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Sept 23

Nicolas Cage slept in Dracula's castle

Actor Nicolas Cage will go pretty far to find inspiration (image courtesy Contactmusic)

by Bang Showbiz

Nicolas Cage spent the night in Dracula's castle.

According to the 50-year-old actor's 'Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance' co-star, Idris Elba, Nicolas opted to stay in the fictional vampire's home to ''channel his energy'' while the pair filmed the movie in Romania, Transylvania.

During his recent 'Ask Me Anything' Q&A on Reddit, he said: ''Nic Cage came back one day on set and he looked a little bit tired, a little bit kind of like he'd been up all night. So I was like, 'Hey Nic, man, how you doing, man?' and he said 'I'm alright,' and I said, 'You seem a little spooked out,' and he said, 'Yeah man, I went up to Dracula's castle ... the ruins up in the mountains, and I stayed the night.'

''I said 'What?! Why?' and he said, 'I just had to channel the energy, and it was pretty spooky up there.'

''We were shooting in Romania, Transylvania, and he just went up there to spend the night, as you do. And then he walked away. True story.''

Continue Reading at: Contactmusic

Sept 21

Box office update: 'Maze Runner' rakes in $11 million Friday

A scene from the new YA movie 'Maze Runner' (image courtesy 20th Century Fox / Ben Rothestein)

By Nicole Sperling

The Maze Runner, the new YA adaptation that hit theaters Friday, chalked up an estimated $11 million for a first-place finish, proving that this over-saturated genre has life left in it yet. Populated with a slew of handsome young male actors led by Teen Wolf's Dylan O'Brien, The Maze Runner, based on the popular best-selling novel by James Dashner, is on track to pull in close to $30 million. (That's far better than The Giver, which opened in August to $12 million.) And with Twentieth Century Fox already deep into pre-production on the film's sequel, the early numbers have to come as a welcome relief for the studio.

Things aren't so rosy for the other new releases opening this weekend. Universal Pictures bowed the latest Liam Neeson-starrer A Walk Among the Tombstones in wide release, hoping to lure in the reliable Neeson fan base. But the ultra-violent R-rated drama from writer/director Scott Frank earned only an estimated $4.7 million Friday, for a likely finish in second place around $15 million - far lower than Neeson's recent outings.

The final new wide release of the bunch, Shawn Levy's star-studded This is Where I Leave You, doesn't seem to have the allure Warner Bros. was hoping for. Sure, the family dramedy starring Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, and Jane Fonda cost only $20 million, but the studio has been marketing it as a very big movie, trying to lure in discerning adult moviegoers. But middling reviews for the movie haven't helped its box office chances. The R-rated movie grossed an estimated $3.9 million Friday for an estimated three-day finish of $11 million.

Continue Reading at: Entertainment Weekly

Sept 20

"Olympus Has Fallen" Sequel Loses Director

Gerard Butler and Aaron Eckhart in a scene from 'Olympus Has Fallen' (image courtesy Millenium Films)

by The Hollywood Reporter

Back in August it was revealed that "London Has Fallen," which is a sequel to Gerard Butler's "Olympus Has Fallen," hired director Fredrik Bond (Charlie Countryman) with plans of starting production in October.

That didn't leave a lot of time for Bond to come aboard and get everything ready before cameras started rolling. And now comes word that the accelerated schedule scared Bond, who decided to drop out of the project.

Search for his replacement is already underway. It's expected that a new helmer will be hired within the next 72 hours.

There are other issues that the new director will have to keep in mind. Because of Butler's other obligations, "London Has Fallen" will shoot in October for four weeks with Morgan Freeman, Aaron Eckhart, Angela Bassett and Melissa Leo. Production will then shut down and pick up again in February, when Butler will become available.

"London Has Fallen" is set to hit theaters on October 2nd, 2015.

Continue Reading at: WorstPreviews

Sept 19

X-Men's Deadpool will get his own movie in 2016

Ryan Reynolds in a scene from the 2009 movie 'X-Men Origiins: Wolverine' (image courtesy 20th Century Fox)

By Kelly Lawler

Ryan Reynolds may get a chance to redeem himself for "The Green Lantern."

