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Final Spider-Man Shortlist Includes Asa Butterfield, Tom Holland And Four Others

And then there were six. According to THR, Marvel’s search for the next Spider-Man is nearing a close and has now been boiled down to six young hopefuls: previously rumored actors Asa Butterfield and Tom Holland are on the list, as well as relative newcomers Judah Lewis, Matthew Lintz, Charlie Plummer and Charlie Rowe.

Holland and Butterfield are the two biggest contenders here, having had roles in high-profile films like The Impossible and Ender’s Game, respectively. I wouldn’t count the other four out though, as Marvel has a history of going for newcomers and underdogs (Chris Hemsworth and Charlie Cox, anyone?)

So, who are these new potential web heads? Lewis will next be seen in Dallas Buyers Club director Jean Marc-Vallee’s new drama, Demolition, opposite Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts. Lintz’s talents can be seen a bit sooner than that, as he has a role in this summer’s Pixels.
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Eddie Redmayne Gets Big Palm Springs International Film Festival Award

I am sooo proud of our Palm Springs International Film Festival and equally happy that it's happening right in our own backyard! Just this morning, we heard that Eddie Redmayne, who is sweet and fabulous and a great actor to boot, is getting the Desert Palm Achievement Award for the 26th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff). He's being honored for his excellent portrayal of Stephen Hawking in "The Theory of Everything."

Redmayne will be joining previous Desert Palm Achievement Award recipients such as Jeff Bridges, Daniel Day-Lewis, Matthew McConaughey, and Sean Penn. And according to the press release, "in the years they were honored, Bridges, Day-Lewis, McConaughey, and Penn went on to win the Academy Award® for Best Actor."

Hhhmmmm, good karma? Premonition? Happenstance? I sure hope so!

Here's the complete press release:

Palm Springs, CA (November 07, 2014) . The 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) will
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Another Cinderella Movie?: The Best Twists On The Tale

Another Cinderella Movie?: The Best Twists On The Tale
By Hannah Soo Park

We've got our eye on another fairytale remake, with today's news that Cate Blanchett may be lending her signature ice-cold gaze to the part of Cinderella's evil stepmother in Disney's upcoming untitled project. According to The Wrap, the "Hobbit" star is the first in talks to join Mark Romanek's live-action rendition on the classic tale.

Before you roll your eyes at the thought of yet another take on happily ever after, consider the plot, which follows a doomed politically arranged marriage plot involving a prince and, of course, Cinderella. With Blanchett and Romanek on board, we're thinking this one won't involve pumpkin carriages and talking mice.

With that said, this won't be the first twist added to the preexisting cookie-cutter storyline—from the Muppets to gender role reversals, we break down some of the most unexpected and wacky twists we've seen in Cinderella's movie past.
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The Book of Mormon Lead Cast Continues Tony Award Winning Run

After winning nine Tony Awards during its first year on Broadway, the principle cast of The Book of Mormon has signed on for another year.

The production, which kicked off in previews in February 2012, will continue through 2013 with Josh Gad, Andrew Rannells, Nikki M. James, Rory O’Malley, Michael Potts, alongside Lewis Cleale and Brian Tyree Henry.

The Book of Mormon was developed by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone as well as Avenue Q‘s Robert Lopez. The story revolves around two Mormons who go on a missionary trip to Africa.

The Book of Mormon: Wrongfully offensive and overwhelmingly hilarious.

The cast shared the following statements in regards to continuing the show. Both Gad and Rannells opted for more humorous remarks.

Josh Gad, who stars as Elder Cunningham, stated, “It’s unfortunate for my knees, but I feel like it is unfair to let my costars
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'Porgy and Bess': Gershwins revived but oversimplified

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Five minutes after the curtain falls on "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess," the audience should still be cheering. Their hands should hurt from clapping, their voices raspy from shouting "Bravo!"

The revival, the seventh on Broadway, indeed gets some of the audience to their feet for a fast and genuinely happy ovation, and I was among those who wanted to show the cast how great they were. But it's not one of those sustained celebrations of theater. It is not what this genuinely important and magnificent piece of work deserves.

That has nothing to do with anyone on stage because each actor is wonderful. The production never quite catches fire the way it should. Songs feel rushed and too much is explained even for newcomers to the show.

