Top Movie News for September 1, 2014

Watch: Karen Gillan Shaves All Her Hair for 'Guardians of the Galaxy' There has been so much buzz and success for Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy since the film hit theaters last month. The sci-fi action flick just topped the box office again this past weekend, and is now the highest grossing film (domestically) of the year so far. Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr. recently praised the film saying that it might be Marvel's best one yet. And the demand for a cute dancing Groot toy has resulted in the real thing.

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Summer 2014 Box Office Wrap-up! Every year powering up in May and grinding down on Labor Day weekend comes the multiplex onslaught of detonations, thrills, beautiful people and computer-generated creatures. Of sequels, reboots, and sequels of reboots. Of prepackaged blockbusters and pleasant surprises. All for your viewing enjoyment... or occasionally not. Here's how things shook out for the Summer of 2014: 1.... Read More...

Is Jesse Eisenberg's Lex Luthor Bald in 'Batman v Superman'? We've been patiently awaiting the official reveal of Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, with the actor doing his best to stay out of the many paparazzi set photos that have leaked from the Detroit portion of the shoot.

Charlie Hunnam to star in Escape From New York remake? We haven’t heard anything about the proposed Escape From New York remake for a little while, but that could be about to change in the wake of some new casting rumours. According to Starlog, Silver Pictures and StudioCanal are looking to secure a leading man to play Snake Plissken, with Charlie Hunnam currently sitting pretty at the top of their list. Hunnam is reportedly the number one choice, although Jon Bernthal and Dan Stevens are also being considered as alternatives, given that Hunnam’s schedule could potentially pose a problem.

New Star Wars Rebels Short: ‘Not What You Think’ Featuring Ezra Bridger September is here, which means next month your first look at the new Star Wars universe arrives. Star Wars Rebels premieres on Disney Channel October 3 before assuming its regular slot October 13 on Disney XD. Yes, the show – which is set between Episodes III and IV – is mostly aimed at kids, but it also sets up a lot of what we can expect from Star Wars in the days, months and years ahead. What I mean is, Rebels – and likely the upcoming movies – are going to explore tangents fans may have thought about, but never got to see.

Russo Brothers On Hawkeye's Scrapped Role In CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER After Jeremy Renner dropped some hints about a role for Hawkeye in Captain America 3, there's been a lot of talk about the fan-favourite archer finally getting the big screen treatment he deserves, with many wishing we'd seen him in Captain America: The Winter Soldier as was the plan at one point early on in production. In a recent interview with Superhero Hype, co-director Joe Russo had this to say about how Clint Barton's inclusion in the critically acclaimed sequel would have changed things.

Teaser & Promo Pics For DOCTOR WHO Ep 8.03: "Robot Of Sherwood" \ In a sun-dappled Sherwood forest, the Doctor discovers an evil plan from beyond the stars and strikes up an unlikely alliance with Robin Hood. With all of Nottingham at stake, the Doctor must decide who is real and who is fake. Can impossible heroes really exist?

Venice Reviews: Al Pacino Achieves Late-Career Greatness in ‘Manglehorn'; Bogdanovich and Levinson, Not So Much Probably the only director of this generation who's ever going to be produced by both Terence Malick and Judd Apatow, David Gordon Green has proven time and again that he doesn't need much plot to tell a riveting story.

Review: Fatih Akin's well-intended 'The Cut' does a disservice to a historical tragedy Fatih Akin's "The Cut" with Tahar Rahim ("A Prophet") has premiered in Venice. But while it aims to document the barbaric Armenian genocide, it undercuts the event's gravity by eschewing any sort of epic language.http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/in-contention

Channing Tatum says he needed to learn more as an actor before 'Foxcatcher' clicked Nine years after his "Capote" world premiered at Telluride, Bennett Miller was back Saturday morning with the North American bow of his latest, "Foxcatcher." The director and stars Steve Carell and Channing Tatum spoke afterwards about the long journey of the film.http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/in-contention

Telluride 2014: Cumberbatch is Remarkable in 'The Imitation Game' You never know who will change the world, it might be someone we can't imagine. There's nothing like that feeling of euphoria after sitting through an outstanding film, one that surpasses expectations and provides so much more on top of any/everything one could imagine. That's how I felt at the end of The Imitation Game, a film by Norwegian director Morten Tyldum (Headhunters) about British mathematician Alan Turing, who helped crack the uncrackable Engima code during World War II.

