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Watch: The Avengers Assemble In Bombastic New ‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’ Trailer

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What don’t you know about “Avengers: Age of Ultron”? Are there surprises left? We’ll see, though with rumors and websites piecing together bits of plot together—plus Marvel revealing future plans—it really just feels like ‘Age Of Ultron’ is meant to splinter the ‘Avengers’ and set the stage for Captain America Vs. Iron man in Marvel’s follow-up picture, “Captain America: Civil War.” Further details have been unveiled in a recent ‘Age Of Ultron’ poster that reveals that Idris Elba, Hayley Atwell Stellan Skarsgard, Anthony Mackie (aka the Falcon) will also be part of the movie. The official synopsis has most of the deets that you probably already know: Marvel Studios presents Avengers: Age of Ultron, the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, »

- Edward Davis

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Review: Neill Blomkamp's 'Chappie,' Starring Die Antwoord, Dev Patel, Sigourney Weaver And Hugh Jackman

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After failing to launch an ambitious big screen adaptation of videogame sensation "Halo," South African filmmaker Neill Blomkamp unleashed "District 9," a tale of aliens abandoned in the slums of Johannesburg that was easily one of the boldest debuts in recent science fiction memory. (It was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture, along with Adapted Screenplay, Visual Effects and Editing.) Blomkamp's follow-up, "Elysium," was a much larger and loftier propsition, featuring movie stars like Matt Damon and Jodie Foster and an ungainly plot concerning a post-apocalyptic earth and a glittery space station where the planet's wealthy have relocated. Looking back on it, the movie is smart and entertaining and ahead of its time (#OccupyElysium) but it failed to connect on the visceral or emotional level that "District 9" did. For his third film, "Chappie," Blomkamp returns to a story that is more in line, in scale and theme and. »

- Drew Taylor

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Listen: 82-Minute Talk With Nicolas Winding Refn And Liv Corfixen About Making 'Only God Forgives' And More

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Love it or loathe it, Nicolas Winding Refn's "Only God Forgives" was a distinctive and completely polarizing piece of work. As the filmmaker himself admits, it found him consciously destroying everything that made "Drive" a success. He wanted to ensure he didn't get stuck repeating himself. But it resulted in an anxiety filled shoot for the director, captured on camera by his wife Liv Corfixen, who turned it into the documentary "My Life Directed By Nicolas Winding Refn." It's an up close look at Refn's process on the movie from the kind of perspective you don't often get. And over the weekend, the pair hit New York City to talk about the film. The Close-Up podcast captured that conversation, and as always, Refn makes an enjoyable raconteur. He reveals that he's a "big admirer of reality television," which made it easy for him to be filmed by Corfixen, and »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: First Trailer For Tarsem’s Biogenic Sci-Fi Thriller ‘Self/Less’ Starring Ryan Reynolds

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It’s been a minute since we’ve heard from Tarsem; he is the mono monikered director behind “The Fall” and “The Cell.” After being absent for a few years, he made up for lost time in 2011/2012 with the almost one-two punch of “Immortals” and “Mirror Mirror” — both films were released within five months of each other. And while neither did much to quell the criticism that Tarsem is style over substance, they did decent enough worldwide business to keep the Tarsem brand in business. And so his latest is the biogenic sci-fi thriller “Self/Less,” which is about an extremely wealthy man dying from cancer, who undergoes a radical medical procedure that transfers his consciousness into the body of a healthy young man. Of course things like this don’t always go according to plan. Ben Kingsley stars as the older scion, Ryan Reynolds his younger self, and the movie also co-stars Matthew Goode, »

- Edward Davis

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Watch: Sherlock Holmes Tackles An Unsolved Case In First Trailer For ‘Mr. Holmes’ Starring Ian McKellen

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We've seen Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes on screen dozens of times in myriad different forms; from Billy Wilder's "The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes," to Guy Ritchie's more "Maxim"-friendly versions with Robert Downey Jr., to the comedic “Without A Clue” in 1988 with Ben Kingsley (to name a few). But never have we seen Holmes retired and in the winter of his life. Is that interesting? It is a movie? We kind of had our doubts, but Bill Condon’s “Mr. Holmes” premiered in Berlin this past February and it turns out it’s pretty damn good (here’s our review). Maybe it has to do something with the excellent lead actor: Ian McKellen who apparently puts in a terrific performance. Here’s the longform synopsis released during Berlin: England in 1947. The famous detective Sherlock Holmes, now 93 years old, lives in his Sussex country house. When »

