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Chloë Grace Moretz Replacing Dakota Fanning In Brain On Fire

29 June 2015 8:17 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

After starring opposite Charlize Theron in Gillian Flynn adaptation Dark Places, which opens August 7, Chloë Grace Moretz is reteaming with the Oscar winner for indie memoir adaptation Brain on Fire, replacing Dakota Fanning in the lead role.

Theron will produce the pic, which Gerard Barrett is set to direct working from Susannah Cahalan’s bestselling memoir, about the author’s sudden descent into madness after contracting a rare disease.

Thomas Mann, who’s breaking big this summer in Me & Earl & the Dying Girl, and We’re the Millers star Will Poulter are attached to the lead male roles, but both will play second fiddle to Moretz, for whom the pic is already drawing awards chatter. IMDb also reports that Jenny Slate (Obvious Child) is on board to play a supporting part.

Fanning was forced to drop out over scheduling conflicts. Though the War of the Worlds actress hasn’t toplined »

- Isaac Feldberg

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TV Review: ‘Falling Skies,’ Season 5

25 June 2015 8:30 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Although the ratings have remained reasonably good, one suspects a contingent of “Falling Skies” viewers have stuck with this Steven Spielberg-produced drama the last few seasons just waiting to see its conclusion. That heightens the interest level as the TNT series launches into its final run, with the prospect of the human rebellion at last overcoming the alien invaders who have killed, brainwashed and otherwise tormented them for so long that even Noah Wyle’s good-natured character is angry enough to support torturing prisoners. Mindless fun, “Falling Skies” has clearly reached the point where it’s time to bring the curtain down.

Actually, the show has gone through several contortions along the way, from a slightly clunky start to a stronger and more action-driven second season to bouts of ridiculousness as the war has dragged on, unearthing a hybrid baby who aged impossibly fast, and a rival extraterrestrial force. »

- Brian Lowry

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5 Industry Updates, Including A New Modeling Agency!

24 June 2015 1:54 PM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

The entertainment industry is constantly changing, and it's important to stay aware of what’s going on. Want to find out who’s casting? What projects are happening? What’s coming up? Call Sheet highlights will help you stay in-the-know: Start practicing your smoldering looks because Linda Robirds and Marlyn Klaarmond, formerly of Brand Model and Talent Agency, have opened their own agency. It Model Management will now be home to the veteran agents whose combined work spans 30 years.  Take one part David Bowie, a dash of Michael C. Hall, and sprinkle on some extraterrestrial and prepare to have an out of this world musical experience. Telsey + Co. is casting “Lazarus,” the newly adapted movie-turned-musical set to hit New York this November.    Engine Casting wants you to meet “The Bye Bye Man.” The film produced by Intrepid Pictures is sure to guarantee many spooks when it starts filming this November in Cleveland. »

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Tony Hale & More Tune In To ‘War Of The Worlds’ Disaster Comedy

24 June 2015 9:34 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Tony Hale, Heather Burns, Anna Camp and Raymond J. Barry are set to star in Brave New Jersey, an indie comedy that tells the story of a small New Jersey town on the night of Orson Welles' famed 1938 War of the Worlds radio broadcast, which led millions of listeners to believe the U.S. was being invaded by Martians. Jody Lambert (People Like Us) is helming a script he penned with Michael Dowling. Production is already underway in Tennessee. Dan Bakkedahl, Sam… »

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25 Years In La Part 4: 'Masters Of Horror,' Revolution, and getting Foxed

18 June 2015 1:45 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Like all superheroes (or anyone else who uses a secret identity), there came a moment when someone finally cracked the code and published my real name. To be fair, my identity was a pretty poorly-kept secret by that point. The first time I went to an actual press event, I used my real name, and anytime I met someone, I used my real name. "Moriarty" was a fun identity to slip into, and especially in the early days of the site, we played up the mythology of things. My friends all got their own spy names and would show up in the reports in the form of Henchman Mongo and Segue Zagnut and Harry Lime and more. From my end, it was silly and fun, and not something to be taken seriously. But when Film Threat ran a fairly vicious hit piece on Harry, I was also a target, and »

- Drew McWeeny

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100 Essential Action Scenes: Attacks!

11 June 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Sound on Sight undertook a massive project, compiling ranked lists of the most influential, unforgettable, and exciting action scenes in all of cinema. There were hundreds of nominees spread across ten different categories and a multi-week voting process from 11 of our writers. The results: 100 essential set pieces, sequences, and scenes from blockbusters to cult classics to arthouse obscurities.

