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Oct 1

Tetris to become movie blockbuster

A version of Tetris playable on cell phones (image courtesy Getty)

Tetris, the classic video game that involves slotting shaped blocks together, is to be turned into a movie.

The game will provide the inspiration for an "epic sci-fi story", according to film company Threshold Entertainment.

The company adapted the game Mortal Kombat into a movie in 1995.

The simple but addictive Tetris is not an obvious choice for the big screen treatment - though that did not stop Lego spawning a movie this year.

Threshold Entertainment chairman Larry Kasanoff, who will produce the film, said: "Everyone knows that Tetris is one of the best known, most beloved brands in the world.

"What everyone doesn't know yet is this epic sci-fi story that we're going to tell. That's what's really exciting." Henk Rogers, managing director of The Tetris Company, said the film would "re-imagine that common experience and bring a spectacular new Tetris universe to the big screen".

He added: "In this new universe, as you'll soon find out, there's much more to Tetris than simply clearing lines."

Tetris was created by Alexey Pajitnov in 1984 and is now played online more than a billion times a year.

Continue Reading at: BBC

Sept 39

Affleck shrugs off Batman criticism

The 42-year-old actor was asked by the Today show's Matt Lauer how he felt about the mixed reaction from fans when it was announced he would be playing the Caped Crusader in Zack Snyder's Batman v Superman movie.

Ben - whose last superhero outing as Daredevil in 2003 was a box office flop - said: "We have these cultural stories that people have attachments to. They care very much about it, the fans have imagined it, they write fan fiction, and they get very into it and they're certainly entitled to those feelings.

"This is the movie that more than any other movie combined, people come up to me and are really excited about.

"So to have all this attention, some of it is positive, and some of it is negative, I think in the end the truth is, you make the movie and the movie works or it doesn't."

The actor and director - who is currently promoting David Fincher's Gone Girl in which he stars as a man suspected of killing his missing wife - also revealed how much his new Batsuit had cost for the movie.

He told US show Live with Kelly and Michael: "I asked them, 'So, how about maybe taking the suit home at the end of this thing?

"They were like, 'For 100,000 dollars we could!'."

Continue Reading at: The Irish Independent

Sept 29

Robin Williams Memorial: Actorís Children, Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg Give 'Tearful' Tributes

Robin Williams died on August 11 at the age of 63 (image courtesy WENN)

Robin Williams was remembered yesterday during a touching memorial service in San Francisco with reports claiming his widow, three children and celebrity friends including Billy Crystal and Whoopi Goldberg, spoke to say kind words about the late actor who died last month.

Hundreds of the late 63-year-old's friends and family are said to have attended the service held at the iconic Curran Theatre on Saturday, including his wife Susan Schneider and children Zak, 31, Zelda, 25, and Cody, 22. According to the New York Daily News, Billy Crystal opened the ceremony, which was dubbed the Celebration of Life, with a teary speech. "It was a true celebration from beginning to end. It was emotional, but it was also filled with incredible laughter," a source told the publication.

"Whoopi told an amazing anecdote about when Billy, Robin and she went to Washington D.C. to meet Ted Kennedy. It was something about Robin saying, 'Okay, if Ted says he'll drive, let's regroup. Whoopi could barely get through it she was laughing so hard." Williams' children are then said to have taken to the stage individually to give their speeches, as did his widow Susan. "Everyone had anecdotes. It was really special. It was an amazing and fitting tribute for an incredible person," the source revealed.

Continue Reading at: Entertainmentwise

Sept 28

Denzel Washington's 'Equalizer' tops box office

Denzel Washington in a scene from the new film 'The Equalizer' (image courtesy Columbia Pictures)
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"The Equalizer," a thriller starring Denzel Washington as a man who helps rescue a teen girl under the control of Russian gangsters, debuted in the top spot on U.S. and Canadian movie charts over the weekend with $35 million in ticket sales.

Young adult drama "The Maze Runner" dropped to second place after winning the box office race last weekend. "Maze Runner" earned $17.5 million at domestic theaters from Friday through Sunday, according to tracking firm Rentrak.

Quirky animated movie "The Boxtrolls," starring grunting green monsters that wear cardboard, finished third in its opening weekend, grossing $17.3 million.

Continue Reading at: Reuters

Sept 28

Gone Girl star Ben Affleck stopped Argo follow up to star in David Fincher thriller

Ben Affleck playing Nick Dunne in this scene from upcoming thriller 'Gone Girl' (image courtesy 20th Century Fox)
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Ben Affleck was so determined to star in Gone Girl that he pushed back production on his latest film to work on the thriller, according to director David Fincher.

The actor was working on Live by Night, his first project in the director's chair since 2012's Oscar-winning Argo, but he put it aside to star in Fincherís film.

Fincher says that the actor was determined to get the role of tormented husband Nick Dunne, who is hounded by the media after his wife goes missing.

Following some initial uncertainty over Affleck's huge profile, Fincher gave the 42-year-old star the role due to his experiences with the media.

"Ben went through a period of his life where he was fodder; I guess he still is in a weird way. And you wonder, 'When will they let him off?' But it's really good to have somebody who understands how nutty that is," Fincher told The Guardian.

