Top Movie News for July 31, 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy Reviews - What Did You Think?! Marvel Studios' Guardians of the Galaxy is is now playing in theaters and we've created this spot for you to tell us and your fellow moviegoers what you thought about the James Gunn-directed adaptation, starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close and Benicio del Toro.

Watch the First 'Into the Woods' Trailer Wondering what it'll look like when Rob Marshall goes back to his Chicago-style musical roots with Disney's adaptation of the Broadway hit Into the Woods? We can't see the whole thing until December 25, but you can catch a glimpse right now courtesy of the first trailer, released today. Here's the official synopsis: read more

Jon Favreau says Birdman has virtually no edits; new international trailer We have all been entranced by the mysteriously cool teaser for Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's BIRDMAN starring Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Emma Stone, and Zach Galifianakis. The unique story of an actor on the verge of a mental breakdown didn't provide much in the way of plot in the first teaser and yet we were all curious as to the editing, or lack thereof. Some have indicated the movie may be filmed as a... Read More...

Frank Darabont will direct The Huntsman; release date and cast announced Late last month we learned that Frank Darabont was in talks to direct THE SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN sequel. It has now been made official as Universal released an official press release which confirms Darabont and announced the new title: THE HUNTSMAN. Darabont also wrote the current draft of the screenplay which will in fact be a prequel to the first film with some returning cast members. The fantastical world of... Read More...

'Sharknado 2: The Second One' Premiere Sets Ratings Record Lions and tigers and sharks, oh my! Syfy's pop culture sensation Sharknado 2: The Second One absolutely devoured the world during last night's July 30 premiere, becoming the channel's most watched Original Movie ever with 3.9 million total viewers and 1.6 million Adults 18-49. The movie also averaged 1.8 million Adults 25-54.Sharknado 2 delivered One Billion (yes, with a B) estimated impressions for Sharknado Twitter conversations.At one point, Sharknado 2 held all top 10 trending topics in the United States.

Ben Kingsley, Kate Beckinsale and Michael Caine Are Creepy and Crazy in ‘Stonehearst Asylum’ Trailer (Video) Jim Sturgess plays a novice doctor obsessed with madness in “Stonehearst Asylum.” Ben Kingsley, Michael Caine and Kate Beckinsale co-star in the turn-of-the-century creep-fest, though the trailer remains vague as to the extent of their insanity. “I've always been fascinated by the troubled mind, since as long as I can remember,” says Sturgess, approaching the foreboding (and titular) loony bin for the first time. ”I have the desire and the training, all I lack is the clinical experience.” See video: Michael Keaton's Life ‘Smells Like Balls&

Lorde Will Curate 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' Soundtrack Lionsgate, a premier next generation global content leader, announced today that multiplatinum Grammy Award-winning recording star Lorde will curate the soundtrack album for the upcoming third installment of the global blockbuster The Hunger Games franchise, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1. In addition to hand-picking the artists for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 soundtrack, Lorde will provide the first single for the highly anticipated film and album.

Dimension Films Sets Demonic for December 12 Dimension Films announced today that it will release the supernatural thriller Demonic, presented by James Wan (The Conjuring, Insidious), on December 12, 2014. The film is produced by Wan and Lee Clay (Beautiful Boy) and is directed by Will Canon (Brotherhood). The script is based on an original idea of Wan’s.

Jon Stewart's ‘Rosewater’ Lands Prime Awards Season Release Date Open Road Films will release Jon Stewart‘s directorial debut, “Rosewater,” in select theaters on November 7. The film is based on the New York Times bestselling memoir “Then They Came for Me: A Family's Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival,” written by BBC journalist Maziar Bahari. A true story, the film marks the screenwriting and directorial debut of “The Daily Show” host and anchor Jon Stewart, and stars Gael Garcia Bernal, who leads an international cast. Also read: Jon Stewart Casts Gael Garcia Bernal as Lead in His Directorial Debut ‘

Exorcist Makeup Legend Dick Smith Dies Dick Smith, the mastermind behind the makeup in The Exorcist, recently died at the age of 92. The Oscar-winning makeup artist worked on a multitude of Hollywood classics, including The Godfather, Taxi Driver, and Amadeus. The Hollywood Reporter says that Smith also influenced or mentored a gaggle of other movie makeup artists, such as the late Stan Winston. Smith may be best known to readers for creating the makeup and look of a possessed 12-year-old Linda Blair in The Exorcist, which is one of the 10 most successful films in Hollywood history.

