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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

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'Arrow' Star Stephen Amell to Play Casey Jones in 'Ninja Turtles 2'

Following last week's addition of Alessandra Ambrosio to the cast of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 as a seemingly inexplicable love interest for cameraman Vernon Fenwick (Will Arnett), the sequel has lined up a new supporting star taking a role that will have fans pretty excited. Variety has learned that "Arrow" series star Stephen Amell has taken the role of the hockey-masked crime fighter and turtle ally Casey Jones. The trade reports Amell tested for the role with about six other actors over the weekend, and it was his chemistry with Megan Fox as April O'Neil that convinced the studio ... by Ethan Anderton

Christopher Walken Has 'Nine Lives,' Will Ski with 'Eddie the Eagle'

There can never be too many movies with Christopher Walken, and that's why we're happy to hear from Deadline that the Pulp Fiction and Catch Me If You Can star has just landed two more projects. First up, Walken will take a role in Eddie the Eagle, the true story about Britain’s first Olympic ski jumper, Michael Edwards (Taron Egerton), who became famous for finishing dead last in two events at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, despite his best efforts. Hugh Jackman plays Eddie's mentor, and Walken has been brought on board as the mentor of Jackman's character. Don't forget ... by Ethan Anderton

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje is Joining 'Suicide Squad' as Killer Croc

The primary cast of Warner Bros. Pictures' forthcoming adaptation of DC Comics' property Suicide Squad is all assembled with Will Smith as Deadshot, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flagg, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, Cara Delevingne as Enchantress and Jared Leto as The Joker. Plus, Jay Hernandez is on board as El Diablo and Viola Davis is playing Amanda Waller. But yet another name has joined the cast as The Wrap reports "Lost" star Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje is taking the role of Waylon Jones, aka Killer Croc, a reptilian supervillain known for giving Batman a fair share ... by Ethan Anderton

Watch: French Crime Thriller 'The Connection' Excellent Full Trailer

With a classic style and plenty of intensity, the full theatrical trailer for the French crime thriller The Connection has just arrived, and it's simply excellent. Touted as the European side to the American classic The French Connection, the foreign film was picked up by Drafthouse Films to get a limited release this summer, and once you see this trailer for the film starring Oscar winner Jean Dujardin, you'll see why the cinephile distribution house wanted to get as many people to see it as possible. This looks like the kind of crime thriller they don't make anymore, with a ... by Ethan Anderton

Ari Folman's Anne Frank Drama Blends Stop-Motion & 2D Animation

Last year, director Ari Folman (Waltz with Bashir) brought the ambitious live-action, animated hybrid film The Congress to the big screen, and now he's doing something else innovative with animation for his next project. Folman is currently working on an animated drama that tells the story of Anne Frank with a blend of stop-motion and traditional 2D animation. The filmmaker is using stop-motion backgrounds while the characters themselves are 2D animated. The film has been in production since last winter, and now we have some photos showing off the style of the film along with some behind the scenes photos. ... by Ethan Anderton

Vote to Choose IMAX's 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Poster Giveaway

Every now and then, when a big movie gets released in IMAX theaters, a special commemorative poster is handed out to fans who see the first showing (hey, that's us!) on the massive screen. Usually, fans just have to be happy with what they get, but in the case of The Avengers: Age of Ultron arriving in just one month, you can vote for which poster you want to receive. IMAX has revealed four possible posters that will be given away at the first IMAX showings of the Marvel sequel, but only one will be the winner. Fans can vote ... by Ethan Anderton

Tom Hardy is on the Run in Latest Trailer for 'Mad Max: Fury Road'

"As the world fell, each of us in our own way was broken." Hot on the heels of a new TV spot, a second full trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road has arrived offering tons more beautiful footage, and a much better idea of the story. It looks like Tom Hardy keeps trying to escape captivity while Charlize Theron has stolen a group of enslaved women from the clutches of the terrifying, masked villain. We're not sure when Theron and Hardy cross paths, but that's obviously inevitable. The action on display here looks breathtaking and just incredible. If the trailers ... by Ethan Anderton

Hop on the Trailer for 'The D-Train' with Jack Black & James Marsden

"I thought if I could deliver Oliver Lawless I'd be a hero." After premiering at Sundance earlier this year, the outrageous bromantic comedy The D-Train has just debuted its first trailer. Jack Black stars in the film as Dan Landsman, always trying to be the cool guy, but never getting invited out to the bar with his co-workers. But then he thinks the magic ticket lies in getting old classmate Oliver Lawless (James Marsden), who seems to be a successful actor in Los Angeles, to come to the next high school reunion. But his attempt results in more than he ... by Ethan Anderton

