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Study: Parents and MPAA Raters Can Be Desensitized to Sex and Violence in Film

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - 5 hours 40 min ago

Movies that might have been rated R a few decades ago are actually less violent than movies that are rated PG-13 today

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Paskaljevic to direct Dev Bhoomi

Film Industry News - 6 hours 35 min ago
Serbian director Goran Paskaljevic is planning to shoot Indo-Serbian co-production Dev Bhoomi, starring Victor Banerjee, in India next March.
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Juliette Lewis: Police Need to Investigate Misty Upham's Death, She Had "Known Enemies"

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - 9 hours 12 min ago

Lewis fears that Upham's death may be linked to her speaking out about the Native American community

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Film News: Film News from Empire Magazine (@empiremagazine): Fury Fights To The Top Of The US Box Office

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FEINBERG FORECAST: The Oscar Landscape Post-Hamptons, Pre-AFI

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Sun, 19/10/2014 - 22:43

'The Imitation Game' prevailed in the Hamptons, 'Fury' and 'Birdman' soared at the box office and 'Black and White' found a distributor during a busy week in the race

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Global Box Office: 'Gone Girl' Races Past $200M; 'Annabelle' Scares Up $166M

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Sun, 19/10/2014 - 20:44

And don't forget about 'Guardians of the Galaxy,' now the No. 3 Marvel title of all time

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Eddie Murphy Becomes The Cook

In Bruce Beresford's new drama

Eddie Murphy currently has a fourth Beverly Hills Cop and Twins sequel Triplets on the boil. Before he serves up either, however, he's preparing a more serious drama. He's signed on for the title role in Cook, which Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy) will direct.

The story involves a dying man who hires Murphy to rustle up meals for his girlfriend and daughter after he's left this mortal coil. It was initially earmarked for Samuel L. Jackson until scheduling conflicts caused him to decline. Susan McMartin (Californication) wrote the script, and Mark Canton (300, Immortals, Escape Plan) is among the producers.

"It's a great screenplay," Canton told Empire when we had cause to speak to him recently. "It's a small story - a true story - of a family and a guy who comes into their lives. You have to come up with either really great big franchise driven movies or little character driven movies. Those are the two businesses to be in. I'm in both. You don't like to be caught in the middle."

Canton likens Cook on some level to Cake, which recently premiered at TIFF and called on Jennifer Aniston to go out on something of an acting limb. "Cake startled people because Jen gained a lot of weight and cut her hair and has a lot of scars and it's a serious drama," he explains. "Cook is another one. Everyone now wants to do what Matt McConaughey did, so we're financing these movies when we think they're put together the right way. This will be Eddie Murphy like you've never seen him. Of that I can assure you."

Murphy's first non-comedy, non-Donkey role since 2006's Dream Girls, goes before the cameras next month. Expect further casting details in short order.

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Every 'Halloween' Movie Explained in 2 Minutes

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Sun, 19/10/2014 - 18:54

It's October, which can mean only one thing for true fright masters! It's time for Halloween! And we're not talking about the holiday. We're talking about the classic slasher series that ignited a genre a changed movies forever! Some of the sequels are good, some are not so good, and some bring up quite a few questions that have never really been answered.

Do you want to get caught up on this classic horror franchise which is a true fall perennial? We know you don't have a lot of time, so we present to you a very short look at the Michael Myers saga, which captures every single nuance and moment that you need to know.

From animator David Kantrowitz, this video take you from John Carpenter's original 1978 classic Halloween through the Rob Zombie reboots, with all the retcons, revivals, and re-visits along the way. Get ready, in just a short matter of minutes, you'll know everything (everything that matters, anyway)...&#8232&#8232What is your favorite installment in the Halloween Franchise? Does this summary leave out an important point (or twelve)? Does this make you want to go back and watch any (or all) of the Halloween movies before the big night gets here? Visit and let them know!

Halloween was released October 25th, 1978 and stars Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, Nancy Kyes, P.J. Soles, Charles Cyphers, Kyle Richards, Brian Andrews, John Michael Graham. The film is directed by John Carpenter.

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'Avengers 2' Will Have More Visual FX Than Any Other Marvel Movie

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Sun, 19/10/2014 - 18:20

Marvel's Victoria Alonso was the keynote speaker at yesterday's Visual Effects Society Production Summit at the W Hollywood, where she revealed that the highly-anticipated sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron has over 3,000 visual effects shots, the most of any movie in Marvel history. This breaks the studio's record of 2,750 VFX shots held by this year's Guardians of the Galaxy, while Captain America: The Winter Soldier had over 2,500 visual effects shots.

