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New Book Contends Eric Stoltz Was “Difficult” & The Cast Wasn’t Shocked He Was Replaced On ‘Back To The Future’

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Happy birthday, “Back To The Future” - which was released thirty years ago today. One of the most legendary stories of the now-iconic blockbuster, and perhaps one of the biggest what-ifs in the history of mainstream cinema, is obviously the chronicle of Eric Stoltz and the movies casting. The tale is well storied: while Michael J. Fox ultimately went on to play the seminal role of Marty McFly, it was then up-and-comer Stoltz who was originally cast in the lead part. And it’s not like they suddenly changed their mind. Robert Zemeckis and crew shot for five weeks on “Back To the Future” with Stoltz as Marty McFly, only to make the incredibly tough decision to recast the lead role and reshoot the entire movie over again with Fox (who was the director’s first choice, but they couldn’t get him at the time due to the shooting »

- Edward Davis

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Ava DuVernay Says She’s Passed On Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’

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So we can finally put this rumor/story to bed, “Selma” director Ava DuVernay told Essence magazine today that she’s passed on Marvel’s “Black Panther” movie. “I guess I'll declare my independence from this rumor on 4th of July weekend and Essence weekend!” she said. “I'm not signing on to direct Black Panther.” Perhaps to no surprise, DuVernay said her ideas of what a Black Panther movie would be and what a Marvel version would be were vastly different. “I think I’ll just say we had different ideas about what the story would be. Marvel has a certain way of doing things and I think they’re fantastic and a lot of people love what they do. I loved that they reached out to me.” “I loved meeting Chadwick [Boseman] and writers and all the Marvel execs,” she continues. “In the end, it comes down to story and perspective. »

- Edward Davis

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Watch: Scott Lang Wants To Call The Avengers In New International 'Ant-Man' Trailer

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Marvel's promo machine is in full force with another international trailer cut for "Ant-Man." And with the trades already predicting a big $65 million dollar opening for the movie in the U.S., perhaps the studio is going into overdrive to make sure "Ant-Man" will hit that number. While touted as a standalone(ish) movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there has still been much straining by everyone involved to remind you that The Avengers still exist in this world. And in this promo, Scott Lang would prefer to call them then to try and become a hero himself. Meanwhile, an intriguing new viral clip acts as a mini-prequel to the movie, with a quick tease of the events in "Avengers: Age Of Ultron" and a hint at Lang's stint in jail. Read More: New 'Ant-Man' Photos; Movie May Include More Marvel Cinematic Universe Characters "Ant-Man" arrives on July 17th. »


- Kevin Jagernauth

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Corsets And The Undead Featured In New Pics From 'Pride And Prejudice And Zombies'

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The world of Jane Austen is associated with fussy manners and crises of morality and emotion, but in the hands of writer Seth Grahame-Smith, it's the perfect setting for the undead. His wild reimagining "Pride And Prejudice And Zombies" is finally hitting the big screen after years in development, and some bloody new images have arrived. Read More: 'Pride And Prejudice And Zombies' Rises With Sam Riley, Bella Heathcote & Jack Huston Joining Lilly James  “Rather than knitting and crocheting, they’re polishing muskets,” lead Lily James, who plays Elizabeth Bennett, tells EW about the girls and the movie. And her character is “the most badass zombie slayer there is.” However, the most interesting thing about the film might be the approach, which director Burr Steers ("Igby Goes Down") is promising won't be arch. “The idea was that it was 'Pride and Prejudice' set in this alternate »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Review: 'Winter's Bone' Director Debra Granik Paints A Remarkable Portrait With Documentary 'Stray Dog'

2 July 2015 3:33 PM, PDT

When “Winter’s Bone” writer and director Debra Granik ventured to Missouri to make the film, she returned with more than she expected — the subject of her next film, in the form of Ron “Stray Dog” Hall, a biker and Vietnam vet with a heart of gold and a head full of nightmares. Granik brings an un-showy, observational documentary style to this intimate look at Stray Dog’s life, navigating his trusty Harley along Missouri’s open road, with his new Mexican wife, Alicia, riding on the back of the bike. Read More: 'Winter's Bone' Writer/Director Writing A Treatment For A 'Pippi Longstocking' Movie “Stray Dog” is the story of cultures meeting, clashing, melding together, and being preserved. Ron has long been a part of the Missouri biker culture, with all the leather vests, line dancing, and moonshine that it entails. As the owner of the At Ease Rv Park, »

- Katie Walsh

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Francis Lawrence Says The Final ‘Hunger Games’ Is The Most Emotional, Plus New Photos Of The Last Chapter

