Top Movie News for November 22, 2014

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Review: 'Mockingjay - Part 1' Sets a Fine Stage for Superb Series' End The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I, the first of a two-part finale wrapping up the beloved and lucrative Hunger Games franchise, is a stand-in representation of a number of rages in Hollywood. A dystopian future in which the people, under the control of a brutish government, are beginning to rebel? Check. A tough, female protagonist who finds her emotions torn between two men? Double check.

Brenton Thwaites to join Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales It was a busy year for Brenton Thwaites having had roles is MALEFICENT, OCULUS, and THE GIVER; the up and coming star is now looking to take on the sought after role of Henry in the upcoming sequel PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES. Not much is known about the role other than the character is said to be a British Soldier. He will join returning cast members Johnny Depp who will forever be playing... Read More...

Trailer For George Lucas’ Strange Magic Released Lucasfilms has released its first official trailer for the animated feature Strange Magic. The film, written by George Lucas, explores the world of fairies, goblins, and elves that live in a realm split between a bright kingdom and a dark forest filled with horrible creatures. But when the barrier between the worlds is broken, the creatures must learn to live together. The film stars Evan Rachel Wood, Alfred Molina, Maya Rudolph, and Alan Cumming. Strange Magic opens on January 23rd, 2015. Trailer For George Lucas’ Strange Magic Released

The Long-Awaited Janis Joplin Biopic Starring Amy Adams Is Finally Picking Up Steam Amy Adams' shelved Janis Joplin biopic breathes new life with director and production schedule.

Channing Tatum In Talks To direct YA Drama ‘Leonard Peacock’ Channing Tatum has been busy with starring roles in hit films like 22 Jump Street and Foxcatcher (which has received rave reviews from critics) but now he is eyeing a position behind the camera. The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Tatum is in talks to direct the YA drama Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock for The Weinstein Co.Leonard Peacock centers on a troubled high schooler who plans to kill his best friend and then himself.

Josh Boone Says Stephen King’s The Stand Will Be Four Movies On the Babble-On podcast Josh Boone, the director of The Fault In Our Stars, told Kevin Smith that he was working on adapting Stephen King’s 1168 page epic The Stand. Others have tried to boil the tale of good vs evil in a post-apocalyptic world into a single film, including Smith’s friend Ben Affleck. But something funny happened when Boone turned in his three-hour long script attempt… the studio execs asked if he had thought about doing it as a multi-part film series. The director says that Warner Brothers plans to adapt the novel into a four-part movie franchise.

'The Planet of the Apes' Series Could Be More Than Three Films, According to Andy Serkis We are living in the franchise-heavy film era, which can sometimes feel exhausting (see: ‘Transformers’) or can sometimes be very enjoyable, depending on the product. In television, having a clear endpoint in mind is a good thing (see: ‘Breaking Bad’); meanwhile, studios are now planning their franchises out years in advance. Again, this can be good (Marvel), or, as our own Matt Singer bemoaned, it leads to what he finds to be an unnecessary splitting of the final chapter to extend the life of a franchise.

Exclusive Hobbit Behind-The-Scenes Still Thorin da housePeter Jackson has edited the upcoming issue of Empire - on newsagents' shelves next week (November 27) - and to celebrate, there will be an ever-so-tantalising drip feed of Hobbity goodness here on EmpireOnline.com.

Check out the songs on the secret Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack It is pretty clear that everything about GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY is awesome. From the movie to the soundtrack, everything just clicks. A lot of that is thanks to director James Gunn who has been refreshingly revealing about the film's production since before it hit theaters this summer. Now, as the film hits digital release, Gunn has shared another cool element of the film: an alternate soundtrack. Teasing it as... Read More...

Shailene Woodley, Grant Gustin and 5 Other Stars Who Found Success Without ‘Hunger Games’ Landing a role in “The Hunger Games” must have seemed like a golden ticket to the plethora of young actors and actresses clamoring for a handful of roles.

Watch Teenage Jennifer Lawrence Take On Shakespeare For Her First Major Role A 14-year old Jennifer Lawrence plays Desdemona in Shakespeare's 'Othello' in a never-before-seen video.

Meryl Streep Sings "Stay With Me" In New INTO THE WOODS Featurette The Witch (Meryl Streep) doesn't want her daughter Rapunzel (Mackenzie Mauzy) to leave home and find her Prince (Billy Magnussen). To convince her daughter to stay The Witch sings “Stay with Me,” which was originally written by Stephen Sondheim for the musical Into The Woods.   “Into the Woods” is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests.

Broken Projector: Mike Nichols, The Populist Auteur MGM This week the world lost a peerless filmmaker (and EGOT winner) who delivered a hot tub full of fantastic films. Mike Nichols put Dustin Hoffman in a compromising position, tortured Meryl Streep and found a grounding commonality even with his most extraordinary characters.

