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Watch: First Trailer For Action Comedy ‘Masterminds’ Starring Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson & Kristen Wiig

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Do you want to see an action comedy about four dim-witted Southerners who pulled off one of the biggest heists in American history, robbing almost $20 million from a Loomis Fargo armored truck? “Napoleon Dynamite” director Jared Hess has the movie for you. It’s called “Masterminds” (formerly known as “Loomis Fargo” a few years ago) and stars a fairly heavyweight comedy cast of Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson, Kristen Wiig and Jason Sudeikis as the aforementioned knuckleheads who pull off a crazy theft. Could we see two films from Hess in 2015? Lionsgate acquired his most recent film “Don Verdean” at Sundance earlier this year, but they could hold it for an entire year as Lionsgate is wont to do these days. Here’s the official synopsis: In this action comedy based on true events, directed by Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite; Nacho Libre), David Ghantt (Zach Galifianakis) discovers the true meaning of »

- Edward Davis

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Obviously: Disney Announces Live-Action 'Mulan'

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"Alice In Wonderland," "Malificent," "Cinderella," "Beauty & The Best," "Dumbo"....Disney has certainly found what they think is a winning live-action formula, and frankly I'm just surprised they haven't tried to cram all of this into one shared universe. Either way, another animated movie from the Disney vault is getting a live-action redo. THR reports that "Mulan" is getting a remake. There's a script in place from Elizabeth Martin and Lauren Hynek, and Chris Bender and J.C. Spink (who both worked on "We're The Millers") are producing. The original movie did decent business in 1998, earning $336 million worldwide, along with a Golden Globe nomination, and it spawned the 2005 sequel, "Mulan II," which went straight to DVD, and that Disney would probably prefer you just forget about. So it's proven itself once, and Disney is betting on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan working again. No word »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Producer Says 'Spectre' Will Have "The Biggest Opening Sequence We've Ever Done"

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Late last week, the first trailer for "Spectre" dropped, and it was a lot of moody lighting and people talking in hushed, ominous tones. But don't worry, the actual movie is going to bring the requisite ambition we now expect from a franchise that kissed the billion dollar mark with "Skyfall." You'll know it right from the opening moments of the movie, set during the Day Of The Dead in Mexico, where lensing is currently underway. It will be "the biggest opening sequence we've ever done, maybe the biggest sequence we've ever done," producer Michael G. Wilson told Empire, adding, "We've got 1500 extras in Day Of The Dead costumes and make up and we've occupied the centre of Mexico City for days. The only thing that's come close to it was putting on the carnival in Rio in 'Moonraker,' and I think this is a much bigger operation. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Contest: Win 'The Rewrite' Poster & Blu-Ray Signed By Hugh Grant, Chris Elliott & Director Marc Lawrence

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Hugh Grant returned to screens earlier this year in the low-key, amiable rom-com "The Rewrite." The movie reteamed him writer/director Marc Lawrence ("Two Weeks Notice," "Music And Lyrics," "Did You Hear About The Morgans?") for their fourth movie together, and results were a breezy charmer. If you missed the film, or are a fan, today we've got a special prize. But first, here's what the movie is about... Co-starring Marisa Tomei, Allison Janney, J.K. Simmons, Bella Heathcote, and Chris Elliott, the movie follows Keith Michaels, an Award-winning Hollywood screenwriter, who has hit a personal and professional rut. So when his agent arranges a job as a guest screenwriting professor at a remote university in upstate New York, a desperate Keith can’t say no. Initially hoping to give minimal effort to actual teaching so he can focus on his next script, Keith unexpectedly finds himself becoming invested in his students lives, »

- Edward Davis

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Open The Pages Of 'Far From The Madding Crowd' Starring Carey Mulligan With New Featurette, Images, Poster & More

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This summer you'll have all kinds of explosions to choose from, but very few of the emotional kind. That's where "Far From The Madding Crowd" steps in. A starry cast and an acclaimed arthouse director team up to take on a literary classic, and the results look to be expectedly sumptuous. And today some new looks at the movie have arrived. The most substantial is a featurette titled "Bathsheeba," which says it all. It's a thorough look at the character, played by Carey Mulligan, who finds herself the object of affection of three very different men, and, of course, lots of drama ensues. After that you can preview the score by Craig Armstrong, which arrives in stores on April 28th, check out a handful of new pics from the Thomas Vinterberg-directed movie, and look at an autumnal poster.  Also starring Matthias Schoenaerts, Tom Sturridge, Michael Sheen, Juno Temple, and more, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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'The Mortal Instruments' TV Series 'Shadowhunters' Heads To ABC Family

