• New ‘Fantastic Four’ Cast Named, Reactions Torch the Internet

    The newest squad of Marvel movie superheroes has been assembled now that Fox has finally picked its cast quartet for "The Fantastic Four," and, as one should probably come to expect in today's climate of insta-feedback, the fan reactions are very split at the outset.

    Fantastic Four cover (Marvel)As long suspected, "Fruitvale Station" and "Friday Night Lights" actor Michael B. Jordan will become Johnny Storm, "The Human Torch" for the pic, re-teaming with his "Chronicle" director Josh Trank for the project. After months of speculation and tongue-in-cheek responses to the rumor, this is not surprising — or news, really.

    However, the three add-ons that join Trank's team of cosmic radiation-exposed astronauts do come as a bit of a jolt. According to Variety, Kate Mara ("House of Cards") joins the fold as Johnny's sister Sue Storm, aka the Invisible Woman. No details have yet emerged as to how that relationship will be presented in the reboot, though many suspect adoption or half-parentage will come into play.

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  • Amy Adams Tearfully Salutes Philip Seymour Hoffman

    One among several of this year's Academy Award contenders whose competitive or celebratory spirits have been tempered by the emotional toll of Philip Seymour Hoffman's sudden death earlier this month is current Best Actress nominee Amy Adams.

    The "American Hustle" star – who had appeared opposite the late screen giant in three films and was also set to headline his second directorial effort – wore a very fragile heart on her sleeve during Wednesday's episode of "Inside the Actors Studio" as she discussed the loss of her former colleague and friend through broken sobs.

    [Related: 5 Great Philip Seymour Hoffman Performances You Might’ve Missed]

    Philip Seymour Hoffman, Viola Davis, and Amy Adams at the New York premiere of 'Doubt' in 2008 (Yahoo Movies) "I just really loved him, and I know so many people did," she managed to declare before admitting, "I just don't know how much more I can talk about it right now, sorry."

    Adams also expressed regret that the show's student audience would never get a chance to share her experience of having known him on a professional level. "I wish you all could

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  • Mortensen and Cronenberg at the 2012 Genie Awards. (George Pimentel/WireImage)

    There’s a running joke about lifetime achievement awards: Receiving one is a polite way for one’s peers to tell them that that they’re past their prime. You get a trophy and are then promptly taken out behind the proverbial barn to be put out of your misery.

    That’s why it’s slightly odd that the upcoming Canadian Screen Awards (essentially Canada’s answer to the Oscars and Emmys) are set to give just such a prize to legendary Toronto director David Cronenberg -- a filmmaker who most would agree is definitely not past his prime. Perhaps the awards show is trying to take advantage of the Hollywood star power that the director is able to attract.

    Cronenberg’s frequent collaborator Viggo Mortensen (“A History of Violence,” “Eastern Promises”) will present the lifetime achievement award to the Canadian filmmaker during the live CSA broadcast on March 9. Mortensen won a Canadian Screen Award in 2011 (back when it was still called a Genie) for his performance as Sigmund Freud in Cronenberg’s

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  • Director Alfonso Cuaron’s Oscar-nominated film “Gravity” is about as close as moviegoers get to a perfect cinematic experience. The white-knuckle space thriller has two compelling leads (Sandra Bullock and George Clooney), it has drama, it has action, it has spectacle, and basically every other element that audiences want when they go to the movies.

    That said, “Gravity” is not without its flaws, as the latest Honest Trailer from the folks at Screen Junkies aptly demonstrates (see above). Whether it’s the film’s at-times stilted dialogue, its somewhat repetitive structure, or the seemingly uplifting but ultimately very bleak ending, the truthful fake trailer takes just about everything wrong with “Gravity” to task. (Except of course the movie’s incredible and lengthy opening shot. No one can argue with how awesome that was.)

    (Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)

    In other “Gravity” news this week, we’re finally getting a better idea of why actor Robert Downey Jr. left the project early on. Downey was originally attached to

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  • Kevin Winter/Getty Images

    In case you hadn’t noticed, Matthew McConaughey's career is going really, really well right now. So much so that fans and followers of the Oscar-nominated “Dallas Buyers Club” actor have hilariously dubbed this new era “The McConaissance.” Alright, alright, alright.

    After an uncharacteristically quiet few years, the 44-year-old actor has returned with a vengeance, churning out a number of critically-acclaimed performances on both the big and small screens and earning a boatload of awards in the process. From his dark turns in “Mud” and “Killer Joe,” to his Academy Award-nominated portrayal of the AIDS-afflicted Ron Woodroof in “Dallas Buyers Club” and his memorably off-the-wall performances in “Magic Mike” and “The Wolf of Wall Street,” almost every role McConaughey has taken over the past several years has been bigger and better than the one that preceded it.

    And then there's HBO's "True Detective." McConaughey's small-screen role as nihilistic police detective Rust Cohle has inarguably set a new bar for TV acting performances (a particularly praise-worthy achievement, considering how great TV has become in recent years) and has practically guaranteed him an Emmy down the road. McConaughey is firing on all cylinders. In addition to the inevitable Emmy, the Texan also seems poised to win the Best Actor Oscar for "Dallas Buyers Club" next month.

