Strange Magic trailer

Lucasfilm is getting into the CG animation game, and the company’s first film, directed by Gary Rydstrom (Lifted, Toy Story‘s Hawaiian Vacation) from a story by George Lucas, is a musical inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream and (if the tunes are anything to go by) the teen culture of the ’50s and ’60s. The film is Strange Magic, and it features a few other influences too, as the first footage shows. Check out the Strange Magic trailer below.

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Serial podcast

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past several weeks, you’ve probably heard of Serial. The new crime drama from This American Life has been the talk of the Internet, inspiring thinkpieces and theories left and right.

Serial is a bit unusual for a watercooler show in that it’s not a TV series, but a podcast — but it’s just like every other beloved property in that it’s captured the attention of Hollywood. But don’t hold your breath for Serial: The Movie just yet. Serial co-creator Julie Snyder says she has “no interest” in a screen adaptation, and the TAL team isn’t taking meetings about Serial right now. Hit the jump to see what they had to say about a possible Serial podcast movie.

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We don’t know what the Star Wars stand alone movies are going to be about. Initially, there was the belief these films, which Disney will release between the regular episode installments, would be origin story stories. Rumors focused heavily on Han Solo, Boba Fett and Yoda. As time moves on, however, that seems less and less likely. Now, the more rumblings you hear about the Star Wars stand alone films, the more it seems like they’re going to be stories that live between the other films both on the release calendar and in the Star Wars canon. They may tell stories about smaller, tangential characters that expand and enhance the Episodes. They may even solve some of the unsolved mysteries of the Star Wars universe.

Now, to be fair, we can’t be sure this is the case. For all we know, director Gareth Edwards and writer Gary Whitta will release an origin film as the first stand-alone project on December 16, 2016. But that’s probably not going to happen. No matter what their film or Josh Trank’s 2018 film is, we have a bunch of Star Wars mysteries we think would make good stand alone movies at some point down the road. Read More »

Interstellar McConaughey Nolan

Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar features a pretty powerful message about love, but it’s not all sweetness and light. It doesn’t shy away from the darker side of humanity, particularly in a third-act twist that puts our heroes in jeopardy.

In a new interview, Nolan discusses that divisive scene, laying out the logic and motivations that led to the big moment. We’re purposely being vague here because we’d hate to be the jerks who ruin the movie, so let’s just slap up a big fat spoiler warning and head to the jump where we can talk freely. Read More »

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Jeffrey Wright may not be the lead of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, but as with so many of his other projects, that doesn’t stop him from making a huge impression. His Beetee brings a thoughtful, mature vibe to the series that helps balance out the more volatile energy of his younger co-stars. It’s no wonder this tech geek has become a fan favorite.

At a recent press day in New York, I got a few minutes to chat with Wright about the Hunger Games series. He told me all about his love for Beetee, why he preferred the Catching Fire shoot to the Mockingjay one, and his plans (or lack thereof, rather) for Bond 24. Hit the jump to read my Jeffrey Wright interview.

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Bryce Dallas Howard in Talks for ‘Pete’s Dragon’

Bryce Dallas Howard in 50:50

Jurassic World star Bryce Dallas Howard is about to log some time with a different kind of big, scaly beast. She’s just entered talks for Pete’s DragonDavid Lowery‘s remake of the 1977 Disney original. Robert Redford, Oona Laurence, and Oakes Fegley also star.

Hit the jump for more details on the Bryce Dallas Howard Petes Dragon casting, plus new details on the film’s New Zealand shoot.  Read More »

Steve McQueen Treatment Yucatan

In the late ’60s, when Steve McQueen (the actor, not the current director) was one of the biggest stars in the world, McQueen outlined a treatment for an action/adventure movie. “Outlined” may be too simple a word; in fact, there’s a 1700-page document from McQueen setting up the film. Now that outline is being turned into a script by Terry Rossio (Pirates of the Caribbean) called Yucatan, which is now a potential starring vehicle for Robert Downey, Jr. Read More »

E.L. Katz directing

Cheap Thrills was one of the films on the massive list of 50 great films to see in 2014, and the director of that movie is now signed to do a new film with Lionsgate. E.L. Katz (center, above, with his Cheap Thrills cast) who also did the first entry in The ABCs of Death 2, will make the comedy/thriller You’ll Be the Death of Me, for Lionsgate and Mandeville Films. Read More »

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