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'Transformers 5' Coming In 2017, "Strategic Plan" For The Franchise Confirmed

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As surely as you live and breathe, Hasbro and Paramount will be developing "Transformers" movies. Indeed, with the last two movies 'Dark Of The Moon' and 'Age Of Extinction' crossing the magical billion dollar threshold, the studio wants to be keep the moneymaker going and last month Akiva Goldsman ("Jonah Hex," "Batman & Robin," and "Batman Forever") was tapped to put together a brain trust to develop spinoffs, sequels, and more. And yesterday, Hasbro confirmed more robot smashing action is just a couple of years way. During an earnings call, CEO Brian Goldner laid out what's brewing for one of the company's biggest cinematic toys. "Our plan with the studio and filmmakers you may have heard some writers being hired and we have in fact brought in Akiva Goldsman to lead a group of writers to really create a strategic plan around Transformers," he said. "We think there are any number »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Cannes Directors' Fortnight Slate Includes Jeremy Saulnier's 'Green Room' & Takashi Miike's 'Yakuza Apocalypse'

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It's weeks now until the Cannes Film Festival, and just this morning our team received confirmation of their press accreditation. So yes, excitement is building. And not just for the big shiny show on the Croisette. Today, the Directors' Fortnight revealed their slate, and it's one that has certainly has some promising pictures. In addition to previously announced entries like Arnaud Desplechin's "The Golden Years," Phillipe Garrel's "In The Shadow Of Women," and Miguel Gomes' six-hour epic "Arabian Nights," the line up has added "Blue Ruin" director Jeremy Saulnier's "Green Room." You might remember that one as the movie in which Patrick Stewart will play a Neo-Nazi leader who leads a gang of white power skinheads against a punk rock band. Um, yeah, we really want to see to that. Meanwhile, Takashi Miike has cranked out another movie, and his "Yakuza Apocalypse: The Great War Of The Underworld" will get a special. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Warner Bros. Pushes Joe Wright's ‘Pan’ To Fall, Shifts ‘Lego Movie’ Spin-off Release Dates

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You’ll remember a few months back Warner Bros. unveiled the other corners of their master blockbuster plan: aside from the D.C. Universe which is already set until 2020, they unveiled dates for two other franchises they hope to be the cornerstone of their business for the next decade to come, the ‘Harry Potter’ spin-off “Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them” and the “Lego” movie empire. But things are shifting in the “Lego” universe a bit and possibly because development on one film is taking a little bit longer than initially expected. Originally set for a September 2016 release date, "Lego: Ninjago,” has moved back a full year to September 22, 2017. However, "Lego: Batman" originally set for May 2017, has now moved up to February 10, 2017, a date similar to the Feb opening of the original super-successful “The Lego Movie.” This means “Lego Batman” will be the next ‘Lego’ movie to hit theaters »

- Edward Davis

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Watch: Discover Brad Bird's 'Tomorrowland' With George Clooney In This New Trailer

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Brad Bird's "Tomorrowland" is an interesting entry into the summer movie season for the precise reason that the trailers so far have offered up lots and lots of wonder, but little in the way of actual plot or story. And Disney is sticking with the mystery factor in this latest look at the movie, which again brings a lot of pizzazz. George Clooney, Hugh Laurie, Britt Robertson, Raffey Cassidy, Tim McGraw, Kathryn Hahn, Keegan-Michael Key, and Thomas Robinson star in this movie, conceived by Bird along with Damon Lindelof, about a cranky genius and a wide-eyed teen who become allies in a big adventure. That's it. But you know what? In a time when studios show off everything weeks before we get to the cinema, there is some excitement at having something left to unpack. "Tomorrowland" opens on May 22nd. Check out the new trailer and featurette below. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Joss Whedon Calls Edgar Wright's 'Ant-Man' "The Best Script Marvel Ever Had," Warns Of Serialized Moviemaking

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Joss Whedon's tenure at Marvel is drawing to a close, but his three year stint has seen the responsibility and weight of expectation that he carries with "Avengers: Age Of Ultron" grow far beyond just making a great movie. “The dollars, what’s riding on this, the burden of having done the first one and trying to come up to that level started to freak me out in the way it never has,” he told Buzzfeed. “I feel like I have to make a movie good enough to be the next third-highest-grossing movie of all time. I do feel like if it doesn’t make a certain ridiculous amount of money, I will have failed the people who have faith in me. I’ll fold in on myself.” In essence, Whedon's run at the comic studio has involved making sound creative decisions that also affect the bottom line. It can be a tricky dance, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Tribeca Review: Reed Morano’s ‘Meadowland’ Starring Olivia Wilde, Luke Wilson & Giovanni Ribisi

