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Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD Release: Stalingrad

9 April 2014 1:03 PM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: May 13, 2014

Price: DVD $30.99, Blu-ray/Blu-ray 3D $35.99

Studio: Sony

An epic look at the battle that turned the tide of World War II, the foreign war drama Stalingrad ranks as the highest-grossing Russian film of all time and Russia’s official submission for Best Foreign Language Film to the 86th Academy Awards.

In the film, a band of determined Russian soldiers fight to hold a strategic building in their devastated city of Stalingrad against a ruthless German army, and in the process become deeply connected with two Russian women who have been living there.

Stalingrad is directed by acclaimed Russian hitmaker Fedor Bondarchuk (9th Company), who was introduced to the world of cinema at an early age, as the son of the Academy Award-winning director Sergei Bondarchuk.

The film stars Thomas Kretschmann (King Kong), Petr Fedorov, Mariya Smolnikova and Yanina Studilina.

The R-rated movie opened in U. »

- Laurence

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The UnPopular Opinion: The Lovely Bones

9 April 2014 12:01 AM, PDT | | See recent JoBlo news »

The Unpopular Opinion is an ongoing column featuring different takes on films that either the writer Hated, but that the majority of film fans Loved, or that the writer Loved, but that most others Loathed. We're hoping this column will promote constructive and geek fueled discussion. Enjoy! ****Some Spoilers Ensue**** We have done a lot of critiques about Peter Jackson in this column. My predecessor lauded the divisive King Kong while I slammed The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. »

- Alex Maidy

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Crackle, NBCUniversal Sign Multi-Year Film Licensing Deal

3 April 2014 12:23 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Crackle and NBCUniversal have entered an exclusive, multi-year content licensing deal to stream feature films. Beginning on Thursday, Crackle users will have access to several movies, with more than 140 new library titles rolling out over the next three years. The deal gives Crackle the exclusive ad-supported video on demand (Avod) rights to a variety of feature films, including the big-screen reboot of “Miami Vice,” starring Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx; war drama “Jarhead,” starring Jake Gyllenhaal; the remake of “King Kong,” starring Naomi Watts and Jack Black; and the Academy Award-winning biography “Ray,” starring Jamie Foxx. Also read: Jerry Seinfeld »

- Tony Maglio

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CinemaCon: Honoree Andy Serkis on 'Finding the Essence of Performance' (Q&A)

27 March 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

This story first appeared in the April 4 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Ever-evolving visual effects techniques have allowed artists to deliver CG characters that would never have been possible mere years before. But few are as memorable as the chimpanzee Caesar in Fox's Rise of the Planet of the Apes and this summer's sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes; Kong in Peter Jackson's retelling of the classic King Kong; and the game-changing tragic creature Gollum in Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. All three of those characters were

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- Carolyn Giardina

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Andy Serkis Set to Direct Warners’ Version of The Jungle Book

25 March 2014 12:49 PM, PDT | | See recent Filmonic news »

The Jungle Book race continues with news coming from Warners’ in development live-action take on the beloved story. They have a director and it’s Andy Serkis of Lord of the Rings fame. Gollum, King Kong or Caesar in Rise of the Planet of the Apes, none of this are human yet Andy Serkis played them […]

Read Andy Serkis Set to Direct Warners’ Version of The Jungle Book on Filmonic.


- Alex

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Skull Island and Everything After

24 March 2014 1:45 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

King Kong's Final Resting Place

Horror, adventure, action, drama, fantasy, and even romance are all genres associated with the King Kong movies. But if we were only allowed to choose one genre, which would best fit our loveable, oversized gorilla? For some reason, Mister Kong and all of his variations are frequently lumped into the horror genre. Is this a fair classification or an impetuous generalization? The time has come to address this mostly ignored issue and find our friend his proper home.

Who is Who?

The idea that King Kong is simply a horror movie is a disheartening misconception. Yes, all of the film start out with a horror theme, especially upon arrival at Skull Island, but they quickly change direction and become so much more. Kong being solely a horror film would imply that he is its monster. The only way that the horror claim could be »

- Gary Collinson

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Andy Serkis to direct Warner Bros.' Jungle Book movie

23 March 2014 11:56 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Andy Serkis, best known for his mocap work in The Lord of the Rings, King Kong and Rise of the Planet of the Apes, has signed on to direct Warner Bros.' adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's classic stories.

