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'V/H/S': Check out the horror anthology's new poster from 'Walking Dead' artist Tony Moore -- EXCLUSIVE

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Want to get a jump on Halloween? Well, you could hone your pumpkin-hollowing skills. Or you could watch the new, found footage horror anthology V/H/S, which arrives in cinemas October 5 but is already available on VOD.

Framed by the tale of a burglary attempt which goes horribly awry the terror compendium’s directors include Ti West (House of the Devil), Glenn McQuaid (I Sell the Dead), and the filmmaking collective Radio Silence. The latter group are responsible for the anthology’s concluding chapter, “10/31/98,” in which the attempt by a group of costumed friends to attend a Halloween party goes, yes, horribly awry. “10/31/98″ is also the inspiration for a new V/H/S poster from artist Tony Moore, who is best known for his work on the Walking Dead comic. Moore’s work is one of five posters commissioned from comic book artists — the other contributors being James StokoeRM Guéra, Jason Latour, and Esad Ribic.

You can exclusively check out Moore’s poster above and, in larger format, below, where you’ll also find the V/H/S trailer.

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'Harry Potter' producer to make 'Shadow and Bone' fantasy for DreamWorks -- BREAKING

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DreamWorks has picked up the movie rights to Leigh Bardugo’s bestseller Shadow and Bone, about an orphan girl whose ability to harness a rare magic makes her one of her nation’s most coveted warriors.

Holly Bario, DreamWorks’ president of production, will announce the acquisition later today, and although every studio would like to grab a fresh YA book series in the hope that it can be turned into the next Harry Potter-style film franchise, not every film has the actual producer of the Potter movies overseeing it.

Shadow and Bone would be the exception.

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Check out the trailer for animated Graham Chapman biopic 'A Liar's Autobiography' -- VIDEO

We haven’t heard much from Monty Python comedy team member Graham Chapman recently. Although, as directors Bill Jones and Ben Timlett point out in the production notes for their new animated Chapman biopic A Liar’s Autobiography, that’s mostly because the troubled funnyman has been dead since 1989.

Before his demise, however, Chapman recorded an audio version of his memoirs — also called A Liar’s Autobiography — and will thus be heard in the film alongside the freshly recorded voices of his fellow Pythons Terry Jones, John Cleese, Michael Palin, and Terry Gilliam.

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Puzo estate and Paramount head to federal court over 'Godfather' franchise

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The dispute over the future of The Godfather franchise is moving to federal court in Manhattan as Paramount Pictures and heirs of the story’s author face off at a hearing Thursday. The son of The Godfather creator Mario Puzo wants a judge to end Paramount’s rights to make future Godfather films. Lawyers for Anthony Puzo said in court papers that the company breached its contract when it tried in December to stop publication of The Family Corleone, a Godfather sequel that was published in May.

Paramount, which is owned by Viacom Inc., sued the late author’s estate in March, seeking a declaration that it automatically owned book publishing rights in any book that was a sequel to The Godfather. Paramount said in court papers that in 1969, it purchased from Puzo all rights and copyright interests in The Godfather, including all “literary” rights and rights to use any characters created for the story in “other works.” Mario Puzo died in 1999. READ FULL STORY

'The Apparition' director Todd Lincoln talks about his new horror movie -- and terrorizing 'Twilight' fans

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Ever since he was a horror movie-obsessed kid growing up in Tulsa, Okla., Todd Lincoln has dreamed about unleashing hell onto the big screen. But the writer-director has spent much of the past decade discovering the real-life horrors of development hell as a succession of projects — including a reboot of The Fly and an adaptation of the comic book series Hack/Slash — came to naught. “You’d have the friends and the family and everybody come up and say, ‘Hey, maybe you should think about something else,’” Lincoln admits.

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Bret Easton Ellis out of the running for 'Fifty Shades of Grey' screenplay gig

Bret Easton Ellis hasn’t been quiet about his desire to pen the screenplay for the film adaptation of the guilty pleasure novel Fifty Shades of Grey, but now he’s announced that his racy writing dreams will not come true this time around.

Ellis, who authored 1991 novel American Psycho and launched into filmmaking when he wrote the screenplay adapted from his own book The Informers, announced the news via Twitter on Tuesday.

