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Here's the Otherworldly Beauty Who Plays Wonder Woman's Mom

While Gal Gadot is undeniably the star of Wonder Woman (it's right there in the title), another Amazonian goddess may catch your eye in the new superhero film. Hippolyta is queen of the Amazons, and she's very protective over her daughter, Princess Diana. Her steely stare could turn an ocean into a series of icebergs, and she's played by a women who you've very likely seen elsewhere. Actress Connie Nielsen hails from Denmark. She got her start in the late '80s, making the transition from Danish TV to American films in the '90s. She scored a smaller part in 1997's The Devil's Advocate, but she probably first caught your attention as Mrs. Calloway in Rushmore, Lucilla in Gladiator (pictured below), or Nina in One Hour Photo. However, if you're like me, you know her best as Dani Beck, the detective who momentarily replaces Olivia Benson as Elliot Stabler's partner on Law & Order: Svu.
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Star Wars 8 Director Defends the Prequel Trilogy

Star Wars 8 Director Defends the Prequel Trilogy
It would be hard to be upset if you're a Star Wars fan right now. Star Wars: The Force Awakens successfully relaunched the franchise and became one of the highest-grossing movies ever made, plus Star Wars: Rogue One has already made more than $500 million worldwide and delivered on its promise, by most accounts. Now we can look ahead to Star Wars 8, which is due out in a little less than a year. Updates on the movie have been minimal, but director Rian Johnson did recently take some time out of his busy schedule to defend the Star Wars prequels.

Rian Johnson decided to Tweet a response to a couple of fans who were having a bit of a conversation on Twitter about how much they hated the prequel trilogy. Common practice among Star Wars fans. In this case, not even just that they hated them, but more that
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Five Reasons Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Is More Important Than The Force Awakens

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[This Column Was Officially Published On September 14th]

When J.J. Abrams delivered Star Wars: The Force Awakens last year, he essentially brought life back to one of Hollywood's most beloved series. The movie was a critical smash, and would go on to become the all-time champion at the domestic box office. While some have chastised the film for relying too heavily on the legacy of the original trilogy, few can argue that the The Force Awakens didn't bring Star Wars back in a major way, and was a genuine crowd-pleaser for both longtime fans and newcomers to that galaxy far, far away.

The next film in the franchise, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, may actually eclipse The Force Awakens because of a few key factors. Today, we'll explore why Rogue One is so huge, and why its performance is one that we'll have to pay close attention to.

"A New, New Hope"

From its inception, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
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Keanu Reeves is going to make you believe he's a lawyer

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Keanu Reeves is going to make you believe he's a lawyer
Clip It: Each day, Jon Davis looks at the world of trailers, featurettes, and clips and puts it all in perspective. What happens when you're accused of murdering Jim Belushi? You call Keanu Reeves. That's what you do. It's the first call I'd make, I know that.  Last time time I saw Keanu play a lawyer was Devil's Advocate, in which Keanu sold his soul to the devil (Al Pacino) in order to make partner. Or something like that. This is more reality based and if it weren't for the cast, it would probably be a made for TV movie. That's not necessarily a bad thing. Somewhat related, there's been some pretty watchable John Grisham movies out there  with awesome actors in them.  Are you interested in this movie? We know that the kid couldn't have killed his abusive father. That wouldn't be satisfying. Did Renee Zellweger do it? The
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The Bourne Identity: the battle to make the first film

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It was the spy thriller that revitalised the genre. But the production of 2002’s The Bourne Identity was far from an easy one...

Like so many budding filmmakers of his generation, Doug Liman got his start in movies by fiddling with his father's Super 8 camera. Then aged eight, Liman "Picked it up, started making movies with it, and never stopped."

