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Hugh Jackman Says 'Wolverine 3' Will Be His Last Turn As The Mutant Character

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There’s always a weird disconnect of age in Hollywood. You hear actors often suggesting, “Oh, I’m getting too old for this part,” meanwhile actors routinely play parts where their character is much, much younger. Andrew Garfield was 28 when he started playing the teenage Peter Parker in “The Amazing Spider-Man,” and yet when the “Spectacular Spider-Man” reboot was announced, much of the news was about how the character was going younger and going back to high school (he had barely left; Parker had graduated by ‘”Amazing Spider-Man 2”). Robert Downey Jr. has said much the same; that he’s getting too old to play Tony Stark now that he’s going on 50 (next year). But 50 is the new 40 and Rdj has signed back for multiple more Marvel films including a major role in “Captain America: Civil War,” so we’ll be seeing him as “Iron Man” until at least »

- Edward Davis

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Sacha Baron Cohen Reportedly Returning To Write, Produce, Star & Direct The Freddie Mercury Biopic

7 hours ago

The saga of the long developing Freddie Mercury is as operatic as "Bohemian Rhapsody." Once promisingly slated to star Sacha Baron Cohen, the actor bailed from the movie after he couldn't come to an agreement with the surviving members of Queen over the tone of the movie. And throughout, there has been a lot of talk, but not much action. Dominic Cooper, Daniel Radcliffe, and Ben Whishaw were tossed around as possible stars at various points, while  Stephen Frears, Tom Hooper, Dexter Fletcher and even David Fincher were all mentioned as potential directors, with varying degrees of likeliness. Meanwhile, a script by "The Queen" screenwriter Peter Morgan has been kicking around for a while. But it looks like the remaining members of Queen are not only going back to Cohen, but giving him total creative power. The band's manager Jim Beach, during the Artist & Management Awards (man, there are awards for everything) on. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: James Bond Is Back In First Trailer For 'Spectre' Starring Daniel Craig, Lea Seydoux, Dave Bautista, & More

22 hours ago

When "Skyfall" earned $1 billion at the box office, not only did it prove that the James Bond franchise was far from dead by being the highest grossing movie in the series ever, it only raised the stakes for whatever came after it. So, even though it's still filming, it's not a shock that MGM and Sony are starting the marketing campaign as early as possible for "Spectre." And today, the first teaser trailer is here. This what we know so far: Daniel Craig will be impeccably dressed as 007, with Christoph Waltz, Ralph Fiennes, Monica Bellucci, Léa Seydoux, Dave Bautista, Ben Whishaw, Andrew Scott, Naomie Harris, Stephanie Sigman and more in supporting roles, in a movie that will once again see the secret agent in exotic locales, saving the world from peril. Here's the official synopsis: A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Review: Will Ferrell And Kevin Hart's Offensive 'Get Hard'

23 hours ago

This is a reprint of our review from the 2015 SXSW Film Festival. It's hard to think of two people on this planet who are funnier than Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart. So the idea of pairing the them in some kind of mismatched buddy comedy sounds, at least on paper, like a stroke of genius, especially since the core concept was concocted by Ferrell and his frequent collaborator Adam McKay (who directed Ferrell in "Step Brothers" and both "Anchorman" movies). All of this makes Ferrell and Hart's "Get Hard" even more of a crushing disappointment. It's an absolutely horrible, amateurishly assembled comedy that is more offensive than just about anything we've seen lately, a non-stop parade of racist, homophobic bile that would be bad enough from any comedian, but coming out of Ferrell and Hart has the effect of watching a childhood hero committing some horrible act. Again, at the »

- Drew Taylor

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Watch: Vintage, 18-Minute Talk With Alfred Hitchcock From 1969

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Step back in time 46 years with us to 1969. Alfred Hitchcock, fresh off “Topaz,” was entering the very tail end of his career. He had two more films in his future — “Frenzy" and "Family Plot” — but his best work was well behind him. Nevertheless, he was (and still is) a legendary director, one of the best of the best to have graced cinema, and his mind was as much (if not more) a treasure trove of movie history, information, and advice than ever. One afternoon those many years ago, Hitch sat down with actor-writer-director Bryan Forbes (“The Stepford Wives,” screenplay for “Chaplin”) in the National Film Theatre in London to discuss movies and answer questions from an audience of cinephiles. Fortunately, for those of us too young or otherwise unable to have attended, Eyes on Cinema has uploaded an 18-minute recording of interview. Forbes kicked off the interview — after a quick »

