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9 new images of Jared Leto's Joker in 'Suicide Squad'


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Warner Bros. just dropped a new official trailer for its villain-centric movie, "Suicide Squad," and it shows off a lot of the new Joker.

Jared Leto will be the first actor to play the Clown Prince of Crime since Heath Ledger's Oscar-winning performance in 2008's "The Dark Knight."

Covered in tattoos, flashy clothes, and equipped with a fancy Lamborghini, Leto's Joker will be a lot different from any previous version we've seen.

Keep reading to see a few new images of Leto's Joker.

Unlike previous versions of the Joker, Jared Leto's version of Batman's iconic foe will be covered from head to toe in tattoos.

Leto spent a lot of time getting into character by detaching himself from others and pranking his castmates.

According to "Suicide Squad" actor Adam Beach, Leto sent a dead rat to Margot Robbie, who plays the Joker's one-time girlfriend Harley Quinn, and bullets to Will Smith (Deadshot).

Source: E! Online

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We have a better idea of why Batman and Superman are fighting in 'Batman v Superman'


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The CW aired a big special on Warner Bros.' upcoming slate of DC Comics' inspired films Tuesday evening including "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice."

Out of the manyreveals clued viewers into a big question viewers may have about a movie called "Batman v Superman": Why are the Man of Steel and the Caped Crusader fighting?

As we've noted before, this is the first time Bruce Wayne/Batman is meeting Superman, an alien from another planet. His first impression of Superman was at the end of "Man of Steel" when Supes and General Zod were tearing Metropolis apart.

Superman didn't realize it then, but Bruce Wayne was present to see the destruction first hand.

bruce wayne mad batman v supermanYou could imagine Wayne also wasn't too pleased, especially because one of his buildings was demolished in the mayhem.

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Because of that, Batman sees Superman as a potential threat to the world.

"At the end of 'Man of Steel' Zod was fighting Superman. There was lasers ripping apart buildings and things were blowing up," said Ben Affleck in the special. "Bruce Wayne blames Superman."

"You've got to remember, this is the first time Superman ever meets Batman," DC Comics chief creative officer Geoff Johns further explained. "Batman knows Superman was involved with something that had fire come out of the sky [to] destroy Metropolis."

Superman actor Henry Cavill said the Man of Steel also sees Batman as a vigilante, taking the law into his own hands.

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However, the rivalry goes a little further than that.

One of the rumors going around is that billionaire Lex Luthor will probably help pit the two heroes against each other, too, and it seems like that very well may be the case.

Both Jesse Eisenberg, who plays the billionaire, and director Zack Snyder pretty much confirmed this during the television special.

"Lex feels competitive with Bruce Wayne. He's learned everything about him," says Eisenberg. "Lex hates Superman, has learned everything about him."

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"[He's] kind of a puppet master, kind of controlling these two heroes forcing them into conflict," said Snyder.

Geoff Johns also hinted that Luthor becomes a "different kind of adversary" for Batman and Superman. Perhaps we'll get to see Luthor in that Kryptonite warrior suit that's been teased after all.

"Batman v Superman" is in theaters March 25.

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What the cast of 'Suicide Squad' looks like in real life


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Warner Bros. debuted a new trailer for DC Comic's upcoming "Suicide Squad" movie Tuesday night.

A standout element of the film, about supervillains recruited to go on nearly impossible government missions, is its impressive cast, whose members blend so well into their respective roles that you may not even recognize some of the actors. Some are stars (Will Smith) while others may finally become household names (Margot Robbie) after the film's release August 5, 2016.

Check out what the cast of "Suicide Squad" looks like in real life.

Will Smith plays expert marksman Deadshot.

Does he really need an introduction? Smith shaved his head for the film.

Jai Courtney will play Captain Boomerang, who, as his name suggests, is a boomerang master.

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RANKED: The 12 greatest movies to win the Best Picture Oscar


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The Oscars are notorious for not getting it right.

That's the reputation you earn when you don't reward "Citizen Kane" Best Picture, or when "Crash" topples "Brokeback Mountain," or "Dances with Wolves" nabs the big prize.

But there are also plenty of times that the Academy got it right.

In truth, there's no way of knowing whether a film will have staying power through the years. But sometimes, voters make truly great and interesting choices.

Here are the 12 greatest Best Picture winners of all time:

12. "Amadeus" (1984)

The stereotype of an Oscar movie is an overlong, stale, historical biopic. "Amadeus" could have been just that but, instead, it turns the whole formula on its head. It brings 1700s Austria to life by making it feel just as alive as the present day.