The film will mark Serkis' feature directorial debut, although he has directed second unit on The Hobbit movies, as well as directing the barrel chase sequence from last year's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Babel) was originally attached to direct the project but was forced to drop out due to scheduling conflicts, while Ron Howard (Rush) was also said to be in talks with the studio.

Warner Bros.' Jungle Book movie is said to stick closely to Kipling's source material and has been penned by Callie Kloves, daughter of Harry Potter screenwriter Steve Kloves, who is also producing. The film is not to be confused with »

- Gary Collinson

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Andy Serkis will bring 'The Jungle Book' to life

21 March 2014 6:12 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

(Cbr) The race to get a live-action "Jungle Book" movie to the big screen has taken a very interesting turn. Whereas Disney and Jon Favreau’s "The Jungle Book" has Idris Elba, the Warner Bros. adaptation of the Rudyard Kipling tale has tapped Andy Serkis. The motion-capture mastermind behind "The Lord of the Rings", "The Hobbit", "King Kong" and the new "Planet of the Apes" films has been hired to direct the studio’s take Rudyard Kipling’s classic tale, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Serkis takes on the director role from "Babel" filmmaker Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, and ends speculation that Ron Howard might board the project. However, it’s unknown whether Serkis will appear in the film. One has to imagine he’ll have some role to play, given his expertise in the motion-capture arena. »

- Josh Wigler, Comic Book Resources

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Andy Serkis (Aka Gollum) to Direct Live-Action 'Jungle Book'

21 March 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

In Hollywood, there is a war brewing... between two big budget versions of Rudyard Kipling's "The Jungle Book" (which is apparently very firmly in the public domain). On one hand, we have Disney's version, being directed by Jon Favreau and featuring Idris Elba as the voice of Shere Khan, the fearsome tiger. On the other, we have Warner Bros' own "Jungle Book," which was, at one point, going to be directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. Somewhat predictably, the director of "Babel" lost interest in the material (the studio cited "scheduling conflicts") but now that production has found a replacement in Andy Serkis, according to the Hollywood Reporter. That's right, my precious, Gollum is directing his very own movie!

While this is somewhat of a letdown from the studio's previous version, just because we wanted to see what the director of "Amores Perros" would do with a project about talking animals, »

- Drew Taylor

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Andy Serkis Opens Warners' Jungle Book

21 March 2014 5:03 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

The race to make a new live-action version of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book just got hotter. With Jon Favreau reaching the casting stage for Disney, Warner Bros. has tracked down a director to replace Alejandro González Iñárritu, who had a scheduling conflict. The new man for the gig is none other than Andy Serkis. While Ron Howard had been touted at one time, Serkis will be the one to bring the film to life. It’s certainly an intriguing choice. While the actor has primarily been known for his work in front of the camera, he’s increasingly been gaining experiencing calling the shots. Peter Jackson put him in charge of second unit work on the Hobbit trilogy, and Serkis oversaw some of the best work of the films to date, including the barrel sequence from The Desolation Of Smaug. In addition to the years he’s spent »

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Andy Serkis Replaces Old Director in WB’s ‘The Jungle Book’

20 March 2014 10:38 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Andy Serkis, best known for playing Gollum in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy is going to direct a live action adaptation of The Jungle Book. It remains unclear if Serkis will take part in the film after previous director Alejandro González Iñárritu had to step down due to scheduling conflicts.

This is a new setback for Warner Bros’ version of the story that will compete against Disney for The Jungle Book live action adaptation. Jon Favreau will direct Disney version, starring Idris Elba as the man-eating tiger “Sher Khan”.

