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Guillermo Del Toro Says Its Basically A Wrap For The ‘Hellboy’ Series

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Last we heard, actor Ron Perlman was looking to complete the “Hellboy” series as a trilogy before finally saying goodbye. “I’d like to finish it. I’d like for there to be a third film because the first two films were set up for this huge resolve and he [and director Guillermo Del Toro] already understands what that resolve will look like," the actor said a few month ago. Pearlman said that while del Toro never did deliver the “nuts and bolts” of the story, he did give him the “broad strokes sketch” of what the third film would look like describing it as “epic.” This certainly stoked the flames of many fans out there hoping to seeing a return of the big red demon hero on the screen.  But in a recent Reddit Ama, de Toro seemingly doing one of those once a month, the always chatty, always candid filmmaker cast what feels »

- Edward Davis

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Roberto Orci Officially Leaves ‘Amazing Spider-Man 3’; Series Could Be In Limbo

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“Where there’s smoke there’s fire.” I kinda hate that phrase because it always lends credence to every damn rumor out there (the recent Gus Van Sant/”Death Note” rumor of late is false and premature, for example). But maybe it applies here. A few weeks ago it was reported that “The Amazing Spider-Man 3” was going to lose its 2016 date and it may be delayed. Well, it turns out this rumor is entirely possible. The ever-candid Roberto Orci, screenwriter behind the new “Star Trek” franchise, some of the earlier “Transformers” films and of course the rebooted “Amazing Spider-Man” series has revealed in an interview that he has officially left the Sony-produced super hero franchise. “I’m not officially involved in it," Orci told IGN of the upcoming “Spider-Man 3” film. "I don't know what their plans are for that franchise,” he continued. “I don't ever want to say never, »

- Rodrigo Perez

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Watch: Scarlett Johansson Races Through Paris In New 'Lucy' Clip, Plus New Photos & A Featurette

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We’ve heard “Lucy,” the new action thriller by Luc Besson, is a cross between “The Tree Of Life” and well… a Luc Besson-helmed action movie. We’re not sure what the hell the Malick part has to do with anything, but we suppose that makes it sound slightly more intriguing. The movie stars Scarlett Johansson as a woman in Taipei who gets in over her head as a drug mule. She’s then accidentally given super enhancing drugs that make her more evolved to the point that she’s using more than just 10% of her brain (an inaccuracy that pop culture still likes to hang onto). She then becomes lightning quick, super human and bad ass to the point that she kicks a lot of butt. The film seems like a return to Besson’s early days with “La Femme Nikita,” a femme-fatal action film that put the »

- Edward Davis

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Alejandro González Iñárritu Wants To Shoot 'The Revenant' In Sequence, Megan Ellison May Save Financially Troubled Pic

11 July 2014 2:58 PM, PDT

With a prime opening slot for "Birdman" at the Venice Film Festival next month, things look to be going pretty well for Alejandro González Iñárritu, and he even has "The Revenant" with Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy gearing up to shoot this fall. Or does he? THR reports that the film, which was slated to start shooting in September, is now in jeopardy after the troubled production company Worldview Entertainment backed out of financing the movie. 20th Century Fox isn't interested in putting up the money themselves citing the pay-or-play deals for the two leads (meaning they get paid even if the movie doesn't get made), but there's more complications. In a typically ambitious move by Iñárritu, he wants to shoot the movie—about a 19th century fur trapper who is mauled by a grizzly bear, left for dead and robbed, who then goes on a mission of vengeance—in sequence, »


- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Michael Shannon Has Sex With A Corpse In James Franco's 2010 Short Film 'Herbert White'

11 July 2014 2:42 PM, PDT

Such has been the life of James Franco, that he can still be in school, and when he gets the lark to make a short, he can just get on the phone and called up Michael Shannon to star in it. And that's the case with "Herbert White," a 14-minute 2010 movie Franco made while at Nyu, which is probably one you'd probably otherwise pass over, were it not for the uh, promise, of Shannon having a sex with a corpse. Because he does. The short is based on titular poem by Frank Bidart, and it's one that clearly stuck with Franco, and she shares his approach to the oddball source material with Vice: Once I decided to adapt “Herbert White,” I had to figure out what would stay in the narrative. I was struck by two moments at the beginning of the poem that led to an approach for the entire film. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: 'Apehood' Is The Must-See 'Boyhood' & 'Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes' Trailer Mashup