Chilean Mining Disaster Hits the Big Screen in 'The 33' First Trailer

It's been five years since the world was captivated by the ongoing tragedy of 33 Chilean miners who were trapped a half-mile underground after an accident in a mine caused it to collapse. After 69 days, every single one of the trapped miners was rescued for a happy ending. Not long after, a feature film was put into the works, and now the first international trailer for that film has arrived. The 33 is based on that story, and while it takes place in Chile, the entire film is in English (which is annoying). Antonio Banderas, Lou Diamond Phillips, Rodrigo ... by Ethan Anderton

Watch: 12-Minute In-Depth Discussion on the Lenses Kubrick Used

Camera nerds and cinematographers gather ’round. A video has been uploaded to YouTube that features cinematographer Joe Dunton (Dance Craze, Checkout Girl) explaining in great detail the various lenses (and cameras) that Stanley Kubrick used as a filmmaker. It's very nerdy and seems to be an older video that is only now making the rounds; we were tipped by Filmmaker Magazine. Joe shows off and discusses a number of the various lenses, wides and zooms, that Kubrick used plus his favorite camera the Arriflex IIc. Get ready for a trip back in time, as he says most of these were ... by Alex Billington

'Pride & Prejudice & Zombies' Lands February 2016 Release Date

Briefly: Last fall brought us our first look at the long-gestating adaptation of Pride & Prejudice & Zombies, based on Seth Grahame-Smith's period romance novel remix of the same name. In the story, a zombie apocalypse has been ongoing for 70 years, and the Bennet sisters, Lydia (Ellie Bamber), Jane (Bella Heathcote), Elizabeth (Lily James), Mary (Millie Brady), and Kitty (Suki Waterhouse) are finally sick of it and ready to take on the undead. Now the film from Burr Steers (17 Again) has been given a release date of February 19th, 2016 from Screen Gems. It's not the best release date, but ... by Ethan Anderton

Warner Bros. Bumps Up 'Vacation' Reboot to Late Summer Release

If you've been skeptical about Warner Bros. Pictures' reboot of the classic comedy Vacation, this news might change your tune. The studio is placing a lot of confidence in the comedy starring Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Leslie Mann and Chris Hemsworth because THR reports they've just bumped up the film from its original release date in October to a much better opening on July 31st this summer instead. That should make for some decent counter programming for anyone who isn't interested in Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, which was also bumped up from its original Christmas Day release. ››› Continue reading ... by Ethan Anderton

Melissa McCarthy Finally Becomes a 'Spy' in Comedy's Second Trailer

"Bring one of your cats as a sidekick." After debuting at the SXSW Film Festival earlier this month, a second trailer for Paul Feig's latest comedy, Spy, has just come online. Melissa McCarthy is in the lead role, and while the first trailer had me on the fence, I'm starting to warm up to this one a little bit. There's still some goofy, slapstick comedy, and McCarthy is still being crass and rough around the edges, but here's some good lines here. At the very least, this will bring some laughs because it looks like Jason Statham is going to ... by Ethan Anderton

Watch: Zach Galifianakis Plans a Heist in First 'Masterminds' Trailer

"Brace your boobies." There's plenty of slick heists, from Ocean's Eleven to Inside Man, but the story at the heart of Masterminds doesn't seem to be one of them. In the action comedy from Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite), a robbery is planned by a ragtag team of dimwits including Zach Galifianakis, Kristen Wiig and Owen Wilson, and somehow they get away with it. But that's just where the chaos seems to begin. It's hard to tell what's going on in this chaotic teaser trailer for the comedy, but Jason Sudeikis already seems like he will be the high point of ... by Ethan Anderton

'Jurassic World' Director Colin Trevorrow Will Read 'Book of Henry'

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Earlier this month, Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow landed a new project at DreamWorks with Intelligent Life, an original sci-fi project that was birthed out of a previously developed concept known as The Ambassador. However, it sounds like that won't be the director's next immediate project as Deadline reports Sidney Kimmel Entertainment has hired Trevorrow to be at the helm of Book of Henry, an original screenplay written by novelist Gregg Hurwitz. Unfortunately, no plot details are available at this time, but the project is hoping to start production in New York in this fall and Trevorrow is pretty excited. ... by Ethan Anderton

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