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Friday, August 21, 2015

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For #BLACKMASS In Phoenix

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For BLACK MASS on September 14th in Phoenix at 7:00 PM


In 1970s South Boston, FBI Agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) persuades Irish mobster James “Whitey” Bulger (Johnny Depp) to collaborate with the FBI and eliminate a common enemy: the Italian mob. The drama tells the true story of this unholy alliance, which spiraled out of control, allowing Whitey to evade law enforcement, consolidate power, and become one of the most ruthless and powerful gangsters in Boston history.



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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For #BLACKMASS In Albuquerque

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For BLACK MASS on September 14th in Albuquerque at 7:00 PM


In 1970s South Boston, FBI Agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) persuades Irish mobster James “Whitey” Bulger (Johnny Depp) to collaborate with the FBI and eliminate a common enemy: the Italian mob. The drama tells the true story of this unholy alliance, which spiraled out of control, allowing Whitey to evade law enforcement, consolidate power, and become one of the most ruthless and powerful gangsters in Boston history.



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Christian Bale To Play Enzo Ferrari In Upcoming Biopic

According to Deadline Christian Bale has said yes to playing Italian car magnate Enzo Ferrari in the long-awaited film by director Michael Mann. The picture, which will shoot next summer, isn’t set up just yet. But as we ponder the films up for grabs at the upcoming Telluride, Toronto and Venice Film Festivals, is there a more desirable presale property right now than Ferrari, with Mann and Bale driving the vehicle?

Mann has been working under the hood of this film for close to 15 years, at one time in partnership with the late director Sydney Pollack. It is a real passion project for the director and is exactly the kind of picture he should be making. The film takes place in 1957, a year where passion, failure, success and death and life all collided. Several actresses circling the female leads. Mann and Bale previously teamed on 2009’s Public Enemies.

I know things didn’t work out for Mann most recently with Blackhat. As a longtime fan of his films, this sounds to me to be potentially one that I will probably see over and over, as I have Mann films including The Last Of The Mohicans, The Insider, Collateral, and most especially Heat, the latter of which is 20 years old this fall.

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#Madden The Movie Trailer #Madden16

Madden 16 hits stores Tuesday, which means the folks at EA Sports just released a new promotional movie. Colin Kaepernick is featured in the five-minute film as Al Pacino’s character from ‘Scent of a Woman.’ Starring alongside the 49ers’ quarterback are Dave Franco, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Julio Jones, Rob Gronkowski, Antonio Brown and Rex Ryan.



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Alfre Woodard Cast In Netflix's Luke Cage

Deadline is reporting Marvel’s Luke Cage may have found his match. I’ve learned that Alfre Woodard is finalizing a deal to star opposite Mike Colter in Luke Cage, the third series in Marvel’s four-series package at Netflix.

Woodard will play a lead character listed on the breakdown as Minetta, a powerful woman in local politics who will have an impact on Luke Cage’s life.

She may actually be playing a version of Marvel villain Black Mariah, a nemesis to Luke Cage as well as Iron Fist. In the comics, she is a professional criminal and a drug dealer.

In Luke Cage, Mike Colter, who will be first introduced in the second Marvel series for Netflix, A.K.A. Jessica Jones, plays Cage, a wrongly accused man who, granted superstrength by a sabotaged experiment, escapes prison to become a superhero for hire.

Cheo Hodari Coker serves as executive producer and showrunner on the series, produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios for Netflix.

Oscar nominee and Emmy winner Woodard, repped by ICM Partners and Circle of Confusion, recently co-starred on NBC’s State Of Affairs and recurred on TNT’s The Last Ship. She is currently seen in the feature Mississippi Grind.

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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For A Walk In The Woods In Phoenix

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For A Walk in the Woods on Aug. 31st at 7:00PM in Phoenix.

