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IFC Films Takes 'Goodbye To All That'

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Paul Schneider, who stars, was named best actor at the Tribeca Film Festival

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Netflix Announces 'Crouching Tiger 2' as First Original Movie

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Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend, the stunning next chapter in the saga started by the critically and popularly acclaimed Ang Lee martial arts epic, will premiere exclusively on Netflix and in selected global &#160IMAX theaters on August 28, 2015.


Produced by The Weinstein Company, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend echoes the themes of the original movie, but tells its own story -- one of lost love, young love, a legendary sword and one last opportunity at redemption, set against breathtaking action in an epic martial arts battle between good and evil that will decide the fate of the Martial World.


Directed by the renowned martial arts choreographer and directorWoo-ping Yuen, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend stars Michelle Yeoh reprising her role as Yu Shu-Lien and Donnie Yen as Silent Wolf.


The film is to be the first of several major films backed by Netflix to premiere on the same day on the world's leading Internet TV network and in select IMAX theaters globally, giving consumers and exhibitors around the world unparalleled flexibility in how, when and where they enjoy a major motion picture.

Said Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos:


"Fans will have unprecedented choice in how they enjoy an amazing and memorable film that combines intense action and incredible beauty. We are honored to be working with Harvey Weinstein and a world-class team of creators to bring this epic story to people all over the world and to partner with IMAX, a brand that represents the highest quality of immersive entertainment, in the distribution of this film."

Said TWC Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein:


"The moviegoing experience is evolving quickly and profoundly, and Netflix is unquestionably at the forefront of that movement. We are tremendously excited to be continuing our great relationship with Netflix and bringing to fans all over the world the latest chapter in this amazing and intriguing story."

Said Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment:

&#8232"IMAX has a terrific opportunity, via this partnership with Netflix, to release Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend - a high-quality, action-packed film that is right in our wheelhouse -- at the end of the summer blockbuster season. We are particularly hopeful it will play in our highly successful China market. In territories where we simultaneously release with Netflix, we are excited to offer consumers the option of deciding how, when and where they want to view the film, and exhibitors the opportunity to participate in this alternative form of content in a new and innovative way."

Based on the acclaimed novel, Iron Knight, Silver Vase, by Wang Dulu (book 5 in the Crane-Iron Pentalogy) and written by John Fusco (Marco Polo) &#160the new film is produced by Harvey Weinstein and Peter Berg (Emmy Award winner - Friday Night Lights; Lone Survivor, Hancock) and Sarah Aubrey (Friday Night Lights; Lone Survivor, Hancock) and executive produced by Morten Tyldum (Headhunters, The Imitation Game), Ralph Winter (X-Men franchise), Anthony Wong, and Bey Logan (The Medallion).


Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend also stars Harry Shum Jr., Jason Scott Lee, Roger Yuan, Eugenia Yuan and newcomer Natasha Liu Bordizzo.


Principal photography is now underway in New Zealand. The film's director of photography is Tom Sigel and design is led by the Academy Award&#174-winning team of costume designer Ngila Dickson, production designer Grant Major and visual effects supervisor Mark Stetson. &#160

Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend comes to theaters August 28th, 2015 and stars Donnie Yen, Michelle Yeoh, Jason Scott Lee, Harry Shum Jr., Eugenia Yuan, Juju Chan, Chris Pang, Roger Yuan. The film is directed by Woo-ping Yuen.

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Japan's SoftBank Eyes Stake in Legendary as DreamWorks Animation Talks Break Down (Exclusive)

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - 14 hours 22 min ago

CEO Masayoshi Son has been negotiating with Thomas Tull's studio on a track separate from DWA talks

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'Crouching Tiger' Sequel to Hit Netflix and Imax Simultaneously in Groundbreaking Deal

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - 14 hours 25 min ago

Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos has long wanted to get into the first-run movie business

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How Much Did 'Dark Knight Returns' Influence 'Batman v Superman?'

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - 14 hours 30 min ago

Though it was greatly rumored before Comic-Con 2014 that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was going to be partially based on Frank Miller' seminal work The Dark Knight Returns, everyone agrees that the footage shown in San Diego was heavily influenced by this iconic work.

