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Bean Joins The Martian, Dormer Enters The Forest, Livingston Faces The 5th Wave, and David and Knapp Fight The Nice Guys

16 hours ago | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

We have some casting news for you today.  First up, Sean Bean has signed on to Ridley Scott's The Martian.  Scripted by Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods) based on an e-book by Andy Weir, Matt Damon stars as an astronaut who gets stranded on Mars and must figure out how to survive long enough for Nasa to rescue him.  According to THR, Bean will play a Nasa flight director.  It seems like a safe job, but I'm sure Bean's character will find some way to die.  He'll probably choke on a donut or something.  The film also stars Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels, Kate Mara, Michael Pena and Kristen WiigThe Martian opens November 25, 2015.  Bean currently stars on the TNT series Legends and will next be seen in Jupiter Ascending and Pixels. Hit the jump for casting news regarding Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones), Ron Livingston (Office Space »

- Matt Goldberg

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Week in Geek: Gotham, The Walking Dead help geeks inherit the Earth

17 hours ago | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Join Digital Spy's TV Editor Morgan Jeffery for a new weekly blog looking back at the very best in sci-fi, fantasy and cult television from the past seven days.

The Geek Has Inherited The Earth

2014-15 in Us television is most certainly the season of the geek. By the spring, Marvel Entertainment will have two interconnected series on the air, while DC - monopolising the TV world while its rival dominates the big screen - are behind five adaptations.

ABC's Agents of Shield may have been met with a mixed critical response and middling ratings when it debuted last year, but the network was suitably satisfied to order not only a second season but also a spinoff - with Hayley Atwell set to front period piece Agent Carter from January.

DC meanwhile is hoping to build on the enormous success of Arrow with not only a sister show - The »

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Keith David and Beau Knapp will play villains in Shane Black's Nice Guys

20 October 2014 2:47 PM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Shane Black's (Iron Man 3, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) 1970s La noir piece, The Nice Guys, has found two villains in Keith David (Cloud Atlas, The Thing) and Beau Knapp (The Signal, Super 8). Keith David will play a seasoned hitman while Knapp will portray his younger, accident-prone, motormouth partner. The two will go up against a private eye (Ryan Gosling) and a hired leg breaker (Russell Crowe) who must work together to solve the case of a missing girl and the seemingly unrelated death »

- Sean Wist

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This Is How J.J. Abrams Warns Set Visitors Not To Share Star Wars Secrets

7 October 2014 4:11 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

It's well known that J.J. Abrams is a filmmaker who is a big fan of the "Big Screen Experience." During the production of his films he prefers to keep everything as secretive as possible, from the alien at the center of Super 8 to the villain played by Benedict Cumberbatch in Star Trek Into Darkness, all in the hopes that audiences won't know anything about his movies until they have purchased their tickets to see it. This legacy has continued with the filming of Star Wars: Episode VII, and, as it turns out, the writer/director is so serious about it that he actually got special poster designed warning visitors to the set that they absolutely cannot say anything about what they get to see from the movie. Frank Marshall, the legendary producer behind blockbuster classics like the Indiana Jones franchise, Gremlins, Back To The Future and more, was recently »

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First Trailers for Mockingbird and Mercy

7 October 2014 3:54 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Jason Blum’s new label, Bh Tilt, is wasting no time in rolling out eagerly anticipated genre titles that have been stuck in picture purgatory. Today, less than a month after Bh Tilt launched, the banner made three titles available on Digital HD: Joe Johnston’s Not Safe for Work, the Chandler Riggs-starring Mercy, and Bryan Bertino’s Mockingbird, and the latter two have released trailers to go with their debuts.

The first movie from writer/director Bryan Bertino since 2008’s The Strangers, Mockingbird will be released on Blu-ray and DVD only at Walmart on October 21st, in addition to its current availability on Digital HD. In Mockingbird, “three individuals each receive an anonymous, unmarked video camera and a horrific ultimatum to continue filming… or die. Experience the terror through the eyes of these unsuspecting victims, with a chain of found-footage events so real and absolutely dreadful, you’ll »

- Derek Anderson

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Star Wars Episode 7 Poster That Threatens Crew Over Spoiler Leaks

7 October 2014 7:51 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Cliff Chiang

As it happens, we don’t actually know a whole bunch about Star Wars Episode VII. Director Jj Abrams’ resurrection of the sci-fi phenomenon will, presumably, take us back to a long time ago, in a galaxy far far away, but even that’s yet to be confirmed. We know the cast list, but nothing about the characters the ensemble will be playing. Besides the returning actors, anyway, but have we any clue what Luke Skywalker and Han Solo are going to be up to in their dotage? Nope.

