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Watch The Trailer For John Woo’s Epic Romance The Crossing

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John Woo’s latest film The Crossing is already being billed as “the Chinese Titanic.” This is either an exciting prospect or a terrifying one, depending on how you feel about James Cameron’s hugely successful shipwreck epic. If the recent trailer is any indication, The Crossing is also lot more than a shipboard romance interrupted by a big iceberg.

The two-part film takes place in China during the 1949 revolution as three disparate couples flee the country on an ill-fated steamer bound for Taiwan. The trailer also features several battle sequences that demonstrate Woo’s love of slow-motion, along with a voiceover hoping for a safe return of some of our heroes. All in all, the trailer leaves impressions more than a sense of plot, as it’s difficult to follow who is connected to whom, and why each couple must get out of China. Based on the true story »

- Lauren Humphries-Brooks

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Microsoft Slashes Xbox One Price In UK

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Microsoft has reduced the price of its current-gen console by £20 in the UK, bringing the asking price of the Xbox One down to £329.99.

For the sake of perspective, the system is now a full £100 cheaper than it was at launch, largely thanks to the company’s decision to remove the Kinect as a mandatory peripheral.

The adjusted price is currently live over on the official Microsoft Store, and it’s understood that the deal is available through other third-party retailers such as Amazon. And while the company is yet to formally announced the reduction, it hasn’t stopped eagle-eyed consumers sifting through the digital storefront to locate the offer.

Nonetheless, this is the first price cut that the Xbox One has received since the official removal of Kinect back in June, which brought the asking price down to £349 in the territory. Now, though, users can pick up the console on »

- Michael Briers

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New Images From Men, Women & Children Showcase Stellar Cast

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Jason Reitman has delivered some absolutely incredible films over the years, from Juno to Up in the Air, so it’s with great enthusiasm that we’re anticipating the arrival of his take on the Internet age, enigmatically titled Men, Women & Children. The cast is absolutely terrific, with an assortment of A-listers and red-hot up-and-comers, but the real cause for excitement is Reitman’s script, which looks to tell an ambitious story of how the connecting power of technology has rendered us more lonely than ever.

Early buzz about the film has been highly positive, with many applauding the dark tone and tense story. Particular praise has gone towards actors Adam Sandler, Rosemarie DeWitt, Ansel Elgort and Kaitlyn Dever, but the entire cast has been met with strong notices. Men, Women & Children also stars Dean NorrisJennifer Garner, Judy Greer, J.K. Simmons, Elena Kampouris, Timothée Chalamet, Olivia Crocicchia, Dennis Haysbert and Emma Thompson. »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Frosty Banner Poster For Interstellar Goes Where No Man Has Gone Before

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It seems Paramount can’t get enough of showcasing the beautiful alien vistas in Christopher Nolan’s upcoming space-set adventure, Interstellar; and quite frankly, neither can we. In these most recent images, the studio has provided us with an up-close and personal look at Matthew McConaughey’s Cooper, along with a rather beautiful banner poster.

As expected, the overall aesthetic of Interstellar looks, well, stellar, with chilling icy landscapes being the main attraction. Those inhospitable landscapes in particular will play a crucial role in the film’s plot, with humanity venturing out into the far reaches of space in order to find a surrogate home — as it happens, Nolan’s vision of Earth in the no-so-distant future is one ravaged by food shortages and climate change.

Here’s a brief description of the challenge facing McConaughey and Co., provided by the director himself.

“It’s a very classically constructed movie, »

- Michael Briers

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Vin Diesel Sports A Terrifying Beard In The Last Witch Hunter Pics

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For his upcoming supernatural actioner The Last Witch Hunter, Vin Diesel is joining the Rip Van Winkle club, judging from the looks of some new photos from the flick. Posted to Diesel’s Facebook page, as per usual for his projects, the images give us our first look at Kaulder, the titular witch hunter who attempts to prevent a sorceress-sparked apocalypse in modern-day New York City.

If the images give you pause, keep in mind that it looks like Diesel will only be bearded for the parts of the film that take place in the 13th Century. Before long, that familiar chrome-dome makes an entrance, as it is wont to do.

