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'Ant-Man' Battles Yellowjacket in Tons of New Promo Art

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Thu, 26/02/2015 - 01:07

It's been a short while since anything new has been revealed from Ant-Man. That ends today, as a ton of promo art and merchandising photos hit the Internet. We get a great look at Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) in his Ant-Man suit along with his arch nemesis Yellowjacket, played by Corey Stoll. Included is a look at some of the poster art you'll be able to buy at the local K-Mart, laptop and tablet skins, Funko Pop! figures and even bedsheets and pillow cases. It's all pretty exciting.

Ant-Man will follow the adventures of Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) as he mentors a young thief on his way to becoming a superhero. Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott must embrace his inner-strength and help Dr. Pym protect the secret behind their spectacular Ant-Man suit! Now, they have a new generation of towering threats to contend with. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

This final chapter in the Marvel Phase Three features a strong supporting cast that also includes Evangeline Lilly, Michael Pena, Judy Greer, David Dastmalchian, John Slattery and the legendary Neil Hamburger. Take a look at some of the exciting Ant-Man merch you'll be able to collect and own in the coming months as one of this summer's most exciting movies prepares for its epic debut:

Ant-Man: Promo Art

Ant-Man: Merchandise

Ant-Man comes to theaters July 17th, 2015 and stars Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Pena, Corey Stoll, Judy Greer, David Dastmalchian, John Slattery. The film is directed by Peyton Reed.

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Ann Hui's Golden Era leads Asian Film Awards noms

Film Industry News - Thu, 26/02/2015 - 01:00
Black Coal Thin Ice, Haider and Blind Massage also score multiple nominations.
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TCM Film Fest: Shirley MacLaine, Peter Fonda and an Ex-007 Will Make Appearances (Exclusive)

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Thu, 26/02/2015 - 01:00

The fest also announced that three people whose lives have been depicted on screen—Tony Mendez ('Argo'), Aron Ralston ('127 Hours') and Mark Schultz ('Foxcatcher')—will appear together on a panel.

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Sony and Immersive Team Up for Diverse 5 Movie Slate

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Thu, 26/02/2015 - 00:55

Sony Pictures Entertainment has entered into a two-year, first-look deal with Josh Bratman's Immersive Pictures, it was announced today by Michael De Luca and Hannah Minghella, presidents of Production for Columbia Pictures. In the deal, Bratman is developing and will produce a number of films for the studio. Here's what Michael De Luca and Hannah Minghella had to say in a joint statement.

"Josh has been an important part of the Sony Pictures family for many years. This deal just cements that fact. He's an incredibly skilled producer, capable of the best work on many different kinds of films. We're thrilled that we'll be keeping him in-house as he continues to work on some of our most important development projects."

Here are the projects that Josh Bratman will develop for Sony through his Immersive Pictures company.

  • The Harlem Hellfighters, based on the bestselling graphic novel by Max Brooks (the author of World War Z), with Overbrook Entertainment.
  • The Black Count, based on Tom Reiss' bestselling biography of General Alex Dumas, the father of Alexandre Dumas, the author of The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers, with John Legend's Get Lifted Productions and Cary Fukunaga attached to adapt and direct.
  • The Sculptor, based on Scott McCloud's graphic novel, which Bratman will produce with Scott Rudin.
  • The Themis Files, an upcoming epic sci-fi debut novel by Sylvain Neuvel, which David Koepp will adapt and on which Bratman will team with Matt Tolmach Productions.
  • Descender, based on Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen's upcoming graphic novel.

Before founding Immersive Pictures, Bratman worked as an executive for Sony Pictures-based Michael De LucaProductions for over a decade. There, he oversaw and executive produced various projects for De Luca, who is now president of Production for the studio. Bratman's deal was handled by CAA and by attorney Greg Slewett of Bloom Hergott.

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Neill Blomkamp's 'Alien' Movie Is a Sequel to 'Aliens'

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Thu, 26/02/2015 - 00:46

With director Neill Blomkamp just starting to make the press rounds for his sci-fi thriller Chappie, in theaters March 6, the director has also been discussing his highly-anticipated Alien Sequel. The director revealed earlier today that his work with Sigourney Weaver on Chappie helped inspire him to develop this new adventure, and now we have yet another interview with both the director and actress that sheds even more light on the project. Neill Blomkamp revealed that his movie essentially wipes out the last two movies in the franchise, Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection, to become a true sequel to Aliens, perhaps starting a new continuity.

