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'Boxtrolls' Premiere: Directors Talk Giving Audiences 'Something New to Look At'

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - 8 hours 56 min ago

Laika Studios' third stop-motion animated feature stars Ben Kingsley and Elle Fanning

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'Gone Girl': Film Review

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - 9 hours 10 min ago

David Fincher delivers a faithful adaptation of Gillian Flynn's mystery about a marriage turned sour

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt Considering Oliver Stone's Latest

He may play Edward Snowden

Joseph Gordon-Levitt will be on our screens later next year playing real-life high-wire walker Philippe Petit in The Walk. And he’s seriously considering another based-on-reality role for Oliver Stone, reportedly circling the lead in the director’s Edward Snowden film.

Stone and producer Moritz Borman have bought up two prime sources for their film, Time Of The Octopus, a novel by Snowden’s Russian lawyer Anatoly Kucherena, giving him access to the story of the whistle blower who sought asylum in Russia and had to wait to see if the country would grant it. The filmmakers also have the option on Guardian journalist Luke Hardin’s book The Snowden Files: The Inside Story Of The World’s Most Wanted Man.

Pitched as a thriller, Stone’s film will chart the experiences of Snowden, the whistleblowing National Security Agency contractor who began leaking classified documents to former Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald in June 2013. Snowden, currently stuck in Russia after the US cancelled his passport, has become a polarizing figure between those – such as the director himself – who consider him a patriotic hero, and those who feel he’s a traitor.

With a December start date pencilled in for shooting to kick off in Munich, Stone clearly wants to get out ahead of any competition, including Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, who have their own project bubbling away based on Greenwald’s own upcoming book. The risk will be in tackling a story that has still to fully crystalize and is so recent that it could end up inspiring as much antipathy as interest, as the events are still fresh in the mind, a fate that partly befell The Fifth Estate. As for Robert Zemeckis' The Walk, that hits our cinemas on October 2, 2015.








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Can 'True Detective' Star Michelle Monaghan Land an Oscar Nom for 'Fort Bliss'?

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - 12 hours 10 min ago

The 38-year-old plays an Army medic who comes home after a 15-month tour in Afghanistan and finds that her young son barely even remembers her

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Oscars: Israel Nominates 'Gett, the Trial of Viviane Amsalem' in Foreign-Language Category

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - 13 hours 1 min ago

The film takes place entirely in a Rabbinical courtroom where a wife is begging her husband to grant her divorce

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More 'Star Wars 7' Set Photos of the Millennium Falcon Appear

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Sun, 21/09/2014 - 20:30

With production currently under way at Pinewood Studios in London, new photos have been released from the Star Wars: Episode VII set, which offer new looks at the Millennium Falcon and an X-Wing fighter ship.

No actors were spotted on the set, but we get perhaps our best looks yet at the Millennium Falcon and X-Wing ships, which are partially covered by tarps. Take a look at the images below, or clickHere for a better look, then read on for more information.

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We reported last week that John Boyega's character may be flying a black and chrome X-Wing ship that matches his Stormtrooper costume. The plot reportedly revolves around John Boyega and Daisy Ridley's characters, who finds a light saber that belongs to Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), which sends them on a journey to return the Jedi weapon to its rightful owner.

We have previously seen the Millennium Falcon in a number of different set photos, and we'll likely see many more images as production continues in London.

Star Wars: Episode VII comes to theaters December 18th, 2015 and stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson, Lupita Nyong'o. The film is directed by J.J. Abrams.

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'Marvel's Daredevil' Will Not Make Same Mistakes as the Movie

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Sun, 21/09/2014 - 20:23

Next year, the Netflix TV series Marvel's Daredevil will debut, the first of four new shows including Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist, which will culminate with The Defenders mini-series. The show will come 12 years after the Daredevil movie adaptation hit theaters, which many fans weren't pleased with.

Marvel's Jeph Loeb revealed in a recent interview that the movie will not inform what they are doing with the upcoming TV series.

"When we started talking to our actors and to our directors, this is with all due respect to the film, if you want to know what we're not doing, go watch the movie. If you want to know what we're doing, it's very much steeped in the world of the comics, but it also has a life of its own and that's really what television and our films really do is that we take the best....We hope and we're very confident that this is the beginning of something that's very exciting on Netflix."

However, he also added that the four shows, and how these superheroes come together in The Defenders, is inspired by Marvel's The Avengers.