It should be one of those magical nights at the theater because this is a musical for the ages. George Gershwin, the composer,
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'Lewis' could end soon, says star Kevin Whately

'Lewis' could end soon, says star Kevin Whately
Kevin Whately has revealed that Lewis could soon come to an end. The Inspector Morse spinoff - which also stars Laurence Fox - has aired on ITV1 since 2006. Whately told the Radio Times: "[It won't last] a lot longer. I'm now police retirement age this year, so the time is coming quite soon, I think." He added: "You can definitely expect one more [series] next year, then after that, we'll see." Whately - who has played Robert 'Robbie' Lewis since 1987 - admitted that he originally planned to stick with the role for just a few years. "After three years, I thought 'I've done enough of this now, I better leave it and go on to something else'," he explained. "I said I wasn't going to do anymore, and luckily they persuaded me. 26 years (more)
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Winter TV First Impression: NBC's The Firm

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Winter TV First Impression: NBC's The Firm
The broadcast and major cable networks have nearly two dozen brand-new shows (hopefully) heating up primetime this winter. To help you sort through it all, TVLine, as we did in the fall, is presenting a few First Impressions. Next on our list is.…

The Show | NBC’s The Firm (two-hour pilot airs Sunday, Jan. 8 at 9/8c; time slot premiere is Thursday, Jan. 12 at 10/9)

The Competition | On Thursdays, it will face CBS’ The Mentalist, ABC’s Private Practice, FX’s Archer (returning Jan. 19) and, I suppose, that MTV show about buffoons from Jersey.

The Cast | Josh Lucas (The Lincoln Lawyer), Molly Parker
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Analysis: Writers Guild solidifies “Bridesmaids,” recognizes several frontrunners – Awards Alley

By Sean O’Connell

hollywoodnews.com: The guild nominations that continue to shore up the Oscar race transition from the Producers to the Writers, as the WGA reveals its selections for the 2012 Writers Guild Awards.

Bridesmaids” continues to build up considerable good will, earning yet another significant nomination in the Original Screenplay category.

Other films that received a significant boost in their Oscar campaigns were “Young Adult” (written by Diablo Cody), “Win Win” (written by Tom McCarthy) and “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” (written by Steven Zaillian).

The rest of the nominees include most of the anticipated heavy hitters in the Oscar race, from “The Descendants” and “The Help” to “Moneyball,” “Hugo” and “Midnight In Paris.”

Surprises were in short surprise, primarily because the continued inclusion of “Bridesmaids” is now expected, and no longer shocking. The shock, at this point, would be seeing “Bridesmaids” left out on Oscar morning.
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TV review: Treasure Island; Endeavour

Treasure Island sparkled with promise but I was short-changed by the dud ending

Long John Silver's parrot was green, right? Or is that just in my head? No, here it is: "Silver's green parrot, Captain Flint". He was green in Robert Louis Stevenson's head as well. So why, in Treasure Island (Sky1), is he red? And a little bit yellow, and a little bit blue, but mostly red.

What does it matter, the colour of a parrot? Well, possibly it doesn't – perhaps there were no green birds available, or they couldn't act so well; you could even argue that it would be racist to insist on a green one. But it's also symptomatic of Sky's adaptation. It's lavish, colourful, ambitious and very expensive. It looks fabulous, and swashbuckles along nicely. There are big stars wherever you look – Eddie Izzard, Elijah Wood, Philip Glenister and Rupert Penry-Jones. Donald Sutherland plays Captain Flint,
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Endeavour: an inspector recalled

Morse is back – but in a prequel starring this man as the young inspector. Can he escape from John Thaw's shadow? Laura Barnett searches for clues on the shoot

It's early morning at a ghostly disused Raf base, and I have just been transported back to the 1960s. A woman struts past me in a green mini-dress, hair backcombed into a beehive. A vintage blue and cream bus sits in a car park. A man in a serge suit and a beige mackintosh sits on a folding chair, smoking a cigarette. Through all this strolls a tall, loose-limbed young man with piercing blue eyes and a strangely familiar expression.