Star of the movie Ben Affleck has been making the press rounds in support of Gone Girl, and he's dropped a few hints about the movie along the way. Talking with MTV, he addresses the Frank Miller inspiration apparent in the film.

Ben Affleck doesn't think Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is the only movie to be affected or influenced by Frank Miller's work. He believes that all of the movies that have come in its wake have, in some way, played off those aspects apparent in The Dark Knight Returns.

Before answering the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice question, though, he does try to point the conversation back towards Gone Girl before saying a few words about his highly anticipated comic book movie:

"Yeah, I don't want to answer too many Batman questions because it is a Gone Girl thing, but I will say that I think Zack [Snyder] was heavily influenced by that. I think everyone's heavily influenced by that...that's the seminal work. So, I don't think that there's any of these which have been made that haven't drawn from that book because it's so good. So, you know, I think if you're smart you steal from the best. That's why I'm going to rip David [Fincher] off from now on everywhere I go!"

When Ben Affleck is asked to do his Batman voice, the actor flat out refuses, claiming that's something we'll have to pay to see:

"Ah, you've gotta pay...that's IMAX money to see that!"

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice comes to theaters March 25th, 2016 and stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Gal Gadot, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons. The film is directed by Zack Snyder.

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Keegan-Michael Key Set For Vacation Reboot

And he'll be married to Regina Hall...

Though he’s still best known for the comedy he generates alongside Jordan Peele on US TV, Keegan-Michael Key has been making a name for himself as a reliable laugh-grabber in supporting film roles. The team behind the new sequel-reboot Vacation clearly think he’d add to the mirth, hiring him to appear alongside Regina Hall.

John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein are making their joint directorial debut with the film, which finds the grown Rusty Griswold (Ed Helms) taking his wife (Christina Applegate) and his children on a cross-country trip to replicate the one his father took him and his siblings on years ago. The plan is to end up at Walley World.

This being a Vacation film, of course, nothing is quite as simple as it sounds. Key and Hall are on board to play family friends of the Griswolds who appear to be annoyingly perfect. They join a cast that also includes Leslie Mann and Chris Hemsworth as Helms’ sister and brother-in-law respectively.

Key has appeared (alongside Peele) in TV’s Fargo and was last seen on the big screen in Let’s Be Cops. In addition to his acting work, he’s also developing his own reboot – working up a new version of the Police Academy films. Hall was part of Think Like A Man Too.

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Matt Bomer Finds The Nice Guys

Magic Mike man is playing a not-so-nice guy

More often found playing a charming con man that helps the FBI out on US telly drama White Collar, Matt Bomer is using the end of the series to drum up more film work. He’s now locked down a nastier criminal role opposite Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe in Shane Black’s The Nice Guys.

Exactly how Bomer’s character will fit into the plot remains to be seen, but we do know some of the details of the new film. Black co-wrote the script with Anthony Bagarozzi, and the story is set in the 1970s. Gosling will be wayward, troubled private eye Holland March, who crosses paths with hired muscle Jackson Healy (Crowe). These unlikely allies must prowl the mean streets of Los Angeles to solve the case of a missing girl, which soon develops links to the death of a porn star. As they unravel the cases, they discover a massive conspiracy with tentacles in the highest levels of power.

Margaret Qualley, who was recently seen in HBO drama The Leftovers, is the daughter of a corrupt chief justice, and who just so happens to be the spitting image of a porn star named Misty Mountains. Black is aiming at a June 17, 2016 release date.

Bomer, who is about to start work on Magic Mike sequel Magic Mike XXL, is also attached to play Montgomery Clift in Monty Clift and has been lending his voice to DreamWorks’ ghost ‘toon B.O.O.: Bureau Of Otherworldly Operations.

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Teaser Trailer For Inherent Vice

Paul Thomas Anderson does Thomas Pynchon

So far, all we’ve seen from Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice is the briefest of footage snippets and a couple of stills, including a new one last week. All that changes now, as the first teaser trailer for the film has landed. 

Adapted from Thomas Pynchon’s 2009 novel, the film follows private eye Doc Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix), whose life is disrupted by the appearance of his ex-old lady from out of nowhere. She brings a tale of her current billionaire land developer boyfriend whom she just happens to be in love with, and a plot by his wife and her boyfriend to kidnap that billionaire and throw him in an asylum.

