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Harrison Ford Injured After Plane He Was Piloting Crashes

Update 8:52 p.m.: Harrison Ford's son, Ben Ford, tweeted from the hospital that his father is "battered, but ok." "He is every bit the man you would think he is," he wrote. "He is an incredibly strong man."

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Harrison Ford is in serious condition after his plane crashed in California Thursday afternoon. According to NBC, the 72-year-old actor was piloting a vintage WWII training plane when he crash-landed on a golf course in Mar Vista. The actor has since been stabilized and taken to the hospital with what sources describe as "lacerations to the head and possible fractures." He was reportedly the only person on the plane at the time of the crash.

Dark Places Might Be the Gone Girl Follow-up You’ve Been Waiting For

With similar twists and turns as Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn's Dark Places was published three years before the book the Oscar-nominated movie was based on. Now it, too, will become a movie, starring Charlize Theron as a woman whose entire family was murdered when she was young. She implicated her brother, who, as it turns out, might not actually be guilty. A group of conspiracy theorists who hang out in a "kill club" guides her to finding the answers. Kill Club? Hey, anything's better than Reddit. 

Dan Stevens Will Be the Beast in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

The Hollywood Reporter reports Downton Abbey's Matthew Crawley, a.k.a. the actor Dan Stevens, will take on (assumedly!) the heavy prosthetics of the Beast in Bill Condon's upcoming live-action adaption of Beauty and the Beast. He'll play opposite Emma Watson (Belle) and Luke Evans (Gaston), and if you still aren't quite sure your Matthew can pull off the growl, you haven't yet seen him in The Guest. Imagine the Beast played as the semi-deranged shut-in he was meant to be? We're in. 

Bob Barker Dumps Bedpan on Adam Sandler in Autism Fund-raiser Short

Comedy Central's Night of Too Many Stars, a fund-raiser for nationwide autism support, airs its celeb-filled telethon Sunday night, but Bob Barker and Adam Sandler have gifted the world this special clip as a heads-up about the cause and its comedy-adjacent festivities. As with their tussle in Happy Gilmore, Barker and Sandler beat the snot out of each other with whatever they can. Since they're in a hospital, it involves bedpans, prosthetic limbs, and Ebola.

  • Posted 3/4/15 at 4:45 PM
  • Oscars

Why the Oscars Shouldn’t Go Back to 5 Best Picture Nominees

This year’s Oscars were mildly rated and blasted by critics, and you know what that means: Instead of blaming host Neil Patrick Harris or the wan writing for that shortfall, the Academy is flirting with yet another rule change to shake things up. Every few years, this seems to happen in order to stir more interest in the lengthy awards-season race, where countless trophies are handed out before Oscar finally gets to weigh in. In 2009, the Academy expanded the Best Picture field from five nominees to ten in a famously muscular move; two years later, they tweaked that category to include anywhere between five and ten nominees, depending on how many contenders crossed a certain voting threshold. This time, according to The Hollywood Reporter, a significant amount of Academy higher-ups are urging the board to return to a simple five Best Picture nominees, which would nip in the bud the Oscars' six-year experiment with expansion.

An expanded field is good for the Oscars and good for viewers, and here's why. »

The New Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer Finally Shows Paul Bettany’s Vision

There's nothing completely shocking in this third (and supposedly final) Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer, unless you missed the part where Tony Stark accidentally creates the villainous Ultron (oops!) or craved some more portentous looks from Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and the Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), whose Eastern European accents have yet to be revealed. However, that opening eyeball at the very, very end? That looks to be the first appearance of Paul Bettany as Vision, the android hero that Marvel had previously kept under wraps.

There May Never Be Another Movie Star As Big As Will Smith

Will Smith's con-man drama Focus opened to a mild $19 million this past weekend, and the fact that this figure was received with such a shrug tells you all you need to know about the industry's diminished expectations not just for Will Smith, but for movie stars in general. Certainly, the 46-year-old Smith has been on a career downswing as of late, but if you swapped him and his co-star Margot Robbie for another set of actors — say, Ben Affleck and Kristen Stewart, or Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, just to name two pairs previously attached to the project — would they really have been able to bring in more viewers for an original R-rated drama released at the ass-end of February?

