Top Movie News for February 27, 2015

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'Blade Runner 2': Harrison Ford Confirmed, Ridley Scott Producing Harrison Ford will reprise his celebrated role as Rick Deckard in the sequel to Alcon Entertainment's Blade Runner, with Academy Award nominee Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Incendies) in negotiations to direct, it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-CEO's Andrew A. Kosove and Broderick Johnson. The film is scheduled to start principal photography in summer of 2016. Hampton Fancher (co-writer of the original) and Michael Green have written the original screenplay based on an idea by Fancher and Ridley Scott.

Neill Blomkamp Talks ‘Alien 5′ Continuity; Takes Blame for ‘Elysium’ It’s official – after waiting almost two decades for a proper Alien sequel (the Aliens vs. Predators movies and Prometheus don’t really count), we’re finally getting one.

'Jem and the Holograms' Synopsis and First Photo Released Following the low-resolution photo that debuted yesterday, Universal Pictures has released the official synopsis for Jem and the Holograms, along with a high-resolution version of the sneak peek image, which features Jem and her band on stage at a sold out concert. This live-action adventure is based on the hit animated series Jem, which ran for three seasons between 1985 and 1988.

Jack Huston Now in Talks to Lead ‘The Crow’ The remake of The Crow has turned into a revolving door for talent, with a parade of writers, directors, and actors being attached to the film in various capacities before falling off again. Most recently, F. Javier Gutiérrez was going to direct, with Luke Evans starring. But Gutiérrez fell away, and Corin Hardy signed on to direct.

Charlie Cox & Steven S. DeKnight talk Netflix's Daredevil, plus new poster I'm very glad to see I am not the only one who is extremely excited for Netflix's Daredevil series. It has a fantastic cast, and I absolutely loved the first trailer. Star Charlie Cox and showrunner Steven S. DeKnight shared a few thoughts on the project in an interview with Empire, and I think you will be quite pleased with what they have to say about the upcoming series. Charlie Cox on... Read More...

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Review: The Lazarus Effect

JoBlo - Thu, 2015-02-26 22:21

Review: The Lazarus Effect PLOT: A team of medical researchers invent a serum (which they dub Lazarus) that is capable of bringing dead patients back to life. When one of the doctors – Zoe (Olivia Wilde) suffers a deadly accident, they use the serum to bring her back, and while successful, they soon discover that their colleague has changed since visiting the other side. REVIEW: Does anyone think that premise sounds familiar? If you’ve seen... Read More...

CW Contemplating A Super Hero Team-Up Show Deadline is reporting that the CW is developing a spin-off of Arrow and The Flash that would include some of the shows already established characters like The Atom (Brandon Routh), Firestorm (Robbie Amell / Victor Garber), Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller) and possibly Caity Lotz… since her character has died on Arrow she may or may not be the Canary. All the usually suspects are said to be involved – Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and Marc Guggenheim.

Joss Whedon Promises Epic, Unhinged 'Avengers 2' Ending In 2012, Marvel's The Avengers set the bar for every superhero movie to follow, grossing a massive $1.5 billion worldwide while resetting the table for Marvel Phase Two. With the sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron just a few months away, director Joss Whedon teased a number of new details in an interview with Yahoo! Movies UK, including his attempt to spoil the "completely unhinged climax," the possibility of an Avenger romance, details about how the new characters fit into the story, and much more.

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Review: FOCUS, A Fun Trifle

Twitch - Thu, 2015-02-26 17:00

Review: FOCUS, A Fun Trifle It's fair to say that Focus is the best Will Smith film in what seems like several decades. It's equally fair to say that's not exactly saying very much. Still, this quirky con-man flick is actually loads of fun, due to a strong performance by Mr. Smith, and an even stronger turn by Margot Robbie. She's the lynchpin of the film, perfectly attenuated to the circuitous plot. She's the most distracting thing in a story about distractions, and helps make the work something more than just another silly confidence-man ploy.

Pike to Star Opposite Christian Bale in The Deep Blue Good-by Gone Girl star Rosamund Pike is in talks to star opposite Christian Bale (The Dark Knight) in The Deep Blue Good-by. That's according to Variety, which reports Pike would play the female lead in the film based on the first book in John D. MacDonald's 21-novel mystery series. Pike in Gone GirlContinue reading…

Miles Teller Talks About Portraying 'Mister Fantatsic''s Powers In FANTASTIC FOUR Josh Trank's Fantastic Four reboot has been causing a lot of controversy, something which was evident after more details about the movie found their way online yesterday. Empire Magazine also caught up with Miles Teller to talk about what to expect from his take on Reed Richards, and it definitely sounds like he'll be as smart as his comic book counterpart! "It was good talking with our advisors on set, whether it's the quantum physics stuff or biomechanics," he says. "I always want to know enough about the stuff before I say it.