"I want this film to feel like it is literally the genetic sibling of Aliens. So it's Alien, Aliens and then this movie. It's a Freudian kind of nightmare. That element, to me, is what's so appealing, to try to put the audience on the edge of their seat the whole time, in a traditional, monster stalking you, dark corridor way. I love that, and then, when you mix in all of the design elements, and the life cycle of the alien, it's just a powder keg of creativity for me."

Of course, this new continuity would almost be necessary, since Sigourney Weaver's Ripley died in Alien 3 and was brought back as a clone in Alien Resurrection. How Neill Blomkamp intends to alter the continuity remains unclear, but actress Sigourney Weaver revealed that this may be the final movie in the Alien franchise, giving fans a "proper finish" to Ripley's story.

"I would love to take Ripley out of orbiting around in space, and give a proper finish to what was such an excellent story. When someone like Neill Blomkamp suddenly said, 'Well I'm interested in finishing this story,' my little ears perked up. We started chatting on the set of Chappie almost right away, about his love for these movies. And then he started to send me the artwork over the last year, and a lot of story ideas. I'm delighted that he's interested in doing this. I think it's a great series. It deserves a proper ending. I know the fans would love that, so I hope it works out."

Of course, if Neill Blomkamp does plan on starting a new continuity, there is nearly a 30-year gap between 1986's Aliens and now, but it isn't known exactly when this movie would take place. Are you more intrigued about this Alien Sequel now? Let us know what you think, and take a look at Neill Blomkamp and Sigourney Weaver's video interview below.

Neill Blomkamp's Untitled Alien Sequel comes to theaters in 2017 and stars Sigourney Weaver. The film is directed by Neill Blomkamp.

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Exclusive: Four New Fantastic Four Stills Arrive

Teller! Mara! Bell! Jordan! Mole Man!

Chronicle director Josh Trank has made a Fantastic Four movie - but not one like the Chris Evans 'n' Jessica Alba version you may remember. This one has Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Bell in it, for starters, and what's more, it's distinctly less "cartoonish", to quote the director himself. For proof, here are some stills from the upcoming film, straight from the new issue of Empire, on shelves today.

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A key difference in this superhero reboot lies in the origins of the characters' powers. In the original Stan Lee/Jack Kirby iteration of the Fantastic Four, the team gains their powers by travelling into space, where they’re bombarded with DNA-altering cosmic rays. But Trank’s film draws more heavily on the Ultimate Fantastic Four, which abandoned space flight in favour of inter-dimensional travel.

Speaking to Empire for the new issue, Trank explains that the general tone of the film is that of a "dark Amblin movie". Writer / producer Simon Kinberg goes on to say that "there was an Amblin-style approach to the characterisation, and to contextualising everything in a real world". In other words, don't expect any skintight blue lycra on these heroes any time soon.

"There's the opportunity to make something that is challenging and tragic and dramatic," adds Trank. "The opportunity is right there in the material. We'd rather steer it in that direction as opposed to just embracing a tone that comes right off the page."

For much more on Fantastic Four, which hits cinemas on August 6, be sure to check out the new issue of Empire. It's the one with Daniel Craig's James Bond on the front. Can't miss it.

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Glassland shines at EFM for Kaleidoscope

Film Industry News - Thu, 26/02/2015 - 00:01
EXCLUSIVE: Screen International LA Star Of Tomorrow 2014 Gerard Barrett’s crime drama starring Toni Collette and Jack Reynor proved a popular sales title at the recent EFM in Berlin.
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'Creed' Synopsis Released: Is Rocky Fighting for His Life?

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Wed, 25/02/2015 - 23:52

Warner Bros. has released the first official synopsis for the Rocky spinoff Creed, which appears to tease that Rocky Balboa's (Sylvester Stallone) days are numbered. Rocky returns to train the grandson (Michael B. Jordan) of Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers), with the Italian Stallion essentially stepping into the Mickey role played by Burgess Meredith. Take a look at the plot details below, then read on for more on this spinoff.

Adonis Johnson (Jordan) never knew his famous father, world heavyweight champion Apollo Creed, who died before he was born. Still, there's no denying that boxing is in his blood, so Adonis heads to Philadelphia, the site of Apollo Creed's legendary match with a tough upstart named Rocky Balboa.

