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Saoirse Ronan in How I Live Now

The Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is closing in on not one, but two female leads. A shortlist making the arounds reveals Saoirse Ronan and Dakota Fanning are in the running for one role, while Kate Upton and Elizabeth Debicki are eyed considered for the other.

Eddie Redmayne is already set to star as Newt Scamander, a “magizoologist” who goes on to write the classic Hogwarts textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. More on the possible Fantastic Beasts female lead casting after the jump.  Read More »

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Tilda Swinton in Only Lovers Left Alive

Doctor Strange is about to get a good dose of strange. Tilda Swinton is in talks to join Benedict Cumberbatch in the Marvel adventure, which is being directed by Scott Derrickson.

As if that weren’t insane enough, Derrickson has also dropped a hint that Death itself could stop by the movie. More on the Tilda Swinton Doctor Strange casting, and the possible Death appearance, after the jump.  Read More »

Hocus Pocus

With 1990’s nostalgia hitting full swing, Disney isn’t yet ready to greenlight that Hocus Pocus sequel that has been rumored for some time or even a Broadway Hocus Pocus musical (despite the formation of fangroups and even dreamcasting in Playbill), but they are ready to bring Winifred, Mary and Sarah together for a new Halloween stage show in DisneyWorld. Hit the jump to learn more about the Hocus Pocus stage show and see a first piece of concept art.

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Cop Car trailer

Movies don’t come much more lean than Cop Car, in which two kids stumble across a seemingly abandoned sheriff’s cruiser. One thing leads to another, and soon the pre-teens are off on the joyride of a lifetime. But the car wasn’t abandoned, and the sheriff, who has his own problems to deal with, wants the car back.

Kevin Bacon plays the lawman with a grim squint, and the two young actors at the center, James Freedson-Jackson and Hays Wellford, are terrific in their roles, and Jon Watts directs the film with mean efficiency that had me squirming at the horrifying potential in some of the violent situations.

Check out the first Cop Car trailer below. Read More »

Universal Studios Hollywood nighttime studio tour

Universal Studios Hollywood is gearing up to introduce their new nighttime version of their famous Studio Tram Tour featuring all new lightening effects and sequences. It appears they have begun testing some of the new nighttime additions, and sadly it looks like they’ve dropped the ball in not including a Back to the Future sequence at the famous clocktower square. Check out some videos from the early previews of the new nighttime studio tour after the jump.

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Pawn Sacrifice trailer

Bobby Fischer was a child chess prodigy, the youngest chess grandmaster at the time he was crowned, and eventually the representative of democracy in a politically-charged showdown with Soviet grandmaster Boris Spassky that took place in 1972. Bobby Fischer also totally lost it as he aged, becoming a Holocaust denier and anti-Semite, despite his own Jewish heritage.

Pawn Sacrifice features Tobey Maguire as Fischer and Liev Schreiber as Spassky, and is structured in a familiar “slice of history” biopic format that shows us Fischer’s childhood and rise to prominence in the chess world while focusing on his duel with Spassky and his disintegrating mental state. Check out the first Pawn Sacrifice trailer below to see how Maguire plays the renowned and broken champion. Read More »

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Tinker Bell (Peter Pan)

Clearly Disney isn’t going to rest until every animated character in its stable has undergone a live-action remake. Alice in Wonderland, Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella have already been updated, and re-adaptations of Jungle BookBeauty and the BeastDumboMulanWinnie the Pooh, and Pinocchio are already in the works.

As if all that weren’t enough, just last week Disney announced a Tinker Bell spinoff movie starring Reese Witherspoon. Which got us thinking — what other Disney supporting characters deserve a chance to step into the spotlight? Below are 10 Disney live-action spinoffs we’d love to see. Read More »

A Walk in the Woods trailer

It’s not quite “Grumpy Old Men on the Appalachian Trail,” but A Walk in the Woods mines the memoir by Bill Bryson for the story of two old guys, played by Robert Redford and Nick Nolte, as reconnected friends of old who take to the two-thousand mile trail. The adventure is an excuse for some light, genial comedy as the two struggle through nature, and a few great comic actors, such as Kristen Schaal and Nick Offerman even show up to lend a hand once in a while. You’ll see it all on display in this A Walk in the Woods trailer. Read More »

The End of the Tour

It’s been seven years since David Foster Wallace died, but his influence still lingers, and will for years to come. In The End of the Tour, Jesse Eisenberg plays a Rolling Stone journalist who reflects on the time he spent with the author (played by Jason Segel), shortly after Infinite Jest made him a literary rock star.

James Ponsoldt directed the film, and his knack for genuine, heartfelt drama shines through in the first The End of the Tour trailer. Check it out after the jump. Read More »