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John Cena in Talks to Star in ‘Duke Nukem’ Movie

John Cena in Talks to Star in ‘Duke Nukem’ Movie
John Cena is in talks to star in Paramount’s “Duke Nukem” movie, a big-screen version of the long-running video game franchise.

The project is set up at Paramount-based Platinum Dunes, which is operated by Michael Bay, Andrew Form, and Brad Fuller. No director or writer is attached yet.

Duke Nukem first appeared in the 1991 eponymous video game, developed by Apogee Software, as a muscular cigar-chomping man who always wears Ray-Bans and sports a flat-top haircut as he fights aliens to save planet Earth by using enormous physical strength and his expertise in firearms. He’s appeared in 19 video games as the title character, most recently in “Duke Nukem 3D: World Tour.”

Platinum Dunes franchises include “The Purge,” “Ouija,” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” It’s a producer on John Krasinski’s horror movie “A Quiet Place,” opening April 6.

Cena made his name as a WWE star before starting another career as a movie actor more than
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Charles Burnett’s Road to Oscar Was Paved by Socially Conscious Storytelling

Charles Burnett’s Road to Oscar Was Paved by Socially Conscious Storytelling
Given the amount of recognition he’s received from film critics and the number of awards he’s received over the course of his career, it’s not surprising that Charles Burnett was selected to receive an honorary Academy Award — unless you’re Charles Burnett, that is, in which case you’re still struggling to process the news.

“I didn’t know what to think,” says Burnett. “It’s one of those things you never expect, so there was no way it was on my mind. It just took me by surprise. And I’m still surprised.”

Although he was born in Vicksburg, Miss., Burnett was only a few years old when his family moved to Watts, the Los Angeles neighborhood that would ultimately serve as the setting for his debut feature film, “Killer of Sheep.” Originally submitted as Burnett’s Master of Fine Arts thesis at UCLA in 1977, “Killer of Sheep” was selected for preservation in the
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King Kong Makes a Friend in Skull Island Interactive Poster

King Kong Makes a Friend in Skull Island Interactive Poster
Warner Bros. has released a new banner for their highly-anticipated Kong: Skull Island, which is gearing up for release on March 10 and could very well be one of this spring's most highly-anticipated movies. The banner reveals a very interesting image, with Brie Larson's Weaver getting so close she can actually touch King Kong's face. While this massive beast doesn't necessarily seem too thrilled about being touched, Weaver is still alive, after all, so perhaps this ape has a soft spot for her. If you want an even closer look at this banner, then you're in luck.

The banner debuted on the movie's official Twitter, but on Facebook there is an interactive 360 version, where you can get a closer look at the imagery on this poster. It's worth noting that the cast members at the top of this banner includes Terry Notary, who may not be a household name,
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LeToya Luckett & Lady Gaga Set For Dionne Warwick Biopic; Mario Van Peebles In Talks To Direct – Cannes

LeToya Luckett & Lady Gaga Set For Dionne Warwick Biopic; Mario Van Peebles In Talks To Direct – Cannes
Legendary singer Dionne Warwick was in Cannes this morning to unveil a new biopic about her life. Dionne will star Grammy winner LeToya Luckett of Destiny’s Child fame as Warwick; Danny Glover as her father; Olympia Dukakis as Marlene Dietrich; and Lady Gaga as Cilla Black who Warwick today called her “nemesis.” Mario Van Peebles is in talks to direct with shooting to begin in October. There are also “a couple of surprises” in store among the cast. Andrea Iervolino and…
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Round-Up: Terminator Genisys Figure, Dead Rising: Endgame, Chocolate Strawberry Vanilla, Terror Tales, Scream Queen Stream

Re-enact the war against Skynet with the new Endoskeleton figure from Sideshow Collectibles and Hot Toys. Also: production details for Dead Rising: Endgame, a trailer for the horror thriller Chocolate Strawberry Vanilla, details on Laurene Landon (Maniac Cop 1 & 2) in Terror Tales, and the Scream Queen Stream.

