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Jan 29

He'll Be Back! Terminator: Genisys Gets a New Super Bowl Ad—Watch Now!

by Francesca Bacardi

The long-awaited return of the Terminator is finally here!

The Arnold Schwarzenegger-starring film, Terminator: Genisys, has unveiled a new trailer that will be officially aired during Sunday's Super Bowl, and it is anything but a snooze fest! The action-packed clip teases a new villain, a new threat and a new mission!

"I've been waiting for you," Arnold says. No, Arnold, we've been waiting for you.

The movie also stars Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, J.K. Simmons and Matt Smith. It is set to be released on July 1, 2015, as one of our major summer blockbusters.

Check out the trailer you'll see during the Superbowl right now:

Continue Reading at: E Online!

Jan 29

'Ted 2' trailer released: Mark Wahlberg helps his teddy bear pal become a dad

BY Kirthana Ramisetti

Even though "Ted 2" has yet to hit theaters, it already has its own hashtag: #LegalizeTed.

The reason why becomes clear when watching the official trailer for the the follow-up to the hit 2012 comedy, which debuted online Thursday.

The sequel finds Ted (voiced by the film's co-writer/director Seth MacFarlane) tying the knot with his girlfriend Tami-Lynn, with his "thunder buddy" John (Mark Wahlberg) serving as his best man.

But the teddy bear and his new wife run into trouble when they learn they are legally barred from starting a family because Ted isn't considered a person.

Watch the trailer here:

Continue Reading at: NY Daily News

Jan 28

Could Chris Pratt be the next "Indiana Jones"?

Chris Pratt attends the 2014 March of Dimes' "Celebration of Babies" benefit last December (image courtesy Getty)
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By Jessica Derschowitz

Everything continues to be awesome for Chris Pratt.

The "Parks and Recreation" star was a box office hit last year with "Guardians of the Galaxy" and "The Lego Movie," will face off with dinosaurs in the upcoming "Jurassic World" and has generally kept everyone delighted with his French-braiding, Eminem-rapping, Super Bowl bet-making antics.

As if all of that wasn't enough, he's reportedly in contention to land another massive, fan-beloved film franchise -- one that includes a certain whip and fedora.

According to Deadline, Disney is looking to revive "Indiana Jones" after buying the rights from Paramount Pictures in 2013, and has its sights on Pratt to play the role made famous by Harrison Ford.

The studio wouldn't comment, and things are reportedly in the very early stages. As Deadline's Mike Fleming Jr. puts it, "Let's chalk it up as a dishy informed rumor for now and keep an eye on it." Noted.

Continue Reading at: CBS

Jan 28

Meet the new all-female Ghostbusters

The female cast of the new Ghostbusters, Kristen Wiig (from left), Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon (image courtesy Getty / BBC)
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Who ya gonna call?

If you're the director of the Ghostbusters reboot, Paul Feig, you pick up the phone and hire some stars you've worked with before.

Cue the new, all-female cast for the remake of the hit 1980s film that will be in cinemas next year.

Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon have been picked to strap on a backpack and go spook hunting in New York City.

Newsbeat takes a look at where the female Ghostbusters have come from - and how they match up with the original cast.

Click the Continue Reading at link to read Newsbeat's look at the cast of the new Ghostbusters.

Continue Reading at: BBC

Jan 26

SAG Awards 2015: 'Birdman' feathers its nest as Oscars nears

Eddie Redmayne, left, and Michael Keaton at the 21st Screen Actors Guild Awards (image courtesy LAT)
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By Rebecca Keegan

"Birdman" won the Screen Actors Guild's cast award, nudging the Broadway-set black comedy to favorite status in this year's increasingly wide-open Oscar race.

The SAG Awards win Sunday comes after "Birdman" collected nine Oscar nominations earlier this month - tying with "The Grand Budapest Hotel" for the most of any film - and on the same weekend that the Fox Searchlight movie won the Producers Guild of America's top honor.

"Birdman" beat out "Boyhood," "The Grand Budapest Hotel," "The Imitation Game" and "The Theory of Everything" for SAG's movie ensemble prize.

