Top Movie News for November 24, 2014

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Teaser Trailers to Hit 30 Theaters Thanksgiving Weekend “Star Wars” fans in 18 different states plus two locations in Canada will be the first to see the teaser trailer for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” the highly anticipated seventh installment of the iconic sci-fi franchise. Starting Friday morning, 30 movie theaters across the country will play the 88-second teaser ahead of every movie at chains including AMC, Regal, Cinemark and more participating. Also read: 21 Movie Sequels That Took Forever to Hit the Big Screen (Photos) In Los Angeles, the AMC Century City will have the trailer, as will Disney's own El Capitan

Oscar Isaac Set to Play the Title Villain in 2016's 'X-Men: Apocalypse' Though Tom Hardy was rumored to be in the running to play the title villain in the next installment of the X-Men franchise, the role has gone to one of the cast members of Star Wars: The Force Awakens (which will unleash a teaser trailer this weekend). Variety reports that 20th Century Fox has signed Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis, A Most Violent Year) to play the villain Apocalypse in the aptly titled X-Men: Apocalypse, already slated for release on May 27th, 2016.

First Images Of Hugh Jackman As Blackbeard In Pan Warner Bros new take on the Peter Pan story is more of an origin of Peter (Levi Miller) and instead of being chased by Captain Hook, the villain is Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman) who has his own flying pirate ship. Garrett Hedlund plays Hook, except he is not a captain nor does he have a hook yet. EW has these first look images from the movie Pan. First Images Of Hugh Jackman As Blackbeard In Pan

'Wonder Woman' Officially Hires Michelle MacLaren to Direct! A few weeks ago we reported that ‘Breaking Bad’ director and producer Michelle MacLaren was in talks to take the helm on WB’s ‘Wonder Woman’ film, which was incredibly exciting news on its own. Today brings word that MacLaren has officially signed on to not only direct, but also formally develop the film, working with the writers to bring the iconic superhero to the big screen in her own solo movie. Continue reading…

Rumor: Christoph Waltz will play Blofeld in Bond 24 When we first heard the rumor that Christoph Waltz may be up for the villain role in BOND 24, you could say we were a bit excited. The Oscar winning actor has proven to be a great talent on screen, especially as bad guys in INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS and GREEN HORNET amongst others. But, what would you say if that villain role was one of the most iconic Bond bad guys of all time? While The Daily Mail is not exactly the... Read More...

Kellan Lutz Relives The ‘Expendables 3′ Leak: ‘It F–king Sucked’ Ahead of the video release, the former "Twilight" star walks us through receiving the bad news.

Watch: Christopher Nolan, Angelina Jolie & Bennett Miller Remember Mike Nichols Plus 8-Minute Video Essay On His Career The sudden loss of Mike Nichols last week shook Hollywood. The filmmaker, comic, writer, and producer was not only a hugely influential presence at the movies, on television, and on the stage, he was widely regarded as simply one of the finest people around.

‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay': When a Box-Office Record Isn't Enough When the biggest box office opening of the year is seen as underwhelming, you know the bar was set very high. Lionsgate Entertainment stock dipped again Monday to $33.10 per share, after falling five percent on Friday, in the wake of the $121.8 million opening of “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1.” That's because even though it set a new standard, the third entry in the franchise came in under the projections of the studio and analysts, and well below the $150 million-plus debuts of the previous two films. See photos: 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1' Premiere

Christian Bale Gets Romantic and Joel Edgerton Gets Angry in 2 New EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS Clips; Plus New Featurette 20th Century Fox just released a brand new Exodus: Gods and Kings featurette in which director Ridley Scott states the obvious, that his latest is epic in scale, but the studio also just unveiled two new clips that offer up a taste of some of the quieter, more intimate moments of the film.  The first gives us our first good look at Maria Valverde’s Zipporah as she runs through what makes Moses (Christian Bale) happy – while her bracelets jingle incessantly – and then the second shows what happens when you lie to Ramses (Joel Edgerton). They’re both quality clips, but I also can’t say there’

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New Home Trailer Lands Do not drink the lemonadeOne trailer for DreamWorks Animation’s new extra-terrestrial comedy adventure Home arrived online back in June. Here’s the new promo, which once again plays up the buddy bonding aspects between the main alien critter and his new human friend. And a cat…Home, adapted from Adam Rex’s book The True Meaning Of Smekday, finds Steve Martin as Captain Smek, the overly confident leader of the Boov. When they arrive and successfully conquer the Earth, all but a handful of humans are relocated.