"When I watched The Avengers, which is really one of my favorite movies, during the scene when the sky opens up, the Chitauri are coming and there's a giant battle over by Grand Central Station, even in the theater I was thinking, 'In the true Marvel Universe if you go about ten blocks over and an avenue down, there's a place called Hell's Kitchen and in that world are characters like Daredevil and Jessica Jones and Luke Cage Hero for Hire, and those characters are not going to be involved in an inter-warfare-universe-colliding incident. That's what the Avengers do and they do it really, really well and those movies are incredible. We wanted to have an opportunity to be able to tell stories about our street-level heroes and how that they could possibly interact in the world of Marvel without it feeling like it's completely detached and by the same token feeling like it's part of that world. And it's very much how it is in the comics, which is that Daredevil -- yes, one could argue that at some point he's been an Avenger but hey, you know, the reality is that so has everybody else [laughs]. The idea is that this is the world of people who are there to protect the neighborhood and if you believe in the neighborhood the way you believe in the planet then the emotional context is just strong."

Production is already under way on Marvel's Daredevil, although Marvel and Netflix have not announced a series premiere date for the show at this time.

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'Maze Runner' Sequel 'Scorch Trials' Gets 2015 Release

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Sun, 21/09/2014 - 20:15

Following The Maze Runner opening with the top spot at the box office this weekend, 20th Century Fox has announced that the sequel, The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, will arrive in theaters September 18, 2015.

The follow-up will open against Universal's Everest and Warner Bros.' Black Mass next September. The Maze Runner is the first book in a trilogy written by James Dashner, which was followed up by The Scorch Trials and The Death Cure, which may be adapted by 20th Century Fox in the future.

The Maze Runner director Wes Ball will return to direct from a script by T.S. Nowlin, who co-wrote the first film with Noah Oppenheim and Grant Pierce Myers. No cast members are confirmed yet, but it seems likely that the main cast will return, including Dylan O'Brien, Aml Ameen, Ki Hong Lee, Blake Cooper, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Will Poulter and Kaya Scodelario.

The Maze Runner centers on a young man named Thomas (Dylan O'Brien), who wakes up in a mysterious place known as The Glade, which is surrounded by a massive maze, as he must work together with a number of young captives to find a way out.

The Maze Runner was released September 19th, 2014 and stars Dylan O'Brien, Aml Ameen, Ki Hong Lee, Blake Cooper, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Will Poulter, Dexter Darden, Kaya Scodelario. The film is directed by Wes Ball.

The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials comes to theaters September 18th, 2015. The film is directed by Wes Ball.

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BOX OFFICE: 'The Maze Runner' Wins with $32.5 Million

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Sun, 21/09/2014 - 20:07

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The Maze Runner Sequel Has A Release Date

Prepare for Scorch Trials in 2015

Plans for the film were announced at the San Diego Comic-Con back in July, and director Wes Ball is already knee-deep in pre-production, but thanks to the success of the first film at the US and international box office this weekend, the sequel to The Maze Runner, currently called Maze Runner: Scorch Trials, has been dated for release in the States on September 18, 2015.

The first Maze Runner doesn’t open here in the UK until October 10, but 20th Century Fox is clearly bullish about its new franchise, despite it opening to a lower figure than novel adaptation champions Twilight or The Hunger Games. That film finds Dylan O’Brien as Thomas, who wakes up in a mysterious elevator transporting him into a massive maze filled with other boys. With no memory of exactly who he is, and plagued by strange dreams about a mysterious organization known as WICKD, he soon discovers that he’s in a very dangerous place.



Only by piecing together fragments of his past with clues he discovers in the maze can Thomas hope to uncover his true purpose and a means of escape. But with the obstacles ever changing and a surprise twist in the arrival of a young woman (Kaya Scodelario), it won’t be an easy task. James Dashner's second book, The Scorch Trials, continues the story, though obviously we won't dip into that for fear of spoilers… Assuming Fox sticks with the same release plan, we can expect the sequel to arrive here in early October next year.


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Specialty Box Office: Mia Wasikowska, Adam Driver's Desert Drama 'Tracks' Stumbles

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Sun, 21/09/2014 - 18:51

Simon Pegg's 'Hector and the Search for Happiness' and Nick Cave's '20,000 Days on Earth' also opened in select theaters

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New Interstellar Poster Lands

UPDATE: See all the posters so far

UPDATE: All the posters fro the movie - including the one based on our cover - are now online for your staring needs.

A couple of days ago, we brought you the world exclusive first look at the official poster for Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, featuring a space suited-and-booted Matthew McConaughey exploring an alien world. Another new image has arrived online, this one very much set on our planet. Check out the pic below courtesy of Yahoo. {Yahoo Interstellar Poster}

Though a lot of the details are still under wraps thanks to Nolan’s lifelong quest to keep a little mystery alive in cinema, we do know the film finds the Earth dying thanks to overpopulation, climate change and general mishandling by its supposedly most intelligent occupants. McConaughey plays Cooper, assigned as the leader of an astronaut crew of scientists and engineers who must explore potential new homes for humanity as opened up by wormhole theories. You can actually learn more about the film in the new tie-in game, which seems a little too detailed for a Nolan film at this stage at the game, but take a look.

