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Al Pacino blurs reality and acting in 'The Humbling' trailer

What’s an actor to do when his career is all but over? Write a memoir, according to Al Pacino’s Simon Axler in the new The Humbling trailer. The problem for Axler is that he’s beginning to treat his real life like a performance, and the repercussions of his actions can be seen in the film’s new trailer.

After suffering injuries at a stage show, Axler is put into rehabilitation and falls in love with his friend’s much younger lesbian daughter, played by Greta Gerwig. Further complicating their relationship is the daughter’s lifelong obsession with the actor. Chaos ensues for Axler as he tries to salvage his life and career but appears to be failing on both fronts in the trailer.

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George Clooney to take on the U.K. phone hacking scandal

George Clooney is going back to some familiar territory for his next directorial effort. The Oscar-nominated Good Night, and Good Luck director has set his sights on Hack Attack, based on journalist Nick Davies’ account of the phone hacking scandal surrounding Rupert Murdoch’s media empire, which led to the demise of News of the World.

“This has all the elements – lying, corruption, blackmail – at the highest levels of government by the biggest newspaper in London,” said Clooney in a statement. “And the fact that it’s true is the best part. Nick is a brave and stubborn reporter and we consider it an honor to put his book to film.”

Columbia Pictures’ president of production Michael De Luca added: “As the son of a journalist, George has a sharp interest in the role journalism plays in all of our lives – whether that’s for good, as in Good Night, and Good Luck, or for bad.  With Hack Attack, George will explore the dark side of that world, a business where all of the rules of journalism are broken in the race for an easy and ever-larger payday.”

Clooney and Grant Heslov’s Smokehouse Pictures banner (Argo) will produce Hack Attack for Sony Pictures Entertainment. Shooting is scheduled to begin sometime next year, but no cast was specified in the announcement.

Big Trouble in Little Downton: When Dan Stevens met Kurt Russell

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Downton Abbey fans may be a tad surprised by Dan Stevens’ recent choice in roles, which include a gun-toting Kentucky army veteran in the bananas action movie The Guest (out Sept. 17) and a New York drug dealer in the Liam Neeson-starring private eye thriller, A Walk Among the Tombstones (out Sept. 19). But such projects are very much in the wheelhouse of the man who spent three years playing the period drama’s dashing Matthew Crawley, as this writer discovered when he recently met with the actor for a feature in this week’s Entertainment Weekly. “I’m a genre fan,” he explained, over dinner at a restaurant close to where the British actor now lives in Brooklyn.

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Dax Shepard to write, direct, and star in 'CHiPS' movie

Jon and Ponch better dust off their motorcycles and clean their aviator sunglasses, because they’re about to hit the big screen.

Sources have confirmed that Warner Bros is teaming with writer, director, and star Dax Shepard on an upcoming big-screen remake of CHiPS, the popular television series that ran from 1977 to 1983 and followed two California patrol officers as they rode around freeways, handed out tickets, and just generally looked cool.

Shepard is on board to star as Officer Jon Baker (originally portrayed by Larry Wilcox) with Michael Pena in the role of Frank Poncherello (originally portrayed by Erik Estrada). According to Deadline, who first reported the news, the remake is planning to offer a more serious take on the original series.

The Hollywood Film Awards aim to mark the beginning of awards season

If you haven’t heard of the Hollywood Film Awards, you’re probably not alone. Founded in 1997 by Carlos de Abreu, it has served as a very unofficial “kickoff” to awards season, often honoring the casts and teams behind films that have yet to be seen by anyone. But in its 17-year history, the awards ceremony has managed to get a host of stars to turn out for the event on a regular basis—so the next logical step is to make it official, roll out a red carpet, and put it on television.

CBS, which announced its plans to telecast the show for the first time earlier this year, will air the Hollywood Film Awards live on Friday, Nov. 14 as an official 3 1/2 hour broadcast including a red carpet pre-show, the awards, and a live post-show hosted by Charlie Rose, Gayle King, and Norah O’Donnell, the network announced Wednesday.

