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Mar 27

Kit Harington stars in new trailer for Spooks movie The Greater Good

by Rose Troup Buchanan

Kit Harington has appeared in the latest trailer for Spooks: The Greater Good.

The actor, best known for his role as Jon Snow on Game of Thrones, swaps battling wildlings for more covert operations as he plays former MI5 agent Will Holloway.

Lasting a minute and a half, the trailer opens with the escape of high ranking prisoner Adam Qasim (Elyes Gabel) as MI5 suffers "the most serious failure in the organisation’s history."

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In the trailer Pierce makes contact with Holloway, offering him a dangerous choice: turn him in – or trust the man who fired him from the Secret Service.

Written by Jonathan Brackley and Sam Vincent, with Bharat Nalluri behind the camera, the film will open on 8 May this year.

See the trailer here:

Continue Reading at: Independent

Mar 25

Entourage is back in first trailer for new movie... and they've brought a lot of celebrity friends!

By Kayleigh Giles

Just when we thought we couldn’t possibly have any more movies to get excited over this summer, Entourage has come along and slapped us in the face with a brand new trailer that will have us running to cinemas when the film is released later this year, and if you like your movies jam-packed with celebs then you'll definitely love this cameo-crazy affair!

The new trailer for the now HUGELY anticipated movie shows the Entourage gang back in action, with Vince (Adrian Grenier) taking a spin as a Hollywood movie director. The character has become highly ambitious in the years since he was last seen on the successful HBO comedy and is now looking to take charge of his own future, this time as a director. Though it isn’t all plain sailing for the protagonist as the trailer reveals he runs over his movie’s $100 million budget and has let everything spiral out of control. Typical, Vince!

Watch the trailer here:

Continue Reading at: Entertainmentwise

Mar 24

Jennifer Lawrence ending role as Mystique after X-Men: Apocalypse

The upcoming X-Men movie will be the last time Jennifer Lawrene looks like this (image courtesy Getty)
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Jennifer Lawrence says she won't be playing shape-shifting mutant Mystique any more in the X-Men prequels.

The Oscar-winning actress says she's giving up the role when asked by a reporter at the premiere of her new movie, Serena.

She told MTV: "It is my last one, actually."

Lawrence started playing a younger version of Mystique in X-Men: First Class in 2011 and reprised her role in last year's X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Her final film as Mystique will be X-Men: Apocalypse, which is out next year.

With a number of new mutants appearing again - Cyclops (Tye Sheridan), Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) and Storm (Alexandra Shipp) - the time could be right for Lawrence to step away from her role.

Continue Reading at: BBC

Mar 23

Find out what Mission: Impossible 5's official title is

It's mission accomplished as the latest Mission: Impossible film has been given its new title.

The fifth instalment of the action franchise, starring Tom Cruise as agent Ethan Hunt, has been revealed as Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.

Directed by Christopher McQuarrie, the film reunites Tom, Simon and Jeremy Renner with Ving Rhames, with new cast additions Rebecca Ferguson, Alec Baldwin and Sean Harris.

The fifth film sees Ethan and his team take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate, an international rogue organisation, as highly skilled as they are, committed to destroying the Impossible Mission Force (IMF).

See the teaser trailer here:

Continue Reading at: Irish Examiner

Mar 22

Box Office: 'Insurgent' Trailing 'Divergent' With $50 Million

Shailene Woodley in a scene from 'Insurgent' (image courtesy Lionsgate)
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by Maane Khatchatourian

"Insurgent" is diverging from the most recent estimates that had pegged it to take about $45 million in its opening weekend.

"The Divergent Series: Insurgent" is still trailing the first installment, last year's "Divergent," but is closing the gap as it looks to be headed for an opening weekend of $50 million-plus.

However, the film is short of initial estimates of nearly $60 million. "Insurgent" is also annihilating this weekend's other major new entry, Sean Penn's "The Gunman."

"Insurgent" made $21.3 million on Friday at the U.S. box office - just $1.5 million shy of the Friday numbers delivered by "Divergent" this weekend last year, when the film opened to No. 1 with $54.6 million. It went on to haul in $151 million at the domestic box office ($288.7 million worldwide).