Portraying a rivalry that might not ever have existed and turning one of history's greatest composers into a spoiled, giggling buffoon, who might have been a genius by accident, the film says so much more about the past than any buttoned-up, historically accurate film could.

No movie can get the past completely right — that's both the power and the danger of the medium. The great thing about "Amadeus" is that it acknowledges that almost immediately by letting Salieri tell somebody else's story. And the fact that it works so well is a true stroke of genius.

11. "Schindler's List" (1993)

After years of snubs, Spielberg rightfully won his first Oscar ever for "Schindler's List," the true story of a German businessman who saved countless Jewish lives during the Holocaust. This is such difficult subject matter and it is truly incredible to see the way Spielberg handles it. He spares none of the awful details and yet finds a ray of light in a horrible world during a horrible period of time. This is quite simply essential viewing.

10. "The Silence of the Lambs" (1991)

"The Silence of the Lambs" is notable for two big reasons.

First off, it's the only horror film to win Best Picture. The character of Hannibal Lecter himself is bigger than just one film, but "The Silence of the Lambs" delivers the goods. This is the perfect horror movie for the Academy, as it is one that relies less on gore (though it is there) and more so on mounting dread. If a horror movie was going to win the big prize, it was going to be the one with the most likable cannibal of all time.

Secondly, it was released on February 14, 1991, basically a full year before the actual Oscar ceremony. So it proved that awards aren't just for that stretch of movies released during the last two weeks of every year.

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Here’s why TV shows are premiering at the Sundance Film Festival


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It’s the Sundance Film Festival, but in recent years, TV series have been popping up in the program with more frequency.

In 2013, the festival screened all seven episodes of the Emmy-nominated series “Top of the Lake” (which, yes, aired on Sundance TV) while last year’s festivalgoers got an early peek at HBO’s “The Jinx.” The 2016 lineup features an O.J. Simpson documentary from ESPN and Hulu's Stephen King adaptation “11.22.63” — in all, seven television events, shows and miniseries (and one web series).

“It positions these shows as being something different and special if they make it into a film festival,” explains festival director John Cooper.

Conversely, TV networks have a history of snatching up Sundance docs: CNN Films nabbed the rights to 2015 festival favorite “The Hunting Ground” while, ahead of this year’s festival, HBO has acquired the rights to the doc “Jim: The James Foley Story.”

“The line between TV and filmmaking feels very porous,” says Bridget Carpenter, the showrunner of "11.22.63," which bows at fest on Jan. 28.

112263 james franco huluCarpenter believes the exodus to television is rooted in something simple:

“It’s getting harder to make films, and it’s getting easier to make television.”

Examples of indie filmmakers who have refocused on the small screen include Amy Seimetz and Lodge Kerrigan, the writer-directors of Starz’s “The Girlfriend Experience” — adapted from the 2009 Steven Soderbergh film — which premieres Jan. 23 at Sundance.

“There are a lot of opportunities for independent filmmakers to get a series of their own,” says Kerrigan, who cites audiences’ appreciation for auteurdriven television like Soderbergh’s Cinemax hit “The Knick.”

Summarizes Cooper, “We try to track what the independent film world is doing, and then by following them, we follow the audience.”

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Jennifer Lawrence is going to play Fidel Castro's lover for an upcoming movie


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After starring in a film inspired by the life of Miracle Mop creator Joy Mangano, Jennifer Lawrence is ready to tackle another real-life woman.

The actress, who received her fourth Oscar nomination last week, is attached to portray Marita Lorenz in "Marita," a hot pitch from Eric Warren Singer, co-writer of "American Hustle."

Sony Pictures, moving aggressively, picked up the project from the Oscar-nominated scribe in a competitive situation. Matt Tolmach will produce the romantic spy drama with Lawrence and Scott Mednick. Andre Rouleau is also producing.

"Marita" centers on Lorenz and how she met and began an affair with Cuban leader Fidel Castro in 1959 when she was 19 years old. After living with Castro for a spell, Lorenz left Cuba and joined anti-communists in the U.S., where she was recruited by the CIA for an assassination mission. In 1960, she returned to Cuba to carry out the mission but, according to lore, yielded to love.

(Lorenz had quite the life, by the way. She also had an affair with a Venezuelan dictator, claimed to have been involved in the assassination of John F. Kennedy and spied on diplomats for the FBI in the 1970s. She wrote two autobiographies and lives in Maryland.)

