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The Woman In Black: Angel Of Death Trailer Materialises

Tom Harper's horror sequel opens its doors to visitors

Bringing you some mild scares on a Wednesday morning, Tom Harper’s The Woman In Black: Angel Of Death has unveiled its first trailer today, sending audiences screaming back to the dank disrepair of Eel Marsh House (Downton Shabby, anyone?).

While Daniel Radcliffe and James Watkins have since moved out, Jeremy Irvine has stepped in for a story that picks up 40 years after the first haunting, in the midst of WWII, when a group of evacuated children take up residence in the house during The Blitz. Unfortunately for them the funereally clad lady of the house is still in residence, however, and Nazi bombers prove to be the least of their worries. You can check out the trailer below.

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Cairo Film Festival Adds David Cronenberg, Jean-Luc Godard Titles to Lineup

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Wed, 22/10/2014 - 11:12

The November event is looking to return with new vigor following three years of turmoil

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Magic Faraway Tree Film Planned

Sam Mendes is producing an Enid Blyton adaptation

Generally, the adaptations in Sam Mendes cinematic career to date have been heavier dramas or the violent likes of Road To Perdition. But for a new producing job, he’s shepherding a much more whimsical story to the screen, overseeing work on a film of Enid Blyton’s book The Magical Faraway Tree.

Blyton’s series of four novels, The Enchanted Wood, The Magic Faraway Tree, The Folk Of The Faraway Tree and Up The Faraway Tree, which were published between 1939 and 1951, are set in an enchanted forest that is home to the titular trunk. When a group of children discovers it, they go on a series of adventures in and around the lofty tree, which is tall enough to reach the clouds and big enough to hold small houses.

Mendes and Pippa Harris’ Neal Street Productions has secured the rights to all four books, presumably to set a franchise in motion if the first film works. “As a child I was captivated by The Faraway Tree books, and the magical worlds created by Enid Blyton,” Harris tells Variety. “Re-reading the books today with my daughter, they completely retain their power to enchant. To be able to adapt these books for the big screen, and introduce them to a new audience is a great honour.” There’s no word on a writer, director or any casting yet, but expect that to start to emerge soon.

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John Carter Could Return To Mars

As Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc. takes the rights back from Disney

One unsuccessful – in box office terms, at least – attempt to bring something to the screen can sometimes soil a property for other filmmakers. But that doesn’t appear to be the case for Edgar Rice Burroughs’ John Carter Of Mars, as the writer’s estate is now trying to prove. With the rights back in its hands from Disney, the search is on for a new cinematic partner.

Despite Disney and director Andrew Stanton’s efforts with 2012’s John Carter, the Mouse House couldn’t generate enough interest in the property to kick off a franchise. And while the film is increasingly being seen less as a noble effort scuppered by confusing marketing, a push away from the core concept and differences of opinion, it seems to have opened the door for others to try again, with some salutary lessons to be learned. And it doesn’t hurt that Guardians Of The Galaxy has just used the oddball space adventure format to power a huge hit.

“John Carter Of Mars was the creative stimulus behind such movie classics as Superman, Star Wars and Avatar,” says Burroughs Inc. president James Sullos. “Edgar Rice Burroughs was the Master of Adventure and his literary works continue to enjoy a world-wide following. We will be seeking a new partner to help develop new adventures on film as chronicled in the eleven Mars novels Burroughs wrote. This adventure never stops. Along with a new Tarzan film in development by Warner Bros., we hope to have John Carter become another major franchise to entertain world-wide audiences of all ages.”

The company will now start entertaining pitches by other companies and filmmaking teams to work on getting Carter’s ass back to Mars. The big question remains whether it really can work this time, especially in an era when so many of the elements it helped originate have been used by other movies and TV series. Warner Bros. Tarzan, meanwhile, will be on our screens in 2016.

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Kim Basinger Joins The Nice Guys

As a corrupt chief justice

LA Confidential reunion klaxon! All right, so it’s just Kim Basinger and Russell Crowe from the crime classic that will share the screen once again, but it is for another period piece set in a dangerous time for the City Of Angels. The actress has joined the cast of Shane Black’s new thriller, The Nice Guys.

Black co-wrote the script with Anthony Bagarozzi, and the story is set in the 1970s. Ryan 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. And Basinger is set as her mother, the crooked official who is in the pay of criminals. Matt Bomer is aboard in an unspecified role, while Keith David and Beau Knapp recently signed on to play villains.

Black is aiming at a June 17, 2016 release date. Basinger, last seen in Grudge Match, is part of Anders Morgenthaler’s drama I Am Here, which doesn’t yet have a UK release date set.

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Natalie Dormer Ventures Into The Forest

She's set for the supernatural thriller

She’s already got a couple of films demanding her attention, but Natalie Dormer is lining up more work. She’s now signed on to the lead for supernatural thriller The Forest.

