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If Samuel L. Jackson can tell the world Elizabeth Olsen is in Avengers: Age of Ultron, maybe he can also tell us Mark Hamill isn’t in Star Wars Episode VII. Though the actor who portrayed Luke Skywalker has reportedly been working out for a likely return to the series, Jackson spoke to him recently and Hamill told him director J.J. Abrams has not been in touch. Ewan McGregor, who played Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequels, said the same thing to Jackson. Neither has had a phone call from the film’s writer, director and producer.

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John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson are following up 2007′s 1408 with another Stephen King thriller. Jackson has just signed on to star with Cusack in Cell, not to be confused with 2000′s The Cell. This one centers on the idea that cell phones can kill you, and we don’t mean via brain cancer. Hit the jump for the latest details on this project.

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Big Game is Air Force One meets The Grey. Directed by Jalmari Helander (Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale), it stars Samuel L. Jackson as the President of the United States. When Air Force One is shot down over Europe, the only person that can help the President survive both the wilderness and the terrorists on his tail is a 13-year-old boy.

The film is still shooting in Bavaria but the first image has just been revealed, seen partially above, as well as a bunch of new cast additions including Felicity Huffman (Transamerica, Desperate Housewives), Victor Garber (Alias, Argo) and Ted Levine (Silence of the Lambs). Read more about the film, and see the full image, below. Read More »

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Update from Editor Peter Sciretta: Entertainment Tonight aired a one minute preview of the trailer for  Captain America: The Winter Soldier. You can watch it embedded after the jump, with the full trailer set to premiere in the morning (sans annoying ET voice over).

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As fascinating as Josh Brolin‘s fierce Joe Doucett is, a story as dark and twisted as Oldboy needs a good villain to really tie everything together. So far, FilmDistrict has been playing coy with Joe’s demented tormenter, but that changes today with our first peek at Sharlto Copley as Adrian Pryce.

In addition, the marketing team has also revealed twenty more posters, one for each year of Joe’s captivity. They’re a great way to drive home just how long twenty years is — and a good reminder of how quickly we’re growing old. Has it really been two decades since Lorena Bobbitt chopped off her husband’s dick? Check ‘em all out after the jump.

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Two big superhero assumptions were confirmed by actors today. First up, Nick Fury himself, Samuel L. Jackson, confirmed Elizabeth Olsen is joining him in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Second, Paul Giamatti, who makes a brief appearance as the Rhino in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, said he’s expected to come back for The Amazing Spider-Man 3 (which just got a trio of writers) but probably not The Amazing Spider-Man 4.

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Notorious lens flare addict J.J. Abrams takes the first steps toward recovery, just in time to shoot Episode VII. Also after the jump:

  • Yes, Samuel L. Jackson is still interested in Episode VII
  • No, Episode VII will not shoot in New Mexico
  • Daniel Day-Lewis has an interesting lunch date
  • The real story behind LucasArts‘ demise is revealed

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Spike Lee‘s new version of Oldboy was recently delayed to November, but that might only have been so that a certain “hotel” could prepare for new guests. That’s the trust of an intense and intimidating new teaser trailer that shows a great many close-ups of the inner workings of an unusual prison.

That prison, as fans of the original Park Chan-wook film know, is a hotel-like structure in which a man, played by Josh Brolin, is held against his will for many years. The film’s action really picks up with his release, but this teaser is all about the small day to day elements of keeping the prison running. You’ll see a bit of Brolin, and a bit of the prison manager, played by Samuel L. Jackson. And you’ll know that you never, ever, want to be within those walls.

All told, this is a pretty good way to market Oldboy as a specific sort of horror/thriller film, for those unfamiliar with the story. Check out the footage, and a whole suite of new posters, below. Read More »

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