11 July 2014 2:06 PM, PDT

This weekend, both Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" (review here) and Matt Reeves' "Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes" (review here) hit theatres, and we understand that you might not have time for both. Well, luckily video editing whiz Nelson Carvajal is going to save you some time. Taking the trailers for both films, Carvajal has mashed them up and created the journey of Caesar from child to man, and it's clever stuff. Cutting back and forth between 'Dawn' and "Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes," with the feel-good song from the "Boyhood" trailer ("Hero" by Family Of The Year) laid on top, it's almost an alternate preview for the blockbuster picture of sorts. It's a fun way to close off your day, so make sure your boss has left, put your feet up, and click below. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Pop Up Trivia Trailer For Zach Braff's 'Wish I Was Here'

11 July 2014 1:24 PM, PDT

Crowdfunded, completed, premiered at Sundance and now ready to hit theatres, Zach Braff's "Wish I Was Here" now just has to get you to buy tickets. And to do that, the folks at Focus Features have given you another way to watch the trailer. A pop up trivia trailer has arrived for the film, providing tidbits about the film and cast, from beginning to end. Co-starring Kate Hudson, Mandy Patinkin, Josh Gad, Joey King, Pierce Gagnon, Donald Faison, Ashley Greene, Jim Parsons, and Michael Weston, like "Garden State," this is another tale of mid-life malaise, with cool music and people who find insights around every corner. And the result, according to our man out of Sundance, is something you might admire "for its fearlessness (any film that interrupts a scene of furries fucking for a serious, dramatic moment is to be admired), but sincerity alone cannot save it." "Wish I Was Here »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Details Emerge On The Controversial 'Seinfeld' Episode That Never Aired

11 July 2014 12:30 PM, PDT

Earlier this year, "Seinfeld" celebrated its 25th anniversary (watch a one-hour documentary on the show here), bringing forth lots of reminisces about the groundbreaking sitcom and ever-quotable half-hour that still plays routinely in syndication. And while the show was a ratings titan, critically adored and loved by audiences, as any fans know, it didn't come out fully formed. The first and second seasons especially are a bit wobby, with Jerry Seinfeld and company still figuring out the tone of the show and what they could get away with. And an episode about guns was something that wouldn't do. ScreenCrush has the fascinating story of "The Bet," an episode written for season two that was scripted, cast, but never went into production after pushback from those around the show. Here's the plot breakdown via Sc, and perhaps you can see why it made folks uncomfortable:  The episode actually featured two bets as part of its plot. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: 4-Hour 'American Masters' Documentary 'Andy Warhol' Featuring Bob Dylan, Dennis Hopper And More

11 July 2014 11:58 AM, PDT

This weekend you've got a variety of entertainment options, from the excellent summer blockbuster "Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes" (review here), and of course, the final two matches of the World Cup. And after all that, if you're still looking for something to feed your eyes and brain, this may do the trick. Boing Boing has pointed us to Ric Burns' extensive 1996 "American Masters" effort "Andy Warhol: A Documentary." As you might guess, it's an extensive and in-depth look at the Pop Art icon, featuring an array of diverse faces, including Bob Dylan, Dennis Hopper, Jeff Koons and more, with Warhol friend Laurie Anderson narrating the whole thing. We know school's out, but this might be a good way to keep those brain cells from atrophy before the bell rings in September. Give it a watch below. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Casting: Michael Cera & John C. Reilly Provide 'Entertainment,' Gary Oldman Is A 'Criminal' And More

11 July 2014 11:13 AM, PDT

Presumably Hollywood's next hot thing, with "Fifty Shades Of Grey" ready to shackle up audiences next year, Dakota Johnson is probably getting more than a few things crossing her desk. And one of them is "Forever, Interrupted." The actress will star in the adaptation of the Taylor Jenkins Reid novel about "a young woman who elopes after a whirlwind romance and then must face the sudden death of her adoring husband. She must come to terms with his loss while forming an unlikely relationship with his mother — who didn't know she existed." No word yet on who will write or direct. [The Wrap] Around The Playlist offices, "The Comedy" is one of our faves, and so we're pleased to see Rick Alverson moving on a new movie, and it has attracted some exciting folk. John C. Reilly, Michael Cera, Tye Sheridan, Angeliki Papoulia ("Dogtooth"), Dean Stockwell are joining the "Entertainment" which will star Gregg. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Colin Farrell Puts On Badge For 'True Detective' Season 2, Taylor Kitsch In Contention For Role

