Top Movie News for April 23, 2014

Jurassic World set photos emerge featuring Bryce Dallas Howard and more After learning of Colin Treverrow's intention for more JURASSIC WORLD movies after next summer's return to the prehistoric island, Entertainment Weekly has revealed the first official photos from the production. Nothing earth-shattering in these images but we do get our first glimpse of Bryce Dallas Howard in character along with a chair bearing the film's logo and a truck emblazoned with the park's trademark... Read More...

J.K. Rowling’s ‘The Casual Vacancy’ to Become HBO Miniseries J.K. Rowling and Time Warner have a pretty good relationship. Together, they helped make one of the most successful and impressively coherent film franchises in history with Harry Potter. So it’s of little surprise Rowling turned in their direction when looking for a place to air her follow up novel, The Casual Vacancy, as a miniseries. BBC and HBO will co-produce a three episode miniseries of The Casual Vacancy, which will air on BBC One in the UK and HBO in the US.

The Wrap Up: 'Avengers 2′ Set Photos Tweeted By Mark Ruffalo ScreenCrush wraps up the latest in movies and TV you might have missed. Today, Mark Ruffalo tweets from the 'Avengers 2' set, 'Foxcatcher' finally nabs a release date, and Pierce Brosnan attempts a comeback with 'The Love Punch.' Continue reading…

Mattel & Sony Are Making a Barbie Movie Sony Pictures has partnered with Mattel to bring Barbie to the silver screen, with plans to begin production by year's end. Deadline reports that Sony is eyeing the popular doll as its next global franchise, turning Barbie into a live-action comedy.

Long ‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill For’ TV Spot Condenses the Sales Pitch Nearly ten years after the original Sin City, Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller go back to seedy streets with Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. The aesthetic approach is the same: black and white, dotted with color. The technique, which heavily relies upon green screen shooting, is hopefully much refined after a decade of practice and technological advances.

‘It’s a Small World’ Will Now Be a Movie and Not Just the Ride You Skip At Disneyland "‘It’s a Small World’ Will Now Be a Movie and Not Just the Ride You Skip At Disneyland" was originally published on Film School Rejects for our wonderful readers to enjoy. It is not intended to be reproduced on other websites. If you aren't reading this in your favorite RSS reader or on Film School Rejects, you're being bamboozled. We hope you'll come find us and enjoy the best articles about movies, television and culture right from the source. Producers Distribution Agency It’s a world of laughter, a world of tears, a world of hopes and a world of fears.

Watch: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Featurette Focused on Electro The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is out already in a few parts of the world, the rest of us have to wait a while longer, so hopefully this new featurette will help with that. I don’t know about you, but except Venom, I think Electro has to be the most out there villain Spider-Man has had […] Read Watch: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Featurette Focused on Electro on Filmonic.

Blake Lively, Co-Stars Courted for ‘Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants’ Threequel “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” is getting another sequel, as Alloy Entertainment is developing “Sisterhood Everlasting,” which is based on the book of the same title by bestselling author Ann Brashares, the company announced Wednesday. While there are no deals in place with the original cast, Blake Lively, Alexis Bledel, America Ferrara and Amber Tamblyn have expressed interest in reprising their roles and are in various stages of discussions to return, an individual familiar with the sequel told TheWrap. Also read: Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds Get Married in So

A Look At The Voice Recording Of John Layman And Rob Guillory’s Chew With Felicia Day And Steven Yeun A look at the voice recording of Chew, a new animated series based on John Layman and Rob Guillory‘s Chew comic from Image, and starring The Walking Dead‘s Steven Yeun as Tony Chi and The Guild‘s Felicia Day as Amelia Mintz. With comic co-creator and script writer John Layman and director Jeff Krelitz, producing with David Boxenbaum via Heavy Metal,executive produced by Scott Boxenbaum, Layman, Guillory, and co-executive produced by Dan Tischler. Here’s how the recording went down according to Layman… Unbelievably stoked about CHEW cartoon stuff.

Felicity Jones Joins A Monster Calls, Liam Neeson Eyed The Amazing Spider-Man 2 star Felicity Jones is the first to join the cast of Focus Features' A Monster Calls . Deadline reports that Jones will play "Mum" in director Juan Antonio Bayona's take on the award-winning children’s fantasy novel by Patrick Ness. What's more, the outlet reports that Liam Neeson is being sought to play the title monster.

