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Michelle MacLaren Confirmed To Direct Wonder Woman

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Great Hera! According to THR, Michelle MacLaren has officially signed on to direct Warner Brothers’ upcoming Wonder Woman film starring Gal Gadot. The director of some of the best episodes of Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead appeared on a shortlist for the coveted role last month, and went so far as to enter talks just two weeks ago. Now, she’ll be bringing DC’s flagship superheroine to the big screen.

MacLaren gets the job over two other directors who met with the studio: The Babadook‘s Jennifer Kent, and Homeland‘s Lesli Linka Gatter. She won’t just direct the film either; MacLaren’s jumped on board early enough that she’s been given the chance to assist the project’s writers (who have yet to be announced) and develop the story as well. We still don’t know what that story will entail, or »

- James Garcia

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7 Movies That You’ll Never Look At The Same Way Again

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When a movie is released, audiences watch it and generally glean the same view of the plot. It’s all there on the screen, and we can see exactly what happens. But, sometimes, if you turn your head slightly to the left and maybe squint a little, a whole new movie is revealed. Perhaps just below the popularly conceived surface, hidden amidst story arc and dramatic device, there lies an alternative interpretation that lends an entirely different perspective to proceedings.

We’ve all heard the idea that Fight Club is really about Calvin And Hobbes, or that Ferris Bueller is really a figment of his friend Cameron’s imagination. Legendary is the concept that The Shining represents the oppression of indigenous people, that Wall-e is alone because he killed all the other clean-up robots in a psychotic rampage, that Drag Me To Hell is about eating disorders, or that Toy Story »

- Sarah Myles

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Vincent Kartheiser And Olivia Thirlby Sail The Seas In Trailer For Red Knot

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Scott Cohen’s directorial feature debut, Red Knot, was helmed on a 23-day jaunt along the coasts of Argentina and Antarctica. Sounds like quite the feat, especially considering it’s Cohen’s first shot at a feature. However, his prior work as a photographer enabled him to harness the beautiful landscapes explored by his two stars, Vincent Kartheiser and Olivia Thirlby.

As a pair of adventure seekers, the newly-married couple opt to take a belated honeymoon cruise. I say cruise loosely because their trip actually takes place on board a research vessel headed for Antarctica. Like all flicks set at sea, or in confined spaces (or both if we’re talking about a submarine pic), tension   begins to chip away at the happy couple. This first preview offers at glimpse at the sheer breathtaking locales Cohen was able to lens. His choice of destination for the shoot is winning, as »

- Gem Seddon

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Leigh Whannell Hasn’t Ruled Out A Return To The Saw Franchise

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The Saw franchise has just celebrated its ten-year anniversary. It’s hard to believe an entire decade has passed since the cinema-going public were first introduced to the merciless game-playing of Jigsaw. Since his gory debut back in 2004, Jigsaw and his minions went on to terrorize “bad people” in a further six sequels, to varying degrees of success. So, now that it’s been four years since the last entry, 2010’s Saw: The Final Chapter, are we likely to see another take?

Last month, original producers Mark Burg and Oren Koules answered that query with a resounding yes. According to the duo, they intend to re-enlist the franchise’s original creators, James Wan and Leigh Whannell, and make their first presentation at Comic-Con 2016. Now we’ve got word on the subject from Whannell himself, who in an interview with Movies.com gave his honest opinion of the likelihood of a »

- Gem Seddon

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Sylvester Stallone Says The Expendables 4 Will Be R Rated

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As big dumb action movies go, The Expendables franchise has been among the biggest and the dumbest. Unfortunately, The Expendables 3 was not quite big and dumb enough, trying to expand the appeal of the franchise by toning down some of the madness and mayhem enough for a PG-13 rating. Sylvester Stallone now admits that this was a miscalculation, but has promised to up the ante with The Expendables 4.

Speaking with Crave Online (via /Film), Stallone confessed that attempting to broaden the appeal of the franchise was “a horrible miscalculation.” Here’s what he said:

Absolutely unequivocally yes. I believe it was a horrible miscalculation on everyone’s part in trying to reach a wider audience, but in doing such, diminish the violence that the audience expects. I’m quite certain it won’t happen again.