The Tick TV Series Could Return Patrick Warburton up for Amazon pilot rebootIt only lasted nine episodes on TV back in 2001 and delivered paltry ratings, but for those who enjoy their comedies on the cult side, The Tick remains a fond memory. Now it appears that the show – including star Patrick Warburton – could get a second chance at life via Amazon.Originally created by Ben Edlund in 1986 as a newsletter mascot for a comic shop, the character evolved into an indie comic in 1988 before graduating to bigger things with an animated series that ran for three seasons starting in 1994.

Telluride Review: 'Escobar: Paradise Lost' Starring Benicio Del Toro And Josh Hutcherson You know that deeply anxious expression that Josh Hutcherson wears throughout "The Hunger Games" movies? Well, if you’re a fan of his trademark chagrined countenance, you get a whole lot more of it in "Escobar: Paradise Lost," where his character has a pretty good reason for near-constant concern. In this potboiler, Hutcherson’s a white boy (obviously) who’s pledged to marry into the family of famed Columbian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar.

Stephen Amell Talks Arrow Season 3 at Fan Expo Diana McCallum writes for Bleeding Cool from Fan Expo in Toronto Stephen Amell took a break from filming season three of Arrow to hit the stage at Fan Expo and drop a few teasers about the upcoming season. Talking about the state of Starling City when the season opens, Amell said they would acknowledge in the show the many terrible things that have happened in Starling (i.e.

Telluride Review: Jon Stewart's 'Rosewater' Starring Gael Garcia Bernal The category of Iranian prison movies with feel-good endings is a small subgenre, and one that "Rosewater" is likely to have all to itself for the near future. With his feature film writing and directing debut, "The Daily Show" host Jon Stewart clearly wanted to make a people-have-the-power message picture that would resonate at least as much with American youths as longtime students of political repression in the Middle East. That transparent desire to make the material as accessible as possible to U.S.

Prestige drama at film festivals is no longer just the domain of movies. Television is now becoming a regular part of fest programming (Jane Campion's "Top Of The Lake" at Sundance and Bruno Dumont's "P'tit Quinquin" at Cannes Directors' Fortnight are recent examples) and this week at Venice, HBO's "Olive Kitteridge" will get a glitzy premiere.

Indie Trailer Sunday: Brilliant Argentinian Anthology Film 'Wild Tales' "Business or pleasure?" I just saw this film at the Telluride Film Festival and it was outstanding, worthy of being highlighted above and beyond the trailer, but I'll start with this since not that many people (outside of South America) have heard about the film yet. Wild Tales is a feature made up of six separate stories, an anthology film made by one director that focuses on the ridiculousness of modern society, and how it causes some people to snap. Each one is hilarious, each one is brilliantly conceived, each one has real characters and situations, and I loved every second of it.

Does our ego control us, or do we control our ego? Where can it/where does it take us? Will we fly or will we fall? Alejandro González Iñárritu's latest film Birdman is easily lovable for many reasons - from its honest characters and original story to the technical prowess behind the lens and many layers of its style. It's also one of those films where there are so many moments, so many lines, so many scenes where as soon as I've watched them, I want to pause, rewind, and watch them again to delve deeper into the context.

Stan "The Man" Lee Shares Thoughts On Possibility Of A BLACK WIDOW Movie Stan Lee is a legend, but he has no role in what Marvel Studios does with their movies and you have to believe that his knowledge of what they have planned is limited. Of course, that doesn't mean heaing from him isn't still very interesting, and it should come as no surprise to learn that Lee was quizzed about the possibility of a movie for Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow during an appearance at Fan Expo Canada this past Friday.

Michael Mann's daughter Ami Canaan Mann cooks up a country romance that coasts by on the appeal of stars Katherine Heigl and Be Barnes but is a strange fit for the Venice Film Festival.http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/in-contention

Liam Neeson would reprise Ra’s al Ghul role “in a heartbeat” Liam Neeson has been discussing the part of Ra’s al Ghul, newly announced as the primary villain in the next series of Arrow, and would be open to reprising the role should the chance come his way. No official casting has been announced as yet, but when Neeson was asked by MTV whether he would consider it, the star was unequivocal in his enthusiasm… “No, I haven't, I haven't at all,” said Neeson, when asked whether he had been contacted by the show.

New Line's planned revival of the Blade franchise could be about to receive a massive boost, with reports claiming that Wesley Snipes is set to agree a return to the series' title role. According to The Daily News, Snipes is close to agreeing a return to the vampire-filled action saga, continuing the actor's comeback following his two-and-a-half-year spell in prison. Having recently appeared in The Expendables 3, Snipes is keen to reestablish his action credentials, even if at 51 years of age, he would certainly be on the older end of the superhero spectrum.

