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Here’s Who’ll Lead Disney’s Live-Action Nutcracker

Disney's live-action Nutcracker movie has found its lead: As Variety reports, it'll be Mackenzie "Murph!" Foy from Interstellar. The Lasse Hallström–directed film is based on E.T.A. Hoffmann's The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, the story that inspired Tchaikovsky's famous ballet; because it's 2016, the film will be called Nutcracker and the Four Realms. Foy will play Clara, while Misty Copeland will play the lead ballerina in the film's only dance sequence. Foy also previously appeared in the last two Twilight films, which gave her experience acting opposite wooden men.

Pulitzer Prize–Winner David Auburn Will Write the New Charlie’s Angels Movie for Elizabeth Banks

The last time we hung out with Charlie’s Angels, a director could get away with going by the name McG and beloved comic Bernie Mac was still with us. It was the early aughts and Drew Barrymore was making us believe in the power of homo-affectionate platonic love affairs between best girl friends who take baths together after a hard day’s work. But these are different times, and the Charlie’s Angels reboot being directed by Elizabeth Banks is going to need some serious talent on board to distance itself from the empty calories of the last one, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, which one critic described as “being pummeled for two hours with a feather duster.” Enter David Auburn, the Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright of Proof, who, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Banks brought on as screenwriter to develop “dynamic yet grounded Angels” and bring Barrymore’s brand of ass-kicking girl power into the new age of the female heroine. Of course, we haven’t forgotten that Auburn also wrote The Lake House with Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock, but we’re willing to forgive and forget if he comes through for Banks and her new Angels.

Watch This Korean-American Teen Deal With His Sexuality in an Exclusive Spa Night Trailer

In the movie Spa Night, 18-year-old David Cho is caught between tradition and his future, and there's no place he feels that tug of war more intensely than at the spa. Raised in L.A.'s Koreatown neighborhood, David is used to spending time at the spa with his traditional but troubled parents, but as he starts to figure out his burgeoning sexuality, he realizes that there's an entire scene of men who cruise other men in those steam rooms ... and at some point, he'll have to reconcile both of his identities in the haze. Acclaimed at the Sundance Film Festival and Outfest, Andrew Ahn's film (with an intriguing breakout performance by lead John Seo) premieres in New York on August 19 at the Metrograph, and you can watch the exclusive trailer below.

The Trailer for M. Night Shyamalan’s Split Is a Nice Reminder That M. Night Shyamalan Does Whatever Spooky Thing He Wants

M. Night Shyamalan’s first horror movie in eight years, 2015’s The Visit, was a simple, straightforward found-footage flick, and was in some ways a return to form after The HappeningAfter Earth, and The Last Airbender. So it only makes sense that Shyamalan’s next horror pic would be an incredibly ambitious combination of, from the looks of it, Psycho, Room, and The Howling. James McAvoy stars as Kevin, a kidnapper suffering from, or possibly really enjoying, a severe case of multiple-personality disorder. It should go without saying that one of those personalities might be some kind of monstrous creature. Also, he has a little boy persona? Say what you will about M. Night: He’s not afraid of a big swing, especially if that swing is a deranged werewolf madman in a maroon women’s turtleneck. 

  • Posted 7/27/16 at 9:59 AM

Is the Present Worse Than Any Fictional, Futuristic Dystopia?

At the annual BookExpo America conference in 2010, William Gibson gave a prescient address about the future of the future — or, rather, about the fact that the capital-F Future, the one he’d grown up dreaming about and reading about, didn’t exist anymore. Once, Gibson argued, the promise of the future was central to science fiction, which routinely depicted exhilarating visions of some better tomorrow. Yet “if you’re 15 or so today, I suspect that you inhabit a sort of endless digital Now,” he said. Current events —  quantum teleportation, synthetic bacteria, not to mention all the commonplace technological leaps we absorb with a stifled yawn —  are all so amazing and incomprehensible that we no longer need to dream about what tomorrow might bring.