This will be Serkis first feature as director, recently he directed the second unit on Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit movies. Serkis posses a vast knowledge an expertise working with projects whose visuals merge CG and motion capture elements. Serkis has a plethora of motion capture experience, having worked on Peter Jackson’s King Kong, Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin »

- Hector E Rivas

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Andy Serkis To Open "The Jungle Book"

20 March 2014 9:47 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Best known for his motion capture work as Gollum, King Kong, Captain Haddock and Caesar the Ape, actor Andy Serkis recently dabbled in directing as he helmed the second unit action of "The Hobbit" trilogy.

Now, Serkis is going it alone and has come onboard to direct the live action version of Rudyard Kipling's "The Jungle Book" at Warner Bros. Pictures. It is unknown if he will take a part in the movie at this stage.

Serkis replaces Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu ("Babel") who left due to scheduling conflicts. Ron Howard was briefly in talks, but that didn't go far before Howard turned it down.

Callie Kloves is penning the script which is expected to stick closely to the source material and be the darker of the two versions.

The project remains in the race with Disney's own live-action "Jungle Book" which Jon Favreau will direct and Idris Elba is attached to star in. »

- Garth Franklin

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Andy Serkis to Direct ‘Jungle Book’ for Warner Bros.

20 March 2014 7:37 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Andy Serkis will direct a live-action version of  “The Jungle Book” for Warner Bros., a move to catch up with Disney’s rival project.

Serkis will also produce with “Harry Potter” scribe Steve Kloves and with Jonathan Cavendish, Serkis’ partner at his Fox-based production company The Imaginarium. Callie Kloves wrote the adaptation of the Rudyard Kipling stories about a young boy raised by wolves.

The attachment comes with Disney attempting to mount its own “Jungle Book” with Jon Favreau directing and Idris Elba voicing the tiger, Shera Khan. Kipling’s original stories were published in 1894 and are in the public domain.

Warner Bros. had been in talks in December with Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu for the project.

The Jungle Book” would be the first feature directing gig for Serkis — although the actor was a second unit director on Peter Jackson’s two “Hobbit” movies, including the barrel chase scene in “The Desolation of Smaug. »

- Dave McNary

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Set Visit Coverage: Actor Bryan Cranston Talks Godzilla from the Set!

20 March 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | | See recent Dread Central news »

Last June we sat down on the Vancouver set of the then-shooting Godzilla with actor Bryan ‘Walter White’ Cranston to chat about the titular irradiated lizard, his lead character of ‘Joe Brody’ and more; and with the film’s embargo now lifted, here it is: Heisenberg talks the ‘Big G.’

Part reboot and part direct sequel to director Ishiro Honda’s 1954 original of the same name, the 2014 Gareth Edwards-helmed Godzilla features actors Cranston (“Breaking Bad”), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick-Ass), Juliette Binoche (The English Patient), David Strathairn (The Bourne Legacy), Elizabeth Olsen and Ken Watanabe, in a script by Max Borenstein, Dave Callaham and Frank Darabont, which pits the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.

Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, Mary Parent and Brian Rogers produce, alongside executive producers Alex Garcia, Patricia Whitcher, Yoshimitsu Banno and Kenji Okuhira.

(Writer’s Note: Spoilers ahead, »

- Sean Decker

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Andy Serkis Opens The Jungle Book at Warner Bros.

20 March 2014 | | See recent news »

Although it was reported last month that Ron Howard would be taking over from the briefly-attached Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, The Hollywood Reporter now brings word that Warner Bros. Pictures' upcoming adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book will be helmed by someone with a lot of movie animal experience. Andy Serkis, best known as the motion capture actor behind Gollum in The Lord of the Rings and the mighty title character in King Kong , is locked to direct. He's been honing his skills as of late as the second unit director on The Hobbit trilogy. The original book was published in 1894 and includes, among a number of other animal-themed stories, the classic tales of an Indian boy named Mowgli who is raised by wolves and lives among the other animals in the »

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Bryan Cranston brings humor to the set of the serious 'Godzilla'

