Top Movie News for January 30, 2015

The Best Films of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival The 2015 Sundance Film Festival ends Sunday but team /Film is already back in Los Angeles. We were on the ground in Park City for eight days, seeing and reviewing as many movies as possible. While there, our aim is to find the awesome films you’ll want to have on your radar later this year. We think we were successful. Below, Peter Sciretta, Russ Fischer and I have each ranked every single film we saw. I saw 25, Peter and Russ saw 22. We assigned points to our top films to come up with an overall site ranking.

Watch: 'Kingsman: The Secret Service' Debuts Early Super Bowl Spot Just recently we highlighted an awesome theatrical experience that put some viewers heading to an early screening of Kingsman: The Secret Service in the United Kingdom right in the middle of the action with a cool little viral stunt. Now the film's release in the United States is nearly upon us, and 20th Century Fox is betting big on pulling in sports fans with a Super Bowl spot. This one puts forth some of the higher praise for the fun-looking flick while showing off more of the big action with Colin Firth and newcomer Taron Egerton.

Disney CEO Confirms 'Star Wars' Episodes VIII & IX in 2017 and 2019 Almost a couple years ago, back in the spring of 2013, before Star Wars: The Force Awakens even had a title and the film was still slated rumored for a summer release in 2015, Disney revealed at CinemaCon that they were planning on releasing a new Star Wars film each year, alternating between episodes in the new trilogy and standalone films in between them. Now here we are in 2015, and Star Wars: Episode VII isn't arriving until December 18th this year, followed next year by the first standalone film (which is starting to find a cast already) from director Gareth Edwards.

‘Game of Thrones’ Season 5 Trailer Promises More Good Times for Our Favorite War-Torn Kingdom Fans willing to brave the cold and get to the theater last night got to see the very first Game of Thrones Season 5 trailer in IMAX. The rest of us will have to settle for watching it on YouTube today. Which isn’t so bad, all things considered. The two-minute promo is positively packed with footage from the new season, and just about every fan-favorite character gets a moment. (Well, the ones who survived Season 4, anyway.) Intriguingly, they also suggest the show will continue to stray even further from George R.R.

New 'Age of Ultron' TV spot is more of the same...wait, is that Grey Hulk? Check out the first TV spot for Marvel's "Avengers: Age of Ultron" and spend way too much time staring at this GIF of the Hulk.http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/harpy

Jurassic World Teases New Dinosaur We have our first teaser image for the Indomius Rex, a new dinosaur being show in Jurassic World. The Indominus is a genetically engineered dinosaur meant to bring in more guest to the park. That couldn’t possibly go horribly wrong, could it? We set out to make Indominus the most fearsome dinosaur ever to be displayed at Jurassic World. The genetic engineers at our Hammond Creation Lab have more than delivered. At first glance, Indominus most closely resembles a T. Rex.

Jamie Dornan And Dakota Johnson Answer Your Dirtiest ‘Fifty Shades’ Sex Questions: Watch From boxers or brief to sex kinks and back again, Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan answer your kinkiest "Fifty Shades of Grey" questions.

Mia Wasikowska Doesn't Like Marriage in 'Madame Bovary' Trailer After taking part in period dramas such as Albert Nobbs and Jane Eyre, young actress Mia Wasikowska is at it again with Madame Bovary, an adaptation of the classic novel of the same name. The film has played at Telluride, Toronto and London film festivals, and now it's hitting theaters sometime this year. The first trailer has just arrived following Emma Bovary, who is ready to get married to a nice doctor, but finds that life as a wife doesn't really agree her desires.

Ernie Hudson has now weighed in on the new Ghostbusters cast It's common for celebrities to backtrack on things they have said, maybe they didn't understand the question or maybe their handler or agent was too busy playing Words with Friends. Whatever the case is, it's become the norm. When it comes to the new cast of GHOSTBUSTERS, it’s no secret that Bill Murray was all for it from the beginning (he suggested Melissa McCarthy and Kristen... Read More...

GIVEAWAY: Win Big Prizes from 'Black or White' Kevin Costner returns to the big screen this weekend with his new drama Black or White, which reunites him with The Upside of Anger filmmaker Mike Binder. To help promote this new film, we have a contest where fans can win a $25 Fandango Gift card, a hoodie, scarf, travel mug and mini-poster. These prizes will be gone before you know it, so take a look at how you can win today.Black or White tells the story of a grandfather (Academy Award winner Kevin Costner) who is suddenly left to care for his beloved granddaughter.

