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Kaya Scodelario Boards Disney’s ‘Pirates of the Caribbean 5′

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Disney has cast Kaya Scodelario as the female lead in the fifth “Pirates of the Caribbean.” She most recently starred in “The Maze Runner” and the TV series “Skins.” Producer Jerry Bruckheimer announced Scodelario landing the role via Twitter. Pleased to announce that we cast Kaya Scodelario for the 5th Pirates of the Caribbean. Talented… Read more »

Sundance: James Franco on ‘The Interview’s’ VOD Release, Superhero Films

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James Franco isn’t ruling out a return to the superhero genre that helped make his name with Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man” films, although he doesn’t sound that enthusiastic about donning a cape or mask. “If it’s the right role, I guess,” said Franco during an interview at the Sundance Film Festival. “There’s a lot of graphic… Read more »

Sundance Film Review: ‘I Am Michael’

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James Franco’s ongoing game of sexual-identity peekaboo gets its most provocative jolt yet from “I Am Michael,” a remarkably even-handed account of outspoken gay-rights journalist Michael Glatze’s 180-degree identity reversal.

Sundance: ‘How to Change the World,’ ‘(T)error’ Win Candescent Awards (EXCLUSIVE)

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Documentaries “How to Change the World” and “(T)error” have won this year’s Candescent Award at the Sundance Film Festival. The grant is awarded by Candescent Films in partnership with the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program. Created by Lilly Hartley, the award goes to “powerful social-issue films” that premiere at the festival and have been supported… Read more »

PopPolitics: Why Hitchcock Holocaust Project Was Shelved for Decades (Listen)

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Andre Singer’s “Night Will Fall,” debuting on HBO on Monday, tells the story of what happened to producer Sidney Bernstein and director Alfred Hitchcock’s hundreds of thousands of hours of footage of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps. Vivid, chilling and horrific, the images were part of an Allied-commissioned project in 1945 to counter… Read more »

Clint Eastwood Talks ‘American Sniper’s’ ‘Antiwar Statement,’ Bradley Cooper’s Weight Loss

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“American Sniper” director Clint Eastwood showed plenty of affection for Oscar-nominated star Bradley Cooper at Saturday’s Producers Guild of America’s nominees panel. “It’s the casting in a movie that puts you halfway home,” he explained of the Iraq War drama, adding that Cooper made a major effort to bulk up by 40 pounds during pre-production…. Read more »

Paul Bettany: ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Is ‘Biggest Thing Marvel Have Ever Done’

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Leave it to the Vision to be omniscient. According to Paul Bettany, “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is the grandest film in the Marvel universe. “This is the biggest thing Marvel have ever done,” he told the Radio Times. “It was enormous. I remember we were at Comic-Con and they showed a portion of the footage,… Read more »

Sundance: A24 to Buy ‘The Witch’ for $1.5 Million (Updated)

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A24 is expected to buy the horror drama “The Witch” for $1.5 million. Several distributors, including Radius-TWC, expressed interest in the supernatural film set in 17th-century New England, Variety has learned. The movie premieres on Tuesday at the Sundance Film Festival. One distribution executive admired the film greatly, but indicated that it would work better… Read more »