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Ben Affleck's Batsuit for ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ Revealed
Fans who showed up for Preview Night at San Diego Comic-Con got the chance to see the cape and cowl that Ben Affleck will wear as Batman in the upcoming film “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” DC Entertainment had the suit displayed on the floor, allowing fans to get up close and personal with the movie costume. Also read: ‘Gotham’ Creator on Why Batman Would Spell the End of the Show While the body of the suit was missing, fans were still able to see how the face of the cowl was structured, which goes a long way to show how. »
- Jason Hughes
5 Sexy Secrets from the ‘Fifty Shades’ Trailer
Helicopters! Elevators! Beds! Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele travel to such erotic venues in the first trailer for “Fifty Shades of Grey,” which Universal Studios unveiled on “Today” on Thursday morning. Here are five things we learned about the film, which opens on Valentine’s Day 2015.
(1) Jamie Dornan > Charlie Hunnam. There was pandemonium when Hunnam suddenly bailed on playing Christian Grey last fall, but it might have been a blessing in disguise for Universal. Hunnam looked disheveled when he recently appeared at TCA, to promote his TV series “Sons of Anarchy.” On the other hand, Jamie Dornan, a former male model, makes for a more plausible kinky businessman. He seems to be interpreting the role as a cross between Robert Pattinson in “Twilight” and Tom Cruise circa “Eyes Wide Shut.” This could work. And his abs, which are briefly on display, earn an A+, according to our panel of experts. »
- Ramin Setoodeh
‘Kundo: Age of the Rampant’ Smashes Korean First Day Box Office Record
Hong Kong – Korean period action film “Kundo: Age of the Rampant” has broken the opening day box office record in South Korea.
Opening Wednesday (July 23) it scored 551,000 spectators worth KRW4.08 billion (Us$3.997 million), dethroning “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” the previous title holder.
Released by financier and distributor Showbox, “Kundo” played in 1,250 theatres – or about 63% of the country’s cinema screens – and scored a market share of 77% of all tickets sold.
That put “How To Train Your Dragon 2,” also opening Wednesday on 660 screens, into a distant second place, with 11% market share. Its 72,000 ticket sales translated into a first day gross of $570,000.
“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” released 13 days previously (July 10) slipped to third, with its $381,000 lifting its two week cume to $24 million.
Directed by Yoon Jong-bin, is a Robin Hood-like tale of militia who turn against unjust nobility. It stars Ha Jung-woo, star of “The Yellow Sea, »
- Patrick Frater
Parker Posey, Jamie Blackley Join Woody Allen's Newest Movie
Parker Posey and Jamie Blackley are joining the cast of Woody Allen’s newest film, which is currently shooting in Rhode Island. The untitled Gravier Productions film, starring Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone, is being produced by Allen’s longtime associates, Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum. Magic in the Moonlight, Allen’s most recent completed film, opens Friday via Sony Pictures Classics. Posey, repped by CAA and Untitled Entertainment, most recently appeared in Grace of Monaco. Blackley, repped by Wme and Luber Roklin Entertainment, will be seen in the upcoming If I Stay, directed by R.J. Cutler.
- Gregg Kilday
Can Luc Besson score another French-import blockbuster with 'Lucy'?
Over the course of his dozen-plus films as a writer-director, Parisian auteur Luc Besson has become known for his stylish inversions of schlock genre fare and a certain, shall we call it, Vive la femme attitude toward women.
Time and again, his movies place emotionally fragile female characters in physically perilous situations: a conflicted hit-woman struggling with the perils of her job in 1990’s La Femme Nikita, 12-year old Natalie Portman on the run as an assassin-in-training in The Professional, and Milla Jovovich’s universe-saving alien Leeloo in The Fifth Element (1997) among them. Besson’s latest multiplex offering appears set to follow that template. »
- Chris Lee
‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ for Dummies: The 12 Comic Book Origins of Marvel's Strangest Superheroes
“Guardians of the Galaxy” is the most untested and most uncertain property yet to come out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Perhaps that's why the studio has been blasting a veritable onslaught of promotional material in anticipation of the film's Aug. 1 theatrical release. See video: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ 5-Minute Clip: Chris Pratt's Star-Lord Plots a Prison Break With a Raccoon and a Tree With all of those trailers, teasers, promotional images and behind-the-scenes videos, most everyone is probably aware of the movie, but do they really know anything about it? A talking raccoon and a tree that only says, »
- Jason Hughes
Toronto Film Festival's Anti-Telluride Policy May Be Backfiring (Analysis)
The Toronto International Film Festival's announcement this week of a chunk of its 2014 lineup was the first demonstrable proof that distributors -- and major filmmakers -- are taking sides in an ugly dispute between Toronto and the Telluride Film Festival. Tuesday's announcement indicates -- and multiple sources confirm -- that Jason Reitman and Noah Baumbach, who both have histories of debuting films at Telluride, are abandoning that event and will be taking their new films -- Reitman's Men, Women and Children (Paramount) and Baumbach's While We're Young (still seeking a U.S. distributor) -- exclusively to Toronto. Meanwhile, Telluride has snagged the world premiere of Wild, the
- Scott Feinberg
Miles Teller can't find the right beat in 'Whiplash' trailer
“There are no two words in the English language more harmful than ‘Good job.’”
