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Watch: Amber Heard Choking James Franco Is One of 'The Adderall Diaries' Director's Favorite Scenes

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Actors often brag about their willingness to do their own stunts, and audiences understandably cheer at the idea. We want our movie stars to be giving it their everything in a movie. A movie may not be real, but we still want them to be doing everything as real as they can. But we usually only think of those kind of stunts in terms of things like Tom Cruise hanging off of the side of an airplane. There are other kinds of stunts that can be just as harrowing for an actor, if not more so, that are far, far more real world. One of them can be seen in the below clip from The Addreall Diaries, in which Amber Heard has to give it her all while choking James Franco. In the clip, writer-director Pamela Romanowsky touches on why it's one of her favorite scenes by explaining how...

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The Directors of 'Swiss Army Man' Explain Why It's Healthy to Find Humor In Death

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You've probably heard of Swiss Army Man as the movie where Daniel Radcliffe plays a farting corpse. You've probably seen the whimsical trailer, which does not hide the fact that Daniel Radcliffe plays a farting corpse. Here's the rub, though: Swiss Army Man is soooooooo much more than just the movie where Daniel Radcliffe plays a farting corpse. Swiss Army Man is about Hank (Paul Dano), a man who finds himself stranded on a tiny island with no rescue in sight. Just as he's given up on life, he comes across another person (Daniel Radcliffe), only they happen to be dead. The dead aren't useless, though, and Dano proceeds to find not just ways of saving his life, but a reason to live, all thanks to the decaying yet increasingly animated corpse of a...

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Remembering Anton Yelchin, Muhammad Ali, and Other Reel-Important People We Lost in June

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Reel-Important People is a monthly column that highlights those individuals in or related to the movies that have left us in recent weeks. Below you'll find names big and small and from all areas of the industry, though each was significant to the movies in his or her own way. Muhammad Ali (1942-2016) - Boxer. One of the most famous athletes of all time, he starred in his own 1977 biopic, The Greatest, which was based on his autobiography. He also stars as the main subject in the documentaries We Were Kings (see below), The Rumble in the JungleThe Trials of Muhammad Ali, and I Am Ali, and appears in the docs Malcolm XNorman Mailer: The American, Champions ForeverSoul Power, and Fidel, and in the fiction...

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'War Dogs' Trailer: Bradley Cooper Joins Jonah Hill and Miles Teller In This True Story

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Update 7/1/16: A new trailer for War Dogs is out. It's not wildly different from the first trailer, but it does feature much more of Bradley Cooper positioning himself as the film's bad guy. Check it out at the bottom of this post.   Previously 3/24/16: War Dogs may sound like the name of a movie about werewolf soldiers, but it's actually the new title for the previously announced Arms and the Dudes. Directed by Todd Phillips (the Hangover trilogy), the comedy stars Jonah Hill and Miles Teller as two entrepreneurial, party-loving bros who land a contract with the U.S. government for $300 million to supply weapons and ammunition to the Afghan military. That may sound like a silly premise making fun of the way the U.S. government spends money, but the crazy...

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'Pacific Rim 2' Nabs Release Date; Scott Eastwood Touted for Key Role

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Less than a month ago, we heard that John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) had been cast in Pacific Rim 2, the sequel to Guillermo del Toro's blockbuster about giant robots doing battle with giant monsters. Boyega will be portraying the son of the character played by Idris Elba in the first movie. As we noted at the time, Boyega's casting served as an announcement that the movie was ready to move forward. A release date has now been set for Pacific Rim 2 and it's even sooner than we had hoped. The movie is slated to open in theaters on February 23, 2018, according to The Hollywood Reporter. As of this moment, no other movie is scheduled for that date, though DC's superhero flick Black Panther is set for the week before and an untitled Fox / Marvel movie will...

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Movie News: New Look at 'X-Men' Series 'Legion'; New 'War Dogs' Trailer Adds Bradley Cooper

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Legion: A new photo from upcoming television series Legion reveals a new look at Dan Stevens (The Guest). Stevens plays David Haller, a mutant dealing with schizophrenia. In the Marvel comic book series New Mutants, the character is the son of Professor Charles Xavier. Aubrey Plaza, Jean Smart and Rachel Keller also star. The series will "likely feature all-new characters from the X-Men universe." Noah Hawley (TV's Fargo) wrote the pilot episode and will serve as showrunner for the FX series. [ScreenCrush]   Clifford the Big Red Dog: Paramount Pictures has acquired rights to Clifford the Big Red Dog. Written by Norman Bridwell and first published in 1963, the children's book series followed an 8-year-old girl and her adventures with a dog who grows to...

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Today in Movie Culture: Ant-Man vs. Iron Man, Albert Brooks Urges You to Stream His Movies and More

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Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Streaming Movie Promo of the Day: Albert Brooks directly urges his new young fans, who know him from Drive and Finding Dory, to watch his old movies now that they've been added to Netflix:   Superhero Battle of the Day: Watch a reimagined version of the Ant-Man versus Iron Man fight from Captain America: Civil War in stop-motion Lego form (via Geek Tyrant):   Superhero Science of the Day: Kyle Hill explains, scientifically, what should really happen to the movie version of Deadpool if he was decapitated:   Movie Truth of the Day: The Film Theorists spend more than 10 minutes answering the apparently often-asked question of how...