On Thursday, 20th Century Fox announced that the X-Men character Deadpool - who Reynolds played back in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," another superhero movie in need of redemption - will get his own movie post-haste. They've scheduled a Deadpool solo flick for a Feb. 12, 2016, release date - and Reynolds is rumored to reprise the role.

If you don't know who Deadpool, aka Wade Wilson, is, he's an awesome Mutant with a variety of powers, including the power to heal. News of the movie's release date comes a few weeks after test footage for the film leaked. That sequence featured Reynolds, who has been open about how much he wants this movie to be made.

"The movie has been in a state of limbo for a while. There was such an overpowering reaction to the footage, you sort of feel like, 'Oh, so we weren't crazy for our reasons for loving this character, for loving this role.' It's interesting to see the power of the Internet. It's awe-inspiring, actually," he recently told the Niagara Falls Review.

Continue Reading at: Detroit Free Press

Sept 18

Matthew McConaughey Won't Be Stripping Off For Magic Mike XXL

Reportedly, Matthew McConaughey's character Dallas won't be returning for Magic Mike XXL (image courtesy Warner Bros.)

While Channing Tatum pretty much promised fans that the whole cast of Magic Mike would be back for the follow-up XXL, director Gregory Jacobs has just confirmed Matthew McConaughey won't be stripping off for the sequel!

Matthew played the scene-stealing strip club entrepreneur Dallas in the 2012 movie, but it sounds like Jacobs has a very different vision for the hugely anticipated sequel - and that includes no Dallas.

Jacobs, who has taken over from original director Steven Soderbergh, confirmed the news in an interview with IndieWire this week, as shooting kicks off on the movie. The confirmation is a contradiction to what Channing told MTV earlier this year. When asked point blank if Matt would be back, Channing said: "I think everyone's gonna be back, I think, Obviously no one's deals are done which is always kind of scary." Matthew not returning for the second movie does make sense though, seeing as Channing's character Mike leaves Dallas, Alex Pettyfer's Adam and the Xquisite club behind at the end of the first film.

The good news is that Channing, Matt Bomer and Joe Manganiello are coming back, but the director is keen to warn fans that the new movie will be "very different."

"It's road trip movie and put it this way, it's different enough that once you see it you'll understand why we made a sequel," he said. "No one will be accusing us of making the same movie twice."

Continue Reading at: Entertainmentwise

Sept 18

Dan Aykroyd: I want Jason Statham for Ghostbusters

Dan Aykroyd in Ghostbusters (1984); Jason Statham in The Expendables (2010) (courtesy Telegraph / REX)

By Rebecca Hawkes

In an interview with the entertainment channel London Live, the Ghostbusters star and screenwriter Dan Aykroyd has revealed who he would like to see in a new Ghostbusters sequel.

"There is so much talent coming out of the UK but I would love to see Jason Statham as a Ghostbuster in some capacity. He's a lot of fun," said Aykroyd.

The actor also spoke about his plans to create a "Ghostbusters Universe", akin to the lucrative on-screen franchises created by Marvel and DC.

Aykroyd told London Live: "We're thinking, you know, much bigger than just the third movie, we're thinking, 'how can we make Ghostbusters last another 20 years?'"

He added: "My whole thinking with Ghostbusters now is, it's beyond just another sequel, a prequel, another TV show. I'm thinking what does the whole brand mean to Sony? What does Pixar and Star Wars mean to Disney? What does Marvel mean to Fox?"

"And all of us on the team now, the executives, the creatives, Ivan [Reitman, the director] and myself. We're thinking what do we build this thing into in the next 10 years?"

Continue Reading at: The Telegraph

Sept 16

George Clooney to be honoured with lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes

George Clooney to receive lifetime achievement award (image courtesy Getty)

by Antonia Molloy

George Clooney is to be honoured for his contribution to cinema as the recipient of the Cecil B DeMille Award at the Golden Globes in January, organisers announced on Monday.

The Oscar-winning actor, director and producer, 53, is one of Hollywood's leading figures ad has previously received three Golden Globe Awards.

The high profile awards ceremony is organised by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association; president Theo Kingma said Clooney had been selected for his "outstanding contributions both in front of and behind the camera".

