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Lambasted Elba and Henson Thriller Going Unpunished to Top Domestic Box Office Chart

18 hours ago | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

No Good Deed’ movie going unpunished to top weekend box office? (photo: Idris Elba in ‘No Good Deed’) Apologies for the bad wordplay above, but if Friday estimates are a reliable indicator, No Good Deed should indeed go unpunished to the top of the domestic box office this weekend, September 12-14, 2014. But why "unpunished"? Well, so far the Sam Miller-directed thriller starring four-time Emmy nominee Idris Elba (Luther) and Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nominee Taraji P. Henson (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) has a downright putrid 10% score and 2.6/10 average among Rotten Tomatoes‘ top critics. Sony Pictures, whose subsidiary ScreenGems is distributing No Good Deed, reportedly opted to skip late Thursday screenings to ensure that the film’s plot twist would be kept under wraps. More likely, however, it was the critics’ derisive remarks that Sony wanted under wraps. For instance: "The final plot twist is about as »

- Zac Gille

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Tiff: Douglas Trumbull screens 'Ufotog,' makes case for immersive filmmaking

11 September 2014 7:15 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Filmmaker and legendary special-effects guru Douglas Trumbull gave a special demonstration at the Toronto Film Festival, screening 10 minutes of Ufotog, his high-intensity, 3-D immersive work-in-progress that he filmed at 120 frames per second. Most Hollywood movies are filmed and projected at 24 frames per second, the industry standard for almost 100 years, even though digital camera and projector technology has opened the door for much greater speeds. In 2012, Peter Jackson filmed The Hobbit at 48 frames per second—and though the film grossed more than a billion around the globe, many viewers flinched at the film’s “soap-opera” look.

Trumbull, who famously worked with »

- Jeff Labrecque

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Britney Spears Let It Slip That Zoe Saldana Is Expecting Twins!

9 September 2014 11:47 AM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Whoops! Britney Spears let it slip during an interview with Entertainment Tonight on Tuesday, Sept. 9, that her Crossroads costar Zoe Saldana is pregnant with twins. Asked whether she and Saldana would do another movie together, the singer replied, "Who knows? That’s a very good idea. But she’s pregnant with twins right now. So I'm sure she's got a huge future ahead of her." After confirming that the expecting Avatar actress will have her hands full, Spears went on to say of motherhood, "You're not ready. You don't [...] »

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Britney Spears, Zoe Saldana Stage Crossroads Reunion at Lax: Photos

9 September 2014 5:56 AM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Back on the road, together again! More than 10 years after they starred in the road trip drama Crossroads, Britney Spears and pregnant Zoe Saldana reunited at Los Angeles International Airport on Monday, Sept. 8.  Expecting her first child with husband Marco Perego, Saldana, 36, was seen at Lax with Spears, 32. The Avatar actress went comfy and casual for the flight, dressing her bump in a long, striped tank top under a black cardigan with black cropped leggings and peep-toe heeled booties. She went incognito in [...] »

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Gory Deleted Scene Released From David Ayer’s ‘Sabotage’

9 September 2014 2:32 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

To celebrate the upcoming Blu-ray and DVD release of David Ayer’s (End Of Watch) latest feature, Sabotage, today we can bring you an exclusive deleted scene from the film.

Ultimate action hero Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as commander of an elite yet volatile DEA task force, with support from an all-star cast including Sam Worthington (Avatar), Joe Manganiello (Magic Mike), Josh Holloway (Lost) Terence Howard (Dead Man Down), Mirelle Enos (World War Z) and Olivia Williams (Hanna).

After raiding a drug cartel’s mansion, John ‘Breacher’ Wharton (Schwarzenegger) and his team of rogue agents hide $10 million of the hoard for themselves. Returning to retrieve the money later, they find it’s vanished…and the carnage begins. As the agents find themselves taken down one by one in increasingly sadistic and horrific ways, the race is on to find the culprit. When Breacher teams up with Caroline Brentwood (Williams), the officer assigned to investigate the murders, »

- Jazmine Sky Bradley

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Release Dates Set for Two Additional ‘Terminator’ Movies

8 September 2014 9:59 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

“I’ll be back.” That famous line from Arnold Schwarzenegger’s cyborg warrior applies not just to the Terminator character, but also to the film franchise itself. We knew that the sci-fi action series would be rebooted with the Schwarzenegger-starring Terminator: Genisys, and now release dates have been set for two additional Terminator movies from Paramount.

