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First look at Into the Woods with teaser trailer and photos

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Get your first look at Meryl Streep and co. as the famous fairy tale faces in the first teaser trailer and production photos for Disney’s Into the Woods.

Rob Marshall (Chicago) leads an all-star cast that includes Streep, Johnny Depp, Chris Pine, Anna Kendrick, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Tracey Ullman, and Christine Barnaski in the production adapted from Stephen Sondheim and James Lepine’s musical theatre creation.

The musical focuses on The Witch (Streep) and her desire to teach various fairytale characters including Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, and Jack (he of beanstalk fame) a lesson as the interconnected characters embark on a expedition into the woods.

 The film won’t hit theaters until Christmas Day, but you can get your first look at the film’s mega cast now…sorta.  You’ll get a good glimpse of everyone dressed in their fairytale counterparts like Chris Pine as Prince Charming, »

- Rachel West

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New images from Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan's The F Word

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In The F WordDaniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan explore the age-old question, “Can men and women be friends?”

The shot-in-Toronto romantic comedy co-stars Adam Driver, Mackenzie Davis, Megan Park, and Rafe Spall and had its premiere back in September at the Toronto International Film Festival where we had the chance to chat with bot Kazan and director Michael Dowse.

The title of the film has caused a little controversy for our friends south of the border because of ambiguous connotations as to what the “F” actually stands for (it’s totally “friends,” guys).  We Canadians can consider ourselves lucky that we get to stick with the original and more-memorable title while in the Us the movie will be known as What If

Whatever the movie is called where you are, check out over 15 photos from the film below now: »

- Rachel West

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A double-header of biopics for Get On Up's Chadwick Boseman

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A year after playing Jackie Robinson in 42, Chadwick Boseman was back in biopic spring training.

To become James Brown for the film Get On Up, Boseman needed to rely on an entirely different skill set. But the preparation necessary to transform into a tireless performer like Brown - "the hardest working man in show business," after all - was oddly reminiscent of working out on the baseball diamond.

"I was like, 'This is deja vu,'" says Boseman. "I'm waking up in the morning and lacing them up. Doesn't matter whether it's cleats or if it's leather shoes."

For the second time, Boseman has stepped into some very big ones. A largely unknown actor previously, the 32-year-old Boseman has emerged with back-to-back biopics of 20th century titans: one the revolutionary breaker of baseball's color line, the other the Godfather of Soul. Both were unstoppable forces that blazed across civil rights-era America. »

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Wrap of Con: The 10 movies from Comic-Con we're most excited to see

30 July 2014 3:00 PM, PDT

The sun has set on another exciting Comic-Con and as the weary conventioneers pack up their new-found collectables and panel swag, we’re already looking ahead to a number of films that had a big presence during the four day convention. 

From exciting mega-cast panels from studios like Warner Bros. which trotted out The Hobbit cast and debuted the firsttrailer for The Battle of the Five Armies and the mother of all studio panels, Marvel, who closed the show with everyone from Captain America to Iron Man and newcomers Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. 

It’s not all Middle Earth and superheroes.  We’re excited about everyone from the fake cops in Let’s Be Cops and Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man, The Boxtrolls, those stop-motion underground dwellers of Cheesebridge, and not to the mention those adorable masterminds, The Penguins of Madagascar (and their super secret spy recruiter Classified the wolf voiced »

- Emma Badame and Rachel West

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New Interstellar trailer rages against the dying of the light

30 July 2014 12:14 PM, PDT

Interstellar wowed the crowds as it made an unannounced and unexpected appearance at the Paramount panel atComic-Con.  Matthew McConaughey walked out on stage to a massive roar from fans before introducing director Christopher Nolan, both of whom were making their first appearance at the annual convention of all things nerdy and cool.

We got the scoop on the Interstellar and learned a few new bits of info about what we can expect from the movie during the panel which also gave fans in attendance a sneak peek at the newest trailer for the film.  The brand new trailer digs a little deeper into the plot…sort of. 