Stallone went on to discuss the possible future of The Expendables franchise, including »

- Lauren Humphries-Brooks

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Exclusive Interview With Matthew Goode And Allen Leech On The Imitation Game

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Opening in wide release this week, The Imitation Game is set to be one of the big awards contenders of 2014. The film stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing, the father of computer science who helped the Allies crack Nazi Germany’s Enigma machine during World War II.

Winning a warm critical reception (including our own recommendation) and the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival, The Imitation Game set itself apart with a lively and ensemble take on the biopic genre.

A couple of months back, we caught up with two of the film’s co-stars, Matthew Goode and Allen Leech, during the festival, and had an energetic discussion about the film, their secret to surviving press tours, Matthew’s least favorite nickname, and how to maintain composure when working opposite Keira Knightley.

Check it out below, and enjoy!

So how’s the festival been for you guys? »

- Sam Woolf

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HBO Finally Confirms Rachel McAdams, Taylor Kitsch And Kelly Reilly For True Detective Season 2

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HBO’s much-anticipated sophomore season of True Detective has been the subject of much speculation regarding its leading cast. Now, the cable giant has finally confirmed three names that we’d sort of assumed were pretty much on board: Rachel McAdams, Taylor Kitsch and Kelly Reilly.

The trio will join verified stars, Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn, for the season that’s set to revolve around three police officers and a career criminal who “must navigate a web of conspiracy in the aftermath of a murder.” The show will be set in Los Angeles, with Pizzolatto penning the episodes and Justin Lin set to helm the first two.

If the premise doesn’t sound remotely like the McConaughey-Harrelson show you fell in love with this year, that’s because it won’t be picking up where that story left off. Where the first nine episodes of season one revolved around two detectives in Louisiana, »

- Gem Seddon

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Frank Grillo Speaks On Crossbones’ Return In Captain America: Civil War

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Marvel’s Phase Three roster has dominated headlines since the comic behemoth unveiled the line-up last month. With so many headlining favourites returning to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, along with a clutch of new comic heroes set to make their big screen debuts, it’s easy for focus to slip from the supporting roles. However, one such thesp who knocked it out of the park this year was Frank Grillo in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Taking to the comic book format like a duck to water, his turn as Brock Rumlow was a scene stealing performance. As his fate dangled in the balance at the end of Cap’s last outing, many wondered, would he back for Captain America: Civil War?

Earlier this month, we reported that Grillo is not only back as the badass Crossbones – but he’s signed a multi-film deal with Marvel. Whether or not he »

- Gem Seddon

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer To Debut Friday In Select Theatres

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Update: On top of the nine cinemas we mentioned earlier, Disney has now released (via StarWars) the full list of all 30 cinemas scheduled to unveil the first Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser. The press release states that the rest of the world will have the opportunity to see the trailer in December. It also makes no mention of the trailer being pulled from theatres after Sunday, so there’s a chance it will remain in rotation. Here is the full list:

Az – Phoenix – Harkins – Tempe Marketplace

CA – Los Angeles – AMC – Century City

CA – Los Angeles – Indep – El Capitan

CA – Irvine – Regal – Spectrum Irvine 21

CA – San Francisco – AMC – Meteron 16

CA – San Jose – Cinemark – Oakridge 20

CA – San Diego – Regal – Mira Mesa 18

Can – Toronto – Cpx – Younge & Dundas

Can – Vancouver – Cpx – Riverport

Co – Denver – AMC – Westminster 24

DC – Wash D.C – AMC – Tysons Corner 16

Fl – Miami – Carmike – Parisian 20

Ga – Atlanta – Regal – Atlantic Station »

- Gem Seddon

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Oscar Isaac To Play The Villain In X-Men: Apocalypse

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Deadline is reporting that despite rumors which suggested Idris Elba was in line to play the titular villain in X-Men: Apocalypse, 20th Century Fox has now closed a deal with Oscar Isaac for the role, making this the second big franchise that the actor has joined, following his upcoming part in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. He’ll star alongside returning cast members Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, and Nicholas Hoult.

Originally named En Sabah Nur aka The First One, we got our first glimpse at Apocalypse during the post-credits scene of X-Men: Days of Future Past. Though plot details are still scarce, the film will take its cues from the Age of Apocalypse storyline, which is from the 1990s and focuses on “an immortal villain named Apocalypse who decides to reign havoc on the X-Men.”