My Name Is John Wick… You Killed My Dog… Prepare To Die Keanu Reeves is a hit or miss kind of actor for me. I can think of a handful of movies he was in that I like… the original Matrix, The Replacements, Point Break… the list is not long. He’s not an actor that will get me to go see a movie because he’s in it. This past weekend I got to sit down and watch John Wick. I had seen the trailers when it was in theaters and for the first time in a long time there was a Keanu Reeves movie I wanted to see… a straight forward revenge/action movie.

Woody Allen’s New Film Is Called ‘Irrational Man’ Woody Allen‘s latest film finally has a release date and a studio. Irrational Man will be distributed by Sony Pictures Classics, as were Allen’s last six films. Emma Stone, Joaquin Phoenix, Parker Posey, and Jamie Blackley star. More of the Woody Allen Irrational Man news is after the jump.  Allen said some nice things about Sony Pictures Classic in a statement. “Sony Classics and I have a good working relationship,” he said.

‘Amira & Sam’ Trailer: In Which Martin Starr Finally Gets to Be the Romantic Lead Martin Starr has been all over the place since Freaks & Geeks, but more often than not he’s relegated to a supporting role as a geeky weirdo. It’s a treat, then, to finally see him take center stage in Amira & Sam. And as a straightforward romantic lead, no less. The charming trailer features Starr as an Army vet trying to re-adjust to civilian life in New York City. He befriends and then falls for a lively Iraqi woman (Dina Shihabi) suffering immigration troubles.

Sleepless Night Remake Reawakens With Jamie Foxx and Michelle Monaghan Dreamworks Productions, LLC Remember when we told you to see Frédéric Jardin’s exhilarating thriller Sleepless Night, but then you were all disappointed to learn that it’s a subtitled movie and said you’d wait for the remake? That was a few years ago, and to your credit there was actually a Hollywood version announced immediately following its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival. Well, if you’re growing tired of waiting, you will be glad to hear that the English-language remake is back on track after being dropped by Warner Bros.

Kristen Wiig Hits Jackpot in TIFF Selected 'Welcome to Me' Trailer This week we learned that Kristen Wiig was going to be one of the new Ghostbusters along with Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. But before she heads into blockbuster reboot territory, you'll get a chance to see her in indie mode with Welcome to Me. The film sees her as a woman with Borderline Personality Disorder who suddenly becomes an overnight sensation as she wins the lottery, quits taking her medication and launches her own wacky talk show.

More From Ezra Miller On Finding Out He Was Going To Be THE FLASH Considering Justice League is still years from release, Ezra Miller probably couldn't give too many details about his role as the Fastest Man Alive even if he was allowed to, but that didn't stop MTV's Josh Horowitz from quizzing him about it. Joined by Watchmen's Billy Crudup (who jokingly fishes for a role in the movie), Miller elaborates on finding out he'd be playing The Flash after director Zack Snyder called him while he was having a meal on holiday in Costa Rica.

James Franco closed out Slamdance’s 21st festival on Thursday by sitting down for its latest “Coffee With” event.

Earlier in the week, a lot of attention was aimed at Joss Whedon for comments he made from the set of Avengers: Age of Ultron, calling Hollywood out on it's 'intractable sexism' and 'old-fashioned quiet misogyny'. He was rallying against a lack of female driven superhero movies in the market place, but his rant came before Marvel and DC announced Captain Marvel and Wonder Woman. With some time passed since he first spoke out on the subject, he now offers his latest thoughts.

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Slamdance 2015 Awards Winners

Twitch - 3 hours 45 min ago

Last night at Treasure Mountain Inn in Park City, the 21st edition of the Slamdance Film Festival came to a close with a packed house gathering for the awards ceremony.This festivals diverse slate of films yielded a palpable excitement in the room as festival founders and staff took the audience through each award with a lively and playful step. Nearly all big winners this year were women directors, which marks just how strong the female perspective is behind the camera in the indie world.