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So, "The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones" didn't become the next big Ya franchise hit when it opened in 2013, taking in a meager $90 million worldwide. That effectively killed the mooted sequel, "The Mortal Instruments: City Of Ashes," which was originally planned to shoot last year, but there's no such thing as a dead brand anymore. Last fall, word arrived that Cassandra Clare's book series would make its way to television, and indeed, the wheels are very much in motion. THR reports that ABC Family has given a straight-to-series order for "Shadowhunters." Ed Decter ("Helix," "Unforgettable," "The Client List") will be the showrunner and executive producer for the thirteen-episode first season, and it sounds like they will be starting the story over and pretending the movie never happened. So yes, you'll learn all about human-angel hybrid Clary Fray who has to fight demons with Jace and Simon all over again. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Exclusive: Aubrey Plaza Is Capable Of Anything In Clip For Hal Hartley's 'Ned Rifle'

17 hours ago

It started with the Cannes Screenplay prize winning "Henry Fool" in 1997, continued with "Fay Grim" in 2006, and now the story wraps up with "Ned Rifle." Hal Hartley's trilogy that started with a garbageman turned novelist, inspired to greatness by his friend Henry whose ego was bigger than his talent, features all of his trademark wit, dry humor and distinct tone. And just as the film heads into limited release, the director's works — which include "Trust," "Surviving Desire," and "The Book Of Life" — are getting a retrospective courtesy of Cinefamily in Los Angeles. "Hal Hartley's name is synonymous with 'independent filmmaking' since the golden age of Sundance. He's been writing, directing, producing his own films his own way — even playing the music or marketing them himself. It's been too long since he's been to Los Angeles, and with his newest 'Ned Rifle' — the completion of the trilogy that started with 'Henry. »

- Edward Davis

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An Overdue Statement

17 hours ago

Last week was one of the most distressing in this blog’s history. By now you may have heard that one of our former contributors, Gabe Toro, recently pleaded guilty to some unspeakably awful crimes. We were deeply shaken by these revelations and have been at a loss for the past several days. Our thoughts go out to the victim, to her family and her friends. Like all the outlets he was affiliated with, we are trying to find our own way to deal with a now painful association. After careful consideration we have elected not to remove his historical contributions from the site, however, as to do so would feel like an attempt to deny acknowledging that his work ever appeared here. On a personal note, I would like to apologize for the lateness of this statement. I have been struggling to form a cogent response, and the failure »

- Rodrigo Perez

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'Tron 3' Reportedly Gets A Title, Production Starts This Fall

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We've been pontificating today on shared universes, and mega-franchises, and why Hollywood loves them so. One of the main reasons you seen new spins on old material is that it's just less risky than trying to make an original property work. No one may have been asking for a "Tron: Legacy" sequel, but at least audiences know what it is versus trying to do something new. Or in other words, it's easier to sell "Tron" in a shiny new package, with enticing new ingredients, than the more monumental task of selling moviegoers on a whole new idea. So, hence, "Tron 3." And now the brewing project has a title. According to Production Weekly, the three-quel will be called: "Tron: Ascension." It's a similar title to the short-lived animated series "Tron: Uprising," but maybe Disney just likes that kind of wording for the next iteration. Again, this isn't official. Meanwhile, following up on a previous report, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Why Hollywood Is Obsessed With Shared Universes, And Why Many Are Doomed To Fail

18 hours ago

Everything is connected. That’s the message that’s coming out of Hollywood these days, if the constant stream of headlines from industry trade publications is to be believed. The end of the last week saw the revelation that Paramount is stepping up their “Transformers”-movie related plans, with “Batman & Robin” and “Lost In Space” writer Akiva Goldsman being tapped to head up a brain trust around the franchise, to develop “a potential multi-part ‘Transformers’ sequel” as well as “potential spinoff films.” In other words, the first step towards turning the “Transformers” films into a so-called "shared universe."  Perhaps the only surprising thing about this is that it hasn’t happened earlier. The past three years have seen the major studios become increasingly interested (and obsessed) with the idea of connected, interlinked franchises, with spin-offs and team-up movies embellishing their additional properties, inspired by the monumental success of Disney and. »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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Rumor: Bryan Singer Could Be Involved In A New 'Star Trek' TV Series