- Edward Davis

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'Transformers: Age Of Extinction' Featured The Most Product Placement Of Any Movie In 2014

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Michael Bay likes to do two things: film sexy ladies and make things explode, and it's even better if he can do both at the same time. But his artistic canvas usually requires a lot of money to make it work, and anybody with a set of eyeballs knows that his blockbusters tend to be packed front to back with prominently placed brands. Those appearances help with the budgetary bottom line. And so this following bit of news will be of little surprise. Brandchannel reports that "Transformers: Age Of Extinction" featured the most product placement of any movie in 2014, with fifty-five separate brands all managing to pop up in the film. Michael Bay is a previous winner too, with "Pain & Gain" taking the prize in 2013 and "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" winning it for 2011. But again, this is all part of the texture of the Michael Bay experience. Hell, there »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Jeff Goldblum Back For 'Independence Day 2,' Liam Hemsworth Also On Board

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Well, if there's going to be an "Independence Day" sequel without Will Smith, our only requirement was that Jeff Goldblum return. And he is. So all is right with the world. Roland Emmerich announced on Twitter that Goldblum's MIT nerd David Levinson would be back for the sequel, with Liam Hemsworth also joining the gang in a lead role. But the name we should probably be paying attention to is Jessie Usher, who THR reports has been cast in the key part of Will Smith's son from the first movie. The actor is currently the lead of Starz's "Survivor's Remorse," and also featured in "When The Game Stands Tall," but this will be his first blockbuster outing. Meanwhile, we just want to know when it becomes official that Bill Pullman is returning.  "Independence Day 2" saves the planet on June 24, 2016. Excited to Officially announce @LiamHemsworth and #JeffGoldblum as the »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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'Chappie' Actor Admits There Was "Tension" On Set With Die Antwoord's Ninja; Check Out Two New Featurettes

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It sort of flew over my head at the time, but last year, there were rumblings that there was trouble on the set of Neill Blomkamp's "Chappie." While the casting of South African hip hop duo Die Antwoord seemed like an inspired choice, Ninja was apparently earning the enmity of the cast of crew, reportedly criticizing acting choices, and in the words of one crew member, acting like "pure evil." Blomkamp was so fed up, he reportedly wound up reducing Ninja's role in the movie. And one actor who became a particular focus of Ninja's attitude was Brandon Auret, and he's spoken out recently — sort of — about his dealings with the rapper. In an interview with South Africa's News 24 (via The Movies), Auret — who initially says he has "no comment" on working with Ninja — admits that the rapper was unprofessional and a total pain to work with, and his behavior "became an issue. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Major Theater Chains Already Refusing To Screen Netflix's 'Beasts of No Nation'

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Times are changing in how, where, and when we watch movies. VOD has become a major force and platform in the release strategy for independent films, and streaming is quickly becoming a major hub for cinema too. Netflix of course is leading the charge, not only producing but acquiring new content, while Amazon and other players are also getting into the game. Frankly, they are filling a niche that many of the major studios have become more selective about about lately, and when it emerged earlier this week that Netflix was dropping a staggering $12 million to pick up Cary Fukunaga's child soldier drama "Beasts Of No Nation" — already seen as a potential 2016 Best Picture contender — it felt like the kind of big money buy Harvey Weinstein would've made in the '90s. But even people like Harvey aren't spending that kind of money anymore (for comparison sake, the starrier »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Academy Reportedly Considering Returning To 5 Best Picture Oscar Nominees

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We've already listed our premature predictions of what movies might be 2016 Best Picture contenders, but that was based on the premise that next year, we'd once again be looking at a field of ten nominees. It was in 2010 that the Academy first expanded the number of eligible slots, in the hopes that it would give the industry a chance to honor more of the finest accomplishments in cinema... who are we kidding, they wanted more ratings from the awards show broadcast. The shaky theory was that with more nominated films, less arty, more populist fare could slip in, translating to more viewers. Yet, year upon year, the Oscar telecast has shown a mostly downwards ratings trajectory, and in 2015 the audience numbers dropped 14% from the year before. So, what's the solution? THR reports that the Academy is mulling a return to five Best Picture nominees. The thinking is that the number »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Steven Spielberg Reteams With John Williams For His Cold War Thriller, Which Now Has A Title