Christopher Nolan Talks ‘Interstellar’ Ending and That Big Third-Act Twist Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar features a pretty powerful message about love, but it’s not all sweetness and light. It doesn’t shy away from the darker side of humanity, particularly in a third-act twist that puts our heroes in jeopardy. In a new interview, Nolan discusses that divisive scene, laying out the logic and motivations that led to the big moment. We’re purposely being vague here because we’d hate to be the jerks who ruin the movie, so let’s just slap up a big fat spoiler warning and head to the jump where we can talk freely.

STAR WARS: New Rumor About 'Episode VII' Ending Makes More Sense This week, much much much less about Midichlorians. I promise.So much to cover, most of it very very very spoilerish.Multiple sources suggest that we’ll finally get a The Force Awakens trailer attached to The Hobbit: The Third And Mostly Made Up One this December, cementing in everyone’s minds that May-The-4th-Be-Damned, Star Wars is a December property now. You spend the holiday with your families, you buy Star Wars things, you see Star Wars movie stuff, from here until our generation’s pets die.

Contest: Win 'A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night' Prize Pack Including The Poster And Comic Book If you've had your ear to the ground in the genre world, you've likely heard the increasingly loud buzz surrounding "A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night." It's a black-and-white, Iranian vampire western (when's the last time you saw something like that?) that has been a big hit on the festival circuit (read our review).

​Universal Unveils Cryptic Teaser for 'Jurassic World' Universal unveils cryptic teaser for Jurassic World, full trailer coming on Thanksgiving Day. Jurassic World is still several months away but Universal is already starting the marketing machine and today, they unveiled a cryptic teaser that didn’t reveal anything but it anticipates that a more revealing trailer will be released on Thanksgiving Day. You can watch the teaser below: The teaser is an homage to one of the original film’s most iconic scenes and it builds on the premise that something big is coming.

Millennium Entertainment has acquired operations of the Los Angeles offices of Amplify, the multi-platform distribution company, the companies announced Friday. As part of the deal, Amplify's Logan Mulvey will serve as Millennium's Senior Vice President of Digital Distribution, effective immediately.

Martin Freeman Joins Tina Fey in 'The Taliban Shuffle' The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies star Martin Freeman is in talks to join Tina Fey and Margot Robbie in Paramount's true story adaptation The Taliban Shuffle.The plot is adapted from Kim Barker's memoir of the same name, which follows her exploits as a journalist, covering the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. As she writes stories about militants and being a woman in this dangerous area, the reporter also copes with boredom through promiscuous behavior and episodes of violence. Tina Fey is playing Barker, with Margot Robbie portraying an on-air broadcast journalist.

TheWrap Screening Series: ‘Imitation Game’ Filmmakers on Casting Benedict Cumberbatch and Going Indie (Video) When audiences see “The Imitation Game” starring Benedict Cumberbatch as British mathematician Alan Turing, it will be a very different film than the one originally imagined. “We kinda had this lost year at Warner Bros.,” screenwriter Graham Moore recalled after TheWrap‘s Awards Season Screening Series presentation of the film at The Landmark Theater in Los Angeles on Thursday.

News Briefs: Mel Gibson May Direct Andrew Garfield in a War Pic; New 'Fifty Shades of Grey' TV Spot Hacksaw Ridge: Academy Award-winning director Mel Gibson is in talks to direct his first film since Apocalypto (2006). The new project, titled Hacksaw Ridge, tells the story of a U.S. Army medic during World War II who saved many lives; he became the first conscientious objector to win the Congressional Medal of Honor. Andrew Garfield is in talks to play the medic. [Deadline]   Green Room: Patrick Stewart is front and center in the first official photo from Green Room, a...Read MoreRead Comments

Here’s the first trailer for the tense Australian drama Strangerland, in which Nicole Kidman plays a woman whose children disappear, leading her and her husband into a desperate search. This first Strangerland trailer is short and tense — it’s got some of the same vibe and aesthetic appeal of True Detective, even if it doesn’t have the same dynamic between lead characters. Kim Farrant makes her directorial debut with the film, which also stars Joseph Fiennes and Hugo Weaving.

Casting Society to Honor Richard Linklater With Career Award Director Richard Linklater, whose films have featured early or breakthrough performances from Matthew McConaughey, Jack Black, Ben Affleck, Christian McKay and others, will be recognized by the Casting Society of America with the Career Achievement Award at the 30th Annual Artios Awards, the CSA announced on Friday. The honor will be given to Linklater at the Artios Awards on Jan. 22, 2015.

We'll have a new main villain when the show returns in 2015 -- Madame Kali, the spiritualist and medium who hosted the Seance in the second episode of the first season. Says Showtime president David Nevins of the character: "There’s a great antagonist next year played by Helen McCrory… Season 1’s antagonist was sort of an inhuman character. It’ll be good to have a more human antagonist.”