2 July 2015 3:02 PM, PDT

The Hunger Games” cast is pretty much set in stone. We know who’s who, but in the final chapter, “Mockingjay—Part II,” Jennifer Lawrence’s girl power gets a boost from two “Game of Thrones” stars, Natalie Dormer (who was introduced in ‘Mockingjay—Part 1’) and Gwendoline Christie, and “True Blood” actor Michelle Forbes, who plays a new character, a lieutenant in the resistance.  “There is some serious girl power in this movie,” director Francis Lawrence told EW this week. “[Suzanne Collins] wrote it that way, and it’s been so much fun to inhabit.” Since it’s the final chapter in the war about a rebellion against the powers that be, expect some casualties. Read More: Watch Jennifer Lawrence Lead A Full-Scale War In The First Trailer For 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2' “It’s probably the most emotional of the bunch,” Lawrence added. “And I think it »

- Edward Davis

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Mark Wahlberg, Ronda Rousey, And Iko Uwais To Star In Peter Berg's Actioner 'Mile 22'

2 July 2015 2:45 PM, PDT

The bromance between Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg has been unfolding for a while now. The helmer has taken roles in the Wahlberg-produced HBO series "Entourage" and "Ballers," directed the actor in "Lone Survivor" and the currently shooting "Deepwater Horizon," and they've also got the blockbuster "Six Billion Dollar Man" brewing. And they've lined up yet another to collaborate on. Read More: 'Wild Tales' Director Damian Szifron Will Pen The Screenplay For Mark Wahlberg's 'Six Billion Dollar Man' THR reports that Wahlberg, Ronda Rousey (who starred in the Wahlberg-produced "Entourage" movie), and "The Raid" star Iko Uwais will team up for "Mile 22," with Berg behind the camera. Penned by Graham Roland ("Fringe," "Lost"), the story sounds pretty rote, following a CIA agent stationed in Indonesia who has to take his informant 22 miles from the city to the airport, with, of course, many »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Quentin Tarantino Says 'The Hateful Eight' Is The "Funniest Snow Western Ever Made" Plus New Image

2 July 2015 2:26 PM, PDT

Quentin Tarantino is going to light up San Diego Comic-Con in a couple of weeks when he struts into town with his western "The Hateful Eight," and one wonders how many of the fanboys will have seen the Robert Altman, Sergio Corbucci, or André de Toth films he references in chatting with EW. Not that it matters. Half of the fun of any Tarantino flick is tracking down the genre gems he mentions as influences.  Read More: Quentin Tarantino Saddles Up To Bring 'The Hateful Eight' To Comic-Con His star-studded western about a bunch of rogues facing off in a snow blasted waystation sounds grim, but Tarantino promises it'll have a spark of life to it as well. “I can definitely say that as bleak as our movie is, we are definitely the funniest snow Western ever made. This is funnier than 'The Great Silence,' it »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: 2 Trailers For Eli Roth's 'The Green Inferno' Head Into A Jungle Of Terror

2 July 2015 2:00 PM, PDT

It has taken a while for Eli Roth's "The Green Inferno" to land in cinemas after doing runs, starting in 2013 at the Toronto International Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, and Sitges - Catalonian International Film Festival. After running into a distribution snag that delayed a 2014 release, the film is now ready and a new trailer has just dropped. Read More: Review: Eli Roth's Cannibal Horror 'The Green Inferno' A homage and love letter to the Italian cannibal exploitation/horror films of the 1980s such as Umberto Lenzi’s 1981 “Cannibal Ferox” — the title is taken from a “film within a film” that screens in Ruggero Deodato’s 1980 cannibal exploitation flick “Cannibal Holocaust” — Roth’s ‘Green Inferno’ follows a group of young, idealistic, privileged, and pretentious college activists who travel from New York to the Amazon in order to save the rainforest and a vanishing native tribe. »

- Timothy Tau

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Watch: Charles Xavier, Magneto, And Iceman In New Clips From 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past — Rogue Cut'

2 July 2015 1:35 PM, PDT

July is going to give you a comic book movie fix and then some. Of course, Marvel is going big with their very small superhero, "Ant-Man," and over at 20th Century Fox they're hitting home video with "X-Men: Days Of Future Past — Rogue Cut." But this isn't just the theatrical cut with some extra stuff added, at least not according to Bryan Singer. The director calls it an "alternate version" of the movie. You say tomato, I say.... Read More: Watch Beast And Mystique Get Romantic In 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past — Rogue Cut' Anyway, a couple more clips have arrived. In the first we see Rogue, Magneto, and Iceman trying to escape the relentless Sentinels, while in the other, Iceman reveals to Charles Xavier that he knows someone who can help the ailing Kitty Pryde, who is guiding the volatile Wolverine through the past. Check them both out below, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Epic New Trailer For Werner Herzog's 'Queen Of The Desert' With Nicole Kidman, Robert Pattinson, & More