“It’s a very major disappointment to announce that I’ve somehow been taken off the list of possible screenwriters for Fifty Shades of Grey,” he wrote, then continued, “Thanks to the fans for the months of intense support. Your awesome enthusiasm and great suggestions were instructive and meaningful to me.” READ FULL STORY

'Hunger Games': Philip Seymour Hoffman on playing Plutarch in 'Catching Fire'

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Why did the deeply serious, Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman want to join Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, and Donald Sutherland in the cast of the second
Hunger Games movie, Catching Fire? "I liked the people involved," says Hoffman, who recently signed on to play Head Gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee. "It's a great group of actors. It's a great environment. And the character was something I was attracted to. It was just an interesting role. [SPOILER ALERT]

He’s somebody who’s part of the revolution, but you don’t know it. The idea that somebody would be risking themselves in such an extreme way to join something that’s that dangerous because he thinks it’s the future…that’s interesting stuff, you know?”

Hoffman hadn’t read Suzanne Collins’ best-selling novels when he found out he might be up for a role, so he watched the first movie and is currently halfway through the second book. “It’s good,” he says. “I’ve read the script, which is true to the book — I kinda ruined it for myself. [Laughs] But I’m reading it anyway, because I really want to find out everything I need to know about this guy.”

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Stephenie Meyer explains the name Renesmee: 'I take my heckling. I totally get it!'

Twilight author Stephenie Meyer knows that even her most ardent fans haven’t always been sold on Renesmee. Not the character, of course — the half vampire, half human child of Edward and Bella who lies at the heart of the drama in Breaking Dawn 2 – but the name itself.

“I was lost in fantasy land,” she told EW shortly after the Breaking Dawn-Part 2 panel. READ FULL STORY

A critic's appreciation: Nora Ephron's words are worth a thousand pictures

If Nora Ephron hadn’t become such a successful screenwriter and director in a world where being a successful screenwriter and director and a woman counted as novelty, she might have written some hilarious essays about the ironies of being a successful screenwriter and director and a woman. How I wish she had! I love When Harry Met Sally… as much as the next girl who wished she could have what Meg Ryan was having. But Ephron was at her most original when she could work solo, without the accommodations to others inevitably involved in making a movie, regardless of how powerful the director. The literary stylist I like to think of as My Nora was at her best when she could seize on a subject that interested her — a recipe, a divorce, her neck — consider that thing, and speak her mind. Despite the years Ephron spent growing up in Beverly Hills, hers was fundamentally a New York state of mind. And her way of looking at the world — all sharp elbowed, no-nonsense, worldly wise, and bemused — was her gift. A Dorothy Parker-sharp chronicler for the Ms. Magazine generation, My Nora’s dispatches from the 1960s and ’70s (collected in Wallflower at the OrgyCrazy Salad, and Scribble, Scribble) inspired a generation of women who wanted to be writers just like her — me among them.

It’s easy to see why the journalist-essayist-novelist was drawn to moviemaking. The daughter of two screenwriters, the craft was in her blood. And at her scriptwriting best in Heartburn (adapted from her own rapier-sharp, novelized accounting of a divorce from Carl Bernstein) and When Harry Met Sally…, she kept her distinctive edge. It’s even easy to see why Ephron was drawn to directing — why shouldn’t she enjoy the control and power it offered, the membership in such a predominantly male club — even though visual storytelling was not particularly her strength. But the truth is — and she liked the truth — every new Nora Ephron movie made me miss My Nora more. So I’m grateful that the title essay in her 2006 best-seller I Feel Bad About My Neck brought her back to me. I’m glad she found later-life essayistic freedom in blogging.

I have no particular issues with my neck (my knees are another matter), but the author made us love her for loathing hers. Generations of  writing women all wish we could have what she had.

Read more:
Filmmaker and author Nora Ephron dies at 71
Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Meg Ryan share thoughts on Nora Ephron
EW Archives: Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks return to the big screen in ‘You’ve Got Mail’

FIRST LOOK: Tom Cruise makes a stand in crime thriller 'Jack Reacher' -- EXCLUSIVE

A wise man once sang, “When  you got nothing, you got nothing to lose,” and that about sums up Tom Cruise’s title character in the upcoming crime saga Jack Reacher.

Adapted from Lee Child’s best-selling novel One Shot, Cruise stars as an ex–military policeman turned vigilante drifter, who finds himself drawn into the case of a sniper who randomly targeted civilians.

While we’re used to seeing Cruise as men who are ambitious, highly-stressed, and inveterate charmers, this film (out Dec. 21) provides him a somewhat darker and more stoic soul to inhabit. READ FULL STORY

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