Best Actor Oscar race heats up in Telluride This year's Best Actor race already looks like it's going to be crowded. Three actors have already kicked off the season, Michael Keaton ("Birdman"), Benedict Cumberbatch ("The Imitation Game") and Steve Carell ("Foxcatcher"). Don't make us pick.http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/in-contention

Where does Laika go after 'The Boxtrolls?' Laika's latest film "The Boxtrolls" landed in Venice over the weekend. The film's directors, Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable, as well as Laika CEO Travis Knight, recently sat down to discuss the film and the direction of the studio from here.http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/in-contention

Last month, we reported that actor Joaquin Phoenix was in negotiations with Marvel Studios to play the title role in Doctor Strange, with a new report emerging this week that the actor is close to finalizing his deal.

Big Hero 6 has released a new TV spot to coincide with the end of the school holidays, in which cuddly robot Baymax offers a word of comfort to returning pupils (and teachers) everywhere. “You will be alright,” intones the robot, soothingly. “There, there”. We’d imagine there are more than a few people who could do with hearing that this week!

Lars Von Trier is returning to television.Though the Danish director has spent the vast majority of his career working in feature film his horror series The Kingdom - sadly never to be finished due to the passing of key actors - was a landmark bit of work and though nobody is saying much about the content he's returning to the small screen for his next effort.

Review: 'The Humbling' is an unnecessary adaptation of a bad book Al Pacino gets it on with Greta Gerwig in the onscreen pairing nobody was waiting for, as Barry Levinson directs a screen adaptation of Philip Roth's dodgy novel.http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/in-contention

Exciting stuff. The second season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will move to 9:00 p.m. ET beginning this fall, while Agent Carter will occupy that same spot when it airs between the fall finale and winter premiere of the Marvel series.

Kyle Ward to adapt Daniel Simon's bookWhether or not Michael Bay ends up directing Transformers 5, high-concept sci-fi vehicles are clearly still a part of his future. He's currently in the process of setting up Cosmic Motors at Warner Bros., a film based on Daniel Simon's book of lavish concept art. Kyle Ward, who wrote Machete Kills and the new Hitman movie Agent 47, has been tasked with creating the screenplay.{Cosmic Motors Book}Ward will also need to come up with a narrative on which to hang it, since Cosmic Motors in book form is more about concept than story.

Tommy Lee Jones brought his latest film, "The Homesman," to Telluride for a North American premiere this year. At a recent screening, he revealed the impact director Steven Spielberg had on the making of the film.http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/in-contention

Radius-TWC From the very start, the thesis of this monthly column has been that there’s plenty of great stuff always being added to Netflix, if you just dig for it a little. While we still stand by that statement, it’s also true that the last few weeks worth of new additions have felt a little light—not quite up to the standards of recent months.

Well, that actually looks...amazing! It's hard to imagine Christopher Nolan ever tackling an animated movie (though you never know), but if he does, make it a dark superhero family drama made by Pixar. It doesn't sound like a Marvel/Pixar collaboration will ever happen - more on that can be found by clicking here - but a Nolan/Pixar one sounds even better, especially if you thrown in Hans Zimmer on scoring duties. So, who wants to start the petition to get Nolan to helm The Incredibles 2? Check out the video above and share your thoughts below.

Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev (The Return, Elena) made a big impression on Cannes audiences with Leviathan, and though it won only the Best Screenplay award rather than the Palme d’Or, the film remains one of the most anticipated winter releases thanks to the big Cannes buzz.

LAVA is a short that will be seen in 2015 in front of Pixar’s next feature animation, Inside Out. It’s sort of a musical love story between two volcanoes, spanning millions of years. It’s absolutely incredible how Pixar can make you smile at the sight of a volcano and a testament to their talent. LAVA […] Read A Singing Volcano in the Teaser for Pixar’s LAVA on Filmonic.

Sure, why not? David Fincher certainly doesn’t have to direct TV commercials these days; but perhaps it allows him another creative outlet, or better yet, a free Gap clothes for life card. Fincher got his start with music videos and commercials but these are not the bubbly Gap ads we’re used to; in fact, they are black-and-white and tell some short yet artful stories. They were created as part of... Read More...

Dear forest child in the mask. Why are you so stabby? This was supposed to be a nice weekend for this pack of cub scout. Full of campfires, sleeping under the stars and sing-a-longs. But now you have shown up and folk are starting to die. Horrifically. Wow. The trailer for Jonas Govaert's upcoming horror flick Cub dropped today over at The Playlist and hoo boy is it a dandy. Everything is nice and possibly mysterious and then at the halfway point all hell breaks loose. Somebody's been spiking the beer in Belgium!

