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The Cast For DownSizing Expands

(PCM) Three new actors have joined the cast for Alexander Payne’s Downsizing, a sci-fi satire currently in development starring Matt Damon and Reese Witherspoon.

The high concept story, taking place in the not-too-distant future, follows a husband (Damon) and wife (Witherspoon) who voluntarily decide to shrink themselves in an attempt to gain control over their out of control spending habits and lives. Things don’t go according to plan when his wife backs out last minute, leaving the jilted husband in an unfortunate situation.

The Wrap recently reported the addition of Alec Baldwin, Neil Patrick Harris, and Jason Sudeikis to the cast of the sci-fi dramedy in unspecified roles. Currently slated for a 2017 release, Downsizing is written and directed by Academy Award-winner Alexander Payne along with longtime co-writer Jim Taylor.

Reese Witherspoon is receiving a fair amount of Oscar buzz for her performance in the biographical drama, Wild. Matt Damon is currently filming for Ridley Scott’s sci-fi adventure, The Martian, and was recently announced as having a starring role in Yimou Zhang’s mystery/thriller, The Great Wall, as well as the upcoming untitled Bourne sequel.

Alec Baldwin is also busy; the 56 year-old actor will star in three films in 2015: an untitled Cameron Crowe project, Warren Beatty’s Howard Hawes Biopic, and Francesco Cinquemani’s Andròn — The Black Labyrinth. Baldwin is also currently filming for an untitled NFL concussion drama, Christopher McQuarries’s Mission: Impossible 5, and Tom McGrath’s adaptation of Marla Frazee’s novel, Boss Baby.

Jason Sudeikis is also starring in a number of upcoming films, including Bill Purple’s drama, The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea and Sony Pictures’ May 20, 2016 release, Angry Birds. Neil Patrick Harris is currently recording for his part as Cliff in Disney Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur.

Stay tuned for more updates!

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A New Trailer for Neill Blomkamp’s Chappie is Here!

Chappie(PCM) Sony Pictures Entertainment released a new trailer for District 9 director Neill Blomkamp’s latest film, a futuristic action-thriller about the first robot created with Artificial Intelligence, Chappie.

The new trailer features Hugh Jackman and his villainous mullet as he hunts for and tries to destroy Chappie, the first robot with A.I., due to the potential risk it poses to the human race. We also see a decent amount of Slumdog Millionaire star Dev Patel as Chappie’s creator and South African rap group Die Antwoord, who also star in the film as themselves.

The third film between writer-director Neill Blomkamp and writer Terri Tatchell, Chappie stars Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver, Dev Patel, Sharlto Copley, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Ninja and Yo-Landi Vi$$er and will open in theaters nationwide starting March 6, 2015.

Read the official synopsis and check out Chappie‘s new trailer below. Check out the official  Chappie Facebook page for more info!

Every child comes into the world full of promise, and none more so than Chappie: he is gifted, special, a prodigy. Like any child, Chappie will come under the influence of his surroundings — some good, some bad — and he will rely on his heart and soul to find his way in the world and become his own man. But there’s one thing that makes Chappie different from anyone else: he is a robot. The first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself. His life, his story, will change the way the world looks at robots and humans forever.

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Nominations Announced For 2014 BAFTA Awards

BAFTA(PCM) As the first week of January comes to a close, awards season continues to kick in to high gear. The EE British British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) announced the nominations for their 2014 BAFTA Awards, taking place on Sunday, May 10.

Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s Birdman, Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, Morten Tyldum’s The Imitation Game, and James Marsh’s The Theory of Everything are all up for Best Film among other nominations.

Ava DuVernay’s Martin Luther King Jr. drama, Selma, surprised many pundits when it received zero nominations, even though the film was eligible for the BAFTA Awards.