"This is the ultimate team sport," said Michael Keaton, accepting "Birdman's" award on stage at the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles, before passing the microphone to the rest of the film's actors, in a series of speeches that rolled on like one of director Alejandro G. Iñárritu's film's long, kinetic takes in the film.

In selecting "Birdman," the actors' union acknowledged the work of a large cast of stars, including Emma Stone, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton and Naomi Watts, on a set with a high level of difficulty because of continuous takes during shooting.

Continue Reading at: Los Angeles Times

Jan 26

Seekers of the Hollywood Sign disrupt nearby neighborhood

Near the Hollywood sign tourists block the roads and generally cause havoc according to residents (image courtesy AP)
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By JOHN ROGERS

Like pilgrims flocking to a holy shrine, they come from all over the world to pay homage, not to a deity but to something similar - the people they see on TV and in the movies.

They are the seekers of the Hollywood Sign, that symbol of the Land of the Rich and Famous. And just like those on pilgrimages to St. Peter's Basilica in Rome or the Acropolis in Greece, they press to get as close as they can to the immortality of fame that it represents.

Unlike visitors to other sites, however, Hollywood Sign seekers can't just take a bus or join a tour group. Arriving at the sign that towers magnificently over Los Angeles' skyline requires traipsing through a densely populated hillside neighborhood of 20,000 people, one dotted by multimillion-dollar homes located on steep, narrow, almost impassable canyon roads.

"There will probably be 10,000 of them here this weekend," said Guy Pohlman in a voice echoing a mixture of foreboding and disgust as he stood in front of his home just a few doors down from a once-secret back way to the closest hiking trail to the sign atop a mountain peak in LA's sprawling Griffith Park.

"I've seen people stand on my wall to get a picture," Pohlman said. "I've seen them stand on my neighbor's garage. I've seen them stop in the middle of the street and stand on their cars. They block our emergency vehicles. They block our mail delivery."

Sometimes they get stuck at the top of Pohlman's narrow street and struggle to turn around without bashing into a neighbor's wall. Sometimes a resident comes out of a house to scream at them to go away.

But still they come.

Continue Reading at: Washington Top News / AP

Jan 25

Box office report: 'American Sniper' wins again

Bradley Cooper stars in the title role of 'American Sniper' (image courtesy Warner Bros. / Keith Bernstein)
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By Ariana Bacle

Last weekend, American Sniper stunned - and broke all kinds of January records - by bringing in $107.2 million. And its successful run continued this weekend: The Clint Eastwood-directed war movie earned $64.4 million (a mere 28 percent drop) and beat out the weekend’s three wide releases to stay at the top of the box office.

Sniper got tons of coverage in the press this past week thanks to its astounding opening weekend, something that surely drove viewers to theaters to see what the fuss is all about. That buzz combined with the film’s six Oscar nominations - announced the day before its Jan. 16 wide release - ensured a strong second weekend.

American Sniper‘s box office success is a telling example of how any press is good press: The film has been surrounded by a fair amount of controversy related to its political stance, and on a less serious note, was the subject of quite a bit of mockery after viewers pointed out a scene involving a fake baby that soon went viral. These factors didn’t seem to affect much in terms of ticket sales though, and if anything, they helped out the movie by increasing awareness of it.

Not everyone went to see American Sniper though. Newcomer The Boy Next Door, a thriller starring Jennifer Lopez, took the number two spot with $15 million, nearly quadrupling its reported $4 million production budget. That’s a big upgrade from Lopez’s most recent film before this, Parker. The $35 million thriller opened this same weekend two years ago with a weak $7 million.

Continue Reading at: Entertainment Weekly

Jan 23

X-Men Apocalypse: Bryan Singer Confirms Game Of Thrones Actress Sophie Turner Will Play Jean Grey

Sophie Turner will play Jean Grey in X-Men: Apocolypse (image courtesy WENN)

By Adam Miller

Marvel's X-Men: Apocalypse is shaping up to be the most exciting movie in the franchise yet! Director Bryan Singer just shared some very exciting information that will have Marvel fans marking down the days until its 2016 release, revealing the three new actors who will be playing Jean Grey, Cyclops and Storm in Apocalypse, via his Twitter page.