There has been a continuous flow of speculation, rumour and potential spoilers since the new Star Wars trilogy was announced, but nothing’s set in stone yet. No official on-set photos, no trailer, we don’t even know what the darn subtitle is yet.

How does Jj do it? How is he keeping the lid on a mystery box »

- Tom Baker

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Watch: Final 'Interstellar' Trailer & Nolan Compares it to 'Close Encounters', 'Right Stuff' and '2001'

1 October 2014 9:06 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

"It's not straight action and it's not straight thriller," director Christopher Nolan told Empire when discussing the tone of his new movie Interstellar. "I do liken it to the blockbusters I grew up with as a kid. A lot of them by Steven Spielberg. I don't like talking about Spielberg too much because he was the director on the project before me and I don't want to keep coming back to that, but the truth is, there's a great spirit to films like Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Jaws that I really wanted to try and capture, because I haven't seen it in a very long time." These are the kinds of words I love hearing, particularly that "I haven't seen it in a very long time" bit as Nolan recognizes the change in the cinematic landscape and wants to bring audiences closer to what he experienced with movies when he was younger. »

- Brad Brevet

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David Fincher Explains Passing Up Star Wars: Episode VII

29 September 2014 9:15 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Long before J.J. Abrams landed the role of overseeing Star Wars: Episode VII, seemingly every filmmaker in Hollywood was linked to Disney’s coveted director’s chair. However, one of the few directors who actually entered talked with the company was David Fincher, who spoke recently with Total Film about his decision to pass on the gig.

“I talked to Kathy about it, but I think that it’s a different thing from… I don’t know what Disney-Lucasfilm will be like. It’s tricky. My favorite is The Empire Strikes Back. If I said, ‘I want to do something more like that,’ then I’m sure the people paying for it would be like, ‘No! You can’t do that! We want it like the other one with all the creatures!’”.

While it’s not overly surprising that Fincher — who is considered one of the most astute directors in »

- Michael Briers

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Shamberg: “Anyone with a laptop is their own movie studio”

27 September 2014 4:18 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Pulp Fiction exec and BuzzFeed consultant hails digital opportunities for filmmakers.

Acclaimed Us producer Michael Shamberg has hailed the filmmaking opportunities afforded by digital platforms and new technology, during his Zurich Summit keynote today (Sept 27).

“There are enormous opportunities in this space,” the Pulp Fiction executive producer told Screen ahead of his address.

“Digital is the medium of now and it will only grow. Within a year or two in the Us there will be more money spent on digital advertising than on TV advertising – $80bn per year. As the revenue shifts for storytellers, more and more Hollywood industry will work in the digital space.”

“Just as Quentin Tarantino wrote scripts while working in a video store and a young Steven Spielberg made films on Super 8 in his bedroom, future filmmakers will emerge from having made films that they post online,” continued the Oscar-nominated producer whose credits include Get Shorty, Erin Brockovich, [link »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Exclusive 1:1 Interview: The Boxtrolls Star Elle Fanning!

24 September 2014 4:57 PM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Elle Fanning is one of the most delightful young talents working today. With her terrific work in Super 8 and this year’s hit Maleficent, she is definitely looking to have a bright and impressive career. In her latest, the animated feature The Boxtrolls, she lends her voice to role of Winnie and once again shines brightly. She joins an already impressive cast including the great Sir Ben Kingsley, Richard Ayoade, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and so many more. It is difficult to explain »

- JimmyO

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Greg Grunberg Says He Has A Role In Star Wars: Episode VII

13 September 2014 10:07 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Lens flares and frustrating “mystery boxes” aren’t the only things that constantly pop up in the filmography of J.J. Abrams. Another thing that appears quite often is Heroes and Masters of Sex actor Greg Grunberg, a childhood friend of Abrams’ who has shown up in almost all of the director’s cinematic works to date.

He’s had roles in Felicity and Alias, played Oceanic Flight 815 pilot Seth Norris in the Lost pilot, is in Mission: Impossible III, and even has small cameos in both Super 8 and Star Trek. He was, however, noticeably absent from Star Trek Into Darkness, which wasn’t very well received by fans…. That can’t be a coincidence, can it?!