Singer spent months developing the project, working with Mednick and Rouleau, before bringing it to Lawrence, with whom he worked on "Hustle," and taking it out to the town.

Sources say the true-life spy story attracted plenty of interest and bidding from other studios such as Fox 2000, Warner Bros., Paramount and Annapurna.

Sony is fired up about the project, hoping to find a director soon with the hopes of releasing a movie towards the end of 2017, depending on development goes.

Exec Ange Giannetti will oversee for the studio.

Cuba has been heating up as a story setting and possible shooting location since the embargoes were eased by President Barack Obama. As The Hollywood Reporter previously reported, "Fast & Furious 8" is hoping to film in the island nation. Additionally, "Conan" and "House of Lies" have both shot there recently.

Lawrence, repped by CAA, won a Golden Globe for her role as the housewife-turned-inventor in David O. Russell's "Joy", along with receiving an Oscar nomination. "The Hunger Games" actress, who will next be seen in "X-Men: Apocalypse," is attached to a slew of other projects. Lawrence is set to star in Darren Aronofsky’s untitled project for Paramount with Javier Bardem; she is planning to write and star in a project with her new BFF Amy Schumer; and she is attached to Steven Spielberg’s film "It’s What I Do," the story of a female war photographer.

With the "Marita" pickup, Sony is back in business with Lawrence, who recently completed the studio's sci-fi love drama "Passengers."

Along with writing "American Hustle" and "Red Sparrow," Singer also wrote the script for 2009’s "The International." He is repped by UTA and Mark Gochman.

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The 14 most exciting movies and TV shows coming to this year's Sundance Film Festival that you'll want to see


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As the Sundance Film Festival prepares to kick off on Thursday, it’s that time when all of Hollywood travels to the sleepy ski town of Park City, Utah, to indulge in the best that the independent film world has to offer.

Sundance is a great place to find original stories as well as the breakout stars who will be making their names in the mainstream in coming years (the directors of “Jurassic World” and “Creed” had their career starts at Sundance, believe it or not).

Here’s what we’re most excited to see at this year’s festival — much of which will be headed to a theater near you at some point later this year.

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TV has become more and more prevalent at film festivals, and Sundance is no different. One of the big premieres is this adaptation of a Stephen King novel in which a man time travels back to 1963 to stop the assassination of John F. Kennedy. James Franco plays the time-traveler. The show premieres on Hulu in February.

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Actor Nate Parker's long-awaited biopic on Nat Turner, the African-American slave who led the most successful slave rebellion in American history, has the makings for one of the breakout hits of this year's festival (the title's play on the infamously racist silent film will certainly turn heads). Parker ("Beyond The Lights,""Non-Stop") wrote, directed, and stars as Turner, in an ambitious endeavor that could pay off big time.


Director Antonio Campos ('Simon Killer") looks at the life of one of media's most mysterious figures, TV reporter Christine Chubbuck of Sarasota, Florida, who in 1974 committed suicide on live television. In "Christine," Campos shows the pressures of a woman in the 1970s with Rebecca Hall playing Chubbuck as she struggles to find her place in the world.

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The sequel to 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' has been delayed until December 2017 — this might be why


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Disney has announced that "Star Wars: Episode VIII" will now be released December 15, 2017, shifting from the original release date of May 25, 2017. 

Though the knee-jerk reaction on the internet will be that something's wrong with production on "Episode VIII"— the next sequel in the chronology after "The Force Awakens," which will be directed by Rian Johnson ("Looper") — there's been no news of the film being in trouble, and it's likely that after the enormous success of "The Force Awakens" in its holiday release, Disney wants to repeat the same model. Also, placing the film a week before Christmas means it gets the holiday crowd before "Avatar 2" opens on Christmas day.

And Disney isn't exactly conceding the start of the summer-movie season. The company has also announced that "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" will open May 26, 2017, with Johnny Depp returning as Captain Jack Sparrow.

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Quentin Tarantino explains the mind-blowing way that all of his movies are connected


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For years, superfans of Quentin Tarantino have put all of his work under a microscope and come to the theory that his films exist within the same world.

And it turns out they're right.

From Uma Thurman's character in "Pulp Fiction," Mia Wallace, explaining the plot of "Fox Force Five" (which is essentially the same as "Kill Bill") to characters in different films being related (like Vic Vega in "Reservoir Dogs" and Vincent Vega in "Pulp Fiction") the connections among Tarantino films are deep.

And now Tarantino confirms that, in fact, they're all connected and even exist in the same universe, or two universes.

