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    We all know that X-Men: Apocalypse will be the follow-up to the wildly popular X-Men: Days of Future Past. The writer of both films, Simon Kinberg, talked with Yahoo Movies recently and shed a little light on what fans of the X-Men series can expect. One of the topics that was truly intriguing from the conversation was whether or not some fan favorites would be recast.

    X-Men Apocalypse Character Photo

    "If we included some of the original X-Men, like Storm, Jean, Scott, and others, yeah, we would have to recast them, because Apocalypse takes place a good twenty years before X1, which now insanely was fifteen years ago. It would be very hard to do. Halle, Famke, and Jimmy, and others have done such wonderful jobs of bringing those characters to life and they're so identified, those actors, with the parts now,” Kinberg admitted.

    “So it would be a tall task, but I also would have said before First Class there would be no way we could find actors who could stand alongside Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, and I think we managed to with Michael and James finding their own interpretation of the characters, not doing an impersonation. So, are we going to have to recast? If some of those characters were in the movie we would, but we'll see."

    He also reiterated how X-Men: Apocalypse would primarily focus on the cast of the film that came before X-Men: Days of Future Past.

    "That really follows the stories of the let's say First Class X-Men -- Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, many others of that generation of X-Men,” he said.

    We have gleaned from previous Kinberg interviews that Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine and Patrick Stewart’s Professor X will be in X-Men: Apocalypse. We shall see as time goes by! Until then, watch X-Men online to see how it all got started.

    Beast and Mystique Get Beastly
    Who knew that Mystique and Beast hook up? Considering the pair who play them in real life are together, that ought to work.

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    Who doesn’t remember that scene in Jurassic Park when Wayne Knight is trying his best to get to the docks and make his escape with his stolen dinosaur DNA?

    Recall when he hit the sign and thus could not figure out which way to go? Guess that sign is making a comeback of sorts in Jurassic World!

    Director Colin Trevorrow took to his social media pages and posted the photo below in our slideshow of Jurassic World set photos. Yup, that’s the sign that basically sealed Wayne’s fate! How it figures into the Jurassic World landscape, we’re not sure, but color us fascinated.

    The film has wrapped production and we’ve got a few Jurassic World stills so far, but everything else about the film that stars Chris Pratt, Jake Johnson, Bryce Dallas Howard and Vincent D’Onofrio has been completely a secret -- as it should be.

    Watch Jurassic Park online and re-watch that Knight scene that gave us the photo from Trevorrow below and get ready for the latest adventure from that universe when Jurassic World premieres June 12, 2015. 

    Recognize This Sign?
    Do you recognize this sign from Jurassic Park? Well, it's re-discovered in Jurassic World.

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    The Maze Runner box office success was overwhelming. It made over twice as much as the second place movie and made James Dashner's novel turned movie an enormous blockbuster.

    The sequel to the film -- The Scorch Trials -- has already been green lit and that's hardly a surprise. We're beyond excited that Dylan O'Brien and the boys who survived the first film will be back in the sequel. 

    And while we await that film's September 2015 release date, we explore one of the reasons why the first film struck such a chord with audiences -- those The Maze Runner quotes.

    Click through and check out our favorite 13 The Maze Runner quotes!

    What is this place?

    What Is This Place?

    Thomas
    What on earth is this place? That's the biggest question of them all!

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    Colin Firth shows why he was impeccably cast in the latest Kingsman: The Secret Service trailer. Firth plays a member of an elite spy agency simply known as the Kingsman who operate “at the highest levels of discretion.”

    As we see in the below trailer, he meets Taron Egerton and not only sees something in this young thug, but also owes his family a favor because the young man’s father saved his life. Firth takes Egerton under his wing and starts his training in the Kingsman.

    We also see in this trailer for the first time our villain, played viciously by Samuel L. Jackson. We love how he says, “Humans are a disease, and I am the cure.” Perfect Sam Jackson line, no?!

    Kingsman: The Secret Service is based on the wildly popular comic book and is directed by Matthew Vaughn of X-Men: First Class and Kick-Ass fame. The flick also stars a classic in Michael Caine.