Admittedly, Isaac wouldn’t have been my first pick for the role, »

- James Garcia

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NBC Calls A Production Halt On Constantine

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Bad news for fans of NBC’s Constantine: the network has called an immediate production halt on the show, meaning that its current run will be capped at 13 episodes. While NBC claims that the production halt does not mean that Constantine is canceled, it most certainly does not bode well for the show.

Constantine features Matt Ryan as “supernatural detective” John Constantine – an anti-hero who spends his time exorcising demons and practicing the dark arts. It has received praise as being more loyal to the original DC comic books than the Keanu Reeves film of the same title, but also some criticism after the series’ producers decided to more or less expunge Constantine’s canonical bisexuality.

Characterization problems, however, seem to be playing a very small role in NBC’s decision to halt production on the show. Constantine has not fared well in its Friday at 10 p.m. time slot. »

- Lauren Humphries-Brooks

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Dragon Age: Inquisition Review

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In sports, there’s something called the sophomore slump, where players entering their second year tend to drop off a bit in comparison to their debut seasons. It’s a strange stat that continues to this day, and offers a great analogy for BioWare’s Dragon Age franchise. After all, the beloved developer was applauded for its work on Dragon Age: Origins, but received a lot of grief for changes it made during the development of Dragon Age II. We’ll call it their sophomore slump.

It’s been three years since Dragon Age II became one of gaming’s most notorious underachievers, and a whole five years since Origins made its mark on the RPG genre. In that time, BioWare has worked on and released a third game in the popular series, that being Dragon Age: Inquisition. Promising many hours of intense strategy role-playing action and an incredible story to boot, »

- Chad Goodmurphy

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Gotham Has Never Looked Better In Stunning New Gameplay Video For Batman: Arkham Knight

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Ever since it was hit with a delay, Batman: Arkham Knight has quietly slinked off the scene as Rocksteady added a further layer of polish onto its upcoming sequel. But today, the revered studio brought the open-world follow-up back with a bang thanks to this all-new gameplay trailer.

Showcasing the brute strength of the Batmobile along with the expansive scope of the in-game world, the footage charts a mission that sees The Caped Crusader infiltrate an Ace Chemicals lab, pummelling a few goons and crooks in the process.

Taking place a full year after the events of its predecessor Arkham City, Rocksteady has built the upcoming sequel so that players will be introduced to a Batman at the very peak of his powers — and he’ll need them. When an array of villains descend on Gotham City — including the likes of Harley Quinn, Two Face and Scarecrow — The Dark Knight »

- Michael Briers

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Rumored Plot For Gareth Edwards’ Star Wars Spinoff Points To A Galactic Heist Movie

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While Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been chewing up all the headlines over the past couple of weeks ahead of the much-anticipated first teaser trailer — set to arrive by the end of this week, mind you — the rumors for Disney’s upcoming spinoff films have gradually been gaining more and more traction. And the one getting the most attention of late is Gareth EdwardsStar Wars movie, which will be the first to make its bow following J.J. Abrams’ trip to a galaxy far, far away.

But rather than continue in the modern universe, according to this unnamed source, Edwards’ spinoff is set to take place before the events of A New Hope and follow a group of Rebel fighters who chalk up a plan to complete the most audacious heist in the galaxy: steal and destroy the blueprints of the Death Star before it is built. As »

- Michael Briers

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Arnie Is Back As The T-800 In Leaked Photo From Terminator: Genisys

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When Paramount Pictures first lifted the curtain on its ambitious, don’t-call-me-a-reboot Terminator: Genisys, it’s safe to say fans of the reputable sci-fi franchise were left feeling a little underwhelmed. Starring Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, Matt Smith and Jason Clarke, the images were as bland as they were unoriginal in pitting the resistance against the untamed Skynet, so we’re happy to reveal that another, albeit unofficial still has surfaced online that depicts Arnold Schwarzengger himself as the T-800.

