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WonderCon: 'Godzilla' Director on 'Quiet' Marketing Effort for Monster Movie

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Sat, 19/04/2014 - 22:51

"Quiet is the new loud," Gareth Edwards said, adding that the campaign is shifting gears as Warner Bros. prepares for May 16 release.

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Bryan Singer Attorney: Director Wasn't in Hawaii During Alleged Sex Acts

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Sat, 19/04/2014 - 22:17

The filmmaker's lawyer says receipts and telephone records prove Singer was busy working on "X-Men" during dates former child model Michael Egan III alleges he was abused in the state.

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WonderCon: No Mention of Bryan Singer at 'X-Men' Panel

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Sat, 19/04/2014 - 22:15

Writer-producer Simon Kinberg stepped in to replace the filmmaker, who is facing allegations of sexually abusing a 17-year-old boy.

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Tribeca: 'Community's' Gillian Jacobs Relates to Female-Centric Comedy 'Life Partners'

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Sat, 19/04/2014 - 17:12

The co-star also told THR that she's a fan of dual theatrical-VOD releases, something this film could have, as it's still seeking a distributor.

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Bryan Singer Drops Out of All Press for 'X-Men: Days of Future Past'

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Sat, 19/04/2014 - 15:40

In light of recent allegations in a widely publicized sexual abuse case against the director, Bryan Singer has dropped out of all press for X-Men: Days of Future Past. He also pulled out of a scheduled appearance at this weekend's WonderCon in Anaheim, where he was excited to promote the latest film in the long-standing Fox franchise.

Bryan Singer was accused this week of using drugs and alcohol to force a teenage boy to have sex with him in a case that stretches back to 1999. The director denies any wrongdoing, as his lawyer Martin Singer (no relation) claims the case is 'completely fabricated'.

Accuser Michael Egan claims the abuse took place in Hawaii during August and October of 1999. Bryan Singer himself claims to have an alibi, saying he was in Toronto at that time working on the first X-Men movie. He will soon file credit card bills and various other documents that prove he was in Canada at the time of the incident.

X-Men: Days of Future Past screenwriter and producer Simon Kinberg will be taking Bryan Singer's place at WonderCon this weekend.

20th Century Fox did not comment on the matter, and it is unclear how this will affect Bryan Singer's future career, as he is in the middle of writing and pre-production work on X-Men: Apocalypse. He is reportedly directing the franchise sequel as well, but that could change as Michael Egan prepares to file more lawsuits on this matter in the coming weeks. Bryan Singer could be tied up with the lawsuit for a very longtime.

With a budget of $225 million, X-Men: Days of Future Past is the second biggest movie Fox has ever produced behind Avatar, and it is the biggest film of Bryan Singer's career. For the foreseeable future, everyone feels the best thing Bryan Singer is not talk.

X-Men: Days of Future Past comes to theaters May 23rd, 2014 and stars Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Peter Dinklage, Hugh Jackman, Evan Peters, James McAvoy, Ellen Page. The film is directed by Bryan Singer.

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Patrick Stewart Teases His Return as Professor X in 'X-Men: Apocalypse'

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Sat, 19/04/2014 - 15:24

We already know that X-Men: Apocalypse will focus primarily on the X-Men: First Class cast of characters, but that doesn't mean some of the old guard can't show up. Its likely that Hugh Jackman will return as Wolverine, even if its just a cameo. Now, 73-year-old Patrick Stewart is throwing his hat in the ring as well, teasing that he may be back as Professor X (aka Charles Xavier).

"I don't see why not. That is one of the blessings about fantasy and science fiction. You're never really dead. I would love to come back and do some more."

While James McAvoy is expected to do all the heavy lifting as Charles Xavier in X-Men: Apocalypse, don't be so sure that Patrick Stewart has been regulated to cameo status for the remainder of this franchise. While nothing official has been announced yet, could it be possible that the original trilogy cast will be back in their own adventure sometime soon.

Patrick Stewart hints that something else, we're not sure what, is on the way.

"There might be something else. A little bird has whispered that there might be something X-Men related."

An untitled Fox Marvel Movie was announced for July 18, 2018. Is this what the head of Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters is referring too? We'll have to wait and find out. In the meantime, you can check out his interview in the embed below.

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X-Men: Apocalypse comes to theaters May 27th, 2016. The film is directed by Bryan Singer.