Spongebob Squarepants Live Action Movie Trailer I know a lot of kids… and some adults… who will be very happy with this. Yes, The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water has it’s official trailer and we get to see Tom Kenny’s classic characters go up against the evil of Antonio Banderas as Alameda Jack. No release date has been set. Click here to view the embedded video. Spongebob Squarepants Live Action Movie Trailer

Zac Efron Takes the Lead in 'We Are Your Friends' Zac Efron and Emily Ratajkowski, who appeared in Robin Thicke's sultry "Blurred Lines" music video, have signed on to star in We Are Your Friends, which marks the directorial debut of Catfish: The TV Show star Max Joseph.The story centers on Cole, a 23-year-old electronic dance music DJ who is working on what he believes is the next big revolutionary song. He meets an older, charismatic DJ who takes Cole under his wing, although their relationship gets complicated when Cole falls for his new mentor's younger girlfriend.

Latest Expendables 3 Trailer Wants To Punch Your Eyes Bang and blameIf your life is low on things exploding and leathery old blokes trading quips while shooting people, the final Expendables 3 trailer is here to change all that. Take a look below to see the latest from Sly and the family Stonebanks (that pun will make more sense in a moment). In this third instalment, an old ally turned very dangerous, obsessive enemy targets Stallone’s Barney Ross. See, Colonel Stonebanks (Mel Gibson, and we told you we’d explain the joke) is his former comrade, and a co-founder of the Expendables who has turned against his old team.

Peter Jackson Would Like Guillermo Del Toro to Direct ‘Skull Island’ During Paramount’s confusing Skull Island announcement at Comic-Con, a rumor went around that Guillermo del Toro was involved with the project. While that doesn’t really seem to be the case — the latest word is Joe Cornish has been offered the gig — there are at least a couple of guys who wouldn’t mind if it were. Peter Jackson, who directed 2005′s King Kong, has said that it’d be “fantastic” if del Toro really did take over the franchise, while Andy Serkis, who actually played King Kong, concurs.

Second 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Clip Shows Off the Turtle Van Michaelangelo wants to show off the bass system inside the Turtle Van, but accidently fires a low-flying ground to air missile in the second clip from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The four brothers are showing off their deluxe Van retrofitted for warfare to cameraman Vern Fenwick (William Fichtner), trying to impress roving reporter April O'Neil (Megan Fox) with their gadgets...But this game of show and tell doesn't quite go as planned.

Whether you know him as the charming cop from Bridesmaids or the grumpy computer technician from "The IT Crowd" ("Have you tried turning it off and on again?"), Chris O'Dowd has become a character actor fixture in the last few years. Now the 34-year-old Irishman is taking a bold leap from more comedic roles into darker territory for John Michael McDonagh's Calvary.

Doctor Who Season 8 Premiere Gets Specials And Theatrical Release Schedule We are getting closer and closer to the premier of Peter Capaldi as Doctor Who and BBC America has announced some special programming on the channel and some theatrical showings as well. The new season premieres Saturday, August 23, 8:00pm ET and comedian and Doctor Who superfan Chris Hardwick will host Doctor Who: Live Pre-Show at 7:30pm ET and Doctor Who: After Who Live at 11:00pm ET (following the premiere of Intruders).

Aaron Taylor-Johnson: Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch 'want vengeance' in 'Avengers 2' "Avengers: Age of Ultron" stars Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson teases what to expect from their characters the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver in Joss Whedon's upcoming sequel.

  See you next summer, Star-Lord. #GOTG — Colin Trevorrow (@colintrevorrow) August 1, 2014 Jurassic World is an upcoming American science fiction adventure film and the fourth in the Jurassic Park film series. Jurassic World will feature: Director: Colin Trevorrow Chris Pratt as Owen Bryce Dallas Howard s Beth Jake Johnson as Lowery Nick Robinson as Zach Ty Simpkins as Gray BD Wong as Dr.

They're Real! First Trailer for 'SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water' "Those guys must work out." They have returned. Nickelodeon has unveiled the first official trailer for The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, the sequel to the hit SpongeBob SquarePants movie from 10 years ago. This first trailer introduces us to the story, the pirate villain, and the concept behind why they end up in real life as 3D CG animated characters. The cast is all back including Tom Kenny as SpongeBob (and Gary the Snail), Bill Fagerbakke as Patrick, Rodger Bumpass as Squidward, plus yes, Antonio Banderas as Alameda Jack, and Clancy Brown as Mr. Krabs.

