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'Maze Runner' Interview with Director Wes Ball | Exclusive

16 December 2014 2:53 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

There aren't many filmmakers who get to take a crack at a major young adult franchise with their first feature film, but director Wes Ball managed to do just that with The Maze Runner, which arrives on Blu-ray and DVD December 16. Based on the popular novel trilogy by James Dashner, The Maze Runner is set in a mysterious and massive maze known as The Glade, where a number of young men find themselves inexplicably trapped, with no memory of how or why they were put there. Dylan O'Brien stars as Thomas, the latest addition to The Glade who may be the one to lead them out of the maze for good.

After working as a graphic artist for several years, Wes Ball makes his directorial debut with The Maze Runner, an ambitious project that managed to win over fans and critics alike, taking in over $330 million at the box office during its theatrical run. »

- MovieWeb

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Peter Jackson on the End of His Middle Earth Odyssey

16 December 2014 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Dec. 17 debut of “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” marks both an end and a beginning for Peter Jackson.

It represents the culmination of his 16-year, six-film J.R.R. Tolkien marathon — an outsized success in duration, execution, visual-effects wizardry and overall popularity. No director in history has maintained tighter control over the creative direction of a global film franchise, which so far has amassed close to $5 billion in ticket sales alone.

But after bringing his Middle-earth spectacles to the masses, the world’s most famous Kiwi is ready to downsize and return to his low-budget roots: The 53-year-old director-producer-screenwriter is working on adapting several true stories about his native country, with his longtime partner Fran Walsh, that he says will be similar in tone and scope to his 1994 murder tale, “Heavenly Creatures.”

“We really feel a bigger urge now to not continue with another Hollywood blockbuster for a while, »

- Brent Lang and Tim Gray

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30 years since Gremlins: Stars of the Christmas cult classic then and now

9 December 2014 9:15 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Christmas just wouldn't be Christmas without a heavily tinseled tree, a tipple before midday and Gremlins on the telly at some point during the day.

The Joe Dante-directed black cult comedy sees protagonist Billy Peltzer being gifted with Gizmo, a cute furry Mogwai discovered by his inventor father in a mysterious Chinatown antique store.

Of course the creature comes with three special instructions which, if not adhered to, result in the spawning of grizzly Gremlins hell-bent on havoc.

The Steven Spielberg-produced movie - which is

currently being fast-tracked by Warner Bros for a remake - celebrated its 30th anniversary earlier this year, and here's what the main cast members got up to after the movie's success:

1. Zach Galligan

Zach Galligan plays William 'Billy' Peltzer who becomes enthralled by his unusual Christmas gift - yet careless with the three golden Gizmo rules.

Galligan's notable film roles following the success »

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Sony acquires mysterious Cloverfield-esque project from producer J.J. Abrams

9 December 2014 8:13 AM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Do you remember the first time you watched the teaser for Cloverfield? The found footage of that farewell party followed by the sudden and shocking image of the decapitated head of the Statue of Liberty lying in the street? It was scary, surreal, and definitely worked to build anticipation for Matt Reeves' monster movie. J.J. Abrams' trademark brand of mysterious marketing worked wonders for Cloverfield and even his own Super 8 and now the producer looks to do it again. Deadline reports »

- Alex Maidy

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X-men: Famke Janssen Comments On New 'Jean Grey' Potentials

4 December 2014 6:15 AM, PST | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

As we know, Chloe Grace Moretz (Kick-Ass, Carrie) Elle Fanning (Super 8, Maleficent) and Hailee Steinfeld (Ender's Game, True Grit) are the three actresses (that we've been made aware of so far) in line to play the younger version of telepathic mutant Jean Grey in the next installment in the X-franchise, X-Men: Apocalypse. Whoever lands the role will have their work cut out to follow the stunning Famke Janssen, who has done a fine job as the character in 5 of the previous films. When MTV asked the actress if she was aware of who's in the running, she says she's heard of all of them but, in Fanning's case particularly, doesn't see much of a resemblance. Janssen also says it's a little bittersweet knowing that she's being replaced in the role, but that maybe she could return and act alongside whoever is cast someday. Well, that worked in Days Of »

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88-Second Teaser For Star Wars: The Force Awakens In 30 Theaters Across North America Friday, November 28

24 November 2014 5:34 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Ready for the first look at Star Wars: Episode VII?

