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UK ‘Terminator: Genisys’ Trailer Elevates Jk Simmons’ Profile

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Paramount’s UK trailer for the latest Terminator iteration gives some well-deserved screen time to recent Best Supporting Oscar winner J.K. Simmons, who plays a sympathetic detective. It’s no wonder that they have featured Simmons prominently as his little film Whiplash is doing well overseas, especially in South Korea – a surprise, given the market’s penchant for tentpole actioners. Whiplash took the No. 1 spot in the all-important territory last weekend. In addition to… »


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Hugh Jackman On Instagram: Role In ‘Wolverine 3′ Will Be His Last

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Hugh Jackman’s tenure in the role that made him a star will be coming to an end in 2017. Jackman took to Instagram this morning with a cryptic post teasing that the upcoming third standalone Wolverine film will be his final appearance as the character. While it’s strange to think of Wolverine not being portrayed by Jackman, when the still-untitled Wolverine 3 hits theaters March 3, 2017, it will mark his 17th year playing the character. That’s long time no matter how you… »


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TCM Classic Film Festival: From ‘The Sound Of Music’ To Shirley MacLaine It’s Anniversary Time In Hollywood

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Although the loose theme of this year’s  TCM Classic Film Festival revolves around the word “History” in every possible meaning of the word, organizers could easily have wrapped it around the word “anniversary”  since so much of it seems to be tied to celebrating landmark years in the life of the movies, actors and filmmakers being honored this year. In fact the fest, which runs all weekend, opened Thursday night with a stunning restoration of the beloved 1965 musical, The… »

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Dwa Poised For A ‘Home’ Run With $55.5M Bow; ‘Get Hard’ Gets Rich With $36.3M – Saturday Am Update

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Update, Saturday 9Am after 3:30Am post: Studio-reported Friday figures included. DreamWorks Animation has of late been a field of gloom and doom. The studio posted close to $300M in losses last year from pics that failed to perform. The Glendale, California campus was sold and 500 people were given their walking papers. However, this weekend is looking a little brighter for Dwa as its sole 2015 feature toon Home, via 20th Century Fox, is leading the charge at the box… »


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Helen Mirren Film ‘Woman In Gold’ Aims For New Respect After Critical Brickbats At Berlin Film Festival

27 March 2015 7:28 PM, PDT

Director Simon Curtis’ terrific new film, Woman In Gold opens April 1st and I will have a full video review of it on Monday. But the movie actually had its World Premiere February 9th at the Berlin Film Festival and critics came gunning for it. “A stodgy crusade for justice directed with minimal flair,” said one. “Heavy handed,” said another. “For a while I wasn’t quite sure why I hated Woman In Gold  so very, very much,” was another opinion.  With only seven reviews… »


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Aimee Teegarden Joins Paramount’s ‘Rings'; Clemens Schick To Menace ‘The Lake’

27 March 2015 7:06 PM, PDT

Aimee Teegarden has joined Matilda Lutz and Alex Roe in Paramount’s Rings, the third installment in the horror franchise about a cursed video tape that unleashes a demonic horror which kills the unwitting viewer within seven days. Formerly called The Ring 3D, Rings began principle photography in Atlanta this week. It’s directed by F. Javier Gutiérrez from a script by David LouckaJacob Aaron Estes, and Akiva Goldsman. The former Friday Night Lights star will next be seen… »


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‘Spectre’ Trailer: Daniel Craig’s 007 Catches Up With His Past

27 March 2015 4:45 PM, PDT

If you like your trailers suspenseful, not shaken, here’s the first full extended look at Spectre, the 24th James Bond film and fourth starring Daniel Craig. The word “anticipated” is as overused in showbiz as “superstar” is in sports, but this is the follow-up to 007’s most lucrative adventure. By far. Chances are you remember the 2012 film Skyfall, which is a) Sony’s biggest film ever, b) the UK’s highest grosser and c) No. 9 on the all-time list with $1.11B worldwide… »


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Rooney Frontman Robert Schwartzman Makes Helming Debut On ‘Mf’

27 March 2015 1:19 PM, PDT

Robert Schwartzman has just begun shooting his directorial debut, a film entitled Mf. He’s mum on the logline, but his stars are Johnny Simmons, Amy Landecker, Frankie Shaw and Beverly D’Angelo. Schwartzman, who has fronted the L.A. band Rooney for more than 15 years, wrote the script with Benjamin Font. He’s producing with Mel Eslyn. His previous association with films was limited to composing original music for Palo Alto. He’s also done acting work in The Princess Diarie… »


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‘Home’ Review: Jim Parsons & Rihanna Team For Fun Frenetic Family Ride

27 March 2015 1:18 PM, PDT

Move over, E.T.: There’s a new lovable alien on Earth and ironically he’s in a movie called Home. This new DreamWorks Animation confection is the company’s only planned release this year, and as I say in my video review above it is out-of-this-world fun for the whole family. The movie skews very, very young, but adults should be happy to go along for the ride on this road trip, though, because of the zippy dialogue in Tom J. Astle and Matt Ember’s screenplay and a fine… »


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Russo Brothers Christen Getaway Productions With Mike Larocca Named President

27 March 2015 1:09 PM, PDT

Anthony and Joe Russo, who will helm the next two Avengers movies for Marvel while ramping up a Ghostbusters spinoff under their new first-look deal at Sony, did two things today: They named their company Getaway Productions, and they set Mike Larocca to be president. He comes from Chernin Entertainment, where he was senior veep and he exec produced the Paul Feig-directed Melissa McCarthy comedy Spy as well as The Drop and Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes. Before that he… »