Breck Eisner (The Crazies) is directing The Last Witch Hunter, which follows a semi-immortal man (Diesel) who has made it his life’s work to rid the world of evil witches. In the modern age, he uncovers a massive »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Bryan Mills Is Back In Action Once Again In First Images For Taken 3

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At the ripe old age of 62, Liam Nesson is apparently not too old for this shit. Following the success of Taken 2 — financially, at least — the Irish actor is set to don the leather jacket and use his particular set of skills once again for Taken 3, which is set to open in January of 2015.

And ahead of the threequel’s release, 20th Century Fox has released the first batch of images that showcase the one man army in action.

Less “Taken” and more framed for murder, Taken 3 will see our grizzly protagonist forced to go on the run after he is falsely accused of homicide. In an interview with USA Today, Nesson himself spoke briefly about the plot, which will see the return of Maggie Grace and Famke Janssen.

“I have to go on the run, I’ll put it that way, from the not-so-lawful types and the lawful authorities. »

- Michael Briers

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Is Viggo Mortensen In The Mix For The Hateful Eight?

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Everything we’ve heard thus far about Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming Western The Hateful Eight has painted it as another typically ambitious and wild venture from the Pulp Fiction filmmaker. And now that a planned fall 2015 release has been locked down, Tarantino is finally getting around to securing an all-star cast for the pic – though, contrary to some reports, it won’t be identical to the live reading cast, which performed the script last April.

Kurt Russell and Samuel L. Jackson (who did participate in the live reading) are expected to have roles, but Jennifer Lawrence was also reportedly in talks last month. Now, The New York Daily News is reporting that The Lord of the Rings star Viggo Mortensen is also wanted for a major part in The Hateful Eight. The publication writes that Mortensen has been eyed for the role of a “ruthless gang leader.”

Surprisingly, Mortensen and Tarantino have never worked together, »

- Isaac Feldberg

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5 Leaked/Unproduced Superhero Movie Scripts That You Need To Check Out

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After watching a new, enjoyable film, I very often tend say to myself: “Hey, this movie was fantastic, I liked it a lot – I wonder what the screenplay is like!”, after which I go about it and scour through the mystical, seemingly endless depths of the Internet, desperately trying to get my hands on as much Courier-styled text as I possibly can. Because while a script might not be as entertaining as the film itself (hopefully), I do really enjoy seeing the story in text form.

But, do you know what’s even more entertaining than seeing the script your favourite movie is made from? Seeing an entirely new script! A script that hasn’t been made into a film at all. A whole new story. Let me repeat that – a whole new story you haven’t seen yet!

The good thing about this Internet era we all live in »

- Tuomas Hakola

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New Trailer For Kingsman: The Secret Service

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When the first trailer for Kingsman: The Secret Service was released some months ago, it was somewhat underwhelming. The footage selected for inclusion made it seem more like an earth-bound Men In Black reboot than an adaptation of The Secret Service comic series by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons (creators of Kick-Ass). It seems we need not have worried, though, because all the trailer needed was more Colin Firth – and that’s exactly what we get in the new trailer, which was  just released by 20th Century Fox.

This comic book adaptation comes from the pen of Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman – who previously adapted Kick-Ass with great success – and Vaughn is in the director’s chair once again. That in itself is an outstanding pedigree, but once you add in the source material and epic cast, it is easy to why such excitement is building around this upcoming release. »

- Sarah Myles

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Happy 125th Birthday, Nintendo!

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Today marks a significant occasion in the video game industry, as Nintendo are celebrating their 125th birthday. Beginning life on September 23rd, 1889 in Kyoto, Japan, the gaming legends (originally called Nintendo Koppai) started out as a playing cards company, which proved popular right up until the 1950s, when they shifted into other ventures, including a taxi company, a chain of love-themed hotels, a food company and even a TV network.

It wasn’t until the mid-1970s, however, that Nintendo began taking an interest in electronics, more specifically early video game technology to which they remain a staple of to this day. It wasn’t until the release of Donkey Kong in 1981 though that Nintendo shot to success, as it helped seal their reputation as one of the most influential gaming companies in the world.