11 July 2014 10:47 AM, PDT

“The two scripts we have … I hate to jinx it … they are more exciting than the first season,” HBO programming president Michael Lombardo bold said at the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills yesterday about the second season of "True Detective." (via EW) But the question on everybody's mind is: who is going to take over from the fantastic performances by Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson? Well, we might have our answer. The Wrap is reporting that Colin Farrell is in talks for one of the lead roles on the next season of "True Detective," with Taylor Kitsch in the mix for one of the other characters, with Garrett Hedlund also apparently rumored. In case you missed the news yesterday, series writer Nic Pizzolatto stated that his scope of the story, set in California (though not necessarily dealing with the transportation industry anymore), had expanded to "four central roles. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: 19-Minute Featurette 'Emulsion Rescue' About The Restoration Of 'The Godfather'

11 July 2014 10:26 AM, PDT

The story of "The Godfather" and how it was made is already the stuff of movie legend. But the story of how the movie was saved and restored to the glory of how it first looked back in 1972 is one that probably deserves a bit more attention. And if you've got about twenty minutes to spare, you'll want to give this one a look. In 2008, Paramount released "The Godfather: The Coppola Restoration" with a fresh transfer assembled by Robert A. Harris of Film Preserve, but it was a lot of work to get that movie back on store shelves. "Emulsion Rescue" is a fascinating look at the step-by-step process of restoring Francis Ford Coppola's film to its original state, and most importantly, to the visual look cinematography Gordon Willis imprinted on the film. It's fascinating stuff that gets very, very technical on how prints are made and preserved, but »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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North Korea Wants Seth Rogen & James Franco's 'The Interview' Banned

11 July 2014 10:01 AM, PDT

North Korea don't like a lot of things about the West, but they really don't like Seth Rogen and James Franco's "The Interview." Then again, it's not every day that a movie comes along where the central plot is the assassination of your leader, and North Korea has already called the movie "undisguised terrorism" and akin to an act of war. And now the country is taking this all the way to the U.N. North Korea's U.N. Ambassador Ja Song Nam penned a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the end of June, strongly stating that "The Interview" should essentially be outlawed. "To allow the production and distribution of such a film on the assassination of an incumbent head of a sovereign state should be regarded as the most undisguised sponsoring of terrorism as well as an act of war," the correspondence stated. "The United »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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'All Is Lost' & 'A Most Violent Year' Director J.C. Chandor Lines Up 'Deepwater Horizon'

11 July 2014 9:33 AM, PDT

With Steven Soderbergh stepping away from the world of moviemaking, if you're looking for a another filmmaker with his same spirit of exploration and productivity, J.C. Chandor seems to fit the bill. He hasn't wasted a moment since breaking out with the talky, financial world drama "Margin Call." He switched it up for his next movie, the nearly wordless survival tale "All Is Lost," and Chandor already has his period-set immigration tale "A Most Violent Year" with Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain in the can, with a release planned for this fall. But instead of taking a break, he's lining up his next film. Deadline reports that Chandor will take the helm of "Deepwater Horizon." Can you guess what it's about? Indeed, it's based on the The New York Times article from Christmas Day, 2010, detailing the explosion on the oil rig that led to one of the biggest environmental disaster in United States history. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Guillermo Del Toro Now Talking Unrated 'Mountains Of Madness' & Says 'Pacific Rim' Animated Series Will Bridge To Sequel

11 July 2014 9:22 AM, PDT

With world geekdom temporarily placated with news of a 2017-bound "Pacific Rim 2" and an animated series to boot, now is the time to speculate and needle the filmmakers for additional information. Luckily for us, Guillermo del Toro has always been a friend of the film community and is rarely shy when it comes to reveal plans for upcoming projects and the thought process behind them. Making press rounds for upcoming "The Strain," del Toro shed some light on the format of the series, how the production is moving along and why the initial thirteen-episode run which eschew the "story of the week" format. "We’re going for a long arc, so the idea is to show a group of characters—we have pilots, functional jaegers, but we have all these younger characters. I really want to explore things that are complimentary to the things that I want to explore in the second movie: drift, »

- Mark Zhuravsky

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Karlovy Vary Review: Beautiful, Atmospheric Debut ‘Violent’ From Canadian Musician Andrew Huculiak