    Look for the action adventure on February 13, 2015 and it is us, or is the track from Iggy Azalea featuring Ellie Goulding also utterly perfect in the trailer?!

    Check out Vaughn’s work and watch X-Men: First Class online or watch Kick Ass online

    Mark Hamill Stars!
    Mark Hamill is in the cast of Kingsman: The Secret Service. Who knew?!

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    Taken 3 has released its first set of photos featuring the return of Liam Neeson’s beloved Bryan Mills!

    You remember those Taken quotes and how he delivered that line about his “special set of skills?” Why do people keep messing with him then?!

    We’ve got three photos that show that Maggie Grace is back as Neeson’s daughter and joining the cast is Forest Whitaker.

    The film that continues the adventures of the characters from the mind of Luc Besson returns to theaters January 9 and we cannot wait. The photos appeared in USA Today and Neeson clues them in as to what to expect from this third installment.

    "I have to go on the run, I'll put it that way, from the not-so-lawful types and the lawful authorities. Bryan Mills served his country faithfully, but now even they are after him. They must not like me," Neeson said.

    Watch Taken online and see how it all got started!

    Liam Neeson in Taken 3
    Liam Neeson is back in action in Taken 3!

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    Hansel & Gretel Witch Hunters was a pretty decent size success for Paramount, so it’s been kind of interesting that there has been little to no sequel talk for the film.

    Jeremy Renner Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters

    The film starred Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton as the title characters who have more than survived that horrible witch’s house in the famous fairy tale as kids and have grown up to become some of the most vicious witch killers in the land.

    But, it appears that someone who has been thinking about the sequel is the writer-director of the first film, Tommy Wirkola. He has turned in a script to Paramount for Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 2 and talked to our friends at ShockTillYouDrop.com about it.

    "I've given it to Paramount and it's up to them now. But I don't know what's going to happen,” Wirkola said.

    “Jeremy [Renner] is so busy these days (he has Kill the Messenger coming in October, and has finished Avengers: Age of Ultron and is currently filming Mission Impossible 5), I don't know how they're going to juggle all of that, but it's up to [Paramount]."

    So what is Renner’s reaction to the news? "I don't have any problem with it,” he told CinemaBlend. “It was a lot of fun. It was fun to do that movie, and just have a ball!”

    See how it all started and watch Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters online!


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    Judging by that killer John Wick trailer, Keanu Reeves could not be better cast as the retired assassin who gets pulled back into the game on a mission of revenge. See, they took everything from him, and they have picked on the wrong person.

    Reeves and his cinematic alter ego are back in the action genre and you can tell by the newly released poster that this is a role that fits Reeves to a “T.”

    When you watch The Matrix online, you can see that Reeves was born to be an action hero, yet the actor has chose projects that fit that skill set wisely, and from our first impressions of John Wick, Reeves has made another excellent choice.

    The actor is the title character, who is an ex-hitman who comes out of retirement to extol his brand of justice on the gangsters who messed with the wrong guy.

    Reeves is joined in the cast by Adrianne Palicki, Bridge Moynahan, Ian McShane, John Leguizam and Willem Dafoe. Look for it October 24.

    John Wick Action Poster
    Keanu Reeves is John Wick in action in the latest poster.

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    Disney has had a massive, enormous and gargantuan hit with Frozen.

    But, is the movie that gave us those Frozen quotes the highest grossing Disney animated movie of all-time in terms of international box office?

    And where do some of the other hits from the Mouse House rank in terms of global gross?

    We know that audiences have clamored for a sequel to The Incredibles and Finding Nemo for over a decade and both are on their way. That must mean that those first films generated some serious box office heat.  

    Watch Frozen online and remind yourself why the film is clearly going to be at or near the top.

    Want another clue as to who made this list? Watch Up online and you know that heart-tugging classic has to be near the top as well.

    Click through and discover the highest grossing animated movies of all time in international box office for the icon that is Disney Animation.

    Cars 2
    Although Cars 2 arrived in 2011 and was not the most beloved of the Disney-Pixar movies, it still proved a force at the international box office. To date, Cars 2 has banked $559.9 million.

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    Vin Diesel took to his social media pages and released two new photos from the upcoming seventh installment of the Fast and Furious franchise.