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'Make Your Move' Dance Featurette and 5 Clips

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Sat, 19/04/2014 - 14:46

The music is pumping, the dance floor is moving and Donny (Derek Hough) stops when he sees Aya (BoA) performing with her hip-hop Cobu crew on stage at Static, the hottest underground club in New York. They come from two different worlds, but they speak the same language - dance. Against all odds, they come together and show the world what they've got in Make Your Move. CJ Entertainment has released a behind-the-scenes featurette and five clips from Make Your Move, which opened in theaters this weekend.

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Make Your Move stars international dance sensation Derek Hough (Dancing with the Stars) along with Korean pop star BoA, in her first English language feature film leading a cast of talented actors, dancers and artists in this classic dance romance, with a unique twist. Written and directed by Duane Adler (Step Up and Save The Last Dance), the film features choreography by Napoleon Dumo and Tabitha Dumo (So You Think You Can Dance and Randy Jackson Presents America's Best Dance Crew).

Make Your Move was released April 18th, 2014 and stars Derek Hough, BoA, Will Yun Lee, Wesley Jonathan, Izabella Miko, Jefferson Brown, Miki Ishikawa, Rick Gonzalez. The film is directed by Duane Adler.

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Cannes: Asia Voices Disappointment Over Limited Inclusion in Lineup

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Sat, 19/04/2014 - 13:00

Korea lamented its second year not scoring a competition slot, while the film industries of the world's second and third largest movie markets -- China and Japan -- also appear nonplussed about their showings.

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Beijing Film Market Touts $1.7 Billion In Deals Signed

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Sat, 19/04/2014 - 11:02

Transactions for a total of 32 projects were signed, up 20 percent on last year.

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Maisie Williams talks playing Arya in Game Of Thrones Season 4

Film News From Total Film Magazine - Sat, 19/04/2014 - 10:33

In issue 219 of Total Film magazine, Game Of Thrones star Maisie Williams discusses how Arya has changed throughout the show so far.

Inside the issue - which is available for just £1.99 on your iPad - Williams reveals that the character has evolved massively since she first auditioned for the role.

"I feel like I'm playing a completely different Arya to the one I auditioned with," the 17-year-old tells Total Film.

"She was constantly taking the piss out of [her sister] Sansa, having a laugh and telling it as it is.

"Now I feel that's stripped away and it progresses in Season 4. She's slowly losing that loveableness about her and turning into something quite different."

Game Of Thrones Season 4 is now showing on Sky Atlantic HD.

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Watch an exclusive Blue Ruin clip - 'The A-Team Gun'

Film News From Total Film Magazine - Sat, 19/04/2014 - 09:00

Revenge thriller Blue Ruin has been drawing critical acclaim aplenty since its debut at last year's Cannes Festival.

So we're happy to bring you an exclusive clip for those horror or thriller fans with a taste for vengeance.

The plot follows mysterious outsider Dwight Evans who returns to his childhood home to carry out an act of revenge. Before long, his surprisingly nifty assassin skills are put to the test as he fights to protect his estranged family.

In the clip below, Dwight calls upon an old school friend to grab a gun - one he affectionately notes is the gun used in The A-Team.

Cue awkward silence.

Blue Ruin opens in UK cinemas 2 May 2014.

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Don Johnson talks Dakota Johnson in Fifty Shades of Grey

Film News From Total Film Magazine - Sat, 19/04/2014 - 03:46

As the female lead in the forthcoming mega-novel adaptation Fifty Shades of Grey, there's a whole host of expectation heaped on Dakota Johnson.

But there's one famous actor who's definitely got her back - her father, Don Johnson.

We recently spoke to the legendary actor about his forthcoming role in gritty noir thriller Cold in July, and he only had words of encouragement and praise for his daughter as she takes on her biggest role yet.

"I'm exceedingly proud of my daughter. She's a gifted, gifted actress. I don't speak about the obviously salacious nonsense. This is the family business – we all take on challenges and there’s no doubt in my mind that Dakota will be a major movie star. This is just another part of what I think will be a long and important career," he raved.

And as for whether Don's had a peek at the saucy script? He's keeping pretty schtum...

"I haven’t read it, and secondly, that gets into a character that it’s obviously inappropriate for me to talk about. *laughs*"

Cold in July hits UK cinemas 27 June 2014.