Best Film
Birdman
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything

Outstanding British film

’71
The Imitation Game
Paddington
Pride
The Theory of Everything
Under The Skin

Actor

Benedict Cumberbatch — The Imitation Game
Ralph Fiennes — The Grand Budapest Hotel
Jake Gyllenhaal — Nightcrawler
Michael Keaton — Birdman
Eddie Redmayne — The Theory of Everything

Actress

Amy Adams — Big Eyes
Felicity Jones — The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore — Still Alice
Rosamund Pike — Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon — Wild

Supporting actor

Steve Carell — Foxcatcher
Ethan Hawke — Boyhood
Edward Norton — Birdman
Mark Ruffalo — Foxcatcher
JK Simmons — Whiplash

Supporting actress

Patricia Arquette — Boyhood
Rene Russo — Nightcrawler
Keira Knightley — The Imitation Game
Imelda Staunton — Pride
Emma Stone — Birdman

Director

Wes Anderson — Grand Budapest Hotel
Damian Chazelle — Whiplash
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu — Birdman
Richard Linklater — Boyhood
James Marsh — The Theory of Everything

Adapted screenplay

American Sniper — Jason Hall
Gone Girl — Gillian Flynn
The Imitation Game — Graham Moore
Paddington — Paul King
The Theory of Everything — Anthony McCarten

Original screenplay

Birdman — Alejandro G. Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr, Armando Bo
Boyhood — Richard Linklater
The Grand Budapest Hotel — Wes Anderson
Nightcrawler — Dan Gilroy
Whiplash — Damien Chazelle

Animated film

Big Hero 6
The Boxtrolls
The Lego Movie

Documentary

20 Feet from Stardom
20,000 Days on Earth
Citizenfour
Finding Vivian Maier
Virunga

Foreign film

Ida
Leviathan
The Lunchbox
Trash
Two Days, One Night

Cinematography

Birdman — Emmanuel Lubezki
The Grand Budapest Hotel — Robert Yeoman
Ida — Lukasz Zal, Ryszard Lenczewski
Interstellar — Hoyte van Hoytema
Mr Turner — Dick Pope

Costume design

The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Into the Woods
Mr Turner
The Theory of Everything

Editing

Birdman — Douglas Crise, Stephen Mirrione
The Grand Budapest Hotel — Barney Pilling
The Imitation Game — William Goldenberg
Nightcrawler — John Gilroy
The Theory of Everything — Jinx Godfrey
Whiplash — Tom Cross

Make-up and hair

The Grand Budapest Hotel — Frances Hannon
Guardians of the Galaxy — Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou, David White
Into the Woods — Peter Swords King, J Roy Helland
Mr Turner — Christine Blundell, Lesa Warrener
The Theory of Everything — Jan Sewell

Music

Birdman — Antonio Sanchez
The Grand Budapest Hotel — Alexandre Desplat
Interstellar — Hans Zimmer
The Theory of Everything — Johann Johannsson
Under the Skin — Mica Levi

Production design

Big Eyes — Rick Heinrichs, Shane Vieau
The Grand Budapest Hotel — Adam Stockhausen, Anna Pinnock
The Imitation Game — Maria Djurkovic, Tatiana MacDonald
Interstellar — Nathan Crowley, Gary Fettis
Mr Turner — Suzie Davies, Charlotte Watts

Sound

American Sniper — Walt Martin, John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff, Alan Robert Murray, Bub Asman
Birdman — Thomas Varga, Martin Hernandez, Aaron Glascock, Jon Taylor, Frank A Montaño
The Grand Budapest Hotel — Wayne Lemmer, Christopher Scarabosio, Pawel Wdowczak
The Imitation Game — John Midgley, Lee Walpole, Stuart Hilliker, Martin Jensen
Whiplash — Thomas Curley, Ben Wilkins, Craig Mann

Visual effects

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes — Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Erik Winquist, Daniel Barrett
Guardians of the Galaxy — Stephane Ceretti, Paul Corbould, Jonathan Fawkner, Nicolas
Aithadi
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies — Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton, R Christopher White
Interstellar — Paul Franklin, Scott Fisher, Andrew Lockley
X-Men: Days of Future Past — Richard Stammers, Anders Langlands, Tim Crosbie, Cameron Waldbauer

British Short animation

The Bigger Picture — Chris Hees, Daisy Jacobs, Jennifer Majka
Monkey Love Experiments — Ainslie Henderson, Cam Fraser, Will Anderson
My Dad — Marcus Armitage

British Short film

Boogaloo and Graham — Brian J Falconer, Michael Lennox, Ronan Blaney
Emotional Fusebox — Michael Berliner, Rachel Tunnard
The Karman Line — Campbell Beaton, Dawn King, Tiernan Hanby, Oscar Sharp
Slap — Islay Bell-Webb, Michelangelo Fano, Nick Rowland
Three Brothers -S Aleem Khan, Matthieu de Braconier, Stephanie Paeplow

Outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer

Elaine Constantine (writer/director Northern Soul)
Gregory Burke, Yann Demange (writer and director ’71)
Hong Khaou (writer/director Lilting)
Paul Katis, Andrew De Lotbiniere (director/producer and producer Kajaki: The True Story)
Stephen Beresford, David Livingstone (writer and producer Pride)

Rising Star award

Gugu Mbatha-Raw
Jack O’Connell
Margot Robbie
Miles Teller
Shailene Woodley

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Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper Will Open in IMAX Theaters Jan. 16

AmericanSniper(PCM) Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures announced in collaboration with the IMAX Corporation plans to release Clint Eastwood’s Oscar buzz-worthy war drama, American Sniper, in IMAX theaters across the nation following on the same day as the film’s January 16, 2015 release.

American Sniper, starring Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller, will be digitally re-mastered for the nationwide IMAX release, allowing for the clearest picture and best sound quality for the full IMAX experience.

“With American Sniper, we are excited to team up for the first time with Academy Award®-winning iconic director Clint Eastwood, as well as work with our valued and longtime partners at Warner Bros.,” said Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment. “American Sniper is a tense and engaging drama — one that will keep you on the edge of your seat, particularly when experiencing it in IMAX theatres.”

“Mr. Eastwood has created an incredibly intense and emotional film that deserves to be experienced in the most breathtaking way,” said Dan Fellman, President, Domestic Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.

Starring alongside Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller are Jake McDorman (Live Free or Die Hard), Kyle Gallner (A Nightmare on Elm Street), Luke Grimes (Taken 2), Sam Jaeger (Lucky Number Slevin), Brandon Eaton (Born to Race), and Keir O’Donnell (Wedding Crashers).

Academy Award winning director and celebrated actor Clint Eastwood (Million Dollar Baby, Unforgiven) directed American Sniper from the screenplay written by Jason Dean Hall (Spread, Paranoia) based on the autobiographical book of the same name by Chris Kyle.

If you’d like to learn more about the remarkable true story of Chris Kyle, the man behind American Sniper, check out his wikipedia page here, and for more information on the film, visit American Sniper’s official website.

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The Official Rating for Fifty Shades of Grey is Here

FiftyShadesofGrey(PCM) Sam Taylor-Johnson’s adaptation of the erotic romance novel, Fifty Shades of Grey, has officially been rated by the MPAA, receiving a designated R rating and surprising almost no one.

The MPAA deemed Fifty Shades of Grey suitable only for those 17 years or older due to the film’s “strong sexual content including dialogue, some unusual behavior and graphic nudity, and for language.”

Gaining viral popularity after sparking controversy around its treatment of BDSM, its origins as an erotic Twilight fan-fiction, and its grammar/literary content, Fifty Shades of Grey has one on to sell over 100 million copies worldwide.

Directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson (Nowhere Boy) from the screenplay by Kelly Marcel (Saving Mr. Banks) based on the the novel by E.L James, Fifty Shades of Grey will open in theaters nationwide on February 13, 2015, just in time to capitalize on Valentine’s Day.

Fifty Shades of Grey stars Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey and Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele, alongside Victor Rasuk, Marcia Gay Harden, Callum Keith Rennie, Jennifer Ehle, Max Martini, Luke Grimes, Eloise Mumford, and Rita Ora.

Watch the official trailer below and visit the official Fifty Shades of Grey website, apply for an internship at GreyEnterprisesHoldings.com, and visit the Fifty Shades of Grey Facebook for more info. Stay tuned for more updates!

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Calling All Disney Fans! Here’s A List of All Disney Movies Hitting Theaters in 2015!

DisneyBanner(PCM) Walt Disney Studios has lit the silver screen and hearts everywhere with magic for over 90 years, celebrating imagination the power of love along the way.

Entering its 91st year, Disney show no signs of stopping; twelve films will be released in 2015 including four animated features and eight live-action films. 2015 releases include the the long-awaited and much anticipated J.J. Abrams helmed Stars Wars:The Force Awakens and the Paul Rudd-starring Marvel comic adaptation, Ant-Man.

Check out the full list of the Disney releases coming to a theater near you in 2015!