Supergirl Pilot Casts 2 More Including Well Known Villain CBS has added two more to the cast of the upcoming pilot Supergirl. First is the role of Alexandra “Alex” Danvers, the ‘sister’ of Kara Zor-El who will be played by Chyler Leigh (Grey’s Anatomy). The second casting is a bit more interesting to comic fans in that they have choosen David Harewood (Homeland) to play Hank Henshaw. In the comics Henshaw is known to become the Cyborg Superman.

'While We're Young' Trailer: Ben Stiller Has a Midlife Crisis Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts star as a creative married couple trying to recapture their youth in the second trailer for While We're Young, following the first trailer that arrived in December. Director Noah Baumbach's new dramatic comedy centers on Josh (Ben Stiller) and Cornelia Srebnick (Naomi Watts), happily married middle-aged members of New York's creative class.

Dark Horse Trailer: This Sundance Audience Award Winner Will Warm You Up I wasn’t expecting this little documentary to get a lot of notice at Sundance last month. Maybe sell the remake rights and otherwise go back home with the honor of screening at the fest and that’s it. Not that it didn’t deserve anything. It’s just a very quaint film, and even though it might sound like your typical underdog racehorse movie in the vein of Seabiscuit, it doesn’t have that big, sweeping feel of a Hollywood sports drama.

Blake Lively And Jason Clarke Say All I See Is You Marc Forster's new psychological dramaHe decided a while ago not to come back for another bout against the undead hordes with the World War Z sequel, but despite having several irons in the development fire, it would appear Marc Forster has locked in his next film. He’s signed up Blake Lively and Jason Clarke to star in All I See Is You.Forster wrote the script for this one with Sean Conway and it finds him back in the sort of brain-tickling thriller territory he explored with 2005’s Stay. All I See Is You will star Lively as a blind woman whose sight is restored.

The RED SONJA Movie Gets A New Writer Looks like we'll be getting that Red Sonja movie at some stage after all. The Robert E. Howard-created warrior (though it was actually Roy Thomas who revamped her for Marvel's Conan comics) was already the subject of a movie from director Richard Fleischer back in 1985 with Brigitte Nielsen in the title role, and since that there have been a couple of attempts at a reboot -- most notably Robert Rodriguez's version which would have starred his then girlfriend Rose McGowan, and very nearly got off the ground.

Latest Production Blog For SPECTRE Focuses On 'James Bond' Director Sam Mendes A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organisation. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE. Starring Daniel Craig, Naomie Harris Ben Wishaw, Rory Kinnear, Ralph Fiennes, Christoph Waltz, Monica Bellucci, David Bautista, Léa Seydoux, and Andrew Scott, Spectre is set to be released on October 23rd in the UK and November 6th in the US. Thoughts on this latest sneak peek?

Whether or not you think that Michael Keaton deserved the Best Actor Oscar for "Birdman," there's no denying that winner Eddie Redmayne virtually transformed into Stephen Hawking for his performance in "The Theory Of Everything." What's more, Academy voters might like what the actor is doing next in "The Danish Girl." A first look from "The King's Speech" and "Les Miserables" director Tom Hooper's next movie has arrived. Based on the novel by David Ebershoff and penned by Lucinda Coxon (Guillermo Del Tor

Viola Davis-Jennifer Lopez Drama ‘Lila and Eve’ Acquired by Samuel Goldwyn Films Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired North American distribution rights to the Viola Davis-Jennifer Lopez drama “Lila and Eve,” the company announced Thursday. The film, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, tells the story of Lila (Davis), a grief-stricken mother who in the aftermath of her son’s murder in a drive-by shooting attends a support group where she meets Eve (Lopez), who has lost her daughter. When Lila hits numerous roadblocks from the police in bringing justice for her son’s slaying, Eve urges Lila to take matters into her own hands to track down her son’s kille

Five Chinese movies put on an explosive fireworks show at China’s domestic box office over that country’s New Year’s holiday weekend, one that is resonating with the global film industry and beating anything Hollywood has done in almost two years. All five ranked among the top 10 movies at the worldwide box office last weekend. The $282 million five-day stretch at the box office showed that at least on occasion, homegrown Chinese hits can match the grosses of American blockbusters. The No.