Terminator: Genisys Figure: From Sideshow Collectibles: “In Terminator: Genisys, Judgment Day has arrived and more than 30 billion human lives have been lost in the attacks by Skynet. Survivors were captured and put into camps for extermination. In 2029, Human Resistance leader John Connor has led a final intense battle against Skynet and its menacing armies of Endoskeletons in order to eliminate the hellish artificial intelligence.

Sideshow and Hot Toys are pleased to officially present the new sixth scale Endoskeleton Collectible Figure from Terminator: Genisys.

The Endoskeleton collectible figure is specially crafted based on the image of the terrifying robot from the film. It features
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'Straight Outta Compton' Dominates Box Office Again with $26.8M

'Straight Outta Compton' Dominates Box Office Again with $26.8M
Straight Outta Compton is the kind of late summer blockbuster studios only dream about. We're officially in the doldrums, before the fall movie season hits, and this biopic about legendary West Coast rappers N.W.A continues to over perform and beat all expectations. In it's second weekend, it crushed three new releases that completely underwhelmed. But even with Straight Outta Compton's victory lap, no one is calling this a tough weekend to beat the competition.

Straight Outta Compton managed to pull in a clean $26.8 million playing at 3,025 locations around the country. That propels its grand total stateside haul to $111.5 million. It is without a doubt a major hit, with Universal and Legendary budgeting the film at a mere $29 million. The film hasn't arrived without controversy, though, and the film has been slammed for leaving out some dirty misconduct amongst its main crew.

Coming under the most heavy fire was Dr. Dre,
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Box Office: ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Schools ‘Sinister 2,’ ‘Hitman: Agent 47’ With $26.8 Million

Box Office: ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Schools ‘Sinister 2,’ ‘Hitman: Agent 47’ With $26.8 Million
Straight Outta Compton” dominated a trio of underwhelming new releases this weekend, providing a little proof of life in an otherwise moribund box office.

The rap drama topped charts for the second weekend in a row, picking up $26.8 million from 3,025 locations and propelling its domestic haul to $111.5 million. That’s a tidy return on the $29 million that Universal and Legendary spent making the film about the early days of N.W.A.

Straight Outta Compton” hasn’t been without controversy. The film has been slammed for glossing over its members’ treatment of women and the blowback forced Dr. Dre to apologize for his actions. The negative headlines do not appear to be taking a toll on its ticket sales.

Of the new films hitting multiplexes, “Sinister 2” performed the best of an inert bunch. The low-budget horror sequel nabbed $10.6 million from 2,766 locations for a third place finish. That’s less than the
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Box Office: ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Will Dwarf ‘Hitman: Agent 47,’ ‘American Ultra’

Box Office: ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Will Dwarf ‘Hitman: Agent 47,’ ‘American Ultra’
Straight Outta Compton” could move from gold to platinum territory in its second weekend of release.

The rap drama from Universal and Legendary will continue to dominate the box office, earning an estimated $30 million and pushing its domestic haul past the $100 million mark. That’s a nice return, considering the fact that producing the N.W.A biopic only set the partners back $29 million. To capitalize on the strong word of mouth, the film will add more than 200 theaters to its current crop of 2,757 locations.

With its unstinting look at urban poverty, “Straight Outta Compton” may be the year’s most unorthodox blockbuster. Its continued success could spell trouble for a trio of new releases hoping to make a splash during the dog days of summer.

Of these new entrants, “Sinister 2,” a micro-budget horror venture from Blumhouse and Focus Features, should be the least impacted. The sequel to 2012’s “Sinister” should pull in $15 million,
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Hollyshorts Fest Opens With New Clip From Eli Roth's The Green Inferno

HollyShorts Film Festival is an annual short film festival showcasing the best and brightest short films from around the globe. HollyShorts is devoted to the advancement of filmmakers through screenings, Q&A sessions and networking events. The HollyShorts Film festival showcases the top short films produced 40 minutes or less. Categories include Short Animation, Short Live Action, Short Documentary, Music Video, Webisode, Commercials, Trailers, 3D Shorts, Youth Film and Digital Microbudget.