    Fast and Furious 7 lands April 3, 2015 (seven months from now!) and according to Diesel, Universal stopped by to show off the film’s trailer and the superstar’s reaction was completely spot-on and we can’t wait to see it ourselves!

    "Universal came to visit, to show the trailer for FF7," Diesel wrote on his Facebook page with the below photos.

    "Speechless... yeah, it was that INCREDIBLE! I must also say, that it was emotional and bittersweet... we all went above and beyond to make Pablo proud, but man, I wish he could see what we have created and just how far we have come."

    And by Pablo he means, of course, the late Paul Walker. Even though the stars’ death may have caused an issue or two with the filming of Fast and Furious 7, the film managed to work with CG and Walker’s two brothers to finish the film that would be sadly one of Walker’s last.

    Check out the Fast and Furious 7 photos below, and watch Fast and Furious 6 online to see where we left off.

    Vin Diesel & Paul Walker Together!
    One of the last shots of Paul Walker and his good friend Vin Diesel in the film Fast and Furious 7.

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    Oscar winner Sir Ben Kingsley has run the gamut in his career from playing iconic historical figures (Gandhi) to the sublimely silly (The Mandarin in Iron Man 3). One thing he has not done too much of is animated work, and now with The Boxtrolls landing in theaters this week, the actor has added another must-see for audiences to his astounding resume.

    Ben Kingsley Records The Boxtrolls

    “I haven’t done much of this before and I was sent the most beautiful script which rang true. The honest starting point for a family film I think is a very bold, very mature move -- orphans. And they go through a struggle. They fight some very dark forces and they achieve their own light, and their own friendship and their own future,” Kingsley told Movie Fanatic.

    Kingsley was more than proud to be part of a family film that was truly that -- a family film.

    “To present this as a family film is very refreshing. I’m sorry to say that I think family films often wipe off the top two generations of the family and say anyone taller than this table won’t like this movie,” he said and laughed. “It’s stupid, because that’s not a family film. But this is and it will have resonance for all the members of the family that see it.”

    The esteemed actor saw all the elements that make The Boxtrolls so universal the moment he got the script. “I say it’s rooted in truth because of the way that this rang true. The way the patterns of human behavior in terms of loneliness, of longing, of care, of nurturing, of loss, of greed, of power, of indifference -- they’re all there on the canvas,” Kingsley said.

    Then, he saw the illustration of his character, Archibald Snatcher, and he was even more thrilled about the project. “He was very different from me and therefore my voice would have to come from a different place. I’d have to find a voice that resonated from a very different place and would include all those frailties, those inadequacies, those longings, those addictions, delusions, narcissism, vanity,” Kingsley said.

    “The guy’s a mess, held together by an absolute determination to be admitted into a club that does not want him. The worst thing you can do to that guy is to say, ‘You can’t come in,’ because sooner or later, he’ll smash the door down. And he does.”

    The Boxtrolls Snatcher

    As you can see from The Boxtrolls trailer, Snatcher seeks to join the elite that make up his village’s hierarchy in Cheesebridge. To get a seat at that table, he promises the leaders of this Victorian village that he will rid their community of the trolls that live below the city. Their moniker is the title of the movie, and truthfully, they are as kind as can be. In fact, they adopted a young baby years ago -- named Eggs -- and as the audience sees, he holds the key to bringing this community together. But, not if Snatcher has his way.

    “He demonizes a whole tribe of people who actually have nurtured and looked after an orphan beautifully, who are creative, inventive and loving. And they create their own civilization by what upper ground throws away. They never steal,” Kingsley said.

    Being well versed in all things Shakespeare, Kingsley found certain parallels between Snatcher and some of The Bard’s best.

    “The wonderful thing about Richard III is in his first soliloquy he explains exactly how he’s feeling and how he’s going to behave. He tells them, ‘Look, I’m mangled and wounded and I’m going to get the crown.’ And Snatcher is like that in a sense, he can’t take rejection,” Kingsley said.