While talking to Australia's the Project, the Oscar winner confirmed the theory but also added that there are some movies of his that are movies that characters in other movies of his would watch — essentially, fictions inside a fiction.

"So 'From Dusk Till Dawn,' 'Kill Bill,' they all take place in this special movie universe," the director said. "When all the characters of 'Reservoir Dogs' or 'Pulp Fiction,' when they go to the movies, 'Kill Bill' is what they go to see. 'From Dusk Till Dawn' is what they see."

We are guessing "The Hateful Eight," his latest, falls into the category of movies that his characters go to see — since, as far as we can tell, nothing from that movie relates to his previous work. But let us know in the comments if we're wrong.

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Why 'Suicide Squad' won't go after an R rating


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Because "Suicide Squad" is so different from other comic book movies, there’s been a lot of speculation about whether or not it could be rated R. Given that villains are at the forefront, we can expect the protagonists to be much fiercer than the average heroes. Plus, director David Ayer’s résumé consists mostly of fare for the 17-years-and-older set. However, it’s now official that Warner Bros. is aiming for a PG-13 rating with the 2016 blockbuster.

When asked whether there had ever been consideration to go after an R rating for "Suicide Squad," producer Charles Roven told Collider that it’s always been planned as PG-13 so that it can fit with the other DC movies. Roven said:

We really want to make these films tonally consistent so that, as I said because this is a shared universe, at least our current thinking—and again, we’re not dealing in absolutes because while this is business it’s also a creative endeavor, so you want to leave yourself open to changing your mind, doing something different, being inspired, that’s the whole process of filmmaking is you have to allow for inspiration as well as having a road map for what you’re gonna do. So our plan right now is to make all these films PG-13. In some cases, you know, right there on the edge of PG-13, but still PG-13.

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While not attaching an R rating to "Suicide Squad" puts a cap on how much blood, gore, and cursing can be featured, from a marketing standpoint, this movie is a part of the DC Extended Universe, so Warner Bros. wants younger viewers to be able to watch it and keep track of how it’s connected to the franchise’s other entries. So while it may feature slightly more intense violence, it won’t cross that proverbial “line.” Think along the lines of 2008’s "The Dark Knight." That said, it is hard to imagine how this movie will be (if at all) targeted towards kids. No doubt a parent wouldn’t like wandering down the toy aisle and spotting an action figure with “Suicide” labeled on the front.

So far the only R rated superhero movie fans can expect for this year is "Deadpool," but don’t think that means "Suicide Squad" won’t explore some dark corners. After all, this is a story following a group of incarcerated criminals and murderers who are sent on black ops missions by the government. Things are bound to get grittier than typical superhero tales (unless we’re talking about a Batman movie). Let’s not forget that Jared Leto’s Joker will also deliver some twisted moments, and frankly, he could have pushed the movie to R on his own if Ayer and the creative team had wanted to go in that direction.

"Suicide Squad" hits theaters on August 5, 2016.

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How Jared Leto became the 12th man to play The Joker


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Jared Leto steps into the shoes of the Clown Prince of Crime in this summer's "Suicide Squad," which dropped a new trailer on Tuesday.

Expectations run high, as the last actor to play The Joker, Heath Ledger, won an Oscar for his performance in 2008's "The Dark Knight."

Leto will be the 12th actor to take on the role after three live appearances on television and film and multiple game and animated film adaptations featuring the talents of eight voice actors ranging from Troy Baker to "Star Wars" actor Mark Hamill.

In gearing up for "Suicide Squad," we're taking a look back at Leto's rise to fame.

Born on December 26, 1971, Jared Leto grew up a nomad. His family lived in Haiti, a Colorado commune, his grandmother's house, and places in between.

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They didn't have much. "My mother crawled out of the muddy banks of the Mississippi with my brother and I in one hand and a fistful of food stamps in the other," Leto jokes.

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There were always instruments strewn about the house, however, including guitars, pianos, and bongo drums. As kids, the brothers made music with pots and pans.

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Warner Bros. is planning 11 superhero movies from now through 2020 — here are all of them



DC Comics is finally playing catch-up.

While Marvel is working on the 13th film in its cinematic universe, the DC multiverse — which includes hugely popular heroes Wonder Woman, Batman, and Superman — only includes 2013's "Man of Steel."

But that's about to change. In October 2014, the studio announced 10 new films over the next five years, kicking off this March with "Batman v Superman."

Read on to see what's next for DC's biggest heroes and villains.

In "Batman v Superman," we'll see Superman answer for the damage he caused to Metropolis at the end of "Man of Steel."

