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Exclusive Video Interview With Adrianne Palicki On John Wick

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As if screening John Wick at this year’s Fantastic Feast and interviewing Keanu Reeves (faints) wasn’t enough, actress Adrianne Palicki was also present to do some interviews in support of the badass action film. While many of you know her as Tyra Collette from the Friday Night Lights television series, comic book aficionados may now know her as Mockingbird from Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D, marking her introduction into the Marvel cinematic universe. While I’m sure that fruitful path will open many, many doors, her participation in John Wick is like a nice warm-up for the action sequences that are going to follow while she wears the Mockingbird costume.

Starring opposite Keanue Reeves, Palicki is a sarcastic rivaling agent who knows how to kick some serious ass – and look good doing so. I sat down with the actress to talk about the rigorous physical »

- Matt Donato

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ABC Cancels Manhattan Love Story And Orders More Selfie

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In the first cull of the season, ABC has terminated the fledgling comedy series Manhattan Love Story, after it failed to recover from a shaky start by its third episode. There is much debate about the validity of ratings numbers – at a time when networks are trying to gauge viewership around DVR recordings, while simultaneously scrambling to adapt to changing viewing habits in light of media streaming and ‘binge-watching’ – but it seems the situation for the show was just too dire to continue.

The short-lived series followed Dana (Analeigh Tipton) and Peter (Jake McDorman) as they embarked on a new relationship together – and explored their “unfiltered internal monologues” in the process. Written by Jeff Lowell (Two And A Half Men), the show got off to a relatively weak start – with ratings indicating that viewers were switching off after Manhattan Love Story’s lead-in show, Selfie. Numbers decreased with each subsequent episode which, »

- Sarah Myles

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Gareth Edwards Nabs Foxcatcher Cinematographer For His Star Wars Spinoff

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Much of the media cycle may be devoted to rumors and speculation surrounding J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII, but that’s not the only trip moviegoers will be taking to the beloved galaxy far, far away in the next few years. In fact, we’ll be getting one Star Wars movie a year after 2015, and the first film out the gate after Abrams’ franchise revamp is Gareth Edwards’ mysterious spinoff, which is slated for 2016.

Edwards has already brought The Book of Eli scribe Gary Whitta on board to help pen the script, and has now found another crucial crew member to help him out: Foxcatcher and Zero Dark Thirty cinematographer Greig Fraser.

Fraser announced the news himself today while speaking with HitFix about his stellar resume and extremely busy schedule. As would be expected, he’s extremely excited about working on a Star Wars movie, but was unfortunately pretty »

- James Garcia

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Constantine Review: “Non Est Asylum” (Season 1, Episode 1)

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We’ve already sat through the premieres of Gotham and The Flash, and new seasons of Arrow and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and we’ve still got the premiere of iZombie and Netflix’s Daredevil to get through before the TV year is over. But now, it’s time for Constantine, NBC’s highly anticipated series which debuted tonight.

Based on the long-running DC Comics/Vertigo book Hellblazer, and the subject of a somewhat successful yet critically derided Keanu Reeves movie, NBC is hoping that this paranormal detective/master of the dark arts will make a fine Friday night companion for their established hit Grimm. In Constantine‘s favor is that it ably sets up an easy-to-replicate procedural-style format. The pilot is efficiently creepy, and star Matt Ryan seems at least engaging in the title role. But will Constantine prove as engaging as some of its fellow comic book series? That remains to be seen. »

- Adam A. Donaldson

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Lily James And Sam Clafin Eyeing Up World War II Comedy Their Finest Hour And A Half

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The Hunger Games star Sam Claflin and Cinderella‘s Lily James are reportedly circling the lead roles in British comedy, Their Finest Hour And A Half. The witty title harkens to the average length of a film, as the movie explores the shenanigans of a film crew trying to helm a cheery wartime pic after the blitz.

Based on Lissa Evans’ 2009 award-winning novel, the adaptation caught the eye of Lone Scherfig (One Day, An Education), who is now attached to direct. Wild Gaze, Number 9 and BBC Films are working together to produce the movie, which will be introduced to buyers in Santa Monica next month at the American Film Market.

