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Eddie Redmayne Joins Voice Cast on 'Thomas the Tank Engine' Film

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - 4 hours 11 min ago

The newly minted Oscar-winner has lent his voice to animated adventure 'Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure.'

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China Monthly Box Office Tops U.S. for First Time Ever

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - 4 hours 56 min ago

The Lunar New Year holiday led to the country's biggest-ever box-office month with $650 million, making it the top film market in the world for February, according to research firm Entgroup.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito re-team on Stage for Germany's Golden Camera

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - 5 hours 51 min ago

DeVito paid tribute to his 'Twins' co-star, who received a lifetime achievement honor in Hamburg.

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German Box Office: 'Sniper' in the Shadow of 'Fifty Shades'

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - 6 hours 36 min ago

Sam Taylor-Johnson's erotic thriller took the top spot in Germany for the third weekend running, beating out newcomer 'American Sniper.'

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'Suicide Squad' Director Teases Big Reveal on Monday

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - 7 hours 9 min ago

Earlier today, Suicide Squad director David Ayer revealed on his Twitter account that "something will happen" tomorrow for his highly-anticipated comic book adaptation. Since production doesn't begin until next month in Toronto, tomorrow's mystery reveal won't likely be any footage, but it's possible that we could get our first photo of the cast in their super villain costumes. It's also possible that we could get the official logo for Suicide Squad.

Jared Leto, who is set to play The Joker in Suicide Squad, also revealed on his Instagram page that he is in Toronto, possibly for costume fittings and to get a shave and a haircut in preparation for his role. It isn't known if the rest of the cast are also in Toronto as well, such as Will Smith (Deadshot), Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), Jai Courtney (Boomerang), Joel Kinnaman (Rick Flagg), Cara Delevingne (Enchantress) and Viola Davis (Amanda Waller).

What do you think will be revealed tomorrow? The first cast photo? The official synopsis? Take a look at David Ayer's tweet and Jared Leto's Instagram photo below, and chime in with your thoughts on tomorrow's reveal.

Something will happen. Tomorrow. #skwad

— David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) March 2, 2015

Suicide Squad comes to theaters August 5th, 2016 and stars Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Jai Courtney, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Jay Hernandez. The film is directed by David Ayer.

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Two 'Furious 7' TV Spots: New Footage Is Beyond Fast

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - 7 hours 12 min ago

Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) goes for one last ride in two new TV spots for Furious 7, which hits theaters nationwide April 3. Vin Diesel's Dominic Toretto goes for one last ride, as his crew must contend with a new villain, Ian Shaw (Jason Statham), the brother of Fast & Furious 6 nemesis Owen Shaw (Luke Evans).

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 highly-anticipated action-thriller, which could be one of the first huge blockbusters of the year. How do you think Furious 7 will fare at the box office when it hits theaters next month? Chime in with your thoughts below after checking out the latest footage.

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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'Thor' Director Teases a Return to Marvel Universe

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - 7 hours 43 min ago

Thor director Kenneth Branagh took part in The Hollywood Reporter's The Hollywood Masters interview series last week, where he spoke about his experience working with Marvel and teased the possibility of returning to direct yet another MCU movie. Here's what he had to say to the crowd at Loyola Marymount University School of Film & Television in Los Angeles last week.

"Yeah, I mean what I found was that I just enjoyed the process of working with those people and I loved the boys and the girl. The girls as well. It was great. So that was fun. But it was a long time and they were way too quick for me to get straight back into another single sort of story in terms of working on it at that time, so who knows. Who knows. It was a pleasurable experience and a film I'm very proud of and one I was very lucky to be able to make and did me a lot of good from which I learned an incredible amount, so I'm very grateful to them."

The director added that he didn't come back to direct the Thor sequel Thor: The Dark World because they wanted him to come back too quickly.

"It was a long time [making the first film] and they were way too quick for me to get straight back into another. [But] it was a pleasurable experience and a film I'm very proud of."

He also spoke about Marvel's Kevin Feige and how he knew that Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston were the right actors to play Thor and Loki.

"Kevin is a muller, he goes away and he thinks. When we came to cast the two boys, Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston, that was a long process. And even on the morning in which we made the calls, we came in, and I remember Kevin wandering around this tiny little conference table. It's just me and him and one of the executives on that Saturday morning. I'd already booked a call to Hemsworth and to Hiddleston - and he still wasn't sure whether we were going to go with this. I kept saying, 'It's these guys. It is these two guys. Chris Hemsworth is Thor. Tom Hiddleston is Loki. You're going to be OK.' And he knew it. We made the call and it was lovely, but it takes a long time to do it. Working with Kevin is very, very enjoyable. I regard him as a very, very dear friend, [but] that process is very unusual."