19 March 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Vancouver - He may have sold crystal meth as Walter "Heisenberg" White on "Breaking Bad," but Bryan Cranston really just wants to push free ice cream on his friends.  When a group of fellow journalists and I were invited to visit the massive Vancouver set of Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros.' upcoming "Godzilla" reboot last year, it happened to coincide with Cranston's last day of principal photography. As a sign of his gratitude to the cast and crew, the Emmy winner rented a local ice cream truck for the day. With a picture of Heisenberg adorning the side of the truck, Rocky Point Ice Cream dished out Godzilla-themed flavors. If that was any indication, the new "Godzilla" seems to be headed in the right direction, with many fans in awe of the film's trailers and promotional materials.  "Godzilla" is the latest take on the classic nuclear age Japanese monster, »

- Dave Lewis

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Monsterpalooza 2014 Hits Marriott Burbank Convention Center March 28-30

18 March 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | | See recent Dread Central news »

One of the most beloved art/horror fests on the West Coast is Monsterpalooza, which celebrates the "Art of Monsters." The fest will hit Burbank once again on March 28-30. Save the date!

As usual, Monsterpalooza will feature award-winning F/X artists, special presentations, a walk-thru monster museum, and monster-related artwork on display and for sale. The list of celebrity guests is large and impressive. Take a look at whom you can expect to see at this year’s Monsterpalooza.

Special Celebrity Guests From The Genre And Beyond!

Kenji Sahara – War Of The Gargantuas, Destroy All Monsters, Rodan, Godzilla vs The Thing, The Mysterians, King Kong vs Godzilla

Harou Nakajima – Godzilla, Rodan, Destroy All Monsters

Russ Tamblyn – “Twin Peaks”, War Of The Gargantuas

Rutger HauerBlade Runner, The Hitcher, “True Blood

Dee SniderTwisted Sister, Strangeland, Van Helsing’s Curse

Tippi HedrenThe Birds, Marnie, “Alfred Hitchcock Presents

Nancy Allen – Blow Out, »

- Scott Hallam

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Everyone Wants To See ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’

14 March 2014 6:47 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

The folks over at Rotten Tomatoes put their big data together, ranking the Most Anticipated movies of the summer by their users by adding up the percentiles of the “Want to see” votes.

Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past comes out on top with 100% Want to see over 110,869 votes and The Rock’s turn as Hercules brings up the rear with 98% over 34,433 votes.

Check out the Rotten Tomatoes chart!

1. X-Men: Days of Future Past (100 percent, 110,869 votes)

The stars of the X-Men trilogy (Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman) share the screen with the folks from X-Men: First Class (Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy). Plus Brian Singer is directing, so the anticipation for this probably couldn’t get much higher.

2. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (99 percent, 98,643 votes)

Look out! Here comes Andrew Garfield in his second outing as everyone’s favorite web-slinger. This time out, ol’ webhead faces down »

- Da7e

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Kretschmann Is Hitman Villain In "Agent 47"

6 March 2014 6:19 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

German actor Thomas Kretschmann ("Avengers: Age of Ultron," "King Kong") has signed on to play the villain in "Agent 47," the new film adaptation of the "Hitman" video game franchise.

Kretschmann is LeClerq, the chairman of Syndicate International, an organization which is striving to create an army of unstoppable agents.

Rupert Friend stars as the deadly, barcoded, bald assassin. Zachary Quinto and Hannah Ware also have unspecified roles. Filming is currently underway in Berlin under the helm of Aleksander Bach.

Source: THR »

- Garth Franklin

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Idris Elba to Voice Shere Khan in Disney & Jon Favreau's 'Jungle Book'

6 March 2014 4:22 PM, PST | | See recent news »

After piloting a giant robot in Pacific Rim, fighting Dark Elves in Thor: The Dark World and fighting apartheid in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, British actor Idris Elba is heading into the jungle. Deadline has word that Elba is in final talks to take on the role of the villainous tiger Shere Khan in Disney's new adaptation of The Jungle Book from Iron Man director Jon Favreau. It is said that Elba will "perform the role and provide the voice" so it sounds like there will be some motion capture used on this film to have human actors play the animals, much like Andy Serkis has done Rise of the Planet of the Apes or King Kong. Benedict Cumberbatch also did something similar by doing motion-capture and voice work to bring the dragon Smaug to life in the second installment of The Hobbit. Elba certainly has the perfect voice »

- Ethan Anderton

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