Suge Knight Arrested for 'Straight Outta Compton' Murder Death Row Records co-founder Marion "Suge" Knight was arrested early this morning in connection with a hit-and-run accident on a commercial set for Straight Outta Compton. The incident killed at least one man, whom many thought was original Battlestar Galactica star Terry Carter, but instead turned out to be a close friend of Knight's. Suge Knight's attorney James Blatt originally confirmed to Entertainment Weekly that one of the victims was in fact the 86-year-old Carter, who also starred in the 1970s TV series McCloud. But this was later corrected.

Peter Berg is in final negotiations to replace J.C.

Jason Momoa talks about bringing superhero diversity to Aquaman The DC cinematic universe had its first chapter with Zack Snyder’s MAN OF STEEL setting the stage for bigger and more ambitious chapters to come our way. Next year we have BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE which will feature the big screen introduction of Wonder Woman, played by Gal Gadot, Cyborg, played by Ray Fisher, and Aquaman, played by Jason Momoa. From there, the sky and oceans are the limit. Momoa... Read More...

Agent Peggy Carter might be one of the most well-connected women in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

‘Project Almanac’ Reviews: Critics Split on Michael Bay’s New Time-Travel Thriller Any chance that new sci-fi thriller “Project Almanac” has of a strong opening during Super Bowl weekend looks to be in jeopardy. The Michael Bay-produced film already faced stiff competition with Bradley Cooper‘s “American Sniper,” but now it is garnering mostly mixed reviews from critics, and currently sits at an underwhelming 32 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. Also Read: 19 Biggest Box-Office Bombs and Bummers in 2014: From ‘The Giver’ to ‘Winter’s Tale’ (Photos) The story centers around a group of friends who discover the secret to time travel.

A month into its release, Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper” is breaking box office records and sparking a national debate over America’s role in Iraq and the legacy of a sniper whom some say is a liar and a killer. The movie is poised to make $35 million this weekend, its third in release, and at $217 million has now overtaken “Saving Private Ryan” as the top-grossing war movie of all time. But surprisingly to many, “American Sniper” has turned out to be a very polarizing film.

Rachael Taylor Join's Marvel's A.K.A. Jessica Jones She'll play Trish WalkerThe rate of casting announcements for the second of the Marvel/Netflix series, A.K.A. Jessica Jones, is increasing. With David Tennant now set as the villainous Purple Man, the forces of good got a boost with word that Rachael Taylor will play Jones’s best friend and confidante, Patricia “Trish” Walker on the show.Trish, a former model and child TV star, hosts a syndicated radio talk show and is Jessica's (Krysten Ritter) closest friend.

Abbey Lee Added To Nicolas Winding Refn's THE NEON DEMON Abbey Lee, the Australian model turned actress, is in talks to join Nicolas Winding Refn's upcoming film The Neon Demon, according to Deadline. She will star with Elle Fanning, who joined the production not too long ago. In Neon Demon, she plays a cool ringleader that other girls want to follow. Envious, emotionally unstable and a tad delusional, she shows her true maniacal colors in the end.

AN EXPERIMENT GOES HORRIBLY WRONG WHEN A GROUP OF STUDENTS TEST A DISTURBING THEORY -- JEREMY DAVIES AND WILLIAM MAPOTHER GUEST STAR – Manny (Harold Perrineau) sends John to help an old friend, Ritchie Simpson (guest star Jeremy Davies), at Ivy University where a group of students have a found a way into an alternate dimension only to be met by a maniacal killer (guest star William Mapother). Based on the wildly popular comic book series "Hellblazer" from DC Comics, seasoned demon hunter and master of the occult John Constantine specializes in giving hell... hell.

I'm very glad people have been checking out the Channel 4 series Black Mirror on Netflix. It's an absolutely twisted and brilliant show (you can read Chris Bumbray's Binge Watchin' review for it here), so why not ruin a good thing by doing an American version, right? Co-CEOs and co-chairmen of Endemol Shine North America Cris Abrego and Charlie Corwin said "there is a... Read More...

From the deepest oceans to the highest peaks, Mother Nature's beautiful and awe-inspiring handiwork has fascinated filmmakers for as long as there has been film. But as those environments face increasing crises with extinction, industrial damage, and the encroachment of human development, moviemakers have used their cameras to help sound the alarm.