For many people who grew up during the early stages of home video game entertainment, »

- Andrew Heaton

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Gotham Series Premiere Review: “Pilot” (Season 1, Episode 1)

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Let me start off by saying that I was always down with the idea of Gotham, a Batman prequel without Batman, the second the series was announced. I really enjoyed the Gotham Central comic books that followed Gcpd’s best and brightest as they fought crime on the corrupt streets of Gotham City, and often felt that it would make for a compelling TV show or movie.

There’s something incredibly intriguing about turning the focus of a superhero drama away from the superhero in question. The costumed heroes and caped vigilantes we’re so enamored with exist in worlds filled with normal citizens who serve mainly as background noise or people in need of saving. We hardly ever tell their stories, so the idea of a Batman series ignoring Batman altogether to focus on the citizens of his deadly city definitely piqued my interest.

Based on the pilot alone, »

- James Garcia

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Forever Series Premiere Review: “Pilot” (Season 1, Episode 1)

12 hours ago

To watch the previews for ABC’s new series Forever is to encounter a feeling of déjà vu. From year to year, how many new fall series are, A) set in New York City, B) have a distinguished foreign actor in the lead role, C) focused on a cunning protagonist who has a unique advantage for a job as a top-tier investigator, and D) compete with a supernatural twist? The odds are that any fall show with a 10pm timeslot going into the premiere season will encompass at least one of the four traits outlined above. Forever just manages to be unique by not being unique, grabbing all of the above qualifiers.

Or, perhaps the reason for déjà vu is that the series bears a formidable resemblance to New Amsterdam. That short-lived 2008 series was set in New York City with a foreign leading actor (future Game of Thrones regular Nikolaj Coster-Waldau »

- Jordan Adler

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Scorpion Series Premiere Review: “Pilot” (Season 1, Episode 1)

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Try pitching Breaking Bad in one sentence. Or Game of Thrones. Heck, try explaining something as nearly straightforward as Masters of Sex in one sentence. The elevator pitch is the Holy Grail of the Hollywood development process, and when you get that perfect project with that perfect line, you can just throw it out there and everyone will know immediately what you’re getting at. So in that spirit, here’s everything you need to know about Scorpion: it’s The Big Bang Theory meets Mission: Impossible. Boom. If that sounds like something that’s appealing then welcome, and if it’s something that sounds inane or stupid, then you are now free to return to your prestige dramas on premium cable.

Even if you didn’t know that Scorpion was a CBS show, you’d know because it combines two highly successful aspects of the current CBS line-up: »

- Adam A. Donaldson

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Three’s Company For Julianne Moore In Very Nsfw Clip From Maps To The Stars

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While David Cronenberg’s Maps To The Stars polarized critics during its festival run, the performance of its leading lady cannot be denied. As a washed-up actress desperate to regain the fame she once had, Julianne Moore went above and beyond. In a role that other actresses might have deemed alienating, or just too provocative, she shone – like a star (ahem) – in one of her finest performances in recent years. She even snagged the Best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival.

Maps To The Stars picks up the story of Moore’s older thespian in the process of signing on to star in a remake of a film made famous by her mother. Inevitably, that’s cause for concern – what if she flails in the role her mother excelled in? To assuage her fears, she enlists a personal assistant (Mia Wasikowska) and then… well, everything goes nuts.

The fading »

- Gem Seddon

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William Shatner And Leonard Nimoy May Reunite For Star Trek 3

16 hours ago

While Leonard Nimoy has become an integral part of the new Star Trek films and how they tangentially connect to the movies and TV shows that came before, one major player has remained noticeably absent: The original Captain James T. Kirk, William Shatner.

Shatner has been very vocal about being left out of the new series, and even once called J.J. Abrams a pig for not including him in the 2009 reboot. In fact, he was so upset about it that he skipped watching it entirely for quite some time. He later apologized to Abrams, but still didn’t make it into last year’s Star Trek Into Darkness.

A Shatner-less Star Trek may soon be coming to an end, however, as Badass Digest is reporting that the actor may have a role in Roberto Orci’s Star Trek 3. According to Devin Faraci, the script includes a scene that reunites »

- James Garcia

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The Deadpool Film Is Not Yet Rated, Says Co-Writer

16 hours ago

Late last week, comic book fans were overjoyed by the announcement that the long-awaited Deadpool movie finally had a greenlight from a studio, and a February 2016 release date. That joy was immediately followed by a feeling of apprehension, however, as the fate of the film’s rating started popping up.

