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See the star-studded trailer for a new film series about the economy

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Patton Oswalt, Amy Poehler, Sarah Silverman, Adrian Grenier, and Werner Herzog are among the more than 80 actors, directors, and academic and civic leaders who are collaborating on the digital series We the Economy: 20 Short Films You Can’t Afford to Miss. Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Productions and Morgan Spurlock’s Cinelan will produce the series of informative and entertaining films that tackle serious economic issues.

“At its core, the vision of this project is to fuse artistry and storytelling with economic expertise to engage the public in a truly informed dialogue about the U.S. economy,” says Carole Tomko, general manager and creative director of Vulcan. “This esteemed group of artists and thinkers galvanizes our mission of bringing innovation to the public discourse about the economy, and empowering people to make better economic choices in their own lives.”

Directors such as Adam McKay, Catherine Hardwicke, Joe Berlinger, Ramin Bahrani, Barbara Kopple, Albert Hughes, and Steve James recruited famous friends and sat down with Nobel laureates (Joseph Stiglitz), activists (Robert Kennedy Jr.), and economic insiders (CNBC’s Jim Cramer) for short films about crucial money matters.

On Oct. 21, the free series will launch across multiple platforms, including online, VOD, broadcast, mobile, and theatrical. READ FULL STORY

'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' sequel coming to Netflix and IMAX

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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is getting a sequel, and for the first time, you’ll get to choose between spending opening day in theaters or at home.

Netflix announced on Monday that it’s partnering with The Weinstein Company to release its first original movie, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend, simultaneously in select IMAX theaters and on the online streaming site next year. The film is slated to debut on Aug. 28.

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Watch Joaquin Phoenix in the first trailer for 'Inherent Vice'

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From the looks of it, Paul Thomas Anderson and Joaquin Phoenix make one hell of a team.

On Monday, Warner Bros. delivered the first look at Inherent Vice, The Master pair’s highly anticipatedand, until now, highly secretive —reunion. The adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s gonzo novel of the same name follows stoner P.I. Larry “Doc” Sportello (Phoenix) as he investigates the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend’s (Katherine Waterston) wealthy boyfriend. Josh Brolin stars as straight-laced LAPD detective Christian “Bigfoot” Bjornson, while Reese Witherspoon plays deputy DA Penny Kimball. Owen Wilson, Jena Malone, Joanna Newsom, and Benicio Del Toro also star.

Inherent Vice will premiere at the New York Film Festival on Oct. 4 and open in limited release on Dec. 12.

 

Casting Net: Keegan-Michael Key and Regina Hall join 'Vacation;' more

• Keegan-Michael Key and Regina Hall have signed on for New Line’s Vacation reboot, joining Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Chris Hemsworth, and Leslie Mann. John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein are directing, marking their directorial debut. They also wrote the script. The film will tell the story of a grown-up Rusty Griswold (Helms) who takes his wife (Applegate) on a cross-country road trip, similar to one he took as a kid. Their destination is Walley World, an amusement park. Key and Hall will play family friends to the Griswolds. David Dobkin is producing through his David Dobkin Productions alongside Chris Bender. Jeff Kleeman and Marc Fisher are executive producing. [Variety]

• Danny Glover and Maya Rudolph are set to star in Diego Luna‘s Mr. Pig. The film follows a farm-worker (Glover) who travels from the U.S. to Mexico, joined by a pig whom he strikes a friendship with. Luna and Augusto Mendoza wrote the script. The film is being produced through Canana, which was founded by Luna, Gael Garcia Bernal, and Pablo Cruz. Mundial is managing international sales. The film is currently in production. [Variety]

• Pierce Brosnan will star in the dramatic thriller Urge as the maker of a new designer drug that takes away the ability to control any urges. He experiments on a group of friends vacationing on a island together. Aaron Kaufman, a producer on Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, will make his feature directorial debut from a script he co-wrote with Jason Zumwalt (Flock of Dudes) and Jerry Stahl (Permanent Midnight). [Deadline]

• Oscar nominee Terrence Howard is in talks to join the psychological thriller Man Down starring Shia LaBeoufKate Mara, and Gary Oldman. Set in a post-apocalypitc America, the film centers on an Afghanistan war veteran haunted by his experiences as he searches for his family. Dito Montiel (Fighting) will direct the picture written by Adam Simon. [The Wrap]

 Jesse Metcalfe (Dallas), Meghan Ory (Once Upon a Time), Virginia Madsen (Sideways), and Dennis Haysbert (Men, Women & Children) are set to star in Dead Rising: Watchtower. Zach Lipovsky is directing. Tim Carter wrote the script based on the Capcom franchise. Set during a zombie apocalypse, a group of survivors must fight to survive, while also searching for the source of the outbreak, leading to a government conspiracy. The pic comes from Legendary Entertainment and Crackle. It is the first project from Legendary’s Digital Media division. Carter and Tomas Harlan are producing for Contradiction Films. Lorenzo di Bonaventura is executive producing. The film will debut as a feature on Crackle. Content Media has international rights to the film, and will release it as a feature and episodically. Filming is scheduled to begin Tuesday in Vancouver. [Deadline]

Lili Simmons, David Arquette board ultraviolent Western 'Bone Tomahawk'

Lili Simmons (True Detective) and David Arquette (Scream) have joined the cast of the “ultraviolent” Western Bone Tomahawk. Kathryn Morris (Cold Case), Evan Jonigkeit (Girls), Sean Young (Blade Runner), and Sid Haig (The Devil’s Rejects) will also appear in this movie from novelist-turned-filmmaker S. Craig Zahler, alongside previously announced actors Kurt Russell, Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox, and Richard Jenkins.

