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'Frozen Fever': Disney to bring back Elsa and Anna for animated short

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Winter is coming … back.

Walt Disney Animation Studios is returning to the world of Frozen by featuring Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, and the warmth-craving snowman Olaf in a new short film.

Frozen Fever, due in Spring 2015, will take place on Anna’s birthday as Kristoff the reindeer-preferring ice-gatherer and the mystical, chill-inducing Elsa try to stage a royal celebration. Although Elsa’s icy powers are no longer a secret in the kingdom, her control of them is still a bit iffy. (Let’s just hope they decided to go with an ice cream cake.)

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Casting Net: Vince Vaughn to star in comedy 'The Politician'

• Vince Vaughn has sworn in to star in the comedy The Politician. Vaughn will play the title role, a D.C. elected official on the run from the FBI, U.S. Marshals, and a gang of drug dealers after getting caught in a prostitution scandal. What If director Michael Dowse will helm the project from writers Matthew Bass and Theodore Bressman while Seth Rogen will produce with his Point Grey production company. [THR]

• Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) and Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) are in talks to star together in Me Before You, the adaptation of the Jojo Moyes’ best-selling novel of the same name. TV and stage director Thea Sharrock (Call the Midwife) will make her feature debut on the film. Clarke would play Lou, a small-town girl who gives new hope for life to William (Claflin), a wheelchair-bound man who hires her as his caretaker. (500) Days Of Summer writers Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber have adapted the novel from an original draft written by Moyes. The MGM/Warner Bros. production is slated for release next August. [Deadline]

• Pretty Little Liars actor Sean Faris and True Blood star Mehcad Brooks are set to face-off in the indie thriller Avouterie. Faris plays a man who walks in on his wife with her lover (Brooks) on their anniversary and holds them captive at gunpoint while deciding what to do next. The Black List script inspired by true events was written by H. M. Coakley, who is also directing the film now shooting in Los Angeles. [THR]

• Miltos Yerolemou, the actor who played Arya Stark’s sword teacher on the first season of Game of Thrones, has reportedly joined the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. There are no details about what part he may be playing in the galaxy far, far away, but replacing a sword with a lightsaber doesn’t sound so difficult. Yerolemou would be the second Game of Thrones actor to join the force alongside Gwendoline Christie. [THR]

• Alden Ehrenreich (Blue Jasmine) has joined the all-star cast of the Coen Brothers’ latest dramedy Hail Caesar! The 1950’s set Hollywood-themed film will also feature Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill and Scarlett Johansson and be distributed by Universal. [Variety]

Can indie cartoon 'Hullabaloo' give new steam to hand-drawn animation? -- EXCLUSIVE Q&A

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Hand-drawn animation needs a hero, and the latest project to champion the technique is an upstart steampunk adventure  overseen by a group of veteran Disney and DreamWorks artists.

Hullabaloo is the Victorian era sci-fi story of Veronica Daring, a young scientist who goes on a quest to find her kidnapped inventor father. The title refers not just to the ruckus she causes, but is the codename for her secret, crime-fighting identity.

To complete her mission, Hullabaloo’s going to need friends, cunning, intelligence, and — in the real world, at least — some money. That’s where Indiegogo comes in with a fundraising campaign by creator James Lopez to raise $80,000 to produce a proof-of-concept short.

The dream: a full-length, hand-drawn feature film — something none of the major film studios plan to make in the foreseeable future.

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Watch a new clip from James Franco's 'The Sound and the Fury'

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Thanks to the difficulty of William Faulkner’s stream-of-consciousness writing, his novel The Sound and the Fury has only seen one major film adaptation, released in 1959. That is, until James Franco decided to take a stab at the perennial high school English-class favorite. Franco’s adaptation, which he directed and also stars in, has a new clip to show fans of Franco and the novel what’s in store.

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Guillermo Del Toro, YouTube, Legendary to host Halloween film contest

Impress Guillermo Del Toro and one YouTuber might have a shot at a development deal with Legendary Entertainment.

Legendary and Del Toro are collaborating with YouTube in creating a short horror film contest in which YouTubers can make a film using sets provided by YouTube, with the ultimate prize of winning a development deal with Legendary. Variety was the first to report the news. READ FULL STORY

'Magic Mike XXL' begins filming, non-director Steven Soderbergh tweets

For a man who’s retired from directing movies, Steven Soderbergh keeps finding increasingly creative ways to circumvent his vow. Behind the Candelabra was technically a TV movie (though it played in theaters in many foreign territories) and The Knick is a Cinemax TV series, but clearly, he has no intention to stop working.