Star Wars.com released this info today:

An early 88-second tease of Star Wars: The Force Awakens can be seen in 30 theaters across North America beginning Friday morning, November 28. Following this weekend, the tease can be seen in theaters around the world this December.

Check out StarWars.com’s complete list of theaters playing the tease below!

Scheduled for a December 18, 2015, the movie release stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Lupita Nyong’o, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall GleesonGwendoline Christie and Max von Sydow along with the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker.

Star Wars: Episode VII will be directed by J.J. Abrams (Super 8, Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek) and is being scripted by Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan (Raiders of the Lost Ark, »

- Michelle McCue

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Across the Shared Marvel Universe

23 November 2014 9:55 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Commenting on the Critics with Simon Columb… 

Variety’s Maane Khatchatourian covers James Gunn’s Facebook comments regarding shared movie universe building:

“The director implies that franchises like “Star Wars,” “Iron Man,” “The Dark Knight” and even “Transformers” and “Twilight” are in the clear because they were conceived as single films and only grew into movie series following audience demand. “But these days studios are trying to grow trees without a strong seed,” he wrote. “Execs and producers and sometimes even directors are focused on the big picture, without perfecting the task directly in front of them — making a great movie.”

Read Gunn’s full comments here.

It is interesting how James Gunn, director of Guardians of the Galaxy, has criticised the one thing that ensured the success of his film. Of course, had Guardians of the Galaxy been produced by a different studio without the connections to the Marvel universe, »

- Simon Columb

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New X Men,Apocalypse To Feature Young Jean Grey & Cyclops Action,New Details

19 November 2014 2:42 PM, PST | OnTheFlix | See recent OnTheFlix news »

According to a new report from Comicbookmovie.com and their sources, the upcoming "X-Men: Apocalypse" folks are looking to feature some action that features a young Scott Summers aka Cyclops and Jean Grey. Some of the actors they're currently eying for the roles are: Timothee Chalamet (Interstellar), Chloe Moretz (Kick-Ass), and Elle Fanning (Super 8). TheWrap reports that Chloe Moretz and Elle Fanning have met with director ,Bryan Singer, recently, though no official offers have been made and a number of other names are still in the running. Some of them, include: Academy Award nominated actress ,Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit), Ben Hardy (Eastenders), Charlie Rowe (Red Band Society) ,and as mentioned earlier, Timothee Chalamet of Homeland fame. The movie is currently set to hit theaters on May 18th, 2016. »

- Megan

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X-Men: Apocalypse starts casting its Jean Grey and Cyclops

19 November 2014 9:16 AM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

In the “original trilogy” of X-Men movies, Famke Janssen was Bryan Singer and Brett Ratner’s Jean Grey. She was a force to be reckoned with, and she wore a heck of a lot of red. On the other side of the Jean-Scott coin, James Marsden’s Cyclops had enough cheek and charm to throw off Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) as a rival for Jean Grey’s attentions.

But that was then. This is now. Let’s get into some Days of Future Past spoilers.

With X-Men: Days Of Future Past rebooting the X-Men timeline and essentially erasing everything that happened in X-Men: The Last Stand, it makes sense that Janssen and Marsden are back, casually talking to Logan  at the end of Days of Future Past as if nothing happened.

In that scene, however, it’s clear that this is when Professor Xavier is much older (and more bald) – as »

- Sasha James

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X-men: Apocalypse - Actors Up for Young Jean Grey and Cyclops

19 November 2014 8:07 AM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Apocalypse is going introduce fans to a younger version of Jean Grey and Cyclops. The characters were previously portrayed by Famke Janssen and James Marsden. It wouldn’t make sense for them to reprise their roles, though, because the story for the upcoming sequel is set in the 1980s.