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We’ve all endured enough gruelling Sundance movies to recognize that grief and the indie film can be a deadly combination when they run unchecked. Worse, beyond just excruciating miserablism, the inherent characteristic of shattered life movies in the wrong hands can also take the form of strange, misguided fantasy—imagine how you might feel if you had to suffer living through this kind of personal trauma. Moreover inauthentic, fraudulent notes can feel like shameful tourism to an audience,exploiting someone else’s personal horror for the sake of drama. Grief not rendered honestly in movies is incredibly tricky to overcome and these issues and problems certainly come up in “Meadowland." The directorial debut of celebrated indie cinematographer Reed Morano (“The Skeleton Twins,” “Kill Your Darlings,” “Frozen River”), suffers from a clunky script, but is reinforced by its fully committed lead actors and the director’s sharp eye for mood and communicating incalculable. »

- Rodrigo Perez

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Tribeca Review: Moody Austerity Anti-Thriller 'Wednesday 04:45'

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"Austerity" might be one of the dirtiest words at the moment. Over the past few years, in cities and countries around the world, citizens have taken to the streets to protest government cutbacks to social programs, infrastructure, and more, all done in the name of protecting the economy, and keeping budgets balanced. And another word has been tossed around in equal measure — "responsibility." It's one that you'll hear a lot in Alexis Alexiou's "Wednesday 04:45," an anti-thriller of sorts, set against the backdrop of Greece's recent financial woes. Even though it has a ticking clock narrative, the film relies heavily on mood and atmosphere to tell its tale of a man feeling the grip of the credit crunch, who spends one day-long journey of the soul trying to put his life together, before the various bad decisions he's made over the years tear it all apart.  Stelios (Stelios Manos »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Steve Carell & Emma Stone Reteam For 'Battle Of The Sexes,' Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris To Direct

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Hollywood loves nothing more than pitting two projects against each other, and the latest is the true story about an oddball sports rivalry that captivated the nation. Earlier this year it was reported that Elizabeth Banks and Paul Giamatti would topline HBO's movie based on the 1973 Battles Of The Sexes tennis match between the 29 year-old, number two-ranked Billie Jean King, and the retired loud-mouthed champ Bobby Riggs. Now, a much starrier version is moving forward fast. Fox Searchlight has rounded up "Crazy Stupid Love" co-stars Steve Carell and Emma Stone for "Battle Of The Sexes." This is the project that Danny Boyle once flirted with, and he's still on board to produce, with "Little Miss Sunshine" duo Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris now directing the script from "Slumdog Millionaire" and "127 Hours" scribe Simon Beaufoy. In short, this one has a ton of talent in front of and behind »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Tribeca Review: William Monahan’s ‘Mojave’ Starring Oscar Isaac,Garrett Hedlund & Mark Wahlberg

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A modern dusty Western, a twisty Hitchcock-ian thriller, a Cormac McCarthy-esque existentialist meditation on man, his internal crisis, an exploration of the price of fame and artistry, a slasher-like revenge picture, and even at times a black comedy, William Monahan’s ambitious, but overstuffed sophomore directorial effort, “Mojave,” wants to be several movies at once. While it has trouble working out which kind of movie it exactly is (answer: all of the above), its disparate elements do intermittently and effectively work. However, a shallow premise, pompously overwrought dialogue, and hit-and-miss execution makes for an occasionally enjoyable, but not entirely convincing effort. It’s difficult to engender audience sympathy by opening a movie with a white, wealthy, spoiled 20-something star, who is full of angst, complains about being famous since he was 18, and is in the midst of an experiential crisis at being on top of the mountain and achieving everything goal he’s ever. »

- Rodrigo Perez

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First Look: Alexander Skarsgard Puts Up His Middle Finger In John Michael McDonagh's 'War On Everyone'

