Top Movie News for October 24, 2014

More Age of Ultron footage to debut during the next Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Two days ago, we all were expecting the grand debut of the trailer for AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON to debut during the Tuesday episode of AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D., but HYDRA had to go and leak it early to the joy of fanboys everywhere. Marvel's publicity stunt was ruined, but instead of releasing the full trailer and leaving it at that, the studio has decided to debut more footage on Tuesday night. Coming Soon... Read More...

‘John Wick’ Review: Fierce Action in a Unique and Curious Crime Underworld Ninety percent of action movies are derivative. Carbon copies of better movies that came before them. They can be enjoyable, but are often forgettable. Then there’s the other ten percent. Those movies are something special. They originate and innovate, and rise about the rest by being different and surprising. However, by definition, even the best of the best employ many of the same beats. Punching, kicking, shooting, and explosions are the building blocks of an action movie. The ninety percent use them in ways we’ve seen before.

Why Jesse Eisenberg's Luthor is a great fit for 'Suicide Squad' David Ayer's 'Suicide Squad' is one of the titles that Warner Bros. recently announced as part of their upcoming slate of DC Comics movies, and now it looks like Jesse Eisenberg may join the squad as Lex Luthor after wrapping work on 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice'http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/motion-captured

Report: WB looking for a female director to lead 'Wonder Woman' Warner Bros. is reportedly searching for a female director to helm the solo "Wonder Woman" film, after Gal Gadot first appears as the Amazonian warrior in 2016's "Batman V Superman."http://www.hitfix.com

Cool Videos: Every on-screen death in the Star Wars original trilogy STAR WARS is a movie that we often show to children because it is a swashbuckling classic full of heroes and villains, action and comedy, and all sorts of other good things that we look for in an appropriate film. But, my god, there is so much death in STAR WARS. In fact, we probably all overlook just how many people died in the Original Trilogy aside from the main characters we cared so much about. Digg compiled a... Read More...

'The Crow' Remake Begins Shooting Spring 2015 Attending the Abu Dhabi Film Festival this week, producer Edward R. Pressman revealed that production begins on The Crow remake this spring, while revealing that no cast members have been confirmed at this time.We reported in May 2013 that Luke Evans (Dracula Untold, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug) had signed on to play Eric Draven, and the actor has spoke about the role in interviews over the past year. The Hollywood Reporter states that the actor is the "current favorite" for the role, which contradicts the May 2013 report that he has already signed on.

Seth Rogen And More Head For Zeroville James Franco's latest novel adaptationJames Franco has been on a run of adapting novels recently, and for his latest directorial job, he’s turning Steve Erickson’s 2007 book Zeroville into a film.

Ben Wheatley Comes to US for 'Free Fire' with Olivia Wilde and More You may not know the name Ben Wheatley yet, but the British filmmaker has gotten quite a bit of buzz previously for his films Sightseers and Kill List. His next film will be an adaptation of High Rise starring Tom Hiddleston, but after that, he's coming to the United States for his next film. THR has word that Wheatley is set to direct a 1970s crime drama called Free Fire, and he has quite the cast assembled to star in it.

Vin Diesel’s ‘Last Witch Hunter’ Gets Official Fall 2015 Release Date Trailers for the most anticipated Summer 2015 titles, be they Avengers: Age of Ultron or Insidious: Chapter 3, have started to make their way online, but it’s not just May through August of next year that’s packed with enticing offerings for movie buffs. Fall 2015, for example, will bring not just the usual high-art indie films and dramas that become part of the awards season discussion, but also a number of high-profile tentpoles.

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Film Review: Ouija

Latino Review - 4 hours 11 min ago

Film Review: Ouija You know there’s something wrong right off the bat when a movie is based on a board game. It’s just another pitiful extension of Hollywood’s obsession with making movies out of recognizable brands or toys or theme park rides. Sometimes those initially terrible ideas work out (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl), and most of the time they don’t (Battleship, almost all of the Transformers movies).