- Zach Hollwedel

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Review: Tedious, Borderline Incompetent 'Serena' Starring Jennifer Lawrence & Bradley Cooper

27 March 2015 3:07 PM, PDT

This is a reprint of our review from the 2014 BFI London Film Festival. Certain films pass into legend as famous disasters almost as soon as they hit theaters, sometimes even beforehand. "Cleopatra." "Heaven's Gate." "Leonard Part 6." "Waterworld." In some of those cases, this lousy reputation was earned, and in others it wasn't. The latest film to potentially join this hall of infamy appears to be "Serena." An adaptation of Ron Rash's acclaimed novel (Darren Aronofsky and Angelina Jolie were once linked to the project), the film is directed by Oscar-winner Susanne Bier and reteams Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, stars of award-winning successes "Silver-Linings Playbook" and "American Hustle." On paper, it looked like the stuff of festival galas and award prestige: a lavish costume drama with two of the hottest stars in the world and a director with a proven track record. The film »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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Watch: New Featurette Explains How Quicksilver & Scarlett Witch Join ‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’

27 March 2015 2:41 PM, PDT

By now you know that “Avengers: Age Of Ultron” features…well...practically everybody already introduced in the Marvel Cinematic Universe aside from the cosmic, “Guardians of The Galaxy” side of things. But beyond cameos, flashbacks, and closing credit sequences, two of the new major introductions are Quicksilver and The Scarlet Witch. Of course, in the Marvel comics universe, the characters are mutants, and Quicksilver has already been introduced in 20th Century Fox’s “X-Men” series, specifically in “X-Men: Days Of Future Past,” but because of some legal loophole — or because the characters were members of both the X-Men and The Avengers in the comics — both Disney/Marvel and Fox own the rights. The caveat is that Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch cannot be referred to as mutants and their backstory as Magneto's siblings is surely not going to come into play in ‘Ultron.’ So how do they get introduced? Well, a »

- Edward Davis

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Watch: Explore Master Cinematographer Vittorio Storaro's Bold Use Of Color In This Supercut

27 March 2015 2:15 PM, PDT

Even if you can’t immediately place his name, you’ve undoubtedly seen his work. “Apocalpyse Now,” “The Last Emperor,” “Last Tango in Paris,” "Ladyhawke,” “Reds,” and “Dick Tracy” to name but a few. Vittorio Storaro is a master cinematographer who has contributed his immense talent to over five dozen film and television projects during his epic (and ongoing) 50-plus year career. His work has garnered him three Oscars for Best Cinematography (for “The Last Emperor,” “Reds,” and “Apocalypse Now”), as well as a fourth nomination (“Dick Tracy”). One of the defining elements of Storaro’s work is his use of color. As a 3-minute supercut from Vimeo user movement_of_time professes, Storaro is “the man who uses color shades as a poet uses words. In every [one of] his film[s] the choice of a specific color is rigidly connected with the 'ideology' of history, and the color does not simply duplicate the scene information, »

- Zach Hollwedel

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New Directors/New Films Review: Gripping 'Listen To Me Marlon' Reveals The Man Behind The Myth Of Marlon Brando

27 March 2015 1:48 PM, PDT

“I coulda been a contender! I coulda been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am, let's face it.” That classic scene from “On The Waterfront” was part and parcel behind Marlon Brando's release into the stratosphere of supercool. Beginning with his stage debut as Stanley Kowalski in “A Streetcar Named Desire” (which he, of course, reprised in the 1951 film adaptation), his film debut in “The Men,” and a string of larger-than-life roles culminating with his Oscar-winning turn as Terry Malloy in 'Waterfront,' Hollywood was Brando's oyster in the 1950s, and a man became a cultural symbol. Through these roles, and future titanic turns in “The Godfather,” “Apocalypse Now,” and “The Last Tango in Paris,” we know and remember Marlon Brando as one of the greatest screen actors of all time. But, what of the man behind the actor? This question fuels Stevan Riley's documentary, »

- Nikola Grozdanovic

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Paramount Assembling Brain Trust To Develop More 'Transformers' Sequels And Spinoffs

