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Fox planning Channing Tatum 'Gambit' film

Fox is putting some kinetic energy into a new Gambit movie, with Channing Tatum set to star as the card-slinging mutant, sources confirm to EW.

The 21 Jump Street star has long been linked to the character, who has the power to imbue any object with a dose of explosive power. (His weapon of choice is a deck of playing cards.) He gave an interview to MTV stating, “Gambit’s the only X-Man I ever loved. He’s the most un-X-Man X-Man that’s ever been an X-Man … he loves women and drinkin’ and smokin’.”

The actor and the character also share a background as Southern gentlemen. Tatum was born in Alabama, while Gambit, a.k.a. Remy LeBeau is a cajun from bayou country.

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'New Yorker' writer sues team behind 'American Hustle'

Paul Brodeur, a real-life science journalist who has written for The New Yorker, is suing the team behind American Hustle for a reference made to him in the film.

The complaint, which Entertainment Weekly has obtained, was filed Thursday in the Los Angeles Superior Court against Atlas Entertainment, Annapurna Pictures, and Columbia Pictures.

In the film, Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence) tells her husband, Irving (Christian Bale), that microwaves take “all of the nutrition out of our food.” When Irving calls the claim bullshit, Rosalyn responds, “It’s not bullshit. I read it in an article. Look, by Paul Brodeur.”

Brodeur’s complaint states, “Paul Brodeur has never written an article or ever declared in any way that a microwave oven ‘takes all the nutrition out of our food.'” Rather, it states, Brodreur has publicly denounced that claim, pointing to a 1978 interview with People Magazine.

“By misquoting Mr. Brodeur in this manner, the Defendants have suggested to the audience that Mr. Brodeur made a scientifically unsupportable statement. By attributing the untenable statement to Mr. Brodeur, Defendants have damaged his reputation,” the complaint states.

As a result, Brodeur is alleging libel, defamation, slander, and false light. He claims to have suffered $1 million in compensatory damages, and is seeking an injunction to remove his name from any copies of the film distributed to the public.

'Showrunners' doc: What happens when tempers flare on hit TV shows

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In movies, if the cast and filmmaker don’t get along, at least there’s an end date. Television is a different story — specifically, it’s a long form story. Discord on set can last for years if you’re not careful.

So how do you solve that trouble once it starts? That’s one question explored in the new documentary Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show – which debuts today in limited release and is also available on demand. The film, directed by Des Doyle, takes fans behind the scenes of hit TV shows such as Sons of Anarchy, Boardwalk Empire, The Big Bang Theory and The Good Wife, putting their creators (and their headaches) in the spotlight.

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Critical Mass: 'Nightcrawler' is creepy, a Halloween delight

You could be kind and suggest that the term “nightcrawler” refers simply to a person who owns the midnight hours, sort of like a night-owl. But in Dan Gilroy’s directorial debut, the title refers to the the cold-blooded vultures who chase the bloodiest crime scenes in order to capture the gore on video for television news. They truly are worms that wiggle to the surface at night, and the wormiest of all is Jake Gyllenhaal’s Lou Bloom.

Part Rupert Pupkin, part Weegee, Lou finds his true calling with a camera and police scanner, and he quickly becomes Rene Russo’s desperate news-director’s go-to source for the must-have disaster footage that yields big ratings. Gyllenhaal, who played a police detective in Prisoners whose nervous tic was chronic blinking, goes the other way here: Lou never blinks. His concentrated gaze, combined with an oily and wiry appearance that evokes Ratso Rizzo played by Tom Cruise, gives him an unsettling presence. “It’s unclear whether the script called for [the weight loss] or if Gyllenhaal just wanted to make us feel how morally hollow his character is, how he’s spiritually rotting away from the inside,” writes EW‘s film critic Chris Nashawaty. “He has a bug-eyed intensity that gives the movie its nervous, late-night tweaker energy.”

Along for the ride is Bill Paxton, who plays a rival nightcrawler who sets Lou on his course, and Riz Ahmed, who plays the dim “intern” who doesn’t know what he’s signed on for when he becomes Lou’s partner in slime.

Read more from EW’s review, as well as a roundup of other notable critics, below. READ FULL STORY

'Refuge' director talks about his pandemic apocalypse movie

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In the new independent horror movie Refuge, Carter Roy, Amy Rutberg, and young actress Eva Grace Kellner play a family trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic world where the population has been almost entirely wiped out by disease. Given recent, panic-causing news events, the film could hardly be more topical. So what is it like to have made a movie about a global pandemic just as people are reaching for their face masks? “It’s incredibly coincidental that it’s peaking right now,” says Refuge director Andrew Robertson, whose film recently played the Toronto After Dark and L.A.-based Screamfest genre festivals. “It’s certainly not something that we would want to exploit. The particular nature of this extinction event just happens to be a plague. But there are so many other things that we have anxiety about: nuclear war, or asteroids hitting the earth, or climate change.” And a “Happy Halloween!” to you too, sir!

