Trainspotting

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  • Lili Taylor and Barry Pepper join The Scorch Trials
  • J.K. Rowling writes a bunch more Harry Potter stories
  • Ewan McGregor says Trainspotting 2 will shoot in 2016
  • Keanu Reeves hasn’t made a final decision on Bill & Ted 3
  • The cast of Magic Mike XXL gathers for a class photo
  • See Natasha Lyonne in a Beetlejuice 2 parody
  • Enjoy a bunch of new clips from Dumb and Dumber To

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Maze Runner Sequel The Death Cure movie

One of the trends that I almost included in my list of 9 current movie and television trends I hate is when Hollywood decides to split the last book in a series of film adaptations in two (or in the case of The Hobbit, in three). Sure, sometimes a book is huge, like Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and you would think that the only way to bring the story to the screen is to allow enough time so that its not hacked to its core. But often its more of a money grab from Hollywood (remember, its the show BUSINESS — why have one successful movie when you can squeeze it into two?), and even the case of long books (like Hallows) they end up feeling like half a story and the result is less satisfying than a movie with a full story arc.

Well Wes Ball is currently adapting The Maze Runner book series into movies, and the first film was very successful (over $200 million worldwide) and warrants a follow up. The Scorch Trials will hit theaters on September 18th 2015, with plans to hopefully complete the young-adult post-apocalyptic science fiction trilogy of books by James Dashner. Now director Wes Ball has come out publicly saying he isn’t planning to split the third book into two films. Find out the reason why The Death Cure movie adaptation will remain one film, after the jump.

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Giancarlo Esposito as Gus Fring on Breaking Bad

Whoever is casting Fox’s Maze Runner franchise, has clearly been watching all the same TV shows we have. The latest new face to join the sequel The Scorch Trials is Giancarlo Esposito, who is currently best known for his villainous turn on AMC’s Breaking Bad.

Previously, the sequel also welcomed Aiden Gillen (Game of Thrones), Rosa Salazar (Parenthood), and Jacob Lofland (Justified). Hit the jump for more details on the Giancarlo Esposito Maze Runner casting.

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Rosa Salazar in Jamesy Boy

The first Maze Runner was almost a total sausagefest, with Kaya Scodelario‘s Teresa as the one and only major female character. But the sequel will see the Gladers making at least one more lady friend.

Rosa Salazar has just joined The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials as Brenda, the second female lead. It’s one of two dystopian YA sequel roles Salazar has coming up next year. She also recently wrapped a part in the Divergent sequel Insurgent. Hit the jump for more on the Rosa Salazar Maze Runner casting.

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Aidan Gillen Game of Thrones

Aidan Gillen, best known for playing Thomas Carcetti on The Wire, Littlefinger on Game of Thrones, and an early victim of Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, has just signed for a brand new franchise. He’s been cast as Janson, the primary villain of The Scorch Trials, the sequel to the current hit The Maze Runner. Referred to as the characters as Rat-Man, he has an even bigger part in the third book, The Death Cure.

After The Maze Runner‘s big opening weekend, 20th Century Fox green-lit the sequel aimed at a release almost one year from right now, September 18, 2015. Now that the Scorch Trials cast is coming together, filming stars in October. Read More »

Annabelle (1)

Laika isn’t making a sequel to The Boxtrolls, because it just doesn’t want to. Which is not something we hear a lot around these parts. Also after the jump:

  • Check out concept art from the Maze Runner follow-up
  • The Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 2 script is in…
  • … but no one’s called Jeremy Renner about it yet
  • Michael K. Williams plans to return for The Purge 3
  • Night at the Museum 3 gets an Escher-inspired poster
  • Here’s how you can win a spot in Magic Mike XXL
  • Robert Forster will be back for Better Call Saul
  • The Conjuring spinoff Annabelle reveals more pics
  • The original I Spit On Your Grave is getting a sequel

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Maze Runner Sequel Release Date

The big screen adaptation of The Maze Runner hit theaters this weekend, earning an estimated $37.6 million (placing #3 on the top five all-time September opens). This is very good for a movie that was made for a projected $30 million. Hot off the success, 20th Century Fox has announced a 2015 release date for The Maze Runner sequel The Scorch Trials. Learn more about The Maze Runner sequel release date, after the jump.

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Barco Escape

At some point, movie theaters found themselves in the unfortunate position of playing catch up. Where theaters were once the epicenter for entertainment, rising ticket prices and the exponential improvement of home theater technology have all but pushed them to the endangered species list.

Innovation was needed. IMAX was a good start. A screen so big no home can duplicate it. 3D is a mixed bag. It’s more expensive and, frankly, better in the home setting. Sound systems such as Dolby Atmos are great, but most of what makes it special is very nuisanced.

So what’s next? Well, it might be Barco Escape, a technology influenced by the super Cinerama craze of the 1960s, where an additional screen is placed on either side of your normal screen, giving a massive panoramic experience. The first film to be presented in Barco Escape is this week’s release, The Maze Runner. Five theaters across the country are offering the film in Barco Escape and myself and Peter Sciretta just had to try it out for ourselves.

Below, read more about Barco Escape and watch a video blog of our thoughts, criticisms and praise for what the company is calling “a little taste of the future.” Read More »

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