    “I think there is something about the villains that I’m able to play that isn’t villainous. They’re vulnerable and wounded. I use that with Archibald Snatcher. Othello… he begins the play saying, ‘I’ve just been passed over for promotion and the world will suffer.’ And it does. At the end of the third act, Othello is responsible for seven deaths.”

    What else is fascinating is that what Snatcher craves, power in Cheesebridge, comes at a great cost. See, he’s allergic to cheese and that’s all that the power elite do is sit around and eat different cheeses. That was another fascinating element to this complicated character that drew the Oscar winner to one of his first forays into animation.

    “I totally embraced the tragic element of his demise. His arc is doomed because of the way he’s been constructed. There is that thread of tragedy, absurdity, danger, redemption, reunification -- all the threads,” Kingsley said.

    “I definitely warmed to the wound that will eventually consume him. Cheese is a great metaphor for success or power and power will absolutely corrupt Snatcher. And he has the choice. He thinks by being empowered that he can conquer the addiction. It happens to other people. It won’t happen to me. Bang!” 

    Watch Coraline online to see what kind of movie magic you're in for with The Boxtrolls and watch Iron Man 3 online to see a totally different kind of villain for Kingsley!

    The Boxtrolls Official Movie Poster
    The official movie poster for The Boxtrolls shows off its eccentric cast!

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    Remember our exclusive William Shatner interview where he called J.J. Abrams a pig for collecting all the sci-fi franchises?

    William Shatner Interview Picture

    Well, Abrams is clearly busy with Star Wars: Episode VII and won’t be directing Star Trek 3.

    But, Robert Orci is (and he’s writing the script) and it appears that he not only wants to bring back Leonard Nimoy as Spock, but also Shatner as Captain Kirk!

    There’s one scene, supposedly, in Orci’s script that features Shatner and Nimoy. Perhaps it’s a flashback, or flash forward as this case may be?

    Who knows, but the question now is will Shatner say “yes.”

    We, honestly, think there is no way he says no!

    The two Star Trek legends haven’t appeared together onscreen in those roles since 1991 when they starred in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.

    Whether that scene ends up in the final cut is a whole nother story as Orci is famously in the early stages of his follow-up to Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness.

    Watch Star Trek online and watch Star Trek Into Darkness online to get ready for Star Trek 3. As soon as we have any more details on that flick’s release date or plot points, we will share! 


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    Zac Efron and Seth Rogen proved to be a surprisingly effective comedy dream team in the comedy Neighbors. But, as we stated in our theatrical Neighbors review, it is Rose Byrne as Rogen’s wife who steals the laughs in many scenes! You can see that for yourself now that Neighbors has arrived on DVD, Blu-Ray and digital download.

    Neighbors DVD

    Nicholas Stoller (Get Him to the Greek, Forgetting Sarah Marshall) helms this comedy that features Efron’s fraternity (which includes Christopher Mintz-Plasse and the always awesome Dave Franco) moving next door to Rogen and Byrne’s house that they share with their new baby girl. As any parent, and most human beings for that matter, can attest to, living next to a fraternity might just be this side of hell.

    As teased in the Neighbors trailer, they get off on the right foot, but that does not last long. After that, it begins a (comedic, for the audience) war of wills that is oftentimes funny and, by the end of the film, surprisingly insightful about life as a whole.

    A comedy such as Neighbors is always a fun one to have on DVD and Blu-Ray beyond just the ability to enjoy those Neighbors quotes over and over.

    With all the bonus features, look for the laughs to greatly expand from the film itself and this Efron-Rogen comedy is no different.

    We have to start with the alternative opening, which reveals how the boys of Delta Psi Beta arrived next door to Rogen and Byrne in the first place. It is beyond hysterical and truly sets the tone for the film. We’re actually not quite sure why Stoller axed the scene, other than perhaps to keep the fraternity hijinx at bay until he introduced us to the bliss that is the married couple’s life.

    The deleted and alternative scenes are a must-see. Rarely are these worth your time as there was a reason in the first place that the filmmaker cut them. In this case, it was an embarrassment of riches for Stoller as he had to keep his film under two hours!

