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Director Joe Wright beefed up his upcoming Peter Pan movie, ‘Pan,’ with some well-known celebs, from Hugh Jackman to Garrett Hedlund to the newly cast Rooney Mara, but for the title role, he wanted some fresh blood — and he got it! Young actor Levi Miller landed the role of the most famous crow-calling, pirate-grappling, high-flying kid from Neverland.

Variety broke the news of Miller’s casting, which marks the child actor’s first major role. To date, he only has a few credits to his name, including stints on FOX’s ‘Terra Nova’ and two short films, ‘Akiva’ and ‘Great Adventures.’

So far, cast in known roles are Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard, Garrett Hedlund as Captain Hook and Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily, the latter of which caused a bit of a controversy amongst fans due to the character’s Native-American heritage.

Not too much is known about ‘Pan,’ other than some basic plot details: ‘Pan’ is “set during WWII and follows an orphan who is kidnapped by pirates and brought to Neverland, where he discovers he’s destined to save the land from the pirate Blackbeard,” which already makes it seem like this’ll be a slightly new direction for a Peter Pan adaptation. ‘Ice Age: Continental Drift’ writer Jason Fuchs penned the script, while Greg Berlanti (The CW’s ‘The Flash‘), Paul Webster (‘Anna Karenina’) and Sarah Schechter are producing, and this film is reportedly a new take on this Lost Boy’s origin.

‘Pan’ is slated to hit theaters on July 17, 2015.

by Nick Romano

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Movie Review: “Divergent”

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Image “Divergent,” the latest outcast-teen-battles-The-System thriller, is similar enough to “The Hunger Games” that hardcore Katniss fans may dismiss it.
But it’s a more streamlined film, with a love story with genuine heat and deaths with genuine pathos.
And director Neil Burger (“The Illusionist”, “Limitless”) inserts us into this world with a lack of fuss that the stiff, exposition-stuffed “Games” films have never managed.
So let’s skip past any suggestions of novelist Veronica Roth knocking off the formula of Suzanne Collins’ wildly successful “Games” novels. Remember, one has “Katniss” for a heroine, the other “Tris.” World of difference.
Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) lives in a post-war future in the semi-ruined city of Chicago. Fenced in against the devastated outside world in battered but still habitable wind-generator equipped skyscrapers, the El trains still run and society still functions thanks to “factions.”
We have the Candor faction, famed for popping off without self-censoring…

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Casting Net: Tom Hiddleston boards J.G. Ballard adaptation; Plus, Evangeline Lilly for ‘Ant-Man’?

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• Tom Hiddleston (Thor: The Dark World) is attached to star in High-Rise, an adaptation of J.G. Ballard‘s 1975 novel about a luxury residential unit. Hiddleston would play Robert Laing, a doctor who loves the idea of the tower, becomes obsessed with the architect, and gets embroiled in the complex mess surrounding the building. In the book, the building isolates the residents from the outside world and societal niceties soon devolve as residents segregate themselves by class and eventually regress to a primitive hunter/gatherer culture. Ben Wheatley (Doctor Who) is set to direct. [Variety]

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Box office preview: ‘The Lego Movie’ could be 2014′s first big ‘block’buster

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George Clooney and gorgeous teenage vampires have a formidable box office foe this weekend: Legos. And it looks like both will crumble in the face of the tiny plastic figurines.

The idea of a Lego movie seems absurd on paper. A cynical, nostalgia-based cash grab akin to Battleship exploits, right? Well, Warner Bros. and its co-financier Village Roadshow seem not only to have avoided those trappings, but created a film that transcends the medium thanks to wry writing and directing team Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who charmed with both Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs and 21 Jump Street. EW’s Owen Gleiberman wrote in his “A” review: “It may be a helter-skelter kiddie adventure built out of plastic toy components, but it’s fast and original, it’s conceptually audacious, it’s visually astonishing, and it’s 10 times more clever and smart and funny than…

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‘Ernest & Celestine’ trailer: A mouse and a bear form an unlikely friendship in Oscar-nominated film — VIDEO

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You may not be familiar with 2013 Best Animated Feature nominee Ernest & Celestine, but you might know its creators, who also happen to be the minds behind the 2004 Oscar-nominated animated film The Triplets of Belleville.