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Fox Has No Plans for an 'X-Men' / 'Fantastic Four' Crossover

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Sat, 19/04/2014 - 01:22

When 20th Century Fox announced in 2012 that Mark Millar had signed to consult on and develop their Marvel properties such as The Fantastic Four reboot and their X-Men franchise, many hoped that would lead to a shared universe involving these characters crossing over. A "well-placed source" for Schmoes Know reveals that the studio has no plans of merging The Fantastic Four and X-Men characters.

The unidentified source claims that the studio really wants director Josh Trank's The Fantastic Four reboot, which stars Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm/The Human Torch, Miles Teller as Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic, Kate Mara as Sue Storm/The Invisible Girl and Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm/The Thing, to stand on its own, without any help from the X-Men mutants.

The hope is that The Fantastic Four will do well enough to warrant multiple sequels. Of course, if the movie and its follow-ups do well, its possible that 20th Century Fox may consider a crossover in the future, but it definitely isn't happening anytime soon.

This isn't the first time rumors of The Fantastic Four and X-Men crossover have surfaced. Back in August 2013, Mark Millar revealed that these characters will likely cross over.

"Without question I think you have to see some of these guys showing up in each other's movies."

However, he clarified those remarks by saying that both franchises exist in the same universe, although they will not cross over.

I keep seeing 'news' that X-Men & FF movies are crossing over. No, they're not. They exist in same universe but movies stand alone.

— Mark Millar (@mrmarkmillar) August 19, 2013

News sites get very excited about very obvious answers, but the Chinese whispers thing is frustrating. There is NO crossover planned.

— Mark Millar (@mrmarkmillar) August 19, 2013

Another rumor surfaced in December from The Motley Fool that the studio was planning a crossover, but the site released a correction shortly thereafter, revealing there is no such project in the works.

The Fantastic Four comes to theaters June 19th, 2015 and stars Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell, Toby Kebbell. The film is directed by Josh Trank.

X-Men: Days of Future Past comes to theaters May 23rd, 2014 and stars Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Peter Dinklage, Hugh Jackman, Evan Peters, James McAvoy, Ellen Page. The film is directed by Bryan Singer.

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Hollywood Sex Abuse Documentary May Include 'X-Men' Director

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Sat, 19/04/2014 - 00:57

Earlier this week, The Wrap reported that a federal lawsuit has been filed that accuses X-Men: Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old boy named Michael Egan in 1999. Today, it has been confirmed that Michael Egan is also working with filmmaker Amy Berg (West of Memphis, Deliver Us From Evil) on a new documentary about sexual abuse in Hollywood.

Amy Berg confirmed that she has been working on the project for the past two years, through her Disarming Films production company, but she wouldn't comment any further. The Daily Mail reports that the filmmaker seemed surprised that Michael Egan went public with the lawsuit against Bryan Singer, although it isn't known if Michael Egan has been interviewed on camera, or what his involvement in the documentary may be.

Here's what an unidentified source close to Michael Egan had to say in a statement.

"Just this week, I got a message from Disarming Films, a documentary film company working out of Los Angeles. They said they are making a documentary about a bunch of children molested by somebody in the film industry. I never contacted them back. They wanted videos and pictures of Michael and a few others he knew. The film company said they were working on numerous children, now adults, now coming forward about this. I was close to Michael, but he didn't confess any of this to me until 2012. I don't know the specifics, what the person's name was, I just knew that one of his close friends was in that whole scene with him. Michael has lots of psychological issues, he's a messed up person. He told me all of his issues were down to this."

The initial story from The Wrap said that Michael Egan was 17 years old when the abuse started in 1999, but this new report claims the abuse began when he was 14 or 15 years of age, when he first started attending parties in Encino, California at a house known as the M & C Estate. Michael Egan claims that he was plied with drugs and alcohol at these parties where he was forcibly sodomized and assaulted in other ways by Bryan Singer and others, most notably Marc Collins-Rector, who is also named in the lawsuit. He was convicted in 2004 for luring minors across state lines for sexual acts.

Here's an excerpt from the lawsuit filed in Hawaii on Wednesday.