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Disney's "Cinderella" was runner-up, bringing in $9.5 million on Friday. It's headed for just under $35 million in its second weekend - down 49% from its magical $67.9 million debut – raising its cume to $122 million.

Open Road's "The Gunman" fell short of its already modest expectations, launching to $1.8 million on Friday. The action thriller is shooting for $5 million this weekend in a close race with Fox's "Kingsman: The Secret Service," which continues to impress in its sixth weekend in theaters.

Continue Reading at: Variety

Mar 21

Sarah Polley is working on a 'Little Women' film remake

Sarah Polley is reportedly writing and/or directing the new Little Women film (image courtesy Getty)

Canadian actress and director Sarah Polley is reportedly working on a film adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's classic novel, Little Women. Though it's not yet known whether the Oscar-nominated filmmaker, who directed Away from Her and the documentary Stories We Tell, will write, direct or star in the project, fans are already eagerly anticipating the remake – and making bets over potential casting choices.

Little Women is a coming-of-age novel that centres on the lives of four sisters – Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March – as they experience life growing up in the United States in the 1860s. There have been three film adaptions of the beloved book so far, though there hasn't been a remake for more than 20 years.

A 1994 version (starring Winona Ryder as Joe and Claire Danes as Beth) catapulted many stars to fame, including Oscar-winning actor Christian Bale, who played the March sisters' rich next-door neighbour, Laurie, and Kristen Dunst, who played a younger Amy.

Continue Reading at: Hello Magazine

Mar 20

Morena Baccarin Confirms Copycat Role in 'Deadpool'

Actress Morena Baccarin and her upcoming alter ego (image courtesy Just Jared)

Morena Baccarin has just confirmed her role in the upcoming film Deadpool!

The 35-year-old actress will be taking on the role of "Vanessa," who is most likely the comics' Vanessa Geraldine Carlysle, the shapeshifting mutant Copycat.

Morena posted a pic of her on-set chair back and wrote on Twitter, "Let's do this."

The film, also starring Ryan Reynolds and Gina Carano, is set to open in theaters on February 12, 2016.

Continue Reading at: Just Jared

Mar 19

Hutcherson, Braff for James Franco film

Josh Hutcherson of 'Hunger Games' fame is now working with James Franco (image courtesy Getty)

The Hunger Games' Josh Hutcherson, Twilight star Ashley Greene and Zach Braff have been added to the all-star cast for James Franco's film In Dubious Battle.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actors join Bryan Cranston, Selena Gomez, Robert Duvall, Ed Harris, Nat Wolff, John Savage and Danny McBride in Franco's big-screen adaptation of John Steinbeck's 1936 novel.

In Dubious Battle will follow an activist who becomes involved with the contentious labour movement in America in the 1930s.

Principal photography has begun in Georgia, with the film expected to be released later this year.

Continue Reading at: RTE

Mar 17

Insidious Chapter 3 gets new trailer premiere tease

The first teaser trailer for the horror prequel Insidious Chapter 3 was already revealed back in the October of last year, but for those that are awaiting the release of the movie, a new trailer premiere tease has now been made available.

Naturally we have embedded that trailer premiere tease for Insidious Chapter 3 for your viewing consideration below, although the very short teaser doesn’t really offer that much in the way of frights, but does offer up some new footage from the movie.

Set before the haunting of the Lambert family, Insidious Chapter 3 shows how gifted psychic Elise Rainier, played by Lin Shaye, agrees to use her talents to contact the dead to help teenage girl Quinn Brenner, played by Stefanie Scott, who is being targeted by a strange supernatural entity.

Written and directed by Leigh Whannell, along with those mentioned above, Insidious Chapter 3 co-stars Dermot Mulroney, Angus Sampson, Leigh Whannell, Tate Berney, Steve Coulter, Corbett Tuck, Hayley Kiyoko, and Ele Keats.

Continue Reading at: Inentertinament

Mar 16

Disney's "Cinderella" Dominates at Box Office

Disney's live-action "Cinderella" adaptation took first place at the domestic box office, grossing $70 million, which marks the best opening for director Kenneth Branagh (Thor) and a continuation of Disney's fairy-tale success that includes "Maleficent" and "Alice in Wonderland."