    Neighbors Stars Seth Rogen Rose Bryne

    Several of the deleted scenes are as funny (and even insightful) as any in Neighbors. And the alternate scenes are in that same vein. Stoller had to yell cut at some point, so we see why they were shortened, but having the DVD, Blu-Ray and digital download is a true treat that we can witness these scenes in their entirety.

    The bonus feature On the Set With… Dave Franco first off, features an impeccable choice to lead the tour. Rogen, Byrne and Efron might have seemed like a logical choice, but there is an everyman vibe to Franco that has us feeling like it's a first person visit to the comedy set from someone we know and have known for some time. And be sure to watch the entire featurette as Mintz-Plasse stops by to show Franco (and us) his special prop that is one of the film’s funnier moments.

    And the gag reel, which is standard for comedies, is fascinating with the Neighbors home video release in that it is not limited to the comedy vet Rogen or the surprisingly funny Efron and Byrne. The entire cast gets in on the gag reel action and it only further shows what a talent Stoller is to get a collective of comedy from his entire ensemble and not just the ones whose names are on the marquee.

    Don’t miss the bonus featurette Line-O-Rama, which allows the viewer to see improvised extended scenes for some of the best hilarious moments in the entire movie. It is user friendly and incredibly interactive.

    The bonus featurette An Unlikely Pair explores what we were talking about earlier in that Rogen and Efron are a perfect comedic duo and that is quite surprising. Watching the two work in this documentary short is a lesson in improv, dramatic and comedic acting from two pros who upped their game for the sake of making the best movie possible. 

    Watch Neighbors online now and witness one of our 17 best movies of summer -- right now!

    Meet the Neighbors!
    Rose and Seth meet the new neighbor, Zac Efron. Seems nice enough.

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    Fresh off the release of The Interview red band trailer, Columbia Pictures has released the green band trailer for the Seth Rogen and James Franco-starring comedy that lands Christmas Day.

    Now, you might wonder what could possibly be added to a raunchy R-rated comedy’s trailer that wasn’t in the red band teaser?

    Well, for one, there is the training scene where Rogen’s talk show host producer and Franco’s interviewer are being schooled in the art of assassination by Lizzy Caplan. That’s pretty hilarious.

    See, Rogen and Franco score The Interview of a lifetime when they learn that Kim Jong-un is a huge fan of Franco’s interviews and wants them to come to North Korea to interview him. 

    As soon as the CIA finds out about this, they employ Rogen and Franco to “take out” the North Korean leader. Their definition of that request certainly has a much different meaning than the CIA’s!

    Franco & Rogen Together Again
    Franco and Rogen team up for their latest movie together in The Interview.

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    Keanu Reeves is out promoting his latest, teased in this killer John Wick trailer, and he was asked by Nerdist if he would return to the theoretical bus in a Speed 3. His answer -- could be a joke or it could be for real.

    Speed Keanu Reeves Sandra Bullock

    “Oh my gosh, Speed 3: Redemption! Sure. You know what I mean? Jack Traven just dusting it off.”

    What do you make of those comments? Is he kidding or could you seriously see Reeves returning to the role that sent him into the star stratosphere? And would Sandra Bullock return to the franchise that was last seen sinking in the water with Speed 2?

    Time will tell, and until then relive the glory of that 1994 smash and watch Speed online

    Speaking of Speed 2, that was one of the most unnecessary sequels of all time. What others made our list? Click through and find out.

    Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
    We adore Spielberg. We adore Lucas. We adore Ford. But what was this fourth film in the Indiana Jones franchise? Aliens? In an Indiana Jones movie?!

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    Anyone who has ever played the Ouija board game, knows on many levels that it really isn’t a game by any means. The board has been used for centuries to communicate with the dead and while you’re using it, that concept can be quite haunting.

    So, you had to know it was only a matter of time before someone made a movie centered around the game and now we have one that even bears the board’s name.

    Ouija lands in theaters just in time for Halloween, and the film has released an international trailer that fills in more scary blanks than that impressive first Ouija trailer that landed earlier last month.

    Ouija stars Olivia Cooke, Bianca Santos, Ana Coto, Douglas Smith and Darren Kagasoff. The story follows what happens when Cooke’s character is determined to communicate with her recently deceased friend in the house where she perished under mysterious circumstances.

