A TALE OF LOVE AND DARKNESS Promo Poster Offers a First Look at Natalie Portman’s Directorial Debut

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We’ve obtained a first look at the A Tale of Love and Darkness poster for Natalie Portman’s feature directorial debut, which also gives us our first peek at Portman in the film.  The actress wrote, directed, and stars in the adaptation of Amos Oz’s memoir, which recounts the journalist’s childhood in 1940s Jerusalem during the early years after the establishment of the Israeli state.  Portman herself was born in Jersualem before emigrating to New York as a child, and she takes on the role of Oz’s mentally ill mother in the feature adaptation.  This promo poster shows Portman covered in rain, and while it’s unlikely that this will be the theatrical one-sheet, it’s certainly an intriguing peek at Portman’s first feature film as a director.

Hit the jump to take a look at the A Tale of Love and Darkness poster.  No word on when the independent feature will hit theaters.

INFERNO Still Happening With Tom Hanks and Ron Howard; Italy Shoot Planned for April

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We last reported on this over a year ago, so this update isn’t meant to break any new revelatory information as much as it is to remind you that, yes, Inferno is still happening.  The film is of course the third installment in director Ron Howard’s ongoing adaptation of Dan Brown’s hugely popular book series.  Tom Hanks is still set to reprise his role as Robert Langdon.  The book features Langdon attempting to solve a riddle once again, this time influenced by Inferno, the first part of Dante Alighieri’s 14th century epic poem, “Divine Comedy.”

And now we know that the project is finally set to start shooting in Italy this April (with a script by previously reported writer David Koepp).  This means that the prior release date  of December 18, 2015 will likely be tossed out in favor of a 2016 date.  Personally, I’m not a huge fan of this series, but it’s happening so there you go.  Maybe the new “Langdon has amnesia” angle will help keep my interest this time out?  That seems legitimately more interesting than anything from the first two films.  Hit the jump for more on Inferno.

BREAKING BAD: The Complete Series Barrel Blu-ray Set Now Available After Being out of Print

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In news that will surely please any Breaking Bad completionist who didn’t get a chance to snag one of these up last year, the awesome Breaking Bad: The Complete Series Barrel Blu-ray boxed set is once again available.  I’m not sure how much longer this deal will be around (good timing after the Emmy wins last night though), so you might want to snag it up ASAP.

The set features every episode of the show, plus a good deal of assorted ephemera, all packaged in one of the show’s signature body-dissolving barrels.  Hit the jump for more on the Breaking Bad: The Complete Series Barrel or click here to buy it on Amazon.

Lake Bell Inherits EMPEROR’S CHILDREN From Noah Baumbach

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This is the kind of news that keeps me excited about movies.  Lake Bell, who directed and starred in In a World last year (along with a litany of other impressive acting appearances) is set to direct Emperor’s Children from a script by Greenberg and Frances Ha writer/director, Noah Baumbach.  I love Baumbach’s work and was quite impressed with In a World, so this project is already one of my most anticipated of next year.

The story, adapted from the Claire Messud novel of the same name, sounds like it is very much in Baumbach’s wheelhouse of smart, damaged characters.  It takes place in the literary world in the months before and after 9/11.  Baumbach spoke to us about the project a few months back, and I’m glad its finally moving forward.  Brian Grazer and Erica Huggins from Imagine are producing.  Hit the jump for more on Emperor’s Children.

A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD Director John Moore to Helm Pierce Brosnan Actioner I.T.

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Pierce Brosnan returns to the thriller genre this weekend with The November Man, and now another action-oriented picture of his has landed a director.  Deadline reports that A Good Day to Die Hard helmer John Moore has been tapped to direct I.T., which will star Brosnan as a publisher who is tormented via technology when his relationship with a young I.T. consultant goes south.  Moreover, William Wisher Jr. (Terminator 2, The 13th Warrior) has been tapped to rewrite the screenplay for the Voltage Films picture, which was originally penned by Dan Kay.  In addition to the atrocious A Good Day to Die Hard, Moore’s directing credits also include Max Payne and Behind Enemy Lines.

Producers are currently looking to cast the antagonist role—that of the dreaded I.T. consultant—in anticipation of beginning production on the thriller this fall.  Brosnan is also attached to star in a November Man sequel if the first film does well in theaters, so it’s certainly clear that the actor is game for heading up more action oriented roles in the near future.