Once in the City of Brotherly Love, Adonis tracks Rocky (Stallone) down and asks him to be his trainer. Despite his insistence that he is out of the fight game for good, Rocky sees in Adonis the strength and determination he had known in Apollo-the fierce rival who became his closest friend. Agreeing to take him on, Rocky trains the young fighter, even as the former champ is battling an opponent more deadly than any he faced in the ring.

With Rocky in his corner, it isn't long before Adonis gets his own shot at the title...but can he develop not only the drive but also the heart of a true fighter, in time to get into the ring?

We have already seen a few photos from the set showcasing Sylvester Stallone and Michael B. Jordan in action, but we'll have to wait and see what this 'deadly' opponent may be. Back in December, Sylvester Stallone sent out a photo that revealed what appeared to be the last page of the Creed screenplay, where it was revealed that the Italian Stallion has started his second round of chemotherapy, meaning that, at some point, he was diagnosed with some sort of cancer. What's also interesting is that Michael B. Jordan's Adonis was born after his father died, which would have meant that Apollo's wife was pregnant when he fought Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren) in Rocky IV. Or, since Adonis' last name is Johnson, and not Creed, it may also mean that Apollo fathered Adonis with another woman. What do you think about these plot details?

Creed comes to theaters November 25th, 2015 and stars Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson. The film is directed by Ryan Coogler.

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Virginia Madsen Joins David O. Russell's 'Joy' (Exclusive)

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Wed, 25/02/2015 - 23:47

Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper are starring in the story of the Miracle Mop inventor.

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Girls school horror February starts Ottawa shoot

Film Industry News - Wed, 25/02/2015 - 23:30
Lucy Boynton [pictured], James Remar and Lauren Holly have joined Emma Roberts and Kiernan Shipka on horror thriller February.
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'Love & Mercy' Trailer: Paul Dano and John Cusack Play Brian Wilson (Video)

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Wed, 25/02/2015 - 23:20

Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions are releasing the biopic about the Beach Boys founder's struggles with mental health and substance abuse issues.

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Richard Linklater May Ask Where'd You Go, Bernadette

The Boyhood director is in talks for a new movie

Though Boyhood didn’t quite become the Oscar powerhouse it looked like it might, Richard Linklater won plenty of other awards and is more than happy with the response to his 12-year filmmaking effort. For a potential new film, he’s looking at another different take on family life, entering talks to director Where’d You Go, Bernadette

The Fault In Our Stars writers Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber adapted Maria Semple’s 2012 bestseller for the script, which follows an agoraphobic architect named Bernadette Branch, who goes missing shortly before her family takes a trip to Antarctica. Semple’s tome, which is narrated by the woman’s 15-year-old daughter Bree, tells its story in an offbeat way, though emails, letters, FBI documents, a psychiatrist and an emergency room medical bill. All of which doesn’t seem to bode well for Bernadette.

Annapurna Pictures is putting this one together, and has targeted Linklater as a good choice to handle another interesting take on family drama. The director’s latest, That’s What I’m Talking About, which has been described as a “spiritual sequel” to both Dazed And Confused and Boyhood, should be out later this year. If he does tackle Bernadette, we would plead with him to add a question mark to the end of its title as that’s really bugging us. 

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'Spider-Man': Marvel May Have More Control Than Sony

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Wed, 25/02/2015 - 23:00

Fans are still buzzing over Marvel and Sony's announcement earlier this month that Spider-Man will finally join the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with the beloved web slinger reportedly set to make his debut in Captain America: Civil War, although that hasn't been officially confirmed by Marvel yet. Yesterday, Sony Pictures announced that Tom Rothman will step in for Amy Pascal, who left her job as Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chairman and Motion Picture Group president just weeks ago. Some have worried that this may hinder the new Spider-Man reboot, since Tom Rothman oversaw superhero flops such as Daredevil and Elektra during his tenure at 20th Century Fox. However, a new report from Latino-Review reveals that Marvel may have more control over Spidey than originally thought.

The site backs up previous reports that The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 producers Avi Arad and Matthew Tolmach are "producers in name only" with the new Spider-Man movie, meaning they have no creative say in where the franchise goes from here on out. The site also claims that "the old guard" at Sony will have "no financial involvement whatsoever and no direct creative control," which essentially means that Marvel is basically calling all of the shots.

