Ben Barnes Talks BY THE GUN, How He Prepared to Play an American Mobster, Why He’s Excited for SONS OF LIBERTY, and More

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Now available in select theaters and on VOD is By the Gun, director James Mottern‘s spin on the mafia crime drama. The film follows Nick Tortano (Ben Barnes) on his ambitious climb to the upper rungs of the North End’s organized crime syndicate, despite his best friend and right-hand man (Slaine) constantly warning him against it. When Nick finally becomes a made man he finds it’s not all it’s cracked up to be and realizes the lives his friends, family, and the woman he loves (Leighton Meester) are in jeopardy. By the Gun also stars Harvey KeitelToby JonesPaul Ben-Victor, and Ritchie Coster.

I recently jumped on the phone with Barnes for an exclusive interview about By the Gun. He talked about why the story and character appealed to him, his research process for keying into the character, the closeness of the Boston community, and how this film is aware of the legacy of crime dramas. He also talked about his upcoming History Channel mini series, Sons of Liberty, and why he’s so excited for it. Check out what he had to say after the jump.

SKULL ISLAND Gets Re-titled, Pushed Back to 2017; Zhang Yimou’s Untitled Great Wall Epic Set For November 2016

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Because movie titles need to be as obvious as possible, Skull Island has been re-titled to Kong: Skull Island.  Starring Tom Hiddleston and directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts (Kings of Summer), the film has also been moved from November 4, 2016 to March 10, 2017.  The re-titling is an obvious branding move, but the shift in the release date is a little more interesting.  Was Universal nervous about going head to head with Marvel’s Doctor Strange?  Could be.  Or it could just be that the studio didn’t want to rush the film and felt it needed more time to complete.  Hit the jump for the full press release.

Rumor: Morgan Freeman, Ken Watanabe, and Bill Nighy up for DOCTOR STRANGE Role

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After months of speculation about who would fill the title role, Marvel finally announced last week that Benedict Cumberbatch would indeed star in Doctor Strange.  Hopefully this next casting decision wont take as long.  Rumor has it that Marvel has approached Morgan Freeman, Ken Watanabe, and Bill Nighy for the role of The Ancient One. If you’re not familiar, The Ancient One is the former “Sorcerer Supreme” and Doctor Strange’s mentor.  He also mentored Baron Karl Mordo, who is heavily speculated to feature as the villain of Doctor Strange.

Scott Derrickson (Sinister) is directing the film from a script by John Spaihts Doctor Strange is set to hit theaters November 4, 2016.  Hit the jump for more.

FX Orders Donald Glover’s Comedy Pilot ATLANTA

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FX has finally ordered a pilot for Donald Glover‘s comedy series Atlanta.  We first heard about the project over a year ago, and it looks like there’s finally some forward motion. The show will center around two cousins on their way up in the Atlanta rap scene. Glover will serve as Executive Producer, along with Paul Simms (GirlsFlight of the Conchords), and Dianne McGunigle.

Glover got his start as a writer on 30 Rock, and after a three year stint on that show he certainly has the experience to pen his own sitcom.  As Troy Barnes on Community, Glover played one of my all time favorite sitcom characters and demonstrated preternatural comedic skill – from timing to physical gags, Glover was always on point.  Just last Friday he scored his first Grammy nominations as Childish Gambino.  Basically this sounds a series fine-tuned to Glover’s talents and sensibilities, and I couldn’t be more excited. Hit the jump for more.

New THE LOFT Trailer Takes Karl Urban and Wentworth Miller to the Height of Paranoia

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We saw the first trailer for The Loft more than two years ago, and now the film will finally see the light of day. Open Road Films has acquired The Loft from Universal and just released a new trailer and poster. The film stars Karl Urban, James Marsden, Wentworth Miller, Eric Stonestreet, and Matthias Shoenaerts as five married friends who share a secret penthouse where they can cheat on their wives and indulge in whatever fantasies they chose without leaving a paper trail.  Their party train quickly derails when they find the body of a dead woman in the loft and fall to paranoia as everyone begins to suspect one another.

The movie looks like it could be trashy fun, but none of the characters come across as particularly likeable, just a bunch of entitled dudes cheating on their wives.  It’s hard not to like Urban and Marsden though, so maybe the casting will make up for the off-putting nature of the characters. The film also stars Isabel Lucas, Rhona Mitra, and Rachael Taylor and opens in theaters January 23, 2015. Check out the first The Loft trailer after the jump.

