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With cameras set to roll on Alien: Covenant soon, it looks like the final pieces of this mysterious project are starting to fall into place. Director Ridley Scott‘s follow-up to 2012’s Prometheus has added four new names to its cast, which means that we probably now have a list of actors who we’ll get to see eviscerated by Xenomorphs in 2017.

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It looks like one of this spring’s big cinematic themes is going to be heavily fictionalized not-quite-biopics about washed-up jazz legends staging unlikely comebacks. Just a few days before Don Cheadle’s Miles Ahead hits theaters, IFC Films is releasing Born to Be Blue, starring Ethan Hawke as Chet Baker.

Directed by Robert Budreau, the film picks up with Baker in the 1960s. Though he was a big deal in the 1950s, his heroin addiction has taken its toll, demolishing his personal and professional life. But with the help of a new love (played by Carmen Ejogo), he finds the strength to try and dig himself out of the hole he’s put himself in, and begin the climb back to the top. Watch the Born to Be Blue trailer after the jump.

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them just keeps digging up more stars. Jon Voight, Carmen Ejogo, and Gemma Chan are the latest to board the Harry Potter spinoff, which stars Eddie Redmayne as the wizarding world’s preeminent magizoologist. Wondering what the heck a magizoologist is? You must be a Muggle. More about the latest Fantastic Beasts casting updates after the jump. Read More »

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Guess who’s switching from beer to vodka? Also after the jump:

  • Alvin and the Chipmunks 4 gets a director
  • Entourage and Furious 7 get their MPAA ratings
  • The Minions take 1960s New York in a cute new clip
  • What doesGOTG have to do with Star Trek 3?
  • See the Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel trailer
  • Taken 3 serves up the “12 Skills of Christmas”
  • Frank Grillo is in, Carmen Ejogo is out for Purge 3

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The summer movie season is just about wrapped up now, which means it’s time to look ahead to the prestige dramas of fall and winter. One of the most intriguing titles coming our way in the next few months is Selma, about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.‘s fight to pass the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

David Oyelowo plays the civil rights icon, with a huge supporting cast that includes Carmen Ejogo (as Coretta Scott King), Tom Wilkinson (as President Lyndon B. Johnson), Tim Roth, Giovanni Ribisi, Cuba Gooding Jr., Common, Wendell Pierce, Lorraine Toussaint, and many more. Hit the jump to see the first Selma movie images.

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The Purge writer-director James DeMonaco and producers Jason Blum and Michael Bay are all set to return for the sequel, but so far none of the original’s stars — which included Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey — are set to return. Instead, the filmmakers have been putting together a whole new cast, starting with Frank Grillo in the lead role last week.

This week, Grillo is joined by four more who didn’t appear in the last film: Michael K. Williams (Boardwalk Empire), Zach Gilford (Friday Night Lights), Kiele Sanchez (A Perfect Getaway), and Carmen Ejogo (Sparkle). More about the horror sequel after the jump.

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Sparkle remakes the 1976 film of the same name that was a fictionalized story of a Motown girl group inspired by the Supremes. But the reason most people will be paying attention to the film now is that it features the final screen appearance of the late Whitney Huston. The singer plays mom to three sisters (Jordin Sparks, Carmen Ejogo and Tika Sumpter) who take to the stage to make their fortune as singers. It seems like Huston mostly plays a supporting role, with a few big scenes here and there, and the just-released trailer for Sparkle doesn’t try to make the film out to be hers alone.

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