Top Movie News for October 24, 2014

More Age of Ultron Footage to Air During Agents of SHIELD - IGN News That Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer that leaked this week? That was supposed to be revealed during next week's episode of Agents of Shield.

Seth Rogen And More Head For Zeroville James Franco's latest novel adaptationJames Franco has been on a run of adapting novels recently, and for his latest directorial job, he’s turning Steve Erickson’s 2007 book Zeroville into a film.

First 'Star Wars' Spinoff Has a Working Title and Cinematographer With Star Wars: Episode VII deep into production, Disney and LucasFilm are also prepping their Star Wars spin-off movies, the first of which will hit theaters sometime in 2016, under the direction of Gareth Edwards (Godzilla).

Why Jesse Eisenberg's Luthor is a great fit for 'Suicide Squad' David Ayer's 'Suicide Squad' is one of the titles that Warner Bros. recently announced as part of their upcoming slate of DC Comics movies, and now it looks like Jesse Eisenberg may join the squad as Lex Luthor after wrapping work on 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice'http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/motion-captured

Sound Off: Keanu Reeves in 'John Wick' - So What Did You Think? Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Don't Set Him Off! Now in theaters is one of the best action movie sleeper hits of the year, John Wick, starring Keanu Reeves as John Wick, directed by two stuntmen - David Leitch & Chad Stahelski. Reeves plays an ex-hitman who comes out of retirement to track down the Russian mobsters that took everything from him. Is it as awesome as everyone is saying? Is Keanu really back? How is the action vs the emotion? Is it better than other recent action movies? Favorite fights?

Warner Bros. Plans Remake of German Blockbuster 'Who Am I' Warner Bros. has acquired the rights to the German blockbuster Who Am I, which has earned more than 6 million Euros ($7.59 million US) since debuting in late September, for an American remake.Baran bo Odar directed the original German thriller, which centers on a young man (Tom Schilling) who gets drawn into a hacking organization. The plot begins with the man telling his story to Europol agents, which includes a crime spree that made him and his cohorts targets of the Russian mafia, who brutally kill three of the hackers in a hotel room.

‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ Battle is 45 Minutes Long; See Battle Plans Peter Jackson doesn’t shy away from the idea of making epic-length stories, and of creating conflicts within them that match the overall scope of his Middle-Earth films. The Lord of the Rings films are known for absolutely massive battles, but the final Hobbit film, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is the only one which actually features the word “battle” in its title.

Mondo's Batman Gallery is a Bold, Colorful Tribute to the Caped Crusader Batman means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. The best thing about Mondo's new gallery show centered around DC Comics' Dark Knight is that it knows this. If your Batman is the violent, grizzled version Frank Miller drew and wrote, you're covered. If your Batman is the level-headed martial artist and detective of the Christopher Nolan films, you'll find plenty to love. You love Bathound? This gallery show has Bathound. Few characters have had the longevity of Bruce Wayne and his alter ego and this show is evidence of why.

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Film Review: Ouija

Latino Review - 12 hours 26 min ago

Film Review: Ouija You know there’s something wrong right off the bat when a movie is based on a board game. It’s just another pitiful extension of Hollywood’s obsession with making movies out of recognizable brands or toys or theme park rides. Sometimes those initially terrible ideas work out (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl), and most of the time they don’t (Battleship, almost all of the Transformers movies).

Which Female Filmmaker Should Direct ‘Wonder Woman'? (Poll) Multiple reports surfaced Friday that Warner Bros. was angling for a female filmmaker to direct Gal Gadot in “Wonder Woman,” which is slated for 2017. The obvious choice might be Kathryn Bigelow (“Zero Dark Thirty”), as she's the only woman to ever win a directing Oscar, but she's far from the only qualified candidate. See photos: 19 Best and Worst Superheroes to Hit TV: What's Flown?

Jim Parsons to star in animated Elf TV special While it’s not the sequel many of you have been wishing for, it’s likely to bring some joy to some this holiday season. There is an animated version of the 2003 hit ELF on the way courtesy of NBC called Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas which will be based on both the original movie and the hit Broadway show it inspired. The Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons will voice Buddy originally... Read More...

‘The ABCs of Death 2′ Director Rodney Ascher Discusses His Favorite Horror Scene The ABCs of Death 2 gives twenty-six directors (or, in some cases, directorial teams) the chance to explore whatever mean, violent, strange ideas they want. Each is anchored only with a letter, a small budget, and a running time of just a few minutes. One director is Rodney Ascher, who made Room 237, and is now making a film about sleep paralysis. We have an interview coming with Ascher where he talks about his work on the anthology film, but for now we’re going to give him room to talk about one of his favorite death scenes.