‘Pete’s Dragon’ Adding Bryce Dallas Howard; Confirmed for 2015 New Zealand Shoot Pete’s Dragon is a Disney movie that holds nostalgia value for those who grew up on the 1977 feature; and like other Disney titles from the 20th Century, it’s now getting remade on the big screen for a new generation.

Rosamund Pike to receive Palm Springs Film Fest’s Breakthrough Performance Award Could the 'Gone Girl' star crack the Best Actress top five? A bump from the Palm Springs Film Festival should help.http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/in-contention

Boseman: There’s No Black Panther Script Yet The soon-to-be Black Panther, Chadwick Boseman, has been friendly with the press since the big announcement was made a few weeks back that he had been cast as the Marvel character. And now in a new interview, the actor has revealed some details on where he stands as a comic-book fan, whether or not he’s tried on the Black Panther suit yet (he hasn’t), and more. Talking to EW, Boseman says that he doesn’t think there’s a screenplay for his standalone film at the moment. “All of that is being come up with right now,” he says.

Sony Pictures Entertainment's Executive Vice President & Chief Communications Officer Charles Sipkins is leaving the company after only 15 months at his post. Chairman and CEO Michael Lynton announced Sipkins’ exit in an internal memo to staff on Friday. See photos: Remembering Mike Nichols: 12 Movies the Hollywood Icon Directed (Photos) “Charlie Sipkins has resigned to pursue other opportunities.

Patrick Stewart has tweeted the first look at his character from his new film GREEN ROOM, and no, it's not the image above of him with Ian McKellen and Elmo. Written and directed by Jeremy Saulnier (BLUE RUIN), GREEN ROOM will follow a "young punk rock band who find themselves trapped in a secluded venue after stumbling upon a horrific act of violence, fighting for their lives against a gang of... Read More...

Telltale's Game of Thrones Puts Hardcore Fans First Speak to Telltale about Game of Thrones, and everything inevitably comes back to a feeling of simultaneous excitement and paranoia: The fans have to be happy. Early in development, before Telltale arrived at the “oil-painting brought to life” aesthetic, its Game of Thrones series looked similar to The Walking Dead, with its thick black lines and vibrant colors. “Oil painting just has this wonderful depth to it that matches the art of a Game of Thrones story,” Director of Design Ryan Kauffman told IGN. “Bloody. Epic. Dark. Gross.

Cool Videos: Chris Pratt, Chloe Moretz and Adam Sandler read mean tweets In another installment of Jimmy Kimmel's Celebrities Read Mean Tweets, we have the likes of Chris Pratt, Chloe Moretz, Adam Sandler, and a few others, reading off the harsh words of some insignificant d-bags of whom they'll never meet. Okay, to be fair, I've done my share of bashing individuals I don't know, but I think it's pretty fascinating to see the actual celebrities read... Read More...

Matt Smith To Star In Patient Zero Matt Smith has hit the ground running career wise since leaving Doctor Who. He has already starred in Pride And Prejudice And Zombies for Screen Gems, Terminator: Genysis for Paramount and worked with Ryan Gosling in Lost River. So what does Mr. Smith have in store next? He’s signed on to star in another Screen Gems picture, Patient Zero. A film about a super strain of rabies that has caused a global pandemic and a new extremely violent species.

When Edgar Wright abandoned Ant-Man six months ago, reports had said that the few cast members linked to the movie would be contractually obliged to stay on board as Marvel Studios searched high and low for Wright's replacement. Well, that might have been the case for Paul Rudd (Scott Lang) and Michael Douglas (Hank Pym), who signed on pretty early, but as Ant-Man nears post-production with Peyton Reed in the director's chair, Evangeline Lilly (Hope Van Dyne) has revealed that she had the option to leave.

Just days after the first photos for the upcoming comedy Get Hard were released, Warner Bros. has debuted an official banner featuring stars Kevin Hart and Will Ferrell.The story centers on Will Ferrell's James King, a wealthy investment banker who is found guilty of committing fraud and sent to San Quentin prison. In order to prepare himself for the time he's about to serve, James hires Darnell (Kevin Hart), a car-washer he's mistaken for an ex-con.

Paramount Pictures/Bond 360 A lot of Best Picture hopefuls each year have documentary counterparts. It makes sense, because biopics and other true stories are great fodder for Oscar bait. Some are as easy as Monster and Milk being linked to Nick Broomfield’s Aileen Wuornos films and The Times of Harvey Milk, respectively, in part because the dramas were directly influenced by their doc predecessors.