By the time he'd reached his early 30s, Liman's ambitions had finally paid off. His films Swingers and Go, released in 1996 and 1999, were made cheaply and recouped healthy profits. Urgent and effervescently told, they were the product of a young, talented filmmaker on the rise. Liman's rising profile soon saw him land the kind of deal that a few dozen other hopefuls would have sold their souls for - Universal signed him up to make a film based on Robert Ludlum's spy thriller, The Bourne Identity.
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Cutter’s Way

"Sorry, I just slashed my wrists." "Well, tape 'em!"  This is the aftermath of the '60s protest movement. Ivan Passer's riveting murder mystery of flakes and losers in sun-drenched, guilty Santa Barbara expresses the rage of radicals faced with the growing class divide, and the arrogance of the wealthy. Cutter's Way Blu-ray Twilight Time Limited Edition 1981 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 109 min. / Ship Date , 2016 / available through Twilight Time Movies / 29.95 Starring Jeff Bridges, John Heard, Lisa Eichhorn, Ann Dusenberry, Stephen Elliott, Arthur Rosenberg, Nina Van Pallandt. Cinematography Jordan Cronenweth Production Designer Josan F. Russo Film Editor Caroline Biggerstaff Original Music Jack Nitzsche Writing credits Jeffrey Alan Fiskin, from the novel Cutter and Bone by Newton Thornburg. Produced by Paul R. Gurian Directed by Ivan Passer

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Sort of the bad-news post-graduate version of American Graffiti, Ivan Passer's Cutter's Way is a movie with a mindset and background that I partly lived through,
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"X-Files" Novels Follow Teen Mulder & Scully

Even though Fox's TV series has pretty much followed their relationship from their first meeting together, a new young adult novel series based on "The X-Files" is going even further back in the lives of FBI special agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully.

EW reports that "The X-Files Origins" is the series moniker by which a series of young adult prequel novels are being penned which will explore the separate lives of the two characters back in their teenage years.

In the TV series we learned Scully was a promising doctor from a military family who had various issues of faith throughout her life. Mulder of course was a kid whose existence was changed when his sister was apparently abducted by aliens.

The first novel is Kami Garcia's "Agent of Chaos" which follows a 17-year old Mulder, the second is Jonathan Maberry's "Devil's Advocate" which follows a 15-year old Scully.
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'X-Files: Origins' Books Will Follow Mulder and Scully as Teens

'X-Files: Origins' Books Will Follow Mulder and Scully as Teens
Have you ever wondered what FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully were like as teenagers? Those questions will be answered soon in a pair of upcoming books that will be officially recognized as part of The X-Files canon. These first two entries of what might become an ongoing series will bring a whole new chapter to this saga, which was most recently continued in Fox's The X-Files event series.

The Ya novels, which are being aimed at tweens and teenagers, will follow a 15 year-old Dana Scully and a 17-year-old Fox Mulder. The first book is titled Agent of Chaos. The Second novel in the series is titled Devil's Advocate. Both stories are set in the spring of 1979.

Serial murder, the occult and government conspiracy will rest at the heart of these all-new tales. The subjects were all prevalent in the news of that era, and are certainly on the
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Connie Nielsen To Play "Wonder Woman" Mom

Connie Nielsen ("Gladiator," "Devil's Advocate") has joined the cast of the "Wonder Woman" film at Warner Bros. Pictures.

Gal Gadot is playing the Amazonian princess opposite Chris Pine as love interest Captain Steve Trevor along with Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, and Ewen Bremner.

Nielsen will play Hippoyta, the queen of the Amazons and mother of Princess Diana, aka Wonder Woman. The film is currently shooting in the UK and Italy ahead of a June 23rd 2017 release.

Source: Heat Vision
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Taylor Hackford To Helm De Niro's "Comedian"

"Devil's Advocate" and "Proof of Life" helmer Taylor Hackford has been set to direct Cinelou's "The Comedian," the long-gestating passion project of Robert De Niro.

De Niro will play a toxic insult comic along the lines of a Don Rickles. Art Linson penned the script but Jeffrey Ross, a frequent celebrity roast guest and the writer of De Niro comedy "What Just Happened?," has penned the material that De Niro's character will spout.

Mike Newell recently signed on to the project but soon had to exit due to scheduling. Linson will produce alongside Mark Canton and Courtney Solomon. Casting is now underway and filming is slated to begin in mid-January in New York.

Source: Deadline
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11 stars of classic '90s teen movies: Where are they now?

11 stars of classic '90s teen movies: Where are they now?
Charlie Lyne's documentary Beyond Clueless harks back to the classic teen movies that shaped the '90s.