‘True Detective’ Season 2: Rachel McAdams, Taylor Kitsch, and Kelly Reilly Confirmed Several weeks after Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn were announced as two of the four leads for True Detective Season 2, the other two main cast members have been finally been confirmed. Taylor Kitsch and Rachel McAdams will play detectives Paul Woodrugh and Ani Bezzerides, while Kelly Reilly joins the cast as Jordan, wife of Frank Semyon (Vaughn). Get the latest True Detective Season 2 cast info, including new plot details, after the jump. HBO revealed the True Detective Season 2 cast details in a press release.

How computers generated Alexandre Desplat's 'Imitation Game' score Alexandre Desplat is admired for his classicist approach, but computers play a major part in his soundtracks. Here, the six-time Academy Award-nominated composer reveals how computers helped generate his 'Imitation Game' score.http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/in-contention

'Captain America: Civil War' Teases the Return of Frank Grillo's Crossbones We already know that ‘Captain America: Civil War’ will stir some conflict between Iron Man and Captain America, and that Daniel Bruhl has recently been added to the mix as a mysterious villain in the film that will kickstart Marvel’s massive Civil War storyline in the studio’s third phase. And now ‘The Winter Soldier’ star Frank Grillo is teasing his return for the upcoming sequel, seeking to further complicate things for our heroes. Continue reading…

‘Far From the Madding Crowd’ Trailer: Carey Mulligan Leads a Lush Thomas Hardy Adaptation The Thomas Hardy novel Far From the Madding Crowd has been adapted into a lush film by Thomas Vinterberg, who gained international notice as part of Lars von Trier’s Dogme 95 crowd and most recently made The Hunt. Carey Mulligan stars as the very independent woman Bathsheba Everdene, while Matthias Schoenaerts, Tom Sturridge, and Michael Sheen play the three very different men who come into her life as suitors.

'Paddington' Features New Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani Song TWC-Dimension announced today that Grammy award winning recording artists Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani have teamed up to co-write and perform the original song 'Shine' for the upcoming family comedy adventure Paddington. &#160The film will be released in the US and Canada on January 16, 2015, with a qualifying run in December. The response to the film from advance screenings has already been fantastic.Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani previously teamed up on songs including 'Hollaback Girl', 'Can I Have it Like That?', and 'Spark the Fire'.

New BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT Trailer Breaks out the Batmobile It's been too long since we saw a new Batman: Arkham Knight trailer, but Warner Bros.

New images have popped up which give the public its first look at many of the monsters from the upcoming Jack Black-starring movie version of the classic Goosebumps series. Directed by Rob Letterman (Monsters vs. Aliens, Gulliver's Travels), the film stars Black as real-life Goosebumps author R.L. Stine as he must face these creatures as they escape from his books and enter the real world.

'The Hateful Eight': First Look at Tarantino's Cast in Rehearsals With principal photography set to begin next month in Colorado, The Hateful Eight cast has assembled for rehearsals, with Samuel L. Jackson sharing behind-the-scenes photos earlier today.Cast members such as Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Demi&#225n Bichir, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern and Samuel L. Jackson are seen in the images, alongside writer-director Quentin Tarantino.In The Hateful Eight, set six or eight or twelve years after the Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape.

Watch: Emily Blunt And James Corden Don't Like Meryl Streep In New Clip From 'Into The Woods' Disney's "Into The Woods" has started screening for critics, so it's only a matter of time until reviews start rolling in. Until then, the mouse house has been sharing new peeks at the movie, with a generous cut of Meryl Streep singing appearing last week. So what happens when the songs stop? Well, you're about to find out. A new clip from the Stephen Sondheim adaptation has arrived, involving the baker and his wife, played by James Corden and Emily Blunt.

The most recent batch of Terminator: Genisys pics (really, the first official shots representing the movie) were not well received. Neither was the plot description that went with them. There’s a sense that all parties involved have some real damage control to do. Which is why it is odd that a pretty good image of Arnold Schwarzenegger in makeup as the aged T-800 has been half-hidden on the lot at Paramount.

While doing press for his upcoming musical Into the Woods, producer Marc Platt offered updates on two of his upcoming projects, the action-packed sequel Wanted 2 and another musical adaptation, Wicked.Just a few days before Wanted hit theaters in 2008, Mark Millar, who wrote the comic book the film is based on, revealed that a sequel was already in the works, although we haven't heard much on the follow-up in the six years that followed that initial announcement. Marc Platt reveals that the script is still being developed, and it isn't quite there yet.

Writers tackling the screenplays of their own film adaptations can be a tricky business. Over the years, they've been hit or miss. After all, the writers who created the world's that these films want to explore are often quite attached to their creations. They've taken the time to create this layered universe of characters, plots, subplots, twists, and turns. Suddenly hiring that same person to condense all of that into a two hour movie can lead to lots of in-fighting within a production.