The film also stars Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway, Topher Grace, Casey Affleck, Wes Bentley, Michael Caine and John Lithgow. Interstellar hits UK cinemas on November 7, and you can read much more about it in the November issue of Empire, which will hit shelves on Thursday, September 25. You have probably already seen the subscribers’ cover, and we’ll be unveiling the newsstand version early next week.








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San Sebastian: Antonio Banderas Wants to Work More in Spain

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Sun, 21/09/2014 - 18:34

The Spanish actor is in San Sebastian to promote 'Automata'

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The Maze Runner Sprints To The Top Of The US Box Office

A Walk Among The Tombstones strolls in second

Liam Neeson may have delivered a joking promise to his former Love Actually co-star and current Maze Runner actor Thomas Brodie Sangster that his new thriller A Walk Among The Tombstones would outrun the teen novel adaptation, but it’s Neeson left puffing along in second place as the film based on James Dashner’s book crossed the finish line first at the US box office this weekend.

The Maze Runner, which was helped by opening on nearly a thousand more screens, much more promotion and a youth audience-friendly cast, took the top spot with $32.5 million, which given that the studio is already deep into pre-production on the sequel, Maze Runner: Scorch Trials (now dated for Sep 18, 2015), must come as a relief to 20th Century Fox. It might not compare to the runaway successes such as Twilight or The Hunger Games (it opened to a lower figure than Divergent), but it’s a healthy enough sign that the franchise has taken off.

A Walk Among The Tombstones, meanwhile, represented Neeson back in action, albeit with a little more grit than the likes of Taken or Non-Stop. Still, it appears US audiences are more willing to see those films as Tombstones could only muster $13.1 million, opening below expectations. Yet that was enough to see off Shawn Levy’s latest, dysfunctional family comedy drama This Is Where I Leave You which, despite boasting a solid cast, only opened to $11.8 million.

Last week’s champ, No Good Deed, took a tumble to fourth place, adding $10.2 million for a $40.1 million total so far. And Dolphin Tale 2 sank three places to fifth with $9 million.

Guardians Of The Galaxy was down to sixth, earning $5.1 million as it began its slow march from the charts in anticipation of future big Blu-ray sales. The Marvel adventure crossed $313.6 million in the US this weekend and is up past $632.2 million worldwide. Let’s Be Cops was seventh with $2.7 million, while Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fell to eighth with $2.6 million. Tom Hardy drama The Drop slipped to ninth and $2 million, just head of If I Stay, which earned $1.8 million.

To see a bunch of teenagers use their particular set to skills to outpace Liam Neeson in the full chart listings, head to Box Office Mojo.


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New Red Band Trailer For The Interview

Seth Rogen and James Franco are on a mission

We’ve had at least one other trailer for Seth Rogen and Even Goldberg’s latest directorial effort, The Interview. Here comes the latest, a Red Band effort full of their trademark filthy humour and James Franco mugging. 

Franco is Dave Skylark, the none-too-bright but very popular host of celebrity tabloid TV show Skylark Tonight. When he and producer / best pal Aaron Rapoport learn that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is a huge fan of their work, they manage to land an interview with the tyrant, seeing it as their chance to be legitimized as journalists.

But with their travel to Pyongyang set, the CIA decides that Dave and Aaron are the best shot they have at assassinating Kim, and set about finding a way for the two least qualified men imaginable to off a world leader.

This has more of what we can expect from the film, including Skylark taking a while to figure out what the CIA agents mean by “take out” the Korean despot and Aaron needing to conceal a vital item in an uncomfortable place. No, not the back of a Volkswagen.

With Lizzy Caplan, Randall Park, Timothy Simons and Diana Bang in the cast, The Interview will hit UK screens on February 6 next year, after requiring a delay for some digital polishing to remove certain elements for clearance issues. Because we’re sure Korea will be fine with a film where Kim Jong-un is targeted for assassination…. 








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Angelina Jolie Will Direct Poaching Tale Africa

A new true-life story

With Unbroken, her second directorial effort set to hit cinemas later this year, Angelina Jolie is already at work on her third, By The Sea which co-stars hubby Brad Pitt. And she’s now locked in a fourth, targeting another true-life story with Africa.

Eric Roth has written the script, based on the true story of paleoanthropologist Richard Leakey and his battle with the ivory poachers who threatened the African elephant population. The emotional story appears to capture a real movement in Hollywood at the moment: Tom Hardy, Tobey Maguire and Leonardo DiCaprio are all developing another anti-poaching drama. But Jolie’s attachment to this Skydance Productions films means it’ll have an even higher profile.