Before either actor commits to the flick, they’ll each have a number of titles hitting the market. Claflin can be next seen in The Riot Club and Love, Rosie. While his potential love interest, James, has two aces up »

- Gem Seddon

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Sebastian Stan To Star Alongside Meryl Streep In Ricki And The Flash

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Sebastian Stan is on his way to becoming just as much of a household name as his Captain America co-star Chris Evans. After his badass performance as the titular badguy in The Winter Soldier, it looks like his stock went up considerably. Just yesterday we brought you the news that the actor had joined the immense cast of Ridley Scott’s sci-fi adaptation, The Martian, and today he’s gone and signed onto another corking pic! Thanks to Deadline, we now know he’ll be joining Meryl Streep in Ricki And The Flash.

In the film, set to be directed by Jonathan Demme (Silence Of The Lambs), Stan will play Streep’s estranged son. The Oscar-winning actress will topline the movie as ageing rocker, Ricki, who plays in a local dive bar with her band The Flash. After a chat with her ex-husband (Kevin Kline), she decides she wants to »

- Gem Seddon

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Exclusive Video Interview With David Leitch And Chad Stahelski On John Wick

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Making your feature film debut isn’t the easiest feat, but it sure helps to be surrounded with actors like Keanu Reeves, Ian McShane, Willem Dafoe, and Adrianne Palicki, who bring their A-game to every single scene. That was the scenario for David Leitch and Chad Stahelski, two veteran 2nd unit guys who decided to make the leap to 1st unit for their feature debut, John Wick. You’ve seen their action work in films like The Expendables 3 and The Matrix, but these guys wanted to prove they weren’t just 2nd unit specialists who couldn’t tackle bigger fish.

The action sequences in John Wick emphatically showcase the technical prowess of Leitch and Stahelski, a testament to their action work on numerous blockbuster films, but the duo also prove they can string together a fluid movie as well. A lot of the locations really pop off the screen, especially »

- Matt Donato

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Vin Diesel’s The Last Witch Hunter Gets A Release Date

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Has Vin Diesel ever done a historical fantasy before? I don’t know: I just cannot think of the guy as that kind of action hero. But the premise of The Last Witch Hunter is based in the idea that we can accept him as a man out of time. Diesel will be an immortal hunter of witches, tasked with stopping the covens of New York City from unleashing a deadly plague on humanity. He will be helped in his endeavors by a sexy witch (Rose Leslie), evoking the age-old question: who hunts the witch hunter? The release date that Lionsgate has given the film is October 23, 2015 – so the covens will come alive just in time for Halloween next year.

The Last Witch Hunter has undergone its share of difficulties, however. The death of Paul Walker delayed production on the film due to the delay of Fast & Furious 7 (and the »

- Lauren Humphries-Brooks

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Showtime Financial Drama Billions Lands Paul Giamatti And Damian Lewis

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Showtime’s complex new drama pilot, Billions, looks set to explore the world of high finance. It doesn’t sound like the most thrilling concept for a series, except that is, when you throw a couple of extremely talented actors into the mix. Showing us the money will be Homeland‘s Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti, who’ve both been tapped to star as the show’s leads. It’s through their experiences that we’ll presumably find high finance to be rather fascinating.

Here’s the first official synopsis for the series:

Billions is a fictional drama that takes a forensic look at the world of high finance by tracking the approaching collision between two titanic figures — the hard-charging, whip-smart U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhodes (Giamatti), and the brilliant, ambitious hedge-fund king, Bobby “Axe” Axelrod (Lewis).

Could be that this has the making of a House Of Cards-inspired show. »

- Gem Seddon

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Jack O’Connell In Talks For The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

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It’s the movie that would not die! Terry Gilliam’s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote has seemed to be nothing more than the director tilting at windmills for a very long time. Back in 2000, Gilliam actually began filming the semi-adaptation of Cervantes’ Don Quixote, but the project rapidly fell apart in the wake of natural disaster, an over-ambitious production concept, scheduling conflicts with Johnny Depp, and the illness of lead Jean Rochefort. It was even the subject of a 2002 documentary Lost in La Mancha.

But Gilliam has not given up hope; indeed, he’s been trying to relaunch the project for almost a decade now. Now, it looks like he might actually get the film off the ground, this time with John Hurt in the Quixote role and, possibly, Skins star Jack O’Connell in the role vacated by Depp.

In a rumor fueled by John Hurt himself, »

- Lauren Humphries-Brooks

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Co-Op Features Teased In Latest Trailer For PS4 Exclusive Bloodborne

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During the 32nd Annual Golden Joystick Awards in London — which also brought us the stunning opening cinematic for The Witcher III: Wild Hunt — Sony premiered the latest trailer for its upcoming Victorian-era exclusive, Bloodborne.