CS Video: Shailene Woodley on Her New Drama, White Bird in a Blizzard Hitting theaters in a limited release today, Mysterious Skin helmer Gregg Araki's White Bird in a Blizzard is headlined by Shailene Woodley, the rapidly rising your star who, just this past year, led both Divergent and The Fault in Our Stars. In an exclusive interview with ComingSoon.net, she, Araki and costar Christopher Meloni discuss their work on the stylish cinematic adaptation of Laura Kasischke's coming of age novel.

Exclusive: ABCS OF DEATH 2 Directors Bruno Samper and Kristina Buožytė’s Favorite Deaths; Plus Greatest Movie Deaths Supercut First we got to premiere a still from Bruno Samper and Kristina Buožytė’s ABCs of Death 2 segment, then we got to talk to Samper about creating the film and now we’re wrapping up our string of “K is for Knell” exclusives with Samper and Buožytė’s favorite big screen death scenes. Hit the jump to find out what they picked and to catch a supercut with all of the ABCs of Death 2 directors’ picks in it.

'Hobbit 3' Images Tease 45-Minute Battle Sequence Finale With anticipation steadily building for director Peter Jackson's Hobbit finale The Battle of The Five Armies, the director has teased new details about the final installment, revealing that this sequel will end with a massive 45-minute battle sequence at the foot of the Lonely Mountain.The filmmaker explains how planning such an immense sequence is as complex as shooting the scenes on location."There's a lot of logistics that have to be thought through.

Sebastian Stan Joins Meryl Streep in Ricki and the Flash After yesterday's announcement that Sebastian Stan is joining Matt Damon in Ridley Scott's The Martian, playing NASA scientist Dr. Chris Beck, Stan has been cast opposite Meryl Streep in Jonathan Demme's Ricki and the Flash, playing her estranged son Joshua.

Warner Bros. to Remake German Blockbuster, Who Am I Having already grossed nearly 6 million Euros since opening in Germany in late September, Baran Odar's new crime-thriller Who Am I, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, has gotten the attention of Warner Bros. who have bought the rights for an English language remake.

Matthew McConaughey champions the intimacy, and the scope, of 'Interstellar' Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar" finally played to packed audiences on both coasts Thursday night. A capacity crowd of press and guild members at the TCL Chinese Theater was treated to a post-screening Q&A where Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain recounted their experience on the film.http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/in-contention

“Harry Potter's” massive universe is getting even bigger, with author J.K.

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There can be very little doubt that The Terminator franchise has endured with four films, a television show, comic books, video games, novels, and a new cinematic trilogy in the works. In 2008, the Library of Congress selected the film for preservation in the American National Film Registry in acknowledgement of its "cultural, historical, and/or aesthetic significance." Yet, when director James Cameron embarked on his mission to create a low-budget, high-concept, science fiction film over three decades ago, his sole ambition was to truly launch his directorial career.

Reviewer’s note: I saw “Low Down” at Sundance earlier this year in January. Since then, the movie has apparently gone through some kind of rigorous edit to improve the picture and give it shape. Having recently rewatched the new edit—now 114 minutes down from 119 originally—I can safely say that most of the original issues still stand, unfortunately. John Hawks and Elle Fanning are great, but “Low Down” is still far too monotonous, lethargic, and sluggish a picture to really endorse in any meaningful way. What follows is a slightly edited version of my original Sundance review.

Review: 'Big Hero 6' is a safe but solid Marvel superhero movie in a Disney world Walt Disney Feature Animation is on a roll after films like 'Tangled,' 'Wreck-It Ralph,' 'Bolt,' 'Frozen,' and their latest movie 'Big Hero 6.' Adapted from an obscure Marvel title, 'Big Hero 6' is spirited superhero fun, but suffers from playing things too safe.http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/motion-captured

If you even remotely follow the world of technology and video games, you've surely heard of the Oculus Rift, the virtual reality device that's poised to change the way people experience interactive media. Now, in a move that could be historical (or foolhardy), the indie science-fiction horror film 'Banshee Chapter' will be the first film available to watch on the Oculus. Continue reading…

A24 The film landscape is filled with movies about people struggling with the idea of growing up, acting responsible and accepting that they’re an adult, and roughly all of these films feature a man-child as their protagonist.