If you’ve seen a film montage in the last 10 years, then you’ve been witness to at least one of the scenes mentioned on this list: the vibrating water glass from Jurassic Park signaling the T-Rex prowling nearby. It’s the perfect type of image to tell the audience: something is coming. These flashes of exhilaration are fan-favorites, and it’s no surprise to see them featured prominently as the centerpieces for some of the greatest films ever. It’s the invasion when the aliens come out of the sky, the »

- Shane Ramirez

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36 major blockbusters and why they never got made

11 June 2015 6:53 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

We look at the films that slipped through Hollywood's net, from biblical epics to a time travelling Gladiator sequel...

This article contains a spoiler for Gladiator

If you're one of those frustrated over the quality of many of the blockbusters that make it to the inside of a multiplex, then ponder the following. For each of these were supposed to be major projects, that for one reason or another, stalled on their way to the big screen. Some still may make it. But for many others, the journey is over. Here are the big blockbusters that never were...

1. Airframe

The late Michael Crichton scored another residential on the bestseller list with his impressive thriller, Airframe. It was published in 1996, just after films of Crichton works such as Jurassic Park, Rising Sun, Disclosure and the immortal Congo had proven to be hits of various sizes.

So: a hit book, another techno thriller, »

- simonbrew

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‘Jurassic World’ Stars Nick Robinson & Ty Simpkins Talk Their Favorite Franchises, Chris Pratt As Indiana Jones & More

10 June 2015 9:02 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

There’s arguably as much expectations to be found in the kids of “Jurassic World” (read our review) as your latest comic book franchise lead. First cemented by Joseph Mazzello and Ariana Richards in Steven Spielberg’s “Jurassic Park,” the character types are essential, serving as the audience portal to the wonder and terror of the latest dinosaur outbreak. In “Jurassic World” director Colin Trevorrow’s latest installment, which also stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Jake Johnson, that responsibility falls to young actors Ty Simpkins and Nick Robinson. Read More: Over 30 New 'Jurassic World' Photos, 2 New Clips & Lots Of New TV Spots  Simpkins, who recently appeared in “Iron Man 3” as Tony Stark’s sidekick and the first two “Insidious” films, is no stranger to big-budget filmmaking, or even the directorial vision of Spielberg, having worked with him on 2005’s “War of the Worlds” at age »

- Charlie Schmidlin

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Mark Cerulli Reviews "Jurassic World"

10 June 2015 5:29 AM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Welcome To The Jungle

By Mark Cerulli

After a 14-year cinematic hibernation, the dinosaurs of Jurassic Park roar back with a vengeance.  This fourth installment in the franchise had a lot to get right – it had to stand alone as entertainment for the masses who haven’t seen the 1993 original and make the series seem fresh and relevant, while fanning the flames of awe with which we (well, most of us anyway) hold dinosaurs. It also had to acknowledge that today’s world is far darker, more commercial and more cynical than 1993. Jurassic World succeeds on all counts. Instead of picking up where Jurassic 3 left off way back when, Jurassic World creates a new narrative – the park has been open for years and is a thriving tourist destination. But like any theme park, it needs to be updated to keep the public coming back. Although they have herds of Triceratops, »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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Review: ABC's 'The Whispers' offers creepy kids and little more

1 June 2015 1:25 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

As director and producer, few storytellers have utilized the wonderment and fascination (and sometimes horror) of children as points-of-entry into the wonderment and fascination of the adult world more effectively than Steven Spielberg has.  Conversely, Spielberg has also masterfully used the normalized responses of children to the abnormal as an approach to disarm world-weary grown-ups.  From Cary Guffey in "Close Encounters" to Henry Thomas and Drew Barrymore in "E.T." to Heather O'Rourke in "Poltergeist" to Christian Bale in "Empire of the Sun" to Haley Joel Osment in "A.I." to Dakota Fanning in "Taken" and "War of the Worlds," Spielberg has always know that there's something pure and primal in the reactions of children and that those reactions can be used to steer the reactions viewers of all ages. Steven Spielberg is one of the executive producers of ABC's new "the kids are not alright" drama "The Whispers," but his participation »

- Daniel Fienberg

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Fox Rebooting 'League of Extraordinary Gentlemen'

