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Why 'Get On Up' Star Viola Davis Is Setting Film Aside for ABC's 'How To Get Away With Murder' (TRAILER)

If you can't get what you want at the movies, go to television. Viola Davis, Tony-winning Broadway star and Oscar-nominated supporting Hollywood player, now has her own ABC TV series thanks to Shonda Rhimes, who made Kerry Washington a star with "Scandal." This one will follow that one on Thursday nights.
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • August 8, 2014 12:24 PM
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FIRST LOOK: Two Tantalizing Images from Michael Mann's New Cyber-Thriller

Has Michael Mann found a new title for his next movie, tentatively titled "Cyber," Legendary/Universal's crime drama filmed in Hong Kong about American and Chinese agents working to bring down a powerful network of Balkan hackers?
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 5, 2014 12:34 PM
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WATCH: First Trailer for James Brown Biopic 'Get On Up'

A first trailer has arrived for the James Brown biopic "Get On Up," starring Chadwick Boseman (who played another African American icon, Jackie Robinson, in last year's "42") in the title role. Tate Taylor of "The Help" is directing, while Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer (Oscar nominated and Oscar winning for "The Help," respectively) have all reteamed for this new film. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 14, 2014 11:45 AM
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Jessica Chastain & Ned Benson Talk the Long Road to TIFF Hit 'The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby'

One of the unforeseen but delightful surprises at this year's Toronto International Film Festival was "The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby." I must confess that, stumbling bleary-eyed into its first 9 am press screening, I did feel slightly concerned about the 190-minute running time of writer-director Ned Benson's debut.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • September 23, 2013 6:04 AM
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Universal Sets 2014 Release Date for James Brown Biopic 'Get On Up,' Starring Chadwick Boseman UPDATED

UPDATE: Universal has set an Oscar-friendly 2014 release date for its James Brown biopic, now titled "Get On Up," starring Chadwick Boseman ("42"). It will hit theaters on October 17 of next year.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 29, 2013 1:17 PM
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'Ender's Game' Teaser Poster Strikes Wrong Note

I've been excited about new sci-fi epic "Ender's Game" (November 1) not because I'm a fan of the original Nebula and Hugo-winning 1985 novel by Orson Scott Card, but because Roberto Orci, who wrote the two recent "Star Trek" movies with partner Alex Kurtzman, is producing.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 26, 2013 3:06 PM
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Casting Watch - 'Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby': Huppert, Hurt, Davis & Arianda Join Chastain & McAvoy

“The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby," which will be told in two films from "His" and "Hers" perspectives -- those of husband and wife James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain -- has rounded out its casting with Isabelle Huppert, Viola Davis, William Hurt, Nina Arianda, Ciaran Hinds, Bill Hader and Jess Weixler...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 16, 2012 3:47 PM
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Streep Lays Out Women's Pic Studio Stats at Women in Film Awards: "Why Don't They Want the Money?"

If women make up 51 percent of all moviegoers, “Why don’t they want the money?” asked Meryl Streep at the Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards Tuesday night. She cited five movies in less than five years aimed at women, costing a fraction of the cost of studio tentpoles, that grossed $1.6 billion combined worldwide...
  • By Valentina Valentini
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  • June 13, 2012 3:13 PM
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Casting Watch: Alden Ehrenreich Takes Over Lead on Supernatural 'Beautiful Creatures'

Alden Ehrenreich joins Viola Davis, Emma Thompson, Jeremy Irons, and Emmy Rossum in potential franchise "Beautiful Creatures." Writer-director Richard LaGravenese adapted the script from Kami Carcia and Margaret Stohl's New York Times bestseller, an intense coming-of-age story about how two star-crossed lovers, Ethan and Lena, uncover dark family secrets.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • April 11, 2012 5:20 PM
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Robert Orci Launches "Ender's Game" Production Blog

Prolific Roberto Orci, when he is not sweating over "Star Trek" rewrites with producing and writing partner Alex Kurtzman, is now running a weekly production blog for the upcoming sci-fi film "Ender's Game." He's also producing and adapting the epic adventure from the Orson Scott Card sci-fi classic...
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 21, 2012 2:54 PM
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