Would you like to see Kenneth Branagh return to direct another movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? The third Thor adventure, Thor: Ragnarok, does not have a director attached yet, so it's possible that he could come back for this adventure. Chime in with your thoughts below.

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WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Will Smith's 'Focus' Takes $19.1M

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - 8 hours 20 min ago

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'Cinderella' Director Kenneth Branagh on Casting His Princess, Working With Marvel and His Dream Shakespeare Film

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Sun, 01/03/2015 - 23:37

The director talked to The Hollywood Reporter's Stephen Galloway as part of Loyola Marymount University School of Film & Television's 'The Hollywood Masters' series.

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Canadian Screen Awards: 'Mommy' Sweeps, John Cusack Nabs Acting Trophy

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Sun, 01/03/2015 - 19:48

Xavier Dolan's family drama took nine trophies in all, while 'Orphan Black' was named best TV drama.

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Box office: 'Focus' is No. 1; 'Still Alice,' 'Birdman' get Oscars bump

Movie News from @LATimesmovies - Sun, 01/03/2015 - 19:04
The Will Smith romantic caper "Focus" opened at No. 1, kicking "Fifty Shades of Grey" out of the top spot over the weekend but still falling short of box office projections.
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Box Office: 'Fifty Shades' Seduces Overseas With Massive $338.4M, Nears $500M Globally

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Sun, 01/03/2015 - 17:55

The adaptation of EL James' steamy, S&M-laced novel has grossed $147.7 million in the U.S.

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Richard Bakalyan, Tough Guy Character Actor and a Cop in 'Chinatown,' Dies at 84

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Sun, 01/03/2015 - 06:04

He also excelled at playing hoods throughout his long career, with roles in 'The Delinquents,' 'Robin and the 7 Hoods' and 'The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.'

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'Daredevil' Cast Photos Officially Released by Marvel

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Sun, 01/03/2015 - 00:03

Last week, Empire Magazine released several new cast photos from Daredevil, introducing certain characters for the first time. Now, Marvel has official released all seven of these images in hi-def, bringing us a sneak peek at Vincent D'Onofrio as Kingpin and Rosario Dawson as Claire Temple (aka Night Nurse). All 13 episodes of this exciting action series will hit Netflix on April 10.

Blinded as a young boy but imbued with extraordinary senses, Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) fights against injustice by day as a lawyer, and by night as the Super Hero "Daredevil" in modern day Hell's Kitchen, New York City. Marvel's Daredevil is one of the best known properties of Marvel's street level heroes and will be the the first of four epic live-action adventure series (Marvel's A.K.A. Jessica Jones, Marvel's Iron Fist, and Marvel's Luke Cage, all leading up to the teaming of the main characters in Marvel's The Defenders) that delves into the backstory of how Matt Murdock evolves into Daredevil.

These latest images introduce us to the characters and world of Marvel's Daredevil, including Foggy Nelson, Karen Page, Claire Temple, and the backside of Wilson Fisk. The cast includes Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson, Rosario Dawson, Ayelet Zurer, Bob Gunton, Toby Leonard Moore, Vondie Curtis-Hall and Scott Glenn. Take a look at this sneak peek in hi-res, the prepare to enter Hell's Kitchen, only on Netflix this spring!

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'Suicide Squad': More Details on Joker and Amanda Waller

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Sat, 28/02/2015 - 23:39

DC and Warner Bros.' Suicide Squad is gearing up for production in the next couple of weeks, and the set builders are hard at work creating the world this group of super villains will live within. Director David Ayer has shared more photos on his personal Twitter as these sets start to come together. And star Viola Davis has also chimed in with some new insight into her character, the iconic villain Amanda Waller.

Viola Davis was recently asked what appealed to her about the project. She explained that she has been a long time fan of comic books. And that should definitely help her bring Amanda Waller to the big screen. The acclaimed actress stated:

"As a comic book and Wonder Woman fan, I love the whole DC Comics universe. I traded comics as a kid so all of that appeals to me. When you dream about being an actor as a kid, that's what you dream about. It's like play acting: being the superhero, getting the gun; it plays into that fantasy. How to Get Away with Murder changed my exposure. I don't know if it changed the quality of roles as much as it the exposure. I mean certainly Amanda Waller is a fabulous character."

Along with David Ayer's set photos, the director was asked to describe Jared Leto's Joker in one word. He gives us that one word in a Tweet, which offers just a teeny tiny bit of insight into what we'll be seeing on screen next year. Check it out along with the latest set photos:

@pottertardis: @DavidAyerMovies could you please describe jared letos's joker in one word ?” Majestic #skwad

— David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) February 28, 2015

The craftsmanship that goes into a film set is astounding. The carpentry, sculpture and painting is worldclass. #skwad

— David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) February 21, 2015

Sets are going up #skwadpic.twitter.com/yZ28VTjcwL

— David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) February 28, 2015

Making bricks #skwadpic.twitter.com/CyRZlPgNw6

— David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) February 21, 2015

Testing new iPad controlled lights. Old school light on left. #skwadpic.twitter.com/s0oUj5uP5w

— David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) February 25, 2015

Suicide Squad comes to theaters August 5th, 2016 and stars Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Jai Courtney, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Jay Hernandez. The film is directed by David Ayer.

