Nymphomaniac

This spring brings a wave of promising high-profile projects, but for cinephiles in the Middle East the pickings will be slightly slimmer. Darren Aronofsky‘s Noah and Lars von Trier‘s Nymphomaniac have been banned in the parts of the Middle East, which is probably about the only thing the two films have in common. Find out where and why after the jump.

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IMAX

Los Angeles film fans used to have two choices when they wanted to see old-school 70mm film IMAX. There was the Universal CityWalk location and The Bridge, which then became the Rave. Unfortunately, the Rave 18 was recently purchased by Cinemark and that company has “decided to go in a different direction with this auditorium,” according to IMAX. That means the AMC Universal CityWalk is the only 70mm IMAX screen left the movie capital of the world. However, that too will soon change, eventually leaving the city without a film projection IMAX theater. In its place will be a much more advanced laser projection system. Read more below. Read More »

Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow in Avengers

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is a finely tuned machine. Projects and story arcs are mapped out years in advance, and casting choices are made to last. Even so, real life has a way of mucking things up sometimes, and the latest wrench thrown into Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron plans may be Scarlett Johansson‘s pregnancy.

It was revealed yesterday that the 29-year-old is expecting her first child with fiancé Romain Dauriac. And while we wish her and her family all the best, we can’t help wondering how this might affect Black Widow’s future with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Now it looks like we have our answer. Hit the jump to learn all about Marvel’s plans.

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Terry Gilliam's Watchmen

Last week, producer Joel Silver said a little something about how Terry Gilliam‘s Watchmen would have been “a MUCH much better movie” than the one Zack Snyder turned in, complete with a detailed explanation of the ending that Gilliam had had in mind. Snyder himself has read Silver’s words, and (unsurprisingly, and understandably), he’s inclined to disagree.

Bashing Gilliam’s conclusion as “completely insane,” Snyder declared that he’d made the movie himself “to save it from the Terry Gilliams of this world.” And he’s pretty happy with the way his Watchmen turned out, even if Silver wasn’t — Snyder says it’s “probably” his favorite of his own films. Read Snyder’s defense of his movie after the jump.

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Seth Rogen C-Span

Seth Rogen is already considered one of the coolest, most down to Earth actors in Hollywood. On Wednesday he got more serious. Rogen spoke to a United States Senate committee Wednesday about his experiences with Alzheimer’s Disease and the need for further research. Don’t worry, though. While it’s most certainly a serious topic and Rogen treats it as such, there’s plenty of the actor’s humor peppered throughout. This is just awesome. Check out the video below. Read More »

Kevin Feige Doctor Strange

Marvel President Kevin Feige has to be careful when he appears in public. Every single time he shows up somewhere, he’s bombarded with questions about the Marvel rumor mill. The latest inquiries all center on Doctor Strange. Feige was on hand at the premiere of All Hail the King in Los Angeles, CA and was questioned about the director short list that’s been making the rounds, as well as potential casting for the film.

Feige said the central role doesn’t necessarily need to be played by a movie star, but a movie star would be good. As for the directors, he said Marvel is taking meetings, but those reported names were incorrect. Read his full quotes below. Read More »

Ghostbusters

The passing of Harold Ramis once again shined a well-deserved light on his absolutely remarkable career. Yet, despite the innumerable classics Ramis wrote and directed, he’s best known for playing Egon, one of the three Ghostbusters. (He also co-wrote those films.) His passing brought up questions about the long rumored Ghostbusters III, which Ramis had signed off on and was scheduled to appear in. Sources close to Sony Pictures, where the film is in development, report the film is still coming, and will only need minor script changes to account for Ramis’ passing. Read More »

Transformers Age Extinction Prime Grimlock

In today’s Hollywood, violence is complicated topic. A single violent scene in an otherwise timid movie, if shot in a graphic way, can get a film an R rating. On the other hand, if the violence isn’t graphic, a filmmaker can kill millions of people and get a PG-13. Is one worse than the other? Is the death of many, if it shown without blood, less frightening than the gory death of one?

This issue comes to light most often in blockbuster movies. Films like Man of Steel or The Avengers contain wanton destruction, yet are considered family-friendly due their rating and genre. It’s with that knowledge actor Titus Welliver, best known for being the Man in Black on Lost, probably said the following about his upcoming film, Transformers: Age of Extinction. He called the film darker and said “it’s not a kids movie, I’ll tell you that much.” Read More »

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