Featuring narration from The Craft's Fairuza Balk (and with clips of Robin Tunney, Devon Sawa and co), it made us feel a sudden pang of nostalgia and sent us on our own trip down memory lane to find out where they - and the rest of the '90s teen movie crew - are now.

So, here are 11 stars from some of our favourite '90s teen movies, and what they've gone on to do since:

1. Devon Sawa - Idle Hands (1999)

Dreamy Devon Sawa starred as lazy stoner Anton Tobias - who turns mass murderer after his hand becomes possessed - in the horror comedy Idle Hands.

He went on to play teenage prophet of doom Alex Browning in Final Destination (2000), and appeared as similarly unstable Stan in Eminem's controversial music
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Casting Net: Rob Lowe to star in British drama mini-series 'Apocalypse Slough'

Casting Net: Rob Lowe to star in British drama mini-series 'Apocalypse Slough'
Rob Lowe is set to play a large role in Apocalypse Slough, a 10-part British series ordered by Sky 1. Lowe will play Father Jude in this witty, end-of-days drama, where a group of people "hunker beneath the town of Slough, about 20 miles west of London, to watch the end of the world on TV." Father Jude holds the position of Devil's Advocate in the Vatican and is a "charismatic, irreverent, rebellious but also deeply moral man." [Deadline]
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'G.I. Joe 3' Aims for 'Disturbia' Director D.J. Caruso

Paramount has been searching for a director to take the reins on their upcoming action sequel G.I. Joe 3 since last June, when it was revealed that the previously-attached Jon M. Chu has parted ways with the project to take on Jem and the Holograms. Today, Deadline reports that D.J. Caruso is in early talks to take over as the director. While a deal has yet to be solidified, it's "all looking quite promising," according to the site.

We reported in November that Martin Campbell (Green Lantern, Casino Royale) was being eyed to take the helm, but a deal never materialized. Jonathan Lemkin (The Devil's Advocate, Lethal Weapon 4, Shooter) signed on to write the script back in July, which will center on the Roadblock character played by Dwayne Johnson in 2013's G.I. Joe Retaliation. Paramount revealed in June that G.I. Joe 3 will be released in 2016, although it isn't
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Watchers on the Wall: 'Game of Thrones' and the Crumbling Barrier Between TV and Movies

There's surely no better place than an IMAX screen to watch a story about a 700-foot-high wall.

But the announcement this week that the two most recent "Game of Thrones" episodes (the epic ice battle episode "The Watchers on the Wall" and the shocking Season 4 finale "The Children") and a Season 5 trailer are coming to IMAX screens on Jan. 23 brings to mind another wall under assault -- the increasingly academic wall between movies and TV.

Granted, it makes sense for HBO to give theatergoers a healthy helping of its popular swords-and-skin fantasy series. After all, as large as George R.R. Martin's saga looms in pop culture chatter, there's still a majority of Americans who don't subscribe to the premium cable channel and haven't seen the show. The IMAX event is a good way to mobilize both newbies and longtime fans and to get both groups primed for this spring's new season.
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"G.I. Joe 3," "Goblins" Score New Helmers

"Casino Royale" and "Green Lantern" director Martin Campbell is reportedly the top choice of both Paramount Pictures and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura to take the helm of a third film in the "G.I. Joe" series according to Schmoes Know. Filming is aiming to begin in the first half of next year.

The site claims official negotiations have not yet begun, but the job is essentially Campbell's if he wants it. Jonathan Lemkin ("Devil's Advocate," "Lethal Weapon 4") is penning the script which will center on Dwayne Johnson's character Roadblock. Adrianne Palicki is also expected to reprise her role as Lady Jaye.

In more concrete news, Deadline reports that Disney has set "Get Smart" helmer Peter Segal to direct the film adaptation of the children's book "Goblins" by Ari Berk and acclaimed illustrator Brian Froud. Tom Astle & Matt Ember will script the adaptation, while Sagal and Michael Ewing will produce.
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'G.I. Joe 3' Aims for 'Green Lantern' Director Martin Campbell

'G.I. Joe 3' Aims for 'Green Lantern' Director Martin Campbell
Paramount Pictures has been searching for a new G.I. Joe 3 director for the past few months, after Jon M. Chu dropped out to make Jem and the Holograms. A new report from Schmoes Know reveals the studio may have finally found the director they're looking for in Martin Campbell (Green Lantern, Casino Royale).