INTERSTELLAR TV Spot Repurposes Old Trailer Footage to Remind You That This Movie Will Probably Be Good

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Warner Bros. has released a “new” Interstellar TV spot for writer/director Christopher Nolan’s upcoming sci-fi film.  The spot doesn’t actually contain any new footage, but instead just repurposes footage from the latest trailer in a new 60-second cut—and that’s fine by me.  Nolan usually does a fine job of keeping the major aspects of his films out of the trailers, but even The Dark Knight Rises wasn’t immune to WB’s need to show footage from the third act in the trailers leading up to its release.  Regardless, Interstellar certainly looks to be one hell of a moviegoing experience, and with this absolutely stacked cast onboard I can’t wait to see what Nolan has put together.

Hit the jump to watch the UK Interstellar TV spot for a reminder of just how good this movie looks.  The film stars Matthew McConaughey, Anne HathawayJessica ChastainCasey AffleckMichael Caine, David OyelowoWes BentleyJohn LithgowEllen BurstynTopher GraceDavid GyasiMackenzie FoyBill IrwinTimothée Chalamet, and Matt Damon.  Interstellar opens in traditional theaters and IMAX on November 7th.

Gripping THE AFFAIR Trailer Hints at Darker Undertones in New Showtime Drama Series

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Showtime has released the first The Affair trailer for its upcoming drama series, and it is not at all what I expected.  Starring Dominic West (The Wire) and Ruth Wilson (Luther) and told separately from the male and female perspectives, the series is described as the exploration of two marriages and the emotional and psychological effects of the affair that disrupts them.  However, this first teaser trailer has a much darker tone to it and actually feels a bit reminiscent of HBO’s phenomenal True Detective.  There appears to be a framing device, an investigation of some sort, and a deeply traumatic event at play.  It’s really compelling stuff, especially in the way they set up the West and Wilson’s characters, and this trailer has me 100% committed to checking out the pilot.

Hit the jump to check out The Affair trailer and poster.  Executive produced by Sarah Treem (House of Cards) and Hagai Levi (In Treatment), the show also stars Joshua Jackson and Maura TierneyThe Affair premieres on Showtime on October 12th at 10pm ET/PT.

Director David Mackenzie Wants Jack O’Connell for His Robert the Bruce Film

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has been around and working steadily for quite a while, but he’s only first becoming a familiar name now and odds are, it’s partially because he delivers an outstanding performance in the upcoming release, Starred Up.  The film is the latest from Perfect Sense and Hallam Foe director, David Mackenzie, and stars O’Connell as a violent 19-year-old who’s prematurely transferred to an adult prison.

That one just hit iTunes and VOD today and will also make its way into select theaters tomorrow, but that won’t mark the end of Mackenzie and O’Connell’s time working together.  While discussing what it took to make Starred Up, Mackenzie also teased that he’s got a new film brewing and he’s interested in giving O’Connell a major role in it.  Hit the jump for more.

FULL HOUSE Revival in Development with Much of the Main Cast Poised to Return

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Jesse and the Rippers fans, rejoice!  It appears that new episodes of Full House may be on the way, as Warner Bros. Television is reportedly in the early stages of putting together a Full House revival.  The popular (and adorable) sitcom ran from 1987 to 1995 on ABC, teaching invaluable life lessons with equal amounts heart and humor thanks to Uncle Jesse, Uncle Joey, and of course Mr. Woodchuck.  Aside from Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, the cast has remained close-knit since the show went off the air and has been vocal about their willingness to return.  Bob Saget, John Stamos, and Dave Coulier even reprised their characters earlier this year on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and so it comes as little surprise that much of the main cast is in talks to return for this Full House revival.  More after the jump.

Arnold Schwarzenegger Zombie Movie MAGGIE Acquired by Lionsgate for Early 2015 Release; Will Now Skip TIFF

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One of the more offbeat movies that was poised to premiere at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival was Maggie, which stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as a father who struggles to come to terms with the fact that his daughter (Abigail Breslin) is slowly becoming a zombie.  I say “was” because Lionsgate announced today that it has acquired distribution rights to the film and, per THR, will be pulling it out of TIFF.  Instead of debuting at the festival, the studio has set a Maggie release date for early 2015, though a specific theatrical bow has not yet been determined.  It’s a bit of an odd move to pull the film out of TIFF, and not exactly a great sign if Lionsgate wants to control the flow of reviews for the pic.

The Black List script was penned by John Scott 3 and directed by Henry Hobson, with Joely Richardson taking on a supporting role in the film.  Read the full press release regarding the acquisition after the jump.