The Oscar winner recently tweeted an image of a clapperboard indicating that production had begun on the Magic Mike sequel, a project he handed off to his long-time collaborator Gregory Jacobs. But Soderbergh hasn’t exactly stepped off the stage—his pseudonym as a cinematographer is Peter Andrews. So technically, he’s not directing Channing Tatum in Magix Mike XXL, but he’ll be behind the camera, as well as serving as the film’s camera operator and editor. “I want to be there, but I don’t want to be the director,” Soderbergh told GQ in June. “I want to be a part of it. I want to be in the band, but I just don’t want to be the frontman this time.” READ FULL STORY

The Toronto Film Festival accidentally oversold its Bill Murray day

Thanks to the Toronto International Film Festival, Sept. 5 will no longer just be known as, well, Sept. 5. Instead, the festival has declared something of a Bill Murray holiday, during which it will premiere Murray’s new film, St. Vincent, following free screenings of Stripes, Groundhog Day, and Ghostbusters. Only, there’s one tiny problem: The festival oversold the world premiere of St. Vincent.

Due to what the festival has called a “computer error,” it oversold both the premiere of St. Vincent and the world premiere of The Drop starring Tom Hardy and James Gandolfini.
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Sam Claflin chugs a horrifying cocktail in new 'Riot Club' clip

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Hazing is part of any secret college society experience, and it looks like the titular group of Universal Pictures’ The Riot Club is no exception in a new clip released from the film.

In the clip—which, fair warning, may churn a few stomachs—a new initiate of the Riot Club is kidnapped from a quiet study session in the library by a group of club members. Blindfolded and surrounded by the gleeful Rioters, the group forces Alistair Ryle, played by The Hunger Games‘ Sam Claflin, to both gulp down a glass of wine filled with a mixture of bodily fluids and maggots, and then correctly identify the wine’s make and year.

The Riot Club tells the story of two new students at Oxford University with dreams of joining the school’s most exclusive society, the Riot Club, which is modeled after Oxford’s Bullingdon Club. The film is based on Posh, the 2010 play which the film’s screenwriter Laura Wade also wrote.

From An Education director Lone Scherfig, The Riot Club will make its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival before releasing on Sept. 19.

See Jon Cryer mix love and murder in 'Hit by Lightning' trailer

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Jon Cryer is a two-time Emmy winner who now pulls down $620,000 per episode after 12 seasons on TV’s Two and a Half Men. But to another generation, he’s Duckie, the BFF Molly Ringwald should’ve ended up with at the end of Pretty in Pink.

Fair or unfair, those two characters, combined, make it reasonably easy to believe Cryer as a middle-aged man who’s yet to meet his soulmate. In Hit by Lightning, he plays a sad-sack restaurant employee who falls head over heels in love with a beauty (Stephanie Szostak) he meets via an online dating service. They quickly hit it off: “I’ve never seen a man weep and climax at the same time,” she says. She is most definitely the one for him—or a callous harpy who just wants him to kill her husband.  READ FULL STORY

Kevin Costner on 'Black and White,' race, and great movie speeches

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When we first meet Kevin Costner’s character, Elliott, in Black and White, he’s alone at the hospital after a car accident has killed his wife (Jennifer Ehle). Shattered, he finally says, “I feel so sh-tty,” before going home and crawling inside a bottle of booze. The themes of loss and alcohol will evoke memories of the last time Costner worked with writer/director Mike Binder, 2005’s The Upside of Anger. In that film, Costner got to play a lighter soul, with Joan Allen’s abandoned wife shouldering the darker demons. In Black and White, however, Costner is put through the emotional wringer, and the ambitious film adds a much more complicated issue: race.

Elliott’s life has already been marked by tragedy. His teenage daughter died during childbirth, and Elliott and his wife have raised their mixed-race grandchild (Jillian Estell) in their white-collar neighborhood. But when he’s left alone to raise her—while juggling his L.A. legal practice and a mushrooming drinking problem—her paternal grandmother, Rowena (Octavia Spencer), decides the child would be better off with her family in Compton. She takes Elliott to court, cleaning up her ne’er-do-well son, Reggie (Andre Holland), in order to win custody.

In an exclusive scene from the film, which debuts Sept. 6 at the Toronto Film Festival, Elliott and Rowena passive-aggressively make nice at the funeral and plot the course for the conflict that follows. Costner, who financed the film himself, talked to EW about working with Binder, the delicate issue of race in film, and his affinity for a good speech. READ FULL STORY

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