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Avengers: Infinity War Will Take 9 Months to Film

In a new interview with Esquire, Chris Evans runs down just how much of his 30s will be spent playing Captain America: a lot, as it turns out. "You know, you plan around the Marvel responsibilities. You have to," Evans told the mag. "We start [Captain America: Civil War] in a couple weeks, and then that shoots until August or something like that." Then, after a short break, he's got the two Avengers: Infinity War films, which will take the better part of a year to shoot: "We start the Infinity War, I think, some time in the third quarter [of 2016]. That's going to be like nine months to shoot both movies back to back." After production is done, expect Evans's reintroduction to society to look something like this:

It Follows’s Maika Monroe Is Independence Day 2’s Female Lead

With a penchant for the otherworldly, It Follows star Maika Monroe has landed the female lead in Roland Emmerich's Independence Day sequel, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The 21-year-old actress joins newbies Charlotte Gainsbourg, Liam Hemsworth, and Jessie Usher, and vets Jeff Goldblum, Judd Hirsch, and Bill Pullman. Monroe will reportedly play the president's daughter. Oh, and Hemsworth's love interest. Spicy — as long as she's not being followed. (Yes, we're still having nightmares.)

Ted 2 Trailer Gives Tom Brady a Golden Penis

The first trailer for Ted 2 was fun. This one also is kind of fun, but mainly super sexual. For example: What do Thomas Jefferson and Tom Brady have in common? Answer: This movie will poke fun at both of their penises. If that sounds odd to you, keep in mind this is a movie about a teddy bear trying to have a child. (Aww, yay.) Watch history come alive June 26.

Black-ish Creator Will Pen the Script for That Good Times Movie

Roughly two years ago, there was word of a Good Times movie ... and then development silence. Fans of Kenya Barris will be delighted to hear there's finally an update, and it involves the Black-ish creator penning the script for the '70s sitcom's feature film adaptation. Deadline reports that Sony has popped Barris on the project to take things back to the 1960s and to try to re-create some of the groundbreaking CBS show's magic. Not much else is known, sadly, aside from the fact the dy-no-mite duo of Scott Rudin and Eli Bush are producing. But hopefully, with Barris onboard, this project will now become a top priority.

  • Posted 4/27/15 at 10:05 PM
  • Biopics

Viola Davis Wants to Play Harriet Tubman for an HBO TV Movie

Viola Davis is setting the groundwork to take a star turn as the abolitionist Harriet Tubman, Variety reports. Davis is developing the TV movie for HBO, with Entourage executive producer Doug Ellin, scribe Kirk Ellis, and Amblin TV. The project will reportedly be based on Kate Clifford Larson's Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman: Portrait of an American Hero, which gives a detailed look at how Tubman took the reins as one of the most fearless conductors of the Underground Railroad. The biopic hasn't received a green light yet, but its proponents are jockeying for it to film next year. Fingers crossed — start crossing your fingers, what are you doing?

Which Foreign Actors Do the Best American Accents?

In The Age of Adaline, 82-year-old Ellen Burstyn plays the daughter of 27-year-old Blake Lively, yet somehow, that’s not the most belief-beggaring parent-child relationship in this romantic drama about a woman who doesn’t age. Instead, I found myself more distracted by Lively’s love interest, Dutch actor Michiel Huisman, whose father in the film is played by Harrison Ford. Huisman is talented, handsome, and adept, but he bears no physical resemblance to Ford, and his shaky American accent — with the occasional Dutch lilt on the wrong syllable — is so different from Ford’s gruff midwestern bark that you almost expect Huisman to deliver a throwaway line about his childhood stint at a European boarding school.


Ridiculous Six Drama Rages on With Cell-Phone Video, Vanilla Ice

The Ridiculous Six is continuing to have a contentious week: After several Native American actors reportedly walked off set, some of the extras are now coming to the film's defense. Bonifacio Gurule told KOAT 7 in Albuquerque that of the more than 100 Native American actors hired, "only a few took issue" with the immature jokes that allegedly ranged from calling characters "Beaver Breath" to saying another should (warning: dick joke coming up) put their peepee in someone's tepee. "It's a comedy, not a documentary," Gurule said. Another actor pointed out that the film pokes fun at many different cultures.