Nolan loves a good tease so in his typical style, the latest trailer clues us in to the themes of the film, more than spelling out the exact plot to us.  The movie, which focuses on space travel,

The director told the Comic-Con »

- Rachel West

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We're off to London with the Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb trailer

30 July 2014 9:54 AM, PDT

Ben Stiller is back as museum security guard Larry Daley in the third installment of the Night at the Museum franchise.   Once again, things are not looking good for the museum figures that come to life when the lights go out and only Larry can help save his friends. 

The magic tablet that brings the museum to life is quickly losing its juice, so Larry packs up his museum posse – Teddy Roosevelt (Robin Williams), Pharaoh Ahkmenrah (Rami Malek), Scajawea (Mizuo Peck), Attilia the Hun (Patrick Gallagher),and pint-sized pals Jedidiah (Owen Wilson) and Octavius (Steve Coogan) –and the gang heads to the British Museum to parley with the tablet’s creator and Ahkmenrah’s pop (Ben Kingsley).

The gang also meets a new museum guard played by Rebel Wilson, the bravest of King Arthur’s knights, Sir Lancelot (Dan Stevens), and a caveman who shares more than a slight resemblance to Stiller’s Larry. »

- Rachel West

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Radcliffe goes dark in Horns trailer

30 July 2014 8:28 AM, PDT

Sporting a flawless American accent, Daniel Radcliffe goes dark in the first full trailer for Horns.  Radcliffe stopped by Comic-Con last week to debut the trailer to the hordes of fans in Hall H who gathered to see theHarry Potter star make his first trip to Comic-Con.  The actor told the crowd that he has made a concentrated effort to pursue projects that are different from the wizarding franchise that made him famous. 

“There may have been, and I’m sure there still are, a lot of people who just see me as Harry, but it only takes one director to not,” he said during his panel. “I’ve been lucky so far in that I’ve had four or five directors who have taken a chance on me and wanted to see me do something different.”

The director taking a chance on him in Horns is Alexandre Aja (High Tension »

- Rachel West

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Who's who in the Guardians of the Galaxy

30 July 2014 6:30 AM, PDT

 

It just wouldn’t be summer without a big budget superhero flick hitting the multiplex, so you’ll no doubt be as excited as we are about the imminent arrival of Guardians of the Galaxy.

Based on the comic book movie of the same name, James Gunn’s intergalactic adventure is being touted as Marvel’s best movie yet. But, unlike Captain America, Thor and Iron Man you may not be all that familiar with the film’s kaleidoscope of comic book characters.

So before the film touches down at the box office, why not join us as we find out who’s who in the Guardians of the Galaxy. »

- Daniel Bettridge

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Meet the Guardians of the Galaxy

30 July 2014 6:30 AM, PDT

 

It just wouldn’t be summer without a big budget superhero flick hitting the multiplex, so you’ll no doubt be as excited as we are about the imminent arrival of Guardians of the Galaxy.

Based on the comic book movie of the same name, James Gunn’s intergalactic adventure is being touted as Marvel’s best movie yet. But, unlike Captain America, Thor and Iron Man you may not be all that familiar with the film’s kaleidoscope of comic book characters.

So before the film touches down at the box office, why not join us as we find out who’s who in the Guardians of the Galaxy. »

- Daniel Bettridge

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New trailer for The Maze Runner welcomes you to the Glade

29 July 2014 11:44 AM, PDT

Dylan O’Brien (“Teen Wolf”), Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Love Actually, “Game of Thrones”) and Will Poulter(The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader) star as three “Gladers,” teenagers who have been mysteriously stranded in the centre of an enormous maze in the upcoming The Maze Runner. The film, based on the best-selling Ya novel by James Dashner looks to be the male-leaning answer to The Hunger Games.

Why exactly were the boys abducted and left in the Glade? Why does Thomas (O’Brien) keep having dreams about an organization called W.C.K.D.? What exactly is in the maze? We will have to wait until September 19 to find out.

Check out the newest trailer and San Diego Comic-Con poster for The Maze Runner below! »

- Sasha James

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Midnight Madness lineup gets wacky and weird for Tiff 2014

29 July 2014 9:23 AM, PDT

Everyone’s favourite Toronto International Film Festival programme, Midnight Madness, released their lineup of horrors, thrillers, and generally terrifying cinema for 2014 today.