Equally hailed and disregarded for a plethora of reasons that could probably fill its near 3 and a half hour running time, Nuri Belge Ceylan, Turkey's preeminent filmmaker on the international stage, nonetheless walked away from this year's Cannes with the Palme d'Or for his latest Winter Sleep.Aydin, a former actor, runs a small hotel in central Anatolia with his young wife Nihal with whom he has a stormy relationship and his sister Necla who is suffering from her recent divorce.

Obviously the following won't be a surprise to those who have read the source novels, but for anyone else, SPOILER WARNING. So, someone managed to get a couple of pics of both Peter Dinklage (Tyrion...in his new season 5 wardrobe) and Ian Glen (Jorah Mormont) as they were preparing to shoot a scene together on the Antrim set. As book readers will know, their paths cross in A Dance With Dragons and although they are forced into an uneasy alliance at first, we may be seeing the seeds of a genuine friendship emerge.

By Jeremy Konrad Welcome back, one and all, to the only wrestling column you need to read—here on Bleeding Cool. Lots of things have happened since the last time we spoke, a couple good things, mostly bad (looking at you Brie Bella), so let’s dive right in. SummerSlam was fantastic. From top to bottom, I enjoyed the whole event, I thought the majority of the matches were strong, with a match of the year contender thrown in. Dolph Ziggler got put over, which is much deserved. Bray Wyatt FINALLY won a PPV singles match, Paige and AJ Lee kept their momentum going.

Phil Lord And Chris Miller Find The Greatest American Hero Jump Street duo set to launch new TV seriesThe Greatest American Hero is one of those cult US TV properties that never quite achieved mainstream awareness here in the UK. What better duo, then, to dust off an old telly property and give it a new lease on life than Jump Street writer/directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller?Yes, the Lego Movie pair is working with 20th Century Fox to develop a new take on the series, which originally ran between 1981 and 1983 and sprang from the prolific brain-factory of producer Stephen J.

Ethan Hawke is experiencing a true professional high at the moment, but it comes toward the end of great professional doubt in his life as of late. He recently sat down with HitFix to discuss his recent streak of artistic success, the death of his "Dead Poets Society" co-star Robin Williams and finally getting what he wants out of his career.http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/in-contention

Welcome to Screen Rant’s “Geek Picks,” where we collect the finest movie-related geekery from around the Web. Today you’ll find a Legend of Korra rap song; 17 Star Wars characters explained by people who’ve never seen the movies; an AT-AT Cake; and 14 international movie posters that are very different from the U.S. versions.

Danai Gurira appears on one of four special Entertainment Weekly covers that just came out to promote season 5 of the Walking Dead. During a photo shoot with the magazine, she was asked what kind of Michonne we could expect to see in the new season. “She does yearn for something more stable in life. She really believes that Carl needs something more stable than where they are and what they have been experiencing, but also she’s very committed to what has to be done.

Taking the conventions of Western films to different countries, planets, time periods or political situations is hardly new, but when it's done well, it never gets old. The French-language “Far From Men,” aka “Loin des Hommes,” from writer/director David Oelhoffen, which transposes classic Western archetypes to the Algerian Civil War, is a terrific reminder of just that. It does not reinvent the wheel, nor is it a po-mo deconstruction of the Western myth or a pastiche.

Take heart fans of the strange and unusual - particularly those of you with a weakness for the era of classic drive-in pulp - for Pontypool writer Tony Burgess and star Stephen McHattie have teamed up with director John Geddes to bring you exactly what the doctor ordered with the upcoming Hellmouth.

This month on Blu-ray and DVD, Optimus Prime and company cause $210 million worth of damage in in TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION, the shield is wielded again in CAPTAIN AMERICA: WINTER SOLDIER, GODZILLA unleashes terror on San Francisco, Shailene Woodley reveals THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, Seth Rogen and Zac Efron make for bad NEIGHBORS, Kevin Costner prepares for DRAFT DAY, GOD’S POCKET features one of Philip... Read More...

While we await the live-action version which is (apparently) in the works with Snow White And The Huntsman director Rupert Sanders at the helm, we can make do with the 25th anniversary re-release of Mamoru Oshii's Ghost In The Shell; which will return to theatres on Sep 27th, followed a week later by its sequel. Empire have debuted a new one-sheet for the movie, which you can see below. The original Ghost In The Shell Manga was written by Masamune Shirow, and the subsequent film adaptation is up there with Akira as a benchmark Anime on which all that followed would be judged against.

The Weinstein Company This Labor Day, we are laboring over exactly one thing: our schedule for this week’s Toronto International Film Festival. The annual Canadian embarrassment of riches kicks off this Thursday, and we’re in the middle of a mad dash to make sure our schedules and plans allow for viewings of everything we want to see.

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