Well, here's what Vanilla Ice had to say. »

Disney’s Descendants Trailer Will Probably Hurt Your Brain

Coming to a Disney Channel near you this summer, Descendants will give fairy-tale villains and heroes the Rugrats: All Growed Up treatment nobody knew was possible (or necessary). Jafar has a kid, Cruella has a kid, the Evil Queen has a kid, and Maleficent has a kid — where did all these kids come from? — and they're about to go through puberty at the same school, on the nicer side of town. Basically, it's Disney's version of Suicide Squad. Evidently, there will be a lot of magic and jumping. Also, hair dye, which has to make you wonder if Hilary Duff will make an appearance.

  • Posted 4/26/15 at 11:50 PM
  • Drama

Amy Winehouse Documentary Is ‘Unbalanced’ and ‘Misleading,’ According to Her Family

Amy Winehouse's relatives are already not fans of the upcoming documentary about the late Grammy Award–winning singer. Winehouse's family has issued a statement to People that calls the movie, which will debut at Cannes next month, unbalanced and incorrect. "It is both misleading and contains some basic untruths," the statement says. "The narrative is formed by the testimony of a narrow sample of Amy's associates, many of whom had nothing to do with her in the last years of her life. Counter views expressed to the filmmakers did not make the final cut." Winehouse's relatives also reportedly want to distance themselves from Asif Kapadia's project because they believe it ignores how they and medical professionals tried to help Winehouse. Legal action could be on the table.

A spokesperson for the film said otherwise. »

Ryan Reynolds’s Deadpool Looks Bloody and Fun

It looks like Ryan Reynolds is making good on his promise to deliver a bloody, R-rated Deadpool film after the much-maligned, bastardized version of the character appeared in X-Men Origins. On Saturday, Reynolds tweeted a photo of himself smiling and covered in blood. "Officially halfway through production on and I feel fine," he wrote. "The other guys? notsomuch." This is what awesome looks like.

Avengers 2 Dominated (Almost) Every Country This Weekend [Updated]

The reign of Furious 7 continues as The Age of Ultron looms. James Wan’s film topped the American box office again this weekend, pulling in $16–$17 million and bringing its domestic total to around $318 million. But that reign may end soon: Joss Whedon’s incalculably hyped Avengers 2 has been dominating the foreign box office, winning all 26 of the markets in which it opened so far.


Russell Crowe’s Acting Can’t Save Russell Crowe’s Directing in The Water Diviner

It’s clear that Russell Crowe has poured his heart and soul into the historical romance The Water Diviner, his first feature as a director. If only the film were better. Or if only Crowe brought the same subtlety to his direction that he brings to his performance as Joshua Connor, an Australian farmer mourning his three sons in the wake of World War I. When the film opens, the young men’s deaths — just three of the nearly half million soldiers from the United Kingdom and its dominions, France, and the Ottoman Empire consumed by the meat grinder of the ill-fated Gallipoli campaign — are still a raw wound in Joshua and his wife Eliza’s lives. He still reads from a book of fairy tales to three empty beds, five years after the battle. The bodies, we’re told, were never found — three nameless corpses in a battlefield strewn with them.


  • Posted 4/24/15 at 10:54 AM

Montage of Heck and the Impossible Kurt Cobain

About a half hour into Brett Morgen’s new documentary Montage of Heck, the camera lingers on a note written in the slanted, scratchy handwriting of a teenage Kurt Cobain. It’s intended for his first girlfriend, Tracy Marander, with whom he lived for a little while in Olympia, Washington, while he was first putting together a band he briefly thought of calling Man Bug or Fecal Matter before finally settling on Nirvana. “Don’t read my diary when I’m gone,” the note says. Then, just below it, in the same script: “When you wake up, please read my diary. Look through my things, and figure me out.” What are we to make of this contradiction? What is its tone? Sarcastic? Playful? Needy? Marander hints that it might be all of the above, but the only person who can really tell us for sure has been gone now for 21 years. 


The Age of Adaline’s Tepid Romance Can’t Be Saved by Blake Lively and Harrison Ford’s Performances

On its surface, The Age of Adaline may look like what might happen if Nicholas Sparks wrote The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. But this strange little love story turns out to be the opposite of those Sparks swoon-fests, for better and for worse; in those films, effective, entertaining romance is generally undone by harebrained plotting and tonal mishmash. The Age of Adaline, for its part, delivers the twists and turns of its fantastical plot with elegance and confidence. Here, the weak romance threatens to bring everything down.