“I’ve felt a deep connection to Africa and its culture for much of my life, and was taken with Eric’s beautiful script about a man drawn into the violent conflict with elephant poachers who emerged with a deeper understanding of man’s footprint and a profound sense of responsibility for the world around him,” Jolie says in a statement carried by Variety. She has Unbroken cinematographer Roger Deakins already on board, but other details will likely have to wait until she’s finished on By The Sea.

Unbroken, the story of Olympic sprinter and World War II POW Louis Zamperini, heads to UK cinemas on December 26.


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Matt Damon May Tackle The Great Wall

He's considering Zhang Yimou's epic

Despite backing from Legendary boss Thomas Tull, as part of his attempt to launch spin-off business Legendary, China-set epic The Great Wall has proven a tricky prospect, burning through at least one director (Ed Zwick) and several potential cast members in its journey to the screen. Just as it starts to look like it’ll take as long to make as the structure it chronicles, word arrives that Matt Damon might be interested in starring, which could certainly move things along.

As of right now, it’s only something Damon is considering, but there are compelling reasons for him to take it, not least of which is the chance to work with director Zhang Yimou, who is currently developing the film. Carlos Bernard and Doug Miro wrote a draft of the script, but Bourne veteran Tony Gilroy has produced the most recent version, which could also have attracted Damon’s interested.

The planned epic tale is still being kept largely under wraps, though it’s expected that it’ll tell the story of how the various chunks of the wall came to be across several generations in northern China. Originally constructed to protect the northern borders of the Chinese Empire in the 5th century BC, it has since been modified, demolished and rebuilt several times between the earliest structure and the 16th century. There’s a lot of history to pack in, so we expect the pic will focus on one or two specific periods.

Damon’s plate is busy at the moment – he’ll next star for Ridley Scott in The Martian and has a lot of other options jostling for his attention, not the least of which are a potential Bourne reunion and his aim to direct a film. Damon is part of the cast for Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, which launches here on November 7 and is covered in the next issue of Empire.








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Adam McKay Is Directing A New Comedy

From Parks And Recreation's Ben Schwartz

Writer/producer/directors such as Judd Apatow and Anchorman’s Adam McKay have a long history of finding other talent and shepherding their films to the screen. In this instance, McKay is partnering with Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg to direct a new, untitled comedy based on a pitch from Parks And Recreation actor Ben Schwartz.

As well as writing, Schwartz plans to co-star in the film, about which almost nothing is known. He’s had experience writing on other projects though, including an Emmy win thanks to the music and lyrics of Hugh Jackman’s Oscar hosting opening number, and he's also a respected comedian and fiendish improviser.

"Evan and Seth have been doing amazing things and we're so excited to work with them. Ben, not so much," McKay said in a typically funny statement carried by The Hollywood Reporter. "Most of my problems with him are personal ones, but I have to give it up. He did come up with a great idea."

As for Evan and Seth, they’re just as happy. “Every 2,000 years, the planets of our galaxy align in a perfect line that funnels the cosmic energies of the universe to flow into one perfect comedic collaboration. The time is now. This is that project. Nothing will ever be the same. McKay and Schwartz are real smart, well-endowed guys, and we couldn't be more excited to be working with them.”

Good Universe, which worked with Goldberg and Rogen on Bad Neighbours, is gearing up to back the eventual comedy. Schwartz will be back on the big screen in Shawn Levy’s This Is Where I Leave You, out here on October 24. He’s also part of the cast for Robert Zemeckis’ Philippe Petit film The Walk, landing on October 2 next year. And before that, he’s in Rogen and Goldberg’s latest directorial effort The Interview, scheduled for February 6 next year.


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James Franco and Seth Rogen star in red-band trailer for The Interview: watch now

Film News From Total Film Magazine - Sun, 21/09/2014 - 16:19

A new red-band has arrived for The Interview, in which James Franco and Seth Rogen find themselves tasked with assassinating Kim Jong-Un.

Franco plays a popular TV interviewer specialising in celebrity gossip and tabloid shock stories, while Rogen is his long-standing producer with dreams of working to a proper news agenda.

So, when the opportunity to interview Kim Jong-Un comes up, Rogen manages to persuade Franco to take the gig, only to find there’s more to the set-up than initially meets the eye…

Take a look at the new trailer, below…



While the jokes are certainly on the crude side (“weapon of ass destruction”), there look to be laughs aplenty on offer here, as Rogen and Franco take a frankly ludicrous scenario and run with it for all it’s worth…

Directed by Rogen and Evan Goldberg, and co-starring Lizzy Caplan and Randall Park, The Interview will open in the UK on 6 February 2015.








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Fox Already Plotting 'Maze Runner' Sequel, Sets 2015 Release Date

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Sun, 21/09/2014 - 15:52

'Maze Runner' opened to $32.5 million over the weekend in North America and has already earned $81.5 million worldwide

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