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Hollywood ambition turns diabolical in trailer for new horror film 'Starry Eyes'

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How far would you go to become famous? Hopefully not as far as the actress played by Alexandra Essoe in the festival-favorite horror film Starry Eyes, which hits both VOD and select cinemas on Nov. 14.

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Sienna Miller talks about the ending of 'American Sniper,' Bradley Cooper’s short shorts

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Sienna Miller doesn’t want to talk about whether or not Bradley Cooper dies in the end.

In the upcoming biopic American Sniper, he portrays Chris Kyle, the deadliest marksman in U.S. military history. During Kyle’s four tours in Iraq, the decorated Navy SEAL had 160 confirmed kills before retiring in 2009. But his life abruptly ended in 2013 when he was shot by a Marine veteran reportedly suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. (He’s currently awaiting trial.)

When asked if that sad coda to Kyle’s legendary career is included in director Clint Eastwood’s adaptation of the soldier’s best-selling 2012 memoir, the British actress demures. “I’m not supposed to say anything,” says Miller, who portrays Kyle’s wife, Taya. “The film really focuses more on his life than on his death. That’s what I’m supposed to say.”

Hitting theaters in limited release on Christmas Day, American Sniper arrives as a late addition to the awards-season scrum with a growing din of sight-unseen prerelease buzz. Cooper—who also produced the film—packed on pounds of muscle for the part, practiced shooting live ammunition with real SEAL teams, and personally promised Kyle (just before his death) to do justice to his story.

As such, American Sniper showcases Kyle’s overseas deployments where his courage under fire and pinpoint accuracy earned him the nickname “Legend” (and, Kyle claimed in his memoir, put a bounty on his head from enemy insurgents). But the movie also follows its hero home from the battlefield.

“Ultimately, it is a war film,” Miller says. “At the same time, you have romance: humanity grounded by a love story. The dilemma of life at home. Leaving that high-adrenaline, high-intensity situation behind and trying to be a father and husband. This is a man whose priorities in life are God, country, and family—in that order.”

The movie appears set to follow a release pattern similar to Eastwood’s sports drama Million Dollar Baby, which hit screens in December 2004 and went on to win four Oscars. Various prognosticators are already placing short odds on Cooper, who’s earned two nominations in the past two years for American Hustle and Silver Linings Playbook.

“His performance is completely compelling. He’s just unrecognizable,” Miller says. “He was training four to six hours a day. He put on 40 pounds of muscle. He looked and sounded like a different person. I’m pretty sure he didn’t break character for the entire thing. He dived into this completely head-first. It was an amazing thing to be around.”

Amazing in a completely different way were a pair of butt-hugging khaki short shorts a bulked-up Cooper was photographed wearing on set that became an Internet meme earlier this year.

“We did have a laugh about those photos. Funnily enough, those are the SEALs’ Hell Week shorts,” says Miller, laughing. “They are the Navy SEALs’ training uniform. I guess it’s part of Hell Week to be humiliated to that degree.”

Casting Net: Naomi Watts, Elle Fanning, and Susan Sarandon board 'Three Generations'

• Naomi Watts, Elle Fanning, and Susan Sarandon have signed on for Three Generations. Gaby Dellal is directing the indie from a script by Nikole Beckwith. The story follows a New York City teen, Ray (Fanning), who is transitioning from female to male and her mother, Maggie (Watts), who must come to terms with Ray’s transition. Meanwhile, Maggie’s mother, Dolly (Sarandon), a music manager who lives with her lesbian partner, Frances, has trouble understanding Ray’s decision and Maggie’s inability to move out of the house she grew up in. Big Beach co-founders Peter Saraf and Marc Turtletaub will produce with InFilm Productions’ Dorothy Berwin. Watts will executive produce with Leah Holzer and Daniele Melia of Big Beach and Peter Pastorelli. Production for Three Generations begins in New York in early November. [THR]

• Jon Bernthal, Catalina Sandino MorenoÓscar Jaenada, and Mehdi Dehbi have been cast in the biopic The Godmother, which stars Catherine Zeta-Jones. The film tells the story of real-life Colombian cocaine queenpin Griselda Blanco. Eva Sørhaug is directing from a script by Frank Baldwin. Daniela Cretu is producing for First Born Films. Nicholas Pileggi is executive producing along with Nick Meyer, Marc Schaberg, and Kelly McCormick of Sierra/Affinity. Filming begins next spring, and Sierra/Affinity will take the film to international buyers at AFM next month. [Deadline]