Set in the same location as Gus Van Sant’s new Matthew McConaughey-starring drama Sea Of Trees, The Forest finds a young American woman searching for her vanished twin sister in the Japanese forest of Aokigahara. It’s a place at the foot of Mount Fuji where people traditionally end their lives. But though she’s seeking answers, what she actually discovers is a forest full of angry souls of the dead who have perished there before. We’re guessing there will be running and screaming before the final credits roll.

Jason Zada is directing this one from a script currently undergoing work by Nick Acosta and Sarah Cornwell with Dark Knight trilogy writer and prolific producer David Goyer overseeing the project alongside Lava Bear Films.

As for Dormer, she’ll be part of the cast for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, which arrives on November 20. She’s also gearing up to make horror thriller Patient Zero and will be back on smaller screens for the new season of Game Of Thrones, due next April.

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BAFTA appoints director of awards

Film Industry News - Wed, 22/10/2014 - 10:11
Newly created role will oversee all five of BAFTA’s London-based ceremonies.
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James Wan Directing The Conjuring Sequel

He's headed back to horror

When he was out promoting The Conjuring in 2013, and preparing to start shooting Fast & Furious 7, James Wan talked about how he was finished with horror films for a while and wanted to focus on other things. It seems he’s happy to return to keep guiding at least one of his scare franchises, as the director has made a deal to craft The Conjuring 2.

We guessed when news broke that the horror sequel was being pushed back to 2016 that Wan may have made a deal to return provided he could be given more time to work on other things, such as the extensive tour planned in support of the new Fast outing, which itself had to be delayed to 2015 after the sad death of Paul Walker.

And Wan hasn’t stepped entirely away from the terror genre that helped make his career: he produced this year’s Conjuring spin-off Annabelle, and his new deal includes an option to produce and develop sci-fi, horror and comedy films for New Line via his Atomic Monster production company.

No firm details have emerged about the Conjuring sequel, which currently carries the subtitle The Enfield Poltergeist. From the sounds of that, it’ll see Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga back as paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, who spent time investigating Blighty’s spooks during their long career.

As for what this means for Wan’s future with the Fast franchise, that’s anyone’s guess, though Deadline points out that Universal’s option on him did include room to make another Conjuring.

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BAFTA Names Emma Baehr Director of Awards

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Wed, 22/10/2014 - 09:08

She takes on the new role overseeing all London-based ceremonies for the organization

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Sony Pictures Park and Smurfs Zone Set for Planned Dubai Theme Park

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Wed, 22/10/2014 - 08:57

Part of Motiongate Dubai, it will include 'Ghostbusters,' 'Zombieland,' 'Hotel Transylvania' and other attractions

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'John Wick': Film Review

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Wed, 22/10/2014 - 08:43

Keanu Reeves and 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’s' Michael Nyqvist play antagonistic gangland adversaries in Reeves’ return to atmospheric actioners.

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'Interstellar,' 'Penguins of Madagascar' Make Final Six Foreign Films Approved by China for 2014

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Wed, 22/10/2014 - 08:01

All 34 quota titles for Hollywood and other foreign films have now been allocated

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'Hobbit' Trilogy Reportedly Cost $745 Million to Make

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Wed, 22/10/2014 - 04:57

Box office for the three films will likely top $3 billion globally

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'Interstellar': Would Matthew McConaughey and Christopher Nolan Actually Go Into Space?

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Wed, 22/10/2014 - 04:28

Jessica Chastain and Anne Hathaway also answer the difficult question

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Court, Chauranga win top awards in Mumbai

Film Industry News - Wed, 22/10/2014 - 03:59
Indian films Court, Chauranga and Killa were the big winners at the close of the Mumbai Film Festival (MFF), which wrapped on Tuesday night.
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'Avengers 2' Trailer Debuts During Next 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Wed, 22/10/2014 - 03:41

Marvel announced during tonight's Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. that the first trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron will debut during next week's episode, "A Fractured House", airing Tuesday, October 28 at 9 PM ET on ABC. Take a look at the announcement below, which Marvel made on their official Twitter page.

After production wrapped in August on Avengers: Age of Ultron, many fans wondered when the first footage from this Marvel Phase Two sequel will debut. Earlier this month, we reported that fans at New York Comic-Con got to see scenes from the movie, which take place during a party at Avengers Tower. This fun time comes to an abrupt ending when it is interrupted by Ultron (James Spader). It isn't known if this is the same footage fans will see next week, but the description led many to believe that it was just a teaser trailer, which would be just the right length to show during a TV series such as Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..

If what is coming next Tuesday is just a brief teaser, it isn't known when Marvel may debut the full trailer. We reported last month that the full trailer may be attached to prints of Paramount's Interstellar, which hits theaters on November 7, nearly two weeks after the first footage airs on ABC.

