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"Interview" Theater Screenings List Revealed

24 December 2014 4:25 AM, PST

Sony has announced the full list of the three hundred or so theaters which are set to participate in tomorrow's release of the controversial Seth Rogen and James Franco-led satire "The Interview" in the United States. The first screenings for the film are expected to kick off late tonight in a couple of the locations.

What was supposed to be a wide release, which was then cancelled, has now been restored to a fairly substantial limited theatrical release. The full list, which will continue to be updated as more cinemas join in, can be found via the film's official Facebook page.

Update: The film has also now been made available to stream on YouTube, Google Play, Xbox or through Sony's own seetheinterview.com dedicated site to either rent for $5.99 or buy for $14.99. This is only available in the United States for the moment.

No word on a Playstation Network, »

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Weta's Letteri On "Avatar" Sequel Ambitions

24 December 2014 4:23 AM, PST

James Cameron spent years developing the technology that allowed him to create "Avatar," the film which pushed computer graphics to a new level on the big screen when it was released back in 2009. He and his team however have no intention of resting on their laurels for the three upcoming sequels.

Out doing promotional rounds for "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies," Weta Digital's Joe Letteri tells Collider that they are already pushing boundaries forward again in terms of the technology being developed to create these productions:

"We will be. We know that because we know what’s coming.  But the work now is very much the nuts and bolts.  There’s a lot of engineering work going on just to build the infrastructure for what we’re going to need to do throughout the next three films.  There’s a little bit of creative work that »

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Ruffalo Talks Hulk Personality In "Ultron"

24 December 2014 4:19 AM, PST

Whilst those involved with Joss Whedon's "Avengers: Age of Ultron" are sworn to secrecy regarding all sorts of things in the superhero team-up sequel, actor Mark Ruffalo has spoken with Total Film magazine (via Cbm) this week and says the film "is really big" and still contains "lots of laughs" for those worried about it going too dark.

Speaking about his character of Dr. Bruce Banner/Hulk, he suggests he may have a hand in the creation of the film's titular villain and discusses what happens to him both pscyhologically and romantically:

"Banner's been living in Stark Tower. They [he and Tony] have been working side by side and Bruce has his own lab now. He's doing work that augments Tony's own, which could lead to an experiment going wrong...

His relationship with Natasha deepens. There's something similar about the two of them. I see them as lost souls. They're kindred in some ways. »

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Sandler Tops Most Overpaid Actors List

24 December 2014 4:05 AM, PST

Adam Sandler has topped Forbes magazine's annual list of the most overpaid actors in Hollywood, the second time in a row for the comedian.

Forbes’ analysts examine the last three movies the actor was in and compare those combined grosses with his or her combined paycheck. The process generates an 'investment return' figure for each star - the lower the figure, the worse value they are. Sandler came in at $3.20 for every $1 paid.

Don't think this is a snobbish list though, many others who cracked this top ten are either audience and/or critical favorites. All this indicates is that their recent run of films haven't been too kind to their market value. Here's the Top 10 list in full:

Adam Sandler: returns $3.20 for every $1 paid

Johnny Depp: returns $4.10 for every $1 paid

Ben Stiller: returns $4.80 for every $1 paid

Ryan Reynolds: returns $4.90 for every $1 paid

Tom Hanks: »

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Wahlberg: "6 Billion Dollar Man" Is A Superhero

24 December 2014 3:58 AM, PST

Mark Wahlberg is as busy as ever, and in the lead up to Christmas he has been engaged in his press commitments for this week's release of "The Gambler". During the various interviews he conducted, the topic of his involvement with "The Six Billion Dollar Man" came up.