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'Green Lantern': Michelle Rodriguez Apologizes for Controversial Comments

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Sat, 28/02/2015 - 22:59

Though it's unclear where the rumor started, it has recently begun to spread that DC and Warner Bros. are considering replacing Hal Jordan with Jessica Cruz in their upcoming Green Lantern (Reboot), with the character being introduced in Justice League Part 1. Michelle Rodriguez is said to be wanted for the part. The actress responded to that news, claiming she wasn't wanted, and went onto make a remark about different ethnicties stealing white superheroes. As you can imagine, her initial statement didn't go over well with some. About taking on the role of Green Lantern Jessica Cruz, she states:

"That's the dumbest thing I ever heard. I think it's so stupid because of this whole minorities in Hollywood thing. It's so stupid. Stop stealing all the white people's superheroes. Make up your own. What's up with that?"

After realizing that she had offended quite a few people, she sent out an apology on her personal Facebook page. While you can watch the video in the embed below, she says:

"Hey, guys, I want to clarify about my comment yesterday. I stuck my foot in my mouth once again. I said that people should stop trying to steal white people's superheroes. And I guess it got taken out of context. A lot of people got offended, or whatever. But, like, I have a tendency to speak without a filter. Sorry about that. What I really meant was that, ultimately, at the end of the day, there really is the language. The language you speak in Hollywood is successful franchise. I think there are many cultures in Hollywood that are not white that can come up with their own mythology. We all get it from the same reservoir of life. It doesn't matter what culture you come from. I'm just saying instead of trying to turn a girl character into a guy, or trying to turn a white character into a black character, or Latin charcater, people should stop being lazy and make an effort in Hollywood to develop their own mythology. If being American is your mythology, and the American culture is embedded deep into who you are, and what makes you, so be that. I'm saying that the different cultures from around the world that are in Hollywood, who feel like they are the minority, should start making that a serious priority. It's not about taking Catwoman or Superman or Green Lantern and trying to make them fit into whatever cultural background you are. I feel it should be more creative than that. I think people need to stop being lazy, and that's what I meant by that comment. I'm taking it to heart as well. I'm considering this while I'm out there coming up with projects to do. I think its time to stop taking what is already there and try to fit a culture into it. I think its time to write our own story. Every culture."

While you can't really argue with Michelle Rodriguez's thoughts and ideas on this, she obviously doesn't know the background of Jessica Cruz in Green Lantern mythology. She is of Latin decent and not portrayed in the comic books as a white character. She was also a member of the Justice League for a short time, unwillingly chosen by the Ring of Volthoom, after its former bearer, Harold Jordan of Earth 3, was killed by Sinestro.

It has long been thought that in rebooting Green Lantern, DC and Warner Bros. will go with a different human member of the Green Lantern Corp. The popular choice has always been John Stewart, who is African-American in the comic books. This is the first that we've heard about Jessica Cruz being considered. Though, it would make sense due to the recent outcry for more female superhero characters in movies. This would allow a second woman to become a part of Justice League aside from Wonder Woman. What are your thoughts on this? You can check out Michelle Rodriguez's comments here:

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Green Lantern (Reboot) comes to theaters June 19th, 2020.

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'The Last Starfighter' Remake Eyed by 'Star Wars' Writer

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Sat, 28/02/2015 - 22:08

Though not a substantial hit when it first arrived in theaters way back in 1984, The Last Starfighter, renowned for being one of the first movies to ever use CGI visual effects, has gained quite a cult audience over the years. A remake seems like a no brainer, especially with its timely story of a video game obsessed teenager who is called upon to save the universe. But that may not happen anytime soon according to writer Gary Whitta, who loves the idea of doing a reboot. Unfortunately, it seems the rights are currently tied up and almost impossible to obtain.

Remaking The Last Starfighter is Gary Whitta's dream project. And he's not alone. There are apparently many in the industry who would love to take on the project. About remaking The Last Starfighter, the former Star Wars Spin-Off writer states:

"Man, I wish. I'm one of a very long list of screenwriters who would kill for the opportunity to bring that back. It just seems like the rights are impossible to figure out. Maybe one day. If there's one thing that movie taught me, it's to never stop believing that anything is possible. Even in Hollywood."