Will you be tuning in to Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. just to get an early look at Avengers: Age of Ultron? Chime in with your thoughts below.

Tune in to #Marvel’s #AgentsofSHIELD, Tuesday, 10/28 at 9|8c on ABC to see the @Avengers#AgeofUltron trailer on TV!

— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) October 22, 2014

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.

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode 2.6, "A Fractured House" airs on ABC October 28th, 2014.

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'Wrong Turn 6' Infographic Breaks Down the Entire Franchise

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Wed, 22/10/2014 - 03:24

Room service has never been more terrifying as Three-Finger, One-Eye, and Saw-Tooth are back for the next bloody installment of the Wrong Turn franchise. To celebrate today's release of Wrong Turn 6: Last Resort on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD - we present to you the Wrong Turn franchise infographic. Just in time for Halloween, the graphic details some of the bloodiest aspects of the Wrong Turn film series. Share it with your readers for a bloody good time!

A sudden and mysterious inheritance brings Danny and his friends to Hobb Springs, a forgotten resort deep in the West Virginia hills. Hobb Springs is being looked after under the watchful care of Jackson and Sally, a socially and awkward couple who introduce Danny to the long lost family he's never known. Soon, Danny is forced to choose between his friends and his bloodline.

Before you pick up Wrong Turn 6: Last Resort on Blu-ray or DVD today, learn more about this blood-soaked franchise, including which of the cannibal brothers Three-Finger, One-Eye and Saw-Tooth have the most kills, how they have gruesomely offed their victims and much more.

Wrong Turn 6: Last Resort was released October 21st, 2014 and stars Chris Jarvis, Aqueela Zoll, Sadie Katz, Harry Belcher, Roxanne Pallett, Radoslav Parvanov, Danko Jordanov, Asen Asenov.

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'The Nice Guys' Casts Kim Basinger as the Chief Justice

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Wed, 22/10/2014 - 03:10

Kim Basinger has signed on to reunite with her L.A. Confidential co-star Russell Crowe in another crime noir thriller, The Nice Guys.

The story centers on a private detective (Ryan Gosling) who teams up with an ex-boxer turned hired muscle (Russell Crowe) to find a young girl who has gone missing in 1970s Los Angeles, and to solve the murder of a porn star, as they discover the two cases may be related. Kim Basinger is playing the chief justice who has mysterious interests at play. We reported yesterday that Beau Knapp and Keith David are playing the villains, with White Collar and Magic Mike star Matthew Bomer also joining the cast in an unspecified role.

Shane Black (Iron Man 3) is directing from a screenplay he co-wrote with Anthony Bagarozzi. Joel Silver and Ken Kao are producing, with Hal Sadoff and Michael Malone serving as executive producers. It isn't known when shooting may begin, but Warner Bros. has already issued a June 17, 2016 release date.

Kim Basinger most recently starred in Grudge Match and Third Person.

The Nice Guys comes to theaters June 17th, 2016 and stars Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling, Beau Knapp, Keith David, Kim Basinger. The film is directed by Shane Black.

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GIVEAWAY: Win 'Saw' 10th Anniversary Prizes

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Wed, 22/10/2014 - 02:54

Fans can re-live the sheer terror from director James Wan' Saw when the modern horror-classic is re-released in theaters for one week only, starting October 31, to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of its initial release. Five years before Paranormal Activity helped spawn the "micro-budget" genre, Saw took audiences by storm, with this thriller that cost just $1.2 million to make, taking in over $100 million worldwide, and spawning a franchise that included six successful sequels.

Saw starred Leigh Whannell (who co-wrote the script with James Wan) and Cary Elwes as two strangers who wake up trapped in a horrifying dungeon, as they are forced to follow the intricate rules of a killer known only as Jigsaw, if they want to make it out alive.

To help celebrate this 10th Anniversary re-release, we have a giveaway lined up where fans can win five Saw collectible posters, three of which you can see below, with two more debuting over the next two weeks, and a number of branded items such as stickers, t-shirts, key chains, postcards and bracelets.

What are you waiting for? Embrace your inner Jigsaw and enter to win these amazing prizes to help celebrate Saw's 10th Anniversary in style.

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  • 5 new Saw collectible posters
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With a dead body lying between them, two men wake up in the secure lair of a serial killer who's been nicknamed "Jigsaw". The men must follow various rules and objectives if they wish to survive and win the deadly game set for them.

Saw was released October 29th, 2004 and stars Leigh Whannell, Cary Elwes, Danny Glover, Ken Leung, Dina Meyer, Mike Butters, Paul Gutrecht, Michael Emerson. The film is directed by James Wan.

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Keanu Reeves: "It Sucks" Not Getting More Studio Offers

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Wed, 22/10/2014 - 02:36

His last studio film, Universal's '47 Ronin,' was not exactly a home run

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