According to Box Office Mojo, Terminator 2 is due out on May 19th, 2017, and Terminator 3 is slated for release on June 29th, 2018. The plan is for both reboot sequels to film back-to-back. No further details are available at this time, but we’ll keep Daily Dead readers updated on these movies when more information surfaces. Terminator: Genisys hits theaters on July 1st, 2015 and is directed by Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World, Game of Thrones):

“The new film is written by Laeta Kalogridis (“Avatar,” “Shutter Island”) and Patrick Lussier (“Drive Angry”). David Ellison and Dana Goldberg (“World War Z, »

- Derek Anderson

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Win Sabotage on DVD

8 September 2014 1:50 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

To mark the release of Sabotage on 15th September, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on DVD.

Directed by David Ayer (End of Watch), Sabotage stars Schwarzenegger (The Last Stand, Escape Plan) as commander of an elite yet volatile DEA task force, with support from an all-star cast, including Sam Worthington (Avatar, Clash of the Titans), Joe Manganiello (Magic Mike, TV’s True Blood), Josh Holloway (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, TV’s Lost), Terence Howard (Dead Man Down, Hustle & Flow), Mirelle Enos (World War Z, TV’s The Killing) and Olivia Williams (Hanna, The Sixth Sense).

After raiding a drug cartel’s mansion, John ‘Breacher’ Wharton (Schwarzenegger) and his team of rogue agents hide $10 million of the hoard for themselves. Returning to retrieve the money later, they find it’s vanished… and the carnage begins. As the agents find themselves taken down one by one in increasingly sadistic and horrific ways, »

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With ‘The Choice,’ the Nicholas Sparks Movie Empire Grows Close to Marvel Size

2 September 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

There’s some obscure (and possibly occult) law that if enough people sob at a movie, their tears will fertilize a new film empire. It’s why James Cameron stopped making regular action movies and started putting out three-hour epics like Titanic and Avatar, all designed around jerking as many tears as possible. This would also explain the alleged reports that Cameron showed up during random screenings of Titanic to dab at people’s tears with a wad of hundreds and chuckle menacingly to himself. Nicholas Sparks did the same thing with The Notebook. He got the requisite number of sobs, and now he’s set for life. Along with this year’s The Best of Me and next year’s The Longest Ride, yet another film based on one of his novels is now in the works. Variety reports Sparks’s novel “The Choice” will be adapted into a feature by Ross Katz, whose »

- Adam Bellotto

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Update: Oz Grants Disney Transfer Of Tax Incentive To Lure ‘Pirates 5′ Down Under

1 September 2014 2:12 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Update, Monday Sept 1, 2:12 Am: The Australian government has approved the reassignment of a A$21.6M ($20.2M) tax incentive for Disney to bring the shoot for Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Down Under. In 2013, those same funds had been earmarked for 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea: Captain Nemo, but the studio is understood to have asked for a transfer with that project now in stasis. According to local trade If.com, a spokesman for Oz Arts Minister George Brandis said, “The government is pleased to agree to Disney’s request to enable earlier funding to be repurposed for the production of Pirates Of The Caribbean 5.” However, “Any decision to film productions in Australia… is a commercial matter for Disney.” The incentive is said to fall a bit short of an extra boost Disney was seeking and could mean that regional agencies would be relied upon to make up the difference. »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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Podcast: Fall Box Office Draft, Reviewing 'Starred Up', Kirk Cameron and Much More

29 August 2014 9:15 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

We cover a lot of ground in today's podcast and yet it still fell just short of the two hour mark and we really tried. That said, today we hold the Fall Box Office Draft, we review Frank and Starred Up and revisit The Trip to Italy as Laremy caught it this week and had a few things to say. We also play our regular assortment of games including the longest "Buy or Sell" edition ever, plus clear out a backlog of "Watch This or Watch That". Also included is a conversation as to whether you can be too apologetic in reviews, a listen to the trailer for Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas and even a voicemail sneaks in. We hope you enjoy. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that »

- Brad Brevet

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10 Movies Ruined By Fan-Boy Hate

29 August 2014 8:27 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Warner Bros.

San Diego Comic Con has become one of the biggest film events of the year. For studios it’s treated as both a high-profile location to announce new projects and a pre-release measure of a film’s potential success, despite those in attendance forming only a small, unrepresentative part of a movie’s eventual audience. In recent years such contradictory reactions include Green Lantern, whose early footage was initially well received and Avatar, with people who got a cheeky glimpse of James Cameron’s behemoth quick to dismiss it.