According to The Wrap the studio, is looking at casting either Chloe Moretz (Kick-Ass), Elle Fanning (Super 8) or Hailee Steinfeld (Ender’s Game) as a young Jean Grey. As for the part of Cyclops, they are looking at Ben Hardy (EastEnders), Charlie Rowe (Red Band Society), and Timothee Chalamet (Interstellar). The news comes from multiple sources close to the production at 20th Century Fox.

An insider confirmed that both Moretz and Fanning have met with Singer recently, but there are other up-and-coming actresses still in the mix. No official test offers have been made yet, but »

- Joey Paur

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X-Men: Apocalypse Shortlists For Cyclops And Jean Grey Emerge

18 November 2014 4:56 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Though much of the cast from both X-Men: First Class and Days of Future Past will return for 2016’s trilogy capper X-Men: Apocalypse, there are several major roles that will be filled by franchise newcomers, namely those of present-day X-Men team leaders Scott Summers, a.k.a. Cyclops, and Jean Grey. Though James Marsden and Famke Janssen play Cyclops and Jean in the first few X-Men films, younger actors will take their place in Apocalypse, as it takes place in the 1980s, which is twenty or so years before the events of the first X-Men movie.

Thanks to TheWrap, we now have a new shortlist of actors for both Cyclops and Jean Grey, and they give us a good idea of how director Bryan Singer will cast the parts this time around. Three actors have been named as contenders for each role: Kick-Ass and Carrie star Chloe Grace MoretzMaleficent »

- James Garcia

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J.J. Abrams Congratulates ‘Star Wars’ First A.D. on BAFTA Honor

17 November 2014 1:01 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Star Wars: The Force Awakens” helmer J.J. Abrams was one of those to send a message congratulating the film’s first assistant director Tommy Gormley, who received the outstanding contribution to craft award at the BAFTA Scotland awards on Sunday in Glasgow.

“I’d like to say three things. One: BAFTA Scotland rules. Two: Scotland rules. And three: Tommy Gormley rules. Tommy Gormley is not just the most incredible first A.D. I’ve ever seen but is one of the greatest people I’ve ever met,” Abrams said in a video message.

Gormley’s credits also include Abrams pics “Mission: Impossible III,” “Star Trek,” “Super 8” and “Star Trek into Darkness.” He has also worked on “John Carter,” “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol” and Roland Emmerich’s “2012.” Emmerich also sent a message congratulating Gormley, who received the award from thesp Simon Pegg, who appeared in “Star Trek,” “Ghost Protocol” and “Star Trek into Darkness. »

- Leo Barraclough

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J.J. Abrams Congratulates ‘Star Wars’ First A.D. on BAFTA Honor

17 November 2014 1:01 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Star Wars: The Force Awakens” helmer J.J. Abrams was one of those to send a message congratulating the film’s first assistant director Tommy Gormley, who received the outstanding contribution to craft award at the BAFTA Scotland awards on Sunday in Glasgow.

“I’d like to say three things. One: BAFTA Scotland rules. Two: Scotland rules. And three: Tommy Gormley rules. Tommy Gormley is not just the most incredible first A.D. I’ve ever seen but is one of the greatest people I’ve ever met,” Abrams said in a video message.

Gormley’s credits also include Abrams pics “Mission: Impossible III,” “Star Trek,” “Super 8” and “Star Trek into Darkness.” He has also worked on “John Carter,” “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol” and Roland Emmerich’s “2012.” Emmerich also sent a message congratulating Gormley, who received the award from thesp Simon Pegg, who appeared in “Star Trek,” “Ghost Protocol” and “Star Trek into Darkness. »

- Leo Barraclough

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Maleficent Blu-Ray Review

13 November 2014 6:17 PM, PST | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

Maleficent Blu-Ray Review

You may think you know the story of Sleeping Beauty, but Maleficent dares to opt for changing your mind about that. The story starts long before you imagined, with a young fairy who meets a young human thief. By way of impressive visuals, and surprisingly “normal” events, young Maleficent and Stefan become the best of friends. When Maleficent comes of age, she becomes the protector of her magical forest, which means when the King comes calling, and doesn’t fare well, she is the target of his rage. A now very ambitious Stefan sees an opportunity.