The expression – avuncular yet determined, confused yet confident – is familiar because it's the default expression of Inspector Morse, the opera-loving solver of shire-based crimes. But Morse has not come back from the dead: the loose-limbed young man is actor Shaun Evans,
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Blu-ray Review: ‘Warrior’ – Packed with Special Features and A lot of Heart, One of 2011′s Best

Many people may call Warrior a modern day Rocky. It’s not. The brilliance of Gavin O’Connor’s Mma drama is that it is a multi-layered story, dealing with the breakdown of family relationships. The story is about the turmoil between two brothers, Brendan (Joel Edgerton, upcoming The Great Gatsby) and Tommy (Tom Hardy, upcoming The Dark Knight Rises) and their relationship with their father Paddy (Nick Nolte, HBO’s Luck). The Mma is just the vehicle that pushes their tense relationship forward. Having said that, the Mma battles are just as brutal as any Mma match you’ve seen before. The creative team employed some of the best Mma trainers and athletes to deliver the truest Mma experience on the big screen. The Blu-ray release is just as fierce as the movie. O’Connor didn’t skimp out on giving viewers special features. Not only can the standalone
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The underappreciated film gems of 2011

As the world puts together its ‘best of 2011’ round-ups, we salute the films that deserve just a bit more love than they’re getting...

Next week, we’ll be bringing you our film of the year round-up, as voted by the many people who contribute to Den Of Geek. Of course, democracy has its problems, in that it means that some lesser-seen films don’t tend to gravitate up such lists, and with that in mind, we wanted to take some time to salute the many cinematic treats that many not be winning all the awards and the plaudits come end of year round-ups, but really deserve seeking out.

In alphabetical order, then...

Another Earth

Intelligent, atmospheric and thought-provoking: it’s remarkable just how much director Mike Cahill managed to achieve in this low-budget debut feature. Brit Marling delivers a vulnerable and honest performance as Rhoda, a young girl whose
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Madonna’s We To Be Released In January 2012

W.E, the directorial debut from Madonna will be released in the UK on January 12th, 2012, according to a press release put out bu StudioCanal today. This puts it in a position to qualify for the big awards season, notably the Baftas over here.

We’re hearing mixed reports abou the film, but I guess we’ll all find out what Madonna has made when the film debutes at the London Film Festival later this month.

Here’s the full release.

Studiocanal is delighted to announce that Madonna’s directorial debut, W.E., will release widely on Friday 20th January 2012 in cinemas across the UK and Ireland.

The love story stars Andrea Riseborough (Brighton Rock, Made in Dagenham), Abbie Cornish (Sucker Punch, Limitless) James d’Arcy (Master and Commander), Oscar Isaac (Drive, Robin Hood), Richard Coyle (Prince of Persia), Laurence Fox (‘Lewis’, Becoming Jane), Natalie Dormer (Captain America: The First Avenger
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Six to watch: TV spin-offs

Waking the Dead offshoot The Body Farm has received mixed reviews, but which TV offshoots equalled their source material?

If you're a fan of dead-eyed scientists poking around macabre crime scenes while pantomime-villain–cum–copper Keith Allen gurns broodingly in the background, then you're no doubt already watching The Body Farm. The spin-off series, which transforms Waking the Dead alumni Eve Lockhart (Tara Fitzgerald) into the head of a private forensics facility, hits its midway point over on BBC1 tonight. Reviews for the show have been a bit mixed, and The Body Farm threatens to be a spin-off that doesn't quite live up to its source material. Although it is arguably not in the same league as shows such as Friends flop Joey, lumpy Porridge sequel Going Straight and the cold-sweat-inducing post-Happy Days nightmare that is Joanie Loves Chachi.

But equally, it looks unlikely to join the ranks of spin-off shows that surpass the originals.
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Cs Video: Jonah Hill & Chris Pratt Play Moneyball

On Friday, September 23, Sony will release the big screen version of Michael Lewis' best-selling novel Moneyball , which went behind the scenes of the Oakland A's baseball team and showed how general manager Billy Beane used stats and numbers to put together a new team rather than conventional means. In the movie, Beane is played by Brad Pitt. The cast of the movie was in Toronto for the annual film festival, and unfortunately, ComingSoon.net didn't have a chance to talk to Brad Pitt--maybe someday he'll be famous enough for us to bother talking to him--but we did get a chance to talk to Jonah Hill, who plays Beane's right hand numbers man Peter Brand, and Chris Pratt (Andy from "Parks and Recreation"), who plays Scott Hatteberg, one of the undervalued players recruited by...
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Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill in “Moneyball” – Tiff 2011

By Sean O’Connell

Hollywoodnews.com: The thing about the Toronto International Film Festival is that the annual event can be used as a high-profile launch for a film that’s going to reach theaters a week or two later.