That’s the fault line on which writer/director Damien Chazelle has built Whiplash. His Sundance sensation stars Miles Teller as a jazz-drum prodigy who earns the attention of his prestigious school’s notorious music maestro (J.K. Simmons). Is genius simply born, or does it need to be forged? How far is a teacher supposed—or allowed—to go to bring out the best in a student, and what are the risks and consequences for such methods?
In the new trailer for the film, Teller’s »
- Jeff Labrecque
FX Wants You To Spread The Infection
You can only "Dead Yourself" so many times right?
The Strain Transformation app is available as a free download in the iTunes and Google Play stores. Fans can discover what will happen when an ancient parasitic plague enters their system and transforms them into a monstrous vampire. From examination to diagnosis, they’ll see their transformation in seconds. The app enables the infected to quickly share photos of their results on Facebook and Twitter to inform and warn their friends of the spreading infection. It offers exclusive video and access to The Strain social media, including the official Strain Facebook and Twitter pages..
FX worked with the agency Neo-Pangea to execute the Transformation App experience.
The Strain is »
- Chris Connors
Watch: Exclusive Clip From ‘Alive Inside’ & Its Landmark Theater iPod Initiative
Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett’s “Alive Inside” is a documentary won the Sundance Audience Award for Best Documentary earlier this year. While largely focusing on individuals with Alzheimer's and dementia, the doc also touches upon the universal healing power of music while examining the state of healthcare in America. The documentary “contains a tiny revolution within its message, and will likely end up being one of the most important documentaries of the year,” Playlist contributor Nikola Grozdanovic wrote earlier this week and that’s some damn fine praise. Landmark Theaters is supporting the doc’s initiative to increase iPod donations and awareness for Music & Memory, a program designed by Dan Cohen (featured in the film), to enhance quality of life for those suffering with Alzheimer’s, by providing long-term care residents with personal music designed to soothe agitation, uplift spirits and even eliminate the need for some medications. We’ve got an exclusive. »
- The Playlist
Uma Thurman Joins Bradley Cooper’s Chef Movie
Principal photography started Thursday in New Orleans before continuing in London from July 27 to Sept. 26.
Cooper will play a chef in Paris who only ever cared about the thrill of creating explosions of taste and wants to obtain the Michelin three-star rating.
- Dave McNary
Watch the First Trailer for Festival Standout 'Whiplash' Starring Miles Teller
After wowing audiences and critics at Sundance and Cannes, Damien Chazelle's Whiplash heads to Toronto next, but today we get the first trailer for the movie starring Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons. In Whiplash, Teller plays Andrew Neyman, an ambitious young jazz drummer, single-minded in his pursuit to rise to the top of his elite east coast music conservatory. Plagued by the failed writing career of his father, Andrew hungers day and night to become one of the greats. Terence Fletcher (Simmons), an instructor equally known for his teaching talents as for his terrifying methods, leads the top jazz ensemble in the school. Fletcher discovers Andrew and transfers the aspiring drummer into his band, forever changing the young man's life. Andrew's passion to achieve perfection quickly spirals into obsession, as his ruthless teacher continues to push him to the brink of both his ability -- and his sanity. Sony »
- Brad Brevet
Another New Poster for 'Horns' Starring Daniel Radcliffe
Radius and Dimension have premiered a new poster for Alexandre Aja's Horns, the upcoming adaptation of Joe Hill's novel starring Daniel Radcliffe. The supernatural thriller focuses on a man (Daniel Radcliffe) who awakens one morning after a hard night of drinking to find horns starting to grow from his head. He's also the lead suspect in the rape and killing of his girlfriend, but his horns give him a power that will lead him to the truth -- and revenge. Juno Temple, James Remar, Kelli Garner, Max Minghella and Joe Anderson co-star. Horns hits theaters on October 31, check out the first trailer and newest poster below and for more on the film click here. sb id="960099" height="360" width="640" »
- Brad Brevet
Goldwyn Uncorks ‘A Year In Champagne’
Samuel Goldwyn Films acquired North American rights to writer/director David Kennard’s A Year In Champagne. The followup to Kennard’s A Year In Burgundy focuses on France’s most famous beverage and was bought after screening at the Santa Barbara and Palm Beach fests. Pic will be released in the spring. We like drinking it but watching it? There is a lot of ground covered here. Pic covers the beverage’s history, grim and bloody, swept by war and destruction from Attila the Hun to the filthy trenches of Wwi and the Nazi depredations of WWII. The environment for winemaking is desperately hard […] »
A 24 Movie May Actually Happen After All
24 star Kiefer Sutherland and director Jon Cassar took the stage at Ballroom 20 during Comic-Con in San Diego today to talk about 24: Live Another Day and reflect on the series as a whole. The final question during the fan Q&A addressed the possibility of a 24 movie. From what Jon Cassar says, it sounds like Jack Bauer may reach the big screen after all, but we.ll probably have to wait for it. When Jon Cassar was asked if he.d direct a 24 movie, his response first addressed how vastly different TV is from movies, but say that the 24 movie is "still potentially out there, so that.s good news." And then he added that it.s really down the line. He didn.t elaborate much beyond that, other than to express interest in directing if the opportunity arose. After wrapping up its eighth season in 2010, a 24 movie was anticipated, »
Winchester Mystery House Movie Attracts Spierig Brothers
The brothers are rewriting a script by Tom Vaughan that tells the story of Sarah Winchester, heir to the Winchester firearms fortune.