Thanks to international box office, including a record-breaking $25 million in China, "Cinderella" ended up with a global opening of $132 million. Many believe the result was helped by Disney's "Frozen" short film, called "Frozen Fever," which screened in front of "Cinderella."

"Cinderella" cost $95 million to make, which means that it's already a hit. It has an impressive 84% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes.

Landing in second place at the box office was Liam Neeson's "Run All Night" action film, which opened to only $11 million, the worst opening for the actor since he became a leading action star. "Run All Night" cost $50 million to make, which means it will rely on international box office to break even.

Unfortunately, the movie only managed to bring in $6.6 million from overseas for a worldwide debut of $17.6 million. "Run All Night" has a 59% fresh rating.

Continue Reading at: Worstpreviews.com

Mar 16

'Mallrats 2' Is Happening! Kevin Smith Confirms Sequel

by Brian Gallagher

Director Kevin Smith teased in a tweet few days ago the he may be working on a sequel to his 1995 comedy Mallrats, which failed at the box office but went on to gain a cult following after its release on home video formats. During a radio interview with Rock 102 KMFA, the filmmaker confirmed that Mallrats 2 is in fact happening. Here's what he had to say.

"It has a script right now and we're pulling out loot together. We have got up until the beginning of 2016, so by the time we get to May 2016, we should be shooting. It kind of came out of nowhere. Lately I've been doing this thing where it's like, 'Well, do you want to do what's good for your career, or do you want to have fun?' Nobody is clamoring for a Mallrats sequel, but I'd love to make one. I had a cool idea and a bunch of investors that were like, 'Do it' so here we are."

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Of course, we don't know anything about the story at this point, or if original Mallrats stars Jeremy London, Jason Lee, Shannen Doherty, Claire Forlani, Joey Lauren Adams and Ben Affleck will return. You may recall that Jason Lee's Brody did pop up in 2001's Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, where he owned his own comic book store.

Continue Reading at: Movieweb.com

Mar 15

'Cinderella' was the belle of Friday's box office ball

A scene from the live action version of 'Cinderella' (image courtesy Disney)
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By Mike Boehm

It's apparently true what they say about how advantageous it can be to have a fairy godmother.

Disney's live-action "Cinderella" lapped the field in Friday's domestic box office returns estimated by Box Office Mojo, raking in $23 million.

"Run All Night," an action thriller from Warner Bros. starring Liam Neeson, ran a very distant second at $3.9 million.

Cinderella, starring Lily James as the rags-to-royalty heroine and Helena Bonham Carter as the fairy godmother who makes it all possible, is expected to ride its family appeal and enormous, centuries-old cultural footprint to $65 million in its opening weekend. The Friday gross already put it over a third of the way there.

Continue Reading at: Los Angeles Times

Mar 13

Kristen Bell's 'Dreams really do come 2' as 'Frozen 2' plan goes public

Kristen Bell at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills on Feb. 22 (image courtesy AFP / Getty)

By Christie D'Zurilla

Doesn't look as though Kristen Bell is balking at the notion of "Frozen 2."

"Dreams really do come 2!!! #FROZEN2 #itsofficial," the voice of the original film's Anna tweeted Thursday along with a picture of herself "dreaming" on a bag of ice.

"I would play Anna forever if they would let me," Bell told CBS News in a recent interview. "Not only do I enjoy the character and how much people love her, but I enjoy the team -- the physical production team that I get to work with."

She called the folks behind the animated blockbuster "super talented and super kind."

But about the whole thing where "Frozen" is the top-grossing animated film ever? "There was no way to ever predict that the audiences will react the way that they did and connect to it so much," she said.

Continue Reading at: Los Angeles Times

Mar 11

Tim Burton 'to direct' live-action Dumbo


Tim Burton [pictured] is to direct a new live-action version of the Disney film Dumbo, according to reports.

The 1941 film told the tale of a young elephant who is mocked for his large ears which he learns to use to fly.