18 hours ago

Here's a new rumor that's sort of an old rumor, but let's go with it. Quite a few years ago, "Star Trek: Federation" was put into development as a possible CBS series, with big names like Robert Burnett, Bryan Singer, and Christopher McQuarrie producing, and Geoffrey Thorne writing it. Then J.J. Abrams rebooted the franchise, and the TV series was effectively killed. But in this era of shared universes, nothing stays dead for long. Latino Review reports that CBS is back at work on a "Star Trek" series, and that Singer is once again being tossed around to take on the gig in some capacity. But that's about it. io9 adds that whatever is being developed is probably new, and has nothing to do with the previous 'Federation' series, which makes a lot of sense, because we'd imagine Skydance will probably want to tie it into the movie series in some manner. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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'Mad Men' Creator Matthew Weiner Reportedly Blocked Jon Hamm From Starring In David Fincher's 'Gone Girl'

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When Ben Affleck was first cast as the lead in David Fincher's "Gone Girl," many scoffed at the choice. But it turned out be a canny move by the director, one that added a meta-layer to the pulpy thriller. Affleck relished the opportunity to prove the haters wrong, giving a pitch-perfect performance as the not-so-innocent target of Amazing Amy. But, as always, things could've turned out different. According to Page Six, at one point, "Mad Men" star Jon Hamm was up for the lead role, but reportedly, "Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner blocked his chance to make the movie. “Matt would not let Jon out of his contract to do ‘Gone Girl.’ Jon was really upset about it at the time — and is still upset, because he’s thinking about the future of his career as ‘Mad Men’ comes to a close,” a source told the paper. Another contact »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: 8-Minute Video Essay Explores The Greatness Of The Boulder Scene From 'Raiders Of The Lost Ark'

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The opening of “Raiders of the Lost Ark” presents one of the most iconic action sequences of film history. From the sparse, but calculated, way Steven Spielberg introduces our hero, Alfred Molina’s brave young Satipo (just kidding, I was referring to Harrison Ford’s Dr. Henry Walton “Indiana” Jones Jr., of course), to the endlessly referenced, ripped-off and parodied boulder chase, the opening of one of the most influential blockbusters of all time has a lot of details to be scrutinized. That’s probably what our friends at Cinefix must have thought, since they put together a simple, yet informative, deconstruction of the scene as part of their “Art of the Scene” series. The first half of the eight-minute video focuses on the project’s inception and pre-production process, which, even for the casual fan, will be more than familiar. However, once the sequence’s bizarre Scrooge McDuck connection »

- Oktay Ege Kozak

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After HBO's 'Codes Of Conduct,' Steve McQueen To Direct Epic Series For BBC

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The bad news is that we're probably not getting a new feature film from Steve McQueen for a while. The good news? He's found a new home for long-form storytelling on television. HBO has already ordered up the six-part limited series "Codes Of Conduct," and now the BBC is giving the director another canvas to tell a sprawling story. Screen Daily reports that McQueen will co-write and direct an untitled drama for the BBC that will track the lives of black Britons living in West London, from 1968 to the present day. The project was first announced a little over a year ago, but things are now moving ahead in earnest, with a spring 2016 shoot getting lined up, and the hunt is on for writers to tackle the scripts. In short, there are two new TV series coming from Steve McQueen and all we can say is: hell yes. And don't »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Sacha Baron Cohen Isn't Doing That Freddie Mercury Biopic After All

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Perhaps it was too good to be true. Over the weekend news emerged that Sacha Baron Cohen was to write, produce, direct and star in the forever developing Freddie Mercury biopic. It was a surprising turn of events for the once-attached actor, and while there was even a source quote from Queen's manager Jim Beach made during the Artist & Management Awards, it turns out there has been a bit of a misunderstanding. Addressing the issue on his website, Queen member Brian May chalked it all up to a joke gone awry: "[Reports don't] mention a small joke that Jim threw in during his acceptance speech. He said that, in response to enquiries about the progress on the Freddie feature film, that Sacha Baron Cohen had been re-engaged to write, produce, and direct the film, as well as starring in all four major roles! I’m afraid some folks might have taken it seriously! »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Tom Hardy Must Survive In New TV Spot For 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Teaser With Lots Of New Footage

