Nov. 25, 2014 | 1:41 p.m.

‘Sherlock': Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman don hats in new image

Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman on the set of "Sherlock." (Sue Vertue / BBC)
“Sherlock” fans had extra reason to be thankful before this week’s holiday — series producer Sue Vertue tweeted a photo of stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman wearing jaunty chapeaus to tease a new special due next year. Their period costume has raised eyebrows online, with some wondering whether the acclaimed British drama will introduce a time-travel element a la “Doctor Who,” which is also overseen by “Sherlock” showrunner Steven Moffat. Vertue also tweeted an image of the cover of a script the actors were using during a read-through for the upcoming special. #221back #Sherlock #notkidding pic.twitter.com/Lx6q8DZ2aV — sue vertue (@suevertue) November 25, 2014 This is what we've been doing today! Later on a pic of Sherlock and John as they'll appear in the Special #221back pic.twitter.com/Aq4vncKpKy — sue vertue (@suevertue) November 25, 2014 BBC has said previously that filming […]
Nov. 25, 2014 | 12:39 p.m.

‘Pan’ trailer: Hugh Jackman’s Blackbeard sails through Neverland [video]

Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard in "Pan." (Warner Bros.)
Hugh Jackman channels his inner pirate in the new trailer for “Pan,” the latest fairy tale retelling headed for the big screen. Directed by Joe Wright, “Pan” serves as a prequel to the traditional Peter Pan story, with Jackman stepping in as Blackbeard, the leader of a clan of flamboyant pirates who ferry young Peter (newcomer Levi Miller) from an English orphanage into the colorful realm of Neverland. There, he encounters a dashing — and not yet villainous — Hook (Garrett Hedlund) and an empowered Tiger Lily (Rooney Mara). Acclaimed filmmaker Wright is perhaps best known for period dramas such as “Pride & Prejudice,” “Atonement” and “Anna Karenina,” and the trailer for his latest underscores his facility for sumptuous detail, though he wasn’t the sole architect of the movie’s distinct look; Aline Bonetto, who previously collaborated with singular stylist Jean-Pierre […]
Nov. 25, 2014 | 11:02 a.m.

‘Jurassic World’ trailer: Watch Chris Pratt track dinosaurs in new clip

Chris Pratt stars in "Jurassic World." (Universal)
The dinosaurs are ready to roam the big screen once more. The new trailer for “Jurassic World” arrived Tuesday, offering the first detailed glimpse of the anticipated fourth film in the franchise inspired by the work of author Michael Crichton. Set for release June 12, the movie stars newly minted action hero Chris Pratt, who is called upon to help protect visitors to the world’s grandest theme park from a new, genetically modified dinosaur. “Jurassic World” is directed by Colin Trevorrow, who earned acclaim with his earlier indie entry “Safety Not Guaranteed”; Trevorrow cowrote the script for the upcoming film with his earlier collaborator Derek Connolly, who also is credited as a screenwriter on another planned summer 2015 release, “Monster Trucks.” “Jurassic Park” director Steven Spielberg serves as an executive producer on the new movie, which also stars Bryce Dallas […]
Nov. 24, 2014 | 3:00 p.m.

‘Wonder Woman’ movie signs Michelle MacLaren to develop, direct

Michelle MacLaren officially has come aboard to develop and direct Warner Bros.’ upcoming “Wonder Woman” movie, sources confirmed Monday. MacLaren’s extensive television credits include such prestige series as “Breaking Bad” and “Game of Thrones”; the Wonder Woman film would mark her big-screen directorial debut. MacLaren previously had been tipped as the director most likely to take the reins on the film, slated for a 2017 release. Gal Gadot, who is playing the DC comics superheroine in 2016’s Zack Snyder-directed “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” will reprise the role in the stand-alone movie. GALLERY: Wonder Woman through the years “Wonder Woman is arguably one of the most powerful female characters of all time and a fan favorite in the DC Universe,” Snyder said last year when Gadot was cast. “Not only is Gal an amazing actress, but she also has […]
Nov. 24, 2014 | 11:46 a.m.

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens': See the 88-second first trailer this weekend

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' JJ Abrams Tweet
[This post has been updated to include the complete list of 30 theaters screening the trailer. Scroll to the end for the complete list.] The first trailer for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is debuting this weekend, and according to director J.J. Abrams, it will reveal 88 seconds of footage from the highly anticipated seventh installment in the sci-fi mega-franchise. On Monday morning, Abrams tweeted a picture of a handwritten note, complete with Star Wars doodle, wishing fans “a most excellent Thanksgiving” and teasing the trailer. “A tiny* peek at what we’re working on — this Friday in select theaters,” Abrams tweeted. “*88 seconds.” THANKSGIVING pic.twitter.com/46811BgWiF — Bad Robot (@bad_robot) November 24, 2014 “Select theaters” could include nine Regal Entertainment Group venues; the movie theater operator announced on its website that the trailer would screen before each film playing Friday […]
Nov. 24, 2014 | 11:37 a.m.