We'll meet Ben Affleck's new Batman, who will not be among the Man of Steel's fans.

Behind the scenes, however, Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) may be pulling the strings, trying to manipulate conflict between the two.

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6 things we know about what will happen in 'Suicide Squad'


suicide squadIt’s been months since we got our first glimpse at "Suicide Squad" from San Diego Comic-Con, but tonight that was remedied with a new trailer. As Queen’s "Bohemian Rhapsody" played, we were treated to closer looks at the prominent players, from Harley Quinn and the voices in her head to Captain Boomerang being his usual idiotic self (don’t crack a can in the middle of a mission, dude). Compared to the somber tone of the last preview, this upbeat and frenzied trailer painted the August blockbuster in a brand new light.

While much of what "Suicide Squad" has in store is still being kept on the down low, we were treated to a lot of the movie’s action in tonight’s trailer. More importantly, there were a few important snippets concerning the plot and main characters. Some were minor things that only hardcore comic fans will appreciate, while others clued us in on what the band of criminal operatives will encounter. Give the trailer another watch, and then take a look at the key things we learned!

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Deadshot has his wrist guns

Let’s start this off with something simple: firearms. Floyd Lawton, a.k.a. Deadshot, is one of the world’s most talented assassins, and to that end, he loves his guns, from pistols to rifles to the heavy duty stuff. We already knew Deadshot would be wearing his white mask in "Suicide Squad" (covering star Will Smith’s face), but this trailer confirmed he’ll also be using his trademark wrist guns. When you don’t have a gun in your holster handy, just start shooting bullets out of the ones on your arm. It’s not like this reveal will have any big importance to the plot, but it’s the little things like this that matter to the comic book fans who have been hoping for an adaptation of the villainous assassin they know and love from the comics. It’s a special device used by the character, and it’s nice to see that it’s made the transition into live-action.

Mystical shenanigans are afoot

As usual, the Suicide Squad is being organized to deal with a threat to dangerous for normal operatives. This trailer didn’t specify what Amanda Waller and Rick Flag have in store for the criminals in terms of the mission that they’re performing, but it looks like we got a taste of the endgame. There’s a shot of what looks like a giant, green being that’s able to survive a train passing through it. This thing later shoots out tendrils to take out the soldiers shooting at it, and only seconds later, we see the Squad approaching a cloud of mystical smoke with what look like people fueling it. Looking over the movie’s lineup, Enchantress is the likely culprit for what’s occurring, but we’ll talk about her later. Regardless of who it is, it’s great to see that the DC Cinematic Universe is fully embracing superpowers and magic from the get go.

We’ll see Harley Quinn’s origin

Before the New 52, Harley Quinn simply put on makeup to look like a clown, but in the New 52, Joker tossed her into the same vat of chemicals that altered his look. The result was unsurprisingly the same; her skim was bleached white and her hair color was permanently changed. The same event will occur in "Suicide Squad," as we saw in this brand new trailer. It was hinted in the last trailer that we’d see Joker torturing Dr. Harleen Quinzel into insanity, and tossing her into the same chemicals he fell into will serve as her rebirth. He dives in to retrieve her (can’t let his new creation drown, after all), and once out, those two are officially the maniacal couple we both love and hate. We don’t know how much of the two of them we’ll see together in the movie, but hopefully a lot.

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Even the 'Suicide Squad' director was 'freaked out' by Jared Leto's twisted Joker performance on set


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Jared Leto went all-out for his portrayal of The Joker, never breaking character on set and sending Joker-esque gifts to cast members — including a dead rat to Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn) and bullets to Will Smith (Deadshot).

His transformative performance led people to keep their distance from him during filming, "Suicide Squad" director David Ayer told USA Today — including Ayer himself.

"Big time. The hairs stand up on the back of your neck," he said when asked if he was "freaked out" by Leto.

"I love helping actors find what methodology works best for them," Ayer continued. "It's like tailoring a suit — it's not one size fits all. But it really made an event when he would show up on set. There was almost a pageantry to him, which did translate into the character and the power on screen he has."

Though never on the set with Leto, "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" director Zack Snyder, who is also a producer on "Suicide Squad," said:

The commitment to the role, you're going to see that really shine through in a way that you're not used to seeing actors in movies really go all the way with [in] every little moment and every little breath. You're going to get taken on a journey with Jared that I don't know that everyone's ready for [it] but I think it will be amazing.

Batman, played by Ben Affleck in "Dawn of Justice," will make an appearance in "Suicide Squad," which will hit theaters on August 5.