Burton's version will use a mix of CGI and live action, said the Hollywood Reporter.

His re-imagined Alice in Wonderland earned $1.02bn (£677m) worldwide while last year's Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie, made $758.4m (£503.5).

That film told the story of the villainess from the 1969 Disney animation Sleeping Beauty.

The screenplay for the new Dumbo is being written by Transformers: Dark of the Moon's Ehren Kruger.

CPO Editor's note: See the story on March 7th below which also speaks to Disney's push on live-action remakes.

Continue Reading at: BBC

Mar 10

New all-male Ghostbusters might gain Chris Pratt

You’ll probably know by now that a new all-male Ghostbusters movie is set to follow the all-female Ghostbusters reboot, a film that will be directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, and the hope is that Channing Tatum will star as one of the Ghostbusters.

However, it appears that Tatum might not be the only Hollywood superstar to take on a Ghostbusters role in the new reboot, as the latest rumour has it that Guardians of the Galaxy, and Jurassic World star, Chris Pratt might join Channing Tatum, reports Cinema Blend.

This rumour comes via 'unnamed confidential source at Sony' that have apparently revealed that the idea of the new Ghostbusters movie being 'all-male' is a bit of a misconception, but it will feature at its centre two of Hollywood's biggest actors.

According to the article, the reason Chris Pratt might team up with Channing Tatum for the all-male Ghostbusters movie, is that Pratt and Tatum are buddies, and are looking for a project they can get together on, and if the rumour is true, it looks like Sony is going to provide that vehicle in the new Ghostbusters movie.

Continue Reading at: inentertainment

Mar 9

American Sniper takes top domestic movie of 2014 title from Mockingjay Part 1

A scene from 'American Sniper' (image courtesy Warner Bros.)
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Back at the beginning of this year it was reported that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 had become the biggest Hollywood domestic hit of 2014. However, Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper has now taken that particular title from Mockingjay Part 1.

The biographical war movie American Sniper has now become the favourite movie of moviegoers in 2014 due to garnering 337.2 million dollars since its debut back in December, reports Variety.

The biopic about Navy Seal Chris Kyle has a budget of 58.8 million dollars, and by pulling in 337.2 million brings a substantial return on the studio’s investment, and that figure puts American Sniper ahead of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, which held the top movie title previously by pulling in 336.8 million dollars.

American Sniper only received a limited release in December 2014 so it qualified for the Oscars, and then received a wide release on the 16th of January 2015, so some Hunger Games fans might consider the movie a 2015 film rather than a 2014 film.

Although American Sniper has managed to pick up the domestic top movie title, it won’t be able to take the global top movie title from Transformers: Age of Extinction, which pulled in an impressive 1.1 billion dollars globally.

Continue Reading at: inentertainment

Mar 7

Disney's 'Cinderella' the next step in a long line of live-action reinventions

Lily James in titular role of "Cinderella" (image courtesy Disney)
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By Bruce Kirkland

Kenneth Branagh is understandably thrilled about how well his live action version of Cinderella has turned out. He is also keenly aware that, at Walt Disney Studios, Cinderella is not just a stand-alone movie but part of a master plan.

Originally stirred by the 1996 success of its live-action version of 101 Dalmatians, and more critically buoyed by the phenomenal billion-dollar success of Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland in 2010, Disney is digging into its animation vaults on a regular basis. There they find the raw material for remakes, re-imaginings and spinoff stories.

Branagh says it is only natural to explore the animated classics "if you believe, as Disney does, that this is a bit of a treasure trove and always has been!" The Irish-born actor-filmmaker also is confident that Disney is in control of their properties more than most studios: "They have had this monopoly on the animated classics, even though these stories are in the public domain. They do somehow have a unique relationship with them and I think they hope to reinvent that each time, whether it is a modern take on something or an animated take."

In the case of Cinderella, Branagh's version combines modern gender politics with an enchanted setting. "I think this one," Branagh says of the status that Cinderella holds at Disney, "was particularly important because that castle for the original movie is bang in the middle of their theme parks. It is a bit of their DNA!"

Continue Reading at: Toronto Sun

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