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The Signal is the kind of science fiction movie that I love — intense, mysterious, original and extremely ambitious. What is The Signal? It’s a puzzle that keeps you guessing and working to figure it out.

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Wish I Was Here

A decade after he made waves at Sundance with his feature directing debut Garden State, Zach Braff is back at the festival this year with his sophomore effort Wish I Was Here. And although it’s received mixed reviews so far, it has at least one big fan: Focus Features.

The distributor has just closed a deal for the domestic rights to the dramedy, beating out CBS Films and Lionsgate in an auction. The dramedy stars Braff alongside Kate Hudson, Josh Gad, Ashley Greene, and Mandy Patinkin. More details after the jump.

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Jason Bateman Bad Words

Jason Bateman‘s directorial debut, Bad Words, premiered at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Buzz was solid for the dark comedy, which stars Bateman as a 40-year-old man who finds a loophole in the system and competes in the National Spelling Bee. Alison Janney, Kathryn Hahn and Phillip Baker Hall co-star in the film, which finally hits theaters March 14 in a limited opening before going wide on March 28. Though we’ve seen a red-band trailer, the green band has now been released. Read More »

The Boxtrolls

Laika’s The Boxtrolls may celebrate a pretty unconventional family, but it’s brought to life using some classic, time-tested methods. Focus Features has just unveiled a behind-the-scenes video from the stop-motion feature, which shows off the painstaking work that went into creating this intricate universe. Check it out after the jump.

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Fifty Shades of Grey

Charlie Hunnam reportedly exited Fifty Shades of Grey after he got a little too hands-on with the script, but now Sam Taylor-Johnson and her producers have found a new scribe to wrestle it into submission. Mark Bomback, writer of The Wolverine and the Total Recall remake, has been hired to do a polish on Kelly Marcel‘s screenplay.

Meanwhile, though the producers were able to get back on track pretty quickly after Hunnam’s departure, they’re still feeling the consequences. The start date has been delayed by one month, throwing the planned summer opening into doubt. Hit the jump to get the latest updates on the project, or just to skip ahead to the comments so you can preemptively hate on it.

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Olympus Has Fallen

It took the Die Hard franchise five installments to send its hero overseas, but Olympus Has Fallen, a.k.a. “Die Hard in the White House,” will get there considerably faster. According to a new report, Nu Image and Millennium Films are reuniting the entire principal cast of the first movie — including Gerard ButlerAaron Eckhart, and Morgan Freeman – for London Has Fallen, set in, you guessed it, London. Hit the jump for more plot details.

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Luke Grimes Added to ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

Fifty Shades of Grey

Briefly: Does anyone care who plays any of the other characters in Fifty Shades of Grey? We’re about to find out, as the first bit of casting for the films that doesn’t involve one of the two leads has been announced. Dakota Johnson is cast as Anastasia Steele, and Jamie Dornan is stepping in to play Christian Grey after Charlie Hunnam bailed on the role. But as for the roles that aren’t involved in all the sex and bondage? Let’s see what happens.

Luke Grimes (True Blood) will join the cast of the Fifty Shades of Grey adaptation as Christian Grey’s brother, Elliot. Variety announces the casting and notes that some other big roles are yet to be cast; Grey also has a bodyguard, for instance, and that role is going to be huge for some poor sap.

Sam Taylor-Johnson is directing.

 

Tom Hardy

Tom Hardy has just accepted the role of rock legend Elton John in Rocketman, a biopic directed by Michael Gracey and written by Lee Hall. Focus Features will distribute the film, which starts shooting in Fall 2014. Read the full release below. Read More »

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