In this new comedy adventure, celebrated travel writer, Bill Bryson (Academy Award winner Robert Redford), instead of retiring to enjoy his loving and beautiful wife (Academy Award winner Emma Thompson), and large and happy family, challenges himself to hike the Appalachian Trail - 2,200 miles of America’s most unspoiled, spectacular and rugged countryside from Georgia to Maine. The peace and tranquility he hopes to find, though, is anything but, once he agrees to being accompanied by the only person he can find willing to join him on the trek - his long lost and former friend Katz (Academy Award nominee Nick Nolte), a down-on-his-luck serial philanderer who, after a lifetime of relying on his charm and wits to keep one step ahead of the law – sees the trip as a way to sneak out of paying some debts and sneak into one last adventure before it’s too late. The trouble is, the two have a completely different definition of the word, “adventure”. Now they're about to find out that when you push yourself to the edge, the real fun begins.



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MARK MALLOUK Is Writing The Script For @b_l_media Upcoming CALABRESE CRIME FAMILY Film

MARK MALLOUK TO WRITE FILM ON CHICAGO’S CALABRESE CRIME FAMILY FOR BLACK LABEL MEDIA

Mark Mallouk (writer, BLACK MASS) will write a feature film about Chicago’s Calabrese Crime Family for Black Label Media

Film will be based on Kurt Calabrese life rights.

· His father, Frank Calabrese, Sr. was an extortionist, street loan lender and hitman, operating as a made man in The Chicago Mafia, otherwise known as The Outfit. Frank used violence and intimidation to bring his closest family members into The Outfit, employing his younger brother Nick as a collector and hitman, and forcing his two sons Kurt and Frank, Jr. into a life of crime at the ages of 12 and 13. In 1995, the FBI arrested Frank, Nick, Frank Jr. and Kurt for racketeering. Tired of being constantly threated by his father, Frank Jr. became an informant for the FBI, eventually leading to his father implicating himself in 13 gangland murders.

· Eric Shepherd and Jeff Chianakis will co-produce along with Molly Smith, Thad Luckinbill and Trent Luckinbill. Black Label Media will fully finance.

· Black Label Media was formed in 2013 by partners Molly Smith, Trent Luckinbill and Thad Luckinbill to finance and produce high quality films. By 2014, BLM had acquired an interest in “Begin Again,” starring Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo, which was released by The Weinstein Company that summer. Soon after, Black Label Media premiered Philippe Falardeau’s “The Good Lie” at Toronto Film Festival in the fall of 2014. Starring Reese Witherspoon, “The Good Lie” was produced and financed by Black Label Media with Imagine Entertainment and released by Warner Bros.

Black Label’s “'71” starring Jack O’Connell was then released in February 2015 to critically acclaimed reviews. The film was directed by Yann Demange and had premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in 2014.

Next up for BLM is “Sicario,” directed by Denis Villenueve (“Prisoners”) and starring Emily Blunt, Benicio del Toro, and Josh Brolin, to be released September 19th, 2015. The film recently premiered at Cannes and will have its U.S. premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. Black Label Media’s “Demolition” directed by Jean Marc Valle (“Dallas Buyer’s Club”) starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts will also premiere at Toronto as the festival’s opening night film, and will be released theatrically on April 8, 2016.

BLM will produce and finance the upcoming “Code Name Veil,” the story of a young CIA agent who struggles to maintain his morality while navigating the dangerous and absurd conditions in 1980s Beirut, to be directed by Michael Cuesta (“Kill The Messenger, “Homeland.”). They will also produce and finance “Salinger’s War,” the directorial debut for Danny Strong (writer of "The Butler" and "Hunger Games: Mockingjay.”).

· Screenwriter Mark Mallouk’s feature writing debut BLACK MASS, which he adapted from the New York Times Bestseller Black Mass: Whitey Bulger, the FBI, and a Devil’s Deal, will be released on September 18 by Warner Bros. The crime drama was directed by Scott Cooper and stars Johnny Depp as Whitey Bulger alongside Benedict Cumberbatch, Joel Edgerton and Dakota Johnson. Mallouk also serves as an executive producer on the upcoming thriller EVEREST starring Jake Gyllenhaal, and previously executive produced the Liam Neeson mystery drama A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES and the Golden Globe-nominated RUSH starring Chris Hemsworth. Mark is repped at United Talent Agency.

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#PARTISAN In Theaters & On Demand October 2nd

PARTISAN In Theaters and On Demand October 2, 2015.

On the edge of a crumbling city, 11-year-old Alexander (Jeremy Chabriel) lives in a sequestered commune alongside other children, their mothers, and charismatic leader, Gregori (Vincent Cassel). Gregori teaches the children how to raise livestock, grow vegetables, work as a community - and how to kill. With the birth of a new baby brother weighing on his mind, Alexander begins to question Gregori’s overpowering influence on the children and their training to become assassins.


Threatened by his increasing unwillingness to fall in line, Gregori’s behavior turns erratic and adversarial toward the child he once considered a son. With the two set dangerously at odds and the commune’s way of life disintegrating, the residents fear a violent resolution is at hand in this Sundance award-winning thriller.

Directed with subtle elegance, Ariel Kleiman's feature length debut, PARTISAN, follows his award winning short, YOUNG LOVE, which received an Honorable Mention in Short Filmmaking at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and DEEPER THAN YESTERDAY, which had its world premiere at Cannes Film Festival's Critics Week, winning the Kodak Discovery Award for Best Short Film and the Petit Rail d'Or.

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#MYALLAMERICAN Official Poster & Images

What Freddie Steinmark (Finn Wittrock) wants most in the world is to play football. Deemed too small by the usual athletic standards, his father trains him hard, and Freddie brings a fight to the game that ultimately gets him noticed — by none other than legendary University of Texas coach Darrell Royal (Aaron Eckhart). Awarded a scholarship and a chance to play for the Longhorns, Freddie sets off to Austin with his loving high school sweetheart Linda (Sarah Bolger), determined to make the team. Alongside his old teammate Bobby Mitchell (Rett Terrell) and new pal James Street (Juston Street), Freddie is put through the paces of a grueling practice schedule, but the boys' camaraderie off the field translates into solid playing on it, and they rise up the depth charts, giving the Longhorns a real chance to turn the team around. But just when they’re reveling in the success of the season, Freddie suffers an injury that leads to a shocking diagnosis and the biggest challenge he will ever face. From the writer of HOOSIERS and RUDY, MY ALL AMERICAN tells the true story of a boy who became a hero and what it truly means to have the heart of a champion.


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MY ALL AMERICAN nationwide on Friday, November 13

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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For #MISTRESSAMERICA In Sacramento

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For MISTRESS AMERICA on Aug. 24th at 7:30PM in Sacramento.

In MISTRESS AMERICA, Tracy (Lola Kirke) is a lonely college freshman in New York, having neither the exciting university experience nor the glamorous metropolitan lifestyle she envisioned. But when she is taken in by her soon-to-be stepsister, Brooke (Greta Gerwig) – a resident of Times Square and adventurous gal about town – she is rescued from her disappointment and seduced by Brooke's alluringly mad schemes.



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George Miller Rumored to Direct Man of Steel Sequel

Superman's road ahead could be filled with fury.

By Brandon Wolfe

Warner Bros. has come up with a sure-fire way to get the Internet excited about a sequel to its least-favorite movie of Summer 2013 - hire the director of its favorite movie of Summer 2015. George Miller, the 70-year-old madman who showed Hollywood's young whippersnappers how it's done with this summer's insane Mad Max: Fury Road, is rumored to be taking the reins from Zack Snyder for the upcoming Man of Steel sequel. This word comes from Jon Schnepp, the director of the crowdfunded documentary The Death of 'Superman Lives': What Happened?, who confidently revealed Miller's involvement on the latest episode of his podcast. Through his work on the documentary, Schnepp made many contacts with people in the know about all things Superman, so he is perhaps in a position to know what he's talking about. Plus, Miller was once involved with an earlier version of Justice League in the mid-'00s that came very close to happening, with such actors as Armie Hammer and Adam Brody having been cast. It stands to reason that he might want another crack at the DC Universe, and it certainly makes sense that Warner Bros. would want to make use of Miller's talents after Fury Road.

Still, given that Henry Cavill will have to go immediately from Batman v. Superman into Zack Snyder's two-part Justice League film, it could still be quite some time until Miller gets to make the second solo Superman film, presuming Schnepp's intel is solid. Miller has also stated his intentions to make further Mad Max installments, and he's also not getting any younger, so hopefully he can make the most of this unexpected second wind and accomplish all of these projects.

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Movie Review: American Ultra

Bourne comedy riff lacks identity and supremacy.

Review by Brandon Wolfe

The line on Jesse Eisenberg at the outset of his career was that he was a clone of Michael Cera, specializing in the sort of sensitive, boy-man roles that Cera had cornered the market on throughout the Aughts. 2009’s Adventureland and Zombieland were the chief catalysts in this conception, and indeed, Eisenberg does channel Cera’s unique blend of sweet-natured anxiousness in those films. But Eisenberg wasted little time casting off that persona, overwriting it entirely with his bravura performance in 2010’s The Social Network. From that point on, Eisenberg came to be defined by his sneering petulance and sense of entitlement. He was the cold, calculating genius who not only wanted to defeat you, but to force you to acknowledge his superiority. He was heralded as a unlikely choice to play Lex Luthor in the upcoming Batman v. Superman, but he’s actually a better fit for the role than many seem willing to concede. Arrogance and megalomania have become Eisenberg’s stocks-in-trade, the most powerful weapons in his arsenal.

One of the innumerable flaws of American Ultra is that it reverts Eisenberg back to Cera-ville. He plays Mike Howell, a meek convenience store clerk with no ambition in life but to smoke weed, draw comics and spend all of his free time with his beloved girlfriend, Phoebe (Kristen Stewart, Eisenberg’s Adventureland leading lady). With his scraggly mane of hair, nervous-Nellie speech pattern and tendency to over-apologize for every little thing, Mike is such a spineless drip that it’s impossible to imagine what any woman could see in him, much less one who seems as comparatively together as Phoebe does. The character is such a delicate flower that it robs Eisenberg of what have become his core strengths as an actor. It’s the sort of thing he’s long since outgrown, and even when he was placed into a similar role in the much stronger action-comedy 30 Minutes or Less, he didn’t come across as limp and defanged as he does here.


The twist with Mike, we quickly learn, is that he was once a top-secret government weapon, created via a now-defunct program to engineer super-soldiers. Mike was the only truly successful result of the program, but rather than put him down after the project was shuttered, Virginia Lasseter (Connie Britton), the mastermind behind it, had his memory wiped and a peaceful life awarded to him. However, when a weaselly up-and-comer named Yates (Topher Grace, doing the sort of smarm routine that people stopped hiring him for a decade ago) revives the program using mentally unstable subjects, he means to wipe out Mike as the last remaining link to the old guard, prompting Lasseter to reactivate her dormant guinea pig to defend himself. From there, Mike becomes a killing machine, though he doesn’t understand how or why. He and Phoebe then find themselves on the run, trying to stay one step ahead of Yates and his squadron of super-psychos.

American Ultra positions itself as a sort of comedic interpretation of The Bourne Identity, with a nebbishy pothead in the Bourne role. There is potentially the germ of a funny idea in here somewhere, but the film fails to pinpoint it. Most of the humor is derived from what a wuss Mike is, but when he swings involuntarily into violent action, it’s just a lot of quick cuts and CGI-assisted flashes of gore, and it’s the same thing each and every time. The comedic potential of the situation is never realized, the disparity existing between Mike’s two sides never contrasted in any genuinely funny way. Even the gore isn’t portrayed as over-the-top enough to elicit any sick humor. The film’s only other means for generating laughter come from Grace’s Yates growing increasingly apoplectic and John Leguizamo as Mike’s ghetto-fabulous supplier of illicit goods. Unfortunately, neither is funny.


The rest of the cast doesn’t fare much better. Stewart doesn’t do a lot here to reverse her infamous blankness, even if she does seem to click with Eisenberg more than most other actors with whom she’s shared the screen, and there’s a twist concerning her character midway through that doesn’t logically track with what we were shown up to that point. Britton is saddled with an utterly thankless role and Bill Pullman materializes briefly and to little (zero?) effect. Arrested Development’s Tony Hale pops up in a small part as a government lackey and the only attempt at humor the film sends his way is for him to take a frowny-faced selfie. Most egregious of them all is Walton Goggins, the fantastically charismatic actor from The Shield and Justified, who is completely wasted as a toothless assassin whose sole character traits are that he laughs like a hyena and speaks like Lenny from Of Mice and Men.

Written by Chronicle scribe Max Landis (and between this and Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four, it’s turning out to be a bad month for Chronicle alumni), American Ultra is a complete failure at whatever it is it’s attempting to do. As a comedy, an action film, a satire or a provocation, it simply does not work on any level, as though Landis kicked off his shoes after hatching the basic “stoner Bourne” conceit, believing his job to be done. Eisenberg’s backslide into Michael Cera II territory is also unfortunate (though, ironically, had the film cast Cera himself in the role, it might have worked a bit better), but no one plays to their strengths in American Ultra. Their innate talents are left frustratingly unactivated in a project that deserved to be shut down.

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Movie Review: 'Hitman: Agent 47'

Relying on tired action and glitzy sequences, Hitman: Agent 47 forgets that story matters, too.

Review by Matt Cummings

It's possible that we've witnessed an earth-shattering moment in film this summer. With the arrival of Mad Max: Fury Road, a new corner has been turned in terms of action and story, forcing changes on everything that come after it and making everything in its wake look second class. That's the feeling you'll get when watching Hitman: Agent 47, a film littered with talent and prospects but whose script and action never rise to the occasion.

A reboot of the failed 2007 version starring Timothy Olyphant, Agent 47 stars Rupert Friend, a genetically-modified assassin who is supposed to be impervious to emotion and love. Precise and impeccably dressed, he sports a barcode on his bald head and a penchant for killing. Normally sent out to maintain his murderous order, this time he must make sure that the technology which produced him is not exploited by another company called the Syndicate (no relation to the one in Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation) led by LeClerq (Thomas Kretschmann). Employing his own hitman John Smith (Zachary Quinto), he eventually locates the daughter of the Agent program, the beautiful but troubled Katia (Hannah Ware), who may have some of her father's program in her blood. As 47 and Smith violently clash, Katia - who is also searching for her father Dr. Litvenko (Ciaran Hinds) - begins to develop her abilities, but must decide if 47's loyalties can be trusted as their head for a bloodbath in Singapore.

It's not that Hitman: Agent 47 is awful like Fantastic Four, because the direction by helmer Aleksander Bach is solid, filled with rich textures and sometimes beautifully-captured moments. Its cast is an intriguing mix of veteran talent and splashy newcomers, led by Ware and eventually Hinds. The real problem lies squarely on Writers Skip Woods and Michael Finch and the stunt coordinators/Second Unit directors Chad Stahelski and David Leitch; you'll remember them as the geniuses behind John Wick. In 47, neither team goes out of their way to elevate the film in any meaningful way, the first barely filling each scene with enough good dialogue to sustain it to the next action sequence, with the other team acting like their stunt budget was a fraction of Wick. Those sequences are shot and edited so closely that they feel like a typical takedown from ABC's Agents of SHIELD, with the hero clearly not in the middle of the fracas, yet jumping back into position at the end of the sequence as if they were there all along.

Ware is simply gorgeous to look at, and her acting clearly shows she doesn't need the boys around to keep herself safe. Yet early on, we have no idea why she's tracking Litvento and even admits it to 47 before the shooting starts. Her visceral reactions to being placed in danger by 47 are memorable and actually satisfying, which is less than I can say for the over-the-top action. Again, it's not like those sequences are awful, but after being graced this year with Fury Road and Rogue Nation, it's hard to support the 90's style work we see here. Hinds is very good as Litvenko, his chemistry with Ware instantly apparent as the father who will do anything to protect his child/lab project. Friend is serviceable in the titular role, but he constantly vacillates between stone-cold assassin and chatty revenge seeker. That's not 47's MO, and his reasoning for protecting Katia is revealed to us in a flash that you'll miss if you're not looking. Their lack of communication about that moment after it's revealed is the emotional core that appears to be missing.

Kretschmann never becomes a baddie we can hate, his shortened performance in Avengers: Age of Ultron as Baron Strucker coming across far better than Le Clerq. But again, it's that lack of emotional core and far-fetched story beats that keeps Hitman: Agent 47 from becoming the next John Wick, although it's apparent someone was hoping otherwise. What's more, we never learn much behind the Agent program, why it's so intent on bringing Katia and her father together, and why it wouldn't just take out LeClerq with a nicely guided missile. It's too busy showing us what brains look like splattered on a wall and collecting its product placements from Audi without giving us a reason to care.

If the purpose behind Hitman: Agent 47 was to re-establish a franchise hopeful of long-term sustainability, its prospects are not good. Led by an intriguing cast, but a merely decent script and tired action sequences, it could find itself repeating a thoroughly overused element from the film, that of being forced to to look at someone's tail lights as they race ahead of you to victory. It's not awful, but in this age of Mad Max it's overly-simple entertainment that will be instantly forgettable the moment you leave the theater, making any endorsement a difficult bargain at best.

Hitman: Agent 47 is rated R for sequences of strong violence and some language and has a runtime of 96 minutes.

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Hulu Orders #FutureMan Pilot To Directed By Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg

According to EW Hulu may be headed to the future, man.

The streaming service has ordered a comedy pilot titled Future Man. The pilot, which will be executive produced and directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, centers on a a janitor who also is a world-ranked gamer. The guy is charged with saving the human race from extinction after visitors hailing from the future “ proclaim him the key to defeating the imminent super-race invasion.”

Future Man is being written by Ariel Schaffir and Kyle Hunter, who served as executive producers of two Rogen and Goldberg films, The Interview and This is the End.

Rogen and Goldberg are also executive-producing and directing the pilot for AMC’s adaptation of the comic book series The Preacher.

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#Sinister Screening Tonight At Preston Castle

In anticipation for the upcoming film SINISTER 2 We’re doing a haunted flashlight tour of Preston Castle at 7:00pm and then an outdoor screening of the first Sinister.

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 20 7:00PM – FLASHLIGHT TOURS 8:00PM – SINISTER SCREENING
FOR FREE TICKETS TO THIS EVENT, EMAIL SINISTERSCREENING@GMAIL.COM WITH YOUR NAME AND “PRESTON” IN THE SUBJECT LINE TICKETS ARE LIMITED AND AVAILABLE WHILE SUPPLIES LAST 

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Red Band Trailer For Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse

Three scouts and lifelong friends join forces with one badass cocktail waitress to become the world’s most unlikely team of heroes. When their peaceful town is ravaged by a zombie invasion, they’ll fight for the badge of a lifetime and put their scouting skills to the test to save mankind from the undead.

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Toby Kebbell Joins Kong: Skull Island

THR is reporting Toby Kebbell, who is coming off a villainous turn as Dr. Doom in Fantastic Four, is in negotiations to join the cast of Legendary and Universal’s monster movie, Kong: Skull Island.

Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson and Corey Hawkins are starring in the project, with Samuel L. Jackson and John C. Reilly circling the roll call.

Jordan Vogt-Roberts is sitting in the director’s chair to tell the tale of a team of explorers venture into the mysterious, creature-laden isle that is also the home of the king of the apes.

As The Hollywood Reporter reported Tuesday, screenwriter Derek Connolly has been brought on to work on the project as it heads towards a late October production start in Hawaii.

Legendary’s Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni are producing with Mary Parent. The movie is scheduled for a March 10, 2017 release.

Legendary is already a fan of Kebbell’s, having hired him for it fantasy movie Warcraft. The actor is also one of the stars of MGM’s Ben-Hur and will appear in J.A. Bayona’s A Monster Calls.

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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For Learning To Drive In Phoenix

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For Learning to Drive on August 26th in Phoenix at 7:00 PM


Inspired by a true story, LEARNING TO DRIVE stars Academy Award nominee Patricia Clarkson and Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley in a feel-good comedy about an improbable friendship. Wendy Shields is a book editor from New York facing a marriage crisis. Darwan Singh Tur is a driving instructor from India with an abiding respect for tradition. When Wendy sets out to reclaim her independence, she hits a unique roadblock - she never learned to drive. She hires Darwan, a driving instructor and part-time cabdriver, to teach her. They form an unlikely bond that inspires each to embrace the humor, freedom, and strength that come with starting anew. The film premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival and was voted first-runner up for the People's Choice Award.



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#HellandBack Red Band Trailer & Images

In the outrageous R rated animated comedy from the Animation studio that brought you “Robot Chicken,” “Triptank” and “Bojack Horseman,” three friends embark on a wayward journey into the deepest, darkest depths of hell to rescue one of their own. While navigating their escape, they provoke a slew of misfit demons, a super sexy angel, infamous Greek legends, and the Devil himself; Hell has never been hotter!


The films stars Mila Kunis, T.J. Miller, Michael Pena, Susan Surandon, Bob Odenkirk and Danny McBride.


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HELL & BACK will open in theaters in October 2, 2015.










Directed by Tom Gianas, Ross Shuman
Written by: Hugh Sterbakov, Zeb Wells


In the outrageous R rated animated comedy from the Animation studio that brought you “Robot Chicken,” “Triptank” and “Bojack Horseman,” three friends embark on a wayward journey into the deepest, darkest depths of hell to rescue one of their own. While navigating their escape, they provoke a slew of misfit demons, a super sexy angel, infamous Greek legends, and the Devil himself; Hell has never been hotter!

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#PawnSacrifice Featurette "Genius"

In a gripping true story set during the height of the Cold War, American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) finds himself caught between two superpowers when he challenges the Soviet Empire. Also starring Liev Schreiber and Peter Sarsgaard, PAWN SACRIFICE chronicles Fischer’s terrifying struggles with genius and madness, and the rise and fall of a kid from Brooklyn who captured the imagination of the world.



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SHE’S FUNNY THAT WAY Red Carpet Images

Here are pictures from the red carpet for SHE’S FUNNY THAT WAY WITH DIRECTOR/WRITER PETER BOGDANOVICH, WRITER LOUISE STRATTEN, CAST MEMBERS JENNIFER ANISTON, OWEN WILSON, IMOGEN POOTS, and KATHRYN HAHN and more


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From renowned director Peter Bogdanovich, SHE’S FUNNY THAT WAY is a screwball comedy featuring the interconnected personal lives of the cast and crew of a Broadway production. When established director Arnold Albertson (Owen Wilson) casts his call girl-turned-actress Izzy Patterson (Imogen Poots) in a new play to star alongside his wife Delta (Katherine Hahn) and her ex-lover Seth Gilbert (Rhys Ifans), a zany love tangle forms with hilarious twists. Jennifer Aniston plays Izzy’s therapist Jane, who is consumed with her own failing relationship with Arnold’s playwright Josh (Will Forte), who is also developing a crush on Izzy.

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