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  • Posted 9/18/14 at 12:35 AM
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Matthew McConaughey Won't Be in Magic Mike XXL

Tragic news for fans of Matthew McConaughey in assless chaps (so, all of us): According to an interview in The Playlist with Magic Mike XXL director Greg Jacobs, McConaughey will not be reprising his role as Dallas in the forthcoming sequel to 2012's smash hit Magic Mike. Vulture is sorry to be the bearer of bad news. Please accept these GIFs of Danny Castellano stripping as consolation.

Bono and Liam Neeson Are Working on a Movie Together

According to an interview with Liam Neeson in The Independent, he and fellow Irishman Bono — you know, that guy whose album you just deleted from your iPhone — have teamed up for a new film project: “[Bono and I] chat, or with him a lot of the time I just listen. He’s a wonderful man. He’s got an idea for a script which we’ve been working on for the past six years,” said Neeson, explaining that the story is inspired by the phenomenon of the ‘70s Irish show bands that toured the country doing covers of international hits. It's not clear yet whether Neeson would star in the movie, but if he does, we assume he will play a man with a very particular set of skills (musical skills).

  • Posted 9/17/14 at 6:00 PM
  • Movies

Ben Affleck’s Creepy Smile Got Him Cast in Gone Girl

In this middle of Playboy's detailed interview with David Fincher comes this amusing anecdote: He was apparently inspired to cast Ben Affleck in Gone Girl because of Affleck's Google Image results.

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Paranormal Activity 5 Will Be Called Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension

According to Exhibitor Relations, our next Paranormal Activity movie (the fifth!) will be called Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension. Spooky! It's out next March, and there aren't any creepy dolls involved ... yet.

The Only 15 Netflix Hacks You’ll Ever Need

Netflix has changed the way we rent movies, making a large library of films and television series available at the touch of a button. But are you getting the most out of your Netflix subscription? With this collection of Netflix hacks — from beginner to advanced levels — we'll make sure that you squeeze every bit of binge-watching goodness out of the streaming service.

Add Trailers, Rotten Tomatoes, and IMDb Ratings. »

Downton’s Cousin Matthew Is Great at Lying in The Guest

In The Guest, Dan Stevens (of Downton Abbey fame) plays a mysterious man who insinuates himself into a heartland family’s life. And he does it with such sustained you-know-I’m-really-up-to-no-good insincerity that it takes on the quality of performance art. Stevens is so good at looking us right in the eye, giving a half-cocked smile, and clearly lying through his teeth, that he keeps us watching long after the movie has lost our interest.

We first see David (Stevens) as a pair of combat boots running along a rural road. »

Tracks Is Powerful, Once It Finds Its Footing

You often hear spiritually elevated people say, “It’s not the destination that matters, it’s the journey,” and that philosophy is implicit in Robyn Davidson’s celebrated 1980 memoir, Tracks, and in the meditative, powerful new film directed by John Curran. This is a work in which the very premise is repeatedly called into question: Just why does Davidson (played onscreen by Mia Wasikowska) move from the big city to trek 1,700 miles across the harsh Australian desert (from dusty Alice Springs in the Northern Territories to the Indian Ocean) with only her dog, Diggity, and four demanding camels? Among the answers: to show that she—a woman—can do it on her own. To see the country and its history—particularly its treatment of the natives—in a new light. To get away from people and the niceties of civilization—to stop having to strike poses. That makes it ironic (annoyingly so) when she has to turn for underwriting to National Geographic, which sends an American photographer, Rick Smolan (Adam Driver), to check in with her periodically and, yes, make her strike poses. In the end, the point of this ridiculous, arduous, oft-interrupted odyssey turns out to be elusive—and is all the richer for it.

Wasikowska is one of those rare actors who can find the magic in plainness. »

Adam Driver’s Star Wars: Episode VII Role May Surprise You

There's plenty that we don't know about J.J. Abrams' upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII film, but one of our known knowns — at least, we thought — was that Adam Driver was definitely going be one of the bad guys. But a new on-set photo is making us rethink things. Spoilers ahead:

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Why Tobey Maguire Thinks There’s a Lack of Young Male Movie Stars

In a 2011 Vulture article, we sized up the sparse field of young leading men in the movies and plaintively asked, “Where Are the New Leos, Tobeys, and Jakes?” Three years later, that drought has only gotten worse. While the movies can boast a plentiful array of bankable female superstars under 25, including Jennifer Lawrence, Shailene Woodley, and Kristen Stewart, their male counterparts are meager, and there’s still no young man with an under-25 career comparable to the one had by Leonardo DiCaprio (who’d been Oscar-nominated for What’s Eating Gilbert Grape and toplined the then-biggest movie ever, Titanic, before turning 25), Tobey Maguire (who’d by that age starred in classics like The Ice Storm and The Cider House Rules), or Jake Gyllenhaal (who made Brokeback Mountain, Donnie Darko, and Jarhead before his 25th birthday).

What gives? »

  • Posted 9/16/14 at 3:20 PM
  • Movies

Cara Delevingne Will Star in the Latest John Green Adaptation

In a casting move that has author John Green "so excited!" Cara Delevingne and her eyebrows have signed on for the upcoming screen adaptation of Green's Paper Towns. The model will star as Margo, a mysterious young woman who enthralls a nerdy teen played by The Fault in Our Stars' Nat Wolff. This is only the latest installment of Cara Delevingne Conquers Hollywood: She's also appearing in Michael Winterbottom's Amanda Knox–ish film as well as a Peter Pan reboot, and recently broke into directing with a short film of Reese Witherspoon in an elevator.