Fans who have been following the game’s development hitherto will be familiar with its gothic horror sensibilities while also channelling the recognizable gameplay from Hidetaka Miyazaki — game director of Demon’s Souls and Dark Souls, two titles that Bloodborne undoubtedly draws inspiration from.

Still, Miyazaki’s latest is unique in its own right, introducing a more fast-paced and refined style of combat into the 19th Century — the game’s temporal setting. As a matter of fact, Bloodborne will give players the ability to utilise guns in tandem with the more traditional swords and sorcery. And you’ll need them, too, as a malicious plague has turned the residents of a village into marauding, Resident Evil 4-esque beasts. »

- Michael Briers

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More New Footage From Avengers: Age Of Ultron To Air In The Next Two Weeks

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Marvel’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron leaked trailer incident has worked in the studio’s favour. Sure, they’d prepared it for release a week later during an episode of Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., but it turns out the early launch has actually built up a lot of positive buzz about the superhero sequel. If you’ve not already checked it out then do so immediately, and soak up the tyranny of Ultron in his sinister glory. For those of you who’ve already seen it repeatedly, then you might be interested to know when the next batch of never-before-seen footage will land.

Get out your diaries folks, and make a note of these upcoming dates. First off, Marvel have still earmarked the Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. October 28th episode, which will be the next site where fans can see new footage. Second, there’ll be a Marvel special broadcast on ABC on Tuesday, »

- Gem Seddon

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Nick Frost Heads To ABC For The Finger

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British comedy favourite Nick Frost will headline a new sitcom for ABC, which is being developed by Ben Karlin (Modern Family). The Spaced alum has had a busy time of late, balancing feature films such as The Boxtrolls and Cuban Fury, with television work such as Phineas And Ferb and Mr Sloane – but The Finger might just see his career enter a new phase.

The show will centre on Nick Ferguson (Frost), who is also known as ‘The Finger.’ He is the world’s most infamous jewel thief and, in reassessing his lifestyle, he decides that he wants to retire from his life of crime and spend more time with his nine year old son. He still needs a business, of course, so he opens a sandwich shop. The show will follow his subsequent transition from one high pressure lifestyle to another – albeit a more legitimate one.

Nick Frost will »

- Sarah Myles

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Tenkai Knights: Brave Battle Review

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Until this very week, I had no idea that the Tenkai Knights TV show and toy line even existed. That changed, though, when I went to pick up my mail and noticed that a large box from Bandai Namco was somehow wedged into one of the package slots. Inside I found a boxed toy, as well as a copy of a game I’d never heard of, that being Tenkai Knights: Brave Battle for the Nintendo 3Ds.

After giving the toy to my young neighbour, I sat back and researched what I was about to review. After all, the game wasn’t sent to me for no reason at all; there was a note inside asking me to check it out and provide a write-up of my thoughts. It was then that I read about the IP, and took a look at some gameplay videos from the title in question. »

- Chad Goodmurphy

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Everybody Joins The Cast Of James Franco’s Next Movie Zeroville

24 October 2014 1:01 PM, PDT

James Franco’s next filmmaking project, Zeroville, began its journey back in 2011 when the director-actor-writer-poet-artist optioned the rights to Steve Erickson’s novel. Alas, with so many ventures cluttering Franco’s plate it’s easy to see how this zany caper hasn’t received much notice. That is until today, as Screen Daily has learned that the film has already begun shooting – and there’s a ton of big names attached.

In addition to the main man himself nabbing a starring role, Seth Rogen, Jacki Weaver, Megan Fox, Will Ferrell, Danny McBride, Dave Franco, Craig Robinson, Joey King and Horatio Sanz have also signed on to star. The basic premise revolves around a film nerd who relocates to Hollywood in the 1960s to be closer to the ‘biz. However, he “enters a world of sex, drugs, rock and roll, the decline of the movie studios and the rise of independent renegade directors. »

- Gem Seddon

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The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies To Climax With A 45-Minute Battle

24 October 2014 12:31 PM, PDT

The time is nearly upon us when we’ll finally say goodbye to Middle Earth, as Peter Jackson’s last hurrah – The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies – will soon be arriving in theatres. For those detractors who believe stretching out a pamphlet into a three-part fantasy epic is to blame for The Hobbit‘s sluggish pace, we’ve got news for you. According to EW, the ending scene will be a mammoth 45-minute long battle sequence.