Jessica Chastain might play Marilyn Monroe in Andrew Dominik's Blonde Back in 2010 we reported on a new movie about Marilyn Monroe called BLONDE from director Andrew Dominik (THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD, KILLING THEM SOFTLY) with Naomi Watts potentially playing the iconic actress. We haven't heard anything new on the project in a while, but it appears Dominik is trying to get it made again, because The Wrap is reporting Jessica Chastain is... Read More...

‘Flash Gordon’ Remake Picked Up By Fox About a week ago, news hit the web that camp classic Flash Gordon – the subject of Mark Wahlberg’s and Seth MacFarlane’s fawning adoration in 2012′s Ted – might be getting the remake treatment, with emphasis on the word “might”. The announcement sounded somewhat fishy on paper, pegging Star Trek 3 writing duo J.D.

Johnny Depp-Gwyneth Paltrow Comedy ‘Mortdecai’ Gets Release Date “Mortdecai,” the action comedy starring Johnny Depp and Gwyneth Paltrow, will open in wide release on Feb. 5, 2015, Lionsgate said Wednesday. David Koepp directs “Mortdecai,” in which Depp plays a roguish international art dealer chasing a stolen painting that has the code to a bank account filled with Nazi gold. Paltrow plays his wife, and the supporting cast includes Ewan McGregor, Paul Bettany, Olivia Munn, Oliver Platt, Aubrey Plaza, Jeff Goldblum. Koepp co-wrote with Peter Baynham and Eric Aronson.

The Terminator Reboot May Be Getting A Title Change Paramount and Skydance officially announced the start of principal photography today, which we already knew since Skydance posted a picture earlier this week, but interestingly, the title we had assumed the film would take, Terminator: Genesis, is never mentioned in the official press release. Instead, the release merely refers to the film as “the Terminator reboot.” Here is the full release: HOLLYWOOD, CA (April 23, 2014) – Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions announced today that principal photography is officially underway on the “TERMINATOR” reboot, directed by Alan Tay

LOL: ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ Just The F Words Edit You may have heard that Martin Scorsese‘s The Wolf Of Wall Street holds the record for the most F-bombs in a narrative feature film (the documentary “Fuck” obviously wins the all time record). ScreenJunkies decided to create a two-and-a-half minute cut of the film featuring only the F words said in the movie. But those jokers decided to focus on some of the less obvious f-words in the film, and not feature any of the movie’s record-breaking 506 F-bombs.

Warner Bros. has acquired the upcoming Philip Reeve penned children's book Railhead, with Doug Liman in negotiations to direct.The novel, which is aimed at readers between 10 and 11 years old, is set in a futuristic world where trains travel through outer space by a series of portals. The story centers on a young thief who is hired to steal an object that is much more important than he is lead to believe, which starts him on an adventure that could alter the course of the universe.Denise Di Novi and Alison Greenspan are producing the adaptation through their Di Noi Pictures company.

Unified Pictures and Bron Studios revealed today that Anton Yelchin (Like Crazy, Only Lovers Left Alive, Star Trek), three-time Golden Globe nominee Zooey Deschanel ((500) Days of Summer, Elf, All The Real Girls), Academy Award nominee John Hawkes (The Sessions, Winter's Bone, Lincoln), Ciar&#225n Hinds (Munich, There Will Be Blood, Game of Thrones) and Alia Shawkat (Arrested Development, Cedar Rapids) will star in the dark comedy The Driftless Area.Adapted from award-winning author Tom Drury's novel of the same title, The Driftless Area will be directed by Zachary Sluser, who co-wr

SUPERNATURAL "Bloodlines" Backdoor Pilot Extended HD Teaser! Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) investigate a case in Chicago, where they discover that various mafia-esque monster families are, unknown to humans, running the underbelly of Chicago. One is a family of shapeshifters run by Margo Lassiter (guest stars Danielle Savre), whose leadership is thrown into question when her brother David (guest star Nathaniel Buzolic) returns home. The other reigning family in town is made up of werewolves, lead by Julian Duval (guest star Sean Faris).