TV Review: House of Cards - Season 3 Episode 2 "Chapter 28" This recap/review of HOUSE OF CARDS is written with the expectation that everyone who reads this and comments below will have seen the episode already. Thus, if you've yet to see the episode in question, DO NOT GO ANY FURTHER. EPISODE: Season 3, Episode 2: "Chapter 28" PLOT: Claire's U.N. bid runs into trouble. Frank fights off mutiny with a bold address to the country.... Read More...

Its been a while since we’ve heard anything about Avatar Land, Disney World’s upcoming theme park land based on James Cameron‘s epic Avatar franchise. Last we heard, construction had begun on Pandora in January 2014 in Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Orlando Florida. Today we get an update which gives us a preview of some of the creative process including some of the really cool looking interactive features of the bioluminescent forrest currently in the works.

Sony Pictures Digital Productions chief Bob Osher has been fired, an individual with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap. Sony Pictures Digital Productions (SPDP) is comprised of Sony Pictures Imageworks, Sony Pictures Post Production Services, Worldwide Product Fulfillment, Studio Operations and Asset Management. Also Read: Oscars 2015 Winners Gallery: ‘Birdman,’ ‘Grand Budapest,’ Eddie Remayne, Julianne Moore (Photos) The newest shakeup at Sony comes just days after Tom Rothman was named as Amy Pascal‘s successor as chairman of the studio’s Motion Pictures Group. In January,

Bruce Willis‘ latest indie movie “Wake” has halted production after little more than one week due to issues with its financing, TheWrap has learned. John Pogue is directing “Wake,” which had been shooting in the dead of winter in Cleveland, Ohio when the funding dried up. Also Read: Bruce Willis to Play a Sociopath in Thriller ‘Wake’ A representative for production company Benaroya Pictures issued the following statement to TheWrap — “Benaroya Pictures is working quickly to remedy the delay in production on the feature film ‘Wake,’ and we are opt

“This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by SCG Power Rangers LLC.” That’s what interested YouTube viewers see when going to check out this week’s most popular new video – a Power Rangers “bootleg” fan film from producer Adi Shankar. The gritty, R-rated Power Rangers short starring James Van der Beek and Katie Sackhoff and directed by Joseph Kahn, garnered over 11 million views in just two days, and the extremely positive reception and media buzz surrounding the project didn’t stop Saban Entertainment (the property owner) from

Paramount chairman/CEO Brad Grey has confirmed that Adam Goodman is exiting his post at Paramount Pictures, which has offered him a production deal on the lot. Insiders tell TheWrap that Goodman’s exit came as a result of Paramount’s “thin slate,” while others suggest that the movies Paramount did make often went over-budget. After breaking the news Wednesday night that Goodman’s exit was imminent, TheWrap has obtained Grey’s internal memo to Paramount staff, which is included below: I am writing to let you know that Adam Goodman is transitioning out of his

Meryl Streep set to narrate <em>Shout Gladi Gladi</em> documentary Adam Friedman and Iain Kennedy’s documentary, Shout Gladi Gladi, is getting some Oscar-winning star power as Meryl Streep is now set to narrate. The documentary focuses on women’s health in Africa, specifically exploring fistula, a disease that impacts an estimated 2 million women living...

As if you needed another reason to be annoyed by white male privilege and spoiled rich kids, the first trailer for The Riot Club has arrived. The film unites two male stars from two big YA movie franchises—Sam Claflin from The Hunger Games and Max Irons from Divergent—which should be an attractive draw for the younger female audience. And to appeal to the more discerning movie-goer, The Riot Club comes from director Lone Scherfig, who previously helmed An Education. Continue reading…

In the season finale, the rebels must infiltrate the heart of an Imperial fleet to rescue Kanan. This leads to an epic battle between Kanan, Ezra, and the Inquisitor, and results in the destruction of Tarkin's flagship. Consequently, Imperial security on Lothal is strengthened, making their missions even more difficult in the future. Hera calls in help. But so does the Empire.

On March 13, all of your favorite Frozen characters will return to the big screen in the new Disney animated short Frozen Fever. Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf reunite for this 7 minute adventure, which finds a big birthday bash in trouble. ABC's Good Morning America has revealed the first footage with a teaser trailer, which also includes a brief look at Disney's Cinderella.Frozen Fever is set to debut alongside director Kenneth Branagh's live action take on the Cinderella fairytale starring Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter and Hayley Atwell.