The Warren Ellis-penned comic book series Global Frequency is getting its third shot at television. A decade ago, The WB tried to set a Global Frequency TV series in motion, shooting a pilot based on the comic about an organization that attempts to protect the world from the influence of covert government actions. But the show didn’t get picked up, and the pilot, which starred Michelle Forbes and Josh Hopkins, disappeared into the aether, destined to be shared illegally for years to come.

Al Pacino returns to the big screen as a washed up rock star in the first trailer and poster for Danny Collins, which doesn't have a release date set at this time.Inspired by a true story, Al Pacino stars as aging 1970s rocker Danny Collins, who can't give up his hard-living ways.

Nearly five years after the film was shot, the first trailer has been released for Red Knot, starring Olivia Thirlby (Dredd 3D) and Vincent Kartheiser (Mad Men).Set on a research vessel en route to the icy wastes of Antarctica, Peter Harrison (Vincent Kartheiser) is a writer sharing his dream of going to the ends of the earth with his wife (Olivia Thirlby ). The confines of the ship and the wide open spaces of the southern ocean set the stage for an unraveling marriage encountering their first rite of passage as a couple.

These days, Marvel seemingly just print anything in the hope that it might pay off (though the fact that their monthly solicitations almost always have at least one or two cancellations indicates otherwise), and the latest character to get his own series is Howard the Duck. Yay?  To be fair, the series has a quality creative team in the form of Chip Zdarsky and Joe Quinones, and a devoted fanbase who will likely be very pleased by this news. Set on Earth, the cosmic character will apparently be a P.I. in this book, something which sounds like quite a bit of fun!

This New ‘Pitch Perfect 2′ Poster Is A Cup Full Of Awesome You're gonna miss Beca (Anna Kendrick) when she's gone, but she's right here in this first "Pitch Perfect 2" character poster

Watch: James Franco Feels 'The Color Of Time' In New Trailer With Mila Kunis The James Franco-produced “The Color of Time” (formerly titled “Tar” when it premiered at last year’s Rome Film Festival) examines the life and work of Pulitzer Prize winning poet C.K. Williams. The film takes an unusual approach to the material, in that an ensemble of 12 directors (all are New York University students) collaborated with the main cast.

This may be one of the longest gaps between a teaser being posted and a final trailer in the history of Twitch.Back in 2011 we posted the teaser for CS Amudhan's Rendavathu Padam. The literal English translation for Rendavathu Padam is "Second Film", which makes sense since it is, in fact, Anudhan's second effort after his wildly popular spoof film, Tamizh Padam (Tamil Film).

In today's feel-good news, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce will honor two-time Oscar winning actor Christoph Waltz with the 2,536th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday, December 1st, at 11:30 a.m PST. The star will be unveiled in front of the Musso & Frank Grill at 6667 Hollywood Boulevard. Quentin Tarantino will serve as a guest speaker, helping Leron Gubler, President/CEO of... Read More...

In talking with RadioTimes.com, Mark Gatiss said of the upcoming fourth season of Sherlock: “You can always expect tragedy as well as adventure, that’s just how it goes.” Gatiss is the co-creator of the series with Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat as well as playing the role of Mycroft Holmes. Now that may mean the death of John Watson’s (Matin Freeman) wife Mary (Amanda Abbington), as that is what happens in the original Sir Arthur Conan Doyle stories.

Pitbull recorded a song for "Penguins of Madagascar," and he has an interesting story behind his decision.

We have your first look at the new poster for the upcoming horror film 4: Apocalypse, which opens in theatres, on iTunes and on Demand on January 2. Here's the official plot synopsis for the film: "Several hours have passed since the terrible events that ravaged the old building in Barcelona. After the chaos of the first few moments, the army decided to intervene and an elite group of soldiers infiltrated the building in order to plant detonators and put an end to this nightmare once and for all. The mission is a success; quick and precise.

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Reach Me Review

IGN Movies - Fri, 2014-11-21 16:01

Sylvester Stallone gives the most resonant performance in Reach Me. Playing Gerald, a political blogger who paints abstract art in his free time, Stallone stands out from the crowd by expelling his pent-up rage in the form of insults like, “You're a fart catcher!” If only the other 64 characters in the film looked up from their navels long enough to exude that kind of personality, Reach Me would be a fairly entertaining existential romp. Self-seriousness plagues writer-director John Herzfeld's tone deaf ensemble piece.

As Guardians Of The Galaxy gears up for its Blu-ray/DVD release, director James Gunn has shared an alternate soundtrack to the film which he's dubbed "Awesome Mix Volume Zero". These songs are much more high energy and definitely a little more obscure than most of the classics from Volume 1, but there's a few great tunes in there. Take a look, see which ones you recognize and if there's any you don't, get listening! 1. Never Wanted to Dance - Mindless Self Indulgence 2. Party Hard - Andrew W.K. 3. The Way It Was - Aceyalone (feat Bionik) 4.

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