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Meet the Troublesome Mr. Hinx, James Bond's Latest Bad Guy

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Thu, 26/02/2015 - 17:39

The first images of Mr. Hinx and Dr. Madeleine Swann were premiered by 'Empire' on Thursday.

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Odeon seeks $1.55bn sale

Film Industry News - Thu, 26/02/2015 - 17:32
Exhibition giant Odeon is to go on sale for approximately £1bn, its owner has announced.
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'Spectre' Preview with 'James Bond' Director Sam Mendes

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Thu, 26/02/2015 - 17:08

Are you ready to once again visit the cast and crew on the set of the latest James Bond adventure? Sony Pictures takes fans directly into the action as shooting continues, this time on location in Rome. This second in a series of video blogs focuses on director Sam Mendes, who made his indelible mark on 007 with 2012's Skyfall. Now, he takes on one of Bond's most iconic villains in Spectre.

In this all-new Bond adventure, a cryptic message from Bond's past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind Spectre. Now, we get to see some of this story in action! Director, Sam Mendes says:

"The reasons I'm doing the second Bond movie are the reasons I would do any movie, really, which is all to do with the story. &#160And in this movie, Spectre what you have is a movie entirely driven by Bond. &#160He is on a mission from the very beginning. It's about whether or not to pursue the life he's always pursued, whether he matters and is he going to continue or not. &#160And you're going to have to come to see the movie to find out whether he does."

This new behind the scenes footage features Daniel Craig as James Bond 007&#160as well as cast members Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, and Ben Whishaw. We also have a new photo of director Sam Mendes. So take a look as Spectre comes together on set. Then be sure to check out this latest 007 adventure when it hits theaters this November:

Spectre comes to theaters November 6th, 2015 and stars Dave Bautista, Christoph Waltz, Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Monica Bellucci, Léa Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris. The film is directed by Sam Mendes.

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'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Hulk Poster and New TV Spot

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Thu, 26/02/2015 - 17:00

Yesterday, Marvel kicked off the first in a series of character posters for Avengers: Age of Ultron, with Robert Downey Jr. debuting the Iron Man one-sheet through his Twitter page. Today, it's Mark Ruffalo's turn as he releases the new Hulk poster, featuring the Green Goliath preparing for battle against some of Ultron's robotic soldiers. We'll have to wait and see which of The Avengers will give us the latest one-sheet tomorrow.

In Avengers: Age of Ultron, Tony Stark attempts to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program. Things soon go awry and Earth's Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.

If the Hulk poster wasn't enough for you, Marvel has also released a new TV spot for director Joss Whedon's highly-anticipated Phase Two adventure, arriving in theaters May 1. Take a look at the Hulk poster and the latest footage, and stay tuned for more as the countdown continues.

Here's your first look at the official Hulk poster for @Avengers Age of Ultron!

— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) February 26, 2015

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.

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'Fantastic Four' Director Talks Thing and Human Torch

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Thu, 26/02/2015 - 16:49

After the first trailer's release last month, it became immediately clear that the Fantastic Four reboot was going to be much different than the first two films, especially since this new version is inspired by the early works of David Cronenberg, such as Scanners and The Fly. During a new interview with Empire, director Josh Trank say he wanted to stay away from the tone of the first two Fantastic Four movies, which he thought were too "cartoonish," adding that he is steering this reboot in a darker direction, as opposed to the comic books.

"The original two films to me are very similar to a lot of recent movies that have come out, in terms of that kind of cartoonish. It's just not something that me and Simon (Kinberg) are interested in as storytellers. There's the opportunity to make something that is challenging and tragic and dramatic. 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."

The director also spoke about his decision to cast African-American actor Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm (aka The Human Torch), changing the character's race from the original comic books. The filmmaker said that his roots in a mixed family are what inspired the decision.

"I have mixed family. When I go home for Christmas, you'll see white people and black people. That's normal to me. I wanted a Storm family that represented 21st century families."

As for Johnny's sister Sue Storm (aka Invisible Woman), played by Kate Mara, the director said that this version of Sue is incredibly smart and has integrity.

"There have always been two categories of Sue - the slutty secretary version, and this brilliant scientist version. This is a really, really smart Sue, and one that is dignified and has integrity."