Set at the tail end of the psychedelic 1960s with paranoia running rampant, Doc knows that “love” is another of those words going around at the moment, like “trip” or “groovy,” that’s being way too overused – except this one usually leads to trouble.

Soon he’s wrapped up in a tale that includes surfers, hustlers, dopers and rockers, a murderous loan shark, LAPD Detectives, a tenor sax player working undercover, and a mysterious entity known as the Golden Fang, which may only be a tax dodge set up by some dentists... Yeah, Doc’s probably going to wish he just ignored this one. {Inherent Vice Poster}

Featuring a stellar cast that also boasts Reese Witherspoon, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Jena Malone, Martin Short and Benicio Del Toro, Inherent Vice premieres at the New York Film Festival on October 4, although UK audiences will have to wait until January 30 next year.

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Paramount to Distribute Richard Linklater's 'Boyhood' Follow-Up

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - 15 hours 11 min ago

Annapurna Pictures will handle international sales for 'That's What I'm Talking About'

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Crowdfunded Award to Benefit Female Directors

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The winner will get a trip to Sundance to be mentored by veteran producers Christine Vachon, Lynette Howell and Cassian Elwes

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'Inherent Vice' Trailer Starring Joaquin Phoenix and Josh Brolin

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - 15 hours 19 min ago

Following the footage that was released earlier this month, Warner Bros. has debuted the official trailer and poster for Inherent Vice, the first adaptation of a Thomas Pynchon novel. Joaquin Phoenix leads an all-star cast as Los Angeles private investigator Doc Sportello, alongside Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson, Martin Short, Jena Malone, Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro. Inherent Vice marks the seventh feature from director Paul Thomas Anderson.

When P.I. Doc Sportello's ex-old lady shows up with a story about her current billionaire land developer boyfriend and a plot by his wife and her boyfriend to kidnap that billionaire and throw him in a looney bin...Well, easy for her to say...It's the tail end of the `60s, paranoia is running the day and Doc knows that "love" is one of those words going around, like "trip" or "groovy," that's way too overused-except this one usually leads to trouble.

With a cast of characters that includes surfers, hustlers, dopers and rockers, a murderous loan shark, LAPD Detectives, a tenor sax player working undercover and a mysterious entity known as the Golden Fang, which may only be a tax dodge set up by some dentists, Inherent Vice is part surf noir, part psychedelic romp-all Thomas Pynchon. Check out the first look at this awards-contender before it hits screens later this year:

Inherent Vice comes to theaters December 12th, 2014 and stars Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson, Martin Short, Jena Malone, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro. The film is directed by Paul Thomas Anderson.

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'A Little Chaos' Starring Kate Winslet Goes to Focus Features

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - 15 hours 24 min ago

Focus Features has acquired North American distribution rights to A Little Chaos, directed by Alan Rickman from a screenplay he wrote with Alison Deegan and Jeremy Brock. The company also acquired distribution rights to the film, which is financed by Lionsgate UK and BBC Films, in Scandinavia. The romantic drama stars Academy Award&#174 winner Kate Winslet, Matthias Schoenaerts, Mr. Rickman, Academy Award nominee Stanley Tucci, and Danny Webb. Focus Features will release the movie in North America on March 27, 2015.

A Little Chaos had its world premiere as the closing-night film of the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). The project is produced by Gail Egan and Andrea Calderwood via their Potboiler Productions banner, and Bertrand Faivre via The Bureau production banner. Executive Producers of the project are Zygi Kamasa, Guy Avshalom, Nick Manzi, Christine Langan, Ray Cooper, Norman Merry, and Richard Wolfe.

Peter Schlessel, CEO of Focus Features, had this to say in a statement.

"We are pleased to be in business with Alan Rickman and this sterling cast on such a crowd-pleasing movie. A Little Chaos is a great addition to Focus Features' 2015 slate."

Zygi Kamasa, CEO of Lionsgate UK&#8206, offered his own statement.

"We're delighted to be in partnership with Focus Features. They are the perfect home to give this beautiful drama the attention it needs in the US and Canada."

