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Tom Hiddleston is heading to Skull Island

16 September 2014 11:29 AM, PDT

At San Diego’s Comic-Con this past July, Legendary Pictures made a surprise announcement that King Kong reboot featuring the origin story of the colossal beast would be heading our way.  Now we finally have a name attached to the movie: Tom Hiddleston.

According to a studio press release, the Only Lovers Left Alive and Thor star will head up Skull Island’s cast in a yet-to-be-announced role.  No plot details have been released at this time, but we do know that the film will be primarily set on Skull Island, King Long’s jungle home. 

Godzilla writer Max Borenstein is behind the script with The Kings of Summer director Jordan Vogt-Robertsbehind the camera. 

We’ll have to wait just over two years until we can see the charismatic Hiddleston’s adventure on Skull Islandsince the film’s targeted release date is set for November 4, 2016 with production expected to begin next year. »

- Rachel West

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Matthew McConaughey takes a giant step for mankind in new Interstellar poster

16 September 2014 9:56 AM, PDT

Christopher Nolan is great at keeping secrets.  The director has kept Interstellar close at hand, revealing as little as he can about the plot of his new space odyssey.

What we do know about the plot is that spaceman Matthew McConaughey is trying to find a new home for the residents of earth with the help of Anne Hathaway.   Launched into outer space in search of a new place for humanity, the limits of space travel are put to the test with wormholes and the quest for our survival.

The brand new poster has us asking the question, “Just where in the galaxy is Matthew McConaughey?”  The actor takes front and centre in the image which was debuted by Empire magazine in the UK today. 

Nolan’s film features a literal galaxy of stars including Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine, Wes Bentley, Topher Grace, Casey Affleck, John Lithgow, Ellen Burstyn, William Devane, »

- Rachel West

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Walrus Yes: New featurette, poster and film clip from Kevin Smith's Tusk

16 September 2014 8:39 AM, PDT

It’s the film born out of a podcast. 

Kevin Smith got the idea for his latest project, Tusk, from an ad on the UK classified site Gumtree.  When he read the posting on his SModcast podcast, Smith thought it would be a great idea for a movie like no other and asked his listeners to take to Twitter to voice their opinions on the film using #WalrusYes or #WalrusNo.

Smith has said the resounding support (with only one alleged #WalrusNo vote) pushed him to take his man-becomes-walrus movie into production.  The film stars Justin Long and Haley Joel Osment as a pair of podcasters who explore the wacky and weird.  When Long’s character Wallace treks across the border to the great White North, he stumbles upon a classified ad by the Most Interesting Man in the World, a traveler with tales to tell (played by character actor Michael Parks »

- Rachel West

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Rebellion is stoked in the new Mockingjay trailer

15 September 2014 11:51 AM, PDT

Anti-Capitol sentiments are reaching fever pitch with the release on Twitter of a new trailer for the first part of the last chapter of the Hunger Games franchise, Mockingjay. 

After planting the seeds of revolt in the last installment, the rebels are now staging an all-out war against the Capitol and President Snow. So the odds may be more in their favour, they are taking guidance and inspiration from their symbolic Mockingjay, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), who can be seen poised for a fight on the latest poster. 

Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 will set our screens on fire on November 21.  »

- Valérie Bourdeau

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Idris Elba's No Good Deed topples Guardians at the box office

15 September 2014 10:07 AM, PDT

It took a murderous Idris Elba and a pair of dolphin buddies to defeat Guardians of the Galaxy at movie theaters.

The Sony thriller No Good Deed, which stars Elba as an escaped convict and Taraji P. Henson as the innocent he terrorizes, opened on top of the box office with $24.5 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. And Sony wasn't surprised.

"It's a movie that we really loved and felt that it was going to win," said Sony distribution chief Rory Bruer. "You have to give it to the cast in Idris and Taraji. Their chemistry together is fantastic."

The film nearly doubled its reported budget in its first week of release, said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for box-office tracker Rentrak.

"It's the first brand new, post-summer release to really catch on," he said.

The Warner Bros.' feel-good film Dolphin Tale 2 debuted in second place with $16.5 million. »

- Cineplex.com and contributors

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