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How 'Star Wars' actor John Boyega got ripped in just 21 days


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Recently, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" star John Boyega told British Vogue that his character Finn will be "much more physical" in the next "Star Wars" movie, "Episode VIII."

"I might be in the gym a bit more," the British actor said.

Turns out he wasn't joking.

After filming wrapped on "The Force Awakens," Boyega sought out the trainer who got Michael B. Jordan in ridiculous shape for "Creed," Corey Calliet.

"He saw how Michael looked in 'Creed' and said, 'I want that guy,'" Calliet told Business Insider.

So before Boyega hit red carpets around the world for the release of "Awakens," he and Calliet went through a rigorous workout routine for 21 days.

Calliet points to a photo shoot Boyega did around Thanksgiving last year for The Hollywood Reporter that shows off the actor looking "leaner and ripper" than he did in the movie.

"He looked toned and his cheekbones were really popping," Calliet said.

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Calliet told Business Insider some of the workouts he did with Boyega:

  • Start each day on a treadmill for 15 minutes on an incline at a 7.0 speed.
  • Four sets of 20 reps of bench presses, with eight to 12 push-ups between each set.

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  • Four sets of 20 assisted pull-ups.
  • Four sets of 20 lat-pull downs.
  • Cardio of stairs and suicides on the football field between the 20-yard and goal lines.
  • Four sets of 20 stiff-leg dead lifts.

Calliet has stopped working with Boyega, as the actor had to do press for "The Force Awakens." But they have kept in constant contact, and Calliet may come on board to be Boyega's trainer for the upcoming "Star Wars" movies.

"John had never lifted weights like that before," Calliet said. "He had muscles he never had before. I was very impressed. If Disney lets me put him where he needs to be at, he'll be the rippest person you'll ever see on 'Star Wars.'"

As Boyega says here in this Instagram video, working with Calliet makes you "think about life."

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James Cameron gave advice on the ending of 'X-Men: Days of Future Past'


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When "X-Men" director Bryan Singer needed a second opinion on "X-Men: Days of Future Past," he turned to one of the authorities in science-fiction movies: James Cameron.

Singer's "Days of Future Past" features a similar time-traveling, edge of the Apocalypse story line to Cameron's iconic "Terminator" films. 

So who better to turn to for advice on a time-travelling movie than Cameron himself?

According to Comingsoon.net, Singer sent Cameron an early cut of "Days of Future Past" for review and the "Terminator" director had a suggestion for the tone of the film's original ending.

For those who don't remember, in "Days of Future Past" Wolverine is sent into the past to prevent a destructive future in which mutants are nearly destroyed by giant Sentinels. At the end of the film, we see Wolverine successfully alter the past and return to discover a new timeline.

"When Wolverine is walking around [in the final scene] he’s seeing things in kind of a blurriness," Singer told Comingsoon. "So I sent that to Jim and Jim called me up and goes ‘Bryan, that blurry thing made me think that the wool was going to be pulled out from under me and I was not satisfied. I thought it was going to be a lie and it had failed and it would all be dark, and then suddenly it was okay.’"

Singer said Cameron enjoyed the film but thought the original ending implied the team's last ditch effort to prevent mutant extinction had failed. It may have felt more like a dream sequence that wasn't real.

"... He [Cameron] said ‘Let the audience enjoy the fact that it all turned out okay… in that future,'" said Singer. "So I pulled the effect off and my editor was like ‘Oh I like it, it’s so cool and weird!’ and I’m like ‘Shut up, it’s coming off!’”

While Cameron enjoyed the film, Singer did add the director was disappointed by one other thing.

Apparently, the cut of the film Singer sent Cameron's way didn't include the secret cameos that came as a surprise to viewers. At the film's end, Famke Janssen, James Marsden, and Anna Paquin reprise their roles as Jean Grey, Cyclops, and Rogue from the original 2000 film.

“I explained that to Jim and I said ‘By the way, it didn't have these three cameos’ and he goes “OH Why didn’t you tell me that? That makes a big difference dude in letting me enjoy the ending of the g---amn f---ing movie!" added Singer.

The next film in the X-Men series, "X-Men: Apocalypse," is coming May 27, 2016. 

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Vince Vaughn goes ultra-dramatic again with mixed results in this gangster thriller trailer


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Vince Vaughn's career has taken some interesting turns of late. First, he got ultra-dramatic in the love-it-or-hate-it second season of "True Detective" (more seemed to fall on the hate side). Now he's once again mixing his tough-guy act with his sarcastic sense of humor (and a horrible haircut) to play a guy named Nick wanted by the mob in "Term Life."

