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Critical Mass: The drug-fueled mayhem of 'Lucy' has a buzz

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Luc Besson loves his lady warriors. Beginning with the original La Femme Nikita, and then in action movies like The Professional, The Fifth Element, and The Messenger, he’s introduced his own brand of memorable action heroines. Scarlett Johansson’s Lucy might be the most hardcore of the bunch. She goes from party girl to super-evolved sorceress when the experimental drug an Asian gangster has smuggled in her body spills into her bloodstream, raising her brain activity to 100 percent capacity. “Lucy is a thinly drawn character, just someone who needs to survive,” writes EW‘s Jeff Labrecque. “But Johansson vividly conveys the initial terror of her dire circumstances before shifting into the calculating, almost robotic mode of an alien being flicking away mere mortals.”

Only one person might be able to help Lucy before she’s fried by the drug’s intellectual fuse. No, not God, but close: Morgan Freeman. The Oscar-winning actor plays the world’s top neuroscientist, and even if Lucy’s mushrooming intelligence dwarfs his own, he at least will be able to help audiences understand just what the heck is going on onscreen.

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'Dolphin Tale 2' trailer: Harry Connick Jr. saves another adorable sea creature -- VIDEO

Remember when Harry Connick Jr. and friends saved that sweet dolphin Winter, who lost her tail in a crab trap but lived happily ever after with a prosthetic?

Dolphin Tale was the surprise feel-good hit of 2011, scoring the No. 1 spot at the box office in its second weekend of release and earning over $95 million worldwide. And now there is a sequel.

Dolphin Tale 2 reunites Connick Jr. with Ashley Judd, Nathan Gamble, Cozi Zuehlsdorff, Kris Kristofferson, Morgan Freeman, and Austin Stowell in another true story, this one about the rescue of a baby dolphin named Hope. Winter, who played herself in the first film, also returns. READ FULL STORY

Johnny Depp must be stopped in new 'Transcendence' trailer -- VIDEO

The latest trailer for the upcoming sci-fi thriller Transcendence explores what happens after Johnny Depp downloads his mind into a computer.

In the film, Depp plays a researcher named Will who gets uploaded into a computer after being fatally shot by an anti-technology terrorist group called RIFT (Revolutionary Independence From Technology). But while the fellow researchers who upload him may have had the best intentions, things take a turn for the worst when the experiment goes wrong and Will starts harboring more power than he was ever meant to.

Check out the new trailer for Transcendence below:
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New 'Transcendence' trailer and teasers: Will artificial intelligence destroy us? -- VIDEO

“Imagine a machine with a full range of human emotion. Its analytical power will be greater than the collective intelligence of every person in the history of the world,” Johnny Depp tells a captivated audience in the first full trailer for Transcendence, the directorial debut of longtime Christopher Nolan DP Wally Pfister.

When the anti A.I. group RIFT attacks a series of intelligence centers, Depp’s character is one of the casualties, suffering a radiation-laced bullet wound. From there, things get ugly and desperate as his fellow scientists try to reanimate him by uploading his consciousness.

Transcendence also released two new teasers for the film. They offer little in the way of plot, characterization, or imagery, but actually do manage to go a long way towards immersing us in this imagined world. “What happens when artificial intelligence becomes self-aware?” Morgan Freeman asks in his perfect narrator baritone in the first teaser. “Is it the key to immortality, or is it the path to annihilation?” And you thought Inception was a mindf–k.

Check out the three spots below.

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'The Lego Movie' trailer: 'Come with me if you wanna not die' -- VIDEO

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We’re one piece closer to the release of The Lego Movie as Warner Bros unveils the latest trailer.

Due in theaters Feb. 7, The Lego Movie features the voices of Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Charlie Day, Liam Neeson, and Morgan Freeman. The film is directed Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs helmers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.