27 May 2015 12:03 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Joining the long list of recent remakes and reboots, Variety is reporting Fox has decided to move forward with plans to make a new League of Extraordinary Gentlemen film. Normally, I would be weary of a reboot of a film that was released so recently, but in this case, I'm all for it. Just give me something to help remove the bad memories I have from the disastrous 2003 Sean Connery movie, a film that, consequentially, would serve as Connery's last live action feature. "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" has always been a property full of potential. The series features a group of legendary Victorian-era literary heroes joining forces to combat evil. Created in 1999 by legendary comic writer Alan Moore (Watchmen, V for Vendetta), the League battled Moriarty (sworn enemy of Sherlock Holmes), aliens from "War of the Worlds," and experienced the fall of the Big Brother government (from "Nineteen Eighty Four »

- Charles Dean

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Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them Shortlist Includes Saoirse Ronan, Dakota Fanning And Kate Upton (?)

27 May 2015 11:52 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Just recently, it was reported that The Theory of Everything Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne was in talks for the lead role of Newt Scamander in Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and now an intriguing shortlist has emerged of actors and actresses contending for the other main roles. According to separate reports by TheWrap and Variety’s Justin Kroll, a bevy of talented thespians, along with some unusual choices, are up for the two female leads and the part of Newt’s male rival.

Saoirse Ronan, Dakota Fanning, Lili Simmons and Alison Sudol are all in consideration for the role of a character named Queenie, while Katherine Waterston, Elizabeth Debicki and Kate Upton are being looked at to play Queenie’s older sister Tina. Meanwhile, Steve Zissis, Zack Pearlman and Dan Fogler are apparently testing for the role of Jacob, Newt’s main rival in the field of magizoology. »

- Isaac Feldberg

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The Naked Gun's timeless buffoonery

26 May 2015 8:19 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

We take a look back at 1988's The Naked Gun, its timeless brand of comedy, and Leslie Nielsen's superb performance...

Detective Frank Drebin's outside his Los Angeles police precinct, squeezing off shots into the receding backside of his own car.

How this came to happen almost defies description. Having driven his Ford Crown Victoria into a couple of bins outside the building, Drebin stumbles out, seemingly oblivious to the airbags going off inside. One airbag knocks the car into drive and off the vehicle goes, almost running Drebin over as it rumbles downhill.

As an orchestrated bit of comedy cinema, it's the knockabout equivalent of the famous scene in The Untouchables, where Brian De Palma expertly wrings every drop of suspense from a pram thudding down a flight of stairs at a train station.

On the spur of the moment, Drebin comes to the conclusion that there's a criminal »

- ryanlambie

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Not All Orson Welles Films Can Be "Citizen Kane"

25 May 2015 11:00 PM, PDT | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

Orson Welles was just 27 when he wrote, starred, and directed in the film still regarded by most as the greatest motion picture ever made, Citizen Kane. The young genius was a Hollywood transplant, lured in from the prestigious New York City theatre community, where, in 1936, he had co-founded the Mercury Theatre. To this day, many know of Welles’s infamous broadcast of H.G. Wells’s War of the Worlds on Halloween Eve in 1938. The naturalism of the Mercury ensemble’s performances, led by the unrivaled coldness of Welles’s own velvet voice, convinced a nation that ordinary folks were being interviewed live as an extraterrestrial invasion unfolded. The broadcast incited its fair shares of panic and landed Welles in the national spotlight defending his work. He would find himself on the wrong side of critical sentiment throughout his career, adding only more fire and brimstone to a legacy of confrontation and innovation. »

- Kyle North

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‘Tomorrowland’ Exposes Hollywood’s Originality Problem

25 May 2015 11:08 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Tomorrowland’s” middling debut points to a nagging problem in Hollywood. As much as people claim they love fresh and unique movies, they’re more likely to shell out money for sequels and reboots.

Despite the combined star power of George Clooney and “The Incredibles” director Brad Bird, audiences weren’t sure what to make of this fantasy adventure. The film opened to $41.7 million, and with a production budget of $180 million, plus millions more in promotion and distribution expenses, “Tomorrowland” looks like a money loser for Disney.

“‘Tomorrowland’ is an original movie and that’s more of a challenge in this marketplace,” said Dave Hollis, Disney’s distribution chief. “We feel it’s incredibly important for us as a company and as an industry to keep telling original stories.”

Hollis is right that if Hollywood wants to replenish the franchise cupboard it will need to continue signing big checks in »

- Brent Lang

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The Conversation: Landon Palmer and Drew Morton Discuss ‘The Magnificent Ambersons’

23 May 2015 8:18 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Magnificent Ambersons

Landon’S Take: 

Orson Welles is celebrated as one of the foremost visionaries in the history of American filmmaking. He’s also renowned as the perennial artist against the system. While both of these factors make Welles perhaps the ideal auteur – someone satisfied with nothing less than a perfect articulation of his individual vision within the collaborative medium of filmmaking – it also presents some unique problems in examining works that were taken away from him.

