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Watch: Luke Evans Becomes A Monster In First Trailer For 'Dracula Untold'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 27, 2014 10:10 AM
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Dracula Untold
Oh, so you think you know the story of Dracula? Think again. The untold story of the king of all bloodsuckers is coming to cinemas with Luke Evans getting it done with the fangs on, and the first trailer has arrived today for a movie that certainly isn't lacking in epic scope.

Casting: Elisabeth Moss And Luke Evans Join Ben Wheatley's 'High-Rise,' Craig Roberts Visits 'Red Oaks' & More

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • June 25, 2014 1:42 PM
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High-Rise, Moss, Luke Evans
A terrific cast is forming around U.K. filmmaker Ben Wheatley's net film, “High-Rise." The movie already stars Tom Hiddleston, Sienna Miller, Jeremy Irons and James Purefoy (HBO’s “Rome”). That’s good enough as it is, but announced last night, joining the cast are “Mad Men” and “Top Of The Lake” star Elisabeth Moss and Luke Evans of “The Hobbit” and the upcoming “Dracula Untold.”

First Look: Teaser Poster For ‘Dracula Untold’ Starring Luke Evans

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 16, 2014 10:36 AM
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Dracula Untold
“Dracula Begins” was apparently taken so Universal Pictures decided to name its new “how Dracula got his groove” film, “Dracula Untold.” It’s the untold story, get it? Maybe it’s like a prequel to the days when he was a young doctor and then came across some Nosferatu who bit him and yadda, yadda, yadda. Pardon our cynicism, but most prequel like “this is how it actually happened” stories tend to be a little dull, but here’s to hoping I guess. The cast is at least decent.

'The Hobbit' Star Luke Evans Joins Tom Hiddleston In Ben Wheatley's 'High Rise'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 13, 2014 11:10 AM
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Luke Evans, The Hobbit, Desolation of Smaug
Four movies into his career, and there are certain things we've come to expect from Ben Wheatley movies. Eerie sound design, for instance. A generally unsettling mood. A jet-black sense of humor. Top-notch filmmaking. Above all else, a head getting smashed into smithereens at one point or another. One running motif that hasn't yet appeared in Wheatley's work, but which looks to make an appearance in his next film? Very handsome British men.

'The Raid' Remake Delayed, Anthony Mackie, Frank Grillo, Ethan Hawke & More On Wishlist For Lead

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • May 28, 2014 9:25 AM
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They may not have lit up the box office, but Gareth Evans’s pair of bloody Indonesian action movies – “The Raid: Redemption” and “The Raid 2: Berandal” – have caught the attention of Hollywood and, in fact, the North American remake rights to the first film were scooped up not long after its successful TIFF Midnight Madness screening. While it seemed the U.S. remake of “The Raid” was finally gathering steam – it locked up both a writer and director earlier this year – things have since slowed down.

Zach Galifianakis Has 'Tulip Fever,' Sienna Miller Visits Ben Wheatley's 'High Rise' & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • May 14, 2014 9:26 AM
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Zach Galifinakis Bored To Death
Other than the premieres of many high-profile and exciting films, the Cannes Film Festival is also host to a marketplace where production companies try to entice distributors—or just regular old financiers—to buy into projects. As a result, many news of castings or just plain brand-new films filter out of that glamorous place, and naturally we’ve rounded up a few of those items for your easy-reading pleasure below.

Benedict Cumberbatch Eyed To Replace Tom Hardy In 'Everest,' James McAvoy, Tom Hiddleston & More In Mix To Co-Star

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 21, 2013 9:20 PM
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Benedict Cumberbatch
Two filmmakers are currently trying to get to the top of an "Everest" film first: Doug Liman and Baltasar Kormakur. But the question is which one will get there first as one has lost a lead, and the other some financing.

What Kind Of Batman Will Superman Face? 5 Choices For 'Superman & Batman'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 22, 2013 3:34 PM
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What Kind Of Batman Will Superman Face
This weekend at Comic-Con Warner Bros dropped a bombshell: instead of announcing a sequel to this summer's "Man of Steel" (or a full-on "Justice League" movie), they revealed they would instead be bringing a Batman/Superman team-up movie to the big screen. Once again overseen by the "Man of Steel" team of director Zack Snyder and writer David S. Goyer (with Christopher Nolan taking a distant executive producer role this time around) the movie will likely retain much of the "Man Of Steel" cast (including Amy Adams and Laurence Fishburne), while folding in a presumably new Batman mythology. What they didn’t say was who would be putting on the cape and cowl. Let the speculation begin!

Review: 'Fast & Furious 6' Makes Cars Go Boom In A Mostly Satisfactory Way

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 13, 2013 6:09 PM
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Has there ever been a franchise like the "Fast & Furious?" Begun over ten years ago with a film most notable for its '50s-style B-movie title, "The Fast & The Furious," it was a modest sleeper hit. Before long the series saw its biggest draw, the potato-headed growl-monster Vin Diesel, exit the series before it really got going, leading to the Paul Walker solo outing "2 Fast 2 Furious." Unsurprisingly, the box office for that one took a hit, a trend that continued with the Walker-free third outing "The Fast & The Furious: Tokyo Drift." But ever since the series has been on a constant upswing, with "Fast Five" making nearly half-a-billion dollars worldwide, and even winning some critical plaudits, at least for series veteran Justin Lin.

Review: 'No One Lives' A Horrifyingly Dull Serial Killer Thriller

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 10, 2013 10:02 AM
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Well, at the very least, "No One Lives" actually delivers on its title, however, it also tells you exactly what will happen in an already rote, routine and predictable movie. It's an R-rated horror flick that -- with a few obvious, quick cuts -- could easily be PG-13, perhaps indicating no one really knew what they wanted from the start. It's a movie that takes place mostly over the course of one night, utilizing a small handful of locations, but the low budget would suggest this was a choice of financing, rather than the requirements of the script. It's a movie that casts "Hey, it's that guy!" character actor Gary Grubbs in a part even too small and innocuous for him. Really, "No One Lives" isn't so much awful, but an example of a series of bad decisions that wind up resulting in a bad movie. Sometimes it's as simple as that.

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