Watch Michael Bay Edit TRANSFORMERS 4; New Video Chronicles His Entire Post-Production Process From the Editing Room to the World Premiere

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The post-production process is the unsung hero of the movie business.  There’s a saying that every film exists as three different movies; the one that’s written, the one that’s filmed, and the one that’s created in the editing room.  Of course, audiences only see the final version, so it’s no surprise that the average movie-goer is unaware of how crucial the post-production process really is and how much work goes into it.  If this is true of any movie, it’s doubly so on film as massive as Transformers: Age of Extinction.

Michael Bay just released a cool video on his website that depicts his entire post-production on Transformers 4 from the editing room, to voice-overs, to recording the score, all the way to the world premiere.  It’s a fascinating inside look into a side of the business we don’t often get to see.  Hit the jump to watch.

TWILIGHT Saga: Extended Editions Triple Feature Coming to Blu-ray and DVD January 13th

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You hear that?  That’s the sound of millions of Twilight fans collectively freaking out.  Lionsgate just announced that they will be releasing an epic extended editions triple feature on Blu-ray and DVD January 13th, 2015, giving fans the opportunity to relieve their favorite moments and discover some new ones in the all-new extended editions. Hit the jump to find out what to expect from the new triple feature edition.

New TAKEN 3 Clip Starring Liam Neeson and Forest Whitaker; Plus New Poster

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20th Century Fox just released a new Taken 3 clip from Olivier Megaton‘s action sequel starring Liam Neeson as Bryan Mills, an ex-CIA operative and all-around badass whose family has really had a rough time these last few years.  By now we know all about Mills’ “particular set of skills,” but it seems Franck Dotzler (Forest Whitaker) doesn’t quite know what he’s up against yet.  Hit the jump to check out the clip and to take a look at the new poster.  The film opens in theaters on January 9, 2015.

Simon Pegg Gets Homicidal in the New KILL ME THREE TIMES Trailer

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The first Kill Me Three Times trailer just arrived and it’s lots of fun.  Directed by Kriv Stenders (Red Dog), the crime caper stars Simon Pegg as a hit man and Alice Braga as his intended target.  His plan to make a quick fifty grand goes out the window when he discovers that he’s not the only one gunning for the woman and finds himself mixed up in a web of mayhem, murder, and blackmail.  The film looks like cheeky good fun.  As always, Pegg is a pleasure to watch and it’s fun to see him play a bit of a slicker, darker character.  The film also has an excellent supporting cast going for it, particularly Braga and Teresa Palmer who are both criminally underused talented young actresses.

The film also stars Luke Hemsworth, Sullivan Stapleton, and Bryan Brown.  Magnet Releasing will issue the picture on iTunes/On Demand March 26, 2015 and in theaters April 10, 2015. Check out the Kill Me Three Times trailer after the jump.

Where Will You be When You Realize You’ve Seen the SAN ANDREAS Trailer Before?

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They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.  Well, here’s hoping Roland Emmerich feels the same way.  A couple days ago we got our first look at San Andreas, the upcoming disaster film featuring The Rock vs. Earthquake, and something felt a little too familiar.  “Where will you be?” asks the trailer.  Well, turns out the trailer for 2004′s The Day After Tomorrow asked the exact same question in a trailer that, generally speaking, is pretty similar to the one for San Andreas.  Is it too similar?  Judge for yourself after the jump.

New HOT TUB TIME MACHINE 2 Trailer Travels to the Future, the Past, the Way Past, and Everything in Between; Plus New Poster

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Paramount just released a new(ish) Hot Tub Time Machine 2 trailer for director Steve Pink‘s  comedy sequel.  The film reunites Craig Robinson, Rob Corddry, Clark Duke, and Chevy Chase, with the addition of Adam Scott and Gillian Jacobs.  As someone who was drawn to the first film for John Cusack I was skeptical about the sequel in light of his absence, but Adam Scott looks to have wonderful chemistry with the returning cast, and more Gillian Jacobs is always a good thing.  The new trailer is very similar to the red-band trailer we got a few months ago, just cleaned up a bit with a couple new gags, but most importantly it’s still really funny.  I dug the first movie a lot and love that they’re going no-holds-barred with the concept for the sequel.  It should be a lot of fun to watch this band of buffoons gallivant their way through time.