It’s been three years since American entrepreneur Steve Jobs passed away from pancreatic cancer at the age of 56. And in that time, the Apple co-founder and former CEO has been able to live on in a big way, not only in the legacy he left behind for future generations but also in Hollywood’s depiction of the larger-than-life man. Ashton Kutcher starred as the computer icon in the 2013 independent movie Jobs, which took place between 1974 and 2001 when Jobs revealed the first iPod.

Fox’s Fantastic Four movie reboot has been a mystery throughout most of its production, but now that the first trailer for the film has been unveiled, both longtime fans and mainstream newcomers are beginning to take note (and offer opinion) about Chronicle director Josh Trank’s new vision of Marvel’s first family. We’ve still seen precious little of the new Fantastic Four, but for those who know next to nothing about what this comic book is, and its long winding path through Hollywood, we’ve put together a quick and concise primer to bring you up to speed.

M. Night Shyamalan isn't exactly on anyone's must-see list in the wake of AFTER EARTH, THE LAST AIRBENDER and THE HAPPENING, but that doesn't mean the man hasn't stayed busy. Right now he's doing work on the TV show Wayward Pines, and this September will see the return of his low-budget film affair in THE VISIT. However, the question of whether or not he would return to... Read More...

George Lucas says Hollywood is more circus than substance With STAR WARS out of his hands, George Lucas is enjoying his retirement age and doing things he has never done before like attend the Sundance Film Festival. Lucas took part in a panel at the festival alongside Robert Redford and moderator Leonard Maltin where they discussed the film industry and their impression of it amongst other topics. With Hollywood a subject that Lucas has a lot to say it should come as no... Read More...

Though it seems to happen less often nowadays, at one time it wasn't uncommon for television broadcasts to show alternate versions of a movie. Whether by accident or intent, scenes would wind up making it onto TV that weren't in the theatrical cut of a film, or on home video, and it seems that for fans of the "Evil Dead" remake, there's a bit more horror lurking out there. In the U.K.

While we know who the main cast of SUICIDE SQUAD will be, we have yet to get a concrete plot synopsis that delves beyond the fact the film will follow Deadshot, Harley Quinn, and The Joker as they undergo missions for Amanda Waller. With the cast including Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, and more, the odds seemed to favor this being a PG-13 affair rather than the hard R you would expect from a... Read More...

For a long time, Terry Crews hasn’t been particularly subtle about his desire to play a superhero. With his shaved head, absurdly muscular physique and commanding screen presence, he’s always seemed like a natural fit to play Luke Cage. But alas, that role recently went to Mike Colter (who will play the character for Marvel Studios’ new Netflix series ‘AKA Jessica Jones’), so that ship has officially sailed. However, Crews bears no grudges. In fact, he already has his sights set on another Marvel superhero. Continue reading…

‘Pete’s Dragon’ Casting: Karl Urban Replacing Michael C. Hall Is there any story more touching than that of a boy befriending a dragon? No, we’re not talking about DreamWorks’ high-flying animated adventure How to Train Your Dragon, but about a much older and more nostalgic film that, like many old and nostalgic things, is getting a modern reboot. The remake in question?

Who you gonna Spall?Amityville, the Black Hills of Maryland, Eden Lake… Enfield? Okay, the sleepy north London suburb isn’t as synonymous with horror as those other locales, but residents might beg to differ. The Enfield Haunting, a Sky Living drama capturing the spooky goings-on that took place in the Hodgson household in 1977, will, judging by these first-look stills, be both clammily scary and full of outlandish ‘70s fashions.

Ivan Reitman has been discussing the proposed Twin sequel Triplets, explaining that the project is “frozen” at present, with Universal trying to figure out if it’s a good idea to push ahead. While promoting current film Draft Day – which hit DVD in the UK this week – Reitman revealed that Eddie Murphy is still the actor they want to play the third brother to Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito, but that the film is still far from getting the green-light. “That seems to be somewhat frozen at the studio level I think,” explained the man who directed the first film.

The Avengers are Disney/Marvel, the Watchmen are Warner Bros./DC, and never the twain shall meet. But if they did, the results might look a little something like this. YouTube user The Unusual Suspect has cut together a new trailer for 2012′s Avengers, done in the style of Zack Snyder‘s Watchmen. It’s surprisingly effective sum-up of Snyder’s style, even though Snyder himself had nothing to do with it. Watch the Avengers Watchmen trailer mashup after the jump.  Whatever you thought of Watchmen itself, the Watchmen trailer was a gorgeous piece.