The last member of the Fantastic Four is Ben Grimm, played by Jamie Bell, who seems to be portrayed much closer to the comic books than the rest of this foursome. Here's what Josh Trank had to say about why Jamie Bell was the right man for the job.

"Ben is supposed to be a smaller guy in terms of height. That idea of Ben being Reeds best friend in the archetypical way, you want that character to have warmth and strength, qualities Jamie has."

Josh Trank also confirmed that Thing breaks out of a "transformation cocoon," which was spotted briefly in the first trailer. From that point on, The Thing is portrayed almost entirely with motion capture effects. The director also teased that there will be plenty of surprises in store for the audience.

"There are surprisises for everybody in the movie. We've had time to figure out every single iconic and subtle aspect of the Fantastic Four, and how it can organically belong to this film."

Fantastic Four comes to theaters August 7th, 2015 and stars Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell, Toby Kebbell, Tim Blake Nelson, Reg E. Cathey. The film is directed by Josh Trank.

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Matt Lauer Tells Ellen DeGeneres 'Fifty Shades' Spoof Has Led to Questions, "New Friends" (Video)

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Thu, 26/02/2015 - 16:43

The daytime talk show host pranked the 'Today' co-host by superimposing a leather-and-chains-clad body on his head during his interview with the 'Fifty Shades of Grey' stars.

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'Jurassic World' Photos Show Chris Pratt and His Raptors

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Thu, 26/02/2015 - 16:23

We haven't seen anything from Jurassic World in a few weeks, since toy photos gave us our best look at the Indominus Rex. Thankfully, today brings the release of four new photos, featuring Chris Pratt as Owen. The first image has Owen in a room that director Colin Trevorrow describes as the, "most absolute high-tech room we could possibly imagine." The screen in the background appears to display the vital signs for two "troopers."

We also see Own trying to tame two of his trained velociraptors, along with a shot of the actor standing next to director Colin Trevorrow. Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park, Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond. After 10 years of operation and visitor rates declining, in order to fulfill a corporate mandate, a new attraction is created to re-spark visitor's interest, which backfires horribly.

Chris Pratt leads a diverse cast including Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D'Onofrio, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, Irrfan Khan, B.D. Wong, Omar Sy, Jake Johnson and Judy Greer. With just over three months left until Jurassic World hits theaters on June 12, stay tuned for more images and footage from what could be one of this summer's biggest blockbusters.

Jurassic World comes to theaters June 12th, 2015 and stars Ty Simpkins, Bryce Dallas Howard, Nick Robinson, Chris Pratt, Vincent D'Onofrio, Irrfan Khan, B.D. Wong, Omar Sy. The film is directed by Colin Trevorrow.

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Chantal Rickards named BAFTA LA CEO

Film Industry News - Thu, 26/02/2015 - 16:15
The organisation’s first CEO will relocate from London to Los Angeles
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Sylvia Chang’s Murmur to open HKIFF

Film Industry News - Thu, 26/02/2015 - 16:05
Philip Yung’s Port Of Call to close the festival.
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Hollywood's First Film in Cuba Just Wrapped

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Thu, 26/02/2015 - 16:00

As Bob Yari's 'Papa' completes filming — and Conan O'Brien sends his talk show there — experts offer up three tips for what to know (and bring) 54 years after JFK slammed the door on the communist nation.

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Robin Williams' Daughter Speaks Out: 'No Point Questioning' Suicide (Video)

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Thu, 26/02/2015 - 15:17

In her first public comments since her father's death, Zelda Williams also talks about her father's legacy and how people should remember her father the way they want to.

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Seth MacFarlane Sued Over 'Ted' Talking Bottle Opener

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Thu, 26/02/2015 - 15:12

Michael Cram says his invention has been supremely successful with 10 million units sold and a 'Family Guy' licensing deal. He says a knock-off threatens all that.

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Belle of the Ball: Photos of 'Cinderella' Star Lily James

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Thu, 26/02/2015 - 15:00

Her starring role as Lady Rose on 'Downton Abbey' helped her land the coveted lead in Disney's live action 'Cinderella.'

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Next Big Thing: 'Cinderella' Star Lily James (Video)

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Thu, 26/02/2015 - 15:00

'Downton's' saucy Lady Rose graduates to a big-budget Disney movie with 'Cinderella'

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First Trailer For Love & Mercy

The Brian Wilson biopic has a promo

Brian Wilson turned out a fair number of iconic musical moments in his career, especially during his Beach Boys days. But, like so many other talented artistic types, there was a lot more to him lurking beneath the legend. Love & Mercy aims to explore some of that.  