Director Alan Rickman had this to say about the acquisition.

"I'm very proud of the fact that A Little Chaos found its North American home during its World Premiere at TIFF. It's encouraging to see that the film resonated with both audiences and the industry in Toronto, and I'm excited for its release next spring."

A Little Chaos follows Sabine (Winslet), a strong-willed landscape designer who challenges sexual and class barriers when she is chosen to build one of the main gardens at King Louis XIV's new palace at Versailles, causing her to become professionally and romantically entangled with the court's renowned landscape architect Andr&#233 Le Notre (Schoenaerts).

A Little Chaos is the third time in recent years that the UK division of Lionsgate has financed a British production from its UK base and sold North America rights during TIFF. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen was sold to CBS in 2011, The Railway Man was sold to The Weinstein Company in 2013, and now A Little Chaos to Focus Features. All deals were concluded during the festival.

The acquisition of A Little Chaos was negotiated on behalf of Focus Features by Lia Buman, President of Acquisitions, and Beth Lemberger, Executive Vice President of Business Affairs. CAA brokered the deal on behalf of Lionsgate UK and Potboiler Productions. Lionsgate International is handling foreign sales of the film. Lionsgate UK will release the film in the UK during the first quarter of 2015.

A Little Chaos comes to theaters March 27th, 2015 and stars Alan Rickman, Kate Winslet, Stanley Tucci, Jennifer Ehle, Helen McCrory, Matthias Schoenaerts, Danny Webb, Steven Waddington. The film is directed by Alan Rickman.

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'Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 2' Loses Director Tommy Wirkola

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Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters director Tommy Wirkola states in a new interview with Fangoria that he is no longer directing Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 2, just one week after having revealed that the script is finished.

Here's what the filmmaker had to say, stating that he still hopes to be involved in the project, just not as a director.

"I've just decided to not direct Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 2. I have been lately attached to a few more things, it's just a matter of time and priorities. I did Dead Snow 1, then Hansel & Gretel 1, and then Dead Snow 2. I want to do something a little bit different now and not just do sequels. I did write the script and I hope to be involved in it. But yeah, I won't be directing it."

Last week, the filmmaker turned his script in to Paramount Pictures, which was received positively by the studio. The director also hinted last week that star Jeremy Renner may not be available due to his busy schedule. No story details have been given about the screenplay that Tommy Wirkola just turned in.

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters was set 15 years after the title siblings' (Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton) incident at the gingerbread house, with the brother and sister now making their living as bounty hunters who track down witches and other nefarious creatures. The 2013 film took $226 million worldwide from a $50 million production budget.

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 2 comes to theaters in 2014 and stars Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton.

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'Bone Tomahawk' Adds David Arquette, Lili Simmons and Sid Haig

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Less than a week after Matthew Fox and Patrick Wilson joined the cast of Caliber Media's Western Bone Tomahawk, the production has added Lili Simmons (True Detective), Evan Jonigkeit (Girls), Kathryn Morris (Cold Case) and horror veterans David Arquette and Sid Haig.

The plot follows four men who set off on a mission to save a group of captives from a tribe of cannibals who live on the edge of civilization. Kurt Russell and Richard Jenkins are also confirmed to star alongside Matthew Fox, Patrick Wilson and these new additions to the cast.

Lili Simmons is playing a doctor in the town of Bright Hope, who is the "de facto wife" of Patrick Wilson's character. Kathryn Morris is portraying the wife of Kurt Russell's character, the Bright Hope sheriff, with Evan Jonigkeit playing a young deputy. David Arquette and Sid Haig are playing, "a couple of filthy brigands whose actions set off a string of violent repercussions."

The cast is rounded out by Sean Young, Geno Segers, Fred Melamed, James Tolkan, Raw Leiba, Jamie Hector, Jamison Newlander, Zahn McClarnon, David Midthunder, Jay Tavare, Gray Wolf Herrara, Robert Mukes and Brandon Molale.

S. Craig Zahler (The Brigands of Rattleborge) is directing from his own script, with Caliber Media's Dallas Sonnier and Jack Heller producing.