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Watch Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn in A New Red-Band 'Bad Moms' Trailer

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Update 6/30/16: Two new trailers for Bad Moms hit online today. We've added them to the bottom of this post.   Previously: It's funny how movies can change once the casting process begins, One year ago, Leslie Mann was set to star in an R-rated comedy "about women and the challenges of motherhood," with Judd Apatow on board as a producer. Six months later, Mann and Apatow had dropped out and Mila Kunis, Christina Applegate and Kristen Bell were tapped to star. Now the first trailer for Bad Moms has been released and it's become crystal clear that the movie will be an extremely raunchy comedy. You can watch the red-band trailer below, but beware that it's definitely not safe for work. (If you prefer the safer, green-band trailer, head over to...

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Peter Jackson is Making a Secret Amblin Movie for Steven Spielberg

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When we spoke to Kristie Macosko Krieger, Steven Spielberg's producer, last year for Bridge of Spies we asked if we'd ever see the promised sequel to The Adventures of Tintin. At the time she said, "I think we will. Peter Jackson will direct the next Tintin, they are working on the story. We don't know when it will happen, but the hope and the prayer is to make Tintin 2. But it's up to Peter Jackson. Peter's directing it and Steven is producing, which was always their plan together. " That's reassuring for fans of the first mo-cap adventure movie, but now Spielberg has revealed that he and Jackson have plans for another movie before Tintin. What movie is that? Spielberg's not saying, but he did confirm this to The New Zealand...

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Brad Pitt Narrates the Unfolding of the Universe in the 'Voyage of Time' Trailer

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How do you get a bunch of hardcore cinephiles to take interest in an average IMAX documentary? Get Terrence Malick to write and direct one, of course. The trailer for his first nonfiction effort, Voyage of Time, is filled with remarkable imagery and a spiritual address of the history of the universe, as narrated by Brad Pitt, and it feels pretty familiar if you've seen enough large-format efforts found in museums and special exhibits around the world. Not that this brand of the familiar isn't still totally amazing.  The doc should also remind Malick fans of the creation of the universe segment in his 2011 movie The Tree of Life (which stars Pitt). For this new dream project, which is 30 years in the making, the filmmaker even works with cinematographer...

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Disney Makes 'Wreck-It Ralph 2' Official

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Last summer John C. Reilly casually mentioned in an interview that he had recently signed on to be in Wreck-It Ralph 2. He probably then got quite a few calls from Disney Animation asking politely for him to stop talking about a sequel they hadn't even announced yet. We then went another 12 months with tidbits teasing a sequel to the hit movie about the secret lives of video game avatars, but nothing unofficial. Until today. Walt Disney Animation Studios officially announced Wreck-It Ralph 2 during a Facebook Live video event. They didn't reveal much in way of concrete details, only that Rich Moore and Phil Johnston will be co-writing and co-directing the sequel, which will star John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman. As for the story, the only tease offered is that the...

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'Why Him?" Trailer: Bryan Cranston Cannot Stand James Franco Dating His Daughter

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James Franco is maybe a little too good at playing tattooed weirdos. His Alien was one of the best parts of Spring Breakers and it seems like he's tapped into some of that magic for the new comedy Why Him? In it he plays an eccentric internet zillionaire who begins dating the straight-laced daughter (Zoey Deutch) of a very grumpy, very traditional father played by Bryan Cranston. Cranston immediately bristles at the idea of his daughter dating such a personality, so you can imagine that the idea of Franco marrying his daughter is unacceptable. What follows looks like a pretty standard culture clash comedy about an old fuddyduddy too stuck in his own ways to accept different people.  Unless you watch the red band trailer, that is. Then it becomes a rather...

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Watch Tom Hanks as Hero Pilot in First Trailer for Clint Eastwood's 'Sully'

30 June 2016 1:30 PM, PDT

Over a career that has stretched more than 35 years so far, Tom Hanks has acted in dozens of movies and television shows, yet he has never crossed paths with the legendary Clint Eastwood for a big-screen production -- until now. The two have teamed for Sully, an adaptation of the biography Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters by Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger and Jeffrey Zaslow. Sullenberger is the pilot who landed a jet in New York's Hudson River back in 2009, saving the lives of all 155 passengers and crew members on board. The book covers Sullenberger's life up until that fateful flight as he learned to fly, served in the Air Force and then spent many years as a commercial air pilot. As the first trailer for Sully indicates, however, the movie also...