‘X-Men: Apocalypse': Oscar Isaac to star as villain in mutant sequel

Oscar Isaac will star as the powerful villain in “X-Men: Apocalypse,” the next installment in the long-running Fox franchise based on the Marvel Comics series. Bryan Singer is set to direct the film, which is scheduled for release on May 27, 2016. The casting means that Isaac, an acclaimed actor who garnered critical attention for his role in “Inside Llewyn Davis,” among other roles, will have two blockbuster franchises on his resume — he also is due to appear in J.J. Abrams’ highly anticipated “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which is set to arrive in theaters late next year. Singer originally announced “X-Men: Apocalypse” on Twitter last December; the movie will see the mutants face off against the popular titular villain of the 1990s storyline “Age of Apocalypse.” “It’s another one of the great ‘X-Men’ storylines, which is cool,” franchise […]
Nov. 22, 2014 | 6:00 a.m.

‘That Dragon, Cancer’ brings a serious real-life ordeal to gaming

"That Dragon, Cancer" brings a little magic to a serious topic. (Ryan Green & Josh Larson)
THE PLAYER One of the first things you hear in Ryan Green’s video game is a voice mail. Though it’s not a horror game, the sound isn’t just frightening; it’s borderline bone-chilling. A woman leaving a message for her husband sounds exasperated. She’s leaving the doctor’s office and coming home without any answers. The couple’s baby boy is vomiting. Maybe it’s this? Maybe it’s that? There is no diagnosis. And why is the child’s head always cocked to one side? Everyone is thinking the worst, but no one is saying it. At this point the player can see a glimpse of the boy, whose name is Joel. The voice mail, it turns out, was a memory, and Joel, now older, is on a slide in a park. He’s almost 5. His older brother wants to know why he doesn’t talk. […]
Nov. 21, 2014 | 2:52 p.m.

‘Star Wars': Vader is triumphant in Lego’s ‘New Yoda Chronicles’ video

Darth on Disney XD
“Star Wars” headlines are in no short supply these days. The Star Wars Celebration will be in Anaheim next year, “Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Lost Missions” was just released on video, and fans are salivating over any tidbit offered about J.J. Abrams‘ “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” But for those who want a fun fix of Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader and the rest, Lego Star Wars has been offering up a different take on George Lucas’ vision under the title of “The New Yoda Chronicles.” Above is an exclusive clip from “Clash of the Skywalkers,” the final chapter in the four-part “Yoda” series. The comedic tales are set in the prequel universe and feature Jedi Master Yoda in new adventures. The Emperor sends Vader to destroy Luke, while Yoda leads Jedi and padawans in a fight to stop […]
Nov. 21, 2014 | 10:48 a.m.

‘Strange Magic’ trailer offers singing elves, fairies and goblins

Dawn (Meredith Anne Bull) is crazy for love; her sister Marianne (Evan Rachel Wood) takes a decidedly different stance in "Strange Magic." (Lucasfilm)
Disney has released the first trailer for the upcoming Lucasfilm animated musical “Strange Magic,” offering a glimpse of the movie’s eccentric world of fairies and goblins. The film, inspired by William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” pits the magical folk (sparkly fairies and elves) against the Dark Forest’s mysterious creatures (goblins and other troll-like creatures) in a battle over a dangerous potion. Based on a story by “Star Wars” mastermind George Lucas, “Strange Magic” will feature modern-day pop songs from the last six decades. The trailer features covers of “Wild Thing,” “Say Hey (I Love You)” and a rather grating rendition of “Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch.” (Check out the trailer below) Gary Rydstrom, a seven-time Academy Award-winner for sound and sound effects editing, is directing the film from a screenplay penned by David Berenbaum (“Elf”), Irene Mecchi (“Brave,” “The Lion […]
Nov. 20, 2014 | 2:43 p.m.

‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay’ director on Jennifer Lawrence and Philip Seymour Hoffman

Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen; Philip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee. (Lionsgate)
Inside filmmaker Francis Lawrence’s West L.A. office sits a framed collection of arrows with an inscription reading, “May the odds be ever in your favor,” a signature line that fans would immediately recognize from “Hunger Games” lore. The director received the gift for his work on last year’s “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” which saw him take the reins on Lionsgate’s blockbuster franchise from original director Gary Ross. With the release this weekend of the third movie in the series, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1,” the odds would continue to be in Lawrence’s favor. The film, with Jennifer Lawrence reprising her starring role as headstrong archer Katniss Everdeen, is on track to break boxoffice records, possibly collecting as much as $160 million in just three days of release, according to some early estimates. “Mockingjay” sees the leaders of […]
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