21 hours ago

"I have to say I felt a lot of emotions, memories," George Miller said at SXSW this month about screening "The Road Warrior" in advance of his upcoming "Mad Max: Fury Road" (via Times Union). "And then comparing it in my head, kind of twisted in knots comparing it to what we've just done on 'Fury Road' and seeing that it's so similar and so different at the same time. You're watching a very kind of bewildered man right now." But make no mistake — Miller has a clear vision for 'Fury Road' and a new teaser highlights the madness that's coming. "My name is Max. My world is reduced to a single instinct: survive," Tom Hardy says at the beginning of this latest promo. And not long after is a wild array of more action from a dust-filled vision of the apocalypse in which bullets are in ready supply, but sanity is not. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Face Peeling, Nsfw Preview Of Ryan Gosling's 'Lost River,' Plus Hear A New Song From The Soundtrack & More

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“I’m nervous, but I’m more excited. We’ve been working on it for years now, and it’s only ever screened once,” Ryan Gosling told E! earlier this month, when his directorial debut "Lost River" screened at SXSW following its World Premiere at Cannes last spring. “So it’s nice to finally have our second screening and to just help the movie find its audience.” And indeed, while word was less than kind from the Croisette, interest has never wavered in Gosling's film, and this new teaser will certainly keep that curiosity going. Running three minutes long, and slightly Nsfw due to one bloody face-peeling sequence, the preview introduces the main cast members (Christina Hendricks, Ben Mendelsohn, Saoirse Ronan, Eva Mendes, Matt Smith, and more) and provides no shortage of arresting imagery from the fantasy film. And that pulsating music? That's courtesy of Johnny Jewel. You can hear a new track, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Over 90 Minutes Of Extensive Behind-The-Scenes Featurettes For Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar'

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One of the most divisive films of last year, Christopher Nolan’s fascinating, awe-inspiring, trippy and overall mind-blowing hard science-fiction epic "Interstellar," (the best film of 2014, in this writer’s opinion) is being released on Blu-Ray tomorrow. On the other side of its defenders, some critics and audiences also refer to “Interstellar” as Christopher Nolan’s confusing, bloated and nonsensical soft science-fiction blunder. Only time will tell which side will be vindicated (hint: my side will), which is kind of poetic considering the film’s subject matter. If you’re a big fan of Cooper, Murph and Tars (Who doesn’t love Tars?) and can’t wait to get your hands on those sweet Blu-Ray extras, YouTube user Jason Murphy is on your side. The Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital Copy combo pack comes with tons of extras, the most comprehensive of which is a long series of short documentaries, presented under the “Inside Interstellar” umbrella. »

- Oktay Ege Kozak

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Trevor Noah Is The New Host Of ‘The Daily Show’

23 hours ago

Everyone has had their opinion on who should take over Jon Stewart's chair when he departs "The Daily Show" later this year. Samantha Bee has been a favorite, so too has Jessica Williams (who took herself out of the running), while Larry Wilmore has been given his own stint on Comedy Central with "The Nightly Show." But the next face on "The Daily Show" won't be a longtime alum, but someone new, so get ready for the Twitter debates to follow. New correspondent Trevor Noah has been given the reins to "The Daily Show." With only three appearances under his belt, the thirty-one year old South African comedian has some very, very big shoes to fill, but one could argue that being relatively unknown will be an asset. It will allow him the chance to find his voice, where more established "The Daily Show" veterans have already carved out an expected comedic tone, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: 'Jurassic World' Has A New Attraction As Chaos Unfolds In TV Spot

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Can Chris Pratt be a blockbuster hero two summers in a row? We'll find out in a couple months when "Jurassic World" re-opens the gates of the dinosaur filled attraction for a whole new generation of visitors. Today a fresh TV spot brings more mayhem. This fourth installment from the franchise has Colin Trevorrow behind the camera, for this story set two decades after the original "Jurassic Park." The attraction is now up and running, but there's a problem: no one is coming. The solution? Breed a new dinosaur. But as you might expect, things quickly get out of control and Pratt has to jump in to save the day when staff and customers alike are put into grave danger. "Jurassic World" arrives on June 12th. Watch below, and check out some new pics including the returning Bd Wong as Henry Wu, below. [Deadline] »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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