Here's three reasons why Smith will never be surpassed. »

Vince Vaughn Got Photoshopped Into Cheesy Stock Photos Because This Is How You Promote a Movie in 2015

To promote the release of Unfinished Business, Vince Vaughn and his cast mates were Photoshopped into cheesy stock photos. The first four are below. You can download them here gratis for editorial use, or you can totally print them out for your weekly Vince Vaughn fan club meeting and/or just hang them above your door for morning self-affirmations. The entire set, which reeks pleasantly of the uncanny valley, is available over at Adweek. Sadly, none feature him laughing alone with salad.

X-Men Receive Wes Anderson Treatment in Spot-on Fan-Made Mash-up

YouTube filmmaker Patrick Willems put the X-Men and lots of Wes Anderson's Life Aquatic in a blender to make a colorful faux-trailer smoothie, complete with quirky mutants, tastefully bland costumes, and loud backgrounds. The resulting concoction is delicious, with just the right hint of auteur-esque pretension. Watch as Bobby Drake, a.k.a. Iceman, reluctantly accepts his invitation to Charles Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters.

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Writer Ol Parker on Good Sequels, and Judi Dench and Maggie Smith’s 60-Year Friendship

It’s been three years since a group of aging British expats moved into The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, but they’re back this week in screenwriter Ol Parker’s follow-up to 2012’s surprise international hit. Parker chatted with Vulture about the first film’s success, the process of writing a sequel he never expected, and why working with two of Britain’s most beloved dames is anything but second-best.

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Ex Machina Is Like I, Robot, But If the Robots Were Sexy

Uh-oh, a mysterious research lab far from civilization? Run by super-bearded Oscar Isaac? Bad signs. What's more: There's a confusingly sexy robot whose name is Ava and wants to befriend you? Run. 

Netflix Wants Cary Fukunaga’s Beasts of No Nation, Starring Idris Elba

Deadline is reporting rumors* that Netflix is ready to scoop up Cary Fukunaga's Beasts of No Nation, a film based on the novel by Uzodinma Iweala about child soldiers in civil war. Starring Idris Elba, the film is apparently worth $12 million to the streaming giant, who will gladly outpay "numerous bids" from studios. Netflix wants those Oscars. Badly. 

* Update: Those rumors have been confirmed by a press release. Good for you, Netflix. 

J.Law, Spielberg Tackling War Photographer’s Memoir, It’s What I Do

Warner Bros. has bagged the rights to Lynsey Addario's memoir, It's What I Do, about her Pulitzer Prize–winning photojournalism, Deadline reports. The deal — which reportedly had Reese Witherspoon, Darren Aronofsky, Natalie Portman, and the Weinstein Company, among other suitors, knocking at the door — has Steven Spielberg helming and Jennifer Lawrence starring. The latter Oscar-winning badass will play Addario, a combat journalist who, in the face of danger and kidnappings, captured unforgettable imagery from such war-torn areas as Libya, Afghanistan, and the Congo. (If you're already having stress daydreams about the imminent American Sniper–esque trailer for this, you're probably not alone.)

See the Short Film That Would Become Whiplash

Long before Whiplash was nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars, it was a short film made by writer-director Damien Chazelle. Well, more like a scene produced from a script he'd written starring J.K. Simmons and Johnny Simmons (who would be replaced by Miles Teller) to secure funding for a full-length production. So if you were wondering why Whiplash was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay instead of Best Original Screenplay, this short film is why. 