Brand new Interstellar trailer heads to the outer limits: watch now A new trailer for Interstellar has arrived online, in which Matthew McConaughey heads into space on a mission to save humanity. The new trailer does a great job of balancing the film’s human story with the dizzying, outer-space sequences, as McConaughey says goodbye to his family and journeys into the void. Needless to say, the whole thing looks utterly spectacular, but with more than enough heart to balance out the sci-fi elements. Consider us very excited indeed!

Following its launch at the Cannes Film Festival in May, Saban Films, an entertainment venture from Haim Saban‘s Saban Capital Group, has expanded its executive team with two new VP hires. The company announced Thursday that Azniv Taschyan has been hired as vice president of finance and Jonathan Saba as vice president of marketing. Saba will oversee all aspects of theatrical and ancillary marketing for the entire Saban Films slate, and will also manage all third-party studio, producer and distribution relationships.

‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ director Rian Johnson on preparing for the sequel Rian Johnson will take over the "Star Wars" franchise once J.J. Abrams completes "Episode VII." Here, he describes the job as a dream come true

  Batman: Assault on Arkham is a 2014 direct-to-video animated superhero film that is part of the DC Universe Animated Original Movies.The film is based on the universe of the Batman: Arkham video game franchise, and is a direct sequel to Batman: Arkham Origins. Jay Oliva & Ethan Spaulding direct, with a script by Heath Corson and James Tucker producing. The film was screened at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con International on July 25, 2014, and is scheduled for release digitally on July 29 and on physical media on August 12.  

Comic Con: Coolest toys and statues at the Con! There's a lot to look forward to each year at Comic Con, from star-studded panels, amazing cosplayers, epic announcements, and Auntie Anne pretzels. Okay, that last part was bullshit, but you catch my drift; there's a lot of cool stuff at Comic Con, but perhaps the coolest, or at least my personal favorite, is the barrage of toys that flood the convention floor. If you're a toy nerd... Read More...

DirecTV has released the first trailer for their newest exclusive television series Kingdom. The series is a gritty family drama set in the Mixed Martial Arts world. Frank Grillo (Prison Break), who was also in Gavin O’Connor’s 2011 MMA-set feature film Warrior, stars as Alvey Kulina, an MMA legend and owner of a Venice California-based Mixed Martial Arts gym. Watch the Kingdom trailer now embedded after the jump. About the rest of the cast: Nick Jonas, formerly of the Jonas Brothers, plays Alvey’s close-shaved and ripped prize-fighter son Nate.

'Snow White and the Huntsman 2′ Gets a Director, Release Date and Title For those eager to return to the darkly whimsical world of 'Snow White and the Huntsman,' we have good news: Universal has given 'Snow White and the Huntsman 2' a release date. But that's not all, the upcoming sequel to the 2012 film also has an official, shorter title, ditching Snow White altogether. Continue reading…

Javier Bardem followed Penelope Cruz to clarify his comments in an open letter recently published in Spanish newspapers, which condemned the Israeli air strikes in Gaza as “genocide.” “My signature was solely meant as a plea for peace,” Bardem said in a statement of his decision to sign the open letter.

Richard Linklater‘s “Boyhood” has been celebrated by critics and fans, acclaimed as something truly new and penciled in as a sure winner of critics’ awards and independent-film honors. But can it be more than that?

‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2′ Casts ‘Glee’ Actor Harry Shum Jr. To say that Oscar-winning director Ang Lee’s martial arts action drama Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was considered a success upon its 2000 release would be something of an understatement. The film, which involved two warriors in pursuit of the legendary Green Destiny sword and a mysterious nemesis, was one of the few foreign-language films in recent years to cross over into the North American mainstream, earning $128 million at the U.S. box office and four Academy Awards. So when news broke that a sequel was finally being developed, fan reactions were decidedly mixed.

