Emma Stone as Billie Jean King

There are currently three movies in the works about Billie Jean King. The one potential version that appears closer to first reaching theaters is the Fox Searchlight production called Battle of the Sexes, directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (Little Miss Sunshine), which has Danny Boyle (Steve Jobs) attached as a producer. The project was sweetened by Emma Stone playing Billie Jean King until she was forced to drop out due to scheduling conflicts earlier this year. But now she’s back.

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hidden edits in Birdman

With Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance), co-writer/director Alejandro González Iñárritu (Babel) took a break from torturing characters to, well, torture some more characters. Birdman has a sense of humor, though, something we hadn’t seen much of from Iñárritu in his past work. The film went on to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards, a divisive win amongst movie fans. It is a popular opinion that the long-takes are dazzling, though, and if you want to see some of the hidden edits in Birdman, check them out after the jump.

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Guillermo del Toro (Pacific Rim)

This hasn’t been a terrible week for Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth). A few days ago he had his newest picture, Crimson Peak, warmly received at Fantastic Fest, and, apparently, he’s currently hard at work on another film at the moment. Little is known about project, but we think we have an idea for what this del Toro indie might be. Read more about it after the jump.

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Guillermo del Toro (Pacific Rim)

Between Pacific Rim 2, The Haunted Mansion, and Carnival Row, Guillermo del Toro has more than enough on his to-do list already. Nevertheless, it looks like he’s adding one more. A new report claims he’s working on an untitled original story described as “Wall-E meets Splash.” Uh, what? More on the mysterious Guillermo del Toro project after the jump.  Read More »

Demolition trailer

Fresh off of playing a guy fighting to get his life back after losing his wife in Southpaw, Jake Gyllenhaal plays a guy fighting to get his life back after losing his wife in Demolition. The new film by Jean-Marc Vallée takes that premise in a very different direction, however. For one thing, Demolition‘s Davis begins his path to redemption by writing a complaint letter to a vending machine company.

His complaint is received by customer service rep Karen (Naomi Watts), who is intrigued rather than weirded out by his intensely personal notes. With the help of Karen and her cute precocious kid (Judah Lewis), Davis starts the process of tearing down his life so he can build it up again. Chris Cooper plays Gyllenhaal’s father-in-law. Watch the Demolition trailer after the jump.
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Youth trailer

Fox Searchlight is on a roll this week. Amid all the Star Wars, Civil War, and Suicide Squad hype, they managed to capture our attention with the uplifting He Named Me Malala trailer, and now again with Paolo Sorrentino‘s gorgeous Youth trailer.

Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel star as best friends Fred and Mick, who go on a vacation to the Swiss Alps with Fred’s daughter Lena (Rachel Weisz). While Mick’s still plugging away at his final screenplay, Fred’s a renowned orchestra composer who’s entered retirement — but then Fred gets an invitation to perform for Queen Elizabeth II. Paul Dano and Jane Fonda also star. Watch the Youth trailer after the jump. Read More »

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At 15, Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head for asserting that girls should be educated. But not only did the bullet fail to silence her, it gave her a more powerful voice than ever before.

The incident attracted international attention to Yousafzai’s cause, and widespread praise for Yousafzai herself. In 2014, at 17 years old, she became the youngest-ever recepient of a Nobel Prize. Now, at 18, she’s the subject of a new documentary by acclaimed director Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth, Waiting for Superman). Watch the He Named Me Malala trailer after the jump. Read More »

Up house demolished

The real-life Up house may be the subject of its own movie. Fox Searchlight has picked up an untitled project by John Whittington about Edith Macefield, a Seattle woman who made headlines when she became the lone holdout in a neighborhood bought out by a commercial development. Learn all about the Up house movie after the jump.  Read More »

Absolutely Fabulous movie

Back in the spring, one of the editions of Sequel Bits brought news that the gestating big screen adaptation of the 90s UK TV series Absolutely Fabulous was finally coming together with an eye towards shooting later this year.

Now that’s been confirmed as Fox Searchlight has just come on board to co-produce and co-finance the film with BBC, and they’ll also distribute the film worldwide. And yes, Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley will be back in the lead roles as Edina and Patsy. Read More »