As evidence, he cited his own novels: His first, Neuromancer, was written in the early 1980s and set in roughly the 2030s. Virtual Light, released in 1993, was set in 2006. Soon, he said, “I found the material of the actual 21st century richer, stranger, more multiplex, than any imaginary 21st century could ever have been.” So his ninth novel, Zero Hour, published in 2010, is set a year earlier in 2009. The job of the futurist is no longer speculating about what might come. It’s trying to comprehend what’s already here.

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Oprah and Ava DuVernay Will Reunite for the Director’s Next Film, A Wrinkle in Time

Ava DuVernay’s adaptation of the beloved book A Wrinkle in Time just got blessed from on-high, as Oprah Winfrey has entered final negotiations for the role of Mrs. Which. Mrs. Which is one of three celestial beings that accompany the story’s protagonists on their journey to find the father of the only girl in the group, Meg. Appropriately, Which is also the oldest of the three beings, because Oprah can only play the wisest figure in any story, and she typically appears as a shimmering kind of specter instead of a corporeal being, and that also feels so Oprah. DuVernay has not directed a feature film since 2014’s Selma, which also featured Oprah, flung both her and star David Oyelowo into the mainstream consciousness. She famously turned down an offer to helm Marvel’s Black Panther, saying she didn’t know if she could give it the identity of “an Ava DuVernay film,” but apparently felt comfortable enough with Marvel’s parent company, Disney, to proceed with bringing Madeleine L’Engle’s story to life under their banner. You will be able to give DuVernay and Oprah more of your money sometime in 2017.

Kevin James, Rob Schneider, Nick Swardson, and More Board Adam Sandler’s Sandy Wexler

Adam Sandler’s Avengers are once again assembling, this time for Sandy Wexler, the third movie in Sandler's four-picture deal with Netflix. The movie will star Sandler as a Hollywood agent who reps a bunch of industry outsider types, and whose steadfast commitment to his clients is jeopardized when he falls in love with his latest discovery, a singer played by Jennifer Hudson. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sandler staples Kevin James, Rob Schneider, and Nick Swardson will co-star; Terry Crews and Colin Quinn will round out the cast. And for all you New Girl fans out there, look forward to seeing Lamorne Morris as well. Wexler will be directed by Steven Brill, who helmed The Do-Over, so get ready for laughs on par with that movie — if you dare.

A Modern-Day Auntie Mame Is Being Specially Adapted for Tilda Swinton

When Tilda Swinton asks you to adapt something into a film for her, you adapt it into a film for her, goddamnit. That's exactly what happened to Annie Mumolo (the co-writer of Bridesmaids and Bad Moms) when Swinton sent her a friendly, out-of-nowhere email to praise the script for Bridesmaids and also see if Mumolo would be interested in adapting Patrick Dennis’s 1955 classic novel, Auntie Mame, for the big screen with her attached to star. Yes, Mumolo was indeed very interested in such a creative endeavor. "[Swinton] is, like, from another world. She’s one of the most intelligent people I’ve ever encountered … Her emails are like works of art, truly," Mumolo told Vanity Fair. "They should be published. The way she communicates is just beautiful and poetic … She asked me, 'Have you read Auntie Mame? … Would you take a look at it? I want to see if you are interested in writing a modern-day adaptation.' I said yes, because you say yes to Tilda Swinton when she asks if you want to do something." 

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  • Posted 7/26/16 at 3:50 PM
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Paul Feig Is Producing an Insane Film About Supermodels Stranded in a Chilean Snowstorm

This movie has everything: Supermodels! Chile! Drugs! Snowstorms! Upscale ski resorts! And now, it has Paul Feig. Adapted from an Elle magazine article written by Mickey Rapkin, Feig has signed on to produce — but not direct — Paramount's forthcoming Supermodel Snowpocalypse alongside frequent collaborator Jessie Henderson. The article, which was published earlier this year, chronicles two sisters, a photographer, ad executives, and a handful of models (including Jerry Hall) who traveled to Chile in 1977 for a fur-themed photo shoot only to be trapped in their posh ski resort after a massive snowstorm hit. Despite having a drug-fueled, raging Studio 54–esque time for a week in confinement, the group soon planned a near-deadly escape to return to civilization. Fashion, man ...