THE FLASH Poster Leaves a Mark and Kicks Off an Easter Egg Hunt

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The Emmys played out in traditional “let’s give it to whoever won last year” fashion last night, and so now it’s time to turn our attention to the upcoming 2014-15 TV season that’s just around the corner.  The CW has released the very first The Flash poster for its anticipated series, which is of course based on the DC Comics character of the same name (who may also be getting the big screen treatment in 2016).  The show is a spinoff of sorts of The CW’s other popular superhero show, Arrow, as the two series will inhabit the same universe—in fact a crossover is already planned for Episode 8 of both shows’ upcoming seasons.  This debut poster certainly flaunts star Grant Gustin’s ability to move quickly while also offering keen-eyed fans more than a couple of Easter eggs.  How many can you spot?

Hit the jump to check out The Flash poster.  The show also stars Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes, Jesse L. Martin, Candice Patton, Tom Cavanagh, Rick Cosnett, and John Wesley Shipp with Robbie Amell, Wentworth Miller, and Clancy Brown poised for guest appearances.  The Flash premieres on The CW on October 7th at 8/7c.

Henry Cavill and Amy Adams Accept the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in Costume on the Set of BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE

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Who hasn’t done the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge at this point?  We’ve seen Chris Pratt do it, James Wan just posted his video, R2D2 got hit with a bucket full of ice water, and even my own mother tried to give it a go!  But this next one is a particularly cool one, and not just because it continues to help spread awareness about a condition we know so little about.

Not only did Henry Cavill and Amy Adams choose to accept the challenge, but they opted to do so in full costume on the set of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.  I can’t imagine the wardrobe department being too thrilled about having that Superman suit absolutely soaked, but it’s a blast to watch and will likely help the campaign get closer to the $80 million mark – if it hasn’t reached it already.  Hit the jump to check out the Batman v Superman ALS Ice Bucket Challenge video and of course, don’t forget to keep spreading the word and if you can, donate yourself by clicking here.

Netflix Chief Says Marvel TV Characters Could Cross Over to the Film World; Confirms Netflix Plan Is Based on THE AVENGERS Model

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When Marvel Studios finally executed its plan of teaming up various individual film characters into one big movie, The Avengers, it was a smashing success to the tune of $1.5 billion.  After that, the studio turned its attention to the small screen with its first self-produced TV series Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  The show was met with a less-than-enthusiastic response, and while faithful viewers say it found its footing in the latter half of its freshman season, much of the show’s look-in audience had already abandoned it.

And so it’s with a certain mix of anticipation and caution that fans await Marvel’s upcoming series of Netflix shows.  The studio will kick things off with a 13-episode Daredevil series, followed by Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage and culminating in a 13-episode team-up season of The Defenders.  Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos recently spoke a bit about the shows, revealing that a crossover into the MCU “has been talked about” and confirming that the Netflix plan is modeled off The Avengers.  Much more after the jump.

THE PYRAMID Trailer: Denis O’Hare vs. The Curse of the Pharaohs

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Before anyone dismisses The Pyramid because it’s yet another found footage horror film, hear me out.  It’s the feature directorial debut for Grégory Levasseur, the guy who wrote High Tension and the remakes of The Hills Have Eyes and Maniac, it’s produced by Alexandre Aja and it stars Denis O’Hare, Ashley Hinshaw and James Buckley.  See?  How can you have a team like that and not have some serious potential?

To further prove the point, the very first trailer for the film just hit and it’s far stronger than you might expect.  Hit the jump to check out The Pyramid trailer for yourself.  The film is due in theaters on December 5th.

Mike Epps Confirmed to Play Richard Pryor in Lee Daniels’ Biopic

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A biopic of legendary comedian Richard Pryor has been in the works for years now, but it appears that the film is finally coming to fruition.  We learned earlier this year that Precious and The Butler director Lee Daniels was signing on to helm the biopic, as contenders for the role of Pryor emerged.  Actors like Eddie Murphy and Chris Rock had all vied for the part at one point or another in previous iterations of the project, and Daniels’ iteration was reported to have Murphy, Marlon Wayans, and Michael B. Jordan circling the role.  But over all the iterations, one name had regularly surfaced as a standout: Mike Epps.  Apparently his screen test for a previous version of the film blew people away, and last night on Twitter Daniels and Epps confirmed that the Hangover and Next Friday actor will indeed be playing Richard Pryor in this new biopic.  More on the Richard Pryor movie after the jump.

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