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8 Biggest Movie And TV News This Week (April 19)

19 April 2014 1:25 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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It’s been a bit of a crazy week in the movie industry, and we’ve got a whole host of things to discuss in regards to the biggest movie and TV news that dominated our RSS feeds over the last seven days. Tinseltown is a busy place, and now that we’re getting farther into 2014 we’re getting more and more updates about what movies will be dominating our cinemas for the foreseeable future, and which shows we’ll likely be tuning into week after week.

We’ve got a few new comic book adaptations on the way that will grace both the small screen and the silver screen; and we heard updates about whether or not Spider-Man could ever fight alongside the Avengers, or if Fox wants the Fantastic Four showing up alongside the X-Men. We’ve also got a big casting rumour to cross »

- James Garcia

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Avatar Star Stephen Lang Heads from Pandora to Salem

18 April 2014 2:00 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

This Sunday night marks the season premiere of Wgn America's "Salem," which kicks off at 10/9c. As we anxiously await the start of the televised witch hunt, a familiar face has just come on board the series, and we've got all the character details for ya today!

Per Deadline, Avatar's Stephen Lang has been tapped for a recurring role in the drama, playing Increase Mather, an old-line, hard-core Puritan who led the way across the ocean to the Promised Land in the late 1600s. Intellectually, spiritually, and politically, he’s the most influential man in the country — and the most feared.

"Stephen Lang is a tremendous actor armed with an almost frightening knowledge of history and psychology — perfect for our twisted Salem, where Increase Mather is a man driven to monstrous deeds by the intensity of his convictions and a loving father who torments his son precisely out of love, »

- John Squires

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Syfy Renews Face Off for a Seventh Season

18 April 2014 10:12 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

While it probably won’t come as a surprise, Syfy announced that Face Off will be back for a seventh season that will kick off in July. Here’s a look at the official press release that also reveals that a new judge will be joining the special effects make-up competition:

“After a bold and extreme season of competition, three artists remain in the fight for the title of season 6 Face Off champion – George Schminky of Walnut Creek, CA by way of Puerto Rico; Rashaad Santiago of Bronx, NY; and Tyler Green of Litchfield, Ct. For their final challenge, they will each create a pair of rival alien races, all of whom will be performing in an electrifying dance performance for world famous music producer and DJ, Rusko. The season 6 finale episode of Face Off airs Tuesday, April 22 at 9Pm Et/Pt on Syfy.

Syfy also confirms that the critically-acclaimed »

- Jonathan James

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First Featurette For Stromberg’s ‘Maleficent’ Starring Angelina Jolie & Elle Fanning

18 April 2014 2:18 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The first featurette for Disney’s Maleficent has been released! The re-imagining of the classic Sleeping Beauty tale stars Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Sharlto CopleySam RileyImelda StauntonJuno Temple, and Lesley Manville.

Maleficent explores the untold story of Disney’s icon villain from the timeless classic Sleeping Beauty. The film explores the legacy of  Maleficent (Jolie), and reveals why she is driven into a world darkness. The film follows her quest for revenge, after she is betrayed. Obsessed with her desire for retribution she places a curse on the king’s newborn infant Aurora (Fanning).

The featurette features Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, screenwriter Linda Woolverton (The Lion King), and director Robert Stromberg (the two-time Oscar winning art director of Avatar and Alice In Wonderland). All share their thoughts on the legacy of one of Disney’s most iconic villains, all whilst revealing some unseen footage.

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- Ciham Messouki

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Stephen Lang Joins Wgn America’s ‘Salem’

17 April 2014 6:04 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Stephen Lang (Avatar) has been tapped for a recurring role on Wgn America‘s drama series Salem. Set in the volatile world of 17th century Massachusetts, it explores what really fueled the town’s infamous witch trials and centers on Mary Sibley (Janet Montgomery), the beautiful, ruthless but vulnerable wife of the ancient, ailing but very wealthy George Sibley (Michael Mulheren), one of Salem’s town Selectmen. Innovative Artists-repped Lang will play Increase Mather, an old-line, hard-core Puritan who led the way across the ocean to the Promised Land in the late 1600s. Intellectually, spiritually and politically, he’s the most influential man in the country — and the most feared. “Stephen Lang is a tremendous actor armed with an almost frightening knowledge of history and psychology — perfect for our twisted Salem, where Increase Mather is a man driven to monstrous deeds by the intensity of his convictions; and a loving »