Prolific producer-turned director Bill Pohlad called the shots for this one, working from a script by Michael A. Lerner and Oren Moverman. Love & Mercy charts two periods in Wilson’s life, his younger days, where we see him at his creative peak, and he’s played by Paul Dano, and his post-nervous breakdown difficult times, where he’s embodied by John Cusack. 

The movie aims to show both sides of his nature and his attitude to the fame and fortune that came along with his talents – both the good and the bad, – plus his attempts to work through them with controversial therapist Eugene Landy (Paul Giamatti). 

Dano here looks to be channelling Wilson’s younger self effectively, whereas with Cusack, it’s sort of hard to overcome his essential Cusack-ness, but we’ll wait for the film itself.

With Elizabeth Banks, Jake Abel, Kenny Wormald and Dee Wallace among the cast, Love & Mercy premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and heads to American screens on June 5. There’s no indication that it has a UK distribution deal yet. 

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Dominic West Confronts Money Monster

He'll appear with George Clooney and Julia Roberts

Not, as you could conceivably imagine, a CGI-laden thriller about a mountain of notes and coins that comes to life and terrorises people in a bank, Money Monster is instead Jodie Foster’s new drama, which will star George Clooney and Julia Roberts. And given that he’ll have time off between his current TV commitments, Dominic West will join them.

Money Monster features Clooney as Lee Gates, a loud, gregarious financial TV host who offers up stock advice on his eponymous hit cable TV show in a style that would probably make Robert Peston blanch. Roberts will be Nancy Fenn, the director and executive producer of the show, who might also be closer to Gates.

Also on board the drama? Jack O’Connell, playing Kyle Budwell, a blue-collar worker sick of the damage still being done by Wall Street. With a growing family to support, he decides to take Gates hostage on air to increase a stock’s value and expose the corruption behind the stock market. West will be the CEO of the company behind a bad stock call that Gates makes, and tries to minimise the damage to his own career by hiding out in his private jet, especially when people discover that he was complicit in the business’s failure.

With a script by Jamie Linden developed from earlier work by Alan DiFiore and Jim Kouf, Foster is set to shoot soon. West was most recently seen in Pride and has enjoyed success with US cable drama The Affair. He’s part of the cast for biopic Genius, and will lend his voice to Finding Nemo sequel Finding Dory

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Will Ferrell Moves To The House

Producing and staring in a new comedy

It would appear that Bad Neighbors writers Brendan O’Brien and Andrew J. Cohen really like stories of suburbia, as they’ve set The House, a new comedy script, amongst the squat houses on the outskirts of a town. New Line has won a bidding war to acquire the rights, with Will Ferrell climbing aboard to star.

Cohen, who with his partner is also behind the screenplay for new Zac Efron comedy Mike And Dave Need Wedding Dates, is set to make his film directing debut with the movie, after working on music videos and acting as second unit director to Nick Stoller on Bad Neighbors.

Ferrell, who is on board to produce via his Gary Sanchez company will play a man who, alongside his wife, manages to spend their daughter’s college fund. Desperate to round up some new moolah, they team up with a few neighbours to open up an illegal casino in the 'burbs. New Line has offered around $40 million to get the film made, with Cohen targeting an August shoot ready for a summer release next year.

Ferrell will next be seen in prison prep comedy Get Hard alongside Kevin Hart, which arrives here on March 27. He’s also worked on comedy drama Zeroville and is shooting Daddy’s Home alongside his old The Other Guys co-star Mark Wahlberg. 

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Marc Gabizon New Managing Director at Wild Bunch Germany

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Thu, 26/02/2015 - 14:45

The veteran acquisitions executive will head up operations at the group, which recently merged with Berlin producer/distributor Senator.

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Watch Will Smith Reprise "Summertime," Reunite With Jazzy Jeff on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' (Video)

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Thu, 26/02/2015 - 13:47

The 'Focus' star has been getting nostalgic while making TV appearances to promote his latest film.

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'The Lazarus Effect': Film Review

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Thu, 26/02/2015 - 13:44

A group of young scientists makes the mistake of raising the dead in this low-budget horror film.

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