Strange Magic — January 23, 2015

Directed by Gary Rydstrom (Finding Nemo, Saving Private Ryan) and starring Alfred Molina, Kristin Chenoweth, Maya Rudolph, Peter Stormare, Evan Rachel Wood, Elijah Kelley, Alan Cumming, Sam Palladio, Meredith Anne Bull, and Bob Einstein, Strange Magic is an animated feature from LucasFilms that uses popular songs from the past six decades to help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion. Check out the official Strange Magic Facebook page for more info!

McFarland, USA — February 20, 2015

McFarland, USA is based on the inspirational true story of an against-the-odds team of novice Latino cross country runners in 1987 McFarland, California, coached by Jim White. Kevin Costner stars in the drama as Coach Jim White alongside Maria Bello, Martha Higareda,Chris Ellis, Carlos Pratts, Morgan Saylor, Michael Aguero,Sergio Avelar, Hector Duran, Rafael Martinez, Johnny Ortiz,Ramiro Rodriguez, Danny Mora, Valente Rodriguez, and Vanessa Martinez. Niki Caro (Whale Rider, North Country) directs. Check out the official Facebook page for more info!

Cinderella — March 13, 2015

Disney’s live-action adaptation of Cinderella stars Downton Abbey‘s Lily James as the glass slipper-losing princess, along with Helena Bonham Carter as the Fairy Godmother, Cate Blanchett as the Wicked Stepmother, Game of Thrones’ Richard Madden looking very dapper as Prince Charming, and Holliday Grainger (Jane Eyre, The Borgias) and fellow Downton Abbey star Sophie McShera star as the Evil Stepsisters, Anastasia and Drizella. Valkyrie and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit director Kenneth Branagh helms the film. Visit Cinderella‘s official website for more info!

Monkey Kingdom — April 17, 2015

From Disneynature comes this documentary about the struggle for life in the wild; Monkey Kingdom follows a newborn monkey and its mother as they try to survive in the fierce social hierarchy of the Temple Troop living in ancient ruins in the jungles of South Asia. Check out Monkey Kingdom‘s Facebook for more info!

Avengers: Age of Ultron — May 1, 2015

The hype has been steadily building for Joss Whedon’s sequel to 2012’s Marvel’s The Avengers and now we’re only five months out from the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron. Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, James Spader, Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Paul Bettany, Avengers: Age of Ultron follows the Avengers as they try and defeat the villainous Ultron and stop him from enacting his terrible plans.

Tomorrowland — May 22, 2015

Travel to a different time and change the world in Disney’s sci-fi mystery/adventure, Tomorrowland, starring George Clooney and Britt Robertson. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as “Tomorrowland.” What they must do there changes the world-and them-forever. Featuring a screenplay by “Lost” writer and co-creator Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird, from a story by Lindelof & Bird & Jeff Jensen, Tomorrowland promises to take audiences on a thrill ride of nonstop adventures through new dimensions that have only been dreamed of. Visit Disney.com/Tomorrowland for more details!

Inside Out – June 19, 2015 

Disney•Pixar are responsible for some of the best animated family films of the past two decades and they show no signs of stopping; Pete Docter and Ronaldo Del Carmen’s Inside Out will open just in time for summer vacation and the few teaser trailers we’ve seen so far look very promising. Starring Diane Lane, Amy Poehler, Kyle MacLachlan, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling, and Phyllis Smith, Inside Out tells the story of 11 year-old Riley, recently moved into a new home in San Francisco and struggling with all of her pre-teen emotions, personified as little colorful beings that live inside her head, as she struggles to adjust to her new life. Visit Inside Out‘s official Facebook for more info!

Ant–Man — July 17, 2015

Ant-Man, directed by Peyton Reed, stars Paul Rudd as the titular hero and tells the story of master thief Scott Lang, a founding member of The Avengers, after he gains the incredible ability to shrink to a miniscule size while increasing his strength. Also starring Judy Greer, Bobby Cannavale, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Michael Peña, Wood Harris, David Dastmalchian, and Jordi Mollà, Ant-Man comes from the screenplay written by Adam McKay and Paul Rudd. Check out Marvel.com/AntMan for more info!