Concerned that his daughter, played by Hailee Steinfeld, would fall into the wrong hands if he were to get whacked, Nick decides to go on the run with his daughter long enough for his life insurace to kick in so he can pay it out to her. 

The film has a great ensemble that includes Bill Paxton, Terrence Howard, Jonathan Banks, Mike Epps, Shea Whigham, and Taraji P. Henson. But it sounds like, based on a report from /Film, this one's been sitting on the shelf for a while. First developed at Universal, it's now being released through the studio's specialty arm Focus World as a streaming-before-theatrical release. Don't expect to hear much about this one.

Watching the trailer, unfortunately, you can see why.

The movie begins streaming March 1 and hits theaters April 8.

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Forget the Joker — It looks like 'Suicide Squad' will be all about his sidekick Harley Quinn


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Warner Bros. revealed a new trailer for "Suicide Squad" Tuesday night, and from the looks of it, the movie is going to heavily revolve around Harley Quinn, the Joker's henchwoman.

Sure, the trailer for the supervillain movie showed a lot of new scenes featuring Jared Leto's Joker; however, after watching the trailer a few times, I'm willing to bet those are all scenes of him in flashbacks.

It looks like the Clown Prince of Crime is being used to help bring Harley front and center. (That's not to say he won't eventually come into his own in other films. This is Batman's arch-nemesis after all.)

If you're familiar with the DC fan favorite, a character first created and popularized in the '90s "Batman: The Animated Series," the two trailers appear to offer a lot of flashbacks centered around Harley's origin story to show how she went from sweet, naive psychiatrist Dr. Harleen Quinzel to the Joker-obsessive harlequin clown's sidekick.

And they're not just showing any origin story. 


It looks the film will be taking some inspiration from the more recent "Suicide Squad" comic beat for beat.

Issue #7 of DC's New 52 line of comics tells the origin story of Harley Quinn.

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The long and short of it is Quinzel is the Joker's psychiatrist in supervillain hold up Arkham Asylum. She slowly falls for the seemingly misunderstood Joker. She eventually helps break him out of Arkham. In return, the Joker (the sweet guy he is), decides to celebrate Harleen's new attitude by tossing her into a vat of acid — the same way he made his Joker transformation — and renaming her Harley.

Here's how the scene plays out in the issue:

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If you pay close attention to the trailers, it looks like we'll be seeing a somewhat similar set up.

The latest trailer shows a few scenes that look directly inspired by "Suicide Squad" #7.

We see the Joker take a dive into one of several acid vats before showing him lifting Harley from the green liquid, his clothes slowly being shredded. 

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It's not clear whether or not he shoves Harley into one of the giant vats himself.

One of the scenes that doesn't match up is this sequence in which it appears the Joker has Dr. Quinzel tied down and shocks her. Maybe this is his first attempt at turning her into Harley and in order to finish her transformation he seeks out the acid tub.

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Here's my take on how we'll see Harley's origin story play out in "Suicide Squad":

We'll see Harley and the other "Suicide Squad" gang inductees at Belle Reve prison, and, throughout their assigned mission, we'll slowly see flashbacks of how Harley was corrupted by the Joker. 

We'll see they used to go on missions together — like this one where they ended up in a Lamborghini chase with Batman.

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Of course, we may see a Harley flashback all at once. From the first footage which debuted last summer at San Diego Comic-Con, it looks like other characters will be getting the flashback treatment as well — or, at least some of them to tell us how they winded up on the squad.

We've seen a few shots of Will Smith's Deadshot presumably before he was in prison.

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The real question is how much of the Joker we'll really see in "Suicide Squad" and in what capacity.


While it looks like we'll see him in flashbacks with Harley, it's not clear whether we'll see him later in the film's story as well. It's not clear how Harley wound up in prison without Joker, but it would be great to see a reunion between the two after she starts working with the Squad.

"Suicide Squad" is in theaters August 5.

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'Avatar 2' is delayed once again — here's why


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When the news broke that "Star Wars: Episode VIII" was being delayed until Christmas 2017, many fans were concerned. Not only did it mean a few months longer to wait to find out what happens next, but it would also put the movie up against "Avatar 2" at the box office.

It turns out there wasn’t a need to worry, though; 20th Century Fox has confirmed to The Wrap that "Avatar 2" won’t be coming out around Christmas 2017, despite comments that were made last month by director James Cameron. Some are already decrying another delay on "Avatar 2‘s" part, but the actual story is a bit more complex.