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Hiro Hamada gets diagnosed with puberty in first 'Big Hero 6' clip

Big Hero 6, the first animated Disney film to pull from the company’s acquisition of Marvel, appears to be sticking to both its superheroic and animated roots by keeping things funny amid all the action. As first seen in the initial trailer, the amusing interplay between protagonist Hiro Hamada and his personal healthcare companion Baymax has been paramount to selling the film. The first full clip from Big Hero 6 is no exception, showing off a hilarious encounter between the two in Hiro’s bedroom.

In the scene, Baymax, who previously belonged to Hiro’s brother Tadashi, responds with excessive concern to Hiro’s minor yelp of pain. Impelled to help, however, Baymax presses Hiro to find out what’s wrong despite the young boy’s protests.

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Disney unveils adorable 'Feast,' schedules other short films for 2015

After the announcement of a Frozen short, Disney’s next three shorts have all been slated through 2015: Two hail from Disney’s own animation studio and one comes from Pixar, but all three look to continue the recent trend of impressive and heartwarming short films.

Feast is the closest film on the horizon, set to debut behind the Disney-Marvel collaboration Big Hero 6 on Nov. 7. From Disney Animation Studios and the director behind Disney’s Oscar-winning short film Paperman, Patrick Osborne, Feast follows Boston terrier Winston, the latest in a long line of adorable dogs in Disney films. Winston loves to eat the unhealthy food his owner drops on the floor, but both of their lives take quite the culinary turn when the owner’s girlfriend, a chef, moves into their home. Taking place over many years, the film is inspired by Osborne’s own habit of taking a picture of his life—and his meals—each day.

After Feast, Disney has two more planned shorts on the way. One will return viewers to the world of Frozen, as Anna, Elsa, Olaf, and more will reunite on screen in Frozen Fever sometime in 2015. The last announced short, Pixar’s Lava, focuses on a singing volcano looking for love. The short will screen behind Pixar’s next full-length film Inside Out, which arrives in theaters on June 29, 2015. Lava was originally planned to debut behind The Good Dinosaur, which was pushed from this summer to November 2015.

Quentin Tarantino's 'The Hateful Eight' gets fall 2015 release date

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Ever since the original script leaked for Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, there have been doubts about the film ever making it to the big screen. But after a poster and a theater-released teaser, it looks like Tarantino’s post-Civil War western is perhaps more difficult to kill than some thought. And now, The Weinstein Company has officially signed on to distribute the film.

The Weinstein Company announced its partnership with Tarantino along with the news that The Hateful Eight—which will be shot on 65mm film and have the widest 70mm film release in more than 20 years, according to a press release—will begin principal photography in January with a domestic release slated for the fall of 2015.

The Weinstein Company previously partnered with Tarantino on 1992’s Reservoir Dogs and 2012’s Django Unchained.

'Oldboy' director Park Chan-wook to direct adaptation of 'Fingersmith'

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Perhaps best known for his harrowing film Oldboy, Korean director Park Chan-wook has kept busy both at home and abroad. Having directed four other films since his famous 2003 thriller, including his English-language debut with Stoker, Chan-wook is returning home with his latest project.

Chan-wook has chosen to adapt the 2002 novel Fingersmith by Sarah Waters, a Victorian-style crime novel that the director will be putting his own spin on. The London-set novel will be shifted to 20th-century Korea during a period of Japanese rule in Chan-wook’s film, which currently has a Korean title, Agashi. The name translates to “young lady” or “miss” in English—which is fitting, considering the book’s original plot.

Waters’ novel follows the plight of orphan Sue Trinder, who, in the care of Mrs. Sucksby, grows close to a family of thieves living in her adoptive home. Known as fingersmiths, they corral Sue into one of their schemes, asking her to become the maid to the wealthy Maud Lilly in a plot to steal her inheritance. The plan loses its way, however, when Sue begins to fall in love with Lilly.

Agashi is currently in the process of casting, and Chan-wook plans to begin filming in 2015.

Watch a new clip from James Franco's 'The Sound and the Fury'

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Thanks to the difficulty of William Faulkner’s stream-of-consciousness writing, his novel The Sound and the Fury has only seen one major film adaptation, released in 1959. That is, until James Franco decided to take a stab at the perennial high school English-class favorite. Franco’s adaptation, which he directed and also stars in, has a new clip to show fans of Franco and the novel what’s in store.

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