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Watch: New Trailer For ‘Kingsman: Secret Service’ Starring Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson & Taron Egerton Star

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Matthew Vaughn can be an interesting director (see “Layer Cake”), but maybe every other movie doesn’t need to be an adaptation of Mark Millar’s often vulgar and juvenile comics? That said he probably made the most tolerable version of “Kick-Ass” that you could possibly make. His latest is “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” based upon the comic book by Mark Millar, and depicts a veteran secret agent who leads a young protégé into the world of espionage. It’s been delayed too. Eventually set to arrive this November, Fox pushed the movie to 2015 after a fairly middling reception at Comic-Con in the summer. The movie stars Colin Firth as the old school spy, Taron Egerton as the brassy young upstart joining the fray, and the movie also includes Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Strong, Michael Caine, Mark Hamill, Sophie Cookson and more (Adele, Elton John, Lady Gaga and David Beckham »

- Edward Davis

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Watch: New Trailer For Studio Ghibli's 'The Tale Of Princess Kaguya' Featuring The Voice Of Chloe Grace Moretz

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Following the retirement of animation icon Hayao Miyazaki, the beloved Studio Ghibli may be going through a restructuring process that will limit their output for the foreseeable future, but they’ve still got one more in the chamber, “The Tale of Princess Kaguya.” We all know that American audiences apparently hate to read movies, so the film is getting an English-dubbed makeover courtesy of some big name Hollywood stars, and this version just got a new trailer. Originally released in 2013,  Isao Takahata (“The Grave of the Fireflys”) directed and co-wrote the film, and this marks the legendary animator’s first solo helming effort since 1999. A retelling of the folktale “The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter,” the film tells the story of a magical princess, Kaguya, who is discovered inside a stalk of bamboo, and traces her life from infancy to adulthood in the human world. After its initial release in Japan, »

- Brent McKnight

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TV Dial: Hulu Orders J.J. Abrams' '11/22/63' Event Series, Jim Sheridan's 'In America' Becomes HBO Show And More

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Originally slated to be a feature film helmed by Jonathan Demme before he dropped out, the J.J. Abrams-produced event series based on Stephen King's "11/22/63" now has a home at Hulu. Bridget Carpenter ("The Red Road") adapted the book, and the show will run nine episodes (though the door is being left open for more seasons) that follow "Jake, an unassuming divorced English teacher who stumbles upon a time portal that leads to 9/9/1958 and goes on a quest to try and prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy, which occurred on November 22, 1963. But his mission is threatened by Lee Harvey Oswald, his falling in love and the past itself … which doesn’t want to be changed." Uh, yeah, this is pretty "high concept." No word yet on who will direct. [Deadline] Continuing the trend of movies being the springboard to new shows, Jim Sheridan's "In America" has become the »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Chilly New Banner For Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar' Explores A Cold New World

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Paramount keeps on teasing us with more new posters for Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar," and here we are, like suckers, posting them, because we're just super stoked for this thing. But seriously, a trailer, TV spot or a supercut of Matthew McConaughey crying better arrive soon or else....we'll be forced to keep waiting.... So, what do we get out of this latest banner? Well, it looks like among the world(s) the "Magic Mike" star and his team find is one that's particularly chilly, and perhaps not the most conducive to hosting new life. But hey, the Earth was a cold dark place at one time too, so you never know, right? At any rate, it's yet another image to keep filed away as we wait to see what Nolan has in store for audiences this fall, when he unveils his latest epic adventure that goes into the far reaches of outer space. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Get Moving With The First Trailer For 'Northern Soul' Featuring Steve Coogan

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Music has probably sparked more youthful rebellion than any factor aside from straight up puberty, and “Northern Soul,” the directorial debut of noted fashion photographer Elaine Constantine, tells the story of one of those adventures. The movie opens next month in the U.K., and a new trailer just dropped. “Northern Soul” tells the story of two young friends, weighed down by the dull life in their small, blue-collar town. As many young men do, they dream of something much grander, and when they discover American soul music, their lives and their paths are forever changed. From this trailer, the film looks like a tale of following your dreams and your passions, and both the joys and consequences of those choices. Not the most original plot, to be sure, but working within those confines, there is definitely room to create an engaging movie. And if the music is anywhere near »

- Brent McKnight

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David Fincher Originally Wanted Ned Beatty To Play John Doe In 'Se7en,' Talks Unmarketable 'Fight Club' And More