27 March 2015 1:22 PM, PDT

Earning $3.7 billion worldwide to date, with both the latest two movies in the series — "Transformers: Dark Of The Moon" and "Transformers: Age Of Extinction" — taking in over a $1 billion worldwide each, there is not doubt that the toy franchise is not only alive, but healthier than it has ever been. Critics may not like it, but audiences (particularly internationally), really, really do. And Paramount wants more, but one movie every few years isn't going to cut it in an era when rival studios like Marvel are dropping a couple of films annually, and have already expanded to streaming services and television. So they are going to pick up the pace. Deadline reports that the studio has tapped Akiva Goldsman — whose blockbuster cred includes "Jonah Hex," "Batman & Robin," and "Batman Forever" — to assemble a "writer's room" or essentially a brain trust to develop spinoffs, a potential multi-part "Transformers" »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Listen: Chuck Klosterman Hosted 90-Minute Talk With 'Mad Men' Team Matthew Weiner, Jon Hamm, & More

27 March 2015 12:57 PM, PDT

It’s a little over a week until the premiere of the final batch of “Mad Men” episodes, and to celebrate the occasion, last week the Film Society of Lincoln Center hosted creator Matthew Weiner and some of the cast for a long discussion about the show. Thankfully, for those of us that didn’t have the chance to attend, the Lincoln Center released a podcast version of the discussion. Titled “Mad Men: The End of an Era,” Chuck Klosterman hosts this week’s episode of the Lincoln Center’s long-running “The Close-Up” podcast, which runs just over 90 minutes. The discussion is anchored by clips from the show chosen by Weiner, Jon HammJanuary JonesChristina Hendricks, and John Slattery. The clip-centered structure allows Weiner and the cast to not only talk about the actual filming of the scenes, but about the nature of the characters, the malleability of identity in America, »

- Cain Rodriguez

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'Gone Girl' Writer Gillian Flynn To Pen Steve McQueen's Heist Movie 'Widows'

27 March 2015 12:14 PM, PDT

Even with Steve McQueen busy for the next little while thanks to HBO ordering six-episodes of the "Codes Of Conduct" limited series — which he'll direct every installment of — he's not letting some of his brewing projects just sit around and collect dust. In fact, one of them just landed a high profile screenwriter. "Gone Girl" scribe, and new David Fincher fave (she's also penning his upcoming TV series "Utopia"), Gillian Flynn, has been tapped to write McQueen's "Widows." The film is an adaptation of the 1980s Brit TV series that centers on the widows of three armed robbers, killed during a heist, who use their late husbands' plans for the failed robbery to pull it off themselves, rounding up a fourth woman to assist. Flynn will co-write the movie with McQueen, who will also produce. While this one probably is a bit of a way off, we're just glad it's »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Listen: "Confusion" By Ben Stiller's '80s Punk Band Capital Punishment; Full Album Being Reissued

27 March 2015 11:50 AM, PDT

With Noah Baumbach's "While We're Young" rolling into cinemas today, telling the story of a middle-aged couple trying to reclaim their youth, there is probably no better moment for this news to drop. Star Ben Stiller had a punk band in the 1980s, they recorded an album, and over 30 years later, it's getting an official release. You can't make this stuff up. Pitchfork has the news the today and it goes something like this: indie label Captured Tracks stumbled across Roadkill by Capital Punishment — recorded on the cheap, and given an initial run of a couple hundred copies — contacted Stiller to ask if they could re-release it, and the rest is history. While most people would be mortified to see their high school band's recordings put back out into the wild, it's kinda great Stiller is eager to roll with it, and he seems pretty amazed anyone cares. "What »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Academy Award Hopeful Vin Diesel Says The Oscars Has A "Stigma Towards Action Films"

27 March 2015 11:34 AM, PDT

Earlier this week, Vin Diesel predicted that "Furious 7" was going to win Best Picture at the Oscars. Seriously, he meant it when he said the movie in which expensive cars jump skyscraper to skyscraper will be honored by the Academy. But he realizes that there is a big obstacle to leap over in currying favor with voters, who he believes turn their noses up at anything with explosions. "...we all know that there's a little stigma towards action films, we know it, we've heard people complain about it, we've heard Marvel complain about it, we've heard DC complain about it, and now Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Batman has never gotten a shot at that," he told Associated Press (via The Wrap), adding, "The Oscars have been somewhat criticized in the last couple of years for maybe not being as populist as they could be, but we have a very powerful movie here. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Interview: Director David Zellner Talks 'Kumiko The Treasure Hunter,' Urban Legends & Lure Of The Quest Movie

27 March 2015 11:15 AM, PDT

A small, offbeat gem of a film that has finally made it to U.S. theaters, David and Nathan Zellner’s "Kumiko the Treasure Hunter" (which incidentally features the all-time Lettuce D’Or winner for Best Performance by a Rabbit), was one of the quieter success stories of the 2014 festival circuit. The strange, sad, bittersweet story of a lonely Japanese woman, played with perfect self-contained command by Rinko Kikuchi, who finds a VHS tape of the Coen Brothers’ "Fargo," and, conflating reality and fiction, journeys all the way to Minnesota, alone in the dead of winter, to try to find the money that Steve Buscemi’s character buries in the snow, 'Kumiko,' despite being inspired by both an internet urban legend and one of the greatest American films ever made, is entirely its own, unusual thing. We loved it (our review is here), and so at the last Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, »