Spawn fans rejoice. While the hoped-for movie reboot still seems to be a ways off, Todd McFarlane has revealed an exciting sneak peek at the other upcoming Spawn adaptation, a new animated series. Hit the jump to get your first look at the new Spawn animated series. McFarlane posted the early art on Facebook.

NBC is bringing in the holiday spirit with a stop-motion hourlong animated special, “Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas,” set to air Tuesday, Dec. 16 at 8:00 pm ET/PT. Based on the popular film Elf and the hit Broadway show “Elf: The Musical,” the special will star four-time Emmy Award winner Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory”) as Buddy.

In preparation for 'The Theory of Everything,' learn a little about Stephen Hawking straight from the man himself.http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/in-contention

Peggy Carter just got a new friend, as Lyndsy Fonseca has joined the cast of Marvel's Agent Carter. Marvel.com broke the news, revealing the Kick-Ass and Nikita alum will play Angie Martinelli, described as an aspiring actress who befriends Peggy. Lyndsy Fonseca (seen here in Nikita) is joining the cast of Marvel's Agent Carter.Continue reading…

As more tools, apps, devices and iProducts emerge to ease the struggles of modern existence, the manifestations of each invention come with unforeseen consequences. And as such, as the digital age progresses, the complexities of intimacy, relationships and sex are increased. While the stigma of online dating has largely vanished, the prevalence of hook-up driven culture via apps like Blendr, Grindr and such reveal that, as technology evolves, options we didn’t even realize we wanted become available. Who knows what tomorrow will bring?

There is a rumor that the first teaser trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice may be out as soon as next month. That would seem like a long time before the movie’s release date of March 25, 2016, almost too early to do a teaser. But if you think about it, normally a teaser for this big of a film would be released a year in advance, so this would only be a few months earlier. Also, Warner Bros may be thinking of attaching it to the final Hobbit film, which is likely their biggest film between now and the spring.

Open Road Films has provided ComingSoon.net with an exclusive first look at the new TV spot for Dan Gilroy's Nightcrawler, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, which opens on Friday, October 31.

I saw Birdman Wednesday night at an advanced screening in downtown Seattle. I don’t think my audience knew what to make of it. It definitely suffers from many of the issues that Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu’s films typically fall prey to: overwrought dialogue; characters who serve as symbols or ideas nothing more; and a bit too much fixation on misery and regret. Still, I loved Birdman and can’t stop thinking about it.

Although it doesn't hit theaters until next month, we can tell you that 'The Babadook' is one of the best horror movies of 2014 and that director Jennifer Kent is someone you will want to keep your eyes on for the foreseeable future. However, before her film freaked everyone out at Sundance and Fantastic Fest, Kent made a short film titled 'Monster,' which acted as a warm-up to her first feature gig. If you want to get a taste of 'The Babdook' and have already seen the trailer, this is the next logical place to go. Continue reading…

Sony Pictures Classics Dawn Wiener is dead, long live Dawn Wiener! Todd Solondz‘s second feature film, Welcome to the Dollhouse, is hailed as the filmmaker’s big breakthrough — a bold, gross, weird and uncomfortably honest look at one awkward tween’s coming-of-age in nineties New Jersey. The film starred Heather Matarazzo as Dawn “Wiener Dog” Wiener, an outcast desperate to fit in with her bone-headed peers, her terrible family and a classmate who repeatedly attempts to rape her.

Love in a controlled climateIf you haven’t read Irene Nemirovsky’s Suite Française, you should remedy that as soon as possible. As great-yet-not-quite-complete works of art go, it’s right up there with Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony and any attempt to make a film about Don Quixote ever. Its big-screen interpretation comes with awards hopes and two leads, Michelle Williams and Rust And Bone’s Matthias Schoenaerts, with the chops to carry its great swells of emotion. Check out its new trailer below.

Jack O’Connell may well be the next big guy to watch. After his stint on Skins, he showed up in 300: Rise of an Empire and ’71, and received rave notes for his work in Starred Up. Holding the lead role in Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken means that half the families in the US are going to know his face after that film opens at Christmas. And now he might be the man for Terry Gilliam — The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.