  • Posted 7/26/16 at 1:28 PM
  • Video

This Fascinating Little Men Clip Is One of the Best Scenes of the Year

The terrific new Ira Sachs film Little Men is quiet, mostly, which is baked into its premise: Introverted 13-year-old Jake (Theo Taplitz) finally finds a friend in brash young actor Tony (Michael Barbieri), but the two boys stage a silent protest when their squabbling parents threaten to derail their relationship. Sachs (who recently directed Love Is Strange) is great at subtle, unforced observation, and with these expertly cast kids, he's got great muses. There's so much about Jake and Tony's friendship that goes unsaid simply because Sachs and his actors know how to convey it through other means. And then, in the middle of this quiet movie, Sachs drops this explosive, funny sequence where Tony engages in a repetition exercise in his acting class. It's hypnotic to watch Tony shout back at his teacher, and Barbieri's quick wit is on full display — it's no wonder that Hollywood has come calling, placing the young actor in the new Spider-Man movie. It's also a reminder of what will be missed when Tony goes mute, and a sign that maybe he's a lot better at listening than the adults in his life. Watch the exclusive clip below, and check out Little Men in theaters on August 5.

  • Posted 7/26/16 at 1:00 PM

Anna Gunn Goes Ballistic on a Mansplainer in This Exclusive Clip From Equity, the First Female Wall Street Movie

Equity is being touted as the first female Wall Street movie, and it doesn't take too long to mentally validate that statement: The genre tends to be quite testosterone-heavy. But director Meera Menon, writer Amy Fox, and producers Sarah Megan Thomas and Alysia Reiner, who also star — all women, you might notice — have crafted a kind of antidote to this condition: a savvy, sophisticated, and appropriately ruthless story about bankers and IPOs that focuses on women not just because they're women, but because they're as capable, aggressive, and morally complicated as the dudes. In this exclusive clip, we see Naomi Bishop, played by the great Anna Gunn, laying into James Purefoy's Michael Connor, a trader and paramour, as he tries to mansplain to her how the game is played. Equity opens in select cities July 29.

New Ben-Hur Trailer: See Morgan Freeman With Hair You’ve Only Dreamed About Him Having

The new trailer for Ben-Hur has everything: horns, horses, fire, men yelling, Morgan Freeman's voice. The upcoming remake of the 1959 Charlton Heston film, Ben-Hur stars Jack Huston, Toby Kebbell, Morgan Freeman, and Morgan Freeman's new hair that we can only hope is permanent. The noisy film full of loud noises and sounds was directed by Wanted's Timur Bekmambetov. To sum up, if you really liked The Fast and the Furious, but you were like, "Dang, there aren't enough horses in this," check out this trailer! And if that's not enough horses, yelling, or dreadlocks, check out the film's first trailer, below:

Modern Sal Paradise Shailene Woodley Drove Across America to Get to the DNC

Shailene Woodley has left confusion and nonsense behind and is performing the one noble function of our time: to move. Variety reports that, for the past week, the Divergent star has embraced a life on the road, caravanning from Los Angeles to Philadelphia for the Democratic National Convention. Woodley, a prominent Bernie Sanders supporter, traveled the winding country roads until at last she reached Philadelphia a few short hours before she had to speak at a pro-Sanders rally Sunday night, just for a moment reaching the point of ecstasy that she always wanted to reach, which was the complete step across chronological time into timeless shadows, and wonderment in the bleakness of the mortal realm, and the sensation of death kicking at her heels to move on, with a phantom dogging its own heels, and herself hurrying to a plank where all the angels dove off and flew into the holy void of uncreated emptiness, the potent and inconceivable radiancies shining in bright Mind Essence, innumerable lotus-lands falling open in the magic mothswarm of heaven.

  • Posted 7/25/16 at 10:05 AM
  • Crime

Man Pulls Gun on Child for Kicking His Seat During a Star Trek Screening

Police in Kentucky intend to bring charges against a man who reportedly brandished a gun at a child and his father in a screening of Star Trek Beyond, the Paducah Sun reports. According to the Paducah Police Department, the altercation took place after the boy repeatedly kicked the back of the man's seat: "Witnesses said the man got up and cursed the youth, asking if he was going to continue kicking his seat. The boy's father interceded and a fight broke out between the two men." During the fight, the man allegedly pulled the gun, prompting many theatergoers to flee. Police say the man was eventually escorted from the theater, where he was arrested and banned from the Cinemark chain of movie theaters. He is expected to be charged Monday.