The 11th installment of the upcoming HollyShorts Film Festival

(August 13-22) star-studded opening night lineup will feature films starring Rose McGowan, Jason Patric, Sharon Lawrence, Rose McIver, Beth Grant, Robert Forster, Jennifer Morrison, Josh Lawson, Portia Doubleday, Carly Chaikin, and many more. The festival will also open with a new clip from 2009 HollyShorts Visionary Award recipient Eli Roth’s highly anticipated new feature film The Green Inferno from Blumhouse Productions, Universal and Focus Features. The film is being released in theaters on September 25.

HollyShorts opening night takes place this Thursday, August 13 at the Tcl Chinese 6 Theatres and Ohm nightclub at Hollywood and Highland.

Commented festival director Daniel Sol: “We are thrilled to open HollyShorts with such a star-studded and great lineup of short movies, it's going to be quite a night and an epic week of incredible content! This year marks the biggest HollyShorts ever and we look forward to helping create opportunities for our filmmakers August 13-22 in Hollywood!"

HollyShorts received a record 2,300 submissions from almost every continent this year. The overall Grand Prize winner of HollyShorts will take home a $15,000 cash prize courtesy of Zype.

HollyShorts opening night celebration will feature the following short films:

Chris Ekstein’s western short Weight of Blood and Bones starring Jason Patric, Danny Trejo, Rose McGowan, Mark Boone Junior, Noah Hardin, Marissa Coughlan and Jeff Daniel Phillips.

Gabriel Olson's The Bridge Partner, written by acclaimed author Peter S. Beagle (The Last Unicorn) starring Beth Grant (Mindy Project), Emmy nominee Sharon Lawrence, Rebecca Brooks, Catherine Carlen and Robert Forster.

Warning Labels Directed by Jennifer Morrison (Once Upon A Time, Warrior, Star Trek), starring Karen Gillan (Guardians of the Galaxy), Josh Lawson (House of Lies), and Rose McIver (iZombie).

Dissonance Directed by Bryan Fox starring Leven Rambin (The Hunger Games ), Cindy Dolenc (Eyes Wide Shut), Lorraine Bracco (The Sopranos ), Henry Winkler, Yeardley Smith (The Simpsons), Carly Chalkin (Suburgatory), Nancy Travis (Last Man Standing), Perrey Reeves (Entourage), Kelly Preston, Devon Graye (Legendary ). The HollyShorts opening sponsors are The Agency’s Sports & Entertainment Division and Dark Horse Wine.

Eli Roth's The Green Inferno centers on a group of student activists traveling to the Amazon to save the rain forest. They soon discover they are not alone after crash-landing on a remote location, and are held hostage by a native tribe they set out to help save.

Related Article: HollyShorts - The Cannes of the Short Film Festivals & The Evolution of the Short Film Market
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Ridley Scott’s The Martian Highlight of 20th Century Fox’s CinemaCon 2015 Event

Following the exciting presentation at CinemaCon last week, 20th Century Fox released some new details for their upcoming releases. Check out the official synopses along with some photos for all their 2015 and 2016 films.

The highlight of the event was the must-see film of 2015 – Ridley Scott’s The Martian.

During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, Nasa and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian” home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible, rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold,
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35 Movies You Need to See This Summer

35 Movies You Need to See This Summer
Whether you like it or not, the summer movie season is right around the corner! Of course, blockbusters sprout up all throughout the year, with movies like The Divergent Series: Insurgent and Furious 7 setting the box office on fire even before the "official" summer movie season kicks off...But the four-month period between May and August is simply jam-packed with big-budget tentpoles, outlandish comedies and even a few memorable indie dramas. Before you start snatching up tickets to your favorite summer movies, we have a handy guide breaking down all of the major studio blockbusters, and even a few independent flicks that have the potential to break out into the mainstream. Here our the 35 movies you simply can't miss this summer!