    Yeah, I know… not a good idea. 

    Contacting the Spirits
    Hey guys, given that this is a horror movie, is this "game" such a good idea to play in a dark deserted house where somebody killed themselves -- after playing the game!

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    Denzel Washington and director Antoine Fuqua struck (Oscar) gold with their first collaboration, Training Day, and are now back in action with The Equalizer. We caught up with Fuqua for an exclusive interview where the esteemed helmer shared insight into why Washington is not only a great collaborator, but what it is about his gift that makes him truly our best.

    Antoine Fuqua Denzel Washington The Equalizer

    Fuqua also sheds some fascinating light onto his latest film, teased brilliantly in this The Equalizer trailer.

    The director dishes how he shot those jaw-dropping action sequences, the casting of Chloe Grace Moretz and how the “hope in her eyes” made Fuqua want to take out gangsters for trying to dim it and how the city of Boston was a perfect locale to reflect the power, tenacity, intelligence and fight for justice elements of Washington’s character Robert McCall.

    Movie Fanatic: You and Denzel have a great cinematic relationship that continues with The Equalizer. What is it about him that you personally as a filmmaker find so special?

    Antoine Fuqua: One, he’s the king of actors in every way. He comes from the theater so it’s all about the character first. It’s great for a director to have an actor like that. The other thing is that he’s a great collaborator who has great trust for his director. He doesn’t look at the monitor to second guess what you ask him to do. When he looks at the narrative, there are not a lot of conversations about it. We spend a lot of time before we get to the set talking about it. He adds his own flavor to it that makes it better.

    Movie Fanatic: Your The Equalizer has a very different feel than the '80s TV show, but what was it about that idea that you thought would make a great movie?

    Antoine Fuqua: I thought the character of Robert McCall was interesting. It’s more complex than the TV show. He’s a guy that doesn’t have it all together and wasn’t slick in any way. He felt more like a common man, which I think works more for a movie today. He’s a guy who is trying to fit into the world. I felt that it was more of an origins story than trying to recreate something that’s been done before in the '80s -- how a guy like that would discover what his purpose would be. That’s more interesting to me. And cinematically, the character has a skill set that we designed that is stronger on the big screen. 

    The Equalizer Set Photo Denzel Washington Antoine Fuqua

    Movie Fanatic: On that note, you do an impeccable job of showing us what he’s going to do in some ways through Denzel’s eyes and how he approaches a situation. And then there are other scenes where he’s already done it. How did you decide how to orchestrate the action scenes in the most unique of ways?

    Antoine Fuqua: That was just as important to me as a dialogue scene to be informative. It’s form and motion and tells you a lot about him. It was challenging for me to figure out a way to do it. He’s a special individual. He’s a civilian and when people are shooting guns or pulling out knives, we’re hitting the ground [laughs]. Our heart rate goes up. People like him, his heart rate goes down. It’s called comfort in chaos. I needed to show the audience that and also I wanted them to see how he would handle the situation in that he’s already assessed everything in the room that can be used as a weapon as soon as he walks in. I wanted to do a little bit of Hitchcock in certain situations where you don’t always see what happened, you just think you did.

    Movie Fanatic: I was also impressed with the use of the books that he’s reading -- some of them are the supreme classics of human history and how they reflect what he’s going through in an almost foreshadowing way, such as The Old Man and the Sea and Don Quixote. Did it come to you in the script like that and how did you think that played a part in the overall narrative?

    Antoine Fuqua: That was in the script and I was excited about that. I called Richard (Wenk, screenwriter) and asked him why he put those books in the script and we would discuss it. There is a logic about it. For me, it represents the character and it represents a character who is not being truly true to himself. The idea that Don Quixote is living in a world where knights don’t exist, that’s McCall. The Old Man and the Sea, the fish has to be the fish. The old man has to be the old man. You got to be who you are in this world no matter what. But, he’s not doing that. He says that to Chloe (Grace Moretz), but he’s not doing that… yet. That’s why he can’t sleep at night. The books became really important as a metaphor.

    Movie Fanatic: Talk a bit about Chloe Grace Moretz, and it’s a smaller role, but so pivotal in that her character truly catapults Denzel’s character into being who he’s supposed to be -- speaking of that.