Alex Kurtzman directing Universal’s reboot of The Mummy Universal has found a director for its forthcoming reboot of The Mummy, with THR reporting that Alex Kurtzman will be the man to take the helm. We recently brought you news that Kurtzman and new writing partner Chris Morgan had been charged by the studio with creating a new crossover universe linking all its classic monster franchises, with The Mummy set to be first out of the gate. Now it appears that Kurtzman’s duties will extend beyond sketching the overall template for said universe, with THR claiming he is in the final stage of negotiations to direct that first film.

Lena Dunham‘s Girls has had its share of notable guest starring roles: Patrick Wilson as Joshua, June Squibb as Grandma Flo, Donald Glover as Sandy, Gaby Hoffman as Caroline Sackler, Chris O’Dowd as Thomas-John, Colin Quinn as Ray’s cranky boss, John Cameron Mitchell as Hannah’s editor and Rita Wilson as a believably uptight mother to Marnie. HBO has already signed quite a few bigger name guest stars for Season 4 of the comedy series. The list so far includes Gillian Jacobs as Mimi-Rose, Jason Ritter as Scott, Zachary Quinto as unannounced and Natasha Lyonne as Rickey.

"We want to compete, and we want to show you that this is real." There's a doc about every obscure sport, so why not one about quidditch? Yep, that game from Harry Potter, the one where you fly around on brooms and toss balls through hoops. Except here in the human muggle world, it's played on the ground by die-hard nerds (one of them is a huge Tron Legacy fan) who love to compete in sports. The doc is called, appropriately, Mudbloods is focuses on the resilient underdogs of the UCLA Quidditch team as they make their way to the Fifth Annual Quidditch World Cup in NYC.

The Wrap Up: 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Photos Feature an Armed and Dangerous Tom Hardy ScreenCrush wraps up the latest in movies and TV you might have missed. Today, 'Mad Max: Fury Road' reveals new photos, 'Stonehearst Asylum' reveals its first trailer, and the man behind the new 'Star Wars' comic series speaks out. Continue reading…

2013 was the first year since the Paranormal Activity franchise was launched in 2009 that a sequel wasn't released, although fans were supposed to get a double-dose of thrills this year, with the spin-off Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones that debuted in January and Paranormal Activity 5, which was initially set for an October 24 release.

Marvel Studios announced screenwriters for Thor 3 back in January; at the time, the third solo vehicle for Chris Hemsworth’s God of Thunder seemed a likely bet to claim one of the two 2016 release dates reserved by Marvel.

Second 'Into the Storm' TV Spot Pulls You Inside a Tornado Audiences are starting to go Into the Storm, and they're loving it! The second Into the Storm TV spot doesn't bring us critical praise; instead it showers us with Tweets from real fans across the country who were treated to a special sneak preview. They call it "Amaze-Balls", "Insane", and "Beyond Epic". High praise for this found footage thriller about a group of storm chasers who decent upon a small town along with a torrential outpouring of tornadoes that are looking to tear Silverton apart.

Well Go USA Entertainment Early on, Child of God signals to you how it’s going to go about its business. Main character Lester Ballard (Scott Haze) abruptly stops his foraging in the woods to pull down his drawers, squat, go to the bathroom and use a stick to wipe his rear. All in plain view of the camera. This movie is going to literally show you shit… and much worse. The story goes on to include sexual assault, murder, the mutilation of corpses, and necrophilia, none of which the audience is spared from witnessing.

Following supporting roles in the Best Picture winning Argo, it looks like John Goodman and Bryan Cranston will deal with the Hollywood of the past all over again.

Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Steve Coogan and Ricky Gervais are back for a third trip through history in Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb. The film is directed by Shawn Levy from a screenplay written by Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb hits theaters on December 19, 2014. Click here to view the embedded video. And they have this lovely poster: Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb Trailer

Rocker/director sends in the clownsAfter a couple of months of mystery following the unveiling of a teaser poster featuring nothing but a gruesome clown face, Rob Zombie has finally revealed what 31 is all about.

While promoting Ant-Man at San Diego Comic-Con over the weekend, Henry Pym actor Michael Douglas discussed the role and fate of his wife Janet van Dyne — known as The Wasp — in the upcoming Marvel film. (Warning: Spoilers ahead!) Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Douglas revealed that The Wasp appears to die sometime while he's working on the serum that allows Pym to transform into the size of an ant. "My name is Dr. Henry Pym. I’m an entomologist.