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In case you missed it, the first reviews are rolling in for David Fincher's "Gone Girl," and in short, he's pretty much getting raves. The movie is being released by 20th Century Fox, but fifteen years ago, Fincher was having very different conversations at the studio. He had just wrapped "Fight Club," and during a recent career retrospective conversation at BAFTA (via Screen Daily), he revealed just how nervous the suits up top really were about the dark, violent and cynical film. "When we cut the movie together and showed them the final thing is the first time everyone realized they were going to get fired. It’s a great cocktail story about doing this movie that’s so dark and twisted and then they see it and go, oh my god, what’s the poster here? How do we get people to see this?" Fincher said. “The marketing »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Bryan Singer Confirmed To Direct ‘X-Men: Apocalypse,’ Young Cyclops, Storm, Jean And More Will Join 'First Class' Mutants

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Are you still puzzling out what the retconning of the franchise timelines in "X-Men: Days Of Future Past" means for the future of the series? Well, Simon Kinberg is here to clearly and confusingly explain. “We certainly re-write some of the history of ['X-Men: The Last Stand'] and ['X-Men: Origins — Wolverine'],” Kinberg told Yahoo! Movies. “One of the things we talk about in 'Days of Future Past' is that you can change the future, it’s like a stream that moves in one direction—you can create a new ripple in it, but you certainly don’t change the current. What we did in 'Days of Future Past' changed some things, but like you see of the film, they end up back in the mansion in the future, so most of the current continued in the same direction, so most of the things you see in [the earlier films] still happened but with slight adjustments.” What? Anyway, let's move on. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Contest: Win Pawel Pawlikowski's Acclaimed 'Ida' On Blu-Ray

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Winner of awards at the London and Toronto film festivals last year, and earning great acclaim pretty much anywhere it showed up, Pawel Pawlikowski's "Ida" is a movie you don't want to miss. And today, we're here to make sure at least a few lucky readers get a chance to catch up with it. Starring newcomer Agata Trzebuchowska, the 1960s set movie follows 18-year old Anna, raised as an orphan in a convent, who is sent to visit her last living relative, Aunt Wanda (Agata Kulesza). From her she learns that her real name is Ida and her Jewish parents were murdered during the Nazi occupation. And so begins a complicated journey of memory and identity for Ida, with Pawlikwski's movie one we called "striking and evocative." So how can you get your hands on a copy of the film? Follow us on Twitter and tweet the following: “I »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: 5 Deleted Scenes From Angelina Jolie's Hit 'Maleficent'

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Love it or hate it, Disney’s gritty “Sleeping Beauty” retread “Maleficent” was a monster hit for the studio, earning $240 million domestic, and raking in an impressive $750 million worldwide, which currently places it second in 2014 total box office, right behind “Transformers: How Do These Movies Keep Making More Money Than The Gdp Of The Entire Continent of Africa”? And to keep the train rolling, "Maleficent" will hit Blu-ray, DVD and VOD on November 4, and Disney’s rolling out some of the special features early, as five deleted scenes were recently posted on the interwebs. Most of the scenes are brief and consist of Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) bickering with her manservant Diaval (Sam Riley). An unfinished CGI crow effect at the end of one of these sequences is sure to satisfy fans of the craptastic cult favorite “Birdemic”. The longest scene, depicting Stefan (Sharlto Copley) lusting after the king’s crown, »

- Oktay Ege Kozak

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15 Films That Failed To Hit The 2014 Fall Festival Circuit

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We're already halfway through the fall festival season (with Nyff kicking off this week, and London, Tokyo and the AFI among those still to come), but three of the biggest in terms of notable premieres are all out of the way already, with Venice Tiff and Telluride, having come and gone. From those, we've seen big movies like "Birdman," "The Imitation Game," "Wild," "The Theory Of Everything," "Nightcrawler" and more, with "Gone Girl," "Rosewater," "Inherent Vice" and "Fury" among those premiering shortly. But what of those films that didn't make any of the festivals? Back in the summer, we posted our wish-list of 50 movies that we hoped would be unveiled sometime this fall, and while most have screened, or will soon enough, there are quite a few candidates that seemed likely at the time that haven't yet surfaced, and almost certainly won't until 2015, possibly even »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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Watch: Steven Soderbergh Re-Scores And Changes Steven Spielberg's 'Raiders Of The Lost Ark' To Black-And-White