The Jungle Book — October 9, 2015

We don’t have a trailer or poster for Disney’s animated remake of Rudyard Kipling’s’ classic The Jungle Book yet, but we do know the full cast! Christopher Walken plays King Louie, leader of the monkeys and the apes, Ben Kingsley is Bagheera, Bill Murray plays the lovable Baloo, Scarlett Johansson voices the hypnotising Kaa, Giancarlo Esposito voices leader of the wolf pack Akela, Idris Elba is the villain Shere Khan, Lupita Nyong’o voices Raksha, and newcomer Neel Sethi plays the protagonist, Mowgli. Stay tuned for a poster, trailers, and more info on Disney’s The Jungle Book.

The Untitled Steven Spielberg Cold War Spy Thriller – October 16, 2015 

Steven Spielberg’s Untitled Cold War Spy Thriller will be Spielberg’s fourth film to star Tom Hanks since 1998’s Saving Private Ryan and will tell the true story of attorney James Donovan as he finds himself in the middle of the Cold War after being sent on an incredibly dangerous mission by the CIA to negotiate the release of an imprisoned American U-2 pilot. Directed by Spielberg, the untitled film comes from a screenplay by the Coen Brothers and Matt Charman and stars Alan Alda, Amy Ryan, and Mark Rylance alongside Tom Hanks.

The Good Dinosaur — November 25, 2015 

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Disney•Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur explores the question of “what if the dinosaurs never became extinct?” Directed by Pixar animator Peter Sohn, The Good Dinosaur is a heartfelt comedy starring John Lithgow, Frances McDormand, Bill Hader, Neil Patrick Harris, and Lucas Neff. Stay tuned for more info and hopefully a poster and trailer soon!

Star Wars: The Force Awakens – December 18, 2015 

Arguably the most anticipated film of 2015, Disney’s Star Wars reboot, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, won’t hit theaters for another twelve months, but luckily we already have our first look at the J.J. Abrams helmed film in the form of a minute-and-a-half long teaser trailer. Star Wars: The Force Awakens, taking place 30 years after Return of the Jedi, stars Harrison Ford, Andy Serkis, Anthony Daniels,Kenny Baker, Peter Mayhew, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill,Oscar Isaac, Max von Sydow, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley,Lupita Nyong’o, Crystal Clarke, Pip Anderson, Christina Chong, and Miltos Yerolemou.

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The First Teaser Trailer For Marvel’s Ant-Man Is Here!

Ant-Man(PCM) After two previews and much anticipation, the first teaser trailer for Marvel’s Ant-Man is finally here!

After premiering during Tuesday night’s pilot episode of “Marvel’s Agent Carter” on ABC, the two minute long teaser trailer was uploaded to Marvel’s official Youtube account, Marvel Entertainment.

First major impression from the teaser trailer; Paul Rudd looks incredible as Scott Lang, aka Ant-Man.

As someone who has never read the comics, I can’t really say I learned much from the trailer, but I would probably blow money at the movies to see Ant-Man based on this trailer alone so I’d say the teaser trailer hit its mark.

Ant-Man stars Paul Rudd as the titular hero and tells the story of master thief Scott Lang, a founding member of The Avengers, after he gains the incredible ability to shrink to a miniscule size while increasing his strength.

Ant-Man also stars Judy Greer as Maggie, Bobby Cannavale as Paxton, Tip “T.I.” Harris as Dave, Michael Peña as Luis, Wood Harris as Gale, David Dastmalchian as Kurt, and Jordi Mollà as Castillo.

Check out the official synopsis and teaser trailer below and head over to the official Ant-Man Facebook page for more info!

“The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time with Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man. Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.”

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Scarlett Johansson Will Star in DreamWorks’ Live-Action “Ghost in the Shell”

ScarlettJohanssonBlackWidow(PCM) Variety confirmed today, January 5, that Scarlett Johansson will star in DreamWorks’ live-action remake of the futuristic police thriller, Ghost in the Shell.

Based on the manga series of the same name by Masamune Shirow, Ghost in the Shell is currently in pre-production.

Helmed by Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders, DreamWorks’ adaptation comes from a script by The Hoax and The Reluctant Fundamentalist writer Bill Wheeler and is produced by Spider-Man, X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Iron Man producer Avi Arad and Steven Paul.

Though the manga and multiple animated film series detail the missions and operations of Public Security Section 9, a counter-cyberterrorist organization in mid 21st century Japan, Variety reports that Sanders’s take on the franchise has Scarlett Johansson as part of the Japanese National Public Safety Commission.