The classically celebrated auteurs of studio era Hollywood (e.g., Hawks, Ford, Hitchcock) were known for creating individuated worldviews across their body of work either despite or even because of the strictures inherent in Classical Hollywood filmmaking. This was not Welles, who from his rise to infamy with the 1938 “War of the Worlds” broadcast to his first studio feature made a name by challenging the assumed utilities of a medium. Neither could »

- Drew Morton

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'Tomorrowland' Family Review: 5 Things Every Parent Needs to Know

22 May 2015 4:30 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

"Tomorrowland" is Disney's new sci-fi adventure starring George Clooney and Britt Robertson. Like the land it's named after in the Disney theme parks, the movie is a tribute to the future and how special individuals who are engineers, makers, inventors (or "imagineers" as Disney dubs them) make a difference not just in the present but in the future as well. Although director Brad Bird has been praised for his ability to shoot action sequences and handle the spectacular future landscapes, the movie is generating mixed reviews, so it's not a universally praised release. The movie does feature some frightening deaths and scenes of violence, but it also espouses so many positive messages, it's hard to find fault with taking a curious kid to see it.

Here are five questions to consider before heading out with your kids to see "Tomorrowland."

1. Do you love Disney?

In case the title doesn't make it obvious, »

- Sandie Angulo Chen

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8 TV shows based on horror movies -- and how they fared

12 May 2015 5:26 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

With the recent successes of such TV series as "American Horror Story," "Hannibal" and Showtime's "Penny Dreadful," horror is hot on the small-screen right now -- so much so that in addition to MTV's forthcoming small-screen "Scream" spinoff, TV studios are in the midst of bringing a horde of cinematic fright-film properties to television, ranging from "Shutter Island" to "The Devil's Advocate" to "The Mist." In light of this, I've taken a look back at eight previous horror movie-to-tv translations and analyzed why they hit -- or didn't -- with audiences. "Bates Motel" (A&E) Based on: "Psycho" Aired: 2013-present Why it did (or didn't) work:a great pedigree ("Lost" showrunner Carlton Cuse), a terrific cast (Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore) and generally positive critical notices gave "Bates Motel" a sheen of respectability that worked well in this Golden Age of prestige television. The show has so far aired three successful seasons »

- Chris Eggertsen

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"Star Wars: Rogue One" - Leaked Trailer

4 May 2015 9:11 AM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Take another look @ the teaser trailer from the first announced "Star Wars" spin-off feature, "Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One", screened @ "Star Wars Celebration Anaheim":

"...'Rogue One' is the title for the first film in a unique series of big-screen adventures that explores the characters and events beyond the core 'Star Wars' saga. 'Rogue One' will be directed by Gareth Edwards ('Godzilla') and written by Oscar nominee Chris Weitz ('Cinderella').

The first actress cast is Felicity Jones, who garnered an Academy Award nomination and critical acclaim for her performance in 'The Theory of Everything'. The idea for the story of 'Rogue One' came from John Knoll, an Academy Award-winning visual effects supervisor and chief creative officer at Industrial Light & Magic.

"He will executive produce along with Simon Emanuel ('The Dark Knight Rises') and Jason McGatlin ('War of the Worlds'). Kathleen Kennedy »

- Michael Stevens

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"Star Wars: Rogue One" - Leaked Trailer Revealed

20 April 2015 1:01 PM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Sneak Peek a leaked teaser trailer from the first announced "Star Wars" spin-off feature, "Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One", screened @ "Star Wars Celebration Anaheim", directed by Gareth Edwards:

"...'Rogue One' is the title for the first film in a unique series of big-screen adventures that explores the characters and events beyond the core 'Star Wars' saga. 'Rogue One' will be directed by Gareth Edwards ('Godzilla') and written by Oscar nominee Chris Weitz ('Cinderella').

The first actress cast is Felicity Jones, who garnered an Academy Award nomination and critical acclaim for her performance in 'The Theory of Everything'. The idea for the story of 'Rogue One' came from John Knoll, an Academy Award-winning visual effects supervisor and chief creative officer at Industrial Light & Magic.

"He will executive produce along with Simon Emanuel ('The Dark Knight Rises') and Jason McGatlin (' »

- Michael Stevens

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