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Watch: Ryan Reynolds In Action In Test Footage For 'Deadpool'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 28, 2014 10:20 AM
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Deadpool Test Footage
“ 'Deadpool' is still alive, and we're just waiting for the studio to embrace what an amazingly fucking awesome film this would be,” director Tim Miller said last fall. “Ryan [Reynolds] is ready, I am ready, the fans are more than ready, we just need that elusive green light.” And while that thumbs up from the powers that be still awaits (though producer Lauren Shuler Donner did say this year she wants to a "Deadpool" movie — though we doubt it's this specific one), we can now see what a Miller directed, Reynolds starring movie might look like.

Fantasia Exclusive: The 'Dealer' Gets An Order In Clip From French Crime Thriller

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 28, 2014 10:05 AM
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Dealer
Drug dealers, lowlives and the gritty streets they operate on has been the backdrop to many crime thrillers, but filmmaker Jean Luc Herbulot puts his own mark on the genre with "Dealer." An independent film, shot outside the studio system in France, it's inspired by the real life of lead actor Dan Bronchinson, bringing a level of authenticity to the movie that makes its World Premiere this week at the Fantasia Film Festival.

Quentin Tarantino Has A Sci-Fi Movie Idea Brewing; Confirms He'll Direct 'The Hateful Eight' Next

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 28, 2014 9:24 AM
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Even before a frame has been shot, Quentin Tarantino's "The Hateful Eight" has had quite the life. Announced last year as his next project, it wasn't long after when an early draft of the script leaked, and he furiously decided to can the movie. But almost just as swiftly, he changed his mind, and continued to develop the script, and then earlier this spring, he staged a starry live reading of what he had on the page so far (read our review of the event). And basically, the chatter was that Tarantino was going to ultimately direct "The Hateful Eight," and soon, with Kurt Russell (who participated in the lived read) recently suggesting that cameras would roll in early 2015. And while Tarantino didn't give an exact date, he's now confirmed this film is next on his slate.

George Miller Says Script For 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Sequel Already Written

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 28, 2014 9:02 AM
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Mad Max: Fury Road
At least viewed from afar, since most of The Playlist team didn't go down for the event, it would seem that "Mad Max: Fury Road" walked away from this year's Comic-Con with the best buzz of any film that was presented. The trailer certainly got folks talking and amped up the excitement for what look likes a white knuckle action flick that is going re-invigorate the franchise that has been largely dormant for decades. Clearly, hitting San Diego a year out from release with a major presentation about the movie, Warner Bros. has big hopes for this movie to spawn even more, and it looks like the foundation has not only be laid, they are ready to go should 'Fury Road' prove to be a hit.

Watch: Katniss Is Here To Fight In First Teaser Trailer For ‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1’

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 28, 2014 12:12 AM
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Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
We’ve seen some intriguing teaser trailers for “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1” so far. One of the features a brainwashed Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and Johanna (Jena Malone) in piece of “unified” propaganda from President Snow (Donald Sutherland) that gets jacked by members of the rebellion, namely Beetee (Jeffrey Wright). This is the type of insurgency that Snow will be looking to quell with swift vengeance and does really set the stage for “MockingJay, Part 1.” The rebellion is making plans.

Recap: 'The Leftovers,' Season 1, Episode 5 'Gladys'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 27, 2014 11:00 PM
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Ann Dowd and Amy Brenneman in "The Leftovers"
Loyalty is a bond that can be stronger than blood ties, but creating that connection requires a careful balance of trust and vulnerability to show that you can be both sensitive and stoic to the needs of someone else. But loyalty can also be dangerous, and that becomes clear in "The Leftovers' " fifth episode "Gladys," where we witness in rather chilling fashion how and why the Guilty Remnant stay so devoted to their cause even in the wake of horrific acts.

Watch: Over 2 Hours Of Full Comic-Con Panels From ‘The Hobbit,’ ‘Sin City 2,’ ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ & More

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  • July 27, 2014 3:59 PM
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The Hobbit: Battle Of The Five Armies
Not in San Diego yesterday? Missed a lot of Comic-Con panels you would have loved to attend? We got your back! Many panels from SDCC have turned up online. You won’t see footage that was shown to fans in Hall H or various corners of the convention center, but if you’re curious to hear some of your favorite actors and directors discuss hotly anticipated films of this year and next, look no further.

Watch: 3-Minute Comic-Con Trailer For 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Starring Tom Hardy & Charlize Theron

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 27, 2014 1:34 PM
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Mad max: fury Road
Did you hear that cacophonous rumble coming from San Diego yesterday? What you heard was the sound of folks freaking out over the footage screened from Warner Bros.' upcoming "Mad Max: Fury Road" (recap the coverage here) at Comic-Con. But if you couldn't be there, don't worry! A trailer has now dropped online.

Paul Rudd & Peyton Reed Address Edgar Wright’s Exit; Watch Over 20 Minutes Of ‘Ant-Man Interviews

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 27, 2014 1:23 PM
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Ant-Man Poster Header
The elephant in the room was not largely addressed during Marvel’s Comic-Con “Ant-Man” panel. Onstage, there was little talk of the older iteration of “Ant-Man” that was going to be directed by a filmmaker you might have heard of named Edgar Wright (though there was a guy loyally standing outside of the convention center all day with a sign that said “Edgar Wright was right”). If the “Ant-Man” snafu in May was a PR disaster for the studio, all was forgotten by the Comic-Com faithful once the celebrity glad-handing began and teaser footage unspooled (ahh, those fickle fans, who initially insisted they’d no longer pay to see this film…)

Box-Office: Scarlett Johansson’s ‘Lucy’ Beauty Outperforms Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Hercules’ Brawn

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • July 27, 2014 11:58 AM
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Lucy
Call it a battle of the beauty and the beast if you like. Though audiences didn’t seem to love Luc Besson’s “Lucy” or Brett Ratner’s “Hercules”—at least considering those dismal Cinemascore ratings (C+ for the former). But they were unsure about either and curious, as reviews for both hit rather late in the week. And so viewers chose “Lucy” starring Scarlett Johansson—reviews being largely, “ridiculous, but entertaining”—over Dwayne Johnson and “Hercules”—reviews more akin to “ridiculous and just bad.” The critical buzz surely didn’t hurt, Besson not having made a critically lauded film in some time, and perhaps audiences wanted to see what all the fuss was about. And so “Lucy” perched itself atop the box office this weekend, hauling in approximately $44 million. That makes for the highest grossing box-office debut for a Scarlett Johansson-starring vehicle ever (all those Marvel films don't really count) by a rather large margin. Perhaps 2006's the "Black Dahlia" ($10 million opening) is the last movie that could be considered a "starring" role for the actress.

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