Margaret Qualley in The Leftovers

Adam Wingard has found another new name for his Death Note. The Leftovers star Margaret Qualley is set to join Nat Wolff in Warner Bros.’ live-action, English-language adaptation of the hit Japanese manga, about a magical notebook that kills people. (Just go with it.) Learn more about the new Death Note female lead below.  Read More »


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Cate Blanchett in Carol

Richard Linklater‘s plans to direct Jennifer Lawrence in The Rosie Project didn’t pan out, so he’s turning his attention to another literary adaptation that’s been on his to-do list for a while. Linklater is moving forward on Where’d You Go, Bernadette?, with Cate Blanchett now in talks to play the title character. More on the possible Richard Linklater Cate Blanchett project after the jump.  Read More »

Fifty Shades Darker

Universal Pictures has tied up a director for the next two Fifty Shades movies. James Foley, who was offered the job of directing Fifty Shades Darker back in August, is now confirmed to shoot both that film and its sequel, Fifty Shades Freed. Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan will return as kinky lovers Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey. Get the latest on the Fifty Shades sequels after the jump.  Read More »

Paul Thomas Anderson Not Directing ‘Pinocchio’

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Live-action updates of animated films are the hot new thing right now. Most of them haven’t been particularly good, with the notable exception of Kenneth Branagh‘s lovely take on Cinderella. But one live-action update that’s evoked promise over the past few years is Warner Bros.’ Pinocchio, which Robert Downey Jr. has been attached to for years now. The film became all the more enticing when Paul Thomas Anderson (Inherent Vicesigned on to write a draft and possibly direct, but it looks like we won’t see Anderson’s take on the classic fairy tale after all.

Learn more about the project after the jump.

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Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Reunion

It’s not exactly a milestone celebration, but this year marks 44 years since the release of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, the classic musical adaptation of Roald Dahl‘s classic book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. To celebrate the occasion, the five golden ticket winners (Peter Ostrum, Paris Themmen, Julie Dawn Cole, Michael Bolner and Denise Nickerson) from the movie appeared on The Today Show to reminisce about the making of the movie, and chief Oompa Loompa Rusty Goffe accompanied them.

It’s a pretty fun little interview, with part of the conversation turning to the disgusting chocolate river. As if you couldn’t tell in the movie, it wasn’t actually made of chocolate. Read More »

Neill Blomkamp Gone World

Neill Blomkamp‘s Alien sequel plans may be on hold indefinitely, but it looks like he’s staying in business with 20th Century Fox. The studio has just acquired The Gone World, the forthcoming novel by Tomorrow and Tomorrow author Thomas Sweterlitsch, and Blomkamp is now in talks to write and direct it.  Read More »

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Pilou Asbaek in A Hijacking

For a long time, Scarlett Johansson was the only star attached to DreamWorks’ live-action Ghost in the Shell movie. But with an early 2017 release date already on the books, director Rupert Sanders is slowly starting to fill out the cast around her. The first new addition is a familiar face for Johansson: Pilou Asbæk, the Danish actor who starred with her in Lucy. Get character details and more after the jump. Read More »

warcraft trailer

Back in the day, I knew a handful of people who failed a college class or lost a job because they were too busy playing World of Warcraft. In a weird, dark way, that’s the biggest compliment you can give Blizzard’s long running video game franchise – the world of Azeroth was so compelling and addictive that people damaged their lives to inhabit it.

So the upcoming Warcraft movie has to appease an army of the faithful, the fans who commanded the Orc and human legions in the classic real-time strategy games and quested as individual heroes in the massively multiplayer online role-playing game. More importantly, it also has to convince regular audiences to take a chance on a complex high fantasy world full of its own unique rules. It worked out well for The Lord of the Rings, but the more colorful, sillier world of Warcraft may be a tougher sell.

The first Warcraft trailer is here. Sharpen your opinions and get ready for war.

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‘The Witcher’ Movie in the Works For 2017

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A movie adaptation of The Witcher is on the way and it’s easy to see why. Originally a well-regarded series of novels and stories by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, which were then adapted into a trilogy of critically acclaimed video games, this series has a huge scope, complex characters, and the kind of lore so fascinating you want to explore every nook and cranny to learn more. The world of The Witcher is full of monsters and action and violence and intrigue and sex and grizzled warriors trudging through harsh landscapes. There’s a movie here.

However, a proper adaptation of the game series would be several hours of the main character, Geralt of Rivia, avoiding the main plot so he can assist random people with their problems and aimlessly wander the landscape. It wouldn’t be a Witcher movie unless there’s about 30 minutes of herb collecting, followed by 45 minutes of potion-making. The fans demand it.

More information about the Witcher movie can be found after the jump.

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