'Banshee Chapter' Will Be the First Oculus Rift Movie If you even remotely follow the world of technology and video games, you've surely heard of the Oculus Rift, the virtual reality device that's poised to change the way people experience interactive media. Now, in a move that could be historical (or foolhardy), the indie science-fiction horror film 'Banshee Chapter' will be the first film available to watch on the Oculus. Continue reading…

Will 'Terminator Genisys' Plot Upset Fans and Kill Off Franchise? If we're to believe a new report coming out of Schmoeville, Terminator Genisys is an absolute mess that is bound to upset longtime fans of the franchise and even kill off the sci-fi series for good. Those are some harsh words, delivered on the latest episode of Meet the Movie Press, where co-host Mark Reilly revealed new spoilers about the storyline.Mark Reilly doesn't outright reveal the massive twist ending that Terminator Genisys will deliver next summer, but he does offer a few hints as to the direction this hybrid sequel/reboot is headed.

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The Crow Reboot Shoot Set

IGN Movies - 4 hours 51 min ago

The Crow Reboot Shoot Set It can't rain all the time. After being caught in development hell for a number of years, The Crow reboot is set to start shooting next Spring. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter at the Abu Dhabi FIlm Festival, producer Edward R. Pressman dropped the news regarding the remake of the 1994 horror/action film. Pressman, who also worked on the original film, is returning to produce the remake, which is being helmed by F.

Vin Diesel’s ‘Last Witch Hunter’ Gets Official Fall 2015 Release Date Trailers for the most anticipated Summer 2015 titles, be they Avengers: Age of Ultron or Insidious: Chapter 3, have started to make their way online, but it’s not just May through August of next year that’s packed with enticing offerings for movie buffs. Fall 2015, for example, will bring not just the usual high-art indie films and dramas that become part of the awards season discussion, but also a number of high-profile tentpoles.

Sebastian Stan Joins Meryl Streep for 'Ricki and the Flash' Just one day after signing on to Ridley Scott's The Martian, Sebastian Stan has landed a role in Ricki and the Flash opposite Meryl Streep.We first reported on this project in April, when Meryl Streep signed on to play a woman chasing her dreams of being a rock star, which resulted in losing her family. Now this grocery store clerk gets one final shot at fulfilling her rock and roll destiny.

A few days ago we had the chance to sit down with Shailene Woodley and the cast of White Bird in a Blizzard and talk about the project.Kat Connors (Shailene Woodley) is 17 years old when her perfect homemaker mother, Eve (Eva Green) disappears, just as Kat is discovering and relishing her newfound sexuality. Having lived for so long in a stifled, emotionally repressed household, she barely registers her mother's absence and certainly doesn't blame her doormat father, Brock (Christopher Meloni), for the loss. In fact it's almost a relief.

Paul Greengrass has signed on to direct The Tunnels for FilmNation Entertainment, based on a new book proposal by Greg Mitchell.The book tells the untold true story of a covert escape mission, where West Germans tried to get their friends and family out of East Berlin. Their group received surprising support from an American news organization, who funded their efforts. Mark Gordon is producing alongside FilmNation.Here's what FilmNation's Aaron Ryder had to say about the project in a statement."Finding an untold true story of this caliber is such a rarity.

“Harry Potter's” massive universe is getting even bigger, with author J.K.

'Big Hero 6′ Will Feature Some Marvel Character Easter Eggs You didn't think Disney and Marvel would team up for an animated superhero film and not deliver at least a few hidden surprises, did you? While it's not directly tied into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there will still be some Easter eggs for comic book fans in 'Big Hero 6,' according to the film's directors, who also tipped fans off on where to find them. Continue reading…

From Kick-Ass and Nikita to Marve’s Agent Carter, Lyndsy Fonseca has grabbed a recurring role on the upcoming new series for ABC.

Image Comics founders sure love teasing adaptations of their projects, even if they may not happen (For example: Rob Liefeld and his X-Force movie). Well, Todd McFarlane now proves that a new Spawn animated series of some sort is in the works, and he has three new images to prove it. On his Facebook page, McFarlane told fans how he is always asked at conventions: "When is the new Spawn movie coming and when are we going to see more Animation like we did on HBO years ago?" The Venom creator then promptly posted three new images, which can be seen below: Continue reading…

Ben Wheatley Comes to US for 'Free Fire' with Olivia Wilde and More You may not know the name Ben Wheatley yet, but the British filmmaker has gotten quite a bit of buzz previously for his films Sightseers and Kill List. His next film will be an adaptation of High Rise starring Tom Hiddleston, but after that, he's coming to the United States for his next film. THR has word that Wheatley is set to direct a 1970s crime drama called Free Fire, and he has quite the cast assembled to star in it.