Watch All of the Trailers Released at San Diego Comic-Con

San Diego Comic-Con is sadly coming to an end, ladies and gentlemen. But don't frown because it's over, smile because it happened, and also smile because Comic-Con brought with it the release of a solid amount of trailers for some of the most hotly anticipated films of 2016 and 2017. Hooray! Below you'll find all of the major trailers that premiered over the long weekend, gathered together in one place for your convenience. Happy watching.

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Marvel vs. DC: Which Superhero Movies Won Comic-Con?

For all the superhero-on-superhero fights we've watched this year — in films like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Captain America: Civil War — there's one comic-book title bout that still takes the cake, and that's Marvel vs. DC. In one corner, we have seemingly bulletproof Marvel Studios, putting out one hit after another and showing Hollywood how a shared cinematic universe is done; in the other, the fledgling DC unit is leveraging some the most famous comic-book characters ever created, for an interconnected franchise that's just getting off the ground. Both superhero juggernauts came to Comic-Con today, for the two most anticipated movie panels of the weekend. How did they fare when it comes to the measurements that matter most?

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Comic-Con: Marvel’s New Logos Will Appeal to the ’80s-Video-Game Enthusiast in All of Us

After a day of trailers, trailers, and more trailers rolling out of Comic-Con on Saturday, Marvel Studios supplemented its new footage with new title cards for its upcoming films — and they’ve got a retro-classic look that will play to the Tron fan in all of us. Here they are, in order of theatrical release:

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Comic-Con: In the New Dr. Strange Trailer, All The World Is a Rube Goldberg Machine

“Through the mystic arts we harness energy and shape reality.” That’s how Tilda Swinton’s character The Ancient One describes her abilities in Marvel’s forthcoming movie, Dr. Strange, which just got a fresh trailer out of San Diego Comic-Con. This new clip shows us Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Baron Karl Mordo and gives us a better look at both The Ancient One and Kaecilius, the villain played by Danish villain-actor Mads Mikkelsen. Strange will kick off Marvel’s "weird" phase in earnest, which will take viewers to different realms and different planes of existence more frequently. With the exception of Guardians of the Galaxy, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has stayed mostly terrestrial and mostly in the same dimension up to this point, but after Dr. Strange we will go back to Asgard for Thor: Ragnorak and into the Cosmos with Guardians 2. So get ready for extra helpings of magic and mysticism in the MCU, and let Benedict Cumberbatch’s Dr. Stephen Strange light your way in the dark.

  • Posted 7/23/16 at 4:17 PM

Comic-Con: Suicide Squad Brings More Laughter and Insanity in This Chopped-and-Screwed Trailer

It's Comic-Con Christmas on Saturday at Hall H. After releasing the first trailers for both Justice League and Wonder Woman, Warner Bros. gave audience members another little gift in the form of an extended Suicide Squad trailer. It plays like a music video, and is laced together with the same quirkiness and humor that the movie's trailer campaign has made its signature over the past year. Squad fans have just a few more weeks to wait for the theatrical debut — and considering that everyone involved has been stumping for this thing for two Comic-Cons in a row now, it was sure nice of them to find some remaining extra footage for a fan surprise.

Comic-Con: Check Out the Brand-New Wonder Woman Trailer

Just now at Comic-Con, director Patty Jenkins premiered the trailer for Wonder Woman, starring Gal Gadot as the iconic DC Comics heroine. Fortunately, the teaser went online almost immediately, so you can check it out now: Wonder Woman in a ballgown with a sword! Robin Wright on horseback in battle armor!  And the key line, from Diana Prince to Chris Pine’s Steve Trevor: “What I do is not up to you.” At Comic-Con, Gadot was awestruck by the trailer, and said it got her “dancing samba from within.” Now it’s your turn!