The Backstreet Boys are back with a new documentary, and we learn 11 new things about the boy band.

Paramount Pictures Recently, a friend and I were talking about how found footage movie trailers are pretty much all the same. For example, he thought that the trailer for Project Almanac was the trailer for Chronicle before the title came up. And he had seen Chronicle. It was just so samey that he couldn’t tell it wasn’t a movie he had already seen. I’m a little less critical of found footage because I genuinely like it. I think, when it’s done correctly, it’s one of the most effective storytelling techniques there is. At least as far as horror goes, anyway.

An exclusive featurette takes you deeper into the acting dynamics of J.C. Chandor's "A Most Violent Year."http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/in-contention

Sion Sono doesn't sleep. Or least that's what it seems like as the cult Japanese director is working at a remarkably prolific rate. It was only last fall that he was premiering "Tokyo Tribe" at the Toronto International Film Festival, and not only does he already have "Shinjuku Swan" in the can and ready for release this spring, he's got "Love & Peace" in post-production. And that's not all. According to Variety, Sono will release six movies this year. Watch your back Takashi Miike.

The winner of the MTV Movie Brawl 2015 has been announced. Your most anticipated movie of the year is...

Good real estate can be hard to come by. It’s easy to find yourself daydreaming about living somewhere else, in a place where you could feel comfortable and really call home. Movie characters seem to get all the good breaks and they often have the most fabulous houses you’ve ever seen. Here are the 10 […] Read 10 Movie Houses You’d Kill To Live In on Filmonic.

If you were to unleash a naughty, baroque prankster like Brian De Palma onto the grimly joyless adulterous goings-on of “The Loft,” you might wind up with the kind of delicious trash this thriller so wants to be.

ScreenCrush’s WookieeLeaks is a weekly roundup of everything ‘Star Wars’! From ‘Star Wars: Episode 7,’ to the upcoming spinoffs and the TV shows, if it pertains to that long ago, far away galaxy, we’re covering it here, bringing you our expert analysis. This week, comb through the latest ‘Star Wars’ spin-off news, learn the full of extent of Disney’s franchise plans, and learn Ewan McGregor’s very important opinion on that new lightsaber. Continue reading…

Glenn "The Great" Close just joined Twitter and I really want her to stay, so let's help her out to make her time with us wonderful.http://www.hitfix.com

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Wild Card Review

IGN Movies - 2 hours 31 min ago

As a remake of the 1987 Burt Reynolds action-thriller Heat (which itself was based on a novel by William Goldman), the Simon West-directed Wild Card stars Jason Statham as Nick Wild, a paid enforcer who goes after a Las Vegas gang leader, Danny DeMarco (Heroes' Milo Ventimiglia), when he and a group of thugs beat up Nick's friend Holly (Dominik Garcia-Lorido). Meanwhile, Nick is hired by wunderkind Cyrus Kinnick (Sky High's Michael Angarano), who he begrudgingly takes under his wing after he's hired to be Cyrus' bodyguard.

Time may take many forms – for some, a flat circle, and for others, money – but mankind has still failed to keep it from flowing in just one direction. Thankfully, that’s a rule that needn’t be followed by those weaving fiction in literature, film, TV and video games.

"28 dinner jackets in 23 films." James Bond is known for many things, dressing in suave suits being one of them. Many have tried for years to profile his jackets, or feature them as marketing for expensive fashion designers. A die-hard Bond fan has created a website dedicated to Bond's fashion and recently debuted and infographic that "breaks down James Bond’s 28 black tie outfits by every part of the outfit. All illustrations are based on examples from the James Bond films." It's titled "The Suits of James Bond" and highlights everything from the style to the color to the tie itself.

Conan O’Brien‘s Clueless Gamer series is always worth a laugh or two when they air in an episode or go live on Youtube. Watching as he stumbles his way through understanding video games and its culture is a cute little bit. This new episode raised the stakes though. In honor of the upcoming Superbowl, he invited notoriously media shy Seattle Seahawk Marshawn Lynch and New England Patriot Rob Gronkowski to sit down and play a game with him. Now, you’d think they would play Madden, but no.

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