- THE DEADLINE TEAM

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First 'Maleficent' Featurette Shows More of Angelina Jolie's Spells

17 April 2014 1:13 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

There's just over two weeks left until The Amazing Spider-Man 2 hits theaters, officially kicking off the blockbuster summer season. One of the films arriving in the same month doesn't take a cue from a comic book, but from classic animation. Maleficent tells the story of Sleeping Beauty from the point-of-view of the titular sorceress (Angelina Jolie) who places the infamous curse on the young princess (Elle Fanning), and a new featurette talks more about the revision of the well-known fairytale. Jolie offers some insight into the character, as well as Fanning's memory from her childhood spent absorbing the film. Watch! Here's the first featurette for Robert Stromberg's Maleficent from YouTube: Robert Stromberg (a production designer on Alice in Wonderland and Avatar) is making his directorial debut with Maleficent from a script written by Linda Woolverton (The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast). Angelina Jolie plays the title villain »

- Ethan Anderton

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First Featurette for Robert Stromberg’s Maleficent Starring Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning

17 April 2014 10:06 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Disney has released the first Maleficent featurette.  The film tells the story of Sleeping Beauty from the perspective of the titular villain (Angelina Jolie), and how a betrayal sets off a drive for revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides.  This featurette features interviews with Jolie, Elle Fanning (who plays the Princess Aurora), screenwriter Linda Woolverton (The Lion King), and director Robert Stromberg (the two-time Oscar winning art director of Avatar and Alice in Wonderland).  Their interviews help provide a few more details about the story, and the featurette also has some bits of new footage. Hit the jump to check out the featurette.  The film also stars Sharlto CopleySam RileyImelda StauntonJuno Temple, and Lesley Manville.  Maleficent opens in 2D and 3D on May 30th. Via Disney. Here’s the official synopsis for Maleficent: “Maleficent” explores the untold story of »

- Matt Goldberg

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The 20 Best Summer Blockbusters of All Time: 'Terminator 2: Judgment Day'

16 April 2014 10:12 AM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

The Terminator came out in 1984. Terminator 2: Judgment Day arrived seven years later. In the interim, Arnold Schwarzenegger became a new kind of action megastar, headlining a string of era-defining beefcake blockbusters. Commando, Predator, The Running Man, and Total Recall: The very titles echo down through history, dripping with gunsmoke and bicep sweat. But that era was coming to an end. The ’80s were over. Always a savvy operator, Schwarzenegger was already planning his pivot: Twins and Kindergarten Cop offered a kinder, gentler Arnold. (He loves kids! He loves De Vito!)

And so the essential twist that led to »

- Darren Franich

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New BBC America series explores “The Real History of Science Fiction”

16 April 2014 9:23 AM, PDT | ChannelGuideMag | See recent ChannelGuideMag news »

The Real History of Science Fiction documentary series on BBC America (Saturdays at 10pm Et beginning April 19) aims to tell the definitive history of the genre and its impact on cinema, television and literature. Each episode in the four-part series explores one of the enduring themes of sci-fi: time travel, space exploration, robots and artificial intelligence, and aliens. The list of sci-fi notables contributing to the series include William Shatner (Star Trek), Nathan Fillion (Firefly), Zoe Saldana (Avatar, Star Trek), Steven Moffat (Doctor Who), Richard Dreyfuss (Close Encounters of the Third Kind), Chris Carter (The X-Files), Ronald D Moore … Continue reading →

The post New BBC America series explores “The Real History of Science Fiction” appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »

- Ryan Berenz

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Manhattan Beach Studios Evacuated Due to Bomb Threat (Report)

15 April 2014 12:55 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Manhattan Beach Studios has been evacuated due to a bomb threat, according to local reports. The Mbs Media Campus, a sprawling facility formerly known as Raleigh Studios, is located at 1600 Rosecrans Avenue in Manhattan Beach. The local police reportedly have set up a perimeter around the block to investigate, with a command post located at 33rd and Aviation. The department issued an advisory Tuesday asking citizens to "avoid the area." Story: James Cameron Says Three 'Avatar' Sequel Scripts to Be 'Finished' Within Six Weeks The Hollywood Reporter has reached out to authorities for additional comment. James Cameron is

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- THR Staff

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The 'Rosemary's Baby' Mini-Series Has A Trailer

15 April 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | FEARnet | See recent FEARnet news »

First Rosemary announced her due date(s), May 11th and 15th. Now we have the full trailer for the 4 hour mini-series update of Roman Polanski's 1968 classic.  Check out the trailer below.