A movie adaptation of the classic Lee Majors-led 1970s television series "The Six Million Dollar Man," reports came last month that Wahlberg and his "Lone Survivor" director Peter Berg would reunite on the project. Asked by Collider about potentially starring in a superhero film in the future, the actor brought up "The Six Billion Dollar Man" on his own and suggests it is structurally very similar to the superhero genre:

"We're talking about doing Six Billion Dollar Man, which is very much a superhero, but I don’t have to wear any kind of spandex cape.  So that would be cool. »

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"Extant" Gets Revamped For Second Season

24 December 2014 3:55 AM, PST

CBS is set to revamp its summer sci-fi drama series "Extant" for its second season. Casting changes are in order, though Halle Berry is still onboard to play Isea astronaut Molly.

The first season saw her returning from a year in space and mysteriously pregnant, the second will deal with her efforts to track down her alien son who is threatening the human race.

Actors Hiroyuki Sanada and Michael O’Neill are out of the show, while Goran Visnjic's husband and Camryn Manheim's co-worker characters are being reduced to recurring status and will return only for the first few episodes of the season.

Staying on as full series regulars are Pierce Gagnon as her android son and Grace Gummer as a Humanichs Project assistant. New series regulars will be added as well, the changeover due to the different storyline.

The renewal of "Extant" came as a surprise. Launching »

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TV News: Constantine, Flash, Saul, Arrow

24 December 2014 3:53 AM, PST


NBC has announced that its supernatural drama series "Constantine" has scored a new timeslot. The adaptation of the DC Vertigo comics title is being pushed out of the Friday 10pm timeslot and will go to air two hours earlier at 8pm. Currently in the midst of its mid-season hiatus, the show is also confirmed to be returning on January 16th. [Source: Twitter]

The Flash

Fans of the superhero series were buzzing earlier this morning when a report at Spoiler TV indicated someone from The CW Tampa affiliate CW44 had indicated to them that both "The Flash" and "Jane the Virgin" had been renewed for second seasons by the network. Press contacts for The CW got in touch with the site though and said both shows have not been officially renewed yet.

Better Call Saul

After some teasers that have varied between vague and frustrating, AMC has finally released a new promo »

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"Star Trek 3" Hits July 8th 2016

23 December 2014 11:41 AM, PST

Less than a day after it was announced that frequent "Fast and Furious" film director Justin Lin has been brought in to take the helm of the third "Star Trek" film, news comes today that Paramount Pictures has announced a July 8th 2016 release date for the next chapter in the rebooted film series.

Right now there's no competition for that release slot, though Spielberg's "The Bfg" & David Yates' "Tarzan" open the week before, and "Ice Age 5" and the Damon/Greengrass 'Bourne' reunion open the following week.

The news confirms the studio is on track to release the film to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the original "Star Trek" TV series. Lin takes over from the previously linked Roberto Orci who remains onboard as producer. No word as yet if his script with J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay has been entirely ditched as rumours suggest. »

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First Trailer: "Entourage: The Movie"

23 December 2014 9:23 AM, PST

The film version of HBO's cancelled comedy "Entourage" has finally released its first trailer. Vince, E, Drama, and Turtle are back, but as usual it's Jeremy Piven's Ari Gold who steals the show here.

Creator Doug Ellin has also posted the first poster for the film which you can see below, along with the poster for "Hyde" - the movie within the movie which dominates much of the first part of the trailer and sets up much of the plot that takes place six months after the show's finale.

http://t.co/TmZnqtvNB7 #EntourageMovie Trailer! Spread the word! http://t.co/pTjvZ8fVrd pic.twitter.com/2tFQ88g0KB

Doug Ellin (@mrdougellin) December 23, 2014

“@CalvinHarris: Summer 2015 pic.twitter.com/rFhByGOMUc” this looks interesting !

Doug Ellin (@mrdougellin) December 23, 2014 »

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Emily Blunt Talks "Captain Marvel" Rumors

23 December 2014 8:11 AM, PST

Out doing press rounds for Disney's adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim musical "Into the Woods," actress Emily Blunt has been asked about the rumors that she's up for the role of Captain Marvel in the upcoming Marvel Studios' stand alone film about the super hero. She tells Collider that, despite the talk, no offer has been made or even discussed:

"It's funny 'cause I'm hearing this Captain Marvel thing from a lot of people. I have no official offer, whatsoever. No one's called. I don't know where the hell it's come from, in all honesty.

