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Chadwick Boseman brings James Brown to life in 'Get On Up' -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTO

It’s a man’s world in Get On Up, the second feature film from director Tate Taylor (who loved women so well in his debut The Help). Taylor was thrown plenty of scripts about “women-in-pain” after his box office success but it ended up being the life and times of James Brown that most intrigued him. “As I dug in and started to discover more about him, the good and the bad, I loved the reasons he was often bad and I loved the reasons he was good,” says Taylor. “I love that he would stop at nothing to keep reinventing himself so he could stay current, and as a result he changed music.”

Taylor enlisted 42 star Chadwick Boseman, who turned in such a quietly dignified performance of baseball great Jackie Robinson,  to embody the Godfather of Soul. “Jackie has left the building, we’ll just say that,” says Taylor with a laugh. “Oh my god, Chad’s having so much fun.” (For the many musical numbers, Taylor employed a mix of Boseman’s own voice and an overlay of Brown’s actual voice.) Joining Boseman are Help stars Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer, who play Brown’s mother and brothel-running aunt respectively, as well as Jill Scott who plays Brown’s wife Edie. Get On Up is shooting right now in Mississippi and is scheduled to hit theaters August 1.

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'X-Men': Major change in this summer's 'Days of Future Past' -- EXCLUSIVE

There will be one less mutant in this summer’s highly anticipated X-Men: Days of Future Past, which combines the casts of the original X-Men trilogy with those of 2011′s First Class. Director Bryan Singer (The Usual Suspects) has revealed to EW exclusively that a rescue sequence — shot early in the film’s production and featuring Magneto (Ian McKellen), Professor X (Patrick Stewart), Rogue (Anna Paquin), and Iceman (Shawn Ashmore) — has been cut from the final film. Sadly, this means that Rogue’s screen time has been significantly chopped down as well.

“Through the editing process, the sequence became extraneous,” explains Singer. “It’s a really good sequence and it will probably end up on the DVD so people can see it. But like many things in the editing process, it was an embarrassment of riches and it was just one of the things that had to go. Unfortunately, it was the one and only sequence Anna Paquin was in, the Rogue character was in. Even though she’s in the materials and part of the process of making the film, she won’t appear in it.”
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Best of 2013 (Behind the Scenes): 'Iron Man 3' VFX artists on the Mark 42 suit design

Tony Stark is invincible — at least when it comes to the numbers for Iron Man 3, that is. A whopping $174 million at the box office opening weekend. A staggering $409 million domestically. More than $1.2 billion grossed worldwide.

But the genius/billionaire/playboy/philanthropist character who’s appeared in five Marvel films so far was fallible in his third standalone feature, spending much of his post-Avengers time in his basement, designing prototype after prototype of his Iron Man suits to keep his mind off his near-death experience.

The most eye-popping one he built: The Mark 42 (below), which he can summon remotely in individual pieces to his body via sensors he injected under his skin.

Of course, “Tony Stark” didn’t build the suit at all; instead, 1500 visual effects artists worked on the film, and according to Chris Townsend, the film’s visual effects supervisor, at least half of them worked on the Mark 42.

“We ended up having eight [visual effects] companies throughout the world working on that particular suit,” he tells EW. “Hopefully in the end, for the audience, if we’ve done our jobs right, they’ll think from shot to shot, it looks like it’s all created by Tony Stark.”

EW talked to the minds who spearheaded the suit’s concept — the real Tony Starks, if you will — to get a breakdown of the process, from the initial idea to adding Robert Downey Jr.

Click here for more of EW.com’s Best of 2013 coverage. 
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'X-Men: Days of Future Past': New images from next summer's comic book epic -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

Following Thursday’s Instagram tease of the new trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past, we have an exclusive look at more aspects of the highly anticipated new film, which hits theaters May 23. Patrick Stewart maneuvers in his new hover-chair as Professor X, Jennifer Lawrence dons full blue mode (and yellow eyes) as Mystique, and Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage addresses the U.S. president as Bolivar Trask, the creator of mutant-hunting robots called Sentinels.

The new film, inspired by Chris Claremont and John Byrne’s beloved 1981 comic-book storyline of the same name, unites the cast from the original X-Men films (Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Ian McKellen, etc.) with those from 2011′s prequel First Class (Lawrence, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult) in a time-bending adventure. The plot follows Wolverine (Jackman) as he travels from the bleak future to the 1970s, sent by Professor X (Stewart) and Magneto (McKellen) to change certain key events.

Bryan Singer, returning to the franchise after directing the first two X-Men films, says Days of Future Past will take viewers on an emotional ride. “The stakes are high, not just for the world and the future but also the stakes of some of the characters,” says the director. “Clearly there was enormous fragmentation between the characters that happened at the end of First Class. That left the characters on a certain path. This movie will show you where those paths lead.”

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Marvel's 'Ant-Man' gets summer 2015 release date

Ant-Man fans, rejoice! EW has confirmed that Disney recently pushed up the superhero film’s 2015 release date. Originally set to hit theaters on Nov. 6, 2015, Ant-Man, directed and co-written by The World’s End helmer Edgar Wright, is now scheduled to arrive on the big screen on July 31, 2015, which will put it in the orbit of fellow summer 2015 sure-fire blockbusters Avengers: Age of Ultron, set for May 1, 2015, and Zack Snyder’s untitled Man of Steel sequel, slotted for release on  July 17, 2015.
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Summer box office: 10 winners and 10 losers

The U.S. box office hit a record high this summer, pulling in $4.76 billion thanks to blockbusters like Iron Man 3 and Despicable Me 2. But not every film was a success, and flops like R.I.P.D. and The Lone Ranger stole the headlines. Below, check out this summer’s box office winners and losers — plus a few toss-ups — and then sound off with picks of your own in the comments! READ FULL STORY

Summer box office report: Business up 11% to record $4.8 billion despite massive bombs

The popular box office narrative this summer was that Hollywood couldn’t get itself out of bomb season. Expensive flops like The Lone Ranger, R.I.P.D., After Earth, and White House Down attracted huge amounts schadenfreude — in an insightful New York Times piece published this week, Catherine Rampell wondered whether “the summer-blockbuster strategy itself may have tanked” — but the cloudy box office reports have been misleading. Summer 2013 was actually an incredibly strong season at the movies. In fact, it smashed records.

From the first weekend in May until Labor Day, domestic box office receipts reached $4.76 billion according to BoxOfficeMojo. That’s up 11 percent over 2012′s summer total, and up 8 percent over 2011. For those of you yelling, “But what about inflation?!” the season still proved strong. An estimated 583 million tickets were sold — the largest total since 2007. READ FULL STORY

'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

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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Check out a gruesome clip from the new horror film, 'Cockneys vs Zombies'

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There is a saying in Britain: “It does exactly what it says on the tin.” This colloquialism derives from ’90s-era TV ads for a brand of quick-drying woodstain — which did indeed prominently feature the phrase “quick-drying woodstain” on the tins — but could equally apply to the new U.K. horror film, Cockneys vs Zombies. Starring Harry Treadaway (The Lone Ranger), Michelle Ryan (Bionic Woman), Alan Ford (Snatch), Tony Gardner (The Thick of It) and the late, great British TV icon Richard Briers, the movie finds a group of London-living folks facing off against a bunch of ghouls who aren’t technically “living” at all.

Directed by Matthias Hoene, Cockneys vs Zombies arrives in select cinemas on Aug. 2 and will also be available on VOD. But you can see an exclusive — and gruesome — scene below. READ FULL STORY

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