"Defendant, Bryan Jay Singer, manipulated his power, wealth, and position in the entertainment industry to sexually abuse and exploit the underage Plaintiff through the use of drugs, alcohol, threats, and inducements which resulted in Plaintiff suffering catastrophic psychological and emotional injuries. Defendant Singer did so as part of a group of adult males similarly positioned in the entertainment industry that maintained and exploited boys in a sordid sex ring. A Hollywood mogul must not use his position to sexually exploit underage actors."

Michael Egan claims that he was flown to Hawaii on a number of occasions to have sex with Singer. The lawsuit was filed by attorney Jeff Herman, who previously represented five plaintiffs in the sexual assault case against Sesame Street's Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash. Three of those lawsuits have been dismissed due to the statute of limitations running out, although they plan to appeal. One plaintiff dropped his case, while the fifth lawsuit is currently active.

Here's another excerpt from the lawsuit filed this week.

"Defendant Singer solicited Plaintiff to perform oral sex upon him which Plaintiff resisted. Defendant Singer flagrantly disregarded Plaintiff's unwillingness to submit, and forced Plaintiff's head underwater to make Plaintiff perform oral sex upon him. When Plaintiff pulled his head out of the water in order to breathe, Defendant Singer demanded that he continue which Plaintiff refused. Defendant Singer then forced Plaintiff to continue performing oral sex upon him outside of the pool, and subsequently forcibly sodomized Plaintiff."

Michael Egan also filed a lawsuit in July 2000, but Bryan Singer's name wasn't included in that filing. That lawsuit is likely what lead director Amy Berg to initiate contact with Michael Egan, but that has not been confirmed. Michael Egan also reported the abuse to both the local police and FBI, but nothing came of the investigation.

Bryan Singer's lawyer, Marty Singer called the lawsuit "absurd and defamatory," and promises to counter-sue.

Amy Berg received an Oscar nomination for her 2006 documentary Deliver Us From Evil, which revolves around Father Oliver O'Grady, who sexually abused dozens of victims with the full consent of his superiors in the Catholic church. Her latest film, a narrative drama entitled Every Secret Thing, debuts this weekend at the Tribeca Film Festival.

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Attorney: Bryan Singer Accuser Will File More Hollywood Sex Abuse Suits Monday (Video)

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Sat, 19/04/2014 - 00:35

Michael Egan III is planning to sue additional “Hollywood insiders” as a Thursday statute of limitations deadline approaches.

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'Everest' Movie Crew Survives Deadly Avalanche

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Sat, 19/04/2014 - 00:32

Earlier today, an avalanche struck on Mount Everest, killing 13 people. The Universal Pictures thriller Everest is also shooting near the site, but Deadline reports that the production suffered no fatalities or injuries due to the natural disater.

Principal photography is still under way on director Baltasar Korm&#225kur's thriller, with the main unit currently shooting at Pinewood Studios in London. The second unit is still filming on Mount Everest itself, as they were preparing to go up and shoot at Base 2. At the time of the avalanche, the crew was at the foot of the summit, some 1,000 feet below, when a wall of ice fell off and crashed into Base 2. Most of the fatalities are said to be climbers and the experienced sherpas who guide them to the top of the mountain. Several of the sherpas who were consulting on Everest rushed to the scene to help. The production will now have to wait and see if it's possible to get back up to Base 2 to finish shooting.

The sherpas were said to be carrying equipment and supplies to the camps for climbers getting ready for what is the peak climbing season at Mount Everest, including participants in Discovery Channel's Everest Jump Live. Seven NBC News staffers were on site and unharmed, although it isn't known how the avalanche will affect Everest Jump Live's planned May 11 air date.

Everest stars Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, Jake Gyllenhaal, John Hawkes, Emily Watson, Sam Worthington and Robin Wright, which is based on the true story of two separate expeditions trying to reach the summit of the world's highest mountain, when they encounter one of the deadliest storms on record.

Everest comes to theaters February 27th, 2015 and stars Josh Brolin, Jake Gyllenhaal, John Hawkes, Jason Clarke, Martin Henderson, Emily Watson, Michael Kelly, Thomas M. Wright. The film is directed by Baltasar Kormákur.

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2 'Whitewash' Trailers Starring Thomas Haden Church

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Fri, 18/04/2014 - 23:52

A downtrodden man's life gets upended after a horrible accident in two trailers for the indie thriller Whitewash. Thomas Haden Church stars as Bruce, a snowplow operator who accidentally kills a man after a night of drinking. After he hides the body deep in the woods, Bruce begins to collapse as he learns the truth about who this innocent victim really is. In addition, we also have the new poster for Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais' feature directorial debut, debuting on VOD platforms May 2.