“We have a rule that we’re not allowed to go more than two or three shots of anonymous people fighting without cutting back to our principal characters,” Peter Jackson told the magazine. “Otherwise the audience just ends up with battle fatigue.”

Along with Jackson’s interview are several key pieces of artwork, focusing on the climactic showdown. The brawl will take place at the foot of Lonely Mountain, as all races »

- Gem Seddon

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Exclusive: The ABCs Of Death 2’s Juan Martinez Moreno Reveals His Favorite Cinematic Death

24 October 2014 12:29 PM, PDT

Continuing our ongoing coverage of The ABCs Of Death 2, we have a special guest entry from the director of “S is for Split,” Juan Martinez Moreno. Since the whole concept of Drafthouse Films’ horror anthology revolves around creating a single death sequence out of whichever letter each filmmaker is given, the directors were also asked to write about their favorite on-screen death. Picking a beautiful scene from an equally beautiful movie, here’s what Moreno had to say about his favorite cinematic death:

Juan Martinez Moreno: It’s impossible to choose just one death, but I’ll chose one that really shocked me in the last years: the pool attack in the Let The Right One In (the Swedish one), specifically the shot of the kid under the water with the hand of the bully pushing his head down. There are a myriad of reasons why this scene works so well. »

- Matt Donato

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Jesse Eisenberg To Reprise Lex Luthor Role For Suicide Squad?

24 October 2014 12:17 PM, PDT

Warner Bros. laid out their entire DC-dominated slate last week, with a number of previously rumoured projects finally landing official confirmation. One which has immediately sprung to the forefront of web chatter is anti-hero caper, Suicide Squad. Straight out of the gate, a rumoured casting wishlist arrived online, and now there’s an additional name joining the ranks. He’ll be new to the film – but not the DC universe, as Deadline reports that Jesse Eisenberg will reprise his Lex Luthor role for Suicide Squad.

Eisenberg will unleash his version of the balding baddie in DC’s Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, and if negotiations are successful it looks like he’ll be bandying up with a crew of supervillains for another DC feature. The actor has a number of commitments on his plate right now, including Arms And The Dudes, Now You See Me 2 and the Zombieland sequel, »

- Gem Seddon

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Kaskade Gives Galantis’ Runaway (U & I) A Bit Of “Oomph”

24 October 2014 11:47 AM, PDT

After teasing it on Instagram earlier this week, Kaskade has released his remix of Galantis’ Runaway (U & I). Seeing as this is already a fantastic song, the DJ doesn’t do a whole lot with it, but he does give the track a bit of “extra ooomph,” as he says in his Tweet:

Always tricky remixing a song that I think is perfect, and pretty much everything @wearegalantis touches rocks so this was a challenge.

— Kaskade (@kaskade) October 22, 2014

…but I think I got that extra oooomph in there that will either make you vomit or jump up and down punching the air…. — Kaskade (@kaskade) October 22, 2014

After giving it a listen, you can definitely tell what Kaskade is talking about. A hard kick throughout combined with some strong energy and the twisting of chords in the chorus definitely gives the track a more pulse-pounding feel, and it works out pretty well. »

- Matt Joseph

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2014 Gotham Award Nominations Bode Well For Boyhood And The Grand Budapest Hotel

24 October 2014 11:25 AM, PDT

The 2014 fall awards season is off to a strong start with the unveiling of the nominees for this year’s Gotham Independent Film Awards. Though not as recognizable as the Oscars or Golden Globes, the Gotham Awards typically mark the start of awards season, honoring the best and brightest in independent cinema. Additionally, many of the films highlighted by the Gotham Awards go on to become Oscar frontrunners – last year’s most nominated film was eventual Best Picture winner 12 Years a Slave, and past winners have included Inside Llewyn DavisBeasts of the Southern Wild and The Hurt Locker.

This year looks to be no different, with assumed Oscar contenders like Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s technically dazzling Birdman and Richard Linklater’s ambitious 12-year project Boyhood in the mix. Excitingly, Wes Anderson’s brilliant The Grand Budapest Hotel, released way back in March, also made the cut, meaning that its »

- Isaac Feldberg

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