Ella (Lily James) meets the dashing prince Kit (Richard Madden) in the first of six new clips from Disney's Cinderella. The second clip shows how Ella suddenly became Cinderella, thanks to the "clever" observations of her stepsisters Anastasia (Holliday Grainger) and Drisella (Sophie McShera), while her stepmother (Cate Blanchett) denies her a place at the table.

While the cast for director Bryan Singer's X-Men: Apocalypse continues to take shape, the filmmaker has brought on composer John Ottman to work on the score. This will mark the composer and Bryan Singer's third collaboration on an X-Men movie, following 2003's X2: X-Men United and last year's X-Men: Days of Future Past.

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A college campus where one in 10 students becomes a victim of a drive-by shooting — perpetrated by a fellow student, no less — would be considered preposterously dangerous. But a college campus where at least one in 10 students is sexually assaulted during their time in school? Well, that’s just the cost of doing business. That’s the provocative but compelling argument made by “The Hunting Ground,” a timely, thorough and truly inspiring documentary about the financial and marketing imperatives that lead academic institutions to deny their students safety and justice.

We just love original artwork, and every week there's always some kind of cool creation paying tribute to our favorite movies that's worth highlighting. This week is no exception, and there's actually a whole gallery to look forward to thanks to Hero Complex. Over in Los Angeles they have a new show called Quotes, Lines & Lyrics with art pieces inspired by just that, quotes from movies, lines from TV shows and lyrics from songs.

If any movie is harder to pull off than a sequel or a memoir, it’s the sequel to a memoir, which is what writer-director John Boorman attempts with “Queen and Country,” a look back at his years serving in the British armed forces during the Korean War. (Boorman stayed at home, teaching typing, while most of his fellow trainees were shipped off to combat.) Boorman’s first stab at big-screen autobiography, 1987’s “Hope and Glory,” managed to enchant audiences around the world and rack up an impressive array of awards and nominations.

What’s really been selling me on Final Fantasy XV has been the creatures of the word. Have a JRPG about leather clad guys on a road trip, that’s cool. Have a JRPG about leather clad guys on a road trip that has dinosaur looking creatures? I’m in. This new trailer for the game focuses on just that. It’s just a lot of serene imagery of the animals of the world going about their own business.

Nicolas Winding Refn and his wife Liz Corfixen are responsible for an uncommonly intimate behind-the-scenes documentary about the making of 'Only God Forgives,' and we have an exclusive clip from the film, 'My Life Directed By Nicolas Winding Refn.'http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/motion-captured

• GET READY FOR MARVEL'S NEXT SMASH HIT MOVIE WITH THIS OFFICIAL PREQUEL! • Before Scott Lang becomes Marvel's shrinking sensation, Dr. Hank Pym will pull on the helmet and leap into action on a death-defying mission that takes him into the icy heart of Cold War East Berlin! ANT-MAN PRELUDE #2 Written by WILL PILGRIM Pencils by MIGUEL ANGEL SEPULVEDA

With the arrival of the first U.S. trailer, we can now add Eva to the list of movies following the recent A.I. trend. Originally released internationally back in 2011 (yeah, wow), Eva stars Daniel Brühl as a cybernetic engineer tasked with giving robots real emotions. Apparently he’s never seen A.I. or Her or I, Robot or…well, you get the point. Eva takes place in an alternate future where these movies don’t exist, so playing God with robot feelings seems like an okay idea until it’s not. Continue reading…

"One of Us" sounds like it will be a very interesting episode of Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. indeed. Cal (aka the Doctor, aka Mr. Hyde) is out for revenge against Coulson, and he's recruited a team of supervillains to help him. Though the synopsis doesn't reveal who they are, a look at the characters mentioned in the guest-star section give us some hints. It appears this will be the first time we meet Drea De Matteo as Daredevil character Karla Gideon. Not sure who Wendell Levi could be, but Francis is the civilian identity of Ajax so that's a (slim) possibility. David A.

Welcome to &ldquo;Before They Were Famous&ldquo;, where we take a look at some of the past exploits of today&#39;s biggest stars, be it from movies, television, Broadway, competitions, etc.! The more embarrassing, the better. Our memories are long, but the internet&#39;s memory is forever, so jump back in time with us to witness some of our favorite stars before they were marquee names.... Read More...

Just over one year after The Lego Movie hit theaters, and just days after the animated blockbuster lost Best Original Song at the Oscars, Warner Bros. officially announced that the follow-up will be entitled The Lego Movie Sequel. The studio announced in October that the sequel will hit theaters in 2018, after the spinoffs Ninjago and The LEGO Batman Movie arrive in 2016 and 2017, respectively. Warner Bros.