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Movie News: See Vinnie Jones in 'Kingsman 2'; 'Jesus Vr - The Story of Christ' Heads to Virtual Reality

30 June 2016 12:00 PM, PDT

Kingsman: The Golden Circle: Vinnie Jones, known for playing a series of villainous roles, looks quite happy with Julianne Moore on the set of Kingsman: The Golden Circle. Jones announced his pleasure at reuniting with director Matthew Vaughn for the movie because Vaughn cast Jones in his first role in 1999's Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrel (Vaughn was a producer on that film). The Kingsman sequel is scheduled for theatrical release on June 16, 2017. [Twitter via Coming Soon]   Jesus Vr - The Story of Christ: A new live-action movie about Jesus Christ is aiming for release on virtual reality platforms in time for Christmas. Jesus Vr - The Story of Christ has already been filmed on location in Italy. Tim Fellingham (Final Destination 5) stars as Jesus; David...

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Marvel Studios Countdown: What Announcements We Want From Comic-Con

30 June 2016

In a couple of weeks, Comic-Con International will be upon us again, and with it a flurry of trailers and casting and new film announcements that will fuel fandom’s conversations until 2017, when it all happens again. On the Marvel Studios side, they’re obviously going to be showcasing Doctor Strange, since it’s their next big release, but what else can we hope to see from the McU?   The First Trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 This has all but been confirmed by director James Gunn and It feels right to reveal Guardians info at Sdcc, since that’s where we learned the first one was part of Marvel’s plan. We have no real hint of the plot of the sequel yet, so that’d be a pretty important reveal. Other things fans are waiting for...

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Today in Movie Culture: Steven Spielberg's Universal Studios Tour, 'Fantastic Four' Franchise Parody and More

29 June 2016 11:00 PM, PDT

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Studio Tour of the Day: Steven Spielberg guides us on a fascinating tour of the Universal Studios backlot, with focus on his history there and the remaining sets from his movies (via /Film):   Superhero Franchise Parody of the Day: The Fantastic Four face their greatest nemesis, the Fox studio executive, in this sad animated parody from Dorkly:   Experiment of the Day:  Vanity Fair had people describe criminal characters from Pulp Fiction, Heat, and Pineapple Express to a forensic sketch artist to see how well he'd draw them:   Casting Interpretation of the Day:  With Kellan Lutz rumored to be up for He-Man in Masters of the...

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Miles Teller Weighs In For Oscar Contention with 'Bleed For This' Trailer

29 June 2016 9:30 PM, PDT

The trailer for the next great boxing movie has arrived, and it's a knockout. Miles Teller stars in Bleed for This as real-life champ Vinny Pazienza, aka Vinny Paz, "The Pazmanian Devil," and he could be a contender for an Oscar if this first spot is any indication. The sports biopic offers the actor an awards-baiting premise of critically injured athlete defeating all odds to make an inspiring comeback. And with Ben Younger (Boiler Room) at the helm, with his first feature in more than a decade, plus the genuine talent of the Whiplash star, Bleed for This looks deserving of the consideration it might be a in line for Academy recognition. If your impression is also that the movie feels like a Martin Scorsese picture, that's fine...

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Watch Matt Damon Trick People Into Becoming Jason Bourne-like Spies

29 June 2016 8:00 PM, PDT

What if some stranger dropped a phone in your lap, told you to answer it and took off? Would you answer it? And what if the person on the other end began giving you a specific set of instructions that involved retrieving packages from a mysterious dude standing on a bridge? Would you do it? That's the prank Matt Damon pulled off on a group of unsuspecting individuals as part of a new Omaze contest tied to his upcoming Jason Bourne, due out July 29. For a $10 donation to Water.org, you'll instantly be entered into a contest where the winner will get to go to the Jason Bourne premiere and hang with Bourne himself, Matt Damon, at the after party. To launch the contest, however, they decided to stage this pretty hilarious prank, in which random folks enjoying a sunny...

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'Viral' Trailer: Teens Party While a Freaky Worm Flu Tears the World Apart

29 June 2016 6:30 PM, PDT

Pop quiz: A deadly virus with the super pleasant name of Worm Flu is spreading around. The media is freaking out. People you know start to get infected. The government quarantines your small town and your one parent is trapped outside the quarantine zone. Do you: A) Stay safely inside your house. B) Sneak out of your house so you can go to a party in the heart of the quarantine zone. If you chose B, congratulations, you're one of the silly teenagers in the new horror movie Viral! Check out the trailer below. Viral comes from Catfish and Paranormal Activity 3 directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, and while the trailer looks intriguing (even if it is showing too much), this one's impending release comes with the caveat that it's been sitting unreleased on...

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First 'Trolls' Trailer Wants You to Find Your Happy Place

29 June 2016 3:00 PM, PDT

Remember troll dolls, those humanoid pieces of molded plastic with heads of wispy, vibrant hair that had a permanent grin slapped on their face? If you don't, you were probably born after the late '90s, which is when the knickknacks experienced their last big wave of popularity. But now, as with all things '80s and '90s, they're coming back! And this time they're bringing an entire movie with them. DreamWorks Animation, makers of Home and How To Train Your Dragon, are the studio behind Trolls and they just released a first trailer for it. It features a frumpy troll voiced by Justin Timberlake, a peppy one voiced by Anna Kendrick, and then a bunch of other familiar singers and actors lending their voices to a batch of magical trolls on the run from a larger...

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