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Elizabeth Banks, Donald Glover, and Michael Strahan complete 'Magic Mike XXL' cast

Talk about a strip tease.

After weeks of unofficial announcements and rumors, Warner Brothers has officially released the cast and first synopsis for Magic Mike XXL. Channing Tatum once again stars as the title-role stripper in the sequel, which he wrote and is producing alongside Reid Carolin. New to the cast is Elizabeth Banks, Donald Glover, and Michael Strahan, who confirmed his casting on Monday’s Live! with Kelly and Michael after joking with Tatum multiple times that he was interested in a part in the movie when the actor was a guest on the morning talk show. The trio join the previously announced group of returning and new stars including Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash, Adam Rodriguez, Gabriel Iglesias, Amber Heard, Andie MacDowell, and Jada Pinkett Smith.

In addition to the casting, Warner Brothers has also released the first piece of plot for fans to get excited about:

Picking up the story three years after Mike bowed out of the stripper life at the top of his game, the film finds the remaining Kings of Tampa likewise ready to throw in the towel. But they want to do it their way: burning down the house in one last blowout performance in Myrtle Beach, and with legendary headliner Magic Mike sharing the spotlight with them. On the road to their final show, with whistle stops in Jacksonville and Savannah to renew old acquaintances and make new friends, Mike and the guys learn some new moves and shake off the past in surprising ways.

Gregory Jacobs, who served as the first assistant to Steven Soderbergh on the original film, is taking over directing duties and has already begun production. Soderbergh is still working on the film as cinematographer, editor and producer. Magic Mike XXL is expected to hit theaters July 1, 2015.

Kevin Smith says you can thank 'Tusk' for 'Clerks 3'

Kevin Smith has been discussing the possibility of Clerks 3 for awhile now, and though the film has had trouble finding a home, recent comments from Smith suggest it may finally see the light of day. And it’s all thanks to Smith’s latest film, Tusk.

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'Perks of Being a Wallflower' author will adapt 'Beauty and the Beast'

Disney is taking its live-action Beauty and the Beast into full YA territory.

Two sources confirm to EW that the author/screenwriter/director of indie teen bible Perks of Being a Wallflower Stephen Chbosky will step aboard to script a new draft of Beauty, adapted from its 1991 animated form to an updated live-action version. The news follows the June announcement that Bill Condon, who most recently directed Twilight’s final two chapters, would helm the new version that will include music from the iconic animated feature as well as Disney’s long-running Broadway musical. The original draft was written by Evan Spiliotopoulos (Hercules, Tinkerbell and the Lost Treasure).

Disney declined to comment on the news. But it’s clear that the studio is looking to capitalize on the success it found earlier this year with the Angelina Jolie film Maleficent, which grossed $240 million in the U.S. and more than $500 million overseas. READ FULL STORY

Matt Bomer joins 'Nice Guys' with Ryan Gosling, Russell Crowe

Matt Bomer has certainly been surrounding himself with some nice company lately.

After filming the sequel Magic Mike XXL, Bomer will next star opposite Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe in the action drama Nice Guys. Set in 1970s Los Angeles, Crowe plays a gangster who hires a detective (Gosling) to find a missing girl and uncovers a dangerous conspiracy where Bomer’s character comes in. The TV star is making a strong transition into film now that the USA series White Collar is ending after six seasons. In addition to taking it off again opposite Channing Tatum, Bomer will also star in the upcoming Montgomery Clift biopic Monty Clift. 

Shane Black, who wrote and directed Iron Man 3, is repeating his duties for this film for Warner Brothers. The Leftovers’ Margaret Qualley has also joined the cast as the daughter of the corrupt chief justice involved in the scandal.

 

New 'Interstellar' TV spot clearly lays out the stakes

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Christopher Nolan is famous—some say infamous—for building trailers and teasers that are their own dramatic narratives—red herrings that preserve the surprises of the actual full-length film. But the new TV spot for Interstellar, which opens Nov. 7, clearly establishes the stakes that previous clips have alluded to. “Your daughter’s generation will be the last to survive on earth,” intones Nolan’s good-luck charm Michael Caine to Matthew McConaughey’s good ol’ boy pilot. “Find us a new home.”

“You may have to decide between seeing your children again, and the future of the human race,” says Anne Hathaway’s astronaut, who joins McConaughey’s pilot on a hail-Mary mission to find an inhabitable planet. READ FULL STORY

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