    The actor recently spoke to Variety about the current state of his career, his good fortune, and what he's up to next.

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  • Haley Joel Osment in 2013. (Rob Kim/Getty Images)

    For a few years there, it seemed as though child star Haley Joel Osment was everywhere. After his breakthrough performance in M. Night Shyamalan’s 1999 thriller “The Sixth Sense,” Osment became the most in-demand child performer in Hollywood, garnering critical acclaim in movies like “Pay It Forward” and “A.I. Artificial Intelligence.”

    Then he grew up. The kid who famously saw dead people mostly disappeared from the public eye, and the only ghosts he was seeing was the spectre of a once successful acting career.

    But is Osment finally set for a serious comeback? Maybe.

    According to Deadline, the former child star just snagged a supporting role in the much ballyhooed "Entourage" movie, a role that will likely see him play some version of himself. It’s a promising step for the now 25-year-old actor and just one of the many projects he has on the go.

    Osment just wrapped shooting on director Kevin Smith's weirdo comedy "Tusk," a horror movie about a man who mutates into a walrus. The film

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  • X-Men: Days of Future Past ‘like The Usual Suspects’

    Bryan Singer compares new X-Men flick to his epic crime drama on the film’s Canada set.

    Bryan Singer on the Montreal set of X-Men: Days of Future Past. (20th Century Fox)

    By Joe Utichi

    Director Bryan Singer promises the new X-Men movie, "Days of Future Past," will be on the “biggest scale yet”. And that certainly seemed to be the case when Yahoo visited the expansive Montreal set last year.

    At an enormous studio complex Singer and his team recreated the White House lawn for a key scene, and "Wolverine" star Hugh Jackman teased that “the stakes are at their greatest” for the mutants in this movie. “It’s the greatest threat the X-Men have ever face, and this is as dangerous as it gets for all of them.”
     
    In a dystopian future, Professor X and Magneto (franchise veterans Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen), and their mutant allies, are united in internment under the rule of enormous robots known as Sentinels. Hatching a plan to stop this future from occurring, they send Wolverine back in time to try and stop the chain reaction of events that caused their capture.
     
    It’s here that the film ties Singer and Brett Ratner’s original X-Men trilogy together with

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  • Does knowing how a movie will end affect how well it performs at the box office? That’s a question that probably crossed the minds of the producers of “Pompeii,” the upcoming sword-and-sandals action adventure set against the volcanic destruction of the titular Roman city.

    Directed by Paul W. S. Anderson (“Event Horizon,” the “Resident Evil” series), “Pompeii” stars Kit Harington (“Game of Thrones”) and Emily Browning (“Sucker Punch”) as a pair of star-crossed lovers (a gladiator and wealthy merchant’s daughter, respectively) battling to escape the doomed city.

    We all know how this movie ends, right? (Even so, just in case: SPOILER ALERT.)

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  • Colin Farrell at the premiere of 'Winter's Tale' (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)When was the last time actor Colin Farrell had a hit? Take your time. We’ll wait.

    Farrell’s latest film, the fantasy romance "Winter's Tale," flopped in its debut over Valentine’s Day weekend, adding yet another movie to the Irish actor’s ever-growing streak of box office failures. Despite opening in nearly 3,000 theatres across North America, the $60-million drama grossed a paltry $8.1 million at the box office. Ouch.

    "Winter's Tale" is the third film in a row starring Farrell to tank, after 2013’s “Dead Man Down” and 2012’s “Seven Psychopaths.” Farrell hasn’t headlined a big hit since 2003’s police flick “S.W.A.T."

    In recent years, movies featuring the actor in supporting roles (like the comedy hit “Horrible Bosses,” the animated film “Epic,” and the biopic “Saving Mr. Banks”) have typically fared much better. But big budget tentpoles like 2012’s “Total Recall” remake? Not so much. The $125-million Farrell sci-fi action flick grossed a disappointing $198 million worldwide.

    Farrell

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  • Alfonso Cuaron. (Valerie Macon/Getty Images)

    Oscar-nominated “Gravity’ director Alfonso Cuaron popped by Reddit this week to take part in one of the site’s AMA (Ask Me Anything) sessions.

    Famous directors have visited the popular social news site for AMAs in the past, but this might be the first time that a filmmaker currently up for a Best Director Oscar has ever taken part in one. Cuaron answered questions for more than two hours on a variety of topics, including his career, his movies, his friendships, and his guilty pleasures. Here are some of the highlights:

    On the challenges of making "Gravity": "The hardest thing about doing 'Gravity' was gravity itself... and I mean the physical phenomenon," Cuaron wrote. "We were shooting a movie that took place entirely in micro-gravity and we were shooting on earth where we're bonded by it. Easiest thing about making 'Gravity' was working an amazing group of collaborators that would go to the ends of the earth to make this movie possible. Also, Sandra [Bullock] and George [Clooney]

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