2 July 2015 1:06 PM, PDT

There's no date yet for the U.S. release of Werner Herzog's "Queen Of The Desert," but with the domestic distributor Atlas unveiling an epic, 3-minute-plus new trailer, we imagine one is just around the corner. This promo is the best look yet at the sweeping period piece from the filmmaker, which is something different than we're used to from the auteur. Read More: Review: Werner Herzog's 'Queen Of The Desert' Starring Nicole Kidman, James Franco, And Robert Pattinson Nicole Kidman leads the film as Gertrude Bell, a British explorer, traveler, archaeologist, and political officer who made her influence known in the Middle East during the 1920s, helping to shape its future. She's joined by James Franco, Damian Lewis, and Robert Pattinson in the historical drama and this lengthy synopsis have everything you need to know about the flick:  A true story of the life of British explorer and adventurer, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: 2 Clips & New Featurette For ‘Ant-Man’; Director Peyton Reed Would Love To Explore Hank Pym In A Prequel

2 July 2015 12:49 PM, PDT

"Listen, if we were lucky enough to be able to do a sequel or even a prequel, I'd be way into it," director Peyton Reed recently said regarding his upcoming Marvel film “Ant-Man” (you can watch the interview below). "I've really fallen in love with these characters. I was always in love with the characters in the comic book world, but there's a lot of story to tell with Hank Pym." Reed brings up an interesting point. The “Ant-Man” character was originally Henry "Hank" Pym, the creator of the Pym particles technology, which allows him and others to shrink and to communicate with ants, and a founding member of “The Avengers” in the comics. Obviously, that’s not the canon of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but when you think about it, it’s an inspired choice to make the McU version of Pym the secondary character to Paul Rudd's Scott Lang. »

- Edward Davis

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Watch: Criterion Collection Presents 3 Reasons To Check Out 'Five Easy Pieces' Plus Jack Nicholson Talks Making The Film

2 July 2015 12:21 PM, PDT

No matter what variety of cinephile you might be, it’s pretty damn hard to settle on a favorite Jack Nicholson performance from his golden run in the late '60s to the early '70s. Some swear by his crazed, magnificent turn as mental patient Randall P. McMurphy in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Next,” while others may be partial to his reefer-mad, conspiracy-spouting lawyer in the seminal outlaw flick “Easy Rider.” My personal pick would have to be Nicholson’s pitch-perfect turn as private dick Jake Gittes in Roman Polanski’s immortal “Chinatown,” but there’s no denying the power and magnetism that he exhibited in “Five Easy Pieces,” the 1970 film for which Nicholson was deservedly nominated for his first Oscar (he lost, but ended up taking one home five years later for his stellar work in 'Cuckoo’s Next'). Bob Rafelson’s drama, about a hard-living »

- Nicholas Laskin

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Simon Kinberg Insists ‘Deadpool’ Will Still Be “Graphic Hard-r,” Director Compares Tone To ‘Fight Club’

2 July 2015 11:33 AM, PDT

Ever notice halfway through a shower, that you're not in the shower at all? Just crying super hard? #HappyCanadaDay — Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) July 2, 2015 Anyone notice that Ryan Reynolds might be channeling his goofy, motor mouth Deadpool character a little too much on Twitter? Like to the point where maybe he’s not really making much sense? To wit: he told EW this week that he wants to make out with whomever leaked that test “Deadpool” footage last year because the fan response was so good that 20th Century Fox was inspired to greenlight the movie. “And not just a little kiss,” he said, “but full on the mouth, sloppy, with tongue, for two straight minutes on live television, without commercial interruption. And then I’ll buy you dinner at Red Lobster, at least, and dessert.” Anyhow, much was made about the showcase film for “Deadpool,” Marvel's famed merc with a mouth, »

- Edward Davis

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Watch: 2 Clips And New Promos For 'Southpaw' Starring Jake Gyllenhaal

2 July 2015 11:12 AM, PDT

So which movie is going to be the boxing pic of the year: Jake Gyllenhaal's "Southpaw" or Sylvester Stallone's continuation of the "Rocky" franchise, "Creed"? The latter has been riding some high buzz following the first trailer which recently dropped, but Harvey Weinstein has already been pushing the former hard as it gears up to open later this month. Read More: First Reviews For 'Southpaw' Praise Jake Gyllenhaal But Not Antoine Fuqua's Film "Southpaw" tells the story of Billy Hope, a pugilist who has it all, including a beautiful wife and precious daughter. But tragedy brings down his entire world, and he'll must turn to a retired fighter to help him get back in the way and box his way back to redemption. And you can get a sense of the gravitas in the Antoine Fuqua directed movie with these two new clips, plus some »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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The 20 Worst Films Of 2015 So Far