The Last Starfighter rights actually belong to original writer Jonathan R. Betuel. And in the past, both Seth Rogen and Steven Spielberg have tried to obtain those rights, albeit unsuccessfully. If you're disappointed that The Last Starfighter isn't returning to the big screen anytime soon, you do have this summer's Pixels to look forward to, which stars Adam Sandler in a role not unlike Alex Rogen in the 1984 sci-fi adventure. Both movies center on a master of 80s arcades who are recruited to use their skills to fight a real-life video game-like threat.

Gary Whitta is known for writing the first draft of the Untitled Gareth Edwards Directed Star Wars Spin-Off, before being replaced by Chris Weitz. His other work includes The Book of Eli and After Earth. Seeing as how After Earth wasn't very well received by critics or audiences, do you think the man is right for The Last Starfighter remake?

The Last Starfighter was released July 13th, 1984 and stars Lance Guest, Dan O'Herlihy, Catherine Mary Stewart, Barbara Bosson, Norman Snow, Robert Preston, Chris Hebert, John O'Leary. The film is directed by Nick Castle.

The Last Starfighter is in development .

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Michelle Rodriguez: Minority Actors Should "Stop Stealing" White Superheroes

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Sat, 28/02/2015 - 22:03

The 'Furious 7' actress also addressed whether she would appear in the 'Green Lantern' reboot.

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'Power Rangers' Fan Film Returns After Copyright Dispute

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Sat, 28/02/2015 - 20:01

The controversial short Power/Rangers is back online after Saban Brands settled their copyright dispute with the makers of the film. The movie has now returned to Youtube and Vimeo after being pulled by both streaming video sites earlier in the week. And it looks like no further legal action is being pursued. You can also see the video below.

This past week, a tsunami of copyright controversy began to swirl after producer Adi Shankar unveiled his latest entry in the so-called Bootleg Universe, this time debuting a Power/Rangers fan film from Torque and Detention director Joseph Kahn. The 15 minute short was an instant sensation, starring Katee Sackhoff, James Van Der Beek and Will Yun Lee from a script Joseph Kahn wrote with James Van Der Beek and Dutch Southern. They called it a 'deboot' of the Power Rangers franchise, and Saban Brands, who own the Power Rangers copyright, soon filed claim.

Power/Rangers puts a dark grown-up and very R rated spin on the popular kid-friendly property. While fans seemed to enjoy it, Saban did not. While they have subsides with their complaints, a new disclaimer has been added to the video, which reads:

Deboot of the Power Rangers. My take on the FAN FILM. Not a pilot, not a series, not for profit, strictly for exhibition. This is a bootleg experiment not affiliated or endorsed by Saban Entertainment or Lionsgate nor is it selling any product. I claim no rights to any of the characters (don't send me any money, not kickstarted, this film is free). This is the NSFW version. An alternate safe version is on youtube.

About the disclaimer, Joseph Kahn further states:

They put these disclaimers on so kids so don't confuse our super-violent film with their Power Rangers brand. There are no hard feelings. We signed contracts. We can play it anywhere we want on all platforms. I think they realized that people just want to see it."

Power/Rangers was first removed from Vimeo before being removed from Youtube on Thursday. Saban Brands claimed copyright infringement, though the director and producer claimed fair use. It did cause quite a controversy, and can only help the Power Rangers movie in development at Saban as we speak, which will be in theaters summer 2016. The short even brought some of the original Power Rangers out of the woodwork, including former Green and White Ranger Jason David Frank, who has previously teased his rerun in the big screen reboot. About the 'deboot' fan film, he stated:

"I know there's a lot of fans out there that love it and all that stuff, but I'm just a PG-13 guy. The cuss words, the drugs, all this other stuff - it doesn't fly with me. The problem is, [the Power Rangers] are still connected with adults and&#160kids. The 'Super Megaforce' and 'Power Ranges Dino Charge' are still on Nickelodeon, and so you can't take a brand like this and reboot it so dark and gritty. This still is a kids' brand."

Black Ranger Walter Jones had this to say:

"I wont be posting the video of the Power Rangers deboot video because I still have fans that are kids.&#160I will say... I thought it was very well done and entertaining. I am looking forward to other interpretations of this amazing show. I am blessed to have had the pleasure of helping to create here in the states! Its Morphing Time!!"

And even fan-favorite former Pink Ranger Amy Jo Johnson got in on the action:

Okay... so you've ALL probably seen this already. BUT just wanted to share. Personally I think it's kind of awesome. BUT don't tell Saban that!! I might get sued. [wink emoticon] And it's clearly NOT for KIDS!!"

Power/Rangers was released February 23rd, 2015 and stars Katee Sackhoff, James Van Der Beek, Russ Bain, Will Yun Lee, Gichi Gamba, Yves Bright, Stevin Knight, Tony 'Madness' Gomez. The film is directed by Joseph Kahn.

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'Mockingjay Part 1' sets up 'Hunger Games' finale nicely

Movie News from @LATimesmovies - Sat, 28/02/2015 - 20:00
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
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