Even though they’re a minority and clearly susceptible to hype, these fan-boys wield a lot of power. It was the reaction to a test-reel at Sdcc that led to Disney going ahead with Tron: Legacy, a film with little appeal outside of die-hards who remembered the 1982 cult original. Thanks to the internet super-fans who were previously confined by »

- Alex Leadbeater

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Lara Bingle Goes Naked, Flashes Boobs While Tanning With Sam Worthington—See the Pics

27 August 2014 12:56 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Lara Bingle will go to any lengths to avoid tan lines, clearly. The buxom model was seen soaking up the sun in her birthday suit while on holiday with actor beau Sam Worthington in Hawaii earlier this week. And while the Avatar star kept his swim trunks on, his leading lady made sure she ditched both her bikini top and bottoms to ensure a streak-free summery glow. But to be fair, the striking 27-year-old started the romantic beach outing completely covered up in a black string bikini, navy hat, and a burgundy towel wrapped around her waist. But she wasted no time in taking off the bothersome material and getting right on down to the basics. The lovebirds took turns laying on the beach and »

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‘Paper Planes’ Wins Australia’s Richest Film Prize at CinefestOz

23 August 2014 7:01 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Busselton, West Australia – Robert Connolly’s “Paper Planes” claimed the richest festival award in Australia on Saturday (Aug. 23, 2014).

The film was named as the winner of the first prize at the CinefestOZ festival (Aug. 20-24), in Busselton, West Australia, where the state’s Royalties For Regions program has put up a A$100,000 (Us$92,000) award.

The film, which stars Sam Worthington (“Avatar”), is a crowd-pleasing piece of family entertainment about an imaginative young boy who dreams of taking part in the world paper plane making championships in Japan.

“I made this film for my owns kids,” said Connolly (“The Turning,” “These Final Hours.” “If we don’t make films for our our kids, how should we convince them to watch Australian films in later life.”

It beat competition from the Matthew Saville-directed “Felony,” Stephen-Lance-directed “My Mistress,” Julian Avery-directed and Ewan McGregor-starring “Son of a Gun,” John V. Soto’s “The Reckoning, »

- Patrick Frater

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10 Stories You Might Have Missed: Joseph Gordon-Levitt gives a 'Sandman' update

22 August 2014 10:50 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

In this week's installment of 10 Stories You Might Have Missed: Joseph Gordon-Levitt gives us an update on "Sandman." Y'know "Sandman" right? It's the DC Comics superhero you probably haven't heard of that could be a great movie. Also: "Castle" is sort of getting a spin-off, Nicki Minaj's "Anaconda" breaks Miley Cyrus' Vevo record, James Cameron talks more about his "Avatar" sequel plans, "The Awesomes" gets renewed, "Top Chef" heads to Boston, Swedish duo The Knife calls it quits, and more.  Catch up here: »

- Dave Lewis

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Avatar Sequels Will Give Us Insight Into James Cameron’s World View

22 August 2014 9:19 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

It seems that James Cameron needs some space to express his thoughts on human affairs to the world at large, and what better way to do that than to make three sequels to his hit film Avatar? Never mind that the films are going to cost 20th Century Fox a total of $1 billion, rounding out to more than $300 million per movie. James Cameron has a lot to say, and boy does he need to say it!