1Avengers: Age of Ultron - May 1

Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Renner, Cobie Smulders, Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson,
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2015 Summer Movies Heading To Your Local Cinemas

The middle of Spring actually means a new selection of summer blockbusters to look forward to, and with a ton of big-budget films slated to come out within the next few months and beyond, the summer of 2015 looks like one to remember.

From the new Mad Max (which is already on our end-of -year top ten list event though we haven’t yet seen it) to Avengers, Poltergeists, male strippers, talking teddy bears, and a reboot of the Jurassic Park franchise, this summer’s trips to the theaters will be jam-packed with sequels and new tales. From May 1st right through to the end of August, some of the movies on our list could wind up on year-end “best of” lists or even receive some Oscar talk by December.

Grab your calendar, because Wamg has a rundown of this summer’s films we’re most excited about, so check them out below!
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2015 Stanley Film Festival Lineup Includes The Final Girls, Deathgasm, Stung, The Invitation

Earlier this week, we gave you details on first wave of special experiences and events taking place at the 2015 Stanley Film Festival. We now have details on their impressive slate of features, short films, and additional special events, including screenings of The Final Girls, Deathgasm, Stung, The Invitation, and We Are Still Here.

We're teaming up with the festival for live coverage and special opportunities for Daily Dead readers, so be sure to check back all month for contests, features, and more.

"April 2, 2014 (Denver, Co) - The Stanley Film Festival (Sff) produced by the Denver Film Society (Dfs) and presented by Chiller, announced today its Closing Night film, Festival lineup and the 2015 Master of Horror. The Festival will close out with The Final Girls. The film, directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson, is the story of a young woman grieving the loss of her mother, a famous scream queen from the 1980s,
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Universal Pictures 2015 Preview Includes First Photos From Ted 2, Sisters

With the New Year just days away, Universal Pictures has released brand new photos, storylines and dates for some of the most anticipated movies in 2015.

First up is Ted 2.

Hitting theaters on June 26, 2015, Seth MacFarlane returns as writer, director and voice star of Ted 2, Universal and Media Rights Capital’s follow-up to the highest-grossing original R-rated comedy of all time.

Joined once again by star Mark Wahlberg and fellow “Ted” writers Alec Sulkin & Wellesley Wild, MacFarlane produces the live action/CG-animated comedy alongside Bluegrass FilmsScott Stuber, as well as John Jacobs and Jason Clark.

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Photo Credit: Tippett Studios/Universal Pictures © 2015 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

(L to R) Tina Fey and Amy Poehler reunite for Sisters

Sisters – December 18, 2015

Genre: Comedy

Cast: Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Ike Barinholtz, John Leguizamo, Dianne Wiest, John Cena and James Brolin

Directed by: Jason Moore

Writer:
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Dubai Film Festival’s Lifetime Achievement award to Asha Bhosle

Dubai Film Festival’s Lifetime Achievement award to Asha Bhosle
Asha Bhosle

Legendary Indian playback singer Asha Bhosle will receive Dubai International Film Festival (Diff) Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014.

Bhosle has recorded more than 12,000 songs for more than 850 films in 81 years. Known for her versatility, she has been conferred the Dadasaheb Phalke award in 2000 and the Padma Vibhushan from the Indian government in 2008.

Diff Chairman Abdulhamid Juma said: “Asha Bhosle is a stalwart of the Indian music scene, and we are proud to be honouring her with this Diff Lifetime Achievement Award. Her work has touched almost every corner of the world: we look forward to welcoming such a legend to Dubai and Diff.”

Earlier recipients of Diff Lifetime Achievement award include Martin Sheen, Omar Sharif, Faten Hamamah, Adel Imam, Jameel Rateb, Sabah, Morgan Freeman, Sean Penn, Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Daoud Abdel Sayed, Youssef Chahine, Rachid Bouchareb, Souleymane Cisse, Nabil El-Maleh, Oliver Stone, Danny Glover, Terry Gilliam, Yash Chopra,
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10 Things You Didn’t Know About John Cena

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Your time is up, because his time has been now for a long time. John Cena is definitely a man who needs no introduction. He has been in the WWE since 2002 and the top guy of the company since his first title win at WrestleMania 21 back in 2005. He is an astounding 15-time world champion, only trailing Ric Flair who is a 16-time world champion. Cena has won the WWE Championship 12 times, and the World Heavyweight Championship 3 times. HIs combined days as WWE World Heavyweight Champion ranks fourth all time behind Bruno Sammartino, Bob Backlund, and Hulk Hogan.