For me, I just think that the part has gotta be awesome. I just want to play great parts, and it's sometimes hard to find within those big superhero movies. The female parts are not usually great, but recently, they've been better. I don't know. It has to be the right thing."

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"Interview" Scores A Limited Xmas Release

23 December 2014 8:03 AM, PST

It appears Sony Pictures is set to screen the controversial James Franco-Seth Rogen comedy "The Interview" at Christmas after all.

The official social media feeds of both the Alamo Drafthouse and the Plaza Atlanta theater have announced that Sony Pictures has authorized them to show the film on Christmas Day. They also indicate only a handful of theaters around the nation will show the film following the cancellation of the release in the wake of the major exhibitor chains opting out of the movie.

At the same time, Variety reports that there is growing speculation that the studio will offer the film via VOD. A few days ago Sony Pictures CEO Michael Lynton indicated that no on-demand providers had stepped forward to offer handling the film's VOD release, but those circumstances may have changed.

Seth Rogen also responded to the news on Twitter, saying: "The people have spoken! »

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First Trailer: "The Woman in Gold"

23 December 2014 6:29 AM, PST

The Weinstein Company has released the poster and first trailer for Simon Curtis' true story drama "Woman in Gold". Helen Mirren stars as a Jewish refugee who fled Vienna during World War II and now seeks to reclaim a painting the Nazis stole from her family.

Ryan Reynolds plays an inexperienced lawyer who is determined to help her.  Daniel Bruhl, Katie Holmes, Charles Dance, Elizabeth McGovern, and Frances Fisher also star in the film which is aiming for an April 3rd release.


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Justin Lin To Direct "Star Trek 3"

23 December 2014 5:49 AM, PST

He was one of the rumored contenders the other week, and now it is official - Justin Lin is set to direct the next film in the "Star Trek" franchise.

Having helmed the last four released entries in the "Fast and Furious" franchise, including the popular and well-regarded "Fast Five," Lin brings a track record of someone who can certainly handle big-budget action that goes over well with global audiences.

Paramount is keen to woo the non-u.S. dollar with the next film, so it's an understandable choice. Part of it is also because Lin's schedule has been freed up as his proposed next project, the Jeremy Renner-led "The Bourne Betrayal," has been put on hold whilst the Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass 'Bourne' reunion project picks up steam.

Lin replaces Roberto Orci who exited the project in early December. J.J. Abrams, who directed the previous two outings in the franchise, »

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Kim Dickens Joins "Walking Dead" Spin-Off

23 December 2014 5:47 AM, PST

"Deadwood" alum and "Gone Girl" scene stealer Kim Dickens has landed the female lead opposite Cliff Curtis in the pilot for AMC's "The Walking Dead" companion series.

The story revolves around a divorced teacher (Curtis) and a guidance counselor (Dickens) with a troubled past, who are working together and are in a relationship. She also has two children (Frank Dillane and Alycia Debnam Carey) from a previous marriage.

The project is said to be set in California during the initial outbreak of the zombie apocalypse seen in the main series. Dickens landed the female lead after a lengthy casting process with AMC testing a number of actresses.

Robert Kirkman created the original comic and this spin-off which Adam Davidson is set to direct the pilot of. Dave Erickson co-created the series.

Source: Deadline »

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Netflix To Release New Pee-Wee Herman Film?

23 December 2014 5:35 AM, PST

Netflix is reportedly nearing a deal to distribute the new "Pee-Wee Herman" movie which Judd Apatow is producing says The Wrap.

A Netflix spokesperson cautions that there’s no deal in place yet, but other sources tell the outlet this deal has been in the works for months. Paul Reubens, who co-wrote the script with Paul Rust, reprises his iconic role in the project which aims to begin shooting next year.