Diehard fans of the character will tell you that the Merc with a Mouth can only be properly brought to life with a hard R. Not only does Deadpool like to drop the occasional F-bomb, but he’s got a penchant for ultra violence that isn’t quite suitable for audiences of all ages. But, with the studio already taking a risk on greenlighting the film, will 20th Century Fox feel the need to appeal to mass audiences and tone things down a bit for a PG-13 rating instead?

An early report from Schmoes Know soon after the initial release »

- James Garcia

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Colin Trevorrow’s Latest Jurassic World Pic Teases Connection To Jurassic Park

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With shooting on the latest dino romp, Jurassic World, completed last month, the release of another pic from the set has got to make you wonder: how big is Colin Trevorrow’s Sd card?

Regardless of the gigabyte capacity, the snap leaked onto Twitter by the director himself is poised to make fans of the original sit up and take notice. And then consider the implications of an innocent photo. With the simple caption “Autumn”, this latest shot pays homage to a rrecognizablelocation from the first outing, a definite throwback to Steven Spielberg’s original 1993 flick, Jurassic Park.

Beneath a pile of crisp, golden leaves, a discarded sign which reads “East Dock” lays barely recognizable amidst the foliage. For fans of the first movie, you’ll remember the sequence in which the signage appeared. Dennis Nedry, the messy, opportunistic InGen employee, stole numerous vials of dino embryos and smuggled them »

- Gem Seddon

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The Cast Inside The Strain: The Third Rail (Episode 11)

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This week’s episode of The Strain finally kicks the season ending face-off into high gear as team Eph leave Zach and Ms. Martinez in the shop as they prepare to take on The Master’s Lair. The Third Rail succeeds as this season’s most intense episode yet, thanks to some tight crawl spaces, vamped out looters, and a couple of Uv rave parties, and The Cast Inside The Strain is here to discuss it all.

This episode may have featured some of the best moments of the series so far, but Dustin and I get into a heated discussion about this week’s B-plot featuring Zach’s misadventures to find cigarettes for Ms. Martinez. How much can one storyline really ruin an episode? Tune in to hear our arguments for and against the great cigarette escapade.

Now that we’ve entered the homestretch this season, main characters seem »

- Caleb Masters

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Walter White May Tackle Zombies In Chinese Adventure The Great Wall

17 hours ago

According to Deadline, Breaking Bad‘s Bryan Cranston is in early discussions with Legendary to co-star in their upcoming epic, The Great Wall. No word on who the actor may be in line to portray, but today’s announcement comes hot on the heels of Saturday’s news that Matt Damon is in talks with Chinese director Zhang Yimou – inked to direct – for a role. Damon’s slate is already starting to get crowded, but the pair are reportedly trying to arrange a time in his busy schedule so he can snag the other lead.

Based on a script by Carlo Bernard and Doug Miro, the film will be produced by Thomas Tull, Charles Roven, Jon Jashni, Richard Suckle and Peter Loehr. In development for quite some time now, the project originally had Ed Zwick attached to direct. Man Of Steel Henry Cavill, True Blood‘s Alexander Skarsgaard, and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter »

- Gem Seddon

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The Treatment Review [Fantastic Fest 2014]

18 hours ago

Every so often a movie comes along that’s unspeakably paralyzing and gutwrenching, causing post-credit asphyxiation after your heart jumps straight into your throat. The Treatment is exactly that kind of harrowing, haunting filmmaking that elevates typical crime-drama-storytelling into realms we’d probably be better off never exploring, yet filmmaker Hans Herbots ensures you’ll be glued to your seat whether you like it or not. Based on a novel written by Mo Hayder, U.S. audiences will quickly notice parallels between Herbots’ adaptation and Denis Villeneuve’s Prisoners, but The Treatment is a shocking mystery that deserves no comparison. Kudos to Herbots and company for echoing a bleak, relentless and viciously gritty drama that never shies away from making a film too emotionally jarring, plunging into darkness while never coming up for air – heroic foreign filmmaking in a time when most American movies won’t be greenlit without a fluffy, »

- Matt Donato

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