Check out the new Hot Tub Time Machine 2 trailer and a new poster after the jump.  The film opens February 20th, 2015.

Enter Our Disney Holiday Giveaway to Win a Blu-ray Combo Pack Including FROZEN: SING-ALONG EDITION, SLEEPING BEAUTY DIAMOND EDITION, and More

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Looking for that perfect gift for the Disney fan in your life?  We can help with that.  To celebrate the holidays, Disney has provided us with a pair of gift baskets packed with DVDs and Blu-rays.  Two lucky readers will win a set of films that include a Frozen Sing-Along Edition DVD, Maleficent Blu-ray, DreamWorks Hundred Foot Journey Blu-ray, and Sleeping Beauty Diamond Edition Blu-ray.

Hit the jump to see how you can enter our giveaway and win one of these gift baskets.

Sundance 2015: First Images from SEOUL SEARCHING, TEN THOUSAND SAINTS, and ZIPPER

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Our Sundance 2015 pre-coverage continues with some first look images and synopses from a collection of films that will have their world premiere in the Premieres category at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Briefly:

  • Seoul Searching – Directed and Written by Benson Lee; starring Justin Chon, Jessika Van, In-pyo Cha, Teo Yoo, and Esteban Ahn, Byul Kang.
  • Ten Thousand Saints – Co-directed and co-written by Robert Pulcini, Shari Springer Berman; starring Ethan Hawke, Asa Butterfield, Emily Mortimer, Julianne Nicholson, Hailee Steinfeld, and Emile Hirsch.
  • Zipper – Directed and co-written by Mora Stephens; starring Patrick Wilson, Lena Headey, Richard Dreyfuss, Ray Winstone, John Cho, and Dianna Agron

Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses. The 2015 Sundance Film Festival runs January 22nd – February 1st.

Julianne Moore Battles Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease in the First STILL ALICE Trailer

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Sony Pictures Classics has released the first Still Alice trailer from co-directors and co-writers Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland’s adaptation of the Lisa Genova novel.  The film stars Julianne Moore as a brilliant linguistics professor struggling with early onset Alzheimer’s Disease, and it has gathered a huge amount of awards buzz since it premiered at TIFF back in September; Moore emerged as a front runner in the Best Actress category when Sony Pictures Classics quickly released the film in time for an awards qualifying run.  Still Alice looks absolutely devastating, and no doubt an actress of Moore’s caliber can do the heart-wrenching material justice.

Moore has been nominated for an Oscar four times now (for her work in Boogie Nights, The Hours, Far From Heaven, and The End of the Affair), and as she’s long been one of Hollywood’s finest working actresses, it would be an absolute thrill to see her finally take home the gold.  With this year’s Best Actress race looking mighty thin, it just might be her time.  Still Alice also stars Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth and Hunter Parrish, and expands theatrically January 16th.  Hit the jump to watch the first trailer.

Anna Kendrick Carries New THE LAST FIVE YEARS Trailer with Her Killer Vocals

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Anna Kendrick is gaining quite the reputation as a songstress.   Back in 2012 Kendrick completely wowed me, and just about everyone else in the world, with her vocal work in Pitch Perfect. Just last week we got our first listen at her fantastic rendition of “On the Steps of the Palace” from the upcoming Into the Woods.  And now we’re getting our first full look at yet another upcoming musical of hers, The Last Five Years.

Richard LaGravenese‘s adaptation of the Tony Award winning Broadway musical covers the entire five year history of Cathy (Kendrick) and Jamie’s (Jeremy Jordan) love story.  But The Last Five Years isn’t quite your typical musical movie. For one thing, the film is sung-through, meaning the story is told almost entirely through music with very little dialogue. It also has an unconventional narrative hook - the story is told from both Jamie and Cathy’s point of view moving in two different directions in time. Jamie’s side of the story is told linearly, from the beginning of their romance to the bitter end, while Cathy’s begins at the end of their marriage and moves backward through time to when they fell in love. You can read Adam’s review from TIFF here, and check out the new trailer for The Last Five Years after the jump.  The film opens in theaters in 2015.

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