Now it looks like the working relationship between Abrams and Grunberg will extend beyond our galaxy and into a famous one far, far away, as according to Grunberg himself, he has a role »

- James Garcia

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J.J. Abrams Casts Greg Grunberg in Star Wars: Episode VII

12 September 2014 3:30 PM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Hey look! It's Star Wars news the doesn't include set photos! J.J. Abrams and Greg Grunberg (Heroes) have a long history together. The two are childhood friends who made home movies together in the late seventies. That grew into a professional relationship and Abrams cast him in Felicity, Alias, and a TV pilot called The Catch. As far as films go, the actor had a small role in MIssion: Impossible III, he provided the voice of Kirk's stepdad in Star Trek, was a TV actor in the background of Super 8, and now he's going to show up in Star Wars: Episode VII. Grunberg confirmed the news himself on Twitter saying:

"Yes @smgulz it Is safe to assume I have a role in #StarWarsEpisodeVII - If I say more than that, Jj will have me killed."

It's also safe to assume that Grunberg's role won't be a big one. It's »

- Joey Paur

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"Star Wars" Gets Familiar Faces & Setting?

12 September 2014 3:13 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Greg Grunberg is teaming up with his childhood friend J.J. Abrams again, the former dropping a tweet indicating that he's set to have a cameo in the upcoming "Star Wars: Episode VII".

Grunberg has been with Abrams for sometime. He was a regular on the Abrams-produced "Felicity" and "Alias," had a cameo as the pilot of the ill-fated Oceanic Flight 815 in "Lost," and had small appearances in "Mission: Impossible III," "Super 8" and even "Star Trek" (he was the voice of James Kirk's stepfather). Here's his tweet:

Yes @smgulz it Is safe to assume I have a role in #StarWarsEpisodeVII - If I say more than that, Jj will have me killed.

Greg Grunberg (@greggrunberg) September 11, 2014

Onto today's speculative rumors. It is safe to assume that planetary locations from the original "Star Wars" trilogy are set to be revisited in the upcoming films.

So far the ice planet of Hoth, »

- Garth Franklin

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'Star Wars 7' Casts J.J. Abrams Regular Greg Grunberg

12 September 2014 2:15 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Longtime fans of director J.J. Abrams will likely know that he casts his old childhood friend Greg Grunberg in most of his movies and TV shows. Many have wondered whether or not the actor will appear in the highly-anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII, which is currently in production, but now that speculation can be put to rest.

Earlier today, Greg Grunberg confirmed on his Twitter page that he does, in fact, have a role in Star Wars: Episode VII, although he naturally wouldn't give any details about who he is playing.

So my pal #JJAbrams says the good word is Apostrophe

Greg Grunberg (@greggrunberg) September 11, 2014

Yes @smgulz it Is safe to assume I have a role in #StarWarsEpisodeVII - If I say more than that, Jj will have me killed.

Greg Grunberg (@greggrunberg) September 11, 2014

Greg Grunberg, who is best known for playing Matt Parkman on NBC's Heroes, started acting in »

- MovieWeb

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J.J. Abrams casts his pal Greg Grunberg in Star Wars: Episode VII

12 September 2014 2:11 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

It looks like J.J. Abrams has cast his childhood pal Greg Gunberg in the eagerly-anticipated sequel Star Wars: Episode VII, with the Heroes and Masters of Sex star taking to Twitter to reveal that he has a role in the film, stating that, “If I say more than that, Jj will have me killed.” The two have worked together extensively in the past, with Grunberg featuing in Felicity and Alias, as well as appearing in minor roles in Lost, Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek and Super 8. Presumably, his part in Episode VII will follow suit, and is likely little more than a cameo.

Star Wars: Episode VII is set for release on December 18th 2015 and sees returning stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Kenny Baker (R2-D2) and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) joined by Adam Driver (Girls), Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis »

- Gary Collinson

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White Rabbit hops to Us

10 September 2014 12:30 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Breaking Glass Pictures planning day-and-date release.

Philadelphia-based distributor Breaking Glass Pictures has acquired North American distribution rights to Tim McCann’s psychological drama White Rabbit

Breaking Glass CEO Rich Wolff negotiated the deal with Michael Lurie of Automatic Entertainment. The film will receive a Us theatrical day-and-date release this winter.

The film centres on a bullied high school student who starts having visions of a rabbit that he killed when he was a kid, soon putting him in a state where his imagination threatens to cause him to carry out violent acts.