Tom Hiddleston to Star in New King Kong Movie

At Comic-Con, we were all surprised when Legendary Pictures ended its panel with a teaser for a new King Kong movie. There was no information but a title, Skull Island, which is the name of King Kong's home; it has only been shown briefly in previous movies in the franchise. Today Legendary filled in the most important details: The film will star Tom Hiddleston, with Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer) directing. Max Borenstein, who wrote the most recent Godzilla reboot, wrote the first draft of the script. The film is scheduled for a November 4, 2016 release because Legendary does not want anyone to dress as King Kong for Halloween.

Snowpiercer’s Most Memorable Scenes, Illustrated

It's practically fall, but we're still thinking about Snowpiercer and that train, and whether we'd belong to the head or the tail, whether we'd eat that "special" protein bar, and whether we'd indulge in the Kronole. (Have no idea what we're talking about? Watch the movie on VOD!) To continue our celebration of the film, we had illustrator Tuesday Bassen sketch her version of the film's most notable cars. You'll see a side-scrolling version below, as if you were on the train, and then you can click below that to see all the illustrations in poster form. Can you match every illustrated car with its corresponding scene?

The Best Movies of 2014 So Far

We're about to head into Oscar movie season, and with eight months of movies behind us, it's time to take stock. Here are the best reviewed movies of the year so far, according to Vulture's movie critics David Edelstein and Bilge Ebiri.

Big-Budget Extravagances

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
“The latest Apes picture, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, is an excellent interspecies bromance between an ape and a man who’d like to live in peace but are surrounded by warmongering assholes.”

Guardians of the Galaxy
"Director James Gunn ... has a rare talent, one that George Lucas also had but few filmmakers working in this genre do: He can effortlessly cut between evocative worlds we’ve never seen before without losing sight of the action and the pace of his narrative."

“This vital documentary gives you a world of hurt." »

Avengers: Age of Ultron’s Full Synopsis Reveals All You Need to Know

We had a general idea of what was going to happen in Avengers: Age of Ultron — the characters, the bad guy, etc. — but today, Marvel released the official synopsis, which you can read below. All the pieces are there, but it explains a bit more clearly how everyone gets involved. The film comes out on May 1, 2015. It will make all of the money. All of it. If you are money and reading this, enjoy your next few months; soon, you'll belong to Marvel.

"Uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure." »

See Lupita Nyong’o Hang Out With Elmo on Sesame Street and Talk About Their Skin

Lupita and Elmo met up on Sesame Street to chat skin: You see, it's soft, it covers our body to protect it, and comes in all sorts of shades. It's also a good idea, skin-wise, to always wear sunscreen, but these two didn't mention that, so I thought I'd chime in and help them out.

Trailer: Jason Schwartzman Is a Misanthropic Author in Listen Up Philip

In Listen Up Philip, Jason Schwartzman plays a caustic, egotistical author who befriends his literary idol (Jonathan Pryce) and travels with him to his country retreat, fleeing his failing relationship with his girlfriend (Elisabeth Moss). The dark, Woody Allen–esque comedy premiered to rave reviews at Sundance this year, and it finally hits U.S. theaters October 17. Unfortunately, Moss and Schwartzman don't have the opportunity for too much adorable banter in the film, but thankfully, there's always real life for that.

Matt Damon Is Returning to the Bourne Franchise

Get ready for more shaky-cam adventures: Deadline reports that Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass, who helmed The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum, will reunite for another film in the Jason Bourne franchise. While both have said they would not be returning to the series — with Greengrass saying there was no place for the character to go now that he has regained his memory — it looks like they’ve changed their minds. According to sources, the reteam would be the next film to go into production with an intended release date of July 16, 2016, meaning it will move ahead of the spinoff sequel (to 2012’s The Bourne Legacy) starring Jeremy Renner as Aaron Cross and directed by Fast & Furious’ Justin Lin. Now all they need to do is come up with a name for it. So ... Bourne Again?

I Know What You Did Last Summer Coming Back

Sharpen your hook hands and ready your rain gear: There's an I Know What You Did Last Summer reboot percolating. According to Deadline, Oculus's Mike Flanagan will be writing and producing this new adaptation of Lois Duncan's teen classic. Sony is apparently optimistic that the world still has an appetite for buxom teens just screaming and screaming while their friends get murdered. Can everyone wear tank tops in this reboot as an homage to the Jennifer Love Hewitt iterations, please? Those movies had some really robust tank tops.

  • Posted 9/15/14 at 3:30 PM
  • Movies

Here’s Everything We Know About Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s Movie By the Sea

Entertainment Weekly has a bunch of new information about By the Sea, the upcoming Brangelina collaboration that has previously been shrouded in secrecy. (Sexy secrecy.) Among the revelations ...

Brad and Angelina will play an unhappy couple. »

So Josh Hutcherson’s Escobar: Paradise Lost Character Is Just Peeta, Basically

In Escobar: Paradise Lost, the debut film from Italian actor Andrea DiStefano, Benicio del Toro stands out as Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar. Despite the title, the movie gives more attention to the unwitting protagonist caught in Escobar’s crosshairs: a young Canadian surfer named Nick (played by The Hunger Games’ Josh Hutcherson), who falls in love with the dangerous cocaine king’s niece (newcomer Claudia Traisac). On the red carpet at the Toronto International Film Festival, DiStefano director told Vulture that he cast Hutcherson before The Hunger Games had turned him into a global teen heartthrob, but you’d be forgiven for thinking that Hutcherson was chosen to play Nick on the strength of the actor’s portrayal of District 12’s resident nice guy, Peeta, because the two characters might as well be twins. Here are eight ways they are the same:

For starters, love is the root of all of his problems. »