Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Artwork

Though there are contemporary audiences who enjoyed Tim Burton’s odd take on Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, for many the definitive big screen version of the story came in 1971 in the form of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. With an unforgettable performance from Gene Wilder as the titular chocolatier, the musical take on the book is a true classic. Now you can show your love for the film with some new artwork from the artist Shag available at Dark Hall Mansion.

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The Light Between Oceans trailer

We’ve already seen two trailers so far for Derek Cianfrance‘s upcoming film, The Light Between Oceans. The latest trailer is almost more of a teaser, condensing some of what we saw in the previous footage, but it’s another promising look at the Blue Valentine and The Place Beyond the Pines director’s latest film, which stars Michael FassbenderAlicia Vikander, and Rachel Weisz.

Below, watch the new The Light Between Oceans trailer.

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annihilation set photos

Alex Garland‘s Annihilation is quietly wrapping up filming and I wish this movie had an official release date so I could start counting down the days until its release. It’s hard to imagine a more perfect marriage of filmmaker and material – Jeff VanderMeer‘s 2014 novel is one of the best genre novels I’ve read in a long time and Garland has already proven himself to be adept with small scale, creepy, adult science fiction with last year’s Ex Machina (one of our favorite films of 2015).

While the production has been pretty quiet, a slew of images from the set have been slowing arriving online via social media over the past few weeks, giving us our first kind-of, sort-of official look at this film.

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idris elba the dark tower

Beasts of No Nation and Star Trek Beyond star Idris Elba is a man of many talents. He’s an exceptional performer that typically dominates the screen, a DJ (his DJ name is Big Driis), and a writer, and he also has his own expectedly stylish clothing line (you can get underwear with his initials printed boldly on the front). The actor, who’s currently filming the long-awaited adaptation of The Dark Tower series, is again doing a job outside of acting. Elba already has some experience as a director, but with Yardie, he’s making his feature directorial debut.

Below, learn more about the period piece thriller.

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the dark tower movie

“The man in black fled across the city, and the iPhone cameras followed.” That should be the new opening line for The Dark TowerNikolaj Arcel‘s new movie based on Stephen King‘s bestselling fantasy series. Since production moved to New York, the internet has been flooded with photos of stars Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey, taken by paparazzi and random passersby.

Today, producer Ron Howard got in on the fun as well, sharing a photo of himself with Arcel and Elba in full gunslinging gear. See the behind-the-scenes Dark Tower photo below.  Read More »

brian cox game of thrones

If you are a slightly older actor from the United Kingdom capable of growing a fine beard and wearing a convincing scowl, there is a strong chance you have appeared on HBO’s Game of Thrones at some point. And if you haven’t appeared on Game of Thrones, it may be your fault for turning it down in the early days, before it was a gigantic hit that would put you in front of an audience of millions and millions of rabid fans who obsess over every episode.

Every so often, one of the actors who turned the show down speaks up, offering a glimpse at what could have been. Today, that slightly older actor from the United Kingdom capable of growing a fine beard and wearing a convincing scowl who turned down the show in its infancy is the great Brian Cox.

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The Killing Joke

An R-rated, animated adaptation of Alan Moore and artist Brian Bolland‘s “Batman: The Killing Joke” is almost here. Towards the end of the month, Sam Liu‘s (co-director of Batman: Year One) film will play in theaters for one night only, before it hits DVD and Blu-Ray the following week. The first clip released for the feature doesn’t show us whether the adaptation is as dark as the source material, but it’s a good character moment with a conflicted Batman.

Below, watch a Batman: The Killing Joke clip.

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game of thrones fan theories

Game of Thrones season 6 concluded with a bang last week, killing off a significant portion of the cast and radically shifting the power structure of the entire show. With season seven set to begin filming soon and with George R.R. Martin’s sixth novel nowhere in sight, fans can only do one thing: wait. Oh, and talk. And speculate. And argue about fan theories. We’ve actually reached peak fan theory – my mother-in-law was grilling me about a few of the wackier ones this past week.

So let’s take a moment to look over the main fan theories currently buzzing around the internet following the conclusion of season 6. Some of these are plausible and others are infuriating, but we wouldn’t be Game of Thrones fans unless we were arguing about something.

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akira-conceptart4

Hollywood has been getting plenty of flack, and justifiably so, for the whitewashing of roles that should be meant for actors and actresses of different ethnic backgrounds. From Gods of Egypt to most recently Ghost in the Shell, plenty of minorities, especially the actors within these groups, are upset at the lack of diversity in mainstream Hollywood. Therefore, some might not be happy with the proposed concept art for a live-action adaptation of Akira that has been circulating.

Concept artist Ruairi Robinson was once working on one of the many iterations of the gestating live-action adaptation of the classic manga that Hollywood has been trying to get off the ground for years. In a couple pieces that have surfaced online, Captain America franchise star Chris Evans and Looper star Joseph Gordon-Levitt were depicted in the lead roles as Kaneda and Tetsuo respectively.

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