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There are few writer/directors that can balance dark drama with incisive wit, but John Michael McDonagh is one of them. With just two films — "The Guard" and "Calvary," both of which could probably use a bit more attention — he's established himself as a filmmaker who can handle a variety of tones with deft ease, while creating distinct, memorable characters. And his latest is his biggest effort to date. Filming has started on the perfectly titled "War On Everyone," and the first cheeky image is here. Michael Peña, Alexander Skarsgård, Theo James, Tessa Thompson, Caleb Landry Jones, Paul Reiser, Stephanie Sigman, and David Wilmot star in the action-comedy about two crooked cops who blackmail everyone they can, until one criminal proves to be more difficult to handle than they anticipated. So yes, we're very, very stoked on this one. Read More: Review: John Michael McDonagh's 'Calvary' Starring Brendan Gleeson, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Tribeca Review: Neil Labute’s ‘Dirty Weekend’ Starring Matthew Broderick And Alice Eve

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The Scandinavians have Lars Von Trier, and Americans may boast Harmony Korine as our enfante terrible, but writer/director Neil Labute is still unquestionably America’s premier big screen provocateur. Over the years, he’s poked, prodded and challenged audiences with many confrontational and discomfiting topics both in film and on the stage, tackling misogyny and sexism (“In The Company Of Men”), obesity/female body issues (the stage play “Fat Pig”), the duplicity of the art world and calculating females (“The Shape Of Things”), post 9/11 fallout (“The Mercy Seat”) and the repercussions of an interracial love triangle ("This Is How It Goes," "Lakeview Terrace”). Labute functions like a portrait artist of nasty, vicious human behavior, deceitful psychologies and devious assholes —his worldview is often deeply cynical, presenting the unpleasant aspects of human nature. Nearly once a year, he turns out a new work that’s sharp, funny, observational and indeed. »

- Rodrigo Perez

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Watch: New TV Spots, Clips And Images For 'Far From The Madding Crowd' Starring Carey Mulligan

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One of our 41 Most Anticipated Movies Of Summer 2015, "Far From The Madding Crowd" is not what is presently understood as a seasonal blockbuster. It's based on a literary classic, rather than a comic book. And it's from a director not known for explosions leveling entire cities, but for deep drama and complex characters. So basically, it's right up our alley, and today comes a few new looks at the movie. A trio of new TV spots provide another look at the sweeping drama based on the novel by Thomas Hardy, and new images give us a closer look at the top shelf cast for Thomas Vinterberg's film, including Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Sheen and Tom Sturridge. And finally, a couple more clips have arrived as well. "Far From The Madding Crowd" arrives on May 1st. Watch below. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Tribeca Review: 'Ashby' Starring Mickey Rourke, Nat Wolff, Emma Roberts And Sarah Silverman

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No one knows their neighbors anymore. Tony McNamara’s off-kilter but admirably good-hearted “Ashby” makes such a case. Young Ed Wallis’ (Nat Wolff) neighbor is a former CIA agent with nearly a hundred kills under his fashionably distressed belt. Who would want to live next door to someone like that? Conveniently enough, Ed would. He's the new kid in town and doesn’t have any friends to speak of, and the combination of a contrived school assignment (basically, “meet an old person, talk to them, write about it”) and the discovery of the bluehair next door inspires Ed to make a pal out of Ashby (Mickey Rourke). Too bad the guy has secrets —government-sanctioned murder the least among them— that just might keep him from letting Ed in. Just kidding! Ashby takes to Ed well enough, or at least he doesn't mind having a fresh-faced teen available to tote him to complete some mysterious missions, »

- Kate Erbland

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Paul Feig's 'Ghostbusters' Will Cost $154 Million Dollars

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While it would be easy to dismiss Sony's aggressive plans to expand the "Ghostbusters" franchise, it's worth noting that Paul Feig, who will get out of the gate first with the upcoming female driven entry, was hesitant at first about taking it on. “I just couldn’t get my head around it,” he admitted to Variety, but when he struck upon switching up genders, inspiration hit. “I know how to do that movie, and I know all these funny women.” But no franchise expansion comes without risk and cost, and Feig's movie will definitely have both. Taking a look at Sony, now operating under the leadership of ex-Fox honcho Tom Rothman and following the departure of Amy Pascal, THR reveals that this "Ghostbusters" will have quite a price tag: $154 million. And that's after Feig tweaked the script for budget conscious Rothman, allowing the cost to be scaled back from an initial $169 million. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: First Trailer For Sex Comedy 'The Overnight' With Adam Scott And Jason Schwartzman

