maslany and "Gossip Girl" actor Penn Badgley are teaming for the indie revenge feature "The Paper Store".

The story follows a former college student who forges essays for cash, the client who becomes her lover, and their professor.

Katharine Clark Gray penned the script with husband Nicholas Gray, who will direct. Richard Kind also stars in the film which begins shooting next month in New York.

Source: Deadline »

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Dietrich/Garbo TV Series In The Works

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Annapurna Pictures is headed into the realm of scripted drama television. The company is developing an untitled drama exploring the relationships of famed Golden Age of Hollywood starlets Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich.

The show will feature notable figures of the period including John Gilbert, Mercedes de Acosta, Tallulah Bankhead, Alla Nazimova, Barbara Stanwyck, Cary Grant and John Wayne, among others.

"Hung" and "The L Word" alums Angela Robinson and Alex Kondracke are developing the show which Megan Ellison will serve as an executive producer on.

Source: The Live Feed »

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Final "The Hobbit" Gets A Title Change?

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A trusted source for The One Ring suggests that "The Hobbit: There and Back Again," the upcoming third and final film in Peter Jackson's trilogy, may get a title change as New Line has reportedly registered the title: "The Hobbit: Into the Fire."

In July 2012 came the decision to split 'The Hobbit' films into three rather than two. Before that the two 'Hobbit' films were set to be called "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" and "The Hobbit: There and Back Again".

When it became three films, questions arose as to what the final two films would be called. At the time, the same source for that site said New Line had registered two new titles: "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" and "The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies".

A month later, the titles were confirmed in press releases with "The Hobbit: There and Back Again" slotted back in »

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Featurettes: Marvel's "Guardians," "X-Men: Dofp"

16 April 2014 12:07 PM, PDT

A couple of featurettes for two of the biggest comic book-based films hitting this Summer. The first is for Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" which aired during "S.H.I.E.L.D." this week and is a fairly basic one that sadly contains no real new footage.

The other two deal with "X-Men: Days of Future Past" and do contain two new clips along with details about a sequence involving Magneto's helmet, and another involving dressing hundreds of extras in 1970s garb for an airport scene.

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New Details On "The Raid" Remake

16 April 2014 12:05 PM, PDT

With "The Raid 2: Berandal" out in cinemas and scoring rave reviews attention is now turning towards what's next for the franchise. Specifically Screen Gems' U.S. remake of the first film.

Currently finishing up "The Expendables 3," filmmaker Patrick Hughes is slated to tackle said remake and spoke with Coming Soon about what the plans are for the remake and how it will differ from the original:

"We have a really, really interesting take on that film. One thing, obviously the original just blew my mind.... The thing that blew my mind with that film was the aesthetics and the fight sequences but also the simplicity of the premise, and there's so much you can do with that.

So our take on it is really interesting and I feel like if anything what I want to do is elevate the emotional aspect of it, and I think those »

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FX's "The Americans" Gets A Third Season

16 April 2014 12:03 PM, PDT

Currently in the middle of airing its second season, FX has given the renewal order for its 1980s Cold War spy drama "The Americans". The 13-episode third season will go to air early next year.

The renewal for the Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys-led series is no surprise following FX CEO John Landgraf's comments last week during the cable channel's upfront presentation in New York.

Though not the ratings hit of similarly acclaimed drama shows on the network like "Justified," "Sons of Anarchy" and "American Horror Story", it is one of the most time-shifted series on cable.

The second season premiere scored 1.9 million viewers in overnight ratings, a figure that jumped to 3.3 million viewers after three days of DVR use was factors in. It also has scored a lot of both critical acclaim and awards nominations.

The renewal comes as FX faces a sea change of shows with »

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"Amazing Spider-Man 2" Gets X-Men Stinger?

16 April 2014 8:41 AM, PDT

If you sit through the end credits of the upcoming "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" expect a surprise, though how pleasant it is may depend upon which country you're watching it in.

Empire reports that at UK screenings of "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," a clip from rival studio Fox's "X-Men: Days Of Future Past" has made it onto the film's end credits as a 'stinger'.

According to the report, the clip is a straight up scene from 'Days', Not a specially crafted stinger like Marvel Studios routinely does for their films and which the first "The Amazing Spider-Man" did.

The scene sees Mystique, Havok and Toad taking on William Stryker (Josh Helman) and his men. Sony have confirmed that the clip will be attached to the film in the UK.

This, however, sounds like a territory-by-territory style deal. I attended a media screening of "Amazing Spider-Man 2" in Australia this past Monday »

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Anna Paquin Makes It Into New "X-Men"

16 April 2014 8:14 AM, PDT

Anna Paquin's Rogue will be making an appearance in Fox's upcoming "X-Men: Days Of Future Past" after all.

The actress filmed a brief scene for the movie, part of the film's extensive future-set opening action sequence, but word came a few months back that Rogue's scene had to be cut altogether.

In an Empire interview around that time, Paquin revealed she was disappointed not to make it into the film but understood.

Now it looks like she's back in. Paquin's name appears in the credits at the end of the trailer released last night. Buzzfeed contacted Fox who confirmed that Paquin in the movie, and "essentially, [it's] a cameo."

Vulture has added some spoiler-filled details about her scene:

"While Wolverine is gallivanting around in the past, Kitty Pryde is injured, and her future hold on Wolverine becomes tenuous. In order to preserve the time travel bond, then, the X-Men must find Rogue, »

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