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, WildRead more

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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 … Read more

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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

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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 Read more

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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.

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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 Read more

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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.

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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 Read more

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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.

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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 Read more

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