21 hours ago

Moving to a new place and trying to forge new connections can be tough. And it's arguably even more difficult when you're married and raising a child. Where do you find the time to meet new people and make a connection? Well, some between the sheets action helps forge those bonds in the new sex comedy "The Overnight," and the first trailer is here. Premiering in January at the Sundance Film Festival, the movie stars Adam Scott, Taylor Schilling, Jason Schwartzman and Judith Godrèche and follows Alex and Emily, who move from Seattle to Los Angeles and meet Kurt and Charlotte. But an invitation to family pizza night soon takes a wild turn. A movie we called "hysterically funny," "The Overnight" opens on June 19th. Watch below. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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The 41 Most Anticipated Movies Of Summer 2015

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It feels like it was Christmas only yesterday, and yet suddenly we blinked and it’s now the dying days of April, which means that summer movie season is about to arrive. You could argue that it’s actually been underway for a while, with “Furious 7” doing gangbusters numbers in theaters (speeding swiftly towards a billion dollars), but soon, multiplexes will be literally full of superheroes. It’s as crowded a time as ever, not just for blockbusters but also for counter-programming indie fare, and as we’ve done traditionally at this time of year, we’ve dug into the release schedule and picked out forty of the movies we’re most excited about. It’s a varied mix, from half-a-billion-dollar-budgeted blockbusters to tiny indies, foreign films and documentaries, but all together, it’s a pretty good argument for staying indoors through to the end of August. So with no further ado, »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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Watch: C-3Po & R2-D2 Hosted Documentary 'The Making Of Star Wars' From 1977

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Now that everyone’s losing their friggin’ minds and creating genius memes that exploit one of last year’s most emotionally devastating scenes after laying eyes on the brand new teaser for “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens," it might be fun to go back to the very beginning of the saga, with the very first making-of documentary produced about it, simply called “The Making of Star Wars."  The cast and crew of the first 'Star Wars' movie speculate about a possible sequel, but they probably could not have guessed just how big “George’s silly kids movie” (a nickname that the English crew tacked on to the movie now known as “A New Hope”) would turn out. In fact, if you’d tell Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford that they’d return for a sequel almost forty years after the first movie, they »

- Oktay Ege Kozak

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Watch: New International Trailer For Animated, Cannes-Bound 'The Little Prince'

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The Cannes Film Festival isn't only high brow, arty movies. Amongst the selection this year is something for the whole family, and while it won't win the Palme d'Or (indeed, its screening Out Of Competition), the movie will still see plenty of big stars on the red carpet, tellling a story everyone knows from childhood. A pretty amazing voicecast — Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, James Franco, Jeff Bridges, Mackenzie Foy, Paul Rudd, Benicio Del Toro, Paul Giamatti, Albert Brooks, Bud Cort, and Ricky Gervais — has been lined up for Mark Osborne's "The Little Prince," and this new animated trailer for the movie shows the tale has been expanded well beyond the tiny kids' book. Whether it can retain the magic of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s timeless story remains to be seen. Read More: The 25 Best Animated Films Of The 21st Century So Far "The Little Prince" opens overseas on July 29th. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Mark Hamill Suggests Key 'Star Wars' Character Returns In 'The Force Awakens'

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You've dissected the new "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" trailer by now, but of course, there will be those examining each frame to try and decipher more clues. Mark Hamill has revealed a little something to consider about the movie which will follow "Star Wars: Episode VI — Return Of The Jedi."  Read More: New Infographic Lays Out Canonical 'Star Wars' Timeline With Films, TV, And Books The new teaser's voiceover (from 'Jedi') — "The force is strong in my family. My father has it. I have it. My sister has it. You have that power, too." — is delivered by Luke Skywalker himself, though he admits that he kept messing up during one crucial part of it.  Speaking with AP, Hamill noted that in re-recording the voiceover, he kept saying, "My father had it." Of course, we all know Luke's father is none other than Darth Vader, and while »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: The Bellas Go Global With The International Trailer For 'Pitch Perfect 2'

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To be perfectly honest, my wife and her friends should be the ones writing this article about the new international trailer for “Pitch Perfect 2." They’re the ones who care a bit more than I do about “Glee: The Movie, But With More Talented and Charming People” a.k.a. “Pitch Perfect," and they're not the only ones. The first movie was a surprise success, and sold a boatload of soundtracks. There's every indication this highly anticipated sequel should be a smash hit. The first movie had a lot of charm, mostly spearheaded by energetic and likable performances by Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson. Kendrick, Wilson, as well as the entire Barden Bellas are back for the sequel, this time directed by Elizabeth Banks, who also returns to the cast as the obnoxious presenter from the first film. “Pitch Perfect 2” represents Banks’ feature directorial debut. She previously helmed »

- Oktay Ege Kozak

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