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Like peanut butter and chocolate, Steven Spielberg and John Williams are meant to be together. The composer has worked on 26 of the director's films, and that collaborative spirit will continue on the director's next effort starring Tom Hanks, with the news confirmed by Williams' fan club. But first, it looks like the movie now has a title.  “I have a film directed by Steven Spielberg starring Tom Hanks coming out called 'Bridge of Spies,' ” producer Marc Platt told The Daily Pennsylvanian. The title refers to a bridge that led from West Berlin to East Berlin's Potsdam, where U.S. and Soviet forces often conducted prisoner exchanges during the Cold War.  The movie is a legal/espionage tale telling the true story of lawyer James Donovan, who is sent behind enemy lines by the CIA to negotiate the release of a U-2 pilot shot down and captured in Russia. At any rate, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Diane Keaton's Glorious, Ridiculous 1987 Directorial Debut 'Heaven'

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Well, that’s it. Take a long lunch. Or go home early. Make some popcorn. Ingest some substances. And settle in for Diane Keaton’s directorial debut. Released in 1987, “Heaven” is a documentary that investigates different people’s assumptions, beliefs, and thoughts on the afterlife — and it does so in glorious, ridiculous fashion. With a good old Wtf intro from Look Video to kick things off right, "Heaven" gets off to a great start. The 80-minute documentary itself, though, offers even more promise. Take, for example, the first subject. Though he appears at the 49-second mark, postulating about the meaning of Heaven, it’s not for another 34-seconds, until 1:23, that he offers anything other than an “uh” or an “um.” Riveting. Of course, there’s little need to focus on him when he’s seated against the backdrop of space. Yes, as in outer-space. At one point, there's a »

- Zach Hollwedel

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Watch: Chris Rock Has A Problem With Jackie Robinson Biopic '42' In Deleted Scene From 'Top Five'

21 hours ago

You know what movie deserved a bit more love? "Top Five." Released last December, it got lost in the holiday shuffle, and that's a shame because it's a genuinely funny, frank, warm, and romantic effort from writer/director/star Chris Rock. But the good news is that it's coming to home video, and today you can check out a deleted scene from movie. In the sequence, we join comedy superstar actor Andre Allen as he returns to stand up roots. In the movie, it's a climatic high point, with Rock delivering plenty of zingers left and right, but this one didn't make the cut. It finds him riffing on "42," the Jackie Robinson biopic from a couple of years back. Mostly, his criticisms aren't that sharp and the whole thing isn't terribly funny, but if you ever wondered what he thought about the baseball movie, well know you know. "Top Five »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: 45-Minute Doc 'Conan the Barbarian: Unchained' With Arnold Schwarzenegger, Oliver Stone, & More

21 hours ago

Arnold Schwarzenegger is set to make his next non-“Expendables” franchise return to the big screen on July 1st with “Terminator: Genisys.” However, before the future Governator ever went back in time to kill Sarah Connor, he hefted a great sword in another epic '80s — and later — franchise. That series, of course, is "Conan," and it all began with 1982’s “Conan the Barbarian.” (Interesting side note — the first "Conan" film fared better at the box office than the first “Terminator” flick…and also the last “Expendables” outing.) Schwarzenegger’s first big franchise role — and the one that really catapulted him to wide renown (yes, “Hercules in New York,” I know) — Conan was and is a muscle-bound, sword-toting fantasy hero created by Robert E. Howard in the early 1930s. Schwarzenegger was unfamiliar with the character when producers Edward Summer and Edward R. Pressman first approached him about the film, »

- Zach Hollwedel

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Watch: Criterion's Three Reasons To Check Out 'Fellini Satyricon' Plus Vintage Radio Spot And Trailer

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When he wasn’t creating top ten lists, director Federico Fellini filled his time by creating one of the most celebrated filmographies ever. Last week, everyone’s favorite boutique home video label Criterion released a lovingly restored “Fellini Satyricon” on Blu-Ray and DVD and now they have released a video detailing the three reasons you should part with your hard-earned cash for this beautiful release. Running just under a minute and a half, the video does a fine job of highlighting the aggressively wild and surreal nature of Fellini’s self-described “science fiction of the past” milieu. The looks of “faces from another time” and the infamous “Roman appetites” for sex & violence seen in the film are some of the reasons listed to check out the film. Even by today’s standards, Fellini’s film, which only included his name in the title so as to differentiate itself from Gian Luigi Polidoro’s “Satyricon, »