DreamWorks and Steven Spielberg gained the rights to produce a live-action version of the original Ghost in the Shell manga back in 2008, supposedly beating out Universal and Paramount.

After starring in Luc Besson’s action packedGhost_in_the_Shell (1) Lucy and playing Black Widow in The Avengers, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, it looks like Johansson is stretching her acting chops and really delving into the action genre.

The Avengers: Age of Ultron is currently in post-production, but Scarlett Johansson is currently filming the Coen Brothers’ comedy, Hail, Caesar!, and Jon Favreau’s animated adaptation of The Jungle Book.

With the announcement of her role in Ghost in the Shell came questions of whether Johansson would face scheduling conflicts with Captain America: Civil War, which is slated for a May 2016 release.

Some controversy has also been raised over what some are calling Hollywood’s “whitewashing” of Ghost in the Shell. After the recent backlash against Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings for only starring white actors in predominantly Egyptian roles, we’ll have to see how the announcement of Johansson’s casting in what is most likely the main role of protagonist Major Motoko Kusanagi affects the film’s production and the original manga series fans.

Stay tuned for more updates!

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Josh Gad is in Talks to Play Roger Ebert in Biopic “Russ & Roger Go Beyond”

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(PCM) Josh Gad is well on his way to becoming a household name; the actor voiced everyone’s favorite talking snowman in Disney’s Frozen, stars alongside comedy superstar Kevin Hart in The Wedding Ringer, opening in theaters January 16, 2015, will in the Adam Sandler 2015 summer blockbuster Pixels, and, according to TheWrap, is currently in talks to play iconic film critic Roger Ebert in Russ & Roger Go Beyond.

Russ & Roger Go Beyond tells the story of filmmaker Russ Meyer and Roger Ebert as the two embark on a journey to create the 1970’s cult classic, Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, with a script penned by Emmy award-winner and “Saturday Night Live” writer Christopher Cluess.

If Josh Gad takes the role, he’ll star alongside Will Ferrell who will be playing the X-rated independent filmmaker Russ Meyer.

A director has yet to be attached Russ & Roger Go Beyond, which is being produced by Mark Amin, David Permut and Richard Waltzer.

Russ Meyer and Roger Ebert teamed up to create Beyond the Valley of the Dolls after Ebert wrote a positive review of one of Meyer’s films, prompting Meyer to ask Ebert to pen the script his film.

Sadly, the world lost Roger Ebert to cancer of the thyroid and salivary glands on April 4, 2013, but Ebert wrote about the process of creating Beyond the Valley of the Dolls and the film’s reception back in 1980 on the tenth anniversary of it’s release, allowing us to see the film and its creation process from the first-hand point of view of the prolific critic.

Stay tuned for more info and updates!

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Samuel L. Jackson Stars in New Trailer and Poster for Finnish Action/Adventure “Big Game”

BigGame(PCM) Give me a movie where Samuel L. Jackson plays the president of the United States and I’ll probably watch it.Give me a movie where Samuel L. Jackson plays the president of the United States shot down in Air Force One over Finland, stranded in the forest with terrorists hot on his tail with only the help of a thirteen year-old hunter to survive and strap me into the car cause I’m already there.

The above is basically a short description of director Jalmari Helander’s Big Game.

Starring Samuel L. Jackson, Jim Broadbent, Ted Levine,Victor Garber, Felicity Huffman, Ray Stevenson, Onni Tommila, and Mehmet Kurtulus, Big Game tells the story of Oskari (Onni Tommila), a shy, nervous 13-year old boy. Like his forefathers, his time has come to take a test of manhood by spending one day and one night alone in the wilderness of a vast local forest. Armed only with a bow and arrow, his task is to return with a prize to prove himself.

But this is no ordinary night; Air Force One is shot down by terrorists and Oskari discovers the President of the United States in an escape pod. Now the fate of the most powerful man in the world lies in his hands. With the terrorists closing in, Oskari and the President must team up to survive the most extraordinary 24 hours of their lives.

Check out the new Finnish trailer for Big Game below and visit the official Big Game Facebook page for more info and updates!

Sadly, Big Game will not have a wide or limited release in the U.S., but look for the film on Video On Demand and streaming services not too long after the film’s premiere in Finland on March 25, 2015.

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