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Check Out Steve Carell's New Nose In 'Foxcatcher' & Idris Elba's Old Age Makeup In 'Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 20, 2013 3:24 PM
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With Bennett Miller's "Foxcatcher" entering the Oscar fray it's time for Sony Pictures Classics to start hustling the picture, but it seems that not everyone in their starry cast — which includes Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo and Sienna Miller — will be immediately recognizable. Yes, that's Steve Carell, and he's got a new prosthetic nose.

New TIFF Photos: Keanu Reeves' 'Man of Tai Chi,' Stephen Frears' 'Philomena' & 'Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 25, 2013 5:08 PM
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The Man of Tai Chi
It's been over 10 years since Keanu Reeves was kung-fu fighting and fast as lightning in the "The Matrix Revolutions" (makes you wish they woulda quit after the first film), but while Reeves has been taking it kind of easy ever since (probably the two biggest films he's starred in since then have been the utterly forgettable "Constantine," and "The Day The Earth Stood Still"). But Keanu seems to be slowly coming out of his hiatus. His big-budget samurai/kung-fu spectacle, "Ronin 47," is finally scheduled for a December release after almost two years of delays (see the trailer here) and he also has a directorial debut on the way. Scheduled to debut at the Toronto International Film Festival, we've already seen an international trailer and a few photos from Reeves debut, "The Man From Tai Chi," and now courtesy of TIFF we have a few more.

Watch: Idris Elba Fights For His Rights In New Trailer For 'Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 18, 2013 9:39 PM
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mandela, long walk to freedom
Listen, we know you have to sell this intense drama about the struggle to end apartheid to a mass audience. But can we call a moratorium on using "Wavin' Flag" by K'naan for...well, anything...for about a decade? The official song for the 2010 World Cup (yes, which was held in South Africa, hence relevance) has been played to death and lost any innocence and impact it had. At least for now. Okay, with that off our chest, here's the new trailer for "Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom."

The Good, The Bad & The Weird Of Guillermo Del Toro's 'Pacific Rim'

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • July 15, 2013 2:13 PM
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This weekend, Guillermo del Toro's "Pacific Rim," a monster mash about giant creatures that come through an inter-dimensional portal on the ocean floor and the giant robots constructed to fight them, was neither an outright dud nor a smash. Beaten to number one by "Despicable Me 2," we can't imagine a third place finish was what Warner Bros. had in mind for their $200 million summer movie. Was it too much of a fan letter to nerds and comic book stores for the general public to care? Did the marketing campaign stumble? Did it need an A-list star? We're sure conference rooms at WB today are having meetings asking those exact same questions, but there's also the simple question of whether or not the movie actually delivered.

Watch: First Teaser Trailer For Biopic 'Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom' Starring Idris Elba

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 12, 2013 7:36 AM
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"Today at the edge of our hope, at the end of our time. We have chosen to believe in each other! Today we face the monsters that are at our door, today we are cancelling the apartheid!" Okay, maybe Idris Elba won't be saying that in the upcoming, awards season horse "Mandela: The Lone Walk To Freedom," but the actor will be taking on the challenging role of anti-apartheid crusader Nelson Mandela. It's a tough part for anyone, and it's certainly one that will be studied with even more scrutiny given Mandela's failing health at the moment, but it looks like Elba is up to the challenge.

Review: Guillermo Del Toro’s ‘Pacific Rim’

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • July 10, 2013 9:02 AM
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Lines are being drawn in the sand as we speak and people are taking sides. And if the chatter it so be believed, the entire fate of the movie industry rest in the hands of one very big, wet, hulking mass of a high-concept movie. It’s distracting, but one can’t really discuss Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming science-fiction action adventure “Pacific Rim” without addressing some of the baggage its arriving in theaters with this weekend. At least for a certain (probably very small) sect of the movie going public. If “Pacific Rim” fails, if this “original” movie cannot win at the box-office and if it (gasp) loses to the nefarious, made-from-pure-evil “Grown Ups 2” from comedy Satan himself Adam Sandler, the cinematic universe will implode and will come to an end. The LucasBerg prophecies shall come to pass, theatres will topple to the ground and 3D will melt off the screens with a bitter hiss. James Cameron will plummet past you in flames screaming as he falls to his fiery doom. Ladies and gentleman, if you do not see “Pacific Rim” this weekend, you are not doing your civic duty as a movie-loving cinephile and you are therefore siding with the forces of reboots, remakes, reups, sideways sequels and other tools of the Hollywood Devil.

Watch: 'Pacific Rim' Comes For You With One Last Trailer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 2, 2013 11:24 PM
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Let's face it, at the end the day, chatter about tracking, marketing, audience expectations and more is just that...chatter. Until "Pacific Rim" opens next week, and until those first reviews come out, we wont' really know if this was a bad decision on the part of financiers, a movie that deserved a better push or Guillermo Del Toro's blockbuster homerun (who knows, it could be). But either way, Warner Bros. is going big to make sure you buy a ticket.

'Pacific Rim' Fights Back Bad Tracking Buzz With Marketing Barrage: 4 Clips, 12 Minutes Of Behind The Scenes Footage & More

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 1, 2013 2:28 PM
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Alright, so the narrative is set forth: Guillermo del Toro's latest ambitious sci-fi spectacle "Pacific Rim" is evidently tracking poorly (audiences apparently would rather see "Growns Ups 2" that weekend) and it's either going to be a big expensive flop or fans (and the marketing) will rally and it's going to be one of summer's biggest hits. So the question remains: which one is it? Well, Legendary Pictures -- who have a 75% stake in the movie -- have been so unhappy with their Warner Bros. partners (who are invested in that other 25%), have a lot to lose this as they are parting ways with the studio when their contract comes to an end this year. Known for "The Man Of Steel," "The Dark Knight Rises," "300," "The Hangover" franchise and more, the Legendary/WB partnership has been a lucrative one, but clearly the production company hasn't been very happy with Warners lately (the writing was on the wall since February of this year).

Idris Elba Is A 'Gunman' Alongside Sean Penn & Javier Bardem

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 14, 2013 12:39 PM
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Idris Elba's moment of hitting a bigger platform of fame, is nearly here. Of course, TV audiences already admire the man for this work on "The Wire" and "Luther," but he's not quite a kitchen table name just yet. However, he already has one of the most memorable lines of the summer ("We are canceling the apocalypse!") in the forthcoming "Pacific Rim," and he could be in the awards season hunt leading "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom." And of course, he'll be back mixing it up in "Thor: The Dark World." So is it any surprise that his next gig is starring alongside Sean Penn and Javier Bardem?

Watch: New Epic Monster & Robot Filled Trailer For Guillermo Del Toro's 'Pacific Rim'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 29, 2013 2:06 PM
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Landing on our list of The Most Anticipated Blockbusters Of The 2013 Summer Season, "Pacific Rim" had been playing a bit cagey until this point, keeping the monsters mostly teased instead of shown, but today Warner Bros. has unleashed a helluva trailer which promises the monster vs. robot mayhem most have been hoping Guillermo Del Toro would be delivering.

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