- Cain Rodriguez

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Watch: Jennifer Lawrence Rides Into Bradley Cooper's Heart With 2 Clips From 'Serena'

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It's not often when a movie featuring two high wattage stars takes years to get released, first getting scuttled to VOD followed by a limited run in theaters, but such is the fate of Susanne Bier's "Serena." Even with the presence of Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, the film took its time in making its way to theaters, and unfortunately, it's because it's not very good. Nevertheless, given two actors of such high calibre, many remain curious, and two new clips from the film have arrived. Based on the novel by Ron Rash, the Depression-era story follows George and Serena, a couple who forge a mighty timber empire together. But the good times soon give way to bad when Serena can't conceive an heir. However, these two clips see the couple in happier times, with George seeing the fetching Serena riding a horse and later with the pair hitting »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Premature Oscar Predictions: The 2016 Best Actor Contenders

23 hours ago

The good news: last year’s Oscar season is over. The bad news? This year’s Oscar season has begun. Obviously, this doesn’t mean you have weeks of Q&As and gaudy pull-quote ads to process, but by this time last year, “Whiplash,” “Grand Budapest Hotel” and “Boyhood,” three of this year's big winners, had already premiered. And you can bet that publicists and executives have already started planning their campaigns for the next season, even when the films are only just entering production. And as we’ve done for the past few years, we’re exorcising our demons and spending the week running down some of the premature possibilities for films that have been released so far that seem at a distance like they could have the right stuff for Oscar gold. Last year's Best Actor race was one of the most competitive in recent memory, with the »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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2015 Tribeca Film Festival Line-Up Announced: James Franco’s ‘Adderall Diaries,’ Olivia Wilde In ‘Meadowland’ & More

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There’s no rest for the wicked when it comes to film festival season. SXSW Film hits next week, and there’s barely a reprieve until the Tribeca Film Festival which begins next month. And today Tff announced its World Narrative and Documentary Competition film selections, along with the films selected for the Viewpoints section, which recognizes new voices in international and American independent cinema. All and all, 51 pictures were announced today. Let’s go straight to the highlights. They include the already announced Bao Nguyen-directed “Saturday Night Live”-doc “Live From New York!, an exploration of 40 years of American politics, tragedy, and popular culture through the comedic lens of SNL, which will open the festival. From there you have “The Adderall Diaries” with James Franco and Ed Harris; celebrated Dp Reed Morano’s directorial debut “Meadowland” starring Olivia Wilde, Luke Wilson alongside Elizabeth Moss, Giovanni Ribisi and Juno Temple; Kate Lyn Sheil. »

- The Playlist Staff

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Watch: 'Community' Spoofs 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron' In Trailer For Season 6

3 March 2015 10:46 AM, PST

While the entire gang won't be returning, at this point "Community" fans will have to take what they can get. And that means the show will move from national television to uh, Yahoo, which the team behind the comedy is embracing with the first trailer seeing everyone settle into their new home. Spoofing "Avengers: Age Of Ultron," this trailer welcomes everyone to "Community: Age Of Yahoo." Joel McHale, Alison Brie, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Jim Rash and Ken Jeong are reprising their roles with Paget Brewster and Keith David also joining the team. You'll see all the faces in this spot, but the more things change, the more they stay the same. While the move online might suggest a Netflix style release, the episodes will still arrive in the old school one-per-week format for some reason.  "Community" is back on March 17th. Watch below. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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The Best And Worst Of 'House Of Cards' Season 3

3 March 2015 10:09 AM, PST

Now that “House of Cards” weekend is officially over, and we've had one extra day to get back to our regular lives, let's get to it. Two years after its hugely addictive beginning, when David Fincher was directly involved and stars Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright commenced the portrayal of Frank and Claire Underwood, the show has had a lot to live up to. The second season took significant liberties with viewer's suspension of disbelief (that Meechum threesome, anyone?). All of a sudden, a show that so deliciously depicted the lives of sharks started to jump them with bizarre scenarios. But the way the last season ended was certainly emphatic. After he successfully manipulated his way to the presidency,  Frank's signature double-knock ended things on a high note and begged the question, “is there any other way than down for the Underwoods?” While the third season cleverly side-steps that query »

- Nikola Grozdanovic

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