    Denzel Washington Chloe Grace Moretz The Equalizer

    Antoine Fuqua: Chloe was an interesting find because Amy Pascal, the head of the studio, called me and asked if I’d ever met Chloe. In my mind, she’s a little girl that was Hit Girl in Kick Ass. I met her and she was 15 or 16 and I thought, “Oh man, she has to play a prostitute?!” She walked in the room and was so mature and such a pro and our conversation was so enlightening for a young lady at that age. She’s a real talent. She did a screen test with Denzel and I saw how gentle he was with her. When she walked in the room, she took my heart. I thought, “I want to take care of the bad guy that did this to her.” She was young and still had hope in her eyes. That was really important that she felt that way. That’s why it catapults McCall, because why would anybody put out that light?

    Movie Fanatic: The city of Boston was a character too. Why did that city work so well for you as a landscape for The Equalizer?

    Antoine Fuqua: I have fallen in love with Boston before. It’s a great town. When I was scouting locations, the bombing happened and I watched the people pull themselves up and get back on their feet again. I felt like Boston makes sense. It’s a highly intellectual town. But it’s also a town with secrets. You still have the Whitey Bulgers of the world and the ports which bring all these things into America. Boston represented McCall, a blue collar guy who is highly intelligent, but at the same time is a really tough, gritty individual. That’s Boston.  

    Watch Training Day online for a look inside the brilliance of the Washington-Fuqua tandem and check out The Equalizer in theaters September 26.

    The Equalizer Movie Poster
    The latest poster for The Equalizer.

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    A half dozen photos from the highly anticipated next chapter in the cinematic brilliance that is Christopher Nolan are here. If you were intrigued by that stellar Interstellar trailer, than check out the visual wizardry presented in these new photos from the November 7 thrill ride that have premiered.

    Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain star in the film that finds an Earth unlivable and McConaughey forced to leave his family behind and head into space with Hathaway to find a new home for the human race.

    “This is the grandest adventure I think any of us will ever see on film,” McConaughey told Empire, where the photos premiered. “This is the biggest film I’ve ever been a part of.  This is one of the biggest films anyone’s ever been a part of.”

    Hathaway clearly feels the same way and for the actress, she mirrors what so many who have come before her have said about working with Nolan.

    “I am so excited for the world to receive this film, because there’s going to be a new conversation I believe will happen because of it,” Hathaway said.

    “It’s not a dry, science-based film. It has a pulse. It’s got blood in its veins.”

    Check out one of Nolan’s beloved films and watch Inception online and click through and discover the visual majesty that is his latest, Interstellar.

    Christopher Nolan Directs Matthew McConaughey
    When Christopher Nolan talks, Matthew McConaughey listens.

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    If you’re a fan of LAIKA, you know that the score and soundtracks for their first two efforts, Coraline and ParaNorman, were nothing short of brilliant. Well, they have upped the ante even more (if you can believe it) with the soundtrack to their latest, The Boxtrolls

    The film arrives September 26 and we are celebrating with a chance for one lucky reader to score the film’s soundtrack.

    The Boxtrolls Soundtrack

    The soundtrack feature 25 stellar tracks, and the highlight has to be (for us, at least!) is the Eric Idle penned track The Boxtrolls Song, performed by Mark Orton and Loch Lomond.

    It is the most wondrous of musical moments, and if you’re a fan of Monty Python, you know that Idle can create humor and heart all within the music menagerie of his sonic creations.

    As teased in The Boxtrolls trailer, the stop motion animated movie follows the goings-on in the community of Cheesebridge. The elite much on cheese and discuss the items of the day, while the common folks live their lives day-to-day in this Victorian-era set community.

    Meanwhile, below the surface of the town, a group of Trolls live -- called Boxtrolls due to the boxes they wear when they come up to the surface. Things are all well and good for these trolls (who adopt a baby boy and raise him delightfully as one of their own), until the evil Snatcher (Ben Kingsley) decides his way to being a power elite is to round up and destroy all the Boxtrolls!

    And of course, the film has the most delightful of soundtracks… and you can win it now.