This naturally leads to a great betrayal, and Stefan becoming King. This gives us the opening to sell us the story that Maleficent isn’t just the evil witch who comes to curse Aurora, but is instead the largely justified, though perhaps overzealous, wronged fairy looking to exact revenge.

Though the »

- Marc Eastman

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Star Trek Into Darkness Concept Art Of Futuristic Props

3 November 2014 4:01 AM, PST | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Concept Art by Christopher Ross When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organisation has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis. With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction. As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew. Star Trek Into Darkness was directed by J.J. Abrams ("Super 8"), from a screenplay written by Damon Lindelof, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. Returning for the sequel »

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Elle Fanning On Her Favorite Movies: ‘Virgin Suicides,’ ‘The Seven Year Itch’ & ‘What's Eating Gilbert Grape’ & More

31 October 2014 11:32 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

2014 has been a busy and eclectic year for the preternaturally gifted Elle Fanning. The 16-year-old actress has starred in the second highest grossing blockbuster of the year (“Maleficent”) and one of the most successful stop-motion animation releases of all time (“The Boxtrolls”), but she’s kept diversity alive by staring in humanistic Sundance dramas like “Young Ones” and Oscillioscope’s latest, “Low Down.” She’s already been on the radar for top-shelf directors like J.J. Abrams (“Super 8”), David Fincher (“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”), and Cameron Crowe (“We Bought A Zoo”), and respected auteurs like Sofia Coppola (“Somewhere”), Francis Ford Coppola (“Twixt”), and Sally Potter (the deeply underrated “Ginger & Rosa”). While the general public might not be hip to her yet, the secret is out on Fanning, perhaps the most talented actress of her generation; a young Meryl Streep who just keeps steadily adding to her impressive CV. »

- Rodrigo Perez

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Lens Flare Supercut Makes a Case for the Derided Effect

29 October 2014 5:28 PM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Remember when Disney announced that J.J. Abrams would direct Star Wars: Episode VII and all of Twitter lit up with lens flare jokes? (Not me. I made a Felicity joke.) Jacob T. Swinney thinks that (possible) overuse of the camera effect has led to an unfair devaluation of the camera effect. He writes,

Lens flares seem to catch a bad rap. While some are simply a stylistic element (and some are even mistakes), there are plenty of thoughtful and symbolic uses of light scattering through the lens. Here is a compilation showcasing the many different types and uses of lens flares in a variety of films. 

To prove that, he has made this compilation of purposeful, thoughtful lens flares throughout cinematic history. Or actually, mostly recent films with a few older ones thrown in for cred. Still, he makes a compelling case. Abrams even makes the list. The supercut is »

- Mily Dunbar

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John Williams Recording the Star Wars 7 Trailer in November?

27 October 2014 7:22 AM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

While no one quite knows when to expect the first teaser trailer for Star Wars: Episode VII, a new report claims that legendary composer John Williams is set to record new music for the film's first trailer next month!  Come inside to learn more and hear our thoughts on it.  

This latest scoop is coming from our friends over on Making Star Wars, and it pretty much coincides with some other rumors that have been floating around, along with some things I've been hearing as well.  Not too long ago, John Williams himself told people at a concert that he'd be working on the Star Wars: Episode VII score in "two weeks", meaning, technically he's working on it now.  

This can mean a lot of things, as composing takes time and he's likely just working on initial themes and music pieces, but maybe he was talking about something else.  Msw »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Jordan Maison)

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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

21 October 2014 10:08 AM, PDT | 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

21 October 2014 9:55 AM, PDT | 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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