Clooney's work as an actor has encompassed roles in Ocean's Eleven, Gravity and Syriana, for which he won an Academy Award. Meanwhile he has produced movies including last year's August: Osage County and Argo, which also earned him an Oscar.

Continue Reading at: The Independent

Sept 15

'The Imitation Game' wins top prize at Toronto International Film Festival

Benedict Cumberbatch taking pictures with his fans at the 2014 TIFF (image courtesy CP)

By Nick Patch

A biopic starring Benedict Cumberbatch as an ingenious British codebreaker and computer-science pioneer Alan Turing has won the top prize at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Director Morten Tyldum's "The Imitation Game" claimed the coveted Grolsch People's Choice Award at a Sunday morning brunch, held annually to mark the end of the 11-day movie marathon.

The film, which also stars Oscar nominee Keira Knightley and Matthew Goode, beat out first runner-up "Learning to Drive" - a dramedy about the unlikely friendship between Patricia Clarkson's newly separated book editor and her driving instructor, played by Ben Kingsley - and second runner-up "St. Vincent," which stars Bill Murray as the cantankerous caretaker of a young boy.

The crowd-pleasing "The Imitation Game," however, simply proved too compelling in a tough-to-predict year in which there was no clear front-runner for the festival's top award.

"It's a terrific story and it's a story that's not that well-known," festival artistic director Cameron Bailey said of the winning film following the announcement.

"You've got terrific direction - Morten Tyldum was here before with 'Headhunters' - and one of the best actors and stars in the world right now in Benedict Cumberbatch."

Continue Reading at: Montreal Gazette / CP

Sept 14

Kate Winslet comes to spotlight at Toronto Film Festival

Kate Winslet (far left) and members of the cast and crew of 'A Little Chaos' at the TIFF premiere (image courtesy Getty)

Kate Winslet stole the spotlight at the final Toronto International Film Festival's red carpet for the premiere of Alan Rickman's "A Little Chaos" on Saturday.

She was the center of attention and was highly praised by her fellow actors and director Rickman for her dedication to the role as a 17th-century revolutionary gardener who is commissioned to build and design King Louis XIV's garden at Versailles in the period romantic-drama.

"It's a story of two very unlikely people who come together. It's a meeting of minds, a colliding of souls, they really are kindred spirits," said Winslet, "and it was a very beautiful period, 17th-century France is absolutely delicious."

Winslet has taken on many challenging roles throughout her career, most notably in The Titanic where she spent weeks in water tanks to film the scenes.

"A Little Chaos" puts the actress back in a similar situation when her character, completely drenched, manually closes an aqueduct to prevent it from flooding the garden at Versailles.

It's nothing compared to the gruelling scenes in The Titanic, except for the fact that Winslet was pregnant at the time. But she didn't let that stop her.

"You should've seen me, as soon as those rain towers came out, I was like: yes, come on..." she said excitedly, "I'm wet, I'm pregnant and thank God I didn't really tell anyone."

Continue Reading at: GlobalPost / Xinhua News

Sept 12

Big-name actors, not titles, led TIFF 2014 buzz

Actor Jake Gyllenhaal poses at the gala for the film 'Nightcrawler' during the 2014 TIFF (image courtesy CP)

by Jake Coyle

This year's Toronto International Film Festival belonged to the actors.

Among the 300-plus films premiering at the annual movie feast - the north star to much of Hollywood's fall season and the continent's largest film fest - there were, of course, many terrific movies and a theatre's worth of fine filmmakers. But nothing captured the spotlight of this year's Toronto, which wraps up on Sunday, like the performances.

That's unlike many previous years where the loudest buzz from Toronto rang out for a freshly proclaimed masterpiece like "12 Years a Slave" or a stunning cinematic event like "Gravity," both of which left last year's festival hoisted upon the shoulders of enthusiastic Oscar prognosticators and awed moviegoers.

While likely best-picture nominees certainly played at Toronto, no movie quite stood out like those heavyweights or previous TIFF sensations like the Academy Award-winners "Slumdog Millionaire" or "The King's Speech." Instead, the applause was thickest for its stars, many of whom turned in memorable feats of transformation, reinvention and, yes, some pretty interesting hairdos.

Click the Continue Reading at link to read Jake Coyle's picks for some of the best talent at TIFF.

Continue Reading at: CTV / AP

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