Directed by Vincent Patar and Benjamin Renner, the hand-drawn animated feature tells the story of a mouse who lives underground and a bear who lives up above. The pair form an unlikely friendship despite their peers telling them a friendship between a mouse and a bear can never last.

Check out the official trailer for the dubbed U.S. version of Ernest & Celestine, which features the voices of Lauren Bacall, Paul Giamatti, William H. Macy, and more:

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Scream Factory to release acclaimed zombie film ‘The Battery’ on Blu-ray and DVD

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My favorite horror film of 2013 which almost no one saw? That would have to be The Battery, a micro-budgeted tale of two bickering ex-baseball players trying to survive the zombie apocalypse. Written and directed by the magnificently bearded Jeremy Gardner – who also stars alongside Adam Cronheim — the result is a reminder that you don’t need a whole lot of money to make an atmospheric and character-rich undead flick. In fact, all you really you need is $6,000 and a baseball bat (okay, and a ball and a glove).

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▶ Transcendence Trailer Official – Johnny Depp – YouTube

▶ Transcendence Trailer Official – Johnny Depp – YouTube.

 

Transcendence opens in theaters on April 8th, 2014.

Cast: Johnny Depp, Paul Bettany, Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Cillian Murphy, Morgan Freeman, Clifton Collins Jr., Josh Stewart, Cole Hauser, Cory Hardrict

Sci-Fi Thriller. Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) is the foremost researcher in the field of Artificial Intelligence, working to create a sentient machine that combines the collective intelligence of everything ever known with the full range of human emotions. His highly controversial experiments have made him famous, but they have also made him the prime target of anti-technology extremists who will do whatever it takes to stop him. However, in their attempt to destroy Will, they inadvertently become the catalyst for him to succeed-to be a participant in his own transcendence. For his wife Evelyn (Rebecca Hall) and best friend Max Waters (Paul Bettany), both fellow researchers, the question is not if they can…but if they should. Their worst fears are realized as Will’s thirst for knowledge evolves into a seemingly omnipresent quest for power, to what end is unknown. The only thing that is becoming terrifyingly clear is there may be no way to stop him.

Transcendence trailer courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

 

 

The Avengers 2 Confirmed Disney CEO Confirms The Avengers 2 is In Development

With Marvel Studios delivering Disney the biggest theatrical opening ever with The Avengers this weekend, there was nothing but smiles of the faces of those at The Walt Disney Company sharing the corporation’s second quarter earnings today.

The Avengers has banked over $700 million worldwide in less than two weeks, having been open only five days in North America. Disney Chairman and CEO Robert A. Iger announced today that The Avengers 2 is already in development.

The reality of The Avengers 2 is a given, the only question is when. The film is such a massive hit at the box office that we wonder how it’ll affect Marvel Studios’ plans going forward. Next year they have Iron Man 3 and Thor 2, and the following year,Captain America 2. Do they want The Avengers 2 so badly that they’d put it in 2014? Or will they use their branding to start expanding the franchise and introducing other characters?

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There are are still two summer slots in 2014 that Marvel could use for in-development and recently teased Ant-Man, a SHIELD movie or something totally different, likeGuardians of the Galaxy, but the earliest we’d find out more is likely around time for Comic-Con in July where we hope Marvel Studios will hold a panel for the upcomingIron Man and Thor sequels.

We doubt any serious development has actually occurred for The Avengers sequel outside of ideas Joss Whedon, Marvel President Kevin Feige and others at the studios have already discussed in their planning out of the franchise’s future. At this point we don’t even know of Whedon will return to direct although we expect that Marvel will pay what’s necessary to make that happen. Another reason The Avengers 2 shouldn’t release until 2015 is because they need a lot of time to develop it and to lay down more foundation in other films before they can gather everyone together for long shoot.

My money is on The Avengers 2 coming in 2015. There’s no word on John Carter 2

If you’ve seen The Avengers and want to share your thoughts, join our Avengers spoilers discussion and read our explanation of the post-credit ending scenes.

The Avengers stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Clark Gregg, Tom Hiddleston and Stellan Skarsgard. It is of course written and directed by Joss Whedon.

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Source: Disney (via Reuters)

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