James Franco Tries Penetrating Stephen Colbert's Political Facade (Video) Since CBS announced Stephen Colbert will inherit “The Late Show” from David Letterman,  the talk-show host has been saddled with questions about whether he plans to drop the right-wing political shtick he's famous for on Comedy Central.

As we dive deeper into the fall awards season in 2014, more prestige films are suddenly being unveiled. This isn't a new trailer, but it is a trailer for a film that might end up with tons of acclaim by the end of this year. The next film from The Reader director Stephen Daldry is an adaptation titled Trash, about three young orphaned boys (played by newcomers Rickson Tevez, Eduardo Luis & Gabriel Weinstein) in Brazil who make a discovery in a garbage dump and find themselves running from the cops in a corrupt society.

It is hard to believe that FORREST GUMP is twenty years old. In fact, it is quite disturbing for me to think that SILENCE OF THE LAMBS and DANCES WITH WOLVES are even older. In fact, some of the most iconic movies from the 1990s will be celebrating their 20th and 25th anniversaries in the next few years, making all of us in our thirties feel really f*cking old. Read More...

Ben Stiller guest stars in the next episode “Running Wild With Bear Grylls,” which NBC is teasing with a video of the “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” actor venturing into a real life tomb of sorts — a cavern embedded deep within the Scottish wilderness. See video: Ben Stiller-Produced ‘Next Time on Lonny’ Season 2 Features Tons of Guest Stars “It goes a long way in,” says TV host and famed British outdoorsman Bear Grylls.”I'm hopeful we're going to find somewhere where we can shelter for the night.” Stiller shi

Even though Pierce Brosnan only did four James Bond movies, and maybe only one great one, he’ll forever be connected to the character. Whenever he plays a role with any kind of Bond connotation, it almost feels like another adventure of 007. The Thomas Crowne Affair and After the Sunset are two examples and now there’s a third: The November Man. Directed by Roger Donaldson (Species, Cocktail), it tells the story of a retired CIA man (Brosnan) forced back into action when an important asset (Olga Kurylenko) is threatened.

We all knew it was coming eventually despite deflections from Kevin Feige and everyone else at Marvel, but now it looks like the roadmap for the Marvel Cinematic Universe will inevitably include a crossover between THE AVENGERS and GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY. When remains a question, but according to comments from director James Gunn, it is in the planning stages. Speaking with Yahoo Movies, Gunn was directly... Read More...

When Bleeding Ain’t Cool By Aaron B. Hale While attending the 2014 San Diego Comic Con, myself and three fellow Bleeding Cool contributors were given the opportunity to participate as a team in Skybound’s The Walking Dead Escape. As a fan of both the comic book, television show, and post apocalyptic fiction I was ecstatic. This was an opportunity to compete with my brothers-in-arms Joshua Stone, Joe Schmidt, and last but not least Kareem Baba Aminu. The obstacle course is designed in a way to fully immerse fans into the horror filled world of The Walking Dead.

Today is a great day to be a fan of Rob Zombie; if you’re like me and have followed the musician-turned-director’s film career you will appreciate my excitement. He has shared details and officially announced his next feature, the Halloween-themed horror 31. The movie will be a crowd-sourced effort and if you’re in the giving mood there are some perks to go along with helping out the project.... Read More...

While promoting Guardians of the Galaxy earlier this month, I had the chance to with Marvel Studios president and producer Kevin Feige about this cosmic space adventure, which hits theaters August 1.

Nintendo - Mario & Luigi Cosplayers: Haruhiism Cosplay (Mario) and Fae La Blanche Cosplay (Luigi) Photographers: Khriess Photography, David Vuong, Thibault Demorat, Cloud Mandokir, BlueBlack Diamond & NY-PD Photography Mario, with his brother, as the series name suggests, is the star of the series. When there is trouble, Mario attempts to solve the problem as quickly as he can, dragging Luigi alongside him. In this series, Mario is a very famous and popular hero, being well-known in various lands.

CBS Films continues its ongoing reorganization under new sole president Terry Press, with nine employees laid off on Thursday including executive VP of production Maria Faillace, an individual familiar with the situation has told TheWrap. Most of those affected by the latest round of pink slips were support personnel, though one creative executive was let go. Also read: CBS Films Exec Shakeup: Terry Press Assumes Top Leadership Role, Wolfgang Hammer Out A former executive at Fox 2000, Faillace will transition to a producing career and become a producer on Andy Fickman‘s romantic comedy &

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