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Paramount Enlisting Akiva Goldsman To Ramp Up ‘Transformers’ Output

27 March 2015 12:47 PM, PDT

Exclusive: Paramount Pictures wants more Transformers. Taking a page from Fox’s incubation of three Avatar sequels and what Disney is doing to revive Star Wars with a sequels and spinoffs, the studio is negotiating with Akiva Goldsman to work with franchise director Michael Bay, exec producer Steven Spielberg and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura to organize a “writer’s room” that will incubate ideas for a potential multi-part Transformers sequel, and come up with potential… »


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Meryl Streep’s ‘Suffragette’ Gets Fall Release Date

27 March 2015 12:27 PM, PDT

Focus Features has slated Suffragette, starring Meryl Streep, Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter, for an October 23 limited release. Inspired by the early-20th century campaign for women’s right to vote, the film sports potentially awards-friendly subject matter — not to mention a certain 19-time Oscar nominee. Ben Whishaw, Anne-Marie Duff and Brendan Gleeson co-star. Suffragette had a lot of positive buzz following buyers' screenings in the U.S. and London last… »


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‘Leviathan’ Sci-Fi Spec By ‘Fight Club’ Scribe Jim Uhls Sells To Fox

27 March 2015 12:24 PM, PDT

Busy on another story, I just got beaten to the punch by Variety on news that Fox acquired Leviathan, a film that Ruairi Robinson will direct, based on a short film we wrote about previously. But the story was a bit incomplete. Fox bought a spec script (not a pitch) by Fight Club scribe Jim Uhls, not a pitch as our sister publication reported. I’m told the studio paid mix six against seven figures for the script. That’s pretty good right there, but the driving force… »


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Ryan Reynolds Reveals Deadpool Costume With Burt Reynolds Parody

27 March 2015 12:21 PM, PDT

Three months after Ryan Reynolds finally sealed the deal to star in a stand-alone Deadpool movie, he’s revealed the first look at the Merc with the Mouth’s costume. Earlier today on Twitter, the erstwhile Van Wilder tweeted the this image: With great power, comes great irresponsibility. #deadpool #officialsuit @deadpoolmovie http://t.co/MPM89bYz1B— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) March 27, 2015 If it looks familiar, it should. Capitalizing on their shared last names… »


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Bruce Willis Thriller ‘Wake’ Suffers Another False Start

27 March 2015 12:12 PM, PDT

Exclusive: The Bruce Willis-starring indie thriller Wake just can’t seem to keep its eyes open. The thriller, which was shut down last month because of budget problems, was expected to start up again on March 23, but that was postponed again. Some in the cast are now considering the project dead, although apparently CAA who reps Willis and co-star Ben Kingsley are trying to help put it back together as the actors apparently love the script and want to move forward. The… »


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Bill Hader Joins Steven Spielberg’s Giant Film ‘The Bfg’

27 March 2015 11:49 AM, PDT

Exclusive: Bill Hader has joined the case Steven Spielberg directed The Bfg and will star as one of the giants in the tale about a little girl who leads a friendly giant and the Queen of England on an adventure to stop other mean giants from gobbling up others. The project is being co-financed by Walden Media and is co-producing with DreamWorks Studios. The project will shoot in Vancouver. The adaptation of Roald Dahl's 1982 kids novel of the same name was completed by… »


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Katharine McPhee Signs With ICM Partners

27 March 2015 10:54 AM, PDT

Katharine McPhee, who co-stars on CBS’ freshman spy drama Scorpion, has signed with ICM Partners. She had been with Wme. McPhee was a runner-up on American Idol in Season 5 and got her big acting break in NBC’s Broadway musical drama Smash, the big-budget effort that was cancelled after two seasons despite lots of love from the network.  She has also done film (The House Bunny) and TV (Community, CSI: NY), and then hooked up with Scorpion, based on the life of genius… »


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‘Big Bang’s Simon Helberg Is Meryl Streep’s Pianist In Stephen Frears-Directed ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’

27 March 2015 10:24 AM, PDT

Exclusive: The Big Bang Theory star Simon Helberg has just been set to star alongside Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant in Florence Foster Jenkins, the Pathe-financed film that Stephen Frears will next direct. It’s a true story and Streep plays the title character, a wealthy woman in high-society NYC in the early 2oth century who used her relationships and her fortune to gain traction as a singer. Trouble was, she couldn’t sing; she was plagued by terrible pitch and rhythm and… »


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Bond Girl Lea Seydoux Signs With WME

27 March 2015 9:18 AM, PDT

Exclusive: Wme just signed Lea Seydoux, who went from starring in the racy Cannes Palme d’Or winner Blue Is The Warmest Color to shooting the next 007 film Spectre alongside Daniel Craig. She recently wrapped the Yorgos Lanthimos-diurected The Lobster alongside Rachel Weisz, Colin Farrell and John C. Reilly and last year starred in Bertrand Bonello's Saint Laurent, Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel and Christophe Gans' Beauty And The Beast. The French actress had… »


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Gillian Flynn Joins Steve McQueen To Script New Regency Heist Thriller

27 March 2015 9:02 AM, PDT

Exclusive: After she adapted her novel Gone Girl for New Regency, Gillian Flynn has been set by the financier/producer to join 12 Years A Slave helmer Steve McQueen to co-write a heist thriller that McQueen will direct. Deal was made by New Regency president/CEO Brad Weston, and the thriller is based on the 2002 British miniseries Widows, which was written by Prime Suspect‘s Lynda La Plante. That mini focused on a caper gone wrong, where four armed robbers get killed in a… »


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