She also revealed that the studio will use between seven and 12 visual effects companies in five to seven different countries for Avengers: Age of Ultron, which is currently in post-production. She also addressed the need to hire more women in the visual effects industry.

"There's a lot of you boys out there. Where are the girls? You need to get them here. It's better when it's 50/50. It's okay to allow the ladies in; they are talented and bring you balance. We are better as a team if you have balance. This a tough road for women, not because it is a world of men, but because it takes a certain amount of time to be in a supervisory position, and by that time you are having to make a decision about having children or not. Which means you have to take a break. If you take a break, you're out of the game, and once you're out of the game, it's hard to get back in the game."

The Marvel executive also spoke about when Marvel will make a female-lead superhero movie, in the wake of Warner Bros.' announcement this week that the studio is moving forward with a Wonder Woman movie starring Gal Gadot.

"If it were up to me, it would be today. We have so much pressure internally for everything we do, we don't need outside pressure. We are always so hard on ourselves. The success of superheroes, whether ours or others, is success for all of us. But I will be honored to be part of a woman leading the way."

Which female-lead Marvel superhero movie would you like to see first? Black Widow? Miss Marvel? Chime in with your thoughts below.

Avengers: Age of Ultron comes to theaters May 1st, 2015 and stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr., Elizabeth Olsen, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Cobie Smulders, Jeremy Renner. The film is directed by Joss Whedon.

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Specialty Box Office: 'Birdman' Soars to No. 2 Theater Average of 2014

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Sun, 19/10/2014 - 18:08

Alejandro G. Inarritu's dark comedy stars Michael Keaton as a washed-up superhero hoping for a comeback

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Abu Dhabi Film Fest: 3 Things Not to Miss

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Sun, 19/10/2014 - 18:00

The festival runs Oct. 23-Nov. 1

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BOX OFFICE: 'Fury' Wins the Weekend with $23.5 Million

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Sun, 19/10/2014 - 17:53


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Rome Film Festival: Rooney Mara on Language Challenges in Portuguese Film 'Trash'

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Sun, 19/10/2014 - 17:44

Director Stephen Daldry became a very flexible director after working with nonprofessionals

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The 'Star Wars' Effect: Why Hollywood Is Hot on Abu Dhabi

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Sun, 19/10/2014 - 17:27

After swooping in at the 11th hour to steal the coveted 'Star Wars: Episode VII' shoot from nearby Jordan, the Emirati capital now is poised to become Hollywood’s go-to locale in the Middle East

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Fury Fights To The Top Of The US Box Office

The Book Of Life opens third

After the disappointment of Sabotage, David Ayer has reason to feel cheerful this weekend as his World War II tank action drama Fury roared to the top of the box office charts in America according to studio estimates, displacing Gone Girl and easily outpacing the competition – not that there was much in the way of direct challengers for its market.

Fury, which finds Brad Pitt as the commander of a vehicle pushing through Germany in the waning, but still very dangerous, days of the conflict, made $23.5 million from its first time out, a healthy start for a film looking to recoup nearly $70 million in production costs. Last week’s top spot squatter, Gone Girl, dipped just 32% to take second with $17.8 million and easily passed the $100 million mark in the US this weekend.

Third place went to The Book Of Life, the Mexican/Day Of The Dead-themed animated adventure that was directed by first-timer Jorge Gutierrez and produced by Guillermo del Toro. The ‘toon took in $17 million and should hopefully show strong legs. It arrived ahead of Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Disney’s live action kids’ pic, which fell from third to fourth and took home $12 million. In fifth, we find the latest Nicholas Sparks adaptation The Best Of Me, which has suffered from terrible reviews and arrived to middling interest, earning just $10 million. It’s the worst opening figure for a Sparks-based film so far, and could indicate that audiences are tiring of his particular brand of rom-dram tricks. If only he’d follow our advice and throw a robotic camel in there somewhere.

Dracula Untold fell from second to sixth with $9.8 million and $40.7 million in the US to date. That put it ahead of The Judge, which slipped a couple of places to seventh and earned $7.94 million. Horror spin-off Annabelle sank to eighth place, scaring up $7.92 million, with The Equalizer at ninth ($5.4 million) and The Maze Runner falling to 10th with $4.5 million.

To see Brad Pitt drive a tank over Ben Affleck in the full chart listings, head to Box Office Mojo.

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Ready For Marley & Me: The TV Series?

You may heel the love on the small screen

All right Hollywood: we really were joking about the list of films not being adapted into TV shows becoming shorter than those that are. You didn’t need to throw another one on to the pile just to prove a point. But because it’s happening anyway, here’s the news that 2009 animal comedy drama Marley & Me is spawning a TV-based sequel.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, former Sex And The City writer/producer Jenny Bicks has scored the job of overseeing the show for 20th Century Fox Television (whose partner company Fox 2000 co-produced the movie) and US network NBC.