Though Cameron made comments about targeting the holiday season with "Avatar 2," Fox never set a release date for the film, and even Cameron pointed out that a 2017 release wasn’t as important as having a structured release for all three of the upcoming "Avatar" films. This is actually a key part of the delay" that many people are overlooking; "Avatar 2" isn’t being filmed as a single film, but is instead a part of a larger story that the filmmaker and studio wants to tell in a certain way. Fox won’t actually set a date for "Avatar 2" until it’s certain that the release of "Avatar 3" and "Avatar 4" are also ready to be set.

When Cameron commented in December, he mentioned that scripts for the three films were still being worked on; this is because all three films are being planned as a single project. The stories are intertwined, and the three films would shoot at the same time using some of the most advanced technology in the film industry. There’s never been a film shoot this large or this complicated, and because of the way that it’s going to film there’s no real way that "Avatar 2" could have been ready for a 2017 release. Production on the three-film project hasn’t even started yet.

This is good news for both fans of "Star Wars" and fans of "Avatar." The way the "Avatar" sequels are shooting ensures it won’t interfere with the release of "Star Wars Episode VIII" and that leaves plenty of time for Fox and Disney to find release dates that don’t conflict between "Star Wars Episode IX" and whichever "Avatar" sequel might be slated for release in the same year. It also shows that Cameron and Fox aren’t trying to rush the sequels into production, allowing their story to play out and tell the tale of Pandora that Cameron wants to tell.

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"Avatar" certainly has its detractors, and they’ll likely claim that this “delay” is a result of the latest failed attempt to get production underway. Everyone has different tastes, and "Avatar" is a divisive film in that it’s the highest-grossing film of all time (globally, anyway; "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" claimed its crown as far as domestic gross goes) but hasn’t had the major impact on science fiction that franchises like "Star Wars" or "Star Trek" have. There has only been one "Avatar" film released so far, but if Cameron pulls off his plans for the "Avatar" sequels, its impact on popular culture might change.

"Star Wars Episode VIII" is slated for release on December 15, 2017; it will be preceeded by "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" on December 16, 2016 and followed by an untitled young Han Solo film in 2018, "Star Wars Episode IX" in 2019 and an untitled Boba Fett film in 2020.

"Avatar 2,""Avatar 3," and "Avatar 4" do not have release dates as yet.

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The trailer for Key & Peele's Keanu Reeves parody movie is hilarious, violent, and NSFW


Look away Keanu Reeves, because it’s pretty clear that Key & Peele have taken aim at your neo-noir action thriller "John Wick" from 2014 with their cinematic debut, even naming the titular pet after the actor. Thankfully, despite being a bizarre homage, "Keanu" looks like it’s going to stand on its own two feet rather impressively, because its first trailer is downright hilarious. Quick little warning, it also features some words that a few of you might find offensive. Like, a lot of them:

Anyone who has caught just one sketch from Key & Peele’s fabulous television series will know that the duo have been bringing the funny for quite some time now. Their transition to the big-screen, which coincides with them ending "Key & Peeleafter five seasons in September, starts here, and the above suggests that they haven’t missed a beat.

Basically, "Keanusees Jordan Peele struggling to get over the demise of a relationship. But all of that changes when he meets Keanu, a stray cat that serendipitously ends up at his door. Even that relationship is doomed to failure though, because Keanu is soon stolen, and, with Keegan-Michael Key in tow, the duo soon set out to find the missing kitty.

That’s where the problems soon start, because they are then thrown into the seedy underbelly in their pursuit of Keanu, and they come into contact with Will Forte’s gangster, as well as Method Man’s much more impressive gangster, which immediately leads to comedic hijinks. 

The trailer for "Keanu" makes sure to place Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele front and center, with the BFFs completely lost at sea in this criminal environment as they go on the hunt for their kitty cat, Keanu. Plus, the feline actor cast to play Keanu looks as though he more than earns his treats, because not since the trailer for "Inside Llewyn Davis" have I been instantly smitten with a cat. 

Director Peter Atencio, who previously worked on the "Key & Peele" television program, took to Twitter soon after the trailer had uploaded to show how infatuated he still is with the cat. In fact, according to the latest poster, the cat has clearly replaced Key & Peele as the main selling point of "Keanu." Sorry, guys.

"Keanu" will finally hit cinemas on April 29, where it will battle "Mother’s Dayand the Kevin Spacey-led feline adventure "Nine Lives" for box office supremacy. Two cat movies in one weekend? How does that happen?

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