‘Jurassic World’ Teaser Trailer Features Chris Pratt, More Dinosaurs (Video) The teaser trailer from “Jurassic World” gives audiences a taste of dinosaur until they can have their fill when the first full official trailer debuts on Thanksgiving Day. The updated franchise adds to the series originally brought to the screen by director Steven Spielberg. The 20-second teaser finds dinosaurs roaming in an open field as tourists look on. A very business-like Bryce Dallas Howard and a stern looking Chris Pratt make a quick appearance.

How to Deal with Horrible Bosses, According to the Movies In the real world, those of us with horrible bosses usually have no choice but to endure the misery (while discreetly seeking out new jobs). But movies are about escape, and sitting back to watch a character get even with a sleazy, sadistic or downright evil employer is escapism at its finest. Case in point: The enormous box office success of the 2011 comedy, ‘Horrible Bosses.’ In the spirit of the 2014 sequel ‘Horrible Bosses 2,’ here’s how to settle the...Read MoreRead Comments

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Director James Gunn Blasts Half-Assed Shared Universe Model Apparently we’re not the only ones who hate the current obsession with Marvel-style universes. Director James Gunn has weighed in with a rant against “Hollywood’s new love of shared universes,” blasting the model as “flawed.” And he should know — he’s involved with the original Marvel-style universe, i.e., the Marvel universe.

'The Hobbit 3' Empire Magazine Covers and TV Spots Less than one month until The Hobbit trilogy closes out with The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies, Warner Bros. has released three TV spots featuring plenty of new footage. As well, Empire Magazine has debuted their December covers featuring the stars of director Peter Jackson's epic adventure.There will be a total of five collectible covers for Empire's December issue, with the first three revealed below.

Enter Our Giveaway to Win a Copy of the AMERICAN HUSTLE Soundtrack on Vinyl in Celebration of Record Store Day’s Black Friday You’re no doubt familiar with the concept of Black Friday, but did you also know that the sales event includes some great deals at local record stores as well?  In celebration of Record Store Day’s Black Friday event on November 28th, Madison Gate Records and Legacy Recording will be releasing new copies of the American Hustle soundtrack on vinyl exclusively in independent record stores, featuring six songs from the movie not included on the CD version.  Moreover, the 12” 2LP vinyl also premieres “Stream of Stars”, a rare song from Jeff Lynne of ELO fame. In celebration of the release, we h

If you’re a fan of the NBC adaptation of Constantine, you might want to pass along the message to friends and family that it’s in trouble. Unlike other comic adaptations like The Flash and Arrow, Constantine has struggled to maintain a steady audience since its debut; it doesn’t help that it airs on Friday night I’m sure. It’s not officially cancelled at this point but... Read More...

Tina Fey‘s new show, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, was going to be a mid-season replacement on NBC. That network, of course, is where Fey got her big break on Saturday Night Live; then it became the butt of her jokes on the award-winning sitcom 30 Rock. So it seemed like the perfect fit. However, in what seems to be a happy split, the show – which stars Office-alum Ellie Kemper as a cult dropout trying to make it in New York City- will now debut on Netflix in March 2015. More so, it got an immediate two-season order from the streaming company.

Box Office: Top 10 Most Successful Jim Carrey Movies Rubber-faced comedian Jim Carrey has had a pretty great career so far and while he might have stumbled more than a few times along the way, I still can’t say no to a movie starring him (one exception). With Dumb and Dumber To now in theaters, let’s have a look at his top 10 most […] Read Box Office: Top 10 Most Successful Jim Carrey Movies on Filmonic.

DC Comics fans will know that Copperhead was originally a male character, but the snake-like assassin was given a female makeover for the Batman: Arkham Origins video game, and Gotham have evidently followed suit. In tonight's epsode, "Lovecraft", Copperhead (real name Larissa Diaz) will be played by Lesley-Ann Brandt, and The Wrap have provided some stills. Selina leads a new friend on a perilous journey through Gotham to evade the assassins on her trail.

"You are very different than anyone I have ever met." IFC Films has debuted a brand new trailer for a film called Match, starring Patrick Stewart as an aging ballet instructor in New York City who takes up a job at Julliard. He's interviewed by a woman and her husband about dance in the 1960's, but he soon learns there's much more to her connection to him. Carla Gugino also stars, along with Matthew Lillard and Maduka Steady.

Eddie Marsan has signed on to join Patrick Wilson, Jessica Biel and Haley Bennett in the Untitled Patricia Highsmith Adaptation, which was formerly known as The Blunderer.The plot is based on Patricia Highsmith's novel The Blunderer, centering on a successful man (Patrick Wilson) whose life begins to come apart when his wife (Jessica Biel) is found dead at the bottom of a cliff. He keeps making mistake after mistake as his once-perfect life keeps spiraling out of control.