The show will reportedly pick up where the adaptation of John Groban’s book left off, and finds John (Owen Wilson in the movie but not here) and Jenny (Jennifer Aniston, ditto) packing up and moving back to Florida with their kids so that John can start writing his newspaper column again.

Though they still miss the boundless energy of Marley who – sorrowful spoiler alert – died at the end of the film, the show will see them taking in a stray puppy who ends up named Marley because the pair clearly has no imagination uses their old pooch’s lead and tags on the new, female arrival. And yes, she’s just as much of a handful. 

And the TV production company has apparently learned the lessons of the scrapped Say Anything adaptationMarley director David Frankel is an executive producer and will direct the pilot if it reaches that point.

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Big Eyes Poster Online

Tim Burton goes arty

You may already have seen the first trailer for Tim Burton’s latest gear-change: Big Eyes, a real-life story of art, deception and the marriage that was destroyed by it. If not, it’s lurking at the bottom of the page. The poster has just arrived online courtesy of Yahoo. {Big Eyes Poster}

Big Eyes chronicles the story of Walter and Margaret Keane, who became known in the '50s and '60s for crafting one of the first mass-marketed art sensations. Their huge-eyed artwork was sold in petrol stations and small stores around the US. In a sexist twist reflecting the age, it was Walter alone who became famous for the pictures, parlaying the fiction that he created them into TV talk-show stardom. But it was Margaret who actually did the work, and claimed her share of the profits when she and Walter divorced. To prove her ownership in court, the judge ordered a paint-off between the pair.

This has been a passion project of Ed Wood writing team Larry Karaszewski and Scott Alexander, who harboured dreams of directing it themselves. But after a long development process that saw versions, including one starring Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Reynolds, come and go, they put that aside when Burton boarded the project. It’s drawing early awards buzz and may be in the conversation once Oscar chatter is in full swing.

Big Eyes, which also stars Danny Huston, Jason Schwartzman, Krysten Ritter and Terence Stamp, will arrive here on December 26.

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Jena Malone Is Part Of Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice

But as which character?

You could be forgiven for thinking that, with filming long since underway, we knew everyone who will crop up in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice. Wrongo! There are still a few names to be added to the list, with Jenna Malone reportedly part of the cast.

The Hollywood Reporter has been gabbing to its sources to confirm sightings of Malone and a story on a Central Michigan TV show that she’s on board.

No official confirmation has emerged either about her presence or whom she might be playing, so here’s where we’ll fly the SPOILER ALERT flag and warn anyone who continues onward that there is wild speculation ahead.

The TV outlet’s report mentioned that Malone had been part of a scene where Ben Affleck’s Batman battles Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor (we’re guessing with the help of some henchmen/technology, because we’re fairly certain Affleck could take out Eisenberg with one punch otherwise) and an extra, speaking on condition of anonymity mentioned that the actress is playing a female Robin. How true that happens to be will have to wait either for its reveal in trailers or the film itself, depending on whether Warners/DC decide to say anything. And Malone has form with director Zack Snyder, since she was part of the Sucker Punch cast.

Batman V Superman, of course, is the latest link in the companies’ big plan for their own superhero universe, one that got a lot more concrete this week. Hopefully Malone’s presence means the chance for many more decent female roles in the coming movies. The film will be out on March 26, 2016.

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Guillermo Del Toro Planning Pacific Rim 3

'Some of your favorite characters come back, some others don’t...'

We’ve known for a while that Guillermo del Toro is at work on a sequel to last year’s giant robots vs. giant monsters action outing Pacific Rim. Del Toro himself announced that the second film would arrive in 2017. And it appears he’s got plans beyond that, telling Collider that he hopes to make a third.

The ambitious expansion of the Pacific Rim franchise – one generated thanks to the first film’s success outside of the US – already includes an animated series that will bridge the gap between the first and second films. And according to the director, the second film will be very different and will itself point the way towards the third. “Some of your favourite characters come back, some others don’t because we have decided that we’re going to shoot ambitiously and say ‘Let’s hope we have three movies,’ so some characters come in at the end of the second, hoping that it will ramp up on the third one.”

The first draft of Pacific Rim 2 is already complete and the team – including writers Zak Penn and Travis Beacham (who penned the original and will be helping out on this one between other duties) – is at work developing the script before pre-production kicks off next year and then shooting is pencilled in for late 2015.

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Critic's Notebook: ‘Gone Girl’ Provokes, But Does It Deliver?

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Sun, 19/10/2014 - 16:51

Adapted to the big screen, the bestselling story by Gillian Flynn has ignited the blogosphere

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