Leonardo DiCaprio Might Finally Get to Play a Criminal With Multiple Personality Disorder

Leonardo DiCaprio has long been interested in playing the role of Billy Milligan, the first person to successfully use multiple personality disorder as a defense in the courtroom, in The Crowded Room. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the project has been dormant for nearly a decade, but now has renewed life as Jason Smilovic and Todd Katzberg have been hired to adapt the script from Daniel Keyes's nonfiction book about Milligan and his court trial, where he was charged with robbery and raping three women at Ohio State University. Milligan's various personalities included Adalana, a lesbian who took responsibility for the rapes, and Ragen, a Yugoslavian communist who admitted to the robbery. DiCaprio is going to be doing a lot of Acting.

There Will Be Adventure Time the Movie

The Land of Ooo is headed to the big screen. Deadline reports that Warner Bros. is developing the beloved Cartoon Network show Adventure Time into a film. The movie will be produced by Roy Lee, one of the executive producers of The Lego Movie, and Chris McKay, the man behind Robot Chicken. The show, currently in its sixth season, loosely follows a 12-year-old boy named Finn and his dog, Jake. Other details haven't been announced yet, but hopefully we will see a bevy of princesses, all of whom the Ice King will be obsessed with.

  • Posted 2/27/15 at 2:47 PM
  • Movies

The Lazarus Effect Is a Dopey Thriller That Wastes a Good Cast

Sort of a Flatliners for the sensitive indie-actor set, The Lazarus Effect is a grimy, dopey, confused thriller that wastes a very likable cast. The film takes place mostly in a Berkeley lab where a group of young medical researchers are developing an experimental new serum designed to prolong the neural activity of coma patients. The idea is “to give health care professionals more time to do their jobs” — because, of course, mad scientists who trample the laws of God always start off with the noblest of aims. From the film’s very first shot — video footage of a dead pig being given high-voltage doses of electricity — we know that these crazy kids are about to start bringing things back to life.

The Lazarus Effect is simultaneously too much and not enough. »

  • Posted 2/27/15 at 2:36 PM
  • Movies

Mads Mikkelsen and Eva Green Make the Western The Salvation Worthwhile

I don’t know when the term revisionist Western came into widespread use, but it’s time we retired it. Even when it meant something, it was a bit of an overstatement; most of the great Westerns bucked convention in one way or another. But starting around the 1960s, it seemed like every entry in the genre pointedly tried to rewrite our collective dream of the West. The unmaking-of-a-myth in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, or the heightened violence in The Wild Bunch, or the anti-romance in McCabe & Mrs. Miller, or the ugliness of justice in Unforgiven — they all told us, “It’s not like you thought it was. It’s not what the movies have told you.”

There’s nothing surprising about The Salvation, which is the most surprising thing about it. »

Jack O’Connell Suffers (Again) and Shines in Northern Ireland Thriller ’71

In the last three films I’ve seen him in, Jack O’Connell has physically suffered so much onscreen that I think he’s accidentally atoned for humanity’s sins. The 25-year-old actor, who ably held together Angelina Jolie’s WWII epic Unbroken and David Mackenzie’s intense prison drama Starred Up, is now at the center of Yann Demange’s brutal ’71, and once again he experiences the tortures of the damned. Luckily, he’s riveting in the role: The film, about a novice British soldier cut off from his unit during a riot in Belfast, is less about words and more about the varieties of terror in a young man’s eyes. 

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Maps to the Stars Is a Hollywood Psychodrama Played to Perfection

There are scads of scabrous inside-Hollywood psychodramas, but never a festering pyre on the order of David Cronenberg and Bruce Wagner’s Maps to the Stars. What a hyperfocused duo of ghouls! Their collaboration is a portrait of inbreeding—metaphorical and literal—in which a seemingly starstruck, fresh-off-the-bus young woman (Mia Wasikowska) becomes a catalyst for carnage, the nihilism so thick that it’s intoxicating, like that rank Icelandic rotten-shark dish that makes even the most hardened culinary daredevils retch. Please don’t bore me by complaining that the characters are “unlikable.” The defense admits that the movie is indefensible. Just breathe in the aroma of decay and howl like a banshee.

It’s Julianne Moore who enters the pantheon of Hollywood freaks. »