- Jessica Kiang

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Terrence Malick's Next Film With Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara & Michael Fassbender Reportedly Gets Titled

27 March 2015 10:49 AM, PDT

As always with the world of Terrence Malick, nothing is official until the movie is on the screen, so take this bit of news with a grain of salt. But perhaps, if anything, this news indicates that the director's next film is finished. According to fansite One Big Soul (via The Film Stage), Malick's next, music-scene movie starring Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara, Michael Fassbender, Natalie Portman and Cate Blanchett is now titled "Weightless." The intel comes from a credit sheet belonging to Supervising Sound Editor/Re-Recording Mixer Joel Dougherty who has both "Knight Of Cups" and "Weightless," credited to Malick, listed. It should be noted that this may be a working title, and Film Nation, the producers of the film, still have it untitled on their website. Update 3.28.15: Joel Dougherty's credit sheet has been amended and the Malick film now goes back to being "Untitled." It's very possible »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: New ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Teaser Is Brief, But Explosive, Visceral & Intense

27 March 2015 10:30 AM, PDT

There’s no need to speculate further. As we guessed/hoped in our Cannes wish-list piece, “Mad Max: Fury Road” will make its world premiere at Cannes. But it won’t play in competition, and despite being the subject of the first official Cannes announcement, it won’t be the opening night film either. If we’re gonna split hairs about the announcement: is this a good sign? Another thing to consider: ‘Fury Road’ at Cannes isn’t exactly that special. It premieres on the Croisette on May 14th and then it goes wide in theaters across most of the world the next day, so Cannes has all of 24 hours before the rest of the world sees the film. Drilling down deeper, this means press in New York and L.A., probably the U.K. and other territories will have seen the movie in advance anyhow. Will embargoes even hold »

- Edward Davis

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Exclusive: Dakota Fanning Must Endure In Clip From Drama 'Effie Gray'

27 March 2015 10:06 AM, PDT

Finding love these days is just an app away, but the stricter social mores of the mid-1800s had a much more rigid context for passion, and it's against this backdrop that "Effie Gray" unfolds. Today we have an exclusive clip from the period drama. Directed by Richard Laxton ("Burton And Taylor," "An Englishman In New York"), the movie tells the story of the scandalous affair between Effie Gray (Dakota Fanning) and Pre-Raphaelite artist John Everett Millais (Tom Sturridge), one that develops when the young woman finds herself locked in a sexless marriage with an art critic (Greg Wise). And in this clip, the emotional toll that comes to bear on John is too much, while Effie has accepted what she must endure. Emma Thompson (who also wrote the script), David Suchet, Robbie Coltrane and Julie Walters co-star in the movie which opens on April 3rd. Watch below. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: There's A Storm Coming In The New Trailer For 'Terminator Genisys'

27 March 2015 9:37 AM, PDT

No matter how "Terminator Genisys" turns out, at the very least it will have one thing we can count on: J.K. Simmons. Guaranteed to make anything he's in at least watchable, perhaps Paramount knows this as the Oscar winner gets ample time in the new trailer for the not-a-sequel sequel. Arnold Schwarzenegger is back (to apparently fight again himself — what?) with Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, Jason Clarke, J.K. Simmons, Byung-Hun Lee and Matt Smith in this new timeline altering installment of the series. But why does this need to be made at all? Arnie explains. " I always said that I would do another Terminator if the story was great, and I really enjoyed this story when I read it. I think that the people who were involved made me feel like this was going to be a good movie and that they were going to go all out with the project, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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First Official, Seductive Look At Ryan Reynolds As 'Deadpool'

27 March 2015 9:25 AM, PDT

Comedy is a subjective thing, I get that, but perhaps I'm missing the connection between "Deadpool" and riffing on a 1970s Playgirl spread with Burt Reynolds (Nsfw image here, and warning, you can't un-see it). But hey, it's inventive and will get people talking. Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, and Gina Carano star in the movie that gives the mouthy comic book character another chance at the big screen after the unmentionable "X-Men Origins: Wolverine." Here's the official synopsis: Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, Deadpool tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life. "Deadpool" arrives on February 12th. Check out the image. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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