We've had some time for the hype surrounding The Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer to die down, and now the focus is on this week's first trailers for Jurassic World (watch a teaser for the trailer here) and Star Wars: The Force Awakens (see where you can find it this weekend here). But how about we revisit the trailer for the Marvel superhero assembly sequel, but with a couple twists. First of all, there's a fun sweded version of the trailer that just came online today.

Warren Ellis has written in his newsletter (sign up here) a few details regarding the new adaptation of Global Frequency into a TV series. My graphic novel GLOBAL FREQUENCY is set to be adapted for television again. DC Entertainment bought the option and took it to Jerry Bruckheimer’s house, where I’ve always had friends. Rockne S. O’Bannon is writing the adaptation for KristiAnn Reed and Jonathan Littman at Bruckheimer — you may know him from FARSCAPE.

Charlie Higson has cooked up a period takeIf it seems only a few years since someone created a new televised take on Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll And Mr Hyde, that’s because it was, thanks to Steven Moffat’s Jekyll in 2007. Yet ITV now has Fast Show veteran Charlie Higson plotting his own version for a new series.Higson, who has established himself as a novelist in addition to his TV work, has come up with an idea to follow Robert Jekyll, the grandson of the original doctor, in the 1930s.

If you're looking for good, deep belly laughs before the year is out, do yourself a favor and buy a ticket for "Top Five." The latest from Chris Rock — who writes, directs, and stars in the movie — is a genuine gutbuster (read our review), a sharp look at the world of celebrity, that also manages to be a romance. It's a well-executed mix of laughter and heart, and today two clips from the film dip into both sides of the equation. The movie tells the story of Andre Allen, a hugely successful comic actor whose career and life are at a crossroads.

While on the set of "The Giver," Jeff Bridges and Taylor Swift had a little jam sesh.

Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson, Kristen Wiig, Ken Marino and Jason Sudeikis are the brains behind Relativity's newly titled “Masterminds.” Previously known as “The Untitled Armored Car Project,” the film will debut in theaters Aug.

Hockey legend Wayne Gretzky returned to IMG's roster on Monday. His wife, actress Janet Gretzky (“The Sound and the Fury”), has signed with the sports and media business's parent company WME. Gretzky is the National Hockey League's highest scoring player to ever put on skates. He won multiple championships with the Edmonton Oilers and was famously traded to the Los Angeles Kings in 1988.

The Holidays are coming up, and I have compiled /Film’s Ultimate 2014 Film Geek Holiday Gift Guide to help you find gifts for your pop culture-loving friends and loved ones. (Or, maybe even for yourself.) This guide includes a ton of cool gifts, including a wide range of books, graphic novels, toys, collectibles, music, movies, games, art and other fun gifts, the majority of which were released this year. I’ve also tried to include a wide range of prices, from small stocking stuffers to blu-ray box sets to huge expensive collectibles for most of us to drool over.

HitFix sits down with "A Most Violent Year" star Oscar Isaac and director J.C. Chandor to discuss the forging of the film's central character and the choices made along the way.http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/in-contention

December is just a week away, and soon we will be flooded with lists declaring The Best and Most Important of everything pop-culture related in 2014. But what about the people who were in the spotlight, but did little of value to earn their space in the press, and hardly did anything to change the game in their respective fields? Well, GQ has crunched the numbers and come up with their 30 Least Influential People Of 2014.

Game and movie rental service Redbox has announced that it's raising rental prices for games, DVDs, and Blu-Ray discs in the US. Under the new daily pricing standards, the cost of DVDs will go up by 30 cents to $1.50, Blu-Rays will set you back another 50 cents at $2, and games rental prices will go up a full dollar to $3. Most of the price changes will take effect on December 2 of this year, but the games price hike won't happen until January 6, 2015. Redbox isn't shying away from the fact that overall rental volume will probably fall as a result of higher prices, but the company said that th

Now that we've gotten all the buzz about the teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens out of the way (see where it's playing this weekend right here), it's time to look at a little indie romance on the complete opposite end of the spectrum. "Mad Men" star Vincent Kartheiser and Juno supporting actress Olivia Thirlby star in the film chronicling the rocky relationship of a newly married couple as they take a trip on a research vessel bound for Antarctica.

In a small, tucked-away and unnamed Australian suburb, the already ill-behaved Samuel is getting worse. A seven-year-old with an unchecked imagination, unruly hair and teeth, and an untamed nature, Samuel is running wild. Consequently, his widowed, single, and stressed-out mother Amelia is having a hard time coping with his feral temperament.

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  • 1. Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, The
    Gross: $123,000,000
    Total: $123,000,000
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    Total: $135,708,069
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    Total: $156,823,212

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