This year promises a more international selection of scares, boasting films from Spain, Finland, Germany, Belgium, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan. Speaking of Japan, Midnight Madness will open with Sion Sono’s Tokyo Tribe, a live-action adaptation of the best-selling manga series by Santa Inoue. Sono won the People’s Choice Award-winner last year with Why Don’t You Play in Hell?.

Joining Sono in the lineup for 2014’s Midnight Madness are Kevin Smith (Clerks) with Tusk, starring Justin Longand Haley Joel Osment; and Adam Winguard (You’re Next) with The Guest, starring Dan Stevens of Downton Abbey.

Tiff also announced their Vanguard, Masters, and documentary programmes today, which showcases films byEthan Hawke (Boyhood), Michael Winterbottom (The Trip), Peter Stickland (Berberian Sound Studio), Takashi Miike (13 Assassins), and Jean-Luc Godard »

- Sasha James

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5 takeaways from Guillermo del Toro's Crimson Peak Comic-Con preview

28 July 2014 3:26 PM, PDT

 

It doesn't feel quite like Comic-Con unless filmmaker Guillermo del Toro takes to the Hall H stage at some point during the four-day tribute to all things pop culture and fan-ish. Having showcased both Hellboy and Pacific Rim to rapturous enthusiasm in the past, the San Diego event is old hat for the Mexican auteur. Del Toro has been consistently hilarious, honest and -- to the delight of the crowd - blasphemous in each and every one of his appearances, spinning pure gold with every comment. He (probably correctly) believes the warning on-stage talent receive about keeping their comments family-friendly is a result of his earlier panels. The glee he takes in ignoring the rule is just one of the many reasons the filmmaker always seems to have the Hall H audience in his thrall.

This year del Toro was on hand to bring the assembled masses a short but »

- Emma Badame

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Every single movie poster from San Diego Comic-Con 2014

28 July 2014 2:23 PM, PDT

Marketers know it: movie lovers, comic book maniacs and all other flavours of nerds cannot resist the siren call of Comic-Con. That is why they reserve some of their best posters, videos and announcements to be released exclusively during the annual geekfest. For those of you who couldn't make it this year and just can't keep up with the torrent of news, we've prepared a few recaps of our pilgrimage. 

We begin today with the best posters we've seen last week. We expected something rad from Marvel, of course, and they delivered big with the most talked-about artwork of the Con, a multipart poster for Avengers: Age of Ultron.That little masterpiece was drip-fed to us piece by piece and kept everyone online buzzing with rumors all week. 

Since you can't go three steps at Comic-Con without tripping over some awesome comic book artist, many studios partnered up with illustrators »

- Valérie Bourdeau

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The Battle of the Five Armies begins in trailer for The Hobbit finale

28 July 2014 1:25 PM, PDT

Billy Boyd reprises his “The Edge of Night” theme from The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King as the hobbit Pippin in the trailer for the end of The Hobbit trilogy. He’s, of course, not in the trailer (he’s not alive yet), but he’s providing the tone for a trailer that promises an epic, emotional finale to Peter Jackson’s second venture into Middle-Earth.

There will also be dragons.

“The Defining Chapter” of the Hobbit trilogy, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, will star Martin Freemanas Bilbo Baggins and Ian McKellen as Gandalf with Lee Pace, Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, Cate Blanchett, Richard Armitage, Orlando Bloom, Hugo Weaving, Billy Connolly, Christopher Lee, and Aidan Turner.

Check out the brand new trailer for the film below, and a bonus poster of Martin Freeman as the eponymous and infamous hobbit: »

- Sasha James

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Quiz: Biographies, biopics and based on a true story

28 July 2014 9:31 AM, PDT

James Brown is the latest figure to have his life story turned into a biopic in this week’s Get On Up, starring Chadwick Boseman (42) and the late singer. 

