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Noomi Rapace to play CIA interrogator in 'Unlocked'

Movie News Headines - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 12:10pm

The actress is in talks to headline this spy thriller directed by fellow Swede Michael Hafstrom, reports.

Big new sale makes Xbox One much cheaper than PS4

Gaming News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 11:10am

Microsoft’s next-generation Xbox One video game console has been well-received thus far but there’s no question that sales have been lagging behind Sony’s rival box, the PlayStation 4. A number of industry watchers have suggested that the Xbox One’s price, which at $499 is $100 more than the PS4, was one of the main reasons for the console’s comparatively weak sales — Sony announced last month that PS4 sales had surpasses 6 million units, while the last number we heard from Microsoft was 3 million units as of the end of 2013. If price is indeed the biggest barrier for the Xbox One, a huge new sale that makes the Xbox One much cheaper than the PS4 could be just

'Assassin's Creed' film recruits 'Exodus' writers

Movie News Headines - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 10:37am

The scriptwriting pair behind Ridley Scott's upcoming epic "Exodus: Gods and Kings" is now part of the effort to get Ubisoft's "Assassin's Creed" franchise onto the big screen. Adam Cooper and Bill Collage, who have worked together on "Tower Heist," "Accepted" and a pre-production "Transporter 4," have their plates full with "The Maccabee" for Darren Aronofsky ("Noah," "The Fountain"), having completed writing duties on his George Washington biopic "The General." In addition, Cooper and Collage are already attached to an adaptation of Gilbert King's Pulitzer-winning civil rights thriller "Devil in the Grove," as Deadline reports. But Ubisoft and New Regency have put "Assassin's Creed" on a fast track schedule, with an August 2015 debut planned, and the writing pair could yet reunite with "Tower Heist" helmer Daniel Espinosa should his rumored participation come to pass.

Canada's IMAX sells 20 percent of China subsidiary; eyes IPO

Movie News Headines - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 7:35am
By Adam Jourdan SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Canada-based cinema chain IMAX Corp said it planned to sell a fifth of its Chinese subsidiary to local investors, in a move that could help it eventually list the unit in Hong Kong. The company, known for 3D projection, will sell 20 percent of IMAX China Holding Inc to investment fund China Media Capital and private equity firm FountainVest Partners as it looks to expand its theatre network in China and strengthen ties with local industry and government. IMAX issued a statement late on Tuesday that confirmed a report from the Wall Street Journal earlier in the day. The two Chinese investors will each pay around $40 million for stakes of 10 percent, with the first of two equal installments due on Tuesday and the second installment by early 2015, the statement said.

'Karate Kid 2' picks Breck Eisner of 'Sahara,' 'The Crazies'

Movie News Headines - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 7:35am

With Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith reinstated in lead roles, a sequel to 2010's "The Karate Kid" reboot is in the works with Breck Eisner in the director's chair. Eisner's first theatrical feature bombed, with Matthew McConaughey, Penelope Cruz and William H. Macy taking lead roles in 2005's "Sahara."

'Draft Day' film tackles the NFL with insider minutiae, family drama

Movie News Headines - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 7:29am

By Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - As the NFL readies for its annual draft of college football players, new film "Draft Day" pulls back the curtain on the high stakes of the offseason that has helped turn the United States' most popular sport into a year-round addiction. The film, which opens in U.S. and Canadian theaters on Friday ahead of the NFL's three-day draft from May 8-10, stars Kevin Costner and dramatizes the backroom wheeling and dealing of football's general managers as they jockey for the best players and try to fleece one another while trading draft picks. But in an age of 24-hour sports networks like ESPN and HBO's behind-the-scenes NFL reality show "Hard Knocks," Costner said authenticity is crucial to hook a viewer who has seen countless locker-room speeches and front-office interviews. People take it really personally," said the 59-year-old Oscar winner, who built his heartland reputation with baseball films "Bull Durham" and "Field of Dreams," and golf comedy "Tin Cup." Costner plays fictional Cleveland Browns team general manager Sonny Weaver Jr, who has to manage upheaval in his personal life and the dueling pressures of which player to draft from the team's owner and its coach.

'Spider-Man' spin-off nets 'Cabin in the Woods' director

Movie News Headines - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 7:25am

"The Sinister Six," a feature-length look at some of Spider-Man's notable villains, looks like it'll be not just written but also directed by "Cabin in the Woods" man Drew Goddard. Goddard wrote nine episodes of "Lost" over its first four seasons and also had writing credits on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Angel," and "Alias" (including its 100th and final episodes) before making the jump to movies. Having scripted Matt Reeves's "Cloverfield," he then directed and co-wrote the acclaimed satirical horror "Cabin in the Woods" with Joss Whedon, who produced, and provided a reshaped script for Brad Pitt hit "World War Z" before applying his penmanship to "The Sinister Six." Goddard's directorial appointment comes after the formation of a specialist "Spider-Man" cabal of writers and producers within Sony Pictures, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Remembering the man who made Tony Soprano

Books - Top Stories - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 7:04am
HBO releases trailer for 'The Leftovers'; Donna Tartt and Jhumpa Lahiri are shortlisted.

'Eat & Make': Blogger Sweet Paul keeps cooking simple

Books - Top Stories - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 1:51am
His first book honors food and crafts taught to him by his grandmother and great-aunt.