Jamie Dornan Isn't Leaving the 'Fifty Shades' Franchise After less than two weeks in theaters, Fifty Shades of Grey has already grossed $411 million worldwide, which could put it well on its way to being 2015's first $1 billion movie. Of course, the sequel Fifty Shades Darker is already in the works, and, last week, we reported that author E.L. James is demanding to write the screenplay, with the author and studio still reportedly arguing over who should write the script. While we wait to see how this scenario plays out, thankfully, a rumor which could have proved devastating to fans of the franchise has been put to rest.

Tris stands as living proof that the Divergent problem has grown beyond all control in the final trailer for the upcoming sci-fi epic The Divergent Series: Insurgent, which is in theaters in less than one month. Tris and Four must stand together and fight in this second chapter of the popular series based on the Veronica Roth novels. Summit Entertainment has also announced that tickets have gone on sale!The Divergent Series: Insurgent raises the stakes for Tris as she searches for allies and answers in the ruins of a futuristic Chicago.

Marvel and Disney let Robert Downey Jr. launch the first character poster for Avengers: Age of Ultron this morning. It of course features the actor as Tony Stark, unmasked, dressed in his new Iron Man armor, ready to face an enemy of his own creation. But Robert Downey Jr. being who he is, couldn't just simply let the poster go into the wild without some exciting news attached to it. What is that news? We have no idea just yet, but we will know next Thursday at roughly exactly this time.

The Beach Boys front man Brian Wilson is put on display in the first trailer for Love & Mercy, arriving in theaters June 5 from Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions. Both Paul Dano and John Cusack play Brian Wilson at different points in his life in this comprehensive biopic that follows his successes with highly-influential orchestral pop albums to his nervous breakdown and subsequent encounter with controversial therapist Dr.

Vengeance hits home as Dom (Vin Diesel) does battle with Ian Shaw (Jason Statham) in yet another TV spot for Furious 7. As you may recall, the end of Fast & Furious 6 gave us our first look at Ian Shaw, the brother of Owen Shaw (Luke Evans), who has come to avenge his brother's death. The new footage offers a tease of the big showdown between Dom and Ian, both in and our of their cars.Continuing the global exploits in the unstoppable franchise built on speed, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson lead the returning cast of Furious 7.

'Jurassic World' Photos Show Chris Pratt and His Raptors We haven't seen anything from Jurassic World in a few weeks, since toy photos gave us our best look at the Indominus Rex. Thankfully, today brings the release of four new photos, featuring Chris Pratt as Owen. The first image has Owen in a room that director Colin Trevorrow describes as the, "most absolute high-tech room we could possibly imagine." The screen in the background appears to display the vital signs for two "troopers."We also see Own trying to tame two of his trained velociraptors, along with a shot of the actor standing next to director Colin Trevorrow.

Over the decades, Robin Hood has become one of the those characters destined for constant re-imagining, with a bevy of television series and film based on the character. The most recent big-screen adaptation – a 2010 Ridley Scott film starring Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett – was moderately successful, taking in $322 million worldwide on a $200 million budget (but only $105 million domestically). However, that under-performance hasn’t stopped Hollywood from looking to revisit the character yet again.

Many groups of fantasy fans have places they can visit in order to play in their preferred world. Harry Potter fans have theme parks and museums. DC fans can go to Six Flags. Marvel and Star Wars are owned by Disney, so those will eventually be covered. But what about Lord of the Rings fans? Sure, they can go to New Zealand where Peter Jackson’s movies were filmed, but that’s more of a sightseeing trip. Where’s the action? They action may be coming to Spain.

For every Disney project we see released, there are tons that never see the light of day. A new example for that list is an abandoned Toy Story video game that was going to be set in space. It was being developed by Avalanche Software in the time between releasing their Toy Story 3 game and moving onto the current, ultra popular Disney Infinity. So what did this mystery Toy Story in space game look like? Artist and animator Sam Nielson has put up some concept art for the game on online. Check out the Toy Story video game concept art below. The art came from Sam Nielson’s Blogspot.

Box Office

  • 3. Spongebob Squarepants: Sponge Out Of Wat
    Gross: $16,573,682
    Total: $126,245,516
  • 4. McFarland, USA
    Gross: $11,020,798
    Total: $11,020,798
  • 5. DUFF, The
    Gross: $10,809,149
    Total: $10,809,149

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