In the harsh, wintry woods of rural Quebec, Bruce (Academy Award-nominee Thomas Haden Church), a down-on-his-luck snowplow operator, accidentally kills a man during a drunken night joyride. Stricken with panic, he hides the body and takes to the deep wilderness in hopes of outrunning both the authorities and his own conscience. But as both begin to close in, Bruce falls apart mentally and morally and mysteries unravel to reveal who he was before the accident, the truth behind his victim, and the circumstances that brought them together in a single moment. A darkly comic noir in the vein of the Coen Brothers, Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais' Whitewash is a gripping exploration of a well-meaning Everyman at the end of his rope.

Whitewash comes to theaters May 2nd, 2014 and stars Thomas Haden Church, Anie Pascale, Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais, Vincent Hoss-Desmarais, Marc Labrèche, Geneviève Laroche, Isabelle Nélisse. The film is directed by Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais.

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Tribeca: Inside the Festival's Incredibly Busy Offices (Video)

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Fri, 18/04/2014 - 22:44

Genna Terranova gives THR the grand tour, revealing every nook and cranny (even the kitchen!) is crammed with staffers working furiously as the fest gears up.

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Will a 'Spider-Man' / 'Avengers' Crossover Ever Happen?

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Fri, 18/04/2014 - 22:12

Earlier this week, we reported that a scene from 20th Century Fox's X-Men: Days of Future Past will be attached as an end credits scene in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which got many fans excited for possible Marvel crossovers between Sony, 20th Century Fox and even Marvel Studios. It was later revealed that director Marc Webb is still under contract at 20th Century Fox, and the studio would only let him make the sequel if Sony promoted X-Men: Days of Future Past for free.

When asked about the possibility of Sony joining forces with Marvel Studios and 20th Century Fox, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 producer Avi Arad revealed that a cross-over will only happen when the studios have run out of other ideas, although that likely won't happen anytime soon.

"I think I'm probably a little bit of the militant here. I think it will take a moment in which we've run out of ideas. There's so much to tell about Spider-Man. There's so much to tell about The Sinister Six. The relationship between Spider-Man and Venom will bring a whole other world in. We did it in the books; we did team-ups all the time. Even with DC. You know, we'd flip a coin, 'Okay, who's going to win, Batman or The Hulk? We'll make a cover out of it.' But we really feel very confident that we have so much to do [...] Peter Parker is unique; he's really different. He's not an Avenger. He's not an X-Man. He's unique and we revere that. And we'd rather work really hard to have the right ideas than - you know in the toy business we used to make toys glow in the dark when they weren't selling well and it gave at least another Christmas. We don't need it yet."

With The Amazing Spider-Man 3 and The Amazing Spider-Man 4 already in development, along with The Sinister Six and Venom spin-offs, it doesn't seem that these producers will be running out of ideas anytime soon.

Producer Matthew Tolmach also chimed in about crossing over with other Marvel comic book properties, which he believes would be nothing more than a stunt.

"You know Avi always refers to that question as a stunt. If you were to do that, you know, Spider-Man in the Avengers is a stunt. And I get why everybody - you know, fans and audience members and movie goers - I understand it. When you think about The Sinister Six and you think about Venom and you think about Carnage and you think Spider-Man in whatever way you want in association with those movies, they feel like they're built for Spider-Man. Like that's where his story needs to go and wants to go and it has to be about more than a stunt. Stunts can be cool but it's also a business, and so the other side of the answer is they're owned by different companies. And there's a ton left in Sony's world. There's a lot of business left because there's a lot of story left. So for them to want to take this character and put it with Marvel and Disney is a huge undertaking and probably, as Avi's saying, isn't necessary until you feel like, 'Wow, we're sort of out of ideas. What should we do?' And we're far from out of ideas."

If you're hoping that Andrew Garfield's Spider-Man one day joins The Avengers in their cinematic universe, it seems like a longshot that it will actually happen on the big screen.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 comes to theaters May 2nd, 2014 and stars Martin Sheen, Emma Stone, Andrew Garfield, Dane DeHaan, Stan Lee, Sarah Gadon, Felicity Jones, Jamie Foxx. The film is directed by Marc Webb.

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