2 July 2015 10:25 AM, PDT

As we’ve discussed already, we reckon 2015 has been a pretty good year for movies so far. A bunch of festival favorites from 2014 have finally arrived in theaters and found wider audiences, brand new movies have arrived to great acclaim, there’ve been a few blockbusters as good as any we’ve seen in years in “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “Inside Out,” and Sundance, Cannes and other film festivals brought a new selection of tantalizing pictures that’ll be unveiled to mass audiences over time.  But it’s not all been milk and honey, unfortunately. For every great or very good film, there’s been a crushing disappointment, a total trainwreck or a barely-watchable, deeply offensive insult to anyone's intelligence. Bad movies aren’t going anywhere, and barely a week pops by without something deeply stupid hitting theaters.  There’s a value to a bad movie, though: it's possible »

- The Playlist Staff

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Watch: Video Essay Pays Tribute To The Books In Wes Anderson's Films

2 July 2015 10:01 AM, PDT

Right from the get-go, Wes Anderson’s bookish sensibility has been a huge part of his appeal. His first two films, “Bottle Rocket” and “Rushmore,” are imbued with the kind of dense, rich characterization that you typically find only in good fiction. But it wasn’t until his third and arguably best film, 2001’s family epic “The Royal Tenenbaums,” that Anderson’s literary leanings blossomed into a fully realized stylistic obsession. His inclinations as such have been in place ever since, from the short stories that pop up in “The Darjeeling Limited” (“the characters are all fictional”, as one character is fond of saying), the meticulously illustrated children’s books favored by Suzy Bishop in “Moonrise Kingdom” and the arch, omnipotent narration and storybook structure of his most recent concoction “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” Save for his delightful stop-motion yarn “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” Anderson has never made an outright adaptation »


- Nicholas Laskin

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Over 50 New Photos Of Woody Allen's 'Irrational Man' Starring Emma Stone & Joaquin Phoenix

2 July 2015 9:20 AM, PDT

When Emma Stone first met Woody Allen for an audition—a notoriously unfussy filmmaker who doesn’t really overthink things or even give much direction to his actors on set—the meeting lasted all of four minutes. “I don’t even think I took off my coat,” Stone told the WSJ recently. When she showed up on set, she says, she was “absolutely convinced I was going to be fired. It’s terrifying. He doesn’t do table reads or any rehearsal. You can’t even ask questions about your character, because he’ll be like: ‘You know this is a movie, right?’ ” Allen hilariously added, “I never talk to any of the actors in any of my movies about anything if I can avoid it.” But clearly Stone’s made the cut and potentially is Allen’s new muse. She’s been his leading lady in two films back to back, »

- Edward Davis

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Watch: Video Essay Presents The 10 Best Films Of 2015 (Thus Far)

2 July 2015 9:05 AM, PDT

We've already broken down our 20 Best Films Of 2015 So Far, but with the upcoming July 4th weekend unofficially marking the midpoint of the year, many others looking back at the cinematic offerings we've had since January. And the folks at Cineflect have decided to present their Best Films Of 2015 (Thus Far) in a well-put together video essay that provides imagery and commentary on their choices. Read More: The 20 Best Films Of 2015 So Far The ten choices features a great mix of foreign films ("White God," "Timbuktu"), underrated efforts ("Far From The Madding Crowd"—glad to see it getting some love here) and popular hits too ("Mad Max: Fury Road," "It Follows"). And one trend I noticed across all the choices were the great roles for women in almost every selection too. It has been a pretty diverse, and terrific time at the movies across the first six months of 2015, particularly »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Zack Snyder Reveals The Easter Egg Idea He Pitched Christopher Nolan And David Goyer For 'Man Of Steel'

2 July 2015 8:22 AM, PDT

While is name is longer associated with Warner Bros. unfolding cinematic universe of DC movies, Christopher Nolan lent his input, brand and producing stamp on "Man Of Steel," along with David S. Goyer, who wrote the screenplay and the forthcoming followup, "Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice." And as ideas were being tossed around for the Superman movie, Zack Snyder had a brainwave about how to reintroduce Batman, and set up the battle between the two comic book titans, and he pitched it to both Nolan and Goyer. “I said, ‘What about at the end of the movie we do a scene where there’s a crate full of kryptonite delivered to Wayne Manor,’” Snyder told EW. “Everyone was like…‘Okaay.’ Once you say it out loud it’s a problem because you can’t unsay it.” It's not exactly the most subtle scene to introduce and thankfully, that idea got nixed, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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