NBC's Rosemary's Baby stars Zoe Saldana (Star Trek, Avatar) as Rosemary and Patrick J. Adams (Suits) as her husband, Guy. The pair are running from a painful past in New York and accept an apartment in an exclusive building in Paris. But if things seem too good to be true, they probably are. Their neighbors, the Castevets, seem warm and friendly, but Rosemary starts to believe the worst when Margeaux's holistic treatments are making her health worse and research reveals that Roman - and the building - have a dark and sinister past.

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- Chris Connors

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Watch: Zoe Saldana Wants to Know Who Chose Her to be the Mother of 'Rosemary's Baby' in First Full Trailer

15 April 2014 7:24 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

While there are a lot of terrifying moments in the new trailer for NBC's upcoming miniseries adaptation of "Rosemary's Baby," perhaps the most unnerving is still Zoe Saldana's pixie cut. I jest (slightly), but the new minute-long spot for the two-part special event airing during sweeps week does give us a good look at the "Star Trek" and "Avatar" star's homage to Mia Farrow's do in the film version. Read More: 'Rosemary's Baby' Miniseries with Zoe Saldana Gets Due Date on NBC That being said, NBC has stated their four-hour miniseries is based on Ira Levin's best-selling novella and not Roman Polanski's 1968 film. The end of the scream-filled trailer below finds Jason Isaacs (who can dial up the creepy vibes like no other) telling Saldana she was chosen to be the baby's mother. She counters with, "By who?" and Isaacs gives a telling head tilt both chilling and amusing. »

- Ben Travers

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Watch: Zoe Saldana Wants to Know Who Chose Her to be the Mother of 'Rosemary's Baby' in First Full Trailer

15 April 2014 7:24 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

While there are a lot of terrifying moments in the new trailer for NBC's upcoming miniseries adaptation of "Rosemary's Baby," perhaps the most unnerving is still Zoe Saldana's pixie cut. I jest (slightly), but the new minute-long spot for the two-part special event airing during sweeps week does give us a good look at the "Star Trek" and "Avatar" star's homage to Mia Farrow's do in the film version. Read More: 'Rosemary's Baby' Miniseries with Zoe Saldana Gets Due Date on NBC That being said, NBC has stated their four-hour miniseries is based on Ira Levin's best-selling novella and not Roman Polanski's 1968 film. The end of the scream-filled trailer below finds Jason Isaacs (who can dial up the creepy vibes like no other) telling Saldana she was chosen to be the baby's mother. She counters with, "By who?" and Isaacs gives a telling head tilt both chilling and amusing. »

- Ben Travers

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‘Rosemary’s Baby’ Miniseries Trailer: Nothing Comes Without a Price

14 April 2014 9:06 PM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

A relative unknown just ten years ago, science fiction star Zoe Saldana has her hands full these days. She’s set to begin filming three back-to-back sequels for James Cameron’s Avatar this fall, while another Star Trek film is in the works for possibly 2016 and her next film, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, will release later this year.

However, first she’ll make her way to the small screen this summer starring in a television adaptation of Ira Levin’s 1967 novel Rosemary’s Baby for NBC. The book was famously made into an Oscar-nominated film by Roman Polanski and follows a young married couple who moves into a creepy old apartment building in New York City, only to then discover their unborn child is fathered by the devil himself.

The first trailer for the 4-hour miniseries takes the story in a ...

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- Araceli Roach

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James Cameron’s Guilty Pleasure is Resident Evil, Weighs in on Prometheus

14 April 2014 6:45 PM, PDT | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

​It's no secret that Paul W.S. Anderson worships the works of James Cameron. Anderson has enthused about Aliens in countless interviews. The director has cited influences Cameron has had on him. He has to be happy to know that one of James Cameron's guilty pleasures is none other than...Resident Evil. During a Reddit chat, Cameron was asked to reveal his favorite guilty pleasure to which the Avatar helmer replied...

The post James Cameron’s Guilty Pleasure is Resident Evil, Weighs in on Prometheus appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »

- Ryan Turek

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Last Lap: How’s Bethenny Frankel Looking Back On Her Real Housewives Experience?