11 July 2014 9:01 AM, PDT

On the surface, there’s no real reason why “Violent,” the debut feature film from Canadian director Andrew Huculiak, should be set so specifically in Norway, and be led by a Norwegian actress whose dialogue and voiced-over thoughts are also in Norwegian. But as the film draws you in, or rather quietly casts its heady spell of sound and atmosphere around you, that eccentric choice begins to make a compelling kind of sense. Not only does Huculiak’s outsider’s eye give rise to some extraordinary cinematography (via Dp, editor and co-writer Joseph Schweers), of Norway’s countryside, towns and cities, but thematically too it feels like, standing at this deliberate remove, the filmmakers can more easily shift between subjective, intimate moments and the broader, ontological themes they illustrate. Not only that, but as non-Norwegian speakers ourselves, the voiceover segments take on a sort of musical quality: while we read »

- Jessica Kiang

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Watch: Screenwriter Dustin Lance Black Shares His Creative Process In Fascinating 7-Minute Video

11 July 2014 8:21 AM, PDT

He may have stumbled with the tonally inconsistent “Virginia,” but Dustin Lance Black still remains an in-demand writer (an Oscar win would do that for a person). As part of the “Academy Originals” series for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, Black stars in a video detailing his writing process. Lasting just under seven minutes long, the video is must-watch for any of you aspiring writers out there or just those interested in what it takes to write a movie. Black may be something of an outlier with his thorough researching process – he says he often takes a year just to research the film—but it’s hard to argue with his reasoning that specificity is key to creating unique and interesting characters. While you watch the video, keep an eye out for the drafts of some of the films Black has been attached to over the past couple of years. »

- Cain Rodriguez

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Review: 'Rage' Starring Nicolas Cage, Peter Stormare & Danny Glover

11 July 2014 8:05 AM, PDT

If, for whatever reason, you find yourself in an argument with someone who is desperately trying to convince you that Nicolas Cage has returned to form with his brilliant performance in David Gordon Green’s “Joe," you’ll be able to shut them up thanks to Paco Cabezas. They can bring up all sorts of scenes as valid evidence of Cage’s buried talents, unearthed by his performance as Green’s titular protagonist, but you’ll only need one word for a comeback and it will be checkmate—“Rage." If they know it, you’ll have won. If they don’t know it, they’re much more fortunate than you are. Yes, "Rage" is the latest addition to the Nicolas Cage portfolio, and it is such a horrendously abysmal picture that it manages to even stand out from the rest of his eccentric and, at times, god-awful choices. The plot, »

- Nikola Grozdanovic

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Watch: Simon Pegg Searches For Meaning In New Trailer For 'Hector And The Search for Happiness'

11 July 2014 7:22 AM, PDT

It's no small feat having co-written and starred in the hallowed Cornetto Trilogy, but Simon Pegg has also managed to carve out a sizable back catalog of generally entertaining if sometimes forgettable features. Between lending support to the "Mission: Impossible" and "Star Trek" franchises, you'd think the "Nerd Do Well" author wouldn't have the time to turn in full-fledged leading man performances in "A Fantastic Fear of Everything" and again, in the upcoming "Hector and the Search for Happiness." Now, a new trailer has dropped, looking suspiciously reminiscent of "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty." Based on François Lelord's novel of the same name, Pegg portrays the titular hector, a psychiatrist whose well-organized, positively banal life is beginning to suffocate him. He leaves a doting wife (Rosemund Pike) and appears to travel the world, running across Stellan Skarsgård, Jean Reno, and »

- Mark Zhuravsky

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Review: Ron Howard's Concert Documentary 'Made In America' Featuring Jay Z

11 July 2014 7:02 AM, PDT

The Made in America Festival is a two-day music festival that began in 2012 in Philadelphia and the visionary behind it is Jay Z, the rapper and entrepreneur who was, at least back then, in the process of stretching his multimedia empire far beyond rap albums. Instead of selling out arenas, he was buying them. And Made in America seemed like the perfect example of the kind of things Jay Z was now attempting; the hip-hop equivalent of diversifying your portfolio. But there was also something deeply personal about the Made in America Festival, and the metaphoric component of the project's inception is explored artfully in Ron Howard's gripping new documentary entitled, appropriately enough, "Made in America." While Jay Z is undoubtedly the central focus of the documentary (as well as the movie's de facto narrator, making sweeping statements like "America is now accepting of all cultures," almost as soon »

- Drew Taylor

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