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While he isn't making feature films at the moment, that doesn't mean Steven Soderbergh doesn't like to play with them. We've seen him mashup Alfred Hitchcock and Gus Van Sant's "Psycho," and now he's toying with a massive cultural touchstone of the 1980s. Soderbergh decided to take Steven Spielberg's "Raiders Of The Lost Ark" and drape a new score on top—mostly consisting of Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross' work for David Fincher's "The Social Network" and "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo"—and then turned the whole movie into monochrome black-and-white. Why? Here's an excerpt from Soderbergh's blog post:  I value the ability to stage something well because when it’s done well its pleasures are huge, and most people don’t do it well, which indicates it must not be easy to master (it’s frightening how many opportunities there are to do something »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Recap: 'Boardwalk Empire' Season 5, Episode 3 ‘What Jesus Said’

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“There's forgiveness for everyone. That's what Jesus said," an innocent girl held at gunpoint says to on-the-run convict Chalky White (Michael Kenneth Williams) trying to appeal to his sense of goodness. “Baby girl," Chalky solemnly purrs, "Jesus was wrong.” It's come to this for Chalky, the former Atlantic City club owner, family man and gangster: in trying to seek refuge he’s been forced to hold a family hostage while he and Milton, his jailbird partner, are on the lam. But as much as Chalky is beyond redemption—he's responsible for the death of his daughter Maybelle and he'll never forgive himself—and as much as he's a former shadow of himself, the former gangster's got a code and a humanity within himself. Perhaps some kind of absolution will be Chalky's salvation in this final season of "Boardwalk Empire." It becomes clear early on that Chalky's young buck partner Milton is angry, »

- Rodrigo Perez

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Watch: New Trailer For Terrence Malick Produced Abraham Lincoln Boyhood Biopic 'The Better Angels'

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Since it appears we're not getting any of Terrence Malick's three movies he's got cooking any time soon, we suppose this one will have to do. And to be fair he did produce this, and while longtime collaborator A.J. Edwards gets the writer/director credit on "The Better Angels," it so closely apes his mentor's style, it might as well be another Malick movie. A look at the boyhood life of Abraham Lincoln, newcomer Braydon Denney plays Abe in this movie that looks to show the forces around the young man that shaped who he became. Brit MarlingJason ClarkeDiane Kruger and Wes Bentley are the more familiar faces and names that round the cast, but the movie is one that didn't work for us. Our review out of Sundance called it, "unimaginative, uninvolving and derivative." And certainly, if you wanted to see a close approximation of a Malick film, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Sarah Polley Interviews Greta Gerwig About Noah Baumbach's 'Frances Ha' In 17-Minute Criterion Feature

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For film lovers who don’t have the dough to shell out $40 for a Criterion Collection Blu-ray, the good people at Vice continue to be on your side. Even though Vice can’t give you free online access to Criterion’s trademark glorious HD transfers of the films themselves, they’ve been uploading some of the most intriguing and informative Blu-ray special features as part of their “Conversations Inside The Criterion Collection” series. Last week we posted Criterion’s comprehensive documentary on the making of “Rosemary’s Baby”, and now fans of Noah Baumbach’s “Frances Ha” can rejoice as they access Canadian auteur Sarah Polley’s in-depth interview with the film’s star and co-writer, Greta Gerwig. During the 17-minute interview, Gerwig talks about pouring her soul into the production, how she came to cast her parents as Frances’ parents, and how the dancing scenes were pulled off. For fans of Gerwig and Polley, »

- Oktay Ege Kozak

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Terry Gilliam Says 'Don Quixote' Has Hit Another "Hiccup," But John Hurt Confirms Role In Film

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It seems it's always one step forward, two steps back when it comes to Terry Gilliam's forever developing, seemingly eternally cursed "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote." We won't bore you with the history of this project, except to say that in recent months, it had looked like things were coming together for a shoot in 2015. And while that might still happen, it seems there are still a few issues to be ironed out. Catching up with Rolling Stone, the amiable director revealed 'Quixote' had hit another bump in the road, but is still on his slate. "That is my plan, but plans have nothing to do with reality [laughs]. We shall see what happens," he said. "I really can't say anything at the moment, because there's been a little hiccup — once again. The Sisyphean rock that keeps rolling back. Just as we almost get to the top of the mountain. »


- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: New Teaser For John Woo's Epic 'The Crossing'

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A love story, a war film and all around epic-sized endeavor, John Woo's upcoming "The Crossing" might be his most ambitious film ever. And while we wonder if he'll find space to cram in some carefully choreographed flying doves, a new teaser has arrived for the movie, promising a story that's aiming straight for the heart.  Zhang Ziyi, Huang Xiamoing and Song Hye-kyo are among the more well known names in the two-part film, which tracks three couples and their intertwining love stories set in 1940s Taiwan and Shanghai, that will involve the tragic 1949 sinking of the ship Taiping. “Lust, Caution” screenwriter Wang Hui-ling penned the script, and with the story set to play out in 3D and IMAX, this is going to be a heckuva spectacle. However, there's no word yet on when or if U.S. audiences will get a chance to check it out. Part 1 of »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Book To Screen: What Changed And What Stayed In 'A Walk Among The Tombstones'

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"The challenge is to translate the feel of those novels into something visual, and then from a story standpoint, the moves in these stories are very small," writer/director Scott Frank told us about bringing Lawrence Block's 1992 book "A Walk Among The Tombstones" to the big screen. "...And the challenge is to make those little moves feel big enough that they warrant a movie. Once upon a time you could. In the sixties and seventies and even going back to film noir, the private eye story was very common. But now movies are about spectacle..." And in watching the film this past weekend, you can clearly see Frank's moves to make 'Tombstones' an action movie, while keeping the thematic texture and pulp grit of Block's source material. The film's opening flashback sequence (borrowed from Block's first book in the Scudder series, 1976's "The Sins Of The Fathers") with Liam Neeson »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Colin Farrell Confirms Role In 'True Detective' Season 2, Says It Will Be Eight Episodes Long

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With a plethora of names swirling at the moment for "True Detective" — Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn, Taylor Kitsch, Elisabeth Moss, Rachel McAdams, Brit Marling, Oona Chaplin, Kelly Reilly, Jessica Biel, Malin Akerman, Jaimie Alexander and Rosario Dawson — none had been officially confirmed by HBO for the second season, until now. Today comes news of the first actor you can bank on appearing, and it's straight from the source. Chatting with Sunday World, Farrell stated simply: “I’m doing the second series. I’m so excited.” But even more, he revealed that Nic Pizzolatto is sticking with the same number of episodes for round two, in what sounds like another tightly coiled story. "I know it will be eight episodes and take around four or five months to shoot," Farrell said. "I know very little about it, but we’re shooting in the environs of Los Angeles which is great. It »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Have A Threesome With Very Nsfw Clip From 'Maps To The Stars' With Julianne Moore & John Cusack

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When Julianne Moore took the Best Actress prize at the Cannes Film Festival this year, there was some surprise. Many thought Marion Cotillard deserved it for her turn in the Dardennes' "Two Days, One Night." But if you want to get an idea of the fearlessness in Moore's performance that clearly won the jury over, perhaps this clip will help. Warning: it's very, very Nsfw. David Cronenberg's Hollywood satire takes its aim in a variety of places, with Moore representing a particular breed of aging actress, desperate to stay relevant and do anything to land a juicy part. And in this scene, we see her in a therapy/massage session with a hot New Age guru played by John Cusack. And during their session, Moore's character flashes back to one incident that found her in the midst of a threesome with someone who could help her land a big role, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Exclusive: Riley Keough To Lead Steven Soderbergh's Starz Series 'The Girlfriend Experience'

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If you're not watching "The Knick" right now, you'd better fix that situation immediately. Steven Soderbergh's medical drama (that is so much more than a medical drama) is one of the best things going right now on television. And it looks like the filmmaker is really embracing small-screen story telling. Earlier this summer it was revealed that the director's low-budget 2009 film "The Girlfriend Experience" had been turned into a series for Starz, with the network ordering up thirteen episodes with Lodge Kerrigan ("Keane," "Clean, Shaven") and Amy Seimetz ("Sun Don't Shine") to write and direct. And now, the show has found its lead. The Playlist has learned that Riley Keough will star in the upcoming show, produced by Soderbergh and Philip Fleishman. The rising actress appeared in a small role in Soderbergh's "Magic Mike" and clearly made an impression, and next summer, she'll appear in the »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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