• Julia Stiles and Ray Liotta have been cast in Anthony Hopkins‘ action-drama Go With Me. Set in a Pacific Northwest logging community, the story follows a young woman who endures harassment by a crime lord when she returns to her hometown. She looks to an ex-logger (Hopkins) and his sidekick for help. The story is based on the book by Castle Freeman Jr., which Joe Gangemi and Gregory Jacobs will adapt for the screen. Daniel Alfredson directs. Hopkins is producing with Rick Dugdale for Enderby Entertainment, Lindsay Williams and Ellen Goldsmith-Vein for the Gotham Group, and Gregory Jacobs. Shooting kicks off in British Columbia in mid-November. [Variety]

• Eva Longoria and Lily Collins are in talks for the untitled low-riders movie from Universal Pictures, Blumhouse, and Imagine Entertainment. The film reportedly stars Demian Bichir and takes place in the East LA street-culture world. Ricardo de Montreuil will direct from a script by Josh Bierne-Gordon and Justin Tipping, with Cheo Hodari Coker and Elgin James writing previous drafts. Imagine’s Brian Grazer will produce with Blumhouse’s Jason Blum. Kim Roth and Alexandre Dauman will oversee for Imagine, while Couper Samuelson will oversee for Blumhouse. [Deadline]

• Isla Fisher is joining Jon Hamm and Zack Galifianakis in the spy comedy Keeping Up With the Joneses. Galifianakis and Fisher will play a couple who discovers that their seemingly perfect new neighbors, one of which will be played by Hamm, are actually spies. Greg Mottola directs, Mike LeSieur wrote the script, and Walter Parkes and Laurie McDonald are producing. [The Wrap]

• Lucy Liu will take the lead in writer-director Evan Jackson Leong’s Snakehead. Set in New York, the drama stars Liu as a poor Chinese immigrant who, after being mentored by powerful bosses named Snakeheads, rises to the top of Chinatown’s human-smuggling business in an effort to reconnect with her daughter and family. 408 films is financing and producing in partnership with Arowana Films; 408’s Brian Yang, Gregory Chou, and E. Brian Dobbins and Principato-Young’s Allen Fisher are producing alongside Untitled’s Jason Weinberg and Frameworks’ Maryellen Mulcahy. Shooting kicks off this spring. [Deadline]

• Kunal Nayyar (The Big Bang Theory) will provide the voice for a dog in the live-action family drama A Bollywoof Tale. With Frederik Du Chau directing, the film tells the story of Basil, a pet spaniel who moves with his family from London to Dehli, but gets lost in Kolkata when his crate is misplaced. Basil pairs with Santoosh (voiced by Nayyar) and a cow named Uma to find his owners. Stephen Leslie wrote the script. Jason Newmark developed the project with the British Film Institute and is producing with Nisha Parti. The film will be shot in London and India in the first quarter of 2015. [THR]

• Gal Gadot will not take the female lead in Timur Bekmambetov‘s Ben Hur. The actress had been eyeing the role of Esther, Ben Hur’s love interest, but had to pass due to her Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice shooting schedule. Gadot portrays Wonder Woman in Zack Snyder‘s superhero flick and is set to appear in a handful of upcoming Warner Bros.’ Films, including a solo film in 2017. [The Wrap]

Box office preview: Jake Gyllenhaal's 'Nightcrawler' creeps into theaters

Halloween weekend is almost here, meaning one of two things: Horror fans will either flock to theaters or be too busy showing off their costumes in places more well-lit than cinemas.

Although next weekend begins the season of big movie weekends—Christopher Nolan’s much-anticipated Interstellar goes wide Nov. 7—this weekend is considerably smaller: Nightcrawler, a crime thriller starring Jake Gyllenhaal, is the only huge new release. And it will be facing off against Ouija, another Halloween-appropriate thriller that opened last weekend and might be helped by audiences’ appetites for scares on Oct. 31.

Before I Go to Sleep, a thriller starring Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth, is opening in 1,900 theaters this weekend (Nightcrawler will be playing in over 2,700 places) and is estimated to have a $5 million opening. For those looking for some nostalgia, though, the original Saw is making a quick comeback to theaters for its 10-year anniversary and should make about $2.5 million—not exactly the same as its $18.3 million opening weekend in 2004, but a solid turnout for a re-release.

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The supernatural need not apply: 5 great examples of existential horror

The 1988 Dutch thriller The Vanishing hit Blu-ray this week, thanks to the good folks at Criterion. Without a drop of gore, it’s the perfect centerpiece for an All Saints’ Eve frightfest that shivers the soul but doesn’t turn the stomach. And why not round out that scare-a-thon with four more examples of great, relatively bloodless movies that go for your soul instead of your jugular? Here’s a list of suggestions. (And if you’re looking for more traditional horror flicks, consider perusing our carefully-curated Horror Quintessentials lists.) READ FULL STORY

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