Bone Tomahawk comes to theaters in 2015 and stars Kurt Russell, Richard Jenkins, Matthew Fox, Patrick Wilson, Lili Simmons, Evan Jonigkeit, Kathryn Morris, David Arquette. The film is directed by S. Craig Zahler.

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Satan Is Promoting Nicolas Cage's Newest Movie

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Up next for Lucifer: movie reviews

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'Game of Thrones' Actress to Play Leni Riefenstahl in Jesse Owens Biopic

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The cast includes Stephan James, Jeremy Irons and Jason Sudeikis

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Is Marvel Planning a 'Hawkeye' and 'Black Widow' Team-Up Movie?

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As Jeremy Renner continues to make the press rounds for his upcoming thriller Kill the Messenger, the actor cleared the air about a certain Captain America 3 rumor and teased new details about Avengers: Age of Ultron. And, despite claiming that he wasn't really interested in a Hawkeye solo movie last week, Renner does confirmed that he is signed on for one should Marvel deem it necessary. He then teases a possible Hawkeye/Black Widow team-up movie.

Most actors who take on a major role in any Marvel movie sign multi-picture deals that will span several years. When asked about his own Marvel contract, Jeremy Renner says the deal includes Marvel's The Avengers, next year's Avengers: Age of Ultron and The Avengers 3, along with a possible Hawkeye spin-off movie:

"I think most actors will sign on to do, like... Captain America 1-3 and then The Avengers 1-3, and then you're done. For me, I signed on to The Avengers 1-3 and then Hawkeye, in case they want to do a Hawkeye spin-off."

The Daily Beast comments on how great it was that Captain America: The Winter Soldier gave equal time to both Steve Rogers and Black Widow. To that, Jeremy Renner says something quite interesting:

"Right. I think that's why they want a Hawk-Eye/Widow movie so bad."

Now, it's unclear who wants this team up 'so bad'. The Black Widow solo adventure has been rumored for quite some time, but is he hinting that Marvel wants both characters to team-up for their own spin-off? Or is he saying that fans want a crossover with both characters in the lead? It would be killing two birds with one stone. This is quite possible, and sounds logical, but we haven't heard anything official from Marvel. And he may simply be referring to spin-off movies for both characters in the same breath.

Hawkeye and Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow are currently the only two Avengers characters who don't have their own stand-alone movies at this time, but it sounds like that may change in the future.

Last month, Jeremy Renner hinted that "there are rumblings" his character Hawkeye may appear in Captain America 3. In his interview with The Daily Beast, Jeremy Renner clarifies that he hasn't had any official talks with Marvel about joining the cast, but he did know that shooting begins in March.

"Oh, that's a rumor all right! I don't know what's going to happen. I know it's going to start shooting in March. I haven't had any official conversations about doing it or not."

Production recently wrapped on Avengers: Age of Ultron, but Jeremy Renner revealed that there are still some pick-up shots left to film, while teasing both Hawkeye and Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) have bigger roles in the sequel.

"We have to do some pick-up shots here and there, but for the most part. Hulk has a more prominent role, and I have a more prominent role. There are a lot more scenes of the entire Avengers gang together-both in and out of the cape, so to speak. It's making me become a total fanboy. It's pretty fun to be a part of."

In a separate interview with StarPulse, Jeremy Renner said it was nice to learn more about his character Hawkeye, a.k.a. Clint Barton, while teasing that some big secrets will be revealed.

"Well there's a lot more in this next Avengers, which is great. It was fun to finally kind of discover who Clint Barton is a little bit. We have some good secrets revealed. I think everything that was great about the first Avengers, is exponentially expressed in this one. From the action, to the making fun of itself, and there's a lot more time spent with the Avengers together, after being so separated in the first one. We've got some great new goodies, and some good baddies."

After the success of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy this summer, many fans have been hoping that the Guardians and Avengers may cross paths in the Marvel Cinematic Universe at some point in the future. Jeremy Renner, who said Guardians of the Galaxy was "tremendous," was asked if he would like to see these superhero teams meet up at some point. Here's what he had to say.

"That would be awesome. I think that would be awesome. Of course that's the hopes with the puppeteers behind Marvel, but we'll see, man. We'll see..."

Captain America 3 comes to theaters May 6th, 2016. The film is directed by Anthony Russo, Joe Russo.

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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