Early 'Star Wars' Storyboards Show Off a Far, Far Different Universe No movie ends up looking exactly like its creators initially intended, but that's doubly true for science fiction an fantasy films. In the case of something as beloved as George Lucas' 'Star Wars,' seeing the original designs and concepts for characters as iconic as Darth Vader and R2-D2 can be downright shocking. Some early storyboards from the 1977 classic have made their way online and these rough sketches paint a very different portrait of some of your favorite heroes and villains in the 'Star Wars' universe. Continue reading…

‘Frozen 2′ Not Yet in Development at Disney Animation Everyone in Hollywood loves sequels. Except Disney Animation. While their partners at Pixar have had no trouble coming up with worthy follow-ups to some of their biggest films, most all of the classic Disney animated films never got theatrical sequels. Even with that fact stated, it’s still a bit of a surprise to hear Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn admit the company hasn’t even begun to think about a sequel to their biggest animated film of all time, Frozen. The Hollywood Reporter and others wrote about Horn’s recent, revealing discussion with Bloomburg TV.

Following their tasty, international comedy The Trip in 2010, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon are back for seconds with The Trip to Italy. The comedy sequel debuted at Sundance earlier this year, and is already airing for our friends across the pond on BBC. But here in the United States, the film will hit theaters sometime this year, and the first trailer has arrived to show off more fantastic impressions, in depth discussions on particular music, and in a bit of meta writing, the merit of sequels.

Shooting on George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road” began in the summer of 2012 and the film isn’t coming out until summer 2015. That’s, ahem, a long frickin’ road to a movie (as well as one that opens only two weeks after “Avengers: Age of Ultron”). By all accounts it is an expensive and highly ambitious picture, utilizing a lot of practical effects, cars and stunts and little CGI. But perhaps ‘Fury Road’ took so long for myriad other reasons. You’ll recall as soon as it started shooting, reps from Warner Bros.

10. SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #8 - JIM LEE It’s all going to hell as cosmic-level war breaks out! The full truth of who — or what — Wraith is finally comes to light!   9. WONDER WOMAN #33 - CLIFF CHIANG It’s the beginning of the end as writer Brian Azzarello and artist Cliff Chiang kick off the astonishing finale of their epic run!

Netflix, the world’s leading Internet television network, announced today its first Spanish-language original series, a comedy from director Gaz Alazraki that reunites the team that made Nosotros los Nobles, one of the most successful Mexican box office hits of all time. The 13-episode series from Alazraki Entertainment is set to premiere in 2015 and centers on a family feud among heirs of a soccer club after the owner’s death.

Quentin Tarantino's Lawsuit Dismissed, But... Director Quentin Tarantino is reportedly not able to sue Gawker for linking to a copy of his unproduced screenplay The Hateful Eight on their site. But, Tarantino can refile the case if he makes some changes. According to The Hollywood Reporter, a California judge has dismissed the copyright infringement lawsuit that had Tarantino suing Gawker over sharing his screenplay online. Gawker had “encouraged its reader to ‘enjoy’ reading the script,” says THR, prompting Tarantino to shelf the project, in light of the draft’s leak online.

Meet soldier Rita, who must help Lt. Bill Cage find his way out of a time loop and win a war against an evil alien race in Edge of Tomorrow. We have a new character banner for this summer's sci-fi thriller, which features Tom Cruise's co-star Emily Blunt as she suits up for the battlefield, alien annihilating weapon in hand. Live. Die. Repeat!Edge of Tomorrow comes to theaters June 6th, 2014 and stars Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Lara Pulver, Jeremy Piven, Bill Paxton, Charlotte Riley, Madeleine Mantock, Jonas Armstrong. The film is directed by Doug Liman.

Principal photography has commenced on Goosebumps, starring Jack Black. Rob Letterman directs the film from a screenplay by Darren Lemke and Mike White and a story by Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski and Darren Lemke, based on the Goosebumps book series published by Scholastic and written by R.L. Stine. The producers are Neal H. Moritz and Deborah Forte. Executive producers are Bill Bannerman and Tania Landau.

Ditching the hybrid CG-live action look of the last two Smurfs films, Sony are wisely going for a redesigned, all-animated approach with their upcoming prequel. Not many details about the film have been published so far, though things are like to change now director Kelly Asbury, alum of the Shrek series and Gnomeo and Juliet, has started a production blog, The Blue Print>. The first post says nothing much, really, but there is the above image.

TV Review: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1 Episode 19 NOTE: Join us every WEDNESDAY as we review the latest episode... EPISODE 19: "The Only Light in the Darkness" SYNOPSIS:  With their world turned upside down, Coulson races to save the life of his one true love as the mystery of 'The Cellist,' which began in Marvel's THE AVENGERS is finally revealed. BREAKDOWN: (The following column contains MAJOR SPOILERS,... Read More...