Gone Girl has been adapted from the best-selling novel by former journalist Gillian Flynn and is a tale of intrigue and domestic discord. Affleck stars opposite British actress Rosamund Pike, who plays his wife Amy, and Neil Patrick Harris.

Continue Reading at: The Independent

Sept 27

John Cusack: Hollywood 'sucks most of the time'

Actor John Cusack doesn't like the scene in Hollywood too much (image courtesy AFP / Getty)

The 48-year-old actor co-stars alongside Twilight's Robert Pattinson in Maps to the Stars, David Cronenberg's drama that satirises a celebrity-obsessed Hollywood.

"You can't make it up," Cusack told The Guardian, when asked about Hollywood and its current climate. "It's a whorehouse and people go mad."

Cusack lauded Pattinson for how he has handled his career, claiming today's industry is more difficult for younger actors to navigate than it was in previous generations.

"People would look after you when I was a kid," Cusack said. "There were good people in the business. When I came to L.A., Rob Reiner said: 'Come stay at my house.' He taught me."

"I worked with (Al) Pacino [in 1996 crime drama City Hall]. Pacino would talk to you and mentor you. Now it's different. The culture just eats young actors up and spits them out."

Cusack explained how getting old is no better. "I got another 15, 20 years before they say I'm old. For women it's brutal. I have actress friends who are being put out to pasture at 29."

"They just want to open up another can of hot 22. It's becoming almost like kiddie porn."

Cusack added that he's turned his attention toward independent films in part to escape the dysfunctional studio system.

Continue Reading at: RTE

Sept 26

'Jupiter Ascending' Gearing Up For 2015 Release With Colorful New Poster


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by Zach Seemayer

The upcoming sci-fi epic Jupiter Ascending is on the rise, and has released this exciting poster as it gears up for its release early next year.

The film stars Channing Tatum as the intergalactic assassin warrior Caine who comes to earth with an assignment from the Queen of the Universe to kill some random human woman, played by Mila Kunis. But when it turns out that she may be more than just a destitute Earthling, Caine decided to risk his life to save hers.

It began as one of the most hotly anticipated sci-fi films of 2014, but some insider politics and panic over the film's large budget saw Jupiter Ascending pushed back from its original summer release date to the doldrums of the early months of 2015.

It's unclear if the move was due to the film needing more post-production time or Warner Bros. getting cold feet and losing faith that the mega-budget sci-fi saga could hold its own against summer blockbusters.

One source of the studio's possible fear is that Jupiter Ascending is a totally original project. It's not based on a comic, it's not a remake, and it has no video game tie-ins (yet.) Because of this, there is no perceived built-in audience. With an estimated budget of $175 million, it's not hard to understand why Warner Bros. would want as little competition as possible for the film's release.

Watch the trailer here:

Continue Reading at: E Online

Sept 26

'Captain America' sequel tops 2014 gaffes list

Actor Chris Evans as Captain America (image courtesy Marvel)

by WENN

Superhero movie Captain America: The Winter Soldier is on course to be the most mistake-laden film of the year.

Eagle-eyed cinema-goers have spotted 50 gaffes in the Chris Evans movie, putting it way ahead of its closest rival Divergent, which has just 26.

Howlers in the hit blockbuster include visibly pulled punches, guide marks on the floor of a hospital to show the actors where to stand, a car being driven in neutral gear, and dozens of continuity errors.

The superhero film is way out in front on the list compiled by bosses at Moviemistakes.com. Other 2014 films on the 'list of shame' include The Wolf of Wall Street, with 18 errors, and Frozen, with 16.

Continue Reading at: The Toronto Sun

Sept 25

Liam Neeson and Morgan Freeman to star in Ted 2

Actors Liam Neeson and Morgan Freeman have joined the cast of comedy Ted 2 (images courtesy Getty)
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"Yesterday Liam Neeson, today Morgan Freeman. Not a bad week for #Ted2," tweeted the film's director and writer Seth MacFarlane, on Wednesday.

The pair will star alongside Mark Wahlberg and Amanda Seyfried in the sequel, due out in June 2015.

The film sees MacFarlane reprise his role as the voice of the lewd, overgrown teddy bear. The original 2012 film made $549.4m (£281.5m) worldwide.

It reportedly became the highest-grossing original, R-rated comedy of all time.

Continue Reading at: BBC

Sept 24

Jeremy Renner Teases Captain America 3 Role

Jeremy Renner on the set of 'Avengers' (image courtesy Marvel / WENN)

Jeremy Renner appears to have confirmed that we'll be seeing his character Hawkeye in Captain America 3.

The Avengers star dropped a very heavy hint during an interview with our counterparts across the pond at MTV.com.

He let it slip when he was asked whether we might expect a Hawkeye standalone movie anytime soon.

"I'm happy to be the ensemble," he told us. "I'm not scratching or clawing to do a solo movie by any means.

"I think he's a utility guy that can bounce around into other people's universes a little bit, especially Cap 3. There's whispers of that."

Renner is set to pop up as Hawkeye for the third time in Avengers: Age Of Ultron next summer.

Continue Reading at: MTV UK

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

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