Singer, whose future as director was called into question when he was accused of sexual assault last year, claims which have now been dropped, looks like he's concentrating on the next installment of the hugely successful franchise and following news Channing Tatum will probably be joining the cast as Gambit, we've got some other new faces in the mutan world.

The most recognisable name on the list, if you’re a Game Of Thrones fan at least, is Sophie Turner or Sansa Sark to those of you more familiar with her GoT on screen character. She replaces Famke Janssen, who played the telepathic mutant Jean Grey in all three of the original X-Men pictures as well as returning for a brief role in 2014’s X-Men Days of Future Past; the prequel to the prequel First Class.

She’ll be joined by Tye Sheridan who stars as a young Cyclops, not to be mistaken with the young Cyclops who appeared in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. The events of Wolverine ended up being completely wiped out as a result of last year’s of Future Past. So it’s a fresh start and a fresh Cyclops! Sheridan is best known for his roles in the Terrence Malick head-scratching arthouse picture Tree of Life and Joe where he starred along Nicholas Cage. Cyclops was originally played by James Marsden in X-Men’s one through to three but was killed off in 2006’s The Last Stand.

And finally Singer’s latest addition to the X-Men class of 2016 is Alexandra Shipp whose name may be familiar from last year’s Aaliyah biopic for Lifetime. The 23-year-old starred as the RnB icon in last year’s dire TV movie but will surely find her big break in next year’s Apocalypse where she’ll be taking over Halle Berry’s role as a young Storm.

Continue Reading at: EntertainmentWise

Jan 22

Simon Pegg Is Boldly Going To Write Star Trek 3

Cast and crew of Star Trek: Into Darkness at the London premiere last year (image courtesy MTV)
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Get ready for a geek-gasm Trekkies (or is it Trekkers?), because it seems Simon Pegg is going to be writing Star Trek 3.

The 44-year-old British star of Shaun Of The Dead and Hot Fuzz, who also plays Scotty in the rebooted sci-fi franchise, is claimed by The Hollywood Reporter to be teaming up with Doug Jung to pen the script for the threequel.

Roberto Orci had been engaged to write and direct - but abandoned ship late last year, with Justin Lin being beamed aboard as the new director.

THR claims that Paramount is still hoping to hit its summer 2016 release date for the third instalment of the revived TV and movie franchise.

JJ Abrams directed the first two movies in the new series but was poached by Lucasfilm to make Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Continue Reading at: MTV UK

Jan 22

'Star Wars' spin-off testing actresses

by AFP

The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Rooney Mara, Tatiana Maslany and Felicity Jones are among those eyed for the female lead in one of Disney's planned Star Wars spin-off movies.

The website indicates that Tatiana Maslany, one of the stars of the series Orphan Black, is currently testing for the female lead in the Star Wars spin-off to be helmed by Gareth Edwards, the director of the 2014 Godzilla remake.

Rooney Mara, who headlined David Fincher's Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in 2014, and Felicity Jones, who is nominated for an Oscar for her role in The Theory of Everything, are expected to undergo auditions for the same role over the coming days.

Meanwhile, the plot details of this stand-alone spin-off remain a mystery. Rumours indicate that Han Solo or Princess Leia might be the protagonist of the feature, which is due to hit theaters in late 2016.

Continue Reading at: iafrica.com

Jan 20

Netflix to offer 'The Interview'

A scene from the controversial movie 'The Interview' (image courtesy Sony)
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By Esther Zuckerman

If you have yet to see The Interview, it will now be available on yet another platform: Netflix. According to the streaming service's investor letter, the movie will hit Netflix this Saturday Jan. 24. Hard to think that at one point it seemed like this movie wasn't going to see the light of day.

Despite the fact that the theatrical release of the film was initially canceled following a threat from hackers, the James Franco and Seth Rogen comedy was released online for rental and sale Christmas Eve on a variety of platforms. It also received limited theatrical release at that time. The movie has grossed over $40 million through rental or purchase online and via cable, satellite, and telecom providers, Sony announced today.

The movie made just over $6 million theatrically. A "Freedom Edition" DVD and Blu-Ray will be on sale starting Feb. 17.

Continue Reading at: Entertainment Weekly

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