We don’t know a whole lot about Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, which is amazing because it’s just weeks away from landing in theaters. What we do know is that it involves science fiction, with Matthew McConaughey and a crew exploring outer space in search of a new planet for humans to inhabit. However, it turns out the science might not be so much fiction after all. Physicist Kip Thorne is an executive producer on the project, and he spent months meeting with Nolan...Read MoreRead Comments

Sam Claflin and Lily James are circling starring roles in Their Finest Hour and a Half for BBC Films.The plot is based on the 2009 novel of the same name by Lissa Evans, which follows a British movie crew during World War II, who try to boost morale after the infamous London Blitz devastated the area. Gabby Chiappe, who has written for British TV shows such as The Paradise and Shetland, is writing the adapted screenplay.Lone Scherfig (An Education, One Day) is directing, with Amanda Posey (A Long Way Down) and Stephen Wooley (Byzantium) producing.

Although it doesn't hit theaters until next month, we can tell you that 'The Babadook' is one of the best horror movies of 2014 and that director Jennifer Kent is someone you will want to keep your eyes on for the foreseeable future. However, before her film freaked everyone out at Sundance and Fantastic Fest, Kent made a short film titled 'Monster,' which acted as a warm-up to her first feature gig. If you want to get a taste of 'The Babdook' and have already seen the trailer, this is the next logical place to go. Continue reading…

In preparation for 'The Theory of Everything,' learn a little about Stephen Hawking straight from the man himself.http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/in-contention

Jack O’Connell may well be the next big guy to watch. After his stint on Skins, he showed up in 300: Rise of an Empire and ’71, and received rave notes for his work in Starred Up. Holding the lead role in Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken means that half the families in the US are going to know his face after that film opens at Christmas. And now he might be the man for Terry Gilliam — The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.

Film producer-financier The Fyzz Facility is opening a new Los Angeles office as it celebrates closing its 50th feature film investment. Owned and managed by producers Wayne Marc Godfrey (“Cake”) and Robert Jones (“The Usual Suspects”), the Fyzz Facility works with producers, sales agents and talent agencies to invest in film production.

Every few months, someone on the internet loudly declares that we're probably nearing the end of the superhero movie as a popular genre. And then, every few months, another trailer arrives that proves that we're going to be watching movies starring people wearing capes and tights for a long time yet. The new trailer for 'Avengers 2' lit the internet on fire, as you'd expect from the sequel to one of the most popular blockbusters in recent years. In fact, if success can be measured in trailer views, then Marvel and Disney can already call this one a big winner. Continue reading…

Few films possess the skin-crawling nightmare sensibility of Ridley Scott’s “Alien,” a claustrophobic classic that has burrowed its way into the minds of moviegoers for decades now. Scott has since dabbled in a slew of genres—everything from gangster yarns to swords and sandals epics—and yet, some argue that he’s never come close to capturing the sinister perfection on display in his landmark 1979 sci-fi picture.

Reviewer’s note: I saw “Low Down” at Sundance earlier this year in January. Since then, the movie has apparently gone through some kind of rigorous edit to improve the picture and give it shape. Having recently rewatched the new edit—now 114 minutes down from 119 originally—I can safely say that most of the original issues still stand, unfortunately. John Hawks and Elle Fanning are great, but “Low Down” is still far too monotonous, lethargic, and sluggish a picture to really endorse in any meaningful way. What follows is a slightly edited version of my original Sundance review.

From the Graham Norton Show on BBC 1 tonight, with Benedict Cumberbatch, Miranda Hart and Timothy Spall. So for Benedict, more Sherlock in 2015. No comment on being in the next Star Trek. But no he’s not in Star Wars – though he did pop by the set. And finally, Benedict Cumberbatch gets to say the word “penguin” correctly.

The Shawshank Redemption's Frank Darabont directed the first episode of The Walking Dead, but it will be Adam Davidson who brings the planned spin-off to the small screen. Shooting is scheduled to begin later this year, but when the "companion" series will air hasn't been made clear. Comic book scribe and executive producer Robert Kirkman developed the untitled show with Dave Erickson (Marco Polo) and it apparently takes place during the same zombie apocalypse shown in The Walking Dead (just in a different location and perhaps even a different time period).

AN ANCIENT SPIRIT TORMENTS A PENNSYLVANIA MINING TOWN -- JAMES LEGROS GUEST STARS -- Deep in the mountains of Western Pennsylvania, John (Matt Ryan) is a small mining community’s only defense against an ancient Welsh spirit. In the course of protecting these isolated innocents, John finds a vital new ally in a mysterious young woman named Zed (Angélica Celaya). Harold Perrineau and Charles Halford also star.

Sony Pictures Classics Dawn Wiener is dead, long live Dawn Wiener! Todd Solondz‘s second feature film, Welcome to the Dollhouse, is hailed as the filmmaker’s big breakthrough — a bold, gross, weird and uncomfortably honest look at one awkward tween’s coming-of-age in nineties New Jersey. The film starred Heather Matarazzo as Dawn “Wiener Dog” Wiener, an outcast desperate to fit in with her bone-headed peers, her terrible family and a classmate who repeatedly attempts to rape her.