Sources claim that Martin Campbell is the top choice of Paramount and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, and while official negotiations have not begun yet, the job is basically Martin Campbell's for the taking, if he wants to sign on.

We reported in July that screenwriter Jonathan Lemkin (The Devil's Advocate, Lethal Weapon 4, Shooter) signed on to write the script, which will center on Dwayne Johnson's character Roadblock. Adrianne Palicki is also expected to reprise her role as Lady Jaye, although no other cast members have been confirmed.

Dwayne Johnson himself revealed back in
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8 of the greatest big-screen devils: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Liz Hurley

8 of the greatest big-screen devils: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Liz Hurley
With Daniel Radcliffe now sporting a pair of horns at screens worldwide, we decided to pit a few other big-screen Beelzebubs against one another in head-to-head combat.

The only rules? No kids (see you, Rosemary's Baby), animals (laters, Devil Dog: Hound Of Hell) or metaphorical stand-ins (ciao, Keyser Söze). Let the Luci-face off commence...

The Heavyweights

Louis Cyphre (Robert De Niro) in Angel Heart (1987)

An espresso-sipping, egg-peeling businessman with a luxuriant mullet – well, it was the 1980s – Louis Cyphre (De Niro) casts a quietly seething shadow across Alan Parker's dank New Orleans noir. Despite his "dimestore joke" name ("Mephistopheles is such a mouthful in Manhattan," he tells Mickey Rourke's fall-guy Pi) and lethal talons, there's a subtlety to De Niro's El Diablo that means he only needs to raise an eyebrow to convey an eternity of egg-bound malevolence.

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John Milton (Al Pacino) in The Devil's Advocate (1997)

More Gordon Gecko than genuine fiend,
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From 'Big' to 'Marley & Me': We weigh in on TV's remake fad

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From 'Big' to 'Marley & Me': We weigh in on TV's remake fad
I generally pay as much attention to the broadcast network development season as I do to the baseball draft. Though the shows that actually survive development are much closer to airing chronologically than most baseball draftees are to the majors, the winnowing process is just as brutal in both cases. On average, a given network will hear 3-400 pitches a year, order scripts for 60-70 of them, make 8-12 pilots and put roughly between a half dozen and a dozen of them on the air. So I’ve usually found development not worth worrying about until shows are actually ordered to series and scheduled. That said, it’s been tough to ignore this fall’s development season, where it seems like every day for the past few weeks, my Twitter feed has blown up a few times an afternoon with news of a familiar movie or TV property being adapted
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Keanu Reeves Says Film Studios Don't Want to Work With Him

Keanu Reeves was once one of the biggest Hollywood names, mostly for his work on "The Matrix" trilogy, "Speed" and "Point Break," "Devil's Advocate" and many other films. But in recent years, Reeves has been making independent films and none of them went on to become hits. As a result, the offers from major studios stopped coming. "It sucks, but it's just the way it is," said the actor. "The last studio movie I did was '47 Ronin,' but before that it had been a long time . probably [2008's] 'The Day the Earth Stood Still.'" Unfortunately, "47 Ronin" was a huge flop, grossing only $150 million worldwide on a budget of $175 million. And "The Day the Earth Stood Still" was a major disappointment. But all that bad luck is seemingly about to change. His new "John Wick" movie will hit theaters on Friday (October 24th) and has a perfect 100% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes.
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23 movies currently being turned into TV shows

From Big and Uncle Buck to Shutter Island and Rush Hour, here are 23 films that are getting the television treatment...

You can blame the huge success of Fargo for this. Hollywood, even before that, had been moving more and more to exploiting movie properties on the small screen. But since Fargo married up critical acclaim to a good audience? All bets are off.

Here are 23 - count 'em! - currently in differing stages of production...

Big

The film: Earning Tom Hanks his first Oscar nomination, the beloved 1988 comedy drama Big saw him as Josh Baskin who, courtesy of a Zoltar machine, turns into an adult. Romance, work, and playing on a big piano follow.

The TV show: Big is set to be a half hour comedy show from 20th Century Fox Television. Kevin Biegel and Mike Royce are executive producing and writing, and Big the TV show is set to
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