The Visit Trailer Will Make You Not Want to Call Your Grandparents Ever Again

M. Night Shyamalan's latest film-slash-chance at redemption, The Visit, has two grandkids visiting their grandparents for a weeklong getaway in Pennsylvania. Fun, except, they get Hansel and Gretel–ed and Paranormal Activity–ed once the clock strikes 9:30 p.m. (I swear that's not a spoiler because that's all in this trailer, and, hey, on top of all that, there'll most likely be a twist to make things really crazy.) The movie comes out September 11, but you can get thoroughly creeped out right here, right now. When you're done, though, please face your fears, and call your grandparents and relatives to make sure they haven't been scratching any walls lately.

Paul Bettany Calls Avengers’ Vision Supremely Powerful, Yet Naïve

Paul Bettany's Vision, at first glance, is going to look like a deer-in-the-headlights badass. "The Vision was fun, I loved playing him. You get to see him born on screen," he said when interviewed on The One Show this week. "He's supremely powerful, and omnipotent, and yet totally naïve in experiencing the world as it comes, and wondering what his purpose is in the world and whether he's going to be a force for good or evil." He also shared a clip with the BBC show, finally giving us a better idea of what his synthezoid character will be like in action. In an interview with Yahoo UK, Bettany added that the Vision will return for future Marvel movies — though a solo film seems unlikely ... for now.

Don’t Worry, There Will Be a Furious 8 in 2017

It looks like the Fast and Furious cast won't leave without saying good-bye, after all: Vin Diesel confirmed onstage at CinemaCon Thursday that, thanks to Furious 7 making a busload of money (that bus being perched precariously over a cliff), the long-promised Furious 8 is indeed happening. It even has a release date: April 14, 2017. That continues the every-two-years trend the series has followed since Fast Five — Dom Toretto lives his life a quarter-decade at a time.

  • Posted 4/23/15 at 4:45 PM
  • Trends

Suddenly, Every Movie Romance Involves First-Edition Books, and It’s Getting Kinda Weird

In January’s The Boy Next Door, there was an early scene where handsome stalker Noah (Ryan Guzman) presents object-of-his-affection Claire (Jennifer Lopez) with a “first-edition copy” of The Iliad. Audiences guffawed. Foolish Noah, The Iliad was written almost 3,000 years ago! Nice try, you dumb, hunky movie.

Then, in February’s Fifty Shades of Grey, there was an early scene in which handsome stalker Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) presented his object of affection, lip-biting doormat Anastasia (Dakota Johnson), with an entire set of first-edition books. Sure, that was a plot point in the E.L. James novel Fifty Shades was adapted from, but wasn’t it so much more fun to read that moment as a trash-camp homage to The Boy Next Door? 2015 was off to such a rip-roaring, weirdly specific start, where it seemed like every movie sexcapade would first be kicked off by the ceremonial giving and receiving of classics you read in high school.

And now there's The Age of Adaline. »

Nightcrawler’s Riz Ahmed Might Star in Star Wars: Rogue One [Updated]

Variety reports that Riz Ahmed, best known for Nightcrawler, is in talks to play the male lead in Star Wars: Rogue One. At a Star Wars panel held over the last weekend, we learned that the first Star Wars anthology will involve a group of rebel soldiers who plan to steal the Death Star. Felicity Jones has already been cast in a lead role as one of those rebel fighters. And while there are no details yet about his role, Variety says Ahmed will likely play a rebel soldier, too. Ben Mendelsohn will also reportedly play the film's villain. Rogue One is set for 2016.

Update: The Wrap is reporting that The Hunger Games' Sam Claflin is also being discussed for a lead role.

Black Mass Trailer: Did They Make Johnny Depp Ugly Enough to Win an Oscar?

There are a lot of famous people in Black Mass — like Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson, Kevin Bacon, and Peter Sarsgaard — but only one who really seems to matter: Johnny Depp. He's back! And people are already talking about an Oscar. Depp plays real-time Boston mobster Whitey Bulger, who was also serving as an FBI informant to take down the Italian mafia. The trailer is a scene between Depp and David Harbour about this beautiful goddamn steak they're eating. Can you, cough, pass the water, please?