Alex Ross Perry makes no attempt to mask that the Philip of his new film Listen Up Philip, played to perfection by Jason Schwartzman, at least partly takes his inspiration from the daunted body of work of author, Philip Roth. Though Perry doesn't aim at any one Roth work in specific, he manages to evoke the tone of Roth's ideas far more effectively than other proper adaptations of his books. Schwartzman plays Philip, a young writer anticipating the release of his second novel.

Alibaba CEO Jack Ma has his sights set on Lionsgate. The Chinese billionaire is eyeing hedge fund manager and Lionsgate Chairman Mark Rachesky‘s 37.4 percent stake in the “Hunger Games” studio, according to a report from the New York Post. Fresh off a world-record breaking $25 billion IPO for the company, Ma is looking for content and is meeting with several studios, according to media reports.

When Clifford "T.I." Harris visited The Breakfast Club to promote his new album, the rapper/actor talked briefly about his mystery role in Marvel's Ant-Man, for which he was just spotted filming in Atlanta earlier this week. "I play [Ant-Man's] homeboy," he reiterated before adding that his character is part of a crew.

Tim Burton's Superman Lives is one of the great "What Ifs" of film history.  While today the concept of Tim Burton directing a Superman movie starring Nicolas Cage seems insane, keep in mind that around the time the movie was planning to shoot in 1998, Burton hadn't descended into self-parody and Cage was riding a wave of action film hits (The Rock, Con Air, and Face/Off) following his 1995 Oscar for Best Actor.  Also, the superhero movie landscape was very different, and while a film like Batman Forever would be soundly rejected today, it was the 2nd-highest grossing film of 1995. We've se

Well, what's the verdict?

It has been a little while since we have heard anything about Alex Kurtzman's upcoming reboot of THE MUMMY for Universal. Part of a planned cinematic universe of monsters that began with DRACULA UNTOLD, THE MUMMY will be a distinct retelling of the classic Boris Karloff creature that shares no plot similarities to that film or the Brendan Fraser-starring trilogy. Superhero Movie News claims to have gotten... Read More...

The first teaser trailer has arrived online for Insidious: Chapter 3, the new prequel in the popular horror franchise, and very unsettling it is too… The new film is set long before the haunting of the Lambert family, and follows Stefanie Scott’s luckless teen, who appears to be being targeted by a malicious supernatural force. This first trailer is built around a single bedroom-based set-piece, and manages to wring out some considerable tension before delivering its pay-off.

Comics Roundup: Adam McKay May Direct A Marvel Movie, Quicksilver To Appear In 'X-Men: Apocalypse' & More It's the end of week, so let's take a few minutes to clear off some of the various comic book movie bits and bobs that have been hanging around our digital desk.... First up, Adam McKay, who gave Edgar Wright's "Ant-Man" a "bigger" and "funnier" rewrite, says he might direct a movie for Marvel. "I’m starting to get into the early stages with Marvel. There’s plenty of fun stuff and our company always has tons of things so we have a couple movies coming out this year,” he told Collider.

As more tools, apps, devices, and iProducts emerge to ease the struggles of modern existence, the manifestations of each invention come with unforeseen consequences. And as such, as the digital age progresses, the complexities of intimacy, relationships, and sex are increased. While the stigma of online dating has largely vanished, the prevalence of hook-up driven culture via apps like Blendr, Grindr, and such reveal that, as technology evolves, options we didn’t even realize we wanted become available. Who knows what tomorrow will bring?

The Alamo Drafthouse hosts Fantastic Fest each year, and this past September celebrated its tenth anniversary. But there’s a new festival put together by some of the same crew, with a decidedly different angle.

Not to bring things back to Oscar, perhaps a lowest common denominator form of conversation for movies, but it would be some kind of shame if Jake Gyllenhaal doesn’t get a well-deserved Oscar nomination for “Nightcrawler” because he’s all kinds of wicked and twisted worthy. Some pundits are questioning whether that’ll happen or not, but I suppose that’s someone else’s concern at the end of the day.

Songwriter Gregg Alexander hasn't talked much in the media in the 15 years since disbanding late-'90s hit group New Radicals. All that is changing now that he's penned a number of songs for the indie film "Begin Again," one of which could land him an Oscar nomination.http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/in-contention

Looking back, it seems that DC Comics fans are in for even more than they might’ve thought possible following the release of Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel. The new Superman story didn’t work for all fans, but its function as a launchpad for a potential Justice League movie universe was clear; and DC and Warner Bros. wasted little time in capitalizing on it.

Box Office

  • 1. Fury
    Gross: $23,702,421
    Total: $23,702,421
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    Total: $106,780,820
  • 4. Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No
    Gross: $11,456,954
    Total: $36,288,619

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