Directed by Tim McCannWhite Rabbit stars Nick Krause (The Descendants), Sam Trammell (The Fault in our Stars), Britt Robertson (Under the Dome) and Ryan Lee (Super 8).

“We always license many titles at Tiff and they always do well for our company,” said Wolff. »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Intl Box Office Final: Blockbusters Strong O’Sea Led By ‘Lucy’, While U.S. B.O. Suffers

8 September 2014 3:35 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Update, Monday, 3:35 Pm: Overseas actuals have been logged for Lucy, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, Hercules, Into The Storm, Tmnt, The Fault In Their Stars, If I Stay, 22 Jump Street, Sex Tape, Deliver Us From Evil, Boyhood, How To Train Your Dragon 2, Let’s Be Cops, Step Up: All In, As Above, So Below, Transformers: Age of Extinction, and Relatos Salvajes. Meanwhile, Warner Bros.Adam Sandler-Drew Barrymore rom com Blended flew past $80M abroad, a bonus considering the film flatlined stateside, next to the duo’s previous outings, with $46.3M.  Total global stands at $126.3M. More to come. — Anthony D’Alessandro contributing with Monday actuals.

Related: ‘Guardians’ Tops Lowest Grossing Post-Labor Day Domestic Weekend Since 2000

Previous, Sunday, 4:15 Pm Pt: This weekend domestically is projected to be the lowest grossing of 2014, off 23% from a year ago. And yet, the international frame is »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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Ranked: Every Summer Movie Season Since 1980 - Part 1

8 September 2014 4:11 AM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Summer movie season is a magic time of year when Hollywood traditionally rolls out its most appealing merchandise. It’s true that some summer movie seasons are better than others. This is our ranking of all the summer movie seasons since 1980 from worst to best. 

On January 20th, 1975, Steven Spielberg and Universal Studios released Jaws. The movie landscape would be forever changed from that date. Jaws is widely credited as being the first blockbuster film because it was the first movie to make over $100 million (non-adjusted). The fact that the film had a meager $8 million budget meant that it was a huge cash cow for the studio and rocketed Spielberg to the the forefront of a new generation of filmmakers for a new era of movie mass-consumption. George Lucas and Spielberg followed up in 1977 with Star Wars, which became a sensational and very profitable hit. It helped to convince production »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (G.S. Perno)

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Greg Grunberg & Sarah Dumont Ink With Paradigm; Wme Signs Levi Miller

5 September 2014 12:38 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Greg Grunberg has signed with Paradigm. The actor-writer-producer  recurs on Showtime’s Masters Of Sex, and his TV credits also include The Client List, Heroes, Lost, Alias and Felicity. Grunberg’s film credits include Big Ass Spider!,  Super 8, The Ladykillers and Austin Powers in Goldmember. He also wrote, produced and starred in the romantic comedy Group Sex. He continues to be repped by Sc Management.

Levi Miller has inked with Wme. The 12-year-old recently landed the lead role of Peter Pan in Pan, Warner Bros’ 2015 adaptation of the classic J.M. Barrie novel. The film also stars Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund and Rooney Mara. Miller’s credits include TV’s Terra Nova, the feature A Heartbeat Away and short films Great Adventures and Akiva. He continues to be repped by Eaton Management.

Sarah Dumont also has signed with Paradigm. Her TV credits include Friends With Better Lives, Mixology, Dads and Marvel’s Agents Of S. »

- The Deadline Team

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Tribeca Film Springs For Chris Lowell’s ‘Beside Still Waters’

20 August 2014 10:01 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Tribeca Film has acquired actor-director Chris Lowell’s indie dramedy Beside Still Waters. The picture marks the directorial debut of TV and film thesp Lowell, who’s best known for his acting turns on Veronica Mars, Private Practice, and Enlisted. Ryan Eggold (The Blacklist) stars as Daniel Thatcher, a young romantic who has fallen on hard times and enlists his childhood friends to relive the glory days of their youth, whether they like it or not.

After the huge success of the Veronica Mars movie campaign on Kickstarter, Lowell and his fellow filmmakers took to the platform to raise $63,000 in finishing funds. The project collected over $207,000, more than tripling its funding goal, and became the 13th most-funded narrative film in Kickstarter’s history. In addition to directing, Lowell scripted with Mohit Narang and produced the dramedy which blends 16mm, Super 8, and his own black and white photography. Saturday Night Live‘s Beck Bennett, »

- Jen Yamato

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