The project had previously been set up at Universal, but that is confirmed to no longer be the case. It also hasn't been revealed who will be serving as the film's director, though one is said to be in place. »

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Lovecraft-Inspired "Miskatonic" Film Planned

23 December 2014 5:33 AM, PST

Indie company RadioactiveGiant has acquired the rights to develop, produce and distribute "Miskatonic," a feature film inspired by the works of acclaimed horror author H.P. Lovecraft.

Not a direct adaptation of one of his works like "The Call of Cthulhu" or "The Shadow Over Innsmouth," instead this will be an original work created in the Lovecraft tradition which melds science fiction and horror in a period setting.

Miskatonic refers to a fictional university located in the fictional Massachusetts town of Arkham. First appearing in Lovecraft's "Herbert West: Reanimator" story, references to the school and its various professors popped up in numerous works from his Cthulhu Mythos including "The Dunwich Horror," "The Shadow Out of Time," "The Dreams in the Witch House," "The Whisperer in Darkness" and "At the Mountains of Madness".

Albert Sandoval will direct from a script by Devlin Mann and Stephen Dare. Sandoval and Daemon Hillen will produce. »

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First Trailer: "The Longest Ride"

23 December 2014 5:30 AM, PST

20th Century Fox has released a poster and the first trailer for "The Longest Ride," the latest film adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks romantic drama novel.

Scott Eastwood, Britt Robertson, Alan Alda, Oona Chaplin, and Jack Huston star in the story of a star-crossed love affair between a former champion bull rider and a a college student about to embark upon her dream job in New York City's art world.

As conflicting paths and ideals test their relationship, they make an unexpected and fateful connection with Ira, a man whose memories of his own decades-long romance with his beloved wife deeply inspire the young couple.


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"Woman in Black 2" Gets A Motion Comic Prequel

23 December 2014 5:28 AM, PST

The first wide theatrical release of 2015 will be next Friday's "The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death". The supernatural sequel is set four decades after the events of the Daniel Radcliffe-led first film and follows what happens when the London Blitz forces a group of orphaned children to move into the now abandoned Eel Marsh House.

Soon, caretaker Eve (Phoebe Fox) starts to suspect the horror of the house as the children disappear one by one. Jeremy Irvine plays a pilot whom she enlists to help discover the truth, and he also narrates this clip which goes into the terrifying origins of the 'Woman' herself.


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Campbell Talks "Evil Dead" TV Series Details

22 December 2014 12:07 PM, PST

After two decades of waiting for it, fans rejoiced when word came not long ago that Bruce Campbell would return to the role of Ash from the "Evil Dead" films for a new premium cable "Evil Dead" TV series on Starz.

Ten half-hour episodes are being produced ahead of an airing in late 2015 with Campbell to return as the character, and director Sam Raimi set to helm the pilot and executive produce the series which will continue on from events of the original trilogy.

Today, Campbell has given a lengthy interview to EW and has revealed a bunch of new details about what we can expect. First up, the storyline has Ash living in a trailer park and working a thankless job when a return of the Deadites prompts him to take a road trip with two young co-workers. Asked what finally caused the project to happen, he says:

"We »

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Whedon Calls His "Ultron" Robot "Bonkers"

22 December 2014 12:05 PM, PST

It turns out the robotic villain of the next "The Avengers" movie really is the modern 'modern Prometheus'. Speaking with EW, filmmaker Joss Whedon compared the James Spader-voiced, eight-foot tall robot Ultron with that of another famed creation turning on its creator:

"It's our new Frankenstein myth. We create something in our own image and the thing turns on us. It has that pain of 'Well, why was I made? I want to kill Daddy'."

Whedon also spoke about how the character differs from other robot characters portrayed on screen:

"I don't remember seeing an artificial-intelligence movie where the robot is bonkers - the most emotionally unstable person in the film - and who has the knowledge of 3,000 years of recorded history and who is a pouty teen, all at the same time."

The comments follow on from remarks last week to Fandango in which he says the emotional »

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