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Callie Kloves will adapt the YA novelThe young adult juggernaut continues to careen through our multiplexes. With The Hunger Games and Divergent doing excellent business, and the likes of Fallen and Daughter Of Smoke And Bone on the way, Sony have taken a punt on the yet-to-be-published Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton. Mark Gordon (Source Code) is producing, and Callie Kloves has been tapped to write the screenplay.Dayton is one of the lucky Amazon self-publishers who went on to score a big deal with a traditional publisher, in her case Random House.

The Channing Tatum-starring film premieres at Cannes next month, but is keeping its powder dry for awards season.

Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn has commented on reports that the screenplay she has penned for the forthcoming movie adaptation makes wholesale changes to her original story, describing them as “greatly exaggerated.” Earlier this year, reports were quoting Ben Affleck as saying Flynn had “literally thrown that third act out and started from scratch”, but according to the author, this is misleading. “Those reports have been greatly exaggerated!” says Flynn.

'Red Army' Moves to Sony Pictures Classics Sony Pictures Classics has picked up North American, Asian and Eastern European rights to filmmaker Gabe Polsky's Red Army.The documentary centers on the Soviet Union's Red Army hockey team during the Cold War. The squad was the most successful dynasty in sports history.

The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. The beloved characters from the original “X-Men” film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from “X-Men: First Class,” in an epic battle that must change the past – to save our future. X-Men: Days Of Future Past will be directed by Bryan Singer ("Usual Suspects").

Opening in theaters this weekend is the action-thriller Brick Mansions, one of the final movies starring the late Paul Walker. The actor portray a Detroit cop, who teams up with a street thug (parkour co-founder David Belle) to take down a drug lord (RZA) before he can destroy the entire city. We have a contest lined up where our readers can win a $25 Fandango gift card to see this movie in theaters, along with earbuds, a water bottle, a hoodie and a Take Flight Parkour t-shirt.

One of the most controversial players in NBA history, the new documentary Iverson examines and explores the history of this iconic athlete, as told from the eyes of Allen Iverson himself. From first-time director Zatella Beatty, the 11-time All Star and MVP shines new light on his personal game as one of the best shooters to ever hit the court. Now officially retired, Allen Iverson is joined by the Miami Heat's Dwayne Wade, former NBC Night News anchor Tom Brokaw and others in the first trailer for this provocative expose.

Did episode two of Fargo live up to the premiere? Here's what critics are saying about "The Rooster Prince."

Adam Rifkin Chewing On Peeps Producer buys sweet brand as next movieWhere next after the unlikely pitch-hitter of The Lego Movie? Looking for the next colourful and popular intellectual property to turn into a blockbuster narrative animated classic, producer Adam Rifkin has hit on the sweetie brand Peeps. His producing partners Brent Tinter and Brian E. Rochlin are supporting him in his dream.Peeps are sugar-coated marshmallows much loved in America and Canada.

Except for Johnny Depp, there wasn't much to laugh about at the box office last weekend — or the one before that, or the one before that, either. That's because other than animated fare and Wes Anderson's quirky “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” a comedy movie hasn't connected at the box office since “Ride Along,” and that came out in January.

Moviegoers who are slaves to genre aren't going to have much love for the legitimately out-of-control “Miss Meadows." This whatsit begins with a prim and proper maiden talking to CGI squirrels and birds before firing a pistol into the throat of an obvious sex offender in the middle of a sunny suburban street. The victim isn't sleazy enough to be funny, the violence is too glib to be serious, and there's, overall, a jarring divide occurring here.

Michael Glawogger, an Austrian filmmaker, has died at the age of 54. The director, who made both documentaries and narrative films, was shooting footage in Africa for an upcoming film when he died, Film and Music Austria reported on its website. “We are both as an industry and as a person deeply shocked and speechless,” filmmaker Danny Krausz wrote in a statement. See photos: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2014 Glawogger was making a documentary about a year of traveling around the world, which he was also writing about in the form of diary entries for Der Standard newspaper in

"‘Boulevard’ Review: Robin Williams Mopes About a Droopy Character Study" was originally published on Film School Rejects for our wonderful readers to enjoy. It is not intended to be reproduced on other websites. If you aren't reading this in your favorite RSS reader or on Film School Rejects, you're being bamboozled. We hope you'll come find us and enjoy the best articles about movies, television and culture right from the source. Tribeca Film Festival Boulevard, the fifth feature from director Dito Montiel, is an intimate character study. As such, it is but one among many.