The Avatar sequels will be hitting cinemas in 2016, 2017, and 2018, and with them will arrive some much needed insight into James Cameron’s concern for the world and humanity. In a recent interview (via Collider), Cameron let it be known how he intends to approach these massively expensive sequels to a massively expensive original film:

There’s nothing I need to say as an artist about the state of the world and human affairs that »

- Lauren Humphries-Brooks

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James Cameron, 'Avatar' producer talk trilogy's 'long journey'

22 August 2014 5:04 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

(Cbr) It’s been a long, often quiet road back to Pandora — but for the filmmakers involved in the "Avatar" franchise, the journey has only just begun. Variety has a lengthy profile of 20th Century Fox’s Jim Gianopulos, which includes updates on the upcoming "Avatar" sequels from both Gianopulos and director James Cameron. “We know it’s going to be a long journey,” Gianopulos says of the three-film plan for more "Avatar" movies, with rumors pegging the production budget at $1 billion. “We know it’s not going to be cheap. We know it’s not going to be without new discoveries and new challenges in the process of producing something that is so beyond the normal form of filmmaking and technology, but what could be more exciting than that.” For his part, Cameron says the "Avatar" series contains everything he’s interested in as a storyteller. “There’s nothing »

- Josh Wigler, Comic Book Resources

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James Cameron on ‘Avatar’ Sequels & Their Real-World Themes

21 August 2014 10:58 AM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

James Cameron’s Avatar remains, after breaking the record five years ago, the highest-grossing movie of all time. With that in mind, it’s no surprise that the director has three sequels in pre-production (with a rumored collective budget of $1 billion) and is preparing to shoot them all back-to-back, with leads Zoe Saldana and Sam Worthington reprising their roles as lovers and freedom fighters Jake Sully and Neytiri.

Whether the thought of Avatar 2, Avatar 3 and Avatar 4 has you jumping for joy or just feeling very tired, the next few chapters of Cameron’s epic sci-fi saga are nonetheless going to be barrelling their way into theaters starting from December 2016. The first ...

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- H. Shaw-Williams

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Avatar Sequels Will Allow James Cameron to Express His Thoughts on the State of the World

21 August 2014 10:30 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

We’re getting more Avatar in 2016, 2017 and 2018, so a few months of no Avatar talk is no big deal, but if Avatar 2 really is going into production later this year as James Cameron said about a year ago or even in early 2015 as Zoe Saldana recently suggested, news is bound to start picking up. The last update came in early June and revealed that Sigourney Weaver was set to return for all three new films and now Cameron is speaking up about the timeline of those films and about his confidence in the stories that they’ll tell.  Hit the jump for more on the Avatar sequels. In a Variety piece about the challenges Twentieth Century Fox chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos is facing, there’s a good deal of talk about the studio’s ambitious plans for the next three Avatar films.  Apparently, they’re going to cost a whopping $1 billion, »

- Perri Nemiroff

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James Cameron Will Use 'Avatar' Sequels to Comment on World Affairs

21 August 2014 9:22 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Buried within a recent Variety profile on 20th Century Fox chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos, Avatar director James Cameron offered a brief update on the sequels Avatar 2, Avatar 3 and Avatar 4.

We reported last year that Avatar 2 will be released in December 2016, with Avatar 3 and Avatar 4 following in 2017 and 2018. The filmmaker revealed that and 20th Century Fox allowed him to develop all three stories over the past few years, and that he is using these stories to comment on what is currently going on in the world and human history, which is rapidly changing day by day.

"There's nothing I need to say as an artist about the state of the world and human affairs that I can't do through the lens of the Avatar universe. We've had a couple of years to think through the story arc of the next three films, and every day that goes by, »

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James Cameron Will Use 'Avatar' Sequels to Comment on World Affairs

21 August 2014 9:22 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Buried within a recent Variety profile on 20th Century Fox chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos, Avatar director James Cameron offered a brief update on the sequels Avatar 2, Avatar 3 and Avatar 4.

We reported last year that Avatar 2 will be released in December 2016, with Avatar 3 and Avatar 4 following in 2017 and 2018. The filmmaker revealed that and 20th Century Fox allowed him to develop all three stories over the past few years, and that he is using these stories to comment on what is currently going on in the world and human history, which is rapidly changing day by day.

"There's nothing I need to say as an artist about the state of the world and human affairs that I can't do through the lens of the Avatar universe. We've had a couple of years to think through the story arc of the next three films, and every day that goes by, »

- MovieWeb

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