Film producer-financier The Fyzz Facility is opening a new Los Angeles office as it celebrates closing its 50th feature film investment. Owned and managed by producers Wayne Marc Godfrey (“Cake”) and Robert Jones (“The Usual Suspects”), the Fyzz Facility works with producers, sales agents and talent agencies to invest in film production.

Every few months, someone on the internet loudly declares that we're probably nearing the end of the superhero movie as a popular genre. And then, every few months, another trailer arrives that proves that we're going to be watching movies starring people wearing capes and tights for a long time yet. The new trailer for 'Avengers 2' lit the internet on fire, as you'd expect from the sequel to one of the most popular blockbusters in recent years. In fact, if success can be measured in trailer views, then Marvel and Disney can already call this one a big winner. Continue reading…

Comics Roundup: Adam McKay May Direct A Marvel Movie, Quicksilver To Appear In 'X-Men: Apocalypse' And More It's the end of week, so let's take a few minutes to clear off some of the various comic book movie bits and bobs that have been hanging around our digital desk.... First up, Adam McKay, who gave Edgar Wright's "Ant-Man" a "bigger" and "funnier" rewrite, says he might direct a movie for Marvel. "I’m starting to get into the early stages with Marvel. There’s plenty of fun stuff and our company always has tons of things so we have a couple movies coming out this year,” he told Collider.

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Videogame review: Alien: Isolation

JoBlo - Thu, 2014-10-23 22:15

The Alien I.P. has certainly had its share of ups and downs over the years. Back in the day, fans of the overwhelmingly popular science fiction franchise rejoiced when treated to titles such as the side-scrolling Alien 3 (1993) on the Super Nintendo, or the dollar-chomping Arcade Shooter Aliens: Extermination (2006). Throughout the years, however, stellar games that live up to the legacy of the Alien brand have... Read More...

  IT'S HOMECOMING - With Homecoming around the corner, Elena (Nina Dobrev) invites Liam (guest star Marco James) to attend a party at the corn maze with her. Instead of attending the homecoming festivities, Caroline (Candice Accola) is preoccupied after Stefan (Paul Wesley) shows up unexpectedly and needs her help cleaning up a mess created by Enzo (Michael Malarkey). Heeding Elena's advice to be more social, Alaric (Matt Davis) reluctantly attends the party, but a devastating accident quickly leaves him and Jo (guest star Jodi Lyn O'Keefe) rushing to save lives.

Epic can't be faked. See how Ridley Scott transformed real locations for his Biblical epic, 'Exodus: Gods and Kings'http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/in-contention

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There are few music personalities as colorful, wild, outrageous, and, well, funky as George Clinton.

Keanu Reeves Explains What Most Action Movies Get Wrong "John Wick" hits theaters today, and it's the best example of action movie making in a long time.

Alex Ross Perry makes no attempt to mask that the Philip of his new film Listen Up Philip, played to perfection by Jason Schwartzman, at least partly takes his inspiration from the daunted body of work of author, Philip Roth. Though Perry doesn't aim at any one Roth work in specific, he manages to evoke the tone of Roth's ideas far more effectively than other proper adaptations of his books. Schwartzman plays Philip, a young writer anticipating the release of his second novel.

Martin Scorsese Plans Grateful Dead Doc by 'Tillman Story' Director Earlier this year, we heard rumblings that Martin Scorsese might be working on a film about legendary punk rock band The Ramones, but there's yet to be any official confirmation that will happen. However, another iconic rock band will have Scorsese's attention as THR reports he is executive producing a documentary about the psychedelic rock group The Grateful Dead. The documentary will arrive just in time for the 50th anniversary of the band once led by the late Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir, and it will cover the entire career of the beloved band.

Alibaba CEO Jack Ma has his sights set on Lionsgate. The Chinese billionaire is eyeing hedge fund manager and Lionsgate Chairman Mark Rachesky‘s 37.4 percent stake in the “Hunger Games” studio, according to a report from the New York Post. Fresh off a world-record breaking $25 billion IPO for the company, Ma is looking for content and is meeting with several studios, according to media reports.

