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SELMA

With Selma, Ava DuVernay went from a Sundance darling to one of the busiest and most sought-after filmmakers in Hollywood. She flirted with and then turned down Marvel’s Black Panther, she made plans to reunite with Selma star David Oyelowo for a Hurricane Katrina drama, and she got to work developing the drama Queen Sugar for Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network.

What she hasn’t done, however, is announced her next feature film. And as of now, a couple of different genre projects are vying to be it. DuVernay is reportedly being courted for both Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time and Amblin’s Intelligent Life. The former is an adaptation of the childhood classic by Madeleine L’Engle, and the latter is a sci-fi thriller scripted by Jurassic World‘s Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly.

UPDATE: Lupita Nyong’o is reportedly in talks for Intelligent Life, and DuVernay should receive a formal offer in short order. More details below. Read More »

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Syfy Renews ‘The Magicians’ for Season 2

The Magicians renewed

Our studies at Brakebills will continue for another year. The cable network has just renewed The Magicians for a second season, just three episodes into its first season. Frequently described as “Harry Potter for grown-ups,” the fantasy drama follows a group of graduate students attending the Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy in upstate New York.  Read More »

Assassin's Creed and The Matrix

Will Assassin’s Creed break the video game movie curse? World of Warcraft might accomplish that task first, based on director Duncan Jones‘ (Moon) involvement, but later this year, if Jones’ adaptation does disappoint, then director Justin Kurzel has a real shot at shattering the curse. Kurzel reunites with Macbeth stars, Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, for this Ubisoft adaptation, which Fassbender says is “old school” and inspired by The Matrix.

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the clapper cast

There is something eminently watchable about Ed Helms, who has spent a significant portion of his career suffering onscreen for our amusement. With his role as a regular correspondent on The Daily Show, her perfected the act of playing a buffoon lacking any and all self-awareness. In The Office, he elevated his oblivious blowhard persona to the next level, often facing all sorts of painful repercussions for his actions. And then he appeared in the new Vacation and the Hangover sequels, which is punishment enough for ten comedians.

Now, he’s looking to play another sad-sack punching bag in The Clapper, which will team him up with Amanda Seyfried and writer/director Dito Montiel.

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most anticipated movies of 2016 rogue one

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story isn’t giving us much to work with, but we’re certainly trying! In today’s edition of Rogue One Bits:

  • Model Eunice Olumide reveals she has been cast in Rogue One.
  • Details on two new kinds of Stormtroopers have made their way online.
  • A report on Rogue One toys from the Nuremberg Toy Fair… that may not be real.
  • Evidence that we won’t actually see Rogue One toys for a long time now.
  • And more!

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Hugo Strange AC

I stopped watching Gotham after the first season, but people I know and trust have told me the show has gotten a lot better in the second season as they’ve evolved in to a more serialized show. The Fox crime drama is set to return later this month (Monday, February 29) and we’ve begun to learn more about the upcoming episodes. Last week we learned that Jada Pinkett Smith‘s Fish Mooney will return to Gotham for a few episodes, and now we have our first look at Jurassic Park and Mr. Robot’s B.D. Wong as Batman villain Dr. Hugo Strange. See the first Gotham Hugo Strange photo, after the jump.

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Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant

It’s not entirely Mark L. Smith‘s fault that Leonardo DiCaprio found himself chowing down on raw bison liver and risking hypothermia in freezing cold water on the set of The Revenant. But as the screenwriter, Smith definitely bears some responsibility. He’s the one who wrote Hugh Glass into a world that gets “colder, icier, more frozen and harder,” as his journey continues, after all.

Still, The Revenant‘s famously difficult production process has paid off, at least in that five-time Oscar nominee Leonardo DiCaprio seems to have best shot yet at actually taking home a statue. So maybe it’s not surprising DiCaprio is looking to hook up with Smith again. The two are reuniting for Conquest, which has just been picked up by Paramount Pictures.  Read More »

DEADPOOL

It took seven years, thousands of noisy fans, an unusually persistent leading man, and some fortunately leaked footage to get Deadpool from his inauspicious big-screen debut in X-Men Origins: Wolverine to his own solo feature. Based on the marketing, it’s already pretty clear that this latest iteration of the Merc with a Mouth is much more faithful to the spirit of the comics than the last one was. But does that make him worth all the time, money, blood, sweat, and tears that have been poured into this film?

The first Deadpool reviews hit the web over the weekend, and you long-suffering fans can breathe a sigh of relief. While his gleefully profane, unapologetically juvenile sense of humor hasn’t proved to be everyone’s cup of tea, by and large the critics are digging this R-rated take on the superhero genre. We’ll have much, much more to say about the film in the comic days and weeks, but in the meantime, see a Deadpool review roundup after the jump. Read More »

The Lobster (1)

We’ve got all kinds of romances at the cinema this year. Love is blossoming amid zombie apocalypses and inspiring superpowered vengeance and overcoming Nicholas Sparks-ian brushes with death. But when it comes to sheer weirdness, all of these love stories pale in comparison to Yorgos Lanthimos‘ The Lobster, which is set in a world where singletons who can’t find a mate within 45 days are turned into an animal of their choosing.

Colin Farrell leads The Lobster as sad-sack David, who’s just been left by his wife. He’s whisked away to an idyllic retreat for single people, all of whom have come with the same goal in mind: find a “well matched” spouse so they don’t have to spend the rest of their lives as a dog, or a horse, or in David’s case, a lobster. And that’s just the starting point for the surreal joy and pain that unfolds. Watch The Lobster U.S. trailer below.  Read More »