As many of you know, the WWE is focused on entertainment just as much as it is wrestling. It is no surprise that it’s top star for about a decade is involved in more than just the WWE. He has made many television cameos, including Hannah Montana and Psych.
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Casting Update for Dead Rising Movie, New Photo Revealed

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In addition to its swarming hordes of zombies, Capcom’s Dead Rising video game series has always followed interesting human characters striving to survive the living dead landscape. Legendary Digital Media and Crackle have teamed up for Dead Rising: Watchtower, a live action feature adaptation of the popular video game, and the film’s full cast has now been revealed along with a new photo from the set.

“Burbank, CA – October 20, 2014 – Legendary’s Digital Media division and Crackle announced today the principal cast for the upcoming feature-length project Dead Rising: Watchtower. Rob Riggle (Let’S Be Cops, 22 Jump Street), Harley Morenstein (Epic Meal Time, Epic Meal Empire, Tusk), Keegan Connor Tracey (Bates Motel, Once Upon A Time), and Aleks Paunovic (This Means War) will join previously announced cast members Jesse Metcalfe, Meghan Ory, Virginia Madsen and Dennis Haysbert.

Riggle will join the cast as Frank West, a weathered
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Casting Net: Keegan-Michael Key and Regina Hall join 'Vacation;' more

Keegan-Michael Key and Regina Hall have signed on for New Line's Vacation reboot, joining Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Chris Hemsworth, and Leslie Mann. John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein are directing, marking their directorial debut. They also wrote the script. The film will tell the story of a grown-up Rusty Griswold (Helms) who takes his wife (Applegate) on a cross-country road trip, similar to one he took as a kid. Their destination is Walley World, an amusement park. Key and Hall will play family friends to the Griswolds. David Dobkin is producing through his David Dobkin Productions alongside Chris Bender.
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Casting: Dornan, Lee, Gisondo, Roxburgh

The 9th Life Of Louis Drax

Jamie Dornan ("Fifty Shades Of Grey," "The Fall") has joined the cast of Alex Aja’s psychological thriller "The 9th Life Of Louis Drax" at Miramax. Max Minghella makes his screenwriting debut on the project.

The story follows a doctor who is drawn into a mystery surrounding the near-death experience of a young boy. Shooting will commence in October in Vancouver. [Source: Screen]

Yoga Hosers

Legendary comics creator Stan Lee has joined the cast of Kevin Smith's action comedy "Yoga Hosers". Johnny Depp, and both Depp and Smith's teenage daughters star, as does much of the cast of Smith's upcoming horror film "Tusk" and actors like Adam Brody, Natasha Lyonne and Tyler Posey.

The story follows the adventures of two 15-year-old girls from Manitoba who go into battle after an ancient evil returns, teaming with Montreal legend Guy Lapointe (Depp) for a Yoga-infused offense. [Source: Twitter]

Vacation
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John Cena joins Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s The Nest

According to Deadline, wrestling superstar John Cena has been cast in The Nest, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s new comedy for Universal Pictures.

Directed by Pitch Perfect‘s Jason Moore, The Nest stars Fey and Poehler as sisters who throw one last party in their parents’ soon-to-be-sold home. James Brolin (Blackout), Ike Barinholtz (Neighbors), Maya Rudolph (Bridesmaids), and John Leguizamo (Chef) also star.

Character details are being kept under wraps, but Deadline’s report suggests that Cena could be playing the villain. This doesn’t mark the first time the twelve-time WWE champion has made the transition to the big screen. He’s starred in such films as 12 Rounds, The Marine, Legendary, and the Fred movies based on the popular Youtube celebrity. He’ll next be seen in Judd Apatow’s Trainwreck.

More news on The Nest as it breaks.

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