Ethan Hawke to pick up the trumpet and needle in Chet Baker biopic Shooting is now underway for the biopic BORN TO BE BLUE, which will chronicle the rise and fall of jazz singer/songwriter Chet Baker. Evidently the film will focus on Baker's resurgence in popularity in the 1970s, as well as his love affair and eventual death due to a mixture of cocaine and heroin. Ethan Hawke has been tapped to play Baker, and will star alongside the likes of Carmen Ejogo (THE... Read More...

A project not to be confused with Walt Disney Pictures' similarly titled The Finest Hours, Deadline is reporting that Lily James (Disney’s Cinderella) and Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) are lined up to star in Their Finest Hour and a Half, directed by Lone Scherfig of An Education fame.

Tim Burton's Superman Lives is one of the great "What Ifs" of film history.  While today the concept of Tim Burton directing a Superman movie starring Nicolas Cage seems insane, keep in mind that around the time the movie was planning to shoot in 1998, Burton hadn't descended into self-parody and Cage was riding a wave of action film hits (The Rock, Con Air, and Face/Off) following his 1995 Oscar for Best Actor.  Also, the superhero movie landscape was very different, and while a film like Batman Forever would be soundly rejected today, it was the 2nd-highest grossing film of 1995. We've se

The heart of The Walking Dead is Andrew Lincoln's amazing portrayal of 'Rick Grimes.' He is the hero that we root for. Yes, he has had his ups and downs, but the character is the most relatable, which in part makes him the most likable. Just think about how far he has come from season one. When we began this journey Rick was a small town police officer sacrificing his life for law and order and then he ends up in a coma and wakes up in a nightmarish world where zombies are preying upon the living and his wife is shacking up with his partner/best friend.

Samsung is introducing their new NX1 camera with some help from Joseph Gordon-Levitt and his production company hitRECord.

The first teaser trailer has arrived online for Insidious: Chapter 3, the new prequel in the popular horror franchise, and very unsettling it is too… The new film is set long before the haunting of the Lambert family, and follows Stefanie Scott’s luckless teen, who appears to be being targeted by a malicious supernatural force. This first trailer is built around a single bedroom-based set-piece, and manages to wring out some considerable tension before delivering its pay-off.

ComingSoon.net has your exclusive first look at a clip from writer/director Rowan Joffe's Before I Go to Sleep, starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth and Mark Strong.

Disneytoon Studios returns to Pixie Hollow with the heartwarming adventure Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast. The new story explores an ancient myth of a fabled creature whose distant roar sparks the curiosity of Tinker Bell's good friend Fawn, an animal fairy who's not afraid to break the rules to help an animal in need. But this animal-massive and strange with glowing green eyes-is not really welcome in Pixie Hollow, and the scout fairies are determined to capture the mysterious beast before it destroys their home.

Wiseau-Films When Tommy Wiseau appeared from wherever he’s actually from (the consensus is still out on that one) and crafted the bizarre, wonderful, atrocious monstrosity called The Room — the Citizen Kane of bad movies, as it is proudly now known — he clearly didn’t understand what he had actually made.

With no “Saw” or “Paranormal Activity” sequels on the calendar and sorry substitutes like “Annabelle” and “Ouija” in their place, fright fans will have to turn to Netflix, iTunes or their own DVD collections to conjure up a good scare. Luckily, TheWrap‘s genre-loving film reporter Jeff Sneider is here to help you with your search and plan the perfect viewing party. Also read: ‘Saw’ Returns to Theaters on Halloween in Honor of 10th Anniversary Watch the video for Sneider's top 10 movies to watch on Halloween!

Stone walls do not a prison make, nor does a promising concept necessarily guarantee a satisfying film.

Box Office

  • 1. Fury
    Gross: $23,702,421
    Total: $23,702,421
  • Gross: $17,511,956
    Total: $106,780,820
  • 4. Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No
    Gross: $11,456,954
    Total: $36,288,619

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