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'Be Natural' reaches Kickstarter goal, tells story of first female director

Alice Guy-Blaché isn’t a name that many members of Hollywood recognize, and that is exactly what co-directors Pamela Green and Jarik van Sluijs are trying to change.

Green and van Sluijs, along with executive producer Robert Redford, recently reached their Kickstarter goal of $200,000 to make a documentary, titled Be Natural, about Guy-Blaché, the 23 year old who became the first female director in 1896. READ FULL STORY

'Game of Thrones' star Natalie Dormer cast as Cressida in 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay'

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire doesn’t even hit theaters until Nov. 22, and we’re already looking past it to the final two movies of the franchise … but in a good way.

Natalie Dormer has officially signed on to play the role of Cressida in both The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 and Part 2. Book fans will remember Cressida as the film director who, along with Castor, Pollux, and Messalla, flees The Capitol to join the rebellion and ends up taking her camera crew on a journey to follow Katniss and get footage of the uprising.

Although we’re sure she will be less recognizable once she inhabits Cressida’s bald head and many tattoos, Dormer can currently be recognized as Margaery Tyrell from Game of Thrones. She will also appear in the upcoming film Rush.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 & 2 will be directed by Francis Lawrence and have release dates of Nov. 21, 2014, and Nov. 20, 2015, respectively.

Ethan Hawke and Selena Gomez team up to take down Jon Voight in new 'Getaway' trailer

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The new Getaway trailer is one-third Taken, one-third The Fast and the Furious, and one-third Selena Gomez in a baseball cap. It’s also 100 percent Ethan Hawke getting angry.

Starring Hawke, Gomez, Jon Voight, and Rebecca Budig, Getaway tells the story of a husband who’s forced to perform a series of tasks, including theft and kidnapping, in order to save his kidnapped wife, played by Budig. The husband, Brent, played by Hawke, claims he was targeted because he’s a skilled driver — think Ryan Gosling in Drive. And with The Kid, played by Gomez, as his sidekick, Brent works to save his wife from the evil Jon Voight, whose character is simply The Voice. Car crashes, explosions, and gunfire follow as Brent races against the clock to save his wife’s life.

But Brent can only be forced to do so much before he inevitably decides that he’s through with being bossed around. He tells The Voice, “First, I’m coming for my wife. Then I’m coming for you.” Looks like Brent decides to take revenge, Liam-Neeson style.

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New 'The Fifth Estate' poster promises secrets will be revealed

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If you thought Benedict Cumberbatch looked menacing in Star Trek Into Darkness, you haven’t seen him with false teeth and a white wig.

For The Fifth Estate, Cumberbatch inhabits the role of Julian Assange, the man at the heart of the Wikileaks phenomenon. The film, which is directed by Bill Condon, also stars Daniel Bruhl as Assange’s partner, Daniel Domscheit-Berg, who will later split from the operation. And if the film’s newest poster tells us anything, it’s that the duo that specialized in exposing secrets had a few secrets of their own.

The Fifth Estate hits theaters on October 18.

'You're Next': How a group of indie filmmakers produced one of 2013's most terrifying movies

Director Adam Wingard has received rave reviews for his R-rated, home invasion horror-comedy You’re Next, which screened at several film festivals over the past couple of years and will be released August 23. But his often gore-drenched creative sensibility — and twisted sense of humor — is not everyone’s cup of Darjeeling. In the spring of 2007, for instance, the then just the 24-year-old Wingard appeared on the premiere episode of Fox TV’s On The Lot, a much-hyped but now little-remembered, Steven Spielberg-produced filmmakers’ competition with the first prize of a million-dollar development deal at Dreamworks. As Wingard recalls, he was immediately put off by the reality show vibe of the televised contest and decided to self-sabotage. So in an unaired segment, he pitched a movie about a giant, skinless, suburbia-terrorizing dog named Roger to the show’s three judges: Brett Ratner, Carrie Fisher, and Pretty Woman director Garry Marshall. “I kept emphasizing how violent the film needed to be, and I was doing a dance as I was pitching,” says Wingard, who, it is probably worth noting, stands 6 feet 4 inches tall. “The whole thing was like a performance art piece. I was shocked they didn’t use it because I went out of my way to make an ass out of myself on national television. It was gold!” Needless to say, the Alabama-raised Wingard did not progress to the next round. “I don’t remember what the judges said,” he chuckles, “but I think they were really disappointed in me.” READ FULL STORY

Nathan Fillion as Batman? Probably not, he says.

Whether Christian Bale has or has not been offered $50 million to reprise his role as Batman in Man of Steel 2 remains a mystery. (He probably hasn’t.) But with the suit officially unoccupied – as of now– the race is on to find a new Batman. But one name you can probably cross off your list? Castle star and generally geek-loved actor Nathan Fillion.

“I wonder if my throat could take it,” he said, joking that he doesn’t believe he has the vocal stamina to mimic Batman’s gravelly voice. “I think I’d make an excellent Bruce Wayne; I think I’d make a terrible Batman.”
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Director Joe Swanberg talks about his new comedy 'Drinking Buddies'

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We wouldn’t want to say exactly how many movies prolific indie filmmaker  Joe Swanberg has directed because he might have finished another one in the time it’s taken to write this sentence. But we can say that his new film, the brewery-oriented comedy Drinking Buddies is his most high-profile to date thanks to a cast which boasts Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick, Ron Livingston, Jason Sudeikis, and Swanberg’s fellow auteur, Ti West. Drinking Buddies arrives in theatres August 23 — the same day cinemagoers will be able to see both Swanberg and West in the horror-comedy You’re Next — and is currently available to watch on VOD.

Below, the Chicago-based Swanberg explains why he felt like Michael Bay while he was making the movie and talks about the paltry three other films he has awaiting release.

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'A Field In England,' 'Witching & Bitching,' and organ trafficking doc to screen at Fantastic Fest

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British filmmaker Ben Wheatley’s English Civil War-set film A Field In England and cult director Alex de la Iglesia’s Witching & Bitching will both receive their U.S. premieres at this year’s Fantastic Fest, which revealed its second wave of programming today.

Other movies set to play at the Austin, Texas-based genre festival — which runs September 19-26 at Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline — include the horror remake Patrick, the Elijah Wood-starring Grand Piano, a David Cronenberg-narrated documentary called Tales From the Organ Trade about the secret world of international organ trafficking, and the Canadian film Septic Man, which concerns a person who undergoes “a hideous transformation when trapped inside a septic tank.” It’s enough to put you off your BBQ!

As previously announced, the festival’s opening night film will be Robert Rodriguez’s action sequel Machete Kills.

How Chris Hemsworth lost 30 pounds for 'Rush'

Chris Hemsworth was still filming The Avengers when made an audition tape for the role of British Formula One driver James Hunt in Rush. The tape impressed Rush director Ron Howard and the film’s writer-producer Peter Morgan, but the pair had one major concern. As Hemsworth was still filming The Avengers he had the musclebound physique of Thor rather than that of the lithe Hunt. “He had the right look, assuming he could lose the weight,” says Howard. “Chris said, ‘Thor can’t even get in an F1 car — but I will be able to.’”

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Sean Young talks about the new horror movie 'Jug Face' (and why she may boycott the next 'Blade Runner' movie)

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In the new horror movie Jug Face, Sean Young, Larry Fessenden, and Lauren Ashley Carter play members of a backwoods cult which sacrifices people to a pit-dwelling monster. Sounds creepily intriguing? Indeed it does. And we haven’t even mentioned the ghosts. Or the incest. Or, for that matter, the artisanal jug-making.

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