The image comes by way of TheArnoldFans.com, who took a tour of the Paramount Pictures set recently and happened across an “unreleased promo poster” of Arnie as the weathered terminator. And while it’s not exactly an overly revealing image, it’s reassuring to see a familiar face back in the mix for Genisys, and one that will have a reason for his older complexion to put the boot to those continuity issues. »

- Michael Briers

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Tina Fey’s Ellie Kemper-Led Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Moves To Netflix; Renewed For Season 2

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30 Rock creator Tina Fey’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, a comedy set to star The Office‘s Ellie Kemper, is moving from NBC to Netflix, where it has been pre-emptively renewed for a second season.

NBC originally snagged the comedy, about a woman who escapes from a doomsday cult and starts life over in New York, following a bidding war involving multiple major networks. However, the show, which Fey co-exec produces with her former 30 Rock partner Robert Carlock, was left off the network’s fall slate and never received a time slot, despite having been ordered straight to series.

Said NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt:

“When the opportunity arose for Tina Fey and Robert Carlock to premiere their new show on Netflix with a two-season commitment, we decided this was the best possible scenario to launch this captivating new series. While it was originally developed for NBC, we have a »

- Isaac Feldberg

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First Images For Joe Wright’s Pan Unveil A Novel Rendition Of Neverland

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While it’s still very much brewing in production, one of the biggest tidbits to come out of the set of Joe Wright’s Pan over the summer was the fact that Hugh Jackman shaved his entire head in order to play the infamous pirate Blackbeard, and today, we got our very first look at the Les Misérables star in costume, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly.

Billed as a whole new spin on J.M. Barrie’s classic play, Warner Bros.’ upcoming adventure stars Levi Miller, Rooney Mara, Amanda Seyfried and Garrett Hedlund, alongside Hugh Jackman. Moreover, Miller’s Pan will drop the impish personality traits of previous iterations and instead portray his character as a world-weary orphan who, as you are already well aware, never grew old.

Having been whisked away from his World War II setting to Neverland under the ruling of Blackbeard, Peter Pan soon discovers a mystical world »

- Michael Briers

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The Walking Dead Review: “Crossed” (Season 5, Episode 7)

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It only took seven episodes, but we finally got all of the regular characters in The Walking Dead into one episode, and perhaps that is one of the reasons why the momentum that the series has enjoyed so far in this fifth season kind of took a hit this week in “Crossed.” Then again, maybe it was just because “Crossed” was setting the table for next week’s midseason finale, which, as per usual, will likely be consequential and bloody for our cast of characters struggling through the zombie apocalypse. But saying that “Crossed” is far from the season’s best doesn’t mean that it wasn’t compelling, and the table being set for next Sunday’s “Coda” includes what looks like some very tasty morsels.

As predicted, Daryl arrived back at the church with Noah. Rick, Sasha and Tyreese are returning to Atlanta with them to get Beth and Carol, »

- Adam A. Donaldson

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Christian Bale Confesses He Was Initially Jealous Of Ben Affleck’s Batman

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One question that often arises among Batman fans — and frequently leads to a heated debate in the process — is who played the best version of The Caped Crusader? More than likely, such a debate boils down to either Adam WestGeorge Clooney, Christian Bale and Michael Keaton, and it’s often the latter actor that takes home the proverbial mantle. But coupled with Christopher Nolan’s M.O., Bale’s rendition of Bruce Wayne can’t be under overstated, and it turns out the actor wanted to continue his run as Gotham’s watchful protector beyond the planned trilogy.

In fact, in a recent interview with Empire, the British actor spoke candidly about Ben Affleck’s involvement in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, and how he was initially jealous of someone taking up the coveted cape and cowl so soon after he hung it up.

“I’ve got to admit initially, »

- Michael Briers

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Reader, Beware, You’re In For A Scare With These New Monster Images For Jack Black’s Goosebumps

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Whether it was through R.L. Stine’s popular and indeed extensive horror book series or via the camp television show of the same name, it’s almost inevitable that you experienced Goosebumps in some shape or form throughout the course of the 90s. Now, almost 22 years after the first novel hit the shelves, Sony is working on introducing the franchise to a modern day audience through a live-action film, and today we got our first look at some of the ghostly ghouls and malevolent clowns that will be making up the film’s roster of monsters.

The images, which you can feast your eyes on in the gallery below, include a colorful collection of baddies, and are exactly the brand of monsters that no doubt haunted your nightmares in your younger years — demonic clowns and reanimated mummies, to name but a few. And while we’re still a ways away »

- Michael Briers

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