U.S. movie studios sue Megaupload, founder Dotcom

Movie News Headines - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 11:26pm

By Bernard Vaughan NEW YORK (Reuters) - Several major U.S. studios filed a copyright infringement lawsuit on Monday against the file-sharing website Megaupload and its ebullient founder, Kim Dotcom. Megaupload, which U.S. authorities shuttered in 2012, facilitated a "massive copyright infringement of movies and television shows," according to a statement issued by the Motion Picture Association of America on Monday. The plaintiffs in the lawsuit, all MPAA members, are Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp, Disney Enterprises Inc, Paramount Pictures, Universal Studios Productions, Columbia Pictures and Warner Bros Entertainment Inc. "Megaupload wasn't a cloud storage service at all, it was an unlawful hub for mass distribution," Steven Fabrizio, an attorney for the MPAA, said in the statement.

Tina Fey joins pop-culture lineup at BookCon

Books - Top Stories - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 10:05pm
Fey and Jason Bateman will preview the movie "This Is Where I leave You."

'Continental Obscura': Rock photographer hits the road

Books - Top Stories - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 10:03pm
Take a look at his new book, a departure from Ryan's day job as rock photojournalist.

Video: The hottest Xbox One game released this year finally comes to the Xbox 360

Gaming News - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 9:45pm

Last month, EA delayed releasing the Xbox 360 version of the hit game Titanfall until April 8th for the United States and April 11th for Europe. Now that its actual Xbox 360 launch is just about here, screenshots and video of Titanfall have begun leaking all over the web. MP1ST has a particularly large collection with over an hour of video footage. The Xbox 360 version will be just like the Xbox One version, except for some small “technical differences.” “There are of course some differences that are due to the technical limitations of the hardware — for example, the game runs above 30fps — but the experts at Respawn worked with us to ensure that all the intense, 6v6

Accused Colorado movie theater gunman seeks change of venue

Movie News Headines - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 6:14pm

By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Lawyers for the man charged with mass murder in a 2012 shooting frenzy that left 12 people dead at a Colorado movie theater have asked that his upcoming trial be moved out of the suburban Denver county where the case has been prosecuted. Defense attorneys argued in their motion for a change of venue that James Holmes' right to a fair trial in Arapahoe County has been compromised by "pervasive media coverage" of the case locally and "the undeniable impact of the tragedy on the community itself." Holmes, 26, has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to murder and attempted murder charges stemming from the July 2012 massacre at an Aurora, Colorado, cinema during a midnight screening of the Batman film "The Dark Knight Rises." Twelve moviegoers were killed and 70 others hurt in one of the deadliest outbursts of U.S. gun violence in decades. Holmes' public defenders argued that the glare of publicity, including voluminous commentary and reporting on evidence ruled inadmissible at trial, would make it impossible to seat an impartial jury in Arapahoe County.

New game-changing update will double Xbox One performance

Gaming News - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 6:00pm

At Build 2014 last week, Microsoft announced DirectX 12, a new software pack that’s supposed to significantly improve the graphics performance of all sorts of devices and a new report suggests that with DirectX 12 on board, the Xbox One will deliver twice the performance it’s currently capable of offering. Writing on Neowin, Stardock founder and CEO Brad Wardell said DirectX 12 will bring multi-core processing to the Xbox One, allowing the console to offer support for Full HD (1080p) video games instead of just HD (720p) titles. “The results are spectacular. Not just in theory but in practice (full disclosure: I am involved with the Star Swarm demo which makes use of this kind of technology,) Wardell wrote. “While

'Captain America' largest April opener with $95M

Movie News Headines - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 5:22pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It took in less than the weekend estimates of $96.2 million, but "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" was still the weekend's box office hero, setting the record for the largest domestic April debut with a solid $95 million.

Upload your Xbox One game clips to YouTube starting this week

Gaming News - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 5:17pm

Microsoft announced on Monday via the Xbox Wire that the ability to upload game clips directly to YouTube will be coming to the Xbox One this week. This is the second major upgrade since the console’s launch for gamers who want to share their recordings with others, the first being the addition of HD streaming and archiving on the Twitch app last month. Now Xbox One owners will be able to upload their personal recordings directly to YouTube, rather than having to go through SkyDrive as an intermediary. In case you’re keeping score, the PlayStation 4 still doesn’t have Twitch archiving or direct YouTube upload, although Sony has gone on record to assure streamers that a Twitch update is on the way. When the update

Disney to release 'Captain America 3' film in May 2016

Movie News Headines - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 3:10pm

After a record-breaking weekend at the box office, Marvel's "Captain America" series will return for a third installment on May 6, 2016, Walt Disney Co said on Monday. "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," the sequel to 2011's "Captain America: The First Avenger," stormed the U.S. and Canadian box office with $96.2 million in its opening weekend, setting a record for an April film release. The films, based on the Marvel comics, star Chris Evans as a scrawny World War II reject who gains super-powers from an experimental serum and becomes America's first superhero, donning a suit of stars and stripes. The success of "Captain America" follows Disney's long line of recent hits from the Marvel universe, led by Robert Downey Jr.'s "Iron Man," Chris Hemsworth's "Thor" and 2012's superhero ensemble "The Avengers," which became the third-biggest film in Hollywood history with $1.5 billion at the worldwide box office.

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