14 April 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | TheFabLife - Movies | See recent TheFabLife - Movies news »

Shailene Woodley talks about being a naked lady on Big Morning Buzz Live, Christina Hendricks may not be a mom anytime soon, and the next three Avatar films could have interesting shooting schedules.

We probably won’t see Bethenny Frankel back on the Real Housewives Of New York anytime soon. The former reality star has likened her experience to the Vietnam War, though we’re certain the conflict in east Asia was much more gruesome. [The Hollywood Gossip] Where does Shailene Woodley grab new clothes? At the 2014 MTV Movie Awards, the actress told Big Morning Buzz Live she and her pals have “naked lady parties,” where they rummage one friend’s closet and strip down to try on clothes. Hmm, is that why she looked so amazing during last night’s show? Christina Hendricks would probably have the cutest kids around, but the Mad Men star says she has no plans to have children. »

- Rahsheeda Ali

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5 Daily Tech Stories that Filmmakers Must Read: Cameron, Contact Lens Camera, and CGI

14 April 2014 2:00 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

1. Filmmakers Render Realistic CGI On the Fly: A new short film teaser demonstrates a new way to do real time motion capture. Using a system complete with custom software, Kevin Margo crafted "Construct," which presented a new level of digital character development and removed hours of post-production time from the process. With less time, more money was spent -- but the results are potentially pivotal for future game and filmmakers. 2. James Cameron Talks Oculus Rift: The prolific, boundary-pushing director recently expressed interest in the budding technology of Oculus Rift. Cameron's film, "Avatar," was a technological feat of modern filmmaking, let alone the highest grossing film of all time. It's safe to say that his word and his interest have serious weight in the tech world. In a recent Reddit Ama, Cameron said, "I personally would be very interested to find a way to incorporate Vr and a narrative filmmaking experience. »

- Luke Slattery

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James Cameron's Reddit Ama: The Director's 10 Best Answers

14 April 2014 1:00 PM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

James Cameron popped by Reddit on Saturday to participate in an Ama session. While the director was mainly there to promote his Showtime climate change documentary series "Years of Living Dangerously," Cameron also answered a bunch of questions about other projects including those in the past ("Titanic," "Alien," "The Abyss") as well as those in the present and future (the currently in pre-production "Avatar" sequels, the long-gestating "Battle Angel" adaptation).

Here, we've combed through Cameron's numerous replies to highlight some of his best responses. Check them out below, and be sure to check out the entire exchange -- including Cameron's detailed outline of the search plan for missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370 -- for even more in-depth answers.

On who would win in a fight: A Na'vi, the Alien Queen, or the T-800 Terminator?

Is the T-800 armed or not armed? An Armed T-800 with a plasma rifle will clean house, »

- Katie Roberts

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We Saw the Future on the ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ Set

14 April 2014 9:02 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

I was fortunate enough to be on the set of Rise of the Planet of the Apes back when it was called Caesar and everyone seemed a little nervous to be following up the disastrous Tim Burton remake. Up until the lights went down at the screening of Rise, I thought it was going to be a slow-burn movie about James Franco’s character dealing with the reality of Alzheimer’s disease through a sci-fi conceit about a drug that made a baby monkey smarter. The only reason I thought that was the thrust of the movie for so long was because we were living in a pre-Caesar performance capture world. There was something about seeing Andy Serkis’ performance as Caesar come entirely from Andy Serkis that I challenge anyone to claim they expected. Gollum is a fantastic technical achievement, yes, but up until his appearance in The Hobbit, after »

- Da7e

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HeyUGuys On Set: Witnessing the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

14 April 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Post-Katrina New Orleans, Louisiana seems like a perfect place to shoot a film in which the human population has been largely irradicated. There are pockets in and around that city where entire towns have become  completely vacant. Nature has taken back control of areas that once hummed with life. It would seem to be the most obvious setting for the sequel to ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’. However, we aren’t in one of those desolate places – we are in the heart of the the iconic French Quarter. A few blocks from the world famous Cafe du Monde is the set of Matt ReevesDawn of the Planet of the Apes.’

The Nola financial district is subbing in for the San Francisco Waterfront, some 2,000 miles away. If it weren’t for the camera cranes and a large blue screen above the skyline you wouldn’t have a clue when or where you were. »

- Ezequiel Gutierrez

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