Biopics are an actor’s gateway to an Oscar nomination and those that play characters based on real people are often counted as the frontrunner in the awards race.  Biographical reenactments are often counted as the highest form of acting talent with great scrutiny to not only the look of the real-life character but also sound and mannerisms of said person.  Just look at previous winner Daniel Day-Lewis.  Much was made about his uncanny resemblance to Honest Abe in Lincoln, and there was just as much debate over his choice to play Lincoln with a somewhat high-pitched voice.

Since 2000, over 35 performances in biopics have been nominated across the four acting categories at the Academy Awards.   Winning roles have included famous people »

- Rachel West

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Katniss will rise in first trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

27 July 2014 10:12 PM, PDT

The games destroyed her but like the Mockingjay, she will rise.

The first full teaser trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 has arrived, continuing the momentum from where we last left off with Katniss and co. 

The trailer is heavy on the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Julianne Moore, a new addition to the Hunger Gamescast.  A conversation between their two characters sets the tone for the trailer as we learn that the rebellion hinges on Katniss’ (Jennifer Lawrence) bow and arrow.  The Games have destroyed Katniss’ spirit and taken Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) from her but she is still the symbol of rebellion for the people to rise up against the Capitol.  President Snow (Donald Sutherland) will stop at nothing to regain control as we get brief glimpses of the destruction and mayhem that is to come.  After he not-so-subtly warned Katniss and her supporters in the first two Capitol addresses, »

- Rachel West

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8 things we learned at the Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Comic-Con panel

27 July 2014 9:51 PM, PDT

Super Saturday marked what could be director Peter Jackson's final Tolkien-related Comic-Con presentation. Perhaps fittingly then, the panel proved to be both a look back at both trilogies, a thank you to fans, and a look ahead at the final film of the Hobbit series, The Battle of the Five Armies.

The prolific New Zealander took that stage in Hall H along with moderator (and obsessive Tolkienite) Stephen Colbert, screenwriter and producer Philipa Boyens and popular cast members Benedict Cumberbatch, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Graham McTavish, Andy Serkis, and Elijah Wood. Notably missing this time around? Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage and Ian McKellen. Both Freeman and Armitage are starring in London theatre productions at the moment, "Richard III" and "The Crucible" respectively, while McKellen is filming his next project.

Tune in after the cut as we run down the top ten takeaways from »

- Emma Badame

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8 things we learned at the Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies Comic-Con panel

27 July 2014 9:51 PM, PDT

Super Saturday marked what could be director Peter Jackson's final Tolkien-related Comic-Con presentation. Perhaps fittingly then, the panel proved to be both a look back at both trilogies, a thank you to fans, and a look ahead at the final film of the Hobbit series, The Battle of Five Armies.

The prolific New Zealander took that stage in Hall H along with moderator (and obsessive Tolkienite) Stephen Colbert, screenwriter and producer Philipa Boyens and popular cast members Benedict Cumberbatch, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Graham McTavish, Andy Serkis, and Elijah Wood. Notably missing this time around? Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage and Ian McKellen. Both Freeman and Armitage are starring in London theatre productions at the moment, "Richard III" and "The Crucible" respectively, while McKellen is filming his next project.

Tune in after the cut as we run down the top ten takeaways from the highly anticipated Warner Bros. panel! »

- Emma Badame

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Ben Kingsley voices animated villain in The Boxtrolls

27 July 2014 7:10 PM, PDT

Sir Ben Kingsley was lying down on the job while making his latest film, the stop-motion animated feature The Boxtrolls.

"I did most of my recordings lying down, reclining on a kind of sofa bed," the 70-year-old Oscar winner told an audience Saturday at Comic-Con. "I wanted his voice to come from his belly, not from where my voice normally comes from. It was a very relaxed recording session, and I did nod off occasionally."

Kingsley added that he found it "very liberating just to depend upon my voice to bring this extraordinary creature to life."

Made by the studio behind Coraline and ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls follows a family of underground creatures who come out after dark to collect above-ground garbage to construct their ever-evolving world. A human boy, voiced byIsaac Hempstead Wright of "Game of Thrones," lives among them and believes he, too, is a Boxtroll.

Kingsley's character, Snatcher, »

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