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    Watch Coraline online for a taste of the visual marvel that LAIKA creates and click through our slideshow and meet the characters of The Boxtrolls.

    The Boxtrolls Official Movie Poster
    The official movie poster for The Boxtrolls shows off its eccentric cast!

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    We always thought the casting of Dwayne Johnson as Hercules was nothing short of perfection. Now a wider audience can see for themselves as Paramount has announced that Hercules is coming home on DVD and Blu-Ray on November 4.

    Hercules DVD

    Those who want to see it early can when Hercules lands on Digital HD on October 21.  

    As teased in that Hercules trailer, the story follows Johnson as an older, wiser Hercules who has “retired” to a life of a family man. The only thing is the gods are not too happy about that and, through a series of events, compel him back into action as the hero he is destined to always be.

    Hercules also stars one of our faves in Ian McShane, as well as Joseph Fiennes, Rufus Sewell and John Hurt.

    When it comes to the bonus features on the Hercules DVD and Blu-Ray, Paramount announced the following... 

    Hercules Blu-ray Contains:

    • Commentary by director Brett Ratner and producer Beau Flynn
    • Extended cut in high definition
    • Brett Ratner and Dwayne Johnson: An Introduction
    • Hercules and his Mercenaries -- Delve into the story behind the team assembled by Hercules for his perilous missions and the skills required of them.
    • Weapons! -- Exploration of the weapons created for the spectacular action scenes, including training with the actors.
    • The Bessi Battle -- Discover how one of the major action sequences of the film was created with the filmmakers, actors, stunt team, make-up effects and more.
    • The Effects of Hercules -- A behind-the-scenes look at the film’s spectacular visual effects.

    Hercules Poster
    The first Hercules poster! Dwayne Johnson so looks the part, no?

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    The Rover is an astounding piece of filmmaking, as we stated in our theatrical The Rover review. Robert Pattinson is a revelation and Guy Pearce is his usual awesome self, taken to a whole new level. Now with The Rover landing on DVD, Blu-Ray and digital download, the entire world can see what the fuss is all about.

    The Rover DVD

    The film first arrived in theaters earlier this year in limited release. So the fact that it has arrived on home video is such a blessing to any Movie Fanatic out there as it is truly one of the best of 2014 so far.

    The Rover trailer teases the tip of the iceberg that is this post-apocalyptic thriller. We’re not really sure what happens that causes the world to crash and burn ten years prior to our film's beginning, but things are dire in the world and small patches of civilization are trying to keep it together.

    Pearce is making his way through the Australian Outback and stops to have a drink at a roadside bar. When some baddies break down in their truck, they pile into his car and steal it -- racing into the steaming hot horizon.

    As Pearce rushes out of the bar, it is clear there is something in that car that he absolutely has to have. Lucky for him, one of the baddies was left behind (Pattinson), so he takes him hostage and hops into another vehicle and the chase is on.

    Director David Michôd (Animal Kingdom) has crafted a stunner on so many levels. Not only has he penned a film that makes you think about what you would do in a world like this, but also it works as a mind-riveting thriller that will keep audiences guessing until the credits roll.

    And where to start with his two leads? Powerful beyond belief and we could not be more thrilled that the man we first discovered in Twilight (actually, Harry Potter) has grown into a powerhouse of a thespian that can go toe-to-toe with one of our fave actors in Pearce.

    When it comes to bonus features, The Rover DVD and Blu-Ray is as stripped down as the film itself. There is only one and it is more than worth the price of admission.

    Something Elemental: Making The Rover is a raw and bare bones look at how a movie gets made. Sure, the subject matter is dark and brooding like the Australian Outback, but Something Elemental: Making The Rover is truly rich and full of color in how it shows a brilliant filmmaker at work on a piece that he was clearly born to make. And to get the insight from him, as well as Pearce and Pattinson, on a film that is so clearly important to all those involved is utterly priceless.

    Watch The Rover online now and witness movie magic that is rarely so brilliantly captured. 

    Robert Pattinson Looks Startled
    Robert Pattinson looks like he got hit in the head with a shovel. And that shovel goes by the name of Guy Pearce.

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