Watch the sneak peek, complete with Lego Batman intro, below:
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Casting Net: Gerard Butler and Aaron Eckhart expected to return for 'Olympus Has Fallen' sequel; Plus, Frank Grillo, more

Olympus Has Fallen may have fizzled critically (EW gave Antoine Fuqua’s action pic a C), but Millennium Films is hoping to get traction on a sequel, called London Has Fallen. The $70 million pic made about $98.9 million domestically for a worldwide total of $161 million. Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, and Morgan Freeman are expected to reprise their roles from the first film. Fuqua (Training Day) will not be returning to direct, but they will use the same screenwriting team from the first film. Shooting on the sequel is already set for May 2014, and the plot will center on a terrorist attack planned during the funeral of the British prime minister. Angela Bassett and Radha Mitchell are also expected to return. [Screen Daily; The Wrap]
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To hell with gravitas: Morgan Freeman gets a good buzz going in 'Last Vegas'

It probably shouldn’t come as a surprise that Oscar winner Morgan Freeman can play anything well — and yet it’s still a delightful surprise to see him passed out on Kevin Kline on a slowly rotating bed in Last Vegas (in theaters Nov. 1)That’s what many round of vodka and Red Bull will do to a guy.

“Red Bull! Wow, what a rush,” says Freeman, 76, who stars in the buddy comedy about four friends loose on Las Vegas, alongside Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, and Kline. “I mean I didn’t drink vodka with Red Bull to find out what the rush was like. I’m scared of that because you know your heart gets going.”

Director Jon Turteltaub says that no one does a better imitation of a drunk person than Freeman. “I saw him give a five-minute toast to Michael Douglas at his birthday dinner and he did the whole thing as a drunk,” says Turteltaub with a laugh. “Of the five minutes, he probably spent three of them pausing. It was absolutely hilarious.”

Turteltaub says Freeman’s lighter side was one of the great surprises of filming. “I was scared of Morgan,” he says. “It was like ‘Oh no, Mr. Gravitas is going to be on my set and I’m going to get yelled at. And we just had the absolute best time and it was all smiles and giggles. Who knew?”

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'Last Vegas' trailer: A new Wolf Pack hits Sin City -- VIDEO

Just when you thought you’ve had your fill of male foursomes taking over Sin City, Hollywood’s got another kind of quartet in its back pocket — a sexagenarian one.

In Last Vegas, Billy (Michael Douglas) is about to get married to a woman nearly half his age. “She’s almost 32!” he assures pal Archie (played by Morgan Freeman), who retorts, “I have a hemorrhoid that’s almost 32!”

A senior-citizen version of The Hangover, Billy rounds up the rest of their childhood friends, Paddy (Robert De Niro) and Sam (Kevin Kline) for a bachelor’s party set in — you guessed it — Las Vegas, the land of havoc and mischief.

Mayhem, missed medications, and many goofy generational misunderstandings abound in this comedy, featuring leading men we haven’t yet seen in such rickety form. Check out the trailer below:
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Casting Net: Russell Crowe in talks to direct and star in post-WWI pic; Plus, Alison Brie's inter-dimensional romantic comedy, more

• Russell Crowe (Man of Steel) is in talks to direct and star in The Water Diviner, a 1919-set film about an Australian man searching for his sons in Turkey following the Battle of Gallipoli — the Allied attempt, and failure, to capture the Ottoman capital. The Oscar winner’s next projects include Akiva Goldsman’s Winter’s Tale, and Darren Aronofsky’s Noah. [Deadline]

• The Salma Hayek-produced animated feature, The Prophet, has lined up a pretty outstanding voice cast that includes Liam Neeson, John KrasinskiQuvenzhané Wallis, Frank Langella, and Alfred Molina. Roger Allers (The Lion King) wrote the script based on Khalil Girbran’s 1923 book, and will direct the narrative, with a number of international directors lending their hands to direct “chapters” based on Girban’s 26 essays. Hayek also voices a character. [Deadline]

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'The Lego Movie' trailer: The fate of the world is in Chris Pratt's plastic, U-shaped hands

This trailer for The Lego Movie  is much better than what you probably imagined when you heard the words Lego movie. Why?

Exhibit A: Chris Pratt basically plays Lego Andy Dwyer.

Exhibit B: Morgan Freeman voices Lego God.

Exhibit C: “198-something space guy”

Exhibit D-Z: Watch and see for yourself.

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