This year, Sony is bringing the talent behind Bennett Miller’s baseball drama “Moneyball” to Tiff so Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill can flash their grins before the world’s top entertainment journalists. Can’t make it all the way to Toronto? No fear. “Moneyball” will open in theaters on Sept. 23.

But will Miller’s film stay in the awards discussion after Tiff draws to a close? We won’t know until we check it out at the festival next week. Let’s preview it below.

Previous Tiff previews can be found by visiting our bustling Awards Alley.

Moneyball

The Plot: Miller’s film tackles the true story of major
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Jk Rowling should remember that less means more in the Potterverse | David Mitchell

The Pottermore website tells fans far more than they need to know about Harry Potter

Harry Potter is like football. I'm talking about the literary, cinematic and merchandising phenomenon, not its focal fictional wizard. He isn't like football. He's like Jennings after being bitten by a radioactive conjuror. But, as with football, reports of Harry Potter-related events, products and personalities are everywhere. Like football supporters, Harry Potter fans seem to have an insatiable desire for more news, chat and retail opportunities related to their enthusiasm. They're standing in a monsoon screaming: "I feel so dry!" while the rest of us are getting soaked.

It's bizarre. It has the intensity of a fad but it's been going for 14 years. I think I'd find it easier to understand if I hated it. At least that would be an emotion of equivalent strength to the fans'. But, for me, it doesn't conform to
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Top Gear, New Tricks, Lewis … the television shows that won't die

Ever wondered why Midsomer Murders and Silent Witness are still on air? Here's a guide to the Shows That Cannot Be Killed

Last month, BBC1 announced that inoffensive con caper Hustle will be returning for an eighth series. Eighth? Yes, eighth. Let mild shock be unconfined. The jazzy crime romp is one of a clump of programmes that are repeatedly recommissioned by channel nabobs, without anyone really knowing why. Unchallenged and unremarked upon, they're just there, like clouds or carpet. Watching them is a wholly passive experience. It is possible to view an entire series of New Tricks, for example, and still be unable to tell the difference between Dennis Waterman and a barrel of singing luncheon meat. While other shows perish after a series or two, Hustle, New Tricks and their virus-like brethren return year after year, stubbornly resistant to the vagaries of fashion. So what do they have that other series haven't?
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'Inspector Morse' prequel 'Endeavour' to air on Masterpiece in Us

'Inspector Morse' prequel 'Endeavour' to air on Masterpiece in Us
Endeavour has been picked up by PBS to air on Masterpiece Mystery in the Us next year. The ITV Inspector Morse prequel drama, starring Ashes to Ashes actor Shaun Evans, will mark the 25th anniversary of the iconic detective, originally played by the late John Thaw. The drama will be set in 1965 and follow the story of a missing schoolgirl in Oxford. It is written by Russell Lewis, who has also worked on Lewis and Cadfael. "Inspector (more)
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Showtime Press Tour: ‘Homeland’ Aims For Realistic Take of Post 9/11 World

The cast and crew of Homeland, Showtime’s new dramatic series, appeared in front of a crowd of reporters at The Beverly Hilton on Thursday. It is about a former American Pow (Damian Lewis) who returns home under the suspicious cloud that he may have been turned into a modern day Manchurian Candidate by Al Qaeda. Claire Danes plays the FBI agent who investigates him. What brings Danes back to series television after a long hiatus? “I haven’t read a film script with characters as compelling as this in a very long time.” Lewis (Life) was asked how he felt performing in gruesome torture scenes. “I have a three and a five-year-old at home. I’m used to it.” Executive Producers Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa were asked how Homeland differs from Gordon’s 24. Gordon retorted: “Jack (Bauer) was an action hero…. This show is more of a realistic
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