Hammer, which acquired the rights to the story in 2012, is planning an early 2015 start date.
The house, marketed as the “world’s most haunted house,” was built by Sarah Winchester, heiress to the Winchester rifle fortune. The Victorian mansion in San Jose, Calif., was under construction around the clock from 1884 until her death in 1922.
It’s believed that Winchester was convinced she was haunted by the spirits of those killed by “the gun that won the »
- Dave McNary
Bradley Cooper, Uma Thurman, Sienna Miller, Daniel Brühl, Jamie Dornan and More Begin Production on 'Adam Jones'
After years in stagnant development, production begins today on "Adam Jones," a project once meant for David Fincher and Keanu Reeves that's now in the hands of director John Wells and star Bradley Cooper. Written by Steven Knight ("Locke"), the film follows the high-stakes, high-strung world of cooking through the eyes of a very demanding chef. Here's the synopsis: Chef Adam Jones (Cooper) had it all – and lost it. A two-star Michelin rockstar with the bad habits to match, the former enfant terrible of the Paris restaurant scene did everything different every time out, and only ever cared about the thrill of creating explosions of taste. To land his own kitchen and that third elusive Michelin star though, he’ll need the best of the best on his side, including the beautiful Helene (Miller). Adam Jones is a remarkably funny and emotional story about the love of food, the love between two people, »
- Nick Newman
Venice Chief Alberto Barbera: “I Don’t Like The Idea Of A War Amongst Festivals”
Following the announcement of the Venice lineup today, I sat down with fest chief Alberto Barbera in Rome. He’s got what looks like a very solid roster of 55 films across the official selection that will unspool between August 27 and September 6 on the Lido. It all kicks off with Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s Birdman on opening night. Barbera told me he was excited for the film, which he says marks a departure for the helmer of Babel, 21 Grams and Biutiful. “It’s inventive and light” and full of surprises. After a truly out-of-this-world festival last year which blasted off […] »
‘A Most Wanted Man’: Anton Corbijn On Philip Seymour Hoffman, ‘Life,’ Robert Pattinson & More
On its own, Anton Corbijn’s “A Most Wanted Man,” based on the 2008 novel by John le Carré, is a taut, post-9/11 spy thriller about a government’s attempt to avert future terror attacks. But consider the events that transpired outside the film, and it morphs into a more substantial, sad, and definitive piece of work. This past February, the movie’s lead, Philip Seymour Hoffman, died of a drug overdose. In the film, one of Hoffman’s last, he portrays German spy chief Günther Bachman with the same passion and aplomb he’s shown throughout his career. That the slowly unraveling Bachman is rarely seen on screen without a lit cigarette dangling from his mouth or a shot of whiskey splashed in his coffee mug makes the performance that much more fraught with emotion. On-screen substance abuse is always difficult to watch, but even more so when it originates »
- Alex Suskind
Sequel Bits: ‘Star Trek 3′, ‘Pitch Perfect 2′, ‘Sinister 2′, ‘Expendables 3′
Just because Comic-Con is happening doesn’t mean the world of sequels have stopped turning. After the jump: Zoe Saldana pleads ignorance about Trek 3 and Avatar 2 Roberto Orci teases some new discoveries in Star Trek 3 Zachary Quinto wants to direct, but not a Star Trek movie CBS Films plots another trip to Last […]
- Angie Han
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