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Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer of Netflix, began his presentation to the Television Critics Association with a bevy of announcements. Perhaps most important to Marvel fans, since a Punisher standalone series was already announced, was the news that Jessica Jones is getting a second season. Find out more details about Jessica Jones Season 2, the lead up to the Defenders and 11 new premiere dates announced by the streaming service.

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Bel Powley in Star Wars Episode 8

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is already the #1 highest grossing film on the domestic box office charts. And with a release in China this weekend, Disney and Lucasfilm are certainly hoping it has the legs to take the top spot on the international box office charts as well. In the meantime, fans are already eagerly anticipating Star Wars: Episode VIII, to continue the story that began in The Force Awakens. Little is known about the film as of now, but a new rumor has named another potential star for the sequel.

While we previously heard that Beyond the Lights and Jupiter Ascending star Gugu Mbatha-Raw had landed a pivotal role in Episode 8, a new rumor pegs Bel Powley, the breakout star of the Sundance selected Diary of a Teenage Girl, as being in the running for the same role. Read More »

Concussion review

The last film we saw with director Peter Landesman‘s name on it was Kill the Messenger, which he scripted. That drama shares a lot in common with Landesman’s sophomore directorial effort, Concussion. Both follow real-life who heroes are simply trying to speak the truth, and yet are treated as villains. Kill the Messenger is the more successful of the two stories, though. Although Concussion is a well-meaning and an undeniably important film, it’s also a by-the-numbers, dramatically frustrating underdog story.

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Gugu Mbatha Raw in Jupiter Ascending

UPDATE: Collider is now reporting that Gugu Mbatha-Raw has indeed been cast in Star Wars Episode VIII. Disney has yet to confirm her casting, and no details about her character have been revealed. Original story from 10/2/15 follows.

As if that earlier Star Wars Episode VIII shortlist — which included Orphan Black‘s Tatiana MaslanyJane the Virgin‘s Gina Rodriguez, and Me and Earl and the Dying Girl‘s Olivia Cooke — weren’t intriguing enough, a new report claims there’s one more name in the mix. Gugu Mbatha-Raw is reportedly also in the running for film.

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Robin Hood Origins Female Lead

With Taron Egerton now in place to play the title role, Robin Hood: Origins is turning its attention to his leading lady. Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Beyond the Lights) and Eve Hewson (The Knick) are among the actresses in contention for the film being directed by Otto Bathurst (Peaky Blinders). Find out who’s on the Robin Hood Origins female lead shortlist after the jump.  Read More »

Concussion trailer

Even if you’re not particularly a sports fan, you’ve likely heard about the ongoing controversy over head injuries in the NFL. This winter, a new movie dramatizes that fight. Will Smith plays Dr. Bennet Omalu, a forensic neuropathologist who discovers the first case of CTE in a pro football player. He tries to alert the public to his findings, but the NFL denies his conclusions and stymies his efforts at every turn. Watch the Concussion trailer after the jump.

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Ian McKellen Sherlock Holmes

You wouldn’t think that playing a household object would be a prestigious gig. But apparently it’s good enough for the likes of Emma Thompson and Audra McDonald, and now Ian McKellen and Gugu Mbatha-Raw are getting on the action as well.

McKellen and Mbatha-Raw are set to play Cogsworth the clock and Plumette the feather duster, respectively, in Bill Condon‘s Beauty and the Beast. More on the Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Ian McKellen Beauty and the Beast casting after the jump.  Read More »

Free State of Jones photo

Below you’ll find the first official image of a grimy, cautious Matthew McConaughey on the battlefield in the film The Free State of Jones. Directed by Gary Ross, the Civil War drama features McConaughey as Newton Knight, who leads the residents of Jones County, Mississippi in a bid to secede from the Confederacy. The film also stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Keri Russell, and Mahershala Ali. Check out the full Free State of Jones photo below. Read More »

9 Kisses

As the end of the year approaches, critics and awards voters everywhere are scrambling to put together their lists of 2014’s best performances. But the New York Times has outdone them all by actually getting the brightest talents of the year in a room together — and then asking them lock lips with one another.

The 9 Kisses video series pairs off 18 of the year’s best actors, ranging from established A-listers (Reese Witherspoon) to recent breakthroughs (Jenny Slate). Each couple plays out an intimate moment in a public setting at night, though the details within those parameters vary wildly. Some of the kisses are passionate and warm, others are awkward or funny. Watch the 9 Kisses videos after the jump.  Read More »