It should be noted that the official announcement earlier this month revealed that Sony Pictures will continue to, "finance, distribute, own and have final creative control of the Spider-Man films." However, yet another report from Badass Digest suggests that language may have been put in the press release, "to help Sony avoid some embarrassment, to make this look less like admitting defeat." Right after the announcement was made, there was speculation that this is just the first step in Marvel fully re-acquiring the Spider-Man rights back from Sony. While nothing is set in stone, that may be closer to happening, if these reports turn out to be true.

Spider-Man comes to theaters July 28th, 2017. The film is directed by Marc Webb.

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'Furious 7' TV Spot: Jason Statham Goes to War

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Wed, 25/02/2015 - 22:42

Vengeance hits home as Dom (Vin Diesel) does battle with Ian Shaw (Jason Statham) in yet another TV spot for Furious 7. As you may recall, the end of Fast & Furious 6 gave us our first look at Ian Shaw, the brother of Owen Shaw (Luke Evans), who has come to avenge his brother's death. The new footage offers a tease of the big showdown between Dom and Ian, both in and our of their cars.

Continuing the global exploits in the unstoppable franchise built on speed, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson lead the returning cast of Furious 7. This chapter of the hugely successful series also welcomes back favorites Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Elsa Pataky and Lucas Black. They are joined by international action stars new to the franchise including Jason Statham, Djimon Hounsou, Tony Jaa, Ronda Rousey and Kurt Russell.

James Wan directs this high-octane sequel from a script by Chris Morgan, which could break spring box office records when it hits theaters April 3. Do you think this highly-anticipated action-thriller will live up to the hype? Take a look at the latest footage, and chime in with your thoughts below.

Furious 7 comes to theaters April 3rd, 2015 and stars Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Kurt Russell, Jordana Brewster, Lucas Black. The film is directed by James Wan.

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Kino Lorber picks up Jafar Panahi’s Taxi

Film Industry News - Wed, 25/02/2015 - 22:42
The distributor has acquired all North American rights to Jafar Panahi’s newly annointed Berlinale Golden Bear winner.
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Sundance Award Winners 'Dreamcatcher,' '(T)error' Headed to Hot Docs

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Wed, 25/02/2015 - 22:38

The Toronto fest also booked documentaries about Kurt Cobain, white supremacy and 'Big Bang Theory' writer Rob Cohen's take on being Canadian.

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Marvel vs. DC: Get Ready for the Dawn of the Civil War of Justice (Video)

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Wed, 25/02/2015 - 22:35

A new parody video gently pokes fun at the similarities between comic book franchises.

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Will Ferrell Joins New Comedy from 'Neighbors' Writers

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Wed, 25/02/2015 - 22:03

Will Ferrell has signed on to star in and produce the upcoming comedy The House for New Line Cinema. The studio picked up the script by Andrew J. Cohen and Brendan O'Brien, who wrote last year's comedy blockbuster Neighbors, which had strong interest from several different studios. Andrew J. Cohen is also set to make his directorial debut with The House.

The story centers on a married couple, with Will Ferrell playing the husband, who somehow manage to lose their daughter's college fund. To earn back the money they lost, they team up with their neighbors to open an illegal casino out of their basement. New Line Cinema is putting the project on the fast track, with the studio eyeing an August production start.

Will Ferrell is producing with his Gary Sanchez Production partner Adam McKay along with Good Universe. Chris Henchy and Jessica Elbaum are attached to executive produce, with Richard Brener, Michael Disco and Sam Brown overseeing the project for New Line.

Andrew J. Cohen and Brendan O'Brien also wrote Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, which has Zac Efron and Adam DeVine attached to star. Will Ferrell will next be seen in Get Hard alongside Kevin Hart, which hits theaters March 27.

The House comes to theaters in 2016 and stars Will Ferrell. The film is directed by Andrew J. Cohen.

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Ang Lee's 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk' Finds Lead

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Wed, 25/02/2015 - 21:30

Newcomer Joe Alwyn will star in TriStar and Studio 8's project.

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Mark Burnett and Roma Downey's Family Film 'Little Boy' Introduces Actor (Video)

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Wed, 25/02/2015 - 21:19

The film fought a losing battle with the MPAA over its PG-13 rating with the filmmakers and distributor Open Road arguing for a PG designation for their family movie.

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