Roberto Orci Wants To Direct ‘Star Trek 3′ For his first directing gig, Roberto Orci wants Stars Trek 3 – an ambitious choice for someone who’s never actually helmed a movie before. But that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have any experience. Orci has worked on numerous films over the past decade. He, along with his longtime partner Alex Kurtzman, have overseen and co-written huge blockbusters like The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Mission Impossible III and Star Trek Into Darkness. According to THR, Orci is lobbying hard for the director’s chair on the upcoming thirteenth Star Trek.

Boomboxes, moonwalking, parachute pants, and cassette tapes! Ah, the '80's! If you happened to grow up in the Reagen era then you may relate to some of these things. If not, no worries, as PING PONG SUMMER has you covered. The new feel-good indie comedy from director Michael Tully seeks to capture the essence of the time period, while presenting a classic underdog story in the spirit of... Read More...

People magazine has named Lupita Nyong'o as the "World's Most Beautiful" for 2014.

From the opening scenes of “Gabriel" (read our review), the debut feature from writer/director Lou Howe, the audience is immediately tossed into the ongoing tumult that is the life of the title character, a troubled young man brilliantly played by Rory Culkin. We’re not given any clues to the drama, other than a years-old love letter from a girl named Alice, to whom Gabriel plans to propose. While this seems odd (if he’s planning to propose, why doesn’t he know where Alice lives?), it’s also instantly compelling.

Literary eyebrows were raised all over the place when we learned, late last year, that Jason Segel was set to play celebrated writer David Foster Wallace in James Ponsoldt's biopic “The End of the Tour," which will adapt journalist David Lipsky's account of accompanying Wallace on a book tour just as “Infinite Jest” was making him a strange kind of superstar (Jesse Eisenberg will play Lipsky).

New York Times Best-selling author Max Brooks, known for his zombie fiction in World War Z and the Zombie Survival Guide, launched a comic series with Avatar Press, Extinction Parade, in January of 2014 with artist Raulo Caceres. The property has now been optioned by Legendary Television and Digital as an original series. Brooks will be closely involved with the development of the TV series, and will write the Pilot episode. Max Brooks explains: I only brought the idea to one company, Legendary, because they do the kind of quality work of which any writer would be proud.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Captain America: The Winter Soldier has now stormed past the $600 million mark worldwide, outperforming the first instalment of the Marvel Studios franchise by an incredible 158%. After earning over $100 million in China (its second highest grossing territory outside of North America), the movie has also earned a whopping $205.3 million domestically.

Ken Loach's latest (and last?) Cannes entry 'Jimmy's Hall' gets a trailer The Irish period drama is said to be the veteran's final narrative feature. Check out a trailer here.

Josh and Benny Safdie, the New York filmmakers behind 2010's “Daddy Longlegs” and 2008's “The Pleasure of Being Robbed,” have wrapped production on their latest film, “Heaven Knows What.” A hybrid picture that blends documentary and narrative, “Heaven” features Arielle Holmes, a kid the filmmaker brothers met on the subway, playing a fictionalized version of herself.

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Pierce Brosnan and Emma Thompson are a divorced couple that are trying to take back the money that was stolen from them in the new comedy The Love Punch. Crazy little movie this one, like a middle-aged Ocean’s Eleven, only there are only four perpetrators here, and definitely less experience then Danny Ocean’s gang. So […] Read Watch: Trailer for the Pierce Brosnan and Emma Thompson Comedy The Love Punch on Filmonic.

Bud Gordon coulda been a contendah. They called him “The Saint,” and Bud had it all. But as promising as Bud’s boxing career and talents were, he had an Achilles heel, or rather, a glass chin. So when the glove connected with kisser, Bud went down like a stone. Now, fallen on hard times and living in New Jersey instead of Manhattan, the down-on-his-luck Bud and his live-in girlfriend Ellen no longer live the glamorous life. In fact, they now live in a rather begrimed apartment and the realities of everyday life have hit them hard.

BIOSHOCK was effectively killed as a movie after years of development. Game director Ken Levine thought it had to do with director Gore Verbinski wanting to make an R-rated film while producers wanted something more marketable to younger audiences. Whatever the case, it looks